Honda's senior vice president acknowledges that the gasoline internal combustion engine will be the primary source of automotive power for the next 15 to 20 years. In a speech at a Center for Automotive Research seminar (transcribed on AutoSpectator.com),
Some critics have questioned Honda's environmental sincerity because the company hasn't promised to build a gazillion hybrids by the end of the decade. Honda is taking a more patient if not calculated approach to hybrids. Mendel said there will be a new "affordable" hybrid coming in 2009 with projected annual sales of 100,000 units. He also touted a new 4-cylinder clean diesel engine that will not need urea or other add-on technology to meet federal emissions standards.
If you want a snapshot of Honda's environmental strategy, just look at the Civic. You can find conventional gasoline, diesel, gas-electric or natural gas powertrains under the hood somewhere in the world. Mendel's comments are blunt, effective and promising.[Source: AutoSpectator.com]