Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), the official distributor of Honda cars in the country, has just announced that the New City has officially acquired Euro 4 emission standard certification from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
This is the first vehicle in Honda’s line-up to be locally certified with Euro 4 level emission standards. The certification is pursuant to DENR's Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2015-04 which requires that all new passenger and light vehicles, and heavy duty motor vehicles introduced in the market must comply with Euro 4 emission standards by January 2016.
Compared to Euro 2 emission standards that has 500 parts per million of sulfur, the cleaner Euro 4 standard only requires 50 parts per million of sulfur. Moreover, Euro 4 compliant vehicles also emit a lower percentage of other air pollutants such as Carbon Monoxide (CO), Hydrocarbons (HC) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx).
The DENR stressed the importance of adopting EURO 4 emission standards for the sake of minimizing pollutants in the environment and for the assurance of the quality of air that we breathe.
“It has always been one of our thrusts to leave blue skies for our children. As part of our continuing mission to do so, we at Honda are one with the government’s endeavor to help protect and sustain our environment and do our part to ensure breathable clean air. We would like to assure our customers that Honda takes proactive actions to help contribute in reducing the destruction of our ozone layer and the effect of global warming,” said Toshio Kuwahara, HCPI President and General Manager.
HCPI first introduced Euro 4 level ready products in 2004 and by the end of 2006, all Honda models sold in the Philippines were already ready for Euro 4 emission level.
The GM6 Honda City currently on sale in the country is driven by a 1.5-liter L15Z1 SOHC i-VTEC inline-four that puts out 120 PS at 6,600 rpm along with 145 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine can either be mated to a CVT or to a 5-speed manual.
As of now, HCPI is currently applying for certification for the rest of their vehicle line up. Kuwahara explains that by January 2016, all Honda vehicles, from the Brio up to Odyssey minivan, will be officially certified as EURO 4 compliant.