Hybrid Honda Prelude Concept to make Euro debut at Goodwood

LONDON: It's been known for some time now that Honda is bringing back the Prelude nameplate.

In keeping with the times, it will be offered as a hybrid.

In its latest announcement, Honda said the Prelude Concept will make its European public debut at 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed as Honda celebrates 25 years of hybrid performance. The festival runs from July 11-14.

Following the concept model’s reveal at the Japan Mobility Show last year, the Prelude is set to deliver a balance of driving pleasure and efficiency.


The original Prelude made its European debut 45 years ago and served as a high-performance showcase of Honda’s cutting-edge technology for five generations until 2001. The new model promises to be a fitting return for the renowned nameplate, as it delivers a compelling blend of style and sophistication alongside a hybrid powertrain.

The name “Prelude” refers to an introductory piece of music, and appropriately positions the car as a forerunner to future models that embody Honda’s commitment to sports performance – an example of Honda bringing the “joy of driving” to customers across Europe.


“The Prelude demonstrates the continued importance of hybrid powertrains as part of Honda’s automobile electrification strategy – a key step towards our commitment for 100% of new vehicle sales to be battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell by 2040,” said Honda Motor chief engineer and large project leader Tomoyuki Yamagami.

This year sees Honda celebrate a quarter of a century of pioneering hybrid expertise, following the arrival of the Insight coupe as Europe’s first mass-produced hybrid model back in 1999.


Ever since, the brand has pioneered the development of petrol-electric powertrain technology, with a range of models that have helped drivers make the smoothest, most convenient, and cost-effective switch to an electrified future.

Following the arrival of the Insight, Honda launched the Civic IMA in 2003, which paired a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a 1.3-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and 20-horsepower electric motor to offer increased fuel efficiency.

Seven-years later, the CR-Z was introduced, combining Honda’s IMA parallel hybrid system with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and manual transmission to offer engaging driving dynamics and fuel economy.


In 2011, Jazz Hybrid continued to offer the practicality for which it was known – including “Magic Seats” and 300-litres of boot space – thanks to the compact nature of the Honda IMA hybrid system.

Five years later and the arrival of the NSX saw the introduction of the most-technologically-advanced all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain of the time to the supercar segment.

Today, Honda’s mainstream automobile range is fully electrified, with Jazz, Civic, HR-V, ZR-V and CR-V all available with e:HEV powertrains as standard.

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