Toyota Rated World's Greenest Automotive Company
**Award reflects commitment to sustainable mobility**
**Hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles reduce environmental impact**
**More hybrid vehicles coming to Australia**
Toyota has been rated the world's greenest carmaker and among the environmental leaders of the largest publicly traded companies, according to a global environmental performance assessment commissioned by Newsweek magazine.
The "Best in Industry Global" award in the automobiles category of the Newsweek Green Rankings recognises Toyota's track record of environmental sustainability, and its eco-sensitive hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles.
Toyota was ranked 16th among the world's 500 largest publicly traded companies - the Global 500 - ahead of respected organisations such as Apple, Starbucks and Nike.
An improved green score for Toyota this year reflects the company's on-going commitment to green initiatives.
Toyota Australia senior divisional manager sales and marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota is proud to be recognised as the greenest automotive company and as a leader among global companies.
"Globally, Toyota has demonstrated its leadership in sustainable mobility through its commitment to developing and improving existing and alternative vehicle technologies that reduce the impact on the environment," Mr Hanley said.
"In Australia, we have been offering consumers our innovative hybrid vehicles since 2001 and we have already sold more than 80,000 of these fuel-efficient vehicles including Camry, Corolla and the Prius family," he said.
"We are committed to expanding our portfolio in Australia to have at least eight hybrid vehicles in our range by the end of 2020.
"In addition, we have imported three Mirai fuel-cell sedans to educate consumers, government and other stakeholders about this future technology and to generate greater awareness of its benefits."
The annual Newsweek Green Rankings evaluate the world's largest publicly traded companies, using eight metrics to measure environmental performance.
Companies are scored against their industry peers on each metric, including energy, water and waste levels.
The Newsweek Green Rankings are available at http://www.newsweek.com/green-rankings-2017-18.