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Honda Accord Diesel Coming Soon

Written by Nickel - 20 Comments

On the heels of Honda’s announcement that they’re discontinuing the Accord hybrid and GM’s news that the’re introducing hybrid versions of the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon mega-SUVs we have this… News from Honda that they’ve developed a clean-diesel Accord that gets just shy of 63 mpg on the highway. And guess what? It should be available in the United States in 2010. Now if they’d only make a station wagon version I’d be in heaven. Yes, I realize that station wagons aren’t particularly cool, but they’re incredibly practical — even moreso when you throw in that kind of mileage.

[Source: Switched.com]

Published on August 14th, 2007 - 20 Comments
Filed under: Automotive, Energy

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20 Responses to “Honda Accord Diesel Coming Soon”

  1. 1
    MITBeta Says:

    A diesel Odyssey would be ideal… but I’ll take a diesel Accord any day. By the time they arrive (and age a year) it might be time to replace my diesel VW Jetta that consistently returns 50mpg…

  2. 2
    Patrick Says:

    Awesome! I hope diesel becomes more mainstream in the US soon. The efficiency of diesels is incredible. 63 mpg! Awesome!

  3. 3
    Hieronymus Says:

    yes, Yes, YES! A diesel Odyssey would be ideal, but I might settle for an Accord wagon (which exists, but is not exported to the US).

    Thanks, Honda! This will likely be better than what MB or VW produces. Even if the motor is “only as good as” its German competitors, I would rather have Honda reliability for all other compenents over some high-maintenance Fahrvergnugen.

    Hybrids might be the future, but diesels are the now.

  4. 4
    Beth Says:

    Hmm. I might have to look into it, if it is truly clean-burning. I lived in England ten years ago, and could tell easily that there were a lot more deisel cars than I was used to. And with luck, my car lasts another four plus years, and I can buy a used Accord.

  5. 5
    jim a Says:

    I was in China last week and noticed a Honda “wagon” that’s smaller than the Odyssey yet larger than the old Honda wagon. I poked around on the Honda China website and can’t seem to find this car. But it’s just the ride I’d be glad to have for our family car. A car like that in a diesel would be fantastic.

  6. 6
    Scott Says:

    Recent comments by GM’s Bob Lutz indicated that in order to meet upcoming federal regulations for diesels, it would add about $3K of equipment to the cost of the vehicles.

    Nothing against Hondas (since I drive them), but I’d like to see how much more these diesels will cost before jumping on the bandwagon.

  7. 7
    Phil Says:

    Great news! I was under the impression that a diesel burned as cleanly as the fuel you put into it. Unfortunately, I also understand that the diesel sold in the US is very high in sulfur as compared to the rest of the world…though Congress has mandated that we clean up our act. Anyone able to fill me in??

    I think I’m going to hold out for a diesel-electric hybrid, preferably a Subaru AWD wagon. Wouldn’t that be fine?

  8. 8
    Jonathan Says:

    I’m with Phil, the combination of low-quality diesel and restrictive emission standards makes diesels less profitable/marketable to sell in the US. I’m glad technology has caught up enough to try and “clean” the high-sulfur stuff we have here.

    I’d much rather have the proven dependability of a diesel than a hybrid myself.

  9. 9
    MITBeta Says:

    The US FINALLY switched to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel late last year. Now all 2007 and greater diesel vehicles have new emissions controls and have to use ULSD. This opens up a world of opportunity for car manufacturers all over the world to start sending us the high mileage toys that they’ve had available for years but couldn’t run on our crappy fuel.

  10. 10
    nickel Says:

    Yep, the California market is now open to diesels, which makes them economically viable in the US.

  11. 11
    Save and Conserve Says:

    Good stuff. I hope, however, that people don’t wait for this model to consider swapping their current gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient ride. I swapped about a year ago, and it has been a wonderful decision for the wallet.

  12. 12
    David Says:

    Unfortunately, Lutz doesn’t know what he is talking about. Its funny how the Japanese can make incredibly fuel efficient cars without this mysterious “$3000″ extra that he keeps talking about. Once American car makers actually deliver the goods, maybe people will start buying them again.

  13. 13
    MITBeta Says:

    I’ve haven’t done the obvious and googled for this, but do you happen to have a reference for the Honda diesel announcement?

  14. 14
    nickel Says:

    Here’s a link to Honda’s diesel site:

    http://world.honda.com/Diesel/

  15. 15
    Mr_O Says:

    I definately agree with those that Accord should be available as a diesel, manual station wagon (a.k.a. tourer or estate). I currently drive a 1995 manual Accord wagon. I bought it three years ago and it took forever to find the combination of both manual and station wagon. I’d like to replace it, but sadly the Accord hasn’t been available in station wagon form in the US since 1997. A diesel would be a huge, beneficial option. I love getting high mpg, and the cargo space of a station wagon. My current accord gets 30 mpg, but I’d be extremely happy with the mpg of the diesel. The only option that I’ve seen within recent years is the diesel manual jetta wagon, which hasn’t been available since the 2005 model year. They might bring such a combination for 2008. I’d much rather have the Honda though, and of course an Accord wagon would be larger inside than a Jetta wagon.

    Please, please, please Honda, offer the Accord tourer in the US, and definately offer the combination of diesel and manual shift as options. It is so hard to find such a practical car in the US, but there are plenty of people like me looking for such practicality.

  16. 16
    David V Says:

    I absolutely about an Accord/diesel/wagon!!! How to convince Honda that there is a market here?

  17. 17
    Mr_O Says:

    I wish I knew!

  18. 18
    Jerry Says:

    I own 2 Honda Wagons, I am looking at getting a “NEW” car soon and am dissappointed Honda does not carry a wagon in the good ole USA
    HONDA “Get with it” and import the Tourer and hopefully a US version of the diesal wagon- I cannot wait much longer.

  19. 19
    eric neville Says:

    Seems the Honda Diesel is Dead. April 24 2009. Not much chatter on the net’ as to why, but the gossip is, it didn’t pass the EPA emmisions tests, so Honda packed it up and took it back home.
    The company is not saying anything more about any plans to re-test it and get it over here.
    A pitty…I would be one of the first on the buyers list to get one in my garage.
    Hope someone out there has some up to date info on the Honda Diesel in North America..all the original hype is now over 2 years old, and not a word from Honda.
    The new Clean VW Jetta TDI’s are fine, but think of the boost the whole Diesel Idea would get from a little Honda competition.

  20. 20
    john Says:

    I own a VW diesel jetta, they are great with fuel mileage (45-50), but costly to repair. It has 105,000 mile and at 95,000 I had to replace the manual transmission and today replace its timing belt with components. Overall the past year it has cost me $3000+ on repairs. Not what I expected! Advise to Honda manufacturer, your Honda diesel needs to be more reliablw than the VW Diesel. With my experience of VW, I will never purchase another VW Diesel!

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