Toyota, Honda Forge Ahead in Hybrid Vehicle Development

Toyota and Honda are the only two automakers that currently handle hybrid cars and they are ahead of all others working on the development of similar vehicles.

Published: 13-Mar-2002

"We were particular about becoming first," recalled an engineer involved in the development of Insight, Honda Motor Co.'s first gasoline-electric hybrid passenger vehicle. It has nearly double the fuel efficiency of conventional gasoline-driven cars.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius became the world's first mass-market hybrid car when it was put on sale in 1997. However, it was marketed only in Japan.

Two years later, Honda followed suit with Insight, which it marketed both in Japan and the United States simultaneously, receiving the honor of becoming the first automaker to come up with such a passenger car.



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