April 11, 2002
Pricing announced for 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
Toronto, Ontario – Honda Canada announced that the new Honda Civic Hybrid, which goes on sale next month, will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $28,500. That compares to the 2002 Civic DX sedan’s MSRP of $15,900 and the Civic LX sedan’s MSRP of $19,100. The 2002 Honda Insight Hybrid is $26,000.
The 2003 Civic Hybrid is equipped with Honda’s second-generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system (which debuted on the Honda Insight in 1999). The Civic Hybrid combines a 1.3 litre, 4-cylinder engine with a high-torque electric motor located between the engine and transmission. The car achieves impressive fuel economy as well as ultra-low emissions in a five-passenger sedan. The Honda Insight is a two-passenger coupe.
Under normal cruising conditions, the Civic Hybrid’s gasoline engine propels the vehicle, but when accelerating or climbing a hill, the electric motor draws power from an onboard battery pack to provide assistance to the engine. When decelerating, the vehicle switches to a “recharge mode” and the batteries are recharged by the electric motor. The Civic Hybrid’s system is fully self-sufficient in that it does not need to be plugged in to an external power source for recharging.
In addition to the sophisticated powertrain, the new Civic Hybrid also features other unique technological developments, including:
- A VTEC-controlled cylinder idling system that shuts down up to three of the four cylinders under deceleration for reduced engine friction and improved recharging of the battery pack.
- A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for smooth, stepless shifting and maximum efficiency which also features a “creeping aid” system to minimize the car from rolling backwards from a stop on steep hills.
- New i-DSI lean burn combustion technology uses two spark plugs per cylinder for a thorough burn of the fuel-air mixture for optimum fuel economy and power.
- Automatic “idle stop” feature turns off the gasoline engine during complete stops for reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions, the engine restarts instantaneously when the bake pedal is release.
- An improved, ultra-thin DC brushless motor delivers the world’s highest output density for an electric motor and achieves 30 percent more torque than the previous model (in the Honda Insight) without any increase in size.
- New Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) combines the Power Control Unit (PCU) and the battery pack, which results in a 42-percent reduction in volume (compared to the Honda Insight’s IPU) for improved packaging flexibility and reduced weight.
While technologically advanced, the Civic Hybrid is also equipped with a host of standard features to provide a comfortable, enjoyable driving experience. Such standard features include: air conditioning with automatic climate control, four-wheel anti lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, AM/FM stereo with CD player, remote keyless entry system, power door locks and power windows, heated power mirrors, alloy wheels and electric power steering.
The 2003 Honda Civic Sedan Hybrid will go on sale in May at Honda dealerships across Canada.