Geneva Preview: Honda's hybrid sports concept, FCX and diesel
Honda released a brief press release, along with the above sketch, that outlined what we can expect to see from the Big H during next month's Geneva Motor Show.
The illustration is of Honda's Small Hybrid Sports Concept, which is in the same vein as Toyota's FT-HS concept that bowed in Detroit, but on more compact scale. No details were provided about what type of hybrid system would be employed, but something utilizing the Accord Hybrid's setup would certainly provide the prerequisite thrills if Honda is serious about merging fuel efficiency and high performance motoring.
Honda will also be displaying a fully functional FCX fuel-cell vehicle, along with a new clean diesel engine that meets the Tier II/Bin 5 requirements, as outlined by the EPA.
All these developments are signs of good things to come, making us that much more eager to pack our bags, board a flight and get over to Switzerland ASAP.
The full press release is posted after the jump.
Honda will be presenting the world debut of an exciting new concept car at the forthcoming 2007 Geneva motor show, as well as showing the fully driveable FCX Concept fuel cell car in Europe for the first time. A press conference will be held on the Honda stand in Hall 4 on Press Day, 6 March, between 12:00 noon and 12:15 pm.
Honda Small Hybrid Sports Concept
Honda Small Hybrid Sports Concept represents Honda's proposal for a future hybrid model. The Concept demonstrates a unique fusion of advanced hybrid technology and fun-to-drive sports car characteristics. The Small Hybrid Sports Concept, which has been designed by Honda R&D Europe based in Offenbach, Germany explores the idea that a car can have a low environmental impact yet still deliver all the driving enjoyment expected of a compact sports car.
Fully driveable Honda FCX Concept demonstrates Honda's advanced fuel cell technology
The fully functional Honda FCX Concept will be on display for the first time in Europe. The concept model features a newly developed compact, high-efficient Honda FC Stack as well as a long-floor, low-riding, short-nose body. It offers a comfortably large cabin and futuristic styling along with significant improvements in power output and environmental performance. The FCX Concept offers practical driving performance with a range of 570 km (Honda calculations when driven in LA4 mode) and a top speed limited to 160 km/h. Limited marketing of a totally new fuel cell vehicle based on the FCX Concept model is to begin in Japan and the US in 2008.
Next-generation clean diesel engine
Further technical innovation will be represented in Geneva by the company's next-generation diesel engine that uses world-first technology to reduce emissions to the same level of a petrol engine. A revolutionary catalytic converter reduces NOx (oxides of nitrogen) emissions to a level that enables the engine to meet the stringent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier II/Bin 5 requirements.
The catalytic converter features an innovative system that uses the reductive reaction of ammonia to 'detoxify' oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by converting them into harmless nitrogen (N2). However, unlike Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems which use urea injection, Honda's innovative technology uses ammonia generated within the catalytic converter.
Honda plans to introduce its next-generation diesel engine within three years.
Honda's Motorsports challengers for 2007
On public display for the first time will be the Honda Racing F1 Team's brand new race car, the RA107.
Honda's commitment to motorsport will also be represented at the show by the Civic Type R race car based on the just-launched road car. Developed in close cooperation with Italy's JAS Motorsport, the Civic Type R is aiming for even greater success than its forebear, which has proved popular in European motor sport circles since its introduction in 2002.
The car is being developed to Group N and Group A, as well as the new Group R specifications to be introduced in 2008.
Honda's production models and accessories
The stand will also feature examples of the brand-new CR-V and Civic Type R models, as well as the rest of the Honda range. The company's extensive range of accessories will be showcased on the upper level of the stand, including a CR-V Aero Performance Pack.
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