Malcolm Flynn | Sep 3, 2012

New car sales figures put Toyota Australia on track for one million hybrid sales this year. Meanwhile, back at the farm, Skoda's Australian arm has cracked 10,000 sales.

Toyota is likely to reach a landmark one million worldwide hybrid sales in 2012, according to results to the end of June.

The Japanese carmaker sold 630,048 Toyota and Lexus petrol-electric hybrids in the first half of the year, eclipsing the 628,989 total for 2011.

Among the range, the Prius hatch remains the biggest seller with almost 202,000 sales during this period. Other hybrid models, including the Prius c (150,000), Prius v (100,000), and Camry Hybrid (50,000), also proved popular.

Since the launch of the original Prius in 1997, the Toyota Group has sold more than 4.2 million hybrid models - nearly 2.7 million of these wearing a Prius badge.

Toyota estimates that these vehicles have been responsible for saving 26 million tonnes in CO2 emissions to date, with future generations set to be even more environmentally beneficial.

"Hybrid technology is a trump card for fuel-economy improvement. It is core technology that can also be used for next-generation vehicles including battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles”, Toyota Australia’s Matthew Callachor said.


Skoda Australia Makes Landmark Sale

On the lighter end of the market, Skoda is celebrating its 10,000th model sold in Australia.

It has taken nearly five years to do so, but the Czech brand is gaining momentum with 2,600 sales so far in 2012.

Key to this recent momentum is the Yeti SUV, which since its 2011 launch has grown to nearly match the top-selling Octavia midsizer in sales, with more than 750 sold this year.

Skoda’s local lineup has grown to include the Fabia light car, Roomster people mover, Octavia, Yeti, and Superb large car.

The Volkswagen-owned brand will soon refresh its line-up with the new Rapid light sedan, and the next-generation Octavia.

“Australians are embracing the Skoda product offering and appreciate the brand for its quality and value”, Skoda’s local boss Matthew Wiesner said.

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