According to a report, a total of 604 hybrid cars were sold in the country until last year following the two-year tax waiver granted for such vehicles granted until 2010 (which has since been extended to Dec 31, 2011, with 100% exemption on import and excise duties). These were made up of both Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid models.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday that in 2008, 10 units of hybrid cars were sold, while the figure rose to 267 in 2009 and 327 in 2010. With the arrival of the Honda Insight, the numbers should continue to grow, but it’s still very much a trickle when you look at things happening elsewhere.