Honda working on diesel engines for compact car segment in India

An Indian minister’s proposal to not impose tax on diesel-powered cars seems to be working in Honda’s favor. The Japanese automaker is looking to India emerging as the hub for diesel-fueled cars and in this regard, has begun work on diesel engines for compact cars. Though nothing concrete has been announced with no word on the type of engine, Honda is cashing in on the country’s expanding automobile market.

The company is said to be working on prototypes of the diesel engine at its R&D; center in Japan’s Tochigi. The engines being developed will be for 1.4-1.5-liter compact cars. Those looking forward to seeing the new cars running on diesel will have to wait a while as the work is still in the developmental stages.

Once the engines are developed, we’re likely to see Honda Siel using them to run models like the Jazz and Brio which are bit hits in India. Diesel, being more affordable than petrol, will give modest income families a chance to purchase compact Honda cars more easily. Siel will also look to set up an engine plant to meet global demands.

Honda Siel presently has one plant in the country capable of manufacturing one lakh petrol cars though that number can be increased to 1.2 lakhs. The plan to set up a diesel plant will see the company looking to produce one lakh diesel-run automobiles.

At the moment, Honda has only one diesel plant in the United Kingdom. This has affected the company’s sales as the gap between global petrol and diesel prices widens. Also, since Indian diesel has a higher sulphur content, the engines manufactured for the European market are different. Once it sets up its plant in India, it is likely that it will see sales in India rise. Till then, we’ll have to contend ourselves with the petrol-driven automobiles available in the market.

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Concept Capra flying car with road kit is a true all-terrain vehicle

The Concept Capra is a comfort-maximizing city vehicle is an affordable and cost-effective personal mobility solution for the future which possesses modular abilities. The first flying car prototype came into being almost 80 years ago though the technology was never really investigated into as a viable prospect for civilian vehicles. The Concept Capra looks to bring air travel to the masses in the form of an easy to use car like vehicle.

Concept Capra is made to maximize its modular abilities in order to bring us an affordable, cost-effective but yet comfort city vehicle
To enable modular construction, the concept comes with a special chassis shape that allows developers and modders to fit the vehicle with a number of engine types that can use a wide variety of fuels as well. The main focus of the modern technologies would be to make the design as sustainable as possible with propulsion choices also offering a range of modular options.

The vehicle is fitted with an aero kit as well as a road kit that allows the vehicle to be driven as an airborne craft as well as a road car. The vehicle can thus be driven in all terrain conditions with its convertible body style being suited to all weather conditions as well. Though the designer has not specified the details of the transitional vehicle, the concept still provides a great basic framework for vehicles of these type.

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