In the seven years since American Honda Motor Co. Inc. launched the modern-day hybrid market in the U.S., annual model-year volumes have soared from 2,853 2-passenger Insight hatchbacks in ’00 to 384,278 light hybrid-electric vehicles in the ’07 model run. A Ward’s study combining import sales and import-brand and domestic production for the U.S. market shows ’07 hybrid volume grew 126.8% from 180,600 in model-year ’06, with further growth seen for ’08. Nevertheless, hybrids were still ...

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