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Acura TSX Diesel Delayed "Indefinitely"


2009 Acura TSX

2009 Acura TSX

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Say it ain't so. We guess that's what you get for speculation. When CEO of Honda Motors, Takeo Fukui, announced at the last NAIAS that Honda would be bringing its first-ever diesel engine to the United States in '09, many guessed it would find a home under the hood of Acura's recently restyled 2009 TSX sedan. According to Next Autos yesterday, however, "various sources are reporting that the i-DTEC TSX has been put in the cooler indefinitely."

According to them, the automatic transmission version of the i-DTEC TSX was unable to pass emissions testing. Notably, Honda's diesel four (which has been recording stellar milage in its European-only i-DTEC Civic) does not employ the urea injection used by Benz, Audi, and BMW to pass stringent U.S. NOX guidelines. Other diesel manufacturers (like VW, with its 2.0-liter TDI employed in the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI) have squeaked through emissions standards without urea injection, but apparently the Honda didn't quite pass muster. The six-speed manual is reported to have passed emissions testing, but Honda figures that manual only would be a tough sell in the automatic-happy U.S.A.

Supposedly, development of a V-6 TSX is being sped up, but this is no consolation for buyers demanding better mileage along with torquey performance. Suddenly, Honda is upping displacement and power just as the market is adjusting the other way; witness Fukui's recent announcement of the development of the firm's first ever production car V-8. It will be quite interesting to see how this all plays out.--Colin Mathews
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Comments (4)
  1. No matter. People who can afford to blow $30K+ on a car don't need to worry about saving money on fuel anyway.
    Clean-diesels need to be sold in sub-$20K cars and SUV's. Because those who need to save money on fuel ALSO need a reasonably priced vehicle. But, sense and logic apparently comes very hard to car companies.
     
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  2. Too bad.
    But Oblio is dead wrong.
    FIRST OF ALL, $30k is AVERAGE these days, look at the average price of a new car or truck bought in the US, it must be very close to $30k.
    SCEOND OF ALL, Oblio, People that can afford $30k are NOT DAMNED FOOLS and DO NOT want to give their hard earned $ to OPEC THUGS that fund TERRORISTS that Blow YOU up.
    They did NOT become millionaires by throwing their hard earned $ out the window.
    Not only NEAR_Luxury Acura, BUT the far more expensive, REAL Luxury maker MErcedes had 75% of all its cars bought in the US back in 1980 DIESELS!
     
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  3. If the manual passed but the auto failed couldn't they install a CVT and pass?
     
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  4. Hey Oblio... Is that why there are so many Lexus Hybrids.... for the common folk...
     
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