Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Launched in Japan

Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Launched in Japan

After a mildly non-successful launch in the US, Honda has decided to roll out the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid in Japan.

I'm Headed Back to Japan...Sort Of...Even Though I'm Built There to Begin With

I'm Headed Back to Japan...Sort Of...Even Though I'm Built There to Begin With

Effective today, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid is available across Japan, says Honda, but it'll be a lease-only offering that's targeted mainly at "corporations and government agencies."  It's uber-efficient, so it's a shame that it won't be sold to the general public.

According to Honda, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid offered in Japan is basically identical to the one sold here in the States, so we'll rehash what we posted some 150 days ago when Honda's plug-in sedan hit US dealerships:

"The Honda Accord Plug-In is rated at 13 miles of electric-only range by the EPA and gets a gasoline fuel-economy rating of 47/46/46 mpg (city/highway/combined).  It earned the highest EPA MPGe rating (115 MPGe combined) in its class (mid-size hybrid vehicles) and is the first production vehicle to meet California’s stringent LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard.  And yes, the 2014  plug-in Accord qualifies for single-occupant HOV lane access in California."

The $39,780 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, which can be leased for $429 per month for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing, hasn't lit the sales charts in the US.  Nationwide sales of the plug-in Accord, through May of 2013, totaled only 158 units.

Honda doesn't expect the plug-in Accord be all that popular in Japan, either.  According to Honda, the "monthly combined sales target for Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid in Japan is 1,000 units," the bulk of which will surely be from the standard hybrid, rather than from the one that plugs in.