Toyota Australia has confirmed five new hybrid models will be added to its local portfolio before mid-2020.
Stronger-than-expected demand for hybrid versions of the new Camry, with 48 per cent of orders being for the hybrid guise, has propelled the decision which will see both passenger and SUVs gaining more hybrid variants.
The first of Toyota’s new hybrid models will be the all-new RAV4 which is due during the first half of 2019. It will join existing hybrid versions of the Camry, Corolla and Prius.
Toyota is yet to detail what the other hybrid models are headed Down Under, however, hybrid versions of the Yaris, C-HR and Kluger are available in other markets. Along with that trebble, it’s not much of a leap to assume the new Corolla sedan will be offered as a hybrid.
Toyota Australia's Vice President, National Sales & Marketing, Sean Hanley, said: "Toyota Australia is committed to launching five all-new hybrid vehicles as we introduce next-generation passenger cars and SUVs between now and mid-2020 - and more will follow.”
Figures calculated by Toyota suggest that owners of hybrid vehicles could currently save up to $900 a year based on a retail petrol price of $1.59/litre, with future refinements by Toyota potentially offering even greater efficiency.
Interestingly, since the Prius was first launched in Japan in 1997, Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid vehicles globally.
Toyota is also working on a new next-generation supercar after the success of the hybrid-powered race car in winning the 24-hour race at Le Mans.
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