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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 Andrwken on 7/11/2007 12:23:53 PM , Rating: 1
You mean the 6.2 liter diesel that gm put in its trucks. that same diesel that I have seen for myself get 30 mpg in a full size truck. That feat has not been reproduced since. If you referring to it being not as powerful as the competition, well then it would leave a bad taste (it was fuel efficient not a stump puller). But, who wouldn't mind seeing that motor come back in a mid 200 hp variant that could still do those numbers in full size trucks today. Oh wait, it probably wouldn't, most truck buyers want a parachute on the front of their truck now (see new Ford superduty front grille). No motor will make good mpg with that much drag on the front.


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