Honda Malaysia has announced that its Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) hybrid models have reached a significant milestone of 10,000 units sold in Malaysia. The 10,000th Honda CKD Hybrid was a City Hybrid sedan.
Of the 10,000 units of Honda CKD Hybrid vehicles sold, the Jazz Hybrid accounts for the highest sales at over 6,000 units, followed by the City Hybrid with more than 3,400 units sold and the HR-V Hybrid with over 670 units, as of June 2019.
It was in 2004 that Honda Malaysia first introduced hybrid technology to Malaysia, officially bringing in the country’s first hybrid model – a Civic Hybrid. Eight years later, in 20123, in line with the Malaysian government’s agenda of promoting green technology and the positive market acceptance of advanced Japanese hybrid technology, Honda Malaysia rolled out the CKD Jazz Hybrid at the Pegoh Plant in Alor Gajah in 2012, becoming the first overseas manufacturer to produce hybrid vehicles locally. This achievement also included being the third country after Japan and the United States to manufacture a Honda Hybrid vehicle.
According to Honda Malaysia President and Chief Operating Officer, Sarly Adle Sarkum said, “This year marks the 15th year since Honda introduced hybrid technology in Malaysia. Starting with the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology to the intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive (i-DCD), Honda continues to focus on introducing Next Generation Advanced Technology innovations to the Malaysian market. I am delighted to witness the positive acceptance of Malaysians towards Honda Hybrid vehicles. Our line-up of hybrid models cater to the different needs and lifestyle of our customers. These 10,000 units of Honda CKD Hybrid sales is a significant achievement as we have not only offered advanced Japanese technology but also the fun-to-drive element while maintaining its affordability.”
The City Hybrid and Jazz Hybrid are both powered by the 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine that combines a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with an integrated high power motor. When the HR-V Hybrid was introduced early this year, it was the first hybrid in the compact SUV segment in Malaysia. It is also powered by the 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine.