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Honda Conducting Research with American Electric Power to Develop 2nd Life for Used EV Batteries

  • Automaker and utility will study the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles
  • Project seeks to provide 2nd life for used EV batteries, critical to future expansion of EVs

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations, Honda is conducting research with Ohio-based electric utility American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into AEP’s electricity system.

The project seeks to address multiple challenges related to the expansion of EVs, including the repurposing of used EV batteries, the expected impact of EV demand and renewable energy on the nation’s utility operators and the integration of EV batteries as a storage solution for the electric grid.

The increasing volume of EVs has the potential to strain the power grid, including spikes in demand during early evening hours when drivers plug in their EVs after work. Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources.

“Together with AEP, we are exploring opportunities to use the 2nd life battery to improve energy security, reduce CO2 and prepare for broad scale electrification of the transportation ecosystem,” said Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Neither automakers nor utilities can address these complex technical, policy and business issues alone.”

Honda will provide used Fit EV batteries to AEP, which will study integrating the batteries into the utility’s electricity grid.

“AEP is focused on building a smarter, cleaner energy grid and putting in place new technologies that will benefit our customers. We are excited about the possibilities of this collaboration as we work to create the energy system for the future,” said Ram Sastry, AEP’s vice president of Innovation and Technology.

AEP and Honda will jointly gain knowledge and expertise from the pilot project that will help both companies to develop technology and standards for future vehicle grid integration, as well as new business models to improve the value of EVs.

The Honda Fit EV launched in 2012 with a fuel economy of 118 MPGe. The lease-only vehicle gained a loyal following among passionate EV customers. Although replaced by the Honda Clarity family of electrified vehicles, including the Clarity Electric, the Fit EV’s durable battery will continue to support Honda’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through its 2nd life in the vehicle grid integration project.

Honda has set a voluntary goal to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations by 50 percent by 2050 compared to the year 2000, and toward this goal has announced plans to electrify two-thirds of its fleet by 2030. In addition to producing zero emission vehicles, the company is developing vehicle grid integration solutions, including the beta Honda SmartChargeTM program, which incentivizes Honda EV customers to charge their vehicles when more renewable energy resources are online. At CES 2019, Honda introduced its prototype Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) bi-directional energy management system that has the potential to reduce CO2 and create new value for Honda customers.

About Honda 
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for Our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is focused on reducing the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America. Seeking to further minimize its carbon footprint, Honda is actively deploying renewable energy throughout its operations, including wind and solar.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is committed to promoting more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

About AEP
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s approximately 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with more than 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

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2019 Honda Clarity Wins Cars.com 2019 Eco-Friendly Award

Cars.com has recognized Honda’s environmental leadership this Earth Day by naming the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid the winner of its 2019 Eco-Friendly Award. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, with an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 47 and a total driving range of 340 miles, is America’s top-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The 2019 Civic EX earned runner-up status, with Cars.com noting its exceptionally fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid also beat out theToyota RAV4 Hybrid and 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV in earning top environmental status. For this award, Cars.com considers all vehicles that reduce consumption and/or minimize the release of carbon and pollutants, regardless of fuel type.

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is part of a family of electrified midsize five-passenger vehicles that also includes battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell, all on one model platform, offering Honda customers an array of electrified vehicle choices to suit their individual tastes and driving needs.

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Honda Named 2019 ‘Best Value in America: Passenger Car Brand’ by Vincentric with 2019 Honda Fit, Accord Hybrid and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Topping their Categories

Honda has been named 2019 “Best Value in America” in the Passenger Car category by automotive analysis firm Vincentric in their annual “Best Value in America” awards. Together with the overall passenger car award, the 2019 Honda Fit won in the Subcompact Hatchback category, the 2019 Accord Hybrid topped the Hybrid segment and the 2019 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid beat out all competition as the best Electric/Plug-in Hybrid.

Winners of the Vincentric awards are determined by a cost of ownership analysis that factors depreciation, fuel and maintenance costs plus other factors. More information about the Vincentric 2019 “Best Value in America” awards can be found at vincentric.com/Home/Best-Value-Awards.

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Honda Accord Hybrid Powertrain Receives 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines Award

WardsAuto has named the Honda Accord Hybrid two-motor hybrid powertrain to its 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines list. Lauding both its fuel efficiency and its responsiveness, plus the seamless and quiet way power is delivered to the Accord Hybrid’s drive wheels, WardsAuto also commented on the model’s affordability.

