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Titlu: Stiri despre alte modele HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 14, 2014, 08:46:14 a.m.

The idea of a hybrid minivan is not new, at least in Japan. Toyota sells the Estima - the world's first hybrid minivan, it has been available since 2001 - and the Aphard hybrids there. The US is not immune to the dream - in 2011, Chrysler said it was going to make a hybrid minivan in 2013 (didn't happen) - but there has never been a gas-electric minivan sold from a major automaker in the US. And, despite new rumors of a Honda Odyssey hybrid for Japan, the chances that the US will get one in the near future remain roughly at zero.

A new report says Honda is considering a hybrid version of the fifth-generation Odyssey in Japan, and such a gas-electric powertrain could reduce fuel use by up to 50 percent. Honda powertrain assistant large project leader Takashi Shinchi told CarAdvice that the hybrid (not a plug-in version) is "under consideration," given the hybrid minivan competition in Japan.

Such consideration is not happening in the US, at least not in any serious way. Sage Marie, senior manager of public relations for Honda North America, told AutoblogGreen, "The only thing the Japanese Odyssey and the US Odyssey have in common is the name. There are no current plans for a US Odyssey hybrid, but I will tell you that over time you can expect to see broader application of our industry-leading two motor hybrid system."

The standard, gas-powered 2014 Odyssey gets 22 miles per gallon, combined (19 city and 28 highway).

"Over time you can expect to see broader application of our two motor hybrid system" - Sage Marie


Car review: Honda City i-DTEC

Honda is looking at covering lost ground with the introduction of its Honda City Diesel. With this car, it’s not just about a diesel offering, but about raising the game to a whole new level.

When Honda introduced the City in 1998, the car went on to become the bestseller in its segment and more importantly it set the standard for midsize sedan customers. Competitors pitted their products against the City but couldn’t quite match up to it. A chink in the City’s armour was the lack of a diesel option, and when petrol prices started to spiral skywards, diesel engined versions of the competition made further inroads and the City found itself losing its position as a segment leader. Honda knew the answer was a diesel heart and with the 4th generation version, the company has finally fitted in the 1.5 i-DTEC under the hood.

It’s clear that Honda is taking the fight straight to the competition and not settling for a high-headed strategy. Everything about the new car has its roots in what customers have come to expect from a vehicle of this class and by catering to all these needs, Honda has indeed ushered in a new level on the playing field. Starting with the styling, the car is more of an evolution of the previous model and while you can see similarities, rest assured for this is an all new car from ground up. Dominating details on the exterior include the large chrome bar across the grill, the slimmer and longer headlights, an aggressive looking front bumper, and a nice contoured hood. The rear has also received ample changes including the taillights and a dash of chrome. Overall, the car looks more mature than its predecessor yet retains a glint of a sporty attitude that works well enough to classify the new City as a rather handsome car.

The interiors are where you find a greater amount of change and you will be hard-pressed to think you are sitting in a midsize sedan. Honda’s ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ mantra can be experienced first-hand in the cabin of the new City. The car now measures 4440mm in length, 1695mm in width and 1495mm in height. While these dimensions are almost identical to the outgoing model, the new car’s wheelbase has been increased by 50mm to 2600mm which has led to freeing up a lot of space inside resulting in exceptional seating space for five. While this has been a virtue of the City since its 2nd generation model, the 4th generation definitely takes it up a notch.  In terms of materials, the car comes packed with goodies including a start/stop button, high end audio system with 8 speakers, a touchscreen air-conditioning control system, steering mounted controls, keyless entry, a sun roof, rear air-conditioning vents, rear view camera and an elaborate instrument cluster that also lights up based on your driving habits. As far as materials that comprise the interiors are concerned, they are top notch and seem to belong to a car that is at least a segment higher if not two.

Powering the diesel version of the Honda City is the 1498cc, four cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC diesel mill, which incidentally is the same unit that Honda offers on the Amaze compact sedan, albeit for the fact that in the City it is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Capable of making 100PS @3600rpm and 200 Nm @1750rpm, the engine offers a refined drive and power is delivered in a linear fashion and as per our tests, the City is capable of going from 0-100 km/h in 14.06 seconds, while doing the 0-60km/h sprint in 5.96 seconds which is rather decent and you are never really left wanting. The 6-speed transmission is a dream as well and typically Honda in the manner in which it slots into gear. While a bit of the diesel noise does creep into the cabin, the car comes across as a refined machine that is an absolute blast to drive without having to worry about the fuel bill for our test car delivered a rather decent 16.1 kmpl in the city and a still commendable figure of 22.6 on the highway. While Honda claims an ARAI tested 26 kmpl, the car still manages to deliver a rather respectable mileage under real world conditions.

Being a 3rd generation Honda owner myself, I found the new car’s on road mannerisms to be rather similar. There is a slight change in the way the car drives and this might have to do with the longer wheelbase, but overall, the ride quality and handling, even under some spirited jaunts, remain a strong point of the City’s character. In fact it takes quite a bit to get this car to lose its bearing and I highly doubt any owner will really reach that threshold under normal circumstances. The set up feels just right as you cruise along open roads and the car soaks in most road adulations. Get on the twisties and you can swing this car around bends without having to deal with a handful-a feature I thoroughly enjoyed while tacking the Lavasa ghat. It is very easy to get carried away behind the wheel of the City i-DTEC and as you learn to keep it well within its powerband you can really get the car to respond in a manner that is bound to liven you up a little!

Honda has worked hard to deal with low ground clearance issues that have plagued earlier models, and while the new car also maintains a 165mm ground clearance the underbody is actually contoured in a manner to give you a high point right in the center in order to avoid bottoming out while tackling speed breakers. It is a thoughtful approach to an otherwise cringing problem and the best part is that it works to a great extent, and it just goes to show how much attention Honda has paid to customer feedback and incorporated it on their latest offering.

Packed with all the right stuff and priced rather aggressively, the new City is no longer going to be a niche player in the market. Armed with a petrol, diesel and an automatic version, Honda is looking at a larger market segment as well as targeting B and C category towns. No doubt it is the diesel that will drive the City back to a leadership position and there is no arguing the fact that with the new City, Honda has raised the bar like never before and has established a new standard amongst midsize sedans.


Honda, Acura dependability ratings improve

Honda and Acura drivers say their vehicles are more dependable than did owners surveyed a year earlier, giving the Ohio-made brands high marks while many other automakers received bad news.

The annual survey of owners of 3-year-old vehicles of all brands, conducted by J.D. Power and Associates last fall, found that overall maintenance problems increased from the year-earlier poll. It’s the first time that has happened since 1998. Engines and transmissions accounted for a large share of the repairs.

“Automakers need to make a compromise in their powertrains between fuel economy and performance,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. The companies “are trying to wring every last 0.01 mpg out of vehicles, but there is a trade-off.”

The trade-off is that the engines and transmissions, particularly in four-cylinder vehicles, are more likely to hesitate and stumble than in the past, he said.

Looking at the average of all models in the 2011 model year, drivers reported 133 problems per 100 vehicles, up from 126 in the previous year.

Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, had 109, down from 120. The Honda brand had 114, down from 119.

“They bucked the trend,” Sargent said.

The time frame also might help Honda. Since the 2011 model year, the company has introduced new engines and transmissions for almost its entire line, including its flagship Accord. The performance of those vehicles will show up in the next few years of this survey.

“Quality, reliability and dependability have always been hallmarks for Honda, and we continually strive to improve in those areas, as evidenced by four straight years of improvement,” Art St. Cyr, vice president of planning and logistics for American Honda, said in an email.

“These (survey) results are the latest affirmation of our attention to the details that make our vehicles so popular with our customers.”

Lexus had the survey’s best showing, with 68 problems per 100 vehicles, down from 71.

Next, in order, were Mercedes-Benz, 104; Cadillac, 107; Acura, 109; Buick, 112; and, in a three-way tie at 114, Honda, Lincoln and Toyota.

At the bottom were Land Rover, 179; Dodge, 181; and Mini, 185.

The survey is one of several by J.D. Power that look at the quality, reliability and appeal of vehicles. This is different from the company’s initial-quality survey, which looks at vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership.


Honda to add 50 jobs, invest nearly $72 million at its Alabama plant

Honda plans to add 50 production jobs and invest $71.8 million at its Talladega County plant, the latest in a string of new projects for the Japanese automaker's Alabama operations.
The Talladega County Commission tonight approved nearly $3.4 million in tax abatements for the project, which is related to the production of drivetrain components. Construction, equipment installation and testing are expected to be complete next year.

The drivetrain components are part of Honda's "Earth Dreams Technology" program, which is focused on enhancing the fuel economy and performance of Honda's Alabama products, said Ted Pratt, a spokesman for the Lincoln plant.

The value of the abatements, for non-education taxes, is $187,000 a year for 10 years. The abatements also include $1.5 million in taxes related to construction costs.

The plant employs more than 4,000 people and represents a total investment of more than $2 billion. In the last three years alone, the company has added more than 450 jobs and spent more than $508 million at the Alabama operations.

A portion of that was tied to the addition of the Acura MDX SUV to the assembly lines. It is the first vehicle the plant has produced for Honda's luxury brand.

Workers in Lincoln also build Honda's Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV, Ridgeline pickup and the V-6 engines that power them.

"This latest expansion at Honda is proof that Alabama continues to be a great place for automotive manufacturing companies to be successful," Gov. Robert Bentley said in a prepared statement.

Titlu: Re: Stiri despre alte modele HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 14, 2014, 09:31:26 a.m.

Honda builds most top safety-rated models in U.S.

TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda has more top safety-rated vehicles made in America than any other automaker, the company said yesterday.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that the 2014 models of the Accord sedan and coupe, the Civic sedan and the Odyssey earned “Top Safety Pick Plus” ratings.

The 2014 Civic coupe earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating.

The automaker’s Acura RLX and MDX also earned top ratings, and the Acura TL joined the Civic coupe in its safety-rating category.

To earn a “Top Safety Pick” rating requires good performance in the institute’s moderate-overlap front, side, roof-strength and head-restraint tests and good or acceptable performance in the small-overlap front test. For the top accolade, those criteria must be met plus at least a basic rating for front crash prevention.


Honda zooms to third spot in domestic car market

 Honda Cars India has moved upwards to grab the position of India’s third largest car brand after Maruti and Hyundai from 6 position a year ago, riding on the success of its two new models -- diesel powered compact sedan and the mid-size sedan Honda City.

It clocked total sales of 100,495 units during first 10 months of this fiscal as against 56,713 units in a year-ago period. Honda was the only player to hit six digit sales during the period after Maruti (719,842 units) and Hyundai (310,864 units) and total domestic sales surpassed volumes of Tata, Toyota and Ford. Its compact sedan Amaze, launched in April 2013, has been sustaining the sales momentum in the entry level sedan category that had an unchallenged ruler Maruti Swift Dzire. Amaze proved to be not only a gamer changer for Honda, but also created some excitement in the segment as more players are queuing up to roll out new models.

The other model that has received unprecedented response is new Honda City, which regained its top slot in the mid-size sedan segment in January after losing to Hyundai Verna two years ago. City sold 7,184 units, while the total category volumes stood at 15,858 units, including 3,803 units of Verna.

While Honda hopes to sustain the momentum, it will further strengthen the portfolio with two more models next fiscal – a 7-seat MPV Mobilio and the new Jazz, a premium hatchback.


Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Honda Fit

 Famous for its innovative flat-folding “magic” rear seat, the Honda Fit has been a practical choice in the compact hatchback segment. Riding on a new chassis, the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit hatchback is shorter than the outgoing model, while riding on a longer wheelbase contributing to more passenger room, though cargo room shrinks slightly. While the Fit’s dimensions have been revamped, styling has been updated too. Here is look at the changes to the 2015 Honda Fit’s styling. Up front, the large round headlights in triangular housings have been replaced with sleeker elements, while the revamped grille shape is influenced by the Civic and Accord. Flanked by round foglights, the lower air intake is now bolder with a trapezoidal shape and black lower lip.

Along the side, crisper body lines give the 2015 Fit a more wedge-like shape. Starting just aft of the front wheel, the deeper upper body line curves up sharply, bisecting the door handles before running into the taillights. The lower body line is also more pronounced. For 2015, 16-inch alloy wheels replace 15-inch wheels. The greenhouse line below the front quarter window now angles down before angling up at the front of the front door window.

In back, the taillights now extend up the hatch to frame the rear window. A silver trim piece replaces the black panel at the base of the outgoing model’s rear window. The corners of the rear bumper feature a deep trapezoidal insert.

Inside, the basic steering wheel design remains, while the controls are now arranged in a circular shape. The triple gauge cluster remains, but the outside gauges are no longer angled in. The revamped dashboard’s center HVAC vents are offset toward the driver, and the HVAC controls have been moved below the infotainment screen, where before they were located on the upper left side of the center stack.

Is the 2015 Honda Fit’s styling refreshing or revolting compared to the outgoing model? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Last week, we took a look at the redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan, which received mixed reviews. Capamotortrend liked the new design: “Subaru has done no wrong here. Conservative styling overall with refreshing design touches here and there.” Icuwit4iiii agreed: “Refreshing!!!! I've always thought the Legacy looked ugly until now.”

SamJoe31 thought it was ugly: “Another huge disappointment from Subaru. The ugly front looks like a 2015 Hyundai Genesis.” Drfats agreed: “Better looking than what it replaces but still revolting.” While j3ff gave it back a backhanded compliment: “Well it's refreshing in the same way that Gollum is more refreshing than an Orc.”


Titlu: Re: Stiri despre alte modele HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 21, 2014, 09:43:30 a.m.
Honda’s Accord Beat Camry as Top U.S. Car in Individual Sales

Honda Motor Co. (7267) said its Accord was the best-selling car to U.S. individual customers in 2013, surpassing Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Camry, the leader in total volume to retail and fleet buyers for a 12th consecutive year.

Americans bought 360,089 Accords last year, Honda said in a statement yesterday, citing registration data from IHS Automotive’s Polk unit. Camry retail sales were 342,007 out of 408,484 total deliveries for the sedan, said Amanda Rice, a Toyota spokeswoman.

Honda’s strategy to concentrate on retail sales is paying off, as they aid resale values and typically are more profitable than those to fleets. Sales to individuals accounted for more than 98 percent of Accord’s U.S. volume last year, compared with about 84 percent for the Camry. U.S. automakers generally rely on fleets for a quarter or more of sales.

“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products,” John Mendel, Honda’s U.S. executive vice president, said in the statement.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, and Tokyo-based Honda have vied for U.S. car sales leadership since the 1980s. Both are under pressure to hold volume leads in those segments as new models from General Motors Co. (GM), Ford Motor Co. and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. gain ground.

The Accord had the highest residual value among mid-size cars in 2013, according to ALG, the Santa Barbara, California-based company that calculates such figures. The Honda model also led Kelley Blue Book’s resale value awards for mid-size cars. Camry isn’t in the top three of either ranking.

Honda advanced 1.4 percent as of 10:08 a.m. in Tokyo trading, compared with a 2 percent gain of the Nikkei 225 Stock Average. The stock has declined 15 percent this year.


Honda Spirior is matte green and black in China

A very hot Honda Spirior sedan, Spotted in China in some snow at the Solona shopping mall in Beijing. The good Honda was wrapped in matte green, and further sweetified by a black bonnet, black mirrors, black door handles, darkened headlights, a red Honda badge, a fatass body kit, and sporty 5-spoke alloys in matte gray.

Adding to the mix a black fuel cap, black sun visors on the side windows, extra shiny chrome around the side windows, darkened rear lights, a chromed license plate frame, an extra exhaust pipe, and some sorta diffuser on the back end of the body kit.

The Honda Spirior is made in China by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture. Price starts at 215.800 yuan and ends at 255.800 yuan. Engines: 2.0 and 2.4 petrol four-cylinders. Sadly we don’t see many modified Spiriors around, this froggy is only the second example after a matte light blue white car we saw elsewhere in town.


Honda Amaze, City, Brio and CR-V price revision: India Interim Budget 2014-15

While an Economic downturn in India caused a number of automakers here to suffer in silence for months because of falling sales, a bleak market, notwithstanding, Honda Cars India continued to sell cars in profitable volumes these past few months.

January 2014 broke a number of sales records for HCIL with 15714 cars sold, equating to 188% sales growth when compared to 5451 units sold in 2013 January. In response to this week’s Interim Budget 2014-15 announcement, Honda passes Excise Duty benefits to customers by reducing prices across the model range from Rs 14,650 to Rs 44,741, and are effective from 19th Feb 2014.

The new range of prices for all models (ex-showroom Delhi) w.e.f. 19thFeb 2014 is as follows:
Honda Brio    

Rs 399,900 – Rs599,900
Honda Amaze

    ·         Petrol


Rs 499,900 – Rs755,000

    ·         Diesel


Rs 597,500 – Rs 749,500
Honda City

    ·         Petrol


Rs 719,000 – Rs1,080,000

    ·         Diesel


Rs 837,000 – Rs 1,089,000
Honda CR-V    

Rs 2,025,000 – Rs 2,436,000

 Honda City price announced at time of launch:

Prices of Petrol Variants (Ex showroom Delhi in Rs):
E MT    7.42 Lakh
S MT    8.04 Lakh
SV MT    8.49 Lakh
V MT    8.99 Lakh
VX MT    9.93 Lakh
SV CVT    9.49 Lakh
VX CVT    10.98 Lakh

Prices of Diesel Variant (Ex showroom Delhi in Rs):
E MT    8.62 Lakh
S MT    9.24 Lakh
SV MT    9.66 Lakh
V MT    10.16 Lakh
VX MT    11.10 Lakh


Commenting on duty reduction, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “We welcome this move by the government. The reduction in duty will give the necessary boost to consumer demand and fuel growth in the auto industry. We are happy to pass on the benefit of the duty reduction to our customers.”


Titlu: Re: Stiri despre alte modele HONDA
Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 24, 2014, 07:41:29 p.m.
2015 Honda Fit Mexico Production Started

Honda is expanding its manufacturing operations in North America with the production start of the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit at a new, technologically-advanced automobile plant of Honda de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (HDM).

The new plant in North America increases Honda’s ability to meet customer demand for fuel-efficient subcompact models from within the region.

Honda explained the start-up of the Celaya Plant increases Honda’s annual automobile production capacity in North America to approximately 1.92 million units. In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America; this is expected by Honda to exceed 95 percent when the Celaya plant reaches full capacity.

Located in Celaya, Guanajuato, Honda added the US$800 million plant began production less than two years after construction started in early 2012, and will employ 3,200 associates with an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines when it reaches full production later this year.

In addition to the 2015 Honda Fit, the plant will begin production late this year of an all-new compact SUV, the Vezel.

“Our new plant in Mexico is based on the Honda Company Principle of maintaining a global viewpoint to supply products of the highest quality, yet at a reasonable price, for worldwide customer satisfaction,” said Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. “In Celaya, we can see these core values in action, with a commitment to the highest quality and efficiency and a focus on creating joy for our customers.”

Honda said the Celaya plant is designed exclusively for the production of subcompact vehicles and features a number of Honda’s most advanced manufacturing technologies in the world, including several that were first introduced last year at Honda’s new Yorii Plant in Japan, to increase quality and efficiency and reduce the plant’s environmental footprint.

Honda stated these key technologies include:

    A high-speed servo stamping press and adoption of a high-speed die change process that increases the efficiency of the stamping process by approximately 40%.
    An all-new, highly efficient general welder system, which joins the vehicle body panels together, achieves a major reduction in the number of welding robots, while increasing the number of weld points for higher quality and efficiency.
    A new 3-coat/2-bake, water-based painting process (replacing the traditional 4-coat/3-bake process) to reduce energy consumption during the painting process by approximately 40%, while enhancing paint finish quality.
    A highly efficient production line intended to reduce the time and space for assembly processes, that includes a reduction in heavy-lifting processes for improved associate ergonomics, an increase of in-plant sub-assembly processes and new strategies that ensure both more efficient and more precise vehicle assembly.
    LED lighting was installed throughout the plant and vehicle yard to reduce energy usage.

The Celaya Auto Plant is Honda de Mexico’s second auto plant. The first plant, located near Guadalajara, was established in El Salto, Jalisco in 1995.

Set to go on sale in the U.S. this spring, Honda unveiled the 2015 Fit for the U.S. market at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.


Honda opens second plant in Mexico

Honda Motor’s President and CEO Takanobu Ito (right) sits next to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as they watch ASIMO robot entertains the crowd during the opening of Honda’s new automobile plant in a suburb of Celaya, Guanajuato.

CELAYA: Honda unveiled a second factory in Mexico on Friday, seeking to capitalise on the nation’s rising power in the sector and strengthen the Japanese car giant’s foothold in North America.

The $800m plant in Celaya, in the central state of Guanajuato, will churn out 200,000 units per year, contributing to Mexico’s race to beat Canada and Japan as top car exporter to the United States.

For Honda, producing the Honda Fit hatchback and a yet-to-be-named compact-sport utility vehicle in Mexico will allow the company to expand its presence in the Mexican and US markets.

Latin America’s second-biggest economy has become an increasingly favoured destination for car makers thanks to its lower wages, skilled workforce and participation in a raft of free-trade pacts.

“We have great expectations for growth in the US market as well as the Mexican market,” Honda chief executive Takanobu Ito told reporters, adding that Mexico has good growth potential for small cars. “In addition to having the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico has free-trade deals with several regions in the world, including Japan and Europe,” he said.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was on hand to unveil the sprawling factory — which will have 3,200 workers — alongside state officials and Honda executives, including Ito.

Mexico is now the world’s eighth-biggest car maker and the number four exporter after Germany, South Korea and Japan, according to industry figures.

“I am pleased to be here for the inauguration of this Honda factory, which recognises that we are creating the optimal conditions to attract investments and to generate economic growth in our country,” Pena Nieto said.

Ironically, the investments of Japanese car makers in Mexico is helping the Latin American country gain ground on Japan’s auto exports to the United States.

Mexico is on pace to overtake Japan for second place this year, exporting 1.69 million units to its norther neighbor, almost 200,000 more than the Asian nation, according to IHS Automotive consultancy. In 2015, Mexico will outpace Canada with 1.9 million units sold in the US, IHS estimates.

IHS auto analyst Guido Vildozo said Honda’s focus on Mexico — where the firm is also building a $470m transmissions plant at the same Celaya site, adding another 1,500 jobs — was “a combination of things.”

Honda opened its first factory in the western state of Jalisco in the 1980s to produce motorcycles and later cars.

“People forget that Mexican labour is highly qualified. Mexico has been building for competitive markets in the United States and Europe for years,” Vildozo said.

US, European and Asian auto-makers have also flocked to Mexico. The new Honda plant is near a Mazda factory that began operations last month, attracting auto part makers that are turning Guanajuato into an industry hub.

Audi, the top-of-the-range company owned by German auto giant Volkswagen, is building a factory in the state of Puebla that will produce 150,000 cars per year when it opens in 2016. AFP


Top 10: Which vehicles will last 200,000 miles?

Only one car makes the list, Honda's Accord. The rest are pickups and SUVs

If you want to own a vehicle that you can drive into the ground -- and then wonder why it refuses to die -- then maybe you should be driving a big truck or SUV.

That seems to be the conclusion of a study from a website that aggregates millions of used-car sales listings around the country. went looking for listings of vehicles with at least 200,000 miles on the odometer. It says it analyzed 30 million listings from 1981 to 2010.

Conclusion: In the search for the top 12 vehicles that have clocked at least 200,000 miles, only one was a car. In last place, in a three-way tie, came the Honda Accord. The rest of the list has nothing but trucks -- pickups or SUVs.

The top two vehicles showing the biggest percentage are two bitter rivals, the heavy-duty -- and gas-guzzling -- pickups from Ford and Chevrolet. The Ford F-250 Super Duty came in first. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD came in second.

After that came three big SUVs: Chevy Suburban, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Expedition. For long-lasting vehicles, General Motors was the big winner. Seven of the Top 12 vehicles are from GM. notes, too, that no European models make the list and speculates that the old ones become more valuable for spare parts as they near retirement.

The vehicles and the percentage of them showing at least 200,000 miles

1. Ford F-250 Super Duty, 4.3%

2. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, 3.6%

3. Chevrolet Suburban, 3.6%

4. Toyota 4Runner, 3.5%

5. Ford Expedition, 3%

6. GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2.7%

7. Chevrolet Tahoe, 2.1%

8. GMC Yukon XL, 1.9%

9. Toyota Sequoia. 1.7%

10. GMC Sierra 1500, 1.6%

11. GMC Yukon, 1.6%

12. Honda Accord, 1.6%


After 2015 Honda Fit production in Celaya, Honda begins Amaze production in Tapukara Plant, India

Honda manufacturing operations in North America last week saw a new boost with production start at new Celaya plant, Mexico. 2015 Honda Fit ( Honda Jazz in India) production is underway to meet customer demand for fuel-efficient subcompact models here. Enrique Pena Nieto, president of Mexico, and Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. were in attendance.

Celaya Plant operations increases Honda’s annual automobile production capacity in North America to approximately 1.92 million units. More than 90% of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. in 2013 were produced in North America. this number will be in excess of 95% when Celaya plant reaches full production capacity.

The US $800 million plant began production less than two years after construction started in early 2012 and will provide employment to 3,200 associates with an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines when it reaches full production later in 2014. Apart from, 2015 Honda Fit, production of an all-new compact SUV will begin here later in 2014. A new $470 million transmission plant’s construction is underway at the same site in Celaya, and is expected to begin continuously variable transmissions (CVT) production in the second half of 2015, with added employment to about 1,500 associates. Celaya Auto Plant is Honda de Mexico’s 2nd auto plant. The first is located near Guadalajara and was established in El Salto, Jalisco in 1995.

“Our new plant in Mexico is based on the Honda Company Principle of maintaining a global viewpoint to supply products of the highest quality, yet at a reasonable price, for worldwide customer satisfaction,” said Ito. “In Celaya, we can see these core values in action, with a commitment to the highest quality and efficiency and a focus on creating joy for our customers.”

Honda Cars India Tapukara Plant is located in Tapukara Industrial Area, Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan, and is spread over an area of 450 acres. With a cumulative investment of Rs 3526 crores, Tapukara plant currently employs about more than 3200 associates. Plant production capacity now stands at 1,20,000 units /annum. Tapukara plant, HCIL’s 2nd plant began Phase I operations in September 2008 with Press Shop and Power Train Unit for engine components.

Production of cars in the 2nd plant from today augments HCIL’s total installed production capacity to 240,000 units/ annum in India. During the current fiscal year 2013-14, HCILhas crossed 1 lakh unit sales for the first time in a financial year having sold 101,370 units in Apr’13– Jan 14 period to register 78% sales growth over same period last year, anew landmark for HCIL.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Japan and Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production in Asia & Oceania Region said, “India is an important market for Honda and with the beginning of car production at Tapukara plant, we are advancing our commitment to expand Honda’s business in India. We are thankful to the Government of Rajasthan for extending all the support to participate in the industrialization of the state.” “Through our products and operations, our goal is to make Honda a company that society wants to exist,” he added.

Mr Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “The beginning of car production from our 2nd plant is a significant milestone for HCIL. With overwhelming response to our current models like Honda Amaze & all-new City and promising future line-up, we are ready to cater to the strong demand for Honda cars from our customers in India.”


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Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 24, 2014, 08:02:54 p.m.
Really? This Is America's Most Dependable Automotive Brand?

The U.S. auto industry announced in 2013 that it was back in full force with unit sales increasing to 15.6 million, up better than 7% from 2012, and crossing the 15 million mark for the first time since 2007.

A combination of an improving economy, lower unemployment rates, and historically low lending rates have encouraged consumers to jump into what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase their dream car at a very attractive lending rate.

Needless to say, a lot of thought and effort goes into which car a consumer will purchase. Consumers often look at fuel economy, read reviews online, test drive the vehicle (perhaps a number of times), ask for advice from family and friends, and also plot out how much they're willing to spend on their vehicle over the life of a loan if they choose to finance it.

Source: Robert Couse-Baker, Flickr.

One thing that consumers often overlook, though, is the dependability of the vehicle they're considering buying. For a new car buyer, the expectation is that they'll encounter few maintenance problems for the first couple of years, and if they do, that their warranty will cover those snafus. For a used car purchaser, dependability is everything since there's rarely any warranty attached to a used car purchase.

Not only is dependability important for your pocketbook in that more dependable vehicles will cost less to maintain, but it's also the silent advertiser for a brand. As J.D. Power & Associates has demonstrated through its research, 56% of car owners who report having no problems return to the same brand, while 42% who reported three or more problems kept their same brand of vehicle with their next purchase. Therefore, vehicle dependability can, at least partially, help us predict which brands' sales may move higher and which brands may struggle based on this vehicle dependability-brand loyalty correlation.

America's five most dependable automotive brands

To that end I turn to J.D. Power & Associates annual vehicle dependability study for 2014. The study itself looks at three-year-old models from a number of brands (i.e., all 2011 models) and asks consumers if they experienced one or more of 202 noted problems. J.D. Power then ranks those car brands from top to bottom based on how many problems were reported per 100 vehicles, commonly known as its PP100 metric. Dependability is especially important this year when you consider that J.D. Power's study uncovered the first rise in reported problems, especially engine and transmission problems, since 1998!

Let's have a look at the five top automotive brands according to J.D. Power's study and then note what brands really stood out, as well as which brands faltered.

As a warning, you may be shocked to discover which brand decisively took the No. 1 spot in vehicle dependability!

No. 5: Buick (112 problems per 100 vehicles)
Rising from the sixth spot into the top five this year is Buick, owned by General Motors (NYSE: GM  ) which had consumers report just 112 problems per 100 vehicles as opposed to 118 PP100 in last year's study from J.D. Power. The real standout for Buick was the Lucerne which took top honors in the large car category, besting Toyota's (NYSE: TM  ) Avalon and Ford's (NYSE: F  ) Taurus. As Foolish auto analyst John Rosevear notes, Buick is doing a really nice job transitioning into a global brand.

No. 4: Acura (109 problems per 100 vehicles)
Honda Motors'  (NYSE: HMC  )  Acura was another big mover in 2014, vaulting higher by four spots to fourth place from eighth with 109 PP100 reported compared to 120 PP100 last year. Like GM's Buick, Acura only took top honors in one category (compact premium CUV) with its RDX, but it also claimed a tie for the third-highest rating in the midsize premium CUV category with the Mercedes-Benz M-class. Honda and Acura are relatively synonymous with economical but dependable vehicles in the U.S., making this ranking not too surprising.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V, Source: IFCAR, Wikimedia Commons.

No. 3: Cadillac (107 problems per 100 vehicles)
Chalk up another victory for General Motors which can claim its second top-five brand for dependability in Cadillac. Year over year, Cadillac surged 11 spots to No. 3, with vehicle owners reporting only 107 PP100 compared to 128 PP100 last year. This huge jump came in only second to Jaguar which vaulted 13 spots higher in J.D. Power's rankings. Cadillac took home the top honors for its large premium CUV, the Escalade, as well as large premium car, the DTS, which tied for the top spot with the Lexus LS. Cadillac has certainly done its best to focus its efforts on a slightly younger crowd, and these improved dependability ratings should help.

No. 2: Mercedes-Benz (104 problems per 100 vehicles)
Jumping three spots in 2014 to No. 2 with only 104 PP100 compared to 115 PP100 reported in the prior year is Daimler's (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF  ) Mercedes-Benz. What's particularly interesting here is that Mercedes-Benz didn't win any of the 22 vehicle categories as outlined by J.D. Power, but it did place or show in quite a few which speaks to its overall consistency. Mercedes-Benz ranked second in midsize premium car with its E-Class sedan/wagon, second in large premium CUV with its GL-class, second in compact premium CUV with its GLK-class, and tied for third with the Acura MDX in the midsize premium CUV category with its M-class. Simply put, if consumers are going to pay a premium price, they expect premium results, and Mercedes-Benz appears to be delivering on that promise.

And the real shock (at least to me)...

2011 Lexus RX 450, Source: IFCAR, Wikimedia Commons.

No. 1: Lexus (68 problems per 100 vehicles)
I guess it shouldn't be that much of a shock since Toyota-owned Lexus was first in last year's ratings as well, but I recall shortly after I got my license, nearly two decades ago, how I was admonished from buying a Lexus because of their dependability issues. This rating simply confirms how far the brand has come in less than two decades as its PP100 of just 68 is light years ahead of second-place Mercedes-Benz, and even lower than the 71 PP100 that J.D. Power reported last year. Lexus tied its LS for top large premium car with the Cadillac DTS, was the top midsize premium car with the GS, and nabbed both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in compact premium car with the ES and IS, and midsize premium CUV with the RX and GX.

Obviously brands in the top five can be construed as winners, but General Motors, Toyota, and Honda deserve special recognition since they brought home eight, seven, and six, of the top category awards, respectively – that's 21 of 22 categories won by just three companies!

As I stated above, Toyota and Honda generally build no-frill vehicles, choosing instead to focus on improving fuel economy and storage space. The end result for years has been a reliable vehicle that will get the consumer from point A to B with ease, and without too many automotive issues.

The real shock here is the dominance by General Motors' vehicles and the total absence of Ford, save for a runner-up effort in the midsize pickup category with its Ranger. GM is hoping to translate these key wins into strong sales for its recently redesigned trucks, the Silverado and Sierra, which it hopes will give Ford's dominant F-Series a run for its money. Early sales of GM's Silverado have been mixed with winter weather and parts shortages eating into total unit sales, but as Foolish auto guru John Rosevear recently pointed out, it's actually spending fewer days on dealership lots than either of its foes, signaling that GM may indeed be on the up-and-up.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 26, 2014, 10:26:37 a.m.

Honda Goes Inside the Civic Tourer, and Everything Else, in Brilliantly Constructed Ad
W+K's 'Inner Beauty' By Tim Nudd

IDEA: You hear it often—it's what's inside that counts. That's especially true for an automaker touting a roomy vehicle, like Honda has with its new Civic Tourer wagon in Europe.

To advertise it, Wieden + Kennedy focused on all kinds of interiors in an amazing 60-second spot called "Inner Beauty." The quirky, charming, exquisitely crafted ad takes the viewer, in a first-person view, zooming across a desert and through all sorts of objects—from a golf ball to a suitcase to the Civic Tourer itself—revealing their curious innards.

The brief to W+K was, "There is an estate hidden inside"—i.e., the Civic Tourer has as much room as an estate vehicle (a big van/station wagon in the U.K.). "We decided it was interesting to focus on the human curiosity of looking inside things," said W+K creative director Scott Dungate, "plus the joy you experience when you're surprised and pleased by what you see."

COPYWRITING: The ad opens with the viewer speeding across a desert floor as Garrison Keillor, the brand's longtime voice in Europe, says: "For those who love the inside as much as the outside, this is for you."

Quickly, the camera travels up to and through a golf ball, camera, wrapped gift (with a robot inside), amplifier, suitcase (containing clothes and a snow globe of San Francisco) and chest of drawers (with mostly socks). At the end, it explores the Civic Tourer's interior, then pulls back to show all the previous items flying into its trunk.

"There," says Keillor. "Aren't you glad you looked?"

 There was a lot of debate over which objects to include. "I still wish we'd cut through a rock revealing a fossil and 'crystal cave,' but that was a casualty of the process," said Dungate.

The spot ends with the vehicle name onscreen, followed by the Honda name, "The Power of Dreams" tagline, URL and #CivicTourer hashtag.

ART DIRECTION/FILMING: The visuals are a mix of live action, stop motion and CGI. "We ended up taking things more surreal, but didn't want to feel the CGI too much," said Dungate. "While the final aesthetic is 'hyper-real,' I think it feels quite fresh as it uses a lot of real textures."

Oscar-nominated Nexus directors Smith & Foulkes, whose Honda work goes back to 2004's Grand Prix-winning "Grrr," filmed the live action in Teruel, Spain, and the stop motion in a studio. They wove in the CGI with help from Time Base Arts.

"Quirky was important," said Dungate. "It needed to be playful, human and warm—which can be difficult with inanimate objects and a 'slicing technique.' "

 TALENT: Keillor, 71, brings a warm folksiness. "He adds humility, which is a point of difference in a category full of overclaim," Dungate said. "Perhaps even more useful is, it's good for when you're writing. If you can't imagine him saying it, it's probably not right."

The driver of the car is almost invisible. "I didn't want him in there at all," said Dungate. "But someone had to drive, so I lost that argument."

SOUND: There's no music—it's all sound design, rich and complex. "Sound played a big role in bringing humanity to the objects," Dungate said. "It also plays a massive role in storytelling, setting up what the objects are and the lifestyle story relevant to the audience. Take, for example, the little kid laughing in the camera. Or the sound of the jet going into the suitcase. These all help you get the story of each object really quick, which is important as we move through things quite fast."

MEDIA: The spot broke first in Germany, then in other European markets. It's running for a month in the U.K.


Client: Honda
Spot: "Inner Beauty"

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, London
Creative Director, Copywriter, Art Director: Scott Dungate
Producer: Michelle Brough
Account Team: Paulo Salomao/Alex Budenberg/Sophie Moss
Executive Creative Directors: Tony Davidson / Kim Papworth
Agency Executive Producer: Danielle Stewart

Production Company: Nexus
Director: Smith & Foulkes
Executive Producer: Tracey Cooper
Director of Photography: Mark Patten

Editorial Company: Trim
Editor: Paul Hardcastle

VFX Company: Time Based Arts
VFX Supervisor: Mike Skrgatic
Flame Artist: Sheldon Gardner
VFX Producer: Chris Aliano

Music+Sound Company: Factory
Sound Designer: Anthony Moore & Tom Joyce

Mix Company: Factory
Mixer: Anthony Moore & Tom Joyce

Honda  Motor Co., Ltd.

Established in 1948, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is one of the world's largest auto & motorcycle manufacturers. With a global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, the company develops, manufactures and markets a wide variety of products, ranging from small general-purpose engines and scooters to specialty sports cars. They have remained relevant to consumers by creating and providing high quality products at a reasonable price.




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FWD Honda Odyssey Minivan: Check; 1,000+ HP: Check; Burnout: Well, Duh!

For the sheer surprise of seeing a Honda Odyssey light up its front tires like it does in the video below, this was worth a post, backed up by the fact that the car boasts the magic horsepower number of 1,000, all of which are funneled through one axle - whichever way you put it, that's at the wrong end of the car…

As you’d imagine, this minivan is now legal for recreational use in Colorado, but limited in other states, like California where the cops simply don’t pay attention to it, despite it being technically illegal, since there are other minivans with even more horsepower…

The tires are helped in shedding their tread by “a custom built J35 V6 engine with Bisimoto spec Arias Pistons, RR Rods, Porsflow head, supertech valvetrain, GE sleeved block, AEM Infinity EMS, NGK spark plugs, PurOl Oils, Toyo tires, Fifteen52 wheels, Deatchworks 2000cc injectors,” with an air ride suspension system finishing off the look. The exact power figure is claimed to be 1,029 hp and the vehicle itself is “one of the wildest cars ever built at Bismoto.”

Hopefully, the in-built vacuum cleaner handles liquids combined with solids, for those rare moments when its wheels will actually provide forward motion, possibly severely unsettling passengers' lunches. Who knows what will happen when it turns a corner?


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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 02, 2014, 10:03:05 a.m.

Abandoned Car Dealership with Mazdas, Hondas and Saabs Uncovered in Switzerland

For a race of beings who think that they've discovered everything here on earth and are looking into the stars for new findings, there sure seem to be plenty of spaces lost in time like this abandoned auto dealership in Switzerland.

It came into the light, or so to speak, by Reddit poster "eastpa" who shared a handful of photos along with the following words:

"So I found a parking lot full of old abandoned cars today," he said. "There were a bunch of old Mazdas, Hondas and a few Saabs. There were some Mazdas from the 1980's inside the dealership as well, which appeared to be brand-new. From what I understand the building has been abandoned since around 2001. EDIT: The dealership is located in Switzerland."

Very little is known about this ghostly showroom, and the photos don't paint the best possible picture, so we don't know for sure if any of the cars are actually new – the 1980s Mazda 323 GT does look to be in pretty good condition for its age.

Perhaps some of our readers from Switzerland can help us find out more. I did notice in the Mazda photos a "Bowling Universum" sign on an adjacent building, with a quick search on Google Maps Switzerland providing two results, "Bowling Universum 2 GmbH, Industriestrasse, Kriens, Switzerland" and "Bowling Universum D. Studer, Industriestrasse, Dietlikon, Switzerland". However, only the latter a comes up on Street View, and I'm not sure if that's it.

Feel free to poke around, though, and give us a heads up if you discover something.


Improve your weekend with this Honda NSX Concept-GT racing film

We still aren't convinced that the new Acura NSX will ever arrive in the US. After years of "concepts" and previews, it all seems like an elaborate tease put on by Honda to mess with journalists and auto enthusiasts. We're so looking forward to being wrong...

What isn't a joke, though, is the NSX Concept-GT, a wildly awesome racer that runs in Japan's extreme Super GT series. As a sort of welcome to the weekend, Honda has some footage of the NSX racer at Japan's Suzuka Circuit. We're really digging the NSX's aesthetic when driven in anger, and the noise it makes isn't too bad, either.

Scroll down and have a look at the video, and let us know what you think of this NSX racer.



2014 Honda City – white Grade S car at DRB Autofest

Say hello again to the 2014 Honda City, which was previewed to the press at a media gathering last week. That same black Melaka-assembled unit has since gone on a shopping mall roadshow circuit – done with the Klang Valley, it will be at the East Coast Mall this weekend.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see a white-coloured 2014 City at Honda’s DRB-Hicom Autofest booth. This is the first time we’ve seen the City in another colour other than black. At first glance, it looks similar to the black Grade E unit, with the same 15-inch wheels and 175/65 Goodyear GT3 tyres, but the differences show upon closer inspection.

This white car’s cabin lacks the previously seen push start button and steering audio controls. The trim surrounding the stereo is not in gloss black, and the dials lack chrome surrounds. Even the dial faces are different – this should be the standard meter panel, not the illuminated meter cluster.

It’s obviously a step down from Grade E, so this car should be either a Grade S or S+. What we already know is that Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) will only equip the E and range-topping V grades, and that the full suite of six airbags and 16-inch rims are exclusive to the V. With today’s sighting, we now have a clearer picture of the gulf between S/S+ and E grades.

The DRB-Hicom Autofest 2014 will be running throughout the weekend at the EON Complex in Glenmarie, next to the DRB-Hicom headquarters. All DRB-related brands are there, including Proton, Lotus, Volkswagen, Audi, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Suzuki, Modenas and Can-Am. We hear that there will be good deals in store, so do check the event out.


Honda Commits to the Expansion of Hybrid Vehicle Offerings in the U.S.

    Honda product strategy includes advancement of Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrains, including innovative two-motor hybrid system

    Strategy will include changes to existing lineup of environmental vehicles

Honda is reinforcing its commitment to a clear product strategy focused on further advancing fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicle technologies that are better aligned with customer needs and that strengthen the company’s U.S. sales momentum.

Keyed to the continued rollout of a new lineup of Earth Dreams™ Technology engines, transmissions and electro-motive technologies, the strategy will be executed over the next three to four years and will include changes to the Honda lineup of advanced technology environmental vehicles, including the Honda Insight. The U.S. model Insight will be available at Honda dealerships nationwide through the end of the year, with production scheduled to end in summer 2014.

Honda’s hybrid product direction in the U.S. will move forward with greater focus on expanded application of the innovative two-motor hybrid system. The two-motor system was introduced on the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid and powers the EPA-rated 50 mpg city Accord Hybrid, which is the most fuel-efficient rating for a 5-passenger sedan in America.

“No manufacturer has more experience with electromotive technologies than Honda and we are committed to applying our expertise to a wide range of products in the coming years,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda. “Our hybrid vehicle strategy will focus on new models aimed at delivering the class-leading fuel economy and performance our customers’ desire in segments that represent significant growth opportunities.”

The second generation Insight is the most affordable mass-produced hybrid vehicle on the market with a MSRP starting at $18,7251, and an EPA fuel economy ratings of 41/44/42 city/highway/combined2. It was introduced in the spring of 2009 and offered a unique blend of fuel-efficient hybrid performance, 5-door hatchback practicality, top safety ratings and a host of user-friendly features, including the first application of the Honda-exclusive ECO Assist™, a sophisticated feedback system that uses an adaptive color display to indicate overall driving efficiency. Long recognized as an affordable and practical hybrid vehicle choice for customers, the Insight was named a ’Greenest Vehicle’ by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for four consecutive years and a ’Top Choice’ by

For more information on the 2014 Honda Insight, visit

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 22014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


Best Cars of 2014: Consumer Reports List

One of the esteemed authorities of reviews, Consumer Reports, has recently released their best car list of 2014. The company uses excellence in three categories– test performance, reliability and safety to choose the cars that we all should be looking at. Consumer Reports separated cars into a variety of categories, from small SUV, midsize sedan, compact car and midsize SUV to green car, pickup truck, luxury car, sports sedan and minivan. The best of these had the highest ratings from Consumer Reports National Research Center which garnered reports from subscribers as well as government and insurance industries to get their results. The winners of each car are the following:

Small SUV
Subaru Forester’s roomy rear seats, 35 mpg on the highway and its affordable price make this mini-SUV the top of the line.

Midsized sedan
Honda Accord wins for probably the 1,000th time with a mpg as good as their subcompact car. The Accord’s ride is always above average, but there is a noted reliability issue with the HondaLink infotainment system on the EX-L versions.

Compact car
Subaru returns agains with its Impreza, coming in a sedan and hatchback version with a roomy interior and great fuel economy.

Midsized SUV
Hyundai steps into the top ranks with its seven-passenger Santa Fe that offers a smooth exterior and luxurious ride.

Green car
Larry David would approve–Toyota Prius hold the crown on the best green car again.

Pickup truck
The Ram 1500 edges out over the Chevrolet Silverado due to the Chevy’s reliability issues. Its powerful 5.7-liter V8 and quiet cabin make the Ram 1500 the pickup truck to beat.

Luxury car
The Audi A6 garners the words “impeccable” and “sumptuous” even from Consumer Reports as the diesel-powered V6 Audi with 28 mpg wins the best luxury car of 2014 title.

Sports sedan
The BMW 328i takes the cake with a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine with 28mpg. This year, BMW also releases a diesel version called the 328d which is greatly received.

The Honda Odyssey can carry eight people, has “decent” fuel economy and a V6 engine. At its great price, it also has features such as a backup standard as standard.

If you’re looking to purchase a new car or make an upgrade, this list will surely help you narrow things down a little. If you want to go big and green, go for the Consumer Reports best overall car, the luxury electric Tesla Model S. It runs in the $90,000 price range, but the streets as well as Consumer Reports will definitely approve.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 06, 2014, 09:34:27 a.m.

Nissan Passes Honda in U.S. Sales

The traditional order among Japanese manufacturers that sell vehicles in America has been Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) in the top spot and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC) in second place. Large model lines and quality reputations have helped each company compete with the Big Three U.S. car companies. The order has been shaken up recently, as Nissan has taken the number two position.

Nissan sold 115,360 cars and light trucks in the United States during February, up 16%. Honda sold 100,405, down 7%. February sales across all manufacturers that sell vehicles in America were flat last month at 1,193,872. This allowed Nissan to bump its market share to 9.7%, up from 8.3% in the same month last year. Sales of Nissan’s Altima rose 11% last month, which put it ahead of the traditional leader, Toyota’s Camry, some signal of how well Nissan is doing.

Ironically, Nissan often does not do as well as Toyota and Honda do in many car quality measurements. In the J.D. Power 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study, Nissan ranked below the industry average in problems per hundred vehicles. Honda and Toyota were each in the top ten. Lexus, the Toyota luxury line, ranked in first place in the J.D. Power study. Honda’s luxury line Acura ranked fourth overall.

One reason for Nissan’s strong February could be its pricing strategy. According to Kelley Blue Book’s New Car Transaction Pricing study for last month, Nissan’s average transaction price was down 2.5% from February of last year to $27,906. Honda’s pricing went the other direction. The research firm reported:

    “In particular, Honda is seeing the greatest increase this month, thanks to strong numbers from its Acura brand, including the MDX, which jumped 10 percent in February,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

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Honda’s average transaction price was up by 3.9% compared to February of last year to $28,318. Both Honda and Nissan were below Toyota’s $30,778, which was up 3.1% year-over-year last month. Across the industry, car transaction prices were up 1.9% to $32,160 for the same period. And KBB expressed concern about Nissan’s pricing, compared to the balance of the sector. Commenting about Nissan prices in February compared to January of this year:

    “Nissan continues to decline, down 2 percent from last month and nearly 3 percent year-over-year,” said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “The brand’s top-selling Altima has fallen nearly 4 percent since January 2014, and the Rogue also took a small hit in prices, down 1.3 percent month-over-month. Each of these vehicles participate in fiercely competitive segments which has kept prices in check.

It may be that what Nissan took from Honda in market share, it has paid for in price and probably profit margin.


DRIVEN: 2014 Honda City i-VTEC previewed in Phuket

Small cars are big business. As other industries gnash their teeth over sales declines and predict the end of the world, the automotive players, those with B-segment contenders in particular, are doing rather well. Significantly up last year and, with new entrants late last year and this year, almost certainly more in 2014.

The rules of small cars are fast changing too. Until recently, small meant basic. If you wanted big car features you would (obviously enough) buy a big car. And if you couldn’t afford it, or fit it into your garage, tough.

Enter the 2014 Honda City. It’s not a size thing – this car is as dinky as other, more utilitarian sedans. What it offers is big car equipment and interior space. Not minimalism, but rather downsizing. So is it any good, and more crucially, is it better than the Toyota Vios? We hopped over to Phuket, Thailand to find out.

Perhaps more than others, the new City transcends the imaginary limitations of a B-segmenter. It has stand-out styling, decent (though not quite class-leading) build quality and a long list of equipment (even if most of them are kept for the flagship variant).

Across the range, it has a mildly improved version of Honda’s sweet 120 PS/145 Nm 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine. Best of all, though, thanks to its early introduction in this region, it’s already riding on the third-generation 2014 Honda Jazz platform, which is a big step-up from the Jazz that’s currently on sale here.

The first-gen Jazz-based 2002 Honda City, along with the original Toyota Vios, were the small sedans that started this B-segment phenomenon, passing invisibly in the early Noughties from small and reliable to small, premium-priced and reliable.

Not only did they quickly establish that people would pay slightly over the odds for badges, but also that they’d queue up to do so. If hot cakes ever need an analogy to illustrate their popularity, either the City or Vios would be a good place to come.

This is an all-new car rather than the 2013 Vios’ predominantly-skin-deep makeover. It gets a whole new look, based on Honda’s latest ‘Exciting H’ design direction and a completely funked-up interior (in the good sense, of course). Visual familiarity next to the outgoing City can’t disguise this new car’s promised excellence.

With four rather than just two model variants, the City becomes capable of sitting across numerous market segments. At the bottom end (the City S and S+) it can finally play forecourt tag with the base Vios and Nissan Almera, but in the upper ranges (the E and V; the latter especially), the equipment gets serious.

Turning back on its previous premium-priced strategy, Honda Malaysia is targeting the ever-popular Vios squarely in its new chiselled face now, while promising a realistic compromise between variant prices and the corresponding kit count. More on this when the full local prices and specifications are announced soon, but expect fireworks.

The Thai-built cars you see in these pictures vary from the Malaysian-assembled ones that you can buy here. The differences are minor, however, and are mostly in our favour. For instance, even the top-spec Thai models have a urethane steering wheel, while ours will be leather-wrapped. Ignore the rear centre lap belt too, as we’ll get proper three-point items.

But if you’ve been following the new City closely since its global debut in India late last year, you’d already know what it has (ESP, six airbags, rear air-con vents and a factory-fitted touch-screen media system in the top models), and what it doesn’t (leather seats, rear disc brakes, projector headlights, LED tail lamps). What we’re here to judge is how it feels to be in and to drive.

