Honda's redesigned four-door Civic hybrid sedan makes its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show later this month promising, the automaker claims, "world-leading emissions performance" as well as being more economical than its predecessor.

A new 1.3-litre three-stage i-VTEC engine is combined with a more efficient integrated motor assist system (IMA), which can improve the recovery of braking energy by 10% compared to the current Civic IMA.

The latest Honda hybrid system develops around 20% more power than the current system. Performance is claimed to be equal to that of a 1.8-litre engine while fuel economy is 5% better.

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