|Tokyo, November 27, 2003 ---
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release of a
new Stream Absolute 7-seater minivan, with a specially developed high-rigidity body
and a finely tuned suspension for sporty, exhilarating driving. The new model is
equipped with a newly developed direct injection 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC I gasoline engine
and will be available nationwide through Honda's automobile dealer networks throughout Japan starting
December 4, 2003.
In addition to the Stream Absolute, Honda will launch a new Stream Almas welfare
vehicle (with lift-up front passenger seat) equipped with the 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC I
engine. This new model will be released through Honda's automobile dealer networks
starting January 26, 2004.
| Stream Absolute (2.0L)
|| 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC I engine
Major features of the Absolute (2.0L)
Engine: Newly developed direct in-cylinder injection 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC I gasoline
||The newly developed 2-liter DOHC i-VTEC I engine incorporates advanced Honda
technologies and intelligent control systems, for class-leading fuel economy as well
as clean emissions and high output --- two areas which are problematic for direct
||The newly developed 2-liter DOHC i-VTEC I integrates the i-VTEC system, which
combines VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) and VTC
(Variable Timing Control), with a newly developed center injection system, for an
air-fuel ratio*1 of 65:1, an unprecedented level of ultra-lean combustion. Stable
combustion is achieved with considerably less fuel than with conventional direct
injection engines, for which an air-fuel ratio of 40:1 was the limit. The new engine
makes for sporty driving and a high fuel efficiency of 15.0 km/L*2.
||Combustion control through the use of high-precision EGR valves and a newly
developed high-performance catalyst enable the i-VTEC I, while a lean-burn direct
engine, to qualify as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
||Fuel economy in 10-15 mode (Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Transmission: Delivers powerful and smooth acceleration and excellent fuel
efficiency, with CVT + 7-speed mode for manual-feel shifting.
||A torque converter ensuring powerful starts and a CVT ensuring smooth acceleration
deliver powerful, smooth driving and superior fuel efficiency. In the D position,
driving conditions such as accelerator and brake operation, and road conditions are
evaluated for automatic selection of the optimal gear ratio.
||Cornering G-shift control, which detects lateral Gs on winding roads and maintains
optimal engine rpm, delivers sportier and more economical driving, and offers
responsive handling in a broad range of driving conditions.
||Honda's original newly developed metal belt is used in the CVT.