First up, the space. This car is massive inside; there’s no other way to describe it. With full freedom of seat movement, there’s a roomy, fairly comfortable driving position with plenty of air around your head, despite the seat being mounted a touch too high for our liking.

Speaking of the front thrones, they fail to escape Honda’s perennial seating issue – excessive lumbar support (too big a bulge on your lower back). It is non-adjustable in the City, forcing you to sit more upright than is ideal. The latest Vios’ much-improved front seats put these to absolute shame.

That’s a real pity, which then makes you think that you’d rather be in the back instead. Well actually, there are plenty of other reasons why you’d think that, for the new Honda’s rear cabin is the very best in the class, by far. For absolute legroom, it matches the Almera’s, but it’s the width that makes the City a real winner.

The space advantage is upheld by the cavernous 536-litre boot too, which is also class-leading (the Vios offers 506 litres). Honda’s “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” philosophy pushes the frontier of interior space, and the City is a showcase of packaging masterclass. If you have a large family, this is the B-segment sedan to have. Period.

On the quality front, however, it’s not so class-leading. While the Vios cabin (hard plastics notwithstanding) makes you feel good, the City’s quality pales in comparison. We’re talking about perceived quality here, of course, not actual quality – there’s no doubt that the Honda’s interior will face the test of time as well, if not better than the Toyota’s.

Based on what you can see and feel, the Vios has the edge on material quality. Surely that wasn’t in the script. Apart from the City’s small section of soft-touch pad above the glove box (which is only present on the high-spec models, by the way), the Vios’ equally-hard plastics are finished in a nicer, more eye- and touch-friendly texture.

It’s still a good place to be in, though. Details such as the blue-ringed illuminated instrument cluster and touch-sensitive automatic air-con controls are nice, and the large touch-screen display mounted flush within the piano black centre console looks very premium indeed.

It works very well too. Its sleek, smartphone-like interface is both attractive and intuitive to operate, which betters UMW Toyota and Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s locally-developed retrofit items that are offered on the Vios and Almera. Phone/audio streaming through Bluetooth and GPS navigation are all present, though you’d miss a dedicated volume knob.

You get four USB jacks too (two up front, two in the back; not counting the 12V power socket), plus a class-first HDMI input. The latter allows you to link up the screen to your smartphones (iOS only for now) through HondaLink. It’s not the full-blown Apple CarPlay just yet, but it’s a good start nonetheless.

In terms of driving dynamics, it’s clear that, even more so than before, this City is not aiming at all-out back-road pace. What this car does best is transport you around in comfort by the line of least resistance, especially through the urban sprawl, and this explains the move back to having a CVT gearbox.

Yes, like it or not, Honda CVTs are back and it’s here to stay. This new Earth Dreams Technology transmission promises improved refinement and a total lack of bunny-hopping through traffic (rough low-speed gearchanges) that can inflict conventional torque-converter-equipped automatic cars, along with improved fuel efficiency.

It’s in the city, then, that the new City feels most at home. The tried and tested engine has enough low-down torque to feel sprightly around town, while the steering is light, and visibility (thanks to the elevated seating position that’s forced on you) is good. The new car’s softer suspension setup also rides out ripples particularly well, if not as good as either the Vios and Almera.

Out and about, the Honda sends mixed signals. On the highways (or rather empty two-lane Thai roads) it cruises easily enough, the suspension pillowing or parrying undulations as appropriate, with only the engine noise playing against the significantly improved cabin refinement.

Though still rather loud, the i-VTEC wail is at least pleasing to the ears in a way that the Vios’ VVTi and Almera’s CVTC power units just aren’t. And at full chat, the Honda engine is the quietest of the lot, despite its transmission’s unnerving inclination to keep it running at a constant 6,000 rpm (just a shade under the red line).

You quickly learn that the engine and gearbox combo works best when under-stressed, the smooth power delivery making the car feel more rapid than it is against the clock. Plant your foot hard down, however, and the illusion falls apart, as the available 120 PS feels no better than the Toyota’s 109 PS. You can blame the CVT for that.

Take it beyond the city limits, and the car hardly feels happy for you to lean on it in corners, where you can feel the back end taking a share of the load through the significant amount of body roll. This is certainly no Type R, and it makes no attempts to claim as such.

The springing is fundamentally soft, but the damping confident enough to carry a good amount of speed through. Having said that, the Thai-spec cars run on a decent set of Bridgestone Turanza ER370, while the local cars we’ve seen so far are all shod with the less-than-stellar Goodyear GT3s. How that will affect grip and road noise remains to be seen.

In short, the 2014 Honda City is nowhere near as wieldy as the Ford Fiesta, but it’s marginally more capable through the twisty stuff than the Toyota Vios, Nissan Almera and the locally-assembled Volkswagen Polo. On the flipside, those three have slightly better ride comfort than the City, but only just.

If you sense a little bit of disappointment in this preview, you’ve read it correctly. The new City promises a lot with its brand new platform and transmission, yet offers a mere incremental improvement over the older model. If anything, the jump here is smaller than what Toyota achieved by simply fine-tuning its existing (old) hardware. But let’s not allow that to distract you from what is still a great achievement.

So back to the initial question – is this the Vios-beater everyone is waiting for? It’s not quite the game-changer everyone – us included – expected it to be, but with its impressive breadth of abilities plus stand-out styling and class-leading features (on both toys and safety fronts, no less), it certainly looks like it.

Ultimately, its price will likely determine how it fares against the popular Toyota, so watch this space closely. From an objective point of view, that’s a job well done once again, Honda. This City joins the Accord at the top of their respective classes, and the CR-V is not bad either. Now, about that Civic…


Honda Displays New Civic Black Edition in Geneva, Goes on Sale in May

It’s not near as mean looking as Honda's other Civic, the Type R Concept, but we guess the all-black theme does add some character of the sinister kind to the new Civic Black Edition that's on show in Geneva.

European buyers of the regular Civic hatchbacks will be able to tick the option box for the Black Edition package beginning from this May.

What they will get is gloss black front aprons, side skirts, rear spoiler and a rear bumper garnish together with integrated covers for the side mirrors, a gloss black fuel lid cover with Civic logo and an aluminum badge placed on the deck lid.

To complete the look of the car, as seen in the pictures, you'll have to dig a bit deeper inside your pockets for the optional 18-inch "Nitrogen" alloy wheels in a matte gunpowder black finish and a carbon-look center cap.


Honda deploys new fast-fill hydrogen station, refuels tanks in under three minutes

Honda has installed a new fast-fill hydrogen station at its Torrance, California research-and-development facility.

The station will serve as a proving ground for the company's MC Fill hydrogen fueling protocol, enabling other automakers to bring vehicles and equipment to the site for testing and validation.

The station is designed to work with fuel systems that store hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar (10,000 psi). It is claimed to reduce 700-bar fueling times by up to 45 percent compared to alternative protocols, completing most fills in less than three minutes under normal conditions.

The technology is said to achieve shorter fuel times by monitoring the dispenser outlet temperature, continually adjusting the fill rate for various temperature conditions. The system also considers gas pressure and the capacity of the system to absorb heat generated during refueling.

"In order to meet customer expectations, hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles need driving ranges and fueling times comparable to conventional gasoline vehicles," said Honda R&D Americas senior engineer Steve Mathison. "This new fueling protocol will allow FCEV customers everywhere to realize short fueling times over a wide range of temperatures."

The company expects a production version of its FCEV Concept to arrive on the market in 2015, with a 300-mile range competitive with plug-in electric vehicles. A price tag for the car remains unclear, however, as companies continue to struggle with high costs of existing fuel-cell implementations.


Everus S1 gets a 1.3 in China

The Everus S1 1.3 has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 67.800 yuan and ends at 77.800 yuan. The engine poops out 82hp and 116nm, sending power to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. Up until now the Everus S1 was only available with a 1.5.

Everus is a sub-brand of the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture. The S1 is the brand’s only car, it is based on the last generation Honda City sedan that was made in China by Guangzhou-Honda. The 1.3 engine has a strange history. When the Everus S1 was launched in 2011 it was available. When the facelifted S1 debuted in May last year the 1.3 was cancelled. And now it is, back again.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 12, 2014, 09:18:28 a.m.
Honda putting CNG fueling station near Marysville plant

As Ohio lawmakers debate incentives for alternative fuels, Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. is placing bets on the future of CNG vehicles.

Honda on Tuesday announced it’s building the first CNG station near its plant in Marysville. It will be the first public CNG station located on a Honda property in North America.

“A major barrier to our carriers and suppliers adopting the use of CNG as a fuel is the lack of convenient fueling stations close to Honda facilities,” Jim Wehrman, Honda of America Manufacturing senior vice president, said in a statement.

Honda Motor Co. is the only major automaker that sells a CNG-run car, the Civic. Other auto manufacturers sell bigger vehicles that use CNG. General Motors Co. said in October that it would begin selling less than 1,000 CNG- and gasoline-fueled Chevrolet Impalas, and Chrysler Group LLC has heavy-duty pickup trucks than run on CNG. As the only manufacturer selling a day-to-day car, Honda has an obvious incentive to support its use as a transportation fuel.

Honda of America’s CNG plant will be designed, built and run by Chicago-based Trillium CNG, It will be located on Honda’s property at the interchange of Route 33 and Route 739.

Jeff Bolyard, vice president of gas services at consulting firm Delta Energy, told me several of his industrial clients are in various stages of building or using existing CNG stations. To convert their diesel-fueled vehicles to compressed natural gas is an expensive undertaking, but high-usage vehicles that are used in fleets can make up the difference with low CNG prices.

“The gap right now between compressed natural gas retail price we see is around $2 a diesel gallon equivalent,” he said, “compared to $4 per gallon of diesel. So it’s almost half the cost for CNG right now.”

Increasing demand could eventually raise those costs. The U.S. is seeing a domestic energy boom as newly drillable gas fields sprout up seemingly every few years. Talk of exporting that natural gas, especially to the Ukraine, will only make demand grow, as will the move away from coal-powered power plants to natural gas-powered plants.

Increasing prices is a concern, Bolyard said, but because natural gas is cheaper to refine than diesel fuel, increased prices still likely will be comparatively lower.

“Any benefit the state or federal government could provide would be a huge assistance in getting it up and running,” Bolyard said.

The Ohio House of Representatives’ Finance and Appropriations Committee could vote Tuesday on House Bill 336, which would give sales tax breaks and tax credits for people who buy or convert vehicles into alternative fuels, including compressed natural gas.

Separately, Honda of America Manufacturing recently voiced its support to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for an application by Columbia Gas of Ohio Inc. to use its natural gas in compressed natural gas stations. That application will be decided by the commission Wednesday but shouldn’t cause a problem, as other companies that don’t use Columbia Gas product, such as IGS Energy, already builds CNG stations in Ohio. Honda said it would increase “ the transportation options available to the citizens of Ohio consistent with the public policies of both the state and nation.”


2014 Civic Si Ups the Ante with More Power, Higher Tech and Sportier Coupe Styling

Right on the heels of a major refresh 1 year into its model cycle, the 2014 Civic Si and Coupe models benefit from further upgrades for the 2014 model year, including minor tweaks to the engine, suspension, styling enhancements, and new infotainment features. While you can get the Si Coupe with both summer tires and Navi, it remains an either/or proposition for the Si Sedan. Baffling.

Press release follows.

03/11/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.
2014 Civic Si Coupe goes on-sale March 12, Si Sedan follows on March 26

    Coupe styling enhancements emphasize sporty character of Civic Si
    Engine power boosted to 205 horsepower1 and 174 lb-ft of torque2
    Many premium technology additions, including 7-inch Display Audio and Honda-exclusive LaneWatchTM

With more power, a retuned suspension, an upgraded interior, a host of new features and a restyled coupe model, the 2014 Civic Si is ready to impress. Add to this a Best Resale Value Award3 from trusted vehicle valuation source Kelley Blue Book and a minimal $275 increase in the starting price, and the 2014 Civic Si is poised for success. The 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe goes on-sale tomorrow, March 12, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $22,7904. The 2014 Civic Si Sedan goes on-sale March 26 with an MSRP starting at $22,9904.

The restyled 2014 Civic Si Coupe, riding on larger (+1 inch) performance-styled 18-inch alloy wheels, has an aggressive, sporty presence. As with all 2014 Civic coupe models, the Si styles a more aggressive hood, front fenders and headlight designs, and new taillight lenses and side mirrors. The sporty aura of the Si is further accentuated by an Si-exclusive grille and lower front-bumper garnish and rear air diffuser, and a large wing spoiler. Inside, Si-exclusive seat fabric and trim is enhanced with a sport-oriented black and red color scheme and the audio panel received a high tech, race-inspired carbon fiber-style design.

To back up the bling, a retuned exhaust system boosts the engine output of both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan by 4 horsepower (205)1 and 4 lb-ft of torque (1742). The Si's 2.4-liter i-VTEC® DOHC 16-valve engine is mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. For superior sport handling, the suspension is revised with higher rate springs, new dampers and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar.

As much fun as the Si's engine and chassis offer, there is more to enjoy in the interior. For 2014 the Si Coupe and Si Sedan add as standard equipment Honda's new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, which uses a smartphone-like interface, allowing users to swipe, tap and pinch their way through audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. The display is also the interface for the next generation HondaLink™, the application based platform that connects customers to smartphone-provided online content both inside and outside the car. Also standard on the 2014 Si is the convenient Smart Entry with Push Button start, expanded view driver's mirror and Honda LaneWatch™ display for enhanced driver visibility.

The 2014 Civic Si Coupe is available in standard and Navi trims, both being available with summer tires. The Civic Si Sedan will be available in standard trim with a summer tire option and Navi trim. View, build and price at 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan at

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1 205 hp @ 7000 rpm (SAE net)
2 174 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm (SAE net)
3 Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide.
4 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
5 Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.


2014 Honda City – Malaysian spec sheet leaked online

While we wait for the market launch of the 2014 Honda City, what appears to be the full spec sheet of our Malaysian models have appeared on a local web forum. This provides us with an early look at how the different variants will shape up. So let’s take closer look, shall we?

As confirmed earlier, there will four grades on offer – S, S+, E and V (one up from the outgoing model’s S, E and E+ variants). There’s a much wider spread in the equipment list than before, which, according to Honda Malaysia, will be reflected accordingly by the new prices.

The range-topping City Grade V looks very impressive indeed, equipped with an upsized 16-inch wheels, Smart Entry keyless system, touch-screen automatic air-con, rear vents, leather-covered steering wheel and gearknob, cruise control, seven-inch touch-sensitive head-unit and an eight-speaker audio system.

The list goes on, to include the blue illuminated instrument cluster and HDMI input (for HondaLink), with six airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) rounding up the safety front. How this variant will be priced remains to be seen, but it will certainly be the best-equipped Japanese B-segment sedan when it goes on sale.

Move a step down and you’ll have the Grade E, which used to be the City’s flagship model here. Compared to the new range-topper, this one trades in the V’s platinum-effect grille for a chrome-finished unit. Other visual giveaways are the deleted foglights and a smaller set of 15-inch wheels.

Fortunately, it keeps the V’s wing mirrow-mounted turning indicators, chrome door handles, and Smart Entry system. Inside, the touch-sensitive display and climate control are replaced by an Audio CD player and manual air-con, but Bluetooth connectivity and dedicated rear air-con vents remain.

Airbag count for the Grade E and below is set at two, and unlike in Thailand where it is standard across the range, VSA is limited to the E and V variants only. Still, the spec sheet claims a full five star ASEAN NCAP safety rating for all 2014 Honda City models.

The base S and S+ variants look to be bare basic models to fight the bottom range of the Toyota Vios and Nissan Almera. The Grade S, especially, will look rather different than the rest with its silver grille, pole-type antenna (the others get a BMW-like fin) and, get this, steel wheels with covers.

Inside, the S and S+ will be identical to each other, with urethane steering wheel (with no audio controls) and a simpler amber meter cluster. Also removed are the Bluetooth link, armrests (both front and back), rear air-con vents and split-folding rear seats. Rather basic, then, but hopefully they will be cheap.

Click on the spec sheet image above to study the model differences in more detail. As it didn’t come from an official source, though, there may be discrepancies to the final products, which will be revealed soon. An ad on our sister car classifieds site claims a price range of between RM74k to RM89k. Stay tuned for more details.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 16, 2014, 10:07:11 a.m.

Honda recalls 886,815 Odyssey minivans for fire risk

DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the United States because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.

Odysseys from 2005 through 2010 model years are involved. The recalled minivans were made between June 23, 2004, and September 4, 2010.

According to documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers. Fuel leaks can cause a vehicle fire.

Honda says no fires or injuries have been reported.

Honda dealers will repair the vehicles for free, but the company says replacement parts may not be available until this summer. It will notify owners of the recall next month.


Free rear entertainment system from Honda

MANILA, Philippines - Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) gears you up before hitting the long roads offering Rear Entertainment System and accessory package for its luxury minivan, Odyssey and premium SUV, Pilot until March 31.

The rear entertainment system, which includes a 10-inch roof-mounted DVD entertainment monitor, comes complete with wireless headphones and remote control. It also has an audio-visual (AV) input, which enables you to plug in gaming consoles and other multimedia devices.

Running on a 3.5-liter engine equipped with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, the Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot deliver excellent driving performance while maintaining satisfactory fuel economy.

The Honda Odyssey developed with the concept of “Ultimate Family Vehicle” combines elegant styling, class-leading performance, advance family safety, and ultimate utility in a minivan.   Avail of as much as P250,000 cash discount along with the rear entertainment system and splash guards.

The Honda Pilot was developed with the concept of “Intelligent Family Adventure.” Honda is giving away premium running boards for easier vehicle ingress and egress with any Pilot purchase until March 31.  What’s more, you can get as much as a P100,000 discount.

For details, visit


Honda Civic Hybrid road trip: mystery machine

Well, the idea for this road trip was solely mine and it started out quite innocently, I assure you. Here’s the concept: To look not for food but something different, something that isn’t very ordinary. Well, haunted places aren’t very ordinary, isn’t it? Malaysia is simply filled with these kind of places, thanks partly to our superstitious upbringing.

So there we were, in the dead of night, snugged within the cabin of the Civic Hybrid, which nose was pointing uphill, with its headlamps on high beam, throwing illumination at the road ahead. Failed. The darkness that had descended upon the War Museum in Penang doesn’t feel natural, as if there was an oppressive force that had cupped this area with its hands. No, technology wasn’t going to penetrate this. We had driven up as high as our courage would let us, which was the first pill box you see as you near the museum. Which, when you think about it, wasn’t that high at all.

The War Museum has built up a reputation for itself. Before it was reclaimed from the jungle, the War Museum served as an outpost for the British army, and then a POW camp for the invading Japanese Army during the Second World War. Needless to say, prisoners were tortured and executed here, although there are no exacting records to back up the claims.

Yet, something unnatural must have lingered from the day and then manifested itself when the transformation from abandoned prison camp to museum took place. The workers claimed that they saw a towering figure, with fangs for a face and large red orbs as eyes. There are also those who have experienced – especially at night – unnatural coldness, the feeling that they are being watched by the spirits that haunts the hill.

“Paul, I didn’t sign up for this,” cried Sherman as he prepared to go outside. He checked his camera settings one last time, took a deep breath, then stepped out. I looked to the rear view mirror as Sherman walked down to position himself for the picture. He disappeared from view as the darkness swallowed him.

I am left alone in the car with the soft glow of the digital instrument cluster as my only company. It was all quiet, the Civic Hybrid auto start/stop system had kicked in to save fuel; typical of a car of this nature. The car lights remained turned on.

I looked outside to the thick brush that looked like its moving closer to the car. Did I just see two orbs lit up within the bush? What have I gotten myself into, indeed.

This so-called haunted road trip started out easy. A quick drive from Kuala Lumpur and up the mountain is Genting Highlands, an all too familiar place when it comes to encountering the supernatural, albeit the rarity of the experience. Yet, if you pick any hotel, there is bound to be a story tacked to them.

Although none more than the infamous First World Hotel where a friend witness another person being possessed by a spirit that was demanding justice. While another saw a game of mahjong being played at the foot of her bed. Not quite a hotel but still has its share of the scary pie is the Ria Apartment. Tales of murder and suicide that happened within the walls of this two-block apartment have quickly descended into stories of apparitions of unrested spirits that still roam the hallways.

Another hotel infamous for the supernatural is the E&O Hotel in Penang, a long way from Kuala Lumpur but the fuel-efficient nature of the Civic Hybrid meant that there was enough in the tank to get there, and then some.

This hotel is old, established in the late 1800s by the Sarkies Brothers, who is said to still roam the halls of the hotel. True or not, the only chilling thing that I have experienced in my personal stays here was the air conditioning. However, I can imagine that the old architecture and the colonial-esque décor coupled with long lonely halls with too many blind corners could give birth to a haunted impression.

I was brought back to the present when the silence inside the Civic Hybrid broke to the sound of Sherman prying open the car door and dropped himself into the passenger seat. “Go, go,” were his only words.

I did not need to be told twice. Excellent turning radius of the car made short work of the three-point-turn. As we shot down hill, a shade shot past the windscreen. Bird? Bat? I hoped it is one of the two and nothing more.

A new day brought us to a new place – Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah, Perak. The mansion began construction in the early 1900s but was never completed. The owner, William Kellie Smith passed on due to pneumonia, before construction could complete. He left behind a devastated wife, who them moved back to Scotland after selling the property. It is said that Smith still walks the halls of his unfinished house while other tales add that his daughter can be seen playing in one of the rooms.

However, the timing wasn’t right as we arrived near dusk, thinking that we could go into the castle at the right time. The attraction closes its gates at six – we only manage a few interior pictures when the hour hand swept past six.

I turned the Civic Hybrid back to Kuala Lumpur for the final leg of the journey. By now, we’d have already clocked over 900km and our last refuel was in Penang. With just under a quarter of fuel left, we head to our final three more spots, sort of, I consider the two schools as one as they are side by side. The backyard of the primary school near Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Hulu Klang is said to be the haunting ground of a female-figured ghost although it is the secondary school across the river that bears the more chilling tale.

This one comes from an ex-student there who says that there is a spirit, with long-hair no less, that roams the school as well as the roads that surrounds the school. Frequent occurrences of sightings at night and hysteria following supernatural possessions made the school authorities sought the services of a local shaman.

The shaman, after uttering some words, released chickens into the school yard. The following day, they found the chickens dead in the most unusual way – the chickens were whole yet completely drained of blood, as if something had sucked it out of the fowls although there were no telling cuts or marks as proof. Freaky.

Our final destination saw us pulling over in front of a house in an otherwise pleasant neighbourhood called Zooview. As its name suggests, this place is near the National Zoo, if you are interested. In any case, we stepped out of the car and looked into the dilapidated house. It is broken, sad and looked forbidding. The plants that were once well-trimmed in the garden now grow wild.

Sherman moved to the other side of the road, so he could setup the camera. I ventured to the front gates, peeked in but it was too dark to see anything other than that of my imagination. I took another step in. The top floor, which is the parking area, is littered with debris and things that I can’t describe due to the lack of light. Yet, I could see an outline of steps that led down to the house proper but the path to there is quite blocked. Just then, a loud shrill pierced the air as I recalled the story to this place.

It was once owned by a professor that had gone mad. In his moment of insanity, he brutally murdered his family and then finally turned on himself. Residents in the area claimed that the angry spirits still reside within the house and it always sends a chill down the spine every time they pass the house. Even the staunchest of unbelievers would bend the other way for this house.

The leaves on the trees started to violently rustle, as if a strong wind had unsettled them. Except that it wasn’t windy. Then we heard the rustling that had started at the tree tops began to inch closer. We knew that we overstayed our welcome, even if it was from the outside. We packed up and jumped into the Civic Hybrid and squeezed everything the engine could muster. The assisted acceleration was good enough to get us to the foot of the hill in mere seconds. Good, we wanted to put as much distance between us and house.

With that, we were somewhat glad that this little insane road trip ended. It had its spine chilling moments peppered by things that make you go hmm. Nevertheless, the trip was fun although we don’t think we’ll go on one again in the near future.


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Updated Research Report on Honda

 On Mar 14, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC - Analyst Report). The company’s efforts to develop infrastructure and introduce new products are helping in business expansion. However, we are concerned about increasing selling, general and administrative (SG&A) and research and development (R&D) expenses and debt. Frequent product recalls are also disadvantageous.

Honda posted a 107.6% rise in earnings to ¥160.7 billion ($1.53 billion) or ¥89.18 (85 cents) per share in the third quarter (ended Dec 31, 2013) of fiscal 2014 from ¥77.4 billion ($0.97 billion) or ¥42.97 (41 cents) per share in the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. However, earnings per share lagged behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 86 cents.

Consolidated net sales and other operating revenues grew 24.5% to ¥3.02 trillion ($22.7 billion) but remained less than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $28.95 billion. The year-over-year increase was attributable to higher revenues in the automobile and motorcycle business operations as well as favorable foreign currency translation effects.

For fiscal 2014, Honda has projected revenues to increase 22.5% to ¥12.1 trillion ($121 billion). Operating income is expected to surge 43.2% to ¥780 billion ($7.8 billion) and net income is anticipated to jump 58% to ¥580 billion ($5.8 billion) or ¥321.81 ($3.22) per share. The company expects higher revenues, favorable model mix, effective cost reduction measures, positive currency effects and beneficial impact of raw material cost fluctuations to contribute to the increase in profits during the year.

Currently, shares of Honda retain a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Some other automobile stocks worth considering are Tata Motors Ltd. (TTM - Snapshot Report), Daimler AG (DDAIF) and Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA - Analyst Report). Tata Motors and Daimler sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while Tesla is Zacks Rank #2 stock.

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Best & worst used cars
Great choices for every budget—and models to avoid

Every year it becomes more difficult to shop for a used car. Prices have been at historic highs, even for models with high mileage and seemingly excessive wear. And with so many vehicles from which to choose, it can feel overwhelming to find a car that drives well and will hold up down the road.

The lists below shows you the best small cars, sedans, and SUVs in four price ranges. Every car on this list performed well in our tests whenit was new and has had above-average reliability for the model years shown, based on our latest  Annual Auto Survey. Each vehicle also came standard with electronic stability control (ESC), a proven lifesaver, during the years indicated, unless otherwise noted. Consider these the used cars we would recommend to our family and friends.

Also, see our lists of used cars for every budget and those to avoid for models not to purchase.

Less than $10,000
Small cars
Toyota Prius (2004-07), Scion xB (2004-06), Pontiac Vibe (2005-08), Toyota Matrix (2005-07)

With its 44 mpg overall, the Prius is the most efficient non-plug-in five-passenger car you can buy, plus it has plenty of room and a nice ride. Reliability has been first-rate. The Scion xB has standard ESC and is a great city car, with compact dimensions and easy access, and the Vibe and Matrix twins are quite versatile. For the Prius, Matrix, and Vibe, look for one with the optional ESC.

Hyundai Sonata (2007-08) and Acura TSX (2004)

The economical, efficient, and comfortable Sonata has a nice ride, secure handling, and a peppy four-cylinder engine that returned 23 mpg overall. For something sportier, the Acura TSX is responsive, quiet, well-finished, and enjoyable to drive.

Toyota Highlander V6 (2004) Mitsubishi Outlander (2007)

The Highlander has a nicely finished, quiet, and comfortable interior, along with a strong V6 engine. Handling is secure, but it leans more toward comfort than sportiness. The smaller Mitsubishi Outlander has sportier handling and can be found with a third-row seat.

Small cars
Honda Fit (2011-13) and Kia Soul (2010-11)

The Fit’s forte is its amazing cargo-carrying versatility. Yet it’s also fun to drive, with great fuel economy and excellent reliability. For a little more passenger room and almost every creature comfort, check out the Kia Soul.

Mazda3 (2009-12), Infiniti G35 (2006-07)

The Mazda3 has precise and responsive handling, refined engines, and a comfortable ride, although it can be loud on the highway. The Skyactiv 2.0-liter engine, which arrived for 2012, provides an impressive 32 mpg overall. For something more luxurious, try the Infiniti G35, one our favorite sports sedans, with its super handling, potent V6, and easy controls.

Acura MDX (2004-06), Toyota RAV4 (2006, 2008), Honda CR-V (2005-08)

The upscale MDX offers seating for seven, a strong and refined powertrain, a pleasant ride, and agile routine handling. The smaller RAV4 has an optional but snug third-row seat, and both the four- and six-cylinder engines get impressive fuel economy. For a more refined alternative to the Toyota, the CR-V has a strong four-cylinder and a nicer interior.

Small cars
Hyundai Elantra (2012-13), Subaru Impreza (2011-13)

These are as roomy and comfortable as larger, more expensive cars. The Elantra combines nimble and secure handling with a fairly comfortable ride. The Impreza sedan and hatchback both offer standard all-wheel drive along with sporty handling and a great ride.

Toyota Camry (2011-12), Toyota Camry Hybrid (2010-11), Acura TL (2008)

Both the four- and six-cylinder Camry deliver impressive fuel economy (26 and 27 mpg, respectively) along with a comfortable ride, a roomy cabin, and superb reliability. For even better gas mileage, the Camry Hybrid gets 34 mpg overall and 41 on the highway. A sportier alternative is the Acura TL, which has long been one of our favorite sedans to drive.

Lexus RX (2006-07), Subaru Forester (2009-10, nonturbo)

The Lexus RX is comfortable, nicely finished, and extremely reliable. The hybrid version gets good fuel economy. The Forester is more utilitarian but handles well and has an excellent ride. Access is easy, and the view out is the best among SUVs.

Toyota Avalon (2011), Lexus LS (2006), Lincoln MKZ (2011-12), Ford Fusion Hybrid (2012)

The Avalon is one of our favorite cars for a long trip; it has a quiet interior with limo-like rear leg room. The Lexus LS is even more posh, with a superb ride and top-notch reliability. For more driving excitement, the Lincoln MKZ handles responsively, rides well, and has generous power, but it has a somewhat low-rent interior. It’s based on the Ford Fusion, which in hybrid form returns an impressive 34 mpg overall.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2008-09), Honda Pilot (2009-10)

If you want a midsized, three-row SUV with the best fuel economy possible, look no further than the Highlander Hybrid. At 24 mpg overall, it matches the fuel economy of many smaller SUVs and even some midsized sedans. It has a sumptuous interior and a smooth ride. The Pilot delivers sharper handling, and its comfortable third row brings the seating to eight.

Steer clear of these troublesome vehicles

Mini Cooper

These models, listed alphabetically, are the worst of the worst. They have multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, based on 2004 through 2013 models, according to our Annual Auto Survey. Each one has at least three model years of reliability data.

BMW X5 (6-cyl.)

Ford Flex (3.5L EcoBoost)

Chevrolet Cruze (1.8)

GMC Acadia

Chevrolet Impala
   Lincoln MKT (EcoBoost)

Chevrolet Uplander

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Chrysler PT Cruiser (nonturbo)

Mini Cooper S

Chrysler Town & Country
   Mini Countryman

Dodge Caravan

Saturn Outlook

Dodge Grand Caravan
   Saturn Relay

Dodge Journey

Volkswagen Beetle, New Beetle

Ford Explorer (V6)
   Volkswagen Touareg
Ford F-250 & F-350 (diesel) Ford Fiesta    


Craigslist 2008 Honda S2000 Club Racer Edition Has Only 4,235 Miles

One may be tempted to quickly dismiss the aero package seen on this black Honda S2000 as an aftermarket conversion with a poor taste in rear wings, but this is actually a limited edition named CR for Club Racer, offered by the Japanese brand during the roadster's last two years on the U.S. market with less than 2,000 cars produced.

For a mainstream sports car, it's a rare edition and the fact that it has racked up only 4,235 miles makes it even rarer, which is why the Craigslist ad caught our attention in the first place.

As a quick reminder and besides the big rear wing and different front bumper that incorporates a spoiler, the track-worthy S2000 CR also came with a quicker steering ratio, bespoke 17-inch alloys in Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires, firmer springs and dampers, and larger stabilizer bars, while keeping the 2.2-liter VTEC untouched at 237hp at 7,800 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 6,800 rpm.

Honda also added a lightweight aluminum hard top in place of the retractable soft top, which it said at the time, resulted in an overall weight savings of around 90 pounds over the regular S2000 (without the aluminum roof, of course).

The seller, who is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is asking $33,000 to depart ways with the 2008MY S2000 CR.


Japanese union workers see first wage increase since 2008

Japanese automakers are raising workers' wages in their home country for the first time since the global financial crisis in 2008.

The move was prompted by union pleas and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to battle over 15 years of deflation. According to the Detroit Free Press, the 50,000-plus members of the Toyota Motor Workers' Union will receive a $26 per month bump in base pay. Factoring in pay increases based on seniority and promotions, Toyota says the average bump will be 2.9 percent per worker. In addition, average bonuses will rise to $24,093, or the equivalent of 6.8 months' salary.

Nissan, for its part, will raise base pay for its union workers by $35 with bonuses equal to 5.6 months' salary. Honda will hike wages by $22 and did not comment on bonuses.

Abe has been on an aggressive campaign to weaken the Japanese yen in order to gain a trade advantage, but many of Japan's trading partners, including the US, are doing the same to their respective currencies. So far, his plan appears to have worked, with the best yen-to-dollar exchange rate since 2009, but which is still below pre-2008 rates. Still, the strategy has helped Toyota add $1.9 billion to its already substantial cash pile.

The wage increase will also help workers offset Japan's first increase of its national sales tax in 17 years.


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Buying A Used 2000-2006 Honda Insight Hybrid: The Guide

Buying A Used 2000-2006 Honda Insight Hybrid: The Guide
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If you've been reading Green Car Reports over the past week, you might have seen we recently bought a 2001 Honda Insight--an example of one of the first hybrids sold by a major automaker.

But what if you want to buy your own early Insight? What do you need to look out for?

And more importantly, should you buy one over a 2001-2003 Toyota Prius--the other, and considerably more successful hybrid that subsequently started the craze?

Finding one

Arguably, one of the trickiest aspects of buying a first-generation Honda Insight is finding one in the first place.

Honda sold little over 17,000 units worldwide between Japanese sales starting in 1999 and production stopping in 2006. On a global scale, that's pretty rare.

In the UK, where we bought ours, they're even rarer--around 250 found homes, and about 220 examples are still on the roads.

Luckily there are far more roaming around in the U.S, and there should be at least one lurking on sites like eBay at any given time. The downside is that it might not be anywhere near you--you may need to travel quite a distance for a good Insight.

First inspection

If you've managed to find an Insight, the next thing you need to know is what sort of general condition it's in.

Many Insights will have covered over 100,000 miles by this point, and more than a few have done double that. Those that haven't yet broken into six-figure mileages will typically cost a bit more, but the important thing to note is that condition is much more important than mileage.

In reality, the drivetrain components are quite happy doing several hundred thousand miles--and as a highly-efficient car, owners tend to treat them gently and maintain them well, to ensure good economy.

A history check with companies like Carfax is still worth doing if it isn't already being offered by the seller though--it's nice to know whether the car has had any accidents in its life and how regularly it's been serviced.


The Insight is constructed from aluminum, so the good news is wherever the car is located, rust shouldn't be an issue. Aluminum does oxidize, and you may see small bubbles in the paintwork as a result, but ultimately there'll be no holes or seriously bad patches.

It's worth inspecting for damage though, as aluminum can be expensive to repair. The front and rear bumpers are plastic and may be hard to find, but they should be cheaper than new fenders. The rear aero spats can be tricky too--they're rare, and replacements cost a few hundred bucks to replace brand new.

Headlights are prone to clouding up--something we're fixing on ours with a cheap restoration kit--and wheels can oxidize and corrode, which may require painting or re-finishing.

Check the tires too--not just for condition (minimum legal tread depth is up to Lincoln's upturned head on a penny, but you should really replace them before that) but also the type--Bridgestone B391 tires were fitted as standard, and virtually all owners report better gas mileage on these. They can be difficult to find at competitive prices, though.

Inside, inspecting the Insight is just a case of checking for wear and tear. It's a simple interior, with few creature comforts other than a pair of soft seats and air conditioning. It's not luxurious, but aside from a few rattles here and there it's generally tough.

Another interior check is the instrument cluster. It should all light up, of course, but check for the 'IMA' light to indicate any issues with the battery and hybrid system--it should extinguish soon after turning the key. The trip computer button is also known to fail, but obviously isn't a major concern.

Mechanical and electrical

The good news is that the Insight is, in general, incredibly reliable.

For a 1-liter car, the mileage some drivers have put on Insights with no major issues is extraordinary.

Honda's 'Mile Makers' website is dedicated to Hondas breaking the 100,000-mile mark. Several Insights have done over 300,000 miles now with few issues, and one has even breached the 400,000 barrier.

At a more typical 100,000 or so, issues are even fewer, but worth noting. Synchromesh rings in the manual gearbox can cause trouble, and some owners have reported CVT problems too.

Small oil leaks can develop here and there, engine mounts can degrade over time leading to vibration under acceleration, but stuttering and lack of low-revs power can be caused by other issues too--clogged exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems, dirty air filters (all easy fixes) or the dreaded IMA system.

2001 Honda Insight

2001 Honda Insight

Actually, the IMA isn't that bad. Most issues will be battery- related rather than motor-related.

The battery replacement or refurbishment window can be anywhere between 75,000 and 175,000 miles. It's complete pot-luck, but they don't tend to just "fail" so slow charging and discharging are usually indications well ahead of time.

Refurbishment is cheapest. Replacement can be expensive and goes some way to offsetting the car's excellent economy, though the new battery is likely to last another hundred-plus thousand miles.

Honda tells us the price of a first-gen Insight battery is currently $1,968.85. You can add $500 to that for shipping (including return shipping of the old core) and dealer labor can be added to that.

Some independent specialists offer upgraded alternatives for competitive prices. Many even offer warranties, but check with other owners to see who they recommend.

If the car you view needs a new battery though, remember to factor those replacement costs into your purchase.


The Insight is an easy car to drive, and even easier if you opt for models with the continuously-variable transmission.

It drives as you'd expect a light-weight, small-engined car to drive. The controls are light, it feels nimble, and with the IMA system providing an electric boost at low revs you don't need much throttle to get going. There's also more grip than you'd expect, largely thanks to the low weight.

The manual gearbox is light and precise, though cars with weak synchros may be a little more difficult in the lower gears.

The car is never quite as brisk as you might expect, largely down to long gearing. Just keep in mind that most of the time you'll need a lower gear than you're used to for harder acceleration or overtaking.

Keep any eye on the battery gauge--if it doesn't look like it's charging particularly quickly, it could be a sign the battery is on its way out. Poor low-end performance and hesitancy could be IMA-related, or could just be the aforementioned clogged EGR system.

All Insights have a firm ride, so if you're wincing over bumps that's probably normal. Though check with the owner what tire pressures he or she runs--many owners put a few extra pounds in there to help improve mileage further. Great for MPG, not so great for your spine.

2001 Honda Insight

2001 Honda Insight


Keep potential battery issues in mind--and ensure you can afford them if they happen--and the first-generation 2000-2006 Honda Insight is not a difficult car to buy.

Mileage doesn't seem to faze it despite the tiny engine, mechanical issues are few, and corrosion isn't a big problem even in the snow belt states.

There's also a healthy owners' community, the excellent InsightCentral forums--where every possible problem has been experienced and fixed many times over. And all but the most complicated issues can be fixed by the average home mechanic.

If all that isn't enough, the first-gen Insight remains one of the most economical cars on the road. 50 mpg is a minimum, and many owners experience 60, 70, 80 mpg and beyond, with various driving techniques.

Like all used cars, you have to do your homework. But pick the right example and the Insight will be fun to drive, ultra reliable and incredibly economical.


2014 Honda City launched in Malaysia, from RM76k

We’ve followed the new Honda City from its world debut to market launches in India and Thailand, before previewing the Malaysian-spec locally-assembled City last month, twice. We have even got behind its wheel for a test drive report, and compared it shoulder-to-shoulder with the outgoing car. It has been quite a journey, and here’s the climax – the official local launch of the 2014 Honda City.

Let’s do a recap, shall we. The all-new Honda City, which shares a platform with the new Jazz, has grown in size – while it is just 25 mm longer than the previous car, the new wheelbase length of 2,600 mm is a significant 50 mm more, which means that overhangs have been minimised. 2,600 mm matches the Nissan Almera‘s WB and eclipses the Toyota Vios‘ by 50 mm.

Honda says that rear passenger space is best-in-class. The target was D-segment space, and backbenchers get more room here than in the Civic and Toyota Camry, it is claimed. Honda, which has always excelled in packaging, pushed the dash forward and brought the hip-point back – these, plus the longer wheelbase helped realise the interior space gains. Also segment-leading is the 536-litre boot.

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We’ve followed the new Honda City from its world debut to market launches in India and Thailand, before previewing the Malaysian-spec locally-assembled City last month, twice. We have even got behind its wheel for a test drive report, and compared it shoulder-to-shoulder with the outgoing car. It has been quite a journey, and here’s the climax – the official local launch of the 2014 Honda City.

Let’s do a recap, shall we. The all-new Honda City, which shares a platform with the new Jazz, has grown in size – while it is just 25 mm longer than the previous car, the new wheelbase length of 2,600 mm is a significant 50 mm more, which means that overhangs have been minimised. 2,600 mm matches the Nissan Almera‘s WB and eclipses the Toyota Vios‘ by 50 mm.

Honda says that rear passenger space is best-in-class. The target was D-segment space, and backbenchers get more room here than in the Civic and Toyota Camry, it is claimed. Honda, which has always excelled in packaging, pushed the dash forward and brought the hip-point back – these, plus the longer wheelbase helped realise the interior space gains. Also segment-leading is the 536-litre boot.

2014 City Interior

Under the hood is the familiar but lightly-improved 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine, now with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), a new resin intake manifold and less friction. The motor makes 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm, and is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. Unlike the Almera and Vios, there’s no basic manual-transmission version offered here.

The Earth Dreams Technology CVT replaces the previous car’s torque converter five-speed automatic. The change to CVT, coupled with lower weight and better aerodynamics, has improved fuel consumption – 17.5 km/l vs 15.3 km/l in Honda’s own tests. Also, ECON mode makes a debut in the City.

Not the most important point in such a car, but the 1,075 kg City does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 10.5 seconds, or 10.8 seconds for the heavier (1,106 kg) and wider-tyred range-topping variant. Top speed is 190 km/h.

The new platform is suspended by front McPherson struts and a rear torsion beam, the standard arrangement in this class. The rear brakes are drum units, but Honda says that braking performance is the same as before. The EPS steering turns 175/65 R15 tyres in all but the V, which is shod with 185/55 R16 rubber. The price-busting S rides on steel wheels with caps, while all other grades get alloy rims.

Speaking of grades, four will be offered in Malaysia – S, S+, E and V. The top-spec V is richly equipped for a B-segment sedan. The above-mentioned 16-inch rims, touch-panel auto air-con, rear air-con vents, leather steering with audio/cruise control buttons, keyless entry + push start and illuminated meter are all standard, plus a touch-screen head unit with seven-inch screen and eight speakers.

The E gets some of the V’s goodies, but not all of course, while the S is cheap (we mean the sticker price) and basic. Click on the spec sheet scan below for a detailed look at the equipment spread.

Safety-wise, the ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and dual-airbags are standard across the board. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Start Assist are only for the E and V, while side + curtain airbags are exclusive to the V, making it a total of six airbags. ISOFIX child seat mounts are standard.

The 2014 Honda City is available in five colours: Modern Steel Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl and the new Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic.

Prices start from RM75,800 for the S and RM78,800 for the S+, rising to RM83,800 for the Grade E. The range topping V is priced at RM90,800. There are two add-on packages – a RM3,200 Modulo Package (body kit, side skirts, boot spoiler, door visor) and a RM1,700 Premium Package (foot lights, sports pedal, side step illumination, trunk tray, trunk organiser).

The City comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, while the service interval is 10,000 km. Buyers get six times free labour service, alternating with paid service, up till 100,000 km.


Driver's Seat: Review of 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

This week: Honda Odyssey.

Price: $45,280 as tested

Marketer’s pitch: “This sucks,” says the broken crayon to the old lollipop, animal cracker, toy soldier, gummy and piece of popcorn. Just before the vacuum hose sucks them up.

Conventional wisdom: likes the “agile handling; fuel-efficient V6; quiet cabin; configurable second-row seat; easy-to-fold third-row seat,” but not that it’s “pricier than some competitors.”

Reality: Not bad for a box.

Family unit: It’s been around 30 years since Chrysler introduced the modern American front-wheel drive minivan with the Dodge Caravan. Since then the choices multiplied considerably and then divided once more. Now, Honda and Toyota have become top box, although today that has all the cache of a Caribbean cruise or relaxed-fit pants. But when you've spent more than 20 years carting around Sturgis Kid 1.0 through 4.0, one learns it’s the only way to take everyone and everything — from diapered youngsters to college dormsters.

Cleaning up: Anyone who’s ever passed a Sturgis minivan in a parking lot has watched the debris fall out every time the sliding doors open. It’s like a Warner Brothers cartoon closet. And so the onboard vacuum was so obvious that it took 30 years for designers to think it up.

Thirteen-year-old Sturgis Kid 4.0 and I found it does the job quite well. It has an actual ShopVac inside the rear compartment wall complete with tools, a filter and a small bag, and plenty of suction to pick up the toughest dirt. This only comes on the Touring Elite, and that price above is the no-options, bargain-basement version. Ouch.

As a minivan veteran, I’m sorry I didn't think of this first, although after some trips I think a rubber floor, hose and drain would be more appropriate.

On the road: It’s not all about the kids, right? Mom and Dad still want to feel a bit of racer in them, and the Odyssey serves up enough pep — 248 horses are brewed by the 3.5-liter V6 — to make driving, well, at least not terrible.

On the curves: The Odyssey handled best of the three. It’s not a Miata, but then you don’t have to slowly pour yourself into the Odyssey like it’s a voyage on the Yellow Submarine. And you can bring along six more friends. The Odyssey handles much better than most large crossovers I've tested as well.

Shifty: The downside? The transmission selector only offers D, OD off and L, not the full range of gears.

Driver comfort: If Mom or Dad can’t have fun, at least they’ll be comfortable. The Odyssey Driver’s Seat was not too heavy in the lumbar support like many Hondas.

Room for the family: This is where minivans have it all over crossovers — if you need room for real people in the back, all three have it. The Odyssey rear seat lands about in the middle of the three. Foot room is kind of tough and the seat sits a little low to the floor. The middle row does slide back and forth, which helps make the most of available space. And all but the bare-bones Odyssey offer seating for eight.

Technology: Plenty of places to plug in HDMI and 12V, as expected.

Stuff: The minivans all average about 150 cubic feet of space behind the front seats, which is head and shoulders (and futons and boxes) over any crossover or SUV. The Chevy Traverse-Buick Enclave cousins win that category, at a slight 116 cubes.

A big bin between seats is almost too big; put in just a couple CDs and they clatter around as you drive. And the rear DVD player sits in the dashboard, taking valuable cubby space from this area. A pull-out tray holds cell phones and other devices.

The seats come up and fold down very easily.

Keeping cozy: The heater controls are on top of the dashboard with the seat heater controls right over them. Buttons operate the fan, while dials control temperature on each side. I prefer all dials.

Radio gaga: The radio controls irk. Until you get presets arranged, it’s touch the screen to change the station, then again to change source. It’s really hard to do on the fly.

The navigation is on a separate screen, offering far and away one of the worst views of Earth I've ever seen. I found it hard to get around unless I was zoomed up to the closest level. And the map controls are at the bottom of the console, while the map sits on the other end of the heater controls and radio controls. Confusing.

Night shift: The interior lights interfere with night driving a bit.

Fuel economy: 21 mpg.

Where it’s built: Lincoln, Ala.

How it’s built: Consumer Reports puts its predicted reliability at only average, which is the rating it’s received for most of the last several years.

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Driven: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Sedan

 Honda’s been at the hybrid game for some time now, having introduced North America’s first hybrid vehicle, the first-generation Insight, in 1999.

It followed that launch with the first hybrid version of an existing mass-market vehicle three years later with the Civic Hybrid, and a year after that came the world’s first mass-produced V6 hybrid car — the first-gen Accord Hybrid. Then came the second-gen Insight in 2009 followed by its first sporty hybrid, the CR-Z, in 2010.

This year, the Japanese automaker introduced the all-new Honda Accord Hybrid midsize sedan to its award-winning and completely redesigned ninth-generation Accord stable.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid, manufactured not in Japan, but in Marysville, Ohio, and available in Base ($29,590) and Touring ($35,690) versions, visited us for a week in the latter trim loaded with new power, fuel-save, infotainment and safety technologies.

 A big part of its swath of fresh tech is its new Earth Dreams drivetrain which, in the Accord Hybrid, features a system called Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD). This system uses a two-motor hybrid attack that cycles between three modes: EV drive (100 per cent electric motor), hybrid drive (electric motor and gasoline engine [driving the generator motor]) and engine drive (gasoline engine).

Under most conditions the gas engine powers a generator, which in turn provides energy to charge the hybrid battery and/or the electric motor to move the wheels. In addition, the i-MMD can operate on gasoline engine power only, mainly during medium- to high-speed cruising.

It uses a compact 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery which is charged by its 2.0-litre gas engine, regenerative braking, or a combination of each.

That new 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine makes 141 horsepower and 122 pound-feet of torque and 196 peak horsepower with both the gas engine and the two-motor hybrid-drive system.

On the road, the Accord Hybrid offered a quiet ride both on the highway and in and around the city. It offered ample power for my everyday needs and didn’t wuss out on quick highway lane changes or pass manoeuvres.

Its electric continuously variable transmission (E-CVT), unified by the Accord’s integrated power unit (IPU) located behind the rear seat (packages the 1.3 kWh Li-Ion battery and a DC-DC converter), controls both the engine and the dual electric motor rotation.

Hit the throttle and the Accord Hybrid offers smooth and certain speedup along with efficient low-rpm highway cruising under gas-engine operation. The gas engine shuts down and starts seamlessly in city stop-and-go driving.

I didn’t find the Accord Hybrid’s brakes as grasping as most other hybrids I’ve driven. At 1,636 kg, the Accord Hybrid didn’t ‘feel’ heavy when driving and it handled the turns with minimal lean.

The Accord Hybrid’s console-mounted, straight-gate shifter can be operated in two different fully automatic modes — Regular ‘D’ mode and ‘B’ mode (brake), which offers substantially increased regenerative braking.

Behind the shifter is an EV button that puts the Accord into full electric operation. A green EV icon appears on the instrument panel when in that mode.

The Accord Hybrid’s Gov’t of Canada fuel economy rating is 3.7/4.0/3.8 (city/highway/combined); we managed 6.0 throughout our seven-day, early-February, mostly-city-driving test in very cold and snowy drive conditions while not ‘trying’ to drive economically.

 There are several exterior styling accents that distinguish the Hybrid Accord from its gasoline brother.

Up front, the hybrid has a blue-accented upper grille along with blue-accented headlights (my Limited trim had LEDs) and LED daytime running lights.

Those LEDs provided superb nighttime driving visability.

From the rear, it showed blue-accented LED taillights, a trunk-lid spoiler, and a unique rear diffuser on the lower rear fascia.

The Hybrid also has standard 17-inch alloy wheels and has Hybrid badges on the front fenders and one on the trunk lid.

 The Accord Hybrid’s interior design is pretty much the same as the Accord Sedan’s, save for the Hybrid’s black steering-wheel garnish and unique instrumentation.

A bright, full-colour, eight-inch i-MID (intelligent Multi-Information Display) serves as the control centre in my Touring tester for several electronic functions.

The screen shows the image from the backup camera, fuel efficiency information, audio functions, and Lane Watch (more on this later).

That eight-inch screen was embedded deep into the top portion of the centre stack while a smaller pop-out screen sits below, working as a touch screen providing more data about what’s going on up on the larger screen (which can also be navigated by a rotary-knob button and some buttons for accessing the core functions).

