Worldwide sales for Honda‘s hybrid vehicles have reached one million units as of the end of September 2012, according to the Japanese automaker.
It took 12 years and 11 month for Honda to reach its 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, sales of hybrid vehicles from Honda has grown exponentially over the years as the technology becomes more accepted by the everyday consumer. In April 2005, the automaker sold 100,000 hybrid vehicles, while it took until May 2007 to move 200,000 total. It wasn’t until August 2009 and the introduction of the second-generation Insight that Honda reached 400,000 units. A little over a year later in December 2006, Honda had sold 600,000 hybrids – thanks to the addition of the CR-Z and the Fit Hybrid.
Last year, Honda added several more hybrid models for the Japanese market (Fit Shuttle, Freed, Freed Spike) which helped it achieve 800,000 units sold by December. Now less than a year later and the new Acura ILX is now on the road, Honda has achieved its milestone of 1,000,000 hybrid vehicles sold worldwide.