Toyota 'dominating hybrid market'

Toyota has claimed that it has dominated the British hybrid car market over the past few years.

The manufacturer said that in the years since 2007, it has been responsible for more than three-quarters of the UK hybrid market.

In the five years to March 2012, some 100,000 hybrid cars were sold and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) accounted for 77,000 of them, the figures showed. The total covered Toyota models as well as those manufactured by upmarket subsidiary Lexus.

However, whether driving a Lexus, Toyota or hybrid from any other manufacturer,breakdown cover is still essential to provide peace of mind in unforeseen circumstances.

Back in the late 1990s the innovative carmaker unveiled its first Prius, with it making its debut on the world stage a couple of years later while the industry in general still had reservations over hybrid technology. Some 2.5 million Prius models have since been sold.

The past half-decade has seen the market share of hybrids rise to 1.3% - in 2007 it sat at 0.7%. Other manufacturers have been ramping up their hybrid technology in recent years, with experts saying the overall market share is set to increase.

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