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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 Vanman345 on 10/31/2007 9:05:41 PM , Rating: 2
How bout fixing the prices too....a bushel of corn is currently selling for about $3.16 per bushel.

And lets subtract all the subsidies our government provides for producers of ethanol, as well as the subsidies the farmers receive. I'm not to go the the trouble of digging up all the data on the subsidies and then crunch the numbers, but I think it's safe to assume that a gallon of ethanol costs a hell of a lot more then it does to refine a gallon of gasoline.

As a solution how about removing the 60% tariff on imported ethanol produced in brazil from sugarcane. Which happens to be a much more efficient way to produce ethanol and has the added benefit of not competing with a food staple for people and a most of the meat we eat that is fed corn.


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