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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: Cost of diesel
By Hare on 10/27/2007 6:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
In Europe diesel is pretty much always cheaper than gas. Here in Scandinavia diesel is about 25% cheaper. Maybe it's because fuel costs so much here. Fuel is always 95oct or more. 1 litre of diesel is about 1€ and 1 litre of 95oct gas is around 1.20€. I didn't know that diesel was difficult to find in the states. Here every station sells diesel and regular gas (95oct+). Live and learn...

By the way, if those figures don't make sense try google. "1 litre to gallon" etc.

RE: Cost of diesel
By AnnihilatorX on 10/27/2007 10:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
There is also Imperial gallon and US gallon

RE: Cost of diesel
By Hoser McMoose on 10/29/2007 12:18:21 AM , Rating: 2
Also Google RON vs. MON octane ratings. 95 RON octane, as you would see in Europe, is roughly equivalent to 91 MON octane as you would see in North America.

Octane levels are slightly higher in Europe in general (allows higher compression ratios on the, generally smaller displacement, engines), but not by as much as the numbers on the pump would seem to indicate at first glance.

RE: Cost of diesel
By Vanman345 on 10/31/2007 8:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
Those prices equate to $5.14 usd per gallon for diesel, and $6.54 usd per gallon of what is usually known as "premium" gas with 91 or 92 octane. Ouch...I'll take our prices which are at record highs. Where I live diesel is running around $3.35 per gallon and regular gasoline is about 3.10 per gallon, with premium usually around 20-30 cents more per gallon.

Of course free health care would be nice and offset some of that fuel cost.

RE: Cost of diesel
By horsecharles on 11/1/2007 3:04:26 AM , Rating: 2
My math is different from yours--about double your results(more expensive) after converting currencies.

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