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2009 Acura TSX

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We've reported before that the diesel-powered Acura TSX has been "delayed indefinitely," but now the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Honda's diesels are on the back burner because of expensive materials.

The Freep might have missed the story from October, in which it was reported that the Honda diesel was having trouble meeting strict emissions targets. Honda had initial plans for a four-cylinder diesel in the Acura TSX and planned to roll out more oil-burning models in its flagship brand as fuel prices surged.

Diesel prices have remained high--but gas prices are averaging around $1.75 a gallon nationwide.

While Honda dithers over diesels, Nissan is sticking by plans to stick a diesel in the Maxima sedan in 2010, the Freep adds.

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