Toyota Australia Moves To 100 Per Cent Hybrid On Popular Cars And SUVs

Local repairers can expect to see more low emission vehicles in their workshops after Toyota Australia announced it will no longer sell petrol-only variants of models where hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV) are available.

The move means that the Corolla and Camry sedans along with the Corolla Cross, RAV4 and Kluger SUVs are now 100-per-cent hybrid for customer orders. This expands Toyota’s hybrid-only line up to nine models, joining Yaris Cross SUV, Corolla and Yaris hatches, and new-generation C-HR SUV. GR models continue unchanged as they are not offered with a hybrid alternative.

Sean Hanley, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations at Toyota Australia said the landmark development will accelerate a rising sales trend.

“Toyota has been implementing our HEV strategy over an extended period and remains committed to innovating across a diverse array of powertrains, which is the essence of our multi-pathway approach to decarbonisation,” said Hanley.

“This approach was central to global decisions made in the earliest planning stages, that the 2024 new-generation C-HR and Camry models would be offered exclusively with hybrid powertrains,” he said.

“Around the same time, consumer demand in Australia for hybrid models was rising consistently, including in 2020 when our overall hybrid share near-doubled to more than one-quarter of our total sales, and it has continued to grow ever since.

“Faced with this surging demand, we were confident in the future of HEV as the dominant powertrain of choice for most passenger cars and SUVs, which led us to make decisions that would ultimately impact on sales of petrol-only models.”

Hanley said ongoing developments, including the upcoming mandated new-vehicle efficiency standard, confirmed Toyota’s strategy, adding that more Australian motorists than ever are embracing the technology.

“Our HEV share reached a record 33.5 per cent last year and has jumped to 46.6 per cent in the first five months of this year, including 48.9 per cent in May. So far this year, our total HEV sales have more than doubled to 46,821 vehicles compared with the same period last year, with all models continuing to attract strong demand.

“At the same time, we have worked closely with our production teams in Japan to increase supply, which has substantially reduced wait times on popular models like RAV4 Hybrid.

Toyota has sold more than 430,000 hybrids in Australia since launching the original Prius in October 2001.