23 August 2016

Toyota hybrid sales rise again

Toyota Ireland has seen its hybrid car sales for 2016 rise by 140pc compared to 2015, writes Trish Whelan.

There has been a shift in consumer interest towards choosing alternatives to diesel.

With sales of electric vehicles down 15pc this year, the limited distance which users can travel is not an issue for hybrid drivers which use a combination of both a petrol and an electric motor, which means you don’t have to plug in your car.

So far this year Toyota has sold 1,724 hybrid vehicles compared to 758 last year – a 140pc increase, meaning that almost 13pc of total Toyota sales are now hybrid.

Hybrid is available in six Toyota models including the Yaris, Auris, Prius and the RAV4. The new 5-door Toyota C-HR crossover launching in November will also be available as a hybrid and is expected to further increase Toyota’s hybrid sales mix in 2017.

Sales from July show that 28pc of Auris and 23.3pc of Yaris models sold were hybrid. Year to date, 22pc of Auris, 20pc of Yaris and 10pc of all RAV4 sales are now hybrid.