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Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 14, 2014, 08:07:40 a.m.

12.02.2014
Honda Civic Type R Concept Model set for Worldwide Debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Honda today reveals its 2014 Geneva Motor Show line-up, including the worldwide debut of the Civic Type R Concept model, the European debut of the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Concept, the powertrain layout of the new NSX and the 2014 Civic World Touring Car Championship race car.

 

Racing Car for the Road – Civic Type R Concept

Honda’s appearance at the 2014 Geneva Motorshow will lead with the worldwide reveal of the Civic Type R Concept model, providing the styling direction for the exterior design of the highly-anticipated production version that debuts in 2015. Dubbed by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’, its bold and expressive styling reflects the strong performance characteristics for which Type R is renowned.

 

Advanced Technology Leadership – FCEV Concept

Further underlining Honda’s leadership in the development of advanced technology, the FCEV Concept makes its first European appearance. Sleek and aerodynamic, the Concept points to the potential styling direction of Honda’s next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle which launches in the U.S. and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.

Further Evolution – Honda NSX

Making its Motorshow debut, Honda will highlight the powertrain layout of the new NSX supercar. The model showcases the longitudinal, V6 direct injection engine with twin turbo alongside Honda’s innovative 3 motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system.

 

Racing Spirit – 2014 Civic World Touring Car Championship livery

Following victory in the Manufacturers' Championship  of the 2013  World Touring Car Championship, Honda will also reveal the livery of the 2014 Civic WTCC car. Additionally it will showcase its long history in Formula One with the RA271 that competed in 1964 making its debut in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring and the record-breaking turbo-charged RA168E engine which dominated the 1988 season.

 

The Honda Press Conference will take place at 14:15 CET on Tuesday 4th March on the Honda stand (4250).

 

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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 04, 2014, 08:27:31 a.m.
04.03.2014

HONDA AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2014

SUMMARY

 

Honda today reveals its 2014 Geneva Motor Show line-up, including the worldwide debut of the Civic Type R Concept model, the European debut of the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Concept, the powertrain layout of the new NSX and the 2014 Civic World Touring Car Championship race car.

 

 

Racing Car for the Road – Civic Type R Concept


Honda’s appearance at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show will lead with the worldwide reveal of the Civic Type R Concept model, providing the styling direction for the exterior design of the highly-anticipated production version that debuts in 2015. Dubbed by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’, its bold and aggressive styling reflects the strong performance characteristics for which Type R is renowned.

 

 

Advanced Technology Leadership – FCEV Concept


Further underlining Honda’s leadership in the development of advanced technology, the FCEV Concept makes its first European appearance. Sleek and aerodynamic, the Concept points to the potential styling direction of Honda’s next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle which launches in the U.S. and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.

 

 

Further Evolution – Honda NSX


Making its Motor Show debut, Honda will highlight the powertrain layout of the new NSX supercar. The model showcases the longitudinal, V6 direct injection engine with twin turbo, alongside Honda’s innovative 3 motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system.

 

 

Racing Spirit – 2014 Civic World Touring Car Championship livery


Following winning the Manufacturers' Championship of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship, Honda will also reveal the livery of the 2014 Civic WTCC car. Additionally it will showcase its long history in Formula One with the RA271 that competed in 1964 making its debut in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring and the record-breaking turbo-charged RA168E engine which dominated the 1988 season.


The Honda Press Conference will take place at 14:15 CET on Tuesday 4th March on the Honda stand (4250).

 

 

 

 

RACING CAR FOR THE ROAD – CIVIC TYPE R CONCEPT

 


Bold and Aggressive, Styled to Reflect Performance

 

Honda’s appearance at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show will lead with the worldwide reveal of the Civic Type R Concept model, providing the styling direction for the exterior design of the hotly-anticipated production version that debuts in 2015. Its bold and aggressive styling reflects the strong performance credentials for which Type R is renowned.


Described by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’ rather than a high performance version of a road car, the new Type R looks set to signal a new era for the marque- this model is set to be the most extreme Civic Type R yet. Its sleek and aerodynamic profile reflects a car designed for function and performance whilst maintaining the look of a road car and the distinctive character of Type R.


“Type R represents Honda’s racing spirit. It is built with a passion for motorsport.”

Masaru Hasegawa – Chief Stylist, Civic Type R


Styling is heavily linked to performance, with the Type R Concept showing its credentials in the exterior design. Many of the styling features offer real function, rather than just aesthetics, as confirmed by feedback from prototype testing at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The need to reduce drag, add down-force, provide cooling and achieve optimum airflow, were key considerations for the design team.


The front spoiler is designed to add down-force, the vertical side wings and the cut out shape of the front bumper help to reduce drag and control airflow around the front tyres. A red stripe running along the front spoiler further accentuates the Type R’s low and wide stance.


Furthermore, the new headlight design with integrated LED daytime running lights and the sharp horizontal fog lights, add a strong character to the face of the Type R Concept. The upper and lower front grilles have been enlarged and air outlets on the bonnet provide cooling for the high output engine. The front and rear fenders have been widened to accommodate wide tyres and air outlets are integrated to optimise airflow.


One of the most stand-out advances on the Concept model is the new rear spoiler featuring LED tail lights integrated into the rear wing which accentuates the Type R’s futuristic look.


The shape and angle of the double rear wing has been designed to provide additional down-force, as a direct result of feedback gained through testing on the track.


Supporting the design direction are 20-inch wheels, edged by a red ring, with visible red brake callipers and a bright red stripe running along the bottom of the front spoiler. Such features add to the aggressive appearance which reflects the inspiring driving experience that the Type R promises to deliver.


Styling and modelling of the new Concept has been carried out in Europe, with the team based at Honda’s R&D centre in Swindon, UK. The design team maintained close contact with production colleagues, as they worked towards achieving the styling direction of the Concept model.

 


Building on Honda’s Pedigree for Turbo-Charged Engines


While further detail on performance is yet to be announced, Honda has confirmed that the forthcoming Type R will be the first model in Europe to feature one of its brand new VTEC TURBO engines from the Earth Dreams Technology range. The two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder turbo is expected to deliver class-leading output of at least 280PS and will be EURO 6 compliant.


Turbo engines have not been seen in Honda’s production cars in Europe for some time, however, the company has continued to actively develop turbo technology, deploying it on the race track and in road cars in other regions. The 2013 WTCC season saw Honda successfully return to the track with the turbo-charged HR412E in the Civic; powering the Castrol Honda World Touring Car team and Zengo Motorsport team to become the Manufacturers’ Champion in Honda´s first full season.


Honda’s successful return to WTCC in 2013, has been instrumental in gathering knowledge that has helped shape the new Type R, providing the development team with analysis and feedback on performance and styling collected from the track to assist in the creation of a ‘racing car for the road’ from the Civic five-door.


The manufacturer’s long history in developing turbo engines for success on the track dates back decades, with one stand-out example being Honda’s turbo-charged RA168E used in Formula One. In the 1988 F1 season the RA168E powered Honda to set eight new records, including the most race victories (15 out of 16), the most Constructors points (199) and the most one-two finishes (10). The season also saw Honda take both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships for the second consecutive year.


Additionally, the 2013 American Le Mans Series saw Honda Performance Development and its teams dominate, with Scott Tucker taking his third consecutive drivers title in the ARX-03b. Powered by the Honda HR28TT twin-turbo V6 engine, the ARX-03b produces 450hp from 2800cc displacement. In the Japanese Super GT series, GT300 class, the CR-Z GT has used a turbo engine since 2013; while the 2014 NSX Concept –GT, in the GT500 class will feature a two-litre turbo engine coupled with hybrid technology.


Honda also continues to deploy turbo-charged engines in production cars in markets outside of Europe. The 1988 Legend introduced a 2.0-litre 24-valve V6 engine with a variable “Wing Turbo” that could regulate exhaust stream and efficiently utilise charging pressure. More recently, the Acura RDX launched in 2008 with a 2.3-litre 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine utilising i-VTEC intake valve control; combining Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) with Variable Timing Control™ (VTC™). With the variable flow turbocharger working in unison with i-VTEC, the RDX delivers strong power and torque, excellent fuel economy and low emissions. Rated output for the engine is 240 hp at 6000 rpm, with 260 lb-ft/352 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm.


Many smaller Honda models also utilise turbo engines in order to deliver a dynamic ride; for example, the 1982 City Turbo through to the successful N-ONE turbo model released in Japan, in 2012.


The unveiling of the new Type R Concept model follows Honda’s announcement at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, where it confirmed the return of the Civic Type R, with a commitment to setting new standards in performance and handling, with the application of technologies developed through its participation in the World Touring Car Championships. The company also announced its aim for the new Civic Type R to become the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle to lap the Nurburgring.


The Civic Type R Concept model will appear on the Honda stand at Geneva Motor Show, in a vivid red with a gold highlight, a colour developed especially for this car, aiming to express its performance credentials and unique character.

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP - FCEV CONCEPT

 

Further underlining Honda’s commitment to leadership in the development of advanced technology, the latest FCEV concept model makes its debut European appearance. Sleek and aerodynamic, the concept points to the potential styling direction of Honda’s next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle which launches in the U.S. and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.


Showcasing exciting and modern styling, the Honda FCEV Concept features sweeping character lines underscored by an ultra-aerodynamic body. It also delivers ample interior space and seating for five passengers, thanks to new powertrain packaging efficiencies.


Honda’s next generation FCEV will feature the world’s first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential application of fuel-cell technology to multiple vehicle types in the future.


Significant technological advancements to the fuel-cell stack have yielded more than 100kW of power output, with power density now 3kW/L, an increase of 60 percent, and the stack size reduced by 33 percent, compared to the current FCX Clarity. The next-generation Honda FCEV is anticipated to deliver a driving range of approximately 700km, according to Japan cycle (JC-08 mode) with a quick refuelling time of around three minutes at 70 MPa.


“Building on twenty years of fuel-cell leadership with the FCX and FCX Clarity, the FCEV Concept sets the direction for our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle and for future improvements in electric-drive technology. While this car is a concept, it points towards a very real future.“

Thomas Brachmann – Fuel Cell Technology, Honda R&D Europe


For almost two decades Honda has led the development and deployment of fuel-cell technology through extensive real world testing, significant advancements in fuel-cell operation, and meeting stringent emissions and safety regulations.


In 2011, Honda joined the Clean Energy Partnership, the CEP is Europe's leading fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen infrastructure demonstration project. More recently, Honda’s participation in the H2 Mobility Programmes in Germany and the UK demonstrate its commitment to synchronise the rollout of vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure.


Launched in Europe in 2008, Honda’s current fuel cell-electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity, was quickly heralded as a technological breakthrough in design, packaging and efficiency. As the world’s first dedicated fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity features a striking silhouette and a low-slung cabin. With the V-flow fuel-cell stack positioned down the centre of the vehicle and the electric motor located in the front, Honda was able to maintain the car’s futuristic styling while delivering a driving range of 240 miles.

 

Honda FCX Clarity Contribution in Europe:

    2009- FCX Clarity promotion program throughout Europe
    June 2011- Honda joins CEP (Clean Energy Partnership) and H2 Demonstration Project in Germany. Support with 2 FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicles.
    September 2011- Opening of the first 70MPa and 35MPa public hydrogen station in Swindon, UK
    September- October 2012- “H2 Moves Scandinavia Road Tour” from Hamburg via Munich, Bolzano, Paris, Cardiff, Bristol, London, Copenhagen
    October 2012- Entering into Nordic MoU to prepare for H2 station and FCEV launch in Scandinavian countries
    October 2012- Joining the German H2 Mobility program to prepare for H2 station and FCEV deployment
    January 2014- Joining the UK H2 Mobility

 

 

 

FURTHER EVOLUTION – NSX CONCEPT

 

Also making its European debut at Geneva is the latest evolution of the NSX Concept, revealing a chassis layout with a longitudinal, V6, direct injection engine with twin turbo.


The forthcoming new NSX will feature Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), delivering a whole new level of both fuel economy and superior driving performance by combining a new mid-mounted V6 direct-injection twin turbo engine and an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT).


Utilising a unique two-motor Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, the new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, delivering far superior handling performance to previous AWD systems.


The SH-AWD system on the new NSX will have a mid-mounted powertrain, with the electric motors on the front wheels.

 

 

 

 

RACING SPIRIT

 

2014 Civic WTCC Livery


Following victory in the Manufacturers' Championship of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), its first season of full participation as a factory works team, Honda will reveal the 2014 livery of the Castrol Honda WTCC Civic at the Geneva Motor Show.

 

Honda has recently confirmed that in the 2014 season the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team will continue to compete with its Championship winning driver line-up of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro; and that Honda will also provide the 2014 WTCC Civic to the private teams of Zengo Motorsport with Norbert Michelisz, and to Proteam Racing with Mehdi Bennani.

 

 

Honda’s First Formula One Car – the RA271


Honda is also using its appearance at the 2014 Geneva Show to showcase its long history in Formula One with the RA271, the first Honda to race in F1, which made its debut at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in 1964.

 

Symbolising Honda’s challenging spirit, the RA271 featured an all-new chassis, with a light alloy panel design, replacing the obsolete space frame concept employed on the RA270F test car. Development of this state-of-the-art aluminium monochrome chassis took the team into new territory, leading them to consult textbooks on aircraft technology to support their efforts. A key priority was to ensure optimum stability and weight distribution once the engine was mounted, and so, drawing upon its expertise in motorcycle production, Honda took the innovative choice of installing the V12 engine transversely in the chassis.

 

Honda had originally planned to paint its first made-for-racing F1 car in gold, to match the RA270F prototype. However gold had been assigned to South Africa by the FIA, so Honda elected to finish the car in ivory white accented with a red rising sun on the cowling.

 

 

Honda’s Record-Breaking Turbo-Charged Engine – the RA168E


Completing Honda’s racing line-up will be the turbo-charged RA168E, which dominated the 1988 Formula One championship in the year that engine supply shifted from Williams to McLaren.


In this the last season of competing with turbo-charged engines Honda faced a huge challenge with regulation changes, which saw fuel tank capacity reduced to 150 litres and maximum boost pressure reduced to 2.5 bar. Rather than switching to a naturally-aspirated version, Honda fought on with a turbo-charged engine; reducing fuel consumption, boosting power output and reducing engine weight to just 146kg.


The RA168E went on to help Honda set eight new records in the 1988 season, including the most race victories (15 out of 16), the most Constructors points (199) and the most one-two finishes (10). The season also saw Honda take both the Constructors‘ and Drivers‘ Championships for the second consecutive year.

 
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NEXT-GENERATION POWERTRAINS – HONDA CIVIC TOURER 1.6 I-DTEC

 

The lightest in class 1.6 i-DTEC engine first introduced in the Civic five-door, has recently been added to the new European Civic Tourer and CR-V models. This engine, the first engine from Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series, offers an exceptional balance of power, performance and efficiency. The new Civic Tourer, CR-V and 2014 Civic five-door will appear at Geneva alongside several other models from Honda‘s current line-up.

 

 

Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC


Designed and developed in Europe, the British-built Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC combines distinctive styling with a segment-leading mix of versatility, practicality and technology in a compact car with high fuel efficiency and surprisingly low running costs.

 

The frugal new 1.6 i-DTEC engine, along with innovations including the unique Eco Assist™ and Idle-Stop offers a competitive 120 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque, yet still delivers 3.8L/100km (74.33mpg) on the combined cycle, giving a range of 1,315 km (817 miles) on one tank of fuel and CO2 emissions starting from 99g/km.


The space inside the Tourer defies its dimensions. Despite being the lowest and most compact estate in the segment and just 235mm longer than the Civic five-door, the new Tourer offers a class-leading 624 litres of trunk space up to the tonneau cover; enough to accommodate four golf bags or three large suitcases and two flight cases. Additionally, utilising Honda’s unique Magic Seat system, the rear seats can be pulled down to create a completely flat load area with 1668 litres of capacity up to the roof lining; comfortably accommodating two full-sized mountain bikes with the front wheels removed.


The significant luggage space is cleverly supported by the Tourer’s newly developed rear Adaptive Damper System (ADS), a world first in a production car. The system automatically adjusts the rear suspension damping force to ensure optimum stability and comfort in varying load and driving conditions.
The new Civic Tourer is also available with a 1.8 i-VTEC petrol engine.

 

 

Comprehensive safety


Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone’; safety for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles. Honda achieves this through a range of both passive and active safety features, which aim to prevent or mitigate accident and injuries. The new Civic Tourer and the 2014 Civic five-door feature Honda’s new suite of sensor-based Advanced Driving Assist Systems, which use a combination of cameras, short range lidar (Laser Radar) and radar technologies:

 

 

Advanced Driving Assist Systems

 

 

City-Brake Active System**

 

Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents. City-Brake Active system is a laser radar system that scans the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system operates at low speeds (32km/h and below) and is designed to detect cars and trucks.

 


Blind Spot Information


Blind Spot Information uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warn of potential dangers when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of more than 20km/h. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks and can help to support drivers in situations such as passing other vehicles and merging or changing lanes.


When a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot a visual warning is displayed on the wing mirror. This remains until the vehicle leaves the blind spot. If the driver operates the indicator whilst the vehicle is in the blind spot, the visual warning will blink and an audible warning will sound to further alert the driver to the potential danger. The system can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.

 


Cross Traffic Monitor


Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear-view camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the i-MID and an audible warning sound. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks travelling up to 25km/h, and can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.

 


Adaptive Cruise Control**


Adaptive Cruise Control allows the driver to choose both their speed and distance from the vehicle ahead. If this falls below the set level, the system instantly decelerates the vehicle. Where quicker deceleration is required the system will alert the driver to apply the brakes using visual and audible warnings.

 


Collision Mitigation Braking System**


This system monitors the following distance and closing rate between the car and the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front of it, warning the driver when a collision is likely and helping reduce impact speed when a collision becomes unavoidable.


* Available on selected Grades
** City-Brake Active System and Collision Mitigation Braking System/ Adaptive Cruise Control are not available in conjunction with each other. NB

 

 

 


HONDA GENUINE ACCESSORIES

 

 

Honda Civic Black Edition pack


A special Civic Black Edition option pack goes on sale from May this year. The pack includes gloss black front skirts, side skirts, rear spoiler and a rear bumper garnish. This bold look is completed by integrated covers for the side mirrors and a gloss black fuel lid cover with Civic logo. An aluminium badge placed on the rear of the car features the Black Edition logo.


Optional 18” Nitrogen alloy wheels, as an upgrade on 17” standard wheels, complete the look. Featuring a split five spoke design, they come in a matte gunpowder black finish and a carbon-look centre cap.

 

 

Honda CR-V Special Edition Black


Available across Europe now, the CR-V also gets a makeover in the form of a Special Edition Black model featuring a range of enhancements for additional styling and practical functionality.


This pack includes a new patterned front grille, a tailgate spoiler, integrated running boards and front and rear skid plates. Metallic paint and satellite navigation are both offered as standard.


The new limited edition model shares the same specification as the current CR-V SE, with features including Dual Zone climate control, Bluetooth HFT, front and rear parking sensors and power folding door mirrors. This model also comes with 19 inch Orion alloy wheels, exhaust finisher and privacy glass.

 

 

Honda Civic Tourer Accessory Packs


New Honda Civic Tourer customers can choose from a wide variety of accessory packs and single options to personalise their car to suit their style, needs and preferences.

 

 

 

ACCESSORY PACKS

 

 

Sports Pack


For a more focused, road-holding look, the front, side and rear skirts come in a carbon-inspired finish to give an extra edge to the car’s dynamic profile. The look can be further enhanced with a set of optional 18” Hydrogen alloys, diamond cut, finished in a matte clear coat and featuring Rombo Silver windows.

 

 

Cargo Pack


Perfect for those frequently transporting luggage or specialised equipment, this pack offers a strong combination of storage solutions including a separation net, cargo room garnish, a trunk side net and a trunk tray with dividers; which also further the Civic Tourer’s class-leading load area.

 

 

Convenience Pack


A bespoke collection of accessories designed to protect the car from weathering and surface wear and tear. Features include doorstep garnishes, mudguards and body-coloured side body trims to protect against scrapes, mud and sand, plus the option of 17 inch Cobalt alloy wheels.

 

 

Aero Pack

 

A blend of aesthetic benefits including a front Aero bumper which reflects the car’s sporty look, while the rear skirt complements the front bumper perfectly. The look can be further enhanced with the option of five-spoke 17 or 18 inch Argon alloy wheels in a diamond cut surface with a matte clear coat, contrasted by gun powder black windows.

 

 

Design Pack

 

A wide range of stylish design details to personalise the Civic Tourer, including a tailgate decoration, sports tank lid, door mirror covers, air intake garnishes and a front sports grille, all in a matte metallic finish. Optional 18 inch Krypton alloy wheels can be added for further stand-out appeal.

 

 

 

SINGLE ACCESSORIES

 


Useful technology

 

Civic Tourer customers have the option of Honda SD navigation. With a 6.1inch WVGA touchscreen, the system offers fully functional navigation with voice commands and menus in 12 different languages. The multi-sensor navigation system accurately pinpoints your position, whilst the maps cover 34 different EU countries and can be updated via SD card. The system features Bluetooth HFT connectivity with integrated microphone and audio streaming.


Additionally, front and rear parking sensors are available, to make parking effortless.

 

 

Alloy wheels


Owners have the option of five alloy wheel designs:

    ‘Argon’ – 17 or 18 inch, featuring a Diamond cut A surface, matte clear coat and GunPowder Black windows
    ‘Cobalt’ – 17 inch, featuring a full coat Chrome Shadow with a clear coat
    ‘Radium’ – 17 inch, combining a Diamond cut A surface with a clear coat and Rombo Silver windows
    ‘Hydrogen’ – 18 inch, featuring Rombo Silver Windows and a carbon-look centre cap
    ‘Krypton’ – 18 inch, featuring Diamond cut A surface with a clear coat, black pearl windows and a carbon-look centre cap

 

 

Utility accessories

 

Several utility accessories are available to further enhance the versatility of the new Civic Tourer. One option is a fixed or detachable trailer hitch to match the car’s bodywork; adding practicality and making the most of towing capacity. The detachable version features a foldable socket plate which is out of sight when not in use.
Additionally, roof cross bars together with a choice of attachments allow owners to carry everything from skis to bicycles and extra luggage, creating more space and comfort for passengers. The option of a dog guard will keep luggage and pets safe and secure within the boot. Made from powder-coated durable steel, it can be easily fitted and removed.


Finally, for an additional aesthetic touch, a tailgate decoration, available in either black or matte metallic silver, fits under the lower rear window and partly covers the car’s tailgate.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Iunie 21, 2014, 08:36:05 a.m.
Over 300 Civic Type R Fans Gather to Celebrate the Return of WTCC at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps


20.06.2014

Honda will host an exclusive event with its loyal Civic Type R owners and fans to celebrate the World Touring Car Championship race at the infamous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. More than 180 Civic Type Rs and over 300 fans, from 12 different European countries, are confirmed to join this exciting event.

 

On Saturday 21st of June, all 180 owners will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive their car on an exclusive parade lap(1) around the famous Spa Circuit, said to be one of the most beautiful race tracks in the world. It features the legendary Eau Rouge, renowned by racing drivers as one of the most challenging and unique sections of any circuit.

 

All 300 fans will receive VIP treatment to watch the WTCC feature races on Sunday from an exclusive terrace, and engage with Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team drivers, FIA WTCC Champion, Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, as well as Norbert Michelisz from Zengo̎ Motorsport and Mehdi Bennani of Proteam Racing.

 

Honda will also be running a competition throughout the race weekend offering one lucky Type R fan attending the Spa Circuit the chance to be among one of the first to drive the new Honda Civic Type R at the launch event in 2015. To enter attendees must share their journey and experience via Twitter using #TypeR and #WTCCSPA - which will be showcased on www.myjourneys.com/typer/wtccusers. 

 

The winner of the competition will be decided upon via a ‘Flash Vote’, allowing other Type R fans and members of the public to vote on their favourite Type R fan journey. Voting will take place from 1800 (UK time) on Saturday 21st June and will end at 1200 (UK time) on Sunday 22nd June. Voters should visit www.myjourneys.com/typer/wtccusers in order to choose their favourite.

 

Honda’s Civic Type R Concept model will also be on display throughout the weekend, allowing current Type R owners and fans the chance to see the inspiring design of the new model prior to the global mass production launch in 2015.

 

 

(1)     Parade lap will be under the supervision of safety cars.

 

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Septembrie 10, 2014, 07:41:41 a.m.
Honda Provides First Sight of its new Small SUV for Europe


    European HR-V prototype will be revealed at Mondial de l’Automobile
    Coupé like design combined with the versatility and stability of an SUV
    New HR-V uses centre fuel tank location to maximise cabin roominess
    Versatile Honda Magic Seats® exploit class-leading interior space

 

Honda has revealed the first images of the brand’s new European version of its small SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris next month. The HR-V is Honda’s new entry into Europe’s fast-growing small SUV segment.

 

The unique exterior design of the new HR-V prototype echoes that of a coupé, with sharp, dynamic lines that link the sleek upper body with the stable and planted lower body. This coupé-esque elegance is achieved without compromising the interior practicality of the car.

 

The HR-V features a centre fuel tank location to create one of the most spacious and adaptable small SUV cabins. Honda Magic Seats®  make use of this versatility by enabling a wide range of seating configurations, with the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for added cargo space.

 

Further information on the new European HR-V will be announced during Honda’s press conference at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Hall 3, at 16.45 CET on Thursday 2 October.

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Septembrie 17, 2014, 11:47:14 a.m.
Honda to Exhibit Prototype of New Jazz for Europe at Paris Motor Show

Today Honda has released the first images of the new Jazz prototype that will make its public debut next month at the 2014 Mondial de l‘Automobile in Paris.

 

This prototype introduces a completely new body shell for the popular model, with a sleek and modern design that hints at the significant advances to be introduced in this latest model. The external dimensions have changed with the length being 15mm longer and the wheelbase 30mm longer helping to create an even more spacious cabin.

 

As part of Honda’s ‘small series’ range, the third generation European Jazz will be built on the company’s global compact platform. It will retain the centre fuel tank layout that is already found in the current model, as well as the Civic and recently-announced HR-V. This space-saving layout delivers genuine customer benefits in terms of versatility, interior practicality and storage solutions. Inside, the highly versatile Honda Magic Seats® will also feature in this latest model.

 

The new Jazz is set to deliver a more refined and comfortable ride for both the driver and passengers, thanks to a new suspension system.

Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.

 

Further information on Honda‘s new Jazz for Europe will be announced during Honda’s press conference at the 2014 Mondial de l‘Automobile in Paris, at 16.45 CET on Thursday 2 October (Hall 3).

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Septembrie 24, 2014, 06:39:01 a.m.
New Design, New Technology and a New Sport Derivative for the Civic Range

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    New sporty exterior and interior styling upgrades for Honda Civic and Civic Tourer models
    Introduction of new Civic Sport with visual links to forthcoming Type R
    New in-car entertainment and technology system introduced across the line-up
    New automatic low-speed braking system applied as standard across the range
    Class-leading trunk space of 477 (Civic) and 624 (Tourer) litres with the rear seats upright

Ahead of the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, Honda has released images and details of several enhancements across the 2015 Civic model range and the launch of the new Civic Sport derivative.

 

Both the Civic and Civic Tourer benefit from a new front exterior design, providing a new sporty outlook for the model featuring new headlamps with integrated daytime running lights and a new sleek front bumper. The Civic hatchback also features a new rear bumper, side skirts, a rear spoiler finished in black, and LED rear combination lamps.

 In-keeping with these premium enhancements on the outside, the 2015 models also receive a specification upgrade inside; with new seat fabrics and stitching on the headrests, new door trims with chrome door handles and a control panel finished in a metallic black.

 

These aesthetic enhancements combine nicely with the class-leading interior space for which the range is renowned. The Civic’s 477-litre and Civic Tourer’s 624-litre trunk capacity remain the best in their respective segments.

 

The 2015 Civic range will also premiere the all-new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system. Honda Connect offers convenience and connectivity whilst on the road, with key features including; AM/FM, DAB and Internet Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, satellite navigation* and rear-view parking camera.

 

The system  runs Android 4.0.4  and features the familiar pinch, swipe and tap functionality of a smartphone on a seven inch display screen.

New Civic Sport derivative

 

The European Civic line-up has been expanded with the introduction of a new derivative, the new Civic Sport. Based on the Civic hatchback, and powered by the 1.6-litre i-DTEC, 120 PS diesel engine or the 1.8-litre I-VTEC, 142 PS petrol engine, it features a colour-coded rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels unique to the Sport derivative. In addition, the Civic Sport echoes the striking design of the forthcoming Type R with a new front bumper featuring a lower grille mesh and a black roof lining for the cabin.

 

Each model in the 2015 Civic range will benefit from the addition of Honda’s City- Brake Active (CTBA) system as standard. Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system uses radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is engineered to operate at speeds below 30 km/h.

 

Honda’s press conference will take place at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in Hall 3, at 16:45 CET on Thursday 2 October.

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Septembrie 29, 2014, 08:57:24 a.m.
All-new Honda Civic Type R: unrivalled against the brand's iconic performance flagship models


    Unmatched performance compared to all previous Type R cars, including Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX
    Thrilling turbocharged 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine producing more than 280 PS, sets new standards on power, torque and engine response
    All-new ‘+R’ mode for enhanced on-track driving thrills
    High-revving performance red-lining at 7,000 rpm, mated to slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission
    Innovative new four-point adaptive damper system delivers ultimate handling for enthusiastic driving

    Additional ‘steer axis’ system minimises torque steer for exceptional traction
    Striking luminous blue Type R Concept model shown on Honda stand

 

 

With the automotive world about to descend on the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile, Honda has released exciting new details about its eagerly anticipated Civic Type R.

The all-new hot hatch – due in European showrooms next year – will be the most extreme Type R yet, signalling the start of a new performance era for the brand.

 

Power will come from a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. Developing over 280 PS, it will deliver unmatched performance compared to any previous Type R car. That includes all generations of the Civic, plus the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord and even the NSX.

 

While complying with strict Euro 6 emissions regulations, this is a Honda Type R powerplant like no other. While its predecessors were naturally aspirated, the new unit benefits from a turbocharger, boosting low-end power delivery. Combined with the high-end performance that’s synonymous with Honda’s VTEC technology – and much-loved by enthusiastic Type R owners – they will deliver a sensational driving experience.

 

Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, commented: “Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.”

Hasshi-san emphasised the car’s appeal will be far greater than a new high-performance engine under the bonnet. A number of engineering innovations and enhancements will make the new Civic Type R a true driver’s car, worthy of wearing the famous red ‘H’ badge.

 

For example, the Civic Type R will mark the debut of Honda’s new ‘+R’ button. Located to the side of the steering wheel, once pressed it activates ‘+R‘ mode for the most exhilarating driving experience. The engine response is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering becomes more responsive and, together with the new four-point Adaptive Damper System, delivers the ultimate handling experience.

 

Hasshi explained: “In default standard mode, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports  car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration. The  ‘+R’ button brings out a more dynamic and athletic car for the driver, to set pulses racing. The difference in character is immense. The ‘+R’ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for track use and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.”

 

Another example of Honda’s innovative approach is the car’s ‘steer axis’. In order to deliver the power of the turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine, the new Civic Type R’s front suspension system includes this additional mechanical system involving two supporting ‘kingpins’. They minimise torque steer and allows the driver to fully exploit the car’s exceptional driveability.

Furthermore, a new four-point Adaptive Damper System has been developed specifically for the Civic Type R. It automatically adjusts the front and rear suspension damping force stiffness in a split second, based on driving conditions. This allows the new Civic Type R to provide a comfortable ride during cruising, yet become firm and agile when high-performance handling is required.

 

The new Civic Type R will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors with a six-speed manual transmission. The development team selected this option to maximise driving enjoyment.

 

Hasshi explained: “The manual transmission allows the drivers to select the gear they want, for example, down from fifth to third when approaching a corner. The concept of the new Civic Type R is to be the complete driver’s car so this was the best option.”

 

The all-new Civic Type R has been developed and engineered for European driving tastes. To be built at Honda’s state-of-the-art plant in Swindon, UK, it will arrive in dealerships during 2015.

 

To see the latest Honda Civic Type R Concept car, go to the Honda Stand in Hall 3, at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile. Honda’s press conference takes place on this stand at 16.45 CET on Thursday 2 October.

 

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Editors Notes

 

Type R History

 

1992 First Generation NSX Type R (Available in Japan only)

This car marked the beginning of the Type R story. The aim was to develop a car which delivered overwhelming driving pleasure and the speed of a racing car. The design language of NSX Type R echoes the image of an F1 racing machine. This was also the first time that the red Honda Emblem and Championship White body colour was introduced.

 

Engine: 3.0L Six-cylinder DOHC VTEC

Maximum Output: 280PS / 7,300 rpm

Maximum Torque: 30.0kg · m / 5,400 rpm

 

1995 First Generation Integra Type R (Available in Japan only)

Engine: 1.8L Four-cylinder DOHC VTEC

Maximum Output: 200PS / 8,000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 18.5kg · m / 7,500 rpm

1997 First Generation Civic Type R (Available in Japan only)

Engine: 1.6L Four-cylinder DOHC VTEC

Maximum Output: 185PS / 8,200 rpm

Maximum Torque: 16.3kg · m / 7,500 rpm

 

 

1998 Integra Type R (Available in Europe and U.S. This was the first Type R model introduced in Europe)

Engine: 1.8L Four-cylinder DOHC VTEC
Maximum Output: 190PS / 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 178 N · m / 7,300 rpm

 

1999 Accord Type R (Available in Europe only)

Engine: 2.2L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 212PS / 7,200 rpm
Maximum Torque: 215N · m / 6,700 rpm

 

2001 Second Generation Integra Type R (Available in Japan only)

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC

Maximum Output: 162kW [220PS] / 8,000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 206N · m [21.0kg · m] / 7,000 rpm

2001 Second Generation Civic Type R (First Civic Type R available in Europe)

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC

Maximum Output: 162kW [220PS] / 8,000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 206N · m [21.0kg · m] / 7,000 rpm

 

European version:
Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 200PS / 7,400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 196N · m / 5,900 rpm

 

2002 Second Generation NSX Type R (Available in Japan only) 

Engine: 3.2L 6 cylinder DOHC VTEC

Maximum Output: 206kW [280PS] / 7,300 rpm

Maximum Torque: 304N · m [31.0kg · m] / 5,300 rpm

 

2007 Third Generation Civic Type R

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC

Maximum Output: 165kW [225PS] / 8,000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 215N · m [21.9kg · m] / 6,100 rpm

2007 Third Generation Civic Type R (European Version)

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC

Maximum Output: 148kW [201PS] / 7,800 rpm

Maximum Torque: 193N · m /5,600 rpm


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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Decembrie 18, 2014, 07:07:20 a.m.
Acura NSX Production Model to Make World Debut at 2015 North American International Auto Show

Acura NSX Production Model to Make World Debut
at 2015 North American International Auto Show

 

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 17, 2014 – The production version of the highly anticipated Acura NSX supercar, successor to the legendary original NSX, will make its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12, 2015. The model will reflect the production design and specifications of the mid-engine Acura supercar that is slated to launch in 2015. To celebrate the impending debut of NSX, Acura released a 30-second teaser video that gives an early glimpse of the production car and the sound of its three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit. View the video on Acura’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/Acura.

 

“The next-generation NSX will deliver a ‘new sports experience’ true to its heritage and to the supercar concept that originally gave rise to the name NSX,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fueling a reenergised brand.”

An Acura NSX concept model made its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, where Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President & CEO Takanobu Ito announced that development of a next-generation NSX would launch in three years, led by an American R&D team and produced at a state-of-the-art new plant in Ohio.

 

“After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar—the Acura NSX—to the world,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global project leader over NSX development. “We’ve developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.”

 

The next milestone in the launch of the NSX will be the reveal of the production version at the Acura press conference at the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12 at 11:50 a.m. ET. Watch the press conference live at youtube.com/Acura.

 

The NSX is being developed by a global team of engineers led by the company’s North American R&D operations in Raymond, Ohio, with design led by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, CA. The Acura NSX will be produced exclusively at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Decembrie 29, 2014, 10:23:01 a.m.
Boldly Restyled and Significantly Enhanced 2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Powertain and New Technology



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    New exterior and interior styling gives the 2015 CR-V a more superior road presence and greater sophistication
    New more-powerful 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine generates 160 PS and 350 Nm
    New nine-speed automatic transmission delivers reduced emissions and improved fuel economy
    New in-car entertainment and technology system introduced across the line-up

The Honda CR-V has been updated for 2015 with a refreshed design, revised engine line-up and new in-car technologies - further enhancing its appeal to European buyers.

 

Available from Spring 2015, the CR-V’s exterior styling updates provide a bolder and sportier appearance with a unique Honda style. The most notable changes are to the front, with redesigned headlamps that flow into the new grille. Additionally, a new bumper and skid plate give the CR-V a wider appearance and hint at its improved stability, while also lowering the car’s visual centre of gravity. Finally, at the rear, the LED combination lamps have been restyled to give the CR-V a more fluid, three-dimensional appearance.

 

Honda’s goal of creating a more stylish and functional interior has been achieved with a reshaped chrome-effect inlay running the width of the dashboard, and through the use of high-quality materials on key surfaces.  A sliding armrest (60 mm fore and aft) between the front seats further enhances versatility and comfort.

 

New, more efficient engines

The  four-wheel drive CR-V will be available with a more powerful diesel engine, and an all-new efficient nine-speed automatic transmission.

 

The new 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine, from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, provides considerably higher power ouput than its predecessor, boosting maximum power and torque to 160 PS and 350 Nm.

 

The engine can be twinned with two transmissions: either a six-speed manual, which emits a class-leading sub 130g/km of CO2 emissions, or – to fully exploit the latest engine’s efficiency – a new nine-speed automatic transmission. When fitted with the nine-speed unit the CR-V emits less than 135 g/km of CO2, a significant 20% reduction compared to the previous five-speed automatic transmission.

 

The two-wheel drive diesel CR-V, available with a manual transmission, carries over powertrains from the current model, equipped with the 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC engine, with emissions as low as 115 g/km*. The 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol  engine remains available, with power output of 155 PS, and now Euro6 compliant.

 

All-new infotainment technology

European buyers of the 2015 model year CR-V will benefit from one of the first applications of Honda Connect, the company‘s innovative new app-driven infotainment system.

 

Fitted as standard across the range, it offers greater convenience and connectivity while on the road, with a broad range of functions presented on a seven-inch touch screen display. Honda Connect gives front-seat occupants fast access to everything from vehicle information, rear-view parking camera and music, to Bluetooth connectivity for their phones as well as being enabled for  MirrorLink technology.

 

The new system’s functions include internet access, nine pre-installed apps - as well as access to the Honda App Center - optional Garmin satellite navigation, audio display, AM/FM/DAB and internet radio, phone interface and Bluetooth connectivity. In addition it offers a rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines, and a range of vehicle information, such as trip meter, fuel economy and journey time.

 

* Provisional data pending official WVTA approval.

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Ianuarie 09, 2015, 08:15:48 a.m.
Honda to Introduce World's First Predictive Safety Cruise Control System

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Honda is to introduce the world’s first predictive cruise control system known as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), capable of foreseeing and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the equipped vehicle’s lane. 

 

Based on extensive real-world research of typical European driving styles, Honda’s Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) uses a camera and radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes cutting-in by evaluating relations between multiple vehicles, enabling the equipped vehicle to react quickly, safely and comfortably.

 

i-ACC will make its debut this year on the new European CR-V*, building upon the traditional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system. Traditional ACC systems keep a preselected longitudinal velocity, which is only reduced for maintaining a safe distance to a car in front. However, if a vehicle cuts-in from a neighboring lane, the traditional ACC system reacts later thus requiring stronger braking.

 

The new i-ACC system is able to compute the likelihood of a cut-in up to five seconds before it occurs, and is therefore designed to react very smoothly so as not to startle the driver, who might not yet be aware of the imminent cut-in. In this case the system applies just a mild brake initially, with an icon appearing on the driver display , informing the driver why a slow-down occurs.. It then proceeds to apply a stronger brake to adapt the velocity to keep a safe distance. Dr. Kleinehagenbrock, responsible for i-ACC at Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH says, ‘i-ACC takes cruise control systems to a whole new level, offering what we call ‘predictive safety’.

 i-ACC recognises the side of the road you are driving on whether in the UK or on the continent and automatically detects which neighbouring vehicle is the most critical to be aware of at any given moment.

 

i-ACC is the result of an in-house Research & Development project undertaken by an international Honda team in Europe and Japan, specifically designed for European roads. Research into driver behaviour to develop the algorithm was carried out across Europe.

 

Dr. Schmuedderich, responsible for i-ACC at Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH comments: “i-ACC is a significant breakthrough and a considerable further step towards a new generation of driver assistance systems that anticipate the behavior of other traffic participants.”

 

*i-ACC will be available on the 2015 European CR-V, Executive grade only.

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Ianuarie 20, 2015, 09:18:58 a.m.
2015 Honda CR-V

INTRODUCTION: COMPREHENSIVE UPDATES TO 2015 HONDA CR-V DELIVER ENHANCED STYLE, ENGINES AND TECHNOLOGY


    New diesel engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox deliver best power-to-consumption ratio of any engine on sale today
    World-first technology enhances occupant safety
    Innovative new app-driven connectivity system included as standard*
    Enhanced sophistication and road presence through thoughtful styling changes
    Re-engineered for a more engaging and refined drive

Honda’s CR-V is already one of the most popular compact SUVs sold around the world. More than 750,000 units have been sold in Europe since it was launched in 1997, nearly 50,000 of which during 2014. In the first nine months of last year, the CR-V was the world’s best-selling SUV*. The model has become fundamental to Honda’s success in Europe, and a comprehensive range of enhancements to the fourth-generation CR-V will now further broaden its appeal.

 

Highlights of the 2015 model-year CR-V include a new diesel engine and nine-speed automatic transmission that deliver an unrivalled power-to-consumption ratio; world-first safety technology; an all-new connectivity and infotainment system; as well as enhanced suspension and optimised NVH measures for a more refined yet dynamic drive.

 

The 2015 CR-V is part of a wave of next-generation advanced and sporty vehicles from Honda, which demonstrate the brand’s pioneering approach to engineering and technology solutions that make life better for its customers.

 

The new-look CR-V has been developed and engineered for European drivers and will be available in showrooms from Spring 2015.

Key product highlights:

 

1. New engine and transmission
The new-look CR-V is offered with a more powerful diesel engine as well as an optional efficient nine-speed automatic transmission.

 

Available with the four-wheel drive CR-V, the new higher-powered 160 PS 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine, from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, delivers outstanding performance and low CO2 emissions.

 

To help customers fully exploit the latest engine’s efficiency, the new model is also available with a new efficient nine-speed automatic transmission. Allied to this automatic gearbox, the new 160 PS 1.6-litre diesel delivers one of the best power-to-consumption ratio of any engine on sale today.

 

2. Honda Connect infotainment system
The 2015 CR-V will showcase the all-new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system. Honda Connect offers convenience and connectivity while on the road, with key features including DAB / FM / AM and internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, satellite navigation and rear-view parking camera.

 

Honda Connect is compatible with Android 4.0.4, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, using familiar pinch, swipe and tap functionality – all accessed through a seven-inch display screen.

 

*Available as standard on15YM CR-V on all grades above entry level (Comfort/SE grade)

 

3. World-first active safety feature
The 2015 CR-V will premiere Honda’s new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) system as part of Honda’s commitment to ‘Safety for Everyone’.

 

Capable of predicting and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the vehicle’s lane, based on extensive real-world research of typical European driving styles, Honda’s i-ACC uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes cutting-in, enabling the equipped vehicle to react quickly, safely and comfortably.

 

*Focus2Move figures – worldwide sales of 515,326 between 1 January and 31 September 2014

 

 

 

DESIGN: DYNAMIC, SOPHISTICATED STYLING ENHANCEMENTS

    Enhanced sophistication and road presence through thoughtful styling improvements
    Modifications include revised grille and headlamps which emphasise width and stability

The styling of the new CR-V has been thoughtfully enhanced with the tastes of European customers in mind. The changes are most notable at the front, with redesigned headlamps flowing into the new grille. Additionally, the new bumper and skid plate give the CR-V a wider appearance and hint at the improved stability, while also lowering the car’s visual centre of gravity.

 

The sleek new front headlamps incorporate powerful halogen bulbs, LED daytime running lights and HID projector headlamps – giving the car a bold face while also optimising visibility of the road ahead in low light conditions.

 

At the rear, the LED combination lamps have been restyled to give the CR-V a more fluid, three-dimensional appearance. Newly-styled 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are also available, complementing the exterior enhancements and highlighting the improved dynamism of the CR-V.

 

Honda’s goal of creating a more stylish and functional interior has been realised with the reshaped chrome-effect inlay running the width of the dashboard, and through the use of high-quality materials on key surfaces. The dashboard has been redesigned to allow easy visibility and access to the new seven-inch touchscreen displaying the new Honda Connect system, while a sliding armrest (60 mm fore and aft) between the front seats further enhances versatility and comfort.

 

The 2015 CR-V also features a one action fold down rear seat system, with the rear seats featuring a 60/40 split function allowing them to be easily folded completely flat with the simple pull of a handle. This transforms the CR-V into a versatile carrier which remains the top compact SUV for boot capacity, with 1648 litres of flat load space when a full size spare wheel is specified (1669 litres if space-saver spare wheel specified), or 589 litres with the seats in place.

 

The load length is up to 1,570 mm, allowing the CR-V’s trunk to easily accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.

 

The 2015 CR-V is available in nine colours. New for 2015 is Golden Brown metallic, while four metallic, three pearl and one solid colour options carry over from the previous model (metallic: Twilight Blue, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver, Polished Metal; pearl: Passion Red, White Orchid, Crystal Black; and solid: Deep Ocean Blue).

 

To further lift the CR-V’s cabin design, a new interior trim has been applied. Available with either chrome plating or black carbon grain on key surfaces, the upholstery can be specified with black perforated leather, black Alcantara and leather, black emboss smooth fabric or ivory perforated leather.

 

 

 

INFOTAINMENT: ALL-NEW HONDA CONNECT AUDIO AND INFORMATION SYSTEM

    Honda Connect delivers convenience and connectivity while on the road
    Broad range of functions presented on 7-inch display screen
    Familiar ‘pinch, swipe and tap’ smartphone-style functionality
    Seamless access from one of the industry’s fastest dual-core processors
    Available as standard on15YM CR-V on all grades above entry level

The all-new Honda Connect infotainment system is fitted as standard on all grades above the entry level grade (Comfort/SE), offering greater convenience and connectivity while on the road.

 

Easy and intuitive to use, Honda Connect runs Android 4.0.4 – the world’s most popular smartphone operating system – employing the familiar ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ functionality of a smartphone. The seven-inch display can be customised to suit individual’s preferences with two different ‘skins‘ to choose from, allowing users to make the system their own. Colour-coded icons ensure navigating through the touchscreen menus is quick and simple.

 

Honda Connect gives front-seat occupants fast and easy access to everything from vehicle information and rear-view parking camera, to music and Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones. The new system’s functions include internet access, two pre-installed apps, Honda App Centre, optional Garmin satellite navigation, DAB / FM / AM and internet radio, phone interface and Bluetooth connectivity, rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines; and a range of vehicle information, such as trip meter, fuel economy and journey time.

 

High quality graphics and seamless, rapid operation are made possible by one of the fastest processors in the industry, NVIDIA’s automotive grade Tegra 3.

 

Bluetooth connectivity and internet access
The new Honda Connect system offers excellent connectivity to keep owners safely in touch while on the road, with occupants able to connect their smartphone to the Hands Free Telephone system via Bluetooth. Honda Connect is also MirrorLink-enabled, delivering seamless connectivity between the system and the user’s compatible smartphone. This technology enables the user to mirror their smartphone display through Honda Connect and gain access to their favoured apps.

 

Occupants can also connect to the internet through Smartphone Wi-Fi tethering or a Mobile Wifi Router, allowing for full internet browsing while in the car (when stationary), making it possible to search for local amenities or learn about nearby landmarks.

 

Pre-Installed Apps
The system comes with pre-installed apps, with others available for download from the Honda App Centre.

 

The pre-installed ‘Aha’ app allows effortless access to thousands of audio stations – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media feeds and location-based services. The easy-to-use Aha interface makes finding everything from a Twitter account to weather updates as safe and easy as the push of a button. Aha also facilitates point of interest searches, helping users locate the nearest restaurants or hotels, for example.

 

Optional Garmin Navigation
As an option, Garmin’s award-winning satellite navigation is available fully integrated with Honda Connect. Pre-loaded maps allow users to navigate even in areas without mobile reception, and with millions of points of interest it is always easy to find desired locations.

 

Spoken turn-by-turn directions are complemented by advanced guidance features to navigate drivers through the most challenging situations with ease. Lane guidance indicates the proper lane from which to make a turn, and photo-real junction views make it easier to identify selected junctions and exits. The system also features real-time traffic avoidance, speed limit warnings, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing.

 

 

 

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSION: REVISED CR-V ENGINE RANGE PROVIDES ENHANCED OUTPUT AND EFFICIENCY

    New 160PS 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine boasts more power than predecessor and reduced CO2 emissions
    Euro6b compliant
    Best power-to-consumption ratio of any engine on sale today
    New two-stage turbo delivers higher power output
    New nine-speed automatic replaces five-speed automatic transmission

The 2015 CR-V is available with a three-strong powertrain line-up, comprising two 1.6-litre diesel engines (160 PS and 120PS) and a 2.0-litre petrol engine (155 PS). All three are Euro6b compliant.

 

All-new 160 PS 1.6-litre diesel
The CR-V’s diesel line-up, expected to account for more than 60% of sales, has been enhanced with the addition of the all-new 160 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC four-cylinder unit from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, first introduced in 2013 as a 1.6 litre i-DTEC with 120 PS.

 

This unique-to-Europe engine replaces the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. Aided by a new two-stage turbo, it offers higher power output and better power delivery, as well as superior levels of efficiency and significantly reduced CO2 emissions. As a result, the new engine has the best power-to-consumption ratio available in its segment.

 

A number of innovations reduce frictional energy losses, with the engine friction of the i-DTEC engine now 37% lower than its predecessor and equivalent to that of a petrol unit. The result is highly impressive fuel economy of 4.9 l/100km (combined cycle).

 

The engine produces a maximum power of 160 PS (a 6% increase over the 2.2-litre diesel predecessor) and 350 Nm of torque, while emitting a 129 g/km of CO2 (an 11% improvement and a figure not bettered by any similarly-powered competitor) when mated to the six-speed manual transmission.

 

The 2-stage turbo uses 2 turbo devises located up stream and down stream the exhaust gas flow. The upstream turbo facing a higher exhaust pressure is called the high pressure turbo, the down stream unit facing a lower exhaust pressure called the low pressure turbo. The high-pressure turbo is responsible for air flow to the engine at low engine speeds, while the low-pressure turbo operates at high engine speeds. At mid-range engine speeds, both turbos work in tandem to provide charge air to the engine. The smaller high-pressure turbo is controlled by a variable geometry turbine (VGT) to ensure quick throttle response and reduce pumping losses at low engine speeds. The low-pressure turbo is controlled by a conventional waste gate valve.

 

The 1.6i-DTEC diesel engine complies with Euro6b emission regulation, meeting emission standards using a NOx storage catalyst (NSC) after-treatment system, continuously alternating NOx adsorption and conversion (reduction) processes.

 

The focus of development was set to enable a light-off of the catalyst already at low temperatures in order to sufficiently convert NOx emissions yet maintaining the conversion efficiency at high temperatures. Optimisation on ratio of precious metal amount and effective adsorption surface have been performed in order to achieve the target.

 

Nine-speed automatic transmission
The 2015 CR-V will be available with a newly-developed nine-speed automatic transmission replacing the previous five-speed automatic. The new gearbox offers a number of real-world benefits to European consumers. With a wider spread of gears, the very low first gear ratio ensures a quick and powerful launch, while a high top-gear ratio results in reduced engine speed thus reduces fuel consumption and noise level at cruising speeds.

 

With a greater number of gears and smaller gear steps, it also provides better response to driver inputs, and smoother shifts giving the sensation of more linear and harmonic acceleration through the gears.

 

Depending on driving situation – engine speed and throttle application – the new nine-speed automatic transmission can even shift directly down gears from 9th to 5th gear and 7th to 4th gear, additionally to all two gears and one gear downshifts. All other multiple down shifts are overlapped shifts where an additional shift needs to be performed in background in order to achieve the target gear.

 

The efficient packaging of the new transmission results in a smaller, lighter (by 35 kg) unit, allowing better weight distribution across the vehicle. The new engine and transmission together weigh 65 kg less than the previous equivalent powertrain combination, benefitting ride, handling and steering response, as well as efficiency.

 

Petrol engine option
The petrol powertrain is also available in four- and two-wheel drive, carried over from the previous CR-V. The 2.0-litre i-VTEC has a maximum power of 155 PS and 192 Nm of torque and is fully Euro6 compliant.

 

 

 

RIDE AND HANDLING: A MORE RESPONSIVE DRIVE AND GREATER CABIN REFINEMENT

    New front suspension bushes, dampers and lower-arm knuckle geometry improve ride
    Front and rear track increased to aid stability
    New steering ratio for a more engaging ride
    New, improved NVH to create more pleasurable drive for all occupants

The new CR-V includes upgrades to the chassis for better handling and a more refined ride. The re-thought underpinnings – including new front suspension bushes, dampers, revised lower-arm knuckle geometry and rear tracking arms – all contribute to a smoother, more engaging ride.

 

The front and rear track have been increased by 15 mm, and camber angle is up by half a degree to further aid stability. The new lighter diesel powertrain reduces weight over the front wheels, increasing cornering agility and handling, while the new nine-speed gearbox also greatly enhances the driving experience, thanks to better drive force continuation (or simply linear acceleration) due to shorter gaps between the gears.

 

To offer a more responsive drive, the steering ratio has been increased by 8%, reducing reaction delays of the vehicle when swerving around obstacles in the road at high speed while maintaining precise and quick handling at lower speeds for better manoeuvrability.

 

To cosset occupants from the outside and create a more refined and pleasurable experience, Honda engineers have implemented a number of NVH management measures. These include a doubling in the thickness of the door seals, changes to the floor carpet, and optimisation or enlargement of sound absorption materials in the dash, doors and pillars. Further measures taken include the sealing of the front end of the hood to reduce wind noise. As a result of these and other measures, the 2015 CR-V’s cabin is 6% quieter than its predecessor.

 

 

 

WORLD-FIRST TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE OCCUPANT SAFETY

    New safety features: Honda SENSING introduced on 2015 CR-V
    World-first Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
    New automatic low-speed braking system applied as standard
    EuroNCAP five-star rating carried over from predecessor

As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the CR-V is fitted with a number of premium active and passive technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer.

 

Honda SENSING
Honda has comprehensively updated its sensor based active safety systems, known as Advanced Driving Assist Systems. Under the name ‘Honda SENSING’, the new system now combines both camera and radar technology, allowing for advancements to its Collision Mitigation Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control systems. Honda SENSING is available on the new CR-V Executive grade.

 

Honda’s Advanced Driving Assist Systems, including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition System, Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor and High Beam Support System, will be offered in conjunction with Honda SENSING on the Executive grade, or as part of the Advanced Driving Assist Systems pack available as an option on other grades.

 

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CMBS
The newly developed Collision Mitigation Braking System combines both a camera and radar technology capable of operating over an expanded range, combining high and low speed braking, bringing the car to standstill if required.

 

Using both camera and radar the new CMBS system can detect vehicles from further in the distance and their closing rate between the car and the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front of it. Unlike the current CMBS system, it is also possible to recognise objects such as pedestrians or oncoming cars.

 

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
The 2015 CR-V will be the first vehicle in the world equipped with a predictive cruise control system, known as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), capable of predicting and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the vehicle’s lane.

 

Based on extensive real-world research of typical European driving styles, i-ACC uses a camera and radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes cutting-in by evaluating relations between multiple vehicles, enabling the equipped vehicle to react quickly, safely and comfortably.

 

i-ACC complements rather than replaces the traditional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system. Traditional ACC systems keep a preselected longitudinal velocity, which is only reduced to maintain a safe distance from a car in front.
However, if a vehicle cuts-in from a neighbouring lane, these systems only react when the manoeuvre is almost complete.

 

i-ACC is able to detect the likelihood of a cut-in up to five seconds before it occurs, and is therefore designed to react very smoothly so as not to startle the driver, who might not yet be aware of the imminent cut-in. In this case the system applies just a mild brake initially, with an icon appearing on the driver display, informing the driver why a slow-down occurs. It then proceeds to apply a stronger brake to adapt velocity to keep a safe distance.

 

i-ACC is intelligent enough to recognise which side of the road the equipped vehicle is on (be it a left- or right-hand drive car), and automatically detects which neighbouring vehicle is the most critical to be aware of at any given moment.

 

i-ACC is the result of an in-house Research & Development project undertaken by an international Honda team in Europe and Japan, specifically designed for European roads. Research into driver behaviour to develop the algorithm was carried out across Europe.

 

Dr. Kleinhagenbrock, responsible for i-ACC at Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, comments: “i-ACC takes cruise control systems to a whole new level, offering what we call ‘predictive safety’.”

 

Dr. Schmuedderich, responsible for i-ACC at Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH comments: “i-ACC is a significant breakthrough and a considerable further step towards a new generation of driver assistance systems that anticipate the behaviour of other traffic participants.”

 

Lane Keep Assist System
Lane Keep Assist System will continue to be offered on the CR-V as part of Honda SENSING. Lane Keep Assist System uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road, ensuring the vehicle remains in the middle of the detected lane. The system operates at speeds of more than 72 km/h where the road has a curve radius of 230 metres or more.

 

City-Brake Active system
Honda’s City-Brake Active system) will be offered across the model range. Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system uses laser radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is designed to operate at speeds below 32 km/h.

 

If the system identifies that the risk of collision exists then pre-braking as well as audible and visual warning will occur, eventually followed by full autonomous braking.
The system can be turned off by the driver only when the vehicle is stationary and it will remain off until the driver turns off the ignition. The system will become active once the ignition is switched back on.

 

Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front, using the multi-purpose camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15km/h and above. On detecting the risk of collision, it will offer visual and audible warnings. The warning distance can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences and the system can be turned off by the driver.

 

Cross Traffic Monitor
Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear-view camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the intelligent Multi Information Display, and an audible warning sound. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks travelling at up to 25 km/h.

 

Traffic Sign Recognition System
Traffic Sign Recognition System uses the multi-purpose camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the i-MID once the vehicle has passed the sign.

 

The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs while the left shows ‘No Passing’ signs and speed limits with additional information; such as weather conditions, for example.

 

Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road. If the car deviates from its current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

 

Blind Spot Information
Blind Spot Information uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warn of potential dangers when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of more than 20km/h. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks and can help to support drivers in situations such as passing other vehicles and merging or changing lanes.

 

When a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot a visual warning is displayed on the wing mirror. This remains until the vehicle leaves the blind spot. If the driver operates the indicator whilst the vehicle is in the blind spot, the visual warning will blink and an audible warning will sound to further alert the driver to the potential danger. The system can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.

 

High Beam Support System
High Beam Support System works at speeds of more than 40km/h to switch High Beam head lights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

 

 

 

ACCESSORIES AND OPTION PACKS ADD STYLE, TECHNOLOGY AND FUNCTIONALITY

 

The 2015 CR-V is available with a wide variety of accessory packs allowing owners to enhance or adapt their car to suit their personal requirements and tastes.

 

Accessory pack options

 

Chrome Pack
Drivers can accentuate the styling of their CR-V by adding chrome accents to the car. This accessories pack includes a front grille, lower tailgate garnish, exhaust pipe finisher, door lower garnish and a sporty fuel filler cap, all in Shiny Chrome.

 

Aero Pack
The Aero Pack gives the CR-V’s exterior a sophisticated, striking appearance. Accessories include front and rear Aero bumpers, a tailgate spoiler and stylish running boards.

 

Illumination Pack
The Illumination Pack brings an enhanced ambience to the interior and exterior of the vehicle. It includes illuminated doorstep garnishes on the inside and puddle lights on the outside.

 

Convenience Pack
To keep the CR-V looking great for longer, owners can choose the Convenience Pack that provides a combination of accessories designed to protect the car from scrapes, scratches, mud and sand. The attractive doorstep garnishes, front and rear mudguards and side body trims will protect the car from weathering and surface wear and tear.

 

Cargo Pack
Drivers who need to frequently transport luggage or specialised equipment for work or leisure can select the Cargo Pack. This pack offers a unique combination of storage solutions including a premium trunk organiser, cargo room garnishes and a trunk step protector.

 

Single accessory options

 

Honda 3D Sound: “Music never sounded so real”
All drivers want a sound system that can faithfully reproduce their favourite music in their car. By adding a compact digital signal processing (DSP) unit to the standard Honda sound system in their car, drivers can enhance their listening experience by replicating different acoustic environments: from a technical studio sound to the splendour of a live concert hall. With Honda 3D sound, the decibel output is optimised for each frequency and each speaker channel. Programmed to get the most from the characteristics of the standard speakers and audio system and the car’s interior, the DSP unit matches its output to the ideal frequency for the car, creating a depth of sound that has to be heard to be believed.


Tablet holder
To keep passengers entertained, CR-V owners can also add a tablet holder, allowing passengers to watch videos, play games or check their emails on their device. The tablet holder can be used in landscape or portrait position and can be tilted and rotated to allow relaxed movie viewing or even working in comfort. The system attaches behind the car’s headrest at eye level, and all the tablet’s connections, including headphones, remain accessible. This Honda Genuine Accessory integrates perfectly with the car’s interior. No power input is necessary, but the tablet can be charged through the 12V socket if required.

 

Trailer hitch
CR-V owners can select a trailer hitch to enable them to tow their caravan or trailer, with a maximum towing capacity of 2,000kg depending on the vehicle engine and transmission type. With a maximum vertical load of 100kg, the trailer hitch is available in three types: fixed, detachable and retractable.

 

Premium trunk organiser
In order to make the most of the CR-V’s internal carrying capacity, a premium trunk organiser is available to help organise luggage efficiently and securely. This stylish kit consists of a trunk tray with integrated rails and an aluminium telescopic bar.

 

Cross bars and attachments
Drivers wishing to maximise the CR-V’s carrying capacity may be interested in Honda’s strong, secure cross bars. A choice of roof attachments help to transport everything from skis and snowboards to bicycles and extra luggage, creating more space and comfort for passengers within the car. The cross bars can carry loads of up to 75kg.

 

Running boards
Two types of smoothly integrated running boards are available. Both the asymmetrical ‘stylish’ and the symmetrical ‘full’ running boards add a sleek finish to the CR-V as well as making it easier to get in and out of the car.

 

Styling options
For an additional aesthetic touch, there is a range of options to customise the CR-V from front to back. The Chrome front grille is guaranteed to make a striking impression, while the front and rear Aero bumpers emphasise the car’s aerodynamic look. A body colour tailgate spoiler completes the car’s sporty exterior.

 

Alloy wheels
CR-V owners can choose from various alloy wheel designs that provide the perfect accompaniment to the CR-V’s dynamic exterior. The 18-inch HYDRA combines a diamond cut surface with a shiny clear coat and Rombo Silver elements. The 19-inch CURSA is available in full coat Sparkle Silver with a shiny clear coat, while the 19-inch Sirius combines a diamond cut surface with shiny clear coat and Rombo Silver elements. The 19-inch VEGA combines a full coat Black Pearl with a matt clear coat, while the 19-inch ORION combines a diamond cut surface with matt clear coat and Gunpowder Black elements.


The full range of accessories can be viewed on the Honda Genuine Accessories 2015 app, available from iTunes and Google Play.

 

 

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    All technical information is preliminary and subject to change
    All fuel consumption and CO2 figures are subject to final homologation

Body and chassis
Four-door, five-seat SUV with unitary construction bodyshell. A choice of two engines and two transmissions, via Honda’s all-wheel drive or two-wheel drive system.

 


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Engine

 
   

 1.6-litre (diesel)
   

1.6-litre (diesel)
   

2.0-litre i-VTEC (gasoline)

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder
   

4 valves per cylinder
   

4 valves per cylinder

Capacity
   

1597
   

1597
   

1997

Bore x stroke
   

76.0 x 88.0
   

76.0 x 88.0
   

81.0 x 96.9

Compression ratio
   

16.0
   

16.0
   

10.6

Power
   

160 PS at 4000 rpm
   

120 PS at 4000 rpm
   

155 PS at 6500 rpm

Torque
   

350 Nm at 2000 rpm
   

300 Nm at 2000 rpm
   

192 Nm at 4300 rpm

 

Transmission

Engine
   

1.6-litre i-DTEC

Automatic – speeds
   

9

Manual – speeds
   

6

Engine
   

1.6-litre i-DTEC

Manual – speeds
   

6

Engine
   

2.0-litre i-VTEC

Manual – speeds
   

6

Automatic – speeds
   

5

 

Gear ratios

 
   

1.6-litre

6 speed Manual 4WD
   

1.6-litre

9 speed Automatic 4WD
   

1.6-litre

6 speed Manual 2WD
   

2.0-litre 6 speed Manual 4WD
   

2.0-litre 6 speed Manual 2WD
   

 2.0-litre

5 speed Automatic 4WD

1st
   

3.933
   

4.700
   

3.642
   

3.642
   

3.642
   

2.785

2nd
   

2.037
   

2.842
   

1.884
   

1.884
   

1.884
   

1.684

3rd
   

1.250
   

1.909
   

1.179
   

1.236
   

1.236
   

1.128

4th
   

0.928
   

1.382
   

0.869
   

0.976
   

0.976
   

0.772

5th
   

0.777
   

1.000
   

0.705
   

0.791
   

0.791
   

0.592

6th
   

0.653
   

0.808
   

0.592
   

0.647
   

0.647
   

-

7th
   

-
   

0.699
   

-
   

-
   

-
   

-

8th
   

-
   

0.580
   

-
   

-
   

-
   

-

9th
   

-
   

0.479
   

-
   

-
   

-
   

-

Reverse
   

4.008
   

3.805
   

3.673
   

3.583
   

3.583
   

2.000

Final Drive
   

4.111
   

3.734
   

4.352
   

5.333
   

5.333
   

4.437

 

Suspension and damping

Front
   

MacPherson Strut

Rear
   

Re-Active Link Double Wishbone

 

Steering

Type
   

Rack and Pinion

Steering turns (lock to lock)
   

2.94

Turning circle (at wheels)
   

11.0 m

Turning circle (at body)
   

11.7 m (4WD) / 11.9 m (2WD)

 

Brakes

Front
   

Ventilated disc

Rear
   

Disc

 

Wheels and tyres

Wheel size
   

Tyres - Front
   

Tyres - Rear

x 17-inch
   

225
   

65R17

x 18-inch
   

225
   

60R18

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

(mm)

Overall length
   

4,605

Overall width
   

2,096 (including door mirrors)

Overall height
   

1,685 (including antenna)

Wheelbase
   

2,630

 

Capacities (litres)

Luggage
   

589 (seats up) / 1,669 (seats folded)

Fuel tank
   

58

 

Weights (kg)

Engine
   

1.6-litre

6-speed Manual 4WD
   

1.6-litre

9-speed Automatic 4WD
   

1.6-litre

6-speed Manual 2WD
   

2.0-litre

6-speed Manual 2WD
   

2.0-litre

6-speed Manual 4WD
   

2.0-litre

5-speed Automatic 4WD

Curb weight
   

1630-1718
   

1658-1718
   

1545-1592
   

1460-1515
   

1521-1619
   

1543-1645

Gross vehicle weight
   

2170
   

2200
   

2100
   

1960
   

2075
   

2100

 

Performance and fuel consumption

Engine
   

1.6-litre

6-speed Manual 4WD
   

1.6-litre

9-speed Automatic 4WD
   

1.6-litre

6-speed Manual 2WD
   

2.0-litre

6-speed Manual 2WD
   

2.0-litre

6-speed Manual 4WD
   

2.0-litre

5-speed Automatic 4WD

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

202
   

197
   

182
   

190
   

190
   

182

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

9.6
   

10.0
   

11.2
   

10.2
   

10.2
   

12.3

Fuel consumption urban (l/100 km)
   

5.3 (17”)

5.5 (18”)
   

5.6 (17”)

6.0 (18”)
   

4.6 (17”)

4.8 (18”)
   

8.9 (17”)

9.3 (18”)
   

9.3 (17”)

9.4 (18”)
   

10.0 (17”)

10.1 (18”)

Fuel consumption extra urban (l/100 km)
   

4.7 (17”)

4.7 (18”)
   

4.8 (17”)

4.9 (18”)
   

4.2 (17”)

4.4 (18”)
   

6.2 (17”)

6.3 (18”)
   

6.3 (17”)

6.5 (18”)
   

6.0 (17”)

6.2 (18”)

Fuel consumption combined (l/100 km)
   

4.9 (17”)

5.1 (18”)
   

5.1 (17”)

5.3 (18”)
   

4.4 (17”)

4.5 (18”)
   

7.2 (17”)

7.4 (18”)
   

7.4 (17”)

7.6 (18”)
   

7.5 (17”)

7.7 (18”)

CO2 combined (g/km)
   

129 (17”)

133 (18”)
   

134 (17”)

139 (18”)
   

115 (17”)

119 (18”)
   

168 (17”)

173 (18”)
   

173 (17”)

177 (18”)
   

175 (17”)

179 (18”)

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Civic Type R and NSX Supercar Lead Host of Premieres From Honda at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

    Honda to unveil flagship performance models with world premiere of
    production Civic Type R and European premiere of NSX
    Production models of all-new Jazz and HR-V to be unveiled, as well as first showing in Europe of FCV Concept fuel cell vehicle
    2015 McLaren-Honda F1 racer showcased ahead of season opener

 

Signalling a new era for the Honda brand in Europe, every model in the range will be new or refreshed in 2015, with many being unveiled in production guise for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Performance cars for road and track, family cars and a fuel cell concept will all feature on the Honda stand.

