Japanese carmaker Honda have officially announced that its 1.5-litre DTEC diesel engine has surpassed the one lakh sales mark in the country, courtesy of the robust sales clocked in by the Honda Mobilio MPV, Amaze compact sedan and the City sedan. As per service data, the company claims that the three Honda models have clocked over 90 crore kilometres cumulatively in the country.
The revolutionary 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine first made its debut in the Honda Amaze compact sedan, followed by the 4th generation of the City sedan and then, the Mobilio MPV. The company claimed fuel efficiency of the aforementioned diesel engine stands at 26 kmpl incase, of the City sedan, 25.8 kmpl for the Amaze compact sedan and 24.5 kmpl with the Mobilio MPV.
Commenting on the new milestone, Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice president of marketing & sales, Honda Cars India said, “The 1.5-Litre i-DTEC diesel engine was Honda’s first step into the diesel market and we have come out with exceptional results. The i-DTEC diesel engine revolutionised the diesel engine technology by offering outstanding fuel efficiency and amazing power delivery. It had been well accepted in the country and is attracting new customers to the Honda brand everyday. The 1,00,000 sales of i-DTEC powered cars is a major milestone for us and we are really proud of this achievement.”
Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine has been exclusively developed for the Indian market considering the driving conditions in the country and nestles under Honda’s latest ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ banner. With an all-aluminium cylinder head joined to an open deck engine block, it is the lightest engine among the engines with similar torque configuration. The use of lightweight crankshaft and a number of friction-reduction technologies has helped in reducing friction in the diesel engine to petrol engine levels and achieve greater cooling efficiency, enabling improvement in fuel efficiency figures.