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New, cleaner 2.2 diesel for next Accord

Date: 12 July 2006

Honda will launch an all-new version of its 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel in three years. The timing suggests it will coincide with the launch of the replacement Accord model.

The next-generation diesel is being developed for initial launch in America. It is being designed to meet stringent US emission regulations that require diesel NOx emission levels to match those of petrol-powered models.

"At this moment we cannot confirm any launch date in the UK, because at the moment we don't know the exact configuration of the new Euro5 emission regulations," said Stephen Hollings, head of corporate sales, Honda.

Under EU draft proposals, Euro5 diesels are required to reduce NOx emissions by 20% and particulate matter by 80% compared to Euro4 standards. Although the new draft has still to be approved, its introduction could be as early as 2008.

In addition, Honda is also developing an ultra-clean V6 diesel. Its likely first use is the Legend.

Also in the plans is a new hybrid family-sized car for 2009. Unlike the current Civic Hybrid, it's likely to be a hatchback model rather than the current saloon-only. It will also be cheaper than the current Civic Hybrid, already the cheapest hybrid in the UK.