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■Lineup additions and localized development expansion in China

● Ciimo, the first model developed by Dongfeng Honda

In April 2012, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd. (Dongfeng Honda), a Honda automobile production and sales joint venture in China, announced and released for sale its first independently developed model, the Ciimo. The model was developed using the platform of the eighth-generation Civic by the Dongfeng Honda R&D Center. It features a 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine and realizes an impressive fuel economy of 6.9 liter/100km (China test cycle).

●Hybrid lineup enhancements, including the ILX luxury sedan

In July 2012, we announced in China the CR-Z, a hybrid sports car popular around the world. And at the Guangzhou Motor Show, which began in November, we announced plans to expand our lineup of hybrid vehicles and displayed the Insight, Fit Hybrid, and ILX, the firstever Acura-brand luxury compact sedan powered by a hybrid system. We have also started preparations to begin hybrid production in China within the next three years.

■ Rollout of Earth Dreams Technology powertrains

● Civic upgraded to new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine

In January 2013, Honda added a new Civic model to its European line featuring a new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine. This small diesel engine, the first Earth Dreams Technology component to be released in Europe, is the lightest in its class1 and achieves a CO2 emissions performance of 94 g/km2.

● i-DCD, a light and compact one-motor hybrid system

Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD), a newly developed one-motor hybrid system planned to go into Honda's next subcompact model, combines a newly developed 1.5-liter straight fourcylinder Atkinson cycle engine, a seven-speed DCT3 with a built-in high-output motor, and a lithium-ion battery, and achieves at least a 30% efficiency improvement over conventional hybrid systems.

● Sport Hybrid SH-AWD and the next NSX

Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), Honda's first three-motor hybrid system, pairs a 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 engine with a seven-speed DCT with a built-in motor that controls torque to the left and right wheels independently. The system, which simultaneously delivers the acceleration performance of a V8 engine and the fuel economy of a straight four-cylinder engine, will figure as a central component in the next NSX sports car.

  1. Honda internal research (as of September 30, 2012)
  2. Honda internal research (with 16-inch tires). Equivalent to 3.6 liter/100 kM of fuel.
  3. Dual Clutch Transmission


ILX premieres in China at the 2012 Guangzhou Motor Show

Left: Insight
Right:Fit Hybrid

Civic equipped with the new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine

Prototype powered by the newly developed i-DCD onemotor hybrid system (left), and prototype powered by Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (right)

NSX Concept (Honda specifications) exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013

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