The Diesel Wave Is Coming
Oct 6, 2006
Fourwheelers have been ahead of the curve when it comes to diesels because the big three have had been selling a lot of diesel-powered full-size trucks for many years now. But in the car segment, diesels have only appeared in relatively small numbers of Mercedes-Benz's and VWs. Well, that's all about to change. Honda, one of the biggest names in the car market is set to introduce a super clean diesel for 2009.
Utilizing a variety of strategies (common rail injection, boosting efficiency of the EGR, combustion chamber redesign), Honda was able to reduce emissions produced by its highly praised 2.2L CTDi diesel engine. To further reduce emissions, Honda has designed a revolutionary catalytic converter system that dramatically reduces NOx to a level that makes it comparable to gasoline engine exhaust. When used with the ultra-low sulfur diesel, Honda expects this engine to meet the extremely strict EPA Bin 2 Tier II emissions regulation.
What does this have to do with fourwheelers? If Honda succeeds in boosting the popularity of small diesel engines, I would expect small diesel engines to show up in a lot of the SUVs and small pickups very soon after that. Better fuel economy is something a lot of fourwheelers would enjoy, now that gas prices are in the $1.00/L range. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next couple of years.
For more info on the new Honda diesel technology, have a look at this article at PracticalWheels.com.
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