The return of two performance legends

Geneva will see the global premiere of the Honda Civic Type R production car. The ‘race car for the road‘ will be the most extreme Type R ever built, with blistering  performance and thrilling dynamics that set new standards in the segment. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine, aggressive function-led styling and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector.

 

For fans keenly anticipating the launch of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon, a dedicated Type R microsite goes live on 28 January. Here fans can explore and share Type R content, in order to gain access to exclusive snapshots of the performance hatchback ahead of its debut in Geneva: http://youtu.be/LJla-AlnlqY

 

Hot from its global debut in Detroit, the much-anticipated production Honda NSX will make its European debut in Switzerland, twenty-five years after the original. The hybrid supercar has been specifically created to deliver a ‘new sports experience’, challenging conventional beliefs about the supercar segment.

New HR-V and Jazz

Production models of Honda’s all-new HR-V and Jazz will debut ahead of their market launches later in 2015.

 

The all-new HR-V blends the styling of a coupe with the toughness, space and utility of a SUV in a sporty, characterful and versatile B-segment crossover. Re-entering the segment that Honda pioneered with the original HR-V in 1998, the new 2015 model features eye-catching exterior styling, fun-to-drive performance, class-leading fuel economy and unmatched interior spaciousness.

 

With a sophisticated new look and an upgraded interior, the third-generation Jazz also makes its debut in Geneva. This car has been redesigned from the ground up, building on the strong reputation of its predecessors and featuring a brand new 1.3 litre petrol engine.

 

Looking to the future

The Honda FCV Concept demonstrates the exterior and interior styling evolution of the next-generation zero emissions Honda fuel-cell vehicle.

The FCV Concept is intended to provide significant gains in packaging, interior space, cost reduction and real-world performance, including an anticipated driving range in excess of 300 miles and a refuelling time of three to five minutes.

 Iconic McLaren-Honda partnership returns

The 2015 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 racecar will also be on show at Geneva ahead of its competitive debut at the season opener in Melbourne, Australia on 15 March. The new partnership aims to create a legacy to surpass that of the original, when four Constructors’ World Championships were won in four years between 1988 and 1991.

 

Honda can be found at stand 4250 in Hall 4 at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (3 - 15 March).

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 11, 2015, 07:58:05 a.m.
Designed to Perform: Superior Aerodynamics for all-new Honda Civic Type R

    2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine and aerodynamic performance deliver class-best top speed of 270km/h (167mph)*
    Unique vents, grilles, spoilers and skirts contribute to enhanced downforce and minimised drag
    All-new Honda Civic Type R in Championship White will make global debut at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

 

The all-new Honda Civic Type R – which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – will feature a host of eye-catching design enhancements that have been heavily influenced by extensive aerodynamic development and testing, both on computer and in the wind tunnel. The result is a car with exceptional high speed stability and high levels of downforce.

 

The superior aerodynamic performance helps make the most of the Civic Type R’s 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine, enabling the car to achieve a top speed of 270km/h (167mph)*, unrivalled amongst its front wheel-drive competitors.

A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road.  A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce, thanks notably to the structure of its airfoil section.

 

A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability.

 

 

To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package for the front wheels, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. New 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.

Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the front wheel arches combine to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.

 

The Civic Type R will be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in Championship White – a colour shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles.

 

Honda can be found at stand 4250 in Hall 4 at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (3 - 15 March).

 

Notes to editors:

* Honda internal figure, subject to homologation

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 18, 2015, 12:33:41 p.m.
ALL-NEW HONDA HR-V COMBINES DYNAMIC DESIGN WITH CLASS-LEADING SPACE

    Characterful coupé looks with the tough stance of an SUV
    Class-leading and versatile interior space with refined sophistication
    Honda Connect infotainment system available as standard on grades above entry level (Sport and Executive)
    Advanced Driver Assist Systems  available  on grades above entry level (Sport and Executive)

An all-new Honda HR-V arrives in Europe in summer 2015, delivering a unique proposition to the crossover  segment: dynamic styling, the versatility of an MPV, sophisticated-yet-fun driving dynamics and fuel-efficient performance. It is part of the updated range of Honda vehicles that demonstrates the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation.

 

The HR-V portrays a characterful poise, with the distinctive, boldly sculpted lines of a coupé merged with the tough, solid stance of a robust SUV.

Inside, the HR-V offers occupants class-leading space and – thanks to Honda’s innovative Magic Seat ® system – high levels of versatility. High quality soft-touch materials and sophisticated design define the HR-V’s interior, where Honda’s designers married expansive spaciousness with the feel of a sporty, enveloping cockpit.

 

The new Honda Connect app-based in-car infotainment system is operated through a seven-inch touchscreen display in the centre of the dash, and offers access to internet browsing, real-time news, traffic and weather and music streaming services.

 

The new HR-V is available at launch with a choice of highly responsive and efficient 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel or 130 PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engines, both part of Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series.

 

The Advanced Driver Assist System package, which employs a camera and mid-range radar, incorporates a comprehensive suite of advanced safety technologies, some of which are new to the crossover segment.

 

The all-new Honda HR-V will go on sale across Europe in the summer of 2015.

Characterful, bold lines of a coupé with the tough, solid stance of an SUV

 

The all-new HR-V blends the dynamic personality of a coupé with the tough, solid stance of an SUV, creating a characterful look with emotional appeal.

 

Its body shape and a rear window line that tapers at the rear result in a dynamic and sporty side profile, complemented by ‘hidden’ rear door handles. A distinctive, sharply cut swage line along the bodyside helps to give the HR-V a purposeful, forward-leaning stance and a sense of movement and agility, even at standstill.

 

HR-V also evokes a reassuringly robust presence. Deeply sculpted lower body panels convey the toughness, solidity and sure-footedness of larger SUVs, a theme reinforced by the strong horizontal orientation of the front and rear bumpers.

 

While ensuring the HR-V boasts a distinctive and self-assured identity on the road, its designers also ensured that it bears a clear family lineage. For example, it shares with the new 2015 CR-V the bold ‘flowing wing design’ of the unified front grille and headlamps and the pointed taper of the rear side window line.

 

At the rear, the HR-V continues with the crisp styling theme. Sharp rear combination lights stretch inboard onto the wide tailgate, into which is cut a single boldly sculpted ‘flowing wing’.

Class-leading interior space with the versatility of an MPV

 

The all-new HR-V boasts class-leading interior space that is not only voluminous but also incredibly versatile, bringing the virtues of an MPV into the crossover segment for the first time.

 

The foundation of the HR-V’s spacious and versatile interior is Honda’s global B-segment platform which incorporates innovative packaging solutions. For example, a lower-profile fuel tank mounted under the front seats frees up the underfloor space beneath the rear seats, enabling the platform to accommodate Honda’s innovative Magic Seats ® system.

 

Each of the 60:40 split Magic Seats ® in the rear can adopt numerous configurations to maximise the versatility of the spacious interior. In ‘Utility’ mode, the rear seat back folds forward as the seat base lowers to create a long, flat floor. In ‘Tall’ mode, the rear seat base is locked in a vertical position to leave space from floor to ceiling. ‘Long’ mode sees front and rear passenger seat backs fold forward to a horizontal position.

 

Once seated, all occupants benefit from class-leading space with leg-, shoulder- and headroom in the front and rear that would more commonly be found in larger vehicle segments.

 

The boot, too, offers impressive space, with 453 litres* available with the rear seats in use, and 1026 litres* to the window line with the rear seats folded away. A wide tailgate opening and low loading height means the boot space is easily accessible as well as capacious.

Refined and sophisticated interior design with quality materials,  panoramic sunroof and advanced new infotainment system

 

For occupants, Honda’s designers sought to marry the conflicting themes of spaciousness, reassuring solidity, and the cockpit of a tight, sporty coupé.

 

The use of high quality soft-touch surfaces, subtly accented with brushed chrome highlights provide a premium ambience, while the dash design combines a solid feel with premium detailing, including a piano-black feature panel that emphasises the sense of sophistication.

 

Facing the driver is a three-dial instrument binnacle, the surround of each featuring ‘floating’ illumination rings to further the sense of quality. Honda’s ECO Assist function changes the backlight colour of the speedometer from white to green during efficient driving.

 

The Executive grade also offers owners a one-touch opening tilt and slide panoramic sunroof. A sliding sunshade that opens automatically with the roof and can be closed manually to block sunlight.

 

At the centre of the dash is a seven-inch Honda Connect touchscreen that is fitted as standard on grades above entry level (Sport and Executive) providing advanced connectivity and infotainment.  A five-inch screen is available on the Comfort grade.

Running Android 4.0.4 operating system, the screen employs the familiar intuitive ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ functionality of a smartphone. Honda Connect gives fast and easy access to internet-based services including web browsing, real-time traffic, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations. Further apps can be installed from the purpose-designed Honda App Centre enabling owners to personalise their connected infotainment experience, and integrated Garmin Navigation is available.

 

The Honda Connect touchscreen also displays vehicle information – such as trip meter, fuel economy and journey time

 

In addition, the Honda Connect system syncs with smartphones and other multimedia devices through MirrorLink, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB.

 

 

Comprehensive suite of advanced safety features

 

As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the HR-V is fitted with a number of premium active and passive safety technologies.

Comprehensive active safety systems combine data from radar sensors and forward and rear facing cameras. Other than the entry-level model, all grades will be fitted with Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System as standard. This suite of safety technologies includes Intelligent Speed Assist, City Brake Active Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, and High-beam Support System.

 

Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the HR-V.

 

In addition to a full suite of front and curtain airbags, Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology provides the foundation for excellent passive safety performance. A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment, enhancing occupant crash protection in frontal collisions. ACE also helps minimise the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.

 

 

 An engaging drive coupled with efficient performance

 

Available in Europe with front-wheel drive only, HR-V will be offered with choice of highly responsive and efficient 130 PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol and 120 PS 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engines. Each is available with a refined and smooth six-speed manual transmission, and the 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol can also be married with a smooth CVT automatic.

 

Both engines are part of Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, which are engineered to deliver responsiveness and high efficiency, and both are Euro 6 compliant.

 

An all-new 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine generating 130PS and a 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine generating 120PS will be available in the HR-V. Both engines will be available with a manual transmission, and the new 1.5 litre petrol engine will also be available with a semi-automatic CVT transmission (with paddle-shift on some grades).

 

The HR-V has been deliberately engineered to deliver a saloon-like driving experience, achieved thanks to its low centre of gravity and its lightweight and highly-rigid body. This rigidity – in great part a result of 27% of the body structure being in high-strength steel – helps deliver reassuring solidity, which in turn leads to a high feeling of security when driving, as well as a lack of body roll. This also delivers exceptional linear driving behaviour, making the HR-V one of the most confidence-inspiring cars in the crossover segment to drive enthusiastically.

The HR-V brings class-leading aerodynamic performance to the crossover segment, benefitting not only fuel efficiency but also interior refinement through low wind noise intrusion. To minimise the intrusion of harsh road noise, HR-V employs a highly efficient acoustic insulation package. Sound absorption to the front and rear inner wheel arches, floor carpet and underfloor cover all contribute a refined and relaxing atmosphere in the cabin.

 

Notes to editors:

* According to VDA standard

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 25, 2015, 09:53:18 a.m.
ALL-NEW HONDA JAZZ REDEFINES B-SEGMENT WITH ADDED SPACE, VERSATILITY, REFINEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY


    Third generation Jazz based on Honda’s global B-segment platform
    New 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine from Earth Dreams Technology series
    Extra interior space, made versatile with Magic Seats® system
    Bold, fresh exterior and refined cabin
    New Honda Connect infotainment system
    Advanced Driver Assist Systems enhance safety

 

Arriving in Europe in summer 2015, the third-generation Jazz features bold yet sophisticated exterior and interior design, with unrivalled interior space and versatility. Occupants will benefit from increased refinement and advanced safety and infotainment technologies, as well as a highly efficient and dynamic driving experience.

While the newcomer retains the classic Jazz silhouette, it exhibits distinctive contemporary styling including a powerful new face and strong lines. The use of Honda’s cleverly packaged new global B-segment chassis means that the latest Jazz is even bigger on the inside. The company’s Magic Seats ® system ensures the interior offers unmatched versatility as well as class-leading space, with a range of configurations for carrying cargo and passengers.

 

High-quality soft-touch materials and thoughtful interior design provide a sophisticated ambience. With a seven-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash, Honda Connect is a new in-car infotainment system that offers internet browsing and access to real-time news, traffic and weather and numerous internet music stations.

 

The 2015 Jazz will be fitted with a new powerful and efficient 1.3 litre petrol engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. A refined ride is allied to more responsive and engaging handling, thanks to a new, more rigid and lighter chassis and re-engineered suspension.

 

The Advanced Driver Assist System package, which employs a camera and mid-range radar, underpins a comprehensive suite of new advanced safety technologies that are being introduced across Honda’s new product line-up during 2015.

Remarkable interior space and versatility

Honda’s new B-segment platform – shared with the all-new HR-V – employs highly efficient packaging solutions. A lower-profile fuel tank mounted under the front seats frees up underfloor space beneath the rear seats, enabling the platform to accommodate Honda’s innovative Magic Seats® system.

 

Longer by 95mm on the outside and with a 30mm longer wheelbase, new Jazz is endowed with astonishing interior passenger space: leg, shoulder and headroom in the front and rear are unrivalled in the class. 

 

For load-lugging, new Jazz again trumps the competition with class-leading cargo space. Boot space has been increased to 354 litres (VDA)with the rear seats in use and 884 litres (VDA) with the rear seats down. Each of the 60:40 split Magic Seats® in the rear can adopt numerous configurations to maximise the versatility of the spacious interior.

 

In ‘Utility’ mode, the rear seat back folds forward as the seat base lowers to create a long, flat floor. In ‘Tall’ mode, the rear seat base is locked in a vertical position to leave space from floor to ceiling. ‘Long’ mode sees front and rear passenger seat backs fold forward to a horizontal position.

With a wide tailgate and a low load height, access to the boot is easy, while four tie-downs in the boot enable objects to be securely transported.

 

 

New chassis and dynamic set-up with powerful, efficient engine delivering refined driving characteristics

Thanks to its new global B-segment platform, new Jazz is lighter than its predecessor and benefits from greater rigidity.

 

Upgraded, lighter suspension components – MacPherson struts at the front and an H-type torsion beam at the rear – combine with the longer wheelbase to provide ride stability by naturally reducing pitching motions. New damper systems also improve ride quality for all occupants and reduce vibrations from the road into the cabin, and a new electric power-assisted steering system results in greater feedback for the driver.

 

New front suspension geometry provides more stable and composed handling, helping the response of the new Jazz feel more accurate, natural and agile through corners.

The new suspension also helps dampen road noise and vibration by reducing the intrusion of harsh body inputs for refined composure. Comprehensive soundproofing brings further improvements, notably reducing engine, road and wind noise. The dash area of the body received particular attention to reduce noise paths, while aerodynamic covers under the body reduce airflow noise while reducing aero drag.

 

The overall effect is that the new Jazz feels and sounds peerlessly sophisticated, with reassuringly composed and refined dynamics.

 

At launch, the Jazz will be available with the highly efficient, highly responsive 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. Delivering 102 PS of power at 6,000 rpm, the new engine is mated to a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a semi-automatic CVT transmission.

 

 Bold, fresh exterior design; refined and sophisticated cabin, with an advanced new infotainment system

An all-new exterior design brings Jazz into line with the full range of new and refreshed Honda models launching in 2015.

A distinctive new face echoes the ‘solid wing’ theme across the grille and headlamps that is shared across the 2105 Honda family. The bold X-shape of the face rises – around the lower edge of the headlamps, over the bonnet, and along the roof line to the rear roof spoiler – and falls to the lower bumper skirt, to create a secure, planted look.

 

Twin bodyside cut-in swage lines rise from the front wheel arch to give a forward leaning, purposeful in-motion look. At the rear, the tailgate spoiler and near-vertical rear windscreen provide a strong aesthetic, while angular rear combination lamps accentuate the bold design.

 

Inside, the cabin gives all occupants a sense of airy spaciousness thanks to a large windscreen that meets the roof panel a long way rearward. This, along with the large front quarter windows provides excellent forward visibility and admits plenty of light into the cabin.

 

Quality materials within the cabin include high-grade, sophisticated black soft-touch dash and trim surfaces with premium detailing, contrasting upholstery materials and polished chrome trim accents.

 

Steering wheel-mounted controls provide easy access to commonly used functions and enable the driver to switch between various information views on the centre console screen – either a five-inch LCD multi-information display or seven-inch Honda Connect infotainment touchscreen, depending on model grade.

The intuitive Honda Connect interface employs smartphone-style ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ functionality. Running the Android operating system, it provides fast and easy access to internet-based services including internet browsing, real-time traffic, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations. Further apps can be installed from the purpose-designed Honda App Centre, enabling owners to personalise their connected infotainment experience, and integrated Garmin Navigation is available.

 

The Honda Connect touchscreen also displays vehicle information – such as trip meter, fuel economy and journey time.

 

In addition, the Honda Connect system syncs with smartphones and other multimedia devices through MirrorLink, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB.

 

 

Comprehensive suite of advanced safety features


As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the Jazz is fitted with a number of premium active and passive safety technologies.

Available as an option on the entry-level model, and available as standard on all other grades, Honda’s suite of safety technologies known as the Advanced Driver Assist System includes Intelligent Speed Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, and High-beam Support System.

 

Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Jazz.

 

Passive safety in the 2015 Jazz starts with Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology that enhances occupant crash protection in frontal collisions. A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. ACE™ also helps minimise the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Aprilie 02, 2015, 06:31:46 a.m.
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American Honda Debuts Next Generation Civic Concept at New York International Auto Show


NEW YORK, April 1, 2015 – Today, at the New York International Auto Show American Honda unveiled its ultra-sporty Civic Concept that will provide the styling direction for the next generation Civic models due to be launched in the U.S.

With more focus on sporty, fun-to-drive dynamics the new Civic line-up will include Civic Sedan, Coupé and Si models, along with the return of the Civic five-door hatchback. These will be followed by the launch of a next generation Civic Type R to the U.S. market, as the performance flagship of the Civic line-up. The 10th generation Civic will also be the first U.S. model to apply new VTEC® Turbo engines from the company’s Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrain series.

Production of the five-door hatchback will take place at Honda‘s Swindon, UK production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), and will be exported to the U.S.

 

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Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Aprilie 23, 2015, 09:04:24 a.m.
ALL-NEW HONDA HR-V SET TO BE AMONG MOST EFFICIENT IN CLASS

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    New Honda HR-V will launch with choice of two highly efficient engines
    CO2 emissions start from 104 g/km
    Fuel economy from 4.0 l/100km
    New HR-V set for summer launch across Europe

The all-new Honda HR-V will be one of the most efficient cars in its class and boast an unmatched combination of sought-after attributes when it arrives in showrooms across Europe this summer.

As well as dynamic styling, class-leading interior space and versatility, and advanced infotainment and safety technologies, the new HR-V will deliver fuel economy and emissions among the best in its class. It will be offered from launch with a choice of 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel and 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engines, both from Honda’s advanced Earth Dreams Technology series.

Combining the 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel paired with a newly-engineered six-speed manual transmission, Honda’s new subcompact SUV will return fuel economy figures from 4.0 l/100km, with CO2 emissions starting from just 104 g/km. HR-V customers won’t find performance compromised by the car‘s frugality, however, with 120 PS powering the new HR-V from 0-100 km/h in 10.1 seconds.

Petrol buyers can select a 130 PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine, achieving combined fuel economy of 5.2 l/100km and CO2 emissions from 120 g/km when they opt for the CVT automatic transmission. When married with the standard six-speed manual, the new petrol-powered HR-V delivers fuel economy of 5.6 l/100km and CO2 emissions at a highly competitive 130 g/km. Sprightly performance is assured with 100 km/h reached from standstill in just 10.3 seconds with the manual and 10.9 seconds when equipped with the optional CVT.

The new HR-V‘s efficient performance credentials are aided by its design and class-leading aerodynamics, with underbody panels optimising airflow. In profile, the HR-V portrays a characterful poise, with the distinctive, boldly sculpted lines of a coupé merged with the tough, solid stance of a robust SUV.

Inside, the new HR-V will offer class-leading boot space: 453 litres with the rear seats up and 1,026 litres with the rear seats down. Thanks to innovative packaging, the HR-V’s best-in-class interior space is exceptionally versatile and incorporates Honda’s highly practical Magic Seats system. Premium quality materials and sophisticated cabin design are blended with the feel of a sporty, enveloping cockpit.

Specification highlights include the advanced Honda Connect in-car infotainment system, and a wide range of safety aids employing radar and camera technologies to scan the road ahead.

Further details including pricing will be available closer to the new HR-V’s summer launch.

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All new HR-V: fuel economy, emissions and performance summary

Engine
   

1.6 litre

i-DTEC

6-speed manual
   

1.5 litre

i-VTEC

6-speed manual
   

1.5 litre

i-VTEC

CVT

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

10.1
   

10.3
   

10.9

Fuel economy combined (l/100 km)
   

4.0 (16” wheels)

4.1 (17”)
   

5.6 (16”)

5.7 (17”)
   

5.2 (16”)

5.4 (17”)

CO2 combined (g/km)
   

104 (16”)

108 (17”)
   

130 (16”)

134 (17”)
   

120 (16”)

125 (17”)
Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Iunie 16, 2015, 06:49:43 p.m.


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2015 Honda Civic Type R


1. Introduction: All-new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and high-performing Type R ever built, setting new standards in Europe’s high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment

 

    Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine

    Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability

    Advanced new suspension systems ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer

    New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills

    GT Pack provides a comprehensive suite of styling, convenience and safety features

    Tested to success, Civic Type R represents the next generation of hot hatch with class-leading performance

 

After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Honda Civic Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built, and will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment.

 

Taking their direction from the Japanese word ‘Buttigiri’, meaning ‘to break on through and leave the rest behind’, Honda’s engineers sought to develop a Type R that would more than live up to this high expectation of the red badge. The new Civic Type R has been engineered to deliver a dynamic, class-leading performance whether on fast roads, winding roads or the circuit. At the same time it delivers the ease of use and practical packaging expected of a Civic.

 

A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, a sensuous sporting sound, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector. Civic Type R is equally at home delivering this experience on the road as it is on the track, at the push of a button.

 

The new 2015 Civic Type R signals the start of a new performance era for Honda, drawing on the brand’s racing DNA to deliver the peak of the Civic line-up.

Part of the wave of next-generation and all-new vehicles from Honda in 2015, the new Civic Type R demonstrates the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation which makes life better for its customers. Available only as a five-door, with two trim grades, it is set to catapult Honda back to the top of the two-wheel drive performance hatchback league when it goes on sale across Europe from July 2015.

 

2. Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine with greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda Type R engine

 

    Direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine
    Advanced technologies improve power, response and efficiency
    Cooling systems allow high output and sustained high speed performance
    Slick-shifting, six-speed manual transmission safeguards an intimate, rewarding connection with the driver
    Four-exit exhaust is tuned for noise as well as performance

 

At the heart of the new Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model.

 

As a visual reference to the inspiration behind the Type R brand, a bright red engine cover and aluminium intake pipe echo those of the successful Civic racing cars participating in the 2015 World Touring Car Championship.

 

Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharging system which incorporates Honda’s legendary Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (VTC) technologies to boost low-end response while delivering sustained acceleration.

 

Combining a turbocharger with Honda’s VTEC and Dual-VTC technologies provides a number of benefits in output, efficiency and packaging. Dual-VTC allows a degree of valve timing overlap which is finely controlled across a broad rev range to improve responsiveness and efficiency. VTEC varies the degree of exhaust valve lift to reduce turbo lag through increased exhaust pressure at lower rpm while delivering a high output at higher rpm. As a result of the benefits these technologies bring, a mono scroll turbocharger can be used to produce a class-leading peak output, while maintaining response at lower engine speeds and a high-revving power delivery. In order to further improve responsiveness, the turbocharging system incorporates an electronic wastegate which offers a higher degree of freedom in induction pressure control over a conventional unit.

 

The mono scroll turbocharger combines with cast aluminium pistons, aluminium VTEC rocker arms, forged conrods and a lightweight crankshaft to minimise the overall weight, size and rotational mass of the engine.

 

High precision combustion technologies not only assist with improving engine output, but also lead to improvements in fuel efficiency and competitive emissions. At the core of these technologies is a direct injection system that prevents fuel sticking to the intake ports by injecting fuel directly into the cylinders and drawing only air through the ports, aided by Honda’s multipoint injection control. A high pressure (20MPa) injector is used to greatly increase fuel atomisation and is supported by an 85% improvement in flow rate and 45% increase in fuel pressure over a conventional fuel pump-based system.

 

Honda’s engineers worked exhaustively to ensure that once the fuel has been injected into the cylinder, strong tumble intake ports promote fuel mixture consistency within the cylinder. The shapes of the intake port and piston crowns were optimised through extensive Computer Aided Engineering modelling and analysis to ensure that they combine to generate a strong tumble flow. This optimises the fuel / air mixture and therefore the effectiveness of combustion. Idling Stop further enhances efficiency, and speedy ignition response assures the driver of rapid acceleration from standstill. The Idling Stop function is disabled in +R mode.

 

The new Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph). Despite its astonishing performance, the Civic Type R achieves low CO2 emissions of just 170 g/km, exceptional high speed fuel consumption and compliance with Euro 6b emissions regulations.

 

The new Civic Type R’s engine has a high compression ratio of 9.8 and is turbocharged, both of which make thermal management particularly important. As a result, the engineering team incorporated numerous cooling technologies, such as cylinder head and piston cooling, sodium-filled exhaust valves and a high-capacity air-to-air intercooler. The cylinder head has a two-piece water jacket, lowering exhaust gas temperature and effectively lowering the combustion chamber temperature, while each piston individually features a cooling channel to provide increased oil flow. Together, the cooling technologies ensure the engine always delivers a high output even under the high load, high speed driving conditions of a race circuit.

 

Whether setting lap times around race circuits, engaging the driver on a favourite country road or providing day-to-day comfort, an exceptional engine requires an exceptional transmission. A slick-shifting, six-speed manual transmission was chosen to safeguard an intimate, rewarding connection with the driver while making the most of the engine’s high output, strong torque and high revs.

 

The gear-change feel is designed to be the best in Type R history. Gear change speed relates directly to race circuit lap times, while gear change feel is fundamental to the joy of driving. The same 40mm shift stroke as the 2002 NSX-R contributes to an exceptionally quick shift time, but this would not be possible without at the same time reducing the force required to move the gear lever. A significant reduction in mechanical resistance has been achieved through a large capacity synchromesh, and vibration each time the clutch engages is supressed by a dual-mass flywheel. Through increasing the rigidity of each component part, shift control when shifting diagonally between second and third, fourth and fifth gears has been greatly enhanced.

 

Each of the six gear ratios has been optimised for performance and matches the engine’s output and torque curve. For example, the maximum speed of 270 km/h is achieved in sixth gear when peak power is reached at 6,500 rpm.

 

Final drive is through an exceptionally responsive helical limited slip differential. This type of differential aids strong cornering traction, even during hard cornering. This technology, when compared to a traditional differential, reduces the new Civic Type R’s lap time by five seconds per lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

 

In keeping with the focus of the new Civic Type R, an oil cooler specific to the gearbox provides a cooling performance capable of enduring consistent high load situations such as those encountered on the race circuit. The oil cooler is fitted to the lower part of the transmission and is fed cool air by the fin-shaped transmission case which is matched to wind-channelling vanes in the engine undercover. Despite the addition of an oil cooler, the use of a high-rigidity transmission case assists in making the new Civic Type R’s transmission the lightest in its class.

 

Making the purpose of the new Civic Type R clear from the first moment the engine is started, the four-exit exhaust is tuned for sound as well as performance. The system is able to handle a higher exhaust gas flow rate due to a straightened pipe with deleted silencer in the front section, while the exhaust sound is enhanced by the deletion of the silencer generally used to dampen noise. Instead, a resonator in the rear section maintains noise within certification levels and reduces only specifically selected frequency bands. The exhaust’s mounting bushes have also been re-tuned to allow the inclusion of a secondary noise element within the overall sound while ensuring the power of the exhaust sound increases in line with the torque of the engine.

 

3. Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability

 

    Aerodynamic features ensure zero lift and minimum drag
    Effective heat management supports efficient cooling of engine and brakes
    Distinctive exterior styling and colours mark out the Type R
    Performance focus extends to interior design and features

 

The styling changes uniquely applied to the new Civic Type R give it an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The size of the holes in the front bumper grille, which serve air to the intercooler, are specifically shaped to minimise aerodynamic losses. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed first and foremost to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured a zero lift coefficient and a minimum of drag which provides a class-leading overall aerodynamic performance.

 

The Civic Type R’s unique aerodynamic package utilises specific downforce-generating elements to create overall negative lift which is unusual in the industry and unique for this class in particular. The focus on airflow, not only around but also through the car, has ensured negative lift (or airflow pushing the car onto the road) at both axles combined with a minimum of drag. This is particularly noteworthy at the front of the car and allows high speed stability with a class-leading top speed of 270 km/h.

 

To achieve this, the fourth generation Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine programme.

 

This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility.

 

A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow to generate downforce on the front axle and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been designed specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and further reducing lift forces.

 

The structure of the rear wing aerofoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce on the rear axle without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners.

 

Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper allow a greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled through the engine bay to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine while minimising the drag caused by the enlarged grilles.

 

The new Civic Type R’s front and rear wheel arches are widened to accommodate an increase in front and rear track. The integrated arch extensions are in aluminium, providing a 42% weight saving over a conventional steel panel.

 

The front spoilers and door spoilers wear a piano-black gloss finish to highlight the car’s wide and low appearance. At the rear of the car, a pair of dual-exhaust tailpipes emerge prominently at the flanks of the rear diffuser. Clearance between the tailpipe finishers and the piano-black gloss rear diffuser has been reduced to an absolute minimum. This imbues the car’s rear-view with an extra degree of aggressive tautness.

 

At the front, running along the lower edge of each combination headlamp cluster is an LED daytime running light. Its sharply ‘up-ticked’ shape, produced using two LED light sources and a light guide, highlights the headlamp’s shape and creates a more appealing and aggressive front mask. The rear combination lamps also feature distinctive LED light bars.

 

New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the new Civic Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35 R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R in conjunction with Continental.

 

The new Civic Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.

 

Inside, a range of aesthetic and functional upgrades, designed exclusively for the new Type R, provide a cockpit that is not only suited to driving on a circuit, but also makes day-to-day driving feel sporty. The seats, steering wheel and gear stick are all unique to the Type R model and take into account driving position, visibility of key information and driver control requirements.

 

Exclusively designed high-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black and red fabric with red double stitching, fit the body perfectly while a modified seat frame provides driver and front-seat passenger with superlative support whether during day-to-day driving or harder cornering. An important factor in providing a suitable driving position for the new Civic Type R is the seat height. By reviewing the density and height of the urethane foam used in the seat, engineers were able to make the front seats 20% leaner, while maintaining comfort for day-to-day driving. This translated into a structurally low seat and enabled a hip point that sits 20 mm lower in the seat than that of the standard car. The floor was also lowered by 10 mm, meaning the overall hip point is fully 30 mm closer to the road than in the standard car.

 

A redesigned rear seat bench unique to the Type R, with revised frame and reduced material thickness, accommodates two passengers and offers a 60 / 40 split fold function and flat loading space when folded. The modifications result in a weight saving of 17% compared to the standard Civic five-door while retaining the same maximum load volume.

 

In light of the front seat’s low hip point, the steering wheel has been lowered to ensure clear visibility of the information displays. A flat-bottomed steering wheel preserves maximum knee room. The driver’s feeling of control has been enhanced by reducing the thickness of the steering wheel spokes, making the feel and the position of the grip feel more familiar. The red centre-position marker at the top of the steering wheel rim gives the driver a visible indicator of the steering angle when cornering.

 

Red double stitching on the black leather-clad steering wheel and black gear-lever gaiter matches those on the seats and the roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience. As with previous Type R models, the gear stick is made from machined aluminium alloy.

 

The intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) includes display information specific to the Civic Type R. Additional information screens unique to Type R can be individually selected by the driver and include:

 

• G-meter and brake pressure / accelerator pedal position

• Boost pressure, water temperature, oil pressure and oil temperature

• Lap time

• Acceleration time (0-100 km/h or 0-60 mph)

• Acceleration time (0-100 m or 0-1/4 mile)

 

A rev indicator above the main tachometer provides the driver with visual information to aid optimum performance gear shifting. When engine revs increase, lights from both edges of the indicator converge to give the driver a visual reference on the optimum timing of the next gear shift without distracting any attention from the road. A gear shift display shows the currently selected gear and responds within 0.2 seconds of a gear change.

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4. Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the new Civic Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer

 

    Four-wheel Adaptive Damper System developed specifically for the Type R
    Advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system enhances high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel
    Revised rear suspension and steering system are retuned for Type R
    Bespoke brakes and tyres complete a compelling sporting package

 

A number of advanced new suspension systems, unique to the new Civic Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road.

 

A new four-wheel Adaptive Damper System was developed specifically for the Type R model. It enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising.

 

The Adaptive Damper System utilises multiple sensors to monitor the car’s status in milliseconds. In real-time, the current to the electromagnetic coils inside the dampers is adjusted, altering the oil flow channels and thereby controlling the damping force. Independent control of each wheel through a logic developed specifically for the suspension and tyres, improves contact with the road surface (including on uneven surfaces) and maintains high levels of traction at all speeds. Further, it ensures sharp handling and stability during cornering at higher speeds through limiting body roll, while in normal driving maintaining an exceptionally supple ride.

 

The Adaptive Damper System also limits wheel load transfer during acceleration (through the front of the car lifting) and deceleration (through the nose of the car diving) which secures greater traction during acceleration and maximises braking performance. This assists in achieving a stable, flat ride longitudinally (on pitching roads, for example) and latitudinally (in strong cross winds, for example).

 

An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system enhances high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. As opposed to ADS, the Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension is a mechanical system featuring two supporting ‘kingpins’. Instead of an integrated knuckle-and-strut set-up of a conventional strut system, the knuckle and strut are separated, so that the knuckle receives steering input and the strut receives information from the road surface. An independent knuckle translates into a smaller centre offset, thanks to a reduced kingpin inclination, which helps reduce torque steer by 55% compared to the standard Civic’s suspension system. Also contributing significantly to the minimisation of torque steer are drive shafts which are precisely balanced for rigidity and a revised wheel offset.

 

The front suspension system is able to provide a larger caster angle which translates into excellent straight-line stability at high speeds. Meanwhile, finely tuned camber characteristics keep the tyres on the road when turning to increase the car’s cornering performance. In pursuit of increased rigidity and weight reduction, the lower arms and damper forks are made out of aluminium and the very high resistance compliance bushes also contribute to the car’s responsive handling.

 

Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS), developed from that fitted to the standard Civic, helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant steering feel with increased power and torque. Pinion gears which transform the turning movements of the steering wheel into a straight movement are placed in two locations. This layout enables steering and tyre input to be transmitted to the driver without any negative influence from the power assistance, which operates exclusively through the second pinion gear. Furthermore, a steering angle feedback control logic has been developed which provides a solid feel when steering around the central position while still providing good response under cornering. An increase in the rigidity of the area around the rack gear bearing, the aluminium housing and the mounting helps further increase feel and response.

 

The Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam rear suspension enhances high speed stability, even in high speed corners, thanks to its contribution to maximising roll rigidity. Unlike that of the standard Civic, the Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam is made of crushed pipes rather than a solid block which improves rear roll rigidity by 177% and removes the need for a rear anti-roll bar, thus saving weight. Very high resistance trailing arm bushes also help to improve lateral rigidity.

An increase in body rigidity by 18% was achieved by optimising the bracket designs and application of adhesive instead of using additional structural steel material, this strategy saved 4.5 kilograms.

Agile Handling Assist is another advanced technology that further enhances the dynamic stability of the car, particularly when reacting to fast steering inputs or high cornering loads such as are experienced during emergency avoidance manoeuvres. Agile Handling Assist operates through the Vehicle Stability Assist system and applies a light braking force, imperceptible to the driver, to the inner wheels when the steering wheel is turned. The result is increased vehicle responsiveness and stability, and a more satisfying driving experience.

 

Unable to find a tyre that naturally suited the character and nature of the new Civic Type R, Honda’s engineers worked with Continental to create a bespoke tyre that delivers enhanced grip and cornering stability.

 

The car is also equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package developed specifically for the Civic Type R. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm discs – the largest ever to have been installed on a production Type R model – which are drilled to stabilise braking friction between the disc and pad at high temperatures.

 

The diameter of the rear discs was increased by 20 mm, as well as the thickness, in order to increase heat capacity and improve performance.

 

5. New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills

 

    +R mode activates several dynamic changes to the Type R’s systems
    Provides an even more intense driving experience ideal for the track
    Changes to the dash display and i-MID screen indicate +R mode is engaged

 

The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ mode that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. This delivers an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.

 

The +R button is located to the left of the steering column for left-hand drive cars, and to the right for right-hand drive cars. When +R mode is activated a number of visual changes inform the driver. The floating dial surrounds in the instrument binnacle change from glowing white to glowing red. A +R logo is displayed to the left of the rev indicator and the Idling Stop system is disabled.

 

With +R mode selected, several dynamic changes are activated within the Civic Type R’s powertrain and dynamics systems.

 

Engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting allowing more of the available torque to be unleashed at lower engine speeds. The electronic power steering reduces the level of power assistance to provide a heavier and tighter steering feel.

 

Basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30% making the behaviour of the car firmer and more agile for high-performance handling. The Vehicle Stability Assist programme is adjusted to focus on acceleration and performance, allowing a greater yaw and slip rate before intervening.

 

+R mode also brings a more dynamic focus to the i-MID screen in front of the driver. When in +R mode, it is possible to access the Type R layers directly from any of the four basic information screens, or to directly access the first specific Type R screen. The selection of a specific performance screen is indicated by the display of an image of the Type R. In +R mode it is also possible to display vehicle information content even when the stopwatch is running.

 

6. High standard specification can be enhanced by optional GT Pack and a wide range of accessories

 

    High standard equipment levels ensure the new Civic Type R is as comfortable on the road as on the track
    Optional GT Pack provides a comprehensive suite of styling, convenience and safety enhancements
    A range of accessories offers exterior and interior customisation options

 

Standard Equipment and Safety

 

The all-new Honda Connect infotainment system is fitted as standard to the new Civic Type R, offering convenience and connectivity while on the road. Easy and intuitive to use, Honda Connect runs Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system – and employs the familiar ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ functionality of a smartphone to access its features.

 

Honda Connect gives front-seat occupants rapid access to everything from vehicle information, rear-view parking camera and music, to Bluetooth connectivity. The new system’s functions include: internet access, pre-installed apps, Honda App Centre, AM/FM/DAB and internet radio, phone interface and Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls and rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines. Sound is fed through a six-speaker 180-watt sound system.

 

The new Honda Connect system – which debuted on the 2015 CR-V earlier this year – offers excellent connectivity to keep Honda owners safely in touch while on the road. Honda Connect is also MirrorLink-enabled, delivering seamless connectivity between the system and the user’s compatible smartphone – provided it is compatible. This technology enables the user to mirror their smartphone display through Honda Connect and gain access to their smartphone applications.

 

With Honda Connect you can also connect to the internet through Smartphone Wifi tethering or Mobile Wifi Router, allowing for full internet browsing while in the car, provided it is stationary, making it possible to search for local amenities or learn about landmarks near to the vehicle’s location.

 

The system comes with a range of pre-installed apps and the user can download other apps from the Honda App Centre.

 

Pre-installed apps include ‘Aha’, which allows effortless access to content and lets the driver keep their eyes on the road. Aha offers thousands of stations of audio – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media news feeds and location-based services. The easy-to-use, integrated interface makes finding everything from a Twitter account to weather updates as safe and easy as the push of a button. Aha also includes POI searches, helping users locate the nearest restaurants or hotels.

 

Automatic climate control air conditioning and cruise control with speed limiter complete an extensive list of standard equipment.

 

The new Civic Type R retains the same five-star Euro NCAP rating as achieved by the standard Civic five door. It shares the same Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and system of airbags (driver, passenger, side and side curtain), restraint systems (including whiplash lessening front headrests) and active electronic safety systems.

 

Developed in the car-to-car crash testing facility at Tochigi, the ACE™ body structure is now a well-established strength of Honda’s safety credentials. The ACE™ body structure provides significantly enhanced occupant protection in a variety of real-world crash conditions. A front-mounted polygonal main frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple major load bearing pathways - and away from the passenger compartment. Additionally, it helps to minimise the potential for under- or over-ride situations, this is particularly important where a frontal collision occurs between vehicles of differing heights, weights or frame construction.

 

The City-Brake Active system is specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents and utilises a laser radar system that scans the road ahead and automatically applies the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system operates at speeds below 32 km/h and is designed to detect cars and trucks.

 
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GT Pack

Customers will have the option to choose an all-new GT Pack to add further styling, convenience, infotainment and safety technology enhancements to their new Civic Type R.

 

Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades are found.

 

The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers, electrically folding door mirrors.

 

With the GT Pack specified, integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including four years of free map updates) is added to the standard Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 212-watt stereo system upgrade.

 

All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is boosted by red ambient lighting.

 

The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition System.

 

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision Warning detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front, using the multi-purpose camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15 km/h (9 mph) and above. On detecting the risk of collision, it will offer visual and audible warnings. The warning distance can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences and the system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

 

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road. If the car deviates from its current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

 

High Beam Support System

High Beam Support System works at speeds of more than 40 km/h (25 mph) to switch High Beam head lights on or off automatically depending on oncoming or preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

 

Blind Spot Information

Blind Spot Information uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warn of potential dangers when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of more than 20 km/h (12 mph). The system is designed to detect cars and trucks and can help to support drivers in situations such as passing other vehicles and merging or changing lanes.

 

When a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot a visual warning is displayed on the door mirror. This remains until the vehicle leaves the blind spot. If the driver operates the indicator whilst the vehicle is in the blind spot, the visual warning will blink and an audible warning will sound to further alert the driver to the potential danger.

 

Cross Traffic Monitor

Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear-view camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the i-MID and an audible warning sound. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks travelling up to 25 km/h (16 mph).

 

Traffic Sign Recognition

Traffic Sign Recognition system uses the multi-purpose camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the i-MID once the vehicle has passed the sign.

 

The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs while the left shows ‘No Passing’ signs and speed limits with additional information; such as weather conditions, for example.

 

Accessory pack options

The new Civic Type R is available with a wider variety of accessory packs and single options than have previously been available for any Type R model, allowing the car to be personalised to suit individuals‘ own preferences.

 

Red Exterior Pack

With the Red Exterior Pack customers can add an extra personal touch to the Civic Type R that will further underline the car’s sporting nature. It offers a combination of accessories that gives the car an exciting, sporty look using Rally Red accents, including a front grille garnish, door mirror covers, a rear diffuser decoration and a roof spoiler.

 

 

 

 

Red Interior Pack

This pack connects the red parts of the car’s exterior with the interior, emphasising its sportiness. Included are air outlet surrounds, a steering wheel accents, red ambient front footwell lighting and doorstep garnishes.

 

Carbon Exterior Pack

The Carbon Exterior Pack gives the Civic Type R exclusive new highlights in a key motorsport material. It includes carbon fibre fog light surrounds, a carbon fibre tailgate garnish and a carbon fibre rear wing– available with gloss black or Rally Red end plates.

 

Carbon Interior Pack

The ultimate expression of racing pedigree, this pack contains carbon fibre air outlet surrounds, a carbon fibre finish to the center console and glove box.

 

Single option accessories

A range of single options, such as Honda 3D Sound, as well as individual elements from the option packs are also available. Honda 3D Sound is able to faithfully reproduce music by adding a compact DSP (digital signal processing) unit to the standard Honda sound system in the car, enhancing the listening experience to give a live concert hall feeling.

 

Specific features of the Civic Type R can be transformed by selecting individual elements from the option packs. For example, hand-made carbon fibre can be applied to the fog light surrounds, while the carbon fibre tailgate garnish or carbon fibre tailgate wing (available with gloss black or Rally Red end plates) can also be added.

 

A roof spoiler, in Rally Red or body colour, is available to provide an additional aesthetic touch. Similarly, the front grille garnish is available in a Rally Red and chrome finsh. Rally Red rear diffuser decoration, exchangable Rally Red covers for the side door mirrors or a fuel cap in a gloss black can be individually specified to bring the true racing spirit of the Type R to life.

 

Inside, the red ambient front footwell lighting gives the interior a sporty but sophisticated feel. The footwell lighting is triggered by turning on the headlights and by opening the door.‘Elegance‘ black floor carpets bring even more of Type R to the front footwell, featuring red linings and a metal Type R badge.

 

The car’s interior can be personalised further by applying a carbon fibre glove box or centre console finish, while the air outlets can be emphasised with a carbon fibre, Rally Red or gloss black surround. The steering wheel can be enhanced with Rally Red or gloss black detailing.

 

The full range of accessories will be available in July on the Honda Genuine Accessories app, available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

7. Tested to success, Civic Type R represents the next generation of hot hatch with class-leading performance

 

    Prototype Civic Type R recorded a time unmatched by any other front-wheel drive performance hatchback around the Nürburgring

 

As part of a rigorous and detailed development and testing programme, a pre-production development Civic Type R achieved a 7 minutes 50.63 seconds lap time of the legendary 20.8 km/12.9 mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. This time is unmatched by any other front-wheel drive performance hatchback.

 

The lap time was achieved during the final phase of pre-production testing in May 2014 by a Civic Type R development car. The development car was in a standard state of engine tune, with suspension, drivetrain, exhaust, brakes and the aerodynamic package identical to those of the production Civic Type R.

 

The removal of equipment such as air conditioning, the front passenger seat and audio equipment offset the additional weight of a full roll cage (installed specifically for safety reasons and not to add rigidity).

8. Technical specifications

 

    All technical information is preliminary and subject to change
    All fuel consumption and CO2 figures are subject to final homologation

 

Body and chassis

Five-door, four-seat hatchback with unitary construction bodyshell.

 

Engine
     

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO (petrol)

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder

Capacity
   

1,996

Bore x stroke
   

86.0 x 85.9

Compression ratio
   

9.8

Power
   

310 PS at 6,500 rpm

Torque
   

400 Nm from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm

 

Transmission

Engine
   

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Manual – speeds
   

6

 

Gear ratios

 
   

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

6-speed manual with limited slip differential (LSD)

1st
   

3.625

2nd
   

2.115

3rd
   

1.529

4th
   

1.125

5th
   

0.911

6th
   

0.734

Reverse
   

3.757

Final Drive
   

3.842

 

Suspension and damping

Front
   

Dual Axis Strut

Rear
   

H-type torsion beam

 

 

Steering

Type
   

Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering

Steering turns (lock to lock)
   

2.25

Turning circle (at wheels)
   

12.594 metres

 

Brakes

Front
   

Ventilated and drilled 350 mm disc; 4-piston caliper

Rear
   

Solid 296 mm disc

 

Wheels and tyres

Wheel size
   

Tyres – Front
   

Tyres - Rear

19-inch
   

235 35 R19

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

(mm)

Overall length
   

4,390

Overall width
   

1,878

Overall width
   

2,065 (including door mirrors)

Overall height
   

1,466 (unladen)

Wheelbase
   

2,594

Track Front
   

1,605

Track Rear
   

1,528

Ground Clearance
   

118 (with driver)

 

Capacities (litres)

Luggage
   

498 (seats up, VDA) / 1,214 (seats folded, VDA to window)

Fuel tank
   

50

 

Weights (kg)

 

Engine
   

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

6-speed manual

Curb weight
   

1,382 (with 100% fuel)

 

Performance and fuel consumption

Engine
   

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

6-speed manual

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

270

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

5.7

Fuel consumption urban (l/100 km)
   

9.4

Fuel consumption extra urban (l/100 km)
   

6.1

Fuel consumption combined (l/100 km)
   

7.3

CO2 combined (g/km)
   

170


 

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News Alert

They R here! First Civic Type R models roll off the line at Honda’s European manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK

02.Jul.2015 

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Today hundreds of production staff and management from Honda’s European car manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK, joined invited guests to celebrate the first production models of the hotly-anticipated Civic Type R rolling off the line.

Breaking cover at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) to a high-energy fanfare of lights and music, the first three models arrived in patriotic red, white and blue respectively as they left the line heading to Honda dealerships across Europe.

Addressing those gathered for the event, Soichiro Takizawa, Managing Director at HUM, took the opportunity to thank staff for their continued commitment and hard work, expressing the shared pride felt by all at HUM in seeing the all-new British-built Civic Type R in the metal.

The ceremony topped a very positive few months for HUM, following an announcement in March confirming that it will become the global production hub for Honda’s flagship Civic five door model, extending its reach beyond European shores. Reflecting this achievement in his address to those attending, Mr Takizawa spoke of renewed optimism for the plant – regarding it as a major milestone and testament to the knowledge and experience of staff who have been building Civics at the plant for more than twenty years.

Mr Takizawa commented: “The new Civic Type R is an imperative model for Honda, representing our racing spirit and demonstrating our commitment to innovation and passion. We are extremely proud to be the only manufacturer of the Civic Type R in the world. Our high standards have earned us this privilege and this is testament to the continued commitment of our Associates.”

Billed as a ‘Race car for the road’, the new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and high-performing model to ever wear the acclaimed ‘Red H’ badge. With a high-revving all-new two litre VTEC TURBO engine, advanced new suspension systems, stand-out function-led styling and a new +R track mode it is set to bring new standards to Europe’s high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. Peak power output is 306BHP, with the engine red-lining at 7,000rpm, delivering a class-leading top speed of 167mph.

The new Honda Civic Type R will be built exclusively for Europe at HUM. The announcement made in March that HUM will become the global production hub for the Civic five door model will see a further investment of £200million for the plant, bringing total investment to £2.2billion since 1985, and confirming Honda’s long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

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Scris de: tokyodream din Iulie 07, 2015, 07:15:12 p.m.
Honda sets new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for fuel efficiency, averaging 2.82 litres per 100km (100.31mpg) in 13,498km (8,387 mile) drive across 24 EU countries.

07.Jul.2015  |  ID: 57250

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Honda has 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 (100.31mpg) over 13,498km (8,387 miles), in a 25 day drive across all 24 EU contiguous countries.

Behind the wheel of a Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC for the entire journey were two members of Honda’s European Research & Development (R&D) team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, who took on the challenge to further demonstrate the impressive real-world fuel economy of the Tourer.

The remarkable distance travelled is similar to the team driving to Australia from their home in the UK, stopping just nine times to refuel. The car achieved an incredible average 1500km (932 miles) on each tank of fuel, at a total fuel cost for the whole journey of just 645 Euros* (£459).

The team set out on their epic road trip from Aalst, Belgium, on Monday June 1st, navigating the continent in a clockwise direction. They returned to their start point on Thursday June 25th, recording the incredible fuel economy figures which exceed the Tourer’s quoted efficiency of 3.8 litres per 100km (74.3mpg), by more than 25%.

Fergal McGrath comments: “It was tough, but we really enjoyed it, and setting this new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title has made all of the hard work worthwhile. This was a huge team effort so I’d like to thank everyone involved for all of their commitment and support. After spending so much time behind the wheel Julian and I are just happy to be back behind our desks for a while!”

The official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title is ‘Lowest Fuel Consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries’, measured in litres per 100km and miles per gallon calculated over the entire journey.

Under the rules the same two drivers must be in the car for the whole journey, giving Fergal and Julian, Honda R&D colleagues of some 18 years and based in the UK, the challenge of driving an average of approximately 600km, taking around 7.5 hours, each day.

Based on strict and rigorous guidelines, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt required the car to enter each of the 24 countries specified, collecting a range of evidence including a fuel/mileage logbook, GPS readings, video and photographs and independent witness signatures to prove that it has done so. To ensure accurate monitoring of the route, journey time and distance driven, the record car was fitted with a tracking device, provided by fleet telematics and stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation).

Under the rules of the record title attempt the car must be a standard model in every respect, with no modifications to create an advantage, to replicate ‘real world’ conditions. This was judged by independent witnesses at the beginning and end of the attempt. Fuelling was carried out at regular filling stations, with the tank filled to the maximum at each stop to ensure no weight advantage. Additionally, tyres were inflated to the recommended pressures and the wheel alignment set to factory specification to represent the experience of the regular customer.

The team, both amateur drivers, were also keen to show that through adopting some simple but very effective driving techniques, anybody could achieve such remarkable fuel economy. They simply used some very logical methods including careful and sensible route planning, driving smoothly and consistently without harsh acceleration or braking, anticipating the road conditions ahead, carrying no unnecessary weight, and ensuring that the car was correctly maintained at all times. Driving speed was always within the law and keeping up with traffic conditions.

Kate Saxton, Manager – PR Communications at Honda Motor Europe Ltd comments: "This is an incredible achievement and the team should all be very proud of the efforts that they have put in to set this new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. Driving the equivalent distance from their home in the UK to Australia in just 25 days is a huge challenge very few would take on. The fuel economy figures are remarkable – particularly when you consider that this is not a small car, but a tourer with class-leading load space and vast practicality.”

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Scris de: tokyodream din Iulie 18, 2015, 08:09:57 p.m.

HONDA’S INTERNATIONAL SALES SUCCESS STORY LANDS IN EUROPE

    Honda HR-V arrives in Europe after huge success in Japan and the USA
    Newcomer was Japan’s best-selling SUV in 2014 and in first half of 2015
    In USA, HR-V posts exceptional first month sales
    All-new Honda HR-V will arrive in Europe showrooms this September onwards.

Since going on sale in Japan in late 2013 as the Vezel, the new small SUV’s unique blend of style, space and versatility has catapulted it towards the top of the sales charts. In Europe it will be sold as the HR-V when it arrives this September onwards.

After selling more than 96,000* units in 2014 in Japan and becoming the country’s favourite SUV, the Vezel continued its success by becoming the bestselling car in the SUV category for the past 18 months. To date, the Vezel has attracted over 140,000 Japanese customers with 38,218 sold in the first half of 2015 alone.

In America, Honda’s SUV sales have experienced strong growth over the first half of 2015, increasing by more than 10% over the same period in 2014. This growth culminated in June, following HR-V’s arrival in dealerships, with a record month for SUV sales, up 18% year-on-year. "The new Honda HR-V hit the ground running with an incredible sales performance in just a half month on the market,“ said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda in the US. In its first full month on sale, HR-V posted phenomenal sales of 7,760 units.

Launching in Europe in September, the HR-V incorporates a number of features unique to the region. The ride and handling has been tuned for European roads, while new CVT control logics have been developed to match European motorists’ expectations of automatic transmissions. And with an engine line-up that includes a 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine that is only available for Honda vehicles in Europe, the small SUV that has proved so popular in other regions is set to make a big impression in its class.

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager of Honda Motor Europe, Car Division, said: “We’re very excited about the prospects for HR-V in Europe after it has proven itself to be a big hit in other markets. With styling that combines rugged SUV solidity with coupé looks, a premium interior that offers class-leading space and versatility, and the latest infotainment and safety technologies, we’re confident that the HR-V will be a strong seller when it arrives in showrooms here in the coming months.”

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* - Data from JADA via www.best-selling-cars.com


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Scris de: tokyodream din August 26, 2015, 08:15:19 a.m.
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HONDA TO SHOWCASE RE-ENERGISED MODEL RANGE AT 2015 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

    Honda 2015 model range of entirely all-new and refreshed cars
    Global premiere of Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V, modified for public road use, showcasing Honda’s uniquely creative engineering
    Honda UNI-CUB β to make its German debut

 

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show underlines an important year for Honda and will see the brand presenting its new model range of entirely refreshed and all-new cars displayed together. Alongside the new line-up, Honda will also showcase design concepts and advanced technologies, all demonstrating Honda’s unique creativity in meeting the personal mobility challenges of today and the future.

 

Honda Project 2&4 Powered by RC213V – embodiment of creativity and craftsmanship

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show will witness the global premiere of ‘Honda Project 2&4’. A winner of the global design competition run by Honda between its global design studios, Honda Project 2&4 represents the company’s drive to inspire and reward creative thinking.

 

Embodying Honda’s concept of ‘creative craftsmanship’, Honda Project 2&4 was designed together by Honda’s motorcycle design centre in Asaka and by Honda’s automobile design centre in Wako, Japan. The Honda Project 2&4 is the result of the company’s continuous effort to create a more exciting user experience. Honda Project 2&4’s cabin-less structure produces an immersive driving environment combining the experience Honda has in providing the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car.

 

New and refreshed model line-up from Honda

2015 Frankfurt Motor Show will see the all-new HR-V and Jazz models on display. Due to arrive in European showrooms from September onwards, both models combine sophisticated new design concepts with the safety, class-leading interior space and versatility customary to Honda models.

 

One of the best selling SUVs in the world, 2015 has seen Honda’s CR-V refreshed for the European market with a new diesel engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, as well as world-first technologies to enhance occupant safety.

 

The 2015 Honda Civic and Civic Tourer feature new sporty exterior and interior styling enhancements, reflected by a new Civic Sport, as well as introducing Honda Connect, an advanced Android-based infotainment system offering WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI and Mirror Link connectivity.

 

The new Civic Type R is Honda’s race car for the road and represents Honda’s racing spirit and commitment to delivering class-leading performance through creative engineering. The British-built model, which debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, is powered by an all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine and is the most extreme model ever to wear the legendary red badge of a Type R. With unmatched performance in the European front-wheel drive hot hatch segment, the Civic Type R’s peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm. Coupled with unique aerodynamics, the Type R can power to a top speed of 270 km/h.

 

Honda UNI-CUB β to make its German debut

During 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda will demonstrate its personal mobility device, UNI-CUB β. The device features balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) which originated from Honda’s pioneering research into humanoid robots, represented by the research and development of the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO.

 

The Honda Press Conference will take place at 14:00 CET on Tuesday 15th September on the Honda stand B11 in Hall 9.0

 

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Scris de: tokyodream din Septembrie 15, 2015, 09:49:31 p.m.

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 Press Kit


1. Introduction

Honda presents its re-energised model range of entirely refreshed and all-new cars alongside design concepts, underlining an important year for the brand

 

2. Global debut of Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V

Winner of Honda’s ‘Global Design Project’ combines the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car

 

3. New and refreshed model line-up from Honda

2015 range showcases the diverse application of Honda’s creative engineering

 

4. Civic Tourer Active Life Concept and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record-breaking Civic Tourer

All-new concept underlines the Tourer’s class leading cargo space and versatility

 

5. German debut of the UNI-CUB β

Personal mobility device available to ride in Germany for the first time

 

6. Moto GP championship-winning motorcycle for the road

The RC213V-S street legal version of Honda’s multiple championship-winning RC213V MotoGP racer is on show alongside CBR1000RR Fireblade and VFR800X Crossrunner

 7. McLaren MP4-30

 

1. Introduction

Honda presents its re-energised model range of entirely refreshed and all-new cars alongside innovative design concepts

 

During an important year for Honda, the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show sees the brand presenting its range of entirely refreshed and all-new cars. Alongside the new line-up, Honda will showcase design concepts and advanced technologies, all demonstrating Honda’s unique creativity in meeting the personal mobility challenges of today and the future.

 

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show will witness the global premiere of ‘Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’. A winner of the global design competition run by Honda between its global design studios, Honda Project 2&4 represents the company’s drive to inspire and reward creative thinking.

 

Embodying Honda’s concept of ‘creative craftsmanship’, Honda Project 2&4 was designed through a collaboration between Honda’s motorcycle design centre in Asaka and Honda’s automobile design centre in Wako, Japan. Honda Project 2&4 is the result of the company’s continuous effort to create a more exciting user experience.

 

As part of a new and refreshed model line-up, the all-new HR-V and Jazz production models are on display, both demonstrating Honda’s familiar blend of sophisticated design, advanced safety features, and class-leading interior space and versatility.

 

One of the world’s best-selling SUVs, Honda’s CR-V has been refreshed for the European market in 2015, with a new diesel engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, as well as world-first technologies to enhance occupant safety.

 

The 2015 Honda Civic and Civic Tourer feature new sporty exterior and interior styling enhancements and there is a new Civic Sport derivative. The car features Honda Connect, an advanced Android-based infotainment system offering WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI and Mirror Link connectivity.

 

The new Civic Type R is Honda’s race car for the road and represents Honda’s racing spirit and commitment to delivering class-leading performance through creative engineering. The British-built model, which debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, is powered by an all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine and is the most extreme model ever to wear the legendary red ‘H’ badge of a Type R.

 

The Civic Tourer Active Life Concept underlines the Tourer’s class leading cargo space and versatility within the C-segment. The Concept study shows that style and space can work together; a custom paint colour further enhances the sleek and sporty exterior and an accessorised interior demonstrates the Concept’s suitability for an active lifestyle and the needs of its customers.

 

During 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda will demonstrate its personal mobility device, UNI-CUB β. The device features balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System), which originated from Honda’s pioneering research into humanoid robots, including the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO.

 

Honda will be displaying the RC213V-S motorcycle, created by a desire to turn the championship-winning RC213V competing in MotoGP races into a model for the public road. The RC213V-S is not merely the result of a feedback of technologies created by Honda through its competition in races into a commercially available model, but rather represents a wholly new endeavour to make it possible for a machine developed for competition in MotoGP races to run on public roads.

 

2. Global debut of Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V

Winner of Honda’s ‘Global Design Project’ provides the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car

 

‘Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’, the winning entry from Honda’s ‘Global Design Project’, makes its global debut at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

Embodying the concept of ‘creative craftsmanship’, Honda Project 2&4 celebrates Honda’s position as the world’s leading engine manufacturer, providing engines to 28 million people per year across two- and four-wheel automotive, power equipment, marine and aerospace applications.

 

An example of the continuous effort to create an ever-more immersive driving experience, Honda Project 2&4 brings together the brand’s unique capabilities in two- and four-wheel mobility. Featuring the RC213V competition motorcycle engine, which has been modified to run on public roads, the Honda Project 2&4 provides the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car.

 

Its exceptional engine, a 999 cc V-4 four-stroke unit, was originally developed for the world-class MotoGP motorcycle racing series and has been specially tuned for the public road. The engine conforms to Honda’s ‘The Power of Dreams’ guiding philosophy that inspires innovation and originality. With a 14,000 rpm red line, the unit is mated to a six-speed DCT gearbox and delivers peak power of 215 PS at 13,000 rpm, and peak torque of 118 Nm at 10,500 rpm.

 

Drawing on Honda’s racing heritage, the body design and engine position have been inspired by the legendary Honda RA272 of 1965. The structure reveals the core frame and functional components of the car, much as would be more customary for a motorcycle, and is similarly compact. Overall length is3,040 mm, width1,820 mmand height995 mm. A weight of just405 kgmaximises the power of the mid-mounted engine which, together with the low centre of gravity, ensures an exceptionally high level of responsiveness.

 

The exhilarating feeling created from the open cockpit is significantly enhanced by the driver’s seat, uniquely suspended just above the road. The ‘floating seat’ design places the driver as close to the action as possible, evoking the freedom of a bike and completing the immersion provided by Honda Project 2&4’s extreme performance and unique engineering.

 

3. New and refreshed model line-up from Honda

2015 range showcases the diverse application of Honda’s creative engineering

 

Honda HR-V: A new generation of subcompact SUV

The all-new Honda HR-V delivers a unique proposition to the subcompact crossover segment: characterful coupé looks with the tough stance of an SUV, the space and versatility of an MPV, sophisticated-yet-fun driving dynamics and fuel-efficient performance. From the very first glance, the new HR-V portrays a characterful youthfulness, with the distinctive, boldly-sculpted lines of a coupé merged with the tough stance of a robust SUV.

 

The new HR-V is available with a choice of highly efficient 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel or 130 PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engines, both part of Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. The diesel engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission while the petrol engine is offered with either six-speed manual or CVT transmissions.

For more information on the all new Honda HR-V, please visit http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/56929/2015-honda-hr-v17

 

Honda Jazz: third generation redefines the B-segment hatchback

The third generation of Honda’s versatile and hugely popular sub-compact hatchback, the all-new 2015 Jazz delivers greater space, versatility, refinement and technology.

 

The all-new Jazz follows Honda’s ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ design concept. This philosophy aims to achieve a compact, highly efficient package by maximising the space for occupants while minimising the space utilised by the car. Class-leading interior capacity and Honda’s innovative packaging solutions are further enhanced thanks to Honda’s Magic Seats system, offering a range of configurations for transporting cargo and passengers.

 

For more information on the all new Honda Jazz and a wide variety of accessory packs, please visit

http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/58052/2015-honda-jazz2

 

Honda Civic Type R: a race car for the road

The new Civic Type R is Honda’s race car for the road and represents Honda’s racing spirit and commitment to delivering class-leading performance through creative engineering. Furthermore, the new Civic Type R is an expression of the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, a sporting sound, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences.

 

The Type R also sees the debut of the new ‘+R’ mode that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems to deliver an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track.

 

At the heart of the new Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers unrivalled power, torque and performance figures in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model.

 

For more information about the Honda Civic Type R and a wide variety of accessory packs, please visit

http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/55296/2015-honda-civic-type-r

 

Honda NSX: the icon drives again

Complementing the Type R on the Honda stand is the hotly-anticipated NSX hybrid supercar. Developed to fulfil the concept of a ‘human-centred supercar’ that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design.

 

Resulting from a three-year intensive engineering programme by a global design and engineering team at Honda’s development centre in Raymond, Ohio, 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.

 

Every element of the exterior body design has been carefully fashioned for total airflow management, generating stability-enhancing downforce and aiding vehicle systems cooling. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at the company’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel, leading to a number of significant changes from concept to final body design, including modified bonnet vents, new front wing vents, modified side air intakes, and an optimised rear spoiler.

 

At the heart of the NSX’s performance is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to a specially-developed nine-speed DCT. The V6 engine employs a race-inspired compact valve train and dry sump lubrication system to help lower the centre of gravity. The all-new nine-speed DCT delivers synapse-quick gear changes and rev-matching downshifts. The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance.

 

For more information about the Honda NSX, please visit

http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/54684/new-technical-details-of-the-next-generation-nsx-revealed-at-sae-2015-world-congress-and-exhibition

 

Honda CR-V: the biggest-selling SUV in the world

One of the most popular SUVs in the world, Honda’s CR-V is refreshed in 2015, with revised styling, new comfort and connectivity features, and world-first technologies to enhance occupant safety.

 

Highlights of the European 2015 model-year CR-V include a new diesel engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission and a world-first safety technology known as ‘Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) system’ introduced as part of Honda SENSING.

 

Using both radar- and camera-based safety technologies Honda’s new i-ACC system is capable of predicting and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the vehicle’s lane. Based on extensive real-world research of typical European driving styles, Honda’s i-ACC uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes cutting-in, enabling the equipped vehicle to react quickly, safely and comfortably.

 

Honda’s advanced infotainment system, Honda Connect, has been introduced to the CR-V, offering convenience and connectivity while on the road. Key features include internet radio, internet browsing, satellite navigation and rear-view parking camera.

 

For more information on the Honda CR-V and a wide variety of accessory packs, please visit

http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/presskits/42657/2015-honda-cr-v

 

 

Honda Civic: new design, new technology and a new Sport derivative

For the 2015 model year, both the Civic and Civic Tourer have benefitted from a sporty new exterior design featuring new headlamps with integrated daytime running lights and a sleek new front bumper. The Civic hatchback also features a new rear bumper, side skirts, a rear spoiler finished in black, and LED rear combination lamps.

 

The Civic’s 477 litre and Civic Tourer’s 624 litre boot capacity remain the best in their respective segments. The 2015 Civic range benefits from the all-new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system.

 

Each model in the 2015 Civic range now offers Honda’s City- Brake Active (CTBA) system as standard. Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system uses radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is engineered to operate at speeds below 30 km/h.

 

The European Civic line-up has been expanded with the introduction of a new derivative, the new Civic Sport. Based on the Civic hatchback, and powered by the 1.6-litre i-DTEC, 120 PS diesel engine or the 1.8-litre i-VTEC, 142 PS petrol engine, it features a colour-coded rear spoiler and unique 17-inch alloy wheels.

 

For more information on the Honda Civic and a wide variety of accessory packs, please visit

  http://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/presskits/42663/2015-honda-civic1

 

 


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4. Civic Tourer Active Life Concept and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record-breaking Civic Tourer

All-new concept underlines the Tourer’s class leading cargo space and versatility

Honda will reveal the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, underlining the Tourer’s class leading cargo space and versatility within the C-segment. The Concept study shows that style and space can work together; a custom paint colour further enhances the sleek and sporty exterior and an accessorised interior demonstrates the Concept’s suitability for an active lifestyle and the needs of its customers.

