Honda Malaysia (HM) has reached yet another milestone; this time, it’s 10,000 units of locally assembled hybrid models. Hybrid CKD number 10,000 – a Honda City Hybrid – was delivered yesterday to Saddam Hassan Bin Abdul Salim at Macinda Auto in Kuantan.
Honda’s hybrid story in Malaysia started in 2004, when HM brought in the Civic Hybrid, the first hybrid car to be sold here. That, and the Insight and CR-Z that followed, were CBU imports from Japan. In 2012, the GE Jazz Hybrid became the first CKD hybrid to roll out of Honda’s Pegoh plant. HM’s Melaka factory was the first to produce hybrid cars in Malaysia, and we were the third country after Japan and the United States to manufacture a Honda hybrid car.
Of the 10k CKD hybrids sold here, it’s no surprise that the Jazz Hybrid is the biggest contributor with over 6,000 units, followed by the City Hybrid with over 3,400 units delivered. HM’s latest hybrid addition – the HR-V Hybrid – has found over 670 homes as of June 2019.
“I am delighted to witness the positive acceptance of Malaysians towards Honda hybrid vehicles. Our lineup of hybrid models cater to the different needs and lifestyle of our customers. We are honoured to have reached this milestone, which is a significant achievement as we have not only offered advanced Japanese technology but also the fun-to-drive element while maintaining affordability,” said HM’s president and COO Sarly Adle Sarkum.
Malaysia is the only country outside of Japan to officially offer the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system, which powers the hybrid Jazz, City and HR-V. It combines an Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC engine with a 30 PS/160 Nm electric motor, a lithium-ion traction battery pack and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In the HR-V Hybrid, total output is 152 PS and 190 Nm. Read more about the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system, and how it differs from the previous generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system here.
As the lucky owner of the 10k milestone car, Saddam received the Protection Package, which includes Ultra Body Coating, Ultra Window Coating and wheel lock nuts. He was also given a free Modulo package by HM.
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