New Honda Hybrid- “Spy Photos” from Road & Track Magazine
July 20, 2008 in cars, environment, gas prices, High mpg, Honda, Hybrid Vehicle, Over 40 mpg, sustainability, Toyota Prius, transporation, transportation costs
Tags: 2010 Honda, 2010 Honda Hybrid Car, cars, gas prices, High mpg, Honda Hybrid, hybrid cars, hybrid vehicles, lithium ion battery, Nickel metal hydride battery, Road & Track Magazine, sustainability, Toyota Prius, transportation, transportation costs
Yahoo Autos and Road & Track Magazine have provided “spy” photographs (by Brenda Priddy & Company) and a very preliminary description of the new Honda Hybrid, a 2010 model destined to reach dealers in late 2009. While details of the gasoline engine side of the car have not yet been disclosed, the electric side is reportedly based on a nickel/metal-hydride battery design rather than a lithium-ion battery. Gas mileage is thought by Road & Track to be “class leading” and well above 40 mpg. Author Sam Mitani says:
The price of this new car will be low, as Honda maintains it will be an entry-level car with 200,000 units selling annually — half of those to be sold in the United States. Early rumors indicate that it may be as low as $19,000. With seating for five, this 4-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback…
Although exactly where this car will fit into the Honda line is unknown to outsiders, the new Honda hybrid will compete with the Toyota Prius:
Whichever label it wears, one thing for sure is that the new Honda Hybrid will be one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world, and may wrest the crown away from the Prius as the world’s favorite green car.
The appearance of another hybrid in the U.S. and world markets is certainly a cause for celebration, though my loudest cheers will be for the plug-in hybrids that will (or should) also be arriving soon.
Original text copyright © 2008 James K. Bashkin
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