November 22, 2010

Honda Future Hybrid Model(s) in Malaysia!

After government imposed the new zero percent import and excise duty policy, Honda and Toyota benefit the most where their Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius had undergone a significant price drop. Now, Honda Malaysia announced that they will bring in the Honda Insight hybrid next month and should be launched at KLIMS 2010.

The 5-door Honda Insight (2nd generation, which is) has a combined hybrid powertrain of 88bhp/121Nm 1.3cc SOHC i-VTEC engine with a Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system that’s 19% smaller and 28% lighter, which produces 14bhp/78Nm DC brushless electric motor with a Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack.

There's an interactive fuel saving system called Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist). It feedback to the driver on how's his driving style is by using a speedo display with changing background colours: green is eco driving, deep blue is heavy footed driving, to encourage elight-footed driving.

With the larger Civic Hybrid priced at RM109K, we can expect the smaller, Honda City-sized Insight will be priced under RM100K, but isn't that in the price range of the Honda City? Let's see what Honda has in mind next month!

Next up is the Honda C-RZ which was just crowned as the 2010 Japan Car of the Year! Honda Malaysia still haven't confirm whether it will be launched in Malaysia or not but you can expect its price to be more expensive than a Honda Civic Hybrid.

It will be an interesting hybrid to bring into Malaysia since the sexy looking CR-Z is the only dedicated 2 door hybrid in this world. People will have a chance to own a 2 door car without having a big impact on the environment.

Lastly (and the most unlikely, but everything is possible right?) for Honda Malaysia to bring in is the Honda Jazz hybrid. Honda Jazz will soon undergo a facelift (for Malaysia) but it's unlikely that it will make it into the product lineup.

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