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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #45 : Februarie 11, 2016, 06:14:56 a.m. »
HONDA CIVIC HATCHBACK PROTOTYPE SET FOR WORLDWIDE DEBUT AT THE 2016 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

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    Global premiere of Civic Hatchback Prototype redefines Honda’s core European model
    Clarity Fuel Cell to make European debut
    European customer deliveries of NSX to start in 2016
    New Jazz concept turns on the style

 

Honda is set to unveil the next step in the renewal of its European car range at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, including the global premiere of the Civic Hatchback Prototype.

Civic Hatchback Prototype

The Civic Hatchback Prototype receives its global premiere at Geneva Motor Show, previewing the exterior design of the all-new hatchback model, scheduled for a European launch in early 2017. Produced at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), the car will be exported to global markets, including the US.

 

Clarity Fuel Cell

The Clarity Fuel Cell will make its European debut at Geneva, following its global unveil at Tokyo motor show in October last year. Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s first production fuel cell saloon to house the entire fuel cell powertrain under the bonnet. With a range of up-to 700 km (435 miles), the Clarity Fuel Cell achieves best-in-class range while its unique packaging allows an interior design to offer seating for five, a first for a fuel cell saloon.

 

NSX

Following the announcement of the start of customer sales in the US at Detroit motor show, Honda confirms the first European customer deliveries for the Honda NSX will begin in 2016. The NSX features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and rear lights that pay homage to the original NSX. The new hybrid supercar has an all-new mid-mounted DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to a specially-developed nine-speed DCT.

 

Jazz ‘Keenlight’ Concept

Honda will also demonstrate a new design concept model of the popular Jazz. The new Keenlight concept seeks to highlight the potential for customising Jazz, using sleek design elements, special decals and a unique colour named ‘Keenlight’.

 

CRF1000L Africa Twin

Inheriting the “go anywhere” spirit of its celebrated predecessors, the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin packs an innovative and powerful parallel twin-cylinder engine into a lightweight, agile chassis ready for true adventure both on and off road, whether crossing continents or commuting.

 

The Honda Press Conference will take place at 12:45 CET on Tuesday 1st March on the Honda stand (4250)

 

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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #46 : Martie 03, 2016, 06:02:55 a.m. »
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CIVIC HATCHBACK PROTOTYPE REDEFINES HONDA’S CORE MODEL FOR EUROPE

    Prototype of the next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global premiere at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show
    Assertive stance and distinctive new design establishes 10th generation as the sportiest Civic ever
    Low, wide proportions and long wheelbase promise engaging driving dynamics while maximising interior space
    New Civic hatchback will be available in Europe early in 2017 and will be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM)

 

The next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global debut in prototype form at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The design of the prototype heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model, focusing on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.

 

The all-new Civic hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

 

At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches.

 

The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a swage line that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasising the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. At the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car.

 

Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the 10th generation Civic provided an insight into how the distinctive design was conceived and realised: “We knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values; a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”

 

Designed and developed for the European market, the 10th generation Civic is scheduled for a European launch early in 2017. The five-door hatchback variant will be produced by Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), and will be exported to global markets including the United States.

 

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Civic Hatchback Prototype Press Kit

1. Prototype of the next-generation Civic hatchback makes global premiere at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

 

    Assertive stance and provocative new design establishes 10th generation as the sportiest Civic ever
    Low, wide proportions and long wheelbase promise engaging driving dynamics while maximising interior space
    First European vehicle to be available with Honda’s all-new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engines Further improvements made to existing 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine
    New Civic hatchback will be available in Europe early in 2017 and will be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM)

 

The next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global debut in prototype form at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The design of the prototype heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model, focusing on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.

 

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager of Honda Motor Europe, Automobiles Division, commented: “The Civic is a core model for Europe with a strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers, Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand. The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and we hope will continue to be a key volume pillar for the European business. We are excited to be developing this next generation model and look forward to its introduction in early 2017.”

 

2. A distinctive design and sportier Civic

 

The all-new Civic hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

 

At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches.

 

The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a swage line that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasising the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. At the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car.

 

Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the 10th generation Civic provides an insight into how the distinctive design was conceived and realised: “we knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values. The result is a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”

 

3. New turbocharged powertrain options deliver improved driving experience

 

The all-new Civic Hatchback will feature a range of three powertrain options: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engines, and a revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. Civic will be the first European model to feature the two all-new petrol engines.

 

The all-new engines are part of Honda’s growing Earth Dreams Technology range and aim to deliver a combination of dynamic performance, a class-leading output for their displacement and excellent fuel economy.

 

Based on a completely new engine structure and harnessing newly developed turbo systems, the petrol engines feature variable valve motion technology to reduce friction and achieve class-leading output and environmental performance. A turbocharger with a low moment of inertia and high responsiveness, together with direct injection technology seek to achieve an optimum balance between high output and torque, above those of conventional naturally-aspirated engines.

 

A revised version of Honda’s popular and efficient 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine - unique to European Honda vehicles– will be offered alongside the two new petrol engines. The common rail turbo-diesel unit incorporates extensive technologies that reduce friction, improve emissions and increase fuel economy. The engine features a small, high-efficiency turbocharger, low-pressure EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system and a high-intake flow, high-swirl cylinder head port. A new high-strength, lightweight slender crankshaft and all-aluminium, open-deck, high-pressure, die-cast engine block makes the unit lightweight while ensuring high levels of durability.

 

4. 10th generation Civic hatchback to be built in Europe and exported globally

 

Honda’s European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), will become the global production hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback. Honda has confirmed investment of €270m in new production technologies and processes to prepare for the new model, which will be exported around the world, including the US. The investment is part of a long-term vision for the European plant in Honda’s global operations.

 

Jason Smith, Director of HUM, commented, “By establishing HUM as a global production facility for the all-new Civic hatchback, Honda is demonstrating its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

This is incredibly important for HUM and is a reward for the commitment and effort put in by Honda associates in recent years. As a global production facility for the Civic hatchback we look forward to making the most of the opportunity to export this model not only to our European customers, but also to key global markets.”

 

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Geneva Motor Show 2016 Press Kit

1. Introduction

 

Honda unveils the next step in the renewal of its European car range at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, including the global premiere of the Civic Hatchback Prototype.

 

Civic Hatchback Prototype

 

The Civic Hatchback Prototype receives its global premiere at Geneva Motor Show, previewing the exterior design of the all-new hatchback model, scheduled for a European launch in early 2017. Produced at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), the car will be exported to global markets, including the US.

 

Clarity Fuel Cell

 

The Clarity Fuel Cell makes its European debut at Geneva, following its global unveil at Tokyo motor show in October last year. Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s first production fuel cell saloon to house the entire fuel cell powertrain under the bonnet. With a range of up-to 700 km* (435 miles), the Clarity Fuel Cell achieves best-in-class range while its unique packaging allows an interior design to offer seating for five, a first for a fuel cell saloon.

* Honda internal measurement in JC08 mode and use of hydrogen station with pressure of 70MPa

 

NSX

 

Following the announcement of the start of customer sales in the US at Detroit motor show, Honda confirms the first European customer deliveries for the Honda NSX will begin in 2016. The NSX features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and rear lights that pay homage to the original NSX. The new hybrid supercar has an all-new mid-mounted DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to a specially-developed nine-speed DCT.

 

Jazz ‘Keenlight’ Concept

 

Honda also demonstrates a new design concept model of the popular Jazz. The new Keenlight concept seeks to highlight the potential for customising Jazz, using sleek design elements, special decals and a unique colour named ‘Keenlight’.

 

CRF1000L Africa Twin

 

Inheriting the “go anywhere” spirit of its celebrated predecessors, the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin packs an innovative and powerful parallel twin-cylinder engine into a lightweight, agile chassis ready for true adventure both on and off road, whether crossing continents or commuting.

 

2. Civic Hatchback Prototype

 

Prototype of the next-generation Civic hatchback makes global premiere at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

 

    Assertive stance and provocative new design establishes 10th generation as the sportiest Civic ever
    Low, wide proportions and long wheelbase promise engaging driving dynamics while maximising interior space
    First European vehicle to be available with Honda’s all-new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engines Further improvements made to existing 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine
    New Civic hatchback will be available in Europe early in 2017 and will be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM)

 

The next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global debut in prototype form at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The design of the prototype heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model, focusing on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.

 

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager of Honda Motor Europe, Automobile Division, commented: “The Civic is a core model for Europe with a strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers, Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand. The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and we hope will continue to be a key volume pillar for the European business. We are excited to be developing this next generation model and look forward to its introduction in early 2017.”

 

A distinctive design and sportier Civic

 

The all-new Civic hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

 

At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches.

 

The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a swage line that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasising the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. At the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car.

 

Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the styling of the Prototype provides an insight into how the distinctive design was conceived and realised: “We knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values. The result is a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”

 

New turbocharged powertrain options deliver improved driving experience

 

The all-new Civic Hatchback will feature a range of three powertrain options: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engines, and a revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. Civic will be the first European model to feature the two all-new petrol engines.

 

The all-new engines are part of Honda’s growing Earth Dreams Technology range and aim to deliver a combination of dynamic performance, a class-leading output for their displacement and excellent fuel economy.

 

Based on a completely new engine structure and harnessing newly developed turbo systems, the petrol engines feature variable valve motion technology to reduce friction and achieve class-leading output and environmental performance. A turbocharger with a low moment of inertia and high responsiveness, together with direct injection technology seek to achieve an optimum balance between high output and torque, above those of conventional naturally-aspirated engines.

 

A revised version of Honda’s popular and efficient 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine - unique to European Honda vehicles– will be offered alongside the two new petrol engines. The common rail turbo-diesel unit incorporates extensive technologies that reduce friction, improve emissions and increase fuel economy. The engine features a small, high-efficiency turbocharger, low-pressure EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system and a high-intake flow, high-swirl cylinder head port. A new high-strength, lightweight slender crankshaft and all-aluminium, open-deck, high-pressure, die-cast engine block makes the unit lightweight while ensuring high levels of durability.

 

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« Răspuns #47 : Martie 03, 2016, 06:06:37 a.m. »

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10th generation Civic hatchback to be built in Europe and exported globally

 

Honda’s European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), will become the global production hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback. Honda has confirmed investment of €270m in new production technologies and processes to prepare for the new model, which will be exported around the world, including the US. The investment is part of a long-term vision for the European plant in Honda’s global operations.

 

Jason Smith, Director of HUM, commented, “By establishing HUM as a global production facility for the all-new Civic hatchback, Honda is demonstrating its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

 

This is incredibly important for HUM and is a reward for the commitment and effort put in by Honda associates in recent years. As a global production facility for the Civic hatchback we look forward to making the most of the opportunity to export this model not only to our European customers, but also to key global markets.”

3. NSX

    Order books set to open for Honda NSX in Europe with prices starting from approximately £130,000 (UK) and €180,000 (Germany) *
    Europe confirmed as the lead export region for NSX
    Customers will be able to place an order for NSX from April with an authorised European NSX dealer
    European deliveries to commence during Autumn 2016

 

Following the clamour and excitement of its official launch in the US, Honda today announced further European launch details for the all-new Honda NSX.

Customer order books will open in April, with prices starting from approximately £xxx,xxx (UK) and €xxx,xxx (Germany). Interested customers can learn more by going to Honda’s website, where an NSX landing page will provide more information.

Honda has confirmed that Europe will be the leading export region for sales of NSX, and will be sold through a limited network of authorised dealers in key European locations.

Deliveries of the first NSX in Europe are to commence during Autumn 2016.

 

* Approximate pricing confirmed for UK and Germany. Pricing in other European markets will be confirmed closer to launch and will reflect local taxation

 

About the Honda NSX

Specifically created to bring a “New Sports eXperience” to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges prevailing beliefs about supercars as much as the first generation did a quarter of a century ago. The NSX features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and rear lights.

