Honda Australia’s Senior Director Mr. Lindsay Smalley said in a statement that "the time is right to establish incentives for people to purchase hybrid vehicles". He believes more can be done by the State and Federal governments to promote hybrid cars.
So far Honda has only sold 2,363 hybrid Civics since 2004, the majority to private buyers.
“Honda calls for initiatives from both State and Federal Governments that would assist Australians who want to reduce their carbon footprint and fuel usage. As with any new technology, it will take time for hybrids to be widely accepted. Honda believes abolishing Federal import tariffs and cutting stamp duty and registration on hybrid vehicles would greatly assist their presence on our roads and give consumers a wider choice of hybrid motoring options.” Mr. Smalley said.
The Honda Civic Hybrid manages a fuel economy figure of 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres (which is easily beaten by many small German diesels) but puts out only 109 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Honda is going one step further though, in partnership with Greenfleet, every Civic Hybrid sold receives Australia’s first Climate Care warranty, which means over the first three years of the vehicle’s life, 18 trees will be planted, making the first three years of motoring carbon neutral!