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Honda says it will stop building Accord Hybrids when the current-generation car is replaced later this year.

The new-generation Accord will not have any hybrid option, a Honda spokesman confirmed to CNN. "We have found that our hybrid system works better on smaller cars," the spokesman told the news channel.


Honda says it’s planning a new hybrid car for 2009; that new model is expected to be much closer to the previous Insight Hybrid, and more along the lines of Toyota’s compact Prius hybrid — a stand-alone model rather than a hybrid powertrain grafted on an existing model.


Honda also is working on a new clean diesel engine that will not require an after-treatment, but will instead use a new type of catalytic converter that’s more efficient at cleaning diesel emissions.


While Toyota’s Camry Hybrid will continue — it captures 14 percent of Camry sales, according to CNN — Honda’s clean diesel engines will likely be offered as fuel-saving options in its larger vehicles, as in its European Accords.

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