The 2019 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. The Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Electrified and Enhanced: 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Hits Showrooms

  • Acura’s Sport Hybrid three-row luxury SUV receives an expanded color palette
  • NSX-derived three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain delivers 321 horsepower and receives 27 MPG combined EPA rating
  • MDX Sport Hybrid gains 31 horsepower and nearly 37 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating compared to the conventional MDX SH-AWD, while seating up to seven passengers

The 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid begins arriving at Acura dealerships nationwide tomorrow featuring four new exterior color options and new interior wood treatment. The 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid will open with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $52,800 (excluding $995 destination and handling). This price reflects only a modest price premium of $1,500 over the conventionally powered MDX SH-AWD® with Technology Package despite offering standard adaptive dampers and an additional 31 horsepower while also receiving a nearly 37-percent higher city fuel economy rating.2

Similar in design to the NSX supercar, the MDX Sport Hybrid’s powertrain features Acura’s signature three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system, making it the brand’s most powerful and efficient production SUV. The Acura MDX lineup continues to lead the industry as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV both of this year and of all-time.3

Similar to the conventional MDX, the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid features a number of enhancements, including driver and front-passenger 4-way power lumbar support (up from 2-way), authentic Desert Olive Ash wood highlights, high-contrast seat and door panel stitching, and matching wood center console trim for Advance Package models.

Technology and Advance grades include unique interior trim, exterior badging and stainless steel sport pedals. Technology Package models include seating for seven, while the range-topping Advance Package incorporates a 6-passenger interior configuration with second-row captain’s chairs and a large second-row center console in place of a three-occupant bench seat.

For 2019, the exterior color palette has been expanded to eight options, including new Gunmetal Metallic and three new premium colors: Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl and Canyon Bronze Metallic.

White Diamond Pearl Modern Steel Metallic Lunar Silver Metallic Fathom Blue Pearl
(New)
Gunmetal Metallic
(New, Premium)
Performance Red Pearl
(New, Premium)
Majestic Black Pearl
(New, Premium)
Canyon Bronze Metallic

NSX-Derived Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
Engineered for customers who desire the ultimate in driving refinement, technological sophistication and prestige, the MDX Sport Hybrid’s 3.0-liter, i-VTEC™ V6 engine and three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system delivers decisive power and control as well as instant torque. Despite turning out 321-peak horsepower and 289 lb.-ft. total peak torque, all MDX Sport Hybrids receive an impressive EPA combined fuel economy rating of 27 mpg2.

An advanced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) is standard – a feature closely related to the NSX supercar’s 9-speed DCT. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, MDX Sport Hybrid’s DCT offers ultra-fast gear changes and operates without the need for a torque converter, significantly improving efficiency. The 7DCT can operate automatically or manually via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The MDX Sport Hybrid’s electric SH-AWD® system operates independently of the gasoline engine, as the two rear-mounted electric motors dynamically apportion torque directly to the rear wheels. When cornering, the MDX Sport Hybrid delivers positive torque to the outside rear wheel, much like mechanical SH-AWD®, to create a yaw moment. In addition, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® can simultaneously apply regenerative brake torque to the inside rear wheel during cornering to further enhance cornering control.

Key Features

  • Three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain
  • 3.0-liter, i-VTEC V6 engine
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT)
  • 4-mode Integrated Dynamics System with SPORT+ mode
  • Active Damper System (ADS)
  • Electric Servo Brake System
  • Body-color lower side sills and front/rear skid garnishes
  • SH-AWD badge on rear and Hybrid badges on front fenders

Every 2019 MDX includes the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. AcuraWatch™ bundles together Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC with Low-Speed Follow) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additional safety and driver assistive features consist of Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Acura’s Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

Along with every other version of MDX, the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid is manufactured exclusively at Honda’s East Liberty Auto plant located in East Liberty, Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.

2019 MDX Sport Hybrid Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim MSRP1 MSRP
Including $995 Destination Charge
EPA MPG Rating2(City/Highway/Combined)
MDX Sport Hybrid (SH-AWD®)
with Technology Package
$52,800 $53,795 26 / 27 / 27
MDX Sport Hybrid (SH-AWD®)
with Advance Package
$59,550 $60,545 26 / 27 / 27

Summary of What’s New for 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid

  • High-contrast seat and door panel stitching
  • New interior wood treatment
  • Driver and front-passenger 4-way power lumbar control
  • Driver and front-passenger 12-way adjustable seats
  • New exterior colors: Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and Gunmetal Metallic

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

Using a mix of domestic and globally sourced parts, five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

For More Information
Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels. 