At its heart is an all new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 engine that is mated to an all-new, Honda developed 9-speed DCT with an electric motor that applies its torque directly to the crankshaft for higher output with immediate power delivery to the rear wheels.

The NSX will be manufactured exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, where approximately 100 highly-skilled low-volume production specialists will conduct full body construction, paint, and final assembly.

 

 

4. Clarity Fuel Cell

 

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell makes European debut at Geneva Motor Show

 

Making its European Debut at Geneva Motorshow 2016, the Clarity Fuel Cell incorporates Honda’s most advanced technologies and provides the world’s first production model fuel cell powered sedan to house the entire fuel cell stack and drivetrain system under the hood of the car. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be available for lease purchase in Japan from March 2016 and will be available in the USA later in 2016. In Europe, the Clarity Fuel Cell will be introduced through the HyFIVE project in the UK and Denmark during 2016.

 

Packaging of the Clarity Fuel Cell is inspired by Honda’s guiding design principle of man maximum, machine minimum. By minimising the space used by the powertrain, Honda has achieved a level of interior space that is comparable to fossil fuelled sedans. The size of the fuel cell stack and the power generation unit have been reduced through Honda’s advanced technologies to a size comparable to a V6 engine.

 

Despite the reduced size of the fuel cell powertrain, Honda has ensured world-leading fuel cell stack performance. Honda’s original wave flow channel separators are more advanced than ever, while the cells now feature a higher output and a more slender shape thanks to a 1 mm (20%) reduction in the thickness of each cell. These advances combine to make the fuel cell stack 33% more compact than the stack used in the original FCX Clarity. This improvement is highly impressive as it has been achieved in parallel with an increase in maximum output to 130 kW (177ps) to 100 kW and a power density increased by 60% to 3.1 kW/L, providing a perfectly smooth acceleration anywhere from zero to maximum speed.

 

The direct response, exhilarating drive and quiet cabin together form an appealing combination. Clarity Fuel Cell offers the driver two driving modes: the ‘Normal’ mode provides a balance between fuel economy and driving performance, while ‘Sport’ prioritises a more responsive acceleration feeling.

 

The Clarity Fuel Cell, coupled with its efficient powertrain and reduced energy consumption can deliver best-in-class fuel cell vehicle range per tank of over 700km* (435 miles). Refuelling time of the Clarity Fuel Cell is comparable to that of a petrol powered car and takes up-to 3 minutes, providing further everyday convenience customers have come to expect with their petrol or diesel powered cars.

 

More information about the Clarity Fuel Cell can be found at: http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/64954/honda-unveils-clarity-fuel-cell-at-the-2015-tokyo-motor-show

* Honda internal measurement in JC08 mode and use of hydrogen station with pressure of 70MPa

 

4. CR-V Black Edition

 

Honda launches new CR-V Black Edition

 

Honda has supplemented its CR-V SUV range with a new Black Edition for 2016. The Black Edition adds exterior and interior design elements to present a sporty and premium twist on the SUV. It will be available on 4WD models only, with a choice of 2-litre i-VTEC petrol or 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engines. The diesel can also be specified with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

 

The exterior of the CR-V Black Edition features running boards, a tailgate spoiler, 19” black alloys, a gloss black front grille and skid plates on the front and rear.

 

Inside the cabin, the CR-V Black Edition benefits from a full leather interior,with contrasting stitching and an embossed Black Edition logo. To complement the luxurious feel of the cabin, the Black Edition comes with premium carpet mats again featuring the Black Edition logo.

 

5. Jazz “Keenlight” Concept

 

New “keenlight”design concept highlights customisation potential of new Jazz.

 

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show will see the debut of Honda’s new Jazz ‘keenlight’ Concept model. The new concept aims to attract customers who are looking for more emphasis on style, using sleek design elements and accessories in a custom copper colour called ‘keenlight’.

 

The exterior features a keenlight-coloured roof spoiler, mirror caps, front grille and tailgate decoration. A distinctive new decal offers visual elements of London’s skyline. Unique 15” keenlight finished alloys complete the exterior.

 

The keenlight theme extends to the interior with accents on the steering wheel, dashboard, and doorstep garnishes. Other interior accessories include customised floor carpets and leather upholstery.

 

Overall, the new concept aims to highlight the strength of Jazz for personalisation, and shows a vision for a potential future Jazz special edition.

 

6. Civic X and Civic Tourer Style

 

Civic Hatchback and Tourer ranges bolstered by new “X” and “Style” special editions

 

Honda showcases two special editions of its Civic at Geneva Motor Show. First announced in January 2016, the Civic X* limited edition adds extra specifications to the car with no additional cost including colour-coded front bumper, rear skirt cover and wheel arches. Inside, the X is specified with the Honda Connect infotainment system. Civic X customers can also specify Garmin satellite navigation or a CD player for their limited edition cars.

(* named Civic Limited Edition in UK)

 

Customers will have the ability to bolster the appearance of their Civic X with the addition of 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels

 

The Civic Tourer “Style” adds 17” sport alloys, privacy glass, cargo net and a stainless steel loading edge cover. The cargo net can be positioned behind the rear seats to keep loads in place or behind the front seats when the rear seats have been folded flat.

 

7. RA272

 

Honda’s F1 pioneer makes an appearance at Geneva Motor Show

 

Following its 1964 debut, Honda’s Formula 1 team started the 1965 season with fresh ambitions, a new single-seater (RA272) with a redline of 14,000 revs, and a very experienced driver in American Richie Ginther. After finishing 6th twice, the American gave Honda its first victory in Formula 1 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico, in what was only the team’s ninth race. It was obviously the first victory for a Japanese single-seater in the entire history of the Grands Prix, and a wake-up call to more established teams from Europe.

 

8. CRF1000L Africa Twin

A legend of two wheels makes its first appearance at Geneva Motor Show: The new CRF1000L Africa Twin.

 

The essential features of an adventure motorcycle – strong engine, tough chassis with long travel suspension, upright riding position and wide handlebars – ensure its usability whatever the terrain. This practicality has been key to the popularity of these machines: they are easy to ride, comfortable and adaptable, at home on the road whether touring mountain passes and highways or filtering through jammed city streets. And when the desire for a true adventure takes hold, they’re capable of traversing great swathes of distance after the tarmac runs out.

 

Inheriting the “go anywhere” spirit of its celebrated predecessors, the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin packs an innovative and powerful parallel twin-cylinder engine into a lightweight, agile chassis ready for true adventure both on and off road, whether crossing continents or commuting. In addition to the standard model, two further versions are available: the first with switchable rear ABS and multiple mode Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), and the second equipped with Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission (featuring new off-road functionality), switchable rear ABS and HSTC.

 

For more information, go to: http://hondanews.eu/eu/en//media/pressreleases/62945/16ym-honda-crf1000l-africa-twin


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The return of a legend: Honda announces European pricing details for all-new NSX
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    Order books set to open for Honda NSX in Europe with prices starting from approximately £130,000(UK) and €180,000 (Germany) *
    Europe confirmed as the lead export region for NSX
    Customers will be able to place an order for NSX from April with an authorised European NSX dealer
    European deliveries to commence during Autumn 2016

 

Following the clamour and excitement of its official launch in the US, Honda today announced further European launch details for the all-new Honda NSX.

Customer order books will open in April, with prices starting from approximately £130,000 (UK) and €180,000 (Germany). Interested customers can learn more by going to Honda’s website, where an NSX landing page will provide more information.

Honda has confirmed that Europe will be the leading export region for sales of NSX, and will be sold through a limited network of authorised dealers in key European locations.

Deliveries of the first NSX in Europe are to commence during Autumn 2016.

 

* Approximate pricing confirmed for UK and Germany. Pricing in other European markets will be confirmed closer to launch and will reflect local taxation

 

About the Honda NSX

Specifically created to bring a “New Sports eXperience” to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges prevailing beliefs about supercars as much as the first generation did a quarter of a century ago. The NSX features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and rear lights.

At its heart is an all new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 engine that is mated to an all-new, Honda developed 9-speed DCT with an electric motor that applies its torque directly to the crankshaft for higher output with immediate power delivery to the rear wheels.

The NSX will be manufactured exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, where approximately 100 highly-skilled low-volume production specialists will conduct full body construction, paint, and final assembly.

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CIVIC HATCHBACK PROTOTYPE REDEFINES HONDA’S CORE MODEL FOR EUROPE


    Prototype of the next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global premiere at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show
    Assertive stance and distinctive new design establishes 10th generation as the sportiest Civic ever
    Low, wide proportions and long wheelbase promise engaging driving dynamics while maximising interior space
    New Civic hatchback will be available in Europe early in 2017 and will be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM)

 

The next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global debut in prototype form at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The design of the prototype heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model, focusing on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.

 

The all-new Civic hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

 

At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches.

 

The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a swage line that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasising the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. At the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car.

 

Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the 10th generation Civic provided an insight into how the distinctive design was conceived and realised: “We knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values; a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”

 

Designed and developed for the European market, the 10th generation Civic is scheduled for a European launch early in 2017. The five-door hatchback variant will be produced by Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), and will be exported to global markets including the United States.

 

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    Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo unveils the all-new Civic Hatchback Prototype at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
    New prototype is the next step in Honda’s European plan to achieve annual sales of 200,000 units
    New Jazz, HR-V & Civic Type R drive predicted 2016 sales in excess of 160,000 units
    Honda also confirms further details of the European launch of NSX and Clarity Fuel Cell

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo made his first appearance at a European motor show to unveil the new Civic Hatchback Prototype. The prototype was the focus of Honda’s activity at Geneva, following one of its busiest periods of new product introduction in 2015.

The new prototype previews the 10th generation Civic hatchback, set for a European launch in early 2017. To be built at Honda’s flagship European manufacturing facility in UK, the prototype promises provocative design, assertive dynamics and a range of all-new turbo petrol engines, aimed at the core of the European compact segment.

During today’s press conference, Honda highlighted the renewed confidence within the European business following the launch of new Jazz, HR-V & Civic Type R in 2015. With over 18,000 orders across Europe for these vehicles, Honda is confident that 2016 volumes will reach 160,000 units. This is an expected increase of 17 per cent compared to 2015, and a significant step towards its long-term goal of 200,000 annual European sales.

Details of two further European product launches in 2016 were also confirmed at the show. Following the announcement of US pricing details at Detroit Motor Show in January, European pricing for NSX will start from around €180,000 and deliveries will commence from autumn.

At the other end of the technology spectrum, Clarity Fuel Cell will also arrive on European roads in September, initially through limited lease sales as part of the HyFIVE programme in UK and Denmark. This first step towards commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell technology in Europe will provide valuable data on customer usage and expectations.

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Honda News Round Up - February 2016

Norwegian engineers take Civic on epic journey to Japan

Three engineers have successfully completed a drive from Norway to Japan in their Civic, a distance of over 10,000 kilometres. L Team Productions undertook the journey to give lectures and practical demonstrations of engineering along the route. The sixth generation hatchback, named ‘Lastochka’ (‘Swallow’ in Russian), saw the team initially drive from Norway to Iran, before turning east through Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and Korea. The team arrived at the Suzuka factory to be greeted by Honda associates.

For more information on L Team Productions, please click here.

 

More awards for HR-V

Honda’s HR-V picked up two further awards this month, taking its tally to four since its return to European showrooms late last year.

UK publication Automotive Management (AM) awarded HR-V New Car of Year. The award was voted for by AM’s dealer audience. Philip Crossman, Managing Director of Honda UK, commented: “This is a fantastic accolade for the new HR-V to pick up and just shows how popular the car is proving with both dealers and customers alike.”

Meanwhile, Spanish magazine Coche Actual voted HR-V as Best Compact Car.