Its instrumentation consists of a centrally-positioned analog speedometer with a floating needle along with a high-contrast colour multi-information display (MID) at its centre.

That MID provides a range of info and trip computer roles and also displays Hybrid energy flow Eco Guide and Eco Score data.

Illuminated Eco Assist arcs on each side of the speedometer tell when the vehicle is being operated by a non-lead foot.

The speedometer is winged by a digital power-use meter and gear-position indicator on the left, and by digital battery charge and fuel level indicators on the right.

Overall, the cabin is spacious and comfortable and there is plenty of head and leg room for tall humans up front, while the leather-trimmed, 10-way powered driver and four-way powered passenger seats were supportive and would be comfy on log treks.

Head and legroom was plentiful in the rear, too, on the outboard seats, but the middle position was best left for the fold-down armrest and cupholders.

The fit and finish inside, I thought, was excellent for its segment, as there were lots of soft-touch plastics with fine textures and contrasting stitching. The tow-tone colour scheme and splashes of brightwork were all pleasing to the eyes.

 The Accord Hybrid Touring featured a copius amount of techy safety goodies.

One feature that I used often was its LaneWatch Blind Spot Display; it uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to show a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the i-MID.

The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.

The LaneWatch field-of-view (approximately 80 degrees), said Honda, is roughly four times greater than the regular view of a passenger-side mirror (18-22 degrees).

While nothing should replace a visual confirmation from the driver’s own eyes, I can see how this feature can be very beneficial when changing lanes or perhaps making a right turn towards a bike lane.

My tester also included a multi-angle rear-view camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and an acoustic vehicle alerting system (audibly warns pedestrians of its approach when the vehicle is operating in its quiet EV Drive mode).

 The Accord Hybrid Touring also featured: dual-zone automatic climate control with air-filtration system, tilt and telescoping steering column, USB port, Bluetooth, SMS text messaging function (with compatible cell phones), speed-sensitive volume control, maintenance minder system, keyless entry, push-button start, heated front and rear seats, 360-watt premium audio system with seven speakers and subwoofer, satellite radio, compass, driver’s memory seat, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, the navigation system with voice recognition and FM traffic; six airbags; and vehicle stability assist with traction control.

The specs

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Sedan

    Engine: 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC inline four-cylinder
    Gas engine horsepower: 141 @ 6,200 rpm
    Gas engine torque: 122 @ 3,500-6,000 rpm
    Total hybrid system power: 196 horsepower
    Transmission: electric continuously variable
    Lithium-Ion battery capacity: 1.3 kWh
    Electric drive motor torque: 226 pound-feet
    EPA fuel economy rating (litres/100km): 3.7/4.0/3.8 city/highway/combined
    Dimensions: wheelbase, 2,776 mm; length, 4,882 mm; width, 1,849 mm; height, 1,460 mm
    Turn diameter: 5.8 metres
    Curb weight: 1,636 kg
    Cargo volume: 348 litres
    Fuel capacity: 60 litres
    Base price: $35,690
    Price as tested: $37,485 (includes freight, $1,695; and A/C tax, $100)

    Warranty: 3-year/60,000 km limited vehicle warranty; 5-year/100,000 km powertrain limited warranty; 3-year/unlimited-kilometre corrosion limited warranty; hybrid battery pack covered by a special warranty that covers defects in material and workmanship for eight years/160,000 km.


Ohio dealership provides consumers with variety of in-depth Honda comparisons

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla comparison among the latest added to Matt Castrucci Honda website

DAYTON, Ohio, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With so many vehicles saturating the automotive market, it can be difficult for consumers to determine which vehicle best suits their needs. One of the most common methods of narrowing down the options is to look exclusively at one of the automotive segments. For example, consumers looking for an extremely efficient car at an affordable price are likely to limit their choices to the vehicles in the compact car segment.


Even when shopping in a particular segment, however, choosing a vehicle can be difficult as many offer similar capabilities. To make it easier for consumers to determine which of the vehicles in the compact segment is the most capable, Matt Castrucci Honda has added a brand-new comparison to their website which takes an in-depth look at the 2014 Honda Civic vs 2014 Toyota Corolla, two of the best-selling compact cars currently available.

For the last couple of years, the Toyota Corolla has found itself at the top of the compact car segment, but that changed last year when the Corolla was dethroned by the Honda Civic. The change is likely due to the fact that the Honda Civic was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, which allowed it to out-perform the Corolla in the capabilities that matter most to buyers in the market for a compact car.

For one, the 2014 Honda Civic is more fuel efficient than the Corolla. The Civic is capable of traveling up to 39 mpg on the highway while the Corolla is only able to reach 36 mpg. Despite the added efficiency, the Civic is still more powerful than the Corolla by a difference of nearly 10 horsepower. The four-cylinder engine of the Civic is able to produce an output of 143 horsepower, making it one of the faster compact cars currently available.

Consumers are also sure to appreciate that the 2014 Honda Civic received the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ rating. The compact car performed extremely well in all five IIHS tests, including the new, rigorous small overlap front test, allowing it to earn the rating. The Corolla on the other hand, did not perform well in all five tests and was not able to achieve the same rating.

To view the complete model comparison, consumers are encouraged to visit the Matt Castrucci Honda website at The dealership is also conducting a series of in-brand comparisons on their informative blog. Questions about the comparisons or about the services provided by the dealership can be directed to the Matt Castrucci Honda sales staff, which can be reached through the website, or by phone at 855-699-4147.

Media Contact: Todd Williams, Matt Castrucci Honda, 937-434-4723,

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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 21, 2014, 08:33:50 a.m.

Honda City Hybrid confirmed for M’sia – first details

Yes folks, the Honda City Hybrid will be coming to Malaysia. This year, in fact, and as a CKD model too, as confirmed by Honda Malaysia CEO, Yoichiro Ueno. This is the first time, anywhere in the world, that a Honda official has specifically confirmed that such a model exists.

Previously, the company had only hinted that a new hybrid B-segment sedan will be introduced in Japan, which everyone then deduced to be an electric motor-assisted version of the 2014 Honda City. No more conjecture needed, then.

First details of the new model have been announced too. For starters, it’s now known that the City Hybrid will use Honda’s latest Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) one-motor hybrid system that’s in the latest Jazz Hybrid, and not the older Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system.

As per the Jazz Hybrid it’s based on, it will also have a centre-mounted fuel tank, as opposed to the rear-mounted item in the standard petrol model. Furthermore, the hybrid system’s battery pack (likely to be of the lithium-ion variety) will be stored under the rear seats.

That’s all the info we have for now. Stay tuned for more in the coming months.

Honda Confirms NSX Prototype Will go up the Hill at Goodwood

Easily one of the highlights of this year’s edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, set to take place between June 27 and 29, will be a prototype version of Honda’s upcoming NSX hybrid supercar.

It will be joined, at the bottom of the hill, by “a 1989 3.0-litre NSX, once driven by Ayrton Senna himself, and a 2005 3.2-litre, illustrating the original model’s rich history and development.”

However, Honda doesn’t seem to be too interested in releasing any more technical details about the NSX.

They’re just telling us what we already know: power will come from a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 and the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (or SH-AWD), “an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V6 engine and its all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels, and two motors driving the front wheels.”

The most we’ll get out of this is a video of the car going up the course, shot both officially from onboard and unofficially by the spectators lining the roadside area (behind the usual protective hay bales).


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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 23, 2014, 09:09:34 a.m.

Honda to increase car prices of its entire range from April 1

Price hike includes new Honda City sedan model, which commands waiting period of over half a year.

In a surprise decision, Honda Cars has decided to increase prices by a “few thousand rupees” across its entire range starting April 1 to offset higher input costs.

The move comes shortly after Honda and most other carmakers like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai reduced prices after the excise duty cut by the government in the budget announcement last month in a bid to push sales.

Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice-president for marketing and sales at Honda Cars India told FE, “We are deciding the quantum of price increase and are working with our finance and accounts team. It will be effective from April 1”.

The price hike includes the new City sedan model, which commands a waiting period of over half a year, besides others like the Amaze, Brio and CR-V.

Honda, which currently operates a 1.2 lakh unit per annum plant in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, recently started operations at a second plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan with a similar initial capacity.


Think Of Including Honda Motors in Your Portfolio

Honda Motor (HMC) recently released its Q3, 2014 results which were firing all guns. The company was helped by a weak yen to some extent and underperformance in some markets, although revenue increased. Let's see how the results were and what can be expected of Honda in the future.

Performance boost

Owing to favorable foreign currency transformation Honda witnessed a revenue boost and even a rise in unit sales both in automobiles and motor cycle segment. Consolidated net sales increased 16.3% year over year to $22.7 billion, increase by 24% Year over year, but not beat the consensus estimate of 28.95 billion.

Honda witnessed an increase in unit sales in the automobile segment that recorded 900,000 units. Total revenue $22.5 billion fetched from the automobile segments. The company has been unable to benefit from the construction boom in the U.S. as sales of Honda pickups fell were not alarming.

Revenues for the motorcycle segment grew by 30%, recording $3.8 billion. Consolidated unit sales also increased by 13.1% to 2.7 million motorcycles.

Cash flow from the operation also improved in the first 9 months of fisal 2014 recording ¥870.4 billion as against ¥532.6 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2013. This was mainly due to better sales.

Journey Ahead

The company is optimistic about its performance in the refiscamainder of 2014. Honda projects estimated revenue to increase by 22.5%. It also anticipates an increase in operating income to by 43.2% and net income to step up by 58%. The anticipated growth is based on the fact of Honda’s perception of favorable modal index and favorable raw material cost which can influence the bottom line.

Consumers in the U.S. are choosing pickups and SUVs manufactured by the Detroit carmakers such as Ford and General Motors, according to Honda management. The company has been unable to cash in on the trend of growing auto sales in the U.S. The sales drop in Japan is also a matter of concern. But the company expects to benefit from the positive trends in the U.S. by updating its MDX model.

The company is making an effort to cater to the needs of customers and the prevailing market conditions by updating its models and ramping up supply. Revamping the production system, building new plants for increasing production and adopting innovative techniques for upgrading might help Honda to improve capacity and sales during fiscal 2014.

The company is also looking to rescue its sales in Japan and expects better sales in the second half of the year when it releases the Fit compact. Despite the decline in this key market, the company has kept its outlook for the fiscal year intact. Also, the company is looking to increase its deliveries to 6 million units by 2017 has been incurring costs on building the required infrastructure. These efforts should reap benefits in the future but the company will need to offer better models in the lucrative market for pickups in the U.S.


Nissan is a Japanese auto manufacturer and another rival of Honda. It is also benefiting from Yen's devaluation. Its sales are gaining strength in the US and its Nissan Leaf is the leading electric vehicle in the nation. Nissan's is also reviving an old brand -- Datsun -- for launch in emerging economies such as India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa etc. This move should have a positive impact on its sales in the future as the emerging middle class in these markets purchases cars. The first time car buyers in these countries will have an eye on Datsun, since it would ideally suit their budget.


Honda is not among the best automakers but an investor can always consider investing in the company. Considering the fact, that the Board of Honda announced quarterly dividend keeps the interest of the investor covered. The company also expects to make annual dividend of ¥80 per share in fiscal 2014.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 25, 2014, 12:23:03 p.m.

Honda building fuel station at local plant

Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. will build a compressed natural gas filling station that will be open to the public, the company announced March 11.

The facility, which will be located at Honda's Marysville-area plant, will be the first public CNG station on company property in North America.

The automaker said the project is part of an effort to reduce its global carbon dioxide emissions and minimize the environmental impact of its operations.

The fully automated fueling station will be designed, constructed and operated by Trillium CNG. It will feature three dispensers for over-the-road carriers and a separate dispenser for passenger and light-duty vehicles.

In the announcement, a Trillium executive said Ohio is a key state in the company's development plans. Trillium expects to operate 52 public-access CNG stations throughout the country by mid-summer.

Honda's station, at the interchange of U.S. Route 33 and state Route 739, is intended to serve current CNG users as well as to encourage others to expand the fuel's use.


Honda Finds Reverse Gear At Swindon Plant

More than 300 jobs are under threat at Honda's plant in Swindon as the car manufacturer cuts production.

The Japanese firm wants to reduce workflow from three daily shifts to two - blaming poor sales growth outside the UK.

Its review would also result in a single production line being created to improve efficiency and flexibility.

The plans, Honda said, would leave 340 production staff at risk of redundancy and the Unite union pledged to fight any job losses.

Ian Howells, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe, said: "Over the last 12 months, we haven't seen the growth we'd anticipated.

"With no increase forecast for the next couple of years, we must scale our manufacturing activity accordingly.

"However, with the restructuring we're taking today, and our new model plans, we remain confident in the long-term future of our Swindon plant.

"Our Swindon operation continues to be the hub for our European car manufacturing activity," he added.

Honda has been manufacturing cars at Swindon since 1992 and currently builds the Civic, Civic Tourer, CR-V and Jazz models for the UK and European markets.

Tony Murphy, national officer of the Unite union, said: "These job losses are a devastating blow, not just for these workers but for the thousands more across the industry whose work is dependent on the Honda plant.

"Today's losses are also a wake-up call to the UK Government. The economy is far too fragile to proclaim a recovery - those workers losing their jobs today will find claims that the country is turning a corner an insult.

"The truth is that there is simply no pick up in the incomes of Honda's customers, either here or in the eurozone. People are not confident and do not have the cash to spend. That is something which must give the Government serious cause for concern.

"Decent, skilled jobs are being lost today and investment is being withdrawn, which is ringing alarm bells and putting the remaining workforce in fear for their future.

"We cannot allow workers of this expertise to be dispatched to the dole queue - the country needs their skills if we are to power our country back to economic health.

"Unite is determined to do all we can to save these jobs and skills. It is vital that the Government joins us in the fight for manufacturing."


AutoSkin | Precinct : Honda Windscreen

We were out at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show applying a front window decal to a promotional Honda CRV ahead of the opening of the show tomorrow for Precinct.  Obviously it is illegal to cover a windscreen whilst driving however for event advertising where the car is the feature product, it is a clever way of containing an advertisement in a prominent space, keeping the body clean and directing the eye to one space.

Brand Hierarchy

    Giveaway Advertising
    Leaf Background illustration
    Subtle Honda branding in white space at base of ad

So if you are out at the show, look out for this Honda giveaway.


2014 Honda Civic facelift unveiled for the Thai market

Amidst the 2014 City month in Malaysia where we’ve brought you a comprehensive launch report, spec-by-spec comparison gallery and a thorough drive preview of the Toyota Vios-beater, the 2014 Honda Civic facelift has been unveiled in Thailand. Called a minor model change (MMC) in Honda-speak, this previews the updated Civic that we will get here soon.

Look at the pictures, and you’ll soon notice that ‘minor’ is the operative word here. It just looks so similar to the current model. Unless you’re an existing owner of the ninth-generation Civic, you’d be hard pressed to notice the differences. Go ahead, compare it to the Malaysian-spec 2.0S and Hybrid models pictured below.

The most noticeable change is the new honeycomb front grille; now with the chrome element going under, instead of over the Honda logo. Other than that, the central air intake vent gains chrome highlights, and the alloy wheels have a new design. The sporty set of bodykit is new too, though it’s unclear if Malaysian models will offer it.

Inside, there’s a new seven-inch touchscreen head unit, which should replace the fast-ageing system in the current 2.0 Navi model. As in the new City, there’s a HDMI port to pair your iPhone (5 and newer) to the dash-mounted colour display. The screen also also includes a multi-angle rear view camera like that found on the latest Accord.

Much like the outside, the rest of the cabin stays eerily similar to the one before. A notable upgrade is the availability of curtain airbags on the top 2.0 litre model, which brings the total up to six to match the new City, Ford Focus and Kia Cerato, but one less than the top-spec Toyota Corolla Altis (fitted with the optional Additional Safety Package).

There are no changes to the mechanical package, so the 141 PS/174 Nm 1.8 litre and 155 PS/190 Nm 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC engines soldier on, together with the same old trusty five-speed automatic transmissions. No CVT in the Civic yet, then. Now is that a blessing, or otherwise?


Honda Civic Type R seeks Nurburgring front-drive record

Honda is on a mission to break the Nurburgring's front-wheel-drive record with the upcoming European-spec Civic Type R.

Set to be released in 2015, the performance Civic hatchback unveiled in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four generating 280 hp and a rumored 295 lb-ft of torque. These are unofficial figures to be sure, with compliance against the strict Euro6 emissions standards to determine the final numbers.

According to, the Type R will feature a new suspension set up with front MacPherson struts and an "interchangeable" rear configuration that can just as easily house a hybrid-electric drivetrain. The same report says that an all-wheel steering system like the one found on the Acura RLX will also make its way into the Type R.

The front-wheel-drive record around the Green Hell has already been broken once this year. Earlier this month the 280hp Seat Leon Cupra clocked a 7:58.44, unseating the 265hp Renault Megane Trophy that had held the front-drive record since 2011.

A highly modified version of the Civic Type R motor will also power the Civic Tourer as Honda seeks to defend its British Touring Car Championship title this year. The Civic is also the title-holder in mainland Europe's World Touring Car Championships, proving that Honda is making quite the push to sear its performance credentials into the minds of enthusiasts on the old continent. Sadly, petitioners from the US will likely never see this version stateside.

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Scris de: tokyodream din Martie 27, 2014, 09:58:25 a.m.

CA's Favorite Cars: Honda Civic For Retail Buyers, Prius Hybrid Overall

California is different from the rest of the United States.

And its vehicle mix turns out to be very different too.

A simple glance at the state's rainbow of cultures and languages, its record of social and technological innovation, and its varied climates--a five-hour drive takes you from ocean beach to 11,000-foot-high ski slope--demonstrates its remarkable diversity.

While the Toyota Prius is the single most popular car line sold in California, there's a variation on that title: most popular car line sold to retail buyers.

That turns out to be the Honda Civic compact sedan and coupe lineup--not the Prius hybrid.

Based on registration data from Polk, issued yesterday by Honda itself, Californians purchased 65,910 Civics for their personal use.

The Prius wins--at 69,728--when you roll in fleet sales, which are the bulk purchases by companies, governments, and other entities that maintain large motor pools.

Not surprisingly, the Prius lineup--rated at 50 mpg for three of its four models--is inexpensive to operate, especially for vehicles that cover more miles than average.

Unlike most other car companies, Honda does not make a particular effort to sell its vehicles to fleets, often to the dismay of its sales managers--who might like their total sales to be higher.

But retail sales are generally more profitable than bulk sales to fleets, which often order base models and bargain hard for them.

California is the largest of the 50 state vehicle markets, with 32.9 million registered vehicles on its roads, according to the state DMV.

Honda sold 336,000 Civic models nationally last year, including its high-efficiency Civic HF model, the Civic Hybrid sedan, and its Civic Natural Gas model as well.


Bangkok Live – 2014 Honda City (featuring 6 airbags, touch-screen, VSA)

The 2014 Honda City was shown today at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Just like the City in India, the Thai City measures an identical 4.4 meters in length, which is the same as its predecessor.

Power for the new City in Thailand comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine producing 117 PS at 6,000 rpm and 146 Nm of torque at 4,700 rpm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. The engine in the Thai City is capable of running on E85 Ethanol.

In terms of features, the Thai City gets a few added goodies compared to the Indian model. While the Indian City gets dual front airbags, Thailand gets 6 airbags (side and curtain airbags are also included apart from the front driver and passenger side bags). Other features include VSA (Vehicle Stability Assistant), hill start assist, a 7-inch touchscreen system and voice activated controls.

The City in Thailand is priced from 550,000 THB (INR 10.24 lakhs) to 749,000 THB (INR 13.95 lakhs).

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Pop Quiz: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid vs 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

What if you want a fuel-efficient, eco-cred–heavy hybrid but can’t get excited about a Prius? What if you enjoy driving a conventional-looking sedan as well as the loving embrace of Mother Gaia? Thankfully, Honda and Volkswagen have been keeping your desires sated with their own twists on the hybrid.

In the Volkswagen corner, Jetta comes in with a turbocharged 1.4L Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and an electric motor with a combined output of 170 hp at 5,000 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque, all of which is available from 1,000 rpm.

Honda’s contender is a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle petrol engine mated to two electric motors for a combined output of 195 hp. There is 122 lb-ft of torque available at 4,500 rpm from the petrol engine, and Honda claims a whopping 226 lb-ft of torque is available from its electric drive motor at 0 rpm. Yes, zero, zilch, nada. Then again, the Accord Hybrid is heavier, weighing in at 1,636 kg compared to the Jetta Hybrid at 1,505.

Now, we realize they don’t technically fall in the same segment, but the Jetta is a honking big compact, each is the company’s sole hybrid sedan and when these two landed in our garage simultaneously, we couldn’t resist pitting them against one another.

Both go about their mission in slightly different ways, yet both are two of the best “conventional” hybrid cars available. So which one is the right one for you?

Question 1: Do you like to play games?
A: Yes, give me a target and I’ll smash your high score!
B: Yes, but I don’t get too competitive; just tell me how I went at the end.

If you answered A: “Gamification” is not just a corporate buzzword, it is something many of us do to make our lives (and our drives) more interesting.  The handy blue line of the Volkswagen Jetta’s “E-Max” meter nestled into the TFT screen in the dashboard tells you when you are using electric energy, and also shows you the threshold when the petrol engine has to kick in. The secret to this game? Keep the little blue line as close to “max” as you can without crossing it and see how long you can stay in e-drive.

If you answered B: In fairness, the Honda Accord does have some neat tricks to let you know how you’re doing on the fuel-economy front, such as the glowing ring around the speedo that tells you how you’re going with graded colours – but it doesn’t have anything as direct and usable as the Jetta’s system. The result is a much more vague sense of how efficiently you’re driving (aside from the column of frustrated drivers behind you as you ‘race’ a Prius to see who can accelerate more slowly).  Honda’s neat trick is the leaf display at the end of your drive that gives you a graphic report card on how you went. (I went badly).

Question 2: I like to carry…
A: Lots of stuff
B: Lots of people

If you answered A: With 348 L of cargo space compared to the Jetta’s 310 L you might think the Honda Accord is the best bet for you; but wait. What’s this? Jetta has a split-folding rear seat that collapses to increase boot size, the Honda Accord has… a solid wall. Sure, the opening is only about 20 cm high, but if you want to carry anything with a bit of length to it – like skis – you’ll appreciate the additional versatility of the Jetta.

If you answered B: Nothing can replace pure interior volume when it comes to passenger comfort, and the larger mid-size Honda Accord has that in its favour. At 71 mm wider, (1,849 vs 1,778) the Accord has interior volume of 2,854 L, easily eclipsing the 2,665 L of the Jetta.

Question 3: What really grinds your gears?
A: Nothing, mine are well managed, tight and under total control.
B: Nothing, I don’t have any bro.

If you answered A: You’re a pretty cool cucumber hey? Well so is the Jetta’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. What’s the next best thing to a manual?  A manual with two clutches bolted to it alongside an automatic shifter, that’s what. The Jetta’s DSG box is crisp, responsive and feels like something out of a sports car.

If you answered B: Like a song by Sade, you’re a smooth operator – and so is the Honda Accord with its unique “no transmission” transmission. It’s called a CVT in the sale brochures, but really it isn’t. Not in the belt-and-pulley sense at least. Instead the electric motor is connected to the wheels via a set of fixed gears, and the engine is allowed to join in when needed via a wet clutch – at other times the engine is either off, or is powering the generator which powers the propulsion motor. The result is a smooth-feeling transmission, albeit with some odd noises as the petrol engine revs and wheel speed rarely correlate to each other. Simple, right?

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Pop Quiz: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid vs 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid volkswagen hybrids honda highlighted feature greenreviews car comparisons
2014 Volkwagen Jetta Hybrid Highline & 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring. Click image to enlarge

Question 4: Where do you live?
A: In the inner city, yo.
B: Outside the city y’all.

If you answered A: Highway fuel economy figures from the EPA are almost always lower than the city figures. Almost. Let me introduce you to an exception to the rule, the Honda Accord. Rated at 4.7/5.2/5.0 L/100 km city/highway/combined, the Honda Accord Hybrid is built to keep your fuel use down in the city.

If you answered B: Chances are you spend a fair amount of time touring highways. The Jetta Hybrid returns 5.2 L/100 km in combined duties according to the EPA, and 5.6 L/100 km in the city. Out on the highway though is where the Jetta really shines, scoring 4.9 L/100 km. A real-life run along the highways didn’t put a dent in our weekly average of 8.2 L/100 km in the Accord, but dropped the Jetta from the same number (8.2) down to 7.3.

Question 5: My favourite Hollywood couple is:
A: Zack Galifianakis and Quinn Lundberg
B: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

If you answered A: You probably love it when a plucky upstart bursts out of the barriers society formed for them and achieves a higher level than they ought. You love it when people punch above their weight, and so you’ll love the Jetta. At $22,105 more than its cheapest trim level (the $14,990 Trendline) the Jetta has leapt from economy car to premium hybrid quicker than you can say, “how’d he get her?” It is also a little smaller, a little more crashy over bumps and just generally a little less refined than the Accord. Yet, here it is, staking its claim in the same price bracket and going after the same buyers – bravo Jetta!

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If you answered B: You seem to prefer it when things are well matched. Like Brad and Angelina, it makes sense that they’d be together – just look at them. The Accord starts as a $25,864 mid-size family sedan, and steps confidently into more premium shoes before landing at the $37,485 Hybrid Touring level. With more size, a better balanced ride and a more premium-feeling interior, the Hybrid Touring fits snugly into its price bracket like it was always born to be there.

Pricing: 2014 Jetta Hybrid Highline
Base Price (Jetta Trendline):  $14,990
Base Price (Jetta Hybrid Highline): $35,300
Options: Oryx White Pearl Paint – $300
A/C Tax: $100
Freight and PDI: $1,395
Price as Tested: $37,095

Pricing: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
Base Price (Honda Accord LX): $25,864
Base Price (Honda Accord Hybrid Touring): $35,690
Options: Nil
A/C Tax: $100
Freight and PDI: $1,695
Price as Tested: $37,485


Bangkok 2014: Honda Civic MMC facelift, Thai-spec

We showed you the facelifted ninth-generation Honda Civic earlier this week, now here’s a live gallery of the Thai-spec 2014 Honda Civic from the ongoing Bangkok Motor Show.

The minor model change (MMC) Civic isn’t a big facelift, so you’ll have to squint to notice the differences. The most obvious change is the new honeycomb front grille; now with the chrome element going under, instead of over the Honda logo. Also, the central air intake vent gains chrome highlights, and the alloys have a new design. There’s also a new bodykit.

Inside, there’s a new seven-inch “Advanced Touch Display” head unit with bulit-in navigation and smartphone connectivity via a HDMI port, just like in the new City Grade V. The screen also also includes a multi-angle rear view camera as per the latest Accord, an upgrade from the system in the current 2.0 Navi.

A notable upgrade is the availability of curtain airbags on the top 2.0L model, which brings the total up to six. The range topper also gets an eight-way powered driver’s seat and a four-way powered front passenger seat.

No changes to the mechanical package, so the 141 PS/174 Nm 1.8 litre and 155 PS/190 Nm 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC engines soldier on, together with the familiar five-speed automatic transmission, one of the more clever auto ‘boxes out there. No CVT for the Civic, yet.


Honda Goes from Three to Two Shifts at its Swindon Plant in the UK, Announces 340 Layoffs

Honda has announced cuts to its manufacturing operations in the UK, as the automaker expects European markets to stagnate for the next two years. The Japanese firm will move from three to two shifts at its manufacturing plant in Swindon in southwest England, with the decision resulting in approximately 340 job losses, slightly more than 10 percent of the plant’s employees.

As a result, Honda now expects to produce about 120,000 vehicles in 2014 at Swindon, down from 140,094 vehicles in 2013, which also represented a decrease of about 15 percent from the previous year.

“With no increase forecasted for the next couple of years, we must scale our manufacturing activity accordingly,” Honda Motor Europe senior vice president Ian Howells was quoted as saying by Reuters.

However, Howells said Honda was confident in the long-term future of the Swindon plant after the restructuring that followed job cuts of 800 last year. The automaker has been making cars at Swindon since 1992, building the Civic, Civic Tourer, CR-V and Jazz for the British and European markets. The facility has the capacity to build 250,000 cars a year.

European car sales rose 5.2 percent in January, thanks to demand from countries which were previously most affected by the eurozone crisis, such as Italy, Portugal and Greece. Industry experts hope the slump in car sales will bottom out in 2014 as the sovereign debt crisis decreases.


Honda, Toyota on track to bring fuel cells to consumer market in 2015

Honda's five-passenger sedan may arrive late in 2015, possibly in November, with a range of approximately 310 miles on a full tank of hydrogen. The company already produced a limited number of its FCX Clarity cars in 2008, however it has remained a research platform due to the high costs of fuel-cell technology.

Despite spending approximately $1 million for each fuel-cell drivetrain built in 2007, Toyota has remained publicly optimistic about the technology. The drivetrain alone in the production vehicle may account for $50,000 or more of the total vehicle cost, however one executive has forecasted that by 2020 the technology will be equivalent to plug-in hybrids and cheaper than all-electric offerings.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is among the most vocal critics of fuel-cell technology, which he argues is simply a marketing gimmick. The electric-car maker suggests that hydrogen-based systems will never approach the affordability of today's lithium-ion batteries even in a best-case scenario.

Toyota is said to be targeting a price drop into the 3-5 million yen (~$29,000 to $49,000 USD) range by 2020.

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Task Force returns for Honda workers

Stuart Catterall and Lisa Wood at the last job fair organised by the Honda Task Force at Stanton House to help Honda workers who have been made redundant find work .

 WORKERS facing redundancy at the Honda plant in South Marston will not be abandoned in their quest for an answer on where their futures lie.

Twelve months ago, when the car giant announced a larger round of redundancies amounting to 800 roles, a self-proclaimed Honda Task Force united to minimise the impact to Swindon people.

The Task Force has now reformed in light of Honda’s announcement on Tuesday to cut back 340 permanent and 160 temporary roles amongst the Swindon plant’s production associates.

 North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: “The key for that is making sure government agencies, such as the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) and Jobcentre Plus are prepared to repeat the efforts they put in to last year’s Task Force,” he said.

“Last year, of the 800 redundancies announced, only 34 were forced to leave on compulsory terms, which shows the Task Force’s effectiveness. We will press ahead with that this week.”

The coalition will consist of both Swindon MPs, Forward Swindon, DWP, Swindon College, Swindon Council, Skills Funding Agency, Business West, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Honda.

In April last year, a jobs fair was held at Stanton House in Stanton Fitzwarren, where 750 people were invited to meet a variety of employers offering some 2,000 vacancies, including manufacturing positions at Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Network Rail.

“I have heard interviews with people who used the Task Force last year and people have said how good the jobs fair was,” said Mr Tomlinson.

“The Task Force organises the jobs fair, where a huge choice of people go along with a whole range of jobs available for Honda workers to start now.

“The message wasn’t ‘there might be a job available at some point’ it was ‘we need you and we need you now.’ “Honda staff are highly skilled, highly trained, and well-suited to a range of other positions, but their skills don’t necessarily stand out on their CVs.

“The Task Force will be working with Swindon College, who can help to formalise their skills.

“Many of the workers have worked on the production lines but never had a formal qualification for it.”

A spokeswoman for Forward Swindon said: “The Swindon Task Force has been convened by Forward Swindon this week to co-ordinate the design and delivery of actions to mitigate the personal and economic impacts of the recently announced job losses in Swindon, namely from Honda and Alcatel Lucent.

“The Swindon Task Force will set up a call to action shortly where businesses with vacancies can contact us directly, using a bespoke telephone number and an online contact form.”


Why I Think You Should Buy a Honda Civic Type R EP3

The choice of modern hot hatches we currently have in 2014 puts us in an unprecedented place in history, when you can now buy a car within the constraints of the class and have it be very different from its direct competitor. You can even go completely bananas and buy either a Mercedes A45 AMG or an Audi RS3, then go out and discover you can stick to the back of some supercars and wonder why you are able to do that…

But that’s overkill and missing the point of the hot hatch, a class of vehicles that peaked in principle and philosophy right at the turning point of analog into digital, somewhere around the year 2000.

An important part of that analog, mechanical feel was what made the hot hatches of the 80s and 90s appealing is nowadays all but lost under a mountain of electronics, safety tech and soundproofing to hide the diesel-like idle clatter of direct-injected petrol engines.

That’s why it’s really a waste of your time and money to look at any modern hot hatch and hope that it’s better than the Honda Civic Type R EP3, the model manufactured between 2001 – 2005; it’s not, it can’t be. Its main quality is probably the way it comes alive in your hands, as you drive it, with brilliant steering, pedal placement and a short, stubby dash-mounted gear lever that is as ridiculously van-like as it is practical and fun to use.

Then there’s the 197 hp 2.0-liter screamer too that revs to over 8,000 rpm, the snappy six-speed gearbox and the noise all of this produces that should seal the deal. It’s the kind of car whose exhaust you want to leave stock and silent, since it’s the (unsynthesized) engine note you want to hear and not the fartcan at the back...

Practical and sensible issues are addressed by the (now) humble EP3 too. It’s not offensive to look at, although it’s not necessarily a looker, it’s fairly reliable for a performance car (if you maintain and care for it) and it has a hard wearing and simple interior that is there to hide the firewall and nothing more. You can, if you must, also carry more than two people inside, though not cross-country.

Other reasons to think about buying an old EP3 is being green by recycling something that’s getting old and the low prices you can now pick these up for. Obviously, those that seem too cheap should obviously be checked thoroughly before purchase, because you don’t need us to tell you how tricky it is to buy a second hand performance car; it can be done, but it needs patience, knowledge and (possibly) good bartering skills when you find the one you want and the owner knows it.

The EP3 is already a part of Honda history, but it’s just a bit too new for it to be thought of in that way. This piece isn’t a buying guide, and it doesn’t provide detailed buying advice, being meant as a reminder that you don’t have to wait for Honda to release the new Type R to be happy, so as to fueling the massive hype snowball that has been created around it.

It seems very unlikely like any modern car will ever be able to match the EP3 for front-wheel drive thrills, and you don’t need a turbocharger or rear lights and spoiler that you can’t tell apart. The Renault Clio 197 does come close, but its obvious drawbacks still make the Honda the more desirable vehicle of the two.


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Honda recalls nearly 10,000 new Civic models over pinched tires

Honda is recalling some 9,816 Civic LX coupes and sedans from the 2014 model year due to a potential tire problem.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice, the safety problem stems from an installation problem at a supplier, which may have caused the tire bead to become pinched between the steel wheel and the mounting equipment. As a result, tire beads may have been damaged, which could result in a loss of pressure, a condition that could lead to an increased accident risk, or at least an increased risk of being stranded and late for work.

Honda spokesperson Chris Martin tells Autoblog, "Only about 1,800 of that 9,800 have been sold because we caught it so quickly. The majority of them were in transit or unsold at dealers."

The recall only affects LX models built between November 26, 2013 and January 21 2014. LX is the Civic's entry-level trim now that the DX model has been discontinued, and as such, it typically makes up around 30 percent of the model's sales, notes Martin. Higher trim levels are fitted with alloy wheels and are not affected by this safety campaign.

While experts don't recommend replacing individual tires due to different wear patterns having adverse affects on a vehicle's performance, Martin says that these vehicles are so new that Honda doesn't anticipate any problems with individual tire substitution. "This is such a recent thing that I doubt there is a significant amount of tire wear," he says. The automaker is also endeavoring to replace the tires in question with exactly the same OEM tire fitment, so Honda says no issues will be created by different tread patterns or performance characteristics.


2015 Fit Kit is the perfect DIY car from Honda   limba'

Ah... let the April Fools' Day automotive jokes begin. Honda is kicking things off, following up on last year's Honda Hair joke with a prank video featuring the 2015 Honda Fit.

It's called the Fit Kit, and as you might guess, it's a way to build your own version of the redesigned hatchback. There are 180,000 mechanical parts in the kit - some delivered by drone - but that doesn't seem at all daunting to the pair of obnoxious, self-described tinkerers that star in the Fit Kit ad.

Honestly, the video is pretty entertaining, with some biting satire of the DIY movement and its attendant cadre of mustachioed hipsters. Scroll down and have a look at both the video and the Fit Kit press release from Honda.


The Honda Odyssey Is What Happens When You Have Unprotected Sex

 Suburban boredom! Taking the kids to do Easter portraits at Sears! Shockingly un-Honda-like quality issues! Welcome to the joys of owning a second-generation Honda Odyssey.

Unless they're in a band and have one to haul their gear, nothing quite makes a swingin' young guy (or gal) shudder in fear like a minivan.

As our fearless friend at Regular Car Reviews notes, it's what you get when you sigh and resign yourself to life's cruel realities. He says it makes a strong case for not hooking up with "okay-looking barflies" without taking the necessary precautions, if you catch my drift.1

I, for one, think minivans get a bad rap. While I'm definitely in that class of people who has nightmares at the thought of owning one, even I'll concede that when you need to move lots of people, kids and stuff, few vehicles can do it better. The Odyssey may be boring, but damn if it doesn't get the job done.

Practice safe sex, kids.


Latest Best Car suggests up to 360hp for new Civic Type R, more info

We heard that the latest issue of Best Car magazine had some interesting info about the upcoming CTR super-hatch. DanielGR was kind enough to grab a copy and scan the relevant pages for us. Below is his translation of the key points. Huge thanks to Daniel for his contribution!

And here the "could-be-interesting" bits I found when reading.

• Previous mules already faster than current (until Leon goes on sale) fastest FF car on the Nurburgring, that is the Megane RS at 8:07.
• Ultimate performance goal set at beating the NSX time (7:56) when it's introduced to the market.
• Engine has enough power to spin the front tires up to 4th gear (myself wonder how can that be a good thing.... But for sure some folks will like it)
• Current stated specs are more than 280PS and 40.8 mkg, but wouldn't be surprised if by the time of production it had got very close to the current world's highest specific output (Mercedes A45 AMG, 180ps/l), which means 360ps for the DOCH VTEC DI TURBO Honda engine.
• When compared with Honda's current V6, the overall aim is 10% more performance with 10% better FE.
• The mule they tested past year had an "R" button, akin to modern F1 "overtaking" button, which increased turbo pressure unleashing the full power available in the car.
• Expected realistic wheel size when it reaches the market is 19".
• Despite its high performance credentials, FE remained important, and for that reason it'll be fitted with auto-idle stop tech, and deliver above 15km/L in the JP08 cycle (for reference, previous Gen EuroCTR was rated at 10.8km/l, so they are talking about 50% improvement).
• Expected to be built in the UK, and imported to Japan starting summer 2015, with a price between 3.8M and 4.2M JPY (for ref. past EuroCTR was priced at 3M JPY.

Other than that they make a brief mention to the rest of the turbo lineup, stating that:

• 1.0L should exceed current 1.8L torque while delivering over 20% improvements in FE. Likely to be used in the Japanese Fit.
• 1.5L is mainly focused in America, not likely to be sold in JP.

And that's about it, for whatever is worth .


New Honda City, CR-Z, Spada, Odyssey and more at Bangkok Motor Show 2014

Developed under Advanced Cool Stunner concept is the new Honda City which has been officially launched by Honda Automobiles (Thailand) back in January. Striking in design and highly powerful in performance, the new City comes in with six variants and seven color options while starting price stands at 550,000 Baht.

Honda Thailand targets sales of 60,000 units per annum where the new Honda City is concerned. This is the fourth generation City which comes in with added features as compared to its three earlier counterparts. Interior space is at a premium while it is powered by a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine compatible with E85 fuel. This engine produces 117 hp at 6000 rpm and 146 Nm torque at 4700 rpm.

Honda City is developed with continuous variable transmission under the Honda Earth Dreams Technology. Enhanced safety features, outstanding technology and highly fuel efficient are the highlights of the new Honda City. Safety features include ABS, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist and emergency stop signal. The new Honda City is equipped with a host of airbags in six varied locations besides i-side airbags, side curtain airbags and rear view camera which can be adjusted at three levels.

Honda City is being offered in S MT variant priced at 550,000 Baht, an S AT variant priced at 589,000 Baht, V variant priced at 649,000 Baht, the V+ variant priced at 689,000 Baht besides the SV and SV+ variant priced at 734,000 Baht and 749,000 Baht respectively. Exterior color options come in the form of Modern Steel Grey (Metallic), Carnelian Red (Pearl), Crystal Black (Pearl), Alabaster Silver (Metallic) and Taffeta White. There are also two new colors being offered on the new Honda City which include Brilliant Sporty Blue (Metallic) and Golden Brown (Metallic).

Apart from Honda City sedan, Accord, Accord, Brio, Modulo, Jazz, Civic, CR-Z, CR-V, Civic hybrid, Jazz hybrid, Modulo, Odessey and Spada are showcased at the 2014 Bangkok International Motor Show.


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Honda Cars Posts Highest Ever Monthly Sales; Registers 83 Percent Increase in March

Honda Cars India registered the company's highest ever monthly sales in March, 2014, recording 83.4 per cent increase in its domestic sales at 18,426 units.

Honda, the country's fourth largest company has been riding high in the domestic market for the past few months .The Company sold 18426 units in March, as against the 10,044 units in the corresponding month last year. In March, Honda sold 1,456 units of its small car Brio, while its Amaze and City offerings stood at 7374 and 9518 respectively. Beside this, Honda sold 78 units of its sports utility vehicle (SUV) CRV.

 "We are thankful to our customers for the great response we have achieved from them for our two big launches of Amaze and All New City during the past financial year. The year also witnessed our entry into the diesel segment with i-DTEC diesel engine technology which has received an overwhelming response from the market," said Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Sales, sharing the joy of clocking the highest sales figure.

During the fiscal 2013-14, the company reported 83 per cent increase in sales at 1,34,339 units as against 73,483 units during the previous year. Honda which currently has 170 dealerships in 107 cities is planning to expand its dealer network in tier 2 and tier 3 cities in coming months.

"We will increase our dealer network by 35 per cent this year by reaching out to more tier 2 & tier 3 markets which will be instrumental for our growth," Sen added.

Honda is also speculated to launch it's much anticipated Mobilio and Jazz in the sub-continent market in near future.The Company is also planning to increase the prices of its vehicles in India from April. However, the quantum of the hike is yet to be announced.

Model wise sales break-up

March 2014

Brio - 1456

Amaze - 7374

City - 9518

CRV - 78

Domestic Total - 18426

Exports - 587

Grand Total - 19013


Honda Announces Sales Results for March 2014

TORRANCE, CA--April 1, 2014: Acura division sales up 10.5 percent with MDX and RDX setting monthly records. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported March 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 133,318 units. Acura division gained 10.5 percent (14.7 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*)on sales of 15,580, with light trucks increasing 45.8 percent for the month on sales of 10,387 units. The Honda Division recorded sales of 117,738 vehicles in March.

Honda Despite heavy incentives from several major automakers, Honda market share remained strong in March with a nearly 30 percent month-over-month increase as the U.S. auto market clawed back from one of the worst winters in memory.

Accord posted March sales of 33,962 and was the best-selling Honda model for the month Civic found 27,967 new buyers, up 0.1% versus last March CR-V recorded sales of 28,657, up 6.5 percent for the month Odyssey sales also rose slightly to 11,008

"With all of the independent data showing the competition getting back on the juice of heavy incentives and fleet sales, we couldn't be more pleased to see our core models—Accord, Civic and CR-V—attract such significant interest from retail buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "And with the all-new 2015 Fit going on sale this month, our model lineup is only going to get stronger."

Acura Acura's flagship SUV, the MDX, drove a 10.5 percent division increase as Acura light truck sales climbed nearly 46 percent from a year earlier. RDX also contributed to its remarkable string of monthly increases, with sales rising for the 23rd straight month.

Acura division sales increase 10.5 percent with 15,580 units sold in March Acura trucks rise 45.8 percent on sales of 10,387, a new March record MDX sales set a new monthly record with total sales up 80.6 percent, totaling 5,793 in March RDX recorded an increase of 18.2 percent on sales of 4,580 units, another March record

"It's unusual to have such strength and consistency in the hyper-competitive luxury SUV segment," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "It's clear that MDX and RDX possess the key qualities that give lasting appeal."

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days for March 2014 and 27 days for March 2013. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 75 days for 2014 and 76 days for 2013. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.


2015 Honda Fit pricing leak shows slight increases across the board

Pricing for the next-generation 2015 Honda Fit has has been circulating online after a poster going by the username ChrisAP1 on released the figures. None of these prices include the destination charge, which was not specified (the outgoing model's charge was $790).

According to the leak, the new Fit is being offered in three trim levels – LX, EX and EX-L. A base LX model with a six-speed manual starts at $15,525, with the new CVT running $800 more at $16,325. All cars come standard with air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, Bluetooth and LED taillights.

A six-speed EX will run buyers $17,435 or $18,235 for the automatic. Upgrading to this trim nets buyers a power moonroof, a proximity key, paddle shifters on CVT models, Honda's LaneWatch system, fog lights and a 7-inch touchscreen radio. Finally, the EX-L trim is only available with the CVT for $19,800 or with added navigation for $20,800. It adds heated leather seats, a leather shift knob and steering wheel, plus turn signals in the sideview mirrors.

Compared to the current Fit (without destination), the new model starts at $100 more for the manual and $110 for the CVT. The EX model is $275 more for the manual and $225 more for the automatic. The EX-L is somewhat harder to compare. A base EX-L is $10 more than a current Fit Sport with Navigation, but the new EX-L with navigation comes in at $1,010 more than the old model with nav.

Until we get the official numbers from Honda, we're taking these numbers with a grain of salt, but they appear in line with what we expected. Keep an eye out for official word from Honda.


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Honda’s New Asimo Robot Coming to New York Auto Show

Honda isn’t just bringing cars to this year’s New York, as the Japanese automaker announced an updated version of the Asimo robot will be on show during this month’s biggest auto event.

Short for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, Asimo now has new tricks, including the ability to sign in both Japanese and American sign language, to run faster than previously, climb stairs more smoothly, hop, jump, balance on one foot, and transition seamlessly between walking and running.

"ASIMO was designed to help those in society who need assistance, and Honda believes that these improvements in ASIMO bring us another step closer to our ultimate goal of being able to help all kinds of people in need," said Satoshi Shigemi, Senior Chief Engineer with Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in Japan, responsible for humanoid robotics.

This is the more compact version of the robot we’re talking about. It’s much smaller than a human at 4'3" tall (130 cm), weighs 110 lbs (50 kg), and is made of magnesium alloy, plastic resin and other materials. It can make simple judgements about objects, remember them and has advanced motor skills. It’s a marvel of robotics, this thing!

The days when the Sony Walkman was king and Sega made all the good games are gone, but Japan is still a world leader in robotics. To explain why Honda is dumping millions into this project, it would be easy to point at their aging demographic. But the Japanese don’t make robots to take care of the elderly, they do it because they like to. A recent study on robot anime conducted by the government found that roots of this form of geeky art date back to the 1960s. There’s even a company that makes grave tombstones in the shape of robots in Japan.

Asimo is a very clever robot. Just how clever you can find out from the next video, which is a 2013 demonstration from an American TV show.


New models may spur Honda sales

Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) expects vehicle sales to grow by at least 10 percent this year to reach at least roughly 15,000 units, to be driven largely by the launching of new models in the local market and the establishment of new dealerships before yearend.

In a briefing yesterday, newly appointed president and general manager Toshio Kuwahara expressed bullishness on the Philippines, where they expect to post one of the biggest sales growths in the region.

“There will be a revitalization of the Honda brand as we will be growing the market and our volumes by bringing in more products that will be a hit [among Filipinos]. We plan to have new model launches this year, one of which will be for the all new Honda City, which we will launch after the Holy Week,” Kuwahara explained. “The new Honda City is expected to play a big role in our company sales.”

“We will keep you very busy this year. Expect new Honda models to be available in the market soon,” he added.

Apart from the Honda City, three model launches are expected, but it was not made clear whether these will be new models or upgrades of existing models. At present, HCPI offers eight models in its lineup, of which the City accounted for about 60 percent of the sales.

According to Kuwahara, there are no immediate plans yet to further ramp up the capacity of its facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where it manufactures the Honda City. Capacity utilization remains at the manufacturing plant remained at about half as it produced only 7,615 units last year, while maximum output was pegged at about 15,000 Honda City units.

“[Additional] investments will depend on the Philippine economy and the automotive industry,” he said.

Plans to add a new model at the company’s manufacturing lineup will also depend on government support and incentives. Amy R. Remo

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Honda logs its best year as Amaze vrooms

Honda Cars has finally got it right in India.

The Japanese automaker saw its best year ever in 2013-14 since it began its operations in the country in 1995.

With sales driven by sedans, the company posted its highest ever annual sales of 134,339 units during fiscal 2014 recording 83% growth over the previous fiscal.

Fortunes changed post the launch of Amaze, which not only marked company's foray into the entry-level, sub-4-metre sedan category but also in the diesel segment.

At a time when entire industry was cashing in on the market for diesel cars, Honda's absence in the segment had led to several challenges for the company.

Also, sales of small car Brio did not pick up, while Honda City lost the tag of the best selling sedan in its category.

After having worked on the new diesel engine for three years, Honda introduced its Amaze in April 2013.

And as forecast, customers waiting for a diesel model from the Japanese giant flocked the showrooms, giving tough fight to Maruti Suzuki's one of the best sellers -- Dzire.

"We have seen encouraging results for Honda, despite tough market conditions. Introduction of Amaze gave us an opportunity to enter the segment, while our diesel engine created several new benchmarks in terms of fuel efficiency," said Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice-president, marketing and sales, Honda Cars India.

The momentum continued as Honda launched its much-awaited new City along with a diesel variant in January this year. "City had a very good legacy and we had to exceed ourselves," said Sen.

The company last month dispatched 9,518 units of City.

Sen said, "We witnessed some interesting trends with the launch of City. 50% of the customers who booked City, did not consider any other vehicle and 25% of the total bookings came from customers below 30 years of age group."

According to experts, the Indian subsidiary along with the parent company has been working on various aspects to tap the potential of the Indian market.

"The company has deployed its full resources in the past two years in order to capture the potential of the market, which includes manpower, setting up new plant, launching new and strategic products," said Puneet Gupta, associate director, IHS Automotive Sales Forecasting.

The way ahead
After a strong growth in fiscal 2014, experts said the real test would be this fiscal, when the competition would rise in segments like sub-4-metre sedan. Hyundai Motors India has already launched its Xcent in this segment and Tata Motors will launch Zest this year.

This fiscal will also see Honda entering the multi-purpose vehicle with the launch of Mobilio, while it will bring back its premium hatchback – Jazz.

Even though there are no confirmations from the company on the upcoming products, according to sources, Honda is working to get into segments like small car and compact sports utility vehicle (SUV).

"The company now wants to be a mass volume player, after having focused on the premiumness of the brand in order to maintain margins," said Gupta.

The company estimates to sell 5 lakh units by 2025, which will be largely driven by the locally built entry-level cars.

"However, the company will have to boost its dealer network in order to compete strongly with the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai," said Gupta. The company is planning to increase its dealer network by 35% this year by reaching out to more Tier 2 & 3 markets. The company currently has 170 facilities in 107 cities in its network.


Review: Second-hand King Accord

Last decade I bought a used Dodge Neon that spent as much time in the shop as in my garage. “Big Three sedans keep me in business,” said my repair shop guru, John, who I got to know on a first-name basis. “I never see a Honda or Toyota.”


No wonder the Asian makers have dominated used car sales just as Detroit makers rule used truck sales. No wonder the Honda Accord was the best-selling used car (again) in America in 2013 just as the Ford F150 was the best-selling used truck (again).

