Detroit - Honda Motor Co., Ltd., President and CEO Takeo Fukui today announced plans to further advance the company’s leadership in the development and application of leading edge environmental technologies with the following actions:
Slated for introduction later this year as a 2005 model, the mid-size Accord Hybrid brings hybrid power to Honda’s best-selling model, delivering an even higher level of performance than the already powerful 240-horsepower Accord V6 Sedan with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder, compact-class Civic.
The Accord Hybrid is the first V6 application of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist technology and the first hybrid vehicle to employ Variable Cylinder Management technology. Developed by Honda, VCM allows for the deactivation of three of the engine’s six cylinders under certain conditions – such as highway cruising – to deliver even greater fuel efficiency with no sacrifice in performance. VCM will also be applied to another new model being introduced later this year.
With the addition of the Accord Hybrid, Honda increases to three the number of models featuring its innovative Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology, including two of America’s most popular cars – the Honda Civic and Honda Accord. Honda was the first automaker to introduce gas-electric hybrid technology to American consumers when it launched the Honda Insight in December 1999, followed by the Civic Hybrid – the first truly mainstream hybrid vehicle – in March 2002. Together, the Insight and Civic Hybrid captured four of the top five slots in the EPA 2004 fuel economy ratings.
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