Science: Help from Honda

While Detroit's automakers search for ways to reduce the polluting gases produced by the internal-combustion engine, a company best known for its motorcycles may well have found the answer. Japan's Honda Motor Co. plans to begin exporting to the U.S. a 1,600-lb., four-seat car that will easily meet the 1975 emission standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Japanese auto will be the first production-line car with a "stratified-charge" engine, a modified version of the standard auto engine. That modification, which does not require extensive retooling of production lines, allows the...

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