We used car shoppers are proud, practical, and penny-wise. We demand reliable, utilitarian, good-handling transport. The Accord, a perennial Consumer Reports pick (the bible of used car buyers), delivers in all three areas. The average buyer prefers Honda. The average used car sells for $15,000. The average 2011 Accord sells for $15,017.

So I moseyed on down to my local used car – er, pre-owned vehicle – dealer and asked for average, please.

At $14,900 with 67,000 miles on the odometer, my 2011 Honda Accord test mule was average only in price. Indeed, the used Accord one-ups its newer sibling. Where the new Accord trails the best-selling Camry by 40,000 in new cars sales, the used Accord leap frogs its Asian competitor. One reason is surely the Accord’s lead in new retail sales — the Camry relies more on fleet sales, notes HIS Automotive analyst Tom Libby — and the used car market is (mostly) retail.

But there’s also the brand factor.

Auto salesmen tell me that Honda’s racing history matters. That when it’s time to buy a used car, buyers want a sense of thrill even as they are buying practical. Kinda like putting fudge swirl in your vanilla shake. So when you’re sitting in your Honda Accord, you feel a connection to those screaming motorbikes. Or Honda engines winning Indy nine of the last 10 years. Ya gotta dream.

The Camry? It’s just vanilla.

I like the theory. It matters to someone — especially young someones — buying their first car. Could it be that mom and dad buy new Camry? But then budget-conscious junior buys used Accord?

Whatever it is, the Accord doesn’t disappoint even with 67k miles on its legs.

The used 2.4 liter engine purred like a kitten on Detroit’s roads. In performance brand tradition, the car doesn’t sacrifice performance for efficiency. The 4-banger pulls the car’s lightweight chassis with purpose, even as the Honda returns impressive 27 mpg. Handling is sure, never numb.

The Accord’s pleasant lines won’t turn any heads, but the lack of coupe-like roof line pays dividends inside where your long-legged author can easily fold into the backseat with knee-room to spare. In the captain’s chair, the Accord is ergonomically friendly as the EX (thankfully) only has one console screen. Add nav and Accords become a riot of two screens and confusing controls. The EX package is an example of addition by subtraction.

Buying second-hand doesn’t mean second-class service.

Certified pre-owned cars come with a dealer premium, but the piece of mind that they have been reviewed stem to stern. Many dealers have upgraded the experience by building additional showrooms just for used cars.

But that’s not the best part of buying used.

As a certified motor head, I feel comfortable buying used cars from individual owners of sport models (BMW M3s, Ford STs, Honda SIs, and so on) treat their cars like their first-born child. Are you less confident about the owners of popular cars (who treat them like a common frig) but dread a visit to a dealer like you want another root canal? You can buy from individuals with the help of CARFAX records and a list of online price sites like as long as your arm.

But that’s still not the best part. Pre-owned ponies like the Accord also come with Honda’s extended powertrain warranty of 7 years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first) on top of the 5-year.60,000 when new. Sure Hondas are bullet proof. Sure 200,000 miles is the new 100,000. But that warranty does wonders for a hand-me-down.

But here’s the best part – the used Accord costs $9,000 less than a new Accord. A 2014 EX goes for $23,700 and for what? Reliability, resale value, and a warranty already built into your not-so-old filly. Three years on a car? Heck, Kentucky Derby thoroughbreds are in their prime at the age of three.

So go forth my fellow second-hand shoppers. The Accord will make you proud, practical, and penny-wise.
2011 Honda Accord

Vehicle type: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger sedan
Price: $14,900 used
Power plant: 2.4-liter, 16-valve, in-line four-cylinder engine
Power: 177 horsepower, 161 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: Five-speed automatic
Performance: 0-60 mph: 9.1 (Car & Driver); Top speed: 127 mph
Weight: 3,350 pounds
Fuel economy: EPA 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
Highs: Ol’ reliable; nimble handling
Lows: Stale styling could learn lessons from sleeker Civic; More USBs, please
Grading scale
Excellent ★★★
Good ★★★
Fair ★★
Poor ★


Honda Brio facelift rendered: New Gujarat plant?

The smallest car on offer from Honda Cars India Limited Brio is now seen in a new render with Honda’s trademark front grille. Expected to be seen in the Brio facelift, the render shows that the front receives a solid wing face as is seen on the new City and Jazz.

First launched over two years ago, Brio is scheduled to receive a facelift, but when will this facelift version come, is yet not certain. The upcoming Honda Brio facelift will receive a new bumper and grille but mechanically no changes are slated to come into effect.

The Brio will hence continue with its 1.2 liter four cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine offering 88 ps peak power and 109 Nm peak torque with the company having no intentions of launching a diesel powered variant. This will help them effectively compete with competition. For the period of January to March 2014 Honda India sold about 4.5k units of Brio.

With the new City already launched, Honda India now looks towards launching the new Mobilio MPV and Jazz hatchback. Mobilio launch will take place this quarter, whereas that of Brio will happen in early 2014. Honda currently produces its cars from two plants in Rajasthan and Greater Noida with an annual capacity of 240,000 cars. But with the launch of new cars, they will need to increase their capacity even further.

Business Standard reveals that they are planning to setup a new car factory in Gujarat on around 250 acres of land in Vithalpur. This place is close to the Maruti Suzuki plant slated to come up in at Hansalpur and the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter plant near Ahmedabad.


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Honda to debut two new concepts in Beijing

Honda has announced plans to showcase two all-new concept cars at the upcoming Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. The show cars will be joined on the Honda stage by a new middle-class SUV and the third-generation Fit hatchback.

Honda will wait until the start of the Beijing show on April 20th to release full details, but one of the automaker's concepts will preview an all-new sedan model that will be exclusive to the Chinese market.

The other concept vehicle will preview the next-generation Honda Spirior, which is essentially a Chinese version of the Acura TSX sold here. Given that Honda's Acura division has already announced plans to replace the current TSX with the TLX, it stands to reason that the Spirior concept will be a slightly modified version of Acura's newest sedan.

The Beijing show will also host the Chinese premier of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.

Be sure to check back for more details later this month.

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Honda, Mercedes top KBB brand image awards [w/video]

Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of its 2014 Brand Image Awards, which look at brands with "attributes that capture the attention and enthusiasm" of customers in the market for a new car.

The award is divided up into luxury brands and everyone else non-luxury brands, with a number of sub-awards in each group. There's also a single award for truck brands. Taking the crown for the best everyman brand (for the second year in a row) is Honda, while Mercedes-Benz was the king of the luxury brackets. Ford, meanwhile, had the best image among pickup buyers.

Honda was also named the most trusted brand among shoppers, while Kia, GMC, Mini and Chevrolet also snagged awards for value, refinement, performance and styling, respectively. Secondary winners in the luxury ranks include Lexus, Buick, Porsche and Jaguar. Mercedes was also named the most refined luxury brand.

"The classic saying 'perception is reality' falls true with the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, as more than 12,000 in-market new-car shoppers have voiced their opinions about today's automakers," said Hwei-Lin Oetken, vice president of market intelligence for KBB. "With strong marketing communications coming from auto manufacturers and dealers, and the increased importance of peer reviews and ratings, consumers today are more influenced than ever to take interest in a brand, ultimately affecting their vehicle purchase decisions."

Take a look below for KBB's video recap of this year's awards, as well as a press release detailing the winning attributes of each brand.


Kelley Blue Book Announces 2014 Brand Image Award Winners
Honda Holds Reign for Best Overall Brand, Most Trusted Brand; Kia, GMC, Jaguar Win First Brand Image Awards

IRVINE, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2014 Brand Image Award winners, based on annual new-car buyer perception data, are announced today by Kelley Blue Book,, the leading provider of new and used car information. The Kelley Blue Book® Brand Image Awards recognize automakers' outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the attention and enthusiasm of the new-vehicle buying public. Award categories are calculated among luxury, non-luxury and truck shoppers.

"The classic saying 'perception is reality' falls true with the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, as more than 12,000 in-market new-car shoppers have voiced their opinions about today's automakers," said Hwei-Lin Oetken, vice president of market intelligence for Kelley Blue Book. "With strong marketing communications coming from auto manufacturers and dealers, and the increased importance of peer reviews and ratings, consumers today are more influenced than ever to take interest in a brand, ultimately affecting their vehicle purchase decisions."

2014 Brand Image Award Winners: Non-Luxury Brands

Best Overall Brand
Most Trusted Brand
Best Value Brand
Most Refined Brand
Best Performance Brand
Best Car Styling Brand
2014 Brand Image Award Winner: Truck Brand

Best Overall Truck Brand
2014 Brand Image Award Winners: Luxury Brands

Best Overall Luxury Brand
Most Trusted Luxury Brand
Best Value Luxury Brand
Most Refined Luxury Brand
Best Performance Luxury Brand
Best Car Styling Luxury Brand
For two years running, Honda has been named the Best Overall Brand, securing the highest average scores among all 12 Brand Watch factors, including affordability, "cool" factor, driving comfort, driving performance, durability/reliability, exterior styling, fuel efficiency, interior layout, prestige/sophistication, reputation, ruggedness and safety (listed in alphabetical order). Strong consumer perception of the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey helped drive Honda's success in earning the top honor among all automakers.

This year, Mercedes-Benz captured the Best Overall Luxury Brand title from 2013 winner BMW by obtaining the top average Brand Watch factor scores among all luxury makes and being highly regarded with its strong lineup and performance AMG variants.

Reclaiming the top spot among truck shoppers, Ford ousts last year's winner, Toyota, from the Best Overall Truck Brand category. Ford has won five out of six times Kelley Blue Book has announced this award. The F-150 and Super Duty F-250 and F-350 helped the manufacturer earn back the award for 2014, as truck shoppers ranked the brand highest among all other truck brands.

For three years in a row, Honda has earned the award for Most Trusted Brand, and for 2014, the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey supported the boost in Honda's scores. Meanwhile, Lexus holds its ground as the Most Trusted Luxury Brand for the second consecutive year with help from the ES, IS, LX and RX models.

Kia earns its first-ever Brand Image Award in 2014 for Best Value Brand, taking the crown from last year's winner Honda. Kia received high marks on affordability and fuel efficiency, primarily driven by the Optima, Rio, Soul and Forte models. Buick is a repeat winner for the Best Value Luxury Brand, and the manufacturer's entire lineup, including the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, Enclave and Encore, has positively influenced car shoppers' perceptions.

"Kia has come a long way in the eyes of the consumer," said Arthur Henry, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Once known only as an economy car with good gas mileage, the brand has evolved through product growth and maturity into a high-value brand. This is a similar path fellow import brands Honda and Toyota took in the 1970s. In fact, Kia edges out Honda this year for the Best Value Brand title."

Benefitting from its upscale Denali trim models, GMC also wins its first Brand Image Award as 2014's Most Refined Brand, with high ratings for comfort, interior layout and prestige/sophistication. Mercedes-Benz has a second consecutive win for this category among luxury brands, and historically has scored very high in prestige/sophistication since the inception of the Brand Image Awards in 2008.

MINI wins Best Performance Brand for the second year in a row, with help from the MINI Cooper for its high ratings for "cool" factor and driving performance. Like MINI, Porsche holds steady as a repeat winner as Best Performance Luxury Brand since 2010, due to strong ratings for a number of models in its lineup, including the 911, Cayman, Panamera and Cayenne.

Jaguar earned its first Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award as 2014 Best Car Styling Luxury Brand for its attractive F-TYPE, XK, XF and XJ series, while Chevrolet reclaimed the Best Car Styling Brand title from last year's winner Ford.

"Chevrolet had a slew of redesigns during the past year, which have captured the consideration of car shoppers," said Henry. "Chevrolet decided to take a daring approach with its styling and it paid off. The models primarily driving the success of Chevrolet's expressive design efforts are the Corvette Stingray and Camaro."

The 2014 Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence's Brand Watch study. Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study tapping into 12,000+ in-market new-vehicle shoppers annually on Kelley Blue Book's The highly comprehensive study offers insight into how shoppers perceive important factors driving their purchase decisions, and captures brand/model familiarity and loyalty among new-car shoppers.

For more information about the 2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, please visit

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Honda Mobilio to be the most fuel efficient MPV in India

 I firmly believe that one good product can bring a carmaker back into the game. We have seen how things changed for Honda Cars India post the launch of Amaze - the company's first diesel car. Then came the new generation Honda City, which in a short span of time became the segment leader. Honda now has two more game-changing products, which are expected to take the Japanese automajor's sales to newer heights.

Of the two products that the company is planning to launch, Honda Mobilio will be the first to enter the market. Speaking to NDTV Auto, Hironori Kanayama, CEO & President, Honda Cars India said that the Mobilio MPV will be aunched during third quarter, this year, which means any time between July and October. The new-generation Jazz is expected to be launched by end of this year or early 2015.

The Mobilio is a 7-seater MPV, which will be pitted against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia. The more-feature rich variant of the vehicle will take on Toyota Innova.

The reason I called it a 'game-changer' is the frugal 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine it will come up with, which is claimed to return the best-in-class fuel efficiency of 25.8kmpl. The similar engine also powers the Amaze and City, and both the cars are most fuel efficient products of their respective segments.

Developed on the Brio hatchback platform, the Mobilio will measure over 4.4 metres in length, which will make it more spacious than the Ertiga. What is also impressive is its 185mm ground clearance, which is better than many MPVs that are on sale in India.


Honda agrees to settle class action, denies engine misfiring allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Honda has agreed to a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by consumers who claimed some of its vehicles excessively burned oil.

The excessive oil burning caused engine misfiring and premature spark plug degradation, the consumers claimed in their 2012 class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Consumers who purchased 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2008-2013 Honda Odyssey, 2009-2013 Honda Pilot, 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour or 2012 Honda Crosstour equipped with a 6-cylinder engine with Variable Cylinder Management are eligible to receive compensation for repairs or a warranty extension.

The parties agree there are no safety concerns with the vehicles named in the litigation, according to court documents.

Honda has denied the allegations in the class action lawsuit.

Honda says it agreed to the class action settlement in order to avoid the costs of a trial.

On Oct. 9, District Judge Susan Illston approved the proposed class action settlement.

A final order of judgment was filed on March 27.

The court awarded a named plaintiff’s incentive award of $1,000 to Vince Eagen.

Attorneys received counsel fees and expenses in the amount of $800,000, according to the final order of judgment.

The total amount of the settlement has been sealed, according to a sealing order filed March 19.

Those who are eligible will receive full reimbursement of out-of-pocket repair expenses, plus a warranty extension.

To receive full compensation for vehicle repairs, class members must submit a valid claim form with a copy of an original repair invoice or receipt plus proof of payments for repairs or replacement of parts on a settlement class vehicle by Thursday.

Class members do not need to take any action to obtain the warranty extension, which will cover repairs for the affected vehicles within eight years of the original purchase or lease date of the vehicle, with no mileage limitation.

Eagen was represented by Beth E. Terrell and Kimberlee Gunning of Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC; Steven N. Berk and Matthew J. Bonness of Berk Law PLLC; Shanon Jude Carson, Lawrence Deutsch and Eugene Tompkins of Berger & Montague PC; and Karl Olson and Michael Francis Ram of Ram, Olson, Cereghino & Kopczynski LLP.

Honda was represented by Darlene Mi-Hyung Cho, Michael Lawrence Mallow, Michael Brian Shortnacy and Denise A. Smith-Mars of Loeb & Loeb LLP.


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Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

Mexico's booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months.

Workers at the assembly line of the recently opened Honda Motors factory in Celaya, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on February 21, 2014 - by Omar Torres

The Latin American nation now only trails Canada, but experts say Mexico could become the top exporter to its northern neighbor as soon as 2015, a potent symbol of its growing global clout in the sector.

Industry analysts had expected Mexico to surpass Japan by the end of the year, but the Mexican Automobile Industry Association (AMIA) says it has happened faster than expected.

"It does not surprise me that they did (overtake Japan), and that number will even get bigger," Haig Stoddard, industry analyst at Michigan-based WardsAuto Group, told AFP.

The figure came in an AMIA report this week showing record production in the first quarter, with 774,731 units rolling out of plants in Mexico, a 6.5 percent increase from the same period last year.

AMIA, using its own statistics and WardsAuto figures, said the United States imported 428,376 "Made in Mexico" cars compared to 408,405 from Japan between January and March. Analysts say the figures are credible.

Latin America's second biggest economy has steadily grown as a global power in the auto industry, with most of the production destined for exports.

It is the world's eighth-biggest car maker and the number four exporter.

Relatively low wages, being next door to the massive US market and a raft of free trade deals with other nations have combined to make Mexico a prime location for carmakers.

"Mexico will continue to grow very strongly in the next five years," AMIA president Eduardo Solis told AFP.

In addition to its ideal geographic location, Solis said Mexico is a major auto parts supplier, home to a skilled workforce and backed by a government that invites foreign investment.

- Japanese flock to Mexico -

Ironically, Japanese carmakers have helped Mexico become a manufacturing powerhouse, with Nissan, Mazda and Honda building new factories in the country.

"They're building a lot more cars in the United States and Mexico," Stoddard said. "Going forward there's going to be more production in Mexico of Japanese cars."

In November, Nissan opened a $2 billion manufacturing complex in the central state of Aguascalientes, its third in Mexico, which will raise the company's output in Mexico by 25 percent to more than 850,000 vehicles per year.

In February, Honda inaugurated a sprawling $800 million assembly plant in the central state of Guanajuato, where it is producing the Honda Fit hatchback.

That same month and in the same state, Mazda opened a $770 million factory to build compact models.

US and European automakers have also made huge investments in Mexico in recent years.

A US consultancy, IHS Automotive, predicted a few months ago that Mexico would surpass Japan this year as second exporter to the United States, sending 1.69 million units north, almost 200,000 more than the Asian nation.

"It's materializing a little bit quicker than we originally thought," said IHS Automotive analyst Guido Vildozo, who says that Mexico will beat Canada next year.

Japanese companies "are basically localizing production in the Americas, not only for the US market but also for the region as a whole," he said. "This is basically pushing Mexico into a higher role."


Accord hybrid's pluses wipe out minuses

Rides hard, hates our Windows phone, imposes awkward and unfriendly electronics and sentences you to a life of unpleasant engine revving.

Still, the 2014 Honda Accord hybrid does minimize fuel use, gives you a premium-feeling interior and tells neighbors you’re a thoughtful person who cut fuel costs at a not-bad price in a practical car grown-up enough to only subtly note that it’s a hybrid.

It’s the first gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Accord since the nice-driving but ill-fated V-6 hybrid launched in 2004. Interestingly, that discontinued model had the same base price as the new Accord hybrid.

Honda expects today’s Accord hybrid to be its best-selling hybrid, but declines to forecast sales. There’s also a plug-in version on sale since January 2013, but only in California and New York.

Honda folks especially disagree with us on the hard-ride issue. They say the hybrid rides as nicely as any other Accord.

However, our two test cars jiggled busily on smooth pavement, hammered over potholes and treated occupants harshly over rills and ridges.

The two test models were a high-end Touring driven in the Detroit area, mostly on highways, and a low-end version driven around Northern Virginia and in traffic-clogged Washington, D.C. Because the ride felt too stiff on different cars, on different roads, it seems unlikely to be an individual-vehicle problem.

The car’s shod with 50-series tires, which means they have fairly stubby sidewalls that don’t flex a lot. That certainly could contribute to the stiffness.

For context, Test Drive favors a firm ride and spends a lot of time in trucks, so we’re not softies when it comes to suspensions.

As long as we’re hanging crepe, other bothersome matters are:

CVT: Honda says it not really a continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission -- never mind the name (Honda calls it E-CVT, for Electric Continuously Variable Transmission). It is set to make the most use of electric power for high mileage before bringing the gasoline engine into play. In fact, Honda says, it can keep the Accord hybrid in electric mode up to highway speeds.

No belts or pulleys, as in more familiar sorts of CVTs. But despite its extra sophistication and smoothness, it makes our thumbs-down list. Never met a CVT (”E” or otherwise) we liked, except those you can override and turn into a facsimile of a conventional, step-ratio automatic (as used by Infiniti QX60).

Accord hybrid’s is too noisy when accelerating and still feels too much like driving a manual-transmission car that has a slipping clutch.

Electronics: Spoiled by easy-to-use setups on General Motors and Chrysler Group vehicles, the confounding operation and logic of Honda’s system, especially models with navigation, simply seems wrong.

After spending what seemed like hours, but surely wasn’t more than 15 minutes, trying to configure the navi in the Detroit Touring test car, we gave up. Out came our trusty travel-along, voice-command Garmin 3490. In moments, it was mapping our route and eagerly providing a Bluetooth link to our Windows phone.

Hondas of many kinds seem to treat the Windows phone as a thoroughly unwanted guest. Other types of phones fare a bit better, but the linkup isn’t instant, as you get in GM and Chrysler models.

We must note, though, that in trying to make their systems better, GM and Chrysler have begun making them harder to use on newer models and soon could fall from our list of best examples.

Jerkiness: A small matter, mainly in stop-go traffic, where the hybrid jumps ahead a bit more aggressively than you intend as you toe the pedal intermittently to creep forward. In more open situations, it comes across simply as brisk acceleration when the light turns green.

The good stuff:

Interior: Honda has a knack for making the Accord’s insides ooze premium-ness. All the pieces that make up the dashboard, door panels and seats seem so well put together. It’s not an exaggeration to say the Accord hybrid gives you the impression you’re in a near-luxury vehicle.

Plenty of room, too. Back seat leg space is generous, and the front doesn’t make your legs feel shoved into a tunnel, as some vehicles do by super-sizing the center console and door-panel power-switch pods.

MPG: The combined city/highway rating is an alluring 47 mpg. While Test Drive got about 37 mpg in combined driving, that’s quite remarkable, downright fuel-miserly, under our heavy throttle foot.

We have little doubt that a careful driver whose priority is fuel economy could match the window-sticker rating.

For reference, our driving circumstances and style almost never come up with anything close to the window-sticker fuel-economy ratings. We come closest when driving diesels, have the biggest gap in hybrids.

Agility: Accord has long had a reputation as the sporty choice among family sedans, and the hybrid is no different. Despite the wide 38-foot turning diameter (same as the non-hybrid), it feels easy to park and maneuver. That confidence-inspiring trait can make a car much nicer to drive.

It steers responsively and stops promptly, without the over-boosted and unnatural feel typical of regenerative brake systems that can be so annoying in many hybrids. Regenerative systems recharge the battery as the car slows.

Beyond that, the Accord hybrid does a very respectable job handling tight, fast corners with little body lean. And right now you’re thinking, “Of course, dummy; that’s why it rides so hard.”

Test Drive notes that BMWs and other exceptional corner-carvers, including some inexpensive small Fords, handle very well without slamming your backside.

In our view, if the Accord hybrid had a more accommodating ride and better infotainment system, it’d be awfully hard to beat.

What? Gas-electric hybrid drivetrain version of midsize, four-door, five-passenger sedan.

When? On sale since Oct. 31.

Where? Made at Marysville, Ohio.

How much? Base: $29,945, including $790 shipping. EX-L: $32,695. Touring: $35,695. Test cars were Touring and base.

What makes it go? 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to electric motor, driving the front wheels through E-CVT, which Honda says has no belts or pulleys and works different from the more familiar types of continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission.

Combined total horsepower, 196 hp. Electric motor has 226 pounds-feet of torque from the moment it begins turning through 3,857 rpm. Gasoline engine is rated 122 lbs.-ft. from 3,500 rpm and up.

How big? Same as conventional Accord; toward the big end of midsize. Weighs 3,550 to 3,602 lbs.

Trunk space is compromised by battery pack. Base has 12.7 cubic feet; EX-L and Touring, 12.3 cu. ft. Non-hybrid Accord has 15.8 cu. ft.

Passenger space: 103.2 cu. ft. (base); 100.8 cu. ft. with sunroof.

How thirsty? Rated 50 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, 47 combined.

Touring test car, mainly highway driving: 30 mpg (3.33 gallons per mile). Base test car, mix of city, suburban, highway: 37.2 mpg (2.69 gal/100 mi).

Burns regular, tank holds 15.8 gal.

Overall: Retune the ride and buy infotainment setups from Chrysler or GM and you’d really have something.

What stands out ...

Ride: Ouch! What were they thinking?

Mileage: Satisfyingly high.

Personality: Premium.


All New 2015 Honda Fit Designed to Top the Subcompact Class

Both bigger and smaller in all the right places, more powerful and more fuel efficient, the all-new Fit is more advanced, refined, fun-to-drive and goes on sale April 14

04/09/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.
With best-in-class passenger and cargo space, increased power, 41 mpg fuel economy1 and more refined, yet sporty dynamics, the completely redesigned 2015 Fit is poised to lead the subcompact segment. Add to this an abundance of class-above standard features including roofline spoiler, LED taillights, Bluetooth® connectivity and a segment-exclusive rearview camera for a starting price just $100 more than the outgoing model.

The 2015 Fit goes on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide on April 14, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)2 starting at $15,525 for the LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission. All Fit models are powered by a new, higher power and highly efficient 1.5-liter engine developing 130 horsepower3 and 114 pound feet of torque4,with an EPA fuel-economy rating of 33/41/36 (city/highway/combined)5 for the LX with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

"I'm thrilled that we've been able to greatly enhance and add to the Fit's already excellent attributes to provide Honda customers with class-above features and refinement at such a value price point," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda. "The 2015 Fit is practical, roomy, efficient, affordable and perhaps best of all, great fun to drive."

The Honda Fit has always been known for its practicality, fuel efficiency, feature richness, high-quality interior and driving enjoyment. For the all-new Fit, the unique combination of these traits has been further enhanced with even greater versatility, fresh styling, a more dynamic and refined driving experience, and substantially upgraded technology and luxury features.

Outstanding versatility is fundamental to the design of the 2015 Fit. With class-leading interior space and versatility courtesy of its center-mounted fuel tank and ingenious Magic Seat®, the Fit epitomizes smart functionality with spacious and comfortable seating for five and the ability to carry voluminous cargo, including long and tall items. The larger interior features a remarkable 4.9 cubic feet increase in passenger volume and a 4.8-inch increase in rear seat leg room compared to the previous Fit, all the more remarkable considering its even more compact exterior footprint, including a 1.6-inch decrease in overall length.

A highly space-efficient new body structure pairs with an all-new chassis to create a completely new, more rigid and lighter subcompact platform. The new Fit's platform features a longer wheelbase and numerous improvements to front and rear suspension and steering systems that improve overall driving dynamics. The net effect of these upgrades is a more settled and stable, yet nimble and sporty ride, with greatly improved steering and improved ride comfort and quietness. The adoption of a new frame structure, including Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) front body structure, also benefits safety performance.

The 2015 Fit also raises the bar on acceleration fun and fuel efficiency with major advances to its powertrain. A new Earth Dreams Technology™ engine significantly increases power, torque and throttle response with support from two newly developed transmissions – a slick-shifting 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control. The 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control features direct fuel injection, reduced weight and friction, increased compression ratio, and other changes to deliver an 11 percent increase in peak horsepower to 1303, and a 7.5 percent increase in peak torque to 114 lb.-ft4.

The 6MT is an all-new design, with closer ratios to aid performance and a wider overall ratio range to improve fuel efficiency. The newly-developed CVT enhances engine responsiveness by providing quicker and smoother acceleration while improving fuel efficiency with a wider ratio range and reduced internal friction.

With the combination of the new engine and transmissions, the Fit has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 29/37/32 (city/highway/combined)5 for the manual transmission, 33/41/36 for the LX trim with CVT and 32/38/35 for the EX and EX-L trim with CVT. The new Fit sports a fresh and dynamic exterior design with slimmer headlights that integrate into a solid grille design and an aggressive lower intake. Chiseled sides emphasize the wheels and the dynamically tapered roofline that terminates in a color-matched spoiler. Eight colors, including several new and vibrant options, accentuate the fresh exterior styling.

Inside, the increased interior room and visibility create a sense of airy spaciousness, which is complemented by upgraded, soft-touch materials that raise the feeling of quality. The rich and sophisticated black with silver accented design of the interior surfaces and controls, and blue backlit instrument dials are stylish and functional. The available Display Audio touchscreen interface and first-ever leather seating (EX-L models) further increase the premium feel of this new Fit.

The 2015 Fit boasts a high level of standard and available features and now aligns with other Honda models by being offered in LX, EX, and EX-L trims, each with a higher spec than the previous equivalent trim. New standard features on all Fit models include auto on-off headlights, LED brake lights, Bluetooth®6 HandsFreeLink® and a center storage console with armrest. Items such as Smart Entry Push Button Start, a one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio7 with next-generation HondaLink and heated leather seats are among the upgrades available for the first time in Fit.

The Fit also features a long list of standard safety features. That list includes Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) with traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The new Fit targets the highest available crash-safety ratings: a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the (IIHS). Standard drive-assistive features on all trims include a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and expanded view driver's mirror. The Honda LaneWatch™ display is standard on EX and above trims.

The new U.S.-market Fit will be produced for the first time in North America at an all-new plant in in Celaya, Mexico. View, build and price the 2015 Honda Fit at

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1Fit LX trim with CVT
2 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
3 205 hp @ 7000 rpm (SAE net)
4 174 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm (SAE net)
5 Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors
6 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.
7The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply. Please see HondaLink terms and conditions for details.

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Honda, Nissan: A brand new battle

The auto industry is always full of head-to-head rivalries, and right now the battle between Honda and Nissan is one of the hottest.

In the first quarter, the Nissan brand overtook the Honda brand in U.S. sales, a reversal from 2013. That lifted Nissan to No. 4, trailing Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota.

As the competition gets more intense, both brands are upping their game:

* At the New York auto this week, Nissan will introduce the redesigned Murano mid-sized crossover. Styling themes developed by Mamoru Aoki, Nissan global design chief, aim to elevate the brand's image, and you can expect the chiseled, aerodynamic look to show up on Nissan sedans. And Nissan is hurrying to market an aggressive freshening of its segment-leading Versa sedan, just two years into the car's life cycle.

* Honda says the 2015 Fit subcompact, which goes on sale this week, signals a return to the engineering-first ethic of company founder Soichiro Honda. The fold-flat rear seats provide more space, and a tweaked torsion-beam rear suspension improves responsiveness -- signs that Honda is willing to spend a few extra bucks to deliver smart engineering.

And Honda says the Fit is a preview of broader changes to its lineup.

See Monday's weekly print edition of Automotive News for stories on how Honda got its groove back and why Nissan hustled to refresh the Versa.


Honda, Acura, dealers tangle for Google ads
Executives seek ways to cut overlap, keep costs down

A battle is shaping up among Honda, Acura and their dealers for control of Google shoppers.

Dealers and brands sometimes collide by bidding for the same keywords that generate the most visible ad positions atop a consumer Google search for a vehicle.

That competition can drive up Google ad prices, said Brian Pasch, whose PCG Consulting helps dealers with digital marketing.

It's a quandary Honda Motor Co. and its Acura brand seem intent on tackling.

At a national dealer meeting in San Antonio on April 2, Honda executives told dealers they were looking at ways to minimize overlap on Google advertising buys between the brand and dealers. Specifics would come later.

Pasch stirred up a hornet's nest with a series of blogs on the subject in the past month. He made waves by declaring, based on sources he would not identify, that Acura is considering barring dealers from bidding on five popular keywords and phrases on Google: Acura,, Acura USA, Acura Cars and Acura Auto, so as not to drive up prices.

The strategy, he says, would have the unintended consequence of allowing competitors and third-party shopping sites, such as, to get ad positions at the top of Acura vehicle search listings, which now are dominated by the manufacturer and its dealers.

Google is the world's dominant search engine for people looking for cars and nearly everything else. Two of every three visitors to a dealer Web site get there from clicking on a Google link.

Those links come in two forms: paid search ads that appear as shaded links at the very top and on the right side of a Google search page; and unshaded links, called organic, that appear after the paid search ads at the top.

Those top paid search ads are crucial to advertisers. As a rule of thumb, about twice as many people click on the first paid search ad as the second, and half as many click on the ad in the third position as in the second.

That's why the debate at Honda and Acura is so important, Pasch said. If dealers are restricted from buying such popular keywords as "Acura" and "Acura cars," their vehicles and stores are going to lose visibility on Google, he said.

The potential impact is even greater for mobile users, Pasch said. Cellphone car-shoppers are more likely to use simple searches such as "Acura" and, typically, just two paid search ads and one organic link fit on a mobile search page, Pasch said. "Nationwide, 35 to 40 percent of car shoppers are using mobile," he said.

Though prices can rise when brands and their dealers bid for the same keywords, the inflation is not so prohibitive as to keep dealers from bidding if allowed to by Honda and Acura, Pasch said.

Brian Benstock, general manager of Paragon Honda and Paragon Acura in New York City, is following the developments with interest.

Benstock, a digital-marketing enthusiast, said he went to the Honda dealer meeting with some trepidation, given Pasch's blogs.

But he said that after listening to Honda executives, he walked away reassured that whatever was coming would be rolled out gradually and with much dealer input. He declined to discuss specifics in recognition of Honda's request for confidentiality.

He said, "What I heard was that Honda would work with dealers so that we're not stepping on each other's toes."


With the new Honda Fit, engineering solutions once again take priority

Makoto Konishi: “Sometimes added cost is necessary. To spend the money to beat the competition, it's worth it.”

SAN DIEGO -- If there is any question about whether smart engineering is on its way back at Honda Motor Co., one need look no further than the second-row "magic" seats of the 2015 Honda Fit.

In an impressive display of packaging, not only does the second row give plenty of legroom and headroom for a 6-foot-tall person to sit -- unheard of in a subcompact car -- but the seats fold down seamlessly to the level of the hatchback's cargo area.

Sure, the seats cost more -- Honda declined to say how much -- to engineer and build than conventional seats. But a conventional seat -- as seen in the Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent -- has nowhere near the same occupant space and does not fold flat with the cargo area. To Honda's engineers, the seats are worth every penny.

"It depends on how you think about it," said Makoto Konishi, the Fit's chief engineer or "large project leader" in Honda parlance. "Sometimes added cost is necessary. To spend the money to beat the competition, it's worth it."

That level of confidence from a chief engineer has been sadly lacking from Honda for more than a decade, as purchasing-, finance- and regulations-obsessed executives ran roughshod over Honda's engineering culture.

But after a series of product-launch miscues and meltdowns -- starting with the 2001 Civic and culminating with the 2012 Civic -- Honda had its moment of clarity: The automaker that once was willing to spend a couple of extra bucks to deliver smart engineering needed to return to its roots. Cost-down and fuel economy solutions still would be important, but no longer paramount.

With the 2015 Fit, engineering detail after detail is done the way of company founder Soichiro Honda: elegant solutions based on customer-first decisions. Sometimes, it's visible, with better packaging taking priority over aerodynamics. Sometimes, it's felt in the driver's butt, such as the subtle change in the design of the torsion-beam rear suspension that makes the Fit's handling more responsive.

"If you go cheap, and it doesn't sell, you don't win. If it's going to cost $50 more, and you don't do it, you don't win," Konishi said. "We are trying to give birth to things that are different from the competition."

That this is happening with Honda's $17,000 entry-level car can only spark the imagination for when Honda cascades those improvements up through the model line.

If the 2015 Fit is any indication, Honda has its mojo back.

In its glory days of the 1980s and '90s, Honda's main mission was to engineer a better car that flattered the driver, even if it was slightly more expensive.

But after Japan's economic bubble burst in 1991, bean counters began playing a larger role in Honda's strategic and product planning. The culture of dynamic driving and smart packaging took a back seat to meeting cost and corporate average fuel economy and safety standards.

For Honda watchers, the turning point came when Honda ripped out the supple, double-wishbone front suspension in the 2001 Civic and replaced it with a cruder, cheaper MacPherson strut setup. Honda's rationale was that it improved the engine bay layout -- and it cost hundreds of dollars less per unit. But Honda purists were outraged.

Still, within Honda, the band played on, as management continued to believe that consumers still worshipped Honda vehicles. Riding the red-hot car industry, the Honda brand rolled to 11 straight years of record U.S. sales, through 2007. It collected scads of J.D. Power and Associates quality and APEAL -- for Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout -- awards.

But after a string of poorly envisioned products (see chart, Page 3),Honda stopped winning APEAL awards. Although Honda still was near the top in Power's quality rankings, its product execution was turning it into a commodity-car brand, with rising incentives to show for it.

As engineering took second priority, the nadir came with the 2012 Civic, which was savagely de-contented in anticipation of the recession crimping consumers' spending habits. The interior was subpar, with inferior materials and fabrics. Noise, vibration and harshness were punishing and un-Honda-like. Consumer Reports removed the Civic from its "recommended" list for the first time in memory, calling it "cheap" and "insubstantial." Although Honda sold a ton of Civics, it paid a fortune in incentives to move the metal.

This was the inflection point for Honda, and crisis thinking took over. CEO Takanobu Ito took the blame for the lousy Civic, but he also put heat on his engineers to make it better -- fast. The underlying message to chief engineers for subsequent products: engineering and quality over cost.

With a quick turnaround of a nearly clean-sheet, no-holds-barred redesign of the Civic for the 2013 model year, Honda rescued one of its most important vehicles. It also started applying the Civic's lessons to the development of the CR-V and Accord. Although both products were well down the development path in r&d terms, both showed measured improvements over their predecessors, especially the Accord.

The first vehicle that would benefit fully from the new thinking would be the Fit.

"The Fit reflected on our experience with the Civic," Konishi said. "How much would we be willing to do to save cost or improve fuel economy? Would we be willing to make the car smaller to get better fuel economy?"
One decision, together

Even from Day 1 of r&d, Honda engineered the Fit differently.

"In the past, for a global car, we would design it for Japan first, then ask, 'Is it OK?' to the U.S. or Brazil," Konishi said.

Problems from any regional market meant patchwork solutions.

This time, when engineers took the concept to Ito, he collected all the regional leaders and said, "'Let's decide this once, globally,'" Konishi added.

Instead of letting the purchasing or finance departments have decision-making power over engineering development, Honda let its engineers be creative, then told the purchasing department to make it work somehow -- just like in the old days.

"If we did everything we wanted, that meant the cost would go up, so the purchasing department had to work very hard," Konishi said.

The mission was to create a global car that could be manufactured anywhere in the world with a maximum of locally sourced parts. By getting early input from all the regional r&d centers, Honda was able to cut costs by up to 20 percent and channel those savings back into better content.

To improve the Fit platform's purchasing leverage with suppliers, Honda also performed the r&d work simultaneously on the Fit, the Fit-based crossover coming later this year and the City sedan that was launched in emerging markets in January.

Such a move was risky. Communication among the variants' engineering teams was crucial so that all decisions were in alignment. Purchasing executives, sales managers and manufacturing engineers also were brought on board much earlier. It didn't help that Honda was simultaneously opening a plant in Celaya, Mexico, to build the Fit. It also meant some hard choices, such as deciding not to sell hybrid and sedan variants in the United States.

"Of course, there were business decisions to be made," said Rick Schostek, Honda North America executive vice president of strategy, governance and support. "But when the engineers had their ideas, we knew that going with the lowest cost might not be the best way."

"If you go cheap, and it doesn't sell, you don't win. If it's going to cost $50 more, and you don't do it, you don't win. We are trying to give birth to things that are different from the competition." - Makoto Konishi, Honda

Standing their ground

In looking at the second-row seats, packaging was paramount.

"During the course of a five-year product cycle, at some point, our various features will be overtaken by others," Konishi said. "So the packaging had to be smart enough to last through the life cycle."

To make room for the seats to fold flat, the fuel tank's profile was squished flatter, even though capacity didn't change.

"With the Insight, we wanted good fuel economy and really good aerodynamics, even if it meant a bad second row and cargo area," Konishi said. "For the new Fit, we put the packaging in place first, then did the aero. The functional requirement came first."

In other words, if having an impressive second row meant sacrificing a few tenths of a mile per gallon in fuel economy, so be it. If Honda needed better fuel economy, the improvement had to come from the engine and transmission.

Honda made the engine better through direct injection -- arriving rather late to this technology party, to be sure -- mated to Honda's legendary VTEC variable valve timing system. Engineers lightened the crankshaft by 27 percent by narrowing the crankshaft journals -- which connect the crankshaft to the engine's connecting rods -- and used four counterweights instead of eight. Although the engine's horsepower jumped by 11 percent to 130 hp, with the new continuously variable transmission, fuel economy improved by 16 percent to a best-in-class 33 mpg city/41 highway.

There were other notable developments on which the r&d team refused to budge. Interior fabrics, materials and standard content are excellent for a budget car. And far less road howl and wind noise enter the cabin.

As for ride and handling, subcompact cars typically are saddled with an antiquated, cheap chassis to keep costs low. All have a variation on the torsion-beam rear suspension that has been in use since Conestoga wagons roamed the prairie. While stuck with using a torsion beam, Honda strengthened it by crimping the underside so that its shape is less like an "O" and more like an inverted "U."

A steel industry study shows this torsion-beam method is more expensive to create. But because the new design requires fewer patches and metal inert gas welds, it's less brittle and has better torsional rigidity, Konishi said. In a daylong comparison road test, the handling of the new Fit was more supple and responsive -- yet another way Honda flatters the driver of an inexpensive car.

"This car represents our values," Schostek said. "It's what a true Honda is to us."


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Honda Mobilio 'launching in a few months from now'

Honda Cars India seems to have started the pre-launch preparation for the Mobilio, which will be the company's next offering in India . The company has featured the upcoming car on its official Indian website, claiming it to be 'Launching in a few months from now'.

Claimed to be Honda's 'stylish MPV', the all new Mobilio will be pitted against Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Nissan Evalia, Chevrolet Enjoy and others in the same segment. And like we mentioned in our previous story on Honda Mobilio, the top-end variant of the MPV might also rival Toyota Innova. Built on the Honda Brio platform, the Mobilio will be 4.4 metre in length, which will make it bigger in size than the Ertiga.

Powering this seven-seater MPV will be the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which also does duty in the Amaze and new-gen Honda City. Delivering an extra-ordinary 26kmpl of mileage, the Mobilio MPV will be the most fuel efficient car in its league. The petrol model of the Mobilio will feature Honda City's 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, and return 18kmpl.


2015 Honda Fit improves on space and fuel economy

If you're shopping for a fuel-efficient space-saving car, make sure to fit the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit onto your list. Even the outgoing car deserved that distinction; it thumped six newer competitors in a seven-car subcompact comparison back in 2012 (click here to read it).

It's not the quietest, quickest or most refined car in its class, but it plays a respectable hand in most areas — all while combining impressive fuel and space efficiency.

Honda skipped the 2014 model year for the Fit. Trim levels for the 2015 include LX and EX, which can have manual or automatic transmissions, and the automatic-only EX-L. I drove a range of EX and EX-L cars.
Exterior lines

The bug-eyed styling that's characterized two generations of the Fit hatchback has finally buzzed away. The Fit's creased expression draws comparisons to the Civic, which has rocked squinting headlights since the middle of the past decade. The Fit's shielded black grille is distinctive, though some may think it looks too much like the faux-grille areas on many electric vehicles, including the Fit EV, which is based on the outgoing model. Body-colored mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers are standard; the EX and EX-L add 16-inch alloys, fog lights and a bit more chrome trim.

Curb weight remains roughly the same as the outgoing Fit, which was roughly the same height and width. Length is down 1.6 inches.
Let it ride

While the last Fit jumped off the line when you hit the accelerator, sustained acceleration revealed limited power beyond its initial pep. The 2015 redesign has more in reserve. Passing and merging maneuvers have surprising oomph, the sort you'd get from the larger four-cylinders in a Chevrolet Sonic or any member of the larger, compact class. Such is the result of Honda's Earth Dreams initiative, which bestowed the Fit's 1.5-liter four-cylinder with direct injection to make 130 horsepower, up from 117. More important, torque — that seat-of-the-pants feeling when a car pushes you ahead — is up 8 pounds-feet to 114.

Most trims have a new continuously variable automatic transmission, standard. It behaves well, kicking down as quickly as the previous Fit's five-speed automatic. It revs linearly, with little of the telltale CVT rubber-band feeling of disconnection between your right foot and the transmission. An Econ mode introduces a hint of accelerator lag from a start, plus a slower transition to higher revs. Below Drive, a sportier S mode defaults you to higher revs. (You can also throw the Fit into S mode and Econ mode at the same time. I did. S mode takes over. The universe did not explode.)

LX and EX cars offer a six-speed manual transmission, which replaces last year's five-speed stick. It's a delight, with short, direct throws and close gearing. Engineers say 6th gear is no taller than last year's 5th; indeed, all the gears feel close-ratio, and the Fit hovers near 4,000 rpm in 6th gear at 80 mph.

Fuel economy Fit

Honda clearly favored driving fun over efficiency, as demonstrated by the manual Fit's EPA mileage: It's improved, but still only so-so, at 29/37/32 mpg city/highway/combined. Mileage with the CVT ranges from 32/38/35 mpg in the EX and EX-L to 33/41/36 mpg in the efficiency-optimized LX, which adds aerodynamic underbody covering and deletes some weight in the form of insulation and the moonroof. Both trims compare well to automatic 2014 versions of the Nissan Versa Note (35 mpg in EPA combined mileage), Ford Fiesta (32 mpg), Hyundai Accent (31 mpg) and Toyota Yaris (32 mpg). Across the board, mileage also beats the prior Fit, whose EPA combined mileage ranged from 29 to 31 mpg. I haven't driven an LX, so it's unclear how that car's deleted insulation might affect noise. The EX and EX-L already exhibit plenty of wind and ambient noise, though. It's the Fit's biggest downside, and those who want a quieter subcompact should consider the Sonic or Ford Fiesta.

Thanks to a reworked suspension and 1.2 inches' extra wheelbase, the Fit's ride quality has caught up with the competition: It still rides on the firm side, but it dispatches manhole covers and other bumps with Fiesta- or Sonic-like richness. Both Detroit competitors ride better still, but the Fit has closed the gap versus its sometimes-choppy predecessor. The same goes for steering, which displays good highway composure especially compared to the previous Fit, which occasionally wandered in crosswinds.

Wheel choices range from 15 to 16 inches, but a sport-tuned suspension is no longer available. Honda says the redesigned torsion-beam rear suspension — a budget setup common among subcompacts — has enough rigidity to get by without a stabilizer bar, which the prior Fit Sport had, and the Fit corners well enough. Some body roll accompanies hard maneuvers, but the car's light, direct steering should satisfy casual driving enthusiasts.

Modern shapes and an airy layout characterize this redesign, whose dashboard sacrifices a few of the previous Fit's storage nooks for a more grown-up look. The front seats are more supportive than their flat backsides would suggest, and EX-L models have a moonroof and heated leather seats — firsts for the U.S. Fit. I'm 6 feet tall and needed the seat just one click ahead of all the way back. Taller drivers may wish the seat went farther back.

It's also strange that Honda invested in padding for the dashboard and door inserts — both areas that few people touch — but left hard, cheap textures on the armrests and upper doors, where your elbows usually end up. The Fiesta and Yaris both cushion the armrests, and even the last Fit had a shred of padding down there.

The previous Fit already had adequate backseat space, and thanks to a reworked fuel tank and rear suspension, Honda says it added 4.8 inches of rear legroom — a massive figure, as legroom goes. It's not quite the win-win that it sounds, though; while knee clearance remains generous and the seat sits a bit higher off the floor, which improves thigh support, you pay for it in headroom, which loses about 1.5 inches. It used to be excellent; now it's merely OK.
Economies of space

Honda says overall passenger volume has increased 4.9 cubic feet. Some of that may have come from the cargo area, which falls from 20.6 cubic feet — a figure that once led the Sonic, Fiesta and Versa Note, in some cases handily — to a more so-so 16.6 cubic feet.

Honda's Magic Seat carries on, and it's one of the Fit's niftier tricks. The 60/40-split seat's bottom cushions fold up and lock in place to expose more than 4 feet of vertical storage space in the second row; a low floor hump maximizes storage potential. The seats still fold flat into the floor for 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. That's down from last year's SUVlike 57.3 cubic feet, but it still leads the group. The Fiesta has less than half that much room.
Car tech

Fit LX models have a 5-inch display (not a touch-screen) with physical knobs and buttons, including radio presets. The four-speaker stereo has USB/iPod compatibility, Bluetooth phone/audio streaming and steering-wheel audio controls — generous features for a base trim in this class.

EX and EX-L models get six speakers, more stereo wattage and a second USB port. They also get a 7-inch touch-screen with 480-by-700 pixel resolution, HDMI inputs for video (when parked) and audio playback and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration (click here to learn more). Similar to the system in the 2014 Civic, the touch-screen ditches the mechanical tuning and volume knobs for aggravating touch-sensitive capacitive buttons alongside the display.

Still, the system's capabilities are impressive. It facilitates HondaLink, which can play Pandora and Aha Internet radio off your smartphone (newer iPhones at launch; Android compatibility by late 2014). It can also read your Facebook wall or Twitter feed, and $60 adds a navigation app complete with pinch-and-swipe capabilities. Switching between apps generally requires going back to a root menu and waiting a few seconds for HondaLink to reboot, however. The navigation app is also slower than the optional factory navigation on EX-L models, which pinches and swipes at near-smartphone speed and packs navigation-specific voice recognition, plus HD and satellite radio. Is that worth the extra $1,000? You decide.

As of this writing, the Fit has yet to be crash-tested. Standard features include a stability system and side curtain airbags, which are now teamed with a rollover sensor to deploy if the Fit goes wheels-up. Forward collision and lane departure warning systems aren't available, but those are rare among subcompacts. A conventional blind spot warning system is also unavailable, but EX and EX-L models get Honda's LaneWatch blind spot camera system. Check out the photo for more information.
Fits a budget

The Fit LX starts around $16,300, including destination. That's hundreds more than many other entry-level hatchbacks, but standard features include power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise control, manual air conditioning, a backup camera and Bluetooth phone/audio. Add $800 for the CVT, and the Fit nears Versa Note territory as the value choice for shoppers who want all the basic conveniences. Most competitors with similar features cost more — in some cases, a lot more. On the other end, a loaded Fit EX-L tops out around $21,500. That's with factory navigation, a moonroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated leather seats and a keyless access system — short of automatic climate control, the full palette of options in today's subcompacts.

Automakers have spent the better part of a decade trying to crack the code on desirability in this class, and the results have paid dividends in driving refinement, cabin quality, safety features and must-have technology. By and large, today's subcompact is a decent car, and the redesigned Fit is proof. Honda claims supply constraints were the biggest obstacle to the last Fit's popularity. Now built in Mexico, its successor should be in ready supply. I expect Honda will need to crank them out.


Toyota, Honda and Hyundai investing big in hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars

California will be a major proving ground for hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars in the next several years, representatives from five auto manufacturers, including Toyota and Honda, said Monday at a panel discussion in Torrance.

The push for the new cars is connected to California regulations that require carmakers, by 2025, to make sure that 15 percent of all cars they sell are zero-emissions vehicles.

One of the earliest market hydrogen-powered entrants will be the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, which will be available for lease at some Southern California dealers later this spring. It can be leased for $499 a month for 36 months with $2,999 down. Toyota and Honda both plan to release similar cars next year.

But there are short-term drawbacks. At first, the cars will be more expensive than similar gas-powered models. And there are currently only nine hydrogen fueling stations in California, with another 19 now being designed or built. More are being planned.

But Stephen Ellis, Honda’s manager for fuel cell vehicle marketing, said California consumers, who have embraced the hybrid car, may react similarly to the new technology.

“What we have is this group of people already ... saying, ‘What’s next?’ and ‘How can I move beyond a hybrid?’ ” he said


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Honda launches animated anti-texting video

Texting while driving makes you three times more likely to get into a car crash than those who don't, according to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Despite the risks, four out of five college students have reportedly done it anyway.

In order to bring the more awareness to not texting and driving, Honda created a new public service announcement that's different than many of the ones you've probably seen.

Rather than guts and gore, Honda pulls at your heartstrings in a different way.

Honda is just another company that's trying to show drivers how texting conversations can turn into disastrous situations.

