• Jul 16, 2010
Regular readers know we tend to be big fans of modern diesel engines. All the past demons that had plagued oil-burners over the years have been exorcised, including rough running, nasty smells, loud operation and narrow power bands. But sadly, modern clean diesel powerplants have never taken hold in the United States.

According to the Nikkei in Japan (via Reuters), we can add Honda to the list of global automakers that have abandoned plans to move further into the diesel realm. Instead, Honda will continue to puts all of its eggs in the hybrid basket, developing a new system for use in larger vehicles. Currently, Honda's Integrated Motor Assist technology is used in the Civic Hybrid and the Insight.

We can only hope that Honda's next hybrid system will expand on its current IMA tech, which has been unable to match the fuel efficiency and performance of rival Toyota, by being able to operate on the electric motor alone for longer stretches.

In addition to halting development of clean diesel tech, Honda has also put the brakes on the new microcar plant in Japan that was to build future Kei cars for the automaker's home market.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      i love the comments

      you know what? keep on bashing honda

      keep buying your DIESEL mercedes-audis-bmws

      in the meantime, stop calling yourselves PETROLheads


      who was it introduced the first hybrid? who was it introduced the first hidrogen fuel cell car?


      this will pay off for honda, especially in japan where they dont like diesel in the first place
      • 4 Years Ago
      OH Shut up!

      All the talk about diesel and gasoline! Dummies, oil will not be around some time in the future! We need the next step, total electric with the electric produced by Nuclear Plants, France produces 70% of their needs and even exports electricty to the other European countries. Wind farms don't work at night, if there is no wind they don't work at all, I have heard that some of them even froze up in North Dakota this past winter. If only some one work a little harder on solar panels we still might have a chance at showing how smart we are.

      Solar panels are even used on the new Toyota for a venting system to keep the car cooler when parked...
      • 4 Years Ago
      sigh
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why why why why why!!!! Why not make diesel electric hybrid cars? Until HCCI becomes a mainstream technology there is no reason to pursue gasoline electric hybrid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        they should just focus on their design department
        • 4 Years Ago
        this is such a toss up for honda. They don't have a diesel that will pass US emissions to sell in the USA and there hybrid tech is a bit behind toyota and even ford (the fusion hybrid is rated at 41 city vs the CR-Z's 37). They should continue to develop both until at least one is a viable alternative
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda planners are really misdirected now...

        Instead of Honda improving upon their clean diesel program gains, but now ditching it...and rather prefer to play just one of many "catch-up/mee-too" hybrid maker to megalo-hybrid leader Toyota.

        If there is any "ditching" in Honda..I'd prefer their current design and product development heads "to roll" first than anything else...

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos: "Why why why why why!!!! Why not make diesel electric hybrid cars? "

        you willing to pay $40,000 for something the size of the Fit?

        "Until HCCI becomes a mainstream technology there is no reason to pursue gasoline electric hybrid. "

        you're confusing two issues. the end goal is improving fuel economy, but diesel/HCCI and hybrids are two totally different approaches to solving that problem. Diesel/HCCI is all about making the powerplant more efficient. Hybrids are all about capturing and storing energy that would otherwise be wasted while e.g. coasting, braking, whatever. Again, one *could* do both at the same time but that would be one damned expensive car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda builds some of the great engines in automobiles. To see them abandon diesel speaks volumes about where they believe the future in personal transportation is. Their approach to hybrids hasn't rocketed them to success. From my readings, I suggest they believe the future is in H2 fuel cells driving electric motors. Maybe this is the safest course because if H2 falls flat as the new fuel, they can go straight to battery storage and lose the FC. Or, replace it with what they have now...an electric boosted ICE,only running alcohol, gasohol, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have no idea why you'd drop diesel, it's cleaner than what a hybrid could ever be.

        you can make diesel out of waste oil thus making the very fuel green itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, honda sucks now. Oh well. They had it right for a little while.

        >hops into 91 civic and drives home to 89 prelude si 4ws
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Honda to abandon clean diesel development", ...as public is now abandoning Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THANK GOD--NO MATTER HOW '' CLEAN'' DIESELS GET THEY ARE STILL A CANCER CAUSING POLLUTER THAT SUPPORTS THE OIL PEOPLE
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uhhhh.

        What is a hybrid? They still run on gas and create emissions.

      • 4 Years Ago
      the only reason diesel isn't popular in the u.s. is that we haven't had access to them...take a look a the number of engine choices offered in europe (by u.s. car makers, too)...i'd like a ford focus rs (yes, i know it's not diesel) but it's ANOTHER great car we can't get here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn it Honda, what is wrong with you! We DO WANT DIESELS! Even a hybrid diesel is better than none. You want better MPG, go diesel what is wrong with you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      THE WHOLE COMBUSTION PROCESS OF DIESEL IS NO GOOD--EVEN THE BEST SPEW AERIATED OIL MOLECULES INTO THE AIR.MAJOR CANCER CAUSER--MAJOR POLLUTANT. EVEN WHEN VEGGIE OIL IS USED--WE WILL SEE DIESEL PHASED OUT AFTER AWHILE--YOU DONT REALLY THINK MANUFACTURERS GIVE US SOMETHING WE MIGHT PERCEIVE AS GOOD WITHOUT STRINGS ATTATCHED ??? THEY ARE CHEAPER FOR THEM TO PRODUCE
      • 4 Years Ago
      No direct injection. No 6 speed automatics. They keep making Acuras uglier. A few years ago they made some of my favorite vehicles. Now I can't think of any of their models that would be my first or second choice; especially after the forthcoming Focus, Cruze and Elantra models hit the stores.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "operate on the electric motor alone for longer stretches." Since Honda hybrids never move under electric power alone, anything would be an improvement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or is honda ditching quite a few projects lately.
      • 4 Years Ago
      diesel driving petrolheads

      god save us
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