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Honda's 2.2-liter i-CTDi diesel engine  (Source: Honda)

2008 Honda Accord EX Sedan  (Source: Honda)
Honda readies its diesel engines for passenger vehicles in the U.S.

DailyTech reported in early June that Honda's newly redesigned Accord would receive a diesel engine. Honda today confirmed that the 2009 Honda Accord would be available with an optional 2.2 liter i-CTDi 4-cylinder Tier 2 Bin 5 diesel engine.

The diesel engine is reported to produce in excess of 150 HP, while torque -- always a diesel strength -- is pegged at 260 lb-ft. The diesel will be emissions legal in all 50 states and is set to deliver real word fuel economy in excess of 40 MPG.

If the fuel economy estimates pass the Environmental Protection Agency's testing, that would make the diesel Accord more fuel efficient than the previous generation Accord Hybrid and Toyota's current Camry Hybrid.

The 2.2 liter diesel is expected to be closely followed by a new 3.5 liter V6 diesel destined for Honda's large vehicles. The engine is 30 percent more fuel efficient than the current 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine used in the Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline according to the Nikkei newspaper.

In addition to the diesel news, Honda also announced that the CR-Z hybrid concept will make it to production. The small two-seater uses the same powertrain as the Civic Hybrid (4-cylinder gasoline engine, Integrated Motor Assist and CVT) and is likely to better its 40 MPG/45 MPG city/highway EPA ratings.

The CR-Z will be accompanied by a $22,000 five-seat Global Small Hybrid (GSH) which will do battle with Toyota's Prius in 2009.



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RE: Here's a solution Honda
By Parhel on 10/26/2007 5:37:54 PM , Rating: 2
That doesn't add up. If all gasoline sold in the US is 10% ethanol, and not all corn produced in the US is used to manufacture ethanol, then how is that figure possible?

In other words, we must already be producing enough ethanol to provide for 36.5 days of fuel (10% of 365 days,) right?

Now, I don't think ethanol provides nearly the same amount of energy per barrel as gasoline, but that's another discussion.


RE: Here's a solution Honda
By Parhel on 10/26/2007 5:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
In hindsight, I suppose we could be importing corn and/or ethanol. Duh.


RE: Here's a solution Honda
By Ringold on 10/26/2007 9:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
We are. And rainforest around the globe is being slashed and burned to provide the global corn market what it wants at record prices.

How the hell is that an acceptable "green" solution?


RE: Here's a solution Honda
By Parhel on 10/27/2007 12:23:35 AM , Rating: 2
No idea. I was only questioning the math behind how much ethanol we could currently produce, not whether it's a viable solution or not. However, I doubt that ethanol has raised the demand for corn that significantly. In Brazil, where they are slashing the rain forest, it's not mostly for ethanol. To my understanding, it's due to the rising meat export market in Brazil and providing feed for the livestock.


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