Honda drops Accord Hybrid
by grimgraphix - 6/5/07 8:58 AM
The new Honda Accord, which will go on sale in September, will not be available in a gasoline-electric hybrid version, according to a company spokesman.
"We have found that our hybrid system works better on smaller cars," said Chris Naughton, a Honda spokesman.
Honda previously announced that it will introduce a new hybrid car in 2009. That car will be smaller in size and less expensive than the Honda Civic Hybrid. The Accord, a midsized car, is larger and more expensive than the Civic.
Honda currently makes a hybrid Accord that's engineered to provide a balance of performance and fuel economy, using a 6-cylinder gasoline engine rather than a smaller 4-cylinder engine.
The competing Toyota Camry Hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine resulting in considerably better fuel economy than the Accord Hybrid.
Hybrids accounted for 14 percent of Camrys sold last month, but just 1.4 percent of Accords, according to data from Power Information Networks, an auto research firm. The Accord and Camry are the two best-selling passenger cars in the United States.
"We have seen that what interests hybrid consumers is ultimate fuel economy," Naughton said.
"what interests hybrid consumers is ultimate fuel economy,"
Kind of a No Brainer there sport... if you are buying a hybrid, you are buying it for economical reasons. Now if the world only used hybrids? Then there might be a call for a hi-performance version.