THE ICONIC HONDA CR-V GOES HYBRID
For the very first time, the new model of the world’s best-selling SUV*, the Honda CR-V, will be available with the latest generation of hybrid powertrain technology. The Honda Hybrid concept features intelligent multi-mode i-MMD (intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) technology comprising two electric motors, an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and an innovative direct transmission delivering high levels of efficiency and refinement.
Honda’s unique i-MMD technology owes its name to the fact that it automatically switches between three driving modes to provide the highest possible efficiency. These modes are as follows:
• Electric mode – draws energy from the lithium-ion battery pack to power the electric propulsion motor and drive the wheels (with the petrol engine turned off).
• Hybrid mode – the petrol engine supplies power to the second electric motor to act as a generator and supplement the electrical energy from the battery pack. The wheels continue to be driven by the electric motor.
• Thermal mode – the lock-up clutch mechanism creates a direct connection between the petrol engine and the wheels. In most urban driving situations, the CR-V Hybrid will automatically transition between hybrid and electric mode for optimum efficiency. In hybrid mode, as well as directly powering the electric motor, the excess energy generated by the petrol engine can be used to recharge the battery via the generator motor. Thermal mode is the most efficient configuration for high-speed motorway cruising.
HIGHEST SAFETY STANDARDS
The new Honda CR-V was awarded the maximum five-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests. The CR-V has a unique body structure that gives the model first-class rigidity and solidity, complementing a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies. Tempted to take a test drive? The Honda Automobile Genève-Vernier team is at your disposal throughout La Tour Genève Triathlon or at your convenience directly at the garage.
*Source: JATO Dynamics (sales period: Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2017). Markets concerned: EU + EFTA, NAFTA, China, Japan, Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.