Honda Motor Co., Ltd publicized in Tokyo, Japan, on October 27 that it would soon start sales of the latest Freed Spike Hybrid tall wagon and Freed Hybrid minivan all over Japan. These new hybrids present a roomy and comfy interior plus a big cargo area in a compact body. Both models will blend a smooth ride with terrific fuel economy. And all this at a very reasonable price!
On November 25, Honda is all set to launch a fresh range of Freed special-needs vehicles that includes a wheelchair-accessible model which features a recently developed electric winch, a passenger lift-up seat model and a side lift-up seat model.
Freed Spike Hybrid and Freed Hybrid will be Japan’s original 5-number class minivan and tall wagon hybrid vehicles. Let us take a look at its new features:
- Combination of Honda’s lightweight compact IMA hybrid system and advanced packaging technology
- 24.0 km/L as measured in 10•15 mode and 2 21.6 km/L as measured in JC08 mode
- Meet the criteria of Japan’s eco-car tax incentives
These new models offer complete comfort and value of the Freed series and offer one of the best fuel economy, along with the front-wheel-drive gasoline engine models. They offer a perfect blend to meet the goals of providing customers with available hybrid technology. At present in Japan, over one-third of registered Honda vehicles are hybrid.
Main features of Freed Spike Hybrid and Freed Hybrid
- hybrid exclusive aerodynamic exterior design
- Feature 3-point ELR seat belts
- Exclusive hybrid digital meters
- Merging a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine and compact and lightweight IMA
- Exceptional fuel economy
- Added sound insulation and sound-insulating glass
- Vehicle Stability Assist
The driver feels relaxed while driving and maintains a fuel-efficient driving style. With chrome plated and clear blue paint headlight, the seat legs have been designed especially to lodge the additional floor height necessary for the IMA battery. You will find a two passenger third row seating in both 6- and 7-seater Freed Hybrid models, thus ensuring plenty of space for both occupants.
There are three Freed special-needs vehicles:
- Wheelchair-accessible Freed
- Freed with side lift-up seat
- Freed with passenger lift-up seat
All these models offer airy and large interior and a big door and tailgate exits for easy way in and out. Honda’s first electric winch is present in the wheelchair-accessible Freed while Freed with side lift-up seat offers electric recline and slide functions.