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by David Zalstein

Honda has reached a significant milestone, selling more than one million hybrid vehicles around the world since 1999.

Honda Australia director Stephen Collins confirmed the Japanese manufacturer achieved the million hybrid vehicle mark late last month.

Honda Jazz Hybrid

“Honda is a global leader in the development of hybrid technology, having introduced hybrid motoring to the world and later to Australia with the launch of the first-generation Insight in 2001.”

Honda CR-Z - 1

Honda hybrids rely on the company’s unique Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system to power them, combining a conventional petrol engine with an electric motor that recharges automatically via energy captured under braking.

Honda Insight

Honda Australia’s current range of hybrid vehicles includes the Insight, Civic Hybrid and CR-Z, and will expand to four models with the launch of the new Honda Jazz Hybrid in early 2013.

In May, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Japan announced its global hybrid vehicle sales totaled four million units through April 2012 and in August, the carmaker said it was on track to sell one million hybrid vehicles worldwide for this calendar year.




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