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TOKYO — In what may signal a major strategy shift by Honda, the Japanese automaker will phase out the gas-electric version of its Accord next year and replace it with a clean diesel, according to the Nikkei.

The move is expected to reflect Honda's future emphasis on clean diesels, in contrast to Toyota's focus on hybrids. The report says Honda will offer clean diesel options in its CR-V and Odyssey minivan as well.

In North America, Honda apparently will only offer hybrid systems in its smallest vehicles, including the Civic and a Fit-based subcompact car.

Inside Line has learned from supplier sources that the upcoming Accord diesel is likely to be a torquey 2.5-liter unit that gets 45 mpg on the highway and is inspired by diesels from Fiat and Renault. Honda is also said to be working on multiple-displacement diesels for the U.S. market. The move toward diesels by Honda is seen as a very significant step that may ultimately rewrite the book on diesels, since Honda is widely viewed as a leader in powertrain engineering. The Accord diesel is also expected to help Honda regain sales momentum that it has lost to Toyota in the alt-fuel fight.

The Accord Hybrid puts a premium on performance above fuel economy and is priced nearly $4,000 more than a conventional model. The automaker sold approximately 5,600 Accord Hybrid models last year, compared with more than 31,000 hybrid Civics. Toyota sold nearly 107,000 Prius hybrids in 2006.

What this means to you: Your next alt-fuel Honda may be a diesel.

from edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=121060
 
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it figures, it was only a matter of time since their sales were so behind the prius.
 

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YEah, just to clarify, they are not replacing the diesel with a hybrid-diesel, they are replacing it with just a straight diesel car.

Part of the problem with a diesel hybrid is that the hybrid system AND the diesel engine would put a lot of weight in the front and that both systems are best for low end power.

A diesel is all low end power and an electric motor provides the most torque at the lowest rpm as well. Part of the success of the gas hybrid is that they use a gasoline engine with no low end power but is complemented with the electic motor. A diesel is redundent in this department anyways. Plus, the accord was a v-6 hybrid. Completely pointless, IMO. You get 10-20% better mileage but with a v-6 that means only 3-4 mpg.
 
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What about the lexus v8 hybrid? That is even more pointless. It only averages about 20-22 mpg, I think!
 
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In the end, hopefully the honda will force VW to increase their quality control. There's been lots of problems with vdubs in my house...I will seriously consider a honda if the diesel looks good!
 
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