Honda Civic Hybrid

From Honda press: The Honda Civic Hybrid, the first mainstream gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle sold in North America, enters its third year on the market as a fuel economy, emissions and advanced technology leader. Honda led all other automakers in consumer registrations of hybrid vehicles in calendar year 2003 with 23,048 Civic and Insight hybrid vehicle registrations combined, according to registration data released by R.L. Polk & Company.

The Civic Hybrid alone accounted for half of all hybrid vehicles registrations in 2003. According to R.L. Polk data, national hybrid vehicle registrations rose 25.8 percent in 2003 versus 2002, while Honda Civic registrations doubled.

The Civic Hybrid's amazing fuel economy remains unchanged for the 2005 model year. The Hybrid CVT ULEV has earned an EPA city/highway rating of 48/47 mpg. By the same measure, the 5-speed manual achieves a city/highway rating of 46/51 mpg. Both models have a range of more than 600 miles. Civic models sold in California and certain northeastern states qualify at Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions (AT-PZEV) vehicles.

The Civic Hybrid uses Honda's innovative Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology, employing a 1.3-liter i-DSI 4-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with a high output electric motor to provide excellent performance and fuel efficiency. The system's compact nickel-metal hydride battery module is automatically recharged during braking and deceleration.

The hybrid system provides up to 93 horsepower and 116 lb-ft of torque with the electric motor "assist." Fuel economy is improved by up to 30 percent compared to other Civic sedans. All this is achieved by the hybrid powertrain while still meeting the stringent AT-PZEV standard.

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