For more information on the AM award, please click here or click here for more information on the Coche Actual award

 

Honda Racing Stars Warm Up for Triathlon Show

Ahead of the London Triathlon Show in February, three of Honda’s UK racing stars took part in a triathlon with a twist: a Honda-powered challenge which saw them compete in boats, on motorcycles and in cars. The race featured British Touring Car Championship driver Matt Neal alongside British Superbike Riders Jenny Tinmouth and Dan Linfoot and motorcycle journalist Jonathan Pearson. The competitive bunch fought howling winds of up to 70mph to pilot a 10 horsepower Honwave inflatable boat around a lake, followed by a circuit of the woods on a Honda CRF 250 dirt bike, before tackling a mixed terrain course in a CR-V.

To see who took home the trophy, watch the full video here. You can read more on this story here.

Civic awarded best compact car in DEKRA Faults Report 2016

The Honda Civic has been named the best compact car by the DEKRA used car report. The ninth generation model was praised for its agile handling, large boot space, standard safety equipment and magic seats. The DEKRA Used Car Report is collected from vehicle-specific faults for a model over two years from vehicle testing in Germany.

To read more on the DEKRA Used Car Report, please click here.

ASIA

CEO Takahiro Hachigo shares his future vision for Honda

Honda President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo held a press conference in Japan to share his future vision and direction for the company. The conference focused on the advancement of Honda’s six region global operation structure and the development of challenging products unique to Honda.

He went on to conclude “Honda will strive to create values which make people’s lives and life styles more enjoyable. What keeps us driving toward this end is “The Power of Dreams.” While always keeping this in mind, all Honda associates will work as one team in our respective areas while demonstrating the power of “Team Honda” to the fullest extent.”

To read the full speech, please click here.

 

NORTH AMERICA

 
Innovative 2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup for America

2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup Leads the Flock in New Super Bowl Commercial

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline took centre stage in a new commercial which made its television debut during the fiftieth Super Bowl . The advert starred the new Ridgeline pickup, a skilled herding dog and a flock of sheep singing a classic Queen song, "Somebody to Love." Directed by Oscar-nominated director Bryan Buckley — dubbed "King of the Super Bowl" for his role in bringing to life more than 40 commercials for the big game — the new Honda commercial imagines how a rancher might use Ridgeline's industry-first factory fitted truck-bed audio system. The all-new 2017 Ridgeline television spot marks the Honda brand's first official Super Bowl commercial since 2014.

To watch the full commercial click here or to read more on this story, click here.

Honda Sweeps KBB.com's 'Best Family Cars of 2016'

Honda swept the Kelley Blue Book 2016 'Best Family Car' awards with models chosen in each of the evaluated vehicle categories. The 2016 Civic, Accord, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey have been recognized by KBB.com's expert staff of editors for their ability to meet the needs of families, with a keen focus on safety and performance. More than 20 family vehicles were reviewed by the KBB.com editorial team before choosing their top 16 choices.

"This recognition by the experts at Kelley Blue Book of six of our core models is affirmation that Honda has the best possible choices for families of any size," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of sales, Honda Division at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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Honda Picks Up Six "Best Cars For The Money" Awards from U.S. News & World Report


Five Honda models have been honoured with six "Best Cars for the Money" awards by U.S. News & World Report. 2016 Civic picked up best Compact Car, while HR-V took best subcompact SUV. Fit took double honours, with best subcompact car and best hatchback. There were also awards for Odyssey and Pilot in their categories.

The "Best Cars for the Money" methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 award categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the "Best Car for the Money" in that category

For more information on this story, click here.

Honda Civic Sedan wins Canadian Car of the Year 2016

Following its announcement as North American Car of the Year at Detroit Motor Show, Civic has won the Canadian Car of the Year 2016. This awards assesses a vehicles performance on interior quality, performance, dynamics, value and customer appeal. Civic scored 799 across all areas and beat the Volkswagen Golf R and Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon. To read more on the Canadian Car of the Year, please click here.

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    Honda begins sales of next generation fuel cell vehicle, Clarity Fuel Cell in Japan
    Clarity Fuel Cell to be leased to local governments and authorities in Japan
    Initial Japanese sales plan to be around 200 units a year, initially produced at Honda’s Tochigi facility

 

Following the Clarity Fuel Cell’s European debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in March, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today began sales in Japan of its all-new fuel cell vehicle.

 

For the first year of the Clarity Fuel Cell launch in Japan, Honda will focus on lease sales mainly to local government bodies or businesses Honda has already been working with for the popularisation of FCVs. During this period, Honda will collect information about the in-market use of the Clarity Fuel Cell and gather diverse opinions and requests from customers and other relevant organisations, and then later begin sales to individual customers.

 

Honda will begin with small-volume production at the Production Supervisory Unit and Powertrain Production Supervisory Unit (located in Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi, Japan.), eventually expanding production volume as demand grows. In Europe, the Clarity Fuel Cell will be available in limited numbers through the HyFIVE project in UK and Denmark from September 2016. This first step towards commercialisation of the technology in Europe will provide valuable data on real-world customer usage and expectations.

Sales plan (in Japan, first year): Approximately 200 units

 Key Specifications

Number of occupants
   

5

Powertrain
   

Motor
   

Max. output
   

130 kW/4,501-9,028 rpm [Max rpm: 13,000 rpm]

Max. torque
   

300 N・m/0-3,500 rpm

Type
   

AC synchronous motor

Fuel cell stack
   

Max. output
   

103 kW

Type
   

Polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC)

Drive battery
   

Type
   

Lithium-ion battery

Fuel/tank
   

Fuel type
   

compressed hydrogen

Tank capacity
   

141 L (front: 24 L/ rear: 117 L)

Nominal pressure
   

70 MPa

Vehicle size (length x width x height)
   

4,915 mm x 1,875 mm x 1,480 mm

Vehicle weight
   

1,890 kg

Price including consumption tax*6 (for reference)
   

7,660,000 yen

○Body color (total 3 colors)

‐Premium Brilliant Garnet Metallic (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray)

‐White Orchid Pearl (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray)

‐Crystal Black Pearl (Interior color: Platinum Gray)

 
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Honda announces series production of 2017 NSX to commence in April 2016

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    Performance Manufacturing Centre is exclusive global production hub for Honda NSX
    Series production due to commence in April 2016
    World-class facility combines innovative technologies with next-generation craftsmanship

 

Honda’s new Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio will begin series production of the next-generation Honda NSX supercar in late April 2016. Deliveries for European customers are due to start in autumn 2016.

 

The Performance Manufacturing Centre is the exclusive newly-built global manufacturing facility for the all-new NSX. Conceived to innovate both the means and the methods of producing low-volume specialty vehicles, the PMC meets the challenges of combining next-generation craftsmanship and quality through fresh approaches to vehicle construction, paint, assembly and quality confirmation.

 

The NSX is constructed entirely in-house at the PMC, which was a clean-sheet development designed around the NSX’s unique multi-material body and aluminium-intensive spaceframe.

 

“All of the innovative thinking and hard work that has gone into the creation of this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has fulfilled our goal to build a supercar in America,” said Clement D’ Souza, the engineering large project leader of the PMC, who managed the creation of the facility. “The incredible passion and challenging spirit of our highly skilled associates is readily seen in the world-class quality and incredible dynamic performance of this next generation Honda NSX supercar.”

 

The PMC employs approximately 100 associates who support or are directly engaged in body construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation. These craftspeople work together with advanced robotics to build the NSX to the highest levels of quality and craftsmanship.

 

The combination of human craftsmanship and technological innovation in the NSX manufacturing process has led to the application for 12 U.S. patents.

 

Precision robotic weld technology

The aluminium-intensive spaceframe is created with 100 percent robotic MIG welding, the first time this technique has been used in the automotive industry. Eight weld robots apply 860 MIG welds to the spaceframe, ensuring precise and repeatable welds, resulting in a highly accurate body assembly process. 360-degree-rotating rotisserie-style body fixtures aid precision by turning the body during the process to provide optimal access for the robotic weld arms.

 

Zirconium pre-treatment

The spaceframe undergoes an etching process prior to application of corrosion-resistant primer using a zirconium-based material. While instrumental for world-class quality, the use of zirconium also reduces environmental waste in the painting process.

 

Rotisserie-style sealer application

The use of two rotisseries in the body sealing application process – in which the spaceframe is loaded onto the mechanism, elevated and rotated 360 degrees – provides for more precise application of sealer and improved ergonomics for technicians. The rotisserie is also employed in an industry first application, in that it allows for one-sided attachment of the spaceframe for more efficient loading and unloading. The design is patent-pending.

 

Ablation casting

A first-ever application of new casting technology in the automotive industry, ablation casting is utilised for the creation of six nodes with the spaceframe, serving as rigid suspension and powertrain mounting points and as critical elements of the crash structure. The ablation cast nodes are produced at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, where the V6 engine is also assembled.

 

In-line quality confirmation

Highly skilled weld technicians visually inspect and accurately measure each part at every stage of the welding process. This practice validates the quality, precision and dimensional accuracy of the spaceframe, which is critical for both the dynamic performance of the vehicle and precise fitment of its powertrain, suspension, body panels and other components.

 

 

All-glass quality confirmation hub

A ‘total quality’ approach to the production process is evident not only in the mindset of every technician, but also in the design of the facility. The PMC features a glass-enclosed quality confirmation hub that is centrally located within the plant. This allows technicians from every department to monitor all aspects of a vehicle as it moves through each stage of the production process.

 

World-class craftsmanship

Throughout assembly, hand craftsmanship complements the advanced robotic processes. Manufacturing technicians spend over 14 hours assembling the powertrain, suspension, electronics, interior components and exterior body panels. Advanced visual operations standards aid technicians in ensuring that each process is performed to established requirements.

 

Every bolt is hand started by a technician and tightened to exact tolerances using wirelessly enabled torque wrenches. This technology allows for the recording of torque settings for every bolt on every car, further ensuring quality in the assembly process.

 

Unlike cars with a conventional unibody construction – where exterior panels are attached in welding – the NSX utilises a spaceframe design, which requires the exterior body panels to be the last parts fitted. This enables these exterior panels to be installed with high levels of precision, achieving superior quality of fitment.

 

World-class exterior finish

Along with extensive substrate preparation and polishing processes, each NSX has up to 11 coats of primer and paint applied, resulting in a high-quality surface finish unmatched in the class.

 

Dynamic performance confirmation

Drawing from Honda’s extensive competition expertise, the NSX undergoes a rigorous pre-delivery dynamic performance confirmation process. This rigorous regime includes a detailed 45-minute wheel alignment process, four-corner weight and ride height check and precision measurements of brake performance at all four wheels, along with other critical performance quality checks. Half of the 12 U.S. patent applications relate to the unique processes created in this area.

 

Twin-turbocharged V6 engine

The bespoke twin-turbocharged V6 engine with dry sump lubrication is meticulously hand assembled by a small group of master technicians at the company’s engine plant in nearby Anna, Ohio. Each engine takes over six hours to assemble by hand using techniques and processes benchmarked against the company’s world-class race engineering programmes to ensure the highest possible quality and performance standards are achieved. Every component is assembled by hand, for example, and each of the 547 bolts is manually tightened to precise torque tolerances.

 

Once fully assembled, each NSX engine is machine balanced, bench tested and run-in to the equivalent of 150 miles of service to ensure that every NSX is track-ready upon delivery to the owner.

 

 

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Honda delivers first Clarity Fuel Cell to Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry


    Honda President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, delivers first Clarity Fuel Cell to Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
    Contributes to the realisation of a hydrogen society

 

Honda has made its first delivery of Clarity Fuel Cell to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Honda’s president and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, delivered the keys to Mr Tsuyoshi Hoshino, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry at a ceremony held at the METI offices.

 

Mr. Hoshino commented, “When I got behind the wheel of the Clarity Fuel Cell for the first time today, I felt Honda’s strong passion toward the realisation of a hydrogen society. For the popularisation of FCVs and hydrogen stations, which will be the key to the realisation of a hydrogen society, METI will continue to pursue the joint effort of the public-private partnership by facilitating closer collaboration with automakers such as Honda, along with hydrogen station operators and other stakeholders.”