Watch the video above or here for mobile users:


Honda's high hopes for 2015 Fit

The 2015 Honda Fit's higher-tech cockpit has a new 7-inch display audio touch screen, paddle shifters and storage space for a phone or tablet that can be plugged into the audio system. / Honda

Honda has big plans for the little Fit that has been redesigned for the 2015 model year.

“We remade the Fit from top to bottom,” said Hiroaki Hamaya, a product planner who worked on the third generation of the subcompact car that is priced at about $17,000.

The new model went on sale Monday and Honda expects to sell 70,000 a year in the U.S., up from 53,500 last year.

Honda started building the subcompact for the first time in North America last month at a new plant in Celaya, Mexico, which should ensure a steady supply, said Jeff Conrad, Honda division general manager. The new plant will also make a new “urban utility vehicle” and Honda can adjust the mix of the two to meet demand. Celaya is Honda’s eighth assembly plant in North America, bringing capacity to 1.92 million vehicles a year.

Introduced to the U.S. market in 2006 when subcompacts were deemed too small to interest American consumers, the Fit now has more competition. The segment has grown as automakers try to attract first-time car buyers, hoping to retain them as they buy larger and more expensive vehicles.

About three of every five Fits are sold to customers who have not owned a Honda before. Of those, about 55% eventually buy another Honda, Hamaya said.

The subcompact segment is forecast to grow 3.6% this year, according to Honda’s research.

The new Fit is designed to meet disparate needs around the world, said engineer Yoshinori Nakamura. In Asia, it is a family car for the wealthy and in the U.S. it is a car for millennials, or those born after 1980.

“The next generation needed to satisfy them all,” Nakamura said.

For 2015, Fit will offer a new engine and transmission to boost both performance and fuel efficiency.

The 1.5-liter direct fuel injection four-cylinder engine is part of what Honda calls its Earth Dreams engine family, delivering 130 horsepower, an 11% improvement from its predecessor, and 114 pound-feet of torque.

The fuel-economy rating is 29 m.p.g. in city driving and 37 on the highway for a combined 32 with the six-speed manual transmission. With the new continuously variable automatic transmission, the car gets a combined rating of 35 to 36 m.p.g., depending on the trim level.

The new suspension is stiffer, and the steering improved. By using lightweight steel, engineers lopped 44 pounds off the car’s weight. Other new features include hill assist and an expanded side mirror that reflects an image on the car’s touch screen when the turn signal is activated to see whether there is a car in the blind spot.

The Fit’s secret sauce has always been its packaging. The 2015 small hatchback adds 4.9 cubic feet of interior room and an additional 4.8 inches of rear legroom with a longer wheelbase even though the car is 1.6 inches shorter, said Carl Pulley of the Honda Technical Center. The seating folds into four separate modes to handle four passengers or accommodate a tall plant or long surfboard.

The higher-tech cockpit has a new 7-inch display audio touch screen, paddle shifters and storage space for a phone or tablet that can be plugged into the audio system.


What vehicles are most likely to be stolen?

For many years, vehicles from the 1990s were some of the most popular choices for thieves. These cars were easy for groups of thieves to “chop up”, that is, sell them for parts that when sold separately could be worth more than the car itself. But in the past few years, there has been in an increase in thefts of newer cars.

In years past, there have been a lot of thefts of Honda Civics and Accords. These cars were some of the most popular cars on the road, and their parts were very valuable on the black market. In addition, these stolen cars were easy to steal, making them good targets for thieves.

Lately, however, criminals are choosing later model vehicles in addition to these standards. While the most stolen cars in 2011 include the 1994 Honda Accord, the 1998 Civic, and the 1991 Toyota Camry, the 2006 Ford pickup is the third most stolen car. The top ten most stolen vehicles according to the NICB are listed here:

1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1998 Honda Civic
3. 2006 Ford pickup (full size)
4. 1991 Toyota Camry
5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
6. 1994 Acura Integra
7. 1999 Chevrolet pickup (full size)
8. 2004 Dodge pickup (full size)
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 1994 Nissan Sentra

This list seems to point towards a trend of later model vehicles getting stolen more often. For many years, older model vehicles were avoided by thieves because new technology was making them harder to steal. In recent years, however, criminals are learning to defeat this new technology. Most of the new security systems are based on keeping the engine of a car from starting if the right key is not used. To defeat these systems, car thieves have to obtain the right key codes for each specific vehicle, then use these codes to make replacement keys. Since most mid-range models only issue a set number of key codes, it is easier to steal a lot of cars of the same type instead of a variety of makes and models.

If your car is on this list, take some basic steps to protect yourself. Always lock your car doors (the majority of car thefts are still crimes of opportunity), and consider installing a car alarm.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Mai 01, 2014, 11:18:36 a.m.

Honda to import Mexican-made cars through Georgia port

The Georgia Ports Authority has won new import business from Honda.

The 2015 Honda Fit, built at the carmaker’s new plant in Celaya, Mexico, is moving into the U.S. through the Port of Brunswick.

“Highlighting the truly global nature of auto manufacturing, a Japanese company building cars in Mexico has chosen Georgia’s deepwater ports as a vital gateway to the U.S.,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “These shipments will serve dealers in major markets across the Southeast.”

While Honda has been exporting U.S.-made vehicles through Brunswick, this is the first time Honda imports will move through a Georgia port. Honda will also deliver the 2015 Fit to East Coast markets through Davisville, R.I., and Baltimore, Md.

Dennis Manns, American Honda’s assistant vice president for sales and logistics planning, said the company is the first automotive manufacturer that has created a multi-faceted approach of distribution from Mexico to the U.S., including both rail and short sea.

“The use of short sea provides Honda with an alternative to ensure a high quality and consistent level of service to our dealers,” Manns said.

The Honda de Mexico team and American Honda have been collaborating closely to ensure a smooth launch and service to U.S. markets, he said.

GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson welcomed the new import business from Honda.

“The Port of Brunswick is strategically located to best serve the Southeast,” Jepson said. “And because we have another 900 acres permitted for expansion, we can easily accommodate new business in the roll-on/roll-off market without congestion worries.”

The import Hondas will reach Brunswick via Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping. International Auto Processing will handle the cars upon arrival.

Robert Miller, the firm’s president and CEO, said because Honda accessorizes its vehicles for each of its markets at the manufacturing plant, IAP’s main responsibility will be speeding the shipments along.

“We will be using around 10 acres for these vehicles. The impact on employment has yet to be determined, but we’re thinking an additional 10 to 15 workers will be needed,” Miller said.


Refreshed UK Built Honda Civic Hatchback On Sale Now

April 30, 2014: Honda (UK) continues to help customers keep costs down and manage their budgets this spring, with low monthly payments, 0 per cent APR and an optional fixed-price FIVE year care package on the British built Civic hatchback which has benefited from a series of updates for 2014.

Customers can drive away a 2014 Civic 1.4 i-VTEC S for just £209 per month, or the super-frugal Civic 1.6 i-DTEC S for just £239 per month. These monthly costs include Honda (UK)’s very popular fixed-price comprehensive care package, ‘FIVE’*. Also available as a one-off £500 payment across the Civic range, this package offers potential savings of up to £1,345, leaving customers safe in the knowledge that their major motoring costs - servicing, warranty and roadside assistance – are all covered for the next five years. The ‘Five’ care package is already proving a bit hit since it was introduced at the beginning of 2014 with over 90 per cent of new Honda customers taking up the offer.

The refreshed version of the popular British-built Civic hatchback benefits from several modifications to enhance handling; a fresh look inside and out and a new suite of advanced safety technologies.

Overall it feels more agile and responsive, thanks to the re-tuned front and rear dampers for enhanced body control; while the EPS (Electronic Power Steering) has been re-tuned to improve high speed stability and the rear suspension has been re-aligned to further improve handling. The updates to the Civic build on its many strengths, which when packaged together with the new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine, offers an impressive balance between fuel economy (78.5 mpg) and performance (120 PS and 300 Nm), with CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km.

The 2014 Civic also features several exterior and interior enhancements to give a more distinctive and sports inspired look and feel. Changes to the exterior styling focus on the rear of the car, with the introduction of privacy glass to the rear window. Smoke coloured rear combination lights have also been introduced, along with a new license plate, tailgate, and lower bumper finish, all in piano black. It now features a new front bumper finish also in piano black, darker wheel arch finishes and new 17” Aluminium wheels finished in silver and black. Additionally, subtle cosmetic changes to the interior further emphasise the quality feel of the Civic.

Leon Brannan, Head of Cars at Honda (UK) commented: “The Civic is an important model for Honda, and as such we are constantly looking at how we can further enhance its ‘Sporting and Advanced’ characteristics. With the much anticipated new Civic Type R on the horizon these changes very much point to the direction that we continue to take with the Civic range. We’re confident that such low monthly payments coupled with low and manageable running costs will add even further to the appeal of the Civic.”

The 2014 Civic also offers as an option a comprehensive range of new advanced safety systems known as ‘Driver Assistance Safety Pack’ which was introduced recently on the new Civic Tourer. These two new suites of sensor based active and passive safety systems use a combination of cameras and radar technologies to give the driver and passengers, complete peace of mind in all driving conditions.

The 2014 Civic is available in three engines – 1.4 and 1.8 i-VTEC petrol and the fuel efficient 1.6 i-DTEC diesel – and four generously equipped trims levels with on the road prices starting at £16,995 for the entry level 1.4 i-VTEC S.


Honda Motor Is Accelerating Ahead Nicely

Honda Motor (HMC) released outstanding results the last time, exceeding the company’s expectations. The strong results revealed a doubling of the profit. Honda managed to post such strong profits as a result of weakness in the yen. However, Honda saw poor sales in Thailand, which resulted in weaker than expected sales. However, the company performed well, but on the other hand the analysts’ were expecting better performance from Honda which it missed.

Trying to perform

In a highly competitive market, Honda faces stiff competition from automaker Toyota (TM). Honda, with its strategies, is focusing on improving its market share in the U.S. It is likely to face stiff competition from Ford (F) and General Motors (GM).

Honda managed to see a two-fold increase in the earnings mainly due to currency fluctuations. Besides the weakness of the Yen, increased sales and reduction in costs also helped Honda to see strong profits. Honda is dealing in four sectors worldwide, namely automobile, motorcycles power products, and financial services. Out of the three, the automobile segment is the primary contributor to Honda’s revenue and performed remarkably well in the previous quarter.

As a result of liberal economic policies, Honda is enjoying benefits which can be seen by its outstanding results. The economic policies helped weakening of the Yen by 18% as against the dollar in 2013. This helped Honda to increase its earnings.

The threats

Moving forward, Honda is facing neck to neck competition with world’s largest auto maker Toyota. Toyota, on the other hand, is reaping handsome earnings and is also well positioned for competition. Toyota is also focusing on various aspects to improve its product line to gain market share across the world. It is loaded with many new products and is launching 30 new vehicles this year in South Africa. On the other hand, in Philippines, with its new launch of the Wigo, it is working on cutting the price of its vehicles to gain higher acceptance.

However, Honda can be benefited by Toyota’s reputation supported by the fact that the company has been a serial re-caller of vehicles. The company recalled around 295,000 Lexus and Toyota brand vehicles across the globe earlier this year, with the majority being in the United States. It had also recalled 1.9 million of the third-generation Prius cars sold worldwide due to a software problem.

Other markets

Moving to India, where the consumers prefer diesel vehicles as a result of high petrol prices, Honda had seen weakness due to the absence of a diesel motor. But with the launch of the Amaze, it has started to turn customers towards the brands. In addition, the Honda City sedan is in great position to benefit in the Indian market.

Honda has great expectations from the emerging markets and is expecting to sell 6 million cars by 2017. China, being one of the largest markets with immense potential, has proved a key region for the company’s success. After the solution of the territorial dispute with Japan, Honda’s sales doubled in the third quarter in China. For the future, Honda is expecting a 10% growth in the coming days. Also, it is planning to increase its sales by 19% in 2014.

Moving on to North America, having launched a new small car, the Fit, Honda is expecting great sales in the future. With the Fit, Honda is promoting high fuel efficiency and hopes to grab market share from GM’s Chevrolet Sonic and Ford’s Fiesta. Also, with launches like Vezel and others, Honda is expected to grow in the U.S market.

Honda has stiff competition from Ford’s Fiesta as it is popular in the U.S due to its solid MPG figure and eco-friendly engine. Fiesta is the most fuel efficient non-diesel car and it might capture Honda’s market in Japan. So, Honda should be alert regarding its American rival moving forward


But, looking at the growth prospects and strong fundamentals, Honda's prospect look promising. It can become a good investment option as it launches more and more cars going forward.


Obama meets Honda's ASIMO, receives soccer pass

Though President Barack Obama usually rides around in an armored Cadillac, during a recent state visit to Japan he had an encounter with a Honda. Specifically, the POTUS met ASIMO at Tokyo's museum of science.

The Honda ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, is a bipedal robot with an array of functions that mimic human movement. The meeting took place as the Commander-in-Chief stopped by Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

During the man-machine mini-summit, Honda demonstrated some of ASIMO's key functions, including walking, running (defined as both feet leaving the ground simultaneously), and hopping on one foot. As part of the demonstration ASIMO kicked a ball to Obama, who skillfully stopped it with his foot, surely to go down in history as the world's first President-automaton soccer pass.

Obama described the robot as "a little scary," "too lifelike," and "amazing."

Introduced in 2000, Honda developed ASIMO to promote human-machine interaction. Potential uses for the robot include helping the handicapped or elderly with basic tasks. ASIMO can also communicate in American and Japanese sign language.

Honda has been working on robotics since the 1980s. Most Japanese automakers, including Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi, have similar programs in place. Watch the video of the presidential soccer block below.


Honda profits up despite declining sales in North America

Honda has maintained revenue growth in its fiscal fourth quarter ending March 31, despite declining sales in the North American market.

Operating profit reached 165 billion yen (~$1.6 billion USD) for the recent quarter, a 21.5-percent increase compared to the same period in 2013. The company tallied 574 billion yen (~$5.6 billion USD) in net profit for the fiscal year overall, jumping by 56.4 percent.

Vehicle shipments were up by approximately 20 percent in the quarter, reaching 1.2 million. Growth was driven by increased demand for the Fit, Odyssey and Vezel in Japan, along with a gain in motorcycles sold in Asia.

Vehicle shipments to North American fell by nearly ten percent compared to the same quarter last year. The company suggests the cold wave is to blame, and the slide was not large enough to erase an overall sales gain in the region for the year.

The company expects its net income to maintain modest growth through the fiscal year ending in March 2015, though its 595 million yen (~$5.8 billion USD) profit forecast is approximately 14 percent below average analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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TOV Video: 2015 Acura TLX discussion with Chief Engineer Mat Hargett (Part 1)

2015 Acura TLX Chief Engineer Mat Hargett spoke with us on camera during the 2014 New York International Auto Show. In this first segment, we focused on the 2.4L 4-cylinder model. Stay tuned for our next installment, with more information on the 3.5L V6 model.


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Scris de: tokyodream din Mai 01, 2014, 10:30:17 p.m.

Honda to compete in seven Pike's Peak classes in 2014

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the greatest events on the international motorsports calendar. Its Unlimited class harkens back to the old days of racing, when teams built vehicles to be the fastest with whatever they had. Honda is returning to the event for 2014 for its second year as a sponsor and participant, and it's bringing some cool machines of its own.

The company is fielding seven entrants this year, which is somewhat smaller than last year. In 2013, it brought 11 factory-supported vehicles in 10 classes, including an insane Honda Odyssey with a 532-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine. There's no need to be too disappointed by the shorter list, though. Former 24 Hours of Le Mans-winner Romain Dumas is back piloting a Honda-powered Norma chassis up the hill in the Unlimited class. Dumas attempted to race the car last year, but it broke down during his run. Other competitors include an NSX (pictured above), Fit B-Spec and an S3700, which is an S2000 with a 3.7-liter V6 engine.

In its role as sponsor, Honda says it has also worked with the sanctioning body to add an AirFence safety barrier along some corners for the motorcycle and ATV riders. This year's Pikes Peak is being held on Sunday, June 29. Scroll down to read the full details about Honda's team and start getting excited for this year's running.


Local manufacturers make list of those taking top Honda honors

Six Dayton-area manufacturers are being hailed as among the top performing Honda suppliers.

Making that list of award winners — which the automaker recently unveiled at its annual North American Supplier Conference — is a big deal because Honda work tends to be lucrative. Being honored by Honda also is a sure-fire sign you’re in its good graces.

New auto parts supplier award winners from the Dayton region include:

    F&P America Mfg. Inc. in Troy;
    Green Tokai Co. in Brookville and;
    Industry Products Co. in Piqua.

Local Honda service parts suppliers that were recognized include:

    Metokote in Huber Heights;

    NK Parts Industries in Sidney; and
    Advics Manufacturing Ohio in Lebanon.

F&P America and Green Tokai also won performance awards as service parts suppliers.

Industry insiders say Honda is very particular about who it buys parts from, so the company’s performance awards are well respected.

“It’s a big deal just to be a Honda supplier, but if you win a supplier award (from Honda), that says a lot,” said Steve Staub, president of Dayton-based Staub Manufacturing Solutions and operator of

Honda has more than 650 domestic new auto parts suppliers which ship to 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America.


2014 Honda City by Mugen revealed


Honda has unveiled this week a Mugen-prepared 2014 City in the Philippines.

Towards the end of last year Honda introduced a Mugen version of the previous generation City and now they are doing the same thing with the current model. It will go on sale in the Philippines in the third quarter of 2014 with an array of cosmetic tweaks which will be followed later on by upgrades to the engine, suspension, brakes and interior.

This particular white example received different front & rear bumpers together with beefier side skirts and a black front grille. We also notice the Mugen decals and stripes as well as a faux carbon finish for the side mirrors, a lip rear spoiler along with bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Honda City Mugen is based on the range-topping VX version and comes with a 4-cylinder, 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine delivering 120 PS (88 kW) and 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) of torque to the front wheels via a standard five-speed manual or an optional CVT.


Report – Honda Mobilio pilot production kicks off in Greater Noida

Our friends at The Automotive India forum have images of a Honda Mobilio from the first batch of production at Honda’s Greater Noida facility. Honda had earlier announced that the Mobilio would launch in the July-September period, and the emergence of this spyshot is an indicator that the plan is on track.


Spied here is the ‘V’ variant, that identifies the penultimate variant on the Brio/Amaze/City. Cars from the pilot production are generally utilized for the pre-launch media drive and marketing activities.

The Mobilio was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo in Greater Noida in February. The Ertiga rival will be launched with a 1.5-liter i-DTEC engine that delivers over 25 kmpl and 100 PS of power on the Amaze and City that it already services. A top Honda official had also said that the variant lineup would be similar to other Honda cars: petrol manual, petrol AT and diesel manual.

The Mobilio had its global premiere at the Indonesian International Motor Show in September last year. The car has been developed with resources in Japan and Thailand, targeting the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Chevrolet Spin and the Maruti Ertiga.

The Mobilio launched in Indonesia in three variants – S, E, and E-Prestige – with the top-end model getting features such as Aux and USB ports, double blower aircon, one touch tumble seat, Eco Meter, electric power steering, dual SRS airbags, ABS+EBD, and a Modulo accessory pack.

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Honda boosts Ohio spending to $9.7B in 2013

Honda Motor Co. continues to drive Ohio manufacturing on a mammoth scale, having spent $9.7 billion with nearly 160 parts suppliers in the Buckeye State last year.

The automaker was touting the figure on Wednesday — up $500 million from 2012 — as a new record.

That’s great news for the Dayton region, which is home to numerous companies that supply Honda either directly or indirectly.

Ohio is by far the top state when it comes to purchasing impact where Honda has manufacturing operations. And just to put that in perspective, the $9.7 billion spent in Ohio was more than $2 billion more than the next five states combined (Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina).

Honda, whose U.S. manufacturing operations are based in Marysville, operates the largest manufacturing facility in the Dayton region with its engine plant in Anna. The plant currently employs about 2,300 workers.

In total, Honda has purchased more than $300 billion in parts and materials from its more than 650 suppliers in North America during the 35 years since Honda began building products in the region.


I Bet The Honda Concept B Would Make A Decent Integra

It's no secret that Honda could use a serious injection of fun into their lineup these days. The CR-Z Hybrid wasn't the CRX revival we all expected, and while the current Civic Si is very good, it's not quite as rev-tacular as its forebears. Could this concept from the Beijing Motor Show make a decent Integra?

This is the Honda Concept B. It's a five-door hatchback, at the moment designed for the Chinese market only at the moment, that is aimed at the youth market. Honda intends to build it, and says they want to build a production version to market within two years.

And you know what? I actually think it looks pretty good. It's clean, aggressive, and has a nice overall profile. The big silver Acura-esque grille is a bit much, but the rest of it is sharp.

Here's what you need to do, Honda: add a stick shift and a high-revving four-cylinder engine or maybe a high-performance hybrid powerplant (think BMW i8 this time though, not CR-Z), throw in some leather seats, create a three-door variant in addition to the five-door hatch and voila: new Integra.

And call it the Integra, too, none of this alphabet soup nonsense. I will also accept RSX as an answer because I'm in a good mood today.

I know none of this will happen, but hey, I'm allowed to dream. You're welcome for the free advice, Honda. (Note: If this goes to production as I have suggested, I will send you a bill that includes my standard $25 million consultant's fee, plus expenses, of course.)


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Honda recalls 31,226 Amaze, Brio cars to check faulty brake

NEW DELHI: Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today recalled 31,226 units of select variants of the Amaze compact sedan and Brio hatchback to inspect them for a possible defect in the brake system.

The company will inspect the proportioning valve of non-ABS variants of both models manufactured between February 28, 2013, and January 16, 2014. The recall is for 15,623 Brio cars and 15,603 petrol Amaze cars, HCIL said in a statement.

NEW DELHI: Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today recalled 31,226 units of select variants of the Amaze compact sedan and Brio hatchback to inspect them for a possible defect in the brake system.

The company will inspect the proportioning valve of non-ABS variants of both models manufactured between February 28, 2013, and January 16, 2014. The recall is for 15,623 Brio cars and 15,603 petrol Amaze cars, HCIL said in a statement.

NEW DELHI: Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today recalled 31,226 units of select variants of the Amaze compact sedan and Brio hatchback to inspect them for a possible defect in the brake system.

The company will inspect the proportioning valve of non-ABS variants of both models manufactured between February 28, 2013, and January 16, 2014. The recall is for 15,623 Brio cars and 15,603 petrol Amaze cars, HCIL said in a statement.

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Honda is low-key in moves of personnel

Toyota announced last week that it is moving its North American headquarters to Texas.

The shift, which made headlines across the country, might seem similar to what Honda did last year, much more quietly, when it moved top managers to Ohio.

But a closer look shows the two situations have little in common.

Toyota’s pending move to Plano, Texas, includes about 4,000 employees and the declaration of the new offices as a headquarters.

That is a larger undertaking in almost every way compared with what Honda announced in February 2013.

Honda said it was moving up to 50 top managers and support staff to Marysville. This included Tetsuo Iwamura, then the top sales executive, who was moving to Ohio in a new role that would oversee the top managers in all divisions.

Since then, Iwamura has moved on to a different job within the company. His replacement as the top executive in North America, Takuji Yamada, has a residence in California and is not officially based at any single Honda office, the company has said.

In the 14 months since the announcement, only about a dozen Honda employees have moved from California and other locations to Ohio.

“This is still evolving,” said Honda spokesman Ron Lietzke. “We anticipated at the time that it would be fewer than 50, and it has been.”

For decades, the three largest Japanese automakers — Honda, Nissan and Toyota — had major offices in southern California. Even as they opened manufacturing plants elsewhere in the country, the companies kept a major presence in California.

This began to change in 2005 when Nissan said it was going to build a North American headquarters near Nashville, Tenn., and relocate more than 1,000 employees from California.

Toyota’s move is a similar, though much larger, version of what Nissan did. Both of the companies received, or stand to receive, state and local aid packages connected to the relocations.

Honda is choosing a different path, without attention-getting announcements.

And that’s exactly what central Ohio economic-development leaders say they have come to expect and appreciate from the automaker.

“What you’re seeing is, Honda is quietly moving and growing its presence in central Ohio,” said Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a coalition of the region’s major employers; Honda is a member of the partnership.

“Like you’ve seen it for 30 years, Honda does it with a low-key style and without attempts to hold states and communities hostage.

“They are the model corporate citizen from an economic-development standpoint. I’m not sure what more we could ask them to do,” he said.

Fischer has some experience dealing with automaker relocations. He was a top adviser to Tennessee’s governor when that state negotiated Nissan’s move.

Nissan and Toyota both declared their new offices as North American headquarters. If Honda did that in central Ohio, it would be a highlight for elected officials and economic-development leaders.

But, the difference would be largely semantic, some of those same leaders say. In many ways, central Ohio is already the headquarters, even if Honda doesn’t describe it that way.

The company has 14,200 employees in Ohio, most of them at plants in Marysville, East Liberty, Anna and Russells Point. Its North American research and development office is based in Raymond.

When Honda made its announcement last year about moving its management, the company’s aim was to get its top managers to communicate more effectively and have more decision-making take place in North America as opposed to at the world headquarters in Japan. That plan and those goals remain in effect, Lietzke said.

At the same time, Honda intends to maintain its sales and marketing office in Torrance, Calif. That is the office where Iwamura was based before he relocated to Marysville.

Torrance, which is in the Los Angeles metro area, is also home of the office Toyota is leaving for Texas.

Toyota’s announcement has stung California leaders, who are losing a major employer. It is also a major disruption to the employees, many of whom probably will decide not to make the move, said Ed Kim, an analyst for AutoPacific in Tustin, Calif.

If employees choose not to move, it would be an opportunity for Toyota to reduce its payroll without resorting to layoffs, he said. Toyota, like Honda, prides itself in never laying off employees.

“It helps them readjust the structure of their ranks,” Kim said. “It allows them to thin out the middle management.”

As for Honda, he thinks last year’s announcement might end up being a step toward a larger move to Ohio at some point, but nothing more than that.


Honda recalling 25k Odyssey minivans over side curtain airbags

Honda's refreshed 2014 Odyssey (now with 100-percent more vacuum power!) launched last year, but is now being called back for issues related to the side curtain airbags. According to Honda, 24,889 Odyssey minivans are affected by an issue that may cause the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) warning light to illuminate or, even worse, cause the side airbags to not deploy in a crash.

What went wrong, exactly? We'll let Honda explain:

    During assembly of the electrical coupler for the side curtain airbag on the passenger's side of the vehicle, it is possible that the shorting terminal, which is used to prevent deployment of the airbag before it is assembled into the vehicle, may have been damaged. A damaged shorting terminal may illuminate the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) indicator as well as prevent the side curtain airbag from deploying during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Honda dealers will replace the shorting computer, free of charge. Owners will be notified by mail after May 16. For the full details, scroll down for Honda's press blast.


Honda India readies MPV entry to rival Toyota, Suzuki

 BANGALORE: Honda Cars India, the fifth largest passenger vehicle manufacturer in India, will enter India's multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment in the first quarter of the current fiscal with the launch of a diesel and petrol variant of its seven-seater Mobilio.
This will be followed by the re-launch of the Japanese car marker's premium hatchback Jazz, expected in the October to December quarter coinciding with the year-end festive season.

With Mobilio, Honda will be pitted against fellow Japanese rivals — Toyota's Innova and Maruti Suzuki's Ertiga. The two vehicles have a combined 80% market share. The MPV market in India sees sales of around 10,000 units per month. It also includes Mahindra's Xylo, General Motor's Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan's Evalia.

"This year also we will surely have a good double digit growth, but part of it will depend on the volumes of the Mobilio, which in turn depends on its pricing. We are still working on the pricing," said Honda's senior VP (marketing and sales) Jnaneswar Sen.

In the last fiscal, while the Indian auto industry was hit by low consumer sentiment, Honda delivered an 83% growth in sales to 1.34 lakh vehicles, overtaking Toyota's sales in India. The growth was driven by the sales of its entry-level sedan Honda Amaze and the new Honda City, which continues to be the company's biggest sales grosser. In fiscal 2013, Honda volumes grew 37%.

Consumer sentiment has not been positive for the past couple of years, but Sen is optimistic that the passenger vehicle market will do better this year.

Honda has set a target of touching 3 lakh units in sales by 2017. In the same time, its parent Honda Motor Co has set a target to sell 6 million cars across the world, with India representing 5% of the global sales. At present Honda India contributes 3% of Honda Motor's global sales.


American Honda Sales Rise 1.1 Percent in April   

- CR-V sets new April record as Honda core models anchor on-going retail sales success

- Acura light trucks set April record, continue unprecedented growth in 2014

TORRANCE, Calif., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported April 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 132,456 units—an overall increase of 1.1 percent (-2.8 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*) compared to April 2013. The Honda Division also saw in increase of 1.1 percent with April sales of 118,334. Acura division gained 1.6 percent on April sales of 14,122, with light trucks increasing 35.9 percent for the month on sales of 9,536 units. Year to date American Honda sales reached 457,810.


In the first four months of 2014, Honda continued its retail sales momentum despite an environment punctuated by a handful of companies applying heavy incentives and a significant reliance on fleet sales. Honda enjoyed steady growth in April with CR-V setting a new sales record, and Accord and Civic enjoying gains.

    CR-V recorded sales of 28,485, up 7.4 percent for a new April record
    Accord posted April sales of 34,124, an increase of 1.7 percent
    Civic was up 4.4 percent to 27,611 units vs. April 2013

"After a few truly chilling winter months, it's great to see the warmer spring weather begin to liberate our customers and spark record sales of CR-V and solid sales results across the lineup," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "More than any other automaker our success is based on one customer at a time going down to their Honda dealer to purchase a new vehicle, and in April, we see the power of our retail sales strategy at work."


Acura light trucks continue to sell well above last year's pace, led by the hot-selling MDX and RDX. However, vehicle supply is becoming a factor as Acura begins winding down production of TSX and TL models in preparation for the new TLX models, which are scheduled to hit the ground later this year.

    Acura division sales increased 1.6 percent vs. 2013 with 14,122 units sold in April
    Acura trucks set a new April sales record with an increase of 35.9 percent on sales of 9,536
    MDX posted another major increase with sales up 80 percent in April
    RDX sales increased for an unprecedented 24th month in a row, climbing 6.3 percent

"With RDX posting two solid years of continuous growth and MDX sustaining its hot sales pace, our Acura SUVs continue to set the standard in the luxury light truck segment," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "In a few short months, we will unleash the all-new 2015 Acura TLX to reestablish Acura's reputation for thrilling luxury performance sedans and establish the Acura brand as a force to be reckoned with in the luxury segment."

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days for April 2014 and 25 days for April 2013. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 101 days for 2014 and 101 days for 2013. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.


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ASEAN NCAP Phase III: Honda CR-V, Proton Preve, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Colorado get five stars

The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) has announced results for the third and final phase of the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) at the Philea Resort and Spa in Melaka. The announcement of Phase III results was also made at the 2014 Global NCAP Annual Forum today in Melbourne.

A total of 11 cars, with two models in both lowest and premium versions, were evaluated. As with the previous phases, test vehicles were subjected to an offset frontal collision test at a closing speed of 64 km/h.

New to this phase is a UN R95 side collision test with a mobile deformable barrier striking the car at 50 km/h, while child occupant protection results now feature a star rating system, rather than the previous percentage-based system. The results are as follows:

    Honda CR-V 2.0 V built 2013, MY 2014 – Adult: 5 stars (4 stars, no VSC), Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 2
    Proton Preve 1.6 IAFM+ built 2013, MY 2013 – Adult: 5 stars, Child: 3 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 6
    Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0 V with Safety Package built 2013, MY 2014 – Adult: 5 stars, Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 7
    Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab built 2014, MY 2014 – Adult: 5 stars (4 stars, no ESP), Child: 3 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 2
    Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.6 built 2013, MY 2013 - Adult: 4 stars, Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 4
    Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 E built 2013, MY 2014 – Adult: 4 stars, Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 2
    Peugeot 208 1.6 VTi AT 5-door built 2013, MY 2013 - Adult: 4 stars, Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 6
    Kia Picanto 1.25 MT built 2013, MY 2013 - Adult: 4 stars, Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 6
    Chevrolet Sonic 1.4 built 2013, MY 2014 - Adult: 4 stars, Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 2
    Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab 4×4 MT built 2014, MY 2015 - Adult: 4 stars, Child: 4 stars, Side: Pass, Airbags: 2
    Kia Picanto 1.25 MT (no airbags) built 2013, MY 2013 - Adult: 0 stars, Child: 1 stars, Side: Not tested, Airbags: 0

‘MY’ denotes the safety package introduction year

The Proton Preve extends its five-star adult rating to the Suprima S, while the Volkswagen Polo Sedan extends its four-star adult rating to the Polo hatch. For the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Colorado, variants without ESC are rated four stars for adults.

The Honda CR-V tested was an LHD car built in Thailand for the Philippine market. The results for the Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0 (available only for the Malaysian market) was adopted from ANCAP’s test at JARI in Tsukuba, Japan. This particular variant is built in Thailand for Australia and Malaysia.

The Volkswagen Polo Sedan, Peugeot 208, six-airbag Kia Picanto and Proton Preve tested were built in Malaysia; all the others were built in Thailand. The three test locations were MIROS PC3 in Melaka, Malaysia, Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) in Tsukuba, Japan and KATRI in South Korea.

To be eligible for a five-star rating, a vehicle must have at least two airbags, electronic stability control and a seat belt reminder, or it will only qualify for a maximum of four stars.


Honda S660 Concept headed for production?

A report coming out of Japan indicates the Honda S660 concept that debuted at last year's edition of the Tokyo Motor Show has been given the green light for production.

The roadster will be built by Yachigo Industry Company, a small, Honda-affiliated supplier that has assembled many of the automaker's kei cars over the past couple of decades. Production is scheduled to kick off later this year, and the roadster will land in Honda showrooms across Japan in early 2015.

The S660 is an evolution of the all-electric EV-STER concept that Honda presented at the 2011 edition of the Tokyo show but it is powered by a gas-burning 660cc three-cylinder turbocharged engine borrowed from the firm's kei car parts bin. The mill sends 64 horsepower to the roadster's front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT), though rumors indicate it could get a small power boost from an electric motor.

Visually, the S660's overall shape is reminiscent of the Beat (a small convertible built in the early 1990s) but its front end borrows a couple of styling cues from the Acura NSX supercar that is currently being developed at Honda's research and development center in Ohio. The production version of the two-seater will lose the concept's futuristic cockpit and gain a simple, minimalist dashboard with a digital instrument cluster.

The S660 could be presented at this year's edition of the Tokyo show and go on sale shortly after. It won't be sold outside of its home country with a three-cylinder in the engine bay but the automaker might shoehorn a larger four-cylinder unit and distribute the roadster in select countries around the world.

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Hyundai, Honda execs prepared for more scrutiny on safety

WASHINGTON -- General Motors’ ignition switch controversy inevitably will lead to greater regulatory scrutiny of auto safety defects, top executives from Honda and Hyundai say.

Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said Hyundai would welcome new steps to identify and fix safety problems faster, while John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., expressed concerns about the wholesale release of raw safety data.

“Everybody wants to move so quickly because they don’t want to be viewed as not doing anything about it,” Mendel said during a panel discussion at the American International Automobile Dealers Association’s industry summit here on Thursday. “And unfortunately, usually, when you react without good thought, you get not the best outcome.”

Committees in the U.S. House and Senate have opened investigations into GM’s slow response to the faulty ignition switches used in vehicles such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. The defects have been linked to 13 deaths and ultimately led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.

In March, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced a bill that would expand the public’s access to the early-warning reports that automakers submit to U.S. safety regulators after crashes involving their vehicles. They argue that making the information available to the public, including safety advocates and plaintiffs’ attorneys, could unearth safety risks that would not otherwise be addressed.

Automakers review crash records to determine which crashes merit an early-warning report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Critics of Markey and Blumenthal’s proposal have warned that automakers may submit less information to NHTSA if they know it will become public.

Still, Zuchowski said, the industry should expect the GM crisis to lead to extra safety reporting requirements and oversight of automakers, just as the TREAD Act in 2000 followed the Ford-Firestone crisis.

“What’s at stake here is the safety of the consumers driving our products, and it’s sort of tough to argue against that,” Zuchowski said. “At the end of the day, we know it’s coming, and we actually welcome it because what we don’t want to happen is what happened with General Motors where there’s fatalities involved.”


Spy Shots: new Honda Odyssey is Ready for the China car market


Spy Shots of the new Honda Oyssey MPV, ready for its launch on the China car market in August. The new Honda Odyssey was launched on the Japanese market in November last year, but China still has to do with the old one. The Odyssey is one of the most popular MPV’s on the Chinese auto market so the new one has to be good, and it certainly looks the business with a giant grille with four heavily chromed bars.


The current China-made Honda Odyssey, manufactured by the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture. Price starts at 229.800 yuan and ends at 286.800 yuan. Lone engine is a 2.4 liter four-cylinder petrol with 181hp, mated to a 5-speed automatic.

The engine will continue unchanged in the new Odyssey but the 5-speed automatic will be replaced by a new 7-speed CVT. Price will be about the same.



2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 - Summer Update

"It’s a sensible sedan turned into a personal luxury car, and this just seems wrong to me."

The Honda Accord was named to our All-Stars roster of the ten best cars you can buy in America. In celebration of the All-Stars award, we took our ten winners on a multi-state road trip from Detroit to New Orleans. Our red Four Seasons coupe represented the Accord, and it acquitted itself well despite running with some heady company.

The All-Stars road trip was the first opportunity that our West Coast editor, Michael Jordan, had to spend time with our Accord. Predictably, his views represent a particular California sensibility: “Google and Tesla have made a lot of headlines with their efforts to build a new kind of car that incorporates all the modern thinking of Silicon Valley, something that looks ahead to simple, well-ordered transportation,” he said. “Well, Google and Tesla are just kidding themselves, because the Honda Accord already embraces the future. It’s affordable, clean, and modern, and even better, it’s here today.”

“When you drive a Honda Accord, it’s like shaking hands with Bill Hewlett and David Packard, who did the whole Silicon Valley thing long, long before Google and Tesla, and did it better too.”

Like other staffers, though, Jordan found our V-6/manual coupe to be “the wrong version of the right car.”

“It’s a sensible sedan turned into a personal luxury car, and this just seems wrong to me,” he said. “Of course, I have to admit that this has always been the classic formula for a personal luxury car, so I should probably just get over it. Fortunately, the Accord coupe V-6 is pretty good at being a Ford Thunderbird. It looks decent, proves genuinely fast, and follows a winding road with some enthusiasm -- until the brakes predictably start smoking.”

That will happen when you send a sensible sedan -- or a personal luxury car -- chasing after the likes of a Porsche Cayman, a Jaguar F-type, or an Audi RS7. Like we said, pretty heady company.

Body style 2-door coupe
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.)$31,415
As tested $33,190

Engine 24-valve SOHC V-6
Displacement 3.5 liters (212 cu in)
Power 278 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 252 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drive Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 18/28/22 (city/hwy/combined)

Steering Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock 2.5 turns
Turning circle 39.0 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
Wheels 18-inch aluminum
Tires Michelin Primacy MXM4
Tire size 235/45R-18 94V

Headroom F/R 37.2/37.2 in
Legroom F/R 42.2/33.7 in
Shoulder room F/R 58.9/55.1 in
Wheelbase 107.3 in
Track F/R 62.4/62.4 in
L x W x H 189.2 x 72.8 x 56.5 in
Passenger capacity 93.1 cu ft
Cargo capacity 13.4 cu ft
Weight 3400 lb
Weight dist. F/R N/A
Fuel capacity 17.2 gal
Est. fuel range 370 miles
Fuel grade 87 octane (regular unleaded)

Standard Equipment

    10-way power driver's seat
    LED DRLs
    Chrome exhaust tips
    18-inch aluminum wheels
    Paddle shifters
    Leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel
    Rearview camera
    7-speaker audio system
    SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription
    Keyless entry and ignition
    Automatic dual-zone climate control
    Heated front seats
    Cruise control
    Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    Auxiliary audio jack
    USB port
    Power sunroof
    Fog lights
    Automatic headlights
    Heated exterior mirrors
    Rear spoiler

Packages & Options   

    Navigation package
    Navigation Steering wheel-mounted controls Song by voice 16GB audio hard drive

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Test Drive: 2015 Honda Fit fits many needs

Honda's Fit small car was a bull's eye from the start in 2006. And it aged very gracefully.

We drove one in 2012 for a TODAY/MotorWeek comparison, and it swept the field despite its age. Good endorsement of the "get it right and leave it alone" approach.

Still, Test Drive is delighted to report that the completely redesigned car is a better Fit.

It's an inch shorter, but has a longer wheelbase, is marginally wider and the unusual center-mounted, underfloor gas tank is reshaped for a better fit. The rear suspension was modified to intrude less into the back seat area.

The 2015 Fit, Honda says, has a remarkable 4.8 inches more rear legroom — about 39 inches, or nearly as much as most cars' front seats. And the back seat now slides further, so you can open more cargo space and still leave enough legroom.

The rear cushions continue to fold up against the backrest to present a tall, open hauling space for that big-screen TV. The seats fold down conventionally, too. And, in so-called "refresh" mode, you can leave the back seat up and fold down everything else to create a chaise lounge for a nap.

Fit does all that and drives nicely. Important because it is, after all, a car.

Steering stays centered nicely, without fussing from the driver, but reacts quickly and smoothly when turned. Steering feel and function are magic arts. Some get it very wrong. Fit gets it right.

The suspension might seem a bit stiff. We found it closer to sporty than to harsh, and not unexpected in a small car. Cornering and stability were agreeable.

We tried the six-speed manual around Manhattan. It shifted smoothly and required little effort; livable in the city.

We spent the rest of the test time in a CVT automatic transmission model in Northern Virginia. We generally loathe CVT gearboxes, but Fit's is acceptable.

It has steering-wheel paddle shifters to let you move through set gear ratios if you wish. And in CVT mode, it drops the engine speed a lot when you let up a little on the gas, as if it were a normal automatic up-shifting. Stomp the gas and it instantly grabs a lower ratio in a way that feels like a conventional downshift.

But floor it from a stop and you still get that slipping-clutch feel and sound until the car speed "catches up" to the CVT setting.

Reasonable people often disagree on matters of taste, but to our eye, the new Fit looks nicer. Less distinctive, but the silhouette's smoother.

The infotainment/connectivity system is wanting and baffling. And that's being generous. A special combo cable with HDMI to feed graphics from your iPhone to the car's 7-inch display screen didn't provide album covers, maps or much of anything.

More messing around might decode the operation. But decoding shouldn't be required. It should be as easy to link and use a phone as it is to start the car.

For those who crave more involvement, we suggest an "Absurd" mode that requires you to dig around all day in illogical, baffling layers of electronic menus.

Fit is aimed at young buyers. We bet a car's a commodity to many and that infotainment is a priority. Once they see how great the electronics suite works in, say, a Chevy Sonic, it could be hard to get them back to the Honda store.

It's heartbreaking for a great little car, which the Fit truly is, to lack a sweet suite of electronics to close the deal.


Space: How do they get so much room in there?

Mileage: Exceeds expectations.

Infotainment: Awkward, not intuitive.


What? Redesign of front-drive, four-door subcompact hatchback with more space, power and gas mileage.

When? On sale since April 14.

Where? Made in Mexico.

How much? Base LX with manual transmission is $16,315, including $790 shipping. That's up $100 from 2014; Honda says it has $1,000 more equipment. Top-end EX-L (leather) with navigation is $21,590.

How many? Honda hopes for a 33% boost to at least 70,000 a year.

How big? An inch or two bigger all around than Chevrolet Sonic, a chief rival, but much roomier inside. Weighs 2,513 to 2,642 lbs. Passenger space, 93.8 cubic feet (except base LX, 95.7 cu. ft.). Cargo space, 16.6 cu. ft. behind rear seat, 52.7 cu. ft. seat folded forward.

Turning circle diameter, 35.1 feet.

What makes it go? 1.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder rated 130 horsepower at 6,500 rpm (vs. 117 hp for previous Fit), 114 pounds-feet of torque at 4,600 (vs. 106 lbs.-ft. previously); six-speed manual or continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission (CVT).

How thirsty? Manual transmission models rated 29 mpg in the city, 37 mpg highway, 32 mpg combined city/highway. Base LX with CVT, 33/41/36. Other CVT models, 32/38/35.

CVT test car: 31.7 mpg (3.15 gallons per 100 miles) in suburban driving, 33.8 mpg (2.96 gal/100 mi) in mix of city, highway, suburbs.

Burns regular, holds 10.6 gal.

Overall: A great little car.


Honda China sales down 3.6% in April

Honda’s China car sales were down 3.6% in April, compared to the same month last year. That follows a 2 percent year-on-year fall in March and a 27.6 percent rise in February. The company’s sales in the first four months of the year came to 222.408 vehicles, up 10.7 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Honda will double the number of car models it sells in China over the next two years to increase market share, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported last week. Honda, which operates car ventures in China with Dongfeng Motor and Guangzhou Automobile, aims to sell 900,000 cars in the country this year, up 18.9 percent from a year earlier.

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Supplier’s electrical woes lead to Honda shutdown

An interruption in Honda’s parts supply chain forced the automaker to suspend second-shift production Thursday at the East Liberty and Marysville auto plants.

Production is back to normal today, Honda spokeswoman Stacey Pond said.

She said Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. officials determined during the first shift that there were not enough parts to supply the second shift's needs.

They used a variety of notification methods to alert about 2,000 production line associates affected by the temporary shutdown.

Honda is not saying what part was unavailable nor identifying the parts supplier.

Ms. Pond said an electrical issue at the supplier’s facility interrupted its production.


When Honda Gave GM One Of History's Most Amazing Smackdowns

This is a story of hubris, determination, emissions, an Impala, and, of course, the amazing Soichiro Honda. It's a reminder that innovation can beat strength, and that the most defining characteristic of any giant is not its size, but it's susceptibility to cleverness.

I'm sort of amazed we've never officially talked about this here on Jalopnik, because it's an amazing story. It's a story you may have heard before, but it's absolutely worth repeating.

The most often cited version of the story is one retold by a former sales rep of American Honda's motorcycle division, a man named G. Duncan. Here's the background: it's 1973, and Honda is about to release their CVCC-engined Civic.

CVCC stands for "Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion" and is, essentially a design that uses prechambers with spark plugs to ignite a richer fuel mixture, which then propagates to the leaner mixture in the combustion chamber in the cylinder. That's a simplification, but the end result is that Honda was able to build engines that met the strict new emissions regulations in the US without the use of heavy, power-robbing, expensive catalytic converters. This was a big deal.

It was such a big deal that Ford and Chrysler had both signed up to license the technology. But not GM. In fact, here's what the CEO of GM, Richard Gerstenberg, said of Honda's technology:3

    "Well, I have looked at this design, and while it might work on some little toy motorcycle engine…I see no potential for it on one of our GM car engines."4

Eventually, this statement got back to the head of Honda, Soichiro Honda. For those of you unfamiliar, Soichiro was an amazingly gifted engineer and a very determined man, starting Honda in a wooden shack making add-on engines for bicycles and eventually turning it into one of the biggest motorcycle and automobile manufacturers in the world. The hidden message here is you don't fucking call his engines "little toys."5

Clearly interested in "one of our GM car engines," Soichiro bought a 1973 Chevy Impala with a big-ass 5.7L V8 and had it air-freighted to Japan. I think you can see where this is heading. Honda instructed his engineers to design and build a CVCC system for the GM V8, and that's exactly what they did: they replaced the intake manifold, cylinder heads, and carburetor of the engine so that it used Honda's CVCC technology. He then had it flown back to Ann Arbor, where it was tested by the EPA.

And you know what? It worked. The system Gerstenberg had derided as only suitable for "some little toy" engine allowed the big, thirsty V8 to pass the new EPA emissions requirements without a catalytic converter. Horsepower remained at 160 HP, and some tests even showed a slight fuel economy improvement. You can see the whole test here, and just for fun, here's the EPA's conclusions:6

It wasn't 100% perfect, of course — NOx emissions were still higher than a catalyst-equipped car, but even so, the CVCC V8 was still massively cleaner than most other engines of the era and easily passed the EPA's requirements. Here's the high-speed results, for example:

So, let's just recap: CEO of GM talks some shit about Honda's technology. The man who founded Honda hears it, and instead of releasing some pissy statement to the press, gets a car from GM themselves and makes it better than they could do themselves. And he lets the EPA prove it.

Then, I imagine, he drops a mic and walks offstage.

Soichiro, you badass.


Record Honda sales from ATL Automotive

KINGSTON, Jamaica — It was a defining moment in Petrena Purser's career as Honda brand manager when she had the pleasure of dining with Honda CEO Takuji Yamada at a recent meeting in Texas. Accompanying her was ATL Automotive's General Manager Sam McKenzie.

The exclusive local dealership was being awarded for its 2013 sales achievements -- Highest Sales Volume for the RHD (right-hand drive) market -- 614 units and Highest Market Share for the Latin America and Caribbean (North) region -- 10.8 per cent.

"I was tempted to pinch myself as I could not believe it was really happening. I was having dinner and conversation with the CEO of Honda," said a blushing Petrena Purser. Still brimming with excitement, she burst into laughter.

American Honda also recognised ATL Automotive for having amassed the highest recorded one-month sales total in the region's RHD history when the dealership delivered 122 units in May 2013 following the first staging of the historic 36-Hour Sale.

"Jamaicans will never want to miss a great deal on a Honda. So when we dropped our prices for those 36 hours last year, Hagley Park Road could not hold the traffic coming in. The CR-V is their favourite model by far, and so it accounted for the majority of the sales total. That's why we were confident in launching our 2014 campaign -- Jamaica Loves Honda. We believe it's the most premium of the Japanese brands and it's the dream of many Jamaicans to own a Honda. This year, we plan to take this brand across the length and breadth of Jamaica to make those dreams come true; staying true to Honda's motto - The Power of Dreams," she said.

Purser, a former sales consultant and supervisor, was nicknamed "great-white" by her colleagues due to her aggressive sales tactics. She's nabbed the coveted Employee of the Year and Supervisor of the Year awards to prove it.

"We are currently number 2 in the new-car industry, but it is my dream to see Honda in the number one position and I won't relent. I have the best sales and service teams in the industry and so the sky is the limit for Honda," she said.


Honda Civic, Hybrid & Natural Gas: Ultimate Guide

The Honda Civic originally made its name in the 1970s, arriving at the perfect time to attract tens of thousands of customers scared out of larger, thirstier vehicles by the oil crisis.

Four decades down the line and the Civic still has a reputation as a gas sipper, though the modern car is unrecognizable from its first-generation counterpart.

Now, you get a choice of ways to be green, by either selecting a regular, gasoline engine, or picking a hybrid or natural gas version. We've collated a selection of articles on the Civic and its various models, to bring you our ultimate guide.

Click here to read a full review of the 2014 Honda Civic

On this page, you can find details of Honda's greenest Civics, the Civic Hybrid and the Civic Natural Gas. Click through to page 2 for more general details on the Civic range. It's just a pity the U.S. doesn't get Europe's ultra-frugal diesel Civic...


2014 Honda Civic Hybrid
44 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 45 mpg combined

The Civic Hybrid is currently the greenest of the Honda Civic range, using a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine, paired to a slim electric motor as part of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system. All that drives through a continuously-variable transmission.

The car is now in its third generation and though the current Civic is nothing to write home about in most areas, it's still one of the most fuel-efficient cars on sale today. Updates for the 2014 model year boosted highway economy, improving its combined figure too.

2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas
27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, 31 mpg combined

Look at the numbers above, and you might wonder what's so green about the Civic Natural Gas. Well, the clue is in the name--although it's a little less fuel-efficient than a regular Civic, natural gas burns more cleanly than petroleum products and emits less CO2 when burned.

