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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

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Toyota passes hybrid landmark

Toyota has announced that total global sales of full hybrid vehicles have topped the four million mark, with 432,000 units being purchased in Europe.

The marketing-leading figure, which covers both Toyota and Lexus hybrid models, further highlights the Japanese OEM’s expertise in the development of hybrid cars as a response to environmental issues.

The Toyota Prius became the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle when it was launched in Japan in 1997, but the first hybrid vehicle was a bus – the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV – that was introduced to the Japanese market in August, 1997.

Sales of the Prius began in Europe and North America and elsewhere in 2000. The second generation Toyota Prius was launched in 2003 at which point the company expanded the use of its full hybrid technology to vehicles such as minivans, SUV’s, luxury saloons and family hatchbacks. The third-generation Prius launched in May 2009 and was a hit with customers around the world, leading to global cumulative sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles topping 3 million vehicles by the end of February 2011.

As Toyota’s hybrid range expanded so came localized production such as the UK built Toyota Auris Hybrid and upcoming Toyota Yaris Hybrid that will be built in France. Later this year, the range will appeal to an even wider audience with the launch of the seven seat Prius+ and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Globally, Toyota currently sells 19 full hybrid passenger vehicle models in approximately 80 countries. This year, hybrid vehicles have accounted for 15% of

Toyota’s global vehicle sales.
1997 (Mar): Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled
1997 (Aug): Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)
1997 (Dec): Prius launched
2000 (Nov): Start of full hybrid sales inEurope; Cumulative Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles
2001 (Jun): Estima (Previa) Hybrid launched (Japan only)
2002 (Mar): Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 100,000 mark
2003 (Apr): Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) unveiled
2003 (Sep): Second-generation Prius launched
2005 (Dec): Second-generation Prius production commenced at theChangchunplant in China
2006 (Mar): Lexus GS 450h launched inJapan
2006 (Apr): Cumulative Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles
2006 (May): Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outsideJapan)
2006 (Oct): Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMMK’s Kentucky Plant,U.S
2007 (May): Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 1 million mark; LS 600h/LS 600hL launched
2008 (May): Cumulative Prius sales top 1 million vehicles
2009 (Jan): RX 450h unveiled (launched in April)
2009 (May): Third-generation Prius launched
2009 (Jul): Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMT’s Gateway Plant,Thailand; HS 250h launched
2009 (Aug): Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 2 million mark
2010 (Jun): Auris Hybrid production commenced at the TMUK’sBurnaston Plant,UK; Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outsideJapan)
2010 (Jul): Cumulative sales in Japan of TMC hybrids top 1 million vehicles
2011 (Feb): Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 3 million mark
2011 (Nov): Prius PHV unveiled (launched in January 2012 inJapan and March in the USA and scheduled for launch in Europein the summer of 2012)
2012 (Apr): Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 4 million mark


22 May 2012


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