 

Utilising the unique centre fuel-tank layout, the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept makes full use of its 1,668 litres* cargo space and a low loading height. Features include a smart loading rack capable of transporting two bicycles, along with a retractable arm which can be extended from the rack, making maintenance and repairs easier. Other maintenance accessories include a built in integrated air pump, a large light located on the tailgate, an extended shade area and a retractable bench.

 

Further accessories include a toolbox, bottle holder, water tank and a front wheel holder which are all integrated within the trunk side lining. Other clever storage solutions include a special aero shape roof box designed to accommodate essential cycling accessories such as shoes and helmets.

 

The dynamic exterior styling of the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept reflects the sporty and active lifestyle of the customer; featuring a custom blue paint finish with a lower gun-metallic gradation and a silver roofline, which help accentuate the Civic Tourer’s sleek styling and aerodynamic design. New 18-inch alloy wheels and a custom design rear bumper further highlight the Civic Tourer’s sporty character.

 

The interior also features a customised theme; blue stitching can be found on the steering wheel and on the gear shift, along with a sporty black roof lining, which is also found on the Civic Sport and Civic Type R.

 

The front seats combine both suede and leather and feature a carbon tape with blue piping that runs along the centre and along the upper outer areas of the seat, continuing into the suede door lining.

 

Of course, space doesn’t have to come at the cost of efficiency, and to demonstrate that belief, and proving in emphatic terms the efficiency of the new i-DTEC engines from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC recently set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for fuel efficiency. The 25-day ‘real-world’ challenge in June saw the car average 2.82 litres per 100km (100.31mpg) in a 13,498km (8,387 mile) drive across 24 contiguous EU countries.

 

* Seats down, up to roof lining

 

For more information on the Honda Civic Tourer and a wide variety of accessory packs, please visit

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5. German debut of the UNI-CUB β

Personal mobility device available to ride in Germany for the first time

 

During the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda will demonstrate its personal mobility device, UNI-CUB β. The device features balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System). This innovation originates from Honda’s pioneering research into humanoid robots, represented by the research and development of the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO. These technologies allow the rider to move UNI-CUB β forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally simply by shifting their body weight and leaning towards the intended direction.

Since it was first introduced as a concept in 2012, Honda has been testing and verifying the potential utility of the UNI-CUB through a demonstration and testing programme in Japan, conducted jointly with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). The new UNI-CUB β is an evolution of the UNI-CUB, developed after analysis of the programme’s data and user feedback.

 

Smaller and lighter, UNI-CUB β weighs 25 kg and features enhanced design and materials, with improved usability and a lower seating position. In total, UNI-CUB β stands 620 mm high, is 510 mm long and 315 mm wide. Power is provided by a Lithium-ion battery giving a 6 km range, or 1.5 hours endurance at 4 km/h. Maximum speed is 6 km/h.

 

With this model, Honda will take another step forward and verify the business feasibility of the device by offering the UNI-CUB β to other businesses and organisations in Japan through a fee-based leasing program.

 

During the Frankfurt Motor Show there will be a five minute demonstration once an hour, after which test rides on the device are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

6. Moto GP Championship-winning motorcycle for the road

The RC213V-S street legal version of Honda’s multiple championship-winning RC213V MotoGP racer is on show alongside CBR1000RR Fireblade and VFR800X Crossrunner

 

Honda RC213V-S

The RC213V is a machine created by Honda exclusively for racing that won consecutive championships in the MotoGP class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix in 2013 and 2014. In creating the RC213V-S, Honda has made changes to the RC213V that are necessary in order to allow for use on the public road.

 

Naturally, the RC213V-S has inherited many of the characteristics that have made the RC213V so successful on track. These include light weight and specifically machined components, plus the expert skills and techniques required for precision manufacturing. In addition, the RC213V-S is equipped with the same fully-adjustable control technologies deployed to adapt the RC213V to each individual circuit and rider.

 

In developing RC213V’s powertrain, Honda’s aim was to create a motorcycle engine with MotoGP winning potential. To this end, the engine needed to achieve a high enough power output to enable the speeds needed for MotoGP while being as compact as possible. To meet these goals, as well as MotoGP regulations, Honda adopted a 999cc, 90-degree V4 engine with detailed modifications to allow the engine to fit within the mandated dimensions.

 

The RC213V-S engine retains all of the above features, but with a modified rpm profile for output characteristics better suited to public roads. It shares a gear-based timing system for superior valve actuation accuracy at high rpm – just as with RC213V. However, the pneumatic valve mechanism was changed to a coil-spring system for greater durability and easier maintenance in day-to-day running. Similar considerations see the seamless transmission used in RC213V replaced with a conventional gearbox.

 

The RC213V-S is available in two states of tune, as standard with 159 PS (117 kW) at 11,000 rpm or with 215 PS (158 kW) at 13,000 rpm when fitted with the optional Sports Kit. The RC213V-S was designed with riding on public roads as the core premise, but is available with the optional Sports Kit, designed exclusively for racing or riding on closed circuits.

 

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Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

From 1992 to date, the CBR1000RR Fireblade’s story is one of constant evolution and development. Honda’s ‘Total Control’ concept – a design philosophy running through every single model – has resulted in a motorcycle in total balance, combining exceptional performance and handling with a satisfying ability to extract the very best from every rider.

 

For the 2014 season, the CBR1000RR Fireblade was updated with enhanced peak power and mid-range torque. The engine now produces peak power of 181 PS (133 kW) at 12,250 rpm with 114 Nm of torque at 10,500rpm. The riding position was also improved and a track-focused CBR1000RR Fireblade SP model created for the first time.

 

Since the first model, all-round usability of potent engine performance – especially throttle control at partial openings – has been a principal factor for Honda’s engineers, achieved through the Programmed Dual Sequential Fuel Injection system (PGM-DSFI). The MotoGP-derived slipper clutch ensures full power transmission together with ultra-smooth gear shifting and light feel at the lever. In the critical hard braking, back-shifting corner-entry phase it decreases the torque passed from engine to the rear wheel, reducing the chance of traction loss and increasing stability.

 

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Honda VFR800X Crossrunner

Built to deal with whatever the road ahead has to offer, the VFR800X Crossrunner’s muscular and minimal adventure-sport style showcases the V4-VTEC engine and aluminium twin-beam frame. Long travel suspension – front and rear – smooths the ride over rough tarmac, while the upright riding position and wide handlebars deliver razor-sharp steering response and agile handling from city to countryside. Honda has also engineered the Crossrunner to handle long distances, with a seat height that adjusts to either 815 mm or 835 mm for optimal comfort.

 

The 782cc liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine has been designed to generate more low-to-mid-range torque and peak power. Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) operates one pair of inlet / exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, switching to four as revs increase. The engine has a characterful feel and produces a unique, thrilling howl through its 4-2-1-1 exhaust Maximum power is 106 PS (78 kW) at 10,250 rpm, while peak torque of 75 Nm is delivered at 8,500 rpm.

 

Housing the engine is a specifically honed chassis,equipped with the 43 mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork which features 131 mm axle travel and stepless spring preload adjustment. This combines with the gas charged rear-shock to create do-it-all adventure-sport-touring capability, blending all-round practicality with focused performance.

 

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7. McLaren MP4-30

Ever since its establishment, Honda has taken on challenges in racing. The MP4-30 from McLaren-Honda is powered by Honda’s 1.6 litre V6 engine, RA615H, mounting Honda’s challenge at the world’s premier racing category, FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship.

Along with the MP4-30, Frankfurt Motor Show will see the premiere of the new Honda F1 promotional movie. The movie shows behind the scenes footage of the development of the Honda RA615H F1 Power Unit.

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Honda’s renewed line up is the first step towards growth in Europe

    Investment in new models and manufacturing capabilities signals Honda’s intention to work towards European sales of 200,000 units annually
    Next generation Civic to be launched from early 2017, with five door variant to be built at Honda’s UK Manufacturing plant (HUM)
    HUM to benefit from €270 million investment

 

A fully refreshed 2015 model line-up, news on further new models and a significant investment in its UK manufacturing base signal Honda’s intention to work towards a European sales level of 200,000 units annually. Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, announced this as part of the company’s press conference at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

Mr Ross outlined plans to build on the momentum created by a series of new model introductions in 2015. The launch of the all-new HR-V and Jazz, the exciting Civic Type R high-performance hatchback, and refreshed Civic and CR-V families have given Honda one of the youngest product ranges in the industry. Early response from customers and media alike has given a new momentum to the brand in Europe.

 

“We are confident that this range will satisfy and delight our existing customers, and bring in many more, as the breadth of our range and the quality of our product broadens the appeal of Honda to an ever wider audience,” said Ross.

 

The focus on Honda’s commitment to pushing boundaries will be magnified again next year, with the start of mass production of the all-new NSX, a hybrid supercar featuring cutting edge technological advancements that epitomise Honda’s daring spirit.

 

Ross also confirmed the 10th generation Civic is scheduled for a European launch from early 2017, with production of five door variants exclusively from Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM). In order to prepare for this new model, Honda has invested €270m in new production technologies and processes, bringing the total investment in the site to €3bn since 1985.

 

“2015 has been an important year for Honda, but it’s very much the start of things to come,” concluded Ross.

 

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Honda strengthens global brand value

Honda has seen a strengthening in the value of its brand for the third year in a row. International consultancy Interbrand have recently published the 2015 edition of its Best Global Brands ranking, placing Honda as the 19th most valuable global brand.

Honda’s brand was valued in excess of $22 billion, an increase of six per cent compared to 2014. This valuation improved Honda’s position in the all industry ranking by one place.

This result is the latest positive news for the brand following a year of extensive product introductions, particularly in the European region. In the last 12 months Honda has renewed its entire car range with all-new versions of its Jazz hatchback, HR-V compact crossover, and heavily refreshed versions of the Civic hatchback and CR-V four-wheel drive compact SUV. Meanwhile Honda’s motorcycle range has seen no fewer than seven new product introductions, including the Moto GP inspired RC213V-S superbike. Other product introductions across the corporation include a revised version of the unique robotic mower, Miimo, and the first flights of the HondaJet aircraft.

2016 is set to be another positive year for the Honda brand as it launches its next generation FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and an icon returns to showrooms in the shape of the NSX supercar.

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British Touring Car Team Honda Yuasa Racing secures first motorsport title for new Civic Type R

The new Honda Civic Type R has this weekend added motorsport honours to its growing list of plaudits, as Honda Yuasa Racing clinched the drivers and manufacturers championship in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in a tense final round at Brands Hatch.

 

Continuing the success story for the most high performance car ever to wear the red ‘H’ badge, the new Honda Civic Type R was developed with help from the brand’s World Touring Car Team. Vital analysis and feedback from the track informed decisions about performance and styling, supporting the British team to driver and manufacturer titles in its first competitive year.

 

The road-going version of the Civic Type R broke cover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show back in March and with the Dunlop MSA British Touring Cars season kicking off just a few short weeks after, the Honda Yuasa Racing team required special assistance from Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) to ensure the car was ready to race.

 

Billed as a race car for the road, the aggressive hot hatch set the fastest time for a front wheel drive car around the legendary Nurburgring and has a total output of 310ps, a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph.


Gordon Shedden commented: “You’re only as good as the car you’re sat in, and the Honda Yuasa Racing guys have given me an amazing bit of kit all season. The Honda Civic Type R only came out this year, and we’ve won both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

 

“At the start of the season, because of the newness of the car, we had severely limited parts so we had to make sure we didn’t get involved in any serious altercations, as we wouldn’t have been able to race!”

 

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Honda HR-V makes the final five of AUTOBEST 2016

 

    Honda HR-V crossover voted as a finalist in AUTOBEST “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2016” award
    First time that a Honda vehicle has made the final
    AUTOBEST jurors represent 26 European countries
    Early sales performance of HR-V strong, with over 6,000 confirmed customer orders

 

European auto jury AUTOBEST has voted Honda’s HR-V crossover as a finalist in the “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2016” award. HR-V will now progress to the final testing session at Navak proving ground in Belgrade, Serbia, to compete against four other finalists. This is the first time the Japanese brand has secured a place as a finalist.

 

The AUTOBEST organisation is composed of 26 of the most influential motoring writers from across Europe. The award seeks to recognise the new car that represents the best overall offer for a broad range of European customers. Areas of particular importance to the jury include competitive pricing, flexibility, design, connectivity and the availability of spare parts and service items. To be eligible, vehicles must be available from less than €20,000.

 

The nomination is the latest news in a successful launch year for Honda’s new crossover. Earlier in 2015, HR-V was voted most anticipated car of the year by readers of the UK’s What Car? magazine. After just six weeks on sale across Europe, Honda has received over 6,000 confirmed customer orders after six weeks on sale.

 

AUTOBEST Founder and Chairman, Dan Vardie, said, “The new HR-V impressed jurors with its interior versatility, new design and technology features. The jury look forward to putting the car through its paces in Belgrade in November.”

 

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All-New VTEC TURBO engines set for next generation 2017 Civic


    Two further VTEC TURBO engines to be launched in Europe
    First application of new engines scheduled for 10th generation 2017 Civic

 

Honda has announced that two all new downsized turbo petrol engines will be coming to Europe. 1-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO engines will form part of the powertrain line-up for the 10th generation Civic, set for launch in Europe from early 2017. The all-new engines will be part of Honda’s growing Earth Dreams Technology range and will deliver a combination of dynamic performance, class-leading output and excellent fuel economy. The first new VTEC TURBO engine, a 2-litre, was launched this year in the current Civic Type R, capable of 310ps and a 0-62 mph time of 5.7 seconds.

 

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

The all new Civic is scheduled to arrive in Europe in early 2017 after being announced at Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Five door variants will be exclusively produced at Honda’s UK manufacturing plant (HUM) in Swindon. Honda has confirmed investment of €270m in new production technologies and processes to prepare for the new model.

 

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HONDA UNVEILS CLARITY FUEL CELL AT THE 2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

    Next generation Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle unveiled at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Best-in-class range comparable to fossil fuel-powered vehicles
    Clarity Fuel Cell set for 2016 introduction in selected European markets

 

Honda, the pioneer of hydrogen fuel cell technology has unveiled its next generation Clarity Fuel Cell today at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show.

 

Incorporating Honda’s most advanced technologies, the Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s first production model of a fuel cell powered sedan to house the entire fuel cell stack and drivetrain system in the space normally occupied by the engine and transmission. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be commercially available in Japan from early 2016. Further information on the European launch of the vehicle will follow in 2016.

 

World-first packaging solution

The packaging of the Clarity Fuel Cell has been inspired by Honda’s principle of man maximum, machine minimum. Through minimising the space utilised by the powertrain, Honda has been able to achieve a level of interior space that allows five adults to be comfortably accommodated as would be expected in a conventionally powered sedan. 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 compact nature of the fuel cell powertrain, Honda’s advanced technologies have 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 motor output to 130 kW (177ps) and a power density increased by 60% to 3.1 kW/L.

 

 

Class-leading convenience

The Clarity Fuel Cell is equipped with a high-pressure tank capable of storing hydrogen gas at 70 MPa, increasing the mass of hydrogen that can be stored and extending the range of the vehicle. Coupled with the efficient powertrain and reduced vehicle energy consumption, the Clarity Fuel Cell achieves a best-in-class fuel cell vehicle range per full tank of over 700 km1  (435miles).

 

In addition, the high-pressure tank can be quickly refilled, the process taking approximately

three minutes at 70 MPa and 20oC. These and other benefits give the Clarity Fuel Cell a day-to-day convenience customers are used to with their traditional petrol or diesel powered vehicles.

 

 

An exhilarating driving experience

Engineered to use the high output of Honda’s fuel cell stack and the power assist of the lithium-ion battery pack, a high-output motor provides power to the driven wheels together with instant and powerful acceleration. Due to the continuously increasing torque provided by the high-output 130 kW (177 PS) motor with no need for gears, the Clarity Fuel Cell achieves 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.

 

Outstanding design

The exterior of Clarity Fuel Cell has been designed to give an imposing presence on the road while maintaining a strong aerodynamic profile. . Full-LED headlights with a sharp, slender profile and 18-inch aluminium wheels with an aerodynamic and stylish design complete the look.

 

The interior of Clarity Fuel Cell combines an advanced yet refined atmosphere designed to provide the driver with a relaxing and comfortable driving environment. The advanced driver interface uses Honda’s design principles of instant recognition and intuitive control. Simple and outstandingly spacious, the interior features premium, comforting materials that make driving an experience to anticipate and enjoy.

 

Honda Clarity in Europe and participation in HyFIVE project

 

Honda is scheduled to launch the Clarity Fuel Cell in a limited number of European markets in 2016. Honda is one of five automotive companies that make up the HyFIVE consortium, and will supply vehicles that will be part of a 110 strong European fleet to highlight and promote the development, use and viability of this new technology.

 

In UK, Honda has worked with suppliers to encourage the local production and consumption of energy by establishing a solar-powered hydrogen refuelling station in the grounds of Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon. This station is open to the public (subject to registration) and able to refuel any fuel cell vehicle.

 

 

Fuel cell technical specifications

Length (mm)
   

4,895

Width (mm)
   

1,875

Height (mm)
   

1,475

Occupants
   

5

Range per full tank (km)
   

Over 7001

Refuelling time
   

Approx. 3 minutes

Maximum fuel cell output (kW)
   

Over 100

Fuel stack output density (kW/L)
   

3.1

Maximum motor output (kW)
   

130

Maximum hydrogen tank pressure (MPa)
   

70

Energy storage method
   

Lithium-ion battery

 

1 Reference value as measured by Honda according to the JC08 method. The vehicle was refuelled according to the SAE standard J2601 at a 70 MPa filling station

 

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Honda News from Europe and the rest of the world- Round up

EUROPE

Honda Civic Type R wins Sport Auto Award 2015

The Honda Civic Type R has been voted most popular compact car by Sport Auto readers. The car secured first place in front of the Seat Leon SC Cupra 280 and the Renault Megane Trophy-R. Click here to read more.

Honda NSX supercar shortlisted for What Car? Reader Award 2016

Hot on the heels of the Honda HR-V taking the 2015 What Car? Reader Award crown, the NSX supercar is in the running to continue Honda’s success for a second year in a row. Compiled by What Car? experts and voted for by readers, the shortlist for the 2016 Reader Award features the most eagerly anticipated new models coming to the UK market in the next twelve months. Read more here and click here to vote.

50 Years of Honda in the UK

2015 marks 50 years of Honda in the UK . The special occasion was celebrated with an event at Silverstone featuring products from automobiles, motorcycles and power products. You can find out more here

ITS World Congress 2015: NXP, Honda, Siemens and their partners open the road to intelligent mobility

The ITS World Congress which was held October 5 to 9 in Bordeaux (France) is the biggest event in the world dedicated to intelligent transport systems and services. Many Honda vehicles are equipped with wireless communications technology provided by NXP Semiconductors Cohda Wireless which allows visitors a more practical and comfortable way to use wireless technology. More information is available here.

 

JAPAN

Honda at Tokyo Motor Show 2015

President and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Takahiro Hachigo announced the launch of the Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda’s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at theat Tokyo Motor Show 2015.

Click here for more information from the press conference and here for more information on the models at the show.

Honda to Launch Civic Type R in Japan

Following the success of the all-new Civic Type R in Europe, the car will now be launched in Japan, available from December this year. To read more click here.

 

USA

Honda Announces Return to Baja at 2015 SEMA Show, Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Hints at Styling Direction for All-New 2017 Ridgeline Pickup

 At the 2015 SEMA Show, Honda revealed its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck, a purpose-built racing machine that marks Honda's return to off-road truck racing. The concept also provides an early glimpse at the styling direction for the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup that will hit dealer showrooms in the first half of next year. For more information, click here and to watch a video of the All-New 2017 Ridgeline Pickup, click here.

 

Acura Showcases Passion for Performance a 2015 SEMA Show

Acura thrilled the 2015 SEMA Show with multiple innovative expressions of the brand's performance-crafted DNA – past, present and future – including the debut of the meticulously restored 1993 "Ludacris Legend" sedan, a sport-modified 2016 Acura ILX by Galpin Auto Sports. To read more, click here.
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Honda's fifth consecutive spot in Top 100 Global Innovators list


Honda has been named in Thomson Reuters’ prestigious Top 100 Global Innovators report for the fifth year in a row. The annual report, which was published last week, identifies companies that develop new inventions and successfully patent them.

Describing itself as a list of the top 100 worldwide innovation power players the report has recognised Honda’s innovation every year since its inception in 2011.

Honda’s 70 years of innovation

Honda has a rich history of innovation that stretches back to the birth of the company:

1949 – Honda launches its first motorcycle, the Dream D-Type motorcycle. It is the first production motorcycle to feature a semi-automatic transmission.

1971 – Honda responds to the imposition of stringent US air quality targets by creating the CVCC, the first engine that met these targets without the need for a catalytic converter.

1983-1992 – Honda re-enters Formula 1 racing, winning six consecutive constructors championships and five drivers’ championships for Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

1999 – Honda launched the first production full hybrid car in Europe, the Honda Insight.

2008 – Following years of development, Honda was the first manufacturer to launch a dedicated platform hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity.

2015 – A world first in the automobile industry, as Honda launches i-ACC (intelligent adaptive cruise control) which predicts a car is ‘cutting-in’ to your lane on the motorway.

Commenting on the achievement, Philip Ross, Senior Vice President said, “The business has been built on a strong belief in innovation instilled by our founder Soichiro Honda almost 70 years ago.”

"That innate desire to contribute to society through engineering and technology perspective continues throughout Honda today. Our continuing work to innovate across many areas – from robotics to aviation, road safety to motor racing – means Honda will continue to be seen as a global innovator for many years to come.”

A Thomson Reuters spokesman said: “Our philosophy is that a great idea without patent protection and commercialisation is nothing more than a great idea”.

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Editor’s note:

The Top 100 Global Innovators list is the only study of its kind to track innovation on a quantitative basis using detailed patent data. More information can be found here.

The methodology for determining the winners is based on an analysis of overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach and invention influence.
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Honda News from Europe and the rest of the world – November round up

EUROPE

Honda demonstrates Civic Type R’s race pedigree in a celebration of two and four wheels

Honda and Castrol, the sponsor of Honda’s World Touring Car program held an exclusive event in Cervesina, Italy last month to showcase the performance of the Civic Type R. Castrol Honda WTCC drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro were in attendance along with BTCC drivers Matt Neal and 2015 Champion, Gordon Shedden. LCR Honda MotorGP, Jack Miller also demonstrated the RC213V MotoGP machine. Tarquini said ‘The Type R is fantastic; it’s great on the track, and everybody is surprised about the performance of it with handling and braking.’

For more information click here and to watch the new 360 degree film featuring the Civic Type R, Honda MotoGP Motorcycle and Castrol Honda Touring Car, click here.
Honda demonstrates Civic Type R's race pedigree in a celebration of two and four wheels

Honda Civic Type R voted best sporty car of the Year by French magazine, Echappement

French magazine Echappement named Civic Type R their best sporty car of the year, seeing off competition from the Peugeot 308 GTI and Mazda MX-5. This is the third time that Honda has won the award, with the Integra Type R taking the award in 1998 and Honda S2000 in 1999.

To read more, click here.

 

Honda Civic Type R wins Hot Hatch Title at Scottish Car of the Year

Honda’s new Civic Type R has scooped the best hot hatch award at the 2015 Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) Awards. The awards are judged by members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers who represent publications and websites from across the country.
Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: "The Civic Type R won because it shows what's possible with a hot hatch, pushing the boundaries with more than 300bhp through the front wheels yet it remains easy and civilised to drive in daily use.”

To read more, click here.

 

Honda Jazz wins Golden Steering Wheel award in Poland

The Honda Jazz has been awarded the Golden Steering Wheel by Auto Swiat in the small cars category. The Jazz was one of seven winners chosen from 38 nominees and was voted for by readers of the magazine.

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Who was crowned King of the Hell?

The King of the Hell roadshow, which saw thousands of people drive around the legendary Nurburgring in a Civic Type R simulator, has crowned its winner. After touring for 44 days at 16 locations in the UK, it all came down to the final day to see who would take home a Civic Type R for a year.

You can watch a video for the King of the Hell here and read the full story here.

 

Honda showcase vision for low carbon society at La Galerie des Solutions

Under the theme “generate, use and get connected for energy”, Honda is exhibiting a range of low carbon and energy management technologies at La Galerie des Solutions, a connected event to the ‘COP21’ UN convention on climate change in Paris.

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JAPAN

Honda recognised at Leader for Climate Change Transparency

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has earned a perfect climate disclosure score of 100 in the CDP Japan 500 Climate Change Report 2015, which analyses the initiatives of 500 largest companies in addressing countermeasures against global warming and the disclosure of information regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Automakers Team Up with Air Ambulance Network to Save Lives

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation and Japan Mayday Service are working together with the Emergency Medical Network of Helicopter and Hospital to help save lives. The service, named D-Call Net, is designed to make quick decisions to dispatch air and ground ambulances, and will commence on November 30, 2015. The Honda Accord has been equipped with a Honda-brand navigation system with a D-Call Net function that is capable of connecting to Bluetooth-compatible mobile phones. By 2017 it is expected that the number of vehicles compatible with D-Call Net will increase to approximately 400,000 in Japan.

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HondaJet Nears Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification

Honda Aircraft Company has completed all function and reliability (F&R) test conditions and is concluding F&R flights for the HondaJet. The HondaJet has flown missions to 54 airports in 31 states in the continental United States as part of F&R testing.

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USA

The Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Conquers Baja 1000

The new second generation Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck made its debut at the 48th running of the SCORE Baja 1000. The driving trio of Jeff Proctor, Sage Marie and Jason LaFortune raced around the 821-mile loop in Ensenada, Mexico to claim a Class 2 victory. Despite limited visibility due to fog and dust, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck ran trouble-free, completing the event in 25 hours, nine minutes and 47 seconds.

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Honda Scores Class Victory in Return to Baja 1000 in 2015

Honda named “2016 Best SUV Brand” by U.S. News & World Report

Honda was named “2016 Best SUV Brand” by U.S. News & World Report, thanks to the excellent scores earned by the Honda HR-V, CR-V and Pilot SUVs.
Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Honda Division said “This Recognition of Honda as the Best SUV Brand validates our effort to produce world-class SUVs to meet the needs and desires of families of any size.”

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A resurgent 2015 for Honda lays the foundation for future growth


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    New product introductions give Honda one of the freshest mainstream product ranges in the industry
    Range already winning awards across Europe
    First step on return to 200,000 annual unit sales
    Honda strengthens European production activity with €270m investment in Honda of the UK Manufacturing facility (HUM)
    10th Generation Civic to be built in Europe and exported globally

 

The return of well-loved models from the past and revitalised mainstream products has made 2015 a year of resurgence for Honda in Europe. An all-new Jazz and refreshed versions of Civic and CR-V have been supported by the return of the HR-V and Civic Type R to European showrooms.

 

The year kicked off with the launch of the revised CR-V, equipped with a new more powerful version of Honda’s 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine. This unit can be specified with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the first application of this gearbox in Honda’s European range. Inside, the car benefitted from the new Honda Connect infotainment system, providing drivers with next-generation infotainment features and support for the latest smartphones.

 

The launch of the CR-V was quickly followed by another SUV, the all-new HR-V. This release marked the return of Honda to a segment it helped define with the original HR-V, providing sporty looks and handling while retaining clever packaging and efficient powertrains. The HR-V has been selling strongly since launch, and was recently nominated in the shortlist for the 2016 AUTOBEST award.

 

A well-loved name returned to the Honda range this summer, as the all-new Civic Type R was unleashed on European roads. Built exclusively at Honda’s HUM manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK, the car is being exported for sale in the Japanese market. With the majority of the first year’s allocation sold at launch, the Type R has gained widespread critical acclaim, including the Hot Hatch of the year award at the Scottish Car of the Year, and Sporty Car of the Year from French magazine Echappement. The Type R topped the year by claiming its first motorsport titles, taking the drivers and constructors crown in the British Touring Car Championship.

 

The product introductions were rounded off by the launch of the all-new Jazz. Building on the strengths of one of Honda’s best-loved cars, the new Jazz featured an all-new 1.3-litre VTEC engine, an aggressively restyled exterior design and a full range of Honda SENSING active safety features. Jazz successfully received a five star result in EURO NCAP testing, becoming only the second manufacturer to secure this result under new stricter testing conditions.

 

Looking to 2016, the resurgence continues as Honda prepares for the launch of a further two all-new cars to Europe, the all-new NSX and Clarity Fuel Cell. Meanwhile, HUM will be developing its capabilities ready to assume responsibility for global production of the 10th generation Civic five-door model from 2017 onwards.

 

Commenting on the unprecedented year for Honda, Senior Vice President, Phillip Ross said “2015 was only the sign of things to come from Honda and 2016 is shaping up to be another exciting and busy year. The resurgence of our brand in Europe is only set to continue.”

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Honda News Round Up - December 2015

Honda News from Europe and the rest of the world - December Round up

EUROPE


New product line up to be showcased at Vienna and Brussels Motor Shows

Honda is out in force in January, showcasing its refreshed automobile line up at the Vienna and Brussels motor shows.

The Brussels show will be the first time that the new CR-V Black Edition will be exhibited.The Civic Active Lifestyle Concept, first shown at Frankfurt, makes an appearance. GP2 World Champion and 2016 McLaren development driver Stoffel Vandoorne will join Belgian Super Formula driver Bertand Baguette at the Honda press conference on 12th January. At the Vienna Motor Show, the recently launched CRF1000L Africa Twin motorcycle will be on display. The Brussels motor show will open to the public from 14th to 24th January, while doors open in Vienna from 14th to 17th January.

Click here for more information on the Vienna Motor Show and click here for more information on the Brussels Motor Show.

Civic Type R wins Automobile sports car of the Year

The Civic Type R has won the Automobile sports car of the year, awarded by Automobile Sportive. The award was voted for by readers with nearly 2,000 votes. The Civic Type R won the title with 15.1% seeing off the Peugeot 308 GTI 270 PS and Porsche Cayman GT4.

Honda to sponsor the Triathlon Show in London

Honda has for the first time partnered with the Triathlon Show: London 2016 to showcase its range of cars perfectly suited for people with an active lifestyle. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to experience the CR-V, HR-V and Civic Tourer with a test drive facility on site. As an added bonus, Honda will be bringing the very popular My First Licence motorcycle experience to the Show. Aimed at offering children from the age of 5 up to 11to ride a restricted 50cc motorcycle in complete safety on a specially designed course.

The Triathlon Show is open from the 11th-14th February at ExCel London.

For more information, click here

ASIA


Honda Sets Monthly Production Records for Worldwide, Overseas, in North America, Asia and China

Honda has set new production records in November 2015. Production in Japan for the month of November 2015 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in 16 months (since July 2014). Worldwide, production experienced a year-on-year increase for the sixth consecutive month (since June 2015). Sales in Japan also saw a year-on-year increase, the first time since September 2014. The Vezel, which is badged as HR-V in Europe and the US, was the industry’s ninth best-selling car in Japan.

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Honda HR-V wins 2015 Best Compact Crossover Car of the Year in the Philippines

The new Honda HR-V won the Car of the Year award in the Best Compact Crossover in the Philippines. The accolade was awarded by the Car Awards Group Inc. which is composed of motoring journalists, who completed 1500 tests drives of 78 cars and trucks in four days. Honda also picked up awards for Best Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle with the Honda Mobilio and Best Luxury Multi-Purpose Vehicle for the Honda Odyssey.

For more information, click here

 

USA

 
Honda Ridgeline

Honda Accelerates Sweeping Light Truck Makeover with New Ridgeline Pickup Set for Global Debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show

Honda will challenge conventional thinking in the midsize pickup segment with the return of the Honda Ridgeline truck, made its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, January 11. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the all-new Ridgeline is the fourth new or significantly refreshed light truck model introduced by Honda in the past 18 months and will hit roads nationwide in the first half of next year.

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 American Honda is Among Industry Leaders with Eight Honda and Acura Vehicles Earning a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating from the IIHS

A total of eight Honda and Acura, American Honda’s luxury brand, have received the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The models were tested under more challenging crash protection and technology requirements implanted for the 2016 model year. Four Honda models have earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating: the Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe, the CR-V sport-utility vehicle and the recently redesigned Honda Pilot SUV. The Odyssey minivan was named a TOP SAFETY PICK. Additionally, four 2016 Acura models, the ILX and RLX sedans and the MDX and RDX luxury SUVs, each have earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

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2016 Honda HR-V Named a Finalist for Green Car Journal’s Green SUV of the Year® Award

The stylish and fuel efficient 2016 Honda HR-V crossover has been named a finalist for the 2016 Green SUV of the Year® by the Green Car Journal. The award recognizes the environmental performance of the all-new HR-V, which has a top fuel economy rating of 35 mpg highway1 (2WD CVT) and an additional designation as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV2 ULEV). "The HR-V also fulfills the Honda brand's promise to deliver both fun-to-drive enjoyment with outstanding fuel efficiency." said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager.

 

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Tuners give new twist on Civic Type R at Tokyo Auto Salon

    Japanese tuning houses Mugen and Modulo unveil their vision of Civic Type R at Tokyo Auto Salon
    Tokyo Auto Salon is the world’s largest customised automobile show
    Other Honda vehicles to feature include several versions of S660 roadster
    Honda Racing to exhibit Super GT500 NSX CONCEPT-GT
    Tokyo Auto Salon open to the public from 15-17 January

Amongst the concepts and special editions at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, tuners have turned their attention to the new Civic Type R to give their unique twist on the race car for the road.

The event is the world’s largest customised automobile show, with thousands attending to see radical versions of some of the best-selling cars in Japan and globally.

Mugen Civic Type R concept

Famous for making many adaptations of best-selling Honda models, tuning house Mugen has taken the new Civic Type R (recently launched for sale in Japan) and added even more aggressive body styling to the package.

The concept adds a revised front bumper with contrasting black parts around the lip and wheel arches. The black theme is continued through the rest of the car, with side and rear skirts giving an aggressive on road stance. The standard rear spoiler is replaced by a lighter, race car inspired design, again finished in black.

Modulo Civic Type R

Modulo have taken the standard Type R design, and added a revised body kit, with flared side skirts. The standard fuel filler cap has been replaced with one of a different design, while red body colour accents are used on the wing mirror covers and the sides of the rear spoiler.

Honda Racing at Tokyo Auto Salon

Honda Racing will exhibit a range of its challengers from 2015, including the McLaren-Honda MP4-30, the Super GT GT500 NSX CONCEPT-GT and Honda’s entry in the Japanese Super Formula series.

Other Honda exhibits at Tokyo Auto Salon

Modulo

STEP WGN Modulo Concept

Modulo S660 Study Model

Modulo S660 Drago Modulo Special Model

N-ONE Modulo X

N-BOX Modulo X

N-WGN Daily Luxe Collection + E500

Modulo FIT

Mugen

Mugen S660

Honda S660 MUGEN RA Prototype

Mugen STEP WGN Spada

Mugen Vezel

For more information on Honda exhibits at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, please follow this link: http://www.honda.co.jp/autosalon/

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Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Toni Bou and Tiago Monteiro at the wheel of the new Honda Civic Type R

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    Honda’s motorsport stars from two and four wheels give media guests a taste of performance in the latest Civic Type R
    Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Toni Bou and Tiago Monteiro get the keys to their brand-new Civic Type R road cars

 

Honda’s worlds of two and four wheels were brought together in Spain recently as the stars of the Honda MotoGP, World Trials and World Touring Car teams demonstrated the capabilities of the latest roadgoing Civic Type R.

 

Selected members of the Spanish media joined Repsol Honda MotoGP riders Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda trials legend Toni Bou and Castrol Honda WTCC driver Tiago Monteiro, who have claimed 25 world titles between them, at the Castelloli circuit near Barcelona.

 

The guests were given ‘hot lap’ experiences by the quartet, enabling them to feel the power of the Type R’s 2-litre VTEC TURBO engine and the outstanding handling afforded by racing car-bred aerodynamics and adaptive suspension that ensures optimal traction and stability.

 

Not only that, but they were then given the chance to sample all this – and the car’s ‘+R’ button, which provides a pure track-driving experience – for themselves with a series of high-performance skills tests at the circuit’s racing school.

 

The event once again showed off how lessons learnt on the race tracks of the world have been used to create superb road experiences on both two and four wheels, as was previously shown in Italy last year when Honda’s WTCC and BTCC squads teamed up with the LCR Honda MotoGP team for a very special VIP and media event.

 

At the end of the day, Marquez, Pedrosa, Bou and Monteiro were given the keys to their own Civic Type Rs, which they will have at their disposal throughout 2016.

 

A video edit from the Civic Type R experience is available for embed via the Honda Racing WTCC YouTube Channel.

 

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda MotoGP

"It's amazing that a car designed for road use can provide a sporty driving experience like the Type R does. It’s not only the power of the engine, but also the possibility to press the "R+" button, which provides added engine response, with a harder steering action for a more consistent feel and a more intense driving experience.”

 

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda MotoGP

“I’ve been waiting to have a chance to try the Civic Type R on the track and to really push it to 100 per cent, because you really can feel every last detail of the car. Even driving it on the road is a very special experience.”

 

Tiago Monteiro, Castrol Honda WTCC

“The experience you get from the Type R is amazing. As a racing driver, I know what we mean when we talk about the thrill of driving on track. It’s fascinating that a road model can provide such similar sensations as the race machine.”

 

Toni Bou, Repsol Honda Trials

“It’s amazing! I owned the old Type R and I can see and feel a lot of improvements with the new model. It has very, very good corner speed as well as incredible stability under braking. There’s also excellent power from the engine.”

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Honda Named Most Reliable Manufacturer in Survey of Over 30,000 European Drivers


    Honda rated as the most reliable car manufacturer by Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) survey
    Honda Jazz least likely to spend time in the garage, while Civic, CR-V and Insight also rated highly
    Over 30,000 European Drivers surveyed on 178 different models
    Survey focused on reliability and experiences of European motorists

 

A survey carried out by Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU), of over 30,000 European drivers focusing on the reliability of over 178 different models has found that customers rate Honda as the most reliable car brand.

 

Overall, Honda ranked top of the survey, receiving a reliability rating of 93/100 and with further 79% of survey respondents saying that they would recommend a Honda vehicle. The Honda Jazz was rated as the top car in terms of reliability in the “utility” vehicles category. Other Honda models were also highly rated with the Civic, CR-V and Insight placing in the top 10 of most reliable cars in their respective categories.

 

Price, fuel consumption, practicality and reliability are key considerations for consumers when buying a car. The OCU survey focused on reliability to find out if owners had experienced breakdowns in the past year and to find out the type of problems drivers had experienced. From this data they established a reliability index which can be used to compare the likelihood of a breakdown between different makes and models on the market.

 

“Reliability and quality are synonymous with the Honda brand,” says Honda Motor Europe’s senior vice president, Philip Ross. “The results of the survey highlight the importance of the quality commitments Honda has made to its customers. It is important for Honda to ensure that customers can experience the joy of owning a Honda vehicle and enjoy driving them with the peace of mind that the cars are among the least likely to experience breakdowns.”

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First production model of all-new Acura NSX fetches almost ten times its book price at auction

- First production model of all-new Acura NSX fetches almost ten times its book price at auction

- NASCAR team owner bids $1.2million to own the coveted VIN #001

- All proceeds of sale to go to children’s charities

The first production model of the all-new Acura NSX was sold at auction in the US last week, fetching almost ten times its book price at a cool $1.2million (£842,500).

The car featuring the coveted #001 VIN number was bought by Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team, with every dollar raised donated to children’s charities the Paediatric Brain Tumour Foundation (North Carolina) and Camp Southern Ground (Georgia).

Bidding for the car topped the $1million dollar mark at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 auction on the evening of Friday 29th January, making it the highest charity sale of a VIN #001 manufacturer car in the auctioneer’s 45-year history. A renowned collector of first-edition performance cars, Rick Hendrick will add the very special NSX to his museum collection in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With a US retail price starting at $157,800 (£111,000) including delivery, the all-new NSX is Acura’s first built-to-order car, with order books in the US opening on 25th February 2016 in authorised NSX dealerships. An online configurator will also launch that day allowing prospective customers to explore the 573-horsepower, twin-turbo hybrid supercar for themselves.

Specifically designed to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, much as the first generation did a quarter of a century ago. This philosophy is realised through an all-new three motor electric hybrid system, a twin -turbo V6 engine 9-speed DCT transmission and multi material body architecture with a range of cutting edge manufacturing practices.

Developed under the concept of a “human-centred supercar,” a car that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design, the next-generation NSX leverages its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.

The all-new NSX will be sold under the Honda brand when it goes on sale in Europe later this year.

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Civic Type R races into the final five of World Performance Car of the Year 2016

    Honda’s Civic Type R voted as one of the finalists in the World Performance Car of the Year award for 2016
    First time that a Honda vehicle has made the final five
    73 World Car of the Year jurors represent 23 countries and regions

 

The World Car of the Year jury has voted Honda’s Civic Type R as a finalist in the “World Performance Car of the Year” award. The Japanese brand is making its debut as a finalist, with the winner set to be announced at the New York motor show on March 24.

 

The nomination is the latest good news in a successful year for Honda’s European produced ‘race car for the road’. As the car hit showrooms during September, it secured its first motorsport titles taking the drivers and constructors championship in the British Touring Car Championship. Towards the end of the year, French publications Echappement and L’Automobile Sportive declared Civic Type R sports car of the year, with the latter being decided by readers themselves.

 

The World Car of the Year jury is composed of 73 motoring writers from across 23 countries and regions globally. For cars to be considered, they must be sold in at least five countries globally, on at least two continents. The first award was announced in 2004, with the performance car category added in 2006.

 

Honda has tasted success previously in the World Car of the Year awards, taking the “World Green Car of the Year” crown in 2006 (Civic Hybrid) and 2009 (FCX Clarity).

 

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Honda News Round Up - January 2016


EUROPE

 
Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Toni Bou and Tiago Monteiro at the wheel of the new Honda Civic Type R

 

WTCC drivers and Moto GP riders drive the Civic Type R

Honda’s motorsport stars from two and four wheels demonstrated the capabilities of the latest road going Civic Type R at the Castelloli Circuit near Barcelona. Castrol Honda WTCC driver Tiago Monteiro was joined by MotoGP riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa and Repsol Honda trials legend, Toni Bou. Marc Marquez commented on the performance of the car saying “It's amazing that a car designed for road use can provide a sporty driving experience like the Type R does”. At the end of the day, Marquez, Pedrosa, Bou and Monteiro were given the keys to their own Civic Type Rs, which they will have at their disposal throughout 2016.

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Civic Type R announced as a finalist for World Performance Car of the Year 2016

The Honda Civic Type R has been announced as a finalist for the World Performance Car of the Year 2016. Honda’s race car for the road has already captured such awards as ‘Sportscar of the Year’ from French magazine Echappement and a ‘Sport Auto’ award in Germany. The award is voted by a jury of 73 international automotive journalists, with the winner announced at the New York International Auto Show on March 24.

Honda Jazz awarded Euro NCAP’s Best in Class Supermini


The all new Honda Jazz has been awarded Euro NCAP’s Best in Class Supermini 2015, following the attainment of a 5-star rating back inNovember. Jazz won the title from a field of nine competitors, thanks to the standard specification of a range of active safety technologies, including Honda’s City Brake Active system (CTBA). For more information, click here.

ASIA

 
Mugen Civic Type R

 

Tuners give new twist on Civic Type R at Tokyo Auto Salon

At the world’s largest customised automobile show, Tokyo Auto Salon, tuners have turned their attention to the new Civic Type R to give their unique twist on the race car for the road. Both Mugen and Modulo revealed Civic Type R concepts, adding even more aggressive body styling than the standard car. Honda Racing exhibited a range of its challengers from 2015, including the McLaren Honda MP4-30, the Super GT GT500 NSX CONCEPT-GT and Honda’s entry in the Japanese Super Formula series.

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Honda India announces display for the Delhi Auto Show 2016

Honda Cars India Ltd. has announced the line up for the Delhi Auto Show which will start in February. Making its national premiere will be the all-new seven seat Honda BR-V. The Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V will be on the stand following its debut at Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. Away from Honda’s automobile range, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO will also be on display.

The Delhi Auto Expo will be held at the India Expo Mart and will be open to the public 5th-9th February 2016.

For more information, click here.

 

USA

All-New 2016 Honda Civic Wins "North American Car of the Year" Award

The all-new Honda Civic sedan has been awarded the North American Car of the Year award. The win is the second for the model in the award's history, following a maiden win in 2006.. In total, eleven Honda models have been named "finalists" for NACOTY awards since their inception in 1994, the most of any brand outside of the Detroit Big 3 automakers. The award was presented at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and recognises the most outstanding car of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety performance, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

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Ludacris to take to the stage at Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

Ludacris will perform to an expected capacity crowd at the 2016 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) invitational showcase in his hometown of Atlanta. Talented student musicians from the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will once again provide a unique display of showmanship, high-energy music and carefully curated choreography. The eight bands were selected through a process that included online fan voting, as well as feedback from band directors, HBCU presidents and American Honda representatives. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education programs, each participating HBCU student will receive travel and accommodation to the Invitational Showcase in Atlanta.

For more information, click here.

 

World

Honda Racing announces refreshed factory World Touring Car Championship team for 2016

Honda Racing has announced their refreshed World Touring Car Championship team for 2016. British driver and 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff will be joining the Honda team. Talking about joining the team he said “Over the past couple of seasons, I’ve become very used to seeing the Civic WTCCs in front of me, so it’s terrific to have the chance to race one this year. I won’t be happy to finish my career as only a one-time World Champion, and there’s a tremendous opportunity with Honda and JAS to correct that statistic.” Tiago Monteiro will remain at Honda for a fourth season after having his best WTCC campaign in 2015 as he finished fifth in the championship. Norbert Michelisz will become the team’s third driver after racing a Civic WTCC for Zengo Motorsports for the past three seasons.

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Dakar Rally 2016

Heartbreak for Team HRC at Rally Dakar 2016

Team HRC concluded the Rally Dakar 2016 thinking what might have been. Lead rider Joan Barreda was fighting for the lead before succumbing to a hand injury. Paulo Goncalves, after leading the rally for three consecutive days, had to be airlifted to hospital due to a serious crash.

On a more positive note, Dakar rookie Ricky Brabec finished in ninth place overall, and was the lead HRC rider.

Meanwhile, the Honda South America Rally team were the best of the other Honda powered entrants with two finishers in the top 15 (Kevin Benvides, 4th and Adrien Metge, 11th)

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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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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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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.

 

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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 UNVEILS CIVIC HATCHBACK PROTOTYPE: THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS 200,000 SALES IN EUROPE


    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.

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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.

For more information, please click here.

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.”

For more information, click here

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.

To read more on this story, click here. For more information from ÖAMTC click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

 For more information, click here.

 

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%

 

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** Internal Honda registration data

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sport Hybrid systems

 

The Sport Hybrid system is a suite of highly advanced components at the centre of the hybrid-based systems of the power unit. Each of its components is engineered to minimise both weight and size in order to reduce overall vehicle mass, and carefully packaged within the NSX to lower and centre the mass of the vehicle. Collectively, the Sport Hybrid system includes the Twin Motor Unit (TMU), Direct Drive Motor, Power Drive Unit (PDU), and Intelligent Power Unit (IPU).

 

Twin Motor Unit (TMU)

The new NSX’s instant and linear acceleration coupled with outstanding dynamic capability is enabled in part by its front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU). Designed to be as small and lightweight as possible while delivering ample torque and power, as well as precise torque vectoring to the front wheels, the TMU is a unique and highly efficient solution. The TMU provides supplemental power in conjunction with the twin-turbocharged V6 engine for instantaneous acceleration and provides true torque vectoring at any vehicle speed to enhance the NSX’s dynamic excellence.

 

In addition to instant torque, the TMU offers all-wheel drive (AWD) capability, allowing direct and immediate acceleration with a heightened sense of the associated G forces. Further, the TMU can dynamically apportion its torque to create a yaw moment, enhancing cornering performance. The TMU recovers braking energy during deceleration to supply power to the hybrid batteries.

 

Inside a die-cast aluminium housing, two 37 PS electric motors are positioned back-to-back. Each motor powers a single front wheel and can also apply negative torque to the same wheel. A gear mechanism allows the motors to decouple and still provide on-demand torque vectoring, helping to improve efficiency in certain conditions. To achieve these functions, the TMU uses a double pinion planetary deceleration mechanism, a separation mechanism and an oil pressure control system.

 

In order to achieve maximum acceleration from a standstill, and to meet Honda’s target of instant response, the TMU and Direct Drive Motor provide the initial accelerative force during acceleration from a standstill. After the first 0.15 seconds and 0.1 G from initial acceleration, the high horsepower and torque from the twin-turbocharged V6 engine becomes the primary acceleration force, supported by power from the Direct Drive Motor.

 

The TMU is also a key motive force for driving in the Quiet mode setting of the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), allowing for hushed vehicle operation by powering the NSX electrically for short distances.

 

Direct Drive Motor

The Direct Drive Motor, packaged between the twin-turbocharged V6 engine and the 9DCT, is an ideal packaging solution of an electric traction motor to provide additional torque and power assist to the rear wheels.

 

In order to help eliminate the response delay typically associated with turbocharged engines, the Direct Drive Motor acts directly on the engine’s crankshaft which, together with the TMU, supports the NSX in achieving immediate, high-output, high-torque acceleration performance. The effectiveness of this design is particularly noticeable in everyday driving when accelerating from rest and at low engine speeds. Additionally, the Direct Drive Motor operates as a generator to help charge the hybrid batteries, while also acting as the engine starter.

 

The Direct Drive Motor features a liquid cooling passage that provides ample cooling and heat dissipation even when the system is being worked hard, such as during circuit driving.

 

Intelligent Power Unit

Neatly packaged in the cabin, just in front of the rear firewall, the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) acts as the primary hub of the E-Drive system. The IPU integrates the lithium-ion battery pack, junction board, a high-voltage distribution bus bar, 12V DC/DC converter, electric motor/ECU, lithium-ion battery ECU and the ECU for the TMU.

 

As a result of integrating a next-generation lithium-ion battery pack and a caseless structure for key IPU components, the NSX’s IPU system is 35 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than a similar IPU.

 

When driving in Sport, Sport+ and Track modes, the NSX’s air conditioning system is used for supplemental cooling of the IPU for optimal efficiency and performance. During development, the system was tested extensively in the desert heat of Dubai in order to ensure its proper function in extreme ambient temperatures.

 

Lithium-ion battery pack

Packaged within the IPU is the lithium-ion battery pack which stores the electrical energy to power the TMU and Direct Drive Motor.

 

The high-output lithium-ion battery pack consists of four modules, each with 18 individual battery cells (72 cells in total) contained within a specially designed caseless structure that utilises the vehicle body itself for a lightweight yet sturdy housing.

 

Incorporating the latest advancements in lithium-ion battery technology for automotive applications, both the positive and negative electrodes have been optimised for increased energy and efficiency. The battery pack is also the lightest and smallest to be engineered into any Honda vehicle. When compared to other Honda hybrid units, the NSX battery pack’s power density (stored energy per kilogram) has been increased by 10 percent, while energy density has been raised by 15 percent.

 

Power output and efficiency of battery operation have been further improved by implementing a co-operative cooling system, fed by fresh cool air channelled into the passenger compartment via the air conditioning system. Cool air from within the cabin circulates through ducting to cool both the lithium-ion batteries as well as the DC/DC converter.

 

Power Drive Unit

The Power Drive Unit (PDU) dictates the power management strategy of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, including motor power and battery recharge. The PDU also incorporates three separate converters (converting direct current to alternating current) for use by the power unit’s three electric motors: the twin motors of the front-mounted TMU and the Direct Drive Motor. This compact ‘three-into-one’ PDU design is critical to the system’s compact packaging and the ability to mount it centrally in the vehicle, in the centre tunnel beneath the centre console.

 

 

4. Innovative new multi-material body with world-first material applications and construction processes allows lighter weight with increased strength

 

    Multi-material body produces best-in-class rigidity
    Chassis rigidity supports instant response concept
    Innovative metal technologies contribute to light weight and rigidity

 

Honda’s engineers took a bold and challenging new direction to unlock the full potential of the NSX’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain and fulfil the high targets set for its total dynamic performance. The resulting clean-sheet, multi-material approach breaks new ground in the automotive realm – with new materials, new construction methods and new thinking in supercar body design.

 

By starting from scratch, Honda’s engineers were able to choose the optimal material application and construction methodology for each area of the body, targeting both low mass and ultimate rigidity while also satisfying other critical design objectives. Accordingly, superior outward visibility, class-leading crash safety performance and world-class quality and durability befitting a next-generation Honda supercar were all accomplished.

 

The multi-material body, with its aluminium intensive spaceframe, is designed to achieve structural rigidity far superior to its best-in-class competitors. This high level of dynamic rigidity provides a crucial foundation for the NSX’s instantaneous responses. Accordingly, drivers will feel their inputs directly translated to the car’s actions with incredible speed and fidelity, while simultaneously allowing the maximum potential of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system to be realised – the essence of the New Sports eXperience.

 

“The challenge for Honda’s engineers was to create a body with a high level of rigidity to be able to transmit the full feeling of this powertrain directly to the driver without delay,” said Shawn Tarr, chief engineer for the NSX body development. “While the all aluminium unibody of the original NSX was ahead of its time, we would need to look to world-first technology in order to achieve this new level of rigidity.”

 

The body construction – performed entirely at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) using domestic US and globally sourced parts – is undertaken with innovative new techniques and technologies, and with a commitment to quality unmatched in the supercar realm. MIG welding of the aluminium-intensive spaceframe, for example, is performed entirely by high-precision robots, with all welds and body components undergoing a detailed inspection by highly skilled PMC weld technicians. Building the spaceframe to such a high quality and accuracy eliminates the post-construction machining activity that is common in low-volume vehicle manufacturing. This commitment to next-generation quality through the optimum blend of machine precision and human craftsmanship is apparent in every aspect of the body construction, finishing, painting and assembly, and is clearly identifiable in the final product.

 

Multi-material body and spaceframe

The multi-material body, with its aluminium-intensive spaceframe, offered Honda’s engineers the best structural rigidity and lowest platform weight with superior packaging for the power unit. NVH is also greatly minimised by the NSX’s global rigidity benchmarks – two times static and three times the dynamic level of torsional rigidity demonstrated by the next highest competing vehicle evaluated by Honda’s engineers.

 

Highly rigid and reinforced extruded aluminium beams comprise the majority of the spaceframe and are utilised for the front and rear frame rails and cross members, front and rear bulkhead frame members, floor cross members and side rails. A number of these aluminium extrusions are filled with acoustic spray foam to further aid noise attenuation, which is used in 38 different locations.

 

Cast aluminium nodes serve as joining points for the extruded aluminium frame members, as well as ultra-rigid mounting points for the front and rear suspension systems and the rear Sport Hybrid Power Unit. These nodes are either gravity die cast or – in front and rear crush zones – formed using advanced new ablation casting technology, a world’s first automotive application (see below for additional detail).

 

In another world’s first, the upper portion of the A-pillars and roof rails, which comprise one continuous section, are formed using three-dimensionally bent and quenched ultra-high strength steel tubing. This new metal forming process allows enhanced styling and outward visibility while providing high roof-crush strength (see below for additional detail).

 

Aluminium stampings are utilised as lightweight closure panels for the rear floor, rear bulkhead and B-pillars. The front floor panels are constructed from carbon fibre for strength and low weight.

 

Ablation cast nodes

One of the most difficult design challenges was minimising the front and rear overhangs while managing collision energy absorption in key areas, for crash safety performance and maintaining optimal structural rigidity. Honda’s engineers developed an innovative new technology called ablation casting – an all-new material application and a world’s first application in the automobile industry – to solve these complex and competing design imperatives. Ablation casting was matured from a fundamental research theme to production vehicle application within the development cycle of the new NSX – a major design, engineering and manufacturing achievement.

 

Jointly developed with specialist company Alotech, ablation casting is utilised in the creation of six joining members, or nodes – two upper and two lower nodes in the front frame, and two nodes in the rear frame. These nodes also serve as ultra-rigid mounting points for both the front and rear suspensions and for the Rear Power Unit. The front upper nodes are designed to absorb and dissipate energy in a frontal collision. The two ablation cast nodes in the spaceframe at the rear of the vehicle are designed for high strength to mitigate forward movement of the power unit in the event of a severe rear collision.

 

Ablation casting involves the rapid cooling of a sand-cast aluminium component via the precise application of water jets, which ablate the sand mould while cooling the part. This process allows for the fine-tuning of both the cast part’s shape and its material properties while minimising weight with hollow forms and optimised wall thicknesses. Unlike traditional castings, the high-strength and ductile properties of the aluminium ablation cast members allow these sections of the spaceframe to progressively crush. The frame nodes at the front are designed to withstand 155 kN of load, while those at the rear are designed to withstand up to 210 kN of load.

 

The ablation cast nodes are produced at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, where the twin-turbocharged V6 engine is also assembled. The Anna Engine Plant is the only automotive production facility in the world utilising ablation casting technology.

 

3D bent and quenched ultra-high strength A-pillar

The original NSX was known for its outstanding forward visibility, giving drivers a feeling of being connected to the road, and this design attribute was considered essential to preserving a core characteristic of the NSX driving experience. New advancements in forming ultra-high strength steel parts provided the ideal solution for the next-generation A-pillars, meeting Honda’s engineers’ goals for safety performance while maximising forward visibility.

 

The A-pillars have been precisely crafted using an all-new, three-dimensional forming and tempering process that allows for a complex part shape with ultra-high tensile strength. This ‘3D bent and quenched’ component is heated and then shaped in three dimensions by an articulating robotic arm, after which the part is cooled and tempered – or quenched – using water jets to achieve an ultra-high tensile strength of 1,500 megapascals. This process enables a very thin cross-section with precise shape specification and tolerances, while also meeting the increased structural rigidity standards for roof-crush performance. Utilisation of this process reduced the width of the A-pillar – at just 89 mm (3.5 inches) in width – by 25 mm (one inch) compared to a conventional construction process. The view is a full 36 per cent less obstructed than the next-best supercar evaluated by Honda’s engineers, and even better than the original NSX.

 

The component then receives an electro-deposited coating before being joined to the stamped steel structure at the base of the A-pillars, to prevent galvanic corrosion.
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Carbon fibre core floor

When evaluating material composition and placement throughout the body, Honda’s engineers determined that the carbon fibre core would serve as the ideal material for the driver and passenger floor section. In addition to its light weight, this material is strong enough to handle the loads of passenger and driver placed on the floor during vehicle ingress and egress. Aluminium sheeting would have required additional cross-member frame support beneath it, which would have in turn added additional weight.

 

Spaceframe construction

A number of advanced technologies and techniques are used in the construction of the spaceframe, which is conducted entirely in-house at the company’s new Performance Manufacturing Centre in Marysville, Ohio. Honda’s engineers were determined to maintain in-house control of the complete body construction process, to ensure the highest levels of quality and performance for Honda customers.

 

Through the implementation of strict manufacturing processes and quality controls, the dimensional accuracy of the multi-material body is maintained at a very high level throughout the construction process, eliminating the need for post-process machining. This is a unique manufacturing system and a great point of pride for Honda, allowing the team to achieve quality and accuracy levels superior to its competitors.

 

Metal inert gas welding

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding is utilised for the majority of the aluminium spaceframe construction. The spaceframe contains more than 860 MIG weld points, where more than 112 feet (34 metres) of MIG wire is applied. Most welding is done by fully automated robotic weld arms, which offer exceptional precision and control. Robotic MIG welding is utilised to aid accuracy and repeatability for superior quality.

 

Construction is conducted in a series of four stations for the underbody section of the spaceframe, where highly skilled weld technicians work in tandem with automated robotic weld machines to ensure the highest quality parts. Specialised picture frame-style fixtures, developed in-house, are used to hold the component pieces, allowing for more precise control of the weld process and dimensional accuracy of the part. Four of these fixtures are able to rotate 360-degrees to improve the access of robotic weld arms to the part and to allow for full datum referencing (highly accurate measurements between lines on a three-dimensional X, Y and Z axis) of the part.

 

Strategic sequencing of the numerous weld processes reduces the potential for parts deformation from heat build-up, a common challenge in the welding of aluminium components. The quality of welds and dimensional accuracy of the part are confirmed at each station by technicians through visual inspection.

 

The floor and upper components of the spaceframe are then joined by large, fully robotic general welders, which also utilise rotating trunnion-type fixtures with 360-degree movement. Twin robotic weld arms are able to conduct welding processes simultaneously to aid in both manufacturing efficiency and in the uniform distribution of heat, reducing the potential for part deformation.

 

Additional joining technology

Additional body joining technologies including self-piercing rivets (SPR), flow-drill screws (FDS), and roller hemming, were each chosen for their specific and unique qualities within a given element of the overall spaceframe construction.

 

SPR allow for the joining of two or more layers of material without having to pre-drill or punch a hole, and are ideal for joining sheet materials while providing an exceptionally watertight joint. The spaceframe contains more than 345 self-piercing rivets.

 

FDS are used in the place of a nut-and-bolt application in numerous areas of the spaceframe, reducing both weight and parts complexity. FDS are also particularly well suited to areas of the body where one side of the part is inaccessible by conventional tools, such as in an extruded component. More than 245 flow-drill screws are applied to the spaceframe.

 

Roller hemming joins two pieces of sheet metal by creating a sharp-angle bend, allowing the metal to be folded back over itself, creating a strong and tight joint with a clean and finished edge. There is nearly 18 metres (60 feet) of roller hemming edge on the spaceframe.

 

Spaceframe advanced conversion coating

Prior to final assembly – where the spaceframe is fitted with the suspension, powertrain, electrical, interior and other componentry – the fully constructed spaceframe undergoes an advanced conversion coating process using a zirconium pre-treatment and an e-coat process as an additional barrier to galvanic corrosion while maintaining a low environmental impact.

 

The use of zirconium, a Honda first, eliminates more than 90 per cent of the waste by-product that results from the use of more conventional zinc-phosphate material. This by-product, which contains heavy metals, must be disposed of in landfills, creating a significant waste stream. The use of a zirconium conversion coating is part of the effort to create a manufacturing process with a low environmental impact, consistent with the ideal of a next-generation hybrid supercar.

 

Body repair and serviceability

To assist in the ease and cost of collision repair, as well as to protect to a high degree the dimensional accuracy and integrity of the spaceframe during a collision repair, the NSX development team worked closely with Honda’s service engineers to implement an overall modular construction concept: Spaceframe components can be purchased and replaced individually or as pre-assembled modular replacement sections. For example, there are ‘light-collision’ and ‘medium-collision’ replacement sections for both the front and rear sections of the vehicle, which are designed to minimise the amount of welding activity required.

 

For extensive servicing of the powertrain (engine, rear motor and transaxle), the team designed a modular rear section – once the rear fascia panel is removed, the entire boot section of the vehicle can be removed as a single unit to permit easy and unrestricted access to the mid-mounted V6 engine.

 

Exterior body construction

The multi-material body design concept extends throughout the entire body construction. Honda’s engineers took advantage of each material’s unique characteristics to create exterior body panels of the highest finish quality – by employing sheet moulding composite (SMC), aluminium stampings and high temperature-resistant plastic in key locations of the body – while also minimising vehicle mass, optimising weight distribution and centre of gravity; and ensuring outstanding longevity and durability.

 

Composite panels

SMC is high-grade specialty glass-fibre reinforced polyester which is used extensively in the construction of high-end, luxury cars in key exterior componentry – its shape formed while heated under pressure within a compression moulding. By utilising special resins as well as high-strength fibre composite matting, Honda’s engineers have developed SMC material for specific applications on the vehicle’s exterior.

 

Specially engineered SMC material, for light weight and durability with high surface quality, has been created for use in the fender sections at all four corners. Designed to possess high structural rigidity, this unique SMC panelling makes an important contribution to optimising the overall centre of gravity by minimising weight at all four corners. The rear boot skin is also made of lightweight SMC, with structural support provided by a stamped aluminium inner frame structure.

 

A special, high temperature-resistant plastic is used in the small body panel sections just below the floating C-pillars – forward of the rear fenders – due to the body panels’ close proximity to the turbo intercoolers.

 

A rigid, structural SMC material has been developed for use for the boot’s internal structure. This highly rigid construction allows the trunk structure to serve as a mounting point for the rear fenders and rear bumper for optimal accuracy and precise fit. An added benefit of the boot compartment design is that it allows for easy removal when the vehicle is brought into a Honda dealer for service. After removing the rear fascia, the entire boot structure can be removed for easy access to the engine. This design also allows for easy replacement of the rear section should the NSX be involved in a rear-end collision.

 

Aluminium panels

The door skins are made of sheet hydro-formed aluminium. Sheet hydroforming is the ideal means to shape the one-piece aluminium panels that make up each door, as the process supports the construction of complex shapes that cannot be formed by conventional stamping techniques. Moreover, the aluminium door skins can be relatively thin and light as they are naturally supported by the inner door structure.

 

The hood, roof panel, engine compartment and boot frame are composed of high-grade stamped aluminium. Like the other composite materials utilised in the exterior, the use of aluminium in these areas offers reduced weight with excellent structural rigidity.

 

Body panel fitment

Nearing the final step in the vehicle assembly process at the Performance Manufacturing Centre, the exterior body panels are attached to the vehicle’s spaceframe, starting with the roof, then the doors and so on, working from the top down. This process, along with the high degree of dimensional accuracy for the underlying spaceframe, allows for extremely fine adjustment of panels to achieve consistent and symmetrical panel gaps.

 

5. Human-centred cabin places an uncompromising focus on the driver

 

    Optimised cockpit design supports the driver through outstanding comfort, ergonomics and visibility
    Sound modulation technologies deliver a tuneable cabin sound experience
    Integrated Dynamics System presents four driving modes to personalise the experience
    Simple sports interface provides intuitive and stress-free operation and functionality
    Cutting-edge suite of audio and connectivity technologies
    Advanced active and passive safety features

 

A complementary and essential component of the New Sports eXperience is the driver-centred interior, where every element – materials, shapes, technology and layout – is optimised to enhance the driving experience. Exceptional ergonomics, a hallmark of the original NSX, have been advanced in the next-generation NSX. Moreover, as the pinnacle of Honda’s craftsmanship, the NSX is designed to provide exceptional comfort, outstanding quality and advanced and intuitive technologies, all presented in a clean and modern aesthetic.

 

From its minimalistic yet contemporary design to its artfully sculpted and ergonomic seats that are enhanced with supportive yet comfortable bolstering as well as high-grade materials, the interior is centred around the occupants and enhances the driver and passenger experience. Strategically placed console and door padding further elevates the level of driver and passenger lateral support.

 

“The interior of the all-new NSX is highlighted by what we call ‘Interwoven Dynamic’ design,” said Michael Cao, Interior Project Leader. “It combines the best attributes of intuitive, easy-to-use functionality and superior ergonomics with a clean and modern design aesthetic worthy of a next-generation supercar. It’s the ultimate testimony to the beautiful simplicity of form following function.”

 

Materials such as leather and Alcantara® were carefully selected for the ideal combination of craftsmanship and dynamic driving support. Critical areas of driver contact are appropriately padded to enhance driving support, particularly helpful in spirited driving. The driver’s instrument cluster and centre console have been designed to enhance the driving experience with intuitive layout and simple operation, creating a “simple sports interface” for the driver.

 

The next-generation NSX interior also supports the idea of a customisable driving experience, employing three advanced sound modulation technologies – Active Sound Control, Intake Sound Control and Active Exhaust Valve – that work in conjunction with the NSX’s Integrated Dynamics System to deliver a tuneable cabin sound experience that reflects driver preference and the driving environment.

 

Visibility

Continuing the philosophy of the original NSX, Honda’s engineers utilised new technologies to ensure optimum visibility for the driver. The all-new NSX employs a new technology – three-dimensionally-bent and quenched ultra-high tensile strength steel – to create highly rigid yet very thin A-pillars that provide exceptional strength and roof-crush protection while presenting occupants with a comprehensive view of the road ahead. The new A-pillars are even thinner than those on the original NSX.

 

In addition to the tremendous degree of visibility offered by the streamlined A-pillar construction, the NSX’s interior ergonomics design team minimised the height of the instrument panel and instrument binnacle for enhanced forward visibility.

 

Interior illumination

The driver’s gauge cluster and Display Audio touchscreen, on the upper portion of the centre console, illuminate upon vehicle entry and progressively brighten to full strength with the start of the power unit. The display screen of the instrument binnacle presents a rich and brightly coloured typeface with information that is easy to read against a black background.

 

Additional interior lighting includes blue-tinted LED lighting for the foot wells and centre console and twin LED map lights located in the overhead console.

 
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Sport seats

Superbly supportive for higher speed driving on the road or track, while offering everyday comfort, the NSX sport seats were developed with exemplary ergonomics.

 

In order to maximise driver support and comfort, the four-way manually adjustable driver and passenger seats include tall bolsters with integrated support structures for improved lateral hold, as well as an appropriate balance of ingress and egress and freedom of shoulder movement. The Alcantara centre panels in the seat bottom and seatback enhance lateral grip, while the leather outer surfaces improve ease of ingress and egress.

 

The seat base structure is composed of stamped aluminium for reduced weight. Both the seat and seatback are of sturdy construction to hold the driver and passenger in place, and for improved longevity and safety considerations. The headrest is designed to accommodate a helmet for track outings.

 

To facilitate ease of ingress and egress, the optional electrically-powered driver’s seat automatically moves rearward when the ignition is turned off.

