Cumulative worldwide sales of Honda hybrid vehicles surpassed 1 million units

Article by Christian A., on October 19, 2012

Honda has sold its one-millionth hybrid – an Acura ILX Hybrid -- this week. The Japanese automaker achieved this milestone after having offered the hybrid globally for 12 years and 11 months. The first original Insight was sold in Japan in 1999. Honda has presented the following hybrids in the U.S. -- the Civic Hybrid, original six-cylinder Accord Hybrid, CR-Z, and the Acura ILX Hybrid.

Even as the original Honda Insight arrived shorter than one year after the first-generation Toyota Prius came to Japan, it actually beat the Prius to the market in the U.S. Nevertheless, Toyota has long exceeded the 1-million mark for its hybrids. As of May 2012, Toyota has sold 4 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. Honda’s total hybrid sales even fall behind the sales of the Prius lineup.

It was last April that Toyota sold its one-millionth Prius in the U.S. As of October 2010, Toyota has sold more than 2 million Prius units. But Honda isn’t giving up the fight. In the next two years, Honda will release a new generation of hybrids. Next year, the new Accord will be available as a plug-in hybrid variant and a traditional hybrid will follow.

In the next several years, Acura may introduce three new all-wheel-drive hybrids -- the four-door RLX hybrid sedan, the revived Acura NSX, and maybe an MDX hybrid crossover. The reasons being cited for why Toyota hybrids sell better than Honda’s hybrids include the issue of technology and that more people prefer the original Prius’ more traditional four-door sedan body style.

Around 25 years since the original groundbreaking NSX supercar was launched, its much-anticipated successor – the next-generation Acura NSX – has been revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Motor Show). This isn’t just a concept version of the new NSX, but is the final production model that is wrapped in NSX Red finish and powered by a twin-turbocharged engine. Announcing important details of the new NSX’s design and performance, Acura will commence taking in orders for new NSX in the summer, and start deliveries later in the year.

Developed and built in the United States, the next-generation NSX is definitely Acura's new mid-engine sports hybrid supercar, representing Acura’s summit in terms of styling and design. Acura developed the new NSX to inject a "new sports experience" to the supercar segment, thereby defying conventional perceptions about supercars. The carmaker worked to achieve this new kind of experience by employing a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine mated to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) as well as a three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system. In addition, the new NSX is fitted with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body, which employs pioneering materials and manufacturing processes.

All of these elements -- powertrain, body and chassis – work harmoniously to realize the concept of a "human-centered supercar," which means that in every aspect of its design, the driver is always considered first. This resulted to a supercar that isn’t only intuitive but also responsive to driver inputs.

Topics: honda, hybrid, sales

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