Honda announced earlier this week that it had sold its 300,000th hybrid since 1999, when the original Honda Insight was released.
The original Insight was a small 2-door hatchback that achieved up to 70 miles per gallon on the highway using the first application of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist. The hybrid was released in the U.S. as a 2000 model in November 1999, becoming the first hybrid vehicle to be sold in North America. Despite reaching North American consumers a year before Toyota's first-generation Prius, it never achieved the same commercial success the Prius did. Honda ended production of the first-generation Insight in 2006.
In its press release, Honda said it will bring the new CR-Z-based hybrid to production by 2010, "in the effort to achieve full-scale market penetration of hybrid vehicles."
Source: Honda, Detroit News