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Cumulative Worldwide Sales of Honda Hybrid Vehicles Reaches 1 Million Units

LONDON, ENGLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 10/19/12 -- Honda has announced that its cumulative worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles broke the 1 million mark at the end of September 2012. This milestone was reached almost 13 years after sales began of the first generation Honda Insight in Japan in November 1999. The first generation Insight achieved fuel economy of 35km/litre(i) which was the world's highest fuel economy among all mass-production petrol-powered vehicles at the time.

Hybrid is an essential step from the internal combustion engine towards full Electric Vehicles and Honda believe this technology will play an increasingly important role. Building on the unique features of its original lightweight and compact IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) hybrid system, Honda has been enhancing its hybrid vehicle lineup and currently sells 8 hybrid models in approximately 50 countries around the world including 3 hybrid models in Europe.

Honda is developing its hybrid technologies to meet differing customer demands. By further advancing its current one-motor IMA hybrid system Honda will aim to achieve number one fuel economy among all hybrid vehicles. In addition, Honda will introduce a new two-motor hybrid system for mid-size models and an efficient, high-output three-motor hybrid system, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive), which delivers both superior handling and excellent fuel economy. This system will be applied to the new NSX which will be sold in Europe.

Under the global environmental slogan of 'Blue Skies for Our Children,' Honda will continue its efforts to develop and sell hybrid vehicles in an aim to realise a low carbon society.

History of Honda's Hybrid Models

Year Month / Model introduced to the       Honda's cumulative worldwide     
     market                                hybrid vehicle sales             
1999 November: First generation Insight                                     
2001 December: Civic Hybrid                                                 
2004 December: Accord Hybrid (North                                         
     America only)                                                          
2005                                       April: 100,000 units             
2007                                       May: 200,000 units               
2009 February: Second generation Insight   August: 400,000 units            
2010 February: CR-Z                        December: 600,000 units          
     October: Fit Hybrid                                                    
2011 June: Fit Shuttle Hybrid (Japan       December: 800,000 units          
     October: Freed Hybrid (Japan only)                                     
     Freed Spike Hybrid (Japan only)                                        
2012 May: Acura ILX Hybrid (USA, Canada    September: 1,000,000 units       

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