Toyota’s petrol-electric hybrid vehicles have helped to gain a 5.5 per cent increase in new vehicle sales in 2017, accounting for almost 45 per cent of that total. The sale of hybrid model sales also saw a growth of 40 per cent year-on-year.
This shows the contribution Toyota’s technology leadership in cleaner, more efficient powertrains have made towards improving its market performance – particularly in a UK market that has seen an overall decline of over 5 per cent.
Toyota GB president and managing director Paul Van der Burgh says: “Our positive results demonstrate how more and more motorists are recognising the genuine rewards of choosing a Toyota petrol-electric hybrid. The highly efficient performance of our unmatched hybrid model range is a big draw, together with their well-proven reliability and lasting quality.”
Toyota offers a wide variety of petrol-electric hybrids, including the Yaris Hybrid supermini, RAV4 Hybrid SUV, the Auris Hybrid hatchback and wagon and the Prius – which is the world’s first mass-produced hybrid.
Overall, passenger car sales were up by over 2 per cent for fleet/business and retail/private customer sales were up by just under 9 per cent.