Toyota has sold over a million Prius sedans since the 1990's and is making its way to be the top seller of hybrid vehicles throughout the world.
The Japanese auto maker also has a plan to sell one million hybrid vehicles (Prius, Camry, Highlander, etc.) a year.
Toyota plans to introduce six new hybrid vehicles by 2012. The company has yet to reveal many details, apart from their plan to have three of those models only as hybrids, and the other three as hybrid versions of models that are already on the market, which are currently running as gasoline powered variants.
Sources also state a mid-2012 launch is anticipated for US markets and that annual sales are expected to total 20,000 units. Sources commented on the RAV4 EV, which is being developed in association with Tesla Motors.
According to sources from company the Prius Plug-In Hybrid will be priced at $3,000 to $5,000 more than the standard Prius. "This would set the base price at $25,800 - $27,800, which would still be far more affordable than the Chevy Volt - priced at $41,000."
They said research and development on the vehicle has already started at the company's technical center in Michigan. The RAV4 EV will be introduced during the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Afterwards, Toyota hopes to have it go on sale in 2012.
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Source - http://www.globalpost.com/webblog/wheels/toyota%E2%80%99s-six-new-hybrids-2012