|Sketch of the sports car concept.|
Honda will unveil a small hybrid sports concept at the 2007 Geneva motor show in March. The Small Hybrid Sports Concept was designed by Honda R&D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany, to demonstrate a fusion of advanced hybrid technology and fun-to-drive sports car characteristics.
The introduction follows Toyota’s unveiling of the its FT-HS hybrid sports car concept in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. (Earlier post.)
While Toyota started with the production GS 450h powertrain as the basis for the FT-HS, there is some speculation that Honda’s work with the sports concept presages its already announced future introduction of an as-yet unspecified new small hybrid.
Honda will also highlight its fully-driveable FCX fuel-cell concept car—on display for the first time in Europe at the Geneva show—as well as its new Tier 2 Bin 5 clean diesel.
The Honda diesel uses a combination of an advanced combustion management regime (PCCI) and a new NOx catalytic converter to meet emissions standards. The new catalytic converter utilizes a two-layer structure: one layer adsorbs NOx from the exhaust gas and converts a portion of it into ammonia, while the other layer adsorbs the resulting ammonia, and uses it later in a reaction that converts the remaining NOx in the exhaust into nitrogen (N2).