Just 12 years and two months after the original Honda Insight first went on sale in Japan, Honda recently sold its 800,000th hybrid vehicle around the globe. The milestone occurred right at the end of 2011 and sets the stage for further hybrid growth both in the U.S. and abroad.
Honda Dealers in Denver Area pointed out the automaker now offers three hybrid models in this country—and seven hybrids internationally—with even more on their way. The current U.S. lineup:
- Honda Civic Hybrid—All-new for the 2012 model year, the Civic packs the latest version of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology, as well as a new, advanced lithium-ion battery pack, to deliver EPA ratings of 44 mpg city/44 mpg highway/44 mpg combined.
- Honda Insight—Still delivering the highest fuel efficiency of any new vehicle priced below $20,000, the Insight recently gained fresh new design cues and a 1 mpg bump in all EPA measures, lifting its EPA marks to 41 mpg city/44 mpg highway/42 mpg combined.
- Honda CR-Z—With athletic handling and a standard six-speed manual transmission, the CR-Z provides an EPA line of 31 mpg city/37 mpg highway/34 mpg combine in a sporty and athletic package; and it can reach 35 mpg city/39 mpg highway/37 mpg with an available continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In addition, according to Acura Serving Arlington, a plug-in hybrid version of the completely redesigned 2013 Honda Accord is slated to go on sale late this year, featuring the company’s all-new two-motor hybrid propulsion system. Honda’s first plug-in hybrid is targeting an all-electric driving range of up to 15 miles and a recharging time of less than 1.5 hours when using a 240-volt charger. But the plug-in Accord actually will be the second hybrid sedan Honda introduces in 2012, as its premium division, Acura, will launch its first hybrid in the spring: The Acura ILX compact luxury sedan.
More information about the new Accord and ILX sedans—both of which were shown off at the recent 2012 North American Auto Show in Detroit—can be found online at Automobiles.Honda.com and Acura.com, respectively. Or visit Honda Edmonton Alberta or your local Honda dealer.