Honda Pushes Initiatives in Safety and High Technology

Four new powerplants are being developed, including a diesel for Europe, natural gas engine and a gas-electric hybrid.

Published: 11-Jan-2005

DETROIT - Advanced technology and safety features are coming this year to Honda models in the U.S. market, Takeo Fukui, company president and CEO, said Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show..

In the fall the 2006, Acura RL will be equipped with a "collision mitigation brake system" that uses radar to detect collisions and apply braking force to lessen the severity of a crash. The seatbelt also is pre-tensioned before an accident.

Honda also is adding its V-6 cylinder management system, which deactivates three of the cylinders depending on driving conditions, to the Pilot sport utility vehicle. The system is now used in the Odyssey minivan.

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