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Why does the Honda Accord hybrid have a V6? October 16, 2004 2:51 PM

The mileage is that of a normal car, not good  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 18, 2004 10:52 AM From this article: "Honda's innovative new Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology further enhances the efficiency of the Accord Hybrid by deactivating three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising and deceleration...The resulting savings in fuel consumption, along with VCM cylinder deactivation, provides for fuel economy comparable to a compact-class Civic sedan powered by a four-cylinder engine." Maybe not perfect, but a step in the right direction. And: "  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 13, 2006 9:39 AM

I'm writing two years after the intial post. By now, many people will have realized that hybrid technology is going mainstream by becoming nearly invisible. Most of the public does not want a futuristic-looking gadget on the cutting edge. They just want something that looks good, gets decent fuel economy, and has ample power. Manufacturers are figuring out that they can add on an electric motor to increase power under acceleration, improve braking, and increase fuel economy at the same time. The market is at work.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
bigger hybrids November 21, 2006 6:36 AM

STB thats exactly why I got my Camry and am glad that Toyota is making bigger cars in hybrid. Hopefully the hybrids will be able to become more mainstream now since there will always be people out there who don't want or cannot have a small car. My big hope is that by the time I'm ready for a new car (probably around 7 years from now) that they will be mass producing hybrid pickup trucks. I know that they do make them now in fleet form but they are not sold to the public en mass. This sounds kind of greedy but we've always owned a pickup truck and they are SO handy to have that I don't know if we'll ever be able to be without one. The gas kills us though which is why we try to take the Camry everywhere now instead.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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