So will you guys be looking at getting a hybrid Honda Civic when the next generation comes out, or are you going to stick to the petrol versions?
Honda Motor Co. has a new and greatly improved one-motor hybrid system for small cars. But engineers for the next Civic are leaning toward the more powerful and fuel-efficient two-motor system that debuted in the mid-sized Accord Hybrid that went on sale last fall.
Honda has not said what kind of gasoline-electric drivetrain the next-generation Civic Hybrid, expected around 2016, will get. But Hiromitsu Ishibashi, chief engineer for the one-motor system at Honda R&D Co., said engineers are considering the two-motor layout.
Honda has doubts about how the one-motor system's dual-clutch transmission will be accepted in America, Ishibashi said on the sidelines of Automotive World, an annual technical conference here. And the two-motor system would deliver better fuel economy.
The newly developed one-motor system, deployed in the Fit hatchback and the Fit-based Vezel subcompact crossover, pairs a 1.5-liter engine with an electric motor with a dual-clutch transmission.
Hybrid versions of both cars already are on sale in Japan, but there are no current plans to bring the gasoline-electric versions to the United States.
The two-motor Accord Hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission.
'Customers don't care'
"U.S. customers don't care that much about which system [they get], as long as fuel economy and drivability are good," Ishibashi said. "Also, DCTs have not been that well received."
Honda's two-motor system is capable of delivering better fuel economy than the one-motor system because it allows for longer electric-only driving. The Accord Hybrid has a 50-mpg city rating, better than any other mid-sized sedan. The downside: added cost.
Ishibashi said engineers are still evaluating which system would work best in the Civic but added: "My personal guess is it could be two motors."
Honda said in November it will replace step-geared automatic transmissions with CVTs in all automatic Civics starting with this year's freshening of the nameplate.
The company has not officially said when a re-engineered hybrid will arrive. The current version uses Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system, a one-motor technology often criticized for falling short in fuel economy and power. It achieves a combined city-highway 44 mpg rating.
Honda has been wrestling with what powertrain to use in the Civic Hybrid, partly to make it a tougher competitor of the Toyota Prius, which gets a combined city-highway 50 mpg rating.
Honda engineers have said in the past that one option might be two types of two-motor systems: a more expensive one for the Accord and a lower-cost version for the Civic.
Even if Honda goes with a one-motor system, it would still bring gains.
The new one-motor system, dubbed Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive, delivers across-the-board improvements over the outgoing system.
For the redesigned Fit Hybrid that debuted last year in Japan, Honda switched to a lithium ion battery, from a nickel-metal hydride one, boosting energy capacity 50 percent. Power output was more than doubled to 22 kilowatts, from 10. Engineers also made the battery 23 percent smaller and more than doubled the torque to 118 pounds-feet, from 58.
Honda also slashed the weight of the intelligent power unit, which includes the battery, inverter, DC/DC converter and battery control unit, by 40 percent.
The Fit Hybrid also gets a new Atkinson's cycle 1.5-liter engine.
Unless Honda offers the Civic Hybrid with a manual trans (no chance), I'm sticking with a manual trans Si model.So will you guys be looking at getting a hybrid Honda Civic when the next generation comes out, or are you going to stick to the petrol versions?
Fair yes, but from what I've been reading Honda is quite interested in turning the Civic into a competent little Prius Alternative...I'm uncertain if North AM will see the i-MMD Civic. The FIT transitioned to a global platform for this gen and the i-MMD FIT is not expected ever in NA.
Could be a great little weapon for Japan which still has a gaping void between the Grance and the Accord. With Japan being hybrid horny I see ths as more logical for them than us...
Out of a lot of brands out there, Honda is looking to be one of those brands that would hold onto a manual transmission in a vehicle like this, something I hope they do.All automatic Civics will be CVT? Awesome. Just as long as the manual transmission isn't killed off I can still buy a Honda.
I'm going to stick to petrol version...So will you guys be looking at getting a hybrid Honda Civic when the next generation comes out, or are you going to stick to the petrol versions?
Same. It makes liberals cry that so many dead dinosaurs are being put to good use.I'm going to stick to petrol version...
:dsame. It makes liberals cry that so many dead dinosaurs are being put to good use.
I mean it makes perfect sense that hybrids are almost always automatic. Automatics conserve fuel better which is the whole point of a hybrid. I think that most hybrid drivers recognize this which probably means there isn't much demand for manual hybrids.Unless Honda offers the Civic Hybrid with a manual trans (no chance), I'm sticking with a manual trans Si model.
Good point.Plus you also have to consider that these days manuals and automatics are nearly on par with each other when it comes to MPG numbers.
no, Hybrids are CVT's because they deal with torque dichotomies better... Automatics never saved more fuel than a manual until they went to 6+ speedsI mean it makes perfect sense that hybrids are almost always automatic. Automatics conserve fuel better which is the whole point of a hybrid. I think that most hybrid drivers recognize this which probably means there isn't much demand for manual hybrids.
they're not more variable, you're still limited to your same 5 or 6 gears, when or where you choose them does not change the nature of the gearing.I don't think that's true. Because the manuals are more variable due to how the driver shifts.
Yea I noticed this as well, back then manual had a slight higher mpg advantage over the automatics...no, Hybrids are CVT's because they deal with torque dichotomies better... Automatics never saved more fuel than a manual until they went to 6+ speeds
True yes, some people are into point and shoot. Its the software thats making automatics so efficient. MT's are being phased out because they're far too simple....If anything, these days manuals can be more inefficient due to how someone transitions from one gear to the other. Plus these days a good portion of those who buy vehicles with manuals are enthusiasts and they tend to have a bit of a heavy foot
That is at least the case with me, but i don't mind losing a few MPG's for the sake of having a little fun.
But that's not to say you can't do that with an automatic.