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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 Samus on 7/11/2007 1:05:05 PM , Rating: -1
Right. CARB is a joke. The EU passed laws requiring Catalytic convertors years before the US did. And they continue to raise the bar. The US is the laughing stock of environmental friendlyness. We have poor recycling programs, huge SUV's, extremely power hungry technology, and our lifestyle is much more wasteful than that of the average Europeans.

That's the American way.

RE: It amuses me
By TomZ on 7/11/2007 1:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently making up "facts" is also the American way.

[Catalytic converters were] first widely introduced on series-production automobiles in the US market for the 1975 model year to comply with tightening EPA regulations on auto exhaust, catalytic converters are still most commonly used in motor vehicle exhaust systems.

The rest of your post is also crap - what is all that drivel about "lifestyle is much more wasteful..."? If you don't like the U.S., then by all means please move to Europe. That's freedom which truly is "the American way."

RE: It amuses me
By FITCamaro on 7/11/2007 2:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree that recycling programs aren't up to snuff here, the rest of what you say is pure crap.

I don't drive a huge SUV, don't use extremely power hungry tech (how exactly do you classify this when European's use largely the same electronics we do), and try not to waste.

As the above poster said, if you don't like things here and love the way things are in Europe, why do you go there? Another part of the American way is giving you the freedom to leave.

Just because some drive giant SUVs when they don't need them, doesn't mean the general consensus of this country is that is whats best. If I needed an SUV, I'd drive one. But I likely never will, so I won't. Now if I eventually have 4 kids, then I'll consider it.

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