Remember when selling 100,000 hybrids was something to tout? Today, Honda comes calling with the news that, since putting its first-gen Insight on sale in 1999, the company has sold more than a million hybrids around the world.
First released in 2008, the Freed minivan has finally been updated to a gas-electric powertrain and will go on sale in Japan before the end of the month. New models with a simple gasoline engine will also go on sale October 28. Next month, Freed models designed for people with special needs will go on sale. These include a "wheelchair-accessible model with a newly developed electric winch, a side lift-up seat model, and a passenger lift-up seat model."
Although it doesn't look as we are going to see it Stateside, Honda has launched a Japanese minivan based on the Honda Fit platform. It's called Freed and in just 4.2 meters (165 inches) we can carry a complete family using a 1.5-liter unit mated to a CVT transmission that manages to get fuel consumption levels of about 6 l/100 km (39 mpg U. S.). The Freed got the fuel tank moved to the vehicle floor to give the interior as much room as possible and the rear doors are electric. Honda expects to