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Monday, 21st February 2011
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Japanese carmakers see strong hybrid sales

A number of Japan-based automakers have reported an increase in demand for hybrid and electric vehicle sales.

Toyota revealed a 21 per cent growth in its eco-friendly cars during 2010, with worldwide sales totalling 853,688, according to PanOrient News.

The leading hybrid model for consumers was the Toyota Prius, which accounted for 60 per cent of all hybrid and electric car sales, followed by the Honda Insight at 8.5 per cent and the Toyota TX450h at 4.5 per cent.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp's i-MiEV was the top-selling electric car last year and the model is now on sale across Europe under different branding including Peugeot and Citroen.

In Japan, a total of 486,000 hybrid and electric vehicle cars were sold in 2010 - nearly 33 per cent higher than in the previous year.

Meanwhile, Nikkei reports that Toyota will launch home battery chargers for electric and plug-in hybrid cars in 2012 aimed at Prius owners in Japan, the United States and Europe.

Written by Mark Smith.