With the diesel car market now in freefall, there are more and more motorists who opt to purchase a hybrid car. As the January 2020 sales figures show, the number of hybrid vehicles registered in our country has doubled in just 12 months, a sign that the future of mobility in Italy will also be electric.
And, among the various manufacturers, Toyota is the one with the highest sales. In the top ten of the best-selling hybrid cars in January, four positions are occupied by vehicles of the Japanese manufacturer. Indeed, to be more precise, the four Toyota hybrid cars are in the top 6, with three of the four best-selling vehicles in the first month of the year. In short, if we are not dealing with a domain, we are very close. And, it is worth noting, this is not an exclusively Italian case: every year Toyota sells millions of hybrid cars worldwide.
This is due to the choice made more than 20 years ago, when the Japanese manufacturer began to introduce vehicles equipped with a double electric-thermal engine to the world automotive market. No wonder, then, that Toyota (along with Lexus, another brand from the Japanese automotive group) has recently crossed the milestone of 15 million hybrid vehicles worldwide (of which 300 thousand sold in Italy). Toyota, in fact, has the widest hybrid vehicle line, with over 40 full hybrid models designed and built over the past two decades.
In short, a long tradition that has allowed Japanese technicians and engineers to develop increasingly efficient technologies both from the point of view of consumption and from that of emissions of substances harmful to the atmosphere. According to a study jointly carried out by ENEA and the Center for Automotive Research and Evolution of the Marconi University of Rome, the Toyota Yaris (best-selling hybrid car in Italy) shows great levels of efficiency on real city journeys.
Traveling 36 kilometers through the streets of Rome, the small electric city car covered zero emissions 67% of the time and 40% of the space. High-level performances, which allow the Yaris (and the other Toyota hybrids) to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 30% on average compared to conventional engines.