Honda Tops 800,000 Hybrids, Still Trails Toyota’s 3 Million Record

Honda announced today that, as of the end of 2011, its total count of hybrid-powered vehicles has now crested the 800,000 mark.

Honda was one of the first automakers to sell a hybrid vehicle with its first-generation Insight in 1999. It now offers seven different hybrid vehicles worldwide, including the second-generation Insight, CR-Z, and Civic Hybrid, which are all available in the U.S. Honda also offers the FCX Clarity hydrogen-fueled car in select markets and will be releasing the Fit EV to the U.S. market later this year. Additionally, Honda will add the first hybrid Acura vehicle to its lineup this spring with the all-new ILX compact sedan.

While this may be an impressive feat for the Japanese automaker, its competitors from Toyota City bested it long ago. Almost a year ago, Toyota announced that it had already moved over three million Toyota and Lexus units globally; as of February 28, 2011, Toyota has sold north of 3.03 million hybrids.

Toyota has the upper hand to Honda, however, thanks to its two-year lead in the hybrid sales race – the first generation of its Prius hybrid debuted in 1997 – and the fact that it offers more hybrid models around the globe. In the U.S. alone, there are currently 20 Toyota and Lexus hybrids on sale: the Toyota Camry and Highlander Hybrids, Prius, Prius Plug-In, and Prius v and the Lexus HS 250h, CT 200h, RX 400h, GS 450h, and LS 600h L. Toyota will also add the smaller Prius c to its hybrid lineup here in the States in the coming months.

Source: Honda, Toyota

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