Toyota has announced they have sold more than five million hybrids since the original Prius was launched in 1997.

Toyota has announced they have sold more than five million hybrids since the original Prius was launched in 1997.

To celebrate the achievement, Toyota ran some calculations and determined their hybrids have saved approximately 12 million kiloliters of gasoline and reduced CO2 emissions by roughly 34 million tons.

According to Toyota's Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamad, "We developed the first-generation Prius with the aim of making it a car for the twenty-first century and as an indication of Toyota's response to environmental issues." Despite being challenging and costly to develop, Uchiyamad says "the launch of the first-generation Prius had effects beyond our expectations."

Toyota currently sells 19 different hybrids and one plug-in hybrid. Last year, they accounted for 14 percent of the company's global sales.

Given their increasing popularity, Toyota has confirmed plans to launch 18 new hybrids by December 2015. There's no word on what we can expect but Toyota said they are "committed to augmenting its product lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions where it sells hybrid vehicles."

 

Toyota sells over 5 million hybrids, 18 new models coming soon [videos]