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Toyota’s Plug-In Hybrid Cars to Hit China

China has a simply incredible amount of pollution and Toyota’s looking to help curb that problem. The Japanese automaker announced plans to introduce more plug-in hybrid cars to China’s market at the Beijing auto show. Some of the brand’s most popular cars will be going green(er) and Toyota will introduce them to the market in 2018.

The ever-popular Toyota Corolla will see a hybrid model added to its line for the Chinese market. Another model unfamiliar to the United States, the Levin, will make its way into the green line as well. Toyota’s plug-in hybrid cars have an extended range compared to standard hybrids, which don’t have a rechargeable battery.

“Our decision to launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and the Levin reflects the depth of our resolve and commitment to the Chinese market,” said Hiroji Onishi, head of Toyota’s China operations.

The plug-in hybrids designed for China would run for 30 miles on electricity alone when fully charged. China’s government is looking to help fuel sales of green cars as well.

Chinese buyers are able to take advantage of purchase incentives by buying fuel efficient hybrids and all-electric cars. To qualify for those generous incentives, the cars must meet certain conditions involving fuel economy and emissions standards.

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are happy to see more eco-friendly cars hitting markets around the globe!

Toyota Models Break Top 10 Bestselling Vehicles

2015 was the best year for the automotive industry since 2000. A whopping total of 17.5 million vehicles were sold, effectively topping the previous record of 17.3 million vehicles set in 2000. Full-size trucks took hold of the top three spots and cars and crossovers finished out the top 10 bestselling vehicles of 2015. Three Toyota models broke the top 10, effectively setting their dominance over competitors.

The Toyota Camry sedan followed the full-size trucks to take the number four spot. It maintains its reign as the bestselling mid-size sedan in the United States for the 14th year running. Thanks to its excellent fuel efficiency and a starting price just under $23,000, over 429,355 Camrys were sold in 2015.

Coming in right hot on the Camry’s tires is the Toyota Corolla. Taking the number five spot with 363,332 sold, the Corolla is also the bestselling nameplate with over 40 million sold since the car’s debut. This most recent model year saw an increase of seven percent over 2014.

Only two crossovers broke into the top 10 and the Toyota RAV4 took the number 10 spot. After placing 13th in 2014, moving up three spots with 315,412 sold is quite an accomplishment. Coming standard with plenty of technology and a powerful, yet fuel efficient engine, it’s easy to see why.

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are hoping for an even better year in 2016!