As part of its US-focused business update, Honda has confirmed that a hybrid version of its Civic compact car family will arrive in the US in calendar year 2024. It could be due in the 2024 model year.
The Insight hybrid sedan was discontinued in April, but an exact timeline is unknown.The U.S. Civic Hybrid receives excellent fuel economy ratings and offers excellent driving dynamics, said a sales representative for American Honda Motor. Vice President Mamadou Diallo said. at Wednesday’s presentation.
The best fuel economy models are the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, both of which will have 50 mpg EPA ratings for 2023.
Honda says the arrival of the Civic Hybrid is part of its strategy to increase hybrid sales through its core model as a bridge to “fully electric vehicles.” Already aiming to bring the CR-V Hybrid and Accord Hybrid up to 50% of his sales mix, it’s likely the brand will go for it with the Civic.
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Same future, different path
Honda and Acura are currently eyeing a battery-electric future primarily, but the analysis between Honda and its luxury brand Acura should be in terms of how quickly they plan to adopt them. There is a difference.
Honda has no plans to focus on plug-in hybrids in the “near future.” GM.
Diallo has been outspoken about hybrids and plug-in hybrids not coming to Acura. Instead, the transition to battery-electric models is much faster.
“They’re bypassing it with a much accelerated rhythm towards electrification,” he said.
While some of the traditional luxury performance brands like Mercedes’ AMG units have turned to performance plug-in hybrid systems to take driving times to new heights, Acura is instead focusing on performance EVs. As announced by the brand, the upcoming ZDX EV will feature the Type S performance variant.
The Honda brand is also not closing the door on hydrogen fuel cells in passenger cars. As announced last November, the company plans to begin manufacturing his CR-V fuel cell (the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that also has plug-in his hybrid capabilities) in Ohio in 2024. .