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Toyota buyers choosing hybrid power in increasing numbers

Five of the eight Toyota models shown here will be available with hybrid power in 2020.

According to VFACT sales data released today, Toyota Australia sold a record number of hybrid vehicles last year, and it’s already predicting an even better result for 2020.

Of the 205,766 Toyota vehicles sold last year, 27,846 – or 13.5 per cent – were fitted with a hybrid powertrain. This figure is more than double of that achieved in 2018.

Now riding a wave of momentum following the launch of new hybrid versions of the Corolla small sedan and C-HR small SUV late last year, Toyota Australia says it is targeting 40,000 petrol-electric sales in 2020.

Considering the company expects to sell more than 200,000 vehicles for the 16th time in 17 years in 2020, this means hybrid powertrains could be fitted to about 20 per cent of them.

And if you think 40,000 sales is an unlikely to be reached, remember hybrid variants of the very popular Yaris light hatch and Kluger large SUV are expected to launch in 2020.

For reference, if Toyota spun its hybrid vehicles off under a separate brand, it would’ve cracked the top 12 last year, besting the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, BMW and Audi, among others.

The HiLux, LandCruiser, HiAce, Granvia and Supra ranges are yet to receive petrol-electric power, but if/when they do, expect Toyota Australia’s hybrid share to exceed 50 per cent.