Hybrid technology has Honda’s attention — and has, since the introduction of the Insight hybrid in 1998. Based on its experiences with that model, Honda believes that hybrid technology is most advantageous in small, affordable cars.
That’s why Honda will build a completely new hybrid vehicle in 2009. The first sketches of what that car might look like emerged at the Geneva show in the shape of the Small Hybrid Sports Concept.
This two-door concept is the first hybrid model developed by Honda’s European R&D design studio in Offenbach , Germany . The sporty concept has compact dimensions and a gas/electric hybrid system that drives the front wheels. Honda plans to introduce the production version of the Small Hybrid Sports Concept in 2009 and is aiming for global sales of 200,000 units per year.
Also in Geneva, Honda confirmed it will introduce clean diesel technology within the next three years. Honda is developing an engine that will meet the stringent BIN 5 rules that go into effect in the U.S. in 2009. Honda’s diesel uses a new catalytic converter that reduces NOx emissions through a chemical reaction with ammonia, which will be generated directly within the catalytic converter. The compact system will be easy to install in passenger cars, Honda says.
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