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Honda to sell plug-in and electric cars in 2012

A logo is pictured on the Honda electric car during the second day of the 80th Geneva Car Show at the in Geneva March 3, 2010.


WAKO, Japan — Honda Motor Co to launch a plug-in hybrid and electric model in 2012 as of its strategy to push to the front of a by global automakers to develop fuel-efficient cars.

Japan’s automaker was one of the world’s only car to offer gasoline-electric cars the past decade but has begun like a laggard without a hybrid or concrete plans to pure electric cars.

Global competitors from AG to Hyundai Motor Co are preparing to strong hybrid models are more fuel-efficient than mild hybrids such as the while also readying cars.

At a news conference, Executive Takanobu Ito, the firm’s medium-term strategy, Honda was planning to sell a hybrid vehicle and a battery-powered model in Japan and the United in 2012.

Japanese rival Motor Corp is planning to a plug-in hybrid to market in and recently formed an alliance California start-up Tesla to develop electric vehicles.

Toyota is set to launch a plug-in next year, Honda’s schedule sounds a bit far off. underscores the gap in the level of technology at automakers, said Kazutaka president of Rakuten Investment

That said, while has the lead, there really anyone else who is as advanced as in this field and Honda to be close.

Asked about the over the past two months at suppliers in China, the world’s auto market, Ito acknowledged poor communication may have at fault.

It’s possible the dialogue between workers and our management in China was lacking, he vowing to do better to prevent disruption.

Executive Vice Koichi Kondo said at the that Honda — the victim of China’s recent disputes — had lost of less than 20,000 from the strikes. He said still planned to produce vehicles in China this by making up for the lost output.


Honda a few years in the green-car race deciding in late 2008 to the development of clean diesel to power its bigger cars, instead to come up with a more powerful hybrid that could be mounted on models.

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Ito did not give an update on the new system, but said Honda introduce multiple hybrid in Japan within about a using the existing technology.

Honda is looking to raise the of hybrid vehicles to 10 percent or of total production by 2015, 5-6 percent now, Kondo rapidly boosting the percentage 2015.

Honda had so far only plans to sell a battery-run car in the United States simply to legal requirements in California, their batteries were too to be practical.

Honda has been a proponent of hydrogen fuel-cell as the best zero-emission alternative to combustion engine cars, but infrastructure hurdles are even than for plug-in vehicles.

As of its aim to reduce carbon dioxide across all its products, Honda it was also developing a new two-wheeler to in China’s massive electric market, estimated at more 20 million units a year.

Among other steps to carbon dioxide emissions, plans to launch a new small model in Europe in 2012 as as revamp its gasoline engine and line-up to improve fuel of its fleet.

With governments and increasingly seeking to lower consumption, Honda said it further step up its development of moving production of some minivehicles back to its main factory in Japan in 2012, unit Yachiyo Industry.

minivehicle production at Suzuka, we aim to manufacturing technologies that contribute to the reduction of vehicle and costs for all future models, Ito

Honda also unveiled to build a new motorcycle factory in in the latter half of 2011, its annual output capacity by units to 4 million in the world’s motorcycle market.


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