Honda Reaches Milestone of 1M Hybrids Sold Worldwide image

Honda reported sales of more than 1 million hybrid vehicles, at the end of September 2012.

Honda began selling hybrid vehicles in 1999, with the first generation Honda Insight in Japan, considered back then the world’s most fuel efficient vehicle. The automaker managed to hit the milestone of 1,000,000 hybrid vehicles sold in 12 years and 11 months.

In the US Honda started the hybrid sales in 1999, but introduced the Insight in 2000, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle sold in the States. Over this period, total sales of hybrid vehicles in the US have reached 318,000 units, the best sold models being the Insight and Honda Civic.

What is unique about Honda’s hybrid vehicles is the original lightweight and compact Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. Over the years the automaker has expanded its portfolio, currently selling 8 hybrid models in more than 50 countries.

This year in May the company began manufacturing hybrid models outside Japan, beginning with the Acura ILX Hybrid produced in the US and the Jazz (Fit) Hybrid in Thailand. At the end of this month Honda will begin manufacturing the Jazz Hybrid in Malaysia, part of its plan to reach Asia easier, where demand for fuel-efficient cars is expected to increase over the next years.