As announced Wednesday by Honda Motor Company President and CEO Mr Takahiro Hachigo, 2017 Honda Accord and CR-V SUV, the best selling SUV in North America will come to market with a turbocharged engine option. The goal here is not necessarily one of higher engine power output.
Despite the current low pump price of unleaded gasoline, in the long run, auto manufactures anticipate the eventual return of high priced gasoline. And then there’s that C.A.R.B. (California Air Resource Board) target of sooner than later ZERO exhaust particulates emissions. Both events lead up to a super low emissions, high to no fuel efficiency future.
Honda Motor Company Ltd. fully intends to meet or beat the emissions target — by averaging near zero exhaust emissions achieved through the installation of small displacement, high output turbocharged engines — throughout the car and light truck lineup, as found in the all new 2016 Civic Coupe.
Further promised by CEO Hachigo is the stateside delivery of the manufactured in Japan 2017 Accord gasoline/electric hybrid. This is a bi-year for the Honda Accord Hybrid in the U.S., as Honda shifts production of the car from Ohio to Japan — due to increased production demand of CR-V and Pilot SUV.
The advantage to the consumer of turbocharging is two fold, higher engine performance and greater fuel efficiency — something that Honda continues to do very well.
Honda points to the timely launch of the next generation Clarity FCEV. ( Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) It’s all going to happen, first in Tokyo, then in Los Angeles. As to expanded fuel cell development implementation, Mr. Hachigo notes the Honda, General Motors co development of the next generation fuel cell generator. GM’s looking to place 500,000 units on the road in the next decade. Honda?
According to Honda, by the target year 2030, 70 % of all new Honda cars and light trucks on the road in North America will be electrified, in one way or another. That’s good for California. I’m looking to ‘plug in’ electric vehicles to comprise most of the fleet. Note: Presently, less than 5% of all Honda vehicles manufactured to date are electrified.
2017 Honda CR-V Hybrid
While there’s talk of a possible hybrid 2017 CR-V making it to North America markets, I doubt it. Looking to present CR-V average MPG — the highest in the compact class crossover segment, utilizing the 1.5 Liter turbocharged Earth Dreams ™ VTEC gasoline engine for 2017 CR-V motivation, would not only increase CR-V horsepower and torque specifications, but most likely increase fuel efficiency by a percentage point or two. A great enough increase in fuel efficiency to maintain CR-V’s “best in class” accolades.