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Honda Tops One Million Hybrid Car Sales
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October 15, 2012

Honda Tops One Million Hybrid Car Sales

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

While there is a certain portion of the population that has made it seem sort of un-cool to go green these days, there are still plenty of people in the world who are looking for ways to conserve energy and help the environment. The effort to go green has never been more evident than in the number of hybrid vehicles that are in operation. The latest sign of just how many people love hybrids was marked by Honda (News - Alert), who recently sold their one millionth vehicle.

That number was reached at the end of September and comes 13 years after the first hybrid vehicle, the Honda Insight, rolled off the assembly line in Japan. Companies and governments alike have really seen a steep increase in efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, like gasoline, over the last decade. Those attempts to reduce fossil fuel dependence have shown up even in areas like the US Military’s latest attempts at a global energy grid that leans on alternative energies to power it.

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It really has been hybrid cars that have led the way for the consumer class. The original Insight was able to go 35 KM/Liter. That number was the world's highest fuel economy among all mass-production gasoline-powered vehicles at the time.

Honda has long believed that the hybrid is an important step for people to move to a full on electric car. Some people are simply not comfortable using a full on electric vehicle and the hybrid gives them the ability to go greener while still using a type of car they are more familiar with. 

Honda has been enhancing the lineup of hybrid vehicles it offers from the Insight and now has eight different models of hybrid cars on the global market. Honda’s hybrid models now have a standing in more than 50 different countries around the world. 

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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