When Honda introduced its hybrid vehicle in Japan in 1999, it never thought that it will become a roaring tsunami across the globe. Now the Honda hybrid vehicle sales have surpassed one million worldwide at the end of September. It took 12 years and 11 months, to achieve this milestone.
The Honda Insight has become the most fuel-efficient production car with a fuel economy of under 3L/100km. The company had kept on improvising by introducing seven new models in the process and now they have proved that hybrid powertrains can play an important role in the future car industry.
The Japanese automaker is about to introduce a new two-motor hybrid system for midsize vehicles and a high-output, three-motor hybrid system for the future Acura NSX. The Insight was the first fuel-efficient daily driving car, which was available for sale to the masses in America. Its unbelievable mileage still stays as a challenge to the other hybrids in the market.
With the production of the Acura ILX Hybrid in the USA and the Jazz Hybrid in Thailand, Honda is slowly expanding the manufacture of hybrids outside the country. In an attempt to provide hybrid vehicles with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions for the car enthusiasts in Asia, the company plans to produce the Jazz Hybrid in Malaysia in 2012.
At present, Honda sells eight hybrid models worldwide in fifty countries, while three are sold in their own country.