Most of the car manufacturers are now making progress to adopt green mobility solutions, and lined up several new electric vehicles for the Indian market. Unlike other carmakers, Honda Cars India (HCI) will bet big on hybrid technology that will be followed by electric mobility. Currently, the Honda Accord is the only vehicle from the Japanese carmaker that comes with hybrid powertrain.
Now, the company is planning to introduce hybrid technology to its small car lineup. It will also help the carmaker to make its vehicle comply to new mileage and emission norms. Honda will use the Accord’s iMMD (Intelligent multi-mode drive) hybrid technology for its entire lineup including mid and large sized models and smaller cars. Read – Honda To Launch 3 New Cars In India
The third-generation Honda Jazz hatchback could be the first small car from Honda to get petrol-hybrid powertrain, followed by the new City sedan. The 2020 Honda Jazz (Honda Fit) will make its global debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show that’s scheduled to happen in October this year. In India, the new Jazz will involve a high-level of localization to keep its manufacturing cost low.
Honda believes that the mass adoption of hybrid technology will help reduce its development and acquisition cost by 25%. The carmaker’s ‘Vision 2030’ aims to develop advanced mobility technologies and electrify its two-third of global sales with multiple plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and battery electric vehicle (BEVs).