This excerpt taken from the HMC 6-K filed Aug 6, 2008.
Hybrid Strategy to Achieve Full-Scale Market Penetration
The Honda Group regards the reduction of CO2 emissions, which is a global environmental problem, as one of the most important issues it must address. Therefore, Honda has set worldwide targets for reducing CO2 emissions from its products and its production activities.
Honda is scheduling the introduction of a new convenient and compact 5-door/5-passenger hybrid vehicle with light weight that is equipped with an efficient, integrated motor assist system in Japan, North America and Europe early in 2009.
Honda believes that this new hybrid vehicle will provide not only superior fuel efficiency but also high performance and comfortable driving. In addition, Honda is working to offer a new sporty hybrid model based on the CR-Z concept that was exhibited at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show, an all-new Civic Hybrid and a Fit Hybrid model.