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Honda expects hybrids to account for 23% of its Japan sales next year

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Report: Future Honda hybrids will ditch NiMH batteries for li-ion power

According to several reports, Honda, in seeking ways to build more fuel-efficient hybrids, may abandon its current Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system and nickel-metal hydride battery packs in favor of "next-generation hybrid technology" powered by lithium-ion batteries for all future hybrid models.

Report: Honda to price Fit Hybrid at $18,600 in Japan

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Report: Honda to abandon clean diesel development, focus on hybrids

Regular readers know we tend to be big fans of modern diesel engines. All the past demons that had plagued oil-burners over the years have been exorcised, including rough running, nasty smells, loud operation and narrow power bands. But sadly, modern clean diesel powerplants have never taken hold in the United States.

Report: Honda to abandon clean diesel development, focus on hybrids

Regular readers of these pages know that we tend to be big fans of modern diesel engines. Most of the past demons that had plagued oil burners over the years have been exorcised, including rough running, nasty smells, loud operation and narrow power bands. Sadly, though, for whatever reason, modern clean diesel powerplants have never taken hold in the United States.

Will CR-Z's sub-$20K price be low enough to overcome potential shortcomings?

2011 Honda CR-Z – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda president says next Insight will beat Prius in mpg fight

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Honda still targeting its engines as a key to hybrid improvement

2010 Honda Insight - Click above for high res image gallery

REPORT: Honda considering two lower-cost hybrids

Honda CR-Z concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda changes course and switches from diesel back to hybrid

A few years back after getting the hybrid ball rolling with the original Insight and then Civic, Honda added a hybrid version of the Accord. Like the Insight, it was not a strong seller and, after a few years, it was discontinued and Honda decided to switch its focus for larger vehicles to clean diesel. The plan was to keep hybrids in smaller cars and while using oil burners in larger cars, SUVs and v

Honda sells its 300,000th hybrid, plans CR-Z for 2010

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2009 Honda hybrid system cost to be cut in half!

Looking like a cross between the FCX Clarity fuel cell car and the Toyota Prius, Honda's upcoming dedicated hybrid model should come in at a cost a bit lower than current hybrid models. Part of that lower price is due to the fact that Honda has literally cut the cost of its Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology in half when compared to the system currently being used in the Civic Hybrid. Apparently,

Honda's next hybrid could revive Insight name

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Honda CEO shares more details about new hybrid models coming next year

Last fall at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda announced its plans to introduce a new dedicated hybrid drive vehicle in 2009. The new hybrid would the first dedicated hybrid from Honda since the original Insight ended production in 2006. At his mid-year press conference, CEO Takeo Fukui revealed that Honda would in fact introduce two new dedicated hybrids next year along with a hybrid version of t

Honda President still prefers nickel batteries for hybrids

While many other car-makers (with the notable exception of Toyota) are jumping on the lithium ion bandwagon for new hybrid models, Honda will stick with nickel metal hydride for now. Honda President Takeo Fukui told Automotive News that lithium ion batteries are not yet reliable or durable enough for high volume applications. When Honda debuts a new dedicated hybrid model early next year to take on the Prius, it will continue to use nickel metal hydride batteries.

Production Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe to hit Europe first

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