American Honda Motor Executive Vice President John Mendel has announced a series of changes to the company’s eco-friendly lineup.
First and foremost, Mendel confirmed the tenth-generation Civic will be launched this fall and will “deliver fun-to-drive performance in concert with top-in-class fuel efficiency and safety.” The model will be offered with two different engines and one of them will enable the car to return more than 40 mph highway.
Unfortunately, the Civic Hybrid and Civic CNG will be dropped as a result as Honda feels the standard Civic will be fuel-efficient enough to satisfy most drivers.
Mendel also announced the Accord plug-in hybrid will be dropped and will eventually be replaced by a dedicated plug-in hybrid model. Despite this, a new Accord Hybrid will be introduced early next year and will “raise the bar with the next-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system for even greater fuel economy and performance.”
Mednel went on to say the company will introduce their new fuel cell vehicle next year and it will eventually be offered by an all-new battery electric model as well as the aforementioned dedicated plug-in hybrid.