Honda Motor Co. plans to become the first Japanese carmaker to produce passenger vehicles with low-pollution, fuel-efficient diesel engines. These vehicles emit 20-percent less carbon dioxide than petrol-powered ones while substantially reducing emissions of particulate matter and conventional diesel cars.
Although conventional diesel vehicles consume less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide than gasoline-powered cars, they do release harmful substances such as particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. But Honda has developed a highly advanced catalyst than can cut nitrogen oxides and other emissions to levels on par with petrol vehicles.
The car maker plans to release new diesel vehicles simultaneously in Japan and United States in 2009 or may be sooner. Although hybrids consume less fuel, the new cars are expected to be comparable because diesel is about 15% cheaper than petrol.
This article is copied from AFP.
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