Chicago Tribune. Honda has been offering a $1,200 incentive to its dealers on each sale of an Accord Hybrid—the first hybrid car to receive such financial support from the manufacturer.
The offers are scheduled to end 5 Dec. Dealers can pass any or all of that money along to the consumer. The 2006 Accord Hybrid will go on sale around 1 Dec with new front and rear styling changes.
Sales of the Accord Hybrid dipped to 1,266 in October, down from 2,336 in August and 2,352 in September. Honda had targeted 20,000 units sold for all of 2005, and is currently tracking slightly above 15,000 through October.
Honda designed the Accord hybrid (earlier post) with performance more in mind than fuel economy. While the EPA rates the Prius at 55 mpg US, and the Civic Hybrid at 50 mpg, the Accord hybrid offers only 32 mpg.