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Honda Introduces 42-mpg Compact Wagon in Japan

7 April 2005

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Honda has introduced a new, 42-mpg, compact station wagon in Japan.

The new Airwave wagon, which goes on sale April 8, 2005, uses a gasoline-fueled 1.5-liter VTEC engine that produces 81 kW (109 hp)of power and 143 Nm (105 lb-ft) of torque, while consuming 5.56 liters/100km (42.3 mpg US).

VTEC (Variable valve Timing and lift Electronic Control) is Honda’ mechanism for optimizing air/fuel mixture flow through the engine. In the Airwave, Honda further optimized engine ignition timing and provided smoother cam surfaces to reduce friction. The Airwave also uses Honda’s Multimatic S continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to improve fuel efficiency.

The Airwave fuel consumption level betters the 2010 Japanese fuel economy standards for this vehicle class by 5%.

The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has certified the Airwave as a Low-Emissions Vehicle, with emission levels 75% lower than those required by the Japanese 2005 standards, making the vehicle eligible for preferential Green Tax measures.

Lightweight, compact, real-time 4-wheel drive is also available on all types.

No suggestion yet of bringing this to other markets. Honda dropped the Accord station wagon from its lineup in the US in 1998.

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OK so what I want is a liiitttllee biiiiitttty car with thie engine and transmission.....

THIS IS THE CAR I WANT! In 4-Wheel Drive. When will it be available in the U.S.? How can I get one here in California?

From what I have read about this car, it should have broad appeal among people here. It seems to be superior to many other cars in many ways. What are you waiting for? Bring it HERE. Nick

While you are waiting to bring the Airwave here, the opposition is moving in on you. Then by the time it gets sent here, you will be fighting an uphill battle to establish the vehicle. Get on it and get it here. It has broad appeal, and will sell like the proverbial hotcakes. Hurry, hurry, hurry.
A friend, and I want it.
Nick Vacca.

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