Back in 2000, October 19 saw the UK sales launch of the Toyota first-generation Prius at the British International Motor Show.
Less than two decades later, the Japanese car manufacturer is now celebrating 100,000 hybrids being sold across the UK.
The model that marks the 100,000th sale of Toyota Hybrids in the UK is the British-built Auris Touring Sports, in top-of-the-range Excel trim level.
This sale, along with the others is proof that the quality and performance of Toyota’s hybrid technology is now an unwavering part of the mainstream market.
At its launch there was only one version of the Toyota Prius Hybrid, it was a quirkily styled four-door saloon that promised low carbon emissions and unrivalled fuel economy figures at 61.4mpg.
Now, the Toyota Hybrid range boasts six different models, which cover the market from compact superminis and family hatchbacks to seven-seat MPVs.
It is because of the uptake and success of sales that Toyota has been able to increase its range and production, to meet the demand from its customers.
The Auris Touring Sports is one of the most popular models for families and fleets alike, thanks to its performance, efficiency and flexibility.
Powering the model is a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and electric motor which gives an overall output of 134bhp, enabling it to complete the benchmark sprint in 11.2 seconds and it will go on to a top speed of 109mph.
The model offers a maximum efficiency of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions come in at just 109g/km.
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is also available with the same petrol and diesel powertrain options as the Auris hatchback and it is the first wagon model in the segment to offer the choice of a full hybrid powertrain.
It also makes a case for business drivers thanks to the average economy and low CO2 emissions. To rubber stamp this, a fleet customer has taken delivery of the 100,000th UK hybrid from Toyota which reflects the advantages of hybrid efficiency for businesses.