Honda is actively engaged in the development of hybrid and other advanced environmental technologies that will satisfy the growing global demand for more eco-friendly cars while delivering a fun driving experience unique to Honda.
● Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive, the world's most efficient hybrid system
In January 2013, Honda expanded the Accord lineup, one of the topselling in North America, with the addition of the Accord PHEV. Its release introduced new value to the mid-size sedan class and marked the first adoption of a two-motor plug-in hybrid system in a Honda vehicle.
The biggest highlight of this model is that it employs Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD), a new Earth Dreams Technology1 hybrid system. i-MMD, which is composed of a newly developed 2-liter straight four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, a high-efficiency two-motor electric CVT, and a high-capacity 6-kWh lithium-ion battery, was specifically designed to provide maximum carbon-reducing satisfaction and fun-to-drive performance in a mid-size vehicle. The Accord Plug-In realizes a world-leading fuel economy of 115 MPGe3 in all-electric mode, and offers a significantly farther EV driving range with its plug-in charging capability.
Plug-in and hybrid versions of the new Accord will go on sale in Japan in June 2013.
● Global hybrid vehicle sales top 1 million
Cumulative global sales of Honda hybrid vehicles surpassed 1 million units as of September 30, 2012 - 12 years and 11 months after the first-generation Insight was launched in Japan in 1999.
● Jazz Hybrid production begun in Thailand and Malaysia
Honda began local production and sales of the Jazz Hybrid (Japan: Fit Hybrid) in Thailand in July and in Malaysia in November 2012.
The Jazz Hybrid, a compact hybrid vehicle offering exceptional ride comfort and fuel economy, has sold more than 200,000 units worldwide (as of March 31, 2013). Honda will strengthen production systems in countries where the model is sold in order to deliver hybrid vehicles with speed, affordability, and low CO2 emissions to customers in Asia, where demand for eco-friendly vehicles is expected to increase significantly in the years ahead.
●All-new Brio Amaze sedan released in Thailand
In November 2012, Honda released in Thailand the Brio Amaze, an all-new compact sedan based on the Brio five-door hatchback and compliant with Thailand's eco-car certification standards and the Euro 4 emission standard. In April 2013, we also introduced the Amaze, a model equipped with a model-exclusive 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine, and began sales in India and Thailand.
Accord PHEV launched in North America in January 2013
2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson cycle engine featured in the Sport Hybrid i-MMD Plug-in system
Two-motor electric CVT featured in the Sport Hybrid i-MMD Plug-in system
Left: Sport Hybrid i-MMD Plug-in lithium-ion battery (cut-away model)
Right: Battery charger
Jazz Hybrid (Japan: Fit Hybrid)