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An Alternative to a World of ‘Meh’ Hybrids – New Marketing Campaign Introduces the Stylish, Sophisticated, Fuel-Efficient and All-new 2019 Honda Insight

  • New “Fight Mehdiocrity” campaign shatters preconceived notions that good looks and performance need to be sacrificed for great fuel economy
  • All-new Honda Insight offers sophisticated sedan styling with class-leading passenger space, uncompromised cargo room and a 55 mpg1 city EPA rating

A multi-channel campaign for the all-new 2019 Honda Insight (https://automobiles.honda.com/insight) beginning today, promises a much-needed alternative to its “Meh” hybrid vehicle competition. Similar to the phrase “Blah,” the term “Meh” is a commonly used expression for a lack of excitement. In the new “Fight Mehdiocrity” campaign, (https://honda.us/WorldofMeh) Honda highlights the uniqueness of the all-new Insight, with its sophisticated and universally appealing sedan styling – while portraying other cars in its class for the feelings they inspire – Meh. Ugh. Blah.

The “Fight Mehdiocrity” campaign makes it clear that drivers don’t need to sacrifice the desire for styling, performance, passenger space and cargo room to achieve great gas mileage. “Fight Mehdiocrity” will air on television starting today and through the fall – when the campaign expands to Honda social and digital platforms, including a series of social videos that will depict the ‘Meh’mobiles’ featured in the TV campaign.

“Our new marketing campaign introduces the all-new Honda Insight as simply a great sedan to demonstrate that a hybrid vehicle can be a beautiful thing,” said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We have created a campaign to show that with the Honda Insight, you can have a fuel-efficient vehicle without compromising great styling and fun-to-drive performance.”

“Fight Mehdiocrity” Campaign Elements

The 2019 Honda Insight marketing campaign begins airing on national TV starting July 23rd, featuring a :30 ad titled “World of Meh” (https://honda.us/WorldofMeh). To complement national efforts, a mix of high impact out of home ads will announce the sleek, stylish Insight in key markets, including Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and in one of the most heavily-trafficked places in the world, outside New York City’s Macy’s Herald Square near the famed Penn Station.

This fall, the Insight campaign’s print, digital and social media extensions ramp up. To maximize awareness, the Insight will be featured in homepage takeovers on sites such as Yahoo!, MSN and YouTube surrounding major sporting events including the NFL Kickoff, NBA Opening week and the Honda sponsored Little League World Series. The use of social video and rich mobile ad units in this campaign are intended appeal to a younger, active audience. The Insight also will be integrated into various Gimlet lifestyle podcasts to highlight the benefits of hybrid technology through native storytelling content.

The 2019 Honda Insight

The all-new sharply styled, tech-savvy and highly fuel efficient 2019 Honda Insight offers customers a premium driving experience, exceptional fuel economy and advanced standard safety features. The 2019 Insight combines best-in-class passenger space, premium interior appointments, upscale styling and a driving experience that far exceeds its hybrid competition. With 151 horsepower, Insight offers brisk acceleration, yet receives an EPA city rating of 55 mpg (LX/EX trims). Additionally, its comparatively low starting price and generous level of standard features mean Insight buyers don’t have to compromise to save fuel. Available in LX, EX, and Touring trims, all Insight trims come standard with multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, a digital driver’s meter and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Insight joins the Clarity series and 2018 Accord Hybrid as the fifth new Honda electrified vehicle introduced over the past year. As a premium compact sedan, Insight is positioned and priced between Civic and Accord in Honda’s passenger car lineup.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Offers 2018 Clarity Electric Monthly Lease Payment of $199

  • Clarity Electric eligible for $2,500 California and Oregon state rebate
  • Model eligible for California Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing single occupant HOV access

The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric arrives at select California and Oregon Honda dealerships today, competitively lease priced at $199 per month. With a spacious five-person interior, premium appointments, and standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies, the Clarity is a smart choice for customers in search of a roomy, sophisticated and affordable all-electric daily driver. The Clarity series was chosen as Green Car Journal‘s 2018 Green Car of the Year and Edmunds‘ Most Innovative Car in its 2018 CES Tech Driven Awards.

Combined with the 2018 Accord Hybrid and the soon-to-launch 2019 Insight, the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid represent the next generation of Honda vehicles, as the company advances toward its goal of growing electrified vehicles to two-thirds of global sales by 2030.

“We’re upping the ante on both premium appeal and affordability with the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric,” said Steven Center, vice president of Connected and Environmental Business Development at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “At $199 a month, Clarity Electric consumers will not only get a very affordable zero-emissions driving experience, they’ll also enjoy a level of premium quality and driving refinement that really no other electric car in the segment can match.”

