The automaker (Honda) continues to pledge that a sleek, four-door, fuel-cell car will go into limited production next year and be loaned or leased to individuals. It won't say how many FCX hydrogen fuel-cell cars it will produce, however. It currently has two fuel-cell cars in the hands of California residents.
Honda also says it will put a small, fuel-efficient, gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle on sale in the USA in 2009, smaller and less expensive than the Civic hybrid, but — Honda swears — big enough for a family. Honda hopes to sell 100,000 of those a year, a big increase over the 28,000 Civic hybrids it has averaged the past two years.
Late in '09, Honda has promised a four-cylinder diesel in a model it won't disclose. A V-6 diesel follows, but Honda won't give a timetable.
By James R. Healey, Chris Woodyard and Sharon Silke Carty, USA TODAY
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