In return, Honda will supply General Motors with V6 ultra low emission vehicle petrol engines and automatic transmissions. A spokesman for General Motors' UK subsidiary Vauxhall said: 'Our global requirements for V6s have increased, but for competitive reasons we cannot specify about applications now or whether they will appear in Vauxhall or Saab.'
Although Honda sells a V6 Accord Coupe in the UK, most of the ULEV engines are for the American market. Last year Honda indicated it was set to reintroduce diesels to its Accord line-up. Honda corporate sales chief Nicholas Phillips said he expected the first benefits of the agreement to come with diesel-engined Accords becoming available late this year/early 2001, to be followed by diesel-engined Civics when the new range starts to become available in April 2001.