Honda Investing $340M For Increased Fuel-Efficient Engine Production

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
honda investing 340m for increased fuel efficient engine production

Honda announced Tuesday it would invest $340 million into its Anna, Ohio engine plant to help increase production of its family of fuel-efficient engines.

Bloomberg reports the automaker added a new assembly line at the plant for production of its new VTEC turbo-four engine family. The engines, which increase efficiency with variable valve technology, are set to arrive in vehicles later this year.

Other clean-vehicle projects in the works by Honda include the production version of the FCV Concept seen at this year’s Detroit Auto Show for 2016, the Acura NSX hybrid exotic car due later in 2015, and both a PHEV and an EV by 2018.

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  • Krivka Krivka on Jan 15, 2015

    Turbonetics Inc. a turbocharger supplier and the engine cover looks great.

  • Fordson Fordson on Jan 15, 2015

    Obviously false. Honda would never turn to turbocharging. We've been assured by several authoritative sources that turbochargers are not reliable.

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    • MBella MBella on Jan 15, 2015

      No matter what anyone says, these new turbo engines are going to be less reliable. On tuner Civics, this will be fine. On family Accords, it will lead to more money being spent on maintenance. As I have said many times before, I love turbos on performance cars, but they don't belong on the average appliance. Those people don't want no hassle. I've heard that there a pretty decent number of turbo failures on the 1.4 Turbo Cruzes. That was one of the earlier cars to come out with this new style small turbo engine. Once the rest of the group gets a bit older they will follow.

  • Wmba Wmba on Jan 15, 2015

    Like tweaking the Acura beak forever, Honda persists in using outdated VTEC technology. Everyone and his dog uses variable phasers on the cams, and some even have variable lift mechanisms like BMW and Infiniti as well. But no, Honda sticks to VTEC, a mere two position overlap and lift strategy. It's as if they enjoy banging their heads on a brick wall, just to see how much it hurts. Compared to removing the outdated valve system and updating it, requiring all new cylinder heads, adding a turbo is a walk in the park.

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    • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Jan 16, 2015

      Honda's engines are still competitive with these "outdated" technologies. For example Honda's nearly 20 year old V6 is more powerful and efficient than the crop of high tech 2.0Ts with the technology you name. Cheaper and more reliable too. Tech for tech's sake isn't always a good thing.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Jan 15, 2015

    As a former DOHC VTEC owner and theoretical fan, a recent car buying experience has "awakened" me to the folly of those old powerplants. The flat torque curves of those DOHC VTEC motors made for pretty inflexible street driving. Max grunt was only available in the lowest gear possible, and highway merging meant whizzing up to the 8-9K redlines. I.e. unlike in a car with a fast spinning motor with HP and torque, winding up the engine was a necessity, not a choice or indulgence. The flat torque curve also made for weirdly disorienting uneventful acceleration... you just waited for the engine to get up to operating speed and rode out a relatively weak surge of forward momentum. I felt like I was always waiting for a blast of power that never materialized. I was recently in the market for a practical replacement to my 350Z... I looked at a few enthusiast approved rides like the GTI, which was fun but just too expensive and too much of a crapshoot, as well as the 8th gen Si (the best of the Civic breed). The K20 checked all the DOHC VTEC buttons... smooth operating and high revving. But man despite it having the ability to accumulate speed quickly, cruising on the street it didn't have much more punch than the regular Civic, and it was also a good bit thrashier and choppier riding. So the regular Civic is what I went with. Quick enough to commute and cruise on the highway at cop friendly speeds, supple enough to commute comfortably 2 hours a day, but still frisky and light enough to be fun when driven in anger. Pretty much the successor to the 1990-1997 Accords (hence the screen name). I think Honda is wise to jump on the turbo bandwagon. As great as thrashy fast spinning engines are to wind up on the perfect drive, in the real world midrange is king and gas mileage matters. I think Honda learned a lot from the 2.3 failure in the RDX and will come out strong with these new lumps. If they can pony up the cash for cam phasing on the exhaust valves they will have a real contender for performance and efficiency.

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    • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Jan 21, 2015

      @Sceptic I have an aversion to large cars, but I think the current Accord is a better looking 5 series than the current 5 series. It's a sharp car, and quick too- 14 second quarter mile with the 4 banger is no joke. I'm not a fan of the current Civic's looks, but we will see what they do next go round. Will be cool to see what they do with the turbo engines.