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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: great
By Pneumothorax on 10/26/2007 10:55:54 PM , Rating: 2
The cool thing about this diesel accord is that it's going to be a lot better reliability bet than the VW. I came very close to getting a Jetta TDI, but the horror stories scared me off.


RE: great
By Lord 666 on 10/28/2007 12:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
Coming from four Honda products to 2006 Jetta TDI (Package 2, NAV, etc/loaded) there were the rattles and little things that were annoying that we did not have to deal with since previously owning VW cars. However, once they were fixed by the dealer, we have had zero problems.

Assuming reliability is not a wise thing, look at what happened to Toyota. Consumer Reports has since changed their internal policies due to the issues with the 6 cylinder Camry.



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