According to Honda, as of the end of September 2012, Honda’s worldwide hybrid sales have reached one million units. After 12 years and 11 months, Honda has finally reached this milestone, dating back to when the first generation Insight debuted in Japan back in November 1999. The 2000 Honda Insight was America’s first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle and cumulative sales of Honda hybrid vehicles in America has topped 318,000 units.
As expected, over the years as the hybrid technology has become more accepted by the everyday consumer, sales of hybrid vehicles from Honda has grown exponentially. In April 2005, Honda sold 100,000 hybrid vehicles, while it took until May 2007 to move 200,000 total. It wasn’t until the second-generation Insight in August 2009 that Honda reached 400,000 units. Thanks to the addition of the CR-Z and the Fit Hybrid, in lat December 2006, Honda reached 600,000 hybrids sold.
Adding several more hybrid models for the Japanese market such as the Fit Shuttle, Freed, and Freed Spike, Honda was able to achieve selling 800,000 by December of last year. Now, with the new Acura ILX on the road, Honda has finally achieved its milestone of 1,000,000 hybrid vehicles sold worldwide. Image courtesy of optikalblitz