Green is Good: Honda ditches diesels in favour of hybrids
Now as you may know, Honda’s never been too keen on this whole gasoline-electric fad. Sure. It brought out the original Insight over a decade ago. But it wasn’t a full hybrid (one that can run on battery juice alone.) While in the ensuing years, its “mild hybrid” system (found in Civics and today’s Insight and CR-Z) has proven Honda never really felt been fully on board with hyrbrids the way rival Toyota. Its cars more of a sop to the market as if to say, Yeah, we can do a hybrid too, even if we think they’re kind of silly.
Really, if Honda had its way, we’d all be driving around in hydrogen fuel-cell cars, like its FCX Clarity. But with no investment in infrastructure from cash-strapped government, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
And now that Honda’s given up on making diesels (as confirmed by the canned 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel clean-diesel Acura TSX we were supposed to driving, like now, pictured above in 2008) Honda will more-than-likely announce a new full hybrid system capable of going toe-to-toe with Toyota’s Synergy Drive for its mid-size cars, like the Accord, and Acura TL, among others.
With VW/Audi's success with derv drinkers, do you think Honda is making a mistake ditching diesels?
Can it really take on Toyota in the hybrid market starting so late?