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Honda Delays Release of Accord Hybrid Until December
American Honda announced on September 17th that its Accord Hybrid will not go on sale until December, a delay from its original fall release. The new Accord Hybrid will combine the third generation of Honda's hybrid electric drive with a V-6 engine. Compared to the Honda Civic Hybrid, the Accord's hybrid electric system will achieve 26 percent more torque during initial acceleration and more than double the torque while driving at speed. The lighter battery pack produces 45 percent more power per pound and 20 percent more power overall. Fuel-saving features of the Accord Hybrid include lightweight aluminum and magnesium components and an Electric Power Steering system, and to top it off, Honda's new Variable Cylinder Management technology will shut down three of the six cylinders during cruising and deceleration.
The sum total of all this technology is an estimated fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, a significant gain over the current Accord V-6 (21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway), while also achieving a slight increase in performance. See the Honda press release.