Honda To Offer Diesel Cars In U.S.

Posted on May 30, 2006

Honda said it will release new diesel cars onto the U.S. market by 2009, according to Bloomberg News. The company aims to offer the first diesel automobile to meet emissions rules in all 50 states and also announced plans to develop a hybrid car.

In order to meet its diesel goal, Honda said it has patented a new emissions technology. In Honda's system, exhaust flows through a plasma reactor that separates harmful nitrogen oxides and forms nitrogen dioxide that is then reduced or absorbed by alkali metals and silver.

No automaker has built a diesel-powered car that can meet emissions rules in California and some Northeast states, which are tougher than federal requirements. DaimlerChrysler AG and Volkswagen AG, the largest sellers of diesel autos, are working on systems that would meet the stricter rules by using SCR.

Both the proposed diesel and hybrid vehicles are designed to take advantage of the growing numbers of US consumers looking to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles in the light of escalating prices at the pumps. While announcing the new models for the US market, president Takeo Fukui also set a new global sales forecast of at least 4.5 million cars in 2010.