June 4, 2007

New Honda Accord will not be a hybrid, report says

Honda Accord Coupe Concept
Honda Accord Coupe Concept. Click image to enlarge

Tokyo, Japan – A report by the Green Car Congress, quoting the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, says that Honda will not introduce a hybrid model of the new Accord when it undergoes a full design change this fall for the North American market.

The report says that Honda will release hybrid versions of the Civic and of a new, small hybrid model currently under development for 2009. However, the company will equip midsize and large vehicles such as the Accord with its new clean diesel engine, which meets Tier 2 Bin 5 standards, and will promote clean diesel engines as its key environmental technology.

Honda began selling the Accord Hybrid in North America in December 2004, but sales have been on a downward trend over the last two years. The company also ceased production of the Insight, the first mass-produced hybrid sold in the U.S., in September 2006.

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