Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Launched in Japan
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
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.