Of course, it's less energy dense too, meaning the power and economy figures are nothing special, but it's also relatively cheap and the U.S. has its own natural gas reserves--so there are no foreign oil concerns for buyers.

2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas
27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, 31 mpg combined

Look at the numbers above, and you might wonder what's so green about the Civic Natural Gas. Well, the clue is in the name--although it's a little less fuel-efficient than a regular Civic, natural gas burns more cleanly than petroleum products and emits less CO2 when burned.

Of course, it's less energy dense too, meaning the power and economy figures are nothing special, but it's also relatively cheap and the U.S. has its own natural gas reserves--so there are no foreign oil concerns for buyers.


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IndyCar: Honda wants Ford to reconsider Indy

Honda's IndyCar project leader is optimistic that Ford will reconsider comments made last week in which the American manufacturer ruled out any IndyCar program in the foreseeable future.

Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford and a member of the Ford Motor Company board of directors, was quoted at a private event saying that IndyCar's support base is too small to make it worthwhile. HPD IndyCar project leader Mark Crawford said that he respects Ford's opinion, but that he believes that he has underestimated the value of being involved in the series.

"It's his prerogative to have his opinion on IndyCar racing," Crawford said. "It's certainly good to get it out there. We would welcome any competitor back into the series, and Ford has been a good competitor in the past.

"To Ford specifically, they're welcome to come out here and take a look. I trust that they have, and that's the reason they have the opinion that they do. But look a bit deeper, because I think that the IndyCar Series is a great value. It's great exposure. It's the only place where you can come to run the Indy 500, the biggest race in the world.

"They're welcome out here. Hopefully they reconsider – and if not Ford, someone else."

Both Honda and IndyCar engine rival Chevrolet have been open about their desire for a third manufacturer to enter the series and fill the void left by Lotus, which withdrew after a single uncompetitive season in 2012. Cosworth is actively seeking to put together an IndyCar program, but under series regulations it can only do so if aligned with a manufacturer partner.

The company's marketing director Tom Buckler told AUTOSPORT last month that Cosworth was hoping to continue talks with potential collaborators at the Indianapolis 500, and indicated that the "two or three" manufacturers involved in the current discussions are not U.S.-based.

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Honda to decide the fate of the Euro-spec Accord shortly - report

If a new model is approved, it will likely be a few years off

Honda hasn't said much about the European Accord lately but a new report is indicating the company will soon decide whether or not to build a new model.

Speaking to Car Advice, Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said “I would expect a decision on Accord Euro in the next month or so." There's no word on which direction the company is leaning but Collins told the website "I can guarantee you that we’re fighting to keep our two Accord strategy going because it’s been hugely successful for us. So if there is one that becomes available then we’ll absolutely be going for it.”

While Collins said a lot of details are still up in the air, he confirmed the model would not be based on the Acura TLX or Chinese-spec Spirior. We he went on to say even if the model is approved it would be unlikely to arrive until 2016 at the earliest.
Source: Car Advice


2014 Honda Civic vs 2014 Toyota Corolla
A Rematch of Top Selling Compacts

Last year we compared the just-introduced 2014 Toyota Corolla against the revised 2013 Honda Civic. Synonymous with value-packed motoring, these two compact cars are the top sellers in the segment thanks to a reputation for giving customers exactly what they want.

After the launch of the 2012 Honda Civic, consumers, dealers and the automotive press panned the car for not being the class leader it had once been. Knowing that Toyota was about to launch an all-new Corolla for the 2014 model year, Honda quickly updated the Civic for 2013 and addressed many of its shortcomings.

Back to Drawing Board, Again

2014 Honda Civic interior 7
But that didn’t matter very much because the new Corolla still beat the 2013 Civic in's comparison test last year. Our main complaints with the Civic were its small back seat, comparatively poor fuel economy, higher price tag and unrefined five-speed automatic. Not happy with being second best, Honda went back to the drawing board once again and for 2014, is introducing an unprecedented third straight year of significant revisions to the Civic.

The interior is tweaked once again with new styling and the addition of an available seven-inch Display Audio system, Honda’s “Lanewatch” blind spot camera and smart entry with push button ignition. But the biggest news has to do with the transmission. Much like the Corolla last year, the Civic gains a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for 2014. Not only does this improve the vehicles refinement, but also bumps up fuel economy as well.

Efficiency Dead Heat

Our tester, a Civic EX-L with Navigation, is now officially rated at 30 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway. That is a two MPG improvement in the city over the 2013 Civic EX-L Navi and a one MPG advantage in both categories over the 2014 Corolla S. In real world testing however, the cars are dead even. Both returned a 32.7 MPG mixed driving average after a week in our hands.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Honda Civic Review - Video

2014 Toyota Corolla 2
Even if it’s a wash in terms of fuel economy, the Civic does hold an edge in power. Already making more power than the Corolla last year, the Civic’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine receives a modest bump of three hp and one lb-ft of torque this year bringing the totals to 143 hp and 129 lb-ft. Although that isn’t a huge advantage over the Corolla’s 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, it is still noticeable. There is a more powerful and more efficient version of Toyota’s 1.8-liter engine, but it is only available on the LE-ECO trim level.

Some of the power advantage the Civic possesses is eaten up by a curb weight 65 lbs. heavier than the Corolla. On the road, we were divided over which vehicle was easier to drive. Both cars feature highly boosted steering but the Civic’s smaller diameter steering wheel makes the car feel more nimble.

Two CVTs, Two Different Behaviors

Honda’s new CVT is designed to feel like a traditional automatic much more than the Toyota CVT does. Noticeable shift points complete with momentary pauses have been programmed into the car’s mapping and probably affects fuel economy if only a little.

In the Corolla S, there are paddle shifters and a sport mode included if you want to pretend that you’re shifting gears. The Civic can also come with paddles, but only in the coupe model.

The Civic does feel more capable in corners and tracts straighter at high speeds. However, neither of these are even remotely sporty automobiles. They are simple to drive, reliable cars for general car consumers and as always, both excel at the task.

Space vs Comfort

Honda could only do so much when refreshing the Civic and rebuilding the entire body was out of the question. That means the Civic still trails the Corolla when it comes to interior space. Rear seat passengers in the Toyota enjoy 41.4 inches of legroom, which is more than a five-inch advantage compared to the cramped Civic. It’s the same story with cargo space: the Corolla has an extra half cubic foot of cargo carrying capacity over the Civic’s 12.5 cubic foot trunk.

Corolla Interior 3

Even with less space, the Honda’s ergonomics are better. The seating position and dashboard are better placed for comfortable driving than the Corolla’s ridiculously tall dashboard and comparatively less comfortable seats. Many found the sightlines in the Civic to be better thanks to the side mirrors being mounted to the door and not the A pillars.

Compare Specs
2014 Honda Civic
2014 Toyota Corolla

Vehicle    2014 Honda Civic    Advantage    2014 Toyota Corolla
Engine    1.8 Liter Inline-4    -   1.8 Liter Inline-4
Horsepower    143 hp    Civic    132 hp
Max. Torque    129 lb-ft   Civic    128 lb-ft
Fuel Economy    30 MPG city / 39 MPG hwy    Civic    29 MPG city / 38 MPG hwy
Observed Fuel Economy   32.7 MPG   -    32.7 MPG
Weight   2,930 lbs.    Corolla   2,865 lbs.
Front Legroom   42.0”    -    42.3”
Rear Legroom   36.2”    Corolla    41.4”
Cargo Capacity   12.5 cu. ft.    Corolla    13.0 cu. ft.
Starting Price   $19,180    Corolla    $17,610
As Tested Price   $25,030    Corolla    $23,570
Technology vs. Ease of Use

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The Civic’s optional LaneWatch side-view camera that is infiltrating its way into every Honda product and we couldn’t be happier about that.  Honda’s Display Audio system lacks buttons in favor of an iPhone-like control interface that isn’t as straightforward to use as the Corolla’s system.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Toyota Corolla Review - Video

Corolla Interior 2

While on the topic of Display Audio, it allows owners to access to a limited number of applications including a $60 navigation app. Not only is this convenient, but it actually makes the trim of our test car, the EX-L with Navigation, sort of obsolete.

And that brings us to issue of price. The Corolla begins at a price of $17,160 after destination charges which is over $1,500 cheaper than a base Civic’s price of $19,180. As tested, the gap remains the same with our Corolla S Premium featuring the driver convenience package priced at $23,570 compared to the Civic EX-L with Navi commanding $25,030.

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The Verdict

Unlike last year, there is no clear cut winner anymore. The 2014 Honda Civic has closed the gap on the 2014 Toyota Corolla. While the Corolla is cheaper and offers more room inside, the Civic is more enjoyable to drive and features more leading edge technology. It really comes down to personal priorities and preferences as to which car makes better sense for you. Neither is a bad choice and it’s safe to say their sales battle will rage on for years to come.

2014 Honda Civic


    Improved efficiency
    Better technology
    More powerful engine
    Better driving position


    Small backseat
    More expensive

2014 Toyota Corolla


    Rear seat space
    New interior
    Cheaper price


    Still dull to drive
    Not as much tech
    New engine only on LE ECO
    Steering too loose


Honda to power new Formula Lites open-wheel racing series

Open-wheel racing is almost always incredibly exciting to watch, whether it's the constant passing of the Indy 500 on an oval or the technological tour-de-force from Formula 1. However, both of those disciplines are essentially impossible for a normal person to enter. Of course, there are already cheaper, more amateur-friendly open-wheel competitions, like Formula Vee. A new SCCA Pro Racing series called Formula Lites aims to be a step in the ladder between those, offering a development opportunity to young drivers who want to be professionals.

The series already has some impressive backers. One of the biggest needs is now filled, as Honda has signed on as the engine supplier. All of the cars in Formula Lites will use the company's K24 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The automaker didn't specify power output for the competition engine, but in production models the K24 has made in the neighborhood of 190-200 horsepower in many applications. That should make the racers plenty potent.

All of the cars are using the new carbon fiber FL15 chassis from Crawford Composites, and Pirelli is the series' tire supplier. The organizers' goal for the cars is to keep racing costs down, while offering a reliable platform. Formula Lites plans to start racing with a few events later in 2014, and the full calendar begins in 2015. Scroll down to read the full announcement about Honda's involvement.

Formula Lites Selects Honda Power
05/14/2014 - SANTA CLARITA, Calif.

Engine paired with Crawford FL15 carbon composite chassis

Next step in Honda development ladder from karting and Formula F

Honda Performance Development is pleased that it has been selected to supply Honda's production 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Honda K24 engine to power the new Formula Lites chassis being produced by Crawford Composites for a new racing series promoted by High Performance Group.

Formula Lites is a new professional racing series, headed by motorsports veteran and HPG principals Dennis McCormack and Ryan Arciero, and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. Scheduled to launch at select events in 2014, with a full schedule of events planned for 2015, the series is aimed at developing young, professional drivers.

"We couldn't be more impressed with this Formula Lites car and their plans for the series," said Jeff Barrow, HPD manager, commercial motorsports. "In working with HPG and Crawford Composites, it was their goal to keep costs down and reliability up. I'm happy to say that our production Honda K24 engine will meet their requirements for cost and reliability, and at the same time provide great power to this fantastic looking car. I would expect that many of our current Honda Racing Line participants would love to get behind the wheel of one!"

Created by a design team led by Crawford Composite's Andy Scriven at the company's Denver, N.C. headquarters, the Formula Lites carbon composite chassis is built to current FIA Formula 3 technical regulations, including state-of-the-art electronics and an in-house designed paddleshift transmission system.

"Crawford Composites is absolutely delighted to have one of our long-standing partners, Honda Performance Development, providing the engines for the new Crawford FL15," said Max Crawford, president of Crawford Composites. "HPD produces some of the top engines in motorsports, and their long-standing commitment to auto racing has been tremendous. Together, the Crawford FL15 will be exceptionally affordable and, at the same time, a high tech vehicle enabling young drivers to continue to elevate their racing skills in the new Formula Lites series."

Series organizer High Performance Group is headed by racing veteran Dennis McCormack, who began his motorsports career in 1968. Working his way up through the ranks as a mechanic, crew chief, team manager and eventually an Indy car team owner with the formation of McCormack Motorsports.

"We are pleased to announce HPD as the official engine supplier to the Formula Lites series," said Dennis McCormack. "HPD is a leader in motorsports development and has a history of promoting grass roots racing. Their commitment to Formula Lites will give drivers an opportunity to take the next step in professional racing."

More information on the Formula Lites Series and the Crawford FL15 can be found at and on FaceBook at

About Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company. Today, HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets up to Indy cars and prototype sports cars; and showcases "fun to drive" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.

No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCars, which includes 205 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.

HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships.The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and since 2010 has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 private team class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race and crate engines. Its customers range from grass roots to pinnacle motorsports. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and street performance product lines, please visit

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Honda releases updated N-One super-compact

An updated version of Honda's popular and adorable premium super-compact, the N-One, went on sale in Japan on Friday.

Unlike traditional mid-generational refreshes, the N-One's does not come with a facelift. That's because the car trades primarily on its exterior design, a throwback to the 1967 Honda N360. The retro body shares Honda's N-series kei car platform, which also underpins the more conventional N-Wgn and the high-roof N-Box. Instead, the N-One's update adds more safety features, better fuel economy, and mod cons.

The new N-One adopts Honda's City-Brake Active System, basically a rear-end collision warning that alerts drivers to an impending crash. If the driver fails to respond, brakes are automatically applied. The system also controls engine output to prevent unintended acceleration if the driver mashes the go pedal while there's obstacle within four meters of the front of the car. Side curtain airbags are also now standard.

The city car now also gets 67 mpg, thanks to reduced friction and improved thermal efficiency from its 660cc DOHC three-cylinder. Output is still capped at 67hp per kei car standards, and the engine is mated to a CVT on both front- and all-wheel-drive models. Curb weight ranges from 1,852 to 2,028 lbs depending on options.

The glass now boasts both UV and infrared blocking technology, the latter to reduce heat transferred into the cabin by sunlight. Sharp Electronics' Plasmacluster air filtering system, which claims to reduce allergens and sterilizes mold, is now standard as well.

Lastly, two new colors, Fresh Lime Metallic (available with an optional white roof) and Horizon Turquoise Pearl (available with an optional silver roof), are now available, bringing the color combo count to 25. Sadly, Honda has no plans to export this stylish city runabout to the US.

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Honda Accord Hybrid misses 47 mpg label, Consumer Reports finds

LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co.’s gasoline-electric Accord is the most fuel-efficient U.S. mid-size sedan yet doesn’t get its window sticker average, Consumer Reports found, making it the latest hybrid to fall short in the magazine’s road tests.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid, priced from $29,155, averaged 40 miles (64 kilometers) per gallon of gasoline in combined city and highway driving, Consumer Reports said today in a statement. That may disappoint buyers expecting the car to achieve its Environmental Protection Agency city/highway window sticker rating of 47 mpg, the magazine said. Such labels are intended to show the actual fuel economy for new cars and trucks.

“We’ve found that the EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel economy of hybrids,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports. The magazine also said Honda’s hybrid scored lower than the four-cylinder engine gasoline version due to ride comfort, emergency handling and cabin noise issues.

The lackluster review comes after Consumer Reports found a significant shortfall in the fuel economy of Ford Motor Co.’s Fusion and C-Max hybrids in 2012. While the magazine and other reviewers say EPA tests don’t accurately reflect real-world driving conditions, particularly after Ford, Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. restated fuel ratings for some models, the agency hasn’t revised its methods.


IndyCar penalizes Honda, teams, drivers for unapproved engine changes prior to Indy 500

Officials of the Verizon IndyCar Series on Wednesday afternoon announced a number of penalties (but no monetary fines) to Honda as a manufacturer, as well as several Honda drivers and team owners for unapproved engine changes prior to the Indianapolis 500.

Here’s the official statement from IndyCar:

    INDYCAR announced today that Honda has been penalized a total of 50 Engine Manufacturer Championship points per Verizon IndyCar Series rules for violation of Rule 16.5.1 (engine change under mileage).

    Honda engines were changed out in the Nos. 14 (Takuma Sato/A.J. Foyt Racing), 15 (Graham Rahal/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), 19 (Justin Wilson/Dale Coyne Racing), 27 (James Hinchcliffe/Andretti Autosport) and 34 Carlos Munoz/Andretti Autosport) entries. Each occurrence is a 10-point penalty incurred by the manufacturer.

    Also, engine changes in the No. 5 (Jacques Villeneuve/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), No. 16 (Oriol Servia/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), No. 41 (Martin Plowman/A.J. Foyt Racing) and No. 68 (Alex Tagliani/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) cars violated Rule 16.5.1 (entrant initiated engine change under mileage).

    Each entrant and driver has been assessed a 10-point penalty, according to Verizon IndyCar Series rules.

    Members may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

Honda powered 19 cars in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, including race-winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and others such as Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Kurt Busch, Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, Pippa Mann, Carlos Huerta, Simon Pagenaud and Mikhail Aleshin.


Honda, Toyota, BMW Tops For Diversity Market

The evolution of the U.S. demographic profile kind of looks like what has happened to the U.S. auto market over the past 14 years, but in slow motion: whites (Euro-Americans?) are -- like the former Big Three -- shrinking in share while the imports are gaining. Pew Research estimates that by 2050 or so, those of European provenance will be 47% of the population, versus 67% now. Hispanics will be about 30% of the population, African-Americans 13% and Asians about 9%.

Although Asians (heterogeneously speaking) are under 5% of the U.S. population, they are the best-educated and most-affluent subgroup of Americans. Their numbers grew 43% between 2000 and 2010, per U.S. Census statistics, as did the number of Hispanic Americans in that period.

Car marketers, take note: Strategic Vision diced its 2014 New Vehicle Experience Study around similarities and differences of various ethnic groups to get a bead on which brands are popular with Asians, African-Americans and Hispanics. The review is based on over 525,000 respondents who self-reported their ethnicity.

While Honda, Toyota and BMW all were most likely to be “definitely considered” in a future vehicle choice across the three ethnicities in Strategic Vision’s study, the magnitude of their consideration varied drastically by ethnicity. For African-Americans, BMW was the brand most often cited as a future vehicle choice. Thirty-seven percent of study respondents who identified as African-American said they would definitely consider a BMW. The U.S. industry average was 23%.

For future "definitely would consider" brands, BMW, Honda, Lexus, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz were the top five brands for African-Americans. Toyota, Honda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi topped out for Latinos. For Asians, the top brands were Honda, Toyota. Lexus, BMW and Mercedes. By contrast, the entire market -- regardless of ethnicity -- awards Honda and Toyota the number one and two positions, respectively, followed by Ford, BMW and Chevrolet.

Toyota enjoys the biggest market share among Asian American and Hispanic consumers and is number two among African-Americans. Nissan has the most share among African-Americans, but is third in market share behind Honda among Hispanics and Asian Americans. Chevrolet is third in share among African-Americans and fifth among Latinos. Ford is either fourth or fifth in share among all three groups.

Looking forward, things change. The directional picture brings in other brands. To get a perspective on where auto brand share among the three groups might be heading, the firm took current market share of each brand among Hispanics, Asian Americans and African-Americans, and indexed those numbers with sales growth for the groups versus sales growth in the general market.

From that perspective, Dodge, Nissan, Chrysler, Cadillac and Kia enjoy the best outlook in the African-American market; Nissan, VW, Dodge, Honda and Hyundai lead for Latinos; and BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, Toyota and Honda have the top share among Asian Americans.

Strategic Vision also looked at emotional and practical auto attributes. Shared by Asian Americans, Latino Americans and African-Americans is the desire to have a vehicle that's "cool," the second-most-indexed images for a vehicle purchased by all three groups. Family oriented, powerful and classy are the top image drivers, respectively, for the three groups.


Honda Accord 'most stolen' car for 5th year in a row

Honda Accord owners beware: LoJack reports your car is the most stolen vehicle in the country for the fifth year in a row.

Honda's Civic came in at number 2 followed by Toyota's Camry and Corolla and the Chevy Silverado. Acura's Integra, the Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-350, Nissan Altima and Chevy Tahoe rounded out the top 10 list.

These are also some of the most popular models on the road, which may explain why so many are stolen.

If you want to avoid being a crime victim, buy a turquoise color car. That's the least likely to be stolen.


Hyundai-Kia beats Honda as 'greenest' automaker

Combined car company Hyundai-Kia, both owned by South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group, overtook Honda Motor as the "greenest" automaker in the U.S., according to a report today by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

For the first time since UCS began tracking the environmental friendliness of automakers in 1998, all eight major companies it rates improved their scores in the past year.

Hyundai and Kia are marketed as two separate brands in the U.S. and are operated separately. Elsewhere, they are considered two brands sold by a single, combined automaker.

The rankings lean heavily on vehicles' tailpipe emissions.

Key to the Hyundai-Kia championship: "Turbocharging and downsizing engines in a number of its models while also introducing hybrid-electric versions of two of its top-selling vehicles, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima," UCS said.

STORY: Hyundai sets $499 lease for 2015 fuel-cell Tucson

Honda leads in a number of categories, but hasn't kept up with fast-moving "green" targets with its Accord in the mid-size category, UCS said, even though Accord is available as a gas-electric hybrid.

Honda finished second in the report card.

Third was a three-way tie: Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen.

UCS said, "The Detroit Three – Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler – continue to bring up the rear, as they have in every automaker ranking.

"However, some domestic automakers are making greater strides than others. Ford led the Detroit automakers while achieving the greatest percent reduction in smog-forming emissions of any manufacturer evaluated.

"The company also enjoyed strong improvements in global warming emissions due to its increased use of hybrids and its focus on smaller, turbocharged engines in vehicles ranging from the Ford Focus sedan to its iconic, best-selling large pick-up, the F-150, demonstrating that fuel-economy gains are possible across an automaker's entire fleet".


Honda revamps ordering system to give dealers cars they want

LOS ANGELES -- Ever order a Big Mac at McDonald's and get a fish sandwich instead?

If so, you understand the limitations of the typical car dealer's inventory-ordering system. What the dealer wants and what the factory is able to build often are miles apart, leading to frustration when the wrong car shows up on the lot.

Honda aims to better bridge that gap this week, when it launches the APEX inventory system.

APEX -- for Allocation Preferencing and Exchange -- is the result of five years of software coding and deliberations among dealers, the factory and Honda's field staff. The system will give dealers more flexibility in ordering vehicles, changing vehicle specifications before the units are built and swapping vehicles with other retailers before the units are in transit.

"When dealers request changes to an order, we put constraints on what they are able to change," said Mike Ike, Honda sales and production planner. "When they go into APEX, they are seeing all the capacity the factory has. If we can't give them their No. 1 choice, they can at least pick the second or third option. It allows much better inventory planning."

APEX "will get us more of the cars we really want," said Brad Mugg, general manager of Honda's top-selling dealership, Norm Reeves Honda, in Cerritos, Calif.

Most importantly, APEX gets Honda closer to the goal of having its retail system driven by dealers' orders rather than what the factory churns out, said Dennis Manns, Honda's vice president of sales and logistics planning.

For nearly 20 years, Honda and Acura dealers have processed vehicle orders and shipments from the factory with a computerized system called MOVE, for Market Oriented Vehicle Environment.

When MOVE was launched, it was ahead of its time in helping Honda dealers accurately place orders with the factory. But that was when Honda sold only a few nameplates with limited trim levels, built at two U.S. factories. As the number of Honda vehicles increased -- along with the complexity of specifications, option packages and the production base -- software engineers made temporary fixes to keep the system running.

MOVE had its limitations. As build complexity grew, dealers stopped getting the vehicles they wanted. In the time between a dealer's order and the production run, a request for a red, front-wheel-drive Pilot LX might be filled with a black, all-wheel-drive Pilot EX.

With APEX, Manns said, dealers will get "the right cars at the right place at the right time."

Among areas of improvement:

n Capturing true dealer demand, in terms of aggregating what dealers desire in model, color, trim, transmission and other key options, and matching it to future assembly. "We don't want to offer something we can't supply. It's what we are able to produce and can be instantly confirmed in real time," Manns said.

n Confirming the vehicles coming down the assembly line, which a dealer can see in real time. Under MOVE, build confirmation took two weeks. With APEX, confirmation ostensibly happens instantly, with formal confirmation three days later.

n Incorporating seasonal fluctuations into dealers' turn-and-earn allocations, so in winter, for instance, snow belt dealers get fewer vehicles while Florida dealers with an influx of snowbirds receive more.

n Creating a "marketplace" in which dealers can exchange incoming product, which is then tied in to Honda's factory capacity and production runs. Such an exchange is limited to a specific nameplate -- a blue Civic LX for a red Civic EX, for instance -- but APEX allows this to happen before the car is loaded on a transporter.

"We will always have dealer trades, but this is more about fine-tuning your inventory system," Manns said.

n Helping dealers create a model for future inventory, by tracking and profiling the nuances of their past ordering preferences and selling rates.

Honda representatives have been on a monthlong, 28-city roadshow, training 3,000 Honda and Acura dealership employees how to use the system.

But for all the changes and improvements, APEX uses much the same user interface as MOVE, but with more functionality.

"We didn't want something foreign to them, to be teaching them Latin," Manns said. "The drivers and software are the big difference. We just needed to have a system that could keep up with the pace and be more market responsive."

Norm Reeves' Mugg agreed. "The old system was user-friendly, so I'm glad they didn't change the look and feel," he said. "They just enhanced it. It's a big step forward."


Thai unrest spurs Honda unit to cut output and delay new plant

(Reuters) - The Thai unit of Honda Motor Co (7267.T) has cut production at its Ayutthaya plant to 60 percent of capacity to reflect weak domestic demand, voicing concerns sales may fall short of its target this year after months of political unrest.

Thailand's auto sector, southeast Asia's biggest, is one of the more visible victims of the weakened economy and unrest which culminated on Thursday in army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha taking control of the government in a coup.

The sector has fired more than 30,000 subcontracted workers this year and slashed production, as sales plunge after months of political unrest that threatens to drive some manufacturers offshore.

The Japanese carmaker has also decided to delay by between six months and a year the startup of a new $530 million plant from its previously planned April 2015 date, said Pitak Pruittisarikorn, executive vice president at Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co.

"We have been worried about the unfavorable conditions since earlier this year, both economic and the political situation," he told reporters on the sidelines of a marketing event.

The Ayutthaya plant has an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles, while the new plant under construction in Prachinburi will have an annual capacity of 120,000 vehicles, he said.

The production cut, which involved scrapping overtime shifts, reflects weaker demand and aims to clear unsold stock, Pitak said, adding its inventories were now back to normal.

Pitak said Honda's sales in Thailand may miss a target of 160,000 vehicles this year, while overall domestic sales are likely to fall below 1 million vehicles.

Domestic auto sales in April dropped 33.2 percent on the year, according to data from the Federation of Thai Industries.

Sales fell 7.7 percent to 1.33 million cars in 2013.

Domestic sales have declined since the ending in 2012 of a government first-car subsidy scheme, which had boosted sales 81 percent that year.

This version of the story corrects domestic sales target in paragraph 8 to 160,000 vehicles.


IAB Report – Honda Mobilio launch officially confirmed in July

Pictures published on enthusiast forums reveal that trial production started a few weeks ago at the Greater Noida facility. The Brio-based MPV was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. It was shown in Indonesia for the first time in September last year, and is on sale in the archipelago for three months, with over 25,000 examples already on the roads.

It is a given that the Mobilio will launch in petrol and diesel variants. The diesel engine would be the same 1.5-liter i-DTEC mill that is powering the Amaze and City, which imaginably should return the best fuel efficiency for an MPV in India, as it has done for the other two cars.

Top-end variants of the MPV will get dual front airbags, ABS, alloy wheels, steering-mounted controls, rear wash/wipe and defogger as standard.

Honda said at the Auto Expo that the Mobilio will appeal to MPV customers and buyers of sedans and SUVs.

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UK Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Survey Finds the Germans Leading the Way

The Germans seem to have been on the upswing in consumer satisfaction surveys, like the established UK-based WhatCar?/JD Power study, with their familiar blend of excellent perceived quality, simple designs that age well and the promise of reliability.

Things may not always hold true for the latter, but the fact that VW Group managed to snag the first three positions in the standings must mean something.

Therefore, the most appreciated cars of 2014, in the UK, are the VW Up!, the VW Golf Plus and the Skoda-badged Yeti crossover.

Making up the rest of the top ten, the other cars are, in order, the Mercedes C-Class, VW Scirocco and Tiguan, Lexus CT200h, Skoda Octavia, Volvo V70/XC70 and (strangely, given its previously bad rep for reliability and durability), the Jaguar XF – they must have fixed enough of its problems with the facelift to make it better in meaningful ways.

At the bottom end of the tables, counting back from spot 109 to 100, we have the Chevy Spark, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Citroen C3, BMW X1, Ford Ka, Fiat Grande Punto, Citroen C4, Smart ForTwo, Ford Fusion and Citroen C1.

A heap of other lists was also compiled based on the information gathered, and they are posted below.





Honda delays 2015 Fit launch amid assembly difficulties in Mexico

Honda has reportedly confirmed that its 2015 Fit is still not ready to arrive in the US market, falling behind the initial April launch expectation.

The Japanese automaker appears to have encountered difficulty ramping up production at its new assembly facility in Mexico, where the Fit is being manufactured in North America for the first time.

Quality inspectors reportedly discovered deficiencies in the first batch of Fit subcompacts that arrived in the US, forcing the company to fix the cars and reevaluate its manufacturing processes to prevent the problems from recurring.

"We were not in a panic situation," Honda spokesman Chris Martin told Automotive News. "We had a plan to do this if needed."

The company suggests the 2015 Fit has been selling in Japan without any problems with domestic production. The Mexican factory is said to rely on workers for many tasks that are handled by robots in Japan, however.

Martin claims Fits rolling off the assembly line in Celaya now meet all quality guidelines. Dealers are expected to begin receiving the vehicles sometime in mid June.

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Honda Accord still best-selling car to individuals in first quarter

Honda claims the Accord sedan maintained its status as the best-selling car to individuals in the US market for the first quarter of the year.

The qualifier "to individual car buyers" suggests Toyota's Camry may still take the crown for overall sales, which includes fleet purchases. The claims are based on Honda's analysis of new-vehicle registration data from analyst firm IHS Automotive.

Aside from the Accord, Honda boasts that three of its other top-selling models -- the Civic, CR-V and Odyssey -- led their segments in retail registrations for the first quarter of the year. The Accord maintained a small margin of less than 1,000 units over its nearest competitor, however the Civic was the outright winner in the small-car segment by more than 10,000 units.

"We're thrilled to be leading the pack in the first lap around the track in 2014," said Jeff Conrad, senior VP of the Honda Division.

The Accord held the same position among cars in 2013. In contrast, Ford shipped more than twice as many F-150 pickups to take the prize for best-selling vehicle.

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2015 Honda Fit hits the China auto market

The 2015 Honda Fit has been launched on the China car market, featuring a very busy grille with only one tiny chrome strip. Price for the new Honda starts at 73.800 yuan and ends at 112.800 yuan, positioning the Fit straight into one of the most competitive segments of the Chinese auto market.

The Honda Fit is manufactured in China by the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture, it debuted in April on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The Fit is available with only one engine: a 1.5 liter four-cylinder with 131hp and 155nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT. The old 1.3 has been deleted.

Honda sales are a bit down lately, so a lot is expected from the new Fit. Honda also plans to launch the new Odyssey within is year and is working on an exciting China-only sporty sedan.


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Honda viewed as top-quality brand, survey says

Honda and Mercedes-Benz are viewed as the highest quality auto brands, according to a new report.

The survey of customer perceptions was released this week by ALG, the analytics subsidiary of

"When consumers buy a car, brand perception directly impacts how quickly the vehicle will depreciate," said Larry Dominique, president of ALG, in a statement. "Many consumers lack any real experience with the brand, so there is often a gulf between perception and reality. When deciding on a car purchase, consumers need to consider more than just build quality – they need to consider how the brand is perceived in the marketplace."

Honda was best among mainstream brands, followed by Toyota and Volkswagen. Mercedes-Benz was best for luxury brands, followed by Lexus and BMW.

The results were based on a survey of 30,000 recent car buyers, asking the buyers for their views of brands other than the ones they had just purchased.


Cummings Captures 2014 Honda Award

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings has been named the Honda Sports Award winner for women's lacrosse, announced by Chris Voelz, executive director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) Thursday.

Cummings is the 2014 Tewaaraton Award winner and a two-time IWLCA first-team All-American. She is the first female sophomore to ever win the Tewaaraton. A product of Ellicott City, Md., she helped Maryland earn a national championship and led the Terrapins in goals scored (63), draw controls (128), ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (30).

“I am so honored and humbled to win the prestigious Honda Award,” Cummings said. “I want to thank my coaches and teammates for an amazing season and for helping me continue to grow both as a student-athlete and as a person. The future is bright for Maryland women’s lacrosse and I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of it.”

A U.S. Women’s National Team member, she earned All-ACC honors for a second time and was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after Maryland captured its sixth consecutive conference title. Additionally, she was named the NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player after her performance in the final four.

“I’m incredibly proud of Taylor and the magnificent season she put together for us in our championship run,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Taylor shows a strong commitment to success both on the field and in the classroom and, even as a sophomore, is a leader for our team. This is a tremendous honor not just for Taylor but for our entire program.”

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.”  With this honor, Cummings becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup. Cummings was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Shannon Gilroy (Florida), Alyssa Murray (Syracuse) and Kayla Treanor (Syracuse).

The Honda Cup winner will be announced during the live telecast of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards show presented by Honda at 8 pm EST, on Monday, June 30, at the USC Founders Club at Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.  Honda Sports award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.   Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.


Honda Dominates Best-Sellng Cars With Just Three Models

To figure out why Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC) continues to be a threat to the market shares of Toyota Corp. (NYSE: TM), Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), there is no need to look beyond its product line-up. It had three of the 20 best-selling vehicles in May. And its dominance has been earned without a full-sized pickup, which is a huge advantage for each one of the Big Three.

The top-selling vehicles in America were pickups. With the exception of Toyota’s Camry, the Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverado and Chrysler’s Ram outsell any car. Just below them in sales are a dozen cars that are relatively small, inexpensive and fuel-efficient. Manufacturers cannot do well without a significant presence in this portion of the market.

Honda’s model line covers each of the segments that make up most of the top 20 sellers. Its Accord, part of the mid-sized, high gas mileage portion of the market was the fourth best-selling vehicle in the United States last month. It comes in four versions — a coupe, a sedan, a plug-in and a hybrid. That is as broad a spread of models as any other brand has. And the Accord is cheap, with a base price of $23,625. Honda sold 38,107 Accords last month.

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Honda sold 36,089 Civic models in May. The Civic comes in seven versions, which, like the Accord, include a coupe, sedan and hybrid. It sits in the low-priced small car segment and has a price tag as low as $18,190. It was the seventh best-selling vehicle in the United States last month.

The tenth best-selling vehicle in the United States last month was Honda’s tiny SUV, the CR-V. Honda sold 32,430 of these. The CR-V has a base price of $23,120, and has a hybrid version.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Honda’s success is that it only offers six vehicles in America. That is far fewer than Ford, GM, Chrysler and even Nissan. It has leveraged its small model line into a dominant position, which makes it extraordinary among major manufacturers.

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Honda has at least two advantages that help it. The first is how cleverly it has positioned its vehicles among the segments of the market that represent the most sales among cars, light trucks, sports cars and SUV/Crossovers. The other is that it has established a level of brand quality that can only be matched by Toyota. In the most recent J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, it had six vehicles (virtually its entire model line, its Acura luxury brand included) to Toyota’s seven (which includes its Lexus luxury line) to GM’s eight. Of course, GM has more brands and more models than any other car company selling vehicles in the United States.

It is reasonable to say that Honda management has done a better job of making and positioning vehicles in America than any other company. It has leveraged this into sales per model that are almost certainly the envy of its competitors.


Can Honda Motor Co. Grow Without the Yen Effect ?

Japanese automaker Honda reported respectable numbers in the fiscal year ended March, with both revenue and profit thriving from the weak yen. But as its effect wanes, how's the company placed to perform over the coming quarters? True, Honda is working hard to control cost and also planning new vehicle launches to maintain its sales momentum, but is that enough?

Takeaways from the yearly performance
Honda reported revenue of 11.8 trillion yen ($116 billion at current exchange rates) for the fiscal year ended March 2014, up 19.9% from last year. The automobile and motorcycle segments posted unit sales growth of 7.7% and 9.9%, respectively, while the power products business dipped 0.6%.

Auto sales got a boost from Asia, with volumes rising 18.2% year over year to 818,000 units in Japan and 14.6% to 1.2 million units elsewhere. In Japan, buyers lapped up the remodeled Fit that was launched in September, while the N-series' N-WGN, the compact SUV Vezel, and the fully refurbished Odyssey found takers as well. Sales also leaped as customers hurriedly bought vehicles in March to dodge an 8% sales tax that began in April.

Honda Odyssey. Source: Honda Motor Co.

India was the other bright spot, with volumes up 83% to 134,339 units, owing to the popularity of the compact sedans, the Amaze and the City. In North America sales grew 1.5% to 1.8 million units, and Europe remained flat at 169,000 units.

Asia dominated the motorcycle segment with 14% year-over-year volume growth during the fiscal year. The CB Shine and Active models sold big in India, and the former became the best-selling 125cc motorcycle in the world, recording 3 million units sold.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies paid off as a weaker yen brought home a net profit of 574.1 billion yen ($5.65 billion), up 56.4% from previous year. Operating income of 750.2 billion yen ($7.38 billion) was 37.7% higher than fiscal 2013 driven by the higher sales and favorable currency. Though operating expenses rose during the year, it was more than compensated by the increased sales volume and favorable model mix.

Cash from operating activities was 1.2 trillion yen ($11.8 billion), an improvement from the previous fiscal year's 800.7 billion yen. But free cash flow generation plunged further to 479.5 billion yen ($4.72 billion) as the company spent heavily on capex.

Fiscal year 2014 was good for Japanese carmakers primarily due to the benefits available to them thanks to currency exchange rates. Honda's average conversion rate was 100 yen per dollar compared with 83 yen per dollar in fiscal year 2013, which increased the amount of overseas profits when converted to yen. But in fiscal 2015, the company expects the yen to remain stable. Without factoring in the benefits from the currency exchange rates, it has forecast only a modest 3.6% growth in net income to 595 billion yen for fiscal year 2015, no match for this year's bumper profits.

The company's also facing stiff competition in the U.S. auto industry -- its largest market accounting for 40% of total sales. In the last four months, sales of Honda vehicles in the U.S. were down 3.3% to 405,740 units despite the heavy incentives that it's offering. Bloomberg reports that Honda's incentives increased 42% year over year to $2,010 in the first quarter of 2014, way ahead of the 7.4% increase recorded by the industry.

Honda expects its sales volume to remain flat at 1.8 million units in North America in fiscal year 2015. It's hoping that sales in Japan (172,000 units) and the rest of Asia (304,000 units) will compensate for this weakness in its largest market. This could take Honda's overall sales to 4.8 million units from the current level of 4.3 million units; yet its target of 6 million vehicle sales by 2016-2017 still remains a distant dream.

Time-tested strategies
On a positive note, Honda understands that unveiling fresh cars is crucial for pushing sales, while keeping costs under control is essential for boosting profitability, and it's working hard on both of these factors.

In fiscal year 2014, it successfully launched the third-generation Honda Fit in Japan and China (in India it is labeled the Jazz). Soon the new Fit will make its appearance in North America together with the compact SUV -- the HR-V -- that sells as the Vezel in Japan. In China, Honda also launched the Crider and Jade models, and plans to roll out nine new or remodeled cars over the next two years to bolster sales and increase market share.

Honda Fit. Source: Honda Motor Co.

Also, the carmaker has deployed several methods on the cost reduction front. These include sharing platforms among models to improve efficiency and lower development costs, and reducing the production cost of hybrids, which are generally higher than costs associated with producing conventional cars. The company also reduced its pension benefit from January, and has even implemented lean production in its manufacturing processes.

It achieved cost savings of 15 billion yen ($147.5 million) in fiscal year 2014 and is trying to continue the momentum. While cost savings will not give a similar boost to earnings as the currency exchange rate benefits, it will definitely aid profitability in the future.

Foolish takeaway
Honda did well in fiscal year 2014, but sustaining its growth rate could be difficult once the benefits from currency exchange rates moderate. It's also in bit of a rut in the U.S. and needs to accelerate sales. But management is aware of the challenges, and is aggressively cutting costs and bringing out new models to generate sustainable growth.

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Honda Launches Integrated Marketing Campaign to Promote Annual ‘Checkered Flag’ Sales Event

Campaign features special appearance by IndyCar driver James HinchcliffeHonda offers Canadians weekly payments; first time in company history.

MARKHAM, Ontario — To bring attention to Honda’s unique corporate culture rooted in racing and the manufacturer’s title sponsorship of the Honda Indy Toronto, the brand is promoting its popular ‘Checkered Flag’ annual sales event with a 30-second commercial spot launching today, starring IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe. The famed driver acts as a Honda Civic Si driver and is challenged to a driving skills test by a second Si driver.

Honda’s fully integrated marketing campaign will include online, TV and various social media platforms, designed to heighten the awareness of the Honda brand, while also promoting Honda’s injection of racing innovation into every product it sells. The full 30-second commercial featuring IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, will debut on Canadian television screens today and will run until July 31. To view the TV commercial, please visit: A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the commercial can be found by visiting:

“Honda is leveraging its exciting relationship with IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and its proud title sponsorship of the Honda Indy Toronto, to broaden awareness of Honda’s racing heritage and the annual ‘Checkered Flag’ sales event,” said Dave Jamieson, Assistant Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “This humorous commercial gives us the opportunity to bring attention to Honda’s racing spirit and the advanced technology and performance found in all of our Honda vehicles.”

The ‘Checkered Flag’ sales event runs from June 3 to July 31, 2014 at all Honda dealerships across the country and offers Canadians attractive purchasing options for all Honda products. This year’s event will introduce Honda’s first retail offering of weekly payments in its Canadian history.

Honda Canada and James Hinchcliffe entered into a partnership where the ‘Mayor of Hinchtown’ will work with Honda to promote the Honda brand across Canada. Hinchcliffe will be featured in various Honda product advertising, promotions and social media throughout the year, including the Honda Indy Toronto. The relationship was officially launched in February 2014, as Hinchcliffe made a surprise appearance and participated in the official Canadian unveiling of the 2015 Honda Fit at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto.

About Honda
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 6.5 million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and currently build Honda Civic and CR-V models. Honda Canada has invested more than $3 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.98 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.9 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.

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Honda to double parts sourcing from India; eyes over Rs 800 crore

TAPUKARA (RAJASTHAN): Japanese car giant Honda plans to nearly double sourcing of auto components, including engine parts, from India to over Rs 800 crore during 2014-15.

The company's wholly-owned subsidiary Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) is also planning to double exports of vehicles from the country to other parts of the world.

"We are targeting to increase our component exports and it will be nearly doubled. It will cross Rs 800 crore during the current fiscal," HCIL Senior Vice President (Marketing and Sales) Jnaneswar Sen told PTI here.

The company had clocked a revenue of Rs 420 crore from export of components in 2013-14.

HCIL exports different components, including crank shaft, cylinder head and transmission, from its manufacturing unit at Tapukara in Rajasthan to other global subsidiaries of Honda in markets such as South East Asia, Latin America and the UK.

Talking about vehicle exports, HCIL Senior Vice President and Director (Sales and Marketing) Shigeru Yamazaki said: "We are looking to double car exports from India during this financial year. It should cross 10,000 units in 2014-15."

The company had shipped around 5,500 vehicles last fiscal to mainly South Africa, besides Nepal and Bhutan. HCIL exported its small car Brio and sedan Amaze.

Honda has also started selling the India-made City in South Africa.

When asked if the company's upcoming MPV Mobilio will also be exported, Yamazaki said: "Yes, Mobilio may also be exported. It will depend on demand. However, our priority is India."

The company will launch the seven-seater Mobilio in July in both petrol and diesel options in India.

Earlier, HCIL had said it would increase output from its Tapukara plant by starting a second production shift in seven to eight months to help meet its target of an almost 50 per cent jump in sales to 2 lakh units in 2014-15.

The company may also consider ramping up the installed capacity of the plant in the next two-three years as it targets sales of 3 lakh units a year by 2016-17 as part of its aim to sell 60 lakh vehicles globally in the same period.

Honda currently rolls out 60,000 units a year in one shift from the 450-acre Tapukara facility. The total installed capacity of the plant is 1.2 lakh units in two shifts.

HCIL also has a facility at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, which can produce 1.2 lakh cars every year.


Honda Super Cub first vehicle to receive 3D trademark in Japan

The term "iconic" gets thrown around a lot, but if there was ever a design worthy of the honorific, surely it's the Honda Super Cub. That's not just our opinion, though: it's the official word from the Japanese Patent Office, which has recognized the classic scooter's shape with a three-dimensional trademark.

The category was introduced in Japan back in 1997 to immortalize distinctive designs, and is subject to very strict criteria. In fact, this marks the first time it has been applied to a vehicle – and one of the few industrial products to be awarded the recognition.

Little wonder it was applied to this little wonder, too. With over 87 million units made since its introduction in 1958, Honda claims the Super Cub to be "the world's largest selling vehicle," with production taking place at 15 factories in 14 countries and sales in 160 markets around the world.


The iconic design and shape of the world's largest selling vehicle, Honda's Super Cub scooter, has been recognised with it becoming the first vehicle in Japan to be granted a three-dimensional trademark.

Introduced in Japan in 1997, three-dimensional trademarks can be granted to a product which has acquired distinctiveness through long and extensive use. Very strict criteria is applied to registrations, and the Super Cub becomes one of very few industrial products to achieve such status.

A key determining factor for the Japan Patent Office when considering the very rare endorsement was the consistent design concept which Honda has maintained with the Super Cub over more than 50 years since it was introduced in 1958; while continuously achieving functional improvements throughout its long history.

The Super Cub is the world's largest selling vehicle, with cumulative worldwide production reaching 87 million units* as of March 2014, and sales across more than 160 countries.

Honda Super Cub production

Honda is currently producing the Super Cub series at 15 production plants in 14 countries around the world; most notably Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, China, Nigeria and Japan. Cumulative worldwide production figures are as follows:

10 million units* - August 1974

50 million units* - December 2005

60 million units* - April 2008

87 million units* – March 2014


Honda of America Mfg Spotlights Auto Quality Engineer in Video Series

MARYSVILLE, OH--June 5, 2014: Today, Honda unveiled the newest associate profile in its 12-part What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series. Sandip Suvedi is a mechanical engineer in the Auto Quality Department of the Marysville Auto Plant and an active member of the Columbus Idea Foundry.

The seven-year veteran of Honda has been primarily focused on the durability, repeatability and quality of Acura products and is also part of the team working on the new Acura NSX.

"At Honda, we are always problem solving and working as a team to make high quality products for our customers," said Suvedi. "I'm proud to showcase our creative process and the little details that make a career in manufacturing so rewarding."

In addition to his work with Honda, Suvedi is active with the Columbus Idea Foundry, a community workshop, learning center and creative space, located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The facility provides access and training on tools and technology that include woodworking, metalworking, welding, plasma cutting, CNC machines and digital arts software.

"I think it's important to have a creative outlet, just for the sake of thinking differently," said Suvedi. "There is a lot of focus on the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. Working at Honda and also having the chance to explore new creative outlets at the Idea Foundry is a perfect example of putting these integrated principles into practice."

The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda's commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda's approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.

The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda series will run on Honda's YouTube channel at Honda on YouTube.


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Honda’s Latest Electric Car Prototype Will Find Its Own Charging Station

If you own a house with a parking spot or a garage and you happen to own an electric car, the chances are you just drive up and plug in at the end of a long day, using your car’s on-board timer to charge at night time when electricity is cheaper.

Here at Transport Evolved, we’ve become fairly adept at pulling up and plugging in without a second thought. Our editorial team does after all have more than fifteen years of collective electric car ownership clocked up, and we’ve grown accustomed to the reassuring series of noises that accompanies successfully plugging in an electric car to charge. But we also understand that for some would-be electric car drivers, the thought of having to physically plug an electric car in every night to charge is just too much to bear.
Honda's self-driving technology will park and drive your Fit EV for you.

Honda’s self-driving technology will park and drive your Fit EV for you. (Screengrab, NHK World)

if you’re one such person, you’ll be pleased to read about Honda’s latest fusion of electric car and self-driving technologies: a car which not only parks itself, but charges itself too.

Following in the tyre tracks of  Toyota’s self-parking, inductively-charging Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid comes a Honda Fit EV fitted with low-speed autonomous driving technology and an inductive charging system. The same driving technology used last year to demonstrate valet parking capabilities for future autonomous parking lots, this particular version of the self-driving, self charging technology is designed to be used in a domestic environment, working in concert with cameras mounted on the owner’s home.

In operation, the system is pretty simple to use. The drive gets out of his or her car, and activates the self-parking feature using their smartphone or tablet PC. The car then uses image feeds from the building and its own rear-view camera to figure out where it is in real time, slowly backing itself into the parking space and aligning itself perfectly with the inductive charging pad.

Once parked, charging starts automatically.

Honda, which started tests of the system yesterday at a house just outside Tokyo, says the feature could be a great sale point for those who struggle with their parking, not to mention a hassle-free way to ensure maximum power transfer for wireless charging.

If you’re like us and wondering why anyone would want either a self-parking car or inductive charging at home, it’s worth remembering two very important facts which we assume helped influence Honda’s developmental process.

First of all, Japanese homes — and by association, Japanese garages — are fairly small by U.S. or even European standards. Instead of large two or more car garages, many Japanese homes have simple, small carports or garages, and in large urban areas even less. Developing a technology where the driver can exit the vehicle before parking means the car can fit in a far smaller space than it would with the driver still in the car, because there’s no need for the door to open if the driver is already safely outside the car.

Second, Japan, like the rest of the world, is facing an increasingly aged population. With the average driver age rising rather than falling, automakers are keen to do everything they can to develop driving aids which make it easier for seniors to continue to drive into old age. Self-parking — and self charging — is probably pretty high on that list.

Given the fact that Honda isn’t known for its love of electric cars, preferring hydrogen fuel cell technology instead, we’re doubtful you’ll see this self-driving, self charging technology in the marketplace any time soon.

But hey, if you’ve always had trouble parking, can’t be bothered to plug in, or just can’t fit in your garage, this could be the technology for you.


Honda Motors must fire Takata Corporation for faulty airbag systems

Imagine surviving a head-on collision just to be killed or grievously injured by a malfunctioning airbag system. Takata Corporation is responsible for 7 million airbag related recalls worldwide. Perhaps it's time for Honda to fire Takata Corporation in the name of safety and reputation.

Once again a Tokyo, Japan headquartered Takata Corporation malfunctioning airbagsystem has prompted Toyota to recall 2.3 million vehicles world-wide.Today we recieved advanced notification of a pending massive recall by Honda. Again, directly related to Takata’s faulty and possibly explosive airbag-system. We believe that it may be time for Honda to fire Takata.

No corporation is too big to fail and Takata Corporation, the Japan and Germany headquartered worldwide producer of steering wheels, interior trims, airbag systems and automotive electronics is not the exception to the rule. Last week Toyota, the world’s largest manufacturer of cars and trucks recalled an estimated 2.3 (worldwide) cars and trucks; 766,300 located in North America, due to the detection of an unspecified number of possibly lethal exploding airbag inflators.

As reported Saturday by Reuters and, "according to an unidentified news source"(hate it) Honda will announce yet another massive airbag system related recall, the second in less than 12 months.

We don’t anticipate that the pending recall will include the totally redesigned 2015 Fit. But who know?

Unfortunately our favorite North American auto manufacturer has been plagued by numerous airbag-system recalls since 2008, all, thanks to faulty Takata Corporation components.

