GENEVA – Honda's new diesel engine for the Civic will produce CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer, the automaker's European boss said Tuesday at the auto show here. By comparison, the Toyota Prius gasoline-electric hybrid produces CO2 of 92g/km.
The Honda diesel will be produced at the Japanese automaker's engine plant in Swindon, England, before the end of the year, Honda Europe President Manabu Nishimae said.
The 1.6-liter i-DTEC powerplant was benchmarked against comparable Volkswagen Group powertrains, Honda engineer Junji Yamano told Automotive News Europe late last year.
The engine will start appearing in the new ninth-generation Civic in early 2013. The current Civic is available to Europeans only with the 2.2-liter unit, which is too large – and heavy – in a segment where most buyers want 1.5- or 1.6-liter turbodiesels.