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

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