Yoshino Announces New Engines, Expanded IMA Applications

3/27/2000 6:23:00 AM

Hiroyuki Yoshino, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced Honda's future engine technology plans during a January news conference at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Yoshino said that because fossil fuels will be the primary source of energy for the next few decades, Honda has made further improvements in internal combustion resulting in its next-generation engine series. This family of 2-litre, 4-cylinder engines, which are lighter and more compact than current engines, will achieve SULEV emissions levels and will obtain a 10 to 20 percent boost in fuel efficiency.

The first new engines will debut this fall in Japan and will be introduced in the U.S. in 2001. Honda's entire 4-cylinder engine lineup worldwide will be replaced by 2005.

Yoshino also said Honda will expand the application of the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system to other mass-market models and incorporate the system in its next-generation engines. The IMA system integrates Honda's electric vehicle technology with its internal combustion engine.

The Insight is the first vehicle using the IMA system.

In addition, Honda plans to introduce a fuel cell vehicle by 2003.

"Through self-innovation, we are challenging ourselves to make the power train of today and tomorrow cleaner and more efficient -- in our automobiles, motorcycles and power products," Yoshino said. "In this way, we will continue to provide our customers with the fun and excitement they have enjoyed in the past, while creating a better future for the environment and society."

Hiroyuki Yoshino presents Honda's fuel cell concept car, the FCX.
Hiroyuki Yoshino talks with media at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.