The 2018 Clarity Electric sedan is available for lease at select dealerships in California and Oregon with the competitive monthly payment of $199 (plus tax) for 36 months, which includes an attractive allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance. The lease, which reflects a built-in federal tax credit, requires $1,499 due at signing (not including tax, registration or additional fees).1 In addition, consumers from California or Oregon may qualify for state rebates of $2,500.2The Clarity Electric is eligible for California-issued Clean Air Vehicle Stickers that provide single occupant HOV access.

The Clarity Electric gets up to an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes with DC Fast Charging (SAE combo).The Clarity Electric is one of the only electric vehicles to have DC Fast Charging standard. Level 2 charging gives Clarity Electric drivers the flexibility to charge their battery in just 3.5 hours at home, office or anywhere there’s a 240-volt charger.3 The Clarity Electric has an EPA fuel economy rating of 126/103/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined)4 and an 89 mile EPA range rating on a full charge.4

Honda Clarity Series
The Clarity series – Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric – has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements and standard Honda Sensing. Each Clarity variant has a spacious five-passenger interior, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials, Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and no-compromise trunk space. Offering Honda “fun-to-drive” DNA, the Clarity series provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration.

The Clarity series shared “3-in-1” platform strategy enables Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs and takes Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products help reduce CO2 emissions.

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All-New 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives in Showrooms as the New Benchmark Among Midsize Hybrids

  • Hybrid version of 2018 North American Car of the Year debuts with best-in-class cabin space, power, and cargo space
  • Trim levels expanded from three to five
  • More affordable than ever thanks to lower starting price

The 2018 Accord Hybrid will begin arriving in dealerships starting March 23 as the latest addition to Honda’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. Boasting class-leading power, cabin space, and cargo space, the next-generation Accord Hybrid wholly embodies Honda’s unique approach to electrification – infusing fun-to-drive performance, efficiency, premium feature content, and comfort in a sophisticated and affordable package.

To suit a wider variety of hybrid sedan shoppers, the Accord Hybrid lineup now comes in five trim levels: Hybrid, EX (new), EX-L, EX-L Navi (new), and Touring. Better yet, the new Accord Hybrid is more affordable than ever thanks to a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $25,100 (excluding $890 destination and handling), reflecting a $4,505 drop compared to the previous model. Despite this lower entry point, the Accord Hybrid still offers a lengthy list of standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (low beam) and taillights, dual-zone climate control, Smart entry with Push-button Start, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, a multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which bundles together Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Helping to maximize energy generation are steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors. Similar to transmission paddle shifters, the Accord Hybrid’s Deceleration Selectors allow the driver to easily toggle between four levels of regenerative braking performance. The right selector increases regenerative braking and the left selector reduces regenerative braking. The system simultaneously helps reduce stress on the brakes while increasing battery charging via regeneration.

The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain operates by seamlessly shifting between three distinct drive operations: EV Drive (100-percent electric motor), Hybrid Drive (electric motor and gasoline engine [driving the generator motor]) and Engine Drive (gasoline engine), utilizing power from the gasoline engine and electric motors to accommodate the current driving conditions.

2018 Accord Hybrid Pricing & EPA Data

Trim MSRP MSRP Including $890 Destination2 EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
(city / highway / combined)3
Accord Hybrid $25,100 $25,990 47/47/47
Accord Hybrid EX $28,890 $29,780 47/47/47
Accord Hybrid EX-L $31,440 $32,330 47/47/47
Accord Hybrid EX-L Navi $32,440 $33,330 47/47/47
Accord Hybrid Touring $34,710 $35,600 47/47/47

The 2018 Accord Hybrid benefits from a 2.16 inch longer wheelbase and a 32-percent smaller intelligent power unit (IPU) that is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, allowing for the inclusion of a 60/40-split rear seat. As a result, the Accord Hybrid provides the same people- and cargo-hauling space and flexibility as its conventionally-powered counterparts. Add it altogether and the 2018 Accord Hybrid delivers class-leading cargo space (16.7 cubic feet), interior space (122.3 cubic feet), and rear legroom (40.4 inches) all while reducing its overall footprint.

The newest Accord Hybrid joins an expanding line-up of electrified Honda vehicles that includes the Clarity series – Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – and forthcoming 2019 Insight compact hybrid sedan. These models represent the next generation of Honda vehicles as the company advances toward its global initiative to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds by 2030.

