Honda Introduces Turbocharged Engines, Advanced Dual-Clutch Transmissions

By | November 19, 2013
Engines continue to shrink with the rising demand for better fuel economy and performance, and Honda has just unveiled a line of new engines and transmissions to meet this new demand. The automaker will gradually introduce the smaller turbocharged engines along with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. During media events before the Tokyo Motor Show, Tetsuo Iwamura, CEO of American Honda Motor Co., said that plans are in the works to replace current engines with turbos "as much as possible." All new engines will be turbocharged and use direct injection and variable valve timing systems to improve not only fuel economy, but also performance. The new engines will be a 280-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder, and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder. "Other companies have downsized turbos to increase fuel economy. Honda had to make an engine that has better fuel economy and more powerful torque," said Yuji Matsumochi, chief engineer for Honda's new power plant, leading up to the motor show. Honda plans to introduce the 1.5-liter engine by 2016 on such models as the Acura ILX and Honda Civic and Accord, but nothing official has been stated. Along with the new engines, the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission will replace the current transmissions, and will use a torque converter to improve the sometimes jerky start associated with these transmissions. Currently, this new transmission hasn't been paired with any specific model. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Honda
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