Geneva 2012: Honda's European CEO Touts Future Earth Dreams Engines

Honda already announced that its next generation of fuel-efficient powertrain technologies would be called Earth Dreams, and now Honda Europe CEO Manabu Nishimae has revealed more about the future of Earth Dreams tech. Speaking today at the Geneva Motor Show, Nishimae said that Honda will extend its Earth Dreams innovations across the company's entire lineup -- including the new Acura NSX supercar.

"We aim to be number one in fuel economy in each sector within three years," Nishimae said. "Through Earth Dreams Technology, Honda will continue to minimize our environmental footprint."

The first new Earth Dreams engine in our market will be the 2.4-liter inline-four in the 2013 Honda Accord. In Europe, the first new Earth Dreams engine will be a 1.6-liter diesel. It will launch in the new Euro-market Civic and is claimed to be the lightest diesel engine in its segment, and produces a hybrid-like 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer. It will be built in the U.K., starting by the end of this year.

Nishimae confirmed that the new Acura NSX will be sold in Europe by 2015, although it will be badged as the Honda NSX. The car's combination of a V-6 engine and three electric motors is meant to provide "supercar acceleration and outstanding efficiency."Earth Dreams technologies will be incorporated on the NSX's powertrain.

In addition, Nishimae hinted that Honda may consider building a smaller hybrid or electric sports car. "[The Acura] NSX is the ultimate top-line sports model, could we develop a smaller one?" he asked rhetorically. He pointed to the EV-STER electric roadster concept, making its European debut in Geneva, as an example of how Honda could blend a fun driving experience with responsible performance.

Finally, Nishimae said that Honda will launch a race car, based on the European Civic, in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. It will be powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection 1.6-liter engine, and makes its debut in October at Japan's Suzuka Circuit.

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Source: Honda

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