A version of Honda's Civic, powered by a futuristic engine designed to use petrol more efficiently, scooped a Best Environment Car Award during the NEC show.

The accolade for the Civic SE Executive, powered by the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) unit, was one of a number of awards in various categories made by judges from the Institute of Vehicle Engineers (IVehE).

A 28 strong panel of judges chose the Honda, which will be on sale in May 2003, ahead of more than 20 contenders for its evolution of the IMA concept into a mainstream Civic.

IMA is the latest Honda engine technology, with a 1.3 litre petrol engine coupled to a lightweight electric motor for enhanced fuel economy and added power when accelerating.

The electric motor also acts as a generator during deceleration and braking, automatically recharging the car's battery pack. Fuel consumption is expected to be around 57 mpg overall.

IVehE declared the IMA, which is the second-generation evolution of the eco-friendly Honda Insight Hydrid concept seen at the 2000 Show, as “impressive”.

“The IMA combines a number of advanced petrol engine, electric motor and battery technologies,” they commented.


Published : 06/11/02 Author : Melanie Carter

Honda News

This is a 19-year+ news article, from our Honda archive, which dates back to the year 2000.

If in doubt check with your local Honda dealer as car prices and technical data will have changed since 2002.

Although our car news is published in good faith, we cannot guarantee it to be error free or complete or up-to-date.

Honda Images

Honda Images may not be UK specification cars. Colours and exterior and/or interior elements may differ from actual models.

Copyright

The car news and images remain the copyright of the rights holder and may not be used without their consent.