San Jose Mercury News http://doiop.com/jukf3i
On Tuesday, Honda said it would drop the Accord hybrid
http://doiop.com/Accord_hybrid from its lineup after the 2007 model
The decision wasn't a surprise, as sales of the Accord hybrid have been
tepid since it arrived in 2004. Most analysts blame the model's failure
on Honda's decision to pair electric components with a V-6 engine
instead of with a higher-mileage four-cylinder gasoline motor.
In the United States, Honda dealers sold just 5,598 Accord hybrids last
year, and just 439 last month. Rival Toyota sold 24,009 Prius hybrids
in May, the car's best sales month in history, and 106,971 in 2006...
Not only did the Accord not get the fuel economy of the Prius, it was
more expensive, too...
Honda dropped another hybrid, the two-seat Insight, in 2006.
That leaves it with just one hybrid, the Civic, http://doiop.com/Civic -
hybrid at a time when that market segment continues to bloom...