DETROIT -- American Honda Motor Co. raised the base sticker price of the redesigned Civic hybrid by $1,800 from the 2005 base model to $22,400. The 2006 Civic hybrid goes on sale Oct. 19.
A key change for the 2006 Civic hybrid is that a continuously variable transmission is standard. The base transmission on the 2005 Civic hybrid was a five-speed manual transmission, which carried a price of $20,600. The CVT was optional in 2005. That model was priced at $21,600.
Honda said the redesigned Civic hybrid gets an estimated 50 mpg in both city and highway driving, but final EPA figures are not available.
The Civic hybrid has a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a 20 hp electric motor, which produces a total of 110 hp. The hybrid powertrain is designed so that it runs only on the electric motor at low speeds, a change from Honda's previous-generation Civic hybrid.
Adding Honda's satellite navigation system pushes the Civic hybrid's sticker price to $23,900.
Prices include $550 shipping.
Honda said it expects to sell 28,000 Civic hybrids in the United States.
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