 

Mr. Hachigo also commented, “It is our pleasure to deliver the first unit of our Clarity Fuel Cell to the METI as part of the integrated public and private efforts to realise a hydrogen society. Honda will contribute to the realisation of this hydrogen society by further development of our technologies and offering highly attractive FCVs to our customers at more affordable prices.”

 

In Europe the Clarity Fuel Cell will be available in limited numbers through the HyFIVE project in UK and Denmark from September 2016. This first step in commercialisation fuel cell technology in Europe will provide valuable data on real-world customer usage and expectations.

 

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Honda News Round Up - March 2016

EUROPE

 
Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype at Geneva Motor Show 2016

Honda unveil Civic Hatchback Prototype at Geneva Motor Show

The Civic Hatchback Prototype received its global premiere at Geneva Motor Show, previewing the exterior design of the forthcoming tenth generation Civic hatchback , scheduled for a European launch in early 2017.

The prototype promises provocative design, assertive dynamics and a range of all-new turbo petrol engines, aimed at the core of the European compact segment. Produced at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), the car will be exported to global markets, including the US.

Details of two further European product launches in 2016 were also confirmed at the show. Following the announcement of US pricing details at Detroit Motor Show in January, European pricing for NSX will start from around €180,000 and deliveries will commence from autumn.

The Clarity Fuel Cell was also made its European debut and is the world’s first production fuel cell saloon to house the entire powertrain under the bonnet. To read more about what was on display at Geneva Motor Show, click here. To watch the full press conference, click here.

Honda UK and Ariel renew engine supply deal

UK based performance sports car manufacturer Ariel Motor Company has renewed an exclusive engine supply deal with Honda for its Atom and Nomad ranges. It comes as the 1,500th Honda-powered Ariel in 16 years rolled out of the factory. The Ariel Atom is powered by the supercharged Civic Type R engine, delivering a scorching 350bhp and top speed of more than 155mph. The new off-road Nomad is powered by the Civic 2.4 unit available in North America.

Ariel’s founder Simon Saunders comments: “Switching to Honda engines is one of the best decisions that we’ve ever made. It’s a brand that can’t be matched for performance and bulletproof reliability and we’re delighted that this success is set to continue well into the future.”

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Honda Jazz awarded Safest Small Car by ÖAMTC

The Honda jazz has been awarded the “Marcus 2016” for the Safest Small Car by Austrian Car drivers association ÖAMTC. The car is assessed by an expert jury on 30 safety criteria with a focus on safety features included on the base grade of a model. The Jazz is the only car from a Japanese manufacturer to win in 2016.

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ASIA

ASIMO to Welcome Visitors Arriving at Narita International Airport

Travellers through Tokyo’s Narita International Airport will be greeted by ASIMO, Honda’s bipedal humanoid robot, from the end of March to early April. This will be the first time an event of this kind has been held at any airport in Japan prior to immigration checks and formal entry to the country.

ASIMO will demonstrate multiple actions such as dancing and kicking a football , as well as introduce various services available at the Narita International Airport for travellers. Honda’s personal mobility device, the UNI-CUB β will be used by hosts to escort travellers to the demonstration area.

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Honda Vietnam Celebrates the 20th Anniversary

Honda Vietnam celebrated their 20th year in operation this month as a manufacturer and distributor of automobiles and motorcycles in Vietnam. The occasion was marked with a ceremony in Hanoi which marked an important milestone for Honda Vietnam’s business activities and long term commitment to sales growth in Vietnam.

To celebrate the important milestone, at the ceremony, Honda Vietnam handed over 243 Honda motorcycles to the Vietnamese Police authorities for use in their daily operations. Meanwhile, Honda Vietnam received a Certificate of Merit from the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) for its continued dedication to ensuring road safety, as well as a Government Award Flag signed by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on behalf of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for the company’s excellence.

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Hitachi and Honda develop portable breathalyser for vehicle smart keys

Honda and Hitachi have successfully developed a prototype of a portable alcohol detector capable of distinguishing human breath from alternative gases and can be integrated into a vehicle’s smart key. The two companies also developed a system that can show the alcohol level measured by the detector on a vehicle’s display panel. The system can activate an ignition interlock to stop a vehicle from starting when it detects that the driver is under the influence of alcohol. Unlike other ignition interlocks, this device can be used anywhere prior to entering the vehicle, therefore reducing the temptation to drive.

 Hitachi and Honda are aiming to commercialise the technology through effectively collecting data from future validation tests.

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NORTH AMERICA

 Civic Hatchback Prototype makes North American debut at New York International Auto Show

Following its Global debut at Geneva Motor Show, The Civic Hatchback Prototype made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show. The prototype precedes the return of Honda’s compact hatchback to the North American market.

 To read more on the Civic Hatchback click here

 
Civic Coupe in Red Bull Global Rallycross racecar livery

Honda also debuted the 2016 Civic Coupe Racing livery which will compete in the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross series. Driving the car for Team Honda are experienced competitors and former teammates Sebastian Eriksson from Sweden and Joni Wiman from Finland.

For the full story on the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, click here

Also announced at the show were the headline acts for the Honda Civic tour. Multi-platinum selling music artists, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas will be touring the US this summer as part of the 15th anniversary of the tour. Continuing in Honda Civic Tour tradition and starting today through February 2017, fans in the US will be able to enter to win a brand new 2016 Honda Civic Sedan designed and autographed by Demi Lovato or, a Honda Grom motorcycle customized and autographed by Nick Jonas.

For more information on the Civic Tour, click here.

Thrillist, JackThreads and Honda Team Up to Create Exclusive HT3 Driving Shoe

Thrillist, JackThreads and Honda have collaborated on an exclusive limited edition HT3 Driving Shoe (MSRP: $100) that goes on sale today, available exclusively on JackThreads.com. The trainer is inspired by the all-new 2016 Honda Civic, and pays tribute to the three core aspects of Honda design that influenced its sporty and dynamic styling – high touch, high tension and high tech. The smooth lines of the Civic exterior inspired the clean lines of the shoe. To cover the laces, JackThreads developed a suede shroud that fastens into place, and when uncovered, reveals the Civic logo.

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HONDA SETS THE PACE ACROSS EUROPE

    Honda’s first quarter registration figures make it one of the fastest growing mainstream car brands in Europe
    Total sales of 49,836 units to the end of March secures 28.1 per cent growth compared to same period in 2015
    Strong demand driven by refreshed Civic and CR-V ranges and the introduction of all-new HR-V and Jazz
    Strong growth rates across main European markets including Italy (+108%), Germany (+41.2%) and Spain (+34.5%)

Following a full refresh of its car range Honda has sprinted out of the blocks in early 2016, making it one of the fastest growing mainstream car brands in Europe.

Honda recorded total sales in EU and EFTA countries of 49,836 units*, an increase of 28.1 per cent compared to 2015. This performance was driven by the reintroduction of the HR-V crossover, delivering 9,631** registrations. Meanwhile, the Jazz supermini saw a 9.3** per cent increase in registrations compared to the same period in 2015.

All five of the main car markets in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) saw sales increase for the Honda brand. Italy was a particular highlight with an astonishing 108 per cent increase**, driven by demand across the whole Honda car range.

Jean-Marc Streng General Manager Automobile Division, Honda Motor Europe, commented, “This excellent start to the year is testament to how well our new range has met the needs and desires of customers. What is even more encouraging is the high level of demand from customers new to the Honda brand. We start the new fiscal year with a significant customer order bank giving us confidence to reach our aims.”

 

Official sales figures, March YTD (provided by ACEA)

Honda Europe (excl. Russia, Turkey and Ukraine)
   

49,836
   

+28.1%

 

Honda sales by major European market March YTD (Internal Honda registration data)

UK
   

19,742
   

+14.7%

Germany
   

8,582
   

+41.2%

France
   

2,158
   

+24.7%

Italy
   

2,447
   

+108.8%

Spain
   

2,515
   

+34.5%

 

ENDS

* Data provided by ACEA ( http://www.acea.be/uploads/press_releases_files/20160415_PRPC_1603_FINAL.PDF )

** Internal Honda registration data

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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #53 : Mai 12, 2016, 05:44:14 a.m. »
Honda Europe - Honda News Round Up - April 2016

http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/73237/honda-news-round-up-april-2016?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_1022&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu

EUROPE


Honda to be the official sponsor and supplier of support cars at the 99th Giro d’Italia

Honda Motor Europe Italy has been announced as the official sponsor and supplier of support cars for the 99th Giro d’Italia. Honda will supply 126 vehicles including the new HR-V, CR-V and Civic Tourer. Chosen for their high performing and efficient engines combined with exceptional interior space, the cars will serve as race support cars, chauffeuring VIPs and athletes along the 3,383 kilometres race course.The route will finish in Turin on the 29th May.

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Honda’s full range on display at Madrid Motor Show

Honda will display their full car range at Madrid’s International Motor Show from May 10-16.

Interested customers will also have the chance to test drive the range visiting the Exterior Pavilion 4.

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ASIA

 
Honda Exhibits World Premiere of All-New Avancier SUV at the 14th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition

 

Honda exhibits new Avancier SUV at Beijing International Automotive Exhibition

The all-new Avancier was developed as Honda’s new flagship SUV model in China, designed to provide a spacious cabin and high-quality driving experience. In a first for Honda in China, Avancier is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo engine, similar to that specified in the Civic Type R.. The Avancier is also equipped with the Honda SENSING™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies.

The Avancier will go on sale before the end of year in China.

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Honda’s ARC Line assembly line to be introduced at new Automobile plant in Thailand

Honda has developed an innovative new approach to vehicle production, the ARC line. The first example of this setup has been introduced at Honda’s new Prachinburi Plant in Thailand, recently opened in March.

The ARC line differs from a traditional linear production line in that production associates board a ‘cell’ carrying the vehicle, and work on multiple processes as it moves along the line. Once the associates have finished their processes at the end of the line, they disembark the cell and move back to the beginning of the line to board again. Associates take charge of up to five times more processes than in a traditional line, improving workforce efficiency. The architecture of the line also negates the need for expensive and inflexible fixed units, meaning that production levels can be quickly and easily expanded or reduced to meet vehicle demand. For more information, click here.

 

 

NORTH AMERICA

New Honda #PhoneDownEyesUp Social Campaign Targets Distracted Driving

Honda is encouraging safer driving habits through a new social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp in support of Distracted Driving Awareness month in April. Since distracted driving is a form of multitasking, Honda is launching a new social media video series demonstrating the difficulty and danger in trying to do two things at once. The campaign features six 20 second videos and shows how difficult it is to try and text while participating in everyday activities such as gardening or working out.

“Honda is deeply committed to enhancing the safety of everyone on the road, so it's imperative that we encourage everyone to stay focused, and remind them about the dangers of texting and other potential distractions while behind the wheel," said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Honda

You can watch the videos on the Honda US Youtube account here and read more on this story here

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« Răspuns #54 : Iunie 12, 2016, 07:18:30 a.m. »
Unique power unit and body innovations promise ‘Instant response’ for Honda NSX drivers:

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    ‘Instant response’ concept gives NSX a driver-focused experience
    Advanced power unit technologies deliver instant response performance
    Multi-material body provides class-leading rigidity for instant translation of inputs

 

A holistic approach to vehicle design, technology and manufacturing for the new Honda NSX has resulted in a supercar that faithfully translates the inputs of the driver with unprecedented fidelity and ‘instant response‘ – qualities that together define the New Sports eXperience. The new NSX challenges prevailing beliefs about supercars, just as the first generation NSX did so comprehensively over a quarter of a century ago.

