New Civic Hybrid Not Exactly a Gas to Drive

Toyota seems far more enthusiastic about gas-electric hybrids than Honda, which thinks such vehicles are stopgaps until more fuel-efficient vehicles can be produced.

Published: 24-Jan-2006

Fuel-saving gasoline-electric hybrids are hot, seemingly being the same anti-establishment cars and the same "anti-status status symbols' that the slow, odd-looking Volkswagen Beetle was in the 1960s or that the utilitarian, boxy Volvo was in the 1970s.

The new Honda Civic Hybrid is one of the most accepted hybrid autos, if only because it has the illustrious (and non-American) Honda nameplate.

The Civic Hybrid looks like a regular Civic sedan, with only a few minor cosmetic distinctions, such as different wheels. Owners thus aren't likely to get as many points from the "green' crowd, as do owners of Toyota's uniquely styled Prius hybrid, which has a design that shouts to the world that it's a hybrid.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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