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Rumor: TSX Diesel Delayed Indefinitely; V6 is Coming Though
Date: October 23, 2008 22:30
Submitted by: Jeff
Source: Anonymous
Credibility Rating: 6

Earlier this year at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Honda CEO Takeo Fukui announced that 2009 would see Honda's first clean diesel engine to be sold in the USA. Though it was stated that the diesel engine would appear in an undisclosed Acura model, it was all but common knowledge that the TSX would be the first model to get the diesel engine.

Fast forward nearly 10 months, and we've received an anonymous tip asserting that the i-DTEC TSX has been delayed indefinitely (if not cancelled outright). According to the anonymous sources, the 6MT version of the i-DTEC TSX has successfully cleared emissions certification, but the automatic-equipped version has been unable to pass certification. According to these sources, Acura believes that the demand for a TSX diesel would be greatly compromised if it were only offered with a 6-speed manual, so the decision was allegedly made to put the TSX diesel on indefinite hold.

That's the bad news. The good news is that a V-6 version is said to be coming soon - it's supposedly being "fast-tracked" to make up for the missing diesel. We're still seeking any details we can uncover on that powertrain.

 

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I don't think that there is enough room on under the TSX to put the SH-AWD system.
 

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i was looking forward to the diesel...darn it
As was I. However, with the downright ugly look of the second generation TSX, I'd rather look into buying a 2008 when I want to rid myself of my 2004.
 

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Honda to Delay Japan, US Clean Diesel Launch
Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:38pm EDT

TOKYO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will put off the launch of its clean diesel cars in Japan and the United States until 2010 or later due to difficulties keeping prices down, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.

The automaker started selling a clean diesel version of its Accord sedan in Europe in June, and it had planned to introduce such cars in Japanese and U.S. markets next year, the Nikkei said.

But such models are still estimated to cost about 500,000 yen ($5,100) more than gasoline engine cars even after sharp price falls of platinum and other precious metals used as catalysts, the paper said, adding that the firm was developing new technology that uses much less platinum.

The price gap between diesel fuel and gasoline has also narrowed recently, reducing the economic appeal of such diesel models, the paper said. ($1=97.45 Yen) (Reporting by Taiga Uranaka; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
 
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