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http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp ... e_number=1



Bottom Line: They made two major changes from the current Civic Hybrid:

- Installed an engine that can switch between V6 & V3 on demand
- Installed a small secondary A/C to keep cabin cool during engine stop


I don't think I would buy one. I prefer efficiency to speed. (Which is why I bought an Insight.) Also, I don't understand why the highway mpg is only 36? If the car operates on just 3 cylinders while highway cruising, which is 1.5 liters, shouldn't the highway MPG be up in the 40s?
 

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3rd change is that the IMA is more 'powerful' and more efficient than in the Civic Hybrid or Insight
 

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ElectricTroy said:
- Installed an engine that can switch between V6 & V3 on demand
Technically it switches between a V6 and an I3. :)

And the IMA, while it doesn't add much horsepower, adds 100lb/ft of torque, which is used to smooth out the torque curve. If anyone has driven a VW/Audi turbo engine, you know what that smooth torque "plateau" feels like. :)
 

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There is a mistake in Car and Driver's paper :
This Honda's hybrid machinery is relatively simple, but a densely wound motor and an Ni-MH battery pack of 13.8 kilowatt-hours add pounds.
Obviously it can't be as large as 13.8 kWh (ten times the Prius battery capacity !) ; I haven't seen any figure yet but I guess it should be 1.38 kWh instead.
 
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