Honda has set itself ambitious targets for fuel consumption and exhaust emissions in its next generation of engines. Almost all the engines for UK-built Honda cars are also made in Britain – about 120,000 a year.
It plans to improve the fuel efficiency of its cars by 25% compared with its 1995 figures. Hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides emissions will be cut to a quarter of their 1995 levels. Similar targets have been set for motorcycles and power products including portable generators and outboard motors.
Honda has also committed itself to the commercial development of a car powered by fuel cells by 2003.
The new targets were announced at the launch of the Insight hybrid car, which uses a highly efficient lean-burn engine in conjunction with electric power.
The announcement is significant because although Honda is small by comparison with motor industry giants like General Motors and DaimlerChrysler, it is the world’s largest producer of internal combustion engines.
Last year Honda produced 2.3 million engines for cars, four million for motorcycles, and five million for other power products.
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