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Miami, Honda Looks to Improve its Hybrid Line

Honda Motor Co. has enjoyed much success from its current hybrid system. Aside from being named one of the best cars by Edmunds.com, Honda is also one of the most versatile vehicles on the market.

Honda is looking to expand its hybrid selection of vehicles by created a hybrid system for Honda large hybrid vehicles where two motors are being used instead of one. Currently Honda only features small hybrid vehicles that function off one motor, like the Honda Civic and the Honda Insight.

According to Tsuneo Tanai, COO of automobile operations at Honda, the company is also studying mating the system to a lithium ion battery. The company’s current hybrids run on nickel-metal hydride power packs. “It still requires some development time to make the whole energy management system suitable for lithium batteries as opposed to nickel batteries,” Tanai said.

Honda is still recovering from sales of its Accord hybrid that didn’t perform as well as they thought.  The Accord hybrid ran on a V-6 gasoline engine and was pulled at the end of the 2007 model year. Honda is planning to launch the CR-Z sporty hybrid in the United States next spring. The Honda CR-Z will feature a 1.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder paired with the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid tech that we’ve seen in action in all of Honda’s other hybrid vehicles.

Honda Corporation expects a big turn out for its new model. Miami residents can expect to the see the new hybrid model appear at their local Miami Honda Dealership by early next year.

 

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