Honda to launch new hybrid model in 2018 as part of electric push

Honda has confirmed that it will launch a new dedicated hybrid model in 2018 as part of a major push towards electric power.

The model, which was confirmed at the Detroit auto show, will be built in the united states and the use of two motors and the combustion engine.

The car’s powertrain will be related to the one found in the current Accord Hybrid sold in the united states, which has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with electronic assistance. It produces 209bhp while offering 56.5 mpg combined.

Honda could not confirm whether the model to Europe, but he did state that 50% of all new vehicles due to be launched in the next two years will feature some sort of electrification in their propulsion systems, which suggests more hybrid from Honda will be sold in Europe.

Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co Ltd, said: “In the long term, electric vehicles are the key to the future of carbon-free mobility of the people.”

Honda push towards electrification is a result of their ambitions, to halve its total CO2 emissions, including those produced during the manufacture, to the year 2050, and is headed by its halo model, the Honda NSX.

Honda also unveiled its new Odyssey in Detroit. The MPV model focuses on the market of the united states and is the first Honda to feature a 10-speed gearbox. While the car is not going to come here, your new transmission will soon be offered in other models.

Additional reporting by Rachel Burgess