With the leader in global hybrid sales being Toyota, it comes as no surprise that Lexus is also out in front when it comes to sales of gasoline-electric vehicles. Lexus has announced that it has sold over half a million hybrid models since they first started doing it in 2005. In 2005, Lexus had only sold 26,000 vehicles with its Lexus Hybrid Drive, while over 113,00 hybrid have been sold year-to-date. In total, hybrids sales make up roughly 25 percent of Lexus’s global volume.
Since its introduction of 259,000 units, the easy volume seller continues to be the RX hybrid crossover. However, after the new introduction of the CT200h, that is certain to be out-paced in the coming years. The CT200h might be just a niche product in North America, but it’s the volume seller in Europe by selling 122,000 units in just two years time.
Being first to sell a luxury hybrid SUV (the RX400h), as well as first to sell a luxury hybrid sedan, the GS450h, much if Lexus‘ success can be tied to its leadership in hybrids. To date, 32,000 GS hybrids have been sold, including 8,000 this year.
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