Toyota Motor Europe has presented its Q1 results, which position hybrid vehicles firmly on the map. Almost half of all European Toyota drivers opted for a semi-electric drive, in Western Europe it was the majority of buyers even.
Toyota Motor Europe today reported 2018 first quarter sales of 280,300 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in total. Of those, hybrid electric sales accounted for 125,400 HEV units, plus 18% year-on-year. Hybrid EVs now represent 45% of total TME sales, and reach 55% in Western Europe only.
The numbers look even more promising for Lexus. With an average hybrid mix of 66% of total sales and an impressive 98% in Western Europe, Lexus clearly contributes to TME’s Hybrid success.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid has found 1,017 buyers in Q1 2018, while the fuel cell Mirai comes in with 29 units sold across Europe.
Among the common hybrids that cannot be plugged, the Toyota C-HR led the way, followed by the Yaris Hybrid, Auris Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid, all achieving record sales, according to TMW.