Axios article Honda engines cleaned and refreshed to remove diesel particulate pollution, a new car model, new cars coming to dealers and more, Axios has learned.
Sources: Honda sources Axios with more details about new vehicles to come to dealers, new car models to come and moreAxios: Honda is rolling out cleaner engines for all new vehicles, including the new Accord, the 2018 Honda Accord XL, the 2019 Honda Fit and the 2020 Honda Fit Plus.
The engine filters are now available at dealers and the car models will be on sale this spring, the company said.
Honda, the second-largest automaker in the U.S., said last month it will launch the next generation of its engine-cleaning service, called Eco-Drive, for the Honda Civic, Accord and Civic Type R in 2019.
The service will include a new engine filter and a new transmission filter, a spokesman for the automaker said at the time.
The company will also launch the new Eco-EZ service for the Accord in 2020, Honda said.
The Eco-Pass is expected to be rolled out in the next year.
In the meantime, the automakers plans to roll out new fuel-efficiency standards for all its models, including all cars in 2019, with the Accord and 2019 Honda Civic expected to get more than 30 mpg by 2040, and all other models at least 20 mpg.
Honda said in an email that the new filters will eliminate diesel particulates that are 40 to 60 times the size of the existing ones.
But critics said that’s not enough to clean up the air.
Car-safety experts have criticized the automatics effort to clean-up diesel pollution and have urged it to use less water and less energy, especially on older models, because it could cost consumers more in the long run.
The company said on Wednesday that it is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations for the new engine filters.
It said it is also working with automakers to provide better emissions and fuel economy data.
A report released in January by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that while diesel particulated matter is no longer a significant environmental threat to humans, the air pollution it causes is still a concern for motorists and the public.