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Honda to roll out Civic variant

Civic variant to roll in soon after Prius

Apnaloan.com Research Bureau

01 Nov 2007

Honda is soon going to follow Toyota by launching the hybrid version of its popular Civic in India after the latter announced the launch of Hybrid Prius.

Honda is also planning to manufacture its compact hatchback, the Jaz, which has been successful abroad, and another car at its plant in Rajasthan which is under construction and is expected to be complete by 2009.

Earlier at the Tokyo Motor Show the company showcased their two concept cars, the fully hybrid CR-Z sports concept and the Puyo, a jellybean car with a soft body that absorbs shocks.

The Honda Civic is the world's largest selling hybrid car and competes with Toyota's Prius. Both the Civic and Prius are diesel electric hybrids, with two separate engines - one diesel or petrol, the other an electric motor.

The car starts off with a battery-driven electric motor, which means zero emission, and a computer switches on the diesel motor as the car picks up speed. Heat formed during braking is fed back into the electric battery in a process called regenerative braking.