Honda: fuel economy "like a Smart car" for 4-pass 2009 dedicated hybrid
In an article about the demise of the hybrid accord, executive VP of Honda Canada says:
In a couple of years, Honda will also launch an entirely new hybrid that is smaller than the Civic. The ideal is "to bring a hybrid to the market in a form that gives you the interior space of a compact vehicle, but in more affordable packaging," Mr. Miller said.
The new vehicle will hold four passengers, but have fuel consumption comparable to the two-passenger Smart car from Mercedes-Benz.
I'm just waiting for them to make an updated N600, after all they started making the S2000 a few years back (hondas S360, S500 and S600 sports cars were little two seaters) and the Mini cooper seems to be a popular car (any one here?) so with the whole retro/mini car theam, I think it could work.
Well if it uses a similar engine to the insight it will have no problems beating the new smart.
A Fit Hybrid is what I thought when I read this. I heard that the next gen Fit would offer a "Working Joe's hybrid", aka more affordable. I heard that it would get the Honda Insight drivetrain. This was all rumor mill, of course. I probably read it here.
From what I hear, the Honda Fit is already "undersold" in the USA. I heard that Honda won't let the dealers jack up the price, so they don't like to sell it (no profit for them).