After the rather dismal sales of the current generation Accord hybrid, Honda has apparently decided not to offer a hybrid version of the new 2008 Accord due this fall. Honda will focus the hybrid applications on smaller cars like the Civic and the new hybrid-only model they have coming for 2009. Larger models like the Accord will instead use Honda's new fifty-state diesel engine that is coming in 2009.
Honda has been making headlines on sites such as ours as of late with the greening of their automotive fleet. Remember, Honda is not exactly a newcomer to the world of green vehicles, their Insight brought them into the hybrid game right from the start. Not only that, the combined fuel economy of their fleet of vehicles is the best in America. They offer hybrid versions of their Civic and Accord, and have been working on their hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for years. They also have CNG versions of
Honda has already announced their intentions to introduce super-clean diesel engines into their lineup starting in 2009. Now comes word from digital buff-book Winding Road that the abysmally slow selling Accord Hybrid may get dropped in favor of a new diesel V-6. The next generation stateside Accord - which might be shown at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show - will get a 2.2-2.4-liter four cylinder first and then later the V-6 would be added. The V-6 will also go in the Ridgeline and other larger v
Honda Motor Company has announced plans to build a plant in Mie Prefecture to build components for its hybrid vehicles, the Japan Times reports. The plant will increase Honda's capacity for electric motors to 200,000 per year to match up with Honda's expected sales of 200,000 hybrid units once the company launches its small hybrid in 2009. Honda's banking on the idea that mass production of hybrid components will also lower the overall cost of producing hybrid vehicles. The plant is expected to