Detroit Auto Show: Honda to produce stand-alone small hybrid in 2009

Speaking at today's 2009 Pilot launch, Takeo Fukui, Honda's President announced his company is producing a new stand-alone small hybrid for the 2009 model year. The Vehicle, which will use their new IMA compact hybrid system, will retail at a cheaper price than any Honda hybrid yet. The company intend to produce 200,000 units of the hybrid, with 100,000 of them coming to North America. By 2010, Honda want Hybrids to account for 10% of their global sales. They're also planning a production version of hte CR-Z concept shown in Tokyo, it'll be a hybrid too.