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Honda to introduce a new 3.5 liter V6 diesel by 2010

While many domestic and foreign automakers are looking to hybrid technology to improve fuel efficiency across their auto lines, Honda is looking towards the tried and true: diesel engines.

It was reported last month that the next generation Honda Accord would forgo its slow-selling and poor-performing Accord Hybrid with a diesel variant. The oil-burning Honda Accord will feature a 2.2 liter i-CTDi Tier 2 Bin 5 diesel engine along with an ammonia-filled catalytic converter to reduce NOx emissions.

Honda is also poised to make a new 3.5 liter V6 diesel engine available for its larger vehicles including the Odyssey minivan, Pilot mid-sized SUV and the Ridgeline mid-sized pickup truck. The new Tier 2 Bin 5 diesel will first be available in 2010 according to the Japanese Nikkei newspaper.

The engine is said to be 30 percent more fuel efficient than Honda's current 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine (rated at 17/24, 15/20 and 15/20 respectively in the Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline based on 2008 EPA estimates). The new motor is also said to produce 20 percent less carbon dioxide as the 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine.

Honda's new diesels likely won't come under as much scrutiny for failure to achieve EPA estimates as has been the case with hybrids. Honda knows this first-hand as it recently became the target of a class-action lawsuit regarding poor fuel economy on the Civic Hybrid.



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RE: It amuses me
By TomZ on 7/11/2007 11:37:58 AM , Rating: 4
No, the difference is that the U.S. insists on having clean diesel for its passenger car fleet. European diesels don't meet U.S. emissions standards. That is why you see all these "new" diesels having some sort of additional selective catalyst reduction (SCR) technology like the ammonium-filled catalyst mentioned in the article.

Without these newer technologies, the diesels wouldn't be street legal in the U.S., although they would be perfectly acceptable in Europe.


RE: It amuses me
By etriky on 7/11/07, Rating: -1
RE: It amuses me
By TomZ on 7/11/2007 12:55:15 PM , Rating: 3
The U.S. has required 100% on-road low-sulphur diesel since October 1, 1993

http://www.ec.gc.ca/cleanair-airpur/CAOL/OGEB/fuel...


RE: It amuses me
By TomZ on 7/11/2007 12:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, forgot to add that SCR systems require low-sulfur, not "zero" sulphur.


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