Honda hybrid cars surpass one million sales worldwide

Honda - an automobile brand partially responsible for heralding the arrival of hybrid car technology in the late nineties - has announced it has reached a major milestone in worldwide sales of green cars.

According to a statement released October 31, the marque has now sold more than one million hybrid cars across the globe since 1999.

Honda Australia director and general manager of sales and marketing Stephen Collins believes that the news reflects a growing demand amongst the public for cars which offer low fuel consumption and environmental efficiency.

"The hybrid market is growing in Australia as awareness increases, legislation changes and consumers chose vehicles that are more efficient and better on their hip pocket," said Mr Collins.

Investing in the procurement of hybrid vehicles for your fleet can be an excellent way of decreasing car fuel consumption and reducing excess expenses, while doing your part to help the environment as well.

Honda's first hybrid vehicle was the original Honda Insight, which boasted the highest level of fuel economy in the world out of all mass produced petrol powered cars upon its release in 2001.

Today, the Honda Insight exists as a hatchback with an Inline 1.3 litre four cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine, outputting 72kW of power and 167Nm of torque.

Honda claims that it is capable of reaching a combined fuel consumption level of just 4.3 litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 103 grams/100km.

The Insight is one of three Honda hybrid models currently available in Australia, alongside the Civic Hybrid and the CR-Z. That lineup is also set to grow in early 2013 when the marque launches the Honda Jazz Hybrid.

All of those cars feature Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system, which utilises both a petrol engine and an electric motor in order to cut down on fuel usage.