Report: Honda planning diesels for big cars sold in US

According to Nikkei English News, Honda is planning on selling large vehicles using a V6 diesel powerplant in the US starting in 2010. The second largest Japanese auto maker is developing a 3.5 liter V6 diesel engine that will be 30 percent more fuel efficient than its gasoline counterparts.

Nikkei said that Honda will be introducing the diesel engine in the Odyssey minivan first and is also expected to drop it into the Pilot SUV, Ridgeline pickup truck and the Acura lineup.

Honda is hoping that the diesel engine will help it compete against diesel models from BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

While diesel engines also emit about 20 percent less carbon dioxide, though they release harmful nitrogen oxides.


Source: Bloomberg (via AutoBlog)

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