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Honda hybrid sales pass 800,000

Honda's cumulative worldwide hybrid vehicle sales surpassed 800,000 units as of the end of December 2011.

This milestone was reached 12 years and two months after the start of sales of the first generation Honda Insight, in Japan in 1999, which delivered fuel economy of 35km/litre, then the world's highest fuel economy among all gasoline-powered vehicles.

Honda went on to introduce the first generation Insight, Civic Hybrid and Accord Hybrid equipped with Honda's original lightweight and compact IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) hybrid system.

More recently, following the introduction of the second generation Insight in 2009, Honda introduced a total of six new hybrid models in the last three years.

Honda's worldwide hybrid sales for 2011 was approximately 200,000 units (up 30 per cent compared to 2010), and Honda's total hybrid sales during the last three years exceeded 500,000 units.

Sunday Independent