U.S. automakers still remain some way behind their Asian competitors, although sales of the Ford Fusion helped the company set a new record for hybrid sales in 2009. Ford reported hybrid sales up 67 percent on the previous year, a trend which reflects serious consumer interest in American-made hybrid gas-electric vehicles.
Even so, Ford still has some way to go before it catches up with Toyota, which currently sells 18 hybrid passenger vehicles in 80 countries and regions around the world.
As well as the Prius Family, Toyota’s other U.S. hybrid models include versions of the Camry and Highlander, which feature larger displacement applications of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.
According to Toyotas calculations its total sales of hybrid vehicles globally since 1997 have contributed to a 26 million ton reduction in C02 emissions than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.
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