 

Steering wheel

As a primary touch point for the dynamic driving experience, the NSX’s steering wheel has been painstakingly designed to provide a seamless connection between the car and driver, providing superior grip, comfort and control.

 

The interior frame of the steering wheel is composed of magnesium for strength and low mass, while the leather wrapped outer surface is crafted to be entirely seamless. Ergonomically designed shapes provide optimum grip, control and comfort – the wheel shape optimally supports both nine and three o’clock and ten and two o’clock hand positions, complemented by extended-length paddle shifters. A flattened top section offers improved forward visibility and a flattened bottom section enhances driver leg space, while a manual tilt steering column allows for further driver comfort.

 

Steering wheel-mounted controls put critical features and functions at the driver’s fingertips. On the left side are the audio volume wheel and source selection button as well as phone controls; to the right are the Multi-Information Display (MID) controls and cruise control functions.

 

Intake Sound Control and Active Exhaust Valve

The NSX features a new Intake Sound Control (ISC) system and Active Exhaust Valve (AEV) system to create a customisable auditory experience both inside and outside the vehicle.

 

ISC utilises a pipe – connected directly to the engine’s intake manifold with an electrically operated butterfly valve controlled by the Integrated Dynamics System setting – and a diaphragm that translates high pressure air from the manifold into lower-pressure sound waves. On the other side of the diaphragm, the single pipe then splits into two pipes that transmit sound to twin outlets in the rear uppermost portions of the cabin. Sound transmission and effect are varied according to the four driving modes of the Integrated Dynamics System (Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track) – with a high 25 decibels sound pressure level range between Quiet and Track modes.

 

The AEV system modulates the exhaust note through the use of dual exhaust paths and electrically actuated valve control. Although the exhaust sound is not directly fed to the interior, AEV modifies the engine exhaust note in accordance with the four IDS modes and operates as a complimentary component of the NSX’s customisable auditory experience. The AEV opens all the way at higher engine speeds or under heavy throttle in Sport, Sport+ and Track modes.

 

Active Sound Control

Active Sound Control (ASC) is utilised to tune the quality and level of cabin sound precisely through dual overhead microphones, an electronic processor, and the audio system's speakers. ASC operates whenever the engine is running, even if the audio system is turned off.

 

Working together, ASC and ISC improve the engine sound quality by making the sound pressure level more linear as the engine revs increase, helping smooth out the engine sound by creating a same-phase or reverse-phase sound signal as needed and sending it to the speakers.

 

ASC is part of the NSX’s Integrated Dynamics System (IDS). When the IDS is in Quiet mode, the ASC system is tuned for a smooth, unobtrusive engine sound. When the IDS is switched to Sport, Sport+ or Track modes, the NSX’s engine sound takes on a more aggressive note.

 

Instrument panel and centre console

The NSX instrument panel utilises contemporary styling, free flowing curves, authentic refined materials and surface textures to present the easy-to-use and ergonomically designed systems that make up the simple sports interface. The aim is for the driver instrumentation and centre console to offer intuitive and stress-free operation and functionality.

 

Visually, a clean and minimalist design is presented across the entire instrument panel. Uncluttered with easy access to controls for all primary systems, including the 7.0-inch Honda CONNECT touchscreen, both the instrument panel and centre console feature hand-crafted materials. Selected materials include genuine leather for the instrument panel, Alcantara across the top of the driver’s gauge binnacle, with additional Alcantara trimming for the centre console and glovebox. Furthermore, the critical surface of the centre console and doors that envelope the driver and passenger have been specified with additional padding for optimal knee and elbow comfort and support.

 

Dynamic Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) gauge cluster

Front and centre of the instrument panel is an 8.0-inch Dynamic Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) display, which is overlaid with a digitally represented analogue tachometer dial. Within the tachometer is the digital speedometer readout and full-colour Multi-Information Display (MID). The central TFT display is flanked by digital gauges displaying the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system motors’ state of charge or assist (to the left) and battery state of charge (to the right), with an analogue engine coolant temperature gauge on the left and fuel gauge to the right.

 

The display is linked to the Integrated Dynamics System to provide a visual compliment to the customisable dynamic and auditory elements of the driving experience. In Quiet mode, the display glows a cool blue. In Sport mode, the display takes on a grey hue with red highlights. In Sport+ and Track modes, the tachometer adopts a yellow hue with red highlights and the tachometer rotates to place the lower and upper limits of the tachometer at the six o’clock and three o’clock positions, respectively.

 

As engine speed increases when driving, the outer ring of the tachometer will flash red once the engine speed exceeds 7,000 rpm to alert the driver to the approaching 7,500 rpm redline. Also, when a new Integrated Dynamics System mode is selected, the MID displays a graphic representation of Integrated Dynamics System component systems – powertrain, SH-AWD, VSA, suspension and steering.

 

Multi-Information Display

The customisable Multi-Information Display (MID) displays a wide variety of information, controlled by a thumb dial on the right side of the steering wheel. The MID also displays alerts for upcoming maintenance needs. Should a fault occur, specific warning information will appear on the MID. MID information categories include:

 

• Integrated Dynamics System mode

• Elapsed time

• Average speed

• Average fuel economy

• Instant fuel economy

• Estimated fuel range

• Maintenance

• Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

• Turn-by-turn navigation (where specified)

• Turn-by-turn navigation for integrated Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

 

The TFT gauge cluster relays important information to the driver relating to the current state of transmission operation in a clear and concise graphical format, depending on the transmission’s mode of operation. ‘Auto’ signifies that the car is currently in automatic mode, while ‘D-Paddle’ signals that although Auto is still selected, the car is in a temporary manual mode, with the driver manually selecting gears via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The display returns to Auto when manual shift activity stops for a certain period of time. ‘Manual’ displays only the gear selected when the car is in fully manual mode.

 

Centre console

An integral part of the NSX’s elegantly simple driver interface, the centre console contains the 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen Honda CONNECT system, Dual-Zone Climate Control, the Integrated Dynamics System control knob, three-position heated seat controls, Electronic Gear Selector, Electronic Parking Brake and two storage compartments.

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration

The system allows both driver and passenger to pre-select their preferred temperature settings, and then automatically adjusts volumetric airflow and temperature to maintain a proper and pleasant climate within the vehicle.

 

Push-button defrost helps to clear up fogged or icy windows quickly and conveniently for improved outward visibility. By maintaining a proper and comfortable climate, the system supports occupant concentration for improved safety as well as driving performance.

 

With a micron air filtration system, the dual-zone automatic climate control system is capable of filtering particulate as small as 0.3 microns. Humidity control further improves the vehicle’s interior air quality and comfort levels by using a sensor within the cabin to detect temperature and moisture levels and regulating airflow to maintain a comfortable humidity level.

 

Integrated Dynamics System: dynamic mode dial

Located within easy reach of the driver, the large dynamic mode dial allows a drive mode to be selected from the Integrated Dynamics System without any distraction from the road ahead.

 

Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold

An Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) allows the driver to engage the parking brake by simply pulling on a rocker switch located on the centre console.

 

The EPB also includes the convenience of Automatic Brake Hold (ABH), which once activated, can maintain rear brake hold even after the brake pedal has been released. With the driver’s seatbelt on and the vehicle in Drive with a foot on the brake pedal, ABH can be initiated by pressing the Brake Hold button located near the EPB rocker switch on the centre console. A ‘Brake Hold’ message will appear on the instrument panel to alert the driver that the system is currently activated. The brake pedal can be released and the vehicle will remain stationary; pressing down on the throttle pedal will deactivate the brake hold feature and the vehicle will start moving.

 

 

 

Interior storage

A number of convenient storage areas are provided for both driver and passenger. At the base of the centre console is an inset front pocket. An additional storage pocket located along the top of the centre console between the seats is designed to accommodate a smartphone. The centre console also includes a roomy rear console storage box that contains a 1.5-amp USB interface port that can synchronise a smartphone to the Honda CONNECT touchscreen for operation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A phone cord management device is also located underneath the rubber mat that lines the bottom of the glovebox.

 

Additional storage is offered by the glovebox, which also includes a 1.0-amp USB interface port that can be used for audio devices such as MP3 players.

 

Rear cargo area

The rear cargo area is exceptionally spacious and versatile for a mid-engine high-performance supercar. With a capacity of 110 litres, the boot can conveniently accommodate a range of items, all easily accessed through a wide opening. The boot lid can be opened using the remote key fob, a button located on the driver’s interior door or by depressing a discretely located button under the trailing edge of the boot lid.

 
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Audio and Connectivity

 

An advanced, user-friendly suite of audio and connectivity technologies are controlled by a 7.0-inch Honda CONNECT capacitive touchscreen interface with intuitive touch, swipe and tap control motions. The Honda CONNECT system is supplemented by steering-wheel-mounted controls to put access to features and functions at the driver’s fingertips.

 

Premium audio system

The bespoke nine-speaker 580-watt ELS Studio® Premium Audio system with eight speakers and a powerful subwoofer has been engineered to be lighter than comparable systems. Portable electronic devices can be connected to the system wirelessly via the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, or hard-wired through the USB input ports.

 

Honda CONNECT touchscreen

The seven-inch Honda CONNECT touchscreen is capable of displaying rich graphics and allows the high-resolution touchscreen to be operated in an identical fashion to a smartphone through tap, pinch and swipe user inputs.

 

Intuitive operation of the system is ensured thanks to an easy-to-use menu interface and numerous NSX-exclusive icons that resemble smartphone apps. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by the system. The Honda CONNECT touchscreen also displays images from the standard-fit rear view camera.

 

Customers can choose to upgrade the Honda CONNECT system with an option pack that includes Garmin navigation, CD player and front and rear parking sensors.

 

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay allows apps within an iPhone to work seamlessly within the Honda CONNECT system. CarPlay turns the native in-car control system into an Apple iOS device, allowing the driver to use their iPhone within the car by utilising the Honda CONNECT touchscreen. Intuitive operation is assured as the icons and graphics that appear on the Honda CONNECT system touchscreen are identical in appearance to the iPhone apps when using CarPlay.

 

When using the navigation feature, turn-by-turn directions, continuously updated traffic conditions and estimated travel time are displayed on the Honda CONNECT system’s touchscreen. While using the navigation feature, CarPlay can also predict the most likely destinations using addresses from email, text messages, contacts and calendars.

 

For improved safety, CarPlay makes use of the hands-free voice operation features of Siri. Playing a key role to support Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free builds upon Apple’s hands-free Siri functionality by enabling voice control operation of an Apple iOS mobile device that is linked with the Honda CONNECT system. Siri Eyes Free provides a virtually limitless array of voice commands, taking Siri’s hands-free functionality to a new level while simultaneously minimising the potential for distraction.

 

Using the Siri hands-free voice control functionality or pressing a familiar icon on the Honda CONNECT system touchscreen accesses a number of convenient CarPlay features. These include navigation, reading aloud and replying to text messages, listening to music, radio station apps, podcasts or audiobooks.

 

By pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when an iPhone is paired via Bluetooth, the driver can use Siri to perform a number of tasks while keeping both hands on the steering wheel and maintaining focus on the road. Siri Eyes Free can:

 

● Audibly send and receive text messages

● Audibly send and receive emails

● Audibly receive notifications

● Make and receive calls

● Select and play music

● Set up reminders, alarms and calendar entries

● Check sports scores, weather and stock quotes

● Provide turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth audio or iPod mode)

 

Android Auto

Android Auto integrates compatible Android smartphones with the Honda CONNECT system. A customised version of an Android smartphone is transferred onto the Honda CONNECT touchscreen when it is plugged into the car’s USB port in the centre console rear storage box. Once plugged in, all phone calls are handled via the NSX’s Bluetooth connectivity.

 

Android Auto allows inputs to be made by tapping and swiping the Honda CONNECT system’s touchscreen or by making simple voice commands. Once connected with the vehicle, access is provided to Google Maps, Google Now and Google Play Music, along with a variety of popular third-party Android-compatible music apps and a wide array of sports, financial, weather and media information apps. There is also an Android Auto messaging app that will flash a notification of an incoming message on the Honda CONNECT touchscreen, read the message aloud, and allow a reply by voice.

 

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink allows up to six Bluetooth-enabled phones to be wirelessly paired with the Honda CONNECT system. Complementing the HandsFreeLink system is Bluetooth Streaming Audio, a hands-free in-car system which allows the audio feature of a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device such as a smart phone or MP3 player to be paired wirelessly with the audio system. Music, podcasts, and audio books can be streamed wirelessly to the NSX’s sound system. Certain compatible devices will even display metadata of the musical artist, album and song title on the Honda CONNECT touchscreen.

 

Text messages and emails can be audibly read aloud, with the system allowing the driver to respond with one of six different preset messages. The preset responses include:

 

● Talk to you later, I’m driving

● I’m running late

● I’m on my way

● Okay

● Yes

● No

 

As soon as a compatible phone is paired with the HandsFreeLink system, the message function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the Honda CONNECT screen. Using the touchscreen, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, select a preset reply choice, or call the sender without touching the phone. To help mitigate the potential for driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on-screen unless the transmission is in Park.

 

Apple iPhones do not support this feature, but the Siri Eyes Free mode (iPhone 5 and 6) offers the ability to initiate, hear and respond to text messages via voice commands.

 

USB ports

The centre console storage box features an integrated 1.5-amp USB interface port that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the audio system, including the Honda CONNECT touchscreen. Located in the glove box is a 1.0-amp USB interface port with support for iPod, MP3 and other USB functionality.

 

Advanced occupant protection

 

Active safety is promoted by stable, precise and predictable driving dynamics, with steering, handling and braking performance providing the foundation for active safety performance and collision avoidance. To provide a high-level of occupant protection in the event of a collision, an advanced multi-material body design is employed along with both primary and supplemental restraint systems. These systems work together to manage effectively the energy in a collision, minimising cabin intrusion and mitigating occupant injury.

 

The innovative multi-material spaceframe utilises ablation cast aluminium nodes and highly rigid extruded aluminium frame members for superior crash protection and occupant protection with light weight and high rigidity. The world’s first application of a three-dimensionally formed and water jet-quenched ultra-high-strength steel for the A-pillar construction offers robust structural rigidity including roof-crush performance.

 

Furthermore, the multi-material spaceframe design and the packaging of hybrid components, including the lithium-ion batteries and high-voltage systems, have also been optimised for both occupant protection and the safety of the rescue services.

 

Standard primary and supplemental restraint systems include single-stage driver and dual-stage passenger multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), driver knee airbag, SmartVent® side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor and three-point seatbelts with a load-limited equipped automatic tensioning.

 

Accompanying these passive safety technologies, an additional level of safety performance is afforded by advanced active and passive safety technologies such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist and the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators.

 
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Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control

The system operates to correct or minimise traction loss prior to it occurring by continually monitoring key dynamic parameters and driver inputs such as steering angle, throttle position, yaw rate, lateral G-force, vehicle speed, and individual wheel speeds. If an oversteer or understeer condition is recognised, the VSA – working in conjunction with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system and the power unit – is able to instantaneously and unobtrusively redirect torque and invoke the ABS braking system at each wheel as needed to help stabilise the vehicle. The system also increases traction and reduces wheel spin in conditions with reduced grip, such as wet, icy or snowy conditions.

 

Developed through extensive testing on both road and track, the vehicle stability system is highly effective while minimising intrusion on the driving experience. In most instances, the VSA response is quick and seamless. VSA is fully functional in Quiet, Sport and Sport+ modes of the Integrated Dynamics System, but its dynamic performance is tuned accordingly. In Track mode, VSA is programmed to support on-the-limit circuit driving.

 

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System with location and pressure indicators

The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) displays the current tyre pressure of each individual tyre in a visual graphic shown on the centre display (in the Multi-Information Display), representing an important safety feature for an ultra-high-performance supercar. The TPMS has different settings for both low- and high-speed operation, as circuit driving requires an elevated tyre pressure.

 

Multi-material spaceframe

The aluminium-intensive multi-material spaceframe utilises a combination of materials throughout the platform for high strength and rigidity in the event of a collision. The spaceframe construction consists of highly rigid aluminium extrusions, aluminium stampings, high-strength steel stampings, and ablation cast aluminium frame nodes – integrated with the front and rear frame rails – which serve as critical components in the absorption and dispersion of energy in both front and rear impacts.

 

Ablation cast nodes

Ablation cast nodes have been fitted at key junctures within the front of the spaceframe to help optimise impact protection for the vehicle’s occupants in the event of a collision. Ablation cast nodes help to minimise overall vehicle weight while offering superior strength and tremendous ductility to facilitate energy absorption in a collision. An added benefit in the ablation casting process is the flexibility to tune the component’s wall thickness for optimal weight, strength and deformability.

 

The spaceframe’s front nodes are designed to deform and in the process to absorb energy in a frontal collision, helping to minimise the transfer of kinetic energy to the cabin. Additionally, two ablation cast nodes in the rear frame are designed for ultimate rigidity to transfer crash energy into the extruded aluminium rear frame rails in order to mitigate the potential for forward movement of the rear power unit in the event of a rear collision.

 

Optimised packaging

A twin-tank design enhances safety performance in the event of a rear-end collision. By using a twin-tank configuration and specialised resin material, the fuel tanks can be packaged in the safest location possible, between the rear firewall and the power unit.

 

The Intelligent Power Unit (IPU), containing the vehicle’s lithium-ion hybrid battery, is strategically packaged inside the cabin, in front of the rear firewall, optimising protection in the event of a frontal or rear collision. Furthermore, the location helps protect the IPU from damage in a side impact by the use of highly rigid B-pillars. In testing the performance of this system, a simulated side impact ‘pole’ test was undertaken with the impact occurring directly on the B-pillar. The test resulted in no damage to the IPU.

 

 

6. Advanced Sports Package and innovative technologies provide astonishing dynamic performance

 

    Advanced Sports Package unifies design and packaging concepts to realise exceptional dynamic capabilities
    All-aluminium suspension system features third-generation active magnetorheological damping
    Electronic Power Steering system optimised for outstanding driver feel
    Sport Hybrid SH-AWD provides all-wheel traction and enhanced handling capabilities
    Next-Generation Super Sports Brake Concept provides precise, linear and fade-free braking performance with regenerative capabilities

 

The NSX was created to revolutionise supercar performance, delivering a more vivid, immediate and intuitive dynamic experience with instant acceleration, powerful yet easily controlled brakes, and exceptional handling. Every aspect of the car has been designed using the company’s latest simulation and development techniques to deliver a New Sports eXperience.

 

The NSX’s dynamic performance follows a tradition of sophisticated engineering and advanced design, providing a combination of assured handling performance, sophisticated ride quality and overall refinement that set new standards in the supercar segment.

 

Unparalleled structural rigidity transmits the full feeling of the power unit, suspension, and steering directly to the driver with instant response, while maximising the effectiveness of direct yaw control to improve vehicle dynamics. The ‘Advanced Sports Package’ prioritises the design and packaging of all major vehicle systems to lower and centre the mass of the vehicle for enhanced handling and dynamic performance.

 

Advanced lightweight suspension and steering systems are carefully calibrated to work with both road and track-ready tyre options, as are all other dynamic systems. Optimised front-to-rear downforce balance ensures high speed handling stability while ensuring low aerodynamic drag.

 

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD provides active all-wheel drive and enhanced handling capability via the dynamic apportioning of the TMU’s torque. The ‘direct yaw control’ of this electrified torque vectoring system creates a yaw moment under any driving condition, to achieve the driver’s desired cornering line. An instant and powerful feeling of acceleration is enhanced by the immediate torque response of three electric motors working in concert with the bespoke, twin-turbocharged V6 and 9DCT.

 

Powerful, linear, predictable and virtually fade-free braking performance in all driving conditions is achieved through the seamless integration of high-performance mechanical (Brembo hydraulic) and regenerative braking.

 

Low and centred mass

The ‘Advanced Sports Package’ is a design philosophy that seeks to optimise the design and packaging of all major vehicle systems – the body, chassis and interior, including the mid-mounted power unit (engine, Direct Drive Motor and 9DCT) and key hybrid components including the IPU (which contains the lithium-ion battery pack), PDU and the TMU – to lower and centre the mass of the vehicle for optimal handling and dynamic response. The new NSX has the lowest centre of gravity (CG) among its core competitors.

 

Focusing the mass toward the centre of the NSX reduces the polar moment of inertia, allowing the car to respond faster to steering inputs through a reduction in rotational resistance. The low CG reduces the dynamic load transfer, thus stabilising the vertical load on the tyres.

 

This results in instant and precise response to driver inputs, minimal unwanted body movement and a stable tyre grip, which raise performance levels.

 

Power unit mounting system

In order to achieve outstanding dynamic properties while producing the lowest levels of noise and vibration, special consideration was given to how the power unit – engine, Direct Drive Motor, 9DCT and differential – is secured to the chassis.

 

An engine cradle system was designed combining hydraulic engine mounts with a rigid aluminium sub-frame plate that simultaneously supports the engine while acting as a vibration and noise inhibitor. The engine mounts are ideally located with an axis that passes through its centre of gravity to minimise pitch and roll movement of the engine mass. Testing and analysis demonstrated that this novel configuration provides notably improved vehicle handling performance while exceeding targeted noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.

 

Suspension

The front double wishbone and rear multi-link suspension systems support the extreme dynamic needs of the NSX and are designed to work in perfect harmony with every system, specifically the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. The system maintains the precise geometry to extract the maximum grip and control from the tyres. Agile at low speeds, yet supremely stable and predictable at high speeds, the suspension faithfully translates the driver’s inputs for ultimate handling performance and instant response.

 

Much like the original NSX, the next-generation NSX utilises a lightweight all-aluminium, fully independent front and rear suspension system. Featuring lightweight yet rigid aluminium alloy components at all four corners, the suspension keeps unsprung weight to a minimum while retaining component stiffness for instant and accurate response. Designed to work seamlessly with the advanced electric power steering system, the optimised tuning of the steering and suspension systems allows for both instant responses at low speeds, coupled with superlative high-speed stability.

 

The all-aluminium front suspension’s ‘in-wheel’ design makes use of compact and lightweight components, such as forged aluminium double wishbones with a cast aluminium knuckle design. An advanced double-joint front suspension design mitigates torque disturbance from the front TMU torque vectoring and eliminates unwanted steering kickback. The suspension geometry delivers superior handling performance, crisp and communicative on-centre steering feel and excellent stability.

 

The rear suspension employs a sophisticated independent, all-aluminium, forged ‘in-wheel’ multi-link design for high lateral rigidity, faithfully reacting to driver inputs and maintaining stability.

 

Active magnetorheological dampers

Through third-generation magnetorheological (MR) dampers, the NSX’s highly advanced suspension can continuously adjust damping forces in a fraction of a second, instantaneously adapting to the driving situation, driver inputs and road conditions.

 

The third-generation technology offers a wider range of damping force and instant response for maximum handling capability and ride quality in all driving conditions. The reservoir within each of the MR dampers is filled with a special magnetorheological fluid that contains microscopic metallic particulate. Running an electric current to each MR damper creates a magnetic field within the fluid that causes an instantaneous change in the fluid’s density properties with a resulting change in damping rate.

 

While many active dampers make use of an internal valve-based technology to vary the damping force, the NSX’s MR dampers utilise a valve-less design that offers a much broader range of damping force and more rapid responsiveness.

 

In addition to their lightning-quick response rate and superior damping properties, MR dampers allow the NSX to make optimum use of a high-performance tyre design and low-profile sidewall while still providing a comfortable ride.

 

The MR dampers also function as a component of Integrated Dynamics System via two unique damper tuning settings – one biased towards unsprung mass control, used for Quiet and Sport modes; and a second with optimised performance tuning, biased towards sprung mass control, used for Sport+ and Track modes.
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Wheels and tyres

A bespoke wheel and tyre package extracts optimal performance from the platform, not only in lateral grip but in every element of driving performance, including acceleration and braking.

 

The standard wheel design package includes lightweight and exclusive ‘Interwoven’ forged aluminium alloy wheels with Continental ContiSport Contact high performance summer tyres (245 / 35 ZR19 at the front, 305 / 30 ZR20 at the rear), developed jointly with Continental specifically for the NSX. The tyre package strikes an excellent balance between high performance and everyday drivability, offering high levels of traction in both wet and dry conditions

 

The unique ‘Interwoven’ wheel design is a result of extensive research to find the strongest and most rigid spoke structure with the least amount of material. Forged in high-strength aluminium, the optimisation of wheel design offers a lower total weight than any wheels of similar size and material composition within the class. Customers have the choice of one of three finishes: machined, polished or painted.

 

Intuitive steering

A sophisticated dual-pinion electric power steering (EPS) system responds instantaneously to steering input and automatically adjusts to deliver the appropriate level of power assist in all driving situations.

 

“It was a huge challenge to create a lively and communicative electric power steering for the driver that would be truly worthy of a next-generation Honda NSX,” said Chris Dundon, chassis design project leader. “But by optimising the mechanical components within the system, plus careful tuning of the software, we were able to achieve our goal of delivering highly responsive steering with outstanding driver feel.”

 

Reduced weight and improved packaging was achieved through compactness and a reduction in the number of required components over a hydraulic system. Redundant elements include hydraulic fluid, pump, fluid storage tank, hydraulic fluid lines and hoses. An electric system also reduces levels of noise and vibration, and enhances fuel efficiency with no parasitic drag from an engine-driven power steering pump.

 

A variable gear ratio allows the EPS to be optimised for specific conditions. When the steering wheel is centred, the ratio is tuned for optimal high-speed control and stability. As soon as the steering wheel is turned, the gear ratio becomes quicker for improved turn-in and manoeuvrability at low and mid-range speeds. A further benefit is the reduced need for the driver’s hands to be moved from a fixed position on the steering wheel.

 

The addition of a motor-assisted second pinion to the EPS system more precisely assists with turning force and steering assistance based on a number of factors – engine speed, electric motor torque from the Sport Hybrid power unit, steering angle, vehicle speed, steering force and EPS algorithms – and leads to improved steering feel and feedback for the driver.

 

The EPS features two distinct EPS steering settings; one for Quiet and Sport modes, the other for Sport+ or Track modes. Selected through the Integrated Dynamics System in concert with the MR damper suspension system, the EPS tuning is adjusted to deliver an increased level of acuity and performance for an even greater degree of driver feedback by reducing steering assist based on vehicle speed and steering angle for the more performance-oriented Sport+ and Track modes.

 

Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

The revolutionary Sport Hybrid SH-AWD advances the principles of torque vectoring-enhanced vehicle dynamics with ‘Direct Yaw Control’. Direct Yaw Control utilises the instantaneous and ‘always-on’ capacities of the TMU to create a direct yaw moment at any speed, under power, and in off-throttle driving manoeuvres with greater immediacy and precision.

 

Supported by the advanced yaw-control capabilities of Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, the NSX is able to achieve enhanced stability with reduced effort. This technology expands the capabilities of all drivers, ranging from novices to professionals in virtually all driving scenarios

 

When accelerating, the system provides instantaneous torque response via its three electric motors – the Direct Drive Motor and front TMU. While braking, the NSX employs both the hydraulically powered mechanical braking system and the regenerative braking system to deliver powerful, precise and virtually fade-free brake performance with a natural and progressive pedal feel. Simultaneously, the system is able to harvest kinetic energy to charge the system’s lithium-ion hybrid battery.

 

When cornering, the TMU and VSA work cooperatively to enhance cornering precision. The TMU dynamically vectors front wheel torque to create a turning, or yaw, moment with enhanced stability provided by VSA and AHA.

 

By taking advantage of the instant high-torque response of the system’s three electric motors to heighten control, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system elevates any driver’s confidence and performance driving capabilities while extracting more performance from the car than is possible with conventional methods.

 

Powerful and responsive powertrain

Power delivery is created through the seamless integration of the instant and substantial torque from the front TMU and Direct Drive Motor with the twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine. Importantly, the NSX’s control systems manage the collective system power and torque smoothly while allowing almost instantaneous response and acceleration.

 

The 9DCT is capable of delivering up- and downshifts almost seamlessly. The total ratio range with closely spaced ratios supports the characteristics of the twin-turbo V6. The 9DCT can be operated in an automatic mode, with the transmission selecting the most appropriate ratio, or manually through steering wheel-mounted paddles.

 

Launch Mode Control

To activate Launch Mode Control, the 9DCT must be set in either Drive or Manual, with the Integrated Dynamics System set to Track mode. The brake pedal must be held down while the accelerator is simultaneously depressed fully. When the brake pedal is released, the NSX will perform a perfectly executed vehicle launch that utilises peak power from the TMU, the twin-turbocharged V6 engine and Direct Drive Motor.

 

Next-Generation Super Sports Brakes

Seamlessly integrating both mechanical (friction) brakes with electro-servo control and a regenerative brake system, the NSX provides exceptional brake pedal response and predictable performance in almost any driving condition.

 

By supplementing the high-performance mechanical braking system with regenerative braking, the NSX harvests electricity during braking and feeds it back into the lithium-ion battery pack. Regenerative braking begins as soon as the throttle pedal is released in order to maximise battery recharging during normal driving. Unlike many such systems, the NSX blends this capability in a seamless and effective way, resulting in intuitive brake pedal feel with superb feedback.

 

The electro-servo braking system (ESB) has been designed and developed through rigorous testing to provide the driver with superb feedback and intuitive brake pedal feel in all conditions. This allows drivers to finely modulate braking force in any condition – from low speed city traffic, to circuit driving.

 

The high degree of brake pedal feel is achieved through precise pressure control by the electric servo brake (ESB). The operation of the ESB is then finely tuned to deliver consistent and proper brake pedal feel for each of the drive mode settings of the Integrated Dynamic System (IDS).

 

Importantly, the brake pedal feel remains consistent and predictable across the four different drive mode settings of the IDS.

 

The high-performance Brembo braking system features large six-piston calipers with 368 mm, two-piece, iron and aluminium ventilated brake discs at the front, and four-piston calipers with 361 mm, two-piece, iron and aluminium ventilated rotors at the rear. All four calipers are of an aluminium monoblock design, which provides even pressure distribution across the surface of the brake disc with outstanding heat dissipation and excellent rigidity. The two-piece iron and aluminium brake discs provide consistent brake pad-to-rotor surface contact with high heat capacity and cooling efficiency. Additionally, this floating two-piece brake disc configuration allows for much greater thermal expansion when compared to a one-piece brake disc.

 

An ultra-high-performance and lightweight carbon ceramic brake disc package (381 mm at the front, 361 mm at the rear) is available as a factory option. This offers a reduction in weight of around 23.5 kg when compared to the standard brake package together with improved fade performance in high stress conditions.

 

Through extensive research and development, optimal brake cooling has been achieved as an integral part of the NSX’s advanced aerodynamic design. Even under the high stress conditions, front and rear brake cooling always promotes consistent deceleration capability, brake pedal feel and superb vehicle stability.

 

Typically, effective brake cooling at the rear of a mid-engine vehicle is difficult due to component packaging, and the proximity of the engine and transmission. Rear brake cooling on the NSX is enhanced by the innovative use of the NSX’s rear sub-frame. Two air duct paths in the hollow sub-frame allow air passing through the sub-frame to be directed to the rear brakes, using specially tuned air deflectors located on the rear suspension arms.

 

Integrated Dynamics System

 

The Integrated Dynamics System provides the driver with four dynamic modes: Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track. The system integrates all of the vehicle’s dynamic chassis and powertrain systems to give the driver control of steering, brakes (including regenerative braking), throttle, vehicle stability assist, magnetorheological dampers, engine, transmission, and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit.

 

From the available all-electric operation of Quiet mode to the closed circuit, maximum performance capacities of Track mode, the Integrated Dynamics System progressively dials up the dynamic characteristics of the NSX based on the needs of the driver and the driving environment.

 

Each of the IDS system’s four modes can be accessed at any time via a control dial prominently placed on the centre console. In addition, the system features a custom setting menu, accessible through the touch-screen interface, which allows the driver to configure the vehicle’s default mode. For example, the car can be programmed always to start in Quiet or Sport mode, while the system also presents the option to schedule the NSX to operate exclusively in Quiet mode during any specified time period.

 

In addition to these dynamic system variations, IDS also varies cabin sounds (see section 5).

 

Quiet

Quiet mode prioritises electric-only driving at lower speeds, maximising energy efficiency and minimising cabin sound. The TMU is used for the initial launch from a standstill. When power demand requires the engine, it starts more quietly than in other modes and the maximum engine speed is limited to 4,000 rpm, while the Active Exhaust and Intake Sound Control valves are closed for a more hushed operation. The transmission shift map also prioritises lower engine speeds, while the idle stop function is enabled when the engine is in operation. The instrument binnacle displays a cool and quiet blue colour.

 

Sport

Sport mode takes advantage of the Sport Hybrid system to offer the driver a more direct response. Compared to Quiet mode, the 4,000 rpm limit is removed and a sharper throttle map is applied. A more aggressive transmission shift map holds gears longer and allows gear shifts at higher engine speeds. The Intake Sound Control system and the Active Exhaust Valve are activated, allowing additional exhaust and intake sound to permeate the cabin. Like the Quiet mode, Sport mode provides an idle stop function. The Sport setting is the default setting in normal vehicle operation and is signified by crisp white lighting within the instrument binnacle.

 

Sport+

Sport+ prioritises maximum drivetrain response and dynamic performance, with faster up- and down-shifts of the 9DCT, complemented by still more aggressive throttle mapping. Full use of electric motor torque allows for explosive acceleration. Increased agility is achieved through a more aggressive Direct Yaw Control setting that works in conjunction with retuned settings for the magnetorheological dampers, Agile Handling Assist, and Electric Power Steering (EPS) system. It also offers the driver a higher degree of steering feedback, while intake and exhaust note sounds via Active Sound Control are further increased for an even more exhilarating and emotional driving experience. The TFT dials display a distinctive yellow arc that follows the tachometer needle to support easy recognition of engine speed. Red highlights for the instrument binnacle also reinforce that the driver is in now in Sport+ mode.

 

Track

Tuned for circuit driving, Track mode invokes the most aggressive settings and parameters to assist the driver in recording the fastest and most consistent lap times possible, along with maximum acceleration from a standstill when utilising Launch Mode Control. The braking system is retuned to offer enhanced performance-oriented pedal feel. Gearshift speed, operation of the Super Hybrid SH-AWD system and active driver aids such as VSA and AHA are programmed to support on-the-limit circuit driving. An even greater amount of engine intake sound permeates the cabin, offering enhanced sports sound even when wearing a helmet.

 

Track mode also prioritises the lithium-ion battery state-of-charge to maintain a consistent level of torque delivery and Direct Yaw Control from the three electric motors for consistent dynamic responses.

 

The VSA operational threshold is ramped up incrementally from Quiet mode to Track mode, enabling a progressively higher degree of freedom for the driver in exploring the dynamic capabilities of the NSX. In Track mode, the VSA can be completely disabled by the driver.

 

 
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7. 25 years after the original NSX represented a paradigm shift in production techniques, Honda’s next-generation supercar sets new benchmarks

 

    New Performance Manufacturing Centre to produce NSX
    Engine hand-assembled at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant
    Innovative technologies combined with next-generation craftsmanship

 

Design and development of the next-generation NSX involved a global team of engineers and designers. The Sport Hybrid power unit was developed in Tochigi, Japan, while the development of the body, chassis, electrical, interior and other vehicle technologies were concentrated in Raymond, Ohio.

 

Initial styling was conducted at Honda’s Wako, Japan design studio and was further developed for production by the Honda Design Studio in Los Angeles.

 

Throughout its nearly four-year development, the fundamental concepts for a New Sports eXperience remained clear and consistent. However, the technologies and means by which the R&D team would realise their concept underwent a process of continual improvement and evolution, most notably in the area of engine design. Whereas the original direction called for a transverse-mounted, normally aspirated V6, the NSX development concept evolved to a new and more challenging approach: an all-new bespoke twin-turbocharged, longitudinally-mounted V6 engine. This radical re-imagination of the engine design had profound implications for every element of the design – especially the package, cooling and aerodynamics.

 

The NSX has been tested and tuned on roads and race circuits around the world. Primary development tracks were located in Alton, Virginia at Virginia International Raceway; in Rhineland, Germany at the famed Nürburgring; and on the northern-most Japan island of Hokkaido at Honda’s own Takasu test circuit.

 

The NSX is manufactured at the new Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. The PMC was designed to innovate both the means and the methods of producing low-volume specialty cars and to realise challenging new ideas for next-generation craftsmanship and quality established by Honda’s engineers. The Performance Manufacturing Centre employs approximately 100 associates, including 70 highly skilled manufacturing technicians engaged in body construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation. Among its many innovative processes is the world’s first use of robotic MIG welding for the construction of the aluminium spaceframe.

 

The bespoke twin-turbocharged V6 engine is meticulously hand assembled by one of just eight expert technicians at the company’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio, using techniques and processes benchmarked against the company’s world-class race engineering programs. Each engine is bench tested and broken in to the equivalent of 150 miles of service. The nine-speed dual clutch transmission, Direct Drive Motor and engine are machine balanced and assembled at the Anna Engine Plant. The Twin Motor Unit (TMU) and other hybrid system components are built in Japan and sent directly to the Performance Manufacturing Centre.

 

 

8. Technical specifications

 

    All technical information is preliminary and subject to change based on final European homologation

 

Body and chassis

Two-door, two-seat sportscar with aluminium-intensive, multi-material chassis and multi-material body

 

Power unit
     

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit

Type
   

Front wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT

Maximum total system power
   

581 PS

Maximum total system torque
   

646 Nm

 

Engine
     

Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 (petrol)

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder

Layout
   

Longitudinally mid-mounted

Capacity
   

3,493 cc

Bore x stroke
   

91 mm x 89.5 mm

Compression ratio
   

10.0:1

Power
   

507 PS between 6,500 - 7,500 rpm

Torque
   

550 Nm between 2,000 - 6,000 rpm

Maximum engine speed
   

7,500 rpm

Power output
   

145 PS per litre

Valve train
   

24 valve, Dual-VTC, chain-driven camshafts

Cylinder block and head material
   

Aluminium alloy

Piston construction
   

Cast aluminium with integrated cooling channel

Crankshaft construction
   

Forged steel

Connecting rod construction
   

Forged steel

Cylinder bore lining
   

Plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray

Cylinder bank angle
   

75 degrees

Exhaust system layout
   

Dual catalytic converter, dual path per bank

Turbocharger type
   

Single scroll

Maximum boost pressure
   

105 kPa (1.05 bar)

Wastegate control
   

Electrical

Turbine construction
   

Inconel

Lubrication
   

Dry sump system with six-rotor scavenge pump

Fuel Injection
   

Direct and port injection systems

 

Direct Drive Motor

 
   

 

Type
   

Water-cooled motor / generator

Layout
   

Direct drive motor attached directly to crankshaft

Power
   

48 PS at 3,000 rpm

Torque
   

147 Nm between 500 and 2,000 rpm

 

Twin Motor Unit (TMU)

 
   

 

Type
   

Water-cooled motor / generator

Layout
   

Independent twin motors in a single package with a planetary gear set, one-way clutch and brake

Power
   

37 PS + 37 PS at 4,000 rpm

Torque
   

73 Nm + 73 Nm between 0 and 2,000 rpm

 

Transmission

 
   

Nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT)

Automatically or manually operated – speeds
   

9

 

Gear ratios

 
   

Nine-speed with limited slip differential (LSD)

1st
   

3.838

2nd
   

2.433

3rd
   

1.777

4th
   

1.427

5th
   

1.211

6th
   

1.038

7th
   

0.880

8th
   

0.747

9th
   

0.633

Reverse
   

2.394

Rear axle ratio
   

3.583

Limited slip differential
   

Torque bias ratio: drive 2.0, coast 2.6, 30 Nm preload

 

Body and chassis

Chassis
   

Aluminium-intensive, multi-material

Body / frame construction
   

Multi-material space frame with cast aluminium nodes, and a mix of light aluminium and low-density SMC outer panels

Ablation cast aluminium nodes
   

Six complex high performance aluminium castings for crush zones: four front, two rear

A-pillar structure
   

3-D ‘Bent and Quenched’ ultra-high-strength steel (1500 Mpa)

Front floor panel
   

Carbon fibre

 

Suspension and damping

Front suspension
   

Double-wishbone, double joint lower control arm, aluminium construction

Front dampers
   

Active Gen. III magnetorheological coilovers

Front anti-roll bar
   

Hollow steel, 26.4 mm diameter x 3.3 mm wall thickness

Rear suspension
   

Multi-link, aluminium construction

Rear dampers
   

Active Gen. III magnetorheological coilovers

Rear anti-roll bar
   

Hollow steel, 24.9 mm diameter x 3 mm wall thickness

 

Steering

Type
   

Variable ratio rack & pinion; dual-pinion EPS

Steering wheel turns (lock-to-lock)
   

1.91

Steering ratio
   

Variable progressive; range: 12.9:1 (on centre) to 11.07:1

Turning diameter (kerb-to-kerb)
   

12.1 metres

 

Brakes

Front calipers
   

Brembo six-piston aluminium mono block

Front brake disc type
   

Standard: two-piece floating iron disks with aluminium centre
Option: two-piece floating carbon ceramic disks with aluminium centre

Front brake disc size
   

Iron: 368 mm diameter x 33 mm thickness
Carbon ceramic: 381 mm diameter x 33 mm thickness

Rear brake calipers
   

Brembo four-piston aluminium mono block

Rear brake disc type
   

Standard: two-piece floating iron disks with aluminium centre
Option: two-piece floating carbon ceramic disks with aluminium centre

Rear brake disc size
   

361 mm diameter X 33 mm thickness (both iron and carbon ceramic)

 

Wheels and tyres

Front wheels
   

19 x 8J forged aluminium

Front tyres
   

245 / 35 ZR 19 93Y

Rear wheels
   

20 x 11J forged aluminium

Rear tyres
   

305 / 30 ZR 20 103Y

Type
   

Continental ContiSportContact5 SP

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

(mm)

Overall length
   

4,487

Overall width
   

1,939

Overall width
   

2,217

Overall height
   

1,204

Wheelbase
   

2,630

Track front
   

1,659

Track rear
   

1,620

Ground clearance
   

104 (unladen)

Approach / departure angles
   

9.2° / 12.9°

Interior
   

(mm)

Seating capacity
   

2

Headroom
   

973

Legroom
   

1,087

Shoulder room
   

1,463

Hip room
   

1,384

 

Capacity (litres)

Fuel tank
   

59

Luggage
   

110

 

Weights (kg)

Kerb weight
   

1,763 - 1,801

Weight distribution (front / rear without options)
   

42% / 58%

 

Performance

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

Approx. 191 mph / 308 km/h

 

 

 

Fuel economy and emissions

Urban cycle (l/100km)
   

10.3

Extra urban cycle (l/100km)
   

9.9

Combined cycle (l/100/km)
   

10.0

Combined CO2 (g/km)
   

228

 

 

 

 

 

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McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso puts new Honda NSX through its paces at Circuito Estoril


    McLaren Honda star Fernando Alonso takes to the wheel of Honda’s new NSX at historic Estoril circuit in Portugal

    Spanish media experience exclusive ‘ride along’ with Alonso as part of its European launch activities

    Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, who was involved in the development of the original NSX over 25 years ago, took his maiden win at the Portuguese circuit

    New NSX features a 3.5-litre V6 twin turbo, three motor hybrid power unit coupled to a nine-speed DCT gearbox, manufactured at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio

    Order books are open for NSX across Europe, with deliveries starting this autumn

Star of McLaren Honda Formula 1 team Fernando Alonso took a break from racing to take the wheel of Honda’s new NSX hybrid sports car.

In an exclusive event for Spanish media, Fernando Alonso took the NSX on the historic Estoril circuit (Lisbon, Portugal), giving journalists the chance to ride along with the double world champion.

During the post-drive press conference, Fernando commented, “In terms of driving what really has surprised me are the brakes, the feelings are not so far from what we feel driving in F1.”. He added, "Driving the NSX is softer and sweeter than an F1 car because you are not searching for every little fraction of an inch, as you do in races. It is like the difference between artistic drawing and technical drawing".

The venue of Estoril was a poignant one, due to its strong link with Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna. Senna took his maiden grand prix victory at the track in 1985, and was strongly involved in the development and launch of Honda’s original NSX during the late 1980s. The track has been a happy hunting ground for other Honda powered racers, both on four wheels and two.

Honda's hybrid sports car features a new longitudinally mounted, twin-turbo, six-cylinder DOHC engine, combined with dual clutch transmission (DCT) and nine speeds, developed specifically for this model. A rear Direct Drive Motor, housed between the engine and gearbox, enhances performance during acceleration, braking and gear changes. In addition, the front wheels of the NSX are powered independently by two parallel high-performance electric motors, which provide instant torque. The combined power unit has a maximum output of 581 hp.

The NSX is manufactured exclusively at the Honda Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio (United States), where 100 production experts are responsible for manufacturing the full bodywork, paintwork and final assembly.

European order books opened in April this year, with the first deliveries commencing from autumn.

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Honda News Round Up - June 2016

EUROPE

Honda Jazz wins best Urban car in the Mujer Hoy’s V awards

The Honda Jazz was awarded the best Urban car in the 2016 Mujerhoy V awards.

The awards are judged by three individual females, who set a criteria of; security, functionality and automation. An overarching theme of practicality and 'making life easier' was established for all nomination categories.

Mark Weaver, president of Bridgestone, sponsor of the awards, presented the award to Anna Boix, Honda Spain Press and Social Media Manager.

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HR-V wins at the Tow Car Awards 2016

The Honda HR-V has triumphed at the 2016 Tow Car Awards, with the 1.6 i-DTEC SE manual taking the class winner in the ‘up to 1400kgs’ weight class.

Organised and judged by experts from Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club, a total of 40 cars were entered into the 10th Tow Car Awards.

David Motton, Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan magazine commented his overall verdict on the HR-V: “The Honda HR-V showed great stability and a practical, ingenious cabin.”

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Honda Goodwood festival of speed stand revealed

Harking back to the toy boxes of the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Honda stand for the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed is based on the iconic Fisher Price toy garage.

The stand hosts a vast selection of Honda’s product range across a number of different levels.

Phillip Crossman, managing director at Honda UK, commented: “As with last year’s award winning stand designed around children’s toy cars, Honda has yet again steered away from the conventional corporate boxes favoured by the competition.

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Honda Motor Europe Italy official partner to the Italian Volleyball Federation

Honda is now the “official car” of the Italian Volleyball Federation in addition to the official partner of the Italian Championship of Beach Volleyball.

The Honda CR-V and Civic Tourer will accompany the National Teams at major international events organised in Italy such as, World Grand Prix and the World League.

The collaboration demonstrates the commitment and proximity of Honda to the world of sports and sports competitions.

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ASIA

Honda Taiwan’s Cumulative Automobile Production Reaches 300,000 Unit Milestone

With production starting in 2003, Honda Taiwan has recently reached a 300,000 unit milestone. To celebrate, a ceremony at the plant in Pingtung City was held where Chairman, Takato Ito along with president, Hiroyuki Mannen, attended.

Since 2003, production line up in Taiwan has increased significantly. Originally building the CR-V, the production line now also consists of the Accord, Civic, FIT and CITY.

Demonstrating the recent increase in production, the 300,000 unit milestone is achieved only 4 years after the 200,000 unit milestone, achieved in 2012.

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Honda to Strengthen Research and Development of Intelligent Technologies

Honda R&D will further strengthen it's research and development of intelligent technologies and to support that objective, a new Honda R&D Innovation Lab will open in Tokyo.

The new lab will serve as a venue for “co-creation” whereby Honda will seek to collaborate with external experts and other research institutes.

By adding a new Honda R&D operation in Tokyo, to the network of existing operations in Germany, U.S and Japan, Honda will strive to attract and gather new talent broad areas of expertise on a global basis.

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NORTH AMERICA

2017 Acura NSX Supercar Claims Class Victory in North American Racing Debut at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The recently launched 2017 Acura NSX claimed victory in it's North American racing competition debut. Climbing the 14,115ft pinnacle of Pikes Peak and clinching first place in the Time Attack 2 class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The production based Acura NSX that climbed the hill featured no performance enhancing modifications. With required safety equipment for the competition added, the NSX negotiated the 12.42 mile course in a time of 10:28.820, winning the Time Attack 2 class.

Nick Robinson, North American Honda R&D team member and engineer drove the production based NSX to victory. Nick commented: “The hard work the entire development team has put into the NSX over the past few years really paid off”.

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American Honda Reports June Sales Increase, Setting New Records for Lights Trucks

American Honda Motor Co Inc. Recorded record sales figures for the month of June. A year on year increase of 3.2% and a new June record for light trucks.

Continued robust demand for both cars and light trucks pushed the Honda brand to strong June results. Sales of CR-V, America’s best selling SUV over the past 20 years, reached a new all-time June record, whilst Pilot and Odyssey each made notable gains for the month. The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline got off to a strong start in it's first weeks to market.

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“It's like finding your perfect dance partner” Honda engineer Ted Klaus gives an insight into the genesis of the new NSX



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Honda engineer Ted Klaus gives an insight into the genesis of the new NSX

As the European media get their first chance to drive NSX in Portugal, large project leader Ted Klaus gave some insight into the car’s genesis, philosophy and what it means for the Honda brand.

When you began work on this project, what were your first thoughts?

“Excitement, of course! I have worked at Honda since 1990 and knew well how important the original car was to the brand and sports car enthusiasts. What (original NSX large project leader) Uehara-san and his team did 25 years ago made a statement about what a Honda sports car is and should be.

The chance to reflect on that original philosophy and experiment further using our 21st century technology was a unique opportunity.”

Can you share some of the memories of the project? What really stood out for you during the development?

“From 2012 onwards, three things happened that set the tone for the project.

We unveiled the concept at the 2012 Detroit auto show. The positive response from media, enthusiasts and the public felt like everyone wanted us to succeed. The energy and commitment that the global team drew from that was vital to achieving our aims.

But as with all projects there have been some tough challenges. I remember President Ito, who had worked as a body engineering leader of the original NSX told me directly, ‘I hope you struggle on this car like we struggled on the original NSX’. At the time it made me laugh, but we have certainly had challenges to face to both create the various technologies of the car while maintaining a real analogue ‘sports car’ feeling. I am confident we have succeeded.

Another great memory was a trip the core development team took to Japan, to meet with original NSX team members. They shared memories of the original NSX development, even old diagrams and schematics. This really helped us understand in a deeper way the philosophy of the original car, so we could ensure the new NSX stayed true.”

You have talked about the Honda ‘sports car’ philosophy being central to the new NSX development. Can you tell me what you mean by that?

“From the outset of the project, there was a fundamental decision we had to make: Is this car a supercar? Or a sports car? So we looked back at what were the core values of the original car.

Firstly, that performance should be based on making the car an extension of the driver. Ergonomic fit and visibility were vital and should not be compromised. Secondly, that the performance should always be accessible, whatever the road, whatever the skill of the driver. In the hands of the most skilful driver, it should come alive.

With those two core values in mind, the NSX is undoubtedly a sports car. With its compact package, low centre of gravity, highly rigid chassis and excellent forward visibility the NSX is a car that is directly connected to the driver.”

NSX is different to many sports cars by the nature of its power unit. What made you decide to use hybrid technology?

As I’ve said, the values of the original NSX guided us throughout the project. But, like the first NSX, we wanted to take it one step further. Possibly the most important consideration for me and the team when it came to the power unit was how to make the performance of the car accessible at all times. The power unit we have used gives the driver instant response, particularly in those first few milliseconds after the driver has made any input – whether that be acceleration, braking or turning.

By directly supporting all driver demands – the throttle, braking and especially the steering, the handling of the car just comes alive. The use of our twin motor torque vectoring technology gives that feeling of on rails cornering. The driver has the confidence to trail brake, turn down to the apex and get on the throttle earlier, for a more rewarding cornering experience.”

New NSX features a variety of new technologies. How did you meet the challenge of integrating them?

“We knew that there were many elements that we first needed to optimize – the sport hybrid power unit, the chassis, the aerodynamics and so on. Development was a global effort with testing taking place in US, Japan and throughout Europe. Drivers came from a number of different countries, all bringing their experience to bear to refine and hone this car.

As we became more confident in the integration of the technologies, a new yet familiar sports car feeling emerged. When I joined testing sessions, I discovered a new level of driving enjoyment as the vehicle just “disappeared”, leaving behind me, and the road, in sync with each other. NSX has such a precise and rewarding response, combined with a surprisingly low level of driver workload. Its an experience that stirs the soul rather than shakes the body…..to me its like finding your perfect dance partner.”

Finally – what is your proudest achievement in this project?

“Of course, it is clear the team have pushed the boundaries technically, but I think the most pleasing aspects of the project are what it means to the people and the brand.

This project has allowed us all to unleash our creativity as engineers, acting as an ‘incubator’ for new thinking. This is a great thing for the Honda brand. These leaders will now move on to other projects throughout the company, imbuing other products with the lessons and philosophies learnt on NSX.

Many say that, in the past, Honda has been renowned for being a leader in engineering innovation. And some would accuse us of having lost that lead. But with this project we sought to build a bridge, one that takes Honda back to its roots of innovation and engineering excellence, but also to the future, harnessing next generation technology to deliver a car that is uniquely Honda.”

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Michel Vaillant inspired Honda Art Car Jean Graton will make race debut this weekend



 

    Honda Art Car Jean Graton to make race debut at Zandvoort
    Race debut follows the success at Goodwood Festival of Speed, winning most popular design
    Tiago Monteiro, Honda World Touring Car Championship will drive

 

Honda Art Car Jean Graton in latest round of TCR Benelux at Zandvoort

 

Fresh from a significant victory at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Honda Art Car Jean Graton will make its race debut at Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands this weekend (July 15-17).

 

A TCR version of the Civic Type R has been entered by the Jean Graton Foundation into the latest round of TCR Benelux at the historic Dutch circuit and will be run by Boutsen Ginion Racing.

 

Jean-Louis Dauger, Director of Development at the Jean Graton Foundation, will share the Civic TCR with factory Honda World Touring Car Championship driver Tiago Monteiro, who won twice at the series’ opening round at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

 

In deference to Jean Graton’s most famous creation, motor racing graphic comic book hero Michel Vaillant, the car will carry the number 13 synonymous with the fictional racer during the past five decades.

 

The inspiration for the Honda Art Car Jean Graton was the Michel Vaillant Art Stip, ‘A Fond!’, which depicts him at the wheel of his Formula 1 car in pursuit of a Ferrari through Monaco’s tunnel.

 

The car – in World Touring Car specification – appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as part of the WTCC’s Art Car Contest last month. The spectacular design proved incredibly popular with fans, who voted it as their favourite design of the contest.

 

The Zandvoort event will be fans’ first opportunity to see the design dynamically with three races held over two days and the opening-race grid decided by a fan vote.

 

Jean-Louis Dauger, Director of Development – Jean Graton Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to be giving the Honda Art Car Jean Graton its racing debut at Zandvoort. The response to the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed was incredible and we’d like to thank everybody who voted for it to win the WTCC Art Car Contest by showing it off in a dynamic way in TCR Benelux. Michel Vaillant has had many incredible successes throughout his racing career and we’re aiming to add to that list this weekend. I will have an exceptional co-driver in Tiago Monteiro – one of the best drivers in touring car racing – and a great team in Boutsen-Ginion Racing preparing the car, so we are aiming high.”

 

Tiago Monteiro, driver, said: “It’s really cool to be asked to drive the Honda Art Car Jean Graton at Zandvoort. The car looks absolutely stunning and I’m sure we can have a strong result too. I already have experience of TCR Benelux after racing – and winning – at Spa-Francorchamps in May and I’m looking forward to having another go. The cars are fun to drive and I really like some of the elements of the weekend such as the fan vote for pole position – so don’t forget to vote for us! Zandvoort is a fantastic circuit with so much motorsport history – and it’s where I made my World Touring Car debut in 2007 too, so I have good memories of the place.”

 

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Pikes Peak class winner and Honda engineer Nick Robinson talks about the dynamic development of new NSX

Dynamic Project Leader Nick Robinson has been primarily responsible for the dynamic development of Honda NSX. Following his class win at 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, he joined the European media launch of the car and shared some insights into the development process.

Large Project Leader Ted Klaus has talked previously about how the new NSX is a ‘sports car’ rather than a ‘supercar’. As the person leading its dynamic development – what are the differences for you between the two concepts?

“As the NSX development team, we all have a strong understanding of what a sports car is and should be. It has to have a compact package, low centre of gravity, rigid chassis and excellent visibility. A supercar differs in that it is this slightly wild animal that the driver needs to tame.

The direction we wanted to take for NSX makes the car undoubtedly a sports car because we wanted to create a synergy between the car and driver, rather than the car being in control. We use terms like ‘direct response’ to convey what we mean. I would add to that ‘linear’, especially when it comes to steering response. Competitors may have a linear steering response around centre, while larger steering inputs give this unnatural non-linear effect. When you’re driving on mountain roads, perhaps on switchbacks, the car can become difficult to control. We wanted to give the driver a great sports car that provides a direct, linear, predictable feedback to their inputs.”

From a dynamic point of view, what makes this NSX a Honda sports car?

“As a dynamicist, we worked to ensure the car feels agile at slower speeds, but retains a feeling of security at high speed, particularly from the rear axle. This is a direction we took from the development of the original NSX. To achieve this we had to ensure we had the most rigid rear body structure possible. Other cars in this class, in our opinion, have low speed agility that translates into nervousness at high speeds, or high speed stability that makes the car feel lethargic at lower speeds. NSX is the only car to provide that agility at low speed, and security at high speed.

We developed a setting to ensure the front and rear axles work together and give the driver a harmonious feeling. This builds a sense of confidence in the car for the driver.”

How did you and the team meet the challenges of retaining that analogue ‘sports car’ feeling while using a new cutting edge power unit?

“We had a clear dynamic feeling we wanted and continued to discuss and tune the car until we had satisfied ourselves. Of course we had some objective numerical targets for all the components of the car, but actually the most important thing was to make sure the testing team had a common view on the overall feeling we were getting with the car. If we changed one setting, we could all quickly tell whether we were heading in the right direction or we needed to retrace our steps.”

Although Sport Hybrid technology is not new to Honda, did the packaging of this technology with other new components such as the power unit and direct drive motor create any challenges amongst the NSX development? How did you and the team overcome them?

“For most vehicles, Honda development teams work with a standard process. It is always slightly modified depending on the vehicle, but it’s largely a familiar step by step progression. Because there were so many mechanical, aerodynamic and digital variables with NSX we moved to a much more iterative development path. We would first fix the hardware portions of the car and then tune the tyre, suspension, torque vectoring, body control and steering. Those settings would then be frozen while we conducted a deep evaluation. This process would be repeated, making a conical development process. As we moved forward, the changes we were making were less and less significant.”

 

 

NSX has a wide range of aerodynamic features. What is the balance between mechanical and aerodynamic grip? What are the challenges of balancing the two?

“The grip derived from aerodynamic features was just as important as mechanical grip on this project. On previous vehicles I worked on, aerodynamic work focused primarily on maximising fuel efficiency rather than performance.

One example where aerodynamics have been used to great effect is the blister vents on the hood of the car - that feature was not part of the original design. When we started driving at high speed, we were having problems getting the air out of the front motor room quickly enough. But we worked closely with our exterior design team to ensure that the result was still harmonious with the total design.”

NSX is a mid-engined sports car. What are the dynamic challenges of this layout as compared to front or rear engined configurations? How did you and the team overcome them?

“Actually, we looked towards our motorcycle colleagues for thinking and inspiration here. For many years our motorcycle development teams have strived to ensure the optimum centralisation of mass, ensuring the lowest possible centre of gravity. This leads to the best possible yaw response.

Earlier I talked about mentioned that low speed agility feel that is central to a Honda sports car, and the mid-engined layout, really is central to that. But it does present its challenges. For example with our twin turbo unit and the battery pack being packaged between the cockpit and the rear axle, heat management was a challenge. We worked hard to ensure this issue was solved, and confirmed it with a lot of hot weather testing at tracks like Sebring, and long road drives in the U.A.E.. It may have resulted in some sweaty days in the cockpit and the odd bout of prickly heat, but we had to ensure the car is perfect for the driver.”

New NSX has already featured in racing series around the world and you’ve undertaken extensive testing at race tracks in US, Japan and Europe. What benefits has this testing regime given to you? How has it supported the dynamic development of the car?

“Motorsport runs through Honda’s veins. From the very start of the development, members of the engineering team were encouraged to venture into the world of motorsport to learn about the latest approaches to various areas, and then return to the vehicle development group to share their learning and see what could be applied.

In North America, we’ve just unveiled the GT3 version of the car, and the development team of the street car has had some involvement in its development. What works well on the track will inform future iterations and updates of the street car and vice versa.”

In June, you took the Time Attack 2 class win at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. How would you like to see NSX develop as a race car? What do you think will be its best application (track racing, hill climb)?

“For Pikes Peak itself, I feel the car has a lot of potential. The sport hybrid system and twin turbo engine brings benefits at altitude that other cars don’t have. The stability and control of the chassis were also an advantage. I could confidently push the car and still feel in full control. The best thing for me competing there was the reaction of the crowd and other competitors to this street car that could just turn up and go fastest. I hope it raises a lot of awareness of the benefits of the hybrid system.

On track, there’s a real opportunity for NSX once an appropriate race series allows hybrid systems to be used. But even now with the GT3 we’re seeing NSX on the race track, raising awareness for the brand and typifying what Honda is all about, sporty cars featuring innovative advanced technology.”

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Honda's European Resurgence Continues

    Honda is the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe halfway through 2016
    Total sales of 88,242 units to the end of June secures 33.5 per cent growth compared to same period in 2015
    Strong demand driven by refreshed Civic range and the introduction of all-new HR-V and Jazz
    Strong growth rates across main European markets including Italy (+118.9%) , Germany (+50.1%) and Spain (+45.4%).

Following a strong start to 2016, Honda’s European sales have taken a further step up in the second quarter. A full refresh of its car range in 2015 has made it the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe.

Honda recorded total sales in EU and EFTA countries of 88,242 units*, an increase of 33.5 per cent compared to 2015. This performance was driven by the reintroduction of the HR-V crossover, delivering 19,485** registrations. Meanwhile, the Jazz supermini saw a 19.9** per cent increase in registrations with particularly strong demand from the Italian market (+132 per cent). The Civic range also saw an increase of 8.3 per cent, supported by the introduction of the new Type R.

All five of the main car markets in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) saw sales increase for the Honda brand. Italy continued its strong growth in 2016 with a 118.9 per cent increase**, making it Honda’s third largest European market.

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager, Automobile Division, Honda Motor Europe, commented, “We’re pleased to see the strong start to 2016 sales transfer into sustained growth in the second quarter. What is even more encouraging is the broad base of Honda’s resurgence, with sales increases in all five major European car markets. We continue to hold a healthy customer order bank and feel confident that this positive trend is set to continue.”

Official sales figures, June YTD (provided by ACEA)

Honda Europe (excl. Russia, Turkey and Ukraine)
   

88,242
   

+33.5%

 

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

UK
   

32,482
   

+17.4%

Germany
   

14,716
   

+50.1%

France
   

4,632
   

+39.9%

Italy
   

5,122
   

+118.9%

Spain
   

5,003
   

+45.4%

 

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** Internal Honda registration data

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Engine chief Yasuhide Sakamoto gives an insight into NSX development


The highs of IndyCar, a V10 sports car engine that never saw the light of day and a chance to work on the rebirth of a legend: Yasuhide Sakamoto has had a long and illustrious career working on some of the most exciting Honda powertrain projects of the last 20 years. As European media get their first chance to drive the new NSX, Sakamoto-san gave an insight into his work.

Can you give a summary about your career background before working on the NSX project?

“I have been very privileged to work on a number of great projects during my career. For the first 17 years with Honda, I worked on the development of mass production powertrains, including V6 engines.

Between 2000 and 2007, I worked on the development of Honda’s Indycar programme. During my time working on this series with colleagues from Ilmor, we became the dominant engine supplier in the series.

I returned to Japan in 2007 to begin work on a V10 powertrain that was to be used by a Honda sports car that never made it to market. My next role returned me to my roots in mainstream mass production cars, taking on the role as assistant large project leader responsible for powertrain development on the 2013 Accord.

Since 2012, I’ve returned to performance development, working on this exciting NSX project. I am so happy that I have been part of the team that has made this car a reality.”

This is one of the first global development projects Honda has undertaken. How has this been different from other projects you have worked on?

“Joint development projects between Japanese and American colleagues are actually not that uncommon in Honda. Minor change vehicle developments, where we optimise an existing design happen quite regularly.

NSX was different as we developed a new power unit from the ground up in parallel with the chassis. The aggressive development timeline and coordination between US and Japanese colleagues made this a very ambitious project.”

What were the reasons you opted for such a cutting edge power unit rather than a more traditional powertrain?

“The powertrain that we decided to use is an expression of the feeling we want the driver to have and the performance targets we wanted to achieve.

During the development of the previous V10 sports car project, we had different development goals. But with the new NSX we wanted to achieve this feeling of instantaneous response. This feeling is not possible without the cutting edge power plant we have developed.”

Did you have any exchange of information with Honda’s racing teams during the development of the power unit?

“While there has been no official link between the NSX development and Honda’s racing teams, many of the associates who have extensive experience of racing. Therefore they have this same spirit and hunger to achieve a high level performance.

During the course of the project, many members of the NSX team moved over to Formula 1 engine development. Using their experience of developing the NSX power plant, they have been instrumental in Honda’s re-entry into Formula 1.

This process of job rotation has meant that the development of NSX has acted like an incubator for new ideas and creativity, spreading throughout the Honda business.”

How do you see this platform developing over time? What’s your image for a future version of the NSX?

“Basically we believe there are two directions for future developments. One path is to increase the power of the combustion engine. The other is to possible reduce the reliance on the combustion engine and increase the amount of power derived from the electric elements. At the moment, we are not sure which the best way is so we are investigating both avenues.

Now that NSX is in the hands of journalists and owners, I look forward to hearing their thoughts about which direction we should take. This feedback will be central in helping the team decide the best step forward.”

What race series would you like to see NSX compete in?

“I have a strong affinity with endurance racing generally and would love to watch this new NSX battling on track at Le Mans in the GT class sometime soon.”

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Vehicle Performance leader Jason Widmer shares NSX instant response philosophy


Honda engineer Jason Widmer is responsible for the overall vehicle performance development of the Honda NSX. At the European media launch of the car, he shared the importance of the ‘instant response’ philosophy employed on NSX and some of the challenges faced in the re-birth of an iconic sports car.

Since joining Honda in 1995, your roles have been vehicle performance related in a number of different vehicle segments. Can you briefly explain how your career at Honda has evolved through the different projects you have worked on?

“I joined Honda in 1995, just as research in the SUV segment started. So as a young engineer that knew how to drive off road and tow trailers, I was part of the development team for those capabilities on the first Acura MDX.

The concept for the second generation Acura MDX was to maintain off road capability and compete with more established premium marques. We started driving at the Nurburgring and did a lot of our testing on European roads. Along the way I received specialised vehicle performance related training.

Following the conclusion of MDX development, I moved over to the NSX team. This was certainly a big step, moving from an SUV to a sports car! But the driver training and experience I had gained in Europe made the transition easier.”

Your current role as Performance Development Leader contains a wide range of performance related responsibilities, which area brought the most challenges?

“There are two challenges that come to mind. The first was the design of the new NSX. We revealed the car very early on in the development and because it was so warmly received, we didn’t want to modify it significantly. We reset a number of our performance targets and decided we needed a new power unit to meet these targets.

Taking a design which was set for a normally aspirated, transverse mounted engine and then adapting it to a twin turbo charged, longitudinal engine brought new issues in the area of heat management, packaging and aerodynamics. The collaboration that was required between the design and engineering departments resulted in an even more exotic look with class leading aerodynamics.

The second challenge is related to the integration of the many advanced systems within the car. NSX has a three motor hybrid system, a brand new 9-speed dual clutch transmission and twin turbo charged V6 engine. The coordination of this advanced power unit was difficult in itself but we also linked the advanced chassis systems as well. Ensuring all components coordinate with each other seamlessly to create a very organic feeling car was of paramount importance to the concept of the vehicle.”

The new NSX features a number of technology systems aiding overall vehicle performance. What was the process for selecting and planning a particular technology to be included within the new NSX?

“Our concept was founded in our own beliefs of what would make a perfect Honda sports car. We were very mindful of the competitors and tested a lot of cars during development, from the smaller end of the category, all the way up to highly exotic supercars. The experience with the competitors was used as a reference and helped give us confidence that the new sports experience we were after would truly bring new value to the segment.

Our direction was founded in the belief that instant response from all systems is good for the driver. If you take a car with a delayed or non-linear response you have to learn to drive around these issues. For example, you turn for the corner and you know there is going to be some delay before the car actually moves. Having to think about that takes additional mental capacity. Couple that with a transmission that always delays the downshift or a throttle that always delays in giving you power. Each one of these delays in the vehicle makes you further have to concentrate as a driver and if you are concentrating on all these, you cannot concentrate on driving the car.

So with that fundamental philosophy, we looked towards technology that could take away delay and provide a direct and linear response to the driver’s request. The three electric motors were included with the aim of removing delay, in acceleration response and turn in response. Even the dampers, the steering system, these are all centred on giving a vivid response to the drivers request.

So you have this combination of technologies that have the capability to give you instantaneous response, but you have to fine tune as to how to give that response in a smooth, controlled manner that is intuitive to the driver.”

Today, many of the original NSX can be seen driving on roads across the world due to its reliability. With the proliferation of systems on the new car, how did the team ensure durability was not compromised?

