New Civic Pursues Prius in MPG Race

The 2006 Civic Hybrid will achieve a 3 mpg gain vs. the 2005 model,putting it in the 50 mpg range for highway driving, Honda claims.

Published: 07-Jul-2005

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Consumers bought more hybrid vehicles in the first six months of 2005 than they did in all of 2004, and automakers including Honda are competing aggressively for shares of that booming market.

Honda said Tuesday in Japan that its redesigned 2006 Civic Hybrid, which goes on sale in October, will get 5 percent better gas mileage than the 2005 model.

According to press reports from Tokyo, the Civic will top the hybrid bestseller, Toyota's Prius, in fuel economy. But Andy Boyd, spokesman for American Honda in Torrance, said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's mileage testing differs from the method used in Japan, so he's not sure yet whether Honda will be able to make that claim in the United States.

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