2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to have an EPA combined rating of 50 mpg city

Article by Anita Panait, on September 9, 2013

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will have an EPA rating of 50 mpg city/45 highway/47 combined, allowing it to travel more than double the distance the previous version covered with just a gallon of fuel.  The Accord Hybrid car was discontinued after just three model years (2005-2007).

The 2014 Accord Hybrid is equipped with a powertrain that employs two electric motors as well as more powerful lithium ion batteries, compared to previous models run by just one electric motor and powered by a nickel metal hydride battery pack.

Although the Accord tops the Ford Fusion's 47 mpg city rating, both have an identical 47 mpg combined rating. It however packs more mpg than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which has an EPA rating of 43 mpg city/39 highway/41 combined. The Accord, however, loses to Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid in highway mpg, at the German car boasts of 48 mpg.

According to Honda, the Accord Hybrid will be able to travel 673 miles on a single tank of fuel – more than any other mid-sized family sedan. Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda, said in a statement that the Accord Hybrid is already topping the competition and claiming segment leadership even before it arrives in showrooms this fall.

While the overall US market has grown 10 percent so far this year, mid-sized sedan segment only gained 3 percent. Rivalry in the segment remains hot as carmakers bring in newly redesigned models like the Accord, Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Mazda6 and Nissan Altima. The Accord is the second best-selling car in the US in the year next to the Camry, with a surge of 18 percent to 256,926.

Press Release

Meet the 50 MPG Rated Honda Accord Hybrid

With the first models rolling off the Marysville, Ohio assembly line today, the all-new 2014 Accord Hybrid (http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid/) will carry an EPA fuel economy1 rating of 50 mpg in city driving, making it the new leader in gasoline fuel-economy ratings among 4-door sedans. Set to go on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide later this year, the 2014 Accord Hybrid's city fuel-economy rating is three miles per gallon higher than the closest segment competitor and its calculated driving range of 673 miles is more than 46 miles3 farther than any vehicle in its segment.

"Even before it hits showrooms this fall, the Accord Hybrid is already surpassing the competition and claiming segment leadership," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda. "For customers looking for a 50 mpg rated 4-door sedan, there is no other choice than the 2014 Accord Hybrid."

With EPA fuel-economy ratings1 of 50 mpg city / 45 mpg highway / 47 mpg combined, the 2014 Accord Hybrid combines the sophisticated exterior styling and spacious interior packaging of the Accord Sedan with a highly efficient two-motor hybrid system from Honda's Earth Dreams™ Technology advanced powertrain series. The Accord Hybrid joins an already fuel-efficient Accord lineup that includes the EPA-rated 36 mpg highway1 4-cylinder Accord Sedan and the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, EPA-rated at 115 MPGe combined1 in electric-only mode.

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is the first Honda hybrid vehicle produced in Ohio, at the company's Marysville Auto Plant, and joins the Greensburg, Indiana-built Civic Hybrid as the second Honda hybrid model built in the U.S. Honda invested $18.8 million in a 94,000-square-foot expansion of the Marysville Auto Plant, along with the addition of 50 new full-time jobs to handle the special processes specific to the production of this advanced hybrid model.

"With more than 30 years of experience producing the Accord in Marysville, our associates have continued to advance our capabilities, and the new 50-mpg rated Accord Hybrid is a very special milestone in our history of innovation in Ohio," said Rob May, Plant Manager of the Marysville Auto Plant. "Production of this class-leading hybrid represents an important achievement by our associates as they create new value for Honda customers using advanced manufacturing skills and new, cutting-edge technologies."

Including the expansion at the Marysville Auto Plant, in the past three years Honda has invested nearly $2.7 billion in innovations to and expansion of its North American operations, with more than $1 billion spent in Ohio alone.

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