Honda Drives Down Petrol Electric Car Costs | Part Two

Like most new Honda cars, the Civic IMA has 12 month / 12,500 mile service intervals and there are no special maintenance needs for this Civic. In fact just 6.3 hours maintenance is scheduled for the first 60,000 miles.

Honda has received early indications from CAP Monitor that they see the value of this new technology creating a premium over the already strong performing 5dr model on the used car market. This confidence will be shown in their March publication but they expected it to reflect approximately 1.5% uplift.

Independent data for Service Maintenance and Repair (SMR) costs indicate highly competitive figures equal to or less than other C-sector models.

Of course the raison d’etre of the IMA system is its improved efficiency / reduced CO2 emissions compared with an ordinary petrol engine. This has recently been confirmed with official government fuel figures showing a benefit of almost 30% over a conventional 1.4 litre petrol-engine Civic, itself one of the most efficient cars in the compact car class (C-sector).

According to the recently released government figures, the Civic IMA achieves an Urban fuel consumption of 47.1 mpg, an Extra Urban figure of 65.7 mpg and a combined figure of 57.6 mpg. Using the latter figure, a motorist travelling 20,000 miles per annum would save over 100 gallons a petrol each year, at a current price of around £400, using a Civic IMA instead of an ordinary 1.4 litre petrol model. (Viewed from an environmental perspective, this equates to a saving of more than 1 tonne of CO2 pumped into the atmosphere, each year.)

Low fuel and maintenance costs will be matched by affordable insurance. The ABI has recently recommended a Group 9 rating for the Civic IMA, actually a couple of groups lower than the Civic Coupe whose basic body design it shares.

Published 22 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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