May 3, 2002

Honda Civic Hybrid to go on sale this month

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Vancouver, B.C. – Honda Canada announced the new Civic Hybrid gas-electric will go on sale this month. The technologically advanced 2003 Civic Hybrid achieves ultra-low emissions and excellent fuel economy with its hybrid gas-electric powertrain.

“The 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid ushers in a new era of high-efficiency transportation by incorporating the second generation of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist – IMA – technology into the popular Civic,” said Jim Miller, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Honda Canada Inc.

“The Honda Insight, currently the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle on the road, proved that IMA technology is reliable, efficient and practical,” he said. “Now Honda is applying a more advanced system to the popular Honda Civic. We’re pleased Honda’s proven hybrid technology is now
available to the mass market. The introduction of the 2003 Civic Hybrid vehicle is now ready for prime time,” said Miller.

Miller said performance of Honda’s Civic Hybrid is every bit as good as the conventional Civic, plus it also incorporates many refinements and improved fuel efficiency. The Civic Hybrid has a smaller displacement gasoline engine compared to the conventional Civic. However, the Civic Hybrid also features a high-output electric engine as a power assist.

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
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The heart of the Civic Hybrid’s system is a new “intelligent” i-DSI (Dual and Sequential Ignition), 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder gasoline engine that is coupled to an ultra-thin DC electric motor located between the engine and the continuously variable transmission (CVT). While braking or decelerating, energy is re-captured by the electric motor and stored in the onboard battery pack for later use. The engine’s nitrogen-oxide adsorptive catalyst plays an important role in helping the Civic Hybrid meet California’s stringent Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) standards.

As the vehicle accelerates, stored energy is directed to the high-torque electric motor to supplement the engine’s performance. All of this takes place automatically without any additional driver input. The Civic Hybrid’s engine automatically shuts off during complete stops (for reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions) and instantly re-starts upon accelerating.

The result of the new Civic Hybrid’s technology is a roomy and comfortable five-passenger sedan capable of achieving approximately 4.8L/100km (59 miles per Imperial gallon) – city/highway combined – which translates to about a 30 percent increase compared to a conventional Honda Civic LX sedan with automatic transmission.

“Just turn the key and go, like you would in any conventional car,” Miller noted. “And since the Civic Hybrid’s electrical system is completely self-sustaining, it never needs to be plugged in for re-charging.

The new 2003 Civic Hybrid interior features premium seats and numerous luxury features such as cruise control, power windows, and automatic climate control system. The vehicle is also equipped with lightweight alloy wheels, anti-lock brake system (ABS), and a unique instrument panel.

The 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid goes on sale in May at Honda dealerships across Canada with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $28,500.

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