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Beat the fuel hikes with these hybrid cars from Honda

Last updated on: January 8, 2013 11:18 IST

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Wajeeh Khan


Petrol price hike is now old news. The kind of plans that the Oil Ministry has for diesel, the alternative fuel too seems to be going down the same road. The government wants to eliminate the disparity between petrol and diesel prices.

It won't be long before car buyers start looking for newer fuel options that can power their rides without burning a hole in the pocket.

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It's not just cost that's driving the demand for alternative energy, it is also the awareness about harmful effect of fossil fuels on environment. That's why alternative energy vehicles are a top priority for the auto industry.

Honda seems to be setting the benchmark in this space for others to follow. The Japanese auto-maker is all set and geared up to roll out not just one but two hybrid cars this year.

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Called Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid, these futuristic cars house marvellous hybrid motors under a gorgeous hood.

Honda is offering its buyers an unbelievable package of beauty, opulence, economic viability, and performance, that works in harmony with the nature.

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The Honda Accord Hybrid is slated for launch in Japan around June this year. The most amazing thing about this car, which is presently making a lot of waves in the global hybrid market, is the outstanding mileage it delivers.

The company claims a terrific fuel-economy of 29 kmpl or 68 miles per gallon. This ride from the Big-H's portfolio has left not only its own kinsmen but also all its rivals way behind.

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Image: Interior of earlier Accord Hybrid.
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It now seem that the biggest names in the hybrid domain, Toyota Camry and Toyota Crown hybrids - each offers a superb mileage of 23.2 kmpl, have met their match finally.

As for the struggling Honda Insight (offers 27.2 kmpl) and CR-Z, they can be finally substituted with a competent species, and let their creator claim its rightful position in the world of hybrids.

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A two-motor hybrid drive system, which Honda regards as the first of its kind in the company's history, has been employed to work for Accord Hybrid. The plug-in version will be sharing the machinery of its sibling.

The United States will get to welcome its own version of the Honda Hybrid in mid-2013 that promises a fuel-efficiency of 20 kmpl.

This disparity between the ratings for Japan and the US models comes from the discrepancy in regulations and drive cycles in the two countries. It should not be taken as a lack of efficiency in the American version.

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Moving on to the plug-in Hybrid from Japan, the 2014 Honda Accord PHEV had its covers lifted for the first time last year in January at the annual Detroit Auto Show. It will hit the dealerships this month.

Blessed with Honda's innovative Earth Dreams hybrid system, this new ride beats all competition with its MPGe rating of 115, which is way better than even those of the world's leading plug-in models like Ford C-Max Energi (100 MPGe), Chevrolet Volt (98 MPGe) and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (95 MPGe).

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What adds to the glory of the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is the approval that it received from California's Air Resource Board (CARB). The board has certified the car to be Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle 20 (SULEV20), making it the first car with a gasoline mill to meet this stringent standard.

Receiving this approval is significant as the standard interprets into a 90 per cent decrease in emissions compared to an ordinary automobile. And that too, on an exceedingly rigorous scale of measurement set by the organisation for this certification.

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With this amazing duo in store, the Japanese manufacturer can conveniently become a preferred brand for the environment-conscious buyers.

According to reports, Honda plans to tag the Accord Hybrid with a price slightly premium of 3 million yen and aims at selling 10,000 units in the next one year. Achieving this target should be a piece of cake for Honda.

As far as the PHEV version is concerned, that will be available only for leasing by municipalities and businesses for now.

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