Announced at the Paris Motor Show, three new unique hybrid systems – each tailored to customer needs – underscore Honda’s commitment to the technology.
- A lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system designed for top fuel economy. Improvements in Honda’s existing motor output and battery performance and a newly developed transmission should help to extend electric-only driving range.
- A new, more powerful two-motor hybrid system for mid-size vehicles.
- A highly efficient, high-output 3-motor hybrid system, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) will focus on driving performance. We’ll see this in the new NSX.
Also in the realm of alternative propulsion, Honda is aiming to take the lead in fuel cell electric vehicles as well. In 2015, the company will launch an all-new fuel cell electric model to demonstrate the advances it’s made since the launch of its FCX Clarity in 2008.
Other news from Honda includes an all-new 1,6-litre diesel engine for the Civic, the fourth-generation CR-V sport-utility, a supersports bike derived from its MotoGP machines and a host of improvements to the CR-Z hybrid. Honda CEO Takanobu Ito also announced that we can expect a new compact SUV by 2015. The CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two- and four-wheel drive. CO2 emissions are down, thanks to improvements to both petrol and diesel engines.
The new Euro-oriented Civic Type R is due to come to market in 2015. The car is said to have been fine-tuned with tech developed in Touring Car racing. And Honda is laying down a marker: its aim is to make the new Type R the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle on the Nürburgring.
The upcoming compact sport-utility that Ito announced will be based on the platform of a next-generation Jazz. It will compete in the rapidly growing small SUV sector.
Wallpapers: Click New on the block (November 2012 issue) to download wallpaper images of selected cars.