Global sales of the Toyota RAV4 crossover have passed the 10 million mark in February 2020.
It took five generations and 26 years of existence to achieve the result.
The first-generation vehicle made its debut in 1994 at the Geneva Motor Show, and in the first month alone received twice as many orders as the automaker expected – 8,000 ones. Last year, the model hit 130,000 sales – this is 17 times more than in 1994.
The 2006 RAV4 was Toyota’s first car with a part-time four-wheel-drive system.The 2013 model was the one to receive a hybrid powertrain.
Toyota continues developing the hybrid technology, and soon begins selling a plug-in hybrid modification with over 300 horsepower.
The company introduced the current 5th-gen Toyota RAV4 in 2018, which went on sale in early 2019. The power comes from one of two powertrains:
- Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four engine with VVT-iE mated to an 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission, which motivates five gasoline models;
- Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four engine as part of Toyota Hybrid System II with electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT), which activates four hybrid models.