Honda, arguably the most consumer safety conscious automotive manufacturer on the planet, prides itself on manufacturing safeguards, consumer safety programs and a better safe-than-sorry recall policy.

Last weekend, we received several inquiries from our readers asking if their 2014Honda Accord, Civic or CR-Z would be included in Honda’s latest recall action ? As of this posting we have no idea as to what Honda brands and variants will be recalled. The Toyota recall affects both cars and trucks, reaching back to 2004. Hopefully this will not be the case with Honda.

Earlier in the year Torque News reported on an airbag-systems related recall involving the Honda Odyssey minivan. At that time(according to Honda) there had been no faulty airbag related injuries.

According to this site, Honda settled an exploding airbag inflator related lawsuit in 2013 for $3 million. Takata Corporation paid the settlement. Our research indicates that American Honda Motors, BMW, Chrysler, Mazda, Nissan and Mercedes Benz purchase airbag-systems from Takata Corporation. All have experienced airbag related product recalls.

So how is that possible and why is Takata the largest first- line suppliers of airbag systems in the world?

Product availability, manufacturing capacity and price.

Takata Plastics with 35,000 employees and manufacturing facilities worldwide is best positioned to provide the airbag system in your made in Mexico 2015 Fit. Or, manufactured in Ohio 2014 Honda Accord. And they are without exception the most cost effective(cheapest) supplier of the airbag-system.

Automotive manufacturing is a numbers $ game.

It may be time for Honda to consider letting Takata Corporation go; take the manufacturing and distributing of the airbag-system in-house if you must. We believe as Honda’s founder did. Honda has a longstanding and honored responsibility to provide safe and reliable transportation to the customer.

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Ford and Honda predicted to see market-share increases

Ford and Honda will likely see the biggest increases in market share over the next three years, according to a financial industry report.

And even those may be slight, says the report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research.

Helped by new vehicles like the 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Honda Fit, Ford and Honda will probably get increases in their market shares of about 0.5 percent – to 16.2 percent and 10.3 percent respectively, according to Bloomberg.

However, European automakers and Nissan could each lose 0.2 percent of share, falling to 8.3 percent and 7.8 percent.

The rest of the auto industry will remain steady, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch report cited by Bloomberg.

Ford and Honda will get bumps up in market share because they are expected to replace a larger percentage of their vehicles with new models, the report noted.

Meanwhile, the choices for car-buyers will continue to increase. The number of new models on the market will increase from 36 this year 48 in 2015 – a significant 33 percent jump, the report said.

Most of the new models are likely to be crossovers and trucks.


Honda honors suppliers of indirect products and services

Annual purchases exceed $1.4 billion in Ohio and Indiana

COLUMBUS — Honda has honored 25 suppliers that provide indirect products and services to five Honda automotive plants in Ohio and Indiana.

Driven by record auto production in North America in 2013, Honda also announced that its purchasing for Maintenance, Repair and Operational services in this region set a record of more than $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ending March 2014.

The MRO purchasing milestone came on the heels of record Honda auto production and parts purchasing in Ohio and Indiana in 2013 with the production of 976,361 automobiles at it three auto plants in Marysville and East Liberty and Greensburg, Ind.

MRO purchasing also supports operations of Honda’s engine plant in Anna and transmission plant in Russells Point.

Different from suppliers that provide parts and materials for the mass production of Honda products, the more than 5,000 MRO suppliers support Honda plants by providing a wide variety of equipment, products and services that support the manufacturing of automobiles, as well as their engines and transmissions.

These companies include local businesses as well as national companies, and many have grown along with the expansion of Honda’s automobile manufacturing in North America since Honda began U.S. auto production at the Marysville Auto Plant in 1982.

“With a host of pinnacle products coming to market next year, and with record production and sales targeted in the coming years, Honda will continue to transform its business by advancing technology in our products and manufacturing operations to maximize joy for the customer,” said Tom Lake, vice president for Purchasing and Cost Planning at Honda North America Inc.  “We thank our suppliers for the important role they continue to play in our success by bringing new ideas and value to our business.”

In 2013, Honda manufactured a record 1.78 million automobiles in North America, which led to the purchase of more than $25.5 billion in parts and materials in the region from 650 parts suppliers, also an all-time annual record.

Parts purchasing for Honda plants in Indiana and Ohio last year totaled $12.2 billion from suppliers in North America, including more than 200 in Ohio and Indiana.

More than 260 MRO suppliers for Honda plants in Ohio and Indiana attended the annual conference in Columbus for the awards ceremony, networking and professional breakout sessions.

Developed to recognize world-class business characteristics, the 25 suppliers were honored for achievements in the categories of Special Recognition, Outstanding Value, Performance Excellence and Supplier of the year.

“The purpose of the awards is to recognize suppliers that are bringing us value and helping Honda to advance our capabilities and deliver a better vehicle to our customers,” said Monica Oliverio, department manager of North American Indirect Procurement at Honda North America Inc. “We want our suppliers to truly grow with us as we continue to expand and advance our operations in North America.”

Bill Easdale, vice president of Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. added that the involvement of both indirect and parts suppliers is important as Honda’s North American operations take on new responsibilities to engineer and manufacture products for customers in this region and globally.

“In order to meet the responsibility of the lead role we have been asked to play in North America and to prepare for the next phase in our growth and evolution, we continue to invest in our business and our people,” Easdale said.  “We have a long-term commitment to Ohio and to all of our operations in North America, and this should give our suppliers the confidence to grow with us and to innovate with us, by bringing their best new ideas to Honda.”

HAM employs 10,000 Ohioans at the Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant and Anna Engine Plant, along with operations that support its manufacturing.

With capacity to produce 440,000 automobiles per year, the Marysville plant currently is producing the Accord Sedan, Coupe and Hybrid models, and the all-new Acura TLX Sedan. The East Liberty plant produces the Honda CR-V and Crosstour, and the Acura RDX, with capacity to manufacture 240,000 automobiles per year.

Honda’s engine plant in Anna has capacity to produce more than 1 million V-6 and four-cylinder engines per year, primarily for Honda’s auto plants in Ohio, Indiana and Canada. In addition to production of these engines along with high-precision steel engine components, the Anna plant also manufactures sophisticated pulley components for Honda’s continuously variable transmissions .

HTM employs 1,125 associates and has capacity to produce more than 1 million automatic transmissions and CVTs per year. The plant also manufactures gear sets, four-wheel-drive systems and four-wheel-drive transfer components.

Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $16.3 billion.

A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.

Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.


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Scoop: Honda Facelifts 2015 Civic Hatch After Type R Concept

While continuing work on the much-anticipated Civic Type R sporting a brand-new 280hp+ 2.0-liter turbo mill that's expected to land in showrooms next year, Honda's engineers are also preparing a mid-cycle facelift for the regular versions of the European hatchback.

The cosmetic revisions were actually previewed on the Civic Type R Concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March, and in particular, the new front end with reshaped LED headlamps and grille, plus a redesigned hood and bumper.

Furthermore, for 2015, the facelifted Civic hatch gains newly designed side sills and a reworked rear end with different lights, bumper and the spoiler section of the tailgate.

We can't see if Honda made any changes to the interior design, but we wouldn't rule it out. Some upgrades are to be expected under the sheet metal as well.


Honda Amaze Sales Figure Touches 88,000 in India

The sales of Amaze, the compact sedan offering of Honda have touched 88,000 milestones in India, announced the company.

Launched in April last year, the Honda amaze, the Japanese auto maker's first offering in the diesel segment is a runaway success, claiming to have clocked a sales figure of 88,000 since its launch. The sub-4 meter sedan, also called 'family car' comes in both petrol and diesel options in the country. Amaze's petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine and gives a fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl.

The diesel variant, developed specifically for the Indian market, comes with a 1.5 i-DTEC engine. This gives a mileage of 25.8 kmpl, making it the most fuel-efficient diesel car in the Indian market. The Honda Amaze has also made it to the top three best selling compact sedan in the country.

"Living up its positioning in the market, Honda Amaze has certainly changed many lives with one car. Honda Amaze has been a game changer in its segment and has enabled HCIL to reach out to so many new customers, bringing them into the Honda fold. It is Honda's constant endeavor to provide freshness to our products and create excitement in the market," Motoroids quoted Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd.

In May, Honda posted growth of 17.8 percent in its domestic sales. The company sold 13,362 units in May 2014, as against the 11,342 units in May 2013. The company's family car Amaze's sales figure alone stood at 4,752 units for the month of May.

Honda, which has aggressive plans for the Indian market is also expected to launch its first MPV Mobilio and Jazz diesel in the country in coming months.

Honda Mobilio, a car which was first seen at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo has been rumoured for India launch quite some time now. Built on Honda's popular Brio hatchback platform, Honda's new Mobilio MPV will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines in the country. The petrol model of the car will pack 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor, which can churn out a power of 117bhp, and the diesel variant will come with 98bhp, 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit, which powers Honda's popular City and Amaze. The engine will come mated to a five-speed manual and CVT gearbox.

Moving on to the 2014 Jazz, the India-bound version of the latest Jazz is expected to come in both petrol and diesel engine variants. The petrol version of the Jazz is speculated to pack the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers Amaze and Brio. It can generate a power of 87 bhp, with a torque of 110 Nm at 4,800 rpm. The diesel Jazz is likely to pack a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, which can pump in 100 PS of power and 200 Nm torque.


Honda plans to hire 1,000 people in India by end of FY’15

Japanese auto major Honda Motor Company plans to hire around 1,000 people in India as it looks to start a second production shift at its plant here by the end of this financial year.

The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) is targeting an almost 50 per cent jump in sales to 2 lakh units in 2014-15.

“When we will start the second shift at the Tapukara facility, we will require more manpower. We think we will add 800-1,000 people in our overall headcount in India by the end of this fiscal,” HCIL Senior Vice President (Marketing and Sales) Jnaneswar Sen told PTI here.

HCIL currently has a total strength of around 9,000 employees through direct and indirect employment at its two facilities in Greater Noida and Tapukara, he added.

“Over 3,000 people are working at this moment in the Tapukara complex, of which 2,200 are direct staff of HCIL.

All the new people that we are planning to hire will be employed here,” Sen said.

The total installed capacity of the plant is 1.2 lakh units in two shifts and the company may also consider to ramp it up in the next 2-3 years as it targets sales of 3 lakh units a year by 2016-17, he added.

Honda Motor Company also plans to nearly double sourcing of auto components, including engine parts, from India to over Rs 800 crore during 2014-15.

The company has invested Rs 3,526 crore on the Tapukara plant, which also makes engines and exports components to South-East Asia, the UK and Latin America.


Witty Green Car Ads

This Honda Print Ad Shows That Its Green Car is the Greenest of All

There are a lot of autos out there that claim to have a green car design, but this clever Honda ad shows that its the greenest of them all.

With the Honda Accord Hybrid being recognized with a Canadian Green Car Award 2014, this ad ranks paint colors, staring with a light green shade called "Recycled Plastic." From here, each of the hues get a little darker with increasingly silly paint chip names like "Kale Milkshake," "Vegan Retreat" and "Hemp Pyjamas." At the very bottom is the greenest of all the greens, the Honda Accord Hybrid. The ad by Grip Limited is simple, effective and conveys its message with a good dose of humor too.



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50 greenest brands? Ford, Toyota, Honda top list

The four greenest brand names belong to auto makers, led by Ford, while some of the largest brands — Google, Amazon, Facebook — don’t make the top 50 greenest list published Tuesday by Fortune.

Ford, which offers several hybrid models and one — the Focus Electric — that runs solely on battery power, took top honors from Toyota, which placed second this year followed by Honda and Nissan, according to the 50 Best Global Green Brands for 2014.

Also among the top 10 brands are four that make electronics, including Panasonic, Nokia, Sony and Dell. Samsung came in 11th while Intel placed 15th, Hewlett Packard 17th, Apple 21st, IBM 25th and Microsoft, 41st.

The list, first published in 2011, is drawn from Interbrand’s annual report ranking the world’s 100 most valuable brands, which was led by Apple and Google last year. It ranks them for greenness based on their environmental efforts, measured by consulting firm Deloitte, and the public’s perception of them, as seen by Interbrand’s survey of 10,000 people in large countries.

“The companies that made the list are moving beyond greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain to focus on waste and water use up and down the value chain,” Will Sarni, a consultant at Deloitte, told Fortune.

The two brands that improved the most from last year, each rising 14 places, were Swedish home furnishings chain IKEA, now 19th, and Spanish clothing retailer Zara, now 34th. IKEA is installing electric car charging stations at more of its U.S. stores while Zara is using organic cotton and ecological fabrics.

The list also posts a score for each brand that indicates the gap between its performance and perception scores. Panasonic has a high positive gap score that suggests it’s doing more than it’s getting credit for. In contrast, IKEA and Apple have negative gap scores.

“While the company is doing more to improve its environmental performance, consumers believe that Apple is greener than it actually is,” writes Fortune‘s Brian Dumaine.

Also posting negative gap scores (followed by ranking) are: Danone (9), Coca-Cola (20), General Electric (25), Nike (29), Pepsi (30), Chevrolet (32), Starbucks (37), Kellogg’s (38), Microsoft (41), McDonald’s (43), Santander (44), Shell (47) Colgate (48) and Disney (49.)


Honda vows to improve personal electronic connectivity on latest J.D Power IQS Poll news

In Honda’s latest weekly Rearview report V.P. John Mendel makes an interesting observation. Torque News takes a closer look.

No bones about it, we’re die-hard Acura, Honda fans. As eagerly relayed countless times in earlier articles, we state adamantly that American Honda Motor Company is the driving force behind today’s automotive renaissance; with one caveat. The maker of the number one selling compact and mid size sedan in North America is experiencing a glitch or two in personal electronic connectivity.

When reading between the lines of John Mendel’s response to Honda’s lambasting at the hands of new owners participating in the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Honda largely failed to make the top tier as voted by those polled. John was most gracious in his response, stating:

"This week's announcement of J.D. Power and Associates annual Initial Quality Study reflected some opportunities for improvements in the design and function of in-vehicle connectivity and telematics systems. We offer cutting-edge capabilities that we will continue to make even more intuitive, even as customers become increasingly comfortable with the technology and the interface.” said John.

Mr Mendel was perhaps a bit more gracious in deflecting the unanticipated blow than we were. We don’t like Polls. We find the information gleaned from an often ‘narrowed’ search demographic to be (sometimes) misleading and at times, self serving. However, in this case, the J.D. Power IQS Poll is restricted to Honda buyers that have recently purchased (90 days) Honda cars and light trucks.

Admittedly not a Gen-Y techi, this reporter found the touch screen in the 2015 Fit to be easily accessed, well placed and fun to play with. However, without instruction from the dealer(I) we had no idea as to its handsfree communications capabilities. We’ve read an article or two circulating the Web stating that Honda has missed the mark on connectivity and telematics; Perhaps.

In other words, your IPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy 4 may not be seamlessly compatible(opinion) with the 2014 Accord Hybrid, Civic Si or the discontinued Ridgeline Limited Edition light truck. Or, you may experience a mild learning curve in its operation.


Honda's 2015 Civic Type R could be its fastest and most furious

Fans of Honda's Type R are getting excited over the next iteration of the company's high performance car. Here's why.

Honda UK put up a teaser mini-site for the new 2015 Honda Civic Type R a couple of days back, and stirred the Honda community into a fever pitch.

For Honda and its fans, Type R represents its "racing spirit," which is the company's corporate philosophy of using motorsport to drive innovation and foster teamwork. Honda's a company with a rich racing heritage, spanning almost half a century at the highest echelons of motorsport. The Civic iteration of Type R has always been the mainstay of the Type R badge, the other series either one-offs (like the NSX-R) or discontinued (as with the Integra-R).

Customers in Europe, Australia, Japan and many countries in Asia have been enjoying Type R Hondas but the US has never had an officially imported model, partly because of the cost of homologating the vehicles to comply with US regulations. Hopefully, efforts to push Honda USA to officially bring in the car will bear fruit.

Honda Type Rs are very special vehicles and are always announced to great acclaim by the automotive community, and the 2015 Honda Civic Type R is no exception. Announced way back in 2012, and proudly displayed during the Geneva Motor Show 2014 earlier this year, the CTR was promised by no less than the President and CEO of Honda, Takanobu Ito, to be the fastest front-wheel-drive car in the Nurburgring.

Originally rumoured to be working on a naturally aspirated 220HP Civic Type R in 2014, Honda was forced back to the drawing boards to design a higher performance car, delaying the release to 2015.

The gestation period has been relatively long -- possibly because of the increasing power levels and rapidly dropping lap times of its competitors, including the Volkswagen Golf, Scirocco R, Seat Leon Cupra, and other super-hot-hatches from Ford and Chinese manufacturer MG. It was made even harder as the Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy-R raised the bar further by posting a 7:54.36 lap record, the fastest time to date for a front wheel drive car.

To fulfil Ito's promise, the 2015 Honda Civic Type R would have to be a really special car. After almost a year of hitting the drawing boards again, the new 2015 CTR promises to be even more special if for just one reason -- it will be the first factory-turbocharged performance vehicle in Honda's history.

Notorious for not offering turbocharged performance cars and instead relying on incredibly high revving engines and fancy variable valve timing mechanisms like its famous VTEC system to generate high power outputs, Honda has prided itself in making some of the world's best naturally aspirated engines, with near instantaneous throttle response that many drivers consider essential for an exhilarating driving experience.

Honda's reluctance to go the turbo route despite all of its competitors doing so most definitely stems from its concerns that turbocharging would blunt the prized characteristics of Honda performance engines. Even so, with emissions and fuel economy targets being increasingly more demanding, Honda announced a trio of turbocharged engines late in 2013, the crown jewel being the CTR's two-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with VTEC variable valve timing.

With this new CTR engine, Honda's engineers seem to have achieved turbocharging while still preserving the VTEC experience.

"Creating a high output turbocharged engine is relatively easy, but our aim is to retain the VTEC characteristics, so it's high revving, with great responses and easy to control performance," said Patrik Ponec, a product planner at Honda in an interview with CAR magazine, UK.

This achievement must have been something great -- even for a typically understated Japanese company, Honda has made unusually bold claims for the 2015 CTR.

"The Civic Type R concept is not a high performance road car, it's a racing car for the road," proclaims Masaru Hasagawa, the chief stylist in a video.

Fans who heard the news of Honda's first turbocharged performance engine were pretty excited as well.

"Suddenly I feel alive again, like there is a purpose in life," said Patrick Lee, a former Honda workshop owner and mechanic in the US and now residing in Singapore. "But I'm afraid of the insurance premiums," he quipped.

"Since the days of the B20 turbo, I dreamt of this day. That was 15 years ago," said another fan, referring to the craze in the 1990s to build cars which could sprint a quarter mile in less than 10 seconds, using nitrous, turbocharging or any combination of techniques, and the inspiration of action film "The Fast and the Furious."

While the US waits for Honda's decision, the first deliveries of the powerful and fast Honda Civic Type R will hit the rest of the world soon. Even if it doesn't beat the Renault's Nurburgring record, Honda's devoted fans have something to look forward to after a two-year wait.


Honda Commercial Draws Ire With ‘Shouldn’t Be Driving’ Narcolepsy Joke

A Gen Y-aimed commercial was set to private on YouTube following complaints by people with the condition.

A spokeswoman for Honda North America responded with the following comment, apologizing for the narcolepsy joke and saying the company will not air the ad with the reference:

    “In a series of ads for the 2015 Honda Fit, the company attempted to demonstrate how the Fit answers the needs of the customer in a very direct, yet humorous way.  One ad in particular addressed narcolepsy in a manner that is insensitive. We have heard from those with the disorder and understand their concerns with our positioning of narcolepsy within the ad.

    “To that end, Honda has pulled the ad from its YouTube channel and will not air the ‘Synth in Seattleites’ ad with any reference to narcolepsy on television. We apologize to those who are living with and managing this disorder each day. Please know that Honda did not intend to hurt those affected by the condition.”

Original Story:

Narcolepsy advocates are angry over a new commercial from American Honda Motor Company Inc. (NYSE:HMC) that makes a joke out of the neurological disorder and suggests people who suffer from it don’t belong behind the wheel.

The commercial is part of Honda’s new “Fit for You” campaign, which is aimed at making the brand more appealing to millennials. The spot in question features a montage of hip young consumers discussing various aspects of the 2015 Honda Fit. In one scene, a man says, “I suffer from a condition called narc ...” and then suddenly dozes off. Afterward, the commercial’s narrator responds, “You probably shouldn’t be driving.”

Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder that involves poor control of sleep-wake cycles. Its main features are fatigue and cataplexy (abrupt muscle weakness triggered by a strong emotion), but it's also associated with sudden sleep attacks.

The Honda commercial attracted a number of angry comments over the weekend after it was uploaded to YouTube. The video has since been set to “private” (meaning it is still online but not viewable by the public), but the criticism continued Monday on various social media networks, including the Honda Facebook page.

“I have narcolepsy and I drive,” one person wrote. “Making fun of an autoimmune condition that you obviously know absolutely nothing about is a very poor way to sell a vehicle.”

“Hey, Honda, who else isn’t fit for your Fit beside people with narcolepsy?” wrote another person.

Julie Flygare, a narcolepsy sufferer and author of the book “Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy,” launched a petition on calling on Honda to remove the ad, saying narcolepsy sufferers are subject to bullying, ridicule and discrimination due to such “inaccurate, unoriginal” characterizations. “While I can forgive individuals for having misconceptions, I cannot forgive Honda’s marketing team who has the resources to learn about their customer base before launching a major media campaign,” Flygare wrote.

Flygare points out in her petition that many people with the condition drive successfully and legally when properly treated. 

A writer for the nonprofit group Wake Up Narcolepsy also criticized the ad, saying in a blog post that it “disrespects the 200,000 Americans struggling with this lifelong, incurable sleep disease.”

Honda’s 30-second commercial, titled “Synth and Seattleites,” was to begin airing on television this week, according to press materials. A representative for Honda North America didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the criticism.


Honda pips Maruti Suzuki from No.1 spot in mileage; no model of Maruti in top 15

If you are planning to buy a car and fuel efficiency is what you are looking for, consider Honda. Honda Car's newest generation City is the least thirsty among the cars manufactured and sold in India, followed by Amaze, another sedan from the Japanese auto maker. Local market leader Maruti Suzuki doesn't have any of its models on the list of the top 15 fuel-efficient cars that ET has prepared based on data announced by auto makers.
The numbers claimed by the companies were achieved in ideal road-test conditions and may vary in the real world bumper-to-bumper traffic. Fuel-efficiency is a factor that alone can swing purchase decisions in India. It is critical for the success of products and companies have been investing huge amounts in new technologies to deliver more distance to every litre of fuel.

Honda's diesel-powered City gives 26 kilometres to a litre. Analysts say fuel efficiency is a key reason for the success of the recently launched fourth-generation City, with customers waiting for about four months to take delivery. Powered by an all-new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, City's mileage claim is certified by Automotive Research Association of India. The diesel version of the Amaze delivers 25.8 kms.

"As a latecomer to the diesel market, we had set the goal of delivering highest mileage. We were able to achieve it by innovation that is also in line with Honda's global philosophy to make environment-friendly and mileageconscious cars," said Jnaneswar Sen, Honda's senior vice-president of marketing and sales.

Honda's sales in India rose 83% from a year earlier to 1.34 lakh cars in the year ended March 2014. For this performance at a time when the overall car market shrank, analysts cite its success with diesel — the heavier fuel which is still lighter on pocket — and fuel efficiency.


While Honda became the mileage leader due to what it calls the "Earth dreams" technology launched in diesel, Maruti Suzuki faltered after being the No.1 in fuel efficiency for more than a decade with the Alto small car. Currently, its most fuel-efficient car, the DZire compact sedan, delivers 23.4 km to a litre of diesel and is at the 19th spot according to data collated by ET.

The company's executives say it has been continuously improving fuel efficiency. "Maruti Suzuki has shown significant improvements in fuel economy of both gasoline and diesel models by focused initiative like light weighting, powertrain improvements, etc," a spokesperson said. Maruti Suzuki's new models deliver higher mileage than their predecessors.

For instance, the new diesel DZire delivers 23.4 kms a litre, compared with 21.7 kms earlier, while the new Alto 800 runs 22.7 kms, compared with 19.7 kms earlier. And, despite the higher mileage claims of its rivals, Maruti Suzuki's cars continue to outnumber competition in sales. Also, while the mileage chart is led by cars that run on diesel, the market leader is strong on petrol-fueled small cars which still sell more numbers.

With increasing fuel prices coupled with narrowing diesel and petrol pricing gap, today's buyer is giving fuel efficiency more weight than total ownership cost, says Amit Kaushik, principal analyst, autos, at consultancy firm IHS Automotive. "We believe that manufacturers are extensively using turbo-chargers and down-sizing engines to make them more fuel efficient."

According to latest data, car and utility vehicles sold in India deliver an average of around 16 kms a litre, an improvement of about 1.5 km in five years. All carmakers voluntary disclose mileage ratings, but the government is bringing in new fuel-efficiency guidelines under which all cars and SUVs will have to give at least 18.2 kms to a litre from April 2016.


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2006-2013 Honda Civics Will Get Extended Paint Warranty

Honda says it will extend the warranty coverage on some of its 2006-2013 Honda Civic sedans and coupes, for problems with chalking and cracking.

The paint warranty of some of the Civic's available paint colors will now be 7 years with no mileage limit. Honda says on affected vehicles, the paint on the roof and leading edge of the front fenders may crack or have a chalky or cloudy appearance. Additionally, the roof, trunk, upper portions of the quarter panel and upper portions of the doors could also display this same chalky or cloudy appearance.

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The colors involved in this paint warranty extension from Honda are as follows:

    B-92P - Nighthawk Black Pearl
    B-529P - Fiji Blue Pearl
    B-536P - Royal Blue Pearl
    B-537M - Atomic Blue Metallic
    B-561P - Dyno Blue Pearl
    NH-701M - Galaxy Gray Metallic
    NH-731P - Crystal Black Pearl
    NH-737M - Polished Metal Metallic
    YR-578M - Urban Titanium Metallic
    B-586P - Dyno Blue Pearl II (2012 model only)

This bulletin will expire on 9-30-14 for 2006-2008 vehicles.

This warranty extension does not cover any other paint issues like rock chips, scratches, bird droppings, tree sap, acid rain damage, exterior rust, etc. Only factory applied paint is eligible for the warranty extension. Finally, this warranty extension does not apply to a vehicle that has been declared as a total loss or sold for salvage by a financial institution or insurer, or has a branded or similar title under any state's law.

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The fix

On affected vehicles, Honda dealers will inspect the paint and if the condition is observed, will repaint the affected areas entirely.

If a vehicle falls into the model and year category listed, is painted one of the colors outlined, and displays paint cracking, or a chalky or cloudy appearance, it should be inspected by a local dealer for paint condition.
For more info or answers to questions regarding this warranty extension, call Honda direct at 800-999-1009, and reference Campaign # 14-034, entitled: Paint Chalking, Cracking, Clouding Warranty Extension.


Honda Mobilio Bookings Open in India; Price, Launch Details

After a long wait for the official launch of Honda Mobilio MPV in India, latest reports suggest that bookings for the vehicle have begun in the country.

Honda Mobilio, a car which made its debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014, has been trying the patience of tauto aficionados in the country. Last week, Honda that released a series of images of Mobilio on its official website confirmed that the vehicle will hit roads from July. However, the company still kept the auto lovers in dark about the exact launch of the Mobilio in the country.

Now the latest news that is swirling around the web is the commencement of bookings for Honda Mobilio in India for a token of ₹51,000. According to a report published by CarDekho, sources confirmed that Honda dealers in Delhi and Jaipur have started taking pre-orders for Mobilio with advance payment of ₹51,000 and the dealers in Pune and Mumbai will start the bookings in few days.

Underpinning Honda's popular Brio hatchback, Mobilio is Honda's first offering in the MPV segment in India. The vehicle will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines in the country. Under the bonnet of petrol model, the car will pack 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor, which can churn out a power of 117bhp, and the diesel variant will come with 98bhp, 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit, which powers Honda's popular City and Amaze. The engine will come mated to a five-speed manual and CVT gearbox. While the diesel model of MPV Mobilio is expected to deliver 26 kmpl, the petrol version is likely to give 18 kmpl.

Honda Mobilio will measure 4,390 mm in length, 1680 mm in width and 1610 mm in height and will come seated on a wheelbase of 2650 mm. It is all set to take on the likes of current market leaders like Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia in India, Honda is likely to price its new MPV in the ₹6 lakh to ₹8.50 lakh (ex-showroom) range.

The company started the trial production of the vehicle at their Greater Noida plant earlier last month, and the actual production of Mobilio will commence from this month (June).


Electronics cause trouble for Acura in survey
Honda’s luxury brand tumbles from sixth to 25th in J.D. Power initial-quality study

New-car quality has slipped a bit, largely because of problems with on-board electronics, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates initial-quality study.

Hyundai and General Motors were the standouts in the latest rankings, while Honda and Acura saw their scores fall.

Hyundai’s showing is indicative of a shift from a few years ago when Toyota and Honda were often at or near the top of just about every segment, said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive for the research group.

“There is much more parity in terms of quality,” he said at a news conference in Detroit.

Hyundai had five vehicles that were the best in their segment, behind only GM, which had six. Chevrolet was GM’s top-performing brand.

The annual report, with results issued yesterday, is based on survey responses of buyers of 2014 model-year vehicles, looking at the number of problems in the first 90 days of ownership. The scores are based on the number of problems per 100 vehicles, so the goal is a low score.

The study showed an overall increase in the average number of problems, which J.D. Power says is largely due to the complexity of on-board electronics.

Among the leading culprits are voice-recognition systems and software that connects the owners’ cellphone to the vehicle.

Problems with electronics hurt the Acura MDX, a newly redesigned model that almost single-handedly brought down Acura’s score, said Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. auto quality for J.D. Power.

Acura, which is Honda’s luxury brand, tumbled down the list to No. 25 with 131 points, down from sixth last year with 102 points.

On the positive side, Acura had two of the highest-ranked vehicles in the “compact premium car” category: the TL and the ILX. The segment leader was the Lexus ES.

The Honda brand ranked ninth with 108 points, down from last year when it ranked eighth with 103 points.

“On the whole, they went backward a little, but there wasn’t much different or telling,” Stephens said of Honda. “They’ve always performed fairly well.”

Honda’s Ridgeline was the best-scoring midsize pickup truck. The Civic was a runner-up in the compact car category, behind the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla.

“Honda is committed to offering its customers the long-term durability, quality and reliability that are hallmarks of the brand,” said Honda spokesman Chris Martin in a statement.

He said Honda deployed an array of new technologies in recent years that “often require time to understand and fully appreciate,” and he expects that those systems “will garner greater market understanding and acceptance over time.”

The initial-quality survey is one of the most closely watched ratings for automakers, with the companies dissecting the results and often changing their manufacturing processes in the hope of improving their scores.

The brand with the best score was Porsche with 74. The top non-luxury brand, and No. 4 brand overall, was Hyundai, 94.

Among the segment winners were the Chevrolet Malibu, best midsize car; the Hyundai Accent, best small car; and the Ford F-150 LD, best light-duty pickup.

At the bottom of the rankings was Fiat with 206 points, up from 161. The change was largely because of problems with the 500L, which is a larger version of the flagship 500.


Honda and Acura Top's 2014 Best Retained Value Awards

Just the Facts:

    Honda and Acura captured the top prizes in's fourth annual Best Retained Value Awards.
    Model-level winners included the 2014 Honda Civic compact sedan and Acura ILX luxury compact sedan.
    "For many shoppers, the long-term value of a car is one of the biggest deciding factors when they're comparing brands and models," said Joe Spina, director of remarketing.

SANTA MONICA, California — Honda and Acura captured the top prizes in's fourth annual Best Retained Value Awards.

Model-level winners included the 2014 Honda Civic compact sedan and Acura ILX luxury compact sedan.

"For many shoppers, the long-term value of a car is one of the biggest deciding factors when they're comparing brands and models," said Joe Spina, director of remarketing. "'s Best Retained Value Awards make it easier for shoppers to identify the best return on their purchase if and when they decide to sell it down the road."

The awards recognize the brands and 2014 models that have the highest projected residual value after five years based on their average "cash" True Market Value® price during their first five months in the market or for vehicles introduced in November or December of 2013 through March 2014.

Honda won in the non-luxury division with a projected 50.1 percent residual value after five years and Acura won with a projected five-year residual value of 45.4 percent.

This year marks the third time that each brand has secured the top prize since first launched the awards in 2011.

Model-level award winners in 27 separate categories also include the 2014 Nissan Altima, Toyota Venza and Scion xB. Toyota claimed the most model winners with six.

A full list of all 27 model winners can be found on's Best Retained Value® Awards page.

Edmunds says: Kudos to all the winners.


Honda Accord 2014 Used Engines Now for Sale in 2.4 Size Online by Motor Retailer

Honda Accord used engines for 2014 vehicles are now included in 2.4 size for sale by the Got Engines company online. This preowned inventory is promoted along with a sale price.

Lexington, KY (PRWEB) June 24, 2014

Accord remains a top selling brand for the Honda Motor Corporation in the U.S. market and new technologies are introduced annually for consumers. The Got Engines company is one second hand source now selling Honda Accord 2014 used engines in 2.4 size to the public as one alternative to junkyard inventory.

The recently acquired use inventory that is being promoted nationally in 2.4 displacements is offering and affordable outlet for average car owners to buy on the Internet. Consumers can now purchase the 2.4 VTEC enabled motors through the updated preowned inventory throughout this year.

"We've placed more emphasis on providing more DOHC motors with 2.0, 2.4 and 3.0 displacements to reach a new market of engine buyers who prefer the performance standards," a Got Engines company rep said.

The Accord used motors for sale that are currently promoted on the front page of the website have been upgraded with a new protection policy. A term of warranty protection for a three-year duration is now in effect for all processed sales of VTEC or other brands of Honda motors.

"The warranty terms that we've added to our complete inventory are a direct benefit to the public when buying a motor for a simple installation or resale to a third party," said the rep.

The Got Engines company has changed the way that prices are delivered to consumers upon request online. A modified quotation tool is now delivering any VTEC or non-VTEC motor price in the Honda division. This new system is completely accessible on the company website and will remain active going forward.


The company is a dedicated company providing easy options for exploring vehicle motors in used condition on the Internet. The various providers of motors that are used in the supply chain by this company helps to provide faster deliveries. The company is currently adding to its inventory daily to create a super center that the public can depend on for reviewing and buying brands of automotive motors used.

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Honda Civic Type R Teaser Campaign is R-Rated!


June 24, 2014: Honda (UK) has launched a new teaser campaign to introduce the forthcoming Civic Type R, as the anticipation continues to build ahead of the car’s European launch in 2015. Dubbed by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’, the new model promises to be the most extreme Type R yet, with bold and aggressive styling reflecting the strong performance characteristics for which the marque is renowned.

The campaign leads on the theme of ‘R-rated’, a reference to the experience the car will deliver and the strong heritage of the red ‘R’ badge; born from Honda’s racing spirit and only ever appearing on a Type R. Viewers are advised to use their discretion when looking at this ‘Honda restricted content’ on YouTube.

The campaign kicks off with the sixty second film, ‘Disruption’. We open on a sunny suburban street. A family is packing a picnic into the boot of their car. Everything is happy and jolly, including the music. It’s the most generic car film you’ve ever seen. Suddenly, the picture distorts and pixelates and the Honda R-Rated advisory flickers up on screen, as though someone just hijacked the broadcast. We see the Honda R-rated advisory notice appear. The warning disappears into black.

The mood shifts and everything becomes R-rated. We see a man with the red ‘R’ in his left eye looking out with binoculars over a futuristic neon cityscape as storm clouds brew in the sky. Predator wolves linger in an abandoned warehouse, we see their evil bioluminescent eyes from a distance as a heavily tattooed man confronts them, full of rage. A second man wearing a geometric golden mask then walks down a fluorescent lit dark hallway, draws back a large hammer before slamming it into the bust of a Greek statue.

As we build to a climax a bolt of lightning strikes a speed camera, which bursts into flames. A woman in a motorcycle helmet slams a samurai sword into a spinning geometric shape in the middle of a dark room. Just before the blade hits, we see the ‘R’ image within the shape’s surface. The shape shatters into a million pieces.

We end with the Type R looming against the backdrop of a dramatic sky, the car’s red parking lights illuminated, giving it an ominous look. Lightning strikes, and we see an iconic outline and quick flash of the car before it returns to dark. The roar of the engine revving brings things fittingly to a close.

Olivia Dunn, Head of Marketing for Honda (UK) comments: “The new Type R promises to be the most extreme yet, it’s born from racing and it pushes the boundaries. This new campaign encompasses this spirit perfectly, with Disruption the ideal curtain raiser in setting the energy and adrenaline levels very high.”

Emily Samways, Business Director for Karmarama comments: “This new campaign is something of a diversion from Honda in tone, but that’s what the Type R badge commands. Just the name of the launch film says it all about the impact this landmark car will have when it arrives early next year.”

The key strapline of the campaign is ‘We R Back’, a nod to both the rebirth of the Type R and the huge 2015 which Honda is looking forward to with its return to Formula 1 and an all new version of the NSX supercar.

The new Honda Civic Type R will arrive in UK dealerships in 2015. The Type R Concept model makes its UK debut on the Honda stand at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th June.


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Honda claims overall win, production electric vehicle record at Pikes Peak

Romain Dumas is overall winner; Roy Richards drives Honda Fit EV to class win

The 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb resulted in two more Pikes Peak titles for Honda, as four Honda drivers and riders earned top-five class finishes in Sunday's 12.42-mile trek up the mountain.

The Honda effort was highlighted by Romain Dumas, who scored his first overall Pikes Peak title. Roy Richards also came up big in his Honda Fit EV, winning the Electric Production class with a record run of 12 minutes, 55.591 seconds.

"After [finishing 2nd in] 2012, the target was to win one," Dumas said. "This year, we did a perfect job, the [Honda engine] was running good and we prepared how we should. I knew I was running smoothly, so I didn't want to take any risks. It was a clear run. It was not incredible, but it was enough to win and that was the target anyway. We are very happy, and this is a big win for the team.'

This year marked the 13th consecutive year that a Honda-powered vehicle has won at least one class in the Pikes Peak event.

"I am very pleased with the Fit EV's performance this year," Richards said. "We knew from last year's practice times that the Fit EV had a shot at the record, but weather spoiled our run. Building on the knowledge gained from last year, our team refined the suspension settings and did additional weight reduction. The results were better than we expected with a new record for the production EV class."

Associates from American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda North America and Honda R&D combined to field six vehicles for Honda associates in this year's race. With five of the six Honda drivers having previously competed at Pikes Peak, each of the six vehicles made successful runs to the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak summit.

Honda provided power for Dumas in his own Norma RD Limited prototype chassis entry in the Unlimited class. Starting first, Dumas pushed his Honda powerplant to a race-winning time of 9:05.801 to claim his first race win and the first overall Pikes Peak victory for a Honda-powered car.

James Robinson posted the fastest time of the six Honda associate-driven vehicles in his Acura Pikes Peak NSX, finishing sixth in the Open Class with a time of 11:09.134. Zach Jacobs rode his Honda CBR600RR throughout the course's 156 turns in 11:11.885 to place fifth in the Middleweight motorcycle class, while Sage Marie's effort of 11:59.095 in his Honda S2000 was good for fourth in the Time Attack 2 class.

Keith Steidl placed sixth in the quad class with a time of 12:31.245, while the only rookie in the 2014 class, Corey Taguchi, placed fourth in the Exhibition standings after posting a time of 14:26.438 in his Honda Fit.

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Honda trips in China with 'mistake' Accord

TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. was so confident the new Accord would be a superstar in China last year that it released an exclusive 3-liter version with a flashy grille and a price tag to rival Volkswagen AG's Audi A4 luxury sedan.

The results weren't so stellar.

Deliveries of the vehicle that Honda predicted would drive its revival in the world's largest automobile market fell 37 percent in the first five months of this year.

The Accord -- which until three years ago was the top-selling midsized sedan in China -- dropped to as low as No. 9, in April, as VW's Passat and Magotan models took the top slots.

In late February, Honda pushed out a stripped-down Accord that started at about 180,000 yuan ($29,000), compared with more than 200,000 for earlier versions. Sales still sagged. \

"We've already lost faith in it," said Liu Yefei, who runs a Honda dealership in Shanghai. "Honda tried to focus on the higher-end version from the beginning, but they underestimated people's desire for German cars."

The Accord's struggles illustrate the challenges Japanese automakers face nearly two years after Chinese protesters torched Honda and Toyota Motor Corp. dealerships and damaged Japanese-branded cars amid a territorial dispute.

While sales have rebounded among lower-priced Japanese cars, German brands have strengthened their position among high-end models.

Rows of Audis

German cars enjoy a unique cachet in China, where it's common to see rows of black Audis -- China's top-selling premium brand -- parked outside government agencies or state-run enterprises' offices.

As German brands have introduced more affordable models, the sales of mid-sized Japanese sedans have slid further, dealing a blow to Japanese makers that have counted on mid-sized sedans to be big moneymakers in China.

"Accord is having a tough time being sandwiched by premium brands and the lower-end brands," said Koji Endo, a Tokyo-based analyst with Advanced Research Japan.

Because the Accord is one of the most profitable models in China, he said, its slump could affect Honda's earnings.

"To make money, they have to sell more Accords," he said.

Honda spokeswoman Akemi Ando said the Accord models recently introduced in China were "a bit expensive" at first. "With the launch of the cheaper 2-liter version, you will see our sales rebounding in the next one or two months," she said by telephone.
The Accord's struggles illustrate the challenges Japanese automakers face nearly two years after Chinese protesters torched Honda and Toyota dealerships and damaged Japanese-branded cars amid a territorial dispute.

Misjudging customers

Seiji Kuraishi, the managing officer for Honda's China business, said in April that the company had sought to compete with European and U.S. carmakers.

"We realized it was a mistake that we didn't understand customer needs well and didn't have anything below 200,000 yuan," Kuraishi said.

Overall, Honda's sales in China rose 11 percent in the first five months of the year, about in line with overall auto-sales growth in the country, powered largely by less-expensive models.

Honda's growth pace trailed that of Toyota and Nissan, and lagged Honda's own 19 percent full-year growth target. China sales are expected to make up 19 percent of Honda's global sales this year.

Five-year fall

Five years ago, the Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Motor Co.'s Altima -- called the Teana in China -- represented four of every 10 midsized sedans sold there, according to LMC Automotive.

By last year, as rivals like the Volkswagen Passat came on strong, the combined share fell to about two in 10. The Accord's market share fell to 6 percent last year, from 18 percent in 2008. Over the same period, the Camry's share declined to 9 percent from 16 percent. Nissan's Teana has a 6 percent share, down from 10 percent in 2010 and 2011.

"For people with a budget of 200,000 yuan, why would they stick with the Japanese when there are so many other options?" said Zhu Bin, a Shanghai-based analyst for LMC.

This year, Audi began selling its basic A3 for just below 200,000 yuan. Previously, only Audi's smaller A1 had been priced there. Zheng Fangbing, a 28-year-old Beijing resident who works for a securities brokerage, said price wasn't a factor when she chose a 260,000-yuan A4 over an Accord in February.

Beyond flash

"We chose Audi because the brand appears more 'gao da shang'," said Zheng, using slang that implies high quality rather than just a flashy brand name. "Also, we were afraid that if we buy Japanese, it would be smashed if anti-Japan protests broke out again."

When Honda brought the ninth-generation Accord to China last year, the company expressed confidence it could compete with the A4 and the VW Passat.

The new Accord would be a "blockbuster," Yu Liang, Guangqi Honda's deputy general manager, said at the time of the September rollout.

"It will become a superstar and a source to power Guangqi Honda's strong revival," Yu said, according to a news release.

The initial 2-liter version Honda introduced started at 206,800 yuan, exceeding the Camry's 180,000 yuan starting price and the Teana's 190,000 yuan. The 3-liter variant Honda unveiled for the China market went for as much as 298,000 yuan.

Honda put most of its focus on marketing an Accord with a 2.4-liter engine that WardsAuto selected as one of the best 10 last year.

Growth goals

In late February, Honda introduced a 2-liter Accord priced more in line with its Japanese peers. As of April, the latest month for which comparisons are available, 20,600 Accords had sold, compared with 53,200 Camrys and 40,900 Audi A4s. VW's Passat and Magotan had deliveries of 99,300 and 74,900, respectively.

Honda maintains its goal of selling 900,000 cars this year and doubling annual sales in China to 1.3 million units in the three years through 2015. It plans to introduce 12 new models during that time. Much of that will depend on the success of more affordable models such as the new Crider compact sedan and the Fit, introduced in late May.

Honda is seeking to regroup against the backdrop of a two-year diplomatic freeze that began after the Japanese government purchased three of the five disputed Senkaku, or Diaoyu, islands in the East China Sea. The dispute still colors consumers' attitudes about Japanese brands, said Liu, the Shanghai Honda dealer.

"This is not reflected on the surface anymore," Liu said. "But it affects people's decision when they choose a brand and this impact won't go away easily."


Jury Issues $55M Verdict Against Honda After Crash

A jury ordered Honda Motor Co. to pay $55.3 million for a rollover accident that left a Pennsylvania man paralyzed, but the car company said Friday it would appeal.

Lawyers for Carlos Martinez, 57, of York, argued during a nine-day trial that a faulty seat belt design in his Acura Integra caused the permanent injuries he suffered in 2010.

Martinez was driving to work in suburban Baltimore when a tire blew out and he lost control of the car, said his attorney, Stewart Eisenberg. The seat belt failed to prevent Martinez's head from hitting the roof of the car as it rolled over, the lawyer said.

Acura is a division of Honda. A spokesman for the company denied any problems with the "proven restraint system used by virtually every manufacturer."

"The evidence here clearly established that there is no vehicle-based defect that caused Mr. Martinez's injuries," Honda spokesman Chris Martin said in an emailed statement.

Eisenberg contended Honda knew such an injury was possible based on seat belt testing it conducted in 1992.

Damages awarded by the Philadelphia jury on Thursday include money for pain and suffering, future medical expenses, loss of consortium and loss of earnings. Martinez, a married father of four, worked in construction as a glazier but is now paralyzed from the chest down.

"All of a sudden their life is destroyed by this accident," said Eisenberg.

Martinez's nephew, a passenger in the car, was wearing his seatbelt but was not injured, Eisenberg said.


Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto

A Honda demonstration vehicle is on display June 25-26 at Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA- Honda vehicles featuring Android Auto will debut in 2015; models and trims will be announced at a later date- Android Auto provides a seamless connection between compatible Android-powered smartphones and Honda's advanced, in-car connectivity systems.

TORRANCE, Calif., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on a series of advancements aimed at improving the in-car technology experience for consumers, Honda will introduce select vehicles compatible with Android Auto™ in 2015. Honda is displaying a functional prototype at Google I/O 2014, the annual developer conference hosted by Google in San Francisco, CA. Honda and Acura models and trims compatible with Android Auto will be announced in the future.

To initiate Android Auto, Honda drivers will simply connect their compatible Android smartphone to the vehicle's USB port using the cable that came with their phone, allowing them to intuitively access supported apps and features using the car's in-dash display and voice controls. After connecting the compatible Android phone to their Honda vehicle, drivers will be able to "project" their smartphone experience onto the car's in-dash display, giving them access to apps and services that have been optimized for the vehicle environment.

"Honda's goal is to integrate the power and functionality of today's smartphones directly into our vehicles in a way that is seamless and intuitive for our customers," said Nick Sugimoto, senior program director for Honda Silicon Valley Lab. "By working collaboratively with Google and other technology companies, Honda will help millions of consumers around the world more easily and conveniently access their smartphones' content, data and features."

Honda is a founding member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a group of automakers and technology companies committed to bringing the Android platform to cars. The company's open innovation lab, Honda Silicon Valley Lab, spearheads Honda's global interactions with technology companies like Google, as well as developers, to create cutting-edge products and customer experiences.

Honda has been an industry leader in equipping its vehicles with technologies that support customers' efforts to be more alert drivers, including the early introduction of hands-free telephone functionality, wide application of back-up cameras to 100 percent of automobiles by model year 2015, as well as other features. Further, Honda is raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving through initiatives like the Honda "#ThumbsUp" campaign, which launched in April 2014.

About Honda Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $16.3 billion.

Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet light jet, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks.

A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.

Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.


Toyota And Honda Join Forces With Government For Fuel Cell Dominance

With Toyota lunching a fuel cell vehicle next March, Honda and the government jumped on board in order for Japan to become the leading force behind hydrogen power in the next 20-30 years.

After Toyota and Honda began leasing fuel cell-powered cars in Japan 12 years ago, the project came to a halt due to technological difficulties and bold predictions. But things have changed since then. And while Audi is working on synthetic fuels, the Japanese are betting on fuel cells big time.

Reuters reports that while Toyota's hydrogen car will cost about $68,600 when it goes on sale in Japan in March, both the carmakers and the government are determined to push prices down to an average of about $20,000 by 2025.

According to Ryuichiro Inoue, a professor at Tokyo City University and an expert on the auto industry, this is going to be a long-term investment:

    Even after 10 years, fuel cell cars are likely to be less than 10 percent of the Japanese market. This isn't a strategy to talk about for the next 10 years, but for the next 20 to 30 years.

Toyota only expects tens of thousands of fuel cell cars to be sold annually a decade from now, but looking back at the first Prius, Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso and Executive Vice-President Mitsuhisa Kato had this to say:

    Unless you are willing to accept losses initially, it's not possible to increase sales.

    This is the start of a long challenge to make hydrogen a standard feature in society and to make the fuel-cell vehicle an ordinary automobile

Brave statements indeed. With the Japanese premier of Toyota's car soon to be followed by US and European sales, the Japanese government pushing for ample subsidies and tax breaks while also aiming to create 100 hydrogen fuel stations by end-March 2016 in urban areas.

With Hyundai and Daimler also spending fortunes on hydrogen technology, can this be Japan's next big development that changes mobility forever?

If it's big in Japan, who knows? After all, who wouldn't want a zero emission vehicle with a massive range and quicker refills than what a battery powered car can ever offer?


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Honda Accord and CR-V diesel India launch in 2015

Just when everybody thought that Honda Cars India will continue concentrating on entry level cars, and forget about their DNA-driven performance luxury cars, it has now emerged that they are planning to launch new Accord and CR-V with 1.6l diesel engine next year.

Honda India discontinued Accord in 2013 end. A reason was never stated, but it is believed that declining sales, and the launch of new cars in the segment was the culprit. Also, some buyers were now getting attracted to the luxury brands, which had started offering hatchbacks in the same price segment. All this, and production constraint after the launch of Amaze diesel, led to Honda discontinuing Accord in India.

But as the segment is there to grow, Honda would definitely not want to miss the chance on being present in the segment. With production capacity now sorted, and they reportedly planning on a third plant, it seems like 2015 is the year when Honda will re-launch Accord in India.

The new Accord will come with new naturally aspirated 2.4l petrol engine generating 177 bhp. This engine will be more responsive and economical as compared to the previous one. Apart from this, 2015 Accord will also feature electric power steering, increased cabin space, redesigned interiors, and a stronger chassis. A diesel engine will also be on offer, but this will be launched later.

The new 1.6l diesel engine of Honda is expected to make India debut in the CR-V next year. Honda 1.6l iDTEC is perfect for bigger cars, the size of Accord, Civic, and CR-V. It generates 118 hp power and 300 Nm torque.

Both these launches are yet to be confirmed from Honda. What they have confirmed, is the launch of Honda Mobilio in the coming weeks, and that of Jazz in Early 2015. Both these cars will be offered in diesel and petrol engine options, and are expected to add further growth to Honda Cars India sales in the country.



2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe
Heavier, But Ever Sporty; Oh, What A Shifter!

