TOKYO – Defying predictions hybrid-vehicle demand is declining, Toyota reports 17% growth in global sales during the first six months of 2016.

The automaker says it sold 708,998 units compared with 606,530 in January-June 2015.

Driving Toyota’s growth was the overseas market, which rose 26% on the strength of new entries including the RAV4 Hybrid in North America and Europe and the Levin and Corolla hybrids in China.

In Japan, the new Prius, launched in December, outsold the previous model by 90% in the year’s first half, as demand for the car spiked to nearly 128,000 units, more than triple the full-year 2015 total.

Global deliveries of the world’s first mass-produced hybrid rebounded to 191,616 units, putting it on track to achieve its best sales year since the automaker introduced a Prius family of cars in 2011, including the Prius c and Prius v.

Toyota is on track to record sales of 1.4 million hybrid vehicles this year. Its previous high was 1.3 million in 2013.

On the strength of Toyota, the Japanese industry recorded 11% growth in hybrid sales to more than 850,000 units in first-half 2016. Six of every 10 units were sold in Japan.

Getting a precise count on Japanese hybrid sales is difficult because Nissan, the nation’s No.2 automaker, does not disclose its global total. However, Nissan sold 13,200 units in Japan during first-half 2016, according to WardsAuto data, up 32%, of which more than half were X-Trail CUVs.

Launched in May 2015, the X-Trail Hybrid is Nissan’s first hybrid entry in the Japanese mass market. The automaker previously sold the Pathfinder and Altima hybrids in North America. It now sells only Infiniti hybrids in the U.S. and delivered 475 units through June.