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Honda’s Hybrid Vehicles Total Sales Surpassed 1 Million Units

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that its cumulative worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles surpassed 1 million units as of the end of September 2012. This milestone was reached 12 years and 11 months after the start of sales of the first generation Insight in Japan November 1999, which realized fuel economy of 35km/litre (based on Measured in 10・15 mode with a 5-speed MT vehicle) then the world’s highest fuel economy among all mass-production gasoline-powered vehicles.

 

2012 Honda Insight Malaysia

 

Capitalizing on the unique features of Honda’s original lightweight and compact IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) hybrid system, Honda has been enhancing its hybrid vehicle line-up and currently sells 8 hybrid models in approximately 50 countries around the world.

 

In May of this year, Honda began production of hybrid models in regions outside of Japan with production of the Acura ILX Hybrid in the USA followed by production of the Jazz Hybrid which began in Thailand in July of this year. Moreover, Honda is also planning to begin production of the Jazz Hybrid in Malaysia in 2012 to deliver hybrid vehicles with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions for customers in Asia where demand for fuel efficient vehicles is expected to grow in the future.

 

In addition to further advancing the current hybrid model offerings equipped with the one-motor IMA hybrid system, Honda will introduce new hybrid vehicles for mid-size models which will be equipped with a two-motor hybrid system. Furthermore, for the pursuit of excellence in driving performance, a highly-efficient and high-output three-motor hybrid system, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive), which realizes both a high level of sporty handling and fuel economy, will be applied to the NSX and Acura RLX, as well as the successor model of the Legend which is scheduled to be introduced in Japan.

Honda Malaysia To Produce Hybrid Vehicles Locally as CKD

Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd today announced that it would be producing hybrid vehicles locally. The announcement was made by Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd. at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of its No. 2 Line at Honda’s Pegoh Plant in Alor Gajah, Malacca. When the first hybrid rolls out of its plant later this year, Honda will become the first non-national automotive manufacturer in Malaysia to locally produce hybrid vehicles. Currently, Honda produces its hybrid vehicles only in Japan and the US.

 

Honda Malaysia Factory Expansion Line No.2 Stone Laying Ceremony

 

The historic ceremony was graced by guests-of-honour, Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, Chief Minister of Malacca and Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

 

In his welcome speech, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia lauded the support by the Malaysian government in promoting green technology among industry players. “Honda’s growth and strong presence here in Malaysia would not have been possible without the partnership and support of the government and people of Malaysia. We have nurtured a strong working relationship with the government, our suppliers, dealers and customers. I would like to reiterate our firm commitment towards our business here in Malaysia as we strive to become a company that Malaysians would be proud to have in this country.”

 

Honda Malaysia Factory Expansion Line No.2 Stone Laying Ceremony

 

Honda Malaysia has been manufacturing vehicles locally since 2003. The expansion of its production line to manufacture hybrid models is a natural progression in line with the increasing demand for advanced, clean and fuel-efficient vehicles in Malaysia.

 

Honda Malaysia Factory Expansion Line No.2 Stone Laying Ceremony

 

Mr. Kobayashi shared his joy to be able to participate in this significant event. “We will start local production of the Jazz Hybrid at the Malacca Plant by the end of this year. Due to Asia’s fast growth and diverse markets, Honda will accelerate efforts throughout our regional operations to achieve Honda’s 2020 vision. Southeast Asia in particular holds a very important position for Honda’s global business. With a huge population, strong GDP growth and spending power, the demand for passenger vehicles in this region has grown tremendously in the past 10 years. We want to keep on creating products that maximize the joy of our customers, with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions in these markets.”

 

Honda is the pioneer in bringing hybrid technology to Malaysia, introducing the first hybrid vehicle to Malaysians back in 2007. With the move to produce hybrid vehicles locally, Honda is once again leading the way in the introduction of higher value technologies to Malaysians.

 

Honda Malaysia Factory Expansion Line No.2 Stone Laying Ceremony

 

Honda Malaysia is investing RM350 million for the expansion, which includes building, equipment and facilities. The new No.2 Line is scheduled to begin operations by the fourth quarter of 2013 and will be able to produce 100,000 units annually. When both the production lines are up and running, Honda Malaysia will be able to produce up to 800 vehicles per day, double its current output.

 

Hybrid vehicles will be produced at its No. 1 Line while the new No. 2 Line is specially built to increase Honda’s ability to meet the Malaysian market demand for compact vehicles. Both the current and the new No. 2 Line will have the capability to produce multiple models and to quickly and efficiently shift production as required. In pursuit of Honda’s “Green Factory” concept, the No.2 line will continue to adopt a more efficient and environment friendly manufacturing operation.

