Honda Civic Hybrid

From Honda press: Based on the technologically-advanced Civic Sedan, the ultra-efficient Honda Civic Hybrid includes Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology to achieve an EPA-estimated city/highway rating of 40/45 miles per gallon - the highest of any 2008 Honda automotive product.

A sweeping roofline and a sleek windshield angle convey an advanced, one-motion profile with a low and wide stance. The interior focuses on sophisticated styling with a two-tier instrument panel, comfortable seating and accommodating storage areas with room for mobile phones, MP3 music players, compact discs and more. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice activation is available.

"The Civic Hybrid pioneered the introduction of gasoline-electric technology into mainstream vehicles," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Now in its second generation, the Civic Hybrid continues to prove that the fun-to-drive, accommodating nature of the regular Civic translates well into an advanced technology vehicle."
The Civic Hybrid with its advanced IMA hybrid technology achieves the highest fuel economy of any 2008 Honda automobile with an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 40/45 miles per gallon . The Civic Hybrid is equipped with Advanced-Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) equipment and a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Civic Hybrid can deactivate up to all four of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain low-speed cruising situations. Power is provided by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and a 20 horsepower electric motor, producing a combined 110-horsepower @ 6000 rpm and combined 123 lb-ft. torque @ 1000-2500 rpm

The primary IMA components consist of a 15 kilowatt, 2.8-inch-wide (70 mm) electric motor, positioned between the engine and the transmission, an Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) that controls the flow of electricity to and from the electric motor, and a compact nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack.

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