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|CorporateJune 29, 2004|
|Honda Accord Hybrid: Honda’s Best-Selling Vehicle Goes Hybrid
Accord Hybrid Set to debut later this year with V-6 performance and four-cylinder Fuel Economy
TORRANCE, CA, June 28 2004 – American Honda released the first images of its 2005 Accord V6 Hybrid, a gas-electric hybrid version of Honda’s best-selling car, scheduled to go on-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide later this year. Utilizing a next-generation hybrid powertrain, the Accord V6 Hybrid will deliver power and performance above the current 240-horsepower Accord V6 with the fuel economy of a compact-class, four-cylinder Civic sedan.
“Putting hybrid technology into our most popular model is a further indication of Honda’s commitment to hybrid technology and our confidence that consumers are ready for more hybrid models,” said Tom Elliot, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The Accord hybrid delivers both increased performance and higher fuel economy. It takes hybrid technology into all new territory.”
With class-leading performance and fuel efficiency provided by a highly advanced and super-efficient hybrid V6 powertrain, the Accord Hybrid will produce in excess of 240 horsepower with near-peak torque available across the engine’s full operating range for exhilarating performance with superb acceleration, passing power and cruising comfort.
Honda’s innovative new Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology further enhances the efficiency of the Accord Hybrid by deactivating three of the engine’s six cylinders during cruising and deceleration with no impact to vehicle performance or passenger comfort.
Honda’s advanced and super-efficient Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system utilizes a high-output electric motor/generator to provide for more efficient engine operation by capturing electrical energy during braking or deceleration and using that energy to help power the vehicle. In addition, the system features the ability to shut off the engine during vehicle stops for further efficiency gains. The resulting savings in fuel consumption, along with VCM cylinder deactivation, provides for fuel economy comparable to a compact-class Civic sedan powered by a four-cylinder engine.
The Accord Hybrid’s exterior has a number of exclusive features including a unique front grille design, new taillight appearance and special hybrid badging, along with a rear trunk lid spoiler and exclusive alloy wheel design for improved aerodynamics.
Honda introduced the Insight, America’s first hybrid vehicle and still the fuel economy leader, in December 1999. Honda then took hybrid technology into the mainstream with the introduction of the Civic Hybrid in March 2002. Sales of the Insight and Civic Hybrid accounted for more than half of all U.S. hybrid sales in 2003, according to R.L. Polk vehicle registration data. Civic Hybrid set consecutive sales records in March, April and May with year-to-date sales up nearly 20 percent versus last year through the end of May.