Petrol-electric hybrids, historically best typified by Toyota’s
pioneering Prius, may have taken Japan’s car market by storm, where they
already attract one-in-four sales, but in Europe’s diesel dominated car
market these petrol-electric hybrids have clearly failed to get off the
ground and in consequence have languished in the long familiar
wallflower position, at least until now
Last year, according to AID’s own numbers, conventional hybrids,
excluding PHEVs, attracted some 266,000 sales in Western Europe.
That’s a market share of 1.9 per cent, which is almost identical to the
2 per cent market share held by the sector in the US last year.
However, after hovering almost motionless in the unenviable also-ran
position, of late Europe’s hybrid car market has suddenly sprung to
life, seemingly energised by the thickening black clouds now hanging
over Europe’s diesel car horizon.
Consumers’ sudden interest in comparatively simple petrol-electric
hybrids, a hitherto largely ignored segment that Toyota has made almost
its own, can be judged from AID’s exclusively compiled sales figures...more
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