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Speaking of Fuel Efficiency…

June 6, 2007

Following up on my comment from yesterday about looking forward to all of the diesel cars that are about to start hitting the U.S. over the next few years…

Honda finally confirmed yesterday what the auto community has known for months – that they will kill the Accord Hybrid when the next-generation sedan launches in the fall, and replace it with a diesel variant.

The diesel will be based on the 2.2-liter four-cylinder iCTD-i that is sold in Europe and regarded as one of the best diesel engines in existence.  Furthermore, it will be clean enough to pass emissions regulations in all fifty states, opening up those markets in California and New York that have traditionally been off-limits for diesel cars. 

Even better, the 2.2 iCTD-i promises to deliver absolutely staggering fuel economy.

When dropped into a Euro-market Accord – which we know as the Acura TSX – the diesel posted a U.S.-equivalent 52.3 miles per gallon.

The U.S.-market Accord is a bigger and heavier vehicle than the European model, so that number will probably slide somewhat, but even so, it beats the hell out of the 30-ish miles per gallon of the current Accord, not to mention the 40 miles per gallon delivered by the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

And if the Accord is still too much of a penalty car for you, there’s no need to fret.  Mercedes already has four diesels for you to peruse and, within the next year or so, they will be joined by BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, and some truly phenomenal engines.

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