Hitz FM radio announcer Tengku Mohd Ean Nasrun, better known as Ean, recently became the owner of the 10,000th Honda hybrid in Malaysia – a CR-Z. He was rewarded with a two-day, one-night getaway package as a token of appreciation from Honda.

The 33-year old said he liked the combination of “sporty looks” and “eco-friendliness” found in the CR-Z, adding that the test drive sealed the deal for him. “(The car’s) easy to handle and has heaps of cool features which makes it really fun for everyday driving.”

From 2007 to September this year, Honda reports Malaysian sales of 6,339 Insights, 2,109 CR-Zs, 1,786 Jazz Hybrids and 1,238 Civic Hybrids.

Coinciding with this local milestone is the achievement of one million Honda hybrid owners globally, since the introduction of the first-gen Insight in Japan 13 years ago.

Congratulating Ean, Honda Malaysia CEO Yoichiro Ueno said: “Being the pioneer of hybrid technology in Malaysia with the launch of the Civic Hybrid in 2007, we are very pleased to see that hybrid vehicles have received positive response.

“With the launch of the Insight at the end of 2010, Honda has successfully captured 54.4% of the hybrid market share in 2011 and it has increased to 66% as at August 2012.”