“Honda’s roots are founded upon reliability. The new NSX is an extremely advanced and sophisticated car; however the durability targets are exactly the same as for any of our other passenger cars.

Honda has been making hybrid power units for a long time, longer than any other manufacturer. We understand hybrid, batteries and the durability associated with those systems. We have no concerns regarding the reliability of the system; we have simply installed it in to a new platform with higher performance.”

How did you and your team implement target setting and benchmarking the new NSX in such a fast growing and advancing segment?

“Benchmarking and target setting takes place for any Honda product, but as you mentioned, the sports car and supercar segments move fast. Often manufacturers are making changes on a yearly basis and the power and various performance aspects are changing rapidly.

Of course, you know how long development is going to take and therefore you make some estimations and calculations as to where the industry is going to be at the time of launch.

But the NSX was heavily founded in the New Sports eXperience philosophy, a more subjective, ‘whole vehicle’ feeling. That in itself was very special and made the traditional benchmarking of 0-100km/h times, braking distances and other data driven benchmarks secondary.

Honda is bringing this new experience to the table, from that view point there is no competition. We think that it gives us a very special place in the market.”

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Vehicle engineering leader Jason Bilotta explains world first technology application on new Honda NSX

Honda engineer Jason Bilotta is responsible for the overall vehicle design and engineering of the new Honda NSX. At the European media launch of the car, Jason shared an insight into the application of world first technologies in order to maintain original NSX core values.

Can you briefly explain how your career at Honda has evolved through the different projects you have worked on to date? In addition, how did you become involved with the NSX project?

“I started at Honda in 1994 as a chassis design engineer and built up expertise in fuel system development. My first project leader role was for the Ridgeline pickup truck, where I was responsible for chassis development. Specifying an independent rear suspension was the crowning achievement for the chassis group on that particular vehicle!

I then moved to manage the chassis design group for 5 years and led the design and development for our light truck platform, which compromises of the Acura MDX, the Pilot and new Ridgeline.

As the Ridgeline project was coming to a close and the NSX project started to gather pace I was in a fortunate position to be assigned the design and development leader role. To say I was happy was an understatement!”

Were there any challenges between combining exterior styling with exterior engineering design of the new NSX?

“A central concern of mine was to ensure that we did not lose the essence of the original show car concept that had been so well received, but balance this with a need to package components in the best way for the performance targets we set.

It was very much a group effort, working together between offices to truly maintain that show car concept. We spent a lot of time managing the airflow through the vehicle to cool off the power unit, and allowing the air to enter various ducts to access the heat exchangers. All of this was done whilst still providing aerodynamic downforce on both the front and rear axles.”

The new NSX features a world first application of 3 dimensional bent and quenched tubing in order to provide a very thin A-pillar. Can you tell me a little more about how this process came about?

We are always researching new technologies for various applications and this particular technology came about through one of our traditional Honda suppliers. Trying to follow the original heritage of the first generation NSX, renowned for its excellent forward visibility, we recognised the benefit this new technology could bring to the A-pillar design of the new NSX.

We also recognised when trying to meet the safety standards for roof crush, the A-pillar would traditionally become very large.

We found that this technology would be a suitable application within NSX, to provide something special that no other competitor can offer.”

One of the original NSX values was for the vehicle to act as an extension of the driver. Can you highlight how the interior of the new NSX is designed and engineered to replicate that value?

“It is a very core concept of the NSX to support the driver’s inputs. For that reason, we designed the interior cockpit to truly support the driver to allow complete focus on the task at hand.

Ergonomically speaking we set a very low hip point and a very simple drivers interface that is not complicated or causes any distraction whilst operating the vehicle.

We made sure the seat was comfortable, yet truly supported the driver both in the lower torso and in the hip area to withstand any kind of dynamic manoeuvre. In addition, we wanted the seat to allow the freedom of motion in the upper torso as you interact with the steering wheel. We padded the centre console and door lining to avoid any disturbance that can be found from a hard carbon or aluminium surface.”

When engineering the design of the new NSX, did you consult with other product design teams, or perhaps some of Honda’s racing teams?

“Probably the most significant influence was meeting with the original NSX team at Motegi, Japan. Not only did we meet the original engineers, but also customers, who brought their own NSX.

Feeling the passion from customers, talking to them and seeing what they really enjoy about their vehicle motivated us to retain as much of that original NSX spirit in the new car as possible. Meeting with the original engineers and understanding the core DNA and the concepts they wanted to achieve was so inspirational - it really formed the foundation of how we went about the development of the new car.”

Finally, do you have a future vision for the new NSX?

“The current NSX represents the pinnacle vision within Honda for a New Sports eXperience. We are providing technologies that enable the driver to feel at one with the vehicle.

The future vision of the NSX is to maintain that same core direction, much like the original NSX. Throughout its life we expect to further explore and improve upon what we have achieved so far. We hope the third generation will continue along that same line with even more advanced technology in order to provide a seamless interaction between car and driver and hold true to the original NSX concept.”

 

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New Honda Civic hatchback heads stateside

    Production and export of US Civic hatchback commences
    Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, UK is global production hub for hatchback model
    Production for European Civic hatchback model starts later this year with sales starting early 2017

Production of the US version of the new Civic hatchback has started at Honda’s UK manufacturing base in Swindon. The first cars bound for the US set sail earlier this week, due to arrive in US dealers in September. Honda of the UK manufacturing (HUM) is the global production hub for the tenth-generation Civic hatchback, and received an investment of over £200 million to prepare for the start of production of this new model.

Civic is Honda’s biggest selling nameplate worldwide and this tenth generation is one of the most comprehensive new model developments ever undertaken by the brand. The four-door sedan version was launched in US in late 2015, and received the coveted North American Car of the Year award.

Production of the hatchback for European markets will commence towards the end of 2016, with sales beginning in the first quarter of 2017. HUM will also export the model to other key global markets.

Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) is Honda’s flagship production facility in Europe and a key part of Honda’s global manufacturing network. Since 1989, Honda’s total investment in HUM has exceeded £2.1 billion.

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Honda News Round-up - July 2016

 

Honda News from Europe and the rest of the world

Summary

Europe

    Honda engineer Ted Klaus gives an insight into the genesis of the new NSX
    Honda Jazz wins Auto Test Value Award
    Honda's European Resurgence Continues

Asia

    Honda to begin joint artifical research project with SoftBank

North America

    Honda UNI-CUB participating in Hackathon
    Honda debuts custom designed "Sonic Civic" at Comic-Con

 

EUROPE

“It’s like finding your perfect dance partner” Honda engineer Ted Klaus gives an insight into the genesis of the new NSX

As the European media got their first chance to drive the new NSX, large project leader Ted Klaus gave some insight into the car’s genesis, philosophy and what it means for the Honda brand.

Klaus shared the highlights, challenges and memories of the project, in addition to his future vision of the new NSX platform.

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Honda Jazz wins Auto Test Value Award

German automotive publication “Auto Test” awards Honda Jazz with prestigious award. The award recognises the Jazz to have the best price-performance ratio in its class, in addition to an award within the “connected car” category.

The Jazz convinced the jury with its space, variable interior and extensive standard equipment and modern safety systems.

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Honda’s European Resurgence Continues

Following a strong start to 2016, Honda’s European sales have taken a further step up in the second quarter. A full refresh of its car range in 2015 has made it the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe.

Honda recorded total sales in EU and EFTA countries of 88,242 units, an increase of 33.5 per cent compared to 2015.

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ASIA

Honda to begin joint artificial research project with SoftBank

In order to further enhance open innovation in the area of intelligent technologies, Honda has been preparing to start up the Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo, a new operation that will focus on the research and development of intelligent technologies.

Through this joint research project, Honda and SoftBank will strive to enable mobility products to utilise conversations with the driver, together with other information obtained from various sensors and cameras installed on the mobility product.

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NORTH AMERICA

Honda debuts custom designed “Sonic Civic” at Comic-Con, celebrating the iconic games 25th anniversary

To celebrate the legendary video game character, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, Honda has collaborated with SEGA to create a one-of-a-kind Sonic Civic in order to commemorate the games 25th year.

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Honda UNI-CUB participating in Hackathon at Shape: An AT&T Technology Expo

Honda’s unique self-balancing personal mobility device, UNI-CUB, will be featured at the upcoming Shape: AT&T Expo in San Francisco.

During the hackathon, software developers from across the globe will compete to develop unique software enabling UNI-CUB to be operated remotely beyond its current scope of operation.

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Honda to unveil Civic hatchback at Paris Motor Show 2016


    Honda unveils the European version of the new Civic Hatchback
    Sedan version also makes European debut
    New Jazz Spotlight Edition showcases new premium look and feel for supermini

 Honda will take the next step in its European product offensive at the 2016 Paris Motor Show with the unveil of the new Civic hatchback.

Global premiere of Civic Hatchback

The Civic Hatchback makes its global motor show debut at Paris, showcasing the mass production exterior and interior design. The car is set to appear in showrooms across Europe from early 2017.

Civic is Honda’s biggest selling nameplate worldwide and the brand has undertaken the most comprehensive research and development programme in its history for this tenth edition.

Honda’s stand will also feature the four door sedan model of Civic. Built at Honda’s production facility in Gebzé, Turkey, the new design includes an improved exterior and interior design. This car will be available in mainland European markets from early 2017.

Jazz Spotlight Edition

The Jazz Spotlight Edition will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show. The Jazz Spotlight Edition is an evolution of the Honda Jazz Keenlight concept revealed at Geneva earlier this year.

The Spotlight Edition is based around a series of design features aimed to appeal to a more fashion conscious customer. Enhanced elements include bronze front grille decoration, door mirror decoration, decals along the flank of the car, unique 15” alloy wheels, tailgate decoration, steering wheel and centre console treatment.

The Honda Press Conference will take place at 14:30 at the Honda stand #102

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Paris Motor Show 2016 Press Kit

1. All-new Civic Hatchback

 

The all-new tenth-generation Honda Civic represents a significant step forward for Honda in the C-segment, benefiting from the largest single model development programme in the company’s history.

The Civic is a core model for Honda in Europe and has been at the heart of the brand’s sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand and the development team targeted a dynamic rejuvenation of Civic. This aim demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, vehicle aerodynamics and chassis design.

Building on its 40-year heritage, the car stays true to the original Civic concept of “a car for all people, a car for the world”. It is a marriage of distinctive design, sporty styling and versatile practicality – with a renewed focus on rewarding driving dynamics.

Distinctive exterior design

The purposeful silhouette makes a confident statement about the Civic’s sporty character. Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Civic has short overhangs and taut lines that reference the high levels of aerodynamic efficiency. A sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheel-arches and sculpted front and rear intakes hint at the Civic’s sporting character.

All-new platform

The all-new Civic has been engineered from the ground up to fulfil the promise of agile and rewarding dynamics. A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system in contributing directly to an engaging and fun driving experience.

Refined interior with next generation infotainment

The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, exceptional refinement and high-grade materials with a lower seating position to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car. The second-generation of Honda’s infotainment and connectivity system – Connect – incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

All-new VTEC TURBO gasoline engines

The all-new Civic debuts two all-new VTEC TURBO gasoline engines that have been developed specifically to deliver a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience.

Honda Sensing as standard

The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies specified across the range ensures the car is among the very safest in its class.

Sporty, fresh and distinctive exterior design

The new Civic hatchback features a sleek and swept back silhouette and articulates a fresh and distinctive new Honda design direction that conveys a strong and sporty character. The sharp lines are complemented by the most comprehensive aerodynamic packaging in the compact segment, including complete underbody panelling.

The athletic look starts with low and wide proportions which reflect an increased footprint. The hatchback is 30 mm wider and 130 mm longer than the previous-generation five-door Civic. The car is 20 mm lower than its forebear, creating a sleek roofline. These generous dimensions underpin the distinctive design and sporty styling, while also facilitating rewarding dynamics and increased interior space.

New larger and wider wheels and tyres further emphasise the wide stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sweeping cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

Sporty and sophisticated design details include a short front overhang with distinctive air intakes for a sporty, purposeful stature. The result is a sharp and aggressive contemporary interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, incorporating signature Honda front headlight clusters.

Depending on the model grade, the thin, high-tech front lamp clusters feature either sharp high-tech LED headlights or projector halogen bulbs. All models feature LED daytime running lights that illuminate a hockey-stick shaped strip at the outer edge of the cluster.

The sleek and swept-back body contour lines continue along the flanks of the car, with a swage line which bisects front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights.

The rear bumper’s sharp creases and sculpted air outlets complete a dramatic and sporty look.

The overall effect is sleek, sophisticated dynamism with distinctive and thoroughly modern Civic exterior design.

Newly engineered from the ground up, the all-new platform was developed for an engaging and dynamic driving experience

Recognising that customers in the all-new Civic’s target global markets now expect superior standards of quality, refinement and dynamic performance, the Civic development was Honda’s biggest ever single model engineering programme.

The objective was to regain the essence of Civic as a car with a distinctive sporty driving character. From the earliest stage of platform development, the engineering team benchmarked the world’s best compact-class cars, including those from leading premium brands. This evaluation process ultimately served to define the new Civic’s targets in ride, handling, steering and NVH, as well as interior quality and overall refinement.

Despite the ambitious engineering programme, the new Civic still meets the requirements of “a car for all people, a car for the world” by retaining its position as an affordable compact car in terms of cost, fuel efficiency and manufacturability. As such, the development process demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis design.

Advanced new unibody platform

The new platform’s design, the selection of materials, the engineering process, and innovative manufacturing techniques have been key to creating a lighter, significantly more rigid structure. It is 16 kg lighter than that of the previous generation Civic, while exhibiting 52 percent greater torsional stiffness.

Significant platform design features include front and rear bulkhead ‘rings’ that encircle the entire interior cabin space. Further platform rigidity is provided by a low-sensitivity front-floor structure, including cross braces in front of the engine bay and between the bases of the A- and B-pillars.

Further innovation is employed in the body’s assembly process, which involves an innovative high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, which sees the outer frame assembled first, followed by inner assembly and the joints. This new production technology contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body.

Short-pitch welding places spot welds 20 mm apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to traditional spacing of between 40 mm and 45 mm. This further contributes to increased stiffness and durability.

These design, engineering and manufacturing innovations result in a 19 percent increase in the body's global bending rigidity compared to the previous generation Civic, and a 23 percent increase in torsional rigidity. This in turn provides a greater opportunity to tune the suspension for superior ride and handling performance.

The most agile and dynamically proficient Civic ever

The advanced platform provides an optimised foundation for significantly improved chassis dynamics. The design team set themselves the target of achieving class-best handling and ride comfort.

All-new suspension, a lower centre of gravity and a boost in body rigidity help give this latest generation Civic engaging driving characteristics. Ride comfort is exemplary as a result of exhaustive development and a focus on compliance-boosting techniques and technologies.

The Civic’s fuel tank has been relocated and the car’s floor is lower than that of the outgoing model. Combined with the revisions to the chassis and suspension, the all-new model’s centre of gravity is 14 mm lower. These changes also allow the driving position to be set nearer to the road, with a hip point 35 mm lower, giving a more sporty feel.

At the front, lower-arm-type front MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance.

At the rear, an all-new multi-link suspension set-up and new rigid subframe deliver high stability for superior ride comfort and linear handling.

Great attention was paid to the specific position of the suspension mounts to ensure optimal stiffness to enhance the suspension’s performance. Hydraulic fluid-filled compliance bushings at the front and rear result in superior ride isolation, as well as chassis vibration control. Furthermore, the new subframes at the front and the rear are specifically laid out so that cornering forces are transmitted more directly through the suspension to the subframes.

On higher grades, a 4 point adaptive damper system allows the driver to tailor ride to conditions. This is a first application of this technology on a C-segment Honda vehicle.

All-new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO gasoline engines deliver dynamic performance with class-leading output

The all-new Civic hatchback is the first model in Europe to offer Honda’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.5 litre four-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engines. Honda’s engineering heritage encompasses some of the most celebrated high performing engines in the industry, and the new VTEC TURBO units are designed first and foremost to offer dynamic performance to support the all-new Civic’s soulful, sporty character. Nevertheless, these engines also achieve highly competitive fuel economy and efficiency. Both engines will be available with either a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic.

The three-cylinder 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO gasoline unit delivers a significant improvement in everyday driveability, thanks to greater torque at low and mid-range engine speeds. Maximum torque of 200 Nm with the six-speed manual is available at 2,250 rpm, and 180 Nm with the CVT is available between 1,700 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Maximum power is 129 PS (95 kW) at 5,500 rpm.

The larger four-cylinder 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO gasoline engine provides substantially greater performance – in power and torque – over the previous Civic’s 1.8-litre VTEC. Maximum power is 182 PS (134 kW) at 5,500 rpm (at 6,000 rpm with

CVT). With the six-speed manual, 240 Nm maximum torque is delivered between 1,900 rpm and 5,500 rpm. With the CVT, 220 Nm is delivered between 1,700 rpm and 6,000 rpm.

Class-leading interior space with improved usability

The all-new Civic is set to continue the model’s reputation for providing class-leading practicality and unrivalled passenger and cargo space. High quality materials, a simple and sophisticated design theme, and new digital instrument binnacle display provide a fresh, premium interior ambience.

More spacious passenger cabin

Aided in part by a longer, wider platform and 30 mm longer wheelbase, occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space in which to enjoy the premium fit and finish.

The driving position is 35 mm lower than in the previous generation Civic to create a more secure, enveloped feeling for the driver and front passenger. A more compact dashboard upper surface means it sits 65mm lower, resulting in improved forward and downward visibility – the eyeline angle to road increases to 7.60 degrees (compared to 6.56 degrees for previous generation Civic), while thin A-pillars (18mm narrower) reduce the obstructed forward view by 11.6 percent, providing a class-leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility. This also creates an open and airy feel to the cabin.

Ergonomically-optimised front seats are designed to provide high levels of comfort, with the driver’s seat featuring an adjustable thigh support with 14 steps of adjustment to ensure the optimal seating position. The front seats have 10 mm greater fore / aft slide range, and 10 mm greater height range adjustment than the previous Civic.

Front shoulder room has been increased by 10 mm, and space between the front seats has increased by 15 mm. Rear seat shoulder room in the hatchback is up by 20 mm, while passengers in the back will also enjoy 95 mm more legroom, as well as 45 mm more knee room. Comfort for outboard occupants in the rear is improved by adjustable seat base cushions, and ingress and egress for all passengers is now easier than ever.

A light, airy feeling is further accomplished with the large tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof (available on higher grade models).

Class-leading boot space and versatility

Boot space remains class-leading in terms of volume (478 litres), whilst ease of access and versatility has been further improved. The rear seats split / fold 60:40, low sill height and wide boot opening (1,120 mm) combine with the flat boot floor to make the loading of heavy, wide and long items easy. A hidden underfloor compartment offers a secure additional storage area (excludes Sport models).

Premium interior design and quality

The all-new interior is designed to offer the most comfortable and sophisticated cabin in the compact class and gives the all-new Civic a thoroughly modern, sleek and simple aesthetic to complement the sharply sculpted exterior. This is achieved with horizontal lines that accentuate the feeling of width and length, and therefore spaciousness.

A sophisticated, premium ambience is augmented by cabin trim finished in high-quality materials, including a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel with moulded stitching and premium seat fabrics.

‘Technology centre’ console

The centre console features a piano-black finish, and was designed to follow a ‘technology centre’ theme.

The lower part in front of the gear lever is configured as a two-tier storage tray, specifically with the management of personal electronic devices in mind. The front tray provides at-a-glance and grab-and-go access to devices, with an integrated wireless smartphone charging pad available on some grades. A hole through the centre console means that cables can be passed from the second tier tray to the front tray, helping to keep cable connectivity and device charging and connectivity neat and tidy. LED lighting aids visibility for the two-tier tray layout at night.

Above the storage tray, a contrasting silver panel presents the simple, uncluttered ventilation controls, while overhead LED lighting adds to the premium ambience.

At the top of the centre console sits the seven-inch Honda Connect colour touchscreen display (please see next section). As well as being a touch-control device for the infotainment and climate control functions, the display integrates with a reversing camera on top grades.

In front of the driver, a completely new instrument display layout provides vivid clarity and highly intuitive usability. A new seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display makes up the largest central section of the all-new reconfigured instrument binnacle. It includes a large digital tachometer and speedometer readout. Integrated into the DII display is a large area in which the driver can switch between a variety of infotainment screens, including navigation instructions, SMS and email text display (complemented by voice activated responses), audio track information, smartphone contacts, journey trip information, and smart vehicle maintenance information.

This primary display is flanked by coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauges, again on TFT-LCD displays. All the displays are high contrast, easy-to-read, and contemporary in their typeface. As the driver enters the car, the instrumentation illuminates progressively to give a sophisticated, warm welcome.

Scrolling and selecting the information to display in the DII is performed via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. It gives the driver the capability to scroll through the DII modes and adjust settings, perform alphabetic searches – of contacts or music tracks, for example – as well as to select the preferred information to display in the instrument binnacle’s DII. Also on the left spoke are the integrated Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® telephone controls. The combination of thumbpad controls and DII display in the driver’s forward line-of-sight helps to minimise distractions for the driver while underway.

Next-generation Honda Connect delivers enhanced, more intuitive connected infotainment

The new Civic is available with the second-generation of Honda’s Connect infotainment and connectivity system, which offers enhanced intuitive operation and full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.

Integration with Apple CarPlay means that Honda Connect can now bring iPhone functionality to the driving experience, delivering the interface through the all-new Civic’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from the touch-screen or by voice using Apple’s Siri commands. The supported apps on CarPlay include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and other compatible third-party software where specified. CarPlay is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto has been designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way to use Android smartphones through both touch and voice interfaces, minimising the potential for distraction. Android Auto is compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, and the supported features include Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous other popular apps, depending on the market.

Honda Connect can be specified with optional Garmin satellite navigation, with pre-loaded maps, photo-real junction views, lane guidance, real-time traffic avoidance, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing. Free map updates will be provided for five years, a benefit unique to Honda.

Options for the available audio configuration vary by grade, from a four-speaker 160 watt output, an eight-speaker 180 watt output, or a premium system with 11 speakers (465 watt).

Standard Honda SENSING across the range makes new Civic one of the safest cars in its class

The all-new Civic has been engineered to achieve industry-leading safety performance. The development team’s success in creating class-leading body rigidity and stiffness, in conjunction with a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety technologies are anticipated to help the all-new Civic earn top ratings in the latest Euro NCAP tests.

In line with Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ philosophy, the same passive and active safety systems are included across all grades of the new Civic.

The Honda SENSING suite of active safety and driver assist technologies will be specified across the new Civic range. Honda SENSING is among the most comprehensive suites of safety technologies in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.

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The Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies includes:

    Collision Mitigation Braking System: helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable.
    Lane Departure Warning: will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated.
    Road Departure Mitigation: uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering off the road. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force.
    Lane Keeping Assist System: helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings and making small steering adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines.
    Adaptive Cruise Control: allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead.
    Traffic Sign Recognition: detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the car’s instrument binnacle’s
    Intelligent Speed Assistance: combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign
    Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC): Predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways.

Further safety technologies in the all-new Civic include:

    Blind Spot Information: uses radar technology to automatically detect and alert of vehicles in the driver’s blind spot
    Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing
    Multi-angle rear view camera: provides the driver with options for complete visibility and therefore peace-of-mind when reversing; a normal 130 degree view, a wide 180 degree view and a top-down view

Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) .

Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) – the global production hub for the all-new Civic hatchback

The tenth-generation Civic family benefits from Honda’s largest-ever global development programme for a single model. The car has been designed to exceed European standards and expectations – thereby meeting the needs of all global regions where the Civic will be sold.

The Civic is an important model for Honda in Europe and is a key driver for the company’s sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and will play a key role in meeting Honda’s volume aspirations for its European business.

Honda’s European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), will become the global production hub for the tenth-generation Civic hatchback. Honda has confirmed investment of £200m 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.

HUM produced its first engine in 1989 and its first car in 1992.. HUM is a fully integrated manufacturing facility, carrying out Engine Casting, Engine Assembly, Pressing, Welding, Painting and Frame Assembly all on one site.

Other areas of the site are dedicated to a purpose built test track, dynamic and static test cells, as well as administration and purchasing functions.

Technical specifications

Engine
     

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

Four cylinder gasoline
   

1.0-litre VTEC TURBO

Three cylinder gasoline

 
   

6MT
   

CVT
   

6MT
   

CVT

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder
   

4 valves per cylinder

Power
   

182 PS

(134 kW) at 5,500 rpm
   

182 PS

(134 kW) at 6,000 rpm
   

129 PS (95 kW) at 5,500 rpm

Torque
   

240 Nm at 1,900 - 5,000 rpm
   

220 Nm at 1,700 - 5,500 rpm
   

200 Nm at 2,250 rpm
   

180 Nm at 1,700 - 4,500 rpm

 

Transmission
     

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO (gasoline)
   

1.0-litre VTEC TURBO

(gasoline)

Manual
   

6 speeds
   

6 speeds

CVT
   

Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’
   

Variable with 7 simulated

‘gears’

 

Suspension and damping

Front
   

MacPherson Strut

Adaptive damper system (on certain grades)

Rear
   

Multi-link

Adaptive damper system (on certain grades)

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior (mm)
   

 

Overall length
   

4,497

Overall width
   

1,800

Overall height
   

1,421

Wheelbase
   

2,700

Capacities (litres)

 
   

Five-door hatchback

Luggage
   

478 (seats up)

 

2. Honda Civic Sedan

 

The tenth-generation Honda Civic sedan is an all-new sporty four-door compact. It represents a significant step forward for Honda in the C-segment, benefiting from the largest single model global development programme in the company’s history.

“The creation of this tenth-generation Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new model developments ever undertaken by Honda,” said Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “As well as an unprecedented commitment of R&D resources, the process involved sales and manufacturing operations around the world, from North America and Japan, to Europe, South America and Asia. This car, the sportiest Civic ever, sets new benchmarks for the compact class in terms of dynamic performance, fuel efficiency, spaciousness, safety and interior quality.”

The purposeful silhouette makes a confident statement about its sporty character. Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Civic sedan has a short front overhang and taut lines that reference the high levels of aerodynamic efficiency. A sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheel-arches and sculpted front and rear intakes hint at the Civic’s sporting character.

The all-new Civic has been engineered from the ground up to fulfil the promise of agile and rewarding dynamics. A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system in contributing directly to an engaging and fun driving experience.

The new wider, longer platform results in class-leading interior space. The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, exceptional refinement and high-grade materials. The seating position is lower to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car, and the new Civic builds on the model’s reputation for combining unrivalled passenger and luggage space with versatile, practical usability. The second-generation of Honda’s infotainment and connectivity system – CONNECT – incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The all-new Civic sedan debuts an all-new VTEC TURBO gasoline engine that has been developed specifically to deliver a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience.

The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available across the range ensure the car is among the very safest in its class.

The concepts, approach and technologies embodied by the all-new Civic present an affirmation of Honda’s position as a sporty and advanced brand, while also confirming Honda’s commitment to Europe and the compact segment.

Body and chassis

Four-door, five-seat sedan with unitary construction bodyshell. A 1.5 litre gasoline engine and two transmissions driving the front wheels.

Technical Specifications

Engine
     

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

Four cylinder gasoline

 
   

6MT
   

CVT

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder

Capacity (cc)
   

1498

Power
   

182 PS (134 kW) at 5,500 rpm
   

182 PS (134 kW) at 6,000 rpm

Torque
   

240 Nm at 1,900 - 5,000 rpm
   

220 Nm at 1,700 – 5,500 rpm

Transmission
     

1.5 litre VTEC (gasoline)

Manual
   

6 speeds

CVT
   

Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’

Suspension and damping

Front
   

MacPherson Strut

Rear
   

Multi-link

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

(mm)

Overall length
   

4,630

Overall width
   

1,800

Overall height
   

1,416

Capacities (litres)

Luggage
   

519 (seats up)

Weights (kg)

Engine
   

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

6MT
   

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

CVT

Curb weight (Inc 100% fuel)
   

1279-1321
   

1307-1348

Economy

Luggage
   

519 (seats up)

 
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3. Jazz Spotlight

 

The Jazz Spotlight Edition will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show. The Jazz Spotlight Edition is an evolution of the Honda Jazz Keenlight concept revealed at Geneva earlier this year.

The Spotlight Edition is based around a series of design features aimed to appeal to a more fashion conscious customer. Enhanced elements include bronze front grille decoration, door mirror decoration, decals along the flank of the car, unique 15” alloy wheels, tailgate decoration, steering wheel and centre console treatment.

 

4. Mc-Laren Honda announce three driver strategy

 

McLaren-Honda’s two race drivers for 2017 will be double World Champion and 32-time Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso, alongside exciting young Belgian driver and former GP2 champion, Stoffel Vandoorne.

World Champion and 15-time Grand Prix winner Jenson Button has signed a new contract to extend his relationship with the McLaren Honda team, and will play an active role as a key member of the team.

Alonso, Vandoorne and Button will pilot the Mc-Laren Honda MP4-31, powered by the Honda RA616H, 1.6-litre V6 turbo charged engine fitted with ERS.

 

5. Honda’s European sales success

 

Following a strong start to 2016, Honda’s European sales have continued togrow throughout the summer period. A full refresh of its car range in 2015 has made it the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe.

Honda recorded total sales in EU and EFTA countries of 107,616 units*, to the end of August, an increase of 31.6 per cent compared to 2015. This performance was driven by the reintroduction of the HR-V crossover and strong sales of the new Jazz.

The Civic range also saw a strong increase, supported by the introduction of the new Type R.

Honda’s growth has a broad base with all five of the main car markets in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) showing a sales increase for the Honda brand.

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager, Automobile Division, Honda Motor Europe, commented, “We’re pleased to see the strong start to 2016 sales transfer into sustained growth . What is even more encouraging is the broad base of Honda’s resurgence, with sales increases in all five major European car markets. What’s more, buyers are not just Honda loyalists - over 60% of buyers are new to the Honda brand and we continue to hold a healthy customer order bank and feel confident that this positive trend is set to continue.”

* Data provided by ACEA (http://www.acea.be/uploads/statistic_documents/20160915_PRPC_1608-07_FINAL1.PDF)

 

6. My Honda

 

Honda’s latest technological advancement within the automobile sector will be showcased at Paris Motor Show 2016.

A telematics system will be made available throughout 2017 across the Honda range, allowing constant communication between driver and car via smartphone. The system offers a number of user benefits including:

    GPS vehicle tracking enabling you to see and share the location of your car, as well as review the trip information and driving style of your journeys
    Vehicle health monitoring
    Breakdown assistance at the push of a button
    Accident alert service which will summon emergency services if required with your vehicle location
    Geo-fencing feature notifying you if your vehicle leaves a defined area
    Towing and over-speeding alerts sending notifications to your smartphone in case your car is towed with the engine off or exceeds a defined speed limit

Communication between the vehicle and driver will be made through a newly developed mobile application, MyHonda, supported by iOS and Android smartphones.
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New Civic Type R Prototype breaks cover in Paris

    New Civic Type R Prototype unveiled at 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris
    Prototype marked out by wide, aggressive bumpers, extended wheel arches and dramatic rear wing
    Bespoke ‘brushed aluminium’ wrap provides eye-catching finish
    Car officially unveiled at 14:30 on the Honda stand in Hall 3

The new Honda Civic Type R Prototype has been revealed at the 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris, offering an insight into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R which will be officially unveiled in 2017.

Based on the low and wide proportions of the new Civic hatchback, the Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is clothed in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminium-effect finish unique to the show car.

At the front, the aggressive bumper is accentuated with a winged carbon fibre splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the bumper, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Honda’s famous red ‘H’ badge – which adorns all Type R models – sits above a new air vent at the nose of the car. There is also a new intake on the bonnet, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.

Carbon fibre side skirts run the length of the wheelbase, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tyres. Enlarged arches accommodate the new wheels.

A substantial carbon fibre diffuser runs below the wider rear bumper, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes with a pair of directional strakes at each side. The central tailpipe is of a smaller diameter and is highlighted in bright metallic red. Unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards towards a dramatic, visually striking rear wing.

The next-generation Civic Type R was engineered within the same development programme as the other members of the Civic family, and will be officially unveiled in production form next year. It will be produced at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback, with sales expected to begin in Europe during the second half of 2017.

The Type R will be exported to markets around the world, including the US – which will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.

The Type R will be officially unveiled at 14:30 on the Honda stand, located in Hall 3.

 

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The next step in Honda's resurgence: Civic Hatchback and Type R Prototype take centre stage at Paris

    New European-built Civic Hatchback receives public debut at 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris
    European specification Civic Sedan debuts in Europe
    Honda surprise crowds with the global premiere of the Civic Type R Prototype
    Prototype highlights design direction for next generation high-performance hatchback
    Honda sales continue to increase in 2016 with the brand continuing to lead mainstream manufacturers as the fastest growing in Europe

 

Following the successful launch of a refreshed automobile range in 2015, Mondial de L’Automobile 2016 has seen Honda unleash its latest salvo of new products for Europe. President and Chief Operating Officer of Honda Motor Europe, Katsushi Inoue, and Senior Vice President, Philip Ross, unveiled the new Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R Prototype, whilst celebrating a year of strong European sales growth for the Japanese marque.

Speaking at this afternoon’s press conference, Inoue-san commented, “In 2016, Honda in Europe has posted strong sales growth with an increase of 31% compared to 2015.That makes Honda the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe. Just as encouraging is the broad base of our growth, with strong sales increases in the 5 largest European markets [UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France]. What’s more, 60% of these buyers are new to the Honda brand.”

 

New Civic Hatchback

Engineered for Europe, built at Honda’s UK manufacturing plant in Swindon* and exported globally, the new Civic Hatchback sees Honda take a step change in the quality of its compact segment offering.

A new exterior design incorporating a wider, longer and lower silhouette marks out the car as a departure from the last generation. Inside, improved materials give a premium feel with a sportier seating position (lowered by 35 mm compared to the current model).

Under the body, Honda’s new range of VTEC TURBO powertrains give a responsive and exciting driving characteristic, while maintaining the strong efficiency Honda is renowned for. Ride and handling are improved by a totally new suspension set up including the adoption of an independent multi-link system at the rear.

The new car further incorporates next generation advanced technology with a revised Honda CONNECT infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay™ and Google Android™ Auto functionality. In a first for Honda’s C-sector offering, the SENSING suite of active safety features are specified as standard on all trim levels.

The new Civic Hatchback goes on sale in Europe from Spring 2017.

 

New Civic Sedan

 

The new hatchback was partnered on Honda’s stand by the European version of the new 4-door sedan model. Built at Honda’s production facility in Gebze, Turkey, the new sedan has already been warmly received by customers in other markets, particularly the US where it has been on sale since late 2015.

The European version will be available across all mainland Europe markets from Spring 2017, initially available with a 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO engine and a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions. Later in 2017, a 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine will also be on sale.

 

New Civic Type R Prototype

Alongside the new C-sector challenger, Honda sprung a surprise by unveiling the prototype version of the new Civic Type R. The prototype previews the aggressive design direction for the mass production Civic Type R, scheduled for a European launch in the second half of 2017.

At the front, the aggressive bumper is accentuated with a winged carbon fibre splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the bumper, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Honda’s famous red ‘H’ badge – which adorns all Type R models – sits above a new air vent at the nose of the car. There is also a new intake on the bonnet, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters reflect the Type R Prototype’s more aggressive character.

Carbon fibre side skirts run the length of the wheelbase, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tyres. Enlarged arches accommodate the new wheels.

A substantial carbon fibre diffuser runs below the wider rear bumper, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes with a pair of directional strakes at each side. The central tailpipe is of a smaller diameter and is highlighted in bright metallic red. Unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards towards a dramatic, visually striking rear wing.

During the unveil of the Type R Prototype, Senior Vice President Philip Ross said, “Type R epitomises Honda’s racing DNA, our challenging spirit and the highest levels of performance engineering. Coming to Europe during the second half of 2017, we’re now set to embark on the next chapter of the ‘race car for the road’.”

ENDS

 

* For further information regarding the manufacture of the new Civic Hatchback in Swindon, please click here
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Honda NSX brings 'Hummingbird' to life

    Honda NSX recreates famous ‘Hummingbird’ Nazca Desert geoglyph using GPS
    Sport Hybrid SH-AWD technology enables detail of original drawing to be replicated faithfully
    High-tech production and hardware captures the feat on video
    The 'NSX Driving Drawing' covered 601,195 square metres

 

Honda has combined its all-new NSX hybrid supercar with advanced GPS visualisation equipment to recreate one of the world's most famous geoglyphs – huge artworks that can be viewed in full only from high altitude.

The incredible 'NSX Driving Drawing' – depicting the 'Hummingbird' geoglyph in the Nazca Desert in Peru – has been documented in an online video, released ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on Sunday 9 October.

The Nazca Lines geoglyphs in Peru, created between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500, are formed from shallow trenches, where the top layer of dark pebbles has been removed to expose a lighter-coloured layer of earth below. Over time, the exposed earth develops a protective layer that shields the drawn lines, preventing distortion or erosion.

While the original 'Hummingbird' is approximately 93 metres long, Honda 'supersized' the earthwork, with a final design more than 10 times the size, measuring 965 metres end to end. A high-resolution image of the Nazca Lines was used to trace and digitise the Hummingbird, producing a set of GPS co-ordinates accurate to within three metres.

The intricate design incorporates more than 30 hairpin turns, so the Honda NSX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) technology was crucial to achieving the precision cornering required to recreate the earthwork. The two electric motors driving the front axle meant the NSX could execute exceptionally tight turns, slowing the inner wheel in sharp corners, while increasing the drive on the outer wheel to accelerate through the hairpin.

Recreating the geoglyph required a huge effort from a joint Japan-US Honda team, using high-accuracy GPS mapping and tracking, as well as a head-mounted display to enable the NSX driver to follow the design precisely. While the car sped along the planned route, its GPS signal was tracked and displayed on a monitor in real time, revealing the giant 601,195 square-metre artwork to the team back at the staging site.

The feat took place on the El Mirage salt flats in California, which became an expansive white canvas for the day, with high-tech drones and camera cranes on hand to capture the event on video.

The all-new NSX is the ultimate representation of Honda performance and technical innovation. Power comes from a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 engine, paired with an all-new nine-speed dual clutch transmission and direct drive motor that supplements the engine with instant torque response. Allied to this set up is the front Twin Motor Unit (TMU), with two electric motors capable of independently driving the left and right front wheels.

This sophisticated powertrain is coupled to Honda’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, a first-of-its-kind technology in the supercar arena. The result is a supercar that faithfully translates the acceleration, steering and braking inputs of the driver with incredible fidelity and instantaneous response.

The film is available to view here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Ybo8wdve0    salut'

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Honda sales surge through the summer

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    Honda continues its reign as the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe after nine months of 2016
    Total sales of 127,655 units to the end of September secures 27.5 per cent growth compared to same period in 2015
    Strong demand driven by the introduction of all-new HR-V and Jazz
    Strong growth rates across main European markets including Italy (+118.3%), Germany (+31.4%) and France (+32.5%).


Honda Europe saw a strong surge in car sales through the summer of 2016, according to figures provided by European industry body ACEA. This trend is a continuation of the Japanese brand’s strong growth throughout the year.

Honda recorded total sales in EU and EFTA countries of 127,655 units* to the end of September, an increase of 27.5 per cent compared to 2015. This performance was driven by the reintroduction of the HR-V crossover, delivering 28,213** registrations. The Jazz supermini increased its rate of sales growth, ending September with a 24.4** per cent increase year to date compared to 2015. The Italian market lead the strong growth on Jazz with a massive 146.4 per cent increase. The Civic range also saw a 4.9 per cent growth, supported by the introduction of the new Type R.

All five of the main car markets in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) saw sales increase for the Honda brand. Italy continued its strong growth in 2016 with a 118.3 per cent increase**, making it Honda’s third largest European market. Markets including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Switzerland all saw Honda increase sales by over 30 per cent versus 2015.

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager, Automobile Division, Honda Motor Europe, commented, “It is pleasing to see a broad base to Honda’s growth in Europe, with significant sales increases across most markets. Our aim is to exceed 160,000 units for 2016, giving us strong momentum for 2017 as we see the new European-built Civic hatchback range arrive in showrooms.”

Official sales figures, September YTD (provided by ACEA)

Honda Europe (excl. Russia, Turkey and Ukraine)
   

127,655
   

+27.5%

 

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

UK
   

49,690
   

+14.0%

Germany
   

19,869
   

+31.4%

France
   

6,643
   

+32.5%

Italy
   

7,235
   

+118.3%

Spain
   

7,043
   

+28.5%

ENDS

* Data provided by ACEA ( http://www.acea.be/uploads/press_releases_files/20161014_PRPC_1609_FINAL.PDF )

** Internal Honda registration data
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Honda News Round Up - September 2016

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EUROPE

The next step in Honda’s resurgence: Civic Hatchback and Type R Prototype take centre stage at Paris Motor Show

Following the successful launch of a refreshed automobile range in 2015, Mondial de L’Automobile 2016 has seen Honda unleash its latest salvo of new products for Europe. President and Chief Operating Officer of Honda Motor Europe, Katsushi Inoue, and Senior Vice President, Phillip Ross, unveiled the new Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R Prototype, whilst celebrating a year of strong European sales growth for the Japanese marque.

In 2016, Honda in Europe has posted strong sales growth with an increase of 31% compared to 2015. Making Honda the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe.

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Honda NSX brings ‘Hummingbird’ to life

Honda has combined its all-new NSX hybrid supercar with advanced GPS visualisation equipment to recreate one of the world’s most famous geoglyphs – huge artworks that can be viewed in full only from high altitude.

The intricate design incorporates more than 30 hairpin turns, so the NSX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) technology was crucial to achieving the precision cornering required to recreate the earthwork.

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ASIA

Honda and Kabuku Inc. unveil 3D Printed Micro Commuter Vehicle at CEATEC

Honda has developed a short range ‘Micro Commuter’ electric vehicle for use by Japanese confectionary maker, Toshimaya. The car is a joint development with Kabuku Inc., and is based on an open innovation model which incorporates the idea of variable design platform.

The vehicle uses a chassis constructed from Honda’s rigid but lightweight pipe frame structure, and 3D printing techniques have been used to create the exterior panels and luggage space. The Micro Commuter is powered by Honda’s Micro EV technology, designed for short-range trips up to approximately 80 km (50 miles) and is used on the MC- β ultra compact EV in Japan.

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NORTH AMERICA

Honda S Dream Streamliner sets Bonneville record

A group of young Honda engineers took to the salt flats of Bonneville, Utah to post the fastest speed ever recorded for a Honda vehicle. The goal of the project was very simple: “Achieve world speed record with 660cc engine, taken from the Honda S660.”

The team broke the FIA record with a top speed of 260mph, surpassing the BAR Honda F1 machine which set the record previously in 2006 as the fastest Honda vehicle.

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American Honda report strong September sales ahead of expanding 10th generation Civic range

American Honda continued to dominate the retail market in September while Honda trucks set new sales records. A 1.5 percent increase in total sales provides a positive foundation for the addition of the new 10th generation Civic Hatchback arriving in the US later this month.

“The return of a new Civic Hatchback to the Honda brand adds a fresh dimension to the car lineup” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of American Honda.

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Honda and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo Enter Discussions on Technical Collaboration of Fully Self-driving Automobile Technology

TOKYO, Japan, December 22, 2016 – Honda R&D Co., Ltd., the R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced today that it is entering into formal discussions with Waymo, an independent company of Alphabet Inc., to integrate its self-driving technology with Honda vehicles. This technical collaboration between Honda researchers and Waymo’s self-driving technology team will allow both companies to learn about the integration of fully self-driving sensors, software and computer into Honda vehicles.

 

As part of the discussion on technical collaboration, Honda could initially provide Waymo with vehicles modified to accommodate Waymo’s self-driving technology. These vehicles would join Waymo’s fleet, which are currently being tested across four U.S. cities.

 

This collaboration would take place with Honda R&D engineers based in Silicon Valley, California and Tochigi, Japan, who would work closely with Waymo engineers based in Mountain View, California and Novi, Michigan.

 

Honda previously announced its intention to put production vehicles with automated driving capabilities on highways sometime around 2020 related to its goal of a collision-free society. In addition to these on-going efforts, this technical collaboration with Waymo would allow Honda R&D to explore a different technological approach to bring fully self-driving technology to market. Through these joint efforts, Waymo and Honda R&D will begin to explore the potential of a broad range of automated driving technologies.

 

About Honda R&D Co, Ltd.

Honda R&D Co., Ltd. is an independent subsidiary company of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and serves as Honda’s primary research and development organization for the company’s automobile, motorcycle, power products and aviation products. Based on over half a century of accumulated engineering expertise, Honda R&D seeks to actively lead the way through new technologies and resources to define the future of mobility. Honda R&D is playing a central role in the development of Honda’s automated driving technologies, with responsibility for the entire process from fundamental research to product development. For more information, please visit: http://world.honda.com/RandD/

 

About HSVL

The Honda Silicon Valley Lab (HSVL) is a division of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the North American research and development subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. HSVL was established in May 2011 in Mountain View, Calif. as an open innovation lab for global Honda, focused on information technology. HSVL interfaces with a broad spectrum of IT innovators, from large, well established companies to small startup firms and individuals. This technical collaboration with Waymo is a part of its role. For more information, please visit: http://www.hondasvl.com

 

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Honda reveals ‘Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem’ at CES 2017


    Collaborative display highlights open innovation; offers intelligent, connected and fun mobility for the future
    Moto Riding Assist and NeuV concept car leverage Honda’s R&D investments
    Experiential demonstrations showcase collaborations with partners including Visa and DreamWorks

Honda has unveiled its Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, connecting the power of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data to transform the mobility experience of the future and improve customers’ quality of life. Featuring a number of prototype and concept technology demonstrations at CES, the Honda concept envisions a future where vehicles will communicate with each other and infrastructure to mitigate traffic congestion and eliminate traffic fatalities, while increasing the productivity of road users and delivering new types of in-vehicle entertainment experiences. Vehicles will create new value by providing services autonomously when not in use by their owners.

Honda has also announced technology collaborations with Visa, DreamWorks Animation and innovative start-ups through the Honda Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator open innovation programs based out of Honda Silicon Valley Lab.

Supporting its ‘Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem’ theme, Honda unveiled the Honda NeuV, an electric automated concept car equipped with an artificial intelligence (AI) ‘emotion engine’” and automated personal assistant, creating new possibilities for human interaction and new value for customers.

The global mobility company also revealed the Honda Moto Riding Assist, a concept motorcycle that applies Honda’s robotics technology to maintain balance. Visitors to Honda’s exhibit (LVCC, North Hall – 7312) can experience Honda robotics technology firsthand by ‘“test driving’” the UNI-CUB, the company’s self-balancing personal mobility device.

“Since our founding, Honda has focused on creating technologies that help people,” said Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, President and CEO of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. “Our goal is to showcase a future technology path that results in a redefined mobility experience.”

The following is a summary of the product and technology concepts shown on the Honda exhibit at CES 2017:

Honda Riding Assist motorcycle

In a global debut at CES, Honda has unveiled its Moto Riding Assist technology, which leverages Honda’s robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest. Rather than relying on gyroscopes, which add a great deal of weight and alter the riding experience as announced by other companies, the Honda Moto Riding Assist incorporates technology originally developed for the company’s UNI-CUB personal mobility device.

Honda NeuV

Designed to create new possibilities for customers, the NeuV (pronounced ‘“new-v’”), which stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, is a concept vehicle whose genesis is based on the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle 96 percent of the time. The NeuV explores the idea of how to create new value for its owner by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle, picking up and dropping off customers at local destinations when the owner is not using the car. The NeuV also can sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it’s not in use. These activities have the potential to create a new business model for enterprising customers.

 “We designed NeuV to become more valuable to the owner by optimising and monetising the vehicle’s down time,” said Mike Tsay, Principal Designer, Honda R&D Americas.

NeuV also functions as a thoughtful and helpful AI assistant utilising an ‘“emotion engine’”, an emerging technology developed by Honda and SoftBank (cocoro SB Corp.). Called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant), in its application in the NeuV, the ‘“emotion engine’” will learn from the driver by detecting the emotions behind the driver’s judgments and then, based on the driver’s past decisions, make new choices and recommendations. HANA can check on the driver’s emotional well-being, make music recommendations based on mood, and support the owner’s daily driving routine.

The NeuV features a full touch-panel interface enabling both the driver and passenger to access a simple and convenient user experience. The vehicle has two seats, a storage area in back, and an electric skateboard for ‘“last mile’” transit. The NeuV also features outstanding outward visibility via a wrap-around panoramic windscreen and a dramatically sloping belt line that make manoeuvring easy.

Safe Swarm

At CES, Honda launched its ‘“Safe Swarm’” concept, which uses bio-mimicry – replicating the behavior of a school of fish – to create a safer, more efficient and enjoyable driving experience. The Honda Safe Swarm demonstration immerses visitors in a world where vehicles sharing the road communicate with one another using dedicated short range communication (DSRC) to support the driver in negotiating complex driving situations. The Safe Swarm concept enables vehicles to operate cooperatively, enabling more efficient, low-stress and, ultimately, collision-free mobility.

“The autonomous age has dawned, and Honda, like all automakers, is working to refine and advance this technology to achieve our goal for a collision-free society in the 2040 timeframe,” said Frank Paluch, President, Honda R&D Americas. “Using vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and drawing upon big data and artificial intelligence, Honda will work with others to create an environment in which road conditions are predicted and managed, and collisions are avoided.”

Honda UNI-CUB

The Honda UNI-CUB exhibit enables CES attendees to experience a self-balancing personal mobility device that allows the seated rider to control speed, move in any direction and stop, all by simply shifting their body weight. Earlier this year, the company opened the UNI-CUB’s API, seeking to facilitate the creation of software that can control the device from a smartphone and other devices, which would provide the potential to expand its value and functionality for people. With the ability to freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, UNI-CUB can quickly and easily manoeuvre among people.

Open Innovation and Collaboration

Continuing its pursuit of open innovation and collaboration, Honda also announced initiatives with entrepreneurs, start-ups and global tech brands via the Honda Silicon Valley Lab.

Visa – Building on the companies’ mobile payment collaboration at last year’s Mobile World Congress, Honda is conducting two proof-of-concept demonstrations at CES created through its partnership with Visa. These demonstrations will be the first undertaken with infrastructure partners Gilbarco Veeder-Root and IPS Group. The demos will showcase the simplicity and convenience when paying for services such as fuel purchases and public parking from the comfort and safety of a vehicle.

DreamWorks Animation – Honda has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation to develop new cross-platform, augmented- and virtual reality-content and solutions for the in-vehicle experience. Honda is demonstrating a proof-of-concept version of its Honda Dream Drive in-car virtual reality prototype featuring exclusive DreamWorks Animation content at CES.

Vocal Zoom – Through its Honda Xcelerator program, Honda is working with Vocal Zoom to apply its optical microphone technology to the in-car experience. By reading physical vibrations generated from the speaker’s voice, Vocal Zoom’s optical sensor ascertains additional layers of voice data not attainable by traditional acoustic mics alone. This additional information significantly increases an onboard computer’s understanding of voice commands, especially in harsh-noise environments.

LEIA Inc. – Through another Honda Xcelerator collaboration, with LEIA, Honda has developed a new driver’s display concept that uses LEIA’s nano technology to provide three-dimensional images, providing seamless transitions between different viewing angles for warnings and driver-assistive systems. Although 3D can be distracting if it is not designed correctly, the LEIA’s nanotech approach presents depth in a way that feels natural. Honda sees a number of potential applications for this technology, from navigation to traffic information.

CES attendees can learn more and experience demonstrations of the Honda ‘Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem’ at the Honda booth (#7312) from January 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Videos, images and more details can be found at www.honda.us/CES2017.

 

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About Honda Technology

Honda is creating technologies and products that advance the company’s clean, safe, fun and connected brand values. These efforts include advancements in automated vehicles, connectivity and ultra-low carbon mobility. In North America, the company has more than 300,000 vehicles on the road equipped with the Honda Sensing or AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies and more than 400,000 vehicles featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. Honda is also testing advanced automated vehicle technologies in Japan and North America and is targeting 2020 for the deployment of highly automated vehicles on US highways. Honda is also working to fulfill its environmental and safety vision: “to realise the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life.” Toward this target, Honda is striving to achieve two thirds of its global automobile sales from hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrified vehicles including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles by around 2030.

NeuV emotion engine

The ‘“emotion engine’” is a set of AI technologies developed by cocoro SB Corp., which enable machines to artificially generate their own emotions.

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New Civic Type R Prototype makes Asia debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon

    New Civic Type R Prototype has official debut in Asia at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon
    Prototype marked out by wide, aggressive bumpers, extended wheel arches and dramatic rear wing
    Japanese sales launch of European-built Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R in summer 2017
    Production of Civic Type R starts this year in Swindon, UK

The new Honda Civic Type R Prototype has had its official Asian market debut at Japan’s specialist high-performance and custom car show, the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon. The Prototype previews elements of the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R which will be officially unveiled later this year.

Honda’s unveiling of the new Civic Type R Prototype in Tokyo was accompanied by the official announcement that Japanese sales of the Civic Sedan and European-built Hatchback and Type R will begin in summer 2017.

While the Civic Sedan will be produced at the Saitama Factory group of production plants in Japan, the five-door Hatchback and Type R models will be manufactured at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, UK. Since the Civic nameplate first appeared in 1972, approximately 24 million examples of the model have been produced worldwide.

The next-generation Civic Type R was engineered within the same development programme as the other members of the Civic family, and will be officially unveiled in production form later this year. It will be exported to markets around the world, including the US – which will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America. The previous generation Civic Type R was sold in Japan, but only in limited numbers. Sales of the new generation high-performance hatchback in Japan will not be limited.

Based on the sleek new Civic hatchback, the Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The show car is clothed in a finely-grained brushed aluminium-effect finish. Honda’s famous red ‘H’ badge – which adorns all Type R models – sits above a new air vent at the nose of the car.

The aggressive front bumper is extended by a winged carbon fibre splitter and sporty red accent line, which runs around the entire car. Additional slatted ducts add width to the bumper, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Carbon fibre side skirts run the length of the wheelbase, between piano black 20-inch alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tyres. Enlarged arches accommodate the new wheels.

A substantial carbon fibre diffuser runs below the wider rear bumper, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes with a pair of directional strakes at each side. The central tailpipe is of a smaller diameter and is highlighted in bright metallic red. Unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards towards a dramatic, visually striking rear wing.

Honda’s exhibit at the Makuhari Messe convention centre in Chiba Prefecture includes a variety of cars and motorcycles as well as several Honda competition vehicles from the worlds of Formula One, MotoGP and SUPER GT.

The Civic Type R Prototype will be officially unveiled at 10:30 JST on the Honda stand, located at Booth 438 in Medium Hall.

 

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Honda confirmed as Europe’s fastest growing mainstream brand in 2016

    Overall sales growth of 20.8% across EU and EFTA markets in 2016
    Increased demand across the model range, with sales boosts for HR-V, Jazz and Civic
    Strong growth across all five main European markets
    2017 marks start of production of European version of all-new Civic

 

Honda has been confirmed as the fastest growing mainstream car brand in Europe for the full year in 2016. The latest data from European industry body ACEA shows that total sales for Honda in EU and EFTA countries in 2016 were 159,126 units to the end of December, an increase of 20.8% per cent compared to same period in 2015. Honda’s growth significantly outpaced the results for the EU passenger car market as a whole, which saw a year-on-year increase of 6.8% per cent.

 

The strong 2016 performance was driven by demand across Honda’s model range, with HR-V, Jazz and Civic all seeing year-on-year growth. HR-V made a strong contribution to the overall total in Europe, with sales of 34,921 units. The Jazz supermini saw sales growth of 26.0 per cent last year, following the launch of the all-new model, with total registrations of 39,613 across EU and EFTA markets. New Civic Type R led the refreshed Civic range to increased sales of 47,300 units in 2016, up 4.9 per cent on the previous year.

 

Honda saw sales growth in all five of the main car markets in Europe in 2016 (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain)**. The market with the highest rate of growth was Italy, with a 98.0 per cent increase, making it Honda’s 3rd largest European market. Other particularly strong growth rates across Europe included Finland (+47.7%), Portugal (+38.6%) and Hungary (+58.1%).

 

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager, Automobile Division, Honda Motor Europe, commented, “Thanks to the product introductions we made towards the end of 2015, Honda made a sales resurgence in 2016, with strong increases across most of our markets. I am pleased to see strong growth across a range of products, particularly Civic in its final full year of sales. The new Civic goes on sale in just a few weeks and will provide further positive momentum in 2017.”

 

Sales success for Honda Motor Europe in 2016 was bolstered by a number of significant news announcements throughout the year. The all-new Civic Hatchback Prototype was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and production of the US market version commenced in August at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, UK. HUM is the global production hub for the new Civic hatchback, with the model set to be exported to more than 70 countries around the world, including European markets, North America and Canada.

 

The unveil of the all-new Civic Type R Prototype stole the show at Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris at the end of September, and the all-new Type R has this month been named as the most eagerly anticipated launch of 2017 by readers of What Car? in the UK. The first examples of the new Clarity Fuel Cell arrived in Europe in November, to participate in the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) EU demonstration project. The year was rounded off with the delivery of the first European Honda NSX to former CEO of Honda Switzerland, Claude Sage.

 

Official sales figures, 2016 Full Year (provided by ACEA)

Honda Europe (excl. Russia, Turkey and Ukraine)
   

159,126
   

+20.8%

 

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

UK
   

59,141
   

+10.7%

Germany
   

24,921
   

+18.9%

France
   

9,192
   

+24.9%

Italy
   

9,600
   

+98.0%

Spain
   

9,136
   

+20.2%

 

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2017 Honda Civic   salut'

    Introduction: All-new five-door Civic exhibits best ever dynamics and sophistication

 

    Sporty, distinctive design
    Engineered to deliver an engaging and dynamic driving experience
    All-new gasoline engines deliver a combination of dynamic performance, class-leading output and excellent fuel economy
    Retains class-leading interior space with improved usability
    Next-generation Honda Connect delivers enhanced intuitive operation
    Honda SENSING makes new Civic one of the safest cars in its class

 

The all-new tenth-generation Honda Civic is a dynamic, five-door sports hatchback. It represents a significant step forward for Honda in the C-segment, benefiting from the largest single model global development programme in the company’s history.

The Civic is a core model for Honda in Europe and has been at the heart of the brand’s strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand and the development team targeted a dynamic rejuvenation of Civic to place it in a league of its own.

“The creation of this tenth-generation Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new model developments ever undertaken by Honda,” said Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “As well as an unprecedented commitment of R&D resources, the process involved sales and manufacturing operations around the world, from North America and Japan, to Europe, South America and Asia. This car, the sportiest Civic ever, sets new benchmarks for the compact class in terms of dynamic performance, fuel efficiency, spaciousness, safety and interior quality.”

Achieving class leadership – while also meeting requirements for sales price, fuel efficiency and manufacturability – demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, vehicle aerodynamics and chassis design. The development team rallied around the core project slogan ‘otokomae’ to create a strong clarity of purpose. Otokamae embodies a sense of grace and elegance as well as an inner beauty.

The development team conducted extensive real-world benchmark testing, including assessment of European luxury vehicles, in setting the targets for ride, handling, steering and NVH, as well as interior quality and overall refinement.

Building on its 40-year heritage, the car stays true to the original Civic concept of “a car for all people, a car for the world”. It is a marriage of distinctive design, sporty styling and versatile practicality – with a renewed focus on rewarding driving dynamics.

The purposeful five-door hatchback silhouette makes a confident statement about the Civic’s sporty character. Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Civic has short overhangs and taut lines that reference the high levels of aerodynamic efficiency. A sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheel-arches and sculpted front and rear intakes hint at the Civic’s sporting character.

The all-new Civic has been engineered from the ground up to fulfil the promise of agile and rewarding dynamics. A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system in contributing directly to an engaging and fun driving experience.

The new wider, longer platform results in class-leading interior space. The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, exceptional refinement and high-grade materials. The seating position is a major change against the ninth generation car, sited lower to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car, enhanced by greatly improved visibility to the front of new Civic. The new Civic builds on the model’s reputation for combining unrivalled passenger and luggage space with versatile, practical usability. The second-generation of Honda’s infotainment and connectivity system incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The all-new Civic debuts two all-new VTEC TURBO gasoline engines that have been developed specifically to deliver a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience.

The Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available across the range ensures the car is among the very safest in its class.

The new Civic five-door hatchback will be built in Europe at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility and exported globally.

The concepts, approach and technologies embodied by the all-new Civic present an affirmation of Honda’s position as a sporty and advanced brand, while also confirming Honda’s commitment to Europe and the compact segment.

 

 

2. Sporty, fresh and distinctive exterior design

 

    Dramatic next-generation interpretation of signature Civic design
    Lower, wider and longer than previous model for a sleeker silhouette and sure-footed, muscular stance
    Class-leading aerodynamics

 

With an assertive new stance and advanced aerodynamics, the all-new Civic advances design into the next era. A sleek and swept back silhouette articulate a fresh and distinctive new Honda design direction that conveys a strong and sporty character. The sharp lines are complemented by the most comprehensive aerodynamic packaging in the compact segment, including complete underbody panelling.

The athletic look starts with low and wide proportions which reflect an increased footprint. The new Civic is 30 mm wider, 136 mm longer and 20 mm lower than the previous-generation model. These generous dimensions underpin the distinctive design and sporty styling, while also facilitating rewarding dynamics and increased interior space.

New larger and wider wheels and tyres further emphasise the wide stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sweeping cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

“What we sought to instil in the completely rejuvenated new Civic was genuine charisma,” comments Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “While this has to come from more than the styling, the athletic external appearance must allude to the dynamic attributes and technologies that lie within.”

Sporty and sophisticated design details include a short front overhang with distinctive large air intakes for a more purposeful stature. The result is a sharp and aggressive contemporary interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, incorporating signature Honda front headlight clusters.

The top edge of the front light clusters meet the top of the grille at the leading edge of the bonnet to create a neat, seamless, accented strip across the full width of the car, helping to project a wide, sure-footed stance. Depending on the model grade, the thin, high-tech front lamp clusters feature either sharp high-tech LED headlights or projector halogen bulbs. All models feature LED daytime running lights that illuminate a hockey-stick shaped strip at the outer edge of the cluster.

The sleek and swept-back body contour lines continue along the flanks of the car, with a swage line which bisects front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights.

A second, lower bodyside character line extends from the base of the front door behind the front wheel, up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, creating a forward-in-motion look that emphasises the car’s dynamic potential.

The aggressively sloped roofline, featuring a fin-type antenna, flows into C-pillars that extend the curvature of the roof rearward to the rear corners

Distinctive peaks at the hatchback’s roof flanks rise from the top of the C-pillars towards the top corners of the rear screen and meet the ‘floating’ roof spoiler. A second, lower tailgate spoiler incorporates the central third brake light.

The rear bumper’s sharp creases and sculpted air outlets complete a dramatic and sporty look. The overall effect is sleek, sophisticated dynamism with distinctive and thoroughly modern Civic exterior design.

The new Civic will be available in seven exterior paint finishes: solid Rallye Red, metallic Lunar Silver, Polished Metal and Brilliant Blue, and pearlescent White Orchid, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey.

Buyers of the 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO engine will be able to opt for either ‘Sport’, ‘Sport Plus’ or ‘Prestige’ grades, each of which feature exclusive exterior finishing touches. The Sport and Sport Plus grades boast more pronounced front and rear spoilers, side skirt garnish and an exclusive 17-inch alloy wheel design. They also feature LED headlights and front fog lamps, while at the rear they are marked out by centre-mounted twin exhaust pipes with chrome finishers.

The Prestige grade sees discreet sophistication added by a chrome front grille finish, chrome door handles and chrome side window surrounds.

 

Class-leading aerodynamics

The Civic’s development team sought to achieve the most aerodynamically efficient body in the compact class, balancing low aerodynamic drag with high-speed stability. It achieved this through careful management of airflow over and under the car to minimise lift.

The CdA – the combination of coefficient of drag (Cd) and frontal area (A) – is improved by 3 percent over the outgoing Civic to best-in-class levels, based on Honda internal test data.

Advanced designs for the A-pillar and front and rear bumpers minimise disturbance of the passing air and the front grille is shaped to reduce engine cooling air losses. Under-engine and under-floor covers provide an almost entirely flat vehicle underside, while lateral strakes located ahead of each wheel-arch help deflect airflow around the tyres. These measures contribute to airflow efficiency and reduce the aerodynamic drag and Honda’s engineers developed a wheel design which results in a further four percent reduction.

The short front overhang also contributes to improved aerodynamic efficiency, while stamped steel exhaust silencers are aerodynamically shaped and eliminate the need for an additional underside cover at the rear of the vehicle.

The flush-mounted windscreen and side window glass and minimised panel gaps further improve aerodynamic performance.

The lower tailgate spoiler plays an important role in managing the flow of the air departing the rear of the car. It is specifically designed, with precisely configured width and height, to create a clean air stream by reducing the turbulence behind the car, increasing the Civic’s aerodynamic efficiency.

 

 

3. Newly engineered from the ground up, the all-new platform was developed for an engaging and dynamic driving experience

 

    New Civic is the result of the largest single model development programme in Honda’s history
    The most engaging and fun Civic driving experience ever
    Lower, more sporty driving position
    New suspension setup delivers exceptional handling and ride comfort
    Advanced NVH management delivers class-leading interior refinement

 

Recognising that customers in the all-new Civic’s target global markets now expect European standards of quality, refinement and dynamic performance, the Civic development team planned Honda’s biggest ever single model engineering programme to create an entirely new car from the ground up.

The objective was to realise a dynamic rejuvenation of the Civic that would make it competitive with the best in the segment. From the earliest stage of platform development, the engineering team benchmarked the world’s best compact-class cars, including those from leading European premium brands. This evaluation process ultimately served to define the new Civic’s targets in ride, handling, steering and NVH, as well as interior quality and overall refinement.

“From the very first stages, we defined our number-one objective for this new Civic as the creation of soulful performance,” said Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “Dynamic performance targets were set and achieved through an exhaustive, gruelling regime of testing and development. The result is a platform that provides both superior driving stability and refinement, as well as a confidence-building, low-slung driving position.”

Despite the ambitious engineering programme, the new Civic still meets the requirements of “a car for all people, a car for the world” by retaining its position as an affordable compact car in terms of cost, fuel efficiency and manufacturability. As such, the development process demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis design.

The global programme – unprecedented in its scale for Honda – incorporated the five-door, four-door, coupe and Type R variants as part of a single development project that aimed to exceed benchmark European quality and performance standards.

Development of the five-door Civic for Europe was carried out through extensive on-road testing across Germany and UK.

Advanced new unibody platform

The new platform’s design, the selection of materials, the engineering process, and novel manufacturing techniques have been key to creating a lighter, significantly more rigid structure. It is 16 kg lighter than that of the previous generation Civic, while exhibiting 52 percent greater torsional stiffness. The improvements in rigidity and the design of the unibody contributed significant improvements to NVH characteristics.

Significant platform design features include front and rear bulkhead ‘rings’ that encircle the entire interior cabin space. Further platform rigidity is provided by a low-sensitivity front-floor structure, including cross braces in front of the engine bay and between the bases of the A- and B-pillars.

The lightweight, high tensile materials employed across thestructure improve body rigidity and crush safety. Hot stamped steel was applied to a wider area, resulting in an increase to 12 percent from just six percent in the previous Civic.

The use of ultra-high strength steel increases the strength and reduces the overall weight of the entire body frame. For example, one of the most significant areas for the platform’s overall strength is the B-pillar and lower sill.

Further innovation is employed in the body’s assembly process, which involves an innovative high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, which sees the outer frame assembled first, followed by inner assembly and the joints. This new production technology contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body.

Short-pitch welding places spot welds 20 mm apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to traditional spacing of between 40 mm and 45 mm. This further contributes to increased stiffness and durability.

These design, engineering and manufacturing innovations result in a 65 percent increase in the body's global bending rigidity compared to the previous generation Civic, and a 41 percent increase in torsional rigidity. This in turn provides a greater opportunity to tune the suspension for superior ride and handling performance.



 

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The most agile and dynamically proficient Civic ever

The advanced platform provides an optimised foundation for the most sophisticated chassis dynamics set up in the Civic model’s history. The design team set themselves the target of achieving class-best handling and ride comfort.

All-new suspension, a lower centre of gravity and a boost in body rigidity help make this latest generation Civic the most engaging and fun-to-drive ever. Ride comfort is exemplary as a result of exhaustive development and a focus on compliance-boosting techniques and technologies.

The Civic’s fuel tank has been relocated and the car’s floor is lower than that of the outgoing model. Combined with the revisions to the chassis and suspension, the all-new model’s centre of gravity is 10 mm lower. These changes also allow the driving position to be set nearer to the road, with a hip point 35 mm lower, giving a more sporty feel.

At the front, lower-arm-type front MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance. Dual pinion variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has been specifically tuned for European markets. Compared to other variants in the global Civic model family, the five-door for Europe is set up with a faster, more direct steering response for an even sportier feel. The dual pinion system was pioneered on the 2015 Civic Type R performance hatchback; similar technologies are conventionally deployed by car manufacturers only on premium or performance vehicles.

Feedback from the electric power steering (EPS) system is exceptional thanks to the development team’s focus on achieving instantaneous response, precise traceability, sophisticated smoothness, and a sense of secure predictability.

