The first Civic Hybrid was introduced in 2001 and designed to meet the following three objectives : to archive the world's highest level of environmental performance ; to offer all the practicality of a passenger sedan ; and to deliver high-quality , powerful performance. An improved, even more fuel-efficient version of Honda's original IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) System has been installed on the same Global Compact Platform used for the Civic Ferio. It features a state-of-the-art VTEC Cylinder Cut-off System-equipped 1.3L i-DSI (Dual & Sequential Ignition) engine.
The current Civic Hybrid was redesigned in 2005. It is equipped with the new 3-Stage i-VTEC + IMA Honda Hybrid System that regulates the valves to provide three stages of valve timing (low-rpm, high-rpm, and cylinder idle mode) in accordance with driving conditions, combines with a significantly improved IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) system and delivers both spirited performance and an ultra-high fuel economy.