Skip to main content

Toyota Hybrid Vehicles Sold in Canada Surpasses 100,000

Toyota Prius Family 2014 CIAS


It is said the fortune favours the bold. In the 1990s, Toyota Motor Corporation stepped a vast distance into an unknown realm when they pursued gasoline/electric hybrid driving technology. The Toyota Prius led what would be a transformation of a brand and thinking for what electrified cars could be.

At a time when purely gasoline-powered vehicles reigned supreme for almost nine decades on roadways, the idea of hybrid cars was met with mixed reactions. Some viewed the premise of integrating electric power with a gasoline powerplant as a sensible alternative to full electric cars. Issues such as limited range plagued the serious chances of electric cars in the modern world. Hybrids were viewed as the best of both worlds where the electric drive system supplemented the gasoline engine. On the negative judgement side of hybrid vehicles, critics wanted to believe that hybrid cars would be too pricey for automotive consumers and the technology was too advanced to catch on. In Canada, the cold, varying winter climate does present some challenges for the batteries of electric cars. Despite the adversity, the Toyota Prius was introduced to Canadians in 2000. 14 years later, Toyota has reached a six-digit milestone with the hybrid vehicle fleet in Canada.

On September 3rd, Toyota Canada Incorporated announced that their 100,000th hybrid was sold in the country. Started with the Toyota Prius, the powertrain technology the company classifies as Hybrid Synergy Drive has been widely applied to Toyota as well as their luxury-oriented Lexus products. It is believed that globally Toyota was the first major automaker to make their hybrid vehicle technology profitable while some companies accepted hybrid cars as a loss leader. Reaching the 100,000th hybrid vehicle sold in Canada, Toyota praises the environmental benefit of customers spending 30 percent less fuel. "That means since 2000, Toyota and Lexus hybrids have avoided more than 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions while saving over 259 million litres of fuel. That's the equivalent of filling 103 Olympic-size swimming pools.", said President and CEO of Toyota Canada Incorporated Seiji Ichii.

Toyota's position for hybrids in Canada is being heavily reinforced. In 2014, three Toyota Prius family vehicles (the conventional Prius, Prius c, and Prius v) as well as the Toyota Highlander were awarded as the most efficient products in their category by Natural Resources Canada. Canada's acceptance of Toyota hybrid products has resulted in a recent gift. Toyota's South Cambridge Plant has been the birthplace of the Lexus RX450h hybrid crossover since March of this year.


Information and photo source: Chris Nagy, Toyota Canada Inc.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Canadian International AutoShow Revisited: 2011 Edition

Photo Credit: Chris Nagy/Car FYI Canada Theme of the Show: Discover Connect Experience The 2011 Canadian International AutoShow left me with the thought of how much could change between a 12-month span (perhaps that is more apparent in 2021). After a somewhat subdued 2010 car show in Toronto, the last year brought a deep sense of excitement in many forms. Design, performance and innovation were all part of an auto show that started with an aerobatic display part of Ford’s media presentation unveiling the C-Max and the Focus Electric.  Along with the welcoming presence of new vehicles from major automakers, the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow was the first to feature a dedicated display of some of the most opulent vehicles to be found in the country.  Notable Vehicles: Ford Focus Electric Photo Credit: Chris Nagy/Car FYI Canada The auto company that played a huge role in directing the automobile to gasoline propulsion, Ford Motor Company sought a manner to begin the conversio

Car FYI Canada 2021 Vehicle Guide: Acura

  Photo Credit: American Honda Motor Inc./ Acura Entering its 35th year as Honda’s luxury brand in the United States and Canada, Acura appears with 2021 lineup containing five vehicles ranging from their strong-selling RDX crossover to the NSX supercar. Acura has discontinued sales of their RLX Sedan following the 2020 model year promoting the all-new TLX to the position of the luxury brand’s flagship sedan. Skipping the 2021 model year, the Acura MDX three-row premium crossover vehicle is based on an all-new larger 2022 counterpart arriving in February. In this latest anniversary year for the premium marque , the focus remains on blending comfort with precision engineering and sport holding.   Acura ILX Photo Credit: American Honda Motor Inc./ Acura Despite being based on the same platform as the Honda Civic, the Acura ILX’s design and content makes it a tempting choice for drivers seeking a modestly-sized sedan with premium comfort. Available in four trim levels, the 2020 Acura IL

Logano Seals Dirty Deal at NASCAR Cup Series' First Bristol Dirt Race

Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images The first dirt race on NASCAR’s top series since 1970 (known as the Grand National Series at the time), The 2021 Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway brought in 2,300 truckloads of dirt to create a spring race unlike any seen prior at the 0.533-mile oval. At the completion of an event that involved several multi-car wrecks and surprises, Joey Logano motored to a clean victory leading the final 60 laps in his #22 Shell Pennzoil-sponsored Ford Mustang.  Providing a challenge for every competitor and team as they attempt to discover the speed secrets for setting up a 3,400-pound race car on the new surface, the first modern NASCAR Cup Series race on dirt did manage to deliver an untidy yet thrilling experience. NASCAR was required to make several adjustments to the original plan for the race weekend with uncertainty of the Goodyear dirt tire changing the stage format for the Food City Dirt Race. Originally intended to consist a pair o