Vibration transfer to the steering wheel is minimised by increasing the steering column diameter and locating the lightweight steering motor on the dual pinion rack, rather than in the conventional position on the steering column. So crucial was the steering feel in the overall platform’s objectives for dynamic performance that development of the EPS started at the very earliest stages of the platform’s engineering programme seven years ago.

At the rear of the car, an all-new rear multi-link suspension set-up and new rigid subframe deliver increased geometrical stability for superior ride comfort and secure driving at high speed, as well as more linear handling in conjunction with the EPS tuning.

Great attention was paid to the specific position of the suspension mounts to ensure optimal stiffness to enhance the suspension’s performance. For the first time on any Honda model, hydraulic fluid-filled compliance bushings at the front and rear result in superior ride isolation, as well as chassis vibration control. Furthermore, the new subframes at the front and the rear are specifically laid out so that cornering forces are transmitted more directly through the suspension to the subframes.

Adaptive Damper System

Selected top-grade models feature an advanced four-point adaptive damper system that was introduced as a world-first on the 2014 Civic Tourer.

The system allows the driver to select damping force from two modes according to driving conditions. This allows the car to remain comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is required. The system has two settings – normal and dynamic – both of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions. An electronic control unit calculates the body movement from data acquired by the car’s integrated three-axis body sensors. It then controls a solenoid valve in each damper that regulates the oil flow, which in turn varies the damping force.

 

Agile Handling Assist (AHA)

Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (AHA) electronic stability system has been specially tuned for the European market to reflect typical road surface conditions and driving styles. It provides subtle, discreet assistance for added safety and smoother, more predictable vehicle behaviour at low and high speeds, and with both gentle and rapid steering inputs.

 

Class-leading refinement

The new Civic’s platform engineering and exterior design deliver class-leading interior quietness and refinement through optimal noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) management. Exemplary refinement results from minimising the generation of noise and vibration and their transfer through the body structure, and by using thorough sound sealing and insulation.

The minimisation of engine noise at its source results from a variety of different strategies. For example, ribs in the engine cylinder block reduce the radiation of noise and vibration from the cylinder, while a stiffer block also generates less noise and vibration. Not only was the stiffness of the engine mounts optimised, but also the position and stiffness of the engine mount stays on the bodyside.

Transfer of disturbances through the body structure is reduced by the inherently stiffer body, which has a lower sensitivity to vibration, and identification of noise transfer paths helped engineers optimise structures in those areas to minimise transfer and radiation NVH.

To deal with noise that emanates from outside the car, comprehensive body sealing and streamlining measures were deployed.

Larger body panels on the all-new Civic are shaped and sculpted using computer aided engineering (CAE) to reduce ‘booming’, while the material combination between the A- and B-pillars and the floor sills reduces idle vibration.

An acoustic windscreen uses an outer layer of 2.1 mm safety glass, a 0.7 mm middle layer of noise-reducing acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and a 1.8 mm inner layer of safety glass, for a total thickness of 4.6 mm – all combining to deliver class-leading wind-noise performance. And the Civic’s doors feature triple-layer seals to reduce the ingress of wind and other exterior noise.

To minimise the intrusion of road noise, the new Civic’s engine bay and floor under-covers contains sound insulation materials, as do the rear wheel housings. The engine bay bulkhead, dashboard inner and outer panels, and interior cabin carpet all incorporate further soundproofing composites.

The greatly increased refinement means a quieter, more relaxing interior with fewer distractions for the driver, allowing them to focus on the engaging experience behind the wheel.

 

4. All-new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO gasoline engines deliver dynamic performance, class-leading output and excellent efficiency

 

    Performance matches that of larger engines for a dynamic driving experience
    New technologies optimise power and efficiency
    New six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions developed specifically for Civic

 

The all-new Civic is the first model in Europe to offer Honda’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.5 litre four-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engines. Honda’s engineering heritage encompasses some of the most celebrated high performing engines in the industry, and the new VTEC TURBO units are designed first and foremost to offer dynamic performance to support the all-new Civic’s soulful, fun-to-drive character. Nevertheless, they also achieve highly competitive fuel economy and efficiency. Both engines will be available with either a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission or a bespoke CVT automatic.

The powertrain development programme for the new VTEC TURBO engines built upon the experience gained during the development of Honda’s first ever VTEC TURBO unit – the 310 PS 2.0 litre that made its debut in the 2015 Civic Type R. The new 1.0 and 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO gasoline units are directly related to their 2.0 litre forerunner, sharing technologies that boost output and efficiency, some of which have their origins in Honda’s motorsport programmes.

With direct injection, a compact, low-inertia mono-scroll turbocharger, electronic wastegate, Honda’s Intelligent-Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (Dual-VTC), the turbocharged Civic powerplants have been designed to develop the power and torque of much larger engines. As a result, the new pair of VTEC TURBO engines achieve engaging driveability and soulful performance – with high specific outputs of maximum torque and power – while also delivering Euro 6compliant environmental performance that is among the class leaders.

The three-cylinder 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO gasoline unit delivers a significant improvement in everyday driveability – thanks to greater torque at low and mid-range engine speeds – as well as fuel efficiency, over the 1.8 litre VTEC engine of the previous generation Civic. Maximum torque of 200 Nm with the six-speed manual is available at 2,250 rpm, and 180 Nm with the CVT is available between 1,700 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Maximum power is 129 PS (95 kW) at 5,500 rpm. Official CO2 emissions are as low as 106 g/km for the CVT-equipped model, with fuel economy on the NEDC combined cycle from 4.7l/100 km (60.1 mpg).

The larger four-cylinder 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO gasoline engine provides substantially greater performance – in power and torque – over the previous Civic’s 1.8-litre VTEC. Maximum power is 182 PS (134 kW) at 5,500 rpm (at 6,000 rpm with CVT). With the six-speed manual, 240 Nm maximum torque is delivered between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. With the CVT, 220 Nm is delivered between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm. Official CO2 emissions are 133 g/km for the six-speed manual model, with combined fuel economy (NEDC combined cycle) of 5.8l/100 km (48.7 mpg).

Honda’s engineers utilised a number of advanced technologies in each unit to optimise power and efficiency, and improve the responsiveness of the engines, with reduced internal friction and weight saving representing core concepts.

 

Low-inertia mono scroll turbocharger with electronic wastegate

Compared to other small displacement turbocharged engines on the market, the turbocharger unit for the VTEC TURBO units is more compact, with a small-diameter turbine. This is imperative for maximum responsiveness. The mono scroll housing design helps the turbo build boost pressure even at relatively small throttle openings and low rpm. Furthermore, the electrically actuated wastegate allows boost pressure to be precisely controlled.

 

A large, low-restriction air intercooler is positioned low in the front of the car, where it receives unobstructed airflow when the vehicle is in motion. The intercooler reduces the temperature of air entering the engine, making it denser for greater performance. To reduce weight, the turbo system utilises rigid, lightweight resin-composite inlet pipes to carry intake air to and from the intercooler.

Cylinder block and crankshaft

A lightweight, die-cast aluminium block with individual reinforced main bearing caps minimise weight, while cast iron cylinder liners ensure durability. Each journal on the lightweight forged steel crankshaft is micropolished to reduce internal friction.

Pistons and connecting rods

The engine’s pistons help maintain stable combustion and contribute to improved efficiency with cavity-shaped crowns. The lightweight pistons have a carefully optimised skirt design to minimise reciprocating weight, which reduces vibrations and increases operating efficiency. The pistons on the 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO are cooled by twin oil jets directed at the underside of each piston crown, while ion-plated piston rings help reduce friction for greater operating efficiency. Lightweight, high-strength steel connecting rods are heat-forged in one piece and then ‘crack separated’ to create a lighter and stronger rod with an optimally fitted bearing cap. The 1.0L VTEC TURBO unit is equipped with cooling gallery piston, reduce knocking and improving fuel economy.

Cylinder head and valvetrain

The lightweight DOHC cylinder head is made of pressure-cast aluminium alloy. With exhaust ports cast directly into the cylinder head, the need for a traditional separate exhaust manifold is eliminated.

A low-friction, silent chain drives dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. The cam drive is maintenance free throughout the life of the engine. To help further reduce weight, new thin-wall hollow camshafts are used.

To benefit fuel efficiency, emissions and power, the exhaust valves are sodium filled. A hollow chamber within the valve contains sodium that is cooled by the exhaust port cooling jacket. As the cam reaches close to the valve head, the sodium helps to cool the entire valve. As the valve is internally cooled, the need is removed for an enriched fuel mixture – a common requirement in turbo engines to help cool the exhaust valve. The resultant leaner mixture reduces emissions, increases fuel efficiency and supports increased power.

The cylinder head includes smaller M12 sparkplugs, as opposed to the more common M14, to save space and weight.

Dual-VTC varies the timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts independently and continuously for optimised combustion to suit the driving conditions. Under light loads, valve overlap can be increased to reduce pumping losses and improve fuel efficiency. When engine speed is low and engine load is high, such as during initial acceleration, the amount of overlap is increased to boost the scavenging effect, which improves torque and responsiveness. When engine speed is high and engine load is also high, such as during full-throttle acceleration, the amount of valve overlap is reduced to increase engine output by improving both intake and scavenging.

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Direct injection

Direct injection enables increased torque across the engine’s full operating range, combined with enhanced fuel efficiency. The system features a compact, high-pressure, direct injection pump that allows for high fuel flow, while variable pressure control optimises injector operation. A multi-hole injector delivers fuel directly into each cylinder rather than to the intake port, as in conventional port fuel injection designs, allowing for more efficient combustion.

The multi-hole injectors produce the ideal fuel / air mixture in the cylinders for improved emissions control. Based on the operating conditions, the direct injection system alters its function for best performance. On cold engine startup, fuel is injected into the cylinders on the compression stroke. This creates a weak stratified charge effect that improves engine start and reduces exhaust emissions before a normal operating temperature is reached.

Once the engine reaches operating temperature, fuel is injected during the intake stroke resulting in maximum power and fuel efficiency. This helps create a more homogeneous fuel / air mix in the cylinder that is aided by the high-tumble intake port design. This improves volumetric efficiency, and the cooling effect of the incoming fuel improves anti-knock performance.

Friction-reducing technology

Both of the all-new Civic’s new gasoline engines feature new friction-reducing technologies designed to improve engine efficiency. The outer skirts of the lightweight aluminium pistons feature a low-friction coating applied in a unique pattern application. The result is reduced overall friction as the pistons move within the cylinder bores.

Plateau honing further lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinders by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Plateau honing is a two-stage machining process that uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single honing process. This also enhances the long-term wear characteristics of the engine.

Low viscosity oil (0W-20), a special two-stage oil pump relief valve, low-friction oil seals, special low-drag piston ring design, low-friction timing belt and a lightweight crankshaft also contribute to excellent overall operating efficiency.

Drive-by-wire throttle

A drive-by-wire throttle system replaces the conventional throttle cable with intelligent electronics that link the accelerator pedal to a throttle valve inside the throttle body. The result is lower component weight, as well as quicker and more accurate throttle actuation. A specially programmed non-linear ratio between the throttle pedal and engine offers improved drivability and optimised engine response to suit specific driving conditions.

Honda’s throttle system evaluates the current driving conditions by monitoring throttle pedal position, throttle valve position, engine speed and road speed. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity that gives the all-new Civic’s throttle pedal a predictable and responsive feel for a more engaging driving experience.

New six-speed manual transmission

The re-engineered six-speed manual transmission is specifically designed to maximise the effectiveness of power delivery to the wheels from both of the new characterful, sporty gasoline engines. The transmission is encased in a new, stronger frame to cope with the higher engine outputs of the VTEC TURBO units.

A smooth and precise shift feel results from an enhanced synchroniser ring in the synchro-mesh gear, while the gear change friction is reduced by 40 percent compared to the previous generation Civic and is now among the class best.

A constant-mesh helical reverse gear mechanism significantly reduces noise, and the dual mass flywheel delivers further NVH benefits.

Wide-ranging gear ratios help achieve greater environmental efficiency when cruising at highway speeds without compromising acceleration response and driver engagement in more spirited driving situations.

Advanced CVT redesigned for VTEC TURBO application

The CVT automatic transmission has been newly designed especially for its integration with the new VTEC TURBO engines. It is the result of a two-year development programme based at Honda’s R&D Centre in Frankfurt that incorporated a large number of driving scenarios, including congested urban traffic, open rural roads and high-speed German autobahns.

Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader explains: “We faced numerous major challenges in redeveloping the CVT for the new Civic, but the highest priority was given to driveability. To ensure we achieved our objective to give the new Civic ‘soulful performance’, we set out to ensure drivers would feel utterly confident in the CVT’s ability to engage them, and we were determined to deliver this dynamic, exciting feel.”

To achieve this engaging driveability, the most significant new design feature is the turbine twin damper torque converter, which is exclusively employed for this new application with the VTEC TURBO engines.

Compared to traditional CVT systems which exhibit a ‘rubber band’ feel under more demanding acceleration, the new unit delivers a totally different, more direct delivery of engine speed, which in turn results in a more linear response. It exhibits characteristics similar to those of current-generation dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

The CVT delivers its more natural drivability via a ‘multi-gear’ feel thanks to control software that is exclusive to Europe. This simulates seven speeds through the rev range, with optimised ‘gear change’ mapping providing the driver with the familiar feel of gear changes. Steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles offer the driver the opportunity to take more control both in automatic and in ‘manual’ mode.

Honda’s CVT features two additional programmes that provide situation-specific safety and driveability enhancements.

Early Downshift During Braking (EDDB) uses the engine to assist the driver during braking. When the system recognises a deceleration, downhill, or cornering situation initiated by the braking system, EDDB automatically increases the engine speed to provide engine braking. This then allows for quick re-acceleration after slowing or quick acceleration after cornering.

Fast Off measures how quickly the driver releases the accelerator pedal and maintains engine revs to provide engine braking in situations where the driver has released the pedal quickly. This system has been extensively tested for Europe’s high speed, multi-lane roads. For example, Fast Off recognises when the driver has prepared to pass a vehicle in front, but is unable to complete the manoeuvre due to a vehicle in the next lane. As the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal to let the vehicle behind pass by, Fast Off maintains a high engine speed in preparation for completing the overtaking manoeuvre.

Efficiency of the 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO with CVT exceeds that of most 1.0 litre class competitors with automatic transmissions, while maintaining similar performance. It also exceeds the acceleration performance of the previous 1.8 litre five-speed automatic Civic. The performance of the 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO with the CVT was assessed by Honda engineers as class-leading, with fuel efficiency still among the class best. (Internal Honda Data)

 
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5. Class-leading interior space with improved usability

 

    All-new Civic is more spacious than the previous model
    More room for passengers and luggage
    Premium cabin quality, new LCD instrument binnacle layout and versatile two-tier ‘technology centre’ console
    Hatchback features innovative side-sliding tonneau cover in the boot

The all-new Civic is set to continue the model’s reputation for providing class-leading practicality and unrivalled passenger and cargo space. High quality materials, a simple and sophisticated design theme, and new digital instrument binnacle display provide a fresh, premium interior ambience.

“The charismatic exterior design continues inside,” explains Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “It is a modern cabin in which advanced technologies and high quality materials naturally work together to create an enhanced level of space and comfort. Meanwhile the overriding sense of well-being is achieved through exceptional visibility, as well as an unmistakable feeling of safety and security. This is at the heart of our achievement in redefining the compact car the Honda way.”

More spacious passenger cabin

Aided in part by the longer, wider platform and longer wheelbase (up 30 mm over the previous Civic), front seat and rear seat occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space in which to enjoy the premium fit and finish.

The driving position is 35 mm lower than in the previous generation Civic to create a more secure, enveloped feeling for the driver and front passenger. The bonnet hood has been lowered65mm, resulting in improved forward and downward visibility. Thin A-pillars (12 mm narrower) reduce the obstructed forward view and provide a class-leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility. This also creates an open and airy feel to the cabin.

Ergonomically-optimised front seats are designed to provide high levels of comfort, with the driver’s seat featuring 14 steps of adjustment to ensure the optimal seating position. The front seats have 10 mm greater fore / aft slide range, and 10 mm greater height range adjustment than the previous Civic.

Front shoulder room has been increased by 10 mm, and space between the front seats has increased by 30 mm. Rear seat shoulder room is up by 20 mm, while passengers in the back will also enjoy 95 mm more legroom, and 45 mm more knee room.

A light, airy feeling is further accomplished with the large tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof (available on higher grade models).

Class-leading boot space and versatility

Boot space remains class-leading in terms of volume (478 litres), as well as ease of access and versatility. The rear seats split / fold 60:40 and the low sill height (679mm) and wide boot opening (1,120 mm) combine with the flat boot floor to make the loading of heavy, wide and long items easy. A hidden underfloor compartment (on all but S, Sport and Sport Plus models) offers a secure storage area.

An innovative side-sliding tonneau cover enhances the boot’s versatility and ease-of-use. The retractable cover can be pulled out from a side-mounted ‘cassette’ quickly and easily; when loading tall objects, the cover can simply be unclipped to retract back into the cassette. This eliminates the need to remove and store – inside or outside the car – a rigid parcel shelf when carrying larger objects. If desired the compact tonneau cover cassette can be easily swapped from one side of the boot to the other, or can be removed completely.

Premium interior design and quality

The all-new interior is designed to offer the most comfortable and sophisticated cabin in the compact class and gives the all-new Civic a thoroughly modern, sleek and simple aesthetic to complement the sharply sculpted exterior. This is achieved with horizontal lines that accentuate the feeling of width and length, and therefore spaciousness.

A sophisticated, premium ambience is augmented by cabin trim finished in high-quality materials, including a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel with moulded stitching and premium seat fabrics.

‘Technology centre’ console

The centre console features a piano-black finish, and was designed to follow a ‘technology centre’ theme.

The lower part in front of the gear lever is configured as a two-tier storage tray, specifically with the management of personal electronic devices in mind. The front tray provides at-a-glance and grab-and-go access to devices, with an integrated wireless smartphone charging pad available on some grades.

The second tray behind the centre console provides a more discreet storage area and access to the HDMI and USB ports, as well as the 12v power socket. A hole through the centre console means that plugged in cables can be passed from the second tier tray to the front tray, helping to keep cable connectivity and device charging and connectivity neat and tidy. LED lighting aids visibility for the two-tier tray layout at night.

Above the storage tray, a contrasting silver panel presents the few simple, uncluttered ventilation controls, while overhead LED lighting adds to the premium ambience.

At the top of the centre console sits the seven-inch Honda Connect 2 colour touchscreen display (please see next section). As well as being a touch-control device for the infotainment and climate control functions, the display integrates with a reversing camera on the top grades.

In front of the driver, a completely new instrument display layout provides vivid clarity and highly intuitive usability. A new seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display makes up the largest central section of the all-new reconfigured instrument binnacle. It includes a large digital tachometer – with analogue or digital rev needle, depending on the model grade – and a digital speedometer readout. Integrated into the DII display is a large area in which the driver can switch between a variety of infotainment screens, including navigation instructions, SMS and email (complemented by voice activated responses), audio track information, smartphone contacts, journey trip information, and smart vehicle maintenance information. On Sport grades, drivers can also monitor turbo boost level.

This primary display is flanked by coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauges, again on TFT-LCD displays. All the displays are high contrast, easy-to-read, and contemporary in their typeface. As the driver enters the car, the instrumentation illuminates progressively to give a sophisticated, warm welcome.

Scrolling and selecting the information to display in the DII is performed via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. It gives the driver the capability to scroll through the DII modes and adjust settings, perform alphabetic searches – of contacts or music tracks, for example – as well as to select the preferred information to display in the instrument binnacle’s DII. Also on the left spoke of the steering wheel are the integrated Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® telephone controls. The combination of thumbpad controls and DII display in the driver’s forward line-of-sight helps to minimise distractions for the driver while underway.

A second thumbpad on the right spoke of the steering wheel operates the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist system settings.

New Civic now features a refrigerant with a much lower Global Warming Potential (GWP). Three-stage front seat heating and rear seat heating are also available on some grades.

The new Civic offers Brake Hold when temporarily stopped – for example, at traffic lights or busy junctions – as well as push-button start, keyless entry, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

 

6. Next-generation Honda Connect delivers enhanced, more intuitive connected infotainment

 

    New seven-inch Advanced Touch IPS display
    Full smartphone integration with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto
    In-car apps include maps, messaging, music and more

The new Civic is available with the second-generation of Honda’s Connect infotainment and connectivity system, which offers enhanced intuitive operation and full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.

The performance, stability and speed of the new Honda Connect system is delivered by a high performance Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, which was specifically developed for extreme multitasking, ultra-smooth web browsing, brilliant graphics and rapid response to inputs. It also helps the display to present crisp, vivid, pin-sharp graphics and text on the seven-inch TFT-LCD touchscreen in the centre console.

Including for the first time both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means that occupants have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Honda Connect with the two leading smartphone operating systems.

Integration with Apple CarPlay means that Honda Connect can now bring iPhone functionality to the driving experience, delivering the interface through the all-new Civic’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from the touchscreen or by voice using Apple’s Siri commands. The supported apps on CarPlay include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and other compatible third-party software where specified. CarPlay is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto has been designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way to use Android smartphones through both touch and voice interfaces, minimising the potential for distraction. Android Auto is compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, and the supported features include Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous other popular apps, depending on the market.

The seven-inch Honda Connect touchscreen display features In-Place-Switching (IPS) technology. This delivers superior image quality and contrast ratios which provide viewers with more accurate and consistent display of colours, and much wider viewing angles than conventional LCD screens – up to 178 degrees – ensuring that both driver and passengers can read the screen without having to stretch from a comfortable seating position.

For the first time, Honda Connect also enables adjustment of climate control settings, which helps to minimise the number of switches in the clean, simple centre console.

Honda Connect gives rapid access to internet-based services such as web browsing, real-time traffic information, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations. It features pre-installed apps, with others available for download from the Honda App Centre for owners to personalise their connected experience. The pre-installed ‘Aha’ app allows effortless access to thousands of audio stations – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media feeds and location-based services.

The touchscreen displays vehicle information – such as trip information and fuel economy – and images from the rear multi-view parking camera.

Honda Connect can be specified with optional Garmin satellite navigation, with pre-loaded maps, photo-real junction views, lane guidance, real-time traffic avoidance, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing. Free map updates will be provided for five years, a benefit unique to Honda.

Options for the available audio configuration vary by grade, including an eight-speaker 180-watt output system, or high-power audio with 11 speakers (449-watt output).
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7. Standard Honda SENSING across the range makes new Civic one of the safest cars in its class

 

    Civic now safer than ever thanks to new body construction and enhanced safety technologies
    Stiffer, stronger and with reduced cabin intrusion in the event of a crash
    Honda SENSING is a comprehensive suite of active safety features
    Anticipated to earn top Euro NCAP ratings

 

The all-new Civic has been engineered to achieve industry-leading safety performance. The development team’s success in creating class-leading body rigidity and stiffness, in conjunction with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies are anticipated to help the all-new Civic earn top ratings in the latest Euro NCAP tests.

In line with Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ philosophy, the same passive and active safety systems are included across all grades of the new Civic.

The exceptionally strong, rigid and stiff platform (please see section 2) provides the foundation for exceptional safety performance, with an ‘All Directions Collision Safety’ concept. The platform design incorporates Honda’s exclusive next-generation ACE™ (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body design, which employs a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly. This structural design helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger cell in the event of an impact, giving superior front, side and rear crash-worthiness.

On the all-new model this structure also includes ‘crash stroke technology’, which uses a hinge design on the front frame to direct the engine down and rearwards in a collision. This effectively adds 80 mm of additional energy-absorbing ‘crash stroke’ to the front of the vehicle, and helps to minimise cabin intrusion in the event of a collision.

The 6 airbags help to protect occupants in the event of a collision, and include i-SRS Airbag abd i-Side Airbag technologies.

The passive safety features on the all-new Civic are complemented by the Honda SENSING suite of active safety and driver assist technologies, which – in a first for Honda – is installed on all grades. Honda SENSING is among the most comprehensive suites of safety technologies in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.

The Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies includes:

    Collision Mitigation Braking System : helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable. A warning sounds, and if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied
    Forward Collision Warning : scans the road ahead to warn drivers of a potential collision, and provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions to avoid a crash
    Lane Departure Warning : will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated, and provides an alert to prompt the driver to make a correction
    Road Departure Mitigation : uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering out of its lane. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force. The system switches off when it detects that the driver has regained control
    Lane Keeping Assist System : helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings with a monocular camera and making small adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines
    Adaptive Cruise Control : allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead, which enables the use of cruise control in light, variable-speed traffic conditions
    Traffic Sign Recognition : detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the instrument binnacle’s IID
    Intelligent Speed Assistance : combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign
    Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control : a pioneering technology that debuted on the 2015 Honda CR-V, i-ACC predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways. It uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road and applies an algorithm – developed with exhaustive research on European roads – to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes ‘cutting-in’. This enables the new Civic to adjust its speed automatically before other vehicles cut in, for a safe and comfortable journey.

 

Further safety technologies in the all-new Civic include:

    Blind Spot Information: uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and alerts the driver via a warning symbol in the door mirror
    Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing
    Multi-angle rear view camera: provides the driver with options for complete visibility and therefore peace-of-mind when reversing; a normal 130 degree view, a wide 180 degree view and a top-down view

Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) .

 

8. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) – the global production hub for the all-new Civic hatchback

 

    All-new Civic hatchback to be built in Europe and exported globally
    Honda’s UK plant in Swindon continues key role in Civic production
    €270m investment in new production technologies and processes
    Long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe

 

The tenth-generation Civic family benefits from Honda’s largest-ever global development programme for a single model. The car has been designed to exceed European standards and expectations – thereby meeting the needs of all global regions where the Civic will be sold.

The Civic is an important model for Honda in Europe and is a key driver for the company’s 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 will play a key role in meeting Honda’s volume aspirations for its European business.

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

HUM produced its first engine in 1989 and its first car in 1992. It now consists of two car plants and an engine manufacturing facility. Other areas of the site are dedicated to a purpose-built test track, dynamic and static test cells, as well as administration and purchasing functions.

Premium paint quality

To ensure the quality of the paint finish complements the high quality exterior design, Honda has invested in new paint facilities at HUM. The quality of the finish from the new paint shop will be class-leading thanks to improved paint thickness and a new type of clear coat application. The combination of these two enhancements is an improved depth and quality of gloss shine, and an enriched reflection characteristic. The changes mean that new Civic will achieve levels of paint quality and finish close to the standards achieved by Honda’s premium US Acura brand.

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.
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9. Generous standard equipment across the range, with comprehensive accessories and option packs to add style, technology and functionality

 

The all-new Civic is available with a wide variety of accessory packs and individual accessories allowing owners to enhance or adapt their car to suit their personal requirements and tastes.

 

Standard equipment highlights:

 

1.0 litre VTEC TURBO hatchback

The 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO hatchback model is available in four grades: S, Comfort, Elegance and Executive.

The entry-level S grade is generously equipped, and includes automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control and the Honda SENSING suite of advanced active safety technologies.

The next level up is Comfort grade and adds heated front seats, heated door mirrors, an eight-speaker audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels and air conditioning.

Elegance models benefit from the Honda Connect 2 infotainment suite, 17-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and dual-zone air conditioning.

The top Executive grade feature leather upholstery, LED front headlamp clusters, smart keyless entry and start, power tilt panoramic sunroof, and premium audio system (11 speakers with 465 watts output). Executive grade models are also fitted with the Dynamic Damper Control system.

 

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO hatchback

The 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO hatchback model is offered in three grades: Sport, Sport Plus and Prestige.

Sport models are equipped with 17-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, the Honda Connect 2 infotainment suite, dual zone air conditioning, LED headlamp clusters, twin centre exhaust outlets and a sports body kit that includes a chin spoiler, rear bumper spats and side garnishes.

Sport Plus models add power tilt panoramic sunroof, Dynamic Damper Control, premium audio system (11 speakers with 465 watts output), smart keyless entry and start, and a wireless charging pad in the centre console.

The Prestige grade builds on the Sport grade (excluding twin centre exhaust outlets and sports body kit), adding chrome front grille and door handle finishes, leather upholstery and heated rear seats.

Black Line and Orange Line styling packs

To further enhance the stand-out visual impact of the all-new Civic hatchback models, customers have a choice of two optional exterior styling finishes: Black Line and Orange Line.

The Black Line and Orange Line add a front chin spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser, as well as mirror caps in either black or orange. Orange Line also includes interior accents across the dashboard in the same vivid colour.

Accessory packs

Three option packs are available across all models to further enhance the functional features of the new Civic.

Illumination and sophistication

This pack includes ambient lights in the front footwells, door lining and centre console to give a soft, cool and sophisticated ambience to the interior, as well as illuminated door sill trims in brushed stainless steel. The ambient lighting incorporates red illumination for Sport and Sport Plus grades or blue illumination for other grades.

Touring and organisation

To keep items organised and secure in the boot, and to protect the car from mud, scrapes and scratches, a Cargo Pack is available that includes a boot tray with dividers, lipped rubber mats and protective boot sill enhancements.

Official Honda accessories can extend the touring capability further, with a diverse range of add-ons that includes tow bars, dog guards, ski racks and boot mats.

Protection and safety

To further protect the car from dirt and scratches, a Protection Pack includes a boot step protector that guards the rear bumper when loading and unloading, tough door sill trims and durable side body protection.

Powering communications

The Honda wireless charger kit ensures that compatible smartphones never run out of power while on the move. Placing the smartphone on the integrated charging mat enables effortless charging without the hassle of wires.

Choice of stylish alloy wheels

A choice of 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel designs are also available, with machined finishes as well as colour-matched accents to complement Black Line and Orange Line vehicles.

An aggressive and sporty tailgate spoiler is also available in body colour or Tuscan Orange, to highlight the Civic hatchback’s aggressive and sporty styling.


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10. Technical specifications

 

    All technical information is preliminary and subject to change
    All fuel consumption and CO2 figures are subject to final homologation

 

Body and chassis

Five-door, five-seat hatchback with unitary construction bodyshell. A choice of two engines and two transmissions driving the front wheels.

Engine

 
     

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

Four cylinder gasoline
   

1.0-litre VTEC TURBO

Three cylinder gasoline

 
   

6MT
   

CVT
   

6MT
   

CVT

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder
   

4 valves per cylinder

Bore x stroke
   

73mm x 89.5mm
   

73mm x 78.7mm

Compression ratio
   

10.6:1
   

10.0:1

Power
   

182 PS

(134 kW) at 5,500 rpm
   

182 PS

(134 kW) at 6,000 rpm
   

129 PS (95 kW) at 5,500 rpm

Torque
   

240 Nm at 1,900 - 5,000 rpm
   

220 Nm at 1,700 - 5,500 rpm
   

200 Nm at 2,250 rpm
   

180 Nm at 1,700 - 4,500 rpm

 

Transmission
     

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO (gasoline)
   

1.0-litre VTEC TURBO

(gasoline)

Manual
   

6 speeds
   

6 speeds

CVT
   

Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’
   

Variable with 7 simulated

‘gears’

 

Gear ratios

 
   

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

6MT
   

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

CVT (simulated gears)
   

1.0 litre VTEC TURBO

6MT
   

1.0 litre VTEC TURBO

CVT (simulated gears)

1st
   

3.642
   

0.405-2.645
   

3.642
   

0.408-2.526

2nd
   

2.08
   


   

1.884
   



3rd
   

1.361
   


   

1.179
   



4th
   

1.023
   


   

0.869
   



5th
   

0.829
   


   

0.705
   



6th
   

0.686
   


   

0.592
   



Reverse
   

3.673
   

1.264-1.858
   

3.673
   

1.552-2.706

Final Drive
   

4.105
   

4.81
   

4.705
   

4.992

 

Suspension and damping

Front
   

MacPherson Strut

Rear
   

Multi-link

Adaptive damper control (on some models)

 

Brakes

Engine
   

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO
   

1.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Specification grade
   

Sport, Sport Plus, Prestige
   

S
   

Comfort, Elegance, Executive

Front
   

16-inch ventilated disc
   

15-inch ventilated disc
   

15-inch ventilated disc

Rear
   

15-inch solid disc
   

14-inch solid disc
   

15-inch solid disc

 

Wheels and tyres

Wheel size
   

Tyres - Front
   

Tyres – Rear

x 16-inch
   

215/55 R16
   

215/55 R16

x 17-inch
   

235/45 R17
   

235/45 R17

 

Steering

Engine
   

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO
   

1.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Type
   

Variable-ratio rack and pinion

Steering turns

(lock to lock)
   

2.76
   

2.6

Turning circle

(at wheels)
   

11.0

Turning circle

(at body)
   

11.8

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

(mm)

Overall length
   

4,518

Overall width
   

1,799

Overall width (including door mirrors)
   

2,076

Overall height
   

1,434

Wheelbase
   

2,697

Track (front)
   

1,537

Track (rear)
   

1,565

Capacities (litres)

Specification grade
   

S, Sport, (litres)
   

Sport Plus (litres)
   

Executive, Prestige (litres)
   

Comfort, Elegance (litres)

Luggage (VDA method; seats up, to window)
   

420
   

420
   

478
   

478

Luggage (VDA method; seats up, to roof)
   

492
   

492
   

550
   

550

Luggage (VDA method; seats down, to window)
   

770
   

770
   

828
   

828

Luggage (VDA method; seats down, to roof)
   

1209
   

1187
   

1245
   

1267

Subtrunk capacity (included in luggage measurements above)
   

6
   

6
   

64
   

64

Fuel tank capacity
   

46
   

46
   

46
   

46

 

Weights (kg) for 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

Transmission
   

6MT
   

CVT

Specification grade
   

Sport,

Sport Plus
   

Prestige
   

Sport,

Sport Plus
   

Prestige

Curb weight (kg)
   

1,307 - 1,357
   

1,334 - 1,364
   

1,340 - 1,389
   

1,366 - 1,397

Max. Permissable Weight (kg)
   

1,760
   

1,785
   

1,790
   

1,820

Payload (kg)
   

403 - 453
   

421 - 451
   

401 - 450
   

423 - 454

 

Weights (kg) for 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Transmission
   

6MT
   

CVT

Specification grade
   

S
   

Comfort, Elegance, Executive
   

S
   

Comfort, Elegance, Executive

Curb weight (kg)
   

1,229 - 1,243
   

1,275 - 1,348
   

1,239 - 1,253
   

1,284 - 1,356

Max. Permissable Weight (kg)
   

1,645
   

1,775
   

1,655
   

1,775

Payload (kg)
   

402 - 416
   

416 - 427
   

402 - 416
   

419 - 491

 

Performance and fuel consumption for 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO

Transmission
   

6MT
   

CVT

Specification grade
   

Sport
   

Sport Plus
   

Prestige
   

Sport
   

Sport Plus
   

Prestige

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

220
   

220
   

220
   

200
   

200
   

200

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

8.2
   

8.3
   

8.4
   

8.2
   

8.4
   

8.5

Fuel consumption urban (l/100 km)
   

7.4
   

7.9

Fuel consumption extra urban (l/100 km)
   

4.9
   

5.0

Fuel consumption combined (l/100 km)
   

5.8
   

6.1

CO2 combined (g/km)
   

133
   

139

 

Performance and fuel consumption for 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Transmission
   

6MT
   

CVT

Specification grade
   

S
   

Comfort
   

Elegance
   

Executive
   

S
   

Comfort
   

Elegance
   

Executive

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

203
   

203
   

203
   

203
   

200
   

200
   

200
   

200

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

10.4
   

10.8
   

10.9
   

11.2
   

10.2
   

10.6
   

10.8
   

11.0

Fuel consumption urban (l/100 km)
   

6.1
   

6.4
   

5.5
   

5.7

Fuel consumption extra urban (l/100 km)
   

4.1
   

4.4
   

4.2
   

4.6

Fuel consumption combined (l/100 km)
   

4.8
   

5.1
   

4.7
   

5.0

CO2 combined (g/km)
   

110
   

117
   

106
   

114

 

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2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell   salut'


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Contents :

1. Introduction: The world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle

2. Compact, state-of-the-art fuel cell powertrain enables unique-in-class sedan layout for five occupants

3. Sophisticated, aerodynamic exterior design with an eco-friendly interior and outstanding cabin refinement

4. Refined, high-output motor and offering the longest driving range of any zero-emission vehicle

5. High-strength, lightweight chassis features world-first construction techniques

6. Building end-user adoption of fuel cell vehicles in Europe and improving the hydrogen infrastructure

7. Technical specifications

 

1.Introduction: The world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle

    Sedan layout for five occupants – a world first for a fuel cell vehicle
    Innovative downsizing of the fuel cell stack enables the complete powertrain to be housed under the bonnet
    Lightweight, high-strength frame with a body that showcases advanced streamlined design
    Longest maximum driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle, offering approximately 650km (403 miles) under NEDC conditions

For the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda aimed to eliminate the design compromises that are often found in alternatively-fuelled vehicles. Honda’s goal was to make a fuel cell car just as suited to everyday driving and long-distance travel as other sedans.

To this end, the fuel cell stack, which had been located in the centre tunnel of the previous generation model, was made signficantly smaller. This meant that it could be rehoused under the bonnet, thereby achieving a more efficient layout and larger cabin space. The reduction in packaging requirements in the underfloor area means that the car is a fuel cell sedan capable of seating five occupants in comfort – a world first.

The all-new Clarity Fuel Cell is a showcase for advanced aerodynamic design, with features that help to smooth the airflow around the car. The innovations complement the Clarity Fuel Cell’s lightweight and high-strength body frame, featuring a world-first application of high-tensile lambda-type steel that offers excellent formability.

Ultra-high tensile steel, aluminium and composites are used for 55% of the frame and body materials, which is significantly higher than the typical proportion of around 29% in other Honda sedans. As a result, the car’s unibody weighs approximately 15% less than an equivalent gasoline vehicle’s, which helps to boost its efficiency compared to rivals.

Honda’s ‘Advanced Modern Lounge’ theme for the cabin reflects the harmony of advanced technology and affords superior levels of comfort.

The all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle, and delivers the longest maximum driving range of any zero-emission vehicle: approximately 650km (403 miles) under NEDC conditions, based on Honda’s internal tests.

Its state-of-the-art fuel cell stack is smaller than in its predecessor – the FCX Clarity – yet has a higher power output (103kW in new Clarity Fuel Cell compared to 100kW in FCX). Innovative downsizing of the individual cells within the stack has enabled the complete unit to be housed on top of the motor, gearbox and Power Control Unit assembly.

The all-new Clarity Fuel Cell is the first production car equipped with Honda’s two-stage supercharging electric turbo air compressor. The compressor further helps to downsize the powertrain, enabling a smaller fuel cell stack by boosting the intake supply pressure. A newly-developed Fuel Cell Voltage Control Unit delivers 500V to the drive motor, enabling it to produce 30% higher motor output than its predecessor.

The arrival of the new Clarity Fuel Cell in Europe is a key part of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which aims to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of its cars sold in Europe by 2025. The Clarity Fuel Cell reinforces Honda’s continued efforts to drive increased adoption of fuel cell vehicles and the creation of a viable hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across the continent. Honda will run a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects until 2022, showcasing its advanced fuel cell leadership, as well as the impressive real-world performance of these vehicles.

Initial production of the Clarity Fuel Cell is taking place at Honda’s specialist faciities in Tochigi, Japan, which will eventually expand volumes as demand grows. In Europe, the Clarity Fuel Cell is being trialled in limited numbers in UK and Denmark through the HyFIVE project.

 

2. Compact, state-of-the-art fuel cell powertrain enables unique-in-class sedan layout for five occupants

    Complete fuel cell powertrain fits under the bonnet thanks to smaller fuel cell stack and re-orientation of motor assembly
    New state-of-the-art fuel cell stack generates a higher power output from a much smaller package
    High-tech leak prevention and dispersion technology provides outstanding safety

The all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is powered by the company’s most advanced fuel cell technology developed to date. It is also the first production sedan from any manufacturer to house the entire fuel cell powertrain under the bonnet – an innovative example of Honda’s ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ principle.

 

A fuel cell powertrain that fits under the bonnet

The comprehensive programme of downsizing all components and materials in the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell means the new, slimmer fuel cell stack can be housed under the bonnet and on top of the motor, gearbox and Power Control Unit (PCU) assembly.

The reduction in packaging requirements in the underfloor area means that the car is a fuel cell sedan that can accommodate five occupants in comfort – a world first. The complete fuel cell powertrain under the bonnet is comparable in size to Honda’s latest 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine and transmission.

 

Drive motor assembly

More space was freed up under the bonnet by reorienting the main drive motor, gearbox and a new PCU. The latter combines the Power Drive Unit (PDU) and the battery Voltage Control Unit (VCU) of the FCX Clarity into a smaller housing, representing another space-saving innovation. The overall drive motor assembly was rotated through 90 degrees, taking the assembly from a vertical to a horizontal orientation. By combining functions and reorienting the motor unit, Honda was able to shrink the height of the assembly by 34%.

 

Fuel cell stack

The state-of-the-art fuel cell stack comprises 358 individual cells, which are each 20% thinner than those in its predecessor, the FCX Clarity. The smaller cells are enabled by flatter and narrower flow channels for the hydrogen, oxygen and coolant, as well as a slimmer Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA).

Narrower gas flow paths in the separators mean that the amount of surplus condensate water in the oxygen channel is lower, which improves the air flow to the membrane. The enhanced air flow, as well as the use of more efficient MEA plates, has increased the electric power output per cell by 50% compared to Honda’s previous-generation stack.

The increase in power density of the cells meant that fewer of them were needed to reach Honda’s desired power output for the stack. There are 30% fewer individual cells in the new Clarity Fuel Cell’s stack compared to the stack in the FCX Clarity, which means that it is significantly smaller.

Further packaging benefits were achieved by changing the orientation of the stack. Previously, humidity in the gas flow paths within the stack meant that the fuel cells needed to be oriented vertically to allow gravity to drain away the surplus condensate. In the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell, the improved humidity management allows the cells – and therefore the entire stack – to be oriented horizontally.

Overall, Clarity Fuel Cell’s state-of-the-art fuel cell stack is 33% smaller than its predecessor, yet it generates a higher power output.

 

Two-stage supercharging air compressor

Situated at the base of the powertrain next to the motor assembly, Honda’s two-stage supercharging electric turbo air compressor is used for the first time in a production car.

While the narrower gas flow paths in each fuel cell boost the power density of the stack, they require air to be supplied at a much higher pressure. Honda therefore designed a new electric turbo compressor that boosts the air supply pressure by 70%. The turbo air pump is enhanced by two different superchargers, one at each end of the compressor motor’s axis, providing the higher level of boost that enables the smaller stack.

The new electric turbo air compressor is significantly quieter than the previous-generation air pump, which has therefore enabled the amount of sound-suppression materials in the new car to be reduced by 60% – saving weight and packaging requirements. The compressor is also 40% smaller than the air pump, which further benefitted Honda’s goal of reducing the overall powertrain size.

 

Compact and efficient hydrogen supply system

In the FCX Clarity, the gas pressure and flow rate from the hydrogen storage to the fuel cell stack was adjusted using a regulator relief valve and ejector. For the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda has developed an integrated supply unit that uses two gas injectors. The new system enables a more accurate control of both the pressure and flow rate from the tanks, and occupies approximately 40% less space within the powertrain.

 

Relocation of advanced lithium-ion battery

The front layout of the cabin is optimised to achieve the low driving position and sleek roof line typical of a sedan. A high-performance lithium-ion battery pack is neatly accommodated below the driver and front passenger seats, and is lighter and smaller than an equivalent Nickel Metal Hydride unit. Its output is 50% higher than the previous model, and it is housed in a sealed case designed specifically for the free space in the underfloor area, maximising legroom for both front and rear occupants.

The lithium-ion battery pack can store electricity generated by the fuel cell stack, as well as that which is generated while decelerating. It provides supplementary power to the drive motor in situations where the fuel cell stack alone would not be sufficient, such as standing starts and fast acceleration.

 

Hydrogen storage and safety

While the overall hydrogen tank capacity in litres has been reduced compared to the previous-generation car, the contents are kept at twice the pressure (70MPa, up from 35MPa), which enables the car to store 39% more hydrogen – up to a maximum of approximately 5kg, based on Honda’s internal tests.

The two tanks have a combined capacity of 141 litres of hydrogen, comprising a main tank of 117 litres under the luggage compartment and a 24-litre tank underneath the rear passenger seats. The two hydrogen tanks are set as far forward and as low as possible, which helps to achieve luggage capacity in the boot of 11.8 cu ft (measured using the VDA method), which is large enough for up to three golf bags.

Honda’s hydrogen leak prevention and dispersion technology provides outstanding levels of safety. Sensors throughout the car constantly monitor the powertrain for potential inconsistencies in the hydrogen gas supply. If a leak is detected, the system can be shut-off to prevent any more gas escaping, while precisely-routed ducts allow for safe venting and dispersion of any leaked hydrogen. The system also allows for hydrogen to be safely released from the vehicle in the event of a fire.

At the front of the car, a safety structure has been developed for the fuel cell stack to significantly increase the rigidity of its casing. Mounting the fuel cell stack under the bonnet required the collision impact resistance of the fuel cell stack structure to be four times greater than in its predecessor. The demands were met using a unique fastening bar that prevents a shift of cells resulting from the stack ‘jumping out’ of its holding structure.

 

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3. Sophisticated, aerodynamic exterior design with an eco-friendly interior and outstanding cabin refinement

    Design emphasises ‘stateliness’ and ‘gracefulness’
    Fastback roofline with unique ‘bird back’ tail shape joins with other aerodynamic features to enable optimum efficiency
    Low environmental-impact materials including Ultrasuede® used for 80% of interior surface finishes
    Total Air Quality Management system deodorises air in the cabin and removes allergens

Honda’s design team focused on two key themes for the all-new Clarity: ‘stateliness’ and ‘gracefulness’. In order to express a clear signature for its environmental flagship, Honda has incorporated advanced new styling elements. Its futuristic take on the new Honda family ‘face’ – as seen on the all-new Civic – uses ultra-thin LED headlights and unique daytime-running lights.

The ‘Advanced Modern Lounge’ interior theme of the new Clarity Fuel Cell reflects the harmony of advanced technology and supreme cabin comfort. Thanks to the innovative packaging of the complete fuel cell powertrain under the bonnet, the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell offers a sedan layout that can accommodate five occupants –unique in its class.

The main aerodynamic goal for the exterior design was to maximise driving range, without compromising the spacious cabin layout or the forward-thinking styling. As a result, the all-new sedan is a showcase for advanced streamlining.

The sleek aerodynamic profile helps to reduce turbulence around the car, a fastback roofline sloping down to meet the high boot lid and creating a unique ‘bird back’ tail shape. The smooth glasshouse helps to disrupt the vortices generated at the A- and C-pillars, while the swooping tail reduces air resistance at the back of the car – mitigating a typical airflow problem that affects sedans in particular.

 

Airflow management

Innovative aerodynamic body features help to further reduce drag and boost efficiency, which ultimately helps to increase the driving range. Air is channelled in through ducts in the front bumper and guided out of the wheel arch ahead of the tyre, to help smooth the airflow around the wheel arch .

Meanwhile, airflow at the waist line is smoothed directly over the rear tyre using partial covers that cut across the top of the wheel arches. The lower airflow, just above the side skirt, is channelled through an inlet ahead of the rear wheel arch, and is then released out and over the rear tyre, helping to reduce the turbulence of air around the wheel arch.

Airflow is carefully managed through the car using ducting behind the open areas at the front, rather than mesh grille covers. Instead of a large opening that air can flow into in an uncontrolled manner, the new Clarity Fuel Cell has specific ducting to guide air to where it is needed, whether for cooling or aerodynamic streamlining purposes. Furthermore, underfloor covers ensure that the airflow under the car is not disturbed by unnecessary extrusions.

The bodywork is not the only area to benefit from Honda’s expertise in aerodynamics. A unique ‘hybrid’ alloy wheel comprises an 18-inch five-spoke alloy, which is capped by a durable 10-spoke circular trim featuring a line of moulded ridges on every other spoke. These ridges help to draw out and discharge air from inside the wheels, which is beneficial to the aerodynamics as well as improving wheel cooling. The wheels are shod in newly-developed low rolling-resistance tyres: 235/45 R18 Bridgestone ECOPIA EP160.

An additional design feature is the application of laser welding between the roof panel and side rails – a first for Honda. The seam between the side rails and roof panel does not use a conventional rubber trim strip to seal the join. Instead, Honda’s use of ‘laser brazing’ creates a fine seal between the panels that is more sophisticated than using conventional rubber trim.

 

Excellent sound insulation for a peaceful driving experience

Outstanding refinement is aided by the use of high-efficiency insulating materials, including: dashboard inner and outer insulators; insulating covers beneath the drive motor and on the underside of the bonnet; windscreen and door windows made from specific noise-insulating glass; sound-supressing wheel arch liners at the front and rear; a front sub-frame undertray; and noise-insulating carpets.

 

Eco-friendly and recycled materials

Low environmental-impact materials are used for approximately 80% of the interior surface finishes, bolstering Clarity Fuel Cell’s credentials as an environmentally-conscious flagship. An eco-friendly Ultrasuede® finish across the dashboard and door cards is manufactured through a low-energy process that uses recycled polyester. Elsewhere, the majority of the seating upholstery is trimmed with ‘Prime Smooth’ synthetic leather, with a bio-yarn fabric backing to improve the texture.

A black Rosewood film finish on the dashboard structure produces an authentic appearance without the associated environmental impact of using real veneer. To produce an appearance virtually indistinguishable from natural material, Honda carefully mirrored the patterns of real wood grains. Completing the list of eco-friendly finishes, while a plant-based material is used to create the fibres for the noise-insulating carpets and roof lining fabric.

 

Air quality management

The Clarity Fuel Cell makes use of Honda’s Total Air Quality Management system, which cleans, deodorises and removes allergens from the air before it reaches the cabin. An air quality sensor works with a high-performance allergy-free deodorising filter, before the air is subjected to oxygen catalyst and ion-generator technologies.

Air passing through the vents at the top of the dashboard is treated with innovative Plasmacluster Ion Technology to remove contaminants. Unlike conventional ‘ionisers’ which produce only negative ions and do not deactivate contaminants, Plasmacluster produces both positive and negative ions, which can effectively destroy contaminants at the molecular level.

Air passing through the lower level vents is treated via an oxygen catalysis process, whereby allergens or bacteria are absorbed, deactivated and broken apart. Air kept in the ventilation cycle around the car is further cleaned by a Triple Fresh® deodorising filter at the rear of the cabin.

 

Advanced in-car infotainment

Standard equipment includes advanced in-car infotainment, which aims to improve the presentation of information to the driver and ensure intuitive operation.

A new 8-inch central monitor incorporates a larger viewing angle display to improve visibility from oblique positions.

Connectivity to the monitor is made possible by a cable, or by using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration. A link between the central monitor and the instrument display ahead of the driver means that certain operating functions can be displayed on the meter behind the steering wheel, to enable easier visibility at a glance.

A Fuel Cell Power Monitor displays the status of the fuel cell powertrain and storage, with real-time fuel cell power use shown by a glowing blue ball graphic, which changes size according to the energy being discharged. Complementing this information for the driver, the Internavi on-demand telematics system shows real-time status information about the nearest hydrogen stations on the navigation display.

Advanced standard features also include a keyless smart entry system and Honda’s Premium Audio System. The latter provides a high-grade, professional sound experience, using a 12-speaker, 540-watt setup with a premium amplifier.

 

Improved washer jet system reduces waste

For the newly-developed windscreen washer system, nozzles are built into the blades to improve cleaning and reduce fluid waste. The built-in nozzles enable optimum spraying of cleaning fluid, determined based on vehicle speed and temperature, which is applied directly ahead of the wiper blade in motion.

A sprayer control calculates the level of cleaning fluid application; one controlling the direction of flow and the other controlling the rate of flow. The technology aims to deliver no more than the necessary amount to the necessary position on the screen, and maintain a clear view of the road ahead for the driver. The result is an improvement in forward visibility of 80% and a reduction in fluid use of 50%, compared to a conventional washer jet system.


4. Refined, high-output motor and offering the longest driving range

of any zero-emission vehicle

    Longest maximum driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle, offering approximately 650km (403 miles) under NEDC conditions
    Powerful and refined drive motor with a maximum output of 130kW and a newly-developed Fuel Cell Voltage Control Unit
    Sophisticated multi-link rear suspension setup for excellent ride comfort and secure handling

The all-new Clarity Fuel Cell is the most fuel efficient hydrogen car in the world. Its pair of fuel tanks have a combined capacity of approximately 5kg of hydrogen, enabling an unrivalled maximum driving range of approximately 650km (403 miles) under NEDC conditions, based on Honda’s internal tests.

 

Higher-output motor

A newly-developed Fuel Cell Voltage Control Unit (FCVCU) delivers input voltage of 500V to the main drive motor, delivering a 30% improvement in motor output while reducing the number of cells in the fuel cell stack.

To create a thinner FCVCU, newly-developed silicon-carbide power semiconductors are used, which operate at a switching frequency four times higher than conventional silicon – a world first for a production vehicle.

The drive motor’s maximum rotational speed of 13,000rpm is the highest in any of Honda’s fuel cell vehicles to date. Its maximum output is 130 kW (174 hp) and maximum torque is 17% higher than its predecessor’s, with a peak of 300Nm (221lb ft).

 

A more refined experience

Despite having a higher power output and a faster maximum rotational speed, the main drive motor is quieter and more refined than the previous Clarity’s motor. Additional structural ribs on the casing of the motor improve the rigidity of the unit and reduce vibrations. Torque fluctuations from the magnetic locking effect in the motor mechanism have been reduced, by using twice the number of skewed rotor bars. As a result, the motor sound transmitted to the interior when the car is accelerating is significantly lower.

The driver is offered two driving modes. ‘Normal’ is the default mode, offering a relaxed setup for driving in all conditions, with a rapid accelerator response and linear drive force. ‘Sport’ mode facilitates a more exhilarating driving experience delivering a quicker response for faster acceleration. In addition, there is improved motor regeneration response when the accelerator pedal is released, with higher g-force in the deceleration phase.

 

Reducing weight and improving stability

Aluminium panelling is used for various inner and outer skins of the Clarity Fuel Cell to save weight, including the bonnet, front wings, doors and boot lid. The front sub-frame also comprises a hollow die-cast aluminium section, which is a world-first on a production car. The aluminium rear sub-frame provides high rigidity, improving steering stability and weight distribution under heavy loads.

To help achieve a combination of excellent ride comfort and secure handling, the Clarity Fuel Cell features a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension setup with five forged aluminium control arms. At the front, the new car uses MacPherson struts with hollow knuckles, forged lower arms and high-strength aluminium tie-rods.

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5. High-strength, lightweight chassis features world-first construction techniques

    World-first application of high lambda-type 980MPa-class high-tensile steel, enabling high-strength rigidity within a much slimmer stamping
    High lambda-type steel can be press-formed into a single-piece complex shape more readily than conventional 980MPa plates
    Makes extensive use of aluminium, composites and ultra-high tensile steel
    Features Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ collision-force dispersion technology

The all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is built on a bespoke high-strength chassis. A robust passenger cell is formed in ultra-high tensile 1500MPa-class hot stamp steel for core strength. In a world-first application, newly-developed high lambda-type 980MPa-class high tensile steel is used in critical strength areas of the frame, including floor cross-members.

This high lambda-type 980MPa-class high-tensile steel can be press-formed into complex single-piece shapes with similar ease to 590MPa- or 780MPa-class plates, but it retains the high strength and rigidity within a much slimmer stamping. These slimmer sections enable more widespread use of this high-strength steel on the new Clarity Fuel Cell, saving weight compared to conventional steel stampings.

The proportion of ultra-high tensile steels in the body frame is significantly higher than in a typical gasoline sedan. While these stampings are much stronger than lower-grade steel, they are also much lighter, helping the body frame to weigh approximately 15% less than that of an equivalent gasoline sedan.

The typical proportion of aluminium, composites and ultra-high tensile steel in an equivalent gasoline car is around 29%. In the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell this material mix represents 55% of the frame and body materials.

A world-first material application is present in the use of a glassfibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) hybrid moulding for the rear bumper beam. The front bulkhead is manufactured with a resin-based hybrid structure with aluminium compornents, and is bolstered by a newly-developed bumper beam using 7000-series high-strength alminium alloys .

 

Enhancing occupant protection

The car uses Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE™ uses a network of connected structural elements with extensive use of high-tensile steel to distribute and disperse crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.

The straight-frame body provides a superb base structure that achieves excellent collision-force dispersion characteristics. A network of front frame structures absorb and deflect collision forces from a frontal impact efficiently, reducing the forces transferred to the cabin, as well as more evenly dispersing the forces transferred to other vehicles involved.

 

6. Building end-user adoption of fuel cell vehicles in Europe and improving the hydrogen infrastructure

    Arrival of new Clarity Fuel Cell in Europe is a key part of Honda’s new ‘Electric Vision’
    Trials of fuel cell cars will help to develop a viable refuelling infrastructure
    Honda will run a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects until 2022

The arrival of the all-new Clarity Fuel Cell in Europe is a key part of Honda’s new ‘Electric Vision’. The strategy, announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show by Honda Motor Europe’s President and COO, Katsushi Inoue, has a specific aim of having electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025.

Clarity Fuel Cell in particular highlights Honda’s continued efforts to increase the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. As well as actively promoting the benefits to end users and demonstrating the advanced technology, the trials of fuel cell cars across Europe will also help to develop a viable refuelling infrastructure.

Honda will run a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects until 2022, showcasing its advanced fuel cell leadership, as well as the impressive real-world vehicle performance.

The company’s involvement with fuel cell demonstrations in Europe began with the first test drive of the FCX hydrogen hatchback in 2005. The unveiling of the next FCX Concept was followed in 2008 by test drives of that vehicle on Gotland Island, Sweden. Two examples of the first production version, the FCX Clarity, were introduced to Europe in 2009 to support the Clean Energy Partnership initiative in Germany, showcasing the capability and analysing the usage characteristics of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

As well as demonstrating its leadership in the development of fuel cell technology, Honda’s new Clarity Fuel Cell fleet will also encourage government confidence in fuel cell vehicles, and influence provisions for their future use. Demonstrations of the vehicle across Europe will further ensure that skills of Honda servicing agents are updated to prepare for the introduction of alternative powertrains to the Honda model range.

Honda’s participation in European hydrogen fuel cell projects will help to greatly increase the number of hydrogen refuelling stations across the region. The number of hydrogen refuelling stations constructed as part of the demonstration project alone will increase from six in 2017 to 55 by 2022.

7. Technical specifications

    All technical information is preliminary and subject to change
    All fuel consumption figures are subject to final homologation

 

Body and chassis

Five-door, five-seat sedan with unitary construction bodyshell. Compact and efficient hydrogen fuel cell powertrain driving the front wheels.

 

Powertrain
     

Clarity Fuel Cell, compact hydrogen powertrain

Type
   

Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC) with AC synchronous motor

Motor output
   

130 kW (174PS) @ 4,501-9,028 rpm (max. 13,000 rpm)

Motor torque
   

300 Nm (221lb ft) @ 0-3,500 rpm

Number of cells in stack
   

358 cells

Fuel cell output
   

103 kW

Drive battery
   

Lithium-ion

 

Transmission

Type
   

Single-speed fixed ratio with Shift-by-Wire

 

Suspension and damping

Front
   

MacPherson strut type

Rear
   

Multi-link type

 

Brakes

Front
   

Hydraulic, ventilated disc

Rear
   

Hydraulic, solid disc

 

Wheels and tyres

Wheel size
   

Tyres - Front
   

Tyres – Rear

x 18-inch
   

235/45 R18 94W
   

235/45 R18 94W

 

Steering

Type
   

Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion (EPS)

Steering turns

(lock to lock)
   

2.41

Turning circle
   

11.7 metres (38.4 ft)

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

(mm)

Overall length
   

4,915

Overall width
   

1,875

Overall width (including door mirrors)
   

2,135 

Overall height
   

1,480

Wheelbase
   

2,750

Track (front)
   

1,580

Track (rear)
   

1,585

 

Capacities (litres)

 
   

Clarity Fuel Cell

Luggage (VDA method; seats up, to window)
   

11.8 cu ft

Fuel tank capacity
   

141 litres (small 24-litre tank plus large 117-litre tank)

Approximately 5kgof hydrogen, based on Honda’s internal tests

Fuel tank pressure
   

70 MPa


Performance and fuel consumption

 
   

Clarity Fuel Cell

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

165km/h 

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

9.0sec (Honda internal tests)

Maximum driving range (km) / (miles)
   

Approx. 650km (403 miles) under NEDC conditions, based on Honda’s internal tests

 

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2017 HONDA CIVIC TYPE R SETS NEW FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE LAP RECORD AT NÜRBURGRING

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    Time-attack attempt at Nürburgring sets time of 7min 43.8sec
    All-new Civic Type R’s engine produces 320 PS and 400Nm of torque
    Advanced aerodynamics deliver best-in-class balance between lift and drag
    New Civic Type R to be built in Swindon, UK; European sales start in summer 2017
    Lap time achieved in development car with technical specifications representative of the final production car

 

Following the production model’s debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Honda Civic Type R has set a new benchmark lap time for front-wheel drive cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On 3 April 2017, a development car lapped the world-famous circuit in 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.

The lap time was achieved during the final phase of the model’s testing regime, on a dry track with an optimum ambient temperature for the best tyre and powertrain performance. The new time represents an improvement of nearly seven seconds compared to the model’s predecessor.

The new Civic Type R was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic’s development programme – the largest in Honda’s history – and was engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment, both on road and on the race track.

Several factors contributed to the new Civic Type R’s new benchmark time at the Nordschleife. At its heart is the optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS and 400Nm of torque. New lower gear ratios in the six-speed manual transmission further improve the car’s acceleration, while the new Type R‘s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability, with a best-in-class balance between lift and drag.

The high-rigidity body frame of the all-new Civic Type R is 16kg lighter than the previous model’s, with a torsional stiffness improvement of 38%, which provides significant benefits to steering response and cornering stability. New multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap.

Ryuichi Kijima is the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R. He explains where the all-new model shows the most significant improvements around the Nürburgring compared to the previous generation car.

“The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability, ” said Kijima-san. “For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time.”

The development car that achieved the lap time was technically representative of production specification. A full floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but its presence did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame. The extra weight of the cage was compensated for by the temporary removal of the infotainment system and rear seats. The car was using road legal track-focused tyres.

Production of the new Civic Type R for European customers will begin in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the tenth generation Civic hatchback. The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.

 

Video footage of the benchmark lap can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YSjItQneNM

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Honda features as official sponsor and supplier of cars and motorcycles for the 100th Giro d'Italia

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Honda Motor Europe Italy will star in the 100th Giro d'Italia as official sponsor and supplier of cars and motorcycles.

The Giro d'Italia is one of the most important sporting events in the world, reaching a vast audience of athletes and fans. Honda's sponsorship of the Giro d'Italia will be supported by a substantial TV, press and internet campaign, which will transcend national boundaries and take the form of around 5,500 hours of programming, with an estimated audience of 192 million TV viewers and 16 million social media users.

The Corsa Rosa's roads will host over 130 cars, including the new Civic. The Civic hatchback boasts a sporty feel, in keeping with the spirit of the event, and exhilarating performance thanks to the new 1.0 and 1.5 VTEC Turbo engines. The HR-V will also be involved, sporting a typical coupé design and the versatility of an SUV, whilst the CR-V will thrive on the race course in its role as VIP Car, allowing guests to experience the excitement of the race first hand.

As well as the CIVIC, HR-V and CR-V models, the Civic Tourers will also play their part, escorting the athletes across the peninsula over the Giro d'Italia's 3,615-km route to the grand finale in Milan on 28 May.

Elegance, excellent performance and innovative technology are what set Honda cars apart. Combine these features with exceptional interior space, comfort and the utmost quality and it is clear why the Japanese brand's cars are perfect for athletes and their travel needs.

Honda has also recently updated and extended the range, introducing new models that have been well received by the public and are achieving excellent sales figures.

Honda motorcycles lead the way when it comes to riding stability, overall performance and reliability on any terrain. The distinctive models chosen for the Giro boast Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), a unique feature that only Honda offers for the two-wheeled world.

The 30 motorcycles that will escort the world cycling champions will represent the best of the Japanese manufacturer's Crossover range. Alongside five of the CRF1000L Africa Twin, the legendary maxi-endurance bike with a twin-cylinder engine, there will be at least 25 of the X-ADV, the new and innovative maxi-scooter, which is the first and only one to be showcased as a “two-wheeled SUV”.

The Giro d'Italia guarantees live contact with over 12 million people, involved in car exhibitions and custom gadget delivery. It also records significant audience figures on the various media platforms, primarily Italian TV.

Television coverage of the event boasts impressive figures: a total of 350 hours of programming, 190 hours of live TV coverage, an average daily audience of 4,200,000, with peaks close to 10 million.

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Europe's most advanced public electric vehicle charging station opened at Honda R&D Europe

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    State-of-the-art 940V technology enables charging for up to four vehicles
    System can deliver up to 150kW across four simultaneous connections
    Future proofed for next generations of electric vehicle development
    Public charging station will be used by Honda for internal research
    Integrated hydrogen generation and refuelling station also planned

 

Europe’s most advanced public charging station for plug-in vehicles has been opened by Honda at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany. The station uses state-of-the-art 940V technology, enabling up to four vehicles to charge simultaneously with different types of connectors.

The public charging station is powered by renewable energy sources, including via a photovoltaic carport canopy. Its 940V capability can deliver up to a maximum of 150kW of energy across four simultaneous connections.

The charging station will be operated by Honda R&D Europe and is ‘future proofed’ for the next generations of electric vehicle technology. While the station can be used by current models of plug-in cars, vans, bicycles or scooters, its maximum high-voltage capability is designed to cope with the demands of future vehicles that have not yet been conceived.

Honda R&D Europe’s investment in the charging station is part of the ‘Smart Company’ research project within the city of Offenbach, which aims to develop more intelligent and efficient ways of using energy resources. The 940V capability will enable new possibilities for Honda’s internal research into electromobility, in line with its recently-announced ‘Electric Vision’ strategy.

In a later phase of the research project, Honda R&D Europe intends to install a new hydrogen filling station with integrated hydrogen generation at the Offenbach site. Like the 940V plug-in charging station, it can be supplied exclusively with power from renewable energy sources. It will also have intelligent back-to-grid energy storage and transmission capability for the local power networks.

Yasunori Oku, Executive Vice President, Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, said: “We see Europe and especially Germany as one of the most important regions for expansion and progress in electromobility. Honda R&D Europe is intensifying its research efforts at its Offenbach site and is contributing to the rapid expansion of the public charging infrastructure.”

Heike Hollerbach, Director of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection Bureau for Offenbach, added: “We are pleased with the exemplary commitment by Honda to implement its flagship project here in Offenbach am Main. For us, electromobility is central to all measures for air pollution control, climate protection, parking regulations and municipal planning, and of course also for the city of Offenbach’s climate adaptation.”

The 940V public charging station was officially opened on 29 May 2017, at a ceremony presided over by Bernard Massberg, Head of Mobility for the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, and the Mayor of Offenbach, Horst Schneider.

This activity forms part of Honda’s commitment to an electric future in Europe, with a specific aim to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025. Development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell cars will place Europe at the forefront of Honda’s global electric vehicle strategy.

 

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Prince Albert of Monaco drives the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell in lap of honour at Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017

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    Clarity Fuel Cell has the honour of the opening lap at the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2017
    Hydrogen-powered car aligns with Prince Albert’s keen focus on environmental issues and sustainability
    Lap of honour is Clarity Fuel Cell’s latest appearance in European demonstrations that run until 2022

 

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco has driven the all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell on the lap of honour for the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO. The lap represents the opening of the race itself, immediately preceding the presentation of the Formula 1™ drivers and Monaco's national anthem.

 

Prince Albert II, accompanied by Princess Charlene and a representative from the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, piloted the Clarity Fuel Cell around the 3.337km circuit.

 

The hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell is particularly appropriate choice of vehicle given His Serene Highness’s focus on the environment and sustainability. One of the key aims of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is to limit the effects of climate change and promote renewable energies.

 

The all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle, which eliminates the design compromises that are often found in alternatively-fuelled cars. Its state-of-the-art 103kW fuel cell stack is small enough to be housed under the bonnet rather than in the underfloor area, which creates more space for the cabin. The result is a fuel cell sedan capable of seating five occupants in comfort – a world first. The Clarity Fuel Cell also provides the longest maximum driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle offering approximately 650km* (403 miles) range under NEDC conditions.

 

Honda will run a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects until 2022, showcasing its advanced fuel cell leadership, as well as the car‘s impressive real-world performance.

 

The arrival of the new Clarity Fuel Cell in Europe is a key part of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which aims to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of its cars sold in Europe by 2025.

 

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*Based on Honda’s internal tests
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2017 Honda Civic Type R
    salut'

1. Introduction: Newly engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment

 

2. Bespoke chassis, suspension and steering setup to maximise power transfer and high-speed stability

 

3. Muscular and performance-focused aerodynamic design

 

4. 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine and manual transmission optimised for flexible, exhilarating performance

 

5. New and revised driving modes give Civic Type R unrivalled usability

 

6. The fastest front-wheel drive car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife

 

7. Sporty, sleek and sophisticated cabin with improved refinement and class-leading interior space

 

8. Celebrating 25 years of Type R

 

9. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) – home of the all-new Civic Type R

 

10. 2017 Honda Civic Type R Genuine Accessories

 

11. Technical specifications

 

 

 

1. Introduction: Newly engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment

 

    Retains the heritage of Honda’s high-performance hatchback bloodline
    High-rigidity chassis with an advanced adaptive suspension and steering
    The fastest-accelerating and quickest car in its class
    New selectable driving modes deliver unrivalled usability
    Developed in parallel with the new standard Civic hatchback, with mutual benefits to the dynamics of both vehicles

 

The all-new Honda Civic Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.

