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2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

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Honda’s recent revamp of the Civic lineup is now complete with today’s debut of the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid. It will hit dealers in October.

President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd, Takeo Fukui, proudly announced that the new 1.3-liter Civic Hybrid offers a 20-percent increase in power from the previous Civic Hybrid, now achieving output similar to a 1.8-liter engine.

The new four-cylinder is paired with an improved Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. The IMA system now includes a smaller motor, more efficient batteries, and a continuously variable transmission with slightly different gearing. The engine by itself produces 94 horsepower, and gains an additional 20 hp with the assist of the electric motor, while achieving fuel-efficiency of 50 mpg for both the city and highway.

Most importantly, it can now be driven under battery-only power like a Toyota Prius, which is quieter and more efficient. Regenerative braking is 170 percent improved from the previous Civic Hybrid.

Unique to the hybrid’s exterior are clear turn signal lenses, a small spoiler, futuristic-looking wheels and sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, while the interior gets funky blue lighting.

Standard features include remote keyless entry, a 160-watt audio system with an MP3 auxiliary jack and steering wheel-mounted controls, plus automatic climate control and 15-inch wheels.

Romain Boudre
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