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Honda Releases Flex-Fuel Motorcycle in Brazil

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Honda TITAN MIX ES
The CG150 TITAN MIX ES delivers flex-fuel technology for Brazilian riders, who can take advantage of their nation's ample bio-ethanol production.
Honda brings a flex-fuel motorcycle to the market with its CG150 TITAN MIX ES. Honda claims the small-displacement motorcycle’s Mix Fuel Injection System makes the new model the “first motorcycle in the world to be equipped with flexible-fuel technology.”

The flex-fuel moniker will allow the new TITAN to take advantage of bio-ethanol fuels. And in Brazil this is significant, as the South American nation is a world leader in utilizing bio-fuel to supplement gasoline for transportation energy. Honda cites “approximately 90% “ of new cars in Brazil sport flex-fuel technology.

Brazil’s bio-ethanol fuel is made by harvesting sugar cane. Touted by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s ethanol industry has been both praised and criticized. Supporters point to job creation and energy independence from ethanol, meanwhile critics say the use of food sources for fuel leads to rising food costs.

The CG150 TITAN MIX ES will be sold in Brazil by Honda subsidiary Moto Honda da Amazonia Ltda, and the Japanese giant expects 200,000 units sold annually. Honda is a juggernaut in the Brazilian motorcycle market, the Japanese firm accounting for 1.326 million of the 1.91 million new motorcycle registrations in 2008.

The TITAN is expected in Brazilian dealerships by the end of March with an MSRP of 6340 Real ($2,700).
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apple -asking  July 7, 2009 09:44 PM
hey!i just want to ask..is bio-ethanol fuel harmful for ordinary bikes? i mean those old models. thanks for your reply
Rawl Rahat -Honda Mechanic  June 30, 2009 06:19 PM
Hi i support the flex fuel.I work at a Honda dealer here in Guyana,Marics and Company Ltd.I am a Mechanic we need new technology here to move forward,and to on top of other dealers.my email arifarahat@aol.com
Julio -Honda  June 14, 2009 05:33 PM
This was a good idea from honda engineers, because here in Brasil, the gas quality is very bad and the Bio-ethanol is more reliable and cheap. The good news is that we have no problems in the winter times, because here is hot as hell dude !! ( the Ethanol powered engine works in a lower temperature than gas do ) and the bio-ethanol gives a litle extra power to the engine, something like 2hp ( in a small engine like that makes some difference ). This 150cc Titan Honda is a limited bike for city use only, ideal for developing countries like here. The tendency is that all bikes use ethanol in Brasil. Greetings from Brazil ! This is a good site that i like to read every time !
Leonardo -Honda Titan  April 16, 2009 01:02 PM
Sorry to disagree with Paulo but the Honda Titan is far from being a nightmare. It is perfect for daily commute since it is frugal on gas comsumption and cheap (comparing to Brazil's prices of course). It is so good that it is the best selling line on Brazil ever, with millions titans sold. Now they add flex fuel technology plus electronic injection making it better. The moto delivery guys will not complaint about carb tunning anymore ;)
Tim B -CAK  April 8, 2009 09:16 AM
There are similar bikes in the US in the 200-250cc range. If you want something smaller buy a scooter.
Paulo -HONDA CG150 TITAN  March 17, 2009 04:29 PM
Man, believe me, you don't want to compare the Titan (150cc) with a BMW G650S. The Titan is a nightmare, achieving (with luck and on downhill) 60mph. I know the fuel mileage is great, but it doesn't worth it. Anyway, I understand your point of view. Greetings from Brazil, Paulo
CAK -HONDA CG150 TITAN  March 12, 2009 09:05 AM
A similar bike (not flex-fuel) is what we need in the U.S., but the Japanese just don't get it. Single cylinder, good fuel milage on gas, low weight, seat height and price - perfect for newbies and hard core commuters alike. Something akin to the BMW G650GS. Instead they add a futuristic Gold Wing (DN01), a HD clone (Fury) and a few more horsepower to their already insanely high powered Sport Bikes (CBR1000).