Kyodo. Mitsubishi Motors plans to develop a clean-diesel engine for the US and Japanese markets by 2009. Mitsubishi is considering applying the diesel to SUVs and minivans.
Honda has said it will introduce a 4-cylinder clean-diesel engine into the US market within the next three years. The company has patented a plasma-assisted catalyst system for NOx reduction that may play into its product plans. (Earlier post.)
Honda has said that it will focus on hybrids for smaller vehicles, while looking to diesels for its medium- and large-sized segments. (Earlier post.) The only MY2007, 50-state diesel passenger car projected to be on the US market is the Mercedes E320 BLUETEC, due to arrive later this year.
Mitsubishi discontinued sales of diesel vehicles in Japan in 2004. In Europe, Mitsubishi sells some models with diesels from Volkswagen.