 

Newly engineered from the ground up, the Type R was developed in parallel with the new standard Civic hatchback, with mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both variants. It retains the heritage of Honda’s high-performance hatchback bloodline, combining the purity of front-wheel-drive chassis dynamics with aggressive design and finely-honed aerodynamics.

 

A new single-mass flywheel coupled with the slick six-speed manual gearbox reduces clutch inertia weight by 25%, and combines with a 7% lower final gear ratio to enhance response under acceleration. The gearbox’s rev-matching function smooths shifts, eliminating undesirable transmission ‘shock’ associated with excessive or insufficient revving. The rev-matching function further enhances the joy of driving a manual transmission sports car.

 

A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system, contributing directly to the car’s rewarding dynamics.

 

An advanced Dual-Axis Strut Front Suspension system reduces torque steer and enhances on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s new multi-link suspension enhances ride comfort as well as high speed stability.

 

Dual-Pinion Variable-Ratio Electric Power Steering is new to the Type R, using a similar system as featured on the standard Civic, but optimising the variable ratio to deliver a more direct and secure feel at high speed.

 

Peak power output from the optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine is 320 PS at 6,500rpm, and peak torque is 400Nm from 2,500rpm to 4,500rpm. It covers the 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in just 5.7 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 272km/h (169mph); meaning it is both the fastest-accelerating and quickest car in its class. It is also the fastest Type R ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 7min 43.8sec.

 

The 2017 Type R has a new selection of driving modes, adding a ‘Comfort’ setting to the default ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes – all of which tailor the suspension compliance, steering geometry and throttle response of the car on demand. Compared to the previous Type R, the more significant difference between the damping forces of each driving mode gives the new car greater usability across a wider range of road surfaces. Notably, Comfort mode affords a high degree of compliance, coupled with a less urgent level of steering response.

 

The aggressive silhouette makes a confident statement about the Civic Type R’s dynamic character. Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Civic has short overhangs and muscular, taut lines. A sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheel-arches and sculpted front and rear intakes project the Civic’s sporting brief.

 

A comprehensive aerodynamic includes a smooth underbody, front air curtain, a slim rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line. These features contribute to a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, delivering superior levels of high speed stability.

 

The all-new interior has significantly improved levels of quality, comfort and refinement. Front and rear seat occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space than ever before in which to experience the Type R’s blistering performance, while the large boot and innovative side-sliding tonneau cover ensure the car retains its position as the most practical and versatile of high-performance hatchbacks.

 

New Civic Type R was engineered within the same development programme as the other members of the tenth generation Civic family – the largest global project for a single model in Honda’s history.

 

Production of the new Type R is anticipated to start in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the tenth generation Civic hatchback.

 

The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.

 

2. Bespoke chassis, suspension and steering setup to maximise power transfer and high-speed stability

 

    New unibody platform is lighter and stiffer than the previous Type R’s
    Advanced suspension setup delivers more responsive handling and enhanced ride comfort
    Four-wheel Adaptive Damper System delivers exceptional road holding
    Variable-ratio EPS calibrated individually to each of the three selectable driving modes

 

The advanced platform that underpins the all-new Civic Type R provides the foundation for the most sophisticated chassis dynamics setup in the model’s history.

 

All-new suspension, a lower centre of gravity and a boost in body rigidity help this latest generation Civic Type R deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment. As well as more responsive handling, ride comfort is also significantly improved over its predecessor, as a result of exhaustive development and a focus on compliance-enhancing techniques and technologies.

 

Advanced dual-axis and multi-link suspension

At the front, lower-arm-type front MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance.

 

Civic Type R makes use of a unique dual-axis setup, with revised geometry that incorporates a reduction in centre offset of 19mm and reduction of initial camber by 1.0 degree compared to the standard Civic’s setup. This Type R-specific setup minimises torque steer and maximises sporty handling.

 

Furthermore, in pursuit of increased rigidity and weight reduction, the struts’ lower arms and knuckles are now made out of high-rigidity aluminium.

 

At the rear of the car, an all-new rear multi-link setup and unique suspension arms deliver increased geometrical stability for improved high-speed stability and enhanced ride comfort compared to its predecessor, as well as more linear handling in conjunction with the electric power steering tuning.

 

The multi-link suspension contributes to significantly improved stability under braking, reducing the total roll movement of the car. Combined with the lower centre of gravity and wider wheel track, it enables later braking and higher cornering speeds. Upper, lower and trailing arms are all high-rigidity parts unique to the Type R.

 

Relocation of elements, including the fuel tank, throughout the length of the car has also delivered improved weight distribution across the axles. The redistribution achieves a 3% reduction in the proportion of weight over the front axle compared to the previous Type R, which is a further contributing factor to the improved dynamics and stability.

 

Adaptive Damper System

The all-new Civic Type R features a revised four-wheel Adaptive Damper System that delivers superior ride quality and exceptional road holding performance. The system incorporates upgraded shock absorber units, which are now of a three-chamber design, giving a much wider range of variability for the damping force.

 

Continuous independent control of the damping force in all four dampers is activated by adjusting the current sent to electromagnetic coils inside the dampers, using feedback from a suite of three G-sensors around the car.

 

These G-sensors – one on each side of the car at the base of the A-pillars, and one just forward of the rear axle – and stroke sensors on the suspension of each wheel, monitor the car’s status in real-time. The current to the electromagnetic coils inside the dampers is adjusted in milliseconds, altering the oil flow channels and thereby controlling the damping force. Existing lateral G, steering angle and brake pressure sensors also form part of the system.

 

The revised three-chamber dampers enable a significant improvement in the variability of damping force in both the tension and compression strokes of the suspension, which has facilitated the addition of a much softer ‘Comfort’ setting in the Civic Type R’s selectable driving modes.

 

A logic tuned specifically to the Type R’s unique suspension and tyres delivers independent control of each wheel, improving contact with the road surface (including on uneven surfaces), maintaining high levels of traction at all speeds. This ensures sharp handling and stability during cornering at higher speeds, limiting body roll. The damping force is increased further in the revised +R mode [see section 5 below].

 

Dual pinion variable-ratio EPS

The Civic Type R’s dual pinion variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has a similar setup as the standard Civic, but with an optimised variable ratio to deliver a more direct and secure driving experience.

 

The two pinions allow the steering and power assistance functions to be separated, while the variable-ratio system adjusts in accordance with the geometry between the rack and pinion, rather than by the speed of the car, which maintains a steady steering feel.

 

Steering feel of the electric power steering (EPS) is calibrated individually to each of the three selectable driving modes: Comfort, Sport and +R. The latter delivers the most direct feel, a direct and linear balance is present in Sport, and a smooth and natural feel is available in Comfort.

 

Agile Handling Assist

Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (AHA) electronic stability system has been specially tuned for the new Civic Type R, including bespoke operating parameters for the car’s track-focused +R mode. AHA operates through the Vehicle Stability Assist system, applying a light braking force to the inner wheels when the steering wheel is turned. It provides subtle, discreet assistance for increased responsiveness and stability at low and high speeds, and with both gentle and rapid steering inputs. AHA also improves the limited-slip differential effect by reducing the inner wheel slip during mid-corner acceleration.

 

High-performance braking system

To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, its front wheels are equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car.

 

At the front, four-piston callipers apply braking force to ventilated 350 mm discs. The front bumper’s intakes house unique cooling ducts that channel air through the body to reduce the heat of the discs and calipers. At the rear, solid 305mm discs are 9mm larger than those found on the previous Type R.

 

Lightweight, high-rigidity body frame

The advanced new unibody platform of the tenth generation Civic hatchback means that the new Type R’s body frame is 16kg lighter than the previous Civic Type R’s, with a torsional stiffness improvement of 37% and a static bending rigidity improvement of 45%. This provides significant benefits to steering response and cornering stability, as well as aiding the passive safety and NVH characteristics of the car.

 

Type R also benefits from the Civic hatchback’s innovative body assembly process, which involves a high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This new ‘inside out’ process defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, but contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body.

 

The Civic Type R’s fuel tank has been relocated and the car’s floor is lower than that of the outgoing model. Combined with the revisions to the chassis and suspension, the all-new model’s centre of gravity is 10mm lower. These changes also allow the driving position to be set nearer to the road, with a hip point 25mm lower than its predeccesor, giving a more sporty feel.

 
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3. Muscular and performance-focused aerodynamic design

 

    All-new Type R enhances signature Civic design with muscular styling and aggressive body features
    Superior airflow management using innovative air slats and vortex generating elements
    Advanced aerodynamics; best-in-class balance between lift and drag

 

Based on the low and wide proportions of the new Civic hatchback, the Type R is enhanced by muscular styling and aggressive body modifications that deliver superior aerodynamic performance.

 

The new Civic Type R is 165mm longer, 36mm lower and 2mm wider than the previous-generation model. The low and wide proportions underpin the distinctive design and classic hot hatch styling cues, while also enabling a more spacious cabin thanks to the larger footprint.

 

The all-new Type R has a more comprehensive aerodynamic package than the previous model, including a smoother underbody, front tyre air curtain, a slim rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line. The muscular, aggressive body has a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, contributing to greater high speed stability.

 

At the front, the aggressive bumper is extended with a winged carbon fibre effect splitter and sporty red accent line, which runs around the entire car. Additional slatted ducts add width to the bumper, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

 

The sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, incorporating signature Honda front headlight clusters, is enhanced with a new air vent at the nose of the car. Like all Type R models before it, it is adorned with Honda’s famous red ‘H’ badge. New Civic Type R features a lightweight aluminium bonnet with an integrated air duct, sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. The bonnet weighs 5.3kg less than the steel bonnet on the standard five-door model.

 

Carbon fibre effect side skirts between front and rear wheel arches are wider than those of the previous-generation Civic Type R. The wheel arches accommodate larger wheels and, at the rear, a wider track – increased by 65mm to 1,593mm.

 

New 20-inch berlina black alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, filling the enlarged wheel arches with 245/30 R20 tyres.

 

A substantial carbon fibre effect diffuser runs below the wider rear bumper, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes with a pair of directional strakes at each side. The central tailpipe is of a smaller diameter. Unique peaks at the roof flanks point backwards towards a dramatic, visually striking rear wing.

 

Advanced aerodynamic design

A short front overhang combines with an almost entirely flat underside and new under-engine and under-floor covers to aid airflow under the vehicle. Coupled with the rear diffuser that increases stability and optimises downforce, the overall aerodynamic profile helps to ‘suck’ the car onto the road to deliver a more rewarding driving experience. The overall drag coefficient is reduced by 3% compared to the previous Type R.

 

The front bumper is shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, with a new front air curtain, wide front splitter and deep side skirts that manage airflow and create downforce on the front axle. Air slats in the bodywork behind the wheels reduce static pressure within the wheel arches and improve the lift coefficient by 1%.

 

At the rear, the large wing works in conjunction with vortex generator strakes on the roof line, diverting air flow across the tail and generating additional downforce on the rear axle. A carefully engineered, optimised and thinner design, the wing also represents a 0.7kg weight saving compared to the tailgate spoiler on the standard five-door model. The wing contributes to overall negative lift, and improves road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners, to deliver a more secure dynamic driving experience.

 

4. 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine and manual transmission optimised for flexible, exhilarating performance

 

    VTEC TURBO of multi-award-winning previous generation Type R is optimised and refined
    Peak power of 320 PS; peak torque of 400 Nm
    Manual transmission helps to retain the model’s position as the complete driver’s car
    New single-mass flywheel improves the engine response and reduces clutch inertia weight
    Bespoke triple-exit exhaust modulates the sonic tone of the engine

 

The 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO ‘heart’ of the multi-award-winning previous generation Type R has been optimised and refined to deliver power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment.

 

Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimised engine control settings, while the smooth and precise six-speed manual transmission is further enhanced by a rev match control system, ensuring no compromise in the Type R’s intimate, rewarding connection with the driver.

 

Peak power output from the direct-injected turbocharged engine is 320 PS at 6,500rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm from 2,500rpm to 4,500rpm. It covers the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint in just 5.7 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 272km/h (169mph). These performance statistics mean it is both the fastest-accelerating and quickest car in its class.

 

Honda’s VTEC (Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control) and Dual-VTC (Dual-Variable Timing Control) technologies provide specific advantages to the engine’s mono-scroll turbocharger setup. VTEC varies the degree of exhaust valve lift to reduce turbo lag through increased exhaust pressure at lower rpm while delivering a high output at higher rpm. Dual-VTC allows a degree of overlap in valve opening, which is finely controlled across a broad rpm to improve responsiveness and fuel efficiency. The engine’s electric waste-gate enables a higher degree of freedom in boost control over a conventional turbo type.

 

Advanced thermal management technology addresses the challenges presented by a high compression ratio of 9.8:1 and turbocharging. Charge air is cooled through a high-capacity air-to-air intercooler, while the cylinder head has a two-piece water-cooled manifold to lower exhaust gas and combustion chamber temperatures. Each piston also features a cooling channel to provide increased oil flow, which dramatically increases knock resistance.

 

Smooth and precise manual transmission

A smooth and precise six-speed manual transmission safeguards an intimate, rewarding connection with the driver.

 

A new single-mass flywheel improves the engine response and reduces clutch inertia weight by 25%. Additionally, the gear ratios of the transmission have been optimised for performance, with a 7% lower final gear ratio to enhance response under acceleration. The Type R’s top speed is 272km/h (169mph).

 

The powertrain’s rev-matching function enables engine speed to be aligned with the main shaft speed during upshifts or downshifts, avoiding undesirable transmission ‘shock’ associated with excessive or insufficient revving. The rev-matching function can be switched on or off in the user settings for the car, regardless of which driving mode is selected.

 

Final drive is transmitted through an exceptionally responsive helical limited-slip differential (LSD). The LSD aids strong cornering traction, even during hard driving. It can contribute to a reduced lap time around the Nürburgring, when compared to the same powertrain with a traditional differential.

 

A water-cooled oil cooler specific to the gearbox helps to manage temperatures during prolonged at-the-limit driving (e.g. at a circuit). Furthermore, the transmission case is fin-shaped and matched up to wind-directing shapes in the under-engine cover to provide additional transmission cooling at high speeds.

 

Bespoke triple-exit exhaust

Three fully-functional tailpipes are positioned in the centre of the rear diffuser. Main tailpipes on either side deliver exhaust flow from the engine, while a unique, smaller centre tailpipe controls the sonic tone of the engine. The flow rate through the exhaust has improved by 10% compared to the previous Type R, which reduces back pressure within the system. To help generate a more aggressive tone while the engine is building speed, the centre tailpipe acts as another exhaust outflow, resulting in a 2dB increase over the previous model at the same speeds.

 

However, at mid-load engine speed, the pressure in the centre tailpipe becomes negative, sucking in ambient air. This improves NVH characteristics by eliminating the exhaust booming sound that can otherwise permeate the passenger cabin.

 

Drive-by-wire throttle

A drive-by-wire throttle system replaces the conventional throttle cable with intelligent electronics that link the accelerator pedal to a throttle valve inside the throttle body. The result is lower component weight, as well as quicker and more accurate throttle actuation. A specially programmed non-linear ratio between the throttle pedal and engine offers improved drivability and optimised engine response to suit specific driving conditions.

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5. New and revised driving modes give Civic Type R unrivalled usability

 

    Revised adaptive dampers unlock greater customisation of driving mode settings
    New ‘Comfort’ mode affords greater compliance and everyday usability
    Updated standard ‘Sport’ settings deliver a more direct driving experience
    Focused +R mode remains the choice for track driving

 

An enhanced selection of driving modes gives the all-new Civic Type R greater usability compared to the previous model. A new ‘Comfort’ setting sits alongside agile ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes. Each tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feel and throttle response of the car, on demand.

 

The Comfort mode affords greater compliance and everyday usability compared to the previous Type R, offering a softer suspension setup and smoother steering feel. Its presence in the new Type R is enabled by the revised three-chamber adaptive dampers, which offer greater variability of damping force in both tension and compression.

 

New Comfort mode is not only ideal for rough road surfaces, but is also a more secure configuration when driving on choppy, undulating motorway surfaces at higher speeds. While there are now far greater differences between the damping forces of each driving mode, improvements in the calibration of all three settings mean that new Type R feels more connected to the road at all times, helping to deliver a more secure and engaging driving experience.

 

Sport mode remains the default setting when starting the vehicle. It offers a blend of comfort and dynamic response that corresponds approximately to a mid-point between the previous Type R’s standard and +R modes.

 

Comfort mode can be selected by using a convenient rocker switch located behind the gear lever. The instrument cluster illuminations change when the mode is engaged, lessening the intensity and number of red accents around the virtual gauges.

 

The +R mode remains the choice for track driving. Engine responsiveness is heightened, with the torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused configuration, allowing more of the available torque at lower engine speeds. The throttle ‘blipping’ effect from the rev-matching function is also enhanced.

 

Damping force from the new four-wheel Adaptive Damper System in +R mode is increased by 15% over Sport mode. This produces a firmer, flatter ride and greater agility for high-performance handling. Furthermore, the variable-ratio EPS becomes heavier, with reduced power assistance that delivers a more direct and linear steering feel.

 

The Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) system is retuned for +R mode to focus on acceleration and performance, allowing a greater yaw and slip rate before intervening. Additionally, both the Traction Control System and the VSA function can be turned fully off if the VSA button is pressed for five seconds while the Type R is in +R mode. The instrument gauge illumination switches to a more intense red theme when +R is selected from the rocker switch.

 

6. The fastest front-wheel drive car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife

 

    Time-attack attempt at Nürburgring achieved a 7min 43.8sec lap
    Advanced aerodynamics and revised 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine are key factors in significant improvement over previous Type R
    Lap time achieved in development car with technical specifications representative of the final production car

 

Soon after making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Honda Civic Type R set a new benchmark lap time for a front-wheel drive car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On 3 April 2017, a development car lapped the world-famous circuit in 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.

 

The lap time was achieved during the final phase of the model’s testing regime, on a dry track with an optimum ambient temperature for the best tyre and powertrain performance. The new time represents an improvement of nearly seven seconds compared to the model’s predecessor.

 

Several factors contributed to the new benchmark lap time. At its heart is the optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque. New lower gear ratios in the six-speed manual transmission further improve the car’s acceleration, while the new Type R‘s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability, with a best-in-class balance between lift and drag.

 

Ryuichi Kijima is the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R. He explains where the all-new model shows the most significant improvements around the Nürburgring compared to the previous generation car.

 

“The cornering speed is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improve stability,” said Kijima-san. “For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time.”

 

The development car that achieved the lap time was technically representative of production specification. A full floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but its presence did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame. The extra weight of the cage was compensated for by the temporary removal of the infotainment system and rear seats. The car was using road legal track-focused tyres.

 

 7. Sporty, sleek and sophisticated cabin with improved refinement and class-leading interior space

 

    More spacious than the previous model
    Modern, sleek and simple interior aesthetic with striking red accents
    Premium cabin quality, new LCD instrument binnacle layout and versatile two-tier ‘technology centre’ console
    Innovative side-sliding tonneau cover in the boot

 

The interior treatment of Type R models is always unmistakable, and can be traced back 25 years to the very first Honda with the iconic red badge.

 

The all-new Civic Type R builds on the sophisticated, premium ambience of the standard car’s cabin with striking suede-effect red and black fabric trim for the new high-backed sports seats. The seats incorporate revised bolsters and cushion pads, offering superlative support for sports driving, and are the lightest Type R specification seats ever.

 

The steering wheel incorporates red leather inserts and hexagonal stitching, while the dashboard panel’s carbon centre inlay is surrounded by red pinstripe trim – extending into the door cards. The spherical gear lever knob is made from machined alloy. All of these interior features are unique to the Type R.

 

The sporty interior is designed to offer the most comfortable and sophisticated cabin in the compact class, and exudes a thoroughly modern, sleek and simple aesthetic to complement the sharply sculpted exterior. This is achieved with horizontal lines that accentuate the feeling of width and length, and therefore spaciousness.

 

With the longer, wider platform and longer wheelbase, front seat and rear seat occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space in which to experience the Type R’s blistering performance. For the driver, a more compact dashboard upper surface means it sits 65mm lower, resulting in improved visibility. Thin A-pillars (12mm narrower than the previous Type R) also reduce the obstructed forward view providing a class-leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility.

 

Boot space is a generous 414 litres, and the compartment features an innovative side-sliding and removeable compact tonneau cover, ensuring the Type R retains its position as the most practical and versatile of high-performance hatchbacks. Ease of access is ensured by rear seats that split / fold 60:40, with a low sill height (680mm) and wide boot opening (1,120mm) combined with the flat boot floor to make the loading of heavy, wide and long items easy.

 

NVH performance in the cabin has improved, with reduced interior sound pressure at higher engine rotations compared to the previous Type R.

 

‘Technology centre’ console

The centre console features a piano-black finish, and follows a ‘technology centre’ theme. The lower part in front of the gear lever is configured as a two-tier storage area, with a front tray that provides grab-and-go access to devices, with an integrated wireless smartphone charging pad (on GT specification cars). A second tray behind the centre console provides a more discreet storage area, as well as access to the HDMI and USB ports, and a 12-volt power socket. Cable pass-through enables a connection from the second tray to the first.

 

At the top of the centre console sits the seven-inch Honda CONNECT colour touch-screen display. As well as being a touch-control device for the infotainment and climate control functions, the display also integrates with a reversing camera. It also offers enhanced intuitive operation and full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.

 

In front of the driver, the instrument display layout provides vivid clarity and highly intuitive usability. A seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display makes up the largest central section of the reconfigured instrument binnacle, which includes virtual gauges as well as a switchable section that can display a variety of different function readouts. Unique to the Type R is a driving mode-specific illumination function that features specialised readouts, including an LED gearshift indicator light, boost pressure gauge, G-Meter and lap time recorder.

 

Scroll and select functions for the DII are performed via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. The combination of thumbpad controls and DII display in the driver’s forward line-of-sight helps to minimise distractions for the driver while underway. Also on the left spoke are the integrated Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® telephone controls, while a second thumbpad on the right spoke of the steering wheel operates the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist system settings.

 

In common with the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R features the Honda SENSING suite of safety technologies, one of the most comprehensive safety packages in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.

 

The Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies includes:

    Collision Mitigation Braking System
    Forward Collision Warning
    Lane Departure Warning
    Road Departure Mitigation
    Lane Keeping Assist System
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Traffic Sign Recognition
    Intelligent Speed Assistance
    Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

 

The higher-specification Type R GT model also benefits from Blind Spot Information including Cross Traffic Monitor, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, Honda CONNECT with Garmin Navigation, wireless charging pad, 542-watt 12-speaker audio system and LED front fog lights.


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8. Celebrating 25 years of Type R

 

    2017 marks 25 years since the debut of the first Honda Type R model
    Quarter century of racing-inspired road cars focus on lightweight components, performance tuning and chassis upgrades
    All-new fifth-generation Civic hot hatch is the first truly ‘global’ Type R

 

2017 marks 25 years since the introduction of the very first Honda Type R vehicle. For more than two decades, the Type R badge has denoted the highest performance version of its respective model, derived from a philosophy of crafting racing-inspired road cars.

 

Honda’s Type R models have always represented the purity of the original concept – minimising weight while maximising power, responsiveness, dynamic stability and braking performance.

 

All-new Civic Type R

Newly engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment, the fifth-generation Civic Type R represents the first truly ‘global’ Type R. Unlike previous versions where specific variants were limited to either Japan or European markets, the new Type R will be exported globally.

 

Type R history

The Type R name first appeared in 1992, with the debut of the first-generation NSX Type R. Honda’s aim was to develop a car which delivered overwhelming driving pleasure and the speed of a racing car, powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 280 PS. An extensive weight-saving programme extracted nearly 120kg over the standard NSX, including new lightweight composite Recaro seats in place of the electrically-adjustable leather seats.

 

This was the first time that the red Honda emblem, red upholstery and Championship White body colour were introduced onto a Honda production car. The colour combination was a tribute to Honda’s Formula 1 heritage, reflecting the racing colours that appeared on the Honda RA271 and RA272 single-seaters. The former was the first ever Japanese car to race in Formula 1, while the latter was the first from the country to win a Grand Prix, taking the chequered flag in Mexico in 1965. Both cars were painted white with a red ‘sun mark’ – inspired by Japan’s national flag – and set the iconic trend for future Type R variants.

 

In 1995, Honda introduced the first-generation Integra Type R, officially available only to the Japanese market. Its 200 PS 1.8-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine redlined at 8,000 rpm, and introduced a much larger audience to the Type R experience. The upgraded version was lighter than the standard Integra, while keeping its rigidity, and offered a short-ratio five-speed manual gearbox, as well as upgraded suspension and brakes.

 

The Japan-only 1997 Honda Civic Type R that followed was powered by the famous 1.6-litre B16 engine – the first engine in a standard mass production car to offer a specific output exceeding 100 PS per litre. The Type R offered a stiffer chassis, front and rear double wishbone suspension, upgraded brakes and a helical limited-slip differential.

 

European buyers were officially offered a Type R for the first time in the shape of the 1998 Integra Type R. Powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine, this iconic coupe offered 190 PS at its 8,000 rpm redline. The weight-saving focus even included thinner windscreen glass for European versions.

 

The first five-door Type R was launched in 1999. The Accord Type R was equipped with a stiffer chassis and suspension, more powerful brakes and a limited-slip differential. It was also offered with a dual exhaust system and optional rear spoiler.

 

2001 saw the debut of the second-generation Integra Type R for the Japanese market, and the launch of the second-generation Civic Type R. The latter represented the first time that a Type R model had been built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon. The Japanese domestic market version, featuring a number of upgrades to the UK model, was also built at HUM.

 

In 2002, the second-generation NSX Type R was introduced in Japan, representing a further evolution of the racing-inspired philosophy. Carbon fibre was used extensively to help reduce weight, including for the large rear spoiler and vented bonnet hood. The car remains the rarest of Honda’s Type R models.

 

The third-generation Civic Type R was launched in March 2007, and was offered in two formats. Japanese buyers were offered a four-door sedan with a 225 PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine and independent rear suspension, while the European market Type R was based on the five-door hatchback, with a 2.0-litre VTEC unit producing 201 PS at 7,800 rpm.

 

The fourth-generation Civic Type R was launched in 2015 with a host of technical firsts. At its heart was the first ever VTEC Turbo engine – the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built – which delivered 310 PS at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm torque from 2,500 rpm. Optimised performance handling resulted from a four-wheel adaptive damper system and a unique dual-axis strut front suspension set-up. An all-new +R mode was also introduced, giving drivers the option to engage a more intense driving experience – with increased engine response and steering feel, and revised damper settings – at the touch of a button. During its development, the fourth-generation Civic Type R set a new front-wheel drive production car benchmark at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

 

9. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) – home of the all-new Civic Type R

 

    All-new Civic Type R to be produced at Honda’s UK plant in Swindon and exported globally, including to the US
    €270m investment in new technologies and processes for Civic family
    Long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe

 

Honda’s European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), is the global production hub for the tenth-generation Civic hatchback, and the only plant to build the Civic Type R. Honda has invested €270m in new production technologies and processes at HMUK specifically to prepare for the new hatchback model, including the all-new Civic Type R. The investment is part of a long-term vision for the European plant in Honda’s global operations.

 

Production of the new Civic Type R is anticipated to start in summer 2017. The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.

 

HUM produced its first engine in 1989 and its first car in 1992. It now consists of two car plants and an engine manufacturing facility. Other areas of the site are dedicated to a purpose-built test track, dynamic and static test cells, as well as administration and purchasing functions.

 

Premium paint quality

To ensure that the quality of the paint finish complements the high quality exterior design, Honda has invested in new paint facilities at HUM. The quality of the finish from the new paint shop will be class-leading thanks to improved paint thickness and a new type of clear-coat application. The combination of these two enhancements is an improved depth and quality of gloss shine, and an enriched reflection characteristic. The changes mean that the new Civic will achieve levels of paint quality and finish close to the standards achieved for Honda’s premium US Acura brand.
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10. 2017 Honda Civic Type R Genuine Accessories

 

Carbon mirror caps

Constructed in handmade carbon featuring a red accent, the carbon mirror caps give the new Civic Type R a subtle yet premium exterior upgrade.

 

Carbon wing spoiler

The centre blade of the all-new Civic Type R wing is made out of carbon fibre, featuring a red accent while the side wings finished in body color.

 

Carbon interior panels

Hand-made carbon accents on the dashboard and front interior doors provide the new Civic Type R with a premium interior upgrade.

 

Illuminated door sill trims

Crafted in black anodised aluminum and featuring a red illuminated Type R logo, the illuminated door sill trims protect the inner door sills. The front trims are illuminated whilst the rear trims are non-illuminated.


 

11. Technical specifications

 

    All technical information is preliminary and subject to change
    All fuel consumption and CO2 figures are subject to final homologation

 

Body and chassis

 

Five-door, five-seat hatchback with unitary construction bodyshell. Gasoline engine and manual transmission driving the front wheels.

 

Engine
     

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Four cylinder gasoline

 
   

6MT

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder

Bore x stroke
   

86.0mm x 85.9mm

Compression ratio
   

9.8:1

Power
   

320 PS (235 kW) at 6,500rpm

Torque
   

400 Nm at 2,500 - 4,500rpm

 

 

Transmission
     

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Manual
   

6 speeds with rev-matching function

 

Gear ratios

 
   

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO 6MT

1st
   

3.625

2nd
   

2.115

3rd
   

1.529

4th
   

1.125

5th
   

0.911

6th
   

0.734

Reverse
   

3.757

Final Drive
   

4.111

 

Suspension and damping

Front
   

MacPherson Strut Dual Axis Adaptive damper control

Rear
   

Multi-link

Adaptive damper control

 

Brakes

Engine
   

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Front
   

350mm ventilated and drilled disc; 4-piston caliper

Rear
   

305mm solid disc

 

Wheels and tyres

Wheel size
   

Tyres - Front
   

Tyres – Rear

x 20-inch
   

245/30 R20 – Continental SportContact6
   

245/30 R20 – Continental SportContact6

 

Steering

Engine
   

2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Type
   

Variable-ratio rack and pinion

Steering turns

(lock to lock)
   

2.11

Turning circle

(at wheels)
   

11.78

Turning circle

(at body)
   

12.56

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

(mm)

Overall length
   

4,557

Overall width
   

1,877

Overall width (including door mirrors)
   

2,076

Overall height
   

1,434

Wheelbase
   

2,699

Track (front)
   

1,599

Track (rear)
   

1,593

 

Capacities (litres)

Specification grade
   

Type R

Luggage (VDA method; seats up, to window)
   

420

Luggage (VDA method; seats up, to roof)
   

492

Luggage (VDA method; seats down, to window)
   

786

Luggage (VDA method; seats down, to roof)
   

1,209

Fuel tank capacity
   

46

 

Weights (kg)

Specification grade
   

Type R

Curb weight (kg)
   

1,380

Max. Permissable Weight (kg)
   

1,760

 

Performance and fuel consumption for 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO

Specification grade
   

Type R

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

272

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

5.7

Fuel consumption urban (l/100 km)
   

9.8

Fuel consumption extra urban (l/100 km)
   

6.5

Fuel consumption combined (l/100 km)
   

7.7

CO2 combined (g/km)
   

176

 

 

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HONDA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF TYPE R AND FIREBLADE AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED  salut'

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    25 years of Type R and Fireblade showcased at Festival of Speed
    Unique Type R hill climb led by British Touring Car Driver, Matt Neal
    2017 Honda Civic Type R and Clarity Fuel Cell made UK debut

 

This weekend, Honda returned to Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrating 25 years of its pioneering sports brands, Type R and Fireblade. In addition, the world’s most advanced Hydrogen vehicle, Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell, made its UK debut on the Goodwood hill climb.

Honda’s historic display of Type R vehicles included the original 1992 NSX Type R, Integra Type R, Accord Type R and all Civic Type R models. The impressive line-up is completed with the UK debut of the much anticipated 2017 Civic Type R - the current FWD lap record holder around the Nurburgring Nordscheliefe.

All Type R models participated in an exclusive 25 years of Type R hill climb, led by British Touring Car Champion and Honda Yuasa driver, Matt Neal. The Goodwood hill climb consists of 9 turns and ascends 1.86km through the Goodwood Estate in Sussex, UK.

Both Type R and Fireblade signify Honda's racing heritage and history as a motorsport inspired vehicle manufacturer.

The Honda stand brought to life the culture of discovery, exploration and challenge, enriched within the Honda brand. Visitors were able to immerse themselves in a collection of Honda products via interactive challenges.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed took place from Thursday 29th June until Sunday 2nd July.

 

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    Sportier exterior styling and new Dynamic specification
    130 PS petrol engine available with Jazz for the first time
    Retains unrivalled versatility and class-leading passenger space


 

The new-look Honda Jazz has been revealed ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As well as updates to the exterior styling and interior trim, the new Jazz will also be available with a 130 PS (96 kW) 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine for the first time in Europe.

Exterior changes align the Jazz with the latest Honda family style, incorporating the ‘Solid Wing Face’ headlight signature and grille. The front bumper is sharply sculpted, with more aggressive contours around the air vents. At the rear, shallower grille sections are linked by a gloss black trim strip above a trapezoid lower section. Updates to the exterior are rounded off by the addition of metallic Skyride Blue as a new colour option.

Honda’s 130 PS petrol engine combines high output with low fuel consumption, and complies with stringent Euro 6 emissions standards. It achieves fuel economy of 5.4l/100km (52.3 mpg) and CO2 emissions from 124g/km with the optional CVT automatic transmission. The CVT system itself has been revised to deliver a more linear and refined response under acceleration.

The 130 PS petrol engine is offered as part of a new Dynamic grade, which adds a thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, and triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper – both finished with a sporty red accent line. Dynamic grade also includes LED headlights, front fog lamps, side sill skirts, a tailgate spoiler and gloss-black 185/55 R16 alloy wheels. The interior features a unique pinstripe pattern on the upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, all of which are enhanced by orange stitching.

The new Honda Jazz retains the exceptional versatility of the previous model, including boot space of 354 litres (up to 897 litres with the rear seats folded down) and passenger space that is unrivalled in the class. Honda’s highly practical 60:40-split Magic Seat system allows for numerous cargo configurations, with a maximum interior loading length of 2,480 mm and maximum loading height of 1,280 mm.

Standard equipment on the Jazz includes cruise control, heated seats, automatic headlights and the City-Brake Active safety system. Higher grades feature a 7-inch Honda Connect infotainment system, rear-view parking camera, keyless entry and start, as well as advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.

A 102 PS 1.3 i-VTEC petrol engine will continue to be available across all Jazz trim levels, apart from the new Dynamic grade.

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Scris de: tokyodream din August 20, 2017, 06:24:57 a.m.
Upgraded diesel engine joins Honda Civic line-up

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    Enhanced 1.6 litre i-DTEC engine available from March 2018
    Powertrain upgrades include higher-strength pistons and low-friction cylinder bores
    Real-world tests prove low CO2 emissions
    Power output remains at 120 PS and maximum torque at 300 Nm


 

A comprehensively revised 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine will join the Honda Civic range in Europe from March 2018, offering an outstanding combination of performance and efficiency.

The new engine is one of the first units to be officially tested under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) fuel consumption and emissions cycle, which comes into force this year. While data from the familiar New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test is based on a theoretical driving profile, the WLTP cycle was developed using actual driving data gathered from around the world. It is therefore designed to produce results closer to a real-world driving experience.

Honda has made significant improvements to the engine and the exhaust system to maximise real world performance. The efficiency enhancements for the new Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC result in fuel economy and CO2 emissions starting from 3.7 l/100 km (76.3 mpg)* and 99g/km (under the WLTP cycle)*.

The improvements to the 1.6-litre diesel include a reduction in cylinder friction, thanks to pistons made from highly durable chromium-molybdebnum steel alloy, as well as ‘super plateau honing’ of the bores to enable smoother piston movement.

The 1,597cc engine uses the same advanced Bosch fuel injection system as before, and features a small, high-efficiency turbocharger, low-pressure EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system and a high-intake flow, high-swirl cylinder head port. A high-strength, lightweight slender crankshaft and all-aluminium, open-deck, high-pressure, die-cast engine block minimise the engine’s weight. For the new i-DTEC, additional cast ribs have been added to the cylinder block to increase structural rigidity and, consequently, improve the management of noise, vibration and harshness.

Honda’s new 1.6 i-DTEC is also one of the first engines to be officially tested through the Real Driving Emission (RDE) procedure to validate NOx and particulate emission levels. The diesel powertrain has a new NOx Storage Converter (NSC) system with larger catalysts and a higher content of noble metals (silver, platinum and neodymium) that store nitrogen oxide gas until the regeneration cycle. A soot sensor accurately detects when the regeneration cycle is required, extending exhaust component durability.

The 1.6 i-DTEC engine produces 120 PS at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, powering the Civic from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.4 seconds.

Assembled at Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, the revised engine will be available in both the four-door and five-door variants of the new tenth-generation Civic.

A nine-speed automatic transmission will further bolster the Civic’s powertrain options in mid-2018, representing its first ever application in a two-wheel drive car.

 

* Honda internal data

 

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Editors notes:

WLTP

The Worldwise Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) has been designed to provide more realistic testing conditions to calculate vehicle fuel consumption and emissions.

The driving cycle is divided into four sections with different average speeds: low, medium, high and extra high. Each section contains a variety of driving phases, stops, acceleration and braking phases. For each new vehicle type, every powertrain configuration is tested under the WLTP for the car’s lightest and heaviest variants.

 

RDE tests

Real Driving Emission (RDE) tests measure the pollutants such as NOx emitted by cars while driven on the road. RDE will be run alongside current NEDC and future WLTP test cycles as a validation process. RDE ensures the delivery of low emissions from vehicles during on-road conditions throughout Europe.

The RDE test is performed as part of emissions type approval on public roads in real traffic, using a Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS). Initially, only NOX and particulate number emissions are included in binding limits. The initial diesel RDE limit for NOx is 168 mg/km, which comes into force on 1 September 2017 for new vehicle types.

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2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Honda’s Electric Vision gathers pace

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    Honda set to unveil next steps on path towards Electric Vision at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    World premiere of the Honda Urban EV Concept – Honda’s first EV for Europe
    CR-V Hybrid Prototype previews European version of best-selling SUV
    First look at new-look Jazz supermini’s fresh exterior styling and interior trim
    Debut of the diesel Honda Civic hatchback

Honda will use the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal the next steps in its plan for electrification of its European car range. The focus for the brand at Frankfurt will be the world premiere of the Honda Urban EV Concept, setting the direction for a future production model. Alongside this debut, the CR-V Hybrid Prototype previews the European version of the all-new CR-V SUV.

Also featuring on the Honda stand will be the new-look Jazz supermini and the new diesel-powered variant of the tenth-generation Civic hatchback.

Honda Motor CEO, Takahiro Hachigo will unveil the Honda Urban EV Concept at the Honda Press Conference on Tuesday 12 September at 13.20 in Hall 9, Stand B11.

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Honda to unveil CR-V Hybrid Prototype at Frankfurt Motor Show

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    Honda hybrid technology to be available in an SUV bodystyle for the first time in Europe
    Hybrid Prototype’s styling retains the familiar silhouette of the world’s best-selling SUV, previewing the European specification of the all-new CR-V
    Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system comprises 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and two electric motors for seamless feeling of power and torque
    Hybrid system part of two-option powertrain range alongside a 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine

 

Honda is set to unveil its CR-V Hybrid Prototype at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the brand’s first-ever electrified SUV powertrain available in Europe. The Hybrid Prototype also features revised styling that previews the forthcoming European specification CR-V model range.

The CR-V Hybrid Prototype represents the first time that the all-new CR-V has been shown at a European motor show. It retains the familiar silhouette of the world’s best-selling SUV, with an evolutionary design that is sophisticated and sporty. Wider, taller and longer than the previous version, the Hybrid Prototype of the new CR-V has fresh exterior styling, with a wider stance through the broader, muscular wheel arches.

The new SUV achieves a balance of elegance and athleticism, with thinner A-pillars that increase the shoulder volume of the car, but also a larger wheel and tyre combination. Sharper contours are present on the bonnet and rear quarters, and the nose incorporates the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic.

The two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system in the CR-V Hybrid Prototype comprises an electric propulsion motor, a 2.0-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine for electrical energy generation and propulsion, and a separate electric generator motor. The hybrid system does not need a conventional transmission, fitted instead with a single fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components, enabling a smooth transfer of torque within the system.

The i-MMD system determines how to use fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way, meaning there is no requirement on the driver to adjust between the three driving modes; EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.

In EV Drive, the propulsion motor draws its power solely from the batteries, delivering zero-emissions driving. In Hybrid Drive, the gasoline engine supplies power to the electric generator motor, which in turn delivers power to the electric propulsion motor. In this mode, excess power from the gasoline engine is diverted back via the generator motor to recharge the battery pack. In Engine Drive, the wheels are directly driven by the gasoline engine, with an ‘on-demand’ peak power ‘boost’ available from the electric propulsion motor.

In most urban driving situations, the vehicle will move between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency. Engine Drive is engaged as needed for brisk acceleration and for efficient highway driving.

The 2018 CR-V will also be specified with Honda’s 1.5 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, with a choice of either 6-speed manual or continuously variable ‘CVT’ transmission. All-new CR-V will not feature a diesel powertrain in European markets.

More details about the all-new Honda CR-V for Europe will be confirmed when the production specification vehicle is unveiled early next year. The new SUV will be officially launched in European markets in 2018.

 

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Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show

    Global motor show debut for pure-electric Honda concept car
    Modern interior environment includes wrap-around panoramic dashboard screen
    Sets the direction for a future Honda production model scheduled for 2019

 

Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle, the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model.

The concept was officially introduced by Honda Motor Co. President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, during his press conference speech. “This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019,” he added, confirming that the concept is set to be launched within two years.

 

Exterior design

Honda’s Urban EV Concept showcases advanced technology within a simple and sophisticated design. Its low and wide proportions give the car a planted, muscular stance that hint at sporty driving performance. Its compact proportions mean it has a total vehicle length 100mm shorter than the Jazz supermini.

The Honda emblem on the concept is backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for the company‘s future EVs. At the front of the car, interactive multilingual messages can be displayed between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other drivers on the road, or charging status updates.

 

Interior design

The driver’s outward visibility from the Urban EV Concept is excellent thanks to slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the car. Entry and exit from the vehicle is via rear-hinged coach doors. The electric charging cable connection is housed on the bonnet.

Honda’s Urban EV Concept can accommodate four occupants, across two bench seats finished in different materials. To create a lounge feeling, the front row is upholstered with natural grey fabric, with the seat backs, squabs and arm rests embellished with contemporary wood finish accents. The seatbelts for the rear bench are fixed in the middle of the seat, allowing the belt to retract out of the way before a passenger exits the car.

The same wood finish wraps around a large ‘floating’ dashboard console. This houses the steering wheel column, a set of simple control buttons, and a panoramic display screen. The dashboard itself is completed by a wrap-around screen that runs behind the console and extends into the doors. The main dashboard screen presents a range of vehicle information including remaining battery level. Whilst the extended door screens function as the car’s wing mirrors through digital camera displays.

 

Honda Automated Network Assistant concierge

Honda’s Urban EV Concept showcases the company’s vision for a world where mobility and daily life are seamlessly linked. The on-board advanced Honda Automated Network Assistant acts as a personal concierge, which learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver’s past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.

 

Honda Power Manager

New methods for managing energy transfers between the grid, homes and electric vehicles could provide revenue opportunities for EV owners in the future. Honda’s Power Manager Concept, revealed alongside the Urban EV Concept in Frankfurt, is a smart system that can store energy more efficiently, releasing electricity generated by renewable sources back into the home or selling it back to the grid.

 

Electric Vision

Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy, launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, includes the development of a dedicated electric vehicle platform, featuring fully-electric powertrain technology. Key parts of the powertrain development will include a high-density, lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and the evolution of energy transfer functions – both to and from the vehicle.


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Honda to present Power Manager Concept smart energy system at Frankfurt

    Fully-integrated energy transfer system manages energy between the grid, homes and electric vehicles
    Honda’s first step in helping electric cars to contribute to the creation of smart power grids
    Pilot project in France to use Power Manager units to develop regional smart grid

 

Honda will present its all-new Power Manager Concept, a fully-integrated energy transfer system, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show on 12 September.

The system is designed to incorporate electric vehicles into a smart power grid. It enables the collection and distribution of electricity between the grid, homes and businesses and electric vehicles, to intelligently balance demand and efficient storage of energy. Honda will apply its Power Manager technology as part of a smart grid pilot scheme in the west of France.

Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, said: “We will incorporate electrified drivelines in two thirds of cars sold in the region by 2025. The introduction of our Power Manager system supports and reinforces our commitment. It uses advanced technology to intelligently integrate the electric vehicle into the wider power network, so it is no longer just a consumer but also a contributor to the grid. It underlines our pledge to develop a more sustainable mobility model.”

 

Balancing electricity supply, storage and demand

Power Manager Concept works by aggregating and distributing energy to and from the grid, solar panel-equipped homes or workplaces, and electric vehicles.

Electricity is received into the system from the grid or is generated by the solar panels and can be used to power and heat the building as well as to charge the EV. While the EV is plugged in, the energy can be stored and used at home or sold back to the grid, potentially generating value for EV owners.

The Power Manager Concept system can help to stabilise the grid at times of either short or surplus supply, as well as representing a revenue opportunity for EV owners.

 

Pilot smart grid scheme in France

Honda Motor Europe will supply Power Manager units to the SMILE project (Smart Ideas to Link Energies) in a smart grid pilot scheme

The pilot project will see solar panels and Honda Power Managers installed to create a smart power grid, where energy can be used to charge EVs, power the buildings, and feed electricity back into the grid when required.

The SMILE project, backed by the French Ministries of Industry and Energy, is operating 17 interconnecting projects with the aim of creating a large smart power grid in western France by 2019.

Honda’s development of Power Manager underlines its commitment and ambition in the area of electrification.

 

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All-new Honda Sports EV Concept unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

    World premiere of Sports EV Concept spearheads Tokyo exhibits
    Japanese debuts for Honda Urban EV Concept, Honda NeuV and all-new CR-V
    Special anniversary model celebrates 60 years and 100m production of legendary Honda Super Cub

 

Honda will unveil an all-new electric sports car – the Sports EV Concept – at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show on 25 October, as part of a broad range of advanced two- and four-wheeled production and concept vehicles.

Other highlights being showcased by Honda are the Urban EV Concept – revealed to an overwhelmingly positive response at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – and a range of Super Cub motorcycle models celebrating its 60 years anniversary and 100 million units production after the original introduction. Show visitors will also be able to see the Honda NeuV personal mobility concept and the all-new CR-V, both of which will make their Japanese debuts.

 

Sports EV Concept

Catching the eye with a striking silhouette, friendly face and supple body surfaces, all designed to ensure the car blends into any lifestyle, the Sports EV Concept will have its world premiere in Tokyo. The development team designed the sporty electric car to deliver a feeling of joy and emotional unity to the drive, achieved by efficiently combining the EV powerunit and AI technology in a compact bodyshape.

 

Urban EV Concept

Following a rapturous reception to its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Urban EV Concept will make its first appearance in Japan. Based on a newly-developed electric vehicle platform, its simple design and compact proportions are ideal for modern city driving. A communicative front grille displays battery charge status, driving advice and greetings in multiple languages, while the wrap-around interior display conveys a friendliness with the driver designed to inspire an emotive attachment. The production version will arrive in Europe in 2019.

 

Super Cub celebration

To celebrate the forthcoming milestones of 60 years of production and the 100 millionth unit manufactured since its introduction, Honda show stand will feature a comprehensive display of the Super Cub’s history, the current model line-up and will provide a glimpse of its future. This will include the unveil of the 100 million production anniversary model of Super Cub 110 and a new Super Cub 125C.

 

All-new CR-V

Retaining an evolution of the distinctive design of one of the world’s most successful SUV nameplates, the all-new fifth generation CR-V will also make its Japanese debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new model includes the implementation in an SUV of Honda’s two motor hybrid technology – i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive).

 

NeuV

The NeuV was first revealed in January at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, showcasing an electric mobility concept for the commuter. Equipped with the brand’s artificial intelligence engine – Honda Automated Network Assistant– its autonomous driving capability incorporates driver monitoring to determine driver stress from facial expressions and tone of voice, in order to support safer driving. NeuV learns about the driver’s lifestyle and preferences over time, so that it can suggest new routes and activities, realising a natural relationship between driver and machine.

 

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Honda Civic shortlisted for AUTOBEST 2018

    Honda Civic voted as a finalist in the AUTOBEST 2018 award
    Second time that a Honda model has been shortlisted in the final six
    AUTOBEST jurors represent 31 European countries

 

The new Honda Civic has been included in the final shortlist of six contenders for the AUTOBEST 2018 ‘Best Buy Car of Europe’ award.

This is the second time the Japanese brand has secured a place as a finalist, following the HR-V’s selection for the shortlist in 2016.

The AUTOBEST organisation is composed of 31 of the most influential motoring writers from across Europe. The award seeks to recognise the new car that represents the best overall proposition for a broad range of European customers. Areas of particular importance to the jury include competitive pricing, flexibility, design, connectivity and the availability of spare parts and service items. To be eligible, vehicles must be available from less than €20,000.

The tenth-generation Civic is the result of Honda’s largest-ever global development programme, and benefits from advanced engineering, manufacturing, aerodynamics, powertrain, and chassis technologies. European sales started in early 2017. The five-door Civic is produced at Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon.

The Honda Civic will now be assessed during a ‘Final 6’ drive, which will be held in Vairano, Italy on 29 and 30 November. The winner of the 17th annual AUTOBEST award will be announced on Friday 15 December.

 

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Scris de: tokyodream din Octombrie 28, 2017, 08:10:11 a.m.
Summary of Honda Announcements and Exhibits at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show

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Honda has strengths in producing a broad range of products including motorcycles, automobiles, power products and even business jets. And Honda has relationships with 28 million customers around the world, which we established through our products. Such strengths as a manufacturer and relationships with our customers are proof that Honda has been embodying its passion to “serve people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential,” which has been widely shared beyond the boundaries of countries and times. Honda will further strengthen the lineup of our motorcycle and automobile global models, which represent one of Honda’s strengths, and continue to offer a broad range of attractive products to customers all around the world.

Moreover, Honda has been working on the development of various technologies and products which will contribute toward the realisation of a carbon-free society and making good progress in making our gasoline-powered vehicles cleaner and more fuel efficient. In the area of automobiles, we have been expanding the lineup of hybrid vehicles and will continue to strengthen hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV models from here forward. With our products equipped with electrification technologies, Honda will continue striving for the realization of our enduring passion to realize the joy of helping people and the joy of driving. Honda will continue taking on challenges to expand the life’s potential of our customers.

 

Key Exhibition Models

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Honda Sports EV Concept:

Honda exhibited the world premiere of the Honda Sports EV Concept, a concept model which combines EV performance and AI (artificial intelligence) inside a compact body with the aim to realise the joy of driving the user can feel with a sense of unity with the car.

 

žHonda Urban EV Concept:

Built on a newly-developed dedicated EV platform, the Honda Urban EV Concept is a concept model which indicates the technology and design directions for Honda’s future mass-production EV models. A new model based on this concept will go on sale first in Europe, and then in Japan in 2020.

 

Honda NeuV:

The Honda NeuV is an EV concept model that explores the potential of mobility products which will be further expanded by automated driving technologies and AI. NeuV makes judgments about the driver’s state of stress based on facial expressions and/or tone of voice and provides assistance to the driver to support safe driving, and by learning the driver’s lifestyle and preferences, provides suggestions to the particular driver, realising communication between driver and mobility.

 

žHonda CR-V:

The Honda CR-V is an SUV model enjoyed by customers in more than 160 countries around the world. The lineup of this all-new CR-V includes a series-first hybrid model equipped with Honda’s original “SPORT HYBRID i-MMD” two-motor hybrid system, which will be available in front-wheel drive and 4WD variants. A 3-row seating type will be added to the lineup of the gasoline model. The all-new CR-V is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in 2018.

 

žClarity PHEV:

Based on Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD, the output and capacity of the battery were increased, and the EV range of more than 100 km was made possible. The Clarity PHEV, a new-generation plug-in hybrid model, features an exterior form with low vehicle height, spacious cabin that seats 5 adults and a large-capacity cargo area. The Clarity PHEV is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in summer 2018.

 

žHonda RoboCas Concept:

The Honda RoboCas Concept is a small-sized electric mobility product created to make people’s dreams and ideas come true. Different types of carrying space with a canopy can be freely combined with a compact-sized vehicle body base which has a driving function.

 

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žHonda Riding Assist-e:

The Honda Riding Assist-e is an experimental motorcycle model Honda developed by applying proprietary balance control technologies Honda amassed through its research in the field of robotics. Honda’s aim for this model is to offer motorcycle riders greater peace of mind and make life with motorcycles more fun for people by mitigating the risk of a fall.

 

žNeo Sports Café Concept:

Honda exhibited the world premiere of the Neo Sports Café Concept, which is a concept model for a naked sport model that combines the fun and beauty of a sport bike with a new-generation motorcycle package.

 

žPCX Electric:

The PCX Electric is an electric scooter equipped with a high-output motor developed independently by Honda as well as the Honda Mobile Power Pack, a detachable mobile battery pack. Honda PCX Electric is scheduled to go on sale in 2018 in the Asia region including Japan.

 

žPCX Hybrid:

Honda newly-developed an original hybrid system designed for motorcycles. This compact hybrid system employs a high-output battery and ACG starter to assist the engine and enables PCX Hybrid to realise a “torqueful” riding performance. Honda PCX Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in 2018 in the Asia region including Japan.

 

žGold Wing Tour /Gold Wing

Honda exhibited the Japan premiere of the Honda Gold Wing grand touring model, which has been evolving as a flagship motorcycle model of Honda, and will underwent a full model change. The all-new Gold Wing features new technologies including a newly-developed horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine, 7-speed DCT and Honda’s original double wishbone suspension. The GOLDWING is planned to go on sale through Honda's new "Honda Dream" sales channel to be launched in April 2018.

 

žSuper Cub 110, a commemorative model recognizing the 100 million-unit milestone

The Super Cub 110 is a special model Honda produced exclusively for the Tokyo Motor Show to commemorate the achievement of the 100 million-unit global production milestone this year and the 60th anniversary next year for the Super Cub series.

 

žSuper Cub C125

The Super Cub 125C inherited and evolved the attractive design and functionality as a personal commuter from the first-generation Super Cub (C100). This new 125 cc model features the latest equipment such as a smart key and electric seat opener and yet realizes ample power for a comfortable riding experience.

 

žCross Cub 110

Featuring a crossover style which will look good for both urban area riding and outdoor activities, the Cross Cub 110 proposes a new value of Honda Cub motorcycles. As a model oriented toward recreational use, the “tough” image is being emphasized with the adoption of a leg shield and wider tires.

 

žMonkey 125:

A 125cc horizontal, single-cylinder engine was installed to the signature body of the Honda Monkey with a sense of intentional deformation which comes from the short & tall body proportion unique to the Monkey series. Adopting unique features such as LED lights and digital meters, the Monkey 125 explores the new appeal of the Honda Monkey model.

 

<Honda Exhibits at the TOKYO CONNECTED LAB 2017>

žHonda Ie-Mobi Concept (pronounced: ee-a mo-bee – “Ie” is a Japanese word for “home”):

Honda Ie-Mobi Concept is an electrical mobility product which seamlessly connects a home and the car. Honda Ie-Mobi Concept makes it possible to supply electricity from the car to the home and from the home to the car. Moreover, this vehicle can be used also as a small room with the size of approximately 4.95m2.

 

žHonda Fure-Mobi Concept (pronounced: foo-ray mo-bee – “Fure” comes from the Japanese word “Fureai” which means interaction, contact or touch):

Honda Fure-Mobi Concept was developed under the theme of human-to-human interaction. This model has a size equivalent to that of a one-person electric wheelchair, but seats two people and realises smooth traveling on walkways or indoor spaces. Honda developed this model with the hope that this vehicle, which enables two people to move around together, will make people more proactively want to enjoy an outing.

 

žHonda Chair-Mobi Concept:

Honda Chair-Mobi Concept is a chair-type mobility product which can be casually used in indoor or outdoor spaces. Its compact size and ability to turn in a small radius enable it to come into a tight space. The height-adjustable seating face features a function to maintain a level seat even while it is driven uphill or downhill. Honda developed this model as a mobility device which is capable of maneuvering as flexibly as a pedestrian so that it can be used in various occasions.

 

žHonda Ai-Miimo Concept

Honda Ai-Miimo Concept was developed based on the Honda Miimo, an electric self-propelled robotic lawn mower. By installing AI, it was turned into a model which communicates with its user and supports the user in his/her everyday life. Honda developed this model with the hope to create an existence which goes beyond the framework of a “product” but brings smiles and pleasant moments in people’s lives just like a pet or family member.
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Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles to provide zero-emissions shuttle at COP23

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    Honda provides ‘eShuttle’ service at COP23 in Bonn
    Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle
    Up to 25,000 people are expected to participate in the conference
    Founding member Honda to attend second annual CEO meeting of Hydrogen Council during COP23

 

Honda is supplying two hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell cars as part of an ‘eShuttle’ service at the 2017 United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. During the conference, Honda Motor Co., Ltd Executive Vice President, Seiji Kuraishi, will attend the second annual meeting of the Hydrogen Council.

Running from 6 to 17 November, COP23 is the next step for governments to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement and accelerate the transformation to sustainable, resilient and climate-safe development. This year, COP23 incorporates a ‘one conference, two zones’ concept. Talks between governments will take place in the ‘Bula Zone’, while climate action events and media activities will take place in the ‘Bonn Zone’.

Hydrogen is one of the focus points of the two-week conference, and hydrogen-powered cars and buses are available to shuttle visitors between the venues. Honda has supplied two Clarity Fuel Cell cars as part of this ‘clean shuttle’ service, linking meeting locations with zero-emission mobility. The clean shuttle service is available to government delegates, representatives of observer organisations, businesses and journalists.

During COP23, Honda is being represented by Honda Motor Co., Ltd Executive Vice President, Seiji Kuraishi at the second annual meeting of the Hydrogen Council. The Council, launched on 17 January 2017 in Davos, is a global initiative of leading energy, transport and industry companies with a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition.

The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle, which eliminates the design compromises that are often found in alternatively-fuelled cars. Its state-of-the-art 103kW fuel cell stack is small enough to be housed under the bonnet rather than in the underfloor area, which creates more space for the cabin. The result is a fuel cell sedan capable of seating five occupants in comfort – a world first.

Showcasing its advanced fuel cell leadership, as well as the car‘s impressive real-world performance, Honda is running a dedicated fleet of new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in European demonstration projects, such as HyFIVE, which aim to further the deployment of fuel cell vehicles and the related hydrogen infrastructure.

The arrival of the new Clarity Fuel Cell in Europe is a key part of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which aims to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of its cars sold in Europe by 2025.

 

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Honda invests in revolutionary driving simulator for future R&D activities

Honda will become the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt new state-of-the-art driving simulator technology, based on a revolutionary architecture called DiM250 (Driver-in-Motion).

Most driving simulators make use of motion technology derived from flight simulators, and typically use six actuators to deliver six ‘degrees of freedom’. However, to accurately reproduce vehicle ride, handling and acceleration characteristics within a single simulator, VI-grade’s DiM250 system uses nine actuators to create additional ranges of motion. It is unique in the industry.

Yasunori Oku, Executive Vice President, Honda R&D Europe, said: “We expect to use DiM250 primarily for vehicle dynamics and ride applications, as well as using it as a crucial tool to develop and test our ADAS, HMI, powertrain and autonomous driving technologies earlier in the design process”. “The DiM250 technology will provide an ideal common development platform for our research and development activities, where all teams involved can work together in one single collaborative environment.”

The DiM250 system has been designed by simulator software developer VI-grade, and is engineered and manufactured by automatic controls specialist Saginomiya. Its electrically-driven nine-actuator platform is more advanced than conventional ‘hexapod’ designs, and the whole system moves by sliding on airpads, rather than using additional mechanical rails. The airpads counterbalance the high payloads and dynamic loads, and help to make the simulator extremely stiff, silent and reliable.

The integration of Software-in-loop (SIL) and Hardware-in-loop (HIL) applications within the simulator will enable designers and engineers to evaluate advancements in the vehicle development cycle before physical prototypes have even been built. It will also allow the simulator to more accurately imitate problem scenarios to test safety systems and controls.

Juergen Fett, Managing Director, VI-grade, said, “We are looking forward to a continuous and successful usage of our technology at Honda R&D, helping the company to develop even better cars in a shorter time, while providing us with precious feedback to further improve our driving simulation solutions.”

The new simulator will be installed at Honda R&D Europe’s technical centre in Offenbach, Germany, in the second half of 2018.

 

About Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH

Honda R&D Europe, with locations in Germany, Italy and England, is an integral part of the Honda organisation in Europe. As part of its independent organisational structure, Honda R&D Europe cooperates with Honda's distribution centres and production facilities for the automotive and motorcycles product lines in an equal partnership. The European Honda network unites a common goal: tailor-made products for the benefit of European customers. At Honda R&D Europe, predominantly European employees develop mobility concepts for the regional markets. Conception and design of new models as well as extensive driving tests on European roads produce products with independent appearance and advanced technology. The German division of Honda R&D Europe, located in Offenbach, researches and develop technologies for cars, motorcycles, and outboard motors on a worldwide basis.

 

About DiM (Driver-in-Motion)

The revolutionary driving simulation turnkey solutions from VI-grade provide automotive engineers with a complete set of innovative, integrated driving simulators for a new generation approach to system-level simulation, allowing companies to bridge the gap between virtual prototyping and testing. The dynamic configuration provides motion feedback to the driver thanks to an innovative nine-degrees-of-freedom moving platform with reduced overall dimensions and large travels. The machine architecture is called Driver in Motion (DiM) and its kinematics has been designed, for the first time in history of motion platforms, to implement in the best possible way the motion cueing technology that has been developed and tested by VI-grade. This family of simulators are based on a much more compact and much less expensive driving simulator architecture with respect to conventional simulators with similar workspace. Moreover, these solutions are fully scalable, meaning that it is possible to upgrade from static to dynamic simulator, reusing all components that have been already purchased. The driving simulation solutions from VI-grade are based on VI-DriveSim, the product which provides the core software environment for all driving simulation solutions from VI-grade. For further information, please visit www.driverinmotion.com

 

About Saginomiya

Saginomiya is the leading provider of automatic controls and test systems in Japan as and is very highly reputed throughout the world for the quality of its products. Saginomiya started developing, manufacturing and selling test systems in 1964, expanding in several business fields such as civil engineering and construction, industrial machinery, railway services, power generation, aviation and automotive. Saginomiya’s “Dynamic Servo” has been developed as the ideal test systems utilising state-of-the-art core technologies such as electric and hydraulic hybrids as well as a next-generation simulator. Saginomiya is are highly committed to serve the needs of the most technically advanced customers in the global market. For further information, please visit http://www.saginomiya.co.jp/eng.

 

About VI-grade

VI-grade is the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation. Together with Saginomiya, leading provider of automatic controls and test systems, and a network of selected partners, VI-grade also provides revolutionary turn-key solutions for static and dynamic driving simulation. Established in 2005, VI-grade delivers innovative solutions to streamline the development process from concept to sign-off in the transportation industry, mainly automotive, aerospace, motorcycle, motorsports and railways. With office locations in Germany, Italy, UK, Switzerland, Japan, China, and the USA, and a worldwide channel network of 20 trusted partners, VI-grade is a dynamic and growing company with a highly skilled technical team. For further information about VI-grade please visit http://www.vi-grade.com.

 

The VI-grade Logo and all VI-grade product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of VI-grade

 

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Honda installs new bi-directional charging technology at European R&D centre

    Energy can be drawn from and returned to the grid with new hardware
    New charging station is another step towards a zero-emission society
    Project is collaboration between Honda, EVTEC and The Mobility House
    Installation tests the integration of electric vehicle batteries and renewable energy sources

 

Honda has invested in advanced bi-directional charging technology at its European R&D site in Offenbach, Germany, which is helping to balance demand and store energy more efficiently across the facility. The new charging system incorporates renewable energy generation, and is a test bed for hardware that will be available to private households in the future.

The technology installation in Germany follows the debut of the domestic Honda Power Manager Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The concept previewed a fully-integrated energy transfer, which takes power from the grid and can return stored energy from electric vehicle (EV) batteries – through ‘Vehicle-to-Grid’ or ‘V2G’ technology. This latest trial installation at Honda’s Offenbach site applies the same principles on a larger scale.

Through bi-directional energy transfer, electricity is drawn from the grid or is generated by photovoltaic solar panels, and is used to charge EVs plugged in to the system. While an EV is plugged in, the energy held in its battery can be transferred back to help stabilise the grid at times of short or surplus supply.

Jörg Böttcher, Vice President of Honda R&D Europe, said: “With the installation of the latest bi-directional charging technology at our R&D site in Germany, we are adding the next technology to our Smart Company project, which will further enhance our research activity in the field of zero-emission society and future mobility.”

With the help of the bi-directional hardware and with the technology of The Mobility House*, Honda aims to optimise energy management at its European R&D campus, maximising the use of renewable solar power in particular. The project is testing the interaction, compatibility and power flow between specific electrical components, including the renewable energy cells and the EV batteries. The installation represents a collaboration between Honda R&D Europe, energy service provider The Mobility House and Swiss technology company EVTEC.

The investment in the bi-directional energy transfer technology further enhances the world’s most advanced public charging station for plug-in vehicles, which was launched at Honda R&D Europe in summer 2017. Its state-of-the-art 940V capability can deliver up to 150kW of energy, enabling as many as four vehicles to charge simultaneously with different types of connectors. Since its installation in June, the EV charging station has supplied power for 447 charge sessions and has saved 3.87 tonnes of CO2.

 

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Editors Notes:

*The Mobility House, founded in 2009, provides innovative charging and energy storage solutions to car manufacturers in over 10 countries throughout the world from its locations in Munich, Zurich and San Francisco. For further information, please visit: http://www.mobilityhouse.com/en/

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Official fuel economy and CO2 emissions confirmed for new Honda Civic and Jazz models

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Honda has confirmed official fuel economy and CO2 emissions for two new 2018 models, including the upgraded Civic 1.6-litre i-DTEC, which offers fuel economy of up to 3.5 l/100km (80.7 mpg) on the NEDC test.

 

Comprehensive revisions to the 120 PS 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine for the all-new Honda Civic range endow it with an outstanding combination of performance and efficiency. The improvements reduce cylinder friction, improve the efficiency of NOx conversion, and further develop the driveability of the car.

 

Under the combined cycle of the revised NEDC test, the new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC has achieved low CO2 emissions of 93g/km, with official average fuel economy of 3.5 l/100km (80.7 mpg) recorded for all grades.

 

The other new model tested is the 2018 Honda Jazz, which has a fresh look and the addition of a 130 PS 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine – introduced in response to customer demand for a more powerful variant.

 

The new petrol engine combines high output with low fuel consumption, and complies with stringent Euro 6 emissions standards. It achieves fuel economy of 5.4 l/100km (52.3 mpg) and CO2 emissions from 124g/km with the optional CVT automatic transmission. The CVT system itself has been revised to deliver a more linear and refined response under acceleration.

 

Other revisions to the Jazz supermini include an update to the exterior styling, incorporating the Honda family ‘Solid Wing Face’ headlight signature and grille. The 1.5 i-VTEC petrol engine is offered as part of a new Dynamic grade for the Jazz, which adds a thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, and a triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper – both finished with a sporty red accent line.

 

Inside, the 2018 Jazz retains the exceptional versatility of the previous model, including boot space of 354 litres (up to 897 litres with the rear seats folded down) and passenger space unrivalled in the class.

 

European order books for the new Civic diesel will be open this month, with the first demonstrator models arriving in dealers from early February. The new Honda Jazz is available to order now, with the first customer deliveries expected early this year.

 

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Former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button leads Honda’s Civic Type R Time Attack 2018   salut'

Honda is aiming to reinforce the class leading status of the award-winning Civic Type R by using a squad of racing stars to set new lap time benchmarks at iconic European racetracks.

 

Although the complete driver line-up is still to be finalised, Honda has confirmed that former Formula 1 World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button (UK) will take part in the challenge. WTCR drivers Tiago Monteiro (Portugal), Esteban Guerrieri (Argentina) and NSX Super GT star Bertrand Baguette (Belgium) will join Jenson for the challenge.

 

A similar challenge in 2016 saw benchmark lap times set at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril and Hungaroring using the previous generation Civic Type R. The drivers included racers from the British Touring Car Championship and World Touring Car Championship.

 

For the 2018 edition, Honda will aim to exceed the times set at Silverstone (UK), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Estoril (Portugal) in 2016, with further tracks set to be announced.