 

Advanced design and engineering fundamentals combine with advanced technologies to allow the NSX to respond directly to the driver’s demands, whether accelerating, braking or turning, delivering a vivid and intuitive driving experience. Of greatest significance are the most sophisticated and advanced power unit in the supercar segment, active all-wheel drive, a bespoke nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, and an ultra-rigid chassis.

 

“Our engineers explored new technologies to create a car that redefines supercar performance, delivering a vivid and intuitive experience that places the driver at its centre,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX. “As a result, the NSX epitomises the new sports experience, delivering class-leading performance with instant acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics."

 

Most advanced power unit in the supercar segment

 

Foremost among its many innovations is Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), a first-of-its-kind technology in the supercar arena. The combination of technologies incorporated within the NSX’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit delivers virtually zero-delay performance. At the heart of the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine, mated to an all-new nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and a Direct Drive Motor. This is augmented by the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU), which provides independant drive force to each front wheel meaning the NSX benefits from active all-wheel drive.

 

The new nine-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (9DCT) produces almost instantaneous gear changes with the Twin Motor Unit maintaining drive during the shift to create a direct and seamless shift quality.

 

In order to provide instant throttle response, the Direct Drive Motor acts directly on the engine’s crankshaft. Working in unison with the engine via a sophisticated algorithm, the direct drive motor contributes to a direct, linear, and continuous acceleration performance that is unmatched in its class.

 

The TMU contributes significantly to the NSX’s amazing traction, supports regenerative braking, and “pro-actively” generates a yaw moment in support of steering inputs through Honda’s Direct Yaw Control.

 

From a standing start, the TMU provides instant torque as well as all-wheel drive traction, enabling direct and controlled acceleration. When braking into a corner, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD uses the TMU to decelerate, working in conjunction with the NSX’s mechanical brakes, while Direct Yaw Control delivers immediate and precise turn-in performance. When exiting a corner, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD enables the throttle to be applied earlier and with more confidence.

 

The use of these systems together conveys the sensation that the car is anticipating the driver’s inputs. The system is able to elevate the driver’s confidence and their perceived driving capabilities, thus maximising the NSX’s man/machine performance and dynamic enjoyment.

 

The character of the NSX’s dynamic performance can be tailored to the driver’s preference via the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS). Four selectable dynamic modes – Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track – unlock a wide range of new experiences by adjusting the vehicle’s dynamic responses , including the steering, brakes , throttle, active dampers, intake and exhaust sound and notably the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit.

 

Body structure innovations enhance torsional rigidity

 

Honda’s engineers were challenged with creating a structure that provides the optimal platform for its advanced power unit. They employed world-first engineering and production techniques for the multi-material body to provide class-leading structural rigidity that supports the dynamic handling of the car, and to meet targets for driver visibility, crash safety performance, durability and reliability.

 

For example, ablation cast aluminium frame nodes enable shorter front and rear overhangs, and reduced mass while providing superior collision performance. Meanwhile, three-dimensional bent and quenched frame members create thin yet strong A-pillars that maximise forward visibility while meeting structural demands, including roof-crush requirements.

 

The result is a body with more than twice the rigidity of the nearest class competitor in both dynamic and static torsional stiffness. Adding this to the power unit innovations provides the driver with a package that interprets inputs into vehicle responses with incredible fidelity and enhances the confidence of the driver. The rigid chassis working in conjunction with the advanced power unit- translates the driver inputs (steer, brake, and throttle) with incredible precision and fidelity- enhancing driver confidence and delivering a new sports experience.

 

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http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/74118/honda-news-round-up-may-2016?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_1087&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu


Honda News Round Up - May 2016


EUROPE

 
2015 Honda Civic Type R

 

Civic Type R Named Most Popular Performance Car at Honest John Awards

The Honda Civic Type R has been named the most popular performance car at the Honest John awards. Instead of the award being judged by a panel, the award is given to the cars and vans most searched on the website.

Phil Webb, head of cars at Honda UK, commented: “The latest incarnation of the Civic Type R continues to win awards but this award means more as it is simply down to the mass appeal of the car and the number of people searching for it on the Honest John website.”

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Honda announce plans for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Visitors to this year’s festival of speed will be wowed by Honda as they showcase two very different displays of power, both of which have never been seen before at Goodwood.

The latest incarnation of the Honda NSX will take on the hill climb which will be skilfully demonstrated by a select number of special Honda drivers.

In the forest rally stage, the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will demonstrate its off-road credentials and will become the first motorcycle to ever grace the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage. The Honda machine will be ridden by four-time motorcross world champion, Dave Thorpe.

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Honda Motor Europe Italy delivers HR-V to Godmother of Giro d’Italia

During the 99th Giro d’Italy, Honda Italy presented a Honda HR-V to TV presenter, Giorgia Palmas. The car was delivered in conjunction with the fourteenth stage of the race, Alpago-Corvara. Commenting on her new car, Giorgia Palmas said “HR-V is beautiful to see and will definitely be able to meet all my needs. I've always been fascinated by the appeal of Honda cars and this is the perfect opportunity to drive one. I have high expectations! "

Honda Motor Europe Italy was the official sponsor and car for the annual sporting event with 126 vehicles involved to follow the Corsa Rosa.

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Honda Tops Reliability Ranking in Survey of 29 Automotive Brands

Honda has secured first place in a quality survey conducted by German magazine, Auto Zeitung. Over 39,000 people took part in the survey with over 12,500 reports on cars with an initial registration between 2010 and 2015 were analysed. Data was compiled covering 29 brands with Honda securing the top spot with a quality index of 109.6 percent. The end result meant Honda had beat Porsche and Toyota to go up one place from their 2015 standings.

 

ASIA

 
Automated Drive at the G7 Summit

 

Honda supplies Clarity Fuel Cell and Autonomous development vehicle for G7 Ise-Shima Summit

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. provided the Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda’s fuel cell vehicle and Automated Drive, an autonomous development vehicle for the Group of 7 (G7) Summit 2016 Japan in Ise-Shima held on the 26th and 27th May 2016. The vehicles were provided to support the Japanese government’s plans to showcase the innovations in Japan. There was an opportunity for ministers to test drive and experience the advanced vehicles at the series of Ministers’ Meeting held prior to the G7 summit.

Honda also exhibited the personal mobility device, the UNI-CUB and the Honda walking assist device, an assistive device for use in the training of walking.

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Honda holds opening ceremony for new Auto Plant in Thailand

Honda Automobile Thailand held the opening ceremony for its new plant located in the Prachinburi province. The all-new plant is equipped with Honda’s highly efficient and environmentally-responsible production technologies. This should serve to enhance Honda’s capability to deliver quality products for customers in Thailand and worldwide.

The Prachinburi plant started mass production with the all-new Honda Civic in March 2016. The plant plans to produce sub-compact and compact models in the future to further enhance its competitiveness for the domestic market and the export.

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NORTH AMERICA

All-New 2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup Truck begins mass production in Alabama

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) celebrated last month as it began the mass production of the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. HMA, which has more than 1,500 associates, is the exclusive manufacturer of the Ridgeline. The Ridgeline will set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in the midsize pickup segment.

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Honda Civic debuts with podium finish in Global Rallycross Series

Olsbergs MSE, with driver Sebastian Eriksson, scored Honda its first podium finish in The Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe's first weekend of competition.

Eriksson managed to hold off Patrik Sandell to finish third in round two. The podium finish means Honda are tied in second place with the Red Bull GRC’s season long manufacturer’s championship.

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Honda Civic Type R sets new benchmarks at five legendary European race circuits

    Honda announces new benchmark times set by Civic Type R at five legendary European circuits
    Lap times achieved in standard production car with no mechanical modifications
    Benchmarks set at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril and Hungaroring
    Stars of Honda’s WTCC and BTCC squad pilot Type R throughout five circuit campaign

 

Honda’s ‘race car for the road’ Civic Type R has crisscrossed Europe in an effort to set new benchmarks for front wheel drive production cars at five legendary circuits across Europe.

 

Inspired by the Civic Type R which smashed the front wheel drive lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in May 2014, the Honda team developed this European challenge to assert Type R as the leading front wheel drive performance hatchback.

 

The campaign started on a rain soaked day in April at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix. Three-time British Touring Car Championship winner Matt Neal took the wheel to set a time of 2 minutes 44.45 seconds. Not content with this time, Matt and the team returned to the circuit later in the month to set a dry lap time of 2 minutes 31.85 seconds.

 

In early May, attention shifted to the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The track, beloved by racers of all nationalities and featuring the famous Eau Rouge section, was taken on by Honda Racing new boy Rob Huff. Huff set a blistering time of 2 minutes 56.91 seconds.

 

With two attempts successfully completed, Italy’s historic Monza circuit was the next target. Another member of Honda’s WTCC squad, Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz, took the wheel and piloted the car around the famous Parabolica to return a time of 2 minutes 15.16 seconds.

 

Momentum was building towards the final session at the Hungaroring, but first a trip to historic Estoril with Tiago Monteiro taking the reins on home turf. However, a nasty crash at the WTCC Race of Germany put the Honda ace out of action. Fellow Portuguese racer and WTCC safety car driver Bruno Correia was drafted in at 24 hours notice. With just one day in the car, Bruno posted a time of 2 minutes 4.08 seconds.

 

Finally, the team arrived at the last session in Hungary on 6th June. The perfect driver for this mission was once again Norbert Michelisz, following his race win here in 2015 while racing a WTCC Civic Type R for independents Zengõ Motorsport. Over two days, Norbert pushed his production Type R to the limit to set a benchmark of 2 minutes 10.85 seconds and wrap up the five circuit effort.

 

Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, commented, “This challenge secures Civic Type R’s position as the benchmark in the front wheel drive performance segment. With the support of our touring car stars, it is a fitting testament to the team who engineered and designed it as the ultimate race car for the road.”

 

Honda Civic Type R

At its launch a year ago, the Honda Civic Type R represented the start of a new performance era for Honda; drawing on the brand’s racing DNA to deliver the pinnacle of the Civic line-up.

 

A crucial part of a wave of next-generation vehicles from Honda – which will continue this summer with the launch of the all-new NSX – the Type R is a fundamental demonstration of the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation.

 

The Civic Type R boasts a world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies. Together, these features deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences in any sector.

 

 

Civic Type R benchmark times

Date
   

Circuit
   

Lap time
   

Driver

4 April 2016
   

Silverstone (Grand Prix Circuit), UK
   

2’44.45(wet)
   

Matt Neal (GBR)

26 April 2016
   

Silverstone (Grand Prix Circuit), UK
   

2’31.85 (dry)
   

Matt Neal (GBR)

10 May 2016
   

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
   

2’56.91
   

Rob Huff
(GBR)

23 May 2016
   

Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Grand Prix Circuit), Italy
   

2’15.16
   

Norbert Michelisz
(HUN)

31 May 2016
   

Autódromo do Estoril, Portugal
   

2’04.08
   

Bruno Correia (POR)

6 June 2016
   

Hungaroring, Hungary
   

2’10.85
   

Norbert Michelisz
(HUN)

 

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http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/73770/choose-honda-if-you-love-your-bike-honda-launches-in-car-bicycle-rack-for-civic-tourer?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_1106&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu


Choose Honda if you love your bike! Honda launches in-car bicycle rack for Civic Tourer


    Unique ‘in-car’ design transports bicycle in Civic Tourer’s load bay
    Improves security, safety and fuel efficiency compared to conventional racks
    Public debut of the new bicycle rack scheduled for 99th Giro d’Italia this month
    Available from October 2016 through selected Honda dealers

 

Inspired by the positive reception across Europe to the Civic Tourer ‘Active Life Concept’ at 2015, Frankfurt Motor Show Honda is set to launch new bicycle transport system. The new system is an innovative ‘In-car Bicycle Rack’, which enables the transport of up to two full-size bicycles within the load bay, and improves security, safety and fuel efficiency compared to a roof- or rear-mounted rack.

