Honda Motor Co. said Friday it will launch the world’s first 50cc scooter with an electronically controlled fuel-injection system next spring.

The Honda Programmed Fuel Injection system, developed for a four-stroke 50cc engine, electronically controls fuel-injection and air-intake volume to ensure efficient fuel consumption. The new model is expected to offer 10 percent better fuel efficiency than 50cc scooters that use conventional carburetors, Honda officials said.

Honda, the world’s top motorcycle maker, has been using the fuel injection system in larger motorcycles since 1982. It plans to install the system on all Honda scooters marketed in Japan by the end of 2007.

Most of its motorcycles sold in other countries will be equipped with the system by 2010, the company said.

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