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’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.