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Rumor: TSX diesel delayed indefinitely; V6 is coming, though
 Date: October 23, 2008 22:30
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: Anonymous
 Credibility Rating: 8



Earlier this year at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Honda CEO Takeo Fukui announced that 2009 would see Honda's first clean diesel engine to be sold in the USA. Though it was stated that the diesel engine would appear in an undisclosed Acura model, it was all but common knowledge that the TSX would be the first model to get the diesel engine.

Fast forward nearly 10 months, and we've received an anonymous tip asserting that the i-DTEC TSX has been delayed indefinitely (if not cancelled outright). According to the anonymous sources, the 6MT version of the i-DTEC TSX has successfully cleared emissions certification, but the automatic-equipped version has been unable to pass certification. According to these sources, Acura believes that the demand for a TSX diesel would be greatly compromised if it were only offered with a 6-speed manual, so the decision was allegedly made to put the TSX diesel on indefinite hold.

That's the bad news. The good news is that a V-6 version is said to be coming soon - it's supposedly being "fast-tracked" to make up for the missing diesel. We're still seeking any details we can uncover on that powertrain.

UPDATE: Tally your thoughts in this poll

UPDATE 2: I just received word that a story supporting this rumor will be released by Ward's Auto World later today.


Last edited by JeffX on October 30, 2008 10:55

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  less than 200hp Acura? no thanks.
aznstuart 4
  Please reconsider the diesel Honda.
CivicB18 0
  Why can't people drive stick?
jheighto 36
  Article posted on WardsAuto.com. Does anyone have access?
bbelding 1
  Wards report
boston 1
  I GUESS I DIDN'T THINK................
HONDA AFVM 15
  so which V6?
2007RC46SP2 72
  Another stupid marketing decision
6SPDTL 16
  Bloomberg: Honda Reevaluates Timing for Diesel Autos in U.S.
arrow15 8
  V6 TSX vs V6 Accord
CivicB18 2
  Fukui Funny!
cgx 3
  on a side not the 2010 MDX might get the horrid grill/beak
vtecTL 12
  Why not the RDX turbo engine?
NSXman 12
  5 speed vs. 6 speed?
arrow15 1
  V-6 Engine Will Ruin Driving Experience
Slawsk 26
  "Vtech.net"
02MDX&05TSX 2
  WTB more info...When can I buy
Powered by Honda 2
  Isn't this what we all wanted???
Cj 19
  Deeply dissapointed ... (if true)
danielgr 29
  Poll / survey suggestion
danielgr 15
  V6 TSX vs TL
mlody 8
  Will it be a Type S
2007RC46SP2 5
  So Essentially......
DevilMayCry 16
  VW won "clean diesel" game
_Alex_ 1
  anonymous tip- a troll on a motor trend forum
seasofcheese 8
  Finally
motang 8
  How About an IMA Then?
TSX69 9
  Current 4-cylinder
NSXman 1
  What about the HONDA brand?
Vader 3
  Wasnít the Paris Auto Show Just 3-Weeks Ago?
DCPattie 5
  Accord and Civic
97accordse 1
  No near-luxury low-operating-cost vehicle from Acura
Slawsk 11
  I hope it's a whole new type of engine.
HONDAxACURA 11
  anybody know how many TDI's are MT?
JeffX 5
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Slawsk 3
  Ah, yes. Two tiers like the Euro competition.
JimmyEats 0
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80honda 1
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Nobby UK 1
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