A jury of 46 international automotive journalists selected the 2006 Civic Hybrid as the winner of the 2006 World Green Car.
"The award-winning 2006 Civic Hybrid is the latest embodiment of Honda's long-term commitment to the development of environmentally friendly technologies that are also fun to drive," says Hiroaki Shibata, managing director, Honda South Africa.
Characterised by advanced new styling, Honda's all-new Civic Hybrid also offers the latest in safety technology, as well an array of standard features, such as multiple audio entertainment choices, that increase content and value.
Equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard equipment for 2006, the Civic Hybrid can now deactivate all four of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain steady-state cruising situations.
Compared to the 2006 Civic Sedan with an automatic transmission, the Civic Hybrid provides a city fuel economy increase of approximately 63% and a highway fuel economy increase of 27%.
Standard features on all 2006 Civic Hybrids include:
Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) Body Structure
1.3-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 15 kW electric motor (combined 82 kW at 6 000 r/min and 167 Nm torque at 1 000-2 500 r/min)
New lighter, more powerful and efficient Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system with greatly enhanced energy regeneration capability and electric-only operation
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as standard equipment
5 litres/100 km combined city/highway
AT-PZEV emission technology in all US states
Exclusive interior styling includes IMA instrument panel meters, two-tone seating surfaces and new blue interior option.