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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 Zapp Brannigan on 7/11/2007 1:47:12 PM , Rating: 2
Naa man, Diesels are more expensive because they cost more to make. They are an overbuilt design because diesel isn't just ignited like a Gas/Petrol engine, it's exploded. the pressures it has to stand are much higher then a gas/petrol engine has to and so they design the engines to be way more durable, this is also way most diesels have turbo's because they can cope with the increased stress.

In America though, your probably right, diesels arn't as mass produced, in europe, that's completely different, pretty much all HGV's, Buses and LGV's sold now are Diesel, but are still more expensive then Gas/Petrol variants.

RE: It amuses me
By Andrwken on 7/11/2007 1:52:05 PM , Rating: 2
Sure they need to be overbuilt in comparison to a gas engine, but, when you look at all the vvt and now active fuel management tech used in gm's gas engines, are they really more expensive? it really does come down to the fact that if they were viable options in half ton and small pickups, they would be produced in mass quantity and not nearly as expensive. If our Epa standards weren't so ridiculously high, I could at least have the choice. the standards on diesel are so high now that I believe even the vw tdi cannot be sold in 2007. They want the exhaust cleaner than the air it takes in, lol

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