TOKYO, Japan, July 31, 2012 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its consolidated financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2012.
Consolidated net sales and other operating revenue for the fiscal first quarter (April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012) amounted to 2,435.9 billion yen, an increase of 42.1% compared to the same period last year, primarily due to strong sales of new models in automobile business and an increase in revenue as a result of a recovery from the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Back in May a press release came thru with a list of "new" Honda engines that would be used in the near future (as in next gen), of them, theres this:
2.4 Liter used in the TSX/JDM/EUDM Accord, in short:
- Same K-series block (as far as pics and specs can tell)
- AVTEC (advanced Vtec) replaced i-vtec
- Direct Injection
- Stop Start
coupled with.... wait for it...
- CVT: Continuously Variable Transmission (at least they are getting rid of that useless 5speed auto)
Above measures netted in:
- 5% better economy
- 5% more power
- 10% more torque
but.... the test drive revealed:
the new engine has sharp response on take off, opposed to today’s “comes alive at high rpms” character. Can’t quite remember the top end feel though, no thanks to the CVT
a CU2 was hooked up with the new 1.6 litre turbo diesel engine for the evaluation test drive
- less than 100g/km CO2
The diesel evaluation car got good feedback
This engine will make roughly 120 hp and 300 Nm of torque, but boy, it feels much better than that. Also demo-ed in an Accord Euro, but with a six-speed manual gearbox, you hear no diesel clatter in the car, and there’s no turbo lag. What’s nice is the way it revs so cleanly without any lack of breath or added vibration at high rpms.
PS: Chasing the Germans
There was also a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox in the evaluation car. It wasn’t conspicuous, which is a good thing to report for a DSG type ‘box.
A quick welcome to Michael and the team at Raventech Racing who have just joined Ozhonda as a trader.
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