• Ed Posted: 12/11/2008 11:31am PST

    Too bad... but inevitable.
    With $1.50 gas now, and diesel at $2.50 (!!), the advantages of diesels evaporate, while their extra costs do not. Plus that Acura did not pass emissions in all 50 states.

  • R2dad Posted: 12/11/2008 6:54pm PST

    Honda should be making decisions for the long-run; this is Detroit behavior. Looks like I won't be buying that next gen Ridgeline with a diesel after all.

  • Ed Posted: 12/12/2008 9:44am PST

    The US is not a friendly environment for the diesel, short or long term.
    Instead of being $1 CHEAPER than gas, as it is in Europe, it is $1 more expensive, thus evaporating its MPG advantage (if you see it, as you should, in MP$ and Not MPG!)
    And the emissions are what killed the Acura v6, it could not pass them in CA and other states.
    Plus Acura has really lost its way styling-wise. How much worse are the current offerings, Cars or SUVs and especially that Ridgeline, compared to the original Legend Coupe of the 80s!

  • Ed Posted: 12/12/2008 11:28am PST

    More on this reveals that Honda is also rather short-term...
    " Honda of America spokesperson Sage Marie said the program is in "wait and see" mode due to commercial, not technical, reasons (it was just two months ago that the program was rumored to be shelved when the engine couldn't pass emissions).
    Honda says a combination of factors, including plummeting car sales and the high cost of diesel fuel (especially now that gasoline is down below $2/gallon) are solely to blame.
    While the 2.2-liter diesel is already available in Europe (in the Euro Honda Accord – our Acura TSX), the Acura diesel is expected to be a low-volume model on our shores.
    With that in mind, the automaker has decided to re-evaluate where the market is heading before making a significant investment in oil-burners for this country."