• Oct 27th 2009 at 9:00AM
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To put it mildly, sales of the Honda Accord Hybrid never quite set the world on fire. Regardless, Japan's second largest automaker is reportedly hard at work developing its proprietary Integrated Motor Assist hybrid platform so that it can once again be used to power larger vehicles like the Accord.

To make it all work out, Honda is adding an extra electric motor to the mix for a total of two, both of which will be more powerful than the single pancake motor used in the current Insight and Civic Hybrid. Also on the menu is a lithium ion battery pack to replace the current nickel metal hydride unit, with added capacity to allow for electric-only operation.

Word on the street (or at least the Nikkei daily newspaper in Japan) is that Honda might place this next-gen hybrid powertrain in a minivan sometime in 2011 or so. Before that, though, we can look forward to the launch of Honda's sporty CR-Z hybrid hatchback. It's important to have your priorities straight, right?

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Those pillars up front are definitely not a good idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda is really going for the beak design theme with Acuras and its newest Hondas. Please stop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be nice to see a plug on Honda's new hybrids.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this new Honda face is silly at best
      someone please have some bolllllz and design something nice over at honda
      we been dealing with their crapy styling for ages, please
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda - stop shoving your hybrids down the public's throats and start making real cars again. Nobody bought the Accord Hybrid and nobody's been buying the Insight. And for the love of God, the FCX Clarity is NOT a sportscar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What do you mean "real cars?" Do you mean RWD cars, or sportscars, or both?

        Other than the s2000 and NSX name me one other RWD car Honda has sold in the states in the past 30 years.

        Those cars were the exception, not the rule
      • 5 Years Ago
      On a slightly different tack, I really like the design of the Skydeck concept. Clean, with an animated face that is far friendlier than the ugly grinning fascia taking over the Mazda line or the overwrought Kabuki face-painting on Opel's latest concept cars.

      Compared to the ugliness that's taken over Acura and is slowly spreading to the Honda automotive line, this is an incredibly clean concept. I wish Honda would take this look into account as they design future concept and production cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I kinda disagree. We commonly harp on Acura and say its grille looks like a beak. This one actually IS a beak. Seriously, what's with that?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda's Accord Hybrid would do a lot better today than it did when it was actually sold, so I'm excited to hear this news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      another ugly car from Honda, whats next?/ the crz is ugly, the so called replacement of the crx, ugly thing....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I LOVE the way this thing looks, especially on a hybrid...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda cant make real HYBRIDS. they need to STFU.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's pretty clear that Honda does not have a solid plan, by the way they've danced between pushing Hydrogen, small hybrids, and large hybrids instead of focusing on one vision and sticking with it.
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