Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that its cumulative worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles surpassed 1 million units as of the end of September 2012. This milestone was reached 12 years and 11 months after the start of sales of the first generation Insight in Japan November 1999, which realized fuel economy of 35 km/liter (82.3 mpg US, 2.86 L/100k m) on the 10･15 mode with a 5-speed MT vehicle—at the time the world’s highest fuel economy among all mass-production gasoline-powered vehicles.
Toyota hit the 1-million mark for cumulative global hybrid sales at the end of May 2007 (earlier post), and has since rocketed past 4 million cumulative units. (Earlier post.) Toyota unveiled the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) in March 1997, then launched its first hybrid production vehicle (the Coaster) in Japan that August, followed by the first-generation Prius in December 1997.
Leveraging the features of its IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) hybrid system, Honda has been enhancing its hybrid vehicle lineup and currently sells eight hybrid models (three of them solely in Japan) in approximately 50 countries around the world.
|History of Honda’s Hybrid Models|
|Year||Month||Model introduced to the market||Cumulative worldwide
hybrid vehicle sales
|1999||November||First generation Insight|
|2004||December||Accord Hybrid (North America only)|
|2005||April: 100,000 units|
|2007||May: 200,000 units|
|2009||February||Second generation Insight||August: 400,000 units|
|December: 600,000 units|
|June: Fit Shuttle Hybrid (Japan only)
Freed Hybrid (Japan only)
Freed Spike Hybrid (Japan only)
|December: 800,000 units|
|2012||May||Acura ILX Hybrid (USA, Canada only)||September: 1,000,000 units|
In May of this year, Honda began production of hybrid models in regions outside of Japan with production of the Acura ILX Hybrid in the US followed by production of the Jazz Hybrid which began in Thailand in July of this year. Honda is also planning to begin production of the Jazz Hybrid in Malaysia in 2012.
In addition to further advancing the current hybrid model offerings equipped with the one-motor IMA hybrid system, Honda will introduce new hybrid vehicles for mid-size models which will be equipped with a two-motor hybrid system. (Earlier post.)
A high-output three-motor hybrid system, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive), which realizes both a high level of sporty handling and fuel economy, will be applied to the NSX and Acura RLX, as well as the successor model of the Legend which is scheduled to be introduced in Japan. (Earlier post.)