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OEMs Showcase 'Greener' Models for 2010

November 2009, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

by Grace Lauron - Also by this author

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Compact Vehicles

Honda Civic Hybrid
The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid is powered by a 1.3L i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gasoline-electric hybrid technology to enhance both fuel economy and performance. Equipped with a continuously variable transmission, the engine produces a combined 110 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and combined 123 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,000-2,500 rpm.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 12.3 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 40 mpg city/45 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 10.4 cubic feet.

Toyota Prius
Ranked the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the 2010 Fuel Economy Guide, the 2010 Prius is quieter and roomier than previous models, and is equipped with advanced standard and available features such as a moonroof with solar panels, four driving modes, Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA), and steering wheel touch controls that display on the instrument panel.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 11.9 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 51 mpg city/48 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 21.6 cubic feet.

Honda  Insight
The 2010 Honda Insight introduces Eco Assist technology designed to help drivers optimize fuel efficiency. With an ECON button to further enhance the efficiency of multiple vehicle systems — throttle control, CVT operation, idle-stop duration, air conditioning, and cruise-control operation (EX only) — drivers can view fuel efficiency results on the Multi-Information Display (MID), with up to five leaves indicating the “greenest” driving performance.

  • Fuel tank capacity: 10.6 gallons.
  • Fuel economy: 40 mpg city/43 highway.
  • Cargo capacity: 15.9 cubic feet.

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