Honda's reach for No. 1 in fuel economy includes new diesel engine to challenge VW

So, Honda is shooting to have "top-of-industry fuel efficiency in every vehicle class within three years," right? And the "Earth Dreams Technology" includes building better, cleaner diesel engines.
Honda's history with diesel engines and passenger cars can best be described as fluctuating, sometimes up, sometimes down. The automaker has invested in diesel technology, though, and mostly uses it overseas. There is a renewed commitment to the technology now that the overall target has been set, but still not in the U.S.

Honda engineer Junji Yamano told Automotive News that Honda is directly targeting European automakers like VW. Through an interpreter, he said that, "It is good if they have some sleepless nights because we have had sleepless nights" developing the diesel engine. The details of Honda's new mill are that it is a 1.6-liter (down from 2.2 liters) engine that is 50 kilograms lighter, has less friction and improved thermal management with CO2 emissions that are 15 percent lower than before, under 100 grams per kilometer. AN says the turbodiesel powerplant offers 120 horsepower and 300 newton meters of torque. For now, this engine is destined for the Civic in Europe in 2013.

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