Honda is developing a clean V-6 diesel engine that will power models like Honda Ridgeline, Pilot and Odyssey and Acura’s MDX. A 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine will be on sale on 2009 and the V6 will follow.

The new diesel engines will meet tough new U.S rules requiring that diesel emissions essentially be as clean as gasoline-engine emissions.

CEO Takeo Fukui said: "Honda turbos are possible. The Acura RDX SUV, which went on sale in August, is the first Honda or Acura vehicle in the United States that uses a turbocharger". But "we don’t have any intention to keep turbos just dedicated to Acura," he says. "In the future, it’s possible that they will be adopted in Honda products as well."

Production is expected to begin in 2009.

Source: Autoweek

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