Honda to Release All-New Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid

Honda to Release All-New Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid Premium Sedans
in Japan 
- Advanced models offer ultra-high fuel economy and a completely new driving
- Accord Hybrid fuel economy: 30.0 km/L
- Accord Plug-in Hybrid fuel economy: 70.4 km/L 
Tokyo, June 20, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced
it will release the all-new Accord Hybrid on June 21 in Japan. Featuring the
revolutionary new Sport Hybrid i-MMD(1) powertrain, the Accord Hybrid offers
refined driving worthy of a premium sedan and ultra-high fuel economy of 30.0
Accord Hybrid EXzoomAccord Hybrid EXAccord Plug-in HybridzoomAccord Plug-in
Based on the Accord Hybrid, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid can be charged using an
ordinary household electrical outlet. Delivering spectacular fuel economy of
70.4 km/L,(3) the advanced plug-in hybrid system allows drivers to do most of
their daily driving in EV mode. Also set for release on June 21, the Accord
Plug-in Hybrid will be available for lease, primarily to corporations and
government agencies. 
The all-new Accord Hybrid features Sport Hybrid i-MMD (intelligent Multi-Mode
Drive), a revolutionary Honda-developed powertrain. This advanced hybrid system
belongs to the Earth Dreams Technology series of next-generation powertrain
technologies, which combine enjoyable driving with outstanding fuel economy. 
Sport Hybrid i-MMD uses three different engine modes to power the Accord
Hybrid. For off-the-line starts and low- to mid-speed cruising, EV Drive uses
the battery to provide power and the drive motor to propel the vehicle. For
acceleration, Hybrid Drive uses the gasoline engine to generate electricity and
the drive motor to propel the vehicle. Finally, for high-speed cruising, Engine
Drive uses the gasoline engine to provide power directly. By switching
automatically among these three modes, Sport Hybrid i-MMD is able to deliver
fuel economy of 30.0 km/L, making the Accord Hybrid competitive with high-fuel
economy mini-vehicles. In addition, the drive motor is able to produce maximum
torque in off-the-line starts and Sport Hybrid i-MMD offers powerful
acceleration performance and a completely new driving feel along with a smooth,
comfortable ride and exceptional quietness. 
Also leveraging the power of Sport Hybrid i-MMD and its high-output,
high-torque drive motor, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid features a newly developed
plug-in hybrid system with a high-capacity lithium-ion battery. At full charge,
this battery allows the vehicle to travel up to 37.6 km in EV mode, making EV
driving possible for a wide range of daily uses. Beyond the EV driving range,
the Accord Plug-in Hybrid offers the same efficient cruising as the Accord
Hybrid, turning in spectacular combined fuel economy of 70.4 km/L. 
Sport Hybrid i-MMD 
Featuring a simple structure, this hybrid system comprises a newly developed
exclusive gasoline engine; an electric CVT enclosing two motors (drive and
generation) and a clutch directly linked to the gasoline engine; and a
lithium-ion battery that efficiently stores regenerated electricity. 
The system automatically selects among three drive modes to maximize
efficiency at all times. The result is best-in-class(4) acceleration
responsiveness and ultra-high fuel economy. The three drive modes are as
- EV Drive 
For off-the-line starts and normal cruising, the battery provides power to the
drive motor, which propels the vehicle. During deceleration, this motor serves
as a generator to regenerate electricity from kinetic energy. 
- Hybrid Drive 
For acceleration, the gasoline engine operates in its high-efficiency rpm
range to turn the generation motor. This electricity flows to and turns the
drive motor. When more powerful acceleration is needed, electricity from the
battery combines with electricity from the generation motor to provide maximum
torque instantaneously. The result is smooth, powerful acceleration. 
- Engine Drive 
For high-speed cruising on the highway, the clutch in the transmission
directly links the output axis of the gasoline engine with the drive axis of
the vehicle. This mechanism makes possible high-speed cruising at the optimal
gear ratio and highly efficient operation of the Atkinson cycle engine. 
Key features of the Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid 
1. Exhilarating, refined, advanced sedan - re-envisioned from the frame up 
The design offers a roomy interior worthy of a premium sedan while helping the
advanced hybrid system achieve ultra-high fuel economy. 
- Exterior design:
The styling reflects the formal dignity of a sedan, while inward curvature
toward the front and rear helps control airflow along the sides of the vehicle.
The result is outstanding aerodynamic performance that contributes to
ultra-high fuel economy. 
- Interior design:
The V layout of the front and rear seats enhances the interior, offering the
rear occupants a pleasant field of view. The driver has easy access to the
information-rich meter array. The interior is a comfortable and pleasant place
to be. 
2. Body frame contributing to high fuel economy, exceptional quietness and
refined driving 
The high-precision body responds flexibly to loads and vibration to help offer
a ride that is easy on the senses. In addition to ultra-high fuel economy, it
helps deliver the exceptional quietness expected of a premium sedan and the
linear handling characteristic of the Accord. 
3. Exceptionally comfortable ride and responsive, precision handling 
Sport Hybrid i-MMD supports both ultra-high fuel economy and a powerful but
smooth driving experience. Further highlighting these performance
characteristics are linear handling and a comfortable, even ride. 
The suspension and related parts have been made even more lightweight, while a
large number of new technologies contribute to outstanding handling and ride
comfort. In fact, the handling is so light and the ride so smooth that the
additional weight of the hybrid system battery is hardly felt. 
The electric servo braking system is a next-generation regenerative braking
system originally developed for the Fit EV. Honda has further refined this
system and now applied it in a production vehicle for the first time. Vastly
superior to previous systems, it is able to convert a much higher amount of
kinetic energy into electricity during deceleration. In addition, it offers the
refined braking feel expected of a premium sedan while effectively supporting
the function of Hill Start Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)(5) and the
newly enhanced Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS).(5) 
4. Advanced safety performance featuring new CMBS and E-pretensioners 
The body structure featuring Honda's proprietary G-Force Control
Technology (G-CON), Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Body, side airbags with a
newly developed structure and other safety technologies are designed to
mitigate damage in the event of an accident. 
The newly enhanced Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) is designed to
warn the driver when a collision is likely and help reduce impact through
automatic braking inputs when a collision is imminent. Whereas the previous
system operated only when the vehicle was moving at a rate of 15 km/h or
higher, the new system operates in the wider range of 5 km/h or higher. In
addition, the new system is designed to sense a difference in speed with the
vehicle ahead and initiate braking inputs to prevent collisions.(6) 
(1) Honda's brand name for its advanced new hybrid systems, which belong
to the Earth Dreams Technology series of high-performance, environmentally
responsible powertrain technologies
(2) Testing by Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and
Tourism in JC08 mode
(3) Plug-in hybrid specific fuel economy (km/L gasoline equivalent) testing by
Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in JC08 mode
(4) Honda calculations as of June 2013
(5) Accord Hybrid EX only
(6) Based on road conditions, number of occupants and other factors, it may
not be possible to prevent a collision 
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