Honda hybrids top million sales
MILESTONE FOR HONDA HYBRIDS: Under its global environmental slogan of “Blue Skies for Our Children,” Honda will continue its efforts to develop and sell hybrid vehicles as it aims to create a low carbon society.
TOKYO, Japan - Honda has announced that its global hybrid sales exceeded a million in October 2012, almost 13 years after the first sales of the first-generation Honda Insight in Japan in 1999.
The first generation Insight achieved 2.8 litres/100km, at the time the world's lowest fuel consumption among mass-produced petrol vehicles.
Honda belives hybrids play an essential roll in bridging the gap between internal combustion engines and battery cars. Building on its original light and compact Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system, Honda has been enhancing its hybrid vehicle line-up and currently sells eight models in 50 countries, among them the Insight, CR-Z, and Jazz hybrid in South Africa.
By further advancing its current one-motor IMA system, Honda aims to achieve No.1 status for fuel economy among hybrids.
The Japanese automaker plans to introduce a new two-motor hybrid for mid-sized models and a high-output three-motor hybrid system, called the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive).
This system will be applied to the new NSX which will be sold in Europe.
History of Honda hybrids
1999 - First Insight
2001 - Civic Hybrid
2004 - Accord Hybrid (North America only)
2005 - Hybrid sales reach 100 000
2007 - Hybrid sales reach 200 000
2009 - Second-generation Insight. Hybrid sales reach 400 000
2010 - CR-Z and Fit (Jazz) Hybrid. Hybrid sales reach 600 000
2011 - Fit (Jazz) Shuttle, Freed and Freed Spike Hybrid (Japan only). Hybrid sales reach 800 000
2012 - Acura ILX Hybrid (USA, Canada). Hybrid sales reach 1 000 000.