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Honda Confirms New Compact SUV and New Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda's President and CEO Takanobu Ito just provided some insight into what we can expect from the Honda and Acura brands in the next few years. The big news is that by the end of fiscal year 2017, Honda expects to he revealed that in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, Honda expects to sell 6 million automobiles, which is nearly double what Honda 3.1 million that Honda sold in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2012.

Here's what Ito just announced in Japan:

Acura Brand:
The production model of the all-new Acura RLX sedan will debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 28, 2012.

Honda Sub-Compact Vehicles:
Within two years after the initial global market introduction of the all-new Fit
starting in 2013, Honda will globally roll-out Fit, City and a new compact SUV
model. Honda will begin producing Fit and a derivative model at the new plant in Mexico that will become operational in spring 2014.

New Fuel Cell Vehicle:
Honda will launch an all-new fuel cell electric model in the U.S., Japan and
Europe starting in 2015. This new fuel cell vehicle will showcase further
technological advancement and significant cost reduction that Honda has

Hybrid Technology:
Honda will further advance its "Earth Dreams Technology" in the coming years,
with the introduction of three new hybrid systems based on one-motor, two-motor and three-motor hybrid configurations.

One-motor: a lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system will deliver
expanded EV driving range through the improvement of motor output and
battery performance as well as the combination with a newly-developed
transmission. Honda will strive to achieve number one fuel economy among
all hybrid vehicles by improving the efficiency of regenerative energy

Two-motor: following the U.S. introduction of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Electric (PHEV) model in early 2013, a two-motor hybrid Accord will be
introduced in the U.S., followed by Japan and other regions.

Three-motor: as previously announced, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super
Handling All Wheel Drive) system, a highly efficient and high-output threemotor
hybrid system, will be applied to the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid model
and the Acura NSX to realize both a high level of sporty handling and fuel

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