Honda launches the low emissions Civic Hybrid

28 March 2006 #SMMT News

Honda has today (28 March) launched the new Civic Hybrid 1.4 IMA in London.

The new Civic combines super-low CO2 emissions of 109 g/km with excellent fuel economy of 61.4 mpg. The four door saloon uses Honda’s petrol-electric hybrid system, Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) . The integrated electric motor assists the engine by giving it a boost during acceleration to improve fuel economy. It also runs the car when idle to reduce emissions, so when a driver stops in traffic the engine falls silent, and uses no petrol. The battery that powers the electric motor charges itself up with regenerative energy from deceleration and braking, meaning it never needs to be recharged from an external power supply.

Honda has already sold 130,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide. In Europe it has sold over 2,000 hybrid vehicles – the majority of those in the UK.

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