Kyodo News reports that Honda has developed a 2.2 litre 140 horsepower diesel engine for the European market. It is the first diesel engine of its own making.

The report said that Honda will exhibit automobiles carrying the 2200 cc diesel engine at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The report said that Honda plans to install the new engine in its Accord passenger car, a diesel version of which Honda will introduce in the European market in December of this year. Lack of availability of diesels in Europe has been a factor holding back some Japanese makers as diesel share has risen.

Honda, which builds Civic and Accord models in Britain, has struggled to make up for the British pound’s strength against the euro, which increases manufacturing costs. But the company is benefiting from demand for the Jazz (Fit) small car and plans a hybrid petrol-electric version of the Civic saloon and diesel-powered versions of the Accord and CR-V sport-utility vehicle.