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Honda Motor Co. unveiled a series of downsized, turbocharged engines and an eight speed dual clutch transmission, rounding out its line of Earth Dreams powertrains with ones that offer more performance without sacrificing fuel economy. nameplates would get which engines. But Iwamura, who also heads Honda’s automobile operations globally, said the automaker plans to switch its existing gasoline engines to turbos “as much as possible.”
The unveiling of the new engines and transmission, and Iwamura’s remarks, came during media events before the Tokyo Motor Show, including an advanced technology briefing at its global r center north of Tokyo. The show’s press days are Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 21. The show opens to the public on Saturday, Nov. “Honda had to make an engine that has better fuel economy and more powerful torque.”
The 2.0 liter turbo will debut first, in mid 2015, in a European market Civic given the Type R designation. use.
The 1.5 liter is expected to hit the market in 2016, probably early in the year, and is geared toward North America and Asia, Matsumochi said.
Honda is considering use in such vehicles as the Acura ILX and Honda Civic and Accord, but nothing is decided, he said. “It has potential for a wide range of vehicles,” he said.
The 1.5 liter engine is seen as a replacement for 1.8 liter powerplants. Compared with a 1.8 liter naturally aspirated engine, Honda said, the 1.5 liter turbocharged unit provided 15 percent better fuel economy and 45 percent better torque.
The 1.0 liter turbo is expected to be the last to market, possibly by the end of 2016, Matsumochi said. It is being considered for the United States, Europe, China and Asia.
One Honda engineer hinted that the company will monitor the success of a three cylinder engine that Ford Motor Co. plans to sell in the United States, to see whether American consumers will embrace an engine that small. Compared with a five speed automatic, the eight speed dual clutch gearbox offers an increase in fuel efficiency of 8 percent or more and an increase in acceleration performance of 10 percent or more, Honda said.
Honda pairs the eight speed with a torque converter. That aims to smooth the jerky startup often associated with dual clutch transmissions.
Although Honda engineers and executives declined to comment on specific models, they said the automaker’s transmissions will be used roughly as follows:
Continuously variable transmissions. These will be used with 2.0 to 3.0 liter engines. These will continue to be used in larger vehicles such as the Odyssey minivan.
The SH AWD system in the 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid uses a three motor hybrid system to redirect power, when the car is turning, from the inner wheel to the outer one to improve handling and performance.
The 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, which will go on sale next spring, will come with the seven speed dual clutch transmission and Honda’s new Sport Hybrid All Wheel Drive linked to the 3.5 liter V 6.
The SH AWD system uses a three motor hybrid system to redirect power, when the car is turning, from the inner wheel to the outer one to improve handling and performance.
The rear wheels get one electric motor each, while the third is integrated into the engine as a motor generator.
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