The Confidence Needed to Innovate

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Honda's new Integra, equipped with the DOHC/VTEC engine, was introduced to the market in April 1989. The VTEC technology drew considerable praise as the world's first valve mechanism capable of simultaneously changing the valve timing and lift on the intake and exhaust sides. In addition to its impressive output and high-revving energy, the VTEC powerplant boasted superior perform-ance at the low end-including a smooth idle and easy starting-along with better fuel economy. It was truly a "dream engine"-a completely new driving experience for motoring enthusiasts around the globe.

"Everyone of us had pledged to do his utmost to create a world-class engine," Kajitani said. "We were confident that variable valve-timing technology would be the next big thing. After all, we had overcome the challenges of development and testing because we knew that only our very best effort would establish this technology.

" The DOHC/VTEC engine was subsequently adapted for use in the NSX, Accord and Civic. Following the SOHC/VTEC engine, and then the VTEC-E in 1991, this technology evolved into the three-stage VTEC engine introduced in 1995, which demonstrated an even greater degree of efficiency in output control.

Accordingly, the VTEC powerplant is now a genuine technology in every sense of the term. This is a benefit shared by the entire Honda organization worldwide, thanks to the dedicated efforts of a talented and courageous development staff.
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