Entering the robot business with its Asimo humanoid, Honda Motor Co. is now trying to advance into a new field with its newly developed engine for small aircraft.

Japan's No. 2 carmaker said Tuesday that it will start exploring business opportunities in the aircraft engine market through a joint feasibility study with Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc., a leading aircraft engine manufacturer in the United States, for a next-generation engine.

The feasibility study will be conducted mainly in the U.S., one of the world's largest general aviation markets, over several months and will evaluate potential business opportunities for marketing, manufacturing and identifying customers, Honda spokeswoman Noriko Okamoto said.