Frankfurt Auto ShowHonda Motor Europe Ltd. will show the new ’06 Civic Hybrid at this month’s Frankfurt auto show, marking the world debut of the vehicle.

The Civic Hybrid is powered by a new 1.3L 3-stage i-VTEC engine using the fourth-generation of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system. Honda says the new IMA system improves recovery of braking energy by 10% vs. the current Civic’s IMA.

Interior of 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

The new eighth-generation Civic will make its public debut at Frankfurt, as well. The European-spec Civics offer three engine choices: a new 1.8L that Honda says has the fuel economy of a 1.5L but the performance of a 2.0L; a 2.2L i-CDTi diesel engine; and a 1.4L intelligent-dual and sequential ignition (i-DSI) mill that Honda says emits no more than 143 g/km of carbon dioxide.

Standard features include antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability assist (VSA) and a seatbelt reminder system for rear passengers.(See related story: A Return to Form)

Honda also shows the new facelifted ’06 Accord at Frankfurt, featuring the first application of Honda’s advanced driving-assist technology, which includes adaptive cruise control.

A lane-keeping assist system will be available as a factory option on right-hand-drive Accords only. It detects lane markings on highways and applies an appropriate level of torque to steer the vehicle.

Also bowing is a refreshed S2000 roadster, which adds a drive-by-wire system for better throttle control and engine management. Other mechanical changes include VSA and an improved gearshift.

A factory hardtop is a new option, as is a new 3-part speedster cover, which fits over the folded soft top and has two domes sweeping back from the headrests/roll bars.

A prototype European Legend will be on display, as well. A technical display will detail Legend’s advanced safety systems, including a pop-up hood Honda promises will lessen pedestrian head injuries.

cschweinsberg@primediabusiness.com