The popular Honda Odyssey is often seen at Madison area soccer, swimming, football, basketball and academic events, among others. Honda has introduced a new version for 2005. There's an interesting fuel saving feature in the new Honda: cylinder "deactiviation".
The fuel-saving feature automatically switches between 6-cylinder and 3-cylinder combustion, depending on driving conditions.Interestingly, and typically, this is not a new idea.
General Motors actually pioneered the volume production (there were earlier concepts) of turning off cylinders to save fuel with their variable displacement V8-6-4 engine, available in 1981. Evidently, reliability problems doomed this effort.
Now comes Honda, and others with the same useful concept. They will likely make it work and make money (I imagine that today's much more advanced computers and software play a big role in the success of these efforts).Posted by James Zellmer at September 3, 2004 9:11 AM | Subscribe to this site via RSS: