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The 2009 Honda Accord diesel looks set to make up for the mileage shortcomings of the soon to be deceased hybrid model in a big way. The new diesel is apparently derived from the 2.2L diesel that is currently available in European market Accords, one of which was shown recently with with a new emission control system at a diesel conference in California. That car is apparently capable of 52mpg which, if replicated by the production version, will put it well ahead of anything else in its class. The best part is drivers will never have to add any urea like they do with the BlueTec diesels from Mercedes and VW.
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      • 1 Month Ago
      Mazda was supposed to roll out a 6 passenger diesel mini-minivan with about 40 mpg, the M5, I believe, which they already sell in Europe.

      Bummer.

      I need a 6 passenger vehicle for our family of 6 and that sounded like the ideal one for us, or at least better than anything else out there at the moment. I guess we'll have to wait a bit longer.
      • 1 Month Ago
      I love my Element; how about a diesel version that gets better than 25mpg?
      • 1 Month Ago
      Had a drive in a Diesel Accord in Scotland last year, five Adults plus two large suitcases,100 MPH on the Motorway and 45 MPG, bring it on.
      • 1 Month Ago
      I read at least one article about a year or two ago stating that Mazda was going to introduce a Mazda 5 diesel mini-minivan. If I remember correctly, it was to get about 45 mpg or so. Unfortunately, they appear to have dropped the idea in the midst of all the new more stringent emissions requirements.

      Too bad. I have 4 kids and the 5 seaters just won't cut it.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Guys,
      writing from Europe,this obsession of biodiesel.do you guys actaully believe it works out cheaper and its cleaner and better for the enviorment?
      Its infact total rubbish.its the main cause behind the food shortage in the world right now and not really good for the enviorment either.want better mileage then push your governments into putting funds towards hydrogen fuel cars and pumps,japanese have already developed engines ready to go,but greedy governments want o make money out of fuel.Think outside the box
        • 1 Month Ago
        ed,

        I'm not sure why your saying biodiesel is bad for the environment. It can be carbon neutral and can have significantly lower pollution levels than gasoline versions. Hydrogen may turn out to be a great answer, but at this point it's an unproven technology and may be too expensive to be practical. Diesel is practical now.

        By the way, biodiesel does not have to come from food crops, nor does it necessarily have to come from arable land or take the place of food crops. Algae appears to have promise as a source of biodiesel and can even be grown in the desert:

        http://www.stlouisgasprices.com/Forum_MSG.aspx?master=1&category=1357&topic=320396&page_no=1&FAV=N
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now give me that in a Civic Hatch or Fit!
        • 1 Month Ago
        how bout a deisel hybrid? 80 mpg easy. Is'nt it obvious?
      • 1 Month Ago
      #8 - BLUETEC is a marketing term for all clean diesels from VW, Audi, & MB - including the Jetta.

      From http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=10061:

      "The Jetta TDI is one of the first products of the BLUETEC offensive initiated jointly by Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen. The goal of this partnership is to establish the concept of BLUETEC as a uniform label for clean and highly fuel efficient diesel-powered cars and SUVs with 50-state compliant engines. BLUETEC denotes diesel power plants that comply with the strictest emissions regulations of the US market."

      As I understand VW's current position, the 2.0L TDI in the Jetta & Tiguan does not require urea, the Touareg does, and they are studying what to do in the Passat.

      I'm really looking forward to seeing what Honda offers to the diesel market in the US. It seems to me that they bring nearly instant mainstream credibility to the technology where the German companies do not. I also read something that said that the heavier Pilot & Odyssey would get a V6 diesel a bit later than the Accord's 4 cylinder engine.

      http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061205/FREE/61204019/1024/cara_submit
        • 1 Month Ago
        The Tech is there to get 70 MPH Why don't they do it
        Answer The Oil Companies
      • 1 Month Ago
      Diesel wagons, yum!
      • 1 Month Ago
      Go Honda! Bring on the diesels throughout your excellent product line. I'd love to be able to burn non-petrol biodiesel in one of your vehicles. I heartily second the calls here for a diesel minivan!
      • 1 Month Ago
      I was reading a review on the Accord diesel that is available in Europe and its combined gas mileage is 52. It list the highway (extra urban) mileage at 62.
      • 1 Month Ago
      I would buy a diesel accord if these milage estimates are anywhere near correct.
      But why not a smaller one like a 1.3 diesel fit
      that would get 60 mpg .I currently have a golf
      tdi automatic that has a 1.9.This car gets
      43 around town and 48 on the highway. I am sure it
      could be done.I think americans want high milage
      cars . most of us can't afford to run suv's anymore. I see them for sale all the time now.
      I will hang on to my v dub until japan brings a 50 state diesel to the us.
      • 1 Month Ago
      Just to annoy those in the US, I own a European Accord Tourer 2.2 i-CDTi Exec.
      That's a 'wagon' in American.
      I get 40 to 45 UK mpg (depending on town vs long journeys) which is 33 to 37 US mpg.
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