Civic Hybrid delivers economy and near zero emissions
The Honda Civic Hybrid, the first mainstream gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle
sold in North America, enters its third year on the market as a fuel economy,
emissions and advanced technology leader. Honda led all other automakers in
consumer registrations of hybrid vehicles in calendar year 2003 with 23,048
Civic and Insight hybrid vehicle registrations combined, according to
registration data released by R.L. Polk & Company. The Civic Hybrid alone
accounted for half of all hybrid vehicles registrations in 2003. According to
R.L. Polk data, national hybrid vehicle registrations rose 25.8 percent in 2003
versus 2002, while Honda Civic registrations doubled.
The Civic Hybridís amazing fuel economy remains unchanged for the 2005 model
year. The Hybrid CVT ULEV has earned an EPA city/highway rating of 48/47 mpg. By
the same measure, the 5-speed manual achieves a city/highway rating of 46/51
mpg. Both models have a range of more than 600 miles. Civic models sold in
California and certain northeastern states qualify at Advanced Technology
Partial Zero Emissions (AT-PZEV) vehicles.
The Civic Hybrid uses Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology,
employing a 1.3-liter i-DSI 4-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with a high
output electric motor to provide excellent performance and fuel efficiency. The
system's compact nickel-metal hydride battery module is automatically recharged
during braking and deceleration.
The hybrid system provides up to 93 horsepower and 116 lb-ft of torque with the
electric motor "assist." Fuel economy is improved by up to 30 percent compared
to other Civic sedans. All this is achieved by the hybrid powertrain while still
meeting the stringent AT-PZEV standard.
The Civic Hybrid comes equipped with a long list of standard features including
power windows, door locks and mirrors; cruise control; Immobilizer anti-theft
device; dual stage, dual-threshold driver and front passenger air bags; and a
tilt steering wheel. For 2005, the Civic Hybrid adds a new exterior color:
Eternal Blue Pearl.
Honda was the first automaker to introduce gas-electric hybrid technology to
American consumers when it launched the Honda Insight in December 1999, followed
by the Civic Hybrid in March 2002. Together, the Insight and Civic Hybrid
captured four of the top five slots in the 2004 EPA fuel economy ratings. The
2005 Honda Insight has earned the highest EPA fuel economy rating for any
passenger car for the fifth consecutive year. The EPA rates the Honda Insight
city/highway fuel economy at 60/66 mpg and the Civic Hybrid city/highway fuel
economy at 46/51 mpg (manual transmission models).