 

In the months following Frankfurt, then president of Honda Motor Europe, Toshiaki Mikoshiba challenged Honda’s R&D and accessories teams to make the concept a reality. The system is designed for riders of racing bicycles in particular, presenting a convenient storage solution for the frame and demounted front wheel, giving owners added security and protection against the weather. The in-car design also ensures Civic Tourer retains the exceptional fuel economy that helped the car secure a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title last year*.

 

The in-car bicycle rack makes full use of the Civic Tourer’s class-leading load space and unique centre fuel tank layout. An aluminium rail is mounted in the deep boot well. Sliding brackets are attached to the rail, which feature a T-bar for the bicycle’s front fork to slot onto. The rear wheel rests on the back of the folded-down rear seat, while tall uprights at each edge of the rail have a slot to secure the front wheel hub. A fixing belt secures the bicycle frame using the existing integrated load bay lashing rings.

 

This flexible system means that different combinations of passengers and bicycles can be accommodated. A driver and passenger can sit up front with two full-size bicycles securely mounted behind them; alternatively, just 40% of the rear bench seat can be folded down, mounting one bicycle in the load bay, and allowing space in the back seats for an additional passenger, plus luggage.

 

The In-Car Bicycle Rack can be combined with existing Honda accessories, such as the boot lip protector, boot side net and roof cross bars, to make an even more versatile car that suits an active lifestyle.

 

The unique bicycle rack had its public debut at the 99th Giro d’Italia, for which Honda is the official sponsor and supplier of support cars. Riders on the event complete a gruelling 3,383-kilometre race course that finished in Turin on 29 May.

 

Honda’s innovative In-Car Bicycle Rack will be available through selected dealers from October 2016.

 

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* In June 2015, Honda set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for ‘Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)’, recording an average 2.82 litres per 100km (100.31 mpg) over 13,498 km (8,387 miles), in a 25 day drive across all 24 EU contiguous countries driving the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC.
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« Răspuns #57 : Iulie 03, 2016, 06:21:15 a.m. »
http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/74892/2017-honda-nsx?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_1123&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu

2017 Honda NSX    salut'

 

1. New Honda NSX - Bringing a ‘New Sports eXperience’ to the supercar segment

 

    Honda melds timeless sports car values with next-generation technologies to create a New Sports eXperience
    Human-centred supercar development places an uncompromising focus on the driver
    The most intuitive and advanced sports hybrid power unit in the supercar segment
    Innovative new multi-material body with world-first material applications and construction processes allows lighter weight with increased strength
    Dynamic exterior design integrates supercar aesthetics with supercar performance

 

Specifically created to bring a ‘New Sports eXperience’ to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges prevailing beliefs about supercars, just as the first generation NSX did so comprehensively over a quarter of a century ago.

 

When the original Honda NSX made its debut in 1989, it forever changed the supercar segment by offering dramatic supercar styling, performance and dynamics and breaking new ground in terms of quality, ergonomics and usability.

 

By making use of advanced new technologies, such as a lightweight yet rigid all-aluminium monocoque body and chassis, mated to a mid-mounted transverse V6 engine, the original NSX challenged conventional supercar wisdom. Its high-revving engine featured a number of innovative production technologies, including forged pistons, titanium connecting rods and VTEC valve train.

 

Moreover, the NSX sought a more intimate connection between driver, car and the road, pursued through essential design elements – low vehicle mass, high power-to-weight ratio, a rigid body supporting a performance-focused chassis, outstanding visibility, exceptional ergonomics and accessible performance. The result was a paradigm-challenging definition of a supercar.

 

Importantly, the first generation NSX also exemplified Honda’s high standards of quality, durability and day-to-day usability, without compromising performance – something rarely found in supercars of the day.

 

Respecting the core characteristics and differentiators of the original NSX, the new Honda NSX pursues an altogether new and revolutionary idea for Honda supercar performance, melding timeless sports car values with next-generation technologies to create a New Sports eXperience. Just as Honda’s precision crafted performance DNA guided the creation of the original NSX, every aspect of this new design is accordingly a next-generation expression of those same values.

 

As a twenty-first century ‘human-centred supercar’ and the ultimate representation of Honda performance and prestige, the all-new NSX is the product of nearly four years of intensive effort by a global design and engineering team. Based on the man-machine synergy approach that guides the development of all Honda vehicles, the company created a driver-centred supercar in which every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car – the driver.

 

Foremost among its many innovations is Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), a first-of-its-kind technology in the supercar arena. By combining this new interpretation of Honda Super Handling performance with innovative approaches to vehicle design – including advanced body construction, component packaging and aerodynamic optimisation – the NSX faithfully translates the acceleration, steering and braking inputs of the driver with incredible fidelity and with instant response. It amplifies the capabilities of every driver, and greatly elevates the dynamic experience in every driving situation.

 

Through Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, the NSX is the world’s first supercar to utilise hybrid electric motors to enhance and elevate every element of its dynamic performance: acceleration, braking and cornering. With electrically powered torque vectoring provided by the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit, the NSX takes Honda Super Handling All-Wheel Drive technology to a new level – using the dynamic, instantaneous and continuous distribution of electric motor torque to enhance the precision of handling and cornering performance in all driving situations.

 

The revolutionary NSX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit and its advanced dynamic capabilities are supported by new concepts in supercar design and body construction. The NSX’s multi-material spaceframe is a clean-sheet design, utilising a multitude of materials and joining technologies, each chosen for its unique capabilities to deliver unrivalled body rigidity in combination with low mass, outstanding visibility and class-leading occupant and crash protection. The NSX’s multi-material body integrates several world-first technologies, including three-dimensionally-bent ultra-high-strength steel A-pillars and ablation-cast aluminium frame nodes.

 

Likewise, the design and packaging of the Sport Hybrid power unit’s components – engine, transmission, motors, batteries and control systems – are optimised to support and enhance its dynamic capabilities by lowering the centre of gravity and centralising the mass within the car.

 

The new NSX is Honda’s flagship model and the ultimate expression – in series production form – of Honda’s vision for sporty and advanced vehicles. With first deliveries to European customers expected in autumn 2016, the NSX represents a critical step in re-establishing the Honda’s passion for performance enabled by advanced technologies.


 

2. Dynamic exterior design integrates supercar aesthetics with supercar performance

 

    Exterior design shaped by concept of total airflow management
    Maximum energy is harnessed from the airflow
    Carefully balanced downforce produces minimum drag
    Effective and highly efficient thermal management

 

“The idea that form follows function is fundamental to Honda design. This philosophy is interwoven in the core of NSX, which is why our exterior concept is called ‘Interwoven Dynamic’,” said Michelle Christensen, exterior design project leader in the Los Angeles-based Honda Design Studio. “The NSX is a visual expression of beautiful design and performance working together, influencing every decision we made – every surface, every millimetre, every design element of the new NSX is focused on enhancing performance.”

 

The exterior design of the all-new NSX reflects the integration of supercar aesthetics and exceptional supercar performance. The ‘Interwoven Dynamic’ overarching design theme for the exterior architecture epitomises the concept of form following function, as every character line, body panel shape or crease, air flow inlet and outlet, and even the vehicle’s overall proportions have been designed to create a New Sports eXperience. Accordingly, each aspect of the NSX’s exterior architecture has been optimised to support the dynamic capabilities of the NSX while advancing Honda design into the future.

 

Every element of the NSX’s exterior serves a distinct purpose, one that has been carefully calculated through thousands of hours of complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in combination with extensive wind tunnel testing of 40 percent-scale and full-size models in the company’s advanced testing facilities in the United States and in Japan.

 

The acutely angled slope of the sculpted aluminium bonnet combines with the rakishly shaped LED headlights and tapered front grille to create an aggressive interpretation of Honda’s now-familiar family face. The distinctive multi-LED headlights are bisected by enlarged mesh-covered air inlets, while the front wings are accentuated by a sharply creased character line running all the way from the grille to the slender A-pillars.

 

Remarkably compact overhangs, front and rear, embody the exemplary packaging of mechanical and electrical components, while the sleek yet muscular overall stance conveys a sense of purpose and power. The bonnet line, roofline, floating C-pillars and rear quarter appear as one distinctive and unified curve. The large yet lightweight high-performance wheel and tyre package fits within the wheel arches with minimal gaps to highlight the taut proportions.

 

The rear of the vehicle is equally striking, emphasised by the signature floating C-pillars, which cascade gently from the roofline to forward of the integrated spoiler at the tailing edge of the rear deck, flanking an expansive glass panel that reveals the twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

 

Further accentuating the exterior architecture of the new NSX are a choice of eight paint schemes, each carefully selected to accentuate the exterior’s bold design while achieving the highest levels of paint quality within the supercar segment.

 

Total Airflow Management

To support the NSX’s ambitious performance targets, innovative packaging design and dramatic styling, Honda’s engineers completely reimagined the exterior engineering for this modern supercar so that maximum energy is extracted from the flow of air around and through the NSX with the highest efficiency.

 

This ‘total airflow management’ strategy supports complete power unit cooling and air intake, brake system cooling, and aerodynamic performance – drag and downforce – to an advanced level, offering unprecedented balance and confidence to enhance the driving experience.

 

There are seven different primary heat sources – the 3.5-litre V6 engine, two turbochargers, the nine-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the Power Distribution Unit and the two motors within the Twin Motor Unit. To provide efficient cooling to each of these elements, airflow is managed through 10 different heat exchangers.

 

Openings at the front of the vehicle supply cooling airflow across the key heat exchangers located within the front section – front engine radiators, twin motor unit cooler, condenser, transmission gear cooler and hybrid Power Distribution Unit.

 

The airflow follows carefully optimised exit paths, which take into consideration total airflow, maximum downforce and a low coefficient of drag. The total airflow management approach results in a further consideration: exiting air is specifically manipulated to achieve a downstream flow pattern to feed the mid-engine air inlets.

 

Vents specifically positioned to reduce turbulence and aerodynamic loss around the front wheels work in conjunction with the hood and front fender vents to stabilise airflow down the side of the car to provide airflow to the signature side intakes, channelling it then to the engine intake, engine bay cooling, and turbo intercoolers. The side intakes are also designed to direct airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce.

 

Air flowing over the roof and down the rear hatch glass is captured to feed the transmission clutch cooler and facilitate engine bay cooling. A rear diffuser works together with the rear spoiler and taillight slots to generate significant downforce and effectively manage the drag created by the aerodynamic wake generated behind the car.

 

Total airflow management ensures the NSX’s exterior minimises aerodynamic drag while creating balanced front-to-rear downforce. An exhaustive research and development programme determined that placing approximately three times as much downforce at the rear relative to the front of the car would provide the optimal downforce balance for high-performance and day-to-day driving. The NSX’s high level of downforce is accomplished without the need for active aerodynamic bodywork or other devices.

 

Airflow management vents and precision ducting create strong, consistent downforce for the NSX and were tuned with aerodynamicist and designer input during wind tunnel test sessions. Six vortices flow at the rear, including those that support the highest downforce across the rear deck lid. Air flowing from below the car and exiting through carefully optimised rear diffuser fins is a critical vortex that further anchors the NSX to the ground. Uniquely, the fins are not parallel to each other, but are narrower toward the front of the car and wider at the rear. This design amplifies negative pressure, enhancing diffuser efficiency, which produces greater downforce.

 

The NSX aerothermal team evaluated the thermal loading in racetrack conditions, using both a chassis dynamometer and wind tunnel. In addition to simulating key performance parameters, such as engine speed and braking, the test included varying wind speeds based on real-world track data. Simulations included Sebring International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway, the latter serving as one of the primary development tracks for the new NSX.

 

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used extensively during development to maximise the performance of all flow structures around the vehicle, to support hands-on experiments in wind tunnels during exterior design, and to optimise the thermal performance of the power unit. Firstly, for the proof-of-concept in establishing heat management strategy at the earliest development stage; and secondly, for continuous thermal performance improvement as the vehicle matured through development.

