DETROIT – Prepare for the next phase in the “Hybridization of America” tour: the “performance” hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). First of the new HEV genus to rev its electric motor is Honda Motor Co. Ltd.’s ’05 Accord Hybrid, beating by several months Toyota Motor Corp.’s first performance HEV, the Lexus RX 400h, due in April. Accord Hybrid sheet metal gives no clue to technology stuffed within. Honda showed the new Accord Hybrid to journalists here with a low-key launch symbolic of ...

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