• Dec 11, 2008


Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 Acura TSX


Early last year, Acura announced that we would see a 2.2-liter diesel in its lineup in the 2009 model year with a V6 diesel expected to follow in 2010. According to a conversation with AutoblogGreen yesterday, Acura's diesel program has been put on hold – indefinitely. Honda of America spokesperson Sage Marie said the program is in "wait and see" mode due to commercial, not technical, reasons (it was just two months ago that the program was rumored to be shelved when the engine couldn't pass emissions). Honda says a combination of factors, including plummeting car sales and the high cost of diesel fuel (especially now that gasoline is down below $2/gallon) are solely to blame. While the 2.2-liter diesel is already available in Europe (in the Euro Honda Accord – our Acura TSX), the Acura diesel is expected to be a low-volume model on our shores. With that in mind, the automaker has decided to re-evaluate where the market is heading before making a significant investment in oil-burners for this country.



[Source: AutoblogGreen]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait, diesel was $4.80 3 months ago when Honda was bringing the engine to market. It's now $2.40 and it doesn't make sense to Honda to bring a diesel to market because the price of it's high cost? WTF?
      • 6 Years Ago
      cmon guys, we're all being robbed, so much for a fuel efficient car that we could buy, bye bye 40+ mpg...and to whoever thinks that this new diesel is dirty, they probably drive around in a 95 Ford with a cracked header, doing no one any good
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's fine. I understand.
      If anyone looks at the sale numbers, one will see that the TL (despite its supposed ugliness (I admittedly like it)) has actually INCREASED in sales.
      Stop hating on Acura for its styling. It may be ugly, but it certainly isn't hurting sales (I guess the Acura PR team has done its job well).
      Frankly, most of the luxury CUVs I see in my area are Acura MDXs (2007-). The Acura MDX even outnumbers the Lexus RX (2004-2009) in my area. This is more proof that the styling hasn't hurt sales; it's the economy, stupid (Clinton).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Acura buyers tend to be a pretty analytical demographic and probably don't place much importance on the styling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yawn....


      tell me about something that matters
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did you just say "Yawn", JDMLover? Look no farther than Lexus. Content yourself and bother us no more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I say fine. Just bring over the rumored V6 with sh-Awd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good bye stinky non emissions passing diesel! Hellloooo beautiful, buxom, cheap gas!
        • 6 Years Ago
        with all that short-sightedness, I'm surprised you don't run into more things.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was looking forward to driving this vehicle. I get Car Magazine and am very interested in the diesel options they have in Europe. But the inexplicably high price for diesel makes this a very difficult business case for buyer and seller. I can understand Honda's decision. I wish success on the VW and Audi diesels. Maybe that will bring Honda in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would be nice if Acura would delay and cancel that stupid grill too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Make a coupe. Make a sport wagon. Make a convertable. Please get a v-6
      with some excitement. Hurry we're waiting. Why should Lexus, Bmw, Infinity
      and Audi have all the fun!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Could not agree more with RWD and the coupe. Three sedans and two SUVs... how attractive... *rolls eyes*
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the first order of business should be rear-wheel drive.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about selling a diesel Civic or Fit? That would sell better than any TSX would.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The last time I was at the pump, Unleaded fuel was $1.95 while Diesel was $2.75.

        • 6 Years Ago
        and next time you go, the prices will be different. So?

        If you buy a car based on the price of fuel on that day, I question your logic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stop BLOWING Money on Hydrogen, and suddenly you have the money for a diesel and a diesel-Hybrid. There, solved that for you. Oh, and Fire the CEO.

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