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Dear Friends,

We here at GrASS need your help to help us gather the below mentioned items to help us raise funds for our shelter and other independent pet rescuers.

The items are:

Scrap Paper
Old Newspapers
Old Magazines
Unwanted uncooked/raw Acidic Fruits ( Oranges, pineapples, lime,lemons)
Unwanted uncooked/raw fruits
Unwanted uncooked/raw Vegetables
Brown Sugar
Rice Bran
Red Earth
Glass Jars/Plastic containers with lids
Cardboard boxes (any other cardboard materials)
Aluminium Cans
Expired Food Products

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Article: Upgraded model

Tuesday August 4, 2009

The Civic Hybrid, introduced in 2002, come with a 1.3L engine coupled with a third generation Auto Stop/Start and Assist/Regenerative braking system known as Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). Honda launched the second generation Civic Hybrid in 2006, with an improved iVTEC and fourth generation IMA system. A facelifted version of this model was introduced in Malaysia in March. The car is touted as the most economical and environment-friendly Civic to date.

At first glance, it looks and drives very much like a conventional car but is said to deliver output of 115PS which is comparable to a 1.8L sedan. It runs on the fourth generation IMA system which consists of an ultra thin electric motor mounted between the petrol engine, the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and the IPU (Intelligent Power Unit). The IPU stores electric power in a compact battery box and controls the flow of electricity to and from the electric motor.

This engages as you accelerate or go uphill, boosting engine power until cruising speed. The motor then adds the necessary additional power to accelerate. At lower cruising speeds, the car runs on power from the motor alone.

As you accelerate, the engine switches to a higher power output to give a stronger more powerful acceleration. When decelerating, the battery will be in recharge mode.

The display panel exhibits usual information such as speed, fuel level, instant fuel mileage and a tachometer along with IMA battery level. No additional servicing or maintenance is required, neither does the Hybrid need to be plugged in to be recharged or special alternative fuel.

Apart from the stylish details and aerodynamic shape of the Civic, the Hybrid has a spacious interior that seat five adults comfortably, driver and front passenger airbags and ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System).

In Japan, the competition is stiff for eco-friendly cars and manufacturers battle it out by offering better deals and prices.

In March, ANN reported that Toyota Motor Corp slashed Toyota Prius hybrid model prices to counter Honda Motor Co's latest hybrid, Insight, which has been enjoying brisk sales due to the low price tag of US$19,190 (RM68,000).

International reviews have not been favourable, however, citing ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration and rear seat access as some of Insight's disadvantages. The Civic Hybrid fared better in terms of fuel economy, emissions and performance, not to mention rave reports on its looks.

Nonetheless, orders of the Insight in Japan rose to 18,000 units by end-March, surpassing monthly sales of the new Prius model. The Insight is not available in Malaysia.

Global hybrid vehicle sales stood at 1.04 million units last year, according to the Nomura Research Institute, and sales are expected to more than double to 2.17 million units next year.

This article was taken from: The Star Online: Lifestyle: Focus 4 August 2009

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