Honda CEO Outlines Three-Year Powertrain Technology and Fuel Economy Targets: This is an article summarizing a presentation by Honda’s CEO concerning their plans for further fuel efficiency gains.
For whatever it’s worth, it shows they (Honda) have a lot of positive focus on fuel efficiency and the “emissions” problem. (Have you noticed how using the word “emissions” pussyfoots around what’s really happening, namely, a poisining of the environment?)
Here’s a few highlights:
This year, Honda will complete the shift to its next-generation i-series engines for almost all models, representing approximately a 20% improvement in fuel economy over their predecessors.
Ethanol. Honda will introduce a FlexFuel car that accepts ethanol in any blend up to 100% before the end of 2006.
Fukui made no mention of new technology work on the diesel platform, although he did note the importance of diesel to the European market, and commented that the new Civic will offer a powertrain lineup that includes various fuel options including gasoline, diesel, hybrid, CNG and ethanol to meet the demands of regional markets.
He also noted that Honda will introduce the fuel-efficient Fit as an entry-level model in North America next spring, and added that Honda will further expand its product lineup to respond to increasing customer demands for vehicles with high fuel efficiency.
Fuel cell motorcycle. Using the Honda FC stack technology developed for automobiles, the company plans to launch a fuel cell motorcycle model for lease by 2009.
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