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Honda to release new hybrid with highest fuel economy in Japan

Honda to release new hybrid with highest fuel economy in Japan
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Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will be releasing an all-new hybrid vehicle that has a fuel economy of 36.4 kilometers per liter – the highest fuel economy among all hybrid models in Japan.

The new hybrid vehicle, which is scheduled to be introduced and to go on sale in Japan this September, is the Fit Hybrid. It will be the first model to be equipped with the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive, a lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system made for small-sized vehicle.

According to Honda, the Sport Hybrid i-D.C.D. is their new-generation powertrain technology which is responsible for the Fit’s high level of fuel economy - 35 percent more than other current integrated motor assist hybrid systems.

The Sport Hybrid i-D.C.D., which adopts a newly developed inline 4-cylinder 1.5L Atkinson cycle engine, consists of a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission system with a built-in high-output motor, and an intelligent power unit equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery. It also utilizes an electric servo brake system that increases electrical regenerative efficiency, as well as a fully-electric compressor that reduces engine load.

Another feature of the Sport Hybrid i-D.C.D. is its three driving modes which it automatically changes to by engaging and disengaging the engine and motor depending on the driving situation. Specifically, the three driving modes are the electric vehicle drive mode for motor-only driving; the hybrid drive mode for both engine and motor driving; and the engine drive mode for engine only driving.

The Fit Hybrid’s fuel economy of 36.4 km/L was tested by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. – EcoSeed Staff



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