 

The new Honda Civic Type R retains the heritage of Honda’s high-performance hatchback bloodline and is the fastest accelerating and quickest car in its class. The latest car to sport the famous ‘red H’ was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic’s development programme – the largest in Honda’s history – and was engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment, both on road and on the race track. It features a lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell, low centre of gravity, and sophisticated dual-axis strut front suspension system, which reduces torque steer and enhances on-the-limit cornering.

 

Powered by a 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, the new Honda Civic Type R offers a peak power output of 320 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque of 400 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The car has a top speed of 272 km/h (169 mph) and 0-62 mph is achieved in just 5.7 seconds. In April 2017, a production development car became the fastest front-wheel drive production car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7min 43.8sec.

 

Honda will show the 2018 Time Attack Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show from 8 - 18 March.


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Geneva Motor Show 2018  salut'

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All-new CR-V

The latest generation of the Honda CR-V will make its European premiere in Geneva. Available for the first time in Europe with the option of a hybrid powertrain, the new SUV raises the bar in terms of quality, interior packaging and refinement.

 

A trio of Honda electric concepts

The Urban EV Concept makes a return to Europe following its global premiere at Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017. The Concept signifies Honda’s intention to enter the European electric vehicle market, with a production version planned for launch next year.

 

Fresh from its premiere at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October, Honda will also display the Sports EV Concept. With an eye catching design and low centre of gravity, it gives a glimpse of how an electric sports car of the future might look.

 

The final member of an electric trio at Geneva is NeuV. First shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2017, the NeuV is an advanced electric concept packed with autonomous features and artificial intelligence.

 

Honda’s celebration of Motorsport

Alongside the range of new electric cars, Honda will show an extensive display of four and two wheel motorsport. The Civic Type R TCR will lead this display and make its first motor show appearance ahead of the inaugural season of WTCR. The TCR will be alongside many examples of Honda racing machinery, including the NSX GT3. On two wheels, Honda’s championship-winning MotoGP bike will feature alongside World Superbike and Dakar Rally challengers.

 

Jazz X-Road motor show debut

Honda’s display will be finished with the debut of the Jazz X-Road. Designed as a more rugged option in the range alongside the recently launched Dynamic 1.5-litre i-VTEC, the car features rugged black plastic mouldings around the wheel arches and side skirts, and silver painted front and rear underruns. The exterior look is finished with 16-inch alloy wheels. Power comes from a 103 PS 1.3-litre engine mated to a manual gearbox or optional CVT automatic transmission.

 

 2. Honda to unveil the all-new CR-V at the Geneva Motor Show

 

    New European production version of the world’s best-selling SUV* shown at Geneva Motor Show
    Elegant and athletic design with sharper contours and wider stance
    All-new seven-seat option will also be available
    Honda hybrid technology available in CR-V for the first time in Europe
    First European customer deliveries expected from Autumn 2018

 

Honda is set to reveal the European production version of the all-new CR-V at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new generation of the world’s best-selling SUV* raises the bar in terms of interior quality, refinement and spaciousness – including, for the first time, the option of seven seats.

 

The chassis is also the most sophisticated ever created for a CR-V, and ensures the car delivers an engaging driving experience with exemplary ride comfort, as well as genuine off-road capability.

 

Evolutionary exterior design and premium quality interior

 

The all-new CR-V has a fresh and sophisticated exterior design, with broader, muscular wheel arches, sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, as well as the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic.

 

Thinner A-pillars, sculpted front and rear bumpers, and under-engine and under-floor covers all help to make the new CR-V one of the most aerodynamically efficient vehicles in its class. It also incorporates Honda’s Active Shutter Grille system, which further improves fuel efficiency.

 

The new interior design incorporates a horizontal emphasis to the dashboard layout to highlight the more spacious cabin, by accentuating the feeling of width and conveying a sense of strength. The dashboard features two 7-inch displays, while the layout of controls has been rationalised with a simple cluster for air-conditioning management located beneath the central touchscreen.

 

Class-leading practicality and new seven-seat option

The all-new CR-V boasts slightly larger exterior proportions than its predecessor, and the longer wheelbase and wider stance enable a significantly roomier interior. Best-in-class space efficiency is highlighted by generous accommodation for all occupants, as well as a wider, deeper boot with a longer load bay. A new two-position boot floor enables a flat surface for loading larger items, while a Hands-Free Action power tailgate enables convenient loading access.

 

Clever features make the new CR-V easier to use every day. For example, the height of the tailgate when opened can be programmed to avoid contact with low ceilings, and cabin flexibility is boosted by a three-mode centre-console storage. Furthermore, new single-action ‘dive down’ 60:40 split-fold second-row seat backs enable faster, easier loading.

 

For the first time ever, CR-V will be available with the option of seven seats. Where selected, the third row offers exceptional leg room and heel step height, as well as a 101-degree seat angle to ensure long-distance passenger comfort. Access to the third-row seats is also class-leading, thanks to a wide and low step-in aperture.

 

New engines deliver impressive efficiency and driveability

 

For the first time ever, Honda hybrid technology will be offered in an SUV for Europe. The all-new CR-V will be available with Honda’s Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system, comprising a 2.0 litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle petrol engine and two electric motors, to deliver real-world efficiency and effortless driveability. The i-MMD system does not use a conventional transmission – instead, a more compact unit has a single fixed-gear ratio, to create a direct connection between moving components and a smoother transfer of torque.

 

A 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which provides strong performance and class-leading fuel economy, is also available. Power is delivered via a six-speed manual gearbox, or an optional CVT automatic transmission tuned to deliver a more linear response.

 

The petrol and hybrid powertrains are front-wheel drive as standard, but both can be specified with Honda’s latest all-wheel drive technology – ‘Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™’ – which gives the CR-V genuine all-terrain capability. Ground clearance has been increased by 38mm for all variants, up to a height of 208mm for the AWD petrol model.

 

First deliveries of Honda CR-V fitted with the 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine are expected in Autumn 2018 with hybrid models following early in 2019.

 

*as measured by JATO Dynamics, cumulative sales CY2013-2016

 
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3. Order books for production version of Honda Urban EV Concept open from early 2019

 

    Order books for a production version of Honda’s Urban EV Concept to open from early 2019
    New model will be Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle sold in European region

 

Honda took the opportunity at its 2018 Geneva Motor Show press conference to confirm that order books for a production version of its Urban EV Concept will open in early 2019.

Speaking during Honda’s 2018 Geneva motor show press conference, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, Philip Ross confirmed the news, “A production version of this highly acclaimed concept will be introduced to Europe during late 2019, and in response to the positive feedback to this model, we expect to open order banks for the Urban EV during early 2019.”

 

Urban EV Concept

 

The Urban EV Concept previews Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle sold in Europe. The Concept features a simple and sophisticated design, slim A-pillars and wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the passenger cabin.

 

Inside, four occupants can be accommodated in comfort across the concept car’s two bench seats, which are finished in different materials to create the ambience of a lounge. The front row is upholstered with a natural grey fabric and embellished with contemporary wood finish accents. The dashboard features a wrap-around screen that extends into the doors. The dashboard display presents a range of vehicle information, while the extended door screens function as the car’s side mirrors through digital camera displays.

 

The Urban EV Concept will feature as part of Honda’s booth at 2018 Geneva Motor Show from 8-18 March

 

4. Honda moves into Customer Racing

 

CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING TEAMS SELECT NEW HONDA CIVIC TCR FOR FIA WTCR

 

    ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and Boutsen Ginion Racing choose Honda for FIA World Touring Car Cup
    Tiago Monteiro and Esteban Guerrieri to race Civic TCRs
    Support package available to customer teams from JAS Motorsport

 

Multiple examples of the new Honda Civic TCR, built by JAS Motorsport, have been ordered by ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and Boutsen Ginion Racing to contest the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) this year.

Tiago Monteiro and Esteban Guerrieri, who drove for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team in 2017, are the first two drivers confirmed to race the Civic TCR.

 

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport have chosen Esteban to lead their line-up while Boutsen Ginion Racing have recruited Tiago for their team.

Tiago, 41, was a standout performer in World Touring Cars last year and was cruelly denied a chance of turning his championship lead into a world title when he sustained injuries in a mid-season testing accident that forced him to sit out the rest of the campaign.

 

The only Portuguese driver to finish on a Formula 1 podium, Tiago is one of touring-car racing’s global stars with 11 wins and 44 podiums in the WTCC to his name as well as victories in the prestigious Macau Guia Race and TCR Benelux.

 

Esteban, 33, joined Honda for the final three WTCC events of 2017, substituting for the injured Tiago, and took a dominant victory from pole position at the season-ending race in Qatar on his way to fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship.

 

He is a multiple race winner in Super TC2000 in his native Argentina and has also claimed victories in the Indy Lights and Formula Renault 3.5 single-seater series to add to championship success in the Formula Renault Eurocup.

All-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, who have previously run a Honda Civic TCR in the FIA European Touring Car Cup, bring a wealth of racing success to the Honda Racing family.

 

FIA GT1 World Champions in 2012, the team from Friedersdorf, Germany, have claimed a number of WTCC victories and have twice triumphed at the Macau Guia Race. Boutsen Ginion Racing have been customers of the Civic TCR programme for the past two seasons and achieved huge success in both.

Stephane Lemeret claimed the TCR Benelux drivers’ crown in 2016 while Benjamin Lessenes did likewise in 2017 as well as adding the junior drivers’ title for the team from Wavre, Belgium.

 

Technical support will be offered to all customer teams by JAS Motorsport with an on-site supply of spare parts and technical assistance at each event, aimed at helping all Honda drivers with their title challenges.

 

The new Honda Civic TCR, designed and manufactured by JAS, made its global race debut in January this year at the 24 Hours of Dubai. It is the successor to the Civic TCR which won 12 championship titles last year – seven drivers’ and five teams’ crowns.

 

The FIA World Touring Car Cup begins at the Circuit Moulay el Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco, on April 7-8 and comprises 10 events in Africa, Europe, South America and Asia; concluding on the iconic Macau street circuit on November 17-18.

 

Tiago Monteiro, Boutsen Ginion Racing, said: “I’m delighted to remain part of the Honda Racing family for another year. Since I first worked with Honda in 2012, I feel we’ve been getting stronger and stronger by the season and by last year we were in a very good place to win the championship before my accident. The past six months have been incredibly tough, but thanks to some amazing support I’m now well on my way to getting back in a racing car. Boutsen Ginion Racing are a strong team, who I’ve won races with in TCR before, so I can’t wait to drive the car and for the season to start.”

 

Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, said: “I felt like last year was a real breakthrough year for me in world touring cars, so I’m extremely pleased to be racing a Honda Civic in 2018. TCR is the fastest-growing touring car category in the world and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this programme. I had some great races against the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich cars in the WTCC last year and it’s clear they can run a very fast machine, so I’m optimistic of putting together a title challenge.”

 

Masashi Yamamoto, General Manager of Motor Sports Division, Honda Motor Co., said: “We are delighted that ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and Boutsen Ginion Racing have chosen Honda and the Civic TCR for the FIA World Touring Car Cup. We are also honoured to continue the relationships with two of the world’s best touring car drivers within the Honda Racing family and trust that JAS Motorsport will provide a state-of-the-art racing car that will challenge for victories regularly. With the Civic TCR, we wish for brilliant success from both teams and drivers in the WTCR.”

 

Alessandro Mariani, JAS Motorsport CEO, said: “We are pleased that the Honda Civic TCR, built at our Milan headquarters, will contest the FIA World Touring Car Cup with teams with such strong records as ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and Boutsen Ginion Racing. We have good relationships with both teams and a relationship with Honda that dates back to 1998, and we look forward to supporting the teams in WTCR as they hunt for more success. Since it first turned a wheel last October, the Civic has undergone more than 3000km testing, tackled a 24-hour race on its competitve debut and has proven to be an improvement in all areas over the previous model, which delivered 12 championship titles in 2017. We look forward to the challenge ahead.”

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5. Type R lap records - Jenson Button leads Honda’s Civic Type R Time Attack 2018

 

    Honda announces ‘Type R Time Attack 2018’, setting new front-wheel drive benchmarks at a range of iconic European race circuits
    Challenge inspired by Honda’s successful 2017 Nurburgring Nordschliefe front-wheel drive production lap record
    Jenson Button will be joined by a squad of Honda drivers from WTCR championship

 

Honda is aiming to reinforce the class leading status of the award-winning Civic Type R by using a squad of racing stars to set new lap time benchmarks at iconic European racetracks.

 

Although the complete driver line-up is still to be finalised, Honda has confirmed that former Formula 1 World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button (UK) will take part in the challenge. WTCR drivers Tiago Monteiro (Portugal), Esteban Guerrieri (Argentina) and NSX Super GT star Bertrand Baguette (Belgium) will join Jenson for the challenge.

 

A similar challenge in 2016 saw benchmark lap times set at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril and Hungaroring using the previous generation Civic Type R. The drivers included racers from the British Touring Car Championship and World Touring Car Championship.

 

For the 2018 edition, Honda will aim to exceed the times set at Silverstone (UK), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Estoril (Portugal) in 2016, with further tracks set to be announced.

 

The new Honda Civic Type R retains the heritage of Honda’s high-performance hatchback bloodline and is the fastest accelerating and quickest car in its class. The latest car to sport the famous ‘red H’ was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic’s development programme – the largest in Honda’s history – and was engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment, both on road and on the race track. It features a lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell, low centre of gravity, and sophisticated dual-axis strut front suspension system, which reduces torque steer and enhances on-the-limit cornering.

 

Powered by a 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, the new Honda Civic Type R offers a peak power output of 320 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque of 400 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The car has a top speed of 272 km/h (169 mph) and 0-62 mph is achieved in just 5.7 seconds. In April 2017, a production development car became the fastest front-wheel drive production car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7min 43.8sec.

 

Honda will show the 2018 Time Attack Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show from 8 - 18 March.

 

 6. Honda Accessories

 

    Jazz X-Road motor show debut
    Jazz Chrome pack
    Carbon Pack for award-winning Civic Type R
    Civic 4D Sports pack
    Honda Racing Teamwear

Honda is showcasing a wide variety of individual accessories and customisation packs for various models at the Geneva Motor Show. These accessories allow owners to enhance or adapt their car to suit their personal requirements and tastes.

 

Jazz X-road

Step into your Jazz X-Road and get ready to live an adventure. With its bold off-road look it adds a rugged twist to your urban car. It incorporates unique features that help protect your Jazz X-Road from life’s little bumps and scrapes. The pack contains: front and rear lower decorations, wheel arch decorations, side body trims, side skirts and X-Road floor mats.

 

Jazz Chrome pack

The Chrome Pack highlights your Jazz with dashes of chrome which enhance its sophisticated style. Pack contains: front lower decoration, tailgate decoration and window decorations.

 

Carbon Packs for the Civic Type R

The Carbon Exterior Pack for the new Civic Type R is designed to perfectly accentuate the hot hatch’s aerodynamic details, and features a unique red element embedded into the carbon pattern. The Pack includes carbon door mirror caps, carbon B-pillar trim, carbon rear wing spoiler and a carbon rear diffuser decoration.

The option of enhancing Type R’s interior is provided by a Carbon Interior Pack, which incorporates carbon accents on the dashboard, centre console and door sills.

 

Civic 4D Sports pack

Give your Civic a more purposeful and dynamic edge. Includes: Berlina Black front skirts, lower door decorations, Berlina Black rear skirts and boot lid spoiler.

 

Honda Racing Teamwear

Racing is at the heart of Honda. This year, Honda proudly embraces its racing heritage by putting the launch of our new Honda Racing Merchandise Collection in the spotlight. The collection consists of seven unique Honda Racing garments, which are destined to become any racing fan’s new favorite wardrobe essentials.

 

Our garments were developed in close cooperation with a renowned brand, who’s expertise helped us to ensure the best quality, guaranteed to meet our customers’ high expectations. Thanks to the Honda red piping, contrast fabric and 3D PVC printed logos, the garments perfectly reflect the Honda spirit.

We took extra care of details, which is why we’ve added laser engraved buttons, soft-touch push buttons and 3D PVC zipper pullers on certain garments. As icing on the cake, we’ve left enough space on the garments for your own personal logos and customisations.

 

Whether you like to pimp your clothing to the fullest or whether you like to keep it simple, our garments will make heads turn! As a matter of fact, you might even bump into some race team members wearing the same setup as you… And last but not least: we’ve developed a high quality, classy sports watch to complement the collection. Don’t miss out on this one!

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Honda confirms world premiere of new electric vehicle prototype at 2019 Geneva Motor Show

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    World premiere of Honda’s new electric vehicle prototype confirmed for 2019 Geneva Motor Show
    Early design sketch of prototype revealed
    Next step in Honda’s commitment for two thirds of European sales to feature electrified technology by 2025

Honda has confirmed the global premiere of a prototype version of its new electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019.

Honda’s new electric vehicle is developed with a focus on functionality and purpose and the prototype sketch demonstrates this through its clean, simple and unique design. The image highlights a clear link to Honda’s Urban EV Concept initially shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The debut is a further demonstration of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, a commitment that two thirds of European sales will feature electrified technology by 2025. A mass production version of the car will be on sale later in the year.

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Honda reveals first glimpse at interior of electric vehicle prototype bound for Geneva

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    Honda reveals a first look at the interior of its compact electric vehicle prototype
    Full width dashboard combines clean and simple design with user focussed technology
    Electric vehicle prototype will be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in March 2019

Honda has revealed an interior image of its new compact electric vehicle prototype.

The interior is designed to create a warm and engaging atmosphere inspired by the Urban EV Concept launched at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The driver interface shown in the image features a full-width dashboard with clean design elements and intuitive user focused technology.

The prototype version of the electric vehicle will be unveiled on 5 March at Geneva Motor Show 2019.

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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 02, 2019, 06:51:43 a.m.
New Honda CR-V scores five stars in Euro NCAP assessment

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The new Honda CR-V has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests, the results of which are announced today. The CR-V boasts a unique body structure giving class-leading rigidity and stiffness, and a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies.

Utilising an ‘All Directions Collision Safety’ concept, the platform design incorporates Honda’s exclusive next-generation ACE™ (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure. This employs a network of connected structural elements to distribute collision energy more evenly, helping to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger cell in the event of an impact, giving superior front, side and rear crash-worthiness.

The passive safety features on the all-new CR-V are complemented by the Honda Sensing™ suite of active safety and driver assist technologies. Honda Sensing™ is among the most comprehensive suites of safety technologies in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.

The new Honda CR-V joins the rest of the Honda range tested by Euro NCAP, The Jazz, HR-V and Civic in being awarded the maximum five-star score by Euro NCAP.

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Media Contacts

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Honda Motor Europe
European PR Communications Undergraduate
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Honda Motor Europe
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“HONDA E PROTOTYPE” WORLD PREMIERE AT GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTORSHOW 2019

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    Honda e Prototype previews production model evolved from 2017 Urban EV Concept
    Distinctive, clean exterior design combined with a contemporary, minimalist interior featuring advanced technology
    Rear-wheel-drive platform and wide stance deliver dynamic driving characteristics
    Honda e Prototype delivers a vehicle package to meet the needs of the modern urban environment

Honda’s new urban electric vehicle will be previewed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in the form of the Honda e Prototype. This new model leads on from the brand’s highly acclaimed 2017 Urban EV Concept, and is a key part of Honda’s “Electric Vision” strategy for the European region.

Designed to meet the needs of the modern lifestyle, the Honda e Prototype combines unique design, advanced functionality and engaging driving dynamics. The vehicle delivers a package perfect for the urban environment.

Distinctive, simple exterior design

The Honda e Prototype has been developed with a focus on functionality & purpose featuring a simplicity of design with unique character. The smooth body contours lead from the bonnet to the panoramic windscreen to create a continuous surface up and over the front passengers. Further enhancing aerodynamic performance, the stepless A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass, to help deliver a quiet, refined journey.

Stand-out style elements, which accentuate the clean, uncluttered profile, include flush ‘pop out’ door handles and compact cameras replacing traditional side view mirrors. Both the door handles and Camera Mirror System are unique features for a vehicle in this class. The car’s advanced charging port is integrated centrally in the bonnet for ease of use from either side of the car, with LED lighting visible through the glass cover to welcome the driver and inform of the battery charging status.

Black panels with unique concave profiles at the front and rear are defining design motifs. The unique and exacting attention to detail of the round light clusters enhance the overall simple, clean design and defines the Honda e Prototype’s ‘human face’.

Beneath the skin is an all-new, EV-specific platform that allows for compact proportions, while a relatively long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs facilitate exceptional urban manoeuvrability and dynamic driving characteristics. The appearance of a low, muscular stance – emphasised by the flared wheel arches that accommodate the wide tyres – lends a dynamic accent to the simple, clean exterior design.

Contemporary interior with advanced technology

Inside, a spacious cabin with a modern minimalist aesthetic creates a relaxed ambience for occupants. A comfortable lounge-like feel is achieved with the application of melange-style sofa fabric and other tactile materials often found in contemporary homes. The sense of spaciousness is enhanced by the walk-through flat floor in the front and rear of the cabin.

To keep occupants engaged with their connected lifestyles, the intuitive and customisable dual screen horizontal display features a range of intelligent applications and services. This sophisticated high-end interface has been designed for ultimate usability and shifts the car beyond being a means of transportation to become fully integrated into modern everyday life.

The array of next-generation digital aids is presented alongside many of the car’s comfort and infotainment controls for easy multi-tasking and simple menu navigation. Screens showing the rear-view images relayed from the Camera Mirror System are integrated at either end of the dashboard ergonomically positioned to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver. The vehicle also features a digital rear view camera increasing the driver’s field of vision.

Sporty and efficient for urban commutes

The first compact Honda car on a dedicated EV platform delivers a blend of efficiency, performance and usability that is perfect for urban environments. The Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality of 80% battery charge in 30 minutes, making it ideal for everyday commuting. On the road, the driving dynamics are focused on delivering a fun and emotive experience, with the powerful electric motor driven through rear wheels for next-generation small-car performance.

The Honda e Prototype will be unveiled on 5 March at the Geneva International Motor Show. Production of Honda’s compact urban electric vehicle will begin later this year.

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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 09, 2019, 08:04:27 a.m.
Geneva International Motor Show 2019

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Contents

1. Honda at Geneva International Motor Show 2019

2. Introducing the Honda e Prototype

3. Honda to develop energy management business for Europe

4. New variants of popular production cars

5. At the pinnacle of modern motorsport

6. Honda Accessories

 

1. Honda at Geneva International Motor Show 2019

Featuring the world premiere of the Honda e Prototype, Honda will showcase a range of its latest and most exciting products at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.

In addition, Honda took to the stage at Geneva to announce the further acceleration of its electrification ambitions. The company announced its intention to move 100 per cent of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025. This new ambition builds on the brand’s 2017 aim of two-thirds of its sales to be electrified by 2025, and places it firmly at the forefront of Honda’s global electrification shift announced as part of its 2030 vision.

Honda e Prototype unveiled

Further proof of Honda’s electrification ambition is seen in the shape of the Honda e Prototype. Unveiled for the first time at Geneva, the car previews Honda’s first production battery electric vehicle for the European market.

Further roll out of full hybrid technology

Early in 2019, Honda successfully launched the all-new CR-V Hybrid, featuring its two-motor i-MMD full hybrid technology. Honda expects full hybrid technology to play a key role in meeting its aims of 100% electrification by 2025.

Honda to develop energy management business for Europe

Honda took the opportunity of its Geneva press conference to share the first details of its developing energy management solutions business for Europe. This announcement builds on the Power Manager bi-directional charging concept first shown at Frankfurt motor show in 2017.

Honda intends to build a portfolio of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.

Additional show highlights

Other product highlights on the Honda stand include the all-new CR-V Hybrid and a new HR-V Sport variant. A broad range of Honda motorcycles will also be displayed, alongside a dedicated motorsport area that accommodates two Honda-engined FIA Formula One racing cars.

 

2. Introducing the Honda e Prototype

Making its global debut the Honda e Prototype previews the new compact electric vehicle. Designed to meet the needs of the modern lifestyle, the Honda e Prototype combines unique design, advanced functionality and engaging driving dynamics. The vehicle delivers a package perfect for the urban environment.

Developed with a focus on simplicity in design and usability, and evolved from the 2017 Urban EV Concept, the Honda e Prototype will seamlessly integrate with modern urban lifestyles through advanced functionality and sophisticated, easy-to-use connected technology. Clean external lines are facilitated by a Camera Mirror System and flush pop-out door handles. The smooth body contours lead from the bonnet to the panoramic windscreen and stepless A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass. Inside, a next-generation dual screen horizontal display and connected infotainment system are incorporated within a relaxing and modern minimalist lounge-style passenger cabin that utilises tactile, contemporary materials.

The first compact Honda car on a dedicated EV platform delivers a blend of efficiency, performance and usability that is perfect for urban environments. The Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality of 80% battery charge in 30 minutes, making it ideal for everyday commuting. On the road, the driving dynamics focus on delivering a fun and emotive experience, with the powerful electric motor driven through rear wheels for next-generation small-car performance.

Official reservations for the Honda e Prototype will open in selected markets across Europe in early summer 2019. Customers can register for updates on the Honda website now, and will be able to place a reservation for the car in selected European markets in early summer. To date Honda has received 15,000 registrations of interest for the Honda e Prototype.

 

3. Honda to develop energy management business for Europe

Honda took the opportunity of its Geneva press conference to share the first details of its developing energy management solutions business for Europe. This announcement builds on the Power Manager bi-directional charging concept first shown at Frankfurt motor show in 2017.

Honda intends to build a portfolio of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.

Honda has been working with EVTEC to further develop its bi-directional Honda Power Manager technology (compatible with battery-electric vehicles, such as the Honda e Prototype) and will plan to offer a commercial version in the coming years.

Honda has also announced an agreement with two external partners:

- Moixa, a company who specialise in ‘resource aggregator‘ technology, allowing customers to benefit from sharing the control and capacity of their EV battery

- Ubitricity, a leading supplier of charging solutions, including an innovative approach to on-street charging in urban areas

The next step is to embark upon feasibility studies for its technologies in London, UK and Offenbach, Germany. Further developments are expected to be announced later this year.

 

4. All-new variants of popular production cars

The all-new CR-V featuring advanced hybrid powertrain technology is on display. This is the first Honda SUV available as a hybrid in Europe, and features improved comfort, convenience and connectivity, as well as additional space and versatility.

The Honda Hybrid Performance system features intelligent Multi-Mode Drive technology (i-MMD) comprising two electric motors, an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and an innovative fixed-gear transmission. Three intelligent driving modes deliver high levels of real-world refinement, responsiveness and efficiency.

Honda also display’s the new HR-V Sport variant for the first time at a major international show. The new grade introduces the 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine to the HR-V range, along with new advanced ‘Performance Damper’ technology, bespoke exterior styling and interior upgrades.

Other Honda models on show include the new seven-seater CR-V, the Honda Civic 1.0T Sportline and the Honda Jazz.

 

5. At the pinnacle of modern motorsport

For the first time in the hybrid-power era Honda is partnering with two teams in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The brand’s show stand in Geneva will proudly display the Honda-powered racers from the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso teams. The Formula One season starts in Melbourne on 17 March.

The latest example of the Civic Type R TCR, which has taken seven major titles and 41 race wins globally since its race debut last January, will be displayed alongside the production Civic Type R. Four cars will take on TCR’s premier series; the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup, with customer teams in 2019. Esteban Guerrieri and Nestor Girolami represent ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport while fellow Honda Racing drivers Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi compete for the KCMG team.

The ground-breaking 2019 Honda NSX will also be on display at the show.

Two-wheel stars

The 2018 title-winning Honda RC213V, ridden by Marc Marquez, from the Repsol Honda Team will attract fans of two-wheel racing to Honda’s Geneva stand.

The race machine will feature alongside iconic production bikes, including the ‘Neo Sports Café’ styled CB1000R naked machine, epic 1800cc Goldwing luxury tourer, and the modern re-imagining of the classic mini-bike, the Honda Monkey.

 

6. Honda Accessories

Honda is show casing new accessories and packs for a range of models at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, giving customers the ability to enhance and customise their Honda.

Honda CR-V

    Style Pack: enhanced body-colour finish for the lower front and rear bumpers and side sills, giving the CR-V a robust, muscular appearance and enhancing its premium look.
    Silver interior panels: subtly textured silver inserts for the dashboard, centre console and front and rear door panels.
    Aero Pack: a number of exterior enhancements that add a dynamic and refined design flourish; includes a body-colour front ‘aero‘ bumper, and a rear ‘aero‘ bumper with body colour and Alabaster Silver finish. Sleek aluminium running boards integrate with the CR-V’s side profile and incorporate black detailing, while also delivering additional practicality. A tailgate spoiler adds an extra sporty edge to the back of the car.

 

Honda HR-V

    Aero Pack: a sophisticated enhancement for the HR-V to provide even more dynamic styling. The front and rear ‘aero‘ bumpers feature a stylish black chrome accent, while the running boards add practicality and sleekness. A body-colour tailgate spoiler adds a sporty touch.

 

Honda Civic Type R:

    Carbon Exterior Pack: a performance-oriented carbon fibre finish to the door mirror caps, B-pillar trim, rear wing spoiler and rear diffuser. Unique red element highlights are embedded in the carbon fibre weave pattern to accentuate the Type R’s aerodynamic detailing.
    Carbon Interior Pack: additional performance-focused carbon fibre accents for the dash, centre console and door sills that enhance the Type R’s sporty interior ambience.

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Customers can register for updates on the Honda website now, and will be able to place a reservation for the car in selected European markets in early summer.

To date Honda have received 15,000 registrations of interest for the Honda e Prototype.


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HONDA COMMITS TO TOTAL ELECTRIFICATION IN EUROPE BY 2025

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    Honda announces ambition to make 100% of its European automobile sales electrified by 2025
    Honda e Prototype unveiled, marking the next step in the rollout of Honda’s electrified technology
    Honda announces the development of an energy management business for Europe
    Partnerships announced with resource aggregator Moixa and charging specialist Ubitricity as part of new venture

Honda took to the stage at Geneva today to announce the further acceleration of its electrification ambitions. The company announced its intention to move 100 per cent of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025. This new ambition builds on the brand’s 2017 aim of two-thirds of its sales to be electrified by 2025, and places it firmly at the forefront of Honda’s global electrification shift announced as part of its 2030 vision.

Speaking at today’s press conference, Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, said, “…since we made that first pledge in March 2017, the shift towards electrification has gathered pace considerably. Environmental challenges continue to drive demand for cleaner mobility. Technology marches on unrelenting and people are starting to shift their view of the car itself.”

Honda e Prototype unveiled

Further proof of Honda’s electrification ambition was seen in the shape of the Honda e Prototype. Unveiled for the first time at Geneva, the car previews Honda’s first production battery electric vehicle for the European market. Positioned as an urban commuter, the car features a competitive range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality providing 80% range in just 30 minutes. It also features trademark Honda driving dynamics with a sporty rear wheel drive configuration. The production version of the Honda e Prototype will be unveiled later this year. Customers can register for updates on the Honda website now, and will be able to place a reservation for the car in selected European markets in early summer.

Further roll out of full hybrid technology

Early in 2019, Honda successfully launched the all-new CR-V Hybrid, featuring its two-motor i-MMD full hybrid technology. Honda expects full hybrid technology to play a key role in meeting its aims of 100% electrification by 2025.

Honda to develop energy management business for Europe

Honda took the opportunity of its Geneva press conference to share the first details of its developing energy management solutions business for Europe. This announcement builds on the Power Manager bi-directional charging concept first shown at Frankfurt motor show in 2017.

Honda intends to build a portfolio of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.

Tom Gardner said, “This is a significant move for Honda, our intention is to deliver industry-leading innovation by launching energy services…to create additional value for power system operators and EV customers alike.”

Honda has been working with EVTEC to further develop its bi-directional Honda Power Manager technology (compatible with battery-electric vehicles, such as the Honda e Prototype) and will plan to offer a commercial version in the coming years.

Honda has also announced an agreement with two external partners:

- Moixa, a company who specialise in ‘resource aggregator‘ technology, allowing customers to benefit from sharing the control and capacity of their EV battery

- Ubitricity, a leading supplier of charging solutions, including an innovative approach to on-street charging in urban areas

The next step is to embark upon feasibility studies for its technologies in London, UK and Offenbach, Germany. Further developments are expected to be announced later this year.

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Editors Notes

About Moixa

Moixa (www.moixa.com) is the UK’s leading smart battery company. Moixa makes smart batteries and GridShare software to manage smart charging of batteries and electric vehicles. GridShare® manages over 50MWh of residential batteries across 6000 homes in the UK and Japan – forming one of the world’s largest virtual power plants. The software uses AI to learn and optimise daily charging, leveraging low carbon resources and time-of-day tariffs. GridShare platform also enables utilities to aggregate and manage large fleets of batteries and electric vehicles in order to deliver flexibility services into ancillary markets.

 

Moixa was recently selected from 13,900 companies as a Global Cleantech 100 company, and has raised over £16m in funding in the last two years including investment from leading companies in Japan. The company has an unrivalled track record in energy storage innovation, gained over 12 years of research and delivery of £6m of grants and pilots, and has over 20 patents on key aggregation, smart storage and electric vehicle optimisation technologies.

About ubitricity

ubitricity – Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH: The objective of Knut Hechtfischer and Dr. Frank Pawlitschek when they founded ubitricity in 2008, was to enable electric vehicles (EV) to recharge using energy from renewable resources wherever they were parked. Today, the company is one of the leading providers of intelligent solutions for EV charging and billing. ubitricity combines technical expertise, such as the development of the mobile electricity meter, with the possibilities of digitalisation. The result is technically simplified and cheaper charging points, allowing a widespread expansion of charging infrastructure using lampposts. In addition, this approach solves the challenge of vehicle-specific billing for fleet management and the real estate industry. The mobile electricity meters also make it possible to turn EVs into intelligent storage for the electricity network – a key component for the development of renewable energy.

www.ubitricity.com

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Honda announces presence at Milan Design Week featuring the Honda e Prototype

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    Honda to exhibit for the first time at Milan Design Week
    Exhibit to feature the new Honda e Prototype, fresh from its world premiere at 2019 Geneva Motor Show
    The “Honda experience - Casa Connessa Tortona“ will offer visitors a unique insight into the design concept of the Honda e Prototype

Honda has announced that it will exhibit for the first time at 2019 Milan Design Week, the world’s largest design exhibition. Based in the Tortona design district, Honda’s exhibit will feature the Honda e Prototype and express the connected lifestyle at the centre of the models design ethos. This will be the first public appearance of the model since its world premiere at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The car previews Honda’s first mass production battery electric vehicle for the European market and will go on sale later this year.

The exhibit, themed as the “Honda experience - Casa Connessa Tortona” will present an environment inspired by the design concept of the Honda e Prototype. It will include an immersive experience and visual collaborations with selected partners.

The teaser image provides a sneak preview of the exhibit highlighting the “Tree of Energy” central to its design.

”Honda experience - Casa Connessa Tortona” is on Via Tortona, close to the Porta Genova train station. The exhibit will be open from 10am-9pm, 9th – 14th April 2019.

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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 27, 2019, 10:07:34 a.m.
2019 Honda HR-V

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Contents

1. Introducing the most sophisticated HR-V ever

2. Elegant exterior design with a tough SUV stance, and a new Sport grade

3. Enhanced line-up of efficient and powerful engines with an engaging drive

4. Spacious and versatile interior

5. Refined interior design with high quality materials

6. Comprehensive suite of advanced technologies

7. Technical specification

1. Introduction: A refreshed generation of the subcompact SUV – spacious and versatile with a sophisticated feel and fun driving dynamics

    Elegant exterior design with the tough stance of an SUV
    Efficient and powerful engines with an engaging drive
    Sophisticated, spacious and versatile interior
    Comprehensive suite of advanced technologies

The new Honda HR-V is the company’s most sophisticated subcompact SUV to date. Sportier exterior styling is complemented by upgrades to the interior design and materials, as well as a broader range of advanced technologies. The HR-V continues to offer the space and versatility of an MPV and now benefits from enhanced driving dynamics and a wider choice of fuel-efficient engines.

From the first glance, the new HR-V’s more elegant features are apparent – including a more substantial interpretation of Honda’s 'Solid Wing Face’ graphic. The HR-V’s tall stature combined with its solid design and strong presence provides a feeling of safety, security, confidence and useability.

Inside, the 2019 HR-V offers impressive interior space and – thanks to innovative features like Honda’s Magic Seat system – high levels of versatility. High quality soft-touch materials and sophisticated design elements define the HR-V’s interior as an optimal blend of practicality, refinement and the feel of a sporty, enclosed cockpit.

The new 2019 HR-V offers buyers a choice of powerful and efficient engines. Production of the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol variants commenced in late 2018, while the higher-performance 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine is available from Spring 2019. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine is also available in selected markets. All engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the petrol engines are also offered with an automatic CVT.

 

2. Elegant exterior design with the tough stance of an SUV, and a new Sport grade

    Distinctive design gives HR-V an emotional appeal
    Updated model features sportier exterior styling
    Refreshed ‘Solid Wing Face’ graphic in high-gloss chrome
    Dynamic profile with sleek glasshouse and hidden rear door handles
    HR-V Sport introduces a dynamic styling pack

The HR-V’s overall design concept combines the elegance and fluidity of a coupé with the utility and strength of an SUV. For the latest model, Honda’s development team sought to enhance its sophistication and emotional appeal through a range of design updates.

Honda’s HR-V has a coupé-like cabin profile, with a powerful nose and strong lower body forms, together with finely-sculpted surface detailing. It creates a characterful look that produces an emotional appeal among its target audience, which highly values style and practicality.

On the road, the new HR-V boasts a distinctive and self-assured identity, while having a clear family lineage. The refresh leads with a more substantial interpretation of Honda’s ‘Solid Wing Face’ graphic with a new, high-gloss dark chrome panel that replaces the black-and-chrome combination above the grille.

HR-V’s coupé-like body shape creates a dynamic and sporty look, complemented by rear door handles integrated within the C-pillar. Distinctive, sharply-defined lines run the length of the body, giving the HR-V a purposeful, forward-leaning stance and a sense of movement and agility, even at a standstill.

For the latest model, Honda’s designers sought to bestow HR-V with an even more robust presence. Strongly sculpted lower body panels are enhanced by deeper air intake sections in the front bumper that house circular fog lights, while the headlights now have projector lenses with LED daytime running lights as standard.

At the rear, a dark chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the trim at the front, and the rear lights sit within dark lens casings.

On higher-grade models, the wheels are upgraded to a new 17-inch alloy design, and the exhaust tailpipe has a unique chrome finisher. The headlights and rear lights are upgraded to full LED units, and the rear casings are enhanced with a dark ‘smoked’ effect.

HR-V retains outstanding aerodynamic performance in the crossover segment. Beneath the vehicle, three covers (under the engine, front floor and rear floor) help to smooth and optimise air-flow, boosting fuel efficiency. They also enhance noise insulation for improved interior refinement. Aerodynamic development work focused on optimising front and rear aerodynamic lift to further improve vehicle stability at speed.

The toughness, solidity and sure-footedness associated with larger SUVs are complemented by intricate seamless detailing, ensuring that HR-V possesses the elegance to look attractive in any scene.

Honda will offer a choice of nine exterior colours for the 2019 HR-V, including the new additions of Platinum Grey Metallic (Sport only) and Midnight Blue Beam Metallic. The other colour choices comprise: Milano Red, Platinum White and Crystal Black in a pearlescent finish; and Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, Brilliant Sporty Blue and Ruse Black metallic hues.

2019 HR-V Sport

For the new HR-V Sport model, a high-gloss black chrome panel replaces the darkened chrome of the standard 2019 HR-V across the front. An exclusive black honeycomb finish is also applied to the front grille garnish, which carries over into the fog light surrounds.

The HR-V Sport is uniquely fitted with a dynamic styling pack, which comprises a slim front splitter, side skirts, wheel arch mouldings and a more aggressive rear bumper – all finished in black. It also includes black door mirror caps, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels in a unique design. Sport grade cars are equipped with full LED headlight and tail light clusters, enhanced at the rear with a dark ‘smoked’ effect and black inner bars, as well as a black chrome garnish across the tailgate.

3. Enhanced line-up of efficient and powerful engines with an engaging drive

    Choice of 130 PS or 182 PS petrol and 120 PS diesel engines
    Six-speed manual gearbox and enhanced CVT for petrol models
    Stiff structure gives confidence-inspiring secure driving feel
    Sport model fitted with advanced 'Performance Damper' technology

Expanding the range of powertrains available, the new Honda HR-V will be available with a choice of powerful 130 PS (96 kW) 1.5-litre i-VTEC or 182 PS (134 kW) 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engines, or a highly efficient 120 PS (88 kW) 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel ( available in selected markets only). Each of the four-cylinder engines are engineered to deliver responsive performance together with low fuel consumption.

1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol

With an optimal balance of power and efficiency, the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine produces 130 PS (96 kW) and maximum torque of 155 Nm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 10.2 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual (6MT), and 11.7 seconds with the optional CVT. The i-VTEC engine has CO2 emissions from 148g/km* (WLTP) (from 130g/km NEDC correlated) and combined cycle fuel economy from 6.6l/100km to 6.8l/100km* (WLTP).

The 1.5-litre i-VTEC powertrain employs Honda’s VTEC (Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control) and VTC (Variable Timing Control) technologies, complemented by strong tumble intake ports and an optimised piston shape to provide benefits in output and efficiency. For the latest model, it has been further enhanced by ‘advanced plateau honing’, that lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinder bores by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Its timing chain guides also feature a new friction-reducing coating, which further helps to reduce long-term wear and boost engine efficiency.

1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol

A new addition to the 2019 HR-V line-up is the powerful 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO engine, which was first seen in the latest generation Honda Civic. This power unit is only available on the new HR-V Sport . This four-cylinder engine gives the compact SUV enhanced performance, with peak power of 182 PS (134 kW) at 5,500 rpm. Equipped with a six-speed manual (6MT) as standard, maximum torque of 240 Nm is delivered between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. With the optional CVT, 220 Nm is delivered between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm.

The HR-V Sport 6MT accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.8 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 215 km/h (133 mph). When equipped with the optional CVT gearbox, acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 8.6 seconds, and the top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph).

The HR-V Sport has CO2 emissions from 151g/km* (WLTP) (from 135g/km NEDC Correlated) and combined cycle fuel economy from 6.7l/100km to 7.1/100km* (WLTP).

1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel

This efficient diesel engine incorporates extensive technologies that reduce friction, improve emissions and increase fuel economy. The 1,597cc 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 high-strength, lightweight slender crankshaft and all-aluminium, open-deck, high-pressure, die-cast engine block also help to keep the engine’s weight as low as possible.

Powered by the diesel engine – which generates 120 PS at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm – the new HR-V accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 10.0 seconds, placing it among the most dynamic vehicles in its class. Fuel economy ranges from 5.0l/100km to 5.2l/100km* (WLTP data) with combined cycle CO2 emissions from 132g/km* (WLTP) (from 105g/km NEDC Correlated).

Both the petrol and diesel engines are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. A lightweight and high-rigidity shaft improves the overall efficiency of the transmission, while a shorter gear throw than other SUVs in the segment provides a sportier feel.

Responsive and refined CVT

Available as an option for the two 1.5-litre petrol engines, Honda’s popular CVT offers a natural ‘multi-gear’ feel through the use of control software – exclusive to Europe – which simulates seven speeds, and provides optimised gear change mapping.

Honda’s turbine twin-damper torque converter technology further enhances the optional CVT, which reduces the fluctuation in torque input to the transmission, improving durability as well as NVH management. It delivers a more direct response to engine speed, which results in a more linear feel for the driver.

Two software features also provide situation-specific enhancements. Firstly, Early Downshift During Braking (EDDB) utilises the engine to assist the driver during braking. When the system recognises a deceleration downhill, or in a cornering situation initiated by the braking system, EDDB automatically increases the engine speed to provide engine braking. This then allows for quick acceleration after controlled braking or after cornering.

Secondly, Fast Off measures how quickly the driver releases the accelerator pedal and maintains engine revs to provide engine braking in situations where the driver has released the pedal quickly. This system has been extensively tested for Europe’s high speed, multi-lane roads. For example, Fast Off recognises when the driver has prepared to pass a vehicle in front, but is unable to complete the manoeuvre due to a vehicle in the next lane. As the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal to let the vehicle behind pass by, Fast Off maintains a high engine speed in preparation for completing the overtaking manoeuvre.

Enhanced ride comfort and handling

HR-V buyers in Europe will benefit from Honda’s Synaptic Damping Control (SDC) system, which was introduced for the first time in the 2015 HR-V. Fitted to all models as standard, the system enhances both ride comfort and handling by modifying damping force according to the road surface and driving conditions.

Dynamic tuning for the 2019 HR-V builds on a highly rigid platform and bodyshell, which includes high-strength steel for 27% of the body. The stiff bodyshell gives the standard suspension (MacPherson struts at the front and an H-type torsion beam at the rear) a solid foundation, which – together with a low centre of gravity and minimised body roll – delivers a reassuring solidity and inspires a feeling of security when driving.

The HR-V’s motion adaptive electric power-assisted steering system helps to minimise understeer, working in parallel with the low roll centre at the front suspension and the higher roll centre at the rear. The result is exceptionally linear driving behaviour making HR-V one of the most confidence-inspiring cars in the crossover segment, especially when driven enthusiastically.

Powerful and stable stopping power for the HR-V is assured with an all-disc braking system, featuring 293 mm ventilated front discs and 282 mm solid discs at the rear. Electronic aids which boost braking power and enhance vehicle stability include: Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stablity Assist and Hill Start Assist.

Advanced technologies for HR-V Sport

Honda has developed the HR-V Sport model to cater for owners who want a more dynamic driving experience from their subcompact SUV. As part of an upgrade package that aims to optimise the balance of body rigidity, suspension control and steering feel, the HR-V Sport is equipped with bespoke 'Performance Damper' technology.

The damper system, integrated at the front and rear of the car, is engineered to counteract the relative lateral and torsional movement through the chassis. It keeps the car flatter through corners, enhances stability during sudden lane changes and reduces vibration over uneven roads.

The HR-V Sport also boasts a bespoke steering set-up, employing a variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion system, which is complemented by Honda's Agile Handling Assist technology. It delivers a steady response at on-centre and near-centre steering angles, and a smoother response at off-centre steering angles.

* Vehicle emissions are certified with the new type approval procedure WLTP in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1151.

4. Innovative and versatile interior space

    Centre-mounted fuel tank layout creates class-leading interior space
    Rear passengers benefit from an abundance of head, leg and knee room
    Honda’s Magic Seat® system provides unrivalled cabin versatility
    Cargo space easily accessed through wide and low tailgate opening

The Honda HR-V’s interior layout is tailored to the dynamic and demanding preferences of the modern and discerning consumer. The latest model remains as versatile as ever, including the carry-over of Honda’s innovative Magic Seat system.

Honda’s team has balanced class-leading interior space, ease of use and storage space with dynamic and emotional design. HR-V boasts an interior packed with functionality but also with a sense of personal space and fun. Roomy and incredibly versatile, the HR-V’s cabin brings the virtues of an MPV into the crossover segment while providing a driving position which engenders a sense of agility and dynamism.

The foundation of the HR-V’s spacious and versatile interior is Honda’s centre-mounted fuel tank layout. This space-efficient innovative packaging mounts the low profile fuel tank under the front seats, which frees up the underfloor space beneath the rear seats. This enables the platform to accommodate Honda’s Magic Seat system, also available on the Honda Jazz.

The Magic Seat system allows each of the 60:40 split second-row seats to adopt numerous configurations to maximise the people and load carrying versatility of the cavernous interior. The Magic Seat system can adopt one of three ‘modes’ from the standard seating position.

Utility mode – the rear seat back folds forward as the seat base itself lowers into the rear passenger footwell, creating a maximum 1,845 mm-long flat floor.

Tall mode – the front of the rear seat base rises up and back and is locked in a vertical position to leave a cargo height of 1,240 mm from floor to ceiling, allowing tall objects to be placed behind the front seats.

Long mode – the front passenger seat back folds back to a horizontal position, while the rear seat back folds forward, forming a ‘tunnel’ to accommodate items up to 2,445 mm long.

Occupants will appreciate the class-leading cabin space, with headroom, legroom and shoulder room in the front and rear so generous that they match the dimensions more commonly found in larger vehicles.

The cargo bay also offers impressive space with a capacity of up to 470* litres with the rear seats upright, increasing to up to 1,103* litres with the rear seats folded. The HR-V’s wide tailgate opening (1,180 mm) and low loading height (650 mm) ensure that the capacious cargo space is easily accessible.

Travelling long distances in the HR-V is a comfortable and fatigue-free experience for the driver and passengers thanks to Honda engineers’ determination to provide this model with class-best levels of refinement. Furthermore, the 2019 HR-V sees the introduction of redesigned seats for the driver and front passenger, which incorporate changes to the seat cushion and back rest, providing enhanced overall support – especially for the shoulder area.

* Actual cargo capacity in litres varies dependent on model engine and grade. Please refer to technical spec data for futher details.

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5. Refined interior design with high quality materials

    Sophisticated cabin ambience with high quality, soft-touch materials
    Honda Connect delivers convenience and connectivity on the road
    Broad range of functions presented on seven-inch touchscreen
    Large panoramic tilt-and-slide glass sunroof unique in class

The HR-V’s interior marries divergent themes, striving to achieve spaciousness, reassuring solidity and – for the driver – a cockpit with the wraparound feel of a coupé.

The expansive, airy cabin is fitted with high quality, soft-touch surfaces, subtly accented with brushed chrome highlights and sophisticated stitching lines to provide a premium ambience. The dashboard design combines a solid feel with premium detailing, including a piano-black feature panel that emphasises the sense of quality, class and refinement.

For the 2019 HR-V, new seats for the driver and front passenger provide enhanced support in the seat cushion and back rest. Standard fabric upholstery is now fashioned from higher-quality material, while higher grade models feature a combination of fabric and leather with double stitching for a more appealing finish. Top-grade cars have a full leather interior as standard (KE ONLY).

Inside the dedicated HR-V Sport model, the seats are trimmed in a unique two-tone black fabric and dark red leather combination, and it also features gloss black trim finishes for the lower dashboard and centre console panels. Black roof lining adds to the dynamic interior of the model,

Facing the driver, a three-dial instrument binnacle features ‘floating’ illumination rings and Honda’s ECO Assist function, which changes the backlight colour of the speedometer from white to green during fuel-efficient driving.

Facing the front seat passenger, a ‘wide flow’ air outlet incorporates three adjustable air vents across the dashboard, resulting in a comfortable airflow for all passengers. The air flow volume settings are optimised to deliver: high volume for the outlet nearest the side window; low volume for the centre outlet; and medium volume for the air outlet closest to the centre panel.

The sense of spaciousness is amplified on top-grade models in the new HR-V line-up by the availability of a unique-in-class opening panoramic glass sunroof. With one-touch opening tilt and slide operation, the 846 mm-long panoramic sunroof features a sliding sunshade that opens automatically with the roof and can be closed manually to block sunlight. The front section – which tilts to a height of 27.5 mm at its rear – measures 475 mm in length.

Honda’s ‘Smart Touch Interior’ enables operation of frequent functions with the smallest movement and effort. These functions include: Electric Park Brake, Touch Panel Climate Control and One-Touch Indicators.

Advanced infotainment system

Seamless connectivity and infotainment is provided in the HR-V by the Honda Connect system, first seen in Europe on the 2015 CR-V. It is fitted as standard on the mid and upper grade HR-V, and as an option on the base model.

Easy and intuitive to use, the system is accessed through a seven-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash. The display can be customised to suit individual preferences, with two different ‘skins‘ to choose from, allowing users to make the system their own. Colour-coded icons ensure navigating through menus is quick and simple.

The Honda Connect system comes with pre-installed apps, with others available for download from the Honda App Centre for owners to personalise their connected experience. The pre-installed ‘Aha’ app allows effortless access to thousands of audio stations – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media feeds and location-based services.

In addition, the Honda Connect system features extensive options for synchronising with smartphones and other personal multimedia devices: WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI,

Also available as standard higher grades Honda offers HR-V buyers a fully-integrated Garmin satellite navigation system.

HR-V base models are fitted as standard with a five-inch LCD colour display screen in the centre of the dashboard and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD Audio system with four speakers. Mid and upper grade models are fitted with a 180-watt six-speaker audio system.

Enhanced interior refinement

The HR-V’s highly efficient acoustic insulation package has been improved for 2019 by adding greater levels of insulating material around the car, including around the front bulkhead and wheel arches, the boot structure, and both front and rear door panels. It incorporates top quality, non-woven underlay and sound-absorbing carpets of a type usually found only in high-grade premium vehicles. Furthermore, the floor carpet, underfloor cover and dashboard acoustic pad inserts all contribute to achieving a refined and relaxing atmosphere throughout the cabin. At a constant speed of 100 km/h, occupants experience a whisper-quiet 65 dB of cabin noise.

Depending on model grade, the new HR-V is also be equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) for the first time. ANC is designed to reduce low-frequency noise in the interior by monitoring for such noises using two in-cabin microphones, and then cancelling them out with precisely-timed ‘reverse phase’ audio signals through the speakers.

On the Sport model with manual transmission Active Sound Control is applied. Active Sound Control has the same ability as Active Noise Cancellation and also operates throughout the rest of the engines speed range, where it can tune the sound heard when accelerating.

6. Compehensive suite of advanced safety features

    Every HR-V has City-Brake Active System to help avoid low-speed accidents
    Advanced Driver Assist System features five active safety aids

    Front seats feature anti-whiplash head restraints to minimise injury

    Incorporates Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body design

As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the HR-V is fitted with a wide range of active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer, while maximising occupant and pedestrian protection.

Every HR-V sold in Europe will be equipped with Honda’s City-Brake Active System. Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system uses laser radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is designed to operate at speeds below 32 km/h (20 mph). If the system identifies a risk of collision then pre-braking as well as audible and visual warning will occur, eventually followed by full autonomous braking to bring the car to a stop.

Advanced Driver Assist System

Mid and upper grade models will feature Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System, which uses radar sensors, plus forward and rear facing cameras, as standard. This comprehensive suite of active safety technologies includes: Forward Collision Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning and High-beam Support System.

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision Warning detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front, using the multi-purpose camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15 km/h (9 mph) and above. On detecting the risk of collision, it will offer visual and audible warnings. The warning distance can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences and the system can be turned off by the driver.

Traffic Sign Recognition

Traffic Sign Recognition uses the multi-purpose camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs in the instrument binnacle screen once the vehicle has passed the sign.

The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs while the left shows ‘No Passing’ signs and speed limits with additional information; such as weather conditions, for example.

Intelligent Speed Limiter

Intelligent Speed Limiter combines two otherwise independent safety systems – Adjustable Speed Limiter and Traffic Sign Recognition system – resulting in an advanced safety assistance feature. The Adjustable Speed Limiter system –standard on every Honda car on sale in Europe – regulates the maximum speed of the vehicle at a level set by the driver.

With Intelligent Speed Limiter activated, the maximum speed of the vehicle is automatically determined by the prevailing legal speed limit detected by the Traffic Sign Recognition system. When the vehicle passes a sign indicating a lower speed limit, the vehicle will gently and automatically slow, through a reduction in power, to a maximum speed that does not exceed the speed limit. An alert sounds and the displayed speed limit blinks if the vehicle speed exceeds the limit by 3 km/h (2 mph) or more. The vehicle’s maximum speed – regardless of the accelerator input by the driver – will not exceed this limit. When the vehicle passes a sign indicating a higher speed limit, it will allow the driver to accelerate until the vehicle reaches the new maximum permitted speed, at which point it will prevent the vehicle from exceeding the new speed limit. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road. If the car deviates from its current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

High Beam Support System

High Beam Support System works at speeds of more than 40 km/h (25 mph) to switch High Beam head lights on or off automatically depending on oncoming or preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

Passive safety engineered into the structure

The HR-V platform incorporates Honda’s exclusive ACE™ (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body design, which employs a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly. This design helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger cell in the event of an impact, giving superior front, side and rear crash-worthiness.

ACE™ also helps minimise the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.

Every new HR-V sold in Europe is equipped with a total of eight airbags, maximising occupant protection. The front, side and full-length curtain airbags are all advanced ‘intelligent’ designs and are triggered only when absolutely necessary. The front seat head restraints are designed to reduce the effects of whiplash injury.

7. Technical specifications

Body and chassis

Four-door, five-seat SUV with unitary construction bodyshell. A choice of three engines and two transmissions driving the front wheels.

 
   

1.5 litre i-VTEC (petrol)
   

1.5-litre VTEC TURBO (petrol)
   

1.6 litre i-DTEC (diesel)

Type
   

4 valves per cylinder
   

4 valves per cylinder
   

4 valves per cylinder

Capacity (cc)
   

1,498
   

1,498
   

1,597

Bore x stroke (mm)
   

73.0 x 89.5
   

73 x 89.5
   

76.0 x 88.0

Compression ratio
   

11.5
   

10.6
   

16

Power
   

130 PS at 6,600 rpm
   

182 PS at 5,500 rpm (6MT), 182 ps at 6,000 rpm (CVT)
   

120 PS at 4,000 rpm

Torque
   

155 Nm at 4,600 rpm
   

240 Nm at 1,900 – 5,000 rpm (6MT)

220 at 1700-5500 rpm (CVT)
   

300 Nm at 2,000 rpm

Transmission

 
   

1.5 litre i-VTEC (petrol)
   

1.5-litre VTEC TURBO (petrol)
   

1.6 litre i-DTEC (diesel)

Manual
   

6 speeds
   

6 speeds
   

6 speeds

CVT
   

Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’
   

Variable with 7 simulated ‘gears’
   

-

Gear ratios

 
   

1.5-litre i-VTEC
   

1.5-litre VTEC TURBO
   

1.6-litre i-DTEC

 
   

6 speed manual
   

CVT
   

6 speed manual
   

CVT (simulated gears)
   

6 speed manual

(simulated gears)

1st
   

3.642
   

 
   

 3.642
   

 
   

3.642

2nd
   

2.08
   

 
   

2.080
   

 
   

1.884

3rd
   

1.361
   

 
   

 1.361
   

 
   

1.179

4th
   

1.023
   

 
   

 1.023
   

 
   

0.869

5th
   

0.829
   

 
   

 0.829
   

 
   

0.705

6th
   

0.686
   

 
   

0.686
   

 
   

0.592

7th
   


   

 
   

 -
   

 
   



Reverse
   

3.673
   

 
   

 3.673
   

 
   

3.673

Final Drive
   

4.705
   

 
   

 4.705
   

 
   

3.85

Forward
   

 
   

0.408 - 2.526
   

 
   

0.405 – 2.645
   

 

Reverse
   

 
   

1.382 - 2.706
   

 
   

1.339 – 1.858
   

 

Final Drive
   

 
   

5.436
   

 
   

5.047
   

 

Suspension and damping

Front
   

MacPherson Strut

Rear
   

H-type torsion beam

Steering

 
   

1.5-litre i-VTEC (petrol)
   

1.5 litre VTEC TURBO (petrol)
   

1.6 litre i-DTEC (diesel)

Type
   

Rack and pinion

Steering turns
   

2.79
   

2.38
   

2.71

(lock to lock)

Turning circle
   

10.6
   

11.0
   

10.6

(at wheels)

Turning circle
   

 11.4
   

11.8

 
   

11.4

Brakes

Front
   

293 mm ventilated disc

Rear
   

282 mm disc

Wheels and tyres

Wheel size
   

Tyres - Front
   

Tyres - Rear

x 16-inch
   

215/60 R16
   

215/60 R16

x 17-inch
   

215/55 R17
   

215/55 R17

x 18 inch (Sport only)
   

225/50 R18
   

225/50 R18

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior
   

HR-V / HR-V SPORT (mm)

Overall length
   

4335 / 4346

Overall width
   

2,019 (including door mirrors)

Overall height
   

1,605 (including antenna)

Wheelbase
   

2,610

Capacities (litres)

Luggage
   

Maximum –

470 (seats up) / 1103 (seats folded)

SPORT –

448 (seats up) / 1043 (seats folded)

Fuel tank
   

50

Weights (kg)

Engine
   

1.5-litre i-VTEC (petrol)
   

1.5-litre VTEC TURBO (petrol)
   

1.6-litre i-DTEC (diesel)

Curb weight
   

 1241 -1317 (6MT)

 1249 -1324 (CVT)
   

 1341- 1349 (6MT)

 1428- 1435 (CVT)
   

 1343-1417

(6MT)

Performance and fuel consumption

Engine
   

1.5-litre i-VTEC
   

1.5-litre VTEC TURBO
   

1.6-litre i-DTEC

Transmission
   

6 speed manual
   

CVT
   

6 speed manual
   

CVT
   

6 speed manual

Maximum speed (km/h)
   

 192
   

187
   

215
   

200
   

188

0-100 km/h (seconds)
   

10.7
   

11.4
   

 7.8
   

8.6
   

10.5

NEDC Correlated - Fuel consumption Combined (l/100km)
   

5.0-7.0
   

4.7-6.3
   

5.1-7.3
   

5.0-7.6
   

3.9-4.2

NEDC Correlated - CO2 combined (g/km)
   

130-132
   

121-122
   

135
   

137
   

105-108

WLTP - Fuel consumption

(l/100km) -Low
   

8.2 – 8.4
   

8.6 – 8.8
   

8.5
   

10.5
   

5.0- 5.2

WLTP - Fuel consumption

(l/100km) –Medium
   

6.2 - 6.3
   

6.0 – 6.2
   

6.2
   

6.7
   

4.6 – 4.9

WLTP - Fuel consumption

(l/100km) –High
   

5.7 – 5.8
   

5.6 – 5.8
   

5.8
   

5.9
   

4.4 – 4.6

WLTP - Fuel consumption

(l/100km) –Extra High
   

7.0 – 7.1
   

7.2 – 7.4
   

7.0
   

7.3
   

5.7 – 5.8

WLTP - Fuel consumption

(l/100km) –Combined
   

6.6 – 6.7
   

6.6 – 6.8
   

6.7
   

7.1

 
   

5.0 – 5.2

 

WLTP - CO2 combined (g/km)
   

148-152
   

150-155
   

151
   

162
   

132-136
Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Aprilie 13, 2019, 07:54:23 a.m.
“Honda experience Casa Connessa Tortona” brings connected lifestyle to Milan Design Week 2019

https://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/164702/honda-experience-casa-connessa-tortona-brings-connected-lifestyle-to-milan-design-week-2019?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_2719&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu


    Honda to exhibit for the first time at Milan Design Week
    The “Honda experience - Casa Connessa Tortona“ will offer visitors a unique insight into the design concept of the Honda e Prototype, Honda’s first battery electric vehicle for Europe
    Honda announces furniture curation of Casa Connessa Tortona by Italian-based Danord
    Photography exhibition inspired by Honda e Prototype design language also announced, featuring acclaimed Italian photographers

Honda opened the doors on its exhibit at Milan Design Week 2019, the first time the brand has had a significant presence at the world’s largest design exhibition. Honda’s e Prototype, fresh from its world premiere at 2019 Geneva Motor Show will be the centrepiece of the “Honda experience - Casa Connessa Tortona“.

“Honda experience - Casa Connessa Tortona“

Based in the Tortona design district of Milan, Honda has used high-end fashion boutique “Alysi - The Garden House” as the base to create its experience.

On entry, visitors are greeted by an immersive visual and auditory experience designed to represent the shift from the urban environment to a calming space. Walking through the entrance into the main space, the Honda e Prototype is presented under a glass roof, leaving the car open to shifting natural light.

At the centre of the venue sits an architectural tree sculpture, created from natural materials. The sculpture acts as a symbol of the seamless link between the outside environment and inside life that inspired the design language of the Honda e Prototype.

Furniture and photography collaborations

Elsewhere, Honda has worked together with a team of Italian photographers to create an exhibition inspired by the design language of the Honda e Prototype. The team lead by Sara Mautone use projection techniques to display their work.

The environment is completed by a diorama designed to represent the ‘seamless living’ style of the Honda e Prototype interior. Italian furniture company Danord curated pieces for this area. Based close to Modena, founder Francesca Gatti specialises in the curation of furniture in the style of mid-century Scandinavian and modern design alike.

“Honda experience - Casa Connessa Tortona“ is based in zona Tortona, close to Porta Genova train station. The venue will be open from 9-14 April, 10am-9pm.

A special media preview session will take place from 2.30-4.30pm on 9 April, where Honda designers and collaborators will be available for interview. Please contact Nik Pearson +44 (0) 7464 493333 to book interview time.

ENDS

Editors Notes

Profile: Danord

Danord is born of a need.

The need to create personalized spaces through the combination of sometimes unique items, different periods and backgrounds.

Furniture belonging to the history of Scandinavian design flanked by a careful research of new production objects, which interact with each other in a continuous relationship between the new and the original.

The intent of Francesca Gatti, founder of Danord, is not to reconstruct the tradition but to reinterpret, with the sensitivity of today, that of yesterday.

Danord is an “ideal space”, free from any design scheme and criterion. A place where you can find inspiration to create a tailor-made housing unit, just as you desire.

For Milan Design Week 2019, in collaboration with Honda, Danord will be curating the furniture within our space to demonstrate the main focus of the Honda e prototype – seamless living and a connected lifestyle.

http://www.danord.it/

Profile: Sara Mautone (ig: sara_mautone)

Sara Mautone, born in 1991, began working as a photographer in Florence in 2010. Since then, she has worked with magazines, brands and international agencies for editorial and fashion lookbooks: and publications Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, L'Officiel, Mia le journal. She also showcased her works in London in galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Hoxton Gallery, Habitat platform gallery.

In 2016, she moved to Milan where she currently lives and works. Her style is constantly evolving and does not focus on a single type of artistic language but tries to explore different creative possibilities, moving with ease between editorial and commercial works. On the occasion of the Milan Design Week, Sara together with a collective of five other photographers, will curate exclusively for Honda a photographic exhibition that will represent the six values ​​related to the Honda e Prototype: Simple / Connected / Friendly / Unique / Comfortable / Soulful.

Profile: Claudia Pasanisi

Born in the south of Italy, Claudia studied architecture in Milan before working as a personal assistant to a renowned Italian photographer. While living in London, she collaborated with Sunday Times, British Elle, Esquire, The Guardian Style Magazine and ES Style Magazine. She has been working recently in Milan producing fashion editorials for clients including Glamour, Vanity Fair, Italian Elle, Gioia Magazine, and Drew Editorial. She is continuing to work, meanwhile, on a personal project, The Chidro, recently featured in Dazed.

https://nineteensixtyeight.com/shop-category/artists/claudia-pasanisi/

Profile: Andrea Massari

I was born in Rome, but I’ve spent my childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil … it was wonderfull!

Here comes two of me… the first one, the painter, is going round and round just to catch everything possible about art and design, charmed by some great creators like Mirò, Matisse, Picasso, Lichtenstein and many others; but the second one is tainted by a lot of great photographers such as Sieff or Avedon that influenced my own creative expression.

Anyway nature, sun and simplicity are most influential elements in my work, ’cause I want to show the side so pure and strange of what I see. Probably at first sight my work could appear to be inspired by different trends or tendencies but this isn’t a treacherous thing, only an apparent dualism.

So, while applying colours to paper nourishes a thick, bright, ironic, generous polymorphism, the photographic eye tends to fix the stream of private, plain, elegant nuances that can in any case reproduce the mutability and warmth of daylight.

I live and work in New York and Milan.

http://andreamassari.com

Profile: Peppe Tortora

The search for total vision for the right understanding is impossible. Peppe Tortora is an art, fashion and landscape photographer and director.

He's known for shooting in strictly old school large format. His work is between Naples, Milan, Paris, New York. In addition to photography, he's a multi-instrumental musician. He currently lives in Milan thinking at his first personal exposition in Italy.

Profile: Alessandro Barteletti

Alessandro is a photographer and journalist, and tells the behind the scenes story of social, sports and news events: from the training of Italian soldiers leaving for Iraq in 2004 to the earthquake in Abruzzo in 2009; from the last days of John Paul II in 2005 to the 2008 presidential election in the United States.

In 2017 he followed the training of astronaut Paolo Nespoli for National Geographic Italy. His project "Our man in space" has become the cover story of the July 2017 issue; the cover followed the astronaut in orbit.

Passionate about everything that flies in the sky and runs on the road, over the years he has also specialized in aviation and motor racing, collaborating with the main Italian motoring magazines and creating exclusive services for Ferrari and Aeronautica Militare.

https://www.alessandrobarteletti.com/
Titlu: Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Mai 18, 2019, 05:39:31 p.m.
Honda advances ‘Electric Vision’ by announcing name of its new urban EV and confirming hybrid power for all-new Jazz

https://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/180126/honda-advances-electric-vision-by-announcing-name-of-its-new-urban-ev-and-confirming-hybrid-power-fo?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_2754&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu


    Name of Honda’s urban electric car confirmed: ‘Honda e’
    Next-generation Jazz will be available with a hybrid powertain featuring advanced i-MMD technology
    ‘Electric Vision’ strategy will see all Honda cars electrified by 2025

Honda is progressing its 'Electric Vision' for Europe by confirming the name of its first fully electric urban vehicle – the ‘Honda e’ – and by announcing that the next-generation Jazz will be available with a hybrid powertrain featuring the brand's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) technology.

Honda’s Electric Vision, renewed and emboldened at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, is for 100% of the brand’s European sales to feature electrified powertrains by 2025. The Honda e, presented as a production prototype in Geneva, is Honda's first model to benefit from a dedicated EV platform and takes a bold step with its