 

Along with the use of advanced CFD, wind tunnel and real-world testing, the development team also employed computerised lap-time simulation models of some of the world's most legendary proving grounds that could then be run on chassis dynamometers, allowing testing and validation of computer models for thermal management.

 

NSX underwent extensive testing at the company's state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Raymond, Ohio, using ultra-detailed 40-percent-scale models that replicate the suspension, wheels, tyres, intake and exhaust vents, heat exchangers and major under-bonnet components. The NSX was then verified and further refined through testing at full scale in the company's wind tunnel in Tochigi, Japan and on real and simulated proving grounds throughout the world.

 

Floating C-pillars

The floating C-pillars integrated into the exterior architecture of the all-new NSX are as purposeful as they are distinctive, supporting efficient body-side airflow. The C-pillars extend outward from the sloping rear roofline so that, as air flows down the sides of the vehicle, it is efficiently rerouted into the side-mounted engine air intakes. The floating C-pillars also aid engine cooling by creating a negative pressure zone around the rear heat exhaust vents, along the outside edges of the rear windscreen, improving the efficiency of heat loss. The portion of air that flows down the side of the vehicle toward the outside section of the buttress is conditioned to reduce turbulence as it passes with minimal disruption over the rear wing and spoiler.

 

Door handles and boot access

The flush-fitting exterior door handles are both aesthetically pleasing and functional, extending outward from the door for use while at the same time supporting clean airflow along the body side when in motion.

 

The boot is accessed by means of the remote key fob, by a button located on the driver’s interior door panel, or by a button discretely located under the trailing edge of the boot lid. In the event of a loss of power, both the driver’s door and the boot also feature a traditional key cylinder for manual locking or unlocking of the doors and boot.

 

Supercar wash / wipe system

The wash / wipe system, engineered specifically for the new NSX, has been designed to operate effectively, even at maximum vehicle speeds. Tested in the wind tunnel at an airflow equivalent of over 290 km/h (180 mph), the spoiler-shaped wiper blades have been designed to generate downforce on the wiper blade, while the speed-controlled wiper motor maintains a constant wiping speed, ensuring highly effective wiper performance in all driving conditions. Likewise, the windscreen washer system utilises a three-nozzle system for superior coverage in all conditions and driving environments, including high-speed travel.

 

Further contributing to the enhancement of forward visibility and the provision of an unobstructed view of the road, the windscreen wiper arms are placed as low as possible at the base of the windscreen so that they remain completely out of the driver’s view when not in operation. Placing the wipers below the bonnet also helps reduce wind noise.

 

Door mirrors

Featuring a two-tone paint scheme that accentuates the NSX’s ground-hugging appearance and wide stance, the door mirrors include a thin blade arm to minimise air turbulence as air flows along the side of the vehicle. This reduces local airflow noise, prevents disruption of air flowing to the side intakes, and minimises aerodynamic drag. In keeping with the ultra-high-strength A-pillars, the thin blade arm design improves visibility when parking and cornering. Each mirror housing includes an LED indicator.

 

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« Răspuns #58 : Iulie 03, 2016, 06:22:01 a.m. »
LED Lighting

The exterior design of the all-new NSX includes a variety of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting features, including LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lights. Designed to complement the exterior’s low and wide stance, each headlight assembly contains six individual LEDs, with four in operation when using the low beam setting (utilising the four outer LEDs) and employing all six LEDs when the high beams are activated.

 

The headlight LEDs provide superior down-the-road illumination with outstanding light distribution and light characteristics with a wavelength close to the human eye's luminosity curve. With their streamlined shape and lower electrical power consumption, the NSX’s LED headlights also aid fuel efficiency and have a longer operational life compared to traditional halogen or high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps.

 

Occupying the top half of each LED headlamp that makes up the headlight assembly are the NSX’s LED daytime running lights. Located just beneath the LED headlamps are the LED position lights, composed of a series of small and tightly packed LEDs that run in a thin continuous line along the bottom of the headlight assembly. LED lighting is also used for the turn signals at both the front and rear of the vehicle.

 

This integrated LED-based lighting system creates a design aesthetic that complements the smooth, flowing and streamlined character lines of the vehicle, rather than calling individual attention to the daytime running lights themselves. Most importantly, the design featured on the new NSX provides vivid illumination that can be easily seen by pedestrians or other vehicles during daytime hours.

 

Similar in character to the headlights at the front of the vehicle, the LED tail lights have a compact and narrow appearance with a uniquely freeform shape. The LED tail light array starts off wider, toward the centre portion of the rear of the vehicle, then gently tapers as it wraps around towards the outside corners and rear wheel arches.

 

Exterior finish

The highest levels of paint quality with reduced environmental impact were targeted at Honda’s innovative new Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC), consistent with the ethos of ‘next-generation quality and craftsmanship’.

 

The NSX’s exterior body panels are not attached to the spaceframe until the conclusion of the vehicle assembly process. As a result, body panels are treated and painted separately from the frame and are finished to an exceptional level of quality and lustre by expert technicians at the PMC.

 

NSX body panels enter the paint process attached to a specially designed fixture that locates the panels in a position and angle similar to how they are oriented once installed on the vehicle. All body panels are covered with a high-quality primer coat and, depending upon the specific colour application, then receive between five and seven coats of paint. Each layer of coloured paint applied to the body panels is allowed to fully cure prior to the next application. A high-quality and durable clear coat is then applied.

 

To help minimise the potential for ‘orange peel’, which occurs when the clear coat on vertical body panels is pulled down by gravity during the curing process, the body paint fixture has hinges that allow the vertically oriented body panels – doors and wings – to be rotated to a near-fully horizontal position during the curing process. Once cured, the panels undergo careful inspection in a newly designed inspection booth utilising high-intensity LED lighting to help the craftspeople identify and address even the smallest irregularities. Body panels are then hand finished after the first layer of clear coat, and again after the second clear coat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The most intuitive and advanced sports hybrid power unit in the supercar segment

 

    Honda’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is the most sophisticated and advanced power unit in the supercar segment
    Twin-turbocharged V6 engine produces 507 PS
    Nine-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with Direct Drive Motor
    Front-mounted Twin Motor Unit contributes to almost instantaneous acceleration and superior dynamics

 

The exceptional dynamic capabilities of the new NSX are enabled by its revolutionary Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) power unit, the first such system of its kind in a supercar to utilise electric motor torque in combination with engine power, to enhance every element of dynamic performance – acceleration, handling and braking.

 

At the heart of the new Sport Hybrid power unit is a bespoke, mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 engine, paired with an all-new nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and Direct Drive Motor that supplements the engine with instant torque response. Together, these components comprise the rear power unit. Amplifying the instant responses and dynamic handling performance of the NSX is the front Twin Motor Unit (TMU), with two electric motors independently driving the left and right front wheels.

 

The NSX’s Sport Hybrid power unit offers exceptional horsepower and torque with a broad powerband for tremendous throttle response and acceleration. Total system peak output is 581 PS: 507 PS from the gasoline engine and 74 PS from the front TMU and Direct Drive Motor.

 

By creating a propulsion system that makes use of both mechanical and hybrid-electric components rather than just a conventional gasoline-powered internal combustion engine, the NSX’s power unit is able to create constant and linear acceleration at any point in the power band, at any speed with instant response.

At initial launch from a standstill, the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) and the direct drive electric motor are able to immediately supplement power production from the twin-turbocharged V6 engine, using the abundant and instantaneous torque production that is an inherent characteristic of electric motors. Conversely, once the vehicle has reached a steady cruising speed, the twin-turbocharged V6 engine becomes the primary motive force for the vehicle, with the three electric motors providing supplementary power and yaw control when necessary.

 

While the primary focus in the development of the all-new NSX’s clean-sheet power unit was peak performance, efficiency and environmental sustainability were also important design characteristics. Therefore, the all-new NSX meets ultra-low emissions vehicle (ULEV) requirements.

 

Rear Power Unit

 

Twin-turbocharged V6 engine

Featuring a wide V-angle of 75 degrees for a low centre of gravity, the NSX’s twin-turbocharged V6 engine achieves an ideal balance between power production, compactness and reduced mass. With a displacement of 3.5 litres, it combines both direct and port fuel injection, along with Dual Variable Valve Timing Control (Dual VTC) to deliver optimal camshaft phasing. Dual VTC allows for precision combustion control at all engine speeds while simultaneously achieving high power output and uncompromised performance at high engine speeds.

 

Other key engine design elements include a sand-cast engine block, lightweight and compact cylinder heads, and plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray-coated cylinder walls (for higher thermal efficiency with reduced weight and compactness). A dry sump lubrication system significantly reduces the engine’s centre of gravity while simultaneously ensuring consistent engine lubrication under high cornering load conditions.

 

The NSX has a compact valve train utilising swing arm-type valve actuators, which allows for a more compact head structure and reduces by 22 percent the inertial weight of the valve train compared to a rocker arm-type design. The innovative design was derived from Honda racing engines. Intake and exhaust variable camshaft timing (VTC) is deployed to provide an excellent balance of high power, torque, fuel efficiency, and emissions.

 

The engine also features for the first time on a Honda a three-piece water jacket for the engine block and heads, including water jackets between the cylinder bores, a triple radiator system and a viscous damper mounted to the crankshaft.

 

Turbocharging system

Developing a bespoke twin-turbo system for the all-new engine was a logical choice, offering a strong balance of high power with considerable torque, high fuel efficiency and low emissions, while also offering inherent packaging advantages.

 

Through careful research, testing and development, Honda’s engineers were able to determine the ideal boost pressure for efficient and suitable power while simultaneously meeting Honda’s stringent benchmarks for reliability and longevity. Maximum boost pressure is set at 105 kPa (1.05 bar / 15.23 psi).

 

Increasing the engine intake air pressure increases intake air temperature, which, if not controlled properly, increases the risk of pre-detonation. To counter this increase, a high volumetric flow air-to-air intercooler is adopted, dramatically reducing intake air temperature while simultaneously increasing the density of the air intake charge for maximum power production.

 

Making use of an electronic wastegate for each turbocharger for fast response and precise control, the single-scroll turbocharger design allows for the use of smaller turbos to reduce weight and improve packaging while still meeting power and performance benchmarks.

 

Plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray coating

Utilising an aluminium engine block and heads presents three key advantages compared to traditional cast iron block and head configurations: greatly reduced mass, improved thermal conductivity, and improved heat dissipation. Most aluminium engines require the fitment of cast iron cylinder liners to provide sufficient wear resistance. Honda’s engineers addressed this issue by employing a plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray to the cylinder walls – a recently developed technique that offers an increase in heat transfer (thermal conductivity) of 52 percent with greatly reduced weight compared to cast iron liners.

 

The plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray process melts a thin-diameter wire down to an atomised form that can then be sprayed onto the cylinder walls. A supersonic plasma jet formed by a transferred arc between the tip of the wire and a cathode is used to spray the molten material, stacking the tiny particles on top of each other to form a very thin yet extremely wear-resistant coating.

 

Along with improved engine efficiency via reduction of internal friction, additional benefits from the plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray process include an approximately 3 kg decrease in overall engine weight when compared to iron cylinder liners, improved wear resistance, reduced oil consumption, increased horsepower and torque production, and enhanced throttle response.

 

Furthermore, thanks to the addition of plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray, additional water channels are able to be placed between the cylinder bores for improved cooling efficiency via better control of coolant flow.

 

Cylinder heads

Drawing on Honda’s extensive racing experience, the cylinder heads fitted to the twin-turbocharged V6 are highly compact and include smaller valve train components. This has resulted in a notable reduction of inertial weight as well as a 22 percent reduction in cylinder head mass when compared to conventional designs. This reduction in mass also helps lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity.

 

The cylinder heads utilise a three-piece water jacket for improved cooling efficiency along with improved coolant flow control. Additionally, the race-inspired cylinder head design optimises the swirling of intake air so that fuel mixes with it in a more ideal manner for improved combustion, improving efficiency and emissions performance.

