Hybrid Topper

Booming North American demand pushed cumulative sales of hybrid vehicles at Toyota Motor Corp. past the 2 million-unit mark last month. As of Aug. 9, Toyota sold 2.017 million hybrid parts worldwide since the vehicles debuted in 1997.

Toyota reached the 2 million milestone. The company came a little closer to the goal with this year’s launch of the popular third-generation Prius. Toyota expects that car alone to sell 600,000 units in its first full year on the market.

Today, Toyota sells 13 hybrid vehicle models in about 50 countries.