Honda shelves clean diesels for hybrids

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Honda Motor Co., Japan's second-leading automaker, confirmed plans to delay production of its clean diesel engines and shift focus on its growing hybrid line. After the global financial meltdown in 2008, Honda initially planned to build clean diesels and other fuel-saving vehicles at its Yorii manufacturing facility north of Tokyo, but construction has since been delayed. As a result, Honda delayed the development of clean diesel engines, planning instead to roll out with a new hybrid system to boost fuel economy in its larger vehicles, according to Honda spokesman Chris Martin. "We're certainly not out of the diesel business," he said. "We continue to look for developments there."
 
 
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