Alternative fuels vehicles hit their stride in 2012, as these cars saw more growth last year than any other segment in the auto industry. While Americans have been slowly coming around to these vehicles, when they do finally decide to make a purchase, it is highly likely they will pick a Toyota and Lexus hybrid.
According to a recent report from Toyota Motor Corporation, nearly 2 million Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States, helping reduce carbon emissions and keep a little more gas money in consumers' pockets. Toyota also announced that between the two brands, it has sold 5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide.
Between Toyota and Lexus, consumers have nearly 20 hybrid vehicles to choose from. The automaker estimated that sales of these cars has resulted in nearly 34 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions have been saved when compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, in addition to saving more than 3 billion tons of gasoline.
"With more than 50 hybrid vehicle models from various manufacturers available in the U.S. today, hybrids on the road are saving nearly 500 million gallons of petroleum annually in this country," said Tony Markel, senior engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
As Toyota and Lexus have sold 2 million hybrid vehicles, the Toyota nameplate accounts for 70 percent of the country's total hybrid sales. Even while hybrid sale s are nearly 3 percent of the country's total car market, Toyota and Lexus hybrid sales account for 16 percent of their brands sales.
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Average fuel economy of vehicles sold in March increases
TrueCar's latest TrueMPG showed that the fuel economy of light vehicles sold in March increased to 23.7 percent, up from 23.4 percent from March 2012.
"The industry reached yet another record-high TrueMPG average in March, thanks not only to continued consumer preference for smaller vehicles but also due to significantly improved fuel efficiency of larger vehicles, especially large trucks," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar. "The highly competitive mid-size sedan segment experienced the biggest gain since last year, with Nissan and Chrysler posting the largest improvements among automakers."