The new Accord Hybrid joins the Accord 1.5T and 2.0T in Honda’s all-new, award-winning 10th-generation Accord lineup. The new Accord has been called “America’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver magazine, and in January was named 2018 North American Car of the Year. On the heels of claiming Kelley Blue Book KBB.com’s prestigious Overall Best Buy Award for 2018, the Accord has also earned a KBB.com Best Resale Value Award.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid for the North American market is manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts exclusively at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant4 alongside the Accord 1.5T and Accord 2.0T. Its hybrid powertrain, including the 2.0L Atkinson-cycle, is produced at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant, Honda’s largest engine plant. The intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack, also is assembled in the Marysville Auto Plant. More than 11 million of the 13 million Accords purchased by U.S. car buyers over the past 41 years have been made in America since Honda started U.S. automobile manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio in November 1982.

For More Information
For more information as well as high-resolution photography and video, please visit http://hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/accord-hybrid. Consumer information is available at https://automobiles.honda.com/accord. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017 more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Electrified 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Arrives in Showrooms

  • 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid features an upgraded user interface with standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration
  • Two new sporty red exterior colors

The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid begins arriving at Acura dealerships tomorrow, boasting an upgraded user interface and additional in-vehicle technology plus two new exterior colors, Basque Red Pearl II and San Marino Red. Pricing begins at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $52,100 (excluding $995 destination and handling). Distinguishing the Sport Hybrid from the rest of the MDX lineup is the brand’s signature three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ system, which it shares with the 2018 NSX supercar and RLX Sport Hybrid.

The Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time2 and has recently claimed AutoWeb’s 2018 Buyer’s Choice Award for the Luxury SUV category.

The 2018 MDX Sport Hybridshowcases Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA with its 3.0-liter, i-VTEC™ V6 engine and three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. With 321-peak horsepower3 and 289 lb.-ft. total peak torque on tap, the MDX Sport Hybrid is Acura’s most powerful production SUV ever built. And, despite turning out 30 additional horsepower and a 45 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating as compared to the conventionally-powered MDX SH-AWD, the MDX Sport Hybrid carries a nominal premium of only $1,500 over the conventional MDX SH-AWD®.

Two feature-rich model grades are offered: MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package and the MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package. Both grades feature unique interior trim, stainless steel sport pedals and wood interior accents. Technology Package models include seating for seven, while the range-topping Advance Package features a 6-passenger interior with second-row captain’s chairs and a large second-row center console in place of a three-person bench seat.

2018 MDX Sport Hybrid Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim MSRP MSRP Including $995 Destination Charge EPA MPG Rating4
City/Highway/Combined
MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package $52,100 $53,095 26 / 27 / 27
MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package $58,150 $59,145 26 / 27 / 27

What’s new for 2018? 
The MDX Sport Hybrid can be had in eight exterior paint colors including two new choices: Basque Red Pearl II for Technology models and San Marino Red for Advance versions. All models also feature a redesigned dual-screen user interface (ODMD 2.0), with more intuitive menus and command structures complemented by a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (previously resistive type) with 30-percent faster response times. Topping it all off is standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.
Every MDX Sport Hybrid is equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. The contents of which include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

The 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid is now manufactured exclusively in East Liberty, Ohio using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

Key Features

  • Three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain
  • 3.0-liter, i-VTEC V-6 engine
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT)
  • 4-mode Integrated Dynamics System with SPORT+ mode
  • Active Dampers
  • Electric Servo Brake System
  • Exclusive interior trim
  • Body-color lower side sills and front/rear skid garnishes
  • SH-AWD badge on rear and Hybrid badges on front fenders

For More Information
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About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

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Honda Clarity Series and CR-V Honored as the Most Innovative Car and SUV By 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards

Reflecting Honda’s progressive approach to design and technology, the editors at Edmunds.com named the 2018 CR-V and all-new Clarity series the Most Innovative SUV and Car of the Year, respectively, in the 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards.

“With wins in two of six categories, it is clear that pushing the boundaries of automotive innovation is in Honda’s DNA,” said Alistair Weaver, Edmunds editor-in-chief. “Both the forward-thinking Honda Clarity and class-leading Honda CR-V are prime examples of how Honda innovates with buyers in mind, and makes advanced technology features that are both easy to use and accessible beyond high priced luxury vehicles.”

The Honda Clarity series was recognized by Edmunds’ editors for its leading-edge approach to electrified powertrain technology: “With options including pure electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell models, the 2018 Honda Clarity provides unmatched flexibility when it comes to alternative fuel choices, and proves that innovative design can push the industry further toward a future using renewable energy.”

The experts at Edmunds praised the 2018 CR-V for its packaging, efficiency and innovation, saying “the 2018 Honda CR-V offers advanced driver assistance technologies and active safety features at an affordable price point, a rarity among SUVs. Coupled with other outstanding features such as a deftly balanced ride and handling, class-leading fuel economy ratings, and a large and clever storage space, the CR-V is a winner.”

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