This sedan marketed in 2004 is the latest hybrid model offered by Honda.
Driven by a 6hp 255-cylinder i-VTEC engine, the Accord is the continuation of a certain idea of the manufacturer's "hybrid strategy" which is to offer a hybrid version of its models, as opposed to the Toyota Prius or the Insight which are models exclusively developed for the hybrid.
Like the Civic Hybrid, the i-VTEC Variable Valve Timing and Lift System (Electronic Valve Timing and Lift Control System) allows the engine's cylinders to be controlled to best manage the vehicle's fuel consumption as needed.
When stopped, the engine is switched off and quickly started on three cylinders with the electric motor in support. The six cylinders will be engaged if the power demand is still high. In cruising mode, the car works on three cylinders with three cylinders and the electric motor in reserve, in case of needs in strong accelerations.
According to the manufacturer, consumption would reach 8,1 l / 100 km in the city and 6,1 l / 100 km on the highway to compare with a 2 Accord liters that consumes 10.7 l / 100 km and 6,5 l / 100 km (Ademe).
The comparison between the two vehicles is interesting to decipher the philosophy of the manufacturer since (putting aside the economic criterion since the additional cost caused by the hybrid on this vehicle is
very important) while being more efficient than the 2 liters in terms of
consumption, model 3 liters 6 cylinders hybrid develops 100 horses
Editor: Etienne Joly, Service for Science and Technology
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