Honda has long been synonymous with dependability and efficiency. Recently, the Japanese automaker announced that its sales of hybrid vehicles surpassed one million units.
The journey started in November of 1999 when the first generation Honda Insight was released. When the Insight reached American shores in 2000, it was rated at 49 mpg city and 61 mpg highway. Its combined rating of 53 mpg ranked it as the world’s most fuel efficient vehicle among all mass-production gasoline-powered vehicles.
The bulk of Honda’s hybrid sales have come from overseas buyers. The Insight was the first hybrid vehicle to be sold in America, and since then the Insight and Honda Civic hybrid have accounted for the majority of Honda’s sale in the U.S. market, which currently is more than 318,000 units.
Honda plans to continue to pioneer hybrid technology both domestically and abroad as it enters into the mid-sized hybrid segment. According to Honda’s release, “Honda is introducing new hybrid systems for mid-size models that will be equipped with a two-motor hybrid system. Additionally, a highly-efficient and high-output three-motor hybrid system, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive), offers[s] both superior dynamic handling and fuel efficiency.”