Honda Unveils Fuel-Efficient Gasoline Vehicle at the International Auto Show
6 January 1999
Honda Unveils World's Most Fuel-Efficient Gasoline Vehicle at the 1999 North American International Auto Show
DETROIT -- 1999 Honda V V hybrid prototype vehicle (PR NewsFoto) [PH]
DETROIT, Jan. 4 -- Honda unveiled its V V hybrid prototype
vehicle at the 1999 North American International Auto Show today, announcing
plans to introduce a production version of its gas-electric hybrid later this
year. Honda is the first company to announce plans to sell a hybrid vehicle
in the U.S. this year.
The Honda hybrid will be one of the world's most
fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicles, achieving more than 70 mpg in
combined city/highway driving. The vehicle will also meet California's
Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards, making it one of the most
environmentally responsible vehicles on the road.
1999 Honda V V hybrid prototype vehicle (PR NewsFoto) [PH]
"With ultra-low emissions and ultra-high fuel economy, the Honda V V
establishes a new high-water mark for environmental sensitivity in a
gasoline-powered vehicle," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This vehicle is a major technological
achievement for Honda, incorporating a wide range of technologies developed
over the past two decades of Honda research and development into cleaner
The Honda V V utilizes an innovative and ultra-efficient hybrid powertrain
in combination with a wide range of weight savings and aerodynamic styling to
achieve a new level of efficiency in a gasoline-powered vehicle.
1999 Honda V V hybrid prototype engine (PR NewsFoto) [PH]
The Honda V V powertrain represents the further evolution of Honda's
Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) powertrain concept, first introduced in the
company's J-VX concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997. The Honda V V
employs a 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder, lean-burn VTEC engine in combination with an
electric motor/generator and a battery pack to boost both the performance and
efficiency of the gasoline engine. The V V is equipped with a 5-speed manual
The Honda V V also employs a host of weight saving technologies including
an aluminum frame and suspension, and body panels of plastic and aluminum, for
a total vehicle weight of less than 2000 pounds.
Despite its light weight, the Honda V V will have world-class safety
performance and a full complement of comfort and convenience features
including automatic climate control, anti-lock brakes, electric power
steering, dual air bags, AM/FM cassette stereo, digital instrument panel and
Immobilizer theft deterrent system.