VFACTS December 2022: Hybrid cars set a new sales record in Australia

VFACTS December 2022: Hybrid cars set a new sales record in Australia

Hybrid cars outsold electric vehicles by more than two to one in Australia last year. With more than 315,000 hybrid vehicles delivered over the past 20 years, their emissions reduction is equivalent to putting 95,000 electric cars on the road.


Hybrid car sales hit record highs in Australia last year, while electric vehicle sales surged.

Market leader Toyota accounted for nine out of ten hybrid cars sold in Australia in 2022.

That’s Toyota’s dominance, if its hybrid models were a brand in their own right they would have been the fifth-biggest selling brand in Australia last year, ahead of Hyundai and Ford’s combined showroom lineups.



Toyota has now delivered more than 315,000 hybrid cars in Australia over the past 20 years. According to his calculations, the emission reduction of Toyota hybrid vehicles is equivalent to putting 95,000 electric cars on the road.

Despite record hybrid vehicle sales, Toyota Australia believes customers should continue to be offered a choice of petrol, diesel and electric options that best suit their needs – rather than going fully electric.

“We are committed to providing our customers with a wide range of technologies to help them on their journey to zero tailpipe emissions,” said Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vice president, sales and marketing, who noted that vehicle options for a range of Requirements required are motor needs.



“In Australia right now, a lot of people are towing caravans, a lot of people are using cars for leisure or using cars for industry,” said Mr Hanley.

“(Electric cars) will suit some people, (hybrid cars) will suit some people, (hydrogen vehicles) will suit some people, we will give them the choice.”

The Toyota RAV4 was last year’s best-selling hybrid vehicle – and best-selling SUV.



Wait times for the Toyota RAV4 typically range from 12 months to two years, although some customers have received delivery within three to nine months of placing the order, with other customers at the front of the queue dropping out of the store at the last minute.

Despite the increasing popularity of hybrid vehicles in Australiamost of Toyota’s rivals have been slow to adopt the technology.

Despite the rising popularity of hybrid vehicles, most competitors have been slow to adopt the technology.



Hyundai and Kia have just launched hybrid versions of their family SUVs and have previously experimented with hybrid hatchbacks, but they haven’t yet had the sales success of market leader Toyota.

Chinese brand GWM Haval recently introduced hybrid variants of two of its SUVs, although they don’t offer the same fuel savings as Toyota’s hybrid system.

Hybrid cars introduced by Subaru and Mazda also fail to achieve fuel economy status, with Drive tests revealing negligible fuel savings.



Industry analysts say Toyota has helped establish the reputation of hybrid technology for over 20 years, but new-car buyers are quickly discovering that not all hybrids are created equal.

Toyota hybrids typically use about half the fuel of an equivalent petrol car.

testing through journey found that hybrids from the Chinese brand Haval reduce the fuel consumption of an equivalent gasoline car by only about 25 percent, while hybrids from Subaru and Mazda provided no discernible savings in our real-world evaluations.

The sale of plug-in hybrids – which can be driven between 30 and 50 km on electric power alone before the petrol engine takes over – has yet to gain broad market acceptance.

They require care when it comes to recharging their small battery packs. If you fail to do this, you will end up driving around in petrol mode, which is particularly thirsty due to the additional weight of the battery pack and electric motor.

  • Selling hybrid cars: 81,786, up 16 percent (7.6 percent of total new car market)
  • Electric car sales: 33,410, up 549 percent (3.1 percent of total new car market)
  • Plug-in hybrid sales: 5937, up 76 percent (0.5 percent of total new car market)

Toyota Hybrid Sales 2022 in figures

  • Toyota RAV4 (all variants): 34,845
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: 26,547 (76 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota Corolla (all variants): 25,284
  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid: 17,585 (80 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota Kluger (all variants): 12,562
  • Toyota Kluger Hybrid: 8413 (67 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota Camry (all variants): 9538
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid: 7654 (80 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota Yaris Cross (all variants): 8432
  • Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid: 6394 (76 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota C-HR (all variants): 7977
  • Toyota C-HR Hybrid: 3517 (44 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota Yaris (all variants): 2675
  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid: 676 (25 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota Corolla Cross (all variants): 2563
  • Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: 1984 (77 percent of model mix)
  • Toyota Prius Hybrid: 44
  • Toyota Prius vs Hybrid: 1

Toyota hybrid sales in Australia since 2001

  • 2022 – 72,815 (31.5 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2021 – 65,491 (29.3 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2020 – 54,335 (26.5 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2019 – 27,846 (13.5 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2018 – 11,590 (5.3 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2017 – 8433 (3.9 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2016 – 8794 (4.2 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2015 – 8207 (4.0 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2014 – 8149 (4.0 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2013 – 9420 (4.4 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2012 – 10,787 (4.9 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2011 – 6026 (3.3 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2010 – 8444 (3.9 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2009 – 3040 (1.5 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2008 – 3413 (1.4 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2007 – 3176 (1.3 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2006 – 1974 (0.9 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2005 – 1423 (0.7 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2004 – 1094 (0.54 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2003 – 292 (0.16 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2002 – 201 (0.13 percent of Toyota sales)
  • 2001 – 137 (0.10 percent of Toyota sales)

  • Cumulative total: 315,087 (excluding Toyota’s luxury class Lexus)

Source: Drive.com.au data center.



Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motor editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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