Honda releases flex-fuel motorcycle

CG150 Titan Mix introduced in ethanol-rich Brazil

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 12, 2009
Honda will be the first manufacturer to market a flexible-fuel motorcycle.

The Japanese manufacturer’s Brazilian subsidiary, Moto Honda da Amazonia, will begin accepting orders for the CG150 Titan Mix in mid-March. Brazil is the world’s second highest producer of ethanol and the second largest market for flexible-fuel vehicles at 6.2 million units.

The Titan Mix is equipped with Honda’s Mix Fuel Injection system which allows the motorcycle to use a mixture of bio-ethanol and gasoline fuels. Honda plans to sell 200,000 units annually at a starting price of 6,340 Brazilian real (US$2,769).According to Honda, 90% of new cars in Brazil use flexible-fuel technology.

Honda claims the Titan Mix is the first motorcycle to be equipped with flexible-fuel technology. In 2007, Magneti Marelli, a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, adapted a Kasinski Seta 125 motorcycle with technology the company uses in flexible fuel cars in Brazil. The adapted Kasinski ran on gasoline and alcohol. At the time, Magneti Marelli announced it would introduce its flexible-fuel motorcycle to the Brazilian market in 2009 but Honda will beat the Italian company to the market with the CG150 Titan Mix.