Next-Generation Engines Designed to Improve Fuel Economy and Lower Emissions

12/27/1999 6:22:00 AM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will replace its automobile engine line-up by 2005 with advanced engines featuring added fuel-efficiency and lower emissions.

A prototype of this new powerplant design is a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine, scheduled to go into production for the Japan market in the latter half of 2000. This new-generation VTEC (Variable valve Timing and lift Electronic Control) engine will be about 10 percent lighter and 10 percent more compact than current 2-liter engines. Timing for the engine to reach the U.S. market has not been announced.

Designed to set a new benchmark for internal combustion engines for the 21st century, this high-performance, lightweight, compact powerplant improves fuel economy by about 10 to 20 percent compared with conventional 2-liter lean-burn gasoline engines, and has exhaust emissions at least 50 percent cleaner than required by Japan's new year-2000 emissions standards.

The new generation of Honda VTEC engines feature a highly advanced valve timing and lift system along with a new "clean-burn" combustion system for reduced emissions, greater fuel efficiency and increased power.

While producing greater fuel economy and lower emissions than conventional engines, Honda's next-generation VTEC engines are also substantially quieter and produce world-class low and mid-range torque.

Honda will replace its entire automobile engine line-up by 2005 with a new generation of engines like the one shown above.