In its efforts to tackle the Prius head-on, Honda plans to
introduce a production version of the CR-Z Hybrid Concept; a five-door,
five-seat hatchback which will retail for around $22,000; and a hybrid version
of the company's popular sub-compact Fit. Honda's three-prong attack should
bode well as consumers flock to more fuel-efficient vehicles.
According to Tech-On!,
Honda will also take
advantage of huge cost savings with the next generation Integrated Motor
Assist (IMA) hybrid system which will be used in all three vehicles. The IMA,
which was used in the discontinued Insight and Accord Hybrid along with the
current Honda Civic will be as much as 50% cheaper says Tech-On!.
The cost savings come as a result of reductions to packaging
and weight along with simplified construction of the critical components. The
use of standardized components between hybrid models -- Fit, Civic Hybrid,
CR-Z, etc. -- is also beneficial in reducing costs.
While Honda's costs for manufacturing the IMA are going
down, it's unknown how much of those savings are going to be passed along to
the consumer. Hybrids are a big business now in America with over $4.00 a
gallon gasoline looming on consumers’ minds -- Toyota only has a one
day supply of Prius' and a 2.5-day supply of Camry Hybrids on dealer lots
when the typical automobile languishes for 60 days.
Whatever Honda decides to charge for its trio of new
hybrids, more than likely there will be a steady stream of buyers lined up to
drive them away from dealer lots.
quote: When the cost of polluting the environment is factored into the cost of a car, hybrids will look a lot more competitive.
quote: Today, that 11 MPG pile of junk that people use to haul their butt around is free to pollute the air at no charge. I hope that government 'subsidy' goes away.
quote:When the cost of polluting the environment is factored into the cost of a car, hybrids will look a lot more competitive.Today, that 11 MPG pile of junk that people use to haul their butt around is free to pollute the air at no charge. I hope that government 'subsidy' goes away.
quote: 11 MPG pile of junk... free to pollute
quote: Honda plans to introduce a production version of the CR-Z Hybrid Concept; a five-door, five-seat hatchback which will retail for around $22,000; and a hybrid version of the company's popular sub-compact Fit.
quote: I'm tired of fuel. When will we start getting affordable electric vehicles?
quote: just so I can stick my middle finger up at excon, opec, and the other crooks on wall street.
quote: No one is screwing you and no one will.
quote: Ive seen the effect of foriegn cars on the people here, hard working people who are getting laid off because they cant afford to keep in buisness because of foreign cars.
quote: Our expedition is 6 years old and has 50% of its original value. granted it only has 45k miles on it but thats still good. go screw yourself and your honda.
quote: I hope that GM's Volt will be able to compete with cheaper hybrids
quote: The CR-Z is expected to cost approximately €25,000 (with higher-trim models retailing up to €28k)...
quote: then you recoup the costs after you drive 400 miles.
quote: And my point is valid: After 400 miles you will have spent $100 more in the truck.
quote: BTW, depending on the size of the bales of hay I bet you a Prius could fit 4.
quote: enter the people who whine and complain and say that nobody needs a pickup truck/or SUV.
quote: The best screw I know of, by the way, was the Lincoln Navigator, back in the day. FoMoCo made a pure profit of $14,000 each, and then the dealer got his cut from you too!
quote: ferrari $300,000 or whatever they cost to make them? nooooooo....
quote: They stated (and did the math) than to recoup your initial investment from moving from a 12 MPG pickup, to a 50 MPG hybrid, would mean one would have to put 100,000 miles on the vehicle to break even, while anything on top of that is money in the bank. I LOL'd.
quote: Suddenly paying ad additional $8k for a new battery pack doesn't look so attractive when you're trying to get to 133k miles to offset the initial cost
quote: I hadn't heard that battery packs were down that much. Makes it a lot more attractive than it used to be.
quote: Anyone know what the status is on recycling of the NiMH batteries they use? Is there any?
quote: $6200 is WAY too much for me especially since you still have the gas engine repair costs too. But I did read that you can buy them on ebay in the mid $500 range. Not sure I want an old battery in my car but if you're in a jam and outside the warranty, that's probably the only way to go. Not sure how they handle shipping hazardous materials though.
quote: Even smaller for those that had to pay out of pocket because the warranty didn't cover it.
quote: One thing nobody with a truck is willing to say "have power, love to use it".