Prius. A Hybrid Icon. Again. The Toyota Prius took driving to a new level in 1997 as the world’s first mainstream hybrid car. Today marks another leap forward in intelligent design and technology: the more responsive, more efficient and quieter-than-ever Prius continues to redefine that outstanding Toyota hybrid.
By the end of 2006 there were about 15 hybrid vehicles from various car makers available in the U.S. By May 2007 Toyota sold its first million hybrids and had sold a total of two million hybrids at the end of August 2009.