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Honda puts hybrids in high gear for US, China and Japan

Automaker looks to lift electrified vehicles to 65% of sales volume in 2030

The Insight hybrid sedan will be sold in the U.S. and Japan this year.

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will release a host of hybrid models this year in the U.S., China and Japan as the automaker aims to make electrified vehicles account for 65% of its global sales in 2030.

The automaker plans to roll out a hybrid version of the mainstay Accord sedan in the U.S. during the first half of 2018, while introducing a new version of the Insight hybrid in the country this summer. Honda sold just over 20,000 hybrids last year in the U.S., a mere 1% of its sales in the company's largest market. But the carmaker seeks to capture medium- to long-term demand for environmentally friendly vehicles.

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