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Published on October 16th, 2012 | by Adam Johnston


Honda Hybrid Vehicles Surpass 1 Million Units Sold

October 16th, 2012 by  

Honda hybrid vehicles just surpassed the one million mark in sales at the end of September. According to Green Car Congress, this milestone took the Japanese car manufacturer nearly thirteen years (12 years and 11 months, to be exact) since its first hybrid car hit the roads of Japan in November 1999.

Honda Jazz Hybrid via Shutterstock

Back 13 years ago, the first Honda hybrid vehicles were tops in fuel economy, at 35 kilometers a liter, based on a 5 MT vehicle with a 10-15 mode, Green Car Congress noted.

It took Toyota just 10 years to reach 1 million hybrids sold — the company reached that goal back in 2007. Furthermore, in the 5 years since that time, Toyota has sold four million more hybrid cars.

Honda now sells eight hybrid models globally in fifty countries, while three are specifically sold in Japan.

As hybrids become more popular globally, Honda is also expanding its production on a global scale. It started producing the Jazz Hybrid in Thailand this past July. Honda also expects to start production in Malaysia later this year, the article said.

Meanwhile, the US has benefited from Honda expanding its global production scope, as the ILX Hybrid is being produced in the US.

Honda’s recent milestone in reaching its 1 millionth hybrid vehicle sale shows that there is strong demand for greener cars, and gives some encouragement to the electric vehicle market.

Source: Green Car Congress

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Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at

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