 

High specific power output

With a compression ratio of 10.0:1, the NSX’s engine has a specific power output of more than 140 PS per litre of engine displacement. The engine safely and reliably achieves this high specific power output through a number of advanced engine technologies, including the efficient twin-turbo system, reduced friction and heat transfer properties of the plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray on the cylinder walls, sodium-filled exhaust valves, implementation of both direct and port injection, and the superior combustibility of fuel from the high tumble ports.

 

Dual Variable Valve Timing Control (Dual VTC)

The NSX engine incorporates proprietary Dual Variable Valve Timing Control (Dual VTC) variable valve timing control technology, which delivers an excellent balance of high torque and maximum power output with reduced exhaust emissions and superior fuel efficiency.

 

At engine idle, Dual VTC stabilises combustion for smooth idling by minimising intake and exhaust valve overlap and, therefore, decreasing the amount of exhaust gas recirculation. During constant-speed driving or under light acceleration, the system reduces exhaust emissions and engine pumping losses by optimising valve overlap. Under wide open throttle at low engine speeds, the overlap of the intake and exhaust cam timing is expanded so that the turbochargers can work at maximum efficiency for optimal power delivery and responsiveness. Conversely, when operating the engine at high engine speeds, overlap of the exhaust and intake timing is minimised for improved volumetric efficiency to create maximum power.
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Direct and port fuel injection

The NSX engine combines both direct and port fuel injection systems to provide for outstanding power production while simultaneously offering exceptional emissions performance.

 

Direct injection is the primary means of fuel delivery within each cylinder, while port injection is used for additional power output in high-performance driving situations. The direct injection system’s electric fuel injectors are mounted in the cylinder head and spray a very fine, highly atomised mist of fuel directly into each cylinder under very high pressure so that the fuel ignites almost instantaneously and completely, maximising engine performance and fuel efficiency with reduced emissions. Under high performance demands, the port injection system supplements the direct injection system, feeding fuel into the intake ports where it mixes with the incoming air for increased power production.

 

The direct and port injection systems for the engine are fed by two specially designed fuel pumps, one feeding the direct injection system at a fuel pressure rate of 4.48 bar (65 psi), the other supplying the port injection system at a pressure of 3.52 to 5.03 bar (51 to 73 psi).

 

By optimising the direct injection system – precise control of fuel spray pattern, particle shape and size, and timing of fuel flow – with the operation of the engine’s twin turbochargers, Honda’s engineers were able to improve combustion efficiency and power output, also assisted by the high tumble intake port design. The approach ensures the necessary amount of fuel for maximum power output is always supplied from both the direct and port injection systems while optimising the combustion process of the direct injection and high tumble airflow within each cylinder for outstanding emissions performance. The production of hydrocarbons and particulates is reduced by avoiding fuel wetting on the piston and cylinder sleeve.

 

An advanced lean-burn combustion technology allows for homogenous and weak stratified combustion to occur within the cylinder, through ultra-precise control of the fuel injection. By ensuring that fuel spray angle and direction do not interfere with the intake valves, along with a strong air / fuel swirl from the high tumble port, high power output and low emissions are effectively combined. Along with optimised shaping of the piston head and intake port shape, the highly accurate and measured fuel spray and injection pattern play a pivotal role in this advanced combustion concept.

 

A two-into-one inlet manifold design minimises torque deviation between each bank of cylinders. Twin throttle bodies allow more air into the system and finer throttle control while simultaneously reducing the pulsation of air.

 

Exhaust system

Compact and lightweight, the stainless steel exhaust system includes two catalytic converters per cylinder bank and four outlets for excellent exhaust gas flow and low emissions. Silicon exhaust system mounts resist heat and firmly secure the exhaust system to the vehicle, helping to reduce vibration while ensuring system integrity and long life.

 

An Active Exhaust Valve (AEV) system has been developed that matches the exhaust note to the dynamic driving situation, operating as a complementary component of the Integrated Dynamics System. The system utilises two distinct exhaust paths controlled by two electrically-operated valves.

 

In Quiet mode, the exhaust valves are closed and the exhaust gases pass through silencers for a more subdued sound. In Sport mode, the exhaust valves are closed unless driver demand is high enough, at which point they open. In Sport+ or Track modes, the AEV system is open, bypassing the silencers for a full, uninhibited flow of exhaust gases and a voluminous and full-throated exhaust note.

 

Dry sump lubrication

In another application of race-bred technology, the all-new NSX is the first production Honda vehicle to use a dry sump engine lubrication system. By replacing the engine’s conventional oil pan with a separate oil reservoir and a dedicated chain-driven oil pump mounted directly to the lower engine block, the system is designed to prevent oil starvation under high lateral G loads.

 

After being fed to the engine for lubrication, oil is collected from the lower engine block by six separate scavenger pump impellers and then fed back into the oil tank by a pair of pump rotors.

 

Importantly, the adoption of a dry sump lubrication system allowed designers to mount the engine 61 mm lower within the chassis, thanks to the elimination of a traditional oil pan. The more efficiently cooled oil also helps promote maximum engine power output.

 

‘Starter-less’ engine start system with idle stop

As a byproduct of its Sport Hybrid power unit, the NSX utilises its Direct Drive Motor to start the engine in place of a conventional 12-volt engine starter motor.

 

Along with a significant weight savings, further mass reduction was realised by eliminating the 12-volt starter ring gear normally required by a conventional engine starting system.

 

To improve fuel efficiency further, the NSX is equipped with idle stop capability. When the system is active and certain operating conditions are met, the engine will automatically shut off when the vehicle comes to a stop. The system is not engaged when Sport+ or Track modes are selected. When stopped, a special cold storage evaporator in the air conditioning system helps maintain a comfortable cabin temperature even in warm weather.

 

Engine restarts are exceptionally smooth and quick, supported by the use of the powerful Direct Drive Motor as an engine starter. Idle stop operation is also fully integrated into the operation of the Automatic Brake Hold system.

 

 

Engine balancing and running in

Honda’s engineers further improved engine performance and refinement through reduction in experienced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The latest in engine balancing technology and a number of new processes are applied to achieve optimal balance. These include the use of next-generation engine diagnostic equipment to more accurately measure engine imbalance, and the application of variable bolt weights that are applied to the eight mounting holes on the flywheel and the addition of nine mounting holes in the crankshaft viscous damper, which can be used for fine-tuning. Achieving a high degree of harmonic equilibrium not only greatly reduces engine vibration, but also decreases wear of the engine’s internal componentry for superior reliability and longevity.

 

The flywheel also acts as a mass damper. The inclusion of an integrated mass damper, or flywheel, is one of the most lightweight components that could be added to minimise mechanical and harmonic vibration caused by oscillation, thereby greatly reducing NVH while helping to ensure structural integrity and longevity of the transmission case.

 

As an important additional quality step prior to fitment within the NSX, the engine undergoes a running in programme. The engine is placed under load on a specially designed engine dynamometer that simulates the equivalent of 150 miles of service.

 

Nine-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with Direct Drive Motor

The NSX features a bespoke nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) which works in concert with the Direct Drive Motor to make full use of the power unit’s broad powerband, producing quick and precise gear changes that support the instant acceleration responses. As a key component of the power unit’s packaging, the 9DCT has been optimised for compact size, low mass and low centre of gravity.

 

The 9DCT has a very wide ratio range that allows for optimal gear selection via the competition-inspired, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters in any driving condition. First gear ratio is configured for maximum vehicle launch acceleration, while the close-ratio gears (second to eighth) are matched to make the most of the power unit’s powerband. Conversely, top gear (ninth) has been optimised for fuel efficiency during constant high speed cruising. When driving in ninth gear on a level surface at 97 km/h (60 mph), the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine is spinning at only 1,700 rpm.

 

In order to achieve compact dimensions, the clutches and the differential are uniquely situated side-by-side in a common housing. The parallel shaft layout reduces overhang from the rear axle while the centre of mass is moved forward, which in turn reduces the length of transaxle assembly.

 

The 9DCT incorporates several advanced features. An electronically-operated wet dual clutch, high-rigidity shift fork, double-cone synchronisers for second to fifth gears, and an electronic shift actuator combine to synchronise shift timing precisely with power unit torque for the quickest and smoothest gear shifts possible. A precision surfaced high-efficiency hypoid bevel gear tooth shape for all gears ensures smooth operation and minimal gear noise. Two oil chambers within the transmission housing provide efficient and high-capacity cooling, while the inclusion of exclusive new gear oil ensures higher viscosity and improved lubrication throughout the gear train (when compared to a conventional heavier gear oil that increases viscous drag).

 

Customisable quick response gear shift system

One of the key evaluation parameters for Honda’s engineers was the speed with which the NSX could change gear. To deliver superior gear shifting performance, the 9DCT features unique components within the gearbox to accomplish smooth yet almost instantaneous gear changes.

 

Highly rigid shift forks composed of a specialised, high-strength cast iron play a key role in providing a smooth yet quick shift response. The shift forks straddle the gear shaft with a ‘U’-shaped portion that engages with the selected gear, pushing it forward and engaging the gear within the gearbox. The 9DCT uses a total of five shift forks for the gear actuator system: a one-way clutch is used for first gear; four shift forks are used for second to ninth gears; and a fifth shift fork is employed for Park and Reverse.

 

Ultra-quick gear shift response and engagement with reduced weight is aided by the use of a compact electric motor as a gear actuator – as opposed to a conventional pneumatic or hydraulically operated gear actuator. This system reduces weight by eliminating the high-pressure hydraulic pump that is typically used in a gear actuator system, while providing for excellent reliability and system robustness when compared to other available gear actuation systems.

 

Similarly, an electrically operated clutch actuator eliminates the need for a high-pressure hydraulic pump. Control of the clutch is accomplished via a closed-circuit hydrostatic structure, which allows for the generation of oil pressure on demand as needed with greater efficiency.

 

The performance and shifting characteristics of the 9DCT can be through the transmission operation settings within the driving modes of the Integrated Dynamics System. In Quiet mode the transmission shift map promotes gear shifts at lower engine speeds. Sport mode allows the engine to rev more freely and makes gear changes at higher engine speeds. Sport+ mode accommodates higher engine speed gear changes with quicker, more aggressively executed upshifts and downshifts, while Track mode offers the fastest upshift speeds – 40 milliseconds faster than Sport+.

 

Limited-slip differential

The NSX’s responsive handling is enhanced by a mechanically-based limited-slip differential (LSD). Designed to deliver excellent poise and stability while maximising the performance of the power unit, the torque-sensitive multi-plate clutch is lighter and more compact than a similar unit with a helical gear configuration. Furthermore, the multi-plate design allows for improved wheel coupling for smoother and more efficient operation.

 

The torque bias ratio – an index for slip limit torque that compares torque shifted from a high rotation axle to a low rotation axle – has been optimised to provide two distinct LSD performance settings ideal for when the wheels are being driven or when the vehicle is coasting.

 

Engineered to complement the Twin Motor Unit (TMU) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) systems with precision torque vectoring and enhanced traction maintenance, the LSD enhances vehicle performance in a number of driving situations. Under braking or when decelerating approaching a turn, the LSD increases engine braking torque on the outside wheel for improved vehicle stability. During straight-line driving, torque is transferred left-to-right as necessary for enhanced vehicle stability. Under acceleration or while turning, overall traction and poise is improved by shifting torque to the outside wheel as traction from the inside wheel decreases.

 

Rear power unit mounting

By employing widely spaced power unit mounting brackets – up high at the front of the engine along with a mounting cradle bracket down low at the rear (connected to the 9DCT) – the position of the rear power unit (engine, Direct Drive Motor and 9DCT) is optimised to significantly reduce roll, pitch and yaw motion, providing greater acceleration and handling response.

 
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