National Geographic : 2002 Jul
Is it gas? Is it electric? Yes. What's this, you say? A car powered by gasoline Fill up the tank, and you can go over 650 miles before and electricity? Why? l to do it again: An important question, with a simple answer: 'e, what's on the outside counts too, so the Because Honda is at it again. Civic Hyb is graced with sleek lines-and a 0.28 The arrival of the Civic Hybrid represents nothing coefficient rag, making it one of the world's most less than the future of high-efficiency automotive ae sedans. You'll find a certain degree of technology. But then, Honda has a long tradition of lb ion inside as well, where chrome trim making history this way. complements finely tailored seats and an electronic And how did a company known for gasoline instrument display that monitors 23 vehicle systems. efficiency do it this time? With electricity. The Civic Getting there in a Civic Hybrid is the same as Hybrid uses an electric motor to boost the power of n any other car-just turn the key and go. But how its 4-cylinder aluminum engine. Honda engineers *nda arrived here is another story. One involving found a way to recharge the electric motor's batteries intelligent dual-sequential ignition, a VTEC" during braking and decelerating, so the Controlled Cylinder-Idling System, lean car never needs to be plugged in. burn combustion technology and The result? Powerful regenerative braking. In short, a acceleration, less fuel story better told at consumption and ultra- civichybrid.honda.com, low emissions. Not to where explanations of mention 46 mpg the car's abundant city and 51 high- technologies await. way, the best Yes, the Civic highway fuel Hybrid is capable economy in the of doing more. And, world for a five- needless to say, it's passenger vehicle. changing things. The new Civic Hybrid honda.com 1-800 -33-Honda *Based on EPA mileageestimates forCivic Hybrid with MT (46 mpg ciy/51 mpg highway). Actual mileage may vary. 02002 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.