Derby factory sees hybrid sales soar past 200,000 units

Toyota, which has its UK plant in Derbyshire, has announced it has seen hybrid sales soar past the 200,000 mark as demand grows for their petrol-electric hybrids in the UK.

The company says the hybrids it sells today are more fuel and emissions-efficient than when the first Prius saloons were sold in the UK for the first time in 2000.

So far this year Toyota has sold more than 29,000 hybrid cars in the country, up from 184 seven years ago.

A spokesman at the firm says: “At the heart of the market the British-built Auris is the top-selling Toyota hybrid in the UK and Europe.

“Currently more than 70 per cent of new Auris sales are for hybrids, with a similar figure for the new C-HR crossover.

“The new Prius, the fourth generation of our hybrid pioneer, has made the greatest leaps yet in terms of fuel and emissions efficiency, while the new Prius Plug-in enables emissions-free, all-electric driving at higher speeds and for longer distances.”