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Honda reveals cars for a greener future

HONDA is planning for a future of greener fleet cars powered by hybrids, fuel cells and cleaner diesel engines.

By the end of the decade, it will launch another hybrid model, with a pricepoint lower than the current Civic Hybrid.

Honda will also add to its alternative fuel collection with the launch in America in three years’ time of a fuel cell model.

Based on the FCX 2000 concept, the four-seater car will have a 350-mile range. If successful, it is likely to be offered to fleets in the UK.

The firm is currently working on an upgraded version of the existing 2.2-litre i-CTDi turbodiesel engine, which will be reworked to reduce nitrous oxide emissions to the level of a petrol unit. It will go on sale in North America in three years’ time.

Stephen Hollings, Honda’s head of corporate sales, said: ‘There is no word on when this engine will arrive in the UK as the next Euro V emissions regulations haven’t been finalised.’

Hollings also revealed that engineers are working on the development of a V6 diesel.

Expect the new unit to power top-spec Accord, Legend and possibly off-road models in the future.

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