May 17, 2006

Honda announces new dedicated Hybrid car, new diesel engine

Toronto, Ontario – In addition to the announcement about new North American manufacturing facilities, Honda also announced it will introduce an all-new dedicated hybrid car and a new 4-cylinder diesel engine.

To be launched in North America in 2009, the all-new hybrid will be produced at Honda’s Suzuka plant in Japan. The target price is lower than the current Civic Hybrid.

As well, a new 4-cylinder diesel engine will also be introduced in the next three years. Based on the direct injection diesel engine technology currently offered in Europe, it will meet the U.S. EPA’s stringent Tier 2 BIN 5 emissions standards.

In addition, Honda will seek to achieve top-level fuel economy for existing models to improve Honda’s already industry-leading Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). This effort will include the previously announced commitment to introduce within the next two years a more advanced version of Honda’s four-cycling i-VTEC technology with up to a 13 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over 2005 levels, and
a more advanced Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology for six-cylinder engines with up to an 11 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency versus the current VCM system in the Honda Odyssey minivan.

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