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European Honda Jazz Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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.

2009 Honda Fit Sport – Click above for high-res gallery

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.

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.

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

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

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

2010 Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

2009 Honda Skydeck Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

2009 Honda Skydeck Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

2010 Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery

2010 Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery

Here are some answers to a question very few people were asking themselves:

Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Honda Insight - Click above for high res image gallery

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

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 vans. Honda had planned to start its U.S. diesel push with a 2.2-liter four in the TSX this year.

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Honda CR-Z concept

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