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Insight power system set for other models

A CLEVER new power system developed for Honda's Insight hybrid is to be grafted on to other models produced by the company. The feature, called Integrated Motor Assist, is to be combined with a new range of four-cylinder engines due to be fitted to the Accord next year, president and chief executive officer Hiroyuki Yoshino revealed at the North American International Auto Show.

The change - likely to effect a dramatic improvement in running economy - will effect the Japanese firm's entire line-up of four-cylinder motors by 2005. 'The low emission S2000 engine was our bridge to this next generation engine, which is lighter, more compact and achieves an ultra-low emission level as well as a 20% boost in efficiency.

'In a similar way, the engine of the Insight also serves as a bridge. It breaks new ground with the efficiency of a small gasoline engine while incorporating an electric motor for improved performance. This application will reach other mass-market models,' said Yoshino. 'Through self innovation, we are challenging ourselves to make the power train of today and tomorrow cleaner and more efficient.'

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