 

The expanded factory will occupy a total space of 8.48 million square metres when it is completed; almost double the 4.32 million square metres of its current size. Mr. Ueno continued, “With this expanded factory, we are making investments to bring in state-of-the-art technologies as well as other investments. There will also be a transferring of technology such as with the installation of the latest state-of-the-art General Welding equipment. This is a demonstration of our commitment to continue providing products of the highest quality to our customers in Malaysia, which is reflected in our achievement of the No.1 ranking in the Initial Quality Study (IQS) award for the past 5 consecutive years.”

 

Mr. Ueno added that this investment would also be able to create more jobs for Malaysians. When the expansion at the Malacca Plant is completed and begins full operations next year, Honda Malaysia expects to employ 700 new associates.

 

Honda Malaysia believes that cost competitiveness is critical to success in this country. Together with its plant expansion, it is also widening its local supplier network to increase the parts content sourced in Malaysia. Currently, Honda Malaysia sources about 40% of the completely knocked-down (CKD) vehicles components locally and plan to further increase the local content.

 

The expanded Pegoh Plant in Malacca will assemble (CKD) models such as the City, Civic, Accord, CR-V and the first hybrid model, the Jazz Hybrid.

 

The expanded factory is complemented by the recently built RM40 million Pre-Delivery Inspection Centre (PDI) and Vehicle Quality Test Course which was commissioned on 7 July 2012. The new Vehicle Quality Test Course is designed with different dynamic testing zones and road conditions, which will be able to fully test two new vehicles per session. Earlier this year, Honda Malaysia officially opened their new warehouse to provide better support to its dealers.

 

Mr. Ueno added that parallel to the expansion and introduction of new models, Honda Malaysia is also looking to increase its dealer network throughout Malaysia, to up to 90 dealers by the end of 2015.

 

With the newly expanded factory, Honda Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to deliver its products on time and continue to excite Malaysians with an exciting line up of advanced models, for both the petrol and hybrid range.

2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Facelifted in Malaysia

Last September, Honda unveiled the facelift model of Honda Insight during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Not too long after it, the 2012 Honda Insight is now in Malaysian showrooms, still remained RM 99,800 OTR including insurance.

 

2012 Honda Insight Malaysia

As previously highlighted, the new Honda Insight hybrid model’s CO2 emissions drop below the 100g/km mark, to 96g/km. In other word, it is now even more fuel-efficient compared to the pre-facelift model. By the way, I am currently driving one of the 2011 model and I am one of the proud owner too.

 

2012 Honda Insight Malaysia

According to Honda, the facelift model has a series of technical enhancements to improve its efficiency and comfortability. From its engine tuning, CVT transmission, IMA system, air-conditioning system and revised suspension settings.

 

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After my inspection to the new 2012 Honda Insight, I found the exterior styling on the bumpers are bolder than before. The front (including the front grille, fog lamp) and rear facades (added a silver tailgate garnish) are noticeably restyled. After the facelift, the rear visibility is now improved with larger glass area and longer rear wipers.

 

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There are no major changes for the interior except improved insulation materials to further reduce NVH. However, the fabrics used for the seats and door panel are revised. The instruments cluster is also changed compared to the 2011 models. In addition, the ‘wave key’ has also been changed to a more compact ‘jack-knife’ key to make it easier to keep in the pocket.

 

There are 4 colour choices are available – Super Platinum Aqua Metallic, Premium White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Alabaster Silver Metallic. The Honda Insight comes standard with 3 years or 100,000km warranty plus 5 years or 140,000km warranty on hybrid battery pack. Not to forget, it also includes 3x free service in first 6 months or 10,000km.

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Honda Insight Malaysia

 

2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Facelift Model

Honda will be revealing the new 2012 Honda Insight hybrid facelift and all-new 2012 Honda Civic 5-door hatchback at the upcoming 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Interestingly, the new Honda Insight hybrid model’s CO2 emissions drop below the 100 g/km mark, to 96 g/km.

 

Honda’s official say this has been achieved thanks to a series of enhancements, which include reduced engine friction, changes to the CVT transmission and to the air conditioning system. Moreover, the fuel efficiency is further improved as well.

 

The new facelift model of 2012 Honda Insight features a new front grille and a redesigned front bumper.  A slimmer spoiler at the rear allows for a larger glass area, and, along with the smaller wiper, better rear visibility.

 

To improve both stability and ride comfort on the Insight, Honda’s engineers have also revised the suspension settings under the facelift model. According to our source, the interior design will remain the identical. Full details will be available soon.

Honda Insight Unloading From Car Transport Carrier in Malaysia

Honda Malaysia is currently rolling out the Honda Insight Demo Car to all Honda dealers nationwide. We spotted this Car Transport Courier unloading a unit of Honda Insight at one of the Honda dealer in Kuala Lumpur. We also learn that the other Insights on the truck will be sending over to other dealership.

 

Folks! Honda Insight will be officially on display at all Honda dealers in Malaysia begins 15 February 2011.

 

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Photo Gallery: Honda Insight Unloading From Car Transport Carrier in Malaysia