LONDON -- Toyota Motor Corp. boosted sales in Europe by 3 percent in the first half of 2005 to 515,000 units, the world's second-biggest carmaker said on Wednesday.
"This puts us well on our way to meet our own 2010 target of selling 1.2 million vehicles," Toyota Motor Europe Executive Vice President Takis Athanasopoulos told reporters.
Toyota Motor Europe President and Chief Executive Shinichi Sasaki said the company may be able to keep earnings in Europe for the fiscal year to March 2006 around the same level as the 100 billion yen ($894 million) in operating profit it generated in the year to March 2005.
He reiterated that Toyota aimed to sell 20,000 units of its Prius hybrid model in Europe this year versus 8,200 in 2004.
At the Geneva car show in March, Toyota had increased its 2005 European goal for Prius sales to 20,000 from a previous target of 15,000.
Including its luxury arm Lexus, Toyota boosted its Western European market share to 5 percent in 2004 from 4.8 percent in 2003, according to statistics from the ACEA car industry group.