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May 9, 2002

Honda Announces New Colors for the Dio and Dio Deluxe 4-Stroke Scooters

May 9, 2002-Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the Dio and Dio Deluxe*1scooters, both equipped with Honda's environment-friendly water-cooled, 4-stroke 50cc engine, will be available in two new colors starting Friday, May 10th.

The 4-stroke Dio and Dio Deluxe, released in March 2001, were developed around the keywords "Clean", "Economical", "Silent", and "Tough". These scooters have won a broad following not only for their environmental performance, but also for their comfortable ride and fuel economy.

This latest release adds two new colors-Shasta White and Nature Blue Metallic-to the two colors presently available, for a total of four color variations in all. The broader selection is being offered to respond more fully to customers' needs.

Further improvements to detail include a combined main key and shutter key, making the Dio and Dio Deluxe even more convenient for everyday use. And, in addition to the anti-theft systems already in place, the new scooters will come pre-wired to accommodate the Alarm Kit and Immobilizer, manufactured by Honda Access (sold separately-available as of the end of May).

*1Dio Deluxe equipped with front disc brake and an idle stop system that automatically shuts off the engine when idle.

Body colors (both Dio and Dio Deluxe): Shasta White (new color); Nature Blue Metallic (new color); Vega Black Metallic (currently available); Clear Silver Metallic (currently available)



●Annual projected sales nationwide(Dio, Dio Deluxe): 40,000 units
●Manufacturer’s suggested retail price  (consumption tax not included):
Dio Deluxe

(Example of regionally adjusted manufacturer's suggested retail price: Okinawa +5,000 yen. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is for reference only. Similar adjustments may be made in other regions.)


Vehicle Name Dio <Dio Deluxe>
Vehicle Type Honda BA-AF56<BA-AF57>
Length x Width x Height (m) 1.710 x 0.620 x 1.010
Wheelbase (m) 1.190
Ground Clearance (m) 0.115
Seat Height (m) 0.710
Curb Weight (kg) 76<77>
Dry Weight (kg) 71<72>
No. of Riders 1
Turning Radius (m) 1.8
Engine Type AF55E
(water-cooled, 4-stroke OHC mono-cylinder)
Engine Displacement (cm3) 49
Bore x Stroke (mm) 38.0 x 44.0
Compression Ratio 12.0
Max· Power (kW[PS]/rpm) 3.7[5.0]/8,000
Max· Torque (N·m[kg·m]/rpm) 4.6[0.47]/7,000
Fuel Consumption (km/L) 75.0 (30km/h constant speed, low altitude)
Carburetor Type NVK00A
Starter Self-type (with back-up kick start)
Ignition CDI, battery-powered
Lubrication Force-fed and splash
Fuel Capacity (L) 5.0
Clutch Dry, multi-plate shoe-type
Transmission Continuously variable (V-matic)
Gear Ratio 1st Gear 2.800 ~ 0.860
Castor Angle/Trail(mm) 26°30'/72
Tire Size Front 90/90-10 50J
Rear 90/90-10 50J
Braking System Front Mechanical, leading/trailing
<Hydraulic disc>
Rear Mechanical, leading/trailing
Suspension Front Telescopic-type
Rear Unit swing-type
Frame Construction Underbone (aluminum frame)