Honda to Introduce New Hybrid Vehicle and Diesel Engine
May 24, 2006
Honda announced on May 16th that it will introduce an all-new hybrid car in North America in 2009. The company says the new hybrid will be offered at a price "significantly lower" than the current Civic Hybrid. Honda will aim to sell 100,000 of the vehicles per year in North America, and 200,000 worldwide. The new hybrid vehicle will be produced at Honda's Suzuka plant in Japan. Honda is also hedging its bets by introducing an alternative approach to fuel economy: the company plans to start selling a new low-emission 4-cylinder diesel engine in the United States and Canada within the next three years. See the Honda press release.
Meanwhile, Honda has completed its revamping of the Civic line with the introduction of the updated Honda Civic GX. Fueled with natural gas, the 2006 Civic GX achieves the equivalent of 28 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, and went on sale last week with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $24,440. According to Honda, buyers of the 2006 Civic GX will be eligible for a Federal tax credit of $4,000 for the car and up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of 'Phill,' the convenient natural gas home refueling appliance. Honda estimates that drivers will spend about 65 percent less for fuel when driving a natural gas vehicle fueled at home. See the Honda press release.