The Motor Trend card catalog indicates we’ve yet to have the, er, pleasure of testing a production Honda Civic Si weighing an honest to goodness 3000 pounds. That won’t change today, but we wonder what our reaction will be if and when Honda’s most dedicated sporty car crests the 1.5-ton mark. It probably wouldn’t be as severe as if an automatic transmission option were announced.

We’ve tested six different Si coupes and sedans since the 2012 model year began and you can tack on another five for 11 total when reaching back to 2006. The pudgiest to sit on our scales was the very first four-door Si offered (’07) at 2938 lbs, still svelte by modern standards. Next is the 2936-lb Rallye Red coupe seen here. Sandwiching it is another sedan (’09), weighing 2930 lbs. The rest managed to retain less than 2900 lbs of curb poundage. What we’re documenting is the heaviest Si coupe so far. But only one of the 11 can lay claim to having the most powerful Si engine ever. For 2014, the 2.4-liter I-4 gains another 4 hp and 4 lb-ft of torque to produce 205 hp at 7000 rpm and 174 lb-ft at 4400 rpm, compliments of a freer-flowing exhaust system (piping shape and path were modified but diameter is the same) and refined powertrain control module data. Each peak output is achieved at the same engine speeds as last year’s Si. Paired with one of the, if not the, most engaging six-speed manual shifters on the market, the car bursts through the 60-mph barricade in 6.5 seconds before finishing the quarter mile in 15 seconds flat and trapping 93.5 mph. The times and speed nearly sync up with the first K24-equipped coupe we got our hands on and place the ’14 near the straight average of the 2006-2013 Si group.

It runs great around town on a commuter route too, where the short 4.76:1 final-drive ratio and close gearing mean you can row deep into the gear count without excessively and noisily winding up the smooth-running, fast-revving engine. The extra power doesn’t leave an impression in the spec box, but remember when it used to be a big deal if a naturally aspirated four-cylinder pulled low 15s? One day, you’ll be croaking to your grandkids about non-turbocharged, port fuel-injected, driver-shifted cars like these as they whiz around on their hoverboards while wearing fashionable-again acid-wash jeans. But an engine does not an Si make, and, in a very subtle, Honda kind of way, numerous revisions were made to the rest of the car to further burnish its performance credibility. Eighteen-inch wheels and wider 225/40 Continental ContiSportContact 5s (a $200 upgrade for the summer tires) seize the corners, upping rim size an inch, increasing front track by 0.2 inch, and completely displacing the former Michelin factory fitments with Contis. Honda opted for bigger wheels on the back of customer and dealer feedback.

The ’14’s front springs are 4.3 percent stiffer, moving from a rate of 160 pounds per inch to 167. To help maintain the desired handling balance, the rear anti-roll bar was sized up in conjunction, from an 18-mm diameter to 20. The front anti-roll bar and rear springs stay pat at 21 mm and 254 lb/in, respectively. Engineers also targeted more responsive damping, especially at low shock-shaft speeds. Honestly, the car’s natural ride frequency feels harmonious enough that it doesn’t need a lot of damping to help control it. The touch of old school elegance in the suspension tuning is a nice throwback nowadays, with more Lotus and less Porsche in the feel of the motions and manners. 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe Front Three Quarter In Motion The car will ride firmly if you’re stepping out of a Civic EX coupe, but is very soft if you’ve been looking at other hot alternatives like a Ford Focus ST or Volkswagen GTI. As always, engine and road noise make themselves at home, as we’ve become familiar with in many an Si. As always, the seats look good and hold you in place without beating you up. As always, there’s a sense of lightness throughout the car, whether you’re measuring up a corner with the light-but-accurate steering, using the new Display Audio 7-inch touch screen without a volume knob (finger-swipe with a light touch for best volume-setting results), enjoying the light and easy driver controls provided by the foot pedals and shifter, or rotating the car through a (track) turn. Driver’s driver Randy Pobst definitely thought highly of the Civic Si after lapping it at the Streets of Willow, calling it “a real playground ride of a FWD car, a lot of fun” in spite of its obviously soft shock setup. He had much to praise: the shifter, the helical limited slip, the brakes, the optional oversteer. Pobst: “There’s a fair amount of power understeer, like you’d expect from a FWD car. But if we take it in that context, it is not bad at all. It’s a well-behaved FWD under power and it doesn’t detract from the experience much. The only place you’re ever going to get oversteer is with a light trail-brake on the way in, before you go to power. What a great thing to have, that limited slip, a wonderful feature. Thank you Honda. The car really needs it. It has enough torque in the mid-range that it would be liquefying that inside tire.”

Contrary to what you might perceive when the 2.4-liter is singing to 7000 rpm, this is a car driven capably with a calm sense of mind. It might be outclassed on many performance fronts by its contemporaries -- by this point in time, it’s hard to fend off anything with an exhaust-spun snail -- but that knowledge doesn’t make this $23,780 coupe any less fun. Like its acceleration, the ’14 Civic Si yielded no quantifiable improvement in average lateral acceleration (0.86 g is fine but not spectacular) or around the figure eight (it’s near but not at the bottom of the modern Si time table), although the 60-0 mph braking in 110 feet is always welcome. But we know what you really want to learn: Would Randy Pobst recommend it for a novice performance car enthusiast? His answer: “Absolutely, it’s fabulous. The only thing wrong with it is it’ll spoil them because it shifts so well. What’s neat is it shifts. It still has a manual -- a real, live manual -- and a very good one. I enjoy that so much. I miss it when I drive cars with the modern versions of different automatics. Although, I’ll tell you the shifts are still so much slower than a modern automatic. That has to cost time (lap time).” No matter how heavy the next Civic Si is, no matter whichever engine and transmission ends up beneath its hood, we’ll keep looking for it to inject fun sportiness into our lives.

2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe
BASE PRICE    $23,580
PRICE AS TESTED    $23,780
VEHICLE LAYOUT    Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE    2.4L/205-hp/174-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4
TRANSMISSION    6-speed manual
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)    2936 lb (61/39%)
WHEELBASE    103.2 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT    178.8 x 69.0 x 55.0 in
0-60 MPH    6.5 sec
QUARTER MILE    15.0 sec @ 93.5 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH    110 ft
MT FIGURE EIGHT    26.9 sec @ 0.66 g (avg)
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB    25/32/28 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY/COMB    153/109/135 kW-hrs/100 miles*
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB    0.77 lb/mile*
*Derived from EPA estimates

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American Honda Reports June 2014 Sales

7/01/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.

    Honda Civic and Accord post sales of more than 32,000 each in June for increases of 8.7 and 2.1 percent respectively
    Honda CR-V posts best-ever 6-month sales performance with a gain of 6.1 percent YTD
    Total Acura truck sales were up 6.1 percent in June
    Acura MDX claims best-ever 6-month sales performance with an increase of 68.4 percent

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 129,023 units. The Honda division posted sales of 117,817 units in June while Acura sold 11,206 units in the same period. Year-to-date American Honda sales reached 739,436 units.

Honda's core models—Accord, Civic and CR-V—continue to set the retail pace through the first half of 2014, with the Civic up 8.7 percent and Accord increasing 2.1 percent in June. However, retail consumers appeared to take a breath last month coupled with an unusually short number of selling days, the shortest June in five years.

    Bucking a recent market shift toward SUVs, Civic is up 8.7 percent in June and 5.3 percent for the first six months of 2014—its best such period in a decade
    Accord sales rise 2.1 percent in June
    CR-V, the industry's most popular SUV, posted a year-to-date gain of 6.1 percent for its best-ever 6-month sales performance
    Despite low inventory as supply ramps up, the all-new 2015 Fit is driving new traffic at Honda dealerships

"Despite an easing of the pace in June, the larger sales trend throughout the industry remains robust," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "Our core products remain strong and though we're still filling its supply pipeline, the new 2015 Fit is selling very well and we expect it to add yet another strong pillar to Honda sales in the near future."

Overall Acura sales continue to reflect the decreasing supply of TL and TSX models as the company prepares for launch of the 2015 TLX line of luxury performance sedans later this summer. With an unprecedented first half of the year, MDX and RDX continue to sell at a near record pace, pushing Acura truck sales up 6.1 percent for the month.

    Acura truck sales rise 6.1 percent in June
    MDX June sales rose 27.7 percent on sales of 4,890 units
    Posting its best-ever six-month sales performance, the Acura MDX led the division with sales of 30,644 units, an increase 68.4 percent over last year

"The MDX and RDX had a stellar first half of the year, certainly a good indicator that the Acura brand is moving in a strong direction," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "While we expected the reduced supply of sedans to impact sales this summer, the upcoming launch of the all-new 2015 TLX lineup heralds a new era for the Acura brand."



Honda Civic Type R Owners Have Their Say on the Type R Concept

While we’ll have to wait until next year to see the production version of the all-new Honda Civic Type R, the concept previewing it has been around for quite a while.

Since Honda says the production car will look almost the same as the study, the carmaker showcased it at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, where around 200 Honda Civic Type R owners from across Europe were invited to drive their cars on the legendary track.

While they were at it, Civic Type R owners also looked at the Civic Type R Concept, with all opinions being positive regarding the design. Whereas in terms of performance Honda’s claim that the upcoming Type R will be the fastest front-wheel drive car ever on the Nurburgring will satisfy everybody, most Type R owners said they wish Honda doesn’t change anything on the car design-wise when it launches it next year.

Scroll down to see what Civic Type R owners think of the concept and to watch a short review of the Civic Type R Mugen Edition.


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How Honda Motor Co. Plans to Tap the Monstrous Asian Car Market?

Japanese automaker Honda  (NYSE: HMC  ) forecasts that in its current fiscal year, Asia will account for 90% of its automotive sales growth. The company is building new factories, establishing collaborations, and rolling out new cars to boost its growth in the region. With Honda's sales moderating in the key North American market of late, growth in Asia becomes critical for the company's overall sales. Let's check out how the automaker plans to generate sales momentum from the growing Asian markets.

Asia's biggest growth drivers
Asia's urban population could touch 2.7 billion by 2030, constituting 55% of its entire populace, compared with only 17%, or 232 million, in 1950. Increasing urbanization positively impacts economic expansion, thereby enhancing GDP -- an important growth driver. Better GDP suggests increasing income levels that leave people with higher disposable income, which boosts demand for consumer durables.

The latest Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook from the International Monetary Fund says that the Asian economy could grow 5.5% annually through 2015. The IMF expects the continent to play a crucial role in furthering the global economy, fueled by firm credit growth, increasing export demand, and availability of skilled labor forces.

Automakers are attracted by Asia's low car ownership rates, high population, and rising disposable income. The continent lags way behind advanced economies in car ownership rate, which provides huge room for growth. In developed nations generally more half the population own cars, while in China the car ownership rate is only 80 for every 1,000 people. India's rate is an even lower 50 vehicles per 1,000 people.

Honda derived 38% of its auto sales from the Asian market in the last fiscal year. In fiscal 2015, the company expects its auto sales in Asia outside Japan to grow to 640,000 units, up almost 21% from last year, while sales in Japan are set to grow 20.69% from the previous year, to 980,000 units.

Expansion will boost growth
Honda produced 840,650 units in Japan last year, and added capacity with the newly built Yorii plant that can roll out 250,000 vehicles annually.

Honda collaborates with two Chinese auto companies, Guangqi and Dongfeng, and has a 50% stake in each joint-venture partnership. The joint ventures aim to increase the company's annual production capacity in China to 1.01 million units from the present 870,000. The automaker also plans to begin research and development operations in the country.

India is another market that's becoming increasingly important for Honda thanks to the ever-growing demand for the new City and Amaze models. The automaker has a sales target of 300,000 units in India by 2017. The company's plants in Tapukara and Greater Noida can presently roll out 60,000 units and 120,000 units each year, respectively.

Honda is also aggressively adding capacity in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is building a new factory in Thailand that is estimated to manufacture 120,000 units per year, taking the country's total capacity to 420,000 units, once it starts production in 2015. Its other Thailand facility,in Ayutthaya, will also ramp up production.

Honda's second production line at its Malaysian facility started operations in January and will churn out 100,000 cars every year. Honda also has two plants in Indonesia, one of which is the new Karawang facility, inaugurated this past January. This plant produces the multipurpose Brio and Jazz vehicles.

New launches to augment sales
Honda has figured out that it needs to keep releasing new cars in order to keep the sales momentum going. In fiscal 2014, the automaker launched several popular models in the Asian market. In 2013 it launched the third-generation Fit in Japan, and it was an instant hit. Honda also launched the mini-vehicle N-WGN, the fully remodeled Odyssey, and the compact SUV Vezel in Japan.

The newly introduced 2014 Honda sedans -- City and Amaze -- have sold big in India, with Amaze hitting the 88,000 unit mark. The company is expected to release the Mobilio in India this month, while its variant was unveiled in Indonesia last month. Honda plans to launch 20 new cars over the next couple years in China after the successful Crider and Jade launches there in fiscal 2014. Another revamped model, the Jazz, is lined up for launch in the Thai and Indian markets.

Foolish takeaway
Despite the weakening yen and the Thai crisis, expanding in Asia seems to be a good idea for Honda. The CIJ and ASEAN countries offer ample growth opportunities, and Honda is aggressively adding capacity in the region and rolling out new cars, to capitalize on this.

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Ford And Honda To Improve US Market Share With New Models

Ford Motor Company and Honda Motor Co Ltd plan to outmaneuver their competition by increasing the number of new models

Ford Motor Company (F), the second-largest automaker in the US, and Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co Ltd (HMC) plan to redesign or replace 28% of their annual sales volume by 2018 compared to the industry average of 23 percent, reports John Murphy, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch auto analyst.

In his “Car Wars” report that analyzes the automotive market for the next four years, Murphy predicts small changes in the market shares of the big players. Ford and Honda are expected to increase their market share by 0.5% each to 16.2% and 10.3%, respectively, due to the introduction of new models. Nissan (NSANY) and European automakers are expected to lose 0.2% in the US and end up with 7.8% and 8.3%, respectively. The rest of the carmakers will maintain their respective market shares.

Also read: US Auto Industry To See Solid Growth In 2014
Greater Product Differentiation Will Improve Market Share

Automakers have long believed that the key to increasing market share is low costs, superior product quality, and product differentiation. John Murphy believes that automakers have found that competing on low costs and on product superiority is near impossible. This leaves product differentiation as the most important driver for increasing market share. Consequently, he based his market share calculation on the number of new model launches and replacement of older models.

Ford is planning to launch new models of the Fiesta and Fusion, as well as a redesigned Mustang and F-series. Honda plans to launch an all new HR-V as well as a redesigned Fit. Increasing market share is the need of the hour for Ford, after its US sales decreased by 6% year-over-year this June, even though the industry recorded an overall increase of 1.2%. Ford has also said it will lose market share in 2014 as it retools its plants to launch record number of vehicles during the year.

Most carmakers in the US have started turning over their product lines at an average of two to three years. A record number of launches in the coming year are further expected to spur demand. Murphy estimates that out of the 175 new models expected over the next four years, a third will be crossovers. Ford has five models of crossovers lined for launch.

Ford traded 0.98% higher on Friday to close at $17.47, while Honda closed 0.09% down to $34.96.


Driven: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid delivers 50 mpg on the highway!

Toyota grabbed the hybrid market by the horns with the Prius, but Honda is finally fighting back with the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan. The new Accord Hybrid trumps many rivals thanks to its intelligent engineering, spacious cabin, and trademark Honda reliability. And thanks to its surprisingly peppy gas-electric powertrain, this Honda feels right at home in the passing lane.

After years of playing catch-up, it’s nice to have Honda near the head of the hybrid sedan class. The Japanese automaker has a reputation for cutting-edge engineering but, in recent years, Honda’s high tech glow has faded. Toyota got the jump on the hybrid market, while Nissan and Tesla made headlines with electric-powered cars, such as the Model S and Leaf hatchback.

With its most recent refresh, the 2014 Accord looks and drives better than it has in a long time. The addition of the Accord Hybrid helps make a good thing even better, thanks in large part to this sedan’s EPA economy average of 50 mpg in city driving, and 45 mpg on the highway.

That’s better than what you’ll get in the highly-acclaimed Ford Fusion, and it’s nipping at the heels of the 2014 Toyota Prius. Credit the 2.0-liter inline-4 and electric motor, coupled to a lithium-ion battery pack mounted at the rear of the Accord. This powertrain delivers a combined 196-horsepower and 226 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels.

What’s most notable about the Accord Hybrid is the way it goes about balancing impressive economy with the kind of enjoyable, easy-to-use driving dynamics that we know Honda can achieve, when it wants to. (The dynamics are almost good enough to forget the limp and completely listless feel of the current Honda Insight…almost.)

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring has a starting price of $35,695, including destination charge.

The Accord feels light on its fleet, with crisp steering and a suspension that’s slightly on the firmer side of what you’ll find in the family sedan segment. For me, the stiffer ride is a pleasant trade-off for extra road feel and control in this front-wheel-drive sedan.

I’ll admit it, I had some worries the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) could spoil the fun. In other vehicles, CVTs can prove maddeningly reluctant to rev when you want them to, or be less frantic and noisy when you’re cruising along. Thankfully, the Accord Hybrid's CVT behaved perfectly during my week-long test drive.

Press the gas pedal and the run from zero to 60 mph takes about 7.5 seconds. That would have been sports sedan territory not too long ago – now, this level of acceleration marks the Accord Hybrid as one of the peppier mainstream fuel-sippers.

Despite it's surprising performance levels, the Accord Hybrid doesn't exactly stand out in a crowd. The latest Accord is handsome but, like many cars in this class, the exterior styling simmers rather than sizzles. Still, the cool blue accents on the grille and headlights of the Hybrid are a classy touch. I was surprised that just about everyone – from parking valets, to friends and family – noticed them.

The cabin has that Honda airiness that I’ve always enjoyed. All the controls are logically placed, and the gauges in front of the driver are incredibly clear and simple. This is the kind of car that feels very familiar and comfortable within the first few miles of driving it.

My only major complaint is with the split-screen on the center of the dash. In my test car, the upper portion contained the navigation system, while the lower screen was devoted to the audio system. It looks nice but, in practice, I found it distracting and an over-complicated solution for a simple problem. Make one large and easy-to-use screen, Honda.
The cabin materials feel solid and the overall interior has a pleasant, airy feel to it. The cabin materials feel solid and the overall interior has a pleasant, airy feel to it.
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    The cabin materials feel solid and the overall interior has a pleasant, airy feel to it.
    The split-screen dash layout in the Accord Hybrid proved frustrating to use. A single, larger screen would be a better solution.
    The rear seat of the Accord Hybrid is spacious and has plenty of legroom.

There is plenty of space for front and rear passengers, but the hybrid powertrain takes a noticeable 3 cubic foot chunk out of luggage space, leaving a total of 12.7 cu. ft. That loss doesn’t sound like much, yet it makes a big impact on ultimate load-lugging because the split-folding rear seatback also gets the heave-ho in the Accord Hybrid. If you’re seriously considering this car, keep in mind that bulky items are going to be strapped to the roof, or have to get left behind.

The Accord Hybrid costs approximately $2-grand more than hybrid-powered rivals such as the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. The Accord gets better mileage, however, so you could argue that eventually you’ll make up that extra outlay.

That argument is harder to justify when you’re comparing the Hybrid to the base Accord, powered by 185-hp 4-cylinder engine. Coupled to the CVT, the Accord LX returns a stout 27/36-mpg during city and highway driving. The Hybrid trumps it, of course, and to be honest, I’ve never much bought into the idea that people are cross-shopping base models with their pricier hybrid siblings.

It makes for more cynical auto reviews, but that’s about it.

And remember, the Accord Hybrid is more than a fancy powertrain and mileage figures. The range-topping Hybrid Touring trim level is loaded with convenience and safety features. These include Honda’s satellite-linked navigation with voice recognition, adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, push button start, power front seats, XM radio with Pandora compatibility, USB interface, 360-watt 7-speaker audio system with subwoofer, and a leather interior, amongst other items.

One of the coolest, and most safety conscious features, is the Honda LaneWatch system. Click the right turn signal, and a camera located in the right side mirror projects a wide angle view of the car’s right-hand side on the dashboard’s upper screen. The system is one of the smartest safety advancements I’ve experienced for the 2014 model year.

And that’s the perfect segway into a summary of the Accord Hybrid which, after a week behind the wheel, proved itself to be one of the best hybrids available today. A clever powertrain and precise feel marks the Accord Hybrid as a fuel-saver that doesn’t sacrifice the experience of driving. The split-screen dash isn’t perfect, and the trunk is downright stingy, but if you’re in the market for a comfortable hybrid that’s loaded with intelligent engineering, you’ve got to add this Honda to your shopping list.


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2000 Miles in the 2014 HFP Honda Accord Coupe

We review the newest 6-speed V6 Accord from Honda's lineup

Before we even get into the story let us say, YES we know a Honda Accord V6 isn’t exactly the most exciting car to take on a road trip across the Pacific Northwest. No it’s not turbo charged, no it doesn’t have an insane amount of horsepower, and no it’s not built for a racetrack, but what it is built for, it’s exceptional at. You could say that the 2014 Honda Accord V6 is the perfect Grand Touring car, and that’s exactly why we were excited to put over 2,000 miles on this bad boy on a trip up the coast.

First off, let’s start off with why…. Why did we grab an Accord and head north? Well, to be completely honest, the only way you can get to know a new car is by putting in some serious windshield time and with a total of 2,200 miles behind we really got to know what this car was all about. Why did we choose an Accord? If you think about it, it’s the closest thing that Honda has to a sports car that’s out right now. Lucky for us, the Accord we chose featured Honda’s 6-speed Manual transmission with hill assist, (no more rolling backwards down a hill at a stop light) and their 278 horsepower V6. Mate a manual transmission to just about any peppy motor and you will always have a fun car on your hands just about every time.

Speaking of, the V6 that Honda features in the new accord is beyond fun. Speed builds very quickly in that car and multiple times we had to have a double take at the speedo because we were doing triple digit speeds without knowing it. On top of that, the motor just sounds so good inside the cabin; you just want to rev it out all the time. While 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque don’t seem like a lot, somehow in that car it seemed like it was almost too much. In fact, after we pulled over to take a picture of the Oregon / CA border we decided to gun it back on to the freeway and we legitimately smoked the tires all the way through second gear.

Other than the motor and transmission, two of our other favorite features on the accord had to have been the fuel economy and the side view mirror camera. Honda claims an average of 28mpg’s highway in the new Accord but even with us behind the wheel, we set a cruising speed of 80mph and got a surprising 26.9-mpg’s. Over the course of 2,200 miles that great gas mileage really added up.

The side mirror rear view camera was one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a moderately priced production car yet. Every time you initiated the right blinker the entertainment display switched to the side mirror rear camera so you could see when you were clear to merge over. There was even a button on the blinker lever that allowed you to turn that camera on an off anytime you wanted.

Overall, we’d like to say that this Accord is a major step in the right direction for Honda. Not only did the big bodied Grand touring coupe make us feel like we were in a sports car at some points, but it got exceptional gas mileage, was packed with technology goodies and it didn’t look all that bad. Remember the 90’s when Accords were the golden children of the British Touring Car Championship? All your friends who owned one thought they had raddest touring car in town. I doubt that the Accord will ever be that car again, but we can say this is probably the best Accord we’ve driven in the past 20 years.

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Comparison review: Eleven compact sedans -- the best and the worst

There's a lot to love in a good compact car.

With lower prices, better fuel economy, and easier maneuverability than a midsize sedan, today's best compacts – the best-selling Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, and their competitors – also couple unexpected substance with the expected level of value. Even south of $20,000, you can expect fairly high levels of comfort, quality, safety, driving fun, and premium features.

The best compact sedans pull this off, at any rate. Back-to-back test drives of eleven such vehicles – nearly every vehicle in the market segment – helped reveal which is which. The different models were each designed with particular tradeoffs that will fit some buyers better than others – style versus interior space, ride versus handling, luxury versus value, and others. Some of these cars, too, have flaws that keep them from achieving even the balance they intended to strike.

This comparison relies on test drives and analyses of price, safety and fuel economy of the eleven compact sedans to pick winners and losers for different types of customers, and to rank them from top to bottom overall.

There has been significant changeover in this class since this reviewer compared ten compact sedans three years ago. Chrysler re-entered the segment with the Dodge Dart. The Kia Forte, Mazda3, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla have been fully redesigned. The Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Jetta have been updated. Working to hold their own against the newer competitors are the Ford Focus, often ranked the world's best-selling car; and the Chevrolet Cruze, 2011's defending champion.

Chosen for this comparison were cars equipped with an automatic transmission; power windows, locks and mirrors; alloy wheels; Bluetooth connectivity; and an infotainment screen, or the nearest equivalent. So equipped, the cars' estimated transaction prices ranged from $17,000 to $21,000 – no pittance, but still a price point that delivers a lot of car for the money.

The only current 2014-model compact sedan excluded was the Mitsubishi Lancer, a slow-selling vehicle that has barely changed since it placed last in this reviewer's comparison five years ago; also left our are models sold only as hatchbacks, including the Scion tC and Volkswagen Golf.

Scroll down for quick summary reviews of the eleven compact sedans, or use the links below to learn more:

More from this comparison:
- Rating the eleven compact sedans: How do they compare in different ways, such as comfort, performance, and fuel economy?
- Ranking the eleven compact sedans: How do they stack up for different types of buyers?
- Full reviews of the: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT, 2014 Dodge Dart SXT, 2014 Ford Focus SE, 2014 Honda Civic EX, 2014 Hyundai Elantra SE, 2015 Kia Forte LX, 2014 Mazda3 i Touring, 2014 Nissan Sentra SV, 2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium, 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Plus, and 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE.


Honda expands airbag recall to include California vehicles

Honda has expanded its recall over Takata airbag inflators, adding California to the list of states covered by the regional campaign.

The company initially recalled more than two million vehicles in Southern states and US territories known to maintain high humidity during part of the year. The chemical propellants are said to be affected by moisture in the air, contributing to inflator explosions that have been blamed on several shrapnel injuries and airbag failures.

The Japanese automaker is now preparing to fix approximately three million vehicles, after a 2005 Accord's airbag inflator exploded during an accident that occurred in California.

The list of affected vehicles remains unchanged, including 11 different 2001-2007 Honda and Acura models in the regional recall. The company also issued a nationwide recall that lists seven models with 2002 or 2003 model years.

The defective components have affected millions of vehicles from eight major automakers, potentially expanding to nine if Mitsubishi joins the crowd as expected.

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Review: 2014 Honda N One Premium Tourer

To Americans, the term "K-Car" is generally associated with a sub-par compact built by Chrysler and sold under a variety of nameplates in the 1980s and 1990s. The term has an entirely different meaning in Japan, where a kei car is a special type of car that is less expensive to buy, register, and insure than a standard car due to its almost Matchbox-like size.

The current regulations dictate a kei car must stretch no more than 133.8 inches from bumper to bumper, 78.7 inches tall and 58.2 inches from side to side. To put those figures into perspective, Chevrolet's entry-level Spark measures 144 inches long, 62 inches wide and 61 inches tall. Additionally, a kei car's engine displacement is strictly limited to 660 cubic centimeters and its output can't exceed 63 horsepower.

Kei cars have been sold in the United States in the past: The Subaru 360 - the automaker's first-ever car - was a kei car, and the Honda N600 was an evolution of the N360 kei car that was introduced in Japan in 1967. However, they are generally ill-suited to today's market due to their pint-sized dimensions and many of them are even too small for Europe.

Eager to see what it's like to live with a kei car on a daily basis, we headed to Japan to spend time behind the wheel of the retro-styled Honda N One.

What Is It?
Introduced in 2012, the N One eschews the "exciting H" design language seen on the Fit and the upcoming HR-V because it was designed as a homage to the aforementioned N360. Styling cues like the N360's round headlights, its characteristic beltline crease and its vertical tail lamps have been carried over to the new model, creating an unmistakable visual connection between the two cars. However, the N One packs four doors for practicality purposes and it is noticeably bigger than its truly tiny predecessor.

Like most kei cars, the N One is sold exclusively in Japan and Honda is not currently planning on exporting it abroad. Interestingly, it is billed as a more premium alternative to other kei cars and it can be decked out with a wide array of customization options including two-tone paint jobs, several different alloy wheel designs, aerodynamic add-ons and a long list of decorative trim pieces.

Life Aboard
The N One is surprisingly well built inside, shattering the notion that small is a synonym for Spartan in the automotive world. The other surprising aspect is that Honda has maximized the use of space to an extent that is almost unbelievable. For example, the center console has been thrown out to clear up space for two wide seats that join together to create a makeshift bench seat. Kei cars are often parked in impossibly small spaces, and the pseudo-bench seat setup facilitates the task of entering and exiting the car from either side.

The N One more than makes up for its lack of a center console by offering several storage bins cleverly scattered throughout the cockpit, four cup holders located on either end of the dashboard and in the door pockets as well as a grocery bag hook in the passenger foot well.

Don't let the N One's small size fool you into thinking it's little more than a glorified motorcycle. The hatchback can comfortably seat four normal-sized adults while carrying several bags of groceries in the trunk. Alternatively, Honda's Magic Seat technology (also found in the Fit) makes it possible to fold up the rear seat bottoms to obtain a generous amount of vertical space, or to fold the rear seat backs down to create a flat loading floor.

A large touch screen that runs the car's infotainment system sticks out from the top of the dashboard. Steering wheel-mounted controls allow the driver to change the radio station and adjust the volume, but there are no redundant knobs or switches for the rest of the infotainment system's functions. Clearly, the N One is aimed at a young and technology-focused target audience.

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Honda sees India among its top five markets by 2017

Looking at small car below Brio

Buoyed by the success of its latest launches in India, Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co sees the country becoming its fourth largest market by 2017.

Its local unit Honda Cars India, which saw a growth of 83% last fiscal, has set an ambitious goal of selling 3 lakh cars by 2017, almost six times higher than its 2011-12 volumes.

This would put India only behind the US, China and Japan. At present, India is the sixth-biggest market for Honda globally.

The launch of compact sedan Amaze with its new diesel engine last year and the new City in January brought higher volumes for the company, which was once struggling to set its strong foothold in the country.

Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, managing officer, Honda Motor Co & representative of development, purchasing and production in Asia and Oceania region, told dna that 83% growth last fiscal was beyond expectations, and the next level of growth will be driven by new products and a stronger network.

The company managed to almost double its sales in fiscal 2013-14 to 134,399 units in the domestic market, from 54,427 units it sold in the country in fiscal 2011-12, as per the data by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.

“We had to adopt to change in market conditions in India like currency fluctuations and increasing demand for diesel vehicles. Hence, we focused more on localising our products to address the currency fluctuation issue. Introduction of diesel engine also helped in expanding our offerings,” said Matsumoto.

The company is currently in the process of increasing its number of dealers, especially in Tier 2 and 3 cities, which will constitute 75% of its new dealers.

While on the new products side, Matsumoto said the company is now studying various segments, including a small car (below Brio).

“We realise that this market (small cars) is the biggest market in India but at the same time its the most difficult market to operate in. We want to be the most trusted company when it comes to customer satisfaction, quality, technology, etc. Hence, we are still evaluating.”

Honda Cars India on Thursday launched its Mobilio in Mumbai. The company has received almost 6,000 bookings since it started its pre-bookings on July 8. The company may look at ramping up capacity at its Tapukara, Rajasthan plant. It currently operates single shift at the plant, and will decide on the second shift depending on the response for Mobilio. Honda will also launch its new premium hatchback Jazz by end of this fiscal.


But MPGe is a lot less intuitive than miles per gallon used to be

The 2014 Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) (TYO:7267) Accord Plug-in Hybrid shows how much progress has been made with electrification, rated as 115 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) for short trips and 46 MPGe for longer trips that also use gas, according to the US Department of Energy’s fuel economy website. But the slightly odd MPGe measure doesn’t tell drivers what they really want to know, which is that many of them will almost never have to refill the tank if they buy the new Honda Accord Plug-in hybrid.

Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid saves drivers $7,000 over five years

Since miles per gallon is familiar, the DOJ continues to use a similar measure when ranking electric vehicles and hybrids (the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S is rated at 95 MPGe) by treating one gallon of gas as 33.7kWh of energy, regardless of the source. From a pure engineering perspective this does tell you how efficiently the car converts potential energy, but drivers want to know how much they will have to spend on fuel (or electricity), how often they’ll have to wait in line at the gas station, and maybe that their new car is better for the environment.

In the case of the Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) (TYO:7267) Accord Plug-in Hybrid, drivers can go 13 miles on a full charge without using any gasoline and even after that the engine and brakes recharge the battery so that it still improves fuel efficiency. The DOE estimates that drivers will save $7,000 over five years assuming 45% highway driving and 55% city driving, clocking 15,000 miles per year.

MPGe doesn’t tell drivers what they want to know

Even with the $7000 in savings, the Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) (TYO:7267) Accord Plug-in Hybrid costs about $40,000, so people on a budget will have plenty of more affordable options. But as fuel efficiency standards become stricter and battery technology improves, electrification will become a lot more common. Miles per gallon was always a rough estimate that changed based on everything from the weather outside to the amount of air in your tires, but at least it had the benefit of being intuitive. When the latest hybrid is judged to be more fuel efficient than all-electric cars, the conversation has split.

The DOE also estimates that the annual fuel cost for the new Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) (TYO:7267) is about $950, versus $650 for a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S with the same driving patterns, even though the Honda has the better MPGe.


Honda's Mobilio Looks to Repeat Indonesia Success in India

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New Delhi/Jakarta: Honda Motor Co is looking to boost its market share in India with the launch of a seven-seater, multi-purpose vehicle which has been a runaway success for the Japanese carmaker in Indonesia.

Since the launch in January of the Mobilio in Indonesia, Honda's sales and market share in the Southeast Asian country have soared, hurting rivals such as Toyota Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co.

Honda has received bookings for 5,800 Mobilio units in India in a two-week period prior to the launch on Wednesday. Toyota sold 5,377 of its multi-purpose car Innova in June in Asia's third-largest economy.

"The Mobilio has already enjoyed a successful run in Indonesia. I am confident the Mobilio will repeat this success in the Indian market as well," Honda's managing officer, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, said at the launch in Delhi.

India and Indonesia have growing middle-income populations and the two Asian countries share a culture of joint families, creating strong demand for cars such as the Mobilio, analysts say.

While Indonesia is an established market for multi-purpose vehicles, which accounted for more than half the 1.23 million cars sold in the country in 2013, in India they make up only a fraction of total passenger car sales.

In India, such vehicles are mainly used by corporates and taxi providers to ferry people, and demand for personal use has been low but is expected to grow at a rapid pace.

Improving road infrastructure which has increased inter-city travel for work and leisure is seen creating demand for cars such as Mobilio, said Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice president-marketing and sales at Honda Cars India Ltd.

Sales of multi-purpose vehicles in India are likely to nearly double from 2011 to more than one million in 2021, according to IHS Automotive.

Renault SA and Nissan, through its Datsun brand, also plan to launch multi-purpose vehicles in India later this year to tap the growing demand.

New segments

Honda's Indian unit will account for 25 per cent of the Japanese carmaker's Asia Pacific sales target of 1.2 million units by March 2017, and Mobilio will be a key contributor, the carmaker said.

"We have to expand our volumes so our strategy is to enter new segments," said Mr Sen, adding that competition in this segment was also comparatively weaker and an early entry would help Honda cement its place.

In India, Mobilio will compete with Maruti Suzuki Ltd's Ertiga, Toyota's Innova and Nissan's Evalia. The ex-showroom price in Delhi of the base variant of the petrol engine car is Rs. 649,000 ($10,800 at $1= 60.1800 Indian rupees), cheaper than its rivals.

In Indonesia, since its launch Honda has sold 46,000 Mobilio that competes with Toyota's Avanza and Daihatsu's Xenia cars.

This has helped the company increase its market share to 12.9 per cent at end-June from 8.2 per cent a year earlier, PT Honda Prospect Motor Indonesia, Honda's local distributor, said.

Toyota's market share fell to 34.9 per cent at end-June from 35.7 per cent a year ago, according to industry body Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries, and could force the carmaker to start discounting its cars.

"We believe to retain its market share within the next 12-18 months Astra International (Toyota's local partner) should offer an attractive sales discount to the customers," said Frederick Tanggela, an analyst with Jakarta-based Trimegah Securities.


Honda Mobilio MPV launched at a starting price of Rs 6.49 lakh

NEW DELHI: Honda Cars India on Wednesday launched its new Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), the Mobilio at a starting price of Rs 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The petrol car will cost Rs 6.49 lakh for the E variant; Rs 7.50 lakh for S variant and Rs 8.76 lakh for the V variant.

The diesel variants have been priced between Rs 7.89 lakh to Rs 10.86 lakh. The seven-seater MVP will take on the likes of Maruti SuzukiBSE 0.28 % Ertiga, Mahindra Xylo, Nissan Evalia and even the Toyota Innova.

Its closest competitor, the Ertiga petrol starts at Rs. 5.8 lakh and goes up to to Rs. 7.3 lakh while Diesel starts at Rs. 7.22 lakh and goes up to Rs. 8.49 lakh.

Honda said that the name Mobilio has been coined from English words mobility and mobile. Honda Mobilio's deliveries will begin from today.

The Honda Mobilio MPV is 4.4-metre long with a wheelbase of 2.6-metre and has a ground clearance of 185mm. While it looks similar to the Amaze sedan and Brio hatchback, it manages to be distinct with its stretched out proportions and non-boxy looks. The Mobilio looks the most distinct from the rear as all resemblance to the hatch and a sedan ends with a new set of tail lamps and plenty of curves.

Moving to the interior - the Mobilio gets a two-tone colour scheme, which makes the cabin feel roomy. The seats are flexible with plenty of storage space, with a generous amount of cabin space and good amount of headroom. What is impressive is that even the third row seat gets adequate knee room and can be used for long drives. The interior of the Mobilio is similar to what we have on the Brio and Amaze.

The variant where the entertainment system is similar to the new City, which also serves as a screen for the reversing camera has been kept on hold because of a technical glitch. The top end variant also gets faux wood fittings on the dash and the door, and faux leather seats. Base cargo are is at 223 L which can be enhanced to 512L in the third row fold configuration.

The Mobilio will be powered by the new 1.5-litre turbocharged Earth Dreams diesel engine that does duty on the Amaze and City churning out power of 100ps@3600 rpm and torque of 200 Nm@ 1750 rpm. The diesel engine continues to be noisy but Honda has done a better job in insulating the noise out in the Mobilio.

The petrol variant gets the 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit producing a power of 119ps@6600 rpm and 145Nm of torque and is peppy and is the same that powers the City. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.


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Honda’s campaign gives wings to nation’s dreams to fly

LUCKNOW: Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Private Limited (HMSI), the only Honda in India recently commenced its latest corporate campaign titled 'Honda is Honda'. In Phase I, the campaign was teased at various social sites and blogs from July 14-18 followed by the TV teaser which was on air from July 15 to 18.

Phase II shall see the 360 degree campaign starting across TV, print, radio, outdoor to even cinema. Engaging with his 10 million fans, Honda's brand ambassador Akshay Kumar too will promote the campaign through his social page.

The new corporate campaign 'Honda is Honda' aims to demonstrate that firstly, Honda is the partner of choice for Indian two-wheeler customers in pursuit of their dreams. Secondly, to firmly embed Honda's wings as the symbol of HMSI's commitment to enable people to achieve the lift they seek.

The creative agency for the campaign is Dentsu Marcom. At a time when Honda goes about fulfilling the mobility dreams of every Indian, it becomes important to go beyond mere awareness creation to become a part and parcel of Indian two-wheeler customer's emotional landscape. It is in this context, that Honda (symbolized by Wing-mark for its two-wheeler operations globally) is reinforcing its differentiated brand imagery with 'Honda is Honda' campaign, said the agency.

HMSI said, "With 'Honda is Honda' we want to reinforce that 'wings' mean Honda's time tested reliability, technology, legacy of excellence, quality and innovation. In total, Honda's wings enable people to chase their dreams.

The corporate film shows an entire town intrigued by a spectacle taking shape high up in the sky. Little girls and boys, elderly men, rural women to global travellers, working professionals to monks, all are seen looking up to the sky. People are seen peeping out of windows, standing on terraces and coming together to watch the spectacle. One of them is Honda's brand ambassador Akshay Kumar. Finally, the divers come together to form the wing aerially. The spectators are thrilled to see Honda Wing high up in the clouds.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India launched their first corporate campaign with 'Hamein Jaldi Hain' campaign which spoke about how the country was in a hurry and how Honda can help the countrymen and women in their hurriedness to their dream destinations. In its second campaign, this ride was established as a flight.

When birds fly, they lift their feet off ground. The brand had this incredible symbol, which we hadn't leveraged. So it all came together in 'zameen se jab hum paanv uthate hain, pankh apne aap lag jaate hain.' Brand Honda gives an experience no other brand can" said Titus Upputuru, NCD, Dentsu Marcom.


Honda asks dealers to add service
Goal: More hours and bays by 2018

Honda dealer David Griffith's service center is open seven days a week. But now American Honda Motor Co. wants him to extend his Saturday hours, he said.

Griffith, who owns Griffith Motors in The Dalles, Ore., isn't so sure. "I don't have the demand to justify adding hours right now," he said.

Griffith is one of hundreds of Honda and Acura dealers that American Honda is asking to add service bays, hours or both by 2018 to accommodate the automaker's forecast of rising sales. Honda's requests are not mandatory, but some dealers said they feel pressure to make the changes.

In May, the automaker recalculated its so-called Minimum Requirements for Facilities. The new calculation anticipates future sales plus the likely longevity of models on the road in each market. Past requirements relied only on potential sales, Honda said. The result is many Honda and Acura dealers will be asked to change their service operations to accommodate growing demand by 2018.

Besides customer retention, Honda wants its dealers to compete better against independent service shops, said Jenny Gilger, American Honda's senior manager for service operations, in Torrance, Calif.

"Financially the dealers are going to lose if they don't step up to provide the capacity the market needs. They will be leaving money on the table," Gilger said.

There are 1,044 Honda and 273 Acura U.S. dealerships. Honda will not disclose how many it is asking to improve their service operations. Gilger said that as a result of the 2018 requirement recalculation, 10 percent more dealers will be asked to make changes compared with the number of dealers Honda had previously identified as having deficient operations.

To-do list
Honda is asking some dealers to

• Extend service hours

• Add service bays, technicians

• Remodel flexibly, in case more bays are needed later

Case by case

"Each dealer's situation is unique and will be handled on a case-by-case basis," a Honda spokesman wrote in an e-mail. "Some may need to make minor adjustments, some major, and many in between." Honda will not help to finance any expansions.

In late June, Honda presented the updated requirements to a group of California dealers at a regional meeting, said a dealer who was there and asked not to be identified. The dealer said Honda's discussion of extended service operations is not new, but this time the request is "more formalized."

He said he would have to hire several service employees to extend his service hours by 15 hours a week, as Honda requested. He also would have to advertise the new hours. He questions whether he will earn enough revenue to offset the added costs. He said it will be a "tough call," but he feels pressure to do it.

"When there's a request made and supportive documents behind it and we don't fulfill that request, there are typically unintended consequences to us that we see down the road," he said.

The payoff for expanding service operations can be substantial.

Brian Lam, platform vice president at DCH Honda in Paramus, N.J., completed a new service building four months ago.

Lam said Honda's been telling his store "for years" that service demand in his market was growing.

"We agreed, but we didn't want to do an offsite service facility," Lam said.

DCH Honda, which sells about 8,200 new and used vehicles a year, was recently able to buy adjacent land to build the new service center. The dealership now has 24 service bays, up from 16 in the old building, and eventually will have 39. Lam also hired about 12 additional service technicians. The store's monthly gross profit in service rose to $675,000 from about $575,000 in those four months. In two years he expects it to rise to $1.25 million.

Honda has talked to Paragon Honda in Queens, N.Y., about increasing its hours or adding service bays, said General Manager Brian Benstock. Paragon Honda's service center went to seven days a week in the late 1990s, he said. Now he may extend hours well into the night.

"More and more dealers are doing" Sunday service, Benstock said. "You pay rent seven days a week, you might as well make money seven days a week."


Car Doctor: Honda transmissions are a bit different

Q: We have a 2003 Honda Accord with 120,000 miles on it. The owner’s manual recommends changing the automatic transmission fluid every 120,000 miles or six years, whichever comes first. As far as we can recall, we never had this fluid changed. Our mechanic tried yesterday, but said the drain bolt was stuck and he did not want to break it. What would you recommend we do?

— Joshua

A: Honda transmissions, unlike some other vehicles, don’t have a conventional transmission pan. In your car there is a large magnetic drain bolt that needs to be removed to change the transmission fluid. This plug is quite robust and it is unlikely it would break when trying to remove it. The other option would be flushing the transmission using a “power-flush” machine. I spoke with Ron Andreozzi, the technical representative from BG products, who verified that this would be a workable solution. In this scenario, the transmission cooling lines are disconnected and a machine forces new fluid into the transmission, which forces out the old fluid. His word of caution is to use Honda fluid or a high-quality replacement fluid such as the type used by BG. My personal experience has been that some aftermarket fluids don’t hold up well in Honda vehicles and can actually change shift characteristics.
Change oil before and after storage

Q: I go south to escape the cold for about five months each winter. I change my oil just before leaving, then, when I return I have it changed again about a month after the return. Is it wasteful to change it before I leave or should I leave it and change it immediately when I return? Or should I just change it before I put the car in storage and then when I return not worry about the oil until the next scheduled oil change?

— WFB, Wakefield

A: The best thing to do is to change the oil before and after storage. Although, if this were my car, and being a bit frugal, I would leave the old oil in the engine (providing it is relatively clean) and once you return, thoroughly warm up the engine then change the oil as soon as practical. When exposed to normal conditions, any oil will start to pick up moisture as soon as it comes in contact with the air. Oil is quite hygroscopic, which means it picks up moisture easily, so in this case even new oil that has sat in an engine for five months would have some level of contamination.
Ford F150 stalls when ‘floored’

Q: I have a Ford F150 plow/dump-run truck with a big V-8 engine and dual fuel tanks. The truck starts OK but will stall if I “floor” the gas pedal. What should I do?

— Buddy J

A: There are many items that need to be checked. The problem could be related to the ignition, a lack of fuel or a problem with one of the vehicle’s sensors, such as the throttle-position switch or the mass air-flow sensor. In addition, this model truck has had a history of problems with the fuel pump and tank switch. It may be time to take the truck to an ASE certified technician for diagnosis and repair.
’98 Jeep stutters and shakes

Q: I have a 1998 Jeep that I leave up at my cabin at Lake George. This is a basic Jeep that has a four-cylinder and a stick shift. From time to time, I have had problems starting my car in the mornings. After some hesitation it will start, but it seems like it throws my fuel injectors all out of whack. Once I get going, my car will stutter and shake as I let off the clutch and accelerate. Once I get to a certain point it will go smoothly, but only after a session of working the gas and clutch in tandem. Is the starting problem the battery? Is the stuttering problem because of the starting issues, or injector issues?

— Ryan

A: It is possible these problems are related to ignition or fuel-injection. One possibility is that one of the fuel injectors will leak and foul a spark plug. Once the car is running for a while, the plug will clear up and the engine will run OK. Since you don’t use this Jeep every day, leave it with a qualified repair shop so they can experience the problem and recommend repairs.


2014 Honda Civic Si still struts but needs a bit more stride

Humble Hondas never wear purple.

They celebrate sensibility — kind of like the guy down the street who dons goggles and elbow-length rubber gloves to pull weeds.

(I guess you can never be too careful with aggressive clumps of Johnson grass.)

Hondas carry teachers and accountants, preachers and clerks — without a single sputter or shudder.

I’ve even heard that Honda stereos won’t play the Blasters or the Buzzcocks — too much bashing and thrashing about for their sensitive electronics.

That is, all Hondas but the Civic Si, which apparently took its name from frequent frat-boy road trips to rowdy Mexican border towns.

It sleeps in on Mondays.

I always interpreted Si as the Honda Yes, a smirking, spirited, high-performance Civic that revs to 7,000 rpm with a sneer and slides luridly around every corner.

It was the Honda hoon — or maybe the Hoonda.

But, hey, even rebels age and move to North Dallas to get married and take up golf.

Maybe that’s what happened to the 2014 Honda Civic Si I had recently, a coupe cloaked in end-of-the-world red but civilized enough to share garage space with an Odyssey minivan.

Still lean and more refined than ever, the new Si felt kind of like someone polished the party animal out of it — for better or worse.

Honda pumps up and tightens down Si models, swapping in a 205-horsepower 2.4-liter four for the Civic’s standard 1.8-liter grocery-getter.

In addition to the 60-horsepower increase, the Si gets tighter steering, a limited-slip differential, firmer suspension and — for this year — 18-inch wheels with 225/40 tires.

In a near-perfect shade of red, it absolutely shouts hot hatch.

All of the grille pieces and inlets up front are blacked out, of course, but in an unusual gloss tone.

While the headlamps look common as table salt, the body sports some nifty character lines atop the front fenders and through the doors that keep it looking fit. It also gets visual help from a gracefully curved top that sweeps into a short trunk.

Though the rear fenders looked a bit thick to me, the Si has nice proportions and stance.

I could live without the “i-VTEC DOHC” in silver letters in front of the rear wheels — engine gibberish that means nothing to most people.

But given some of the criticism directed at recent Civics for their uninspired styling, this is a nice-looking car.

I just wish it had a little better performance to back up the fine lines.

Not that there’s anything shabby about a 0-to-60 run in 6.5 seconds. But the Si’s performance trails the longtime hot-hatch leader, the Volkswagen GTI, as well as the brash new Ford Focus ST.

Both of those Mighty Mouse hatches are turbocharged, while the Si remains normally aspirated.


Granted, the Si’s fairly large 2.4-liter four is smooth and refined, with a rich-sounding exhaust note and silky idle — pretty typical Honda traits.

It also offers reasonably good low- and mid-range torque, powering effortlessly around corners at low revs in second gear.

But the Si from a couple of years ago was a lovably cranky howler, steadfastly refusing to dish out any power at all until it zinged past 5,000 rpm.

From 5,000 to 7,000-plus, though, the old Si surged forward abruptly with a sinister little high-pitched growl, blasting happily to the red line.

It dished out all sorts of surprises and excitement — kind of like your significant other, I’m sure.

Although the four-banger in the new Si can also spin to 7,000 rpm, it doesn’t provide much snap beyond 5,000 rpm. You get the sense that the car has traded its tattered black-leather jacket for a tweed sports coat.

Fuel economy from the relatively large four is also about average: 22 miles per gallon city, 31 on the highway.

Like the previous-gen Si, the new car offered a smooth, sweet-shifting six-speed manual and light, positive clutch, but they weren’t quite as much fun to play with.

Similarly, while the Si weighs in commendably at around 3,000 pounds, its handling didn’t feel as precise and tenacious as the previous Yes.

The steering was light and quick, but I didn’t think the car turned into corners quite as aggressively as before.

Moreover, sometimes in tight curves, the rear multi-link suspension squirmed a bit — though the body stayed planted. (Maybe I was just sawing away too much at the steering wheel, Jeff Gordon-style.)

While the Si remains a good-handling front-wheel-drive compact that rarely lapses into understeer, I doubt it could get by a GTI or Focus ST on the track.

Inside view

On the positive side of the performance ledger, the $25,000 Si rode better than the GTI or Focus ST, sailing over smooth streets with a nice mix of firm and flexible.

Likewise, the Si displays some needed maturity inside.

Mine showed up with a red and black interior that looked fairly high-end for a Civic.

As Honda likes to do with many of its cars, the Si had a slightly odd two-tier black dashboard formed from fairly high-quality plastic.

A digital speedometer, nanny shift light and fuel gauge resided on the upper tier, while a large conventional tach lived downstairs.

Meanwhile, a rectangular-shaped center stack housed a smallish 7-inch screen with simple buttons for the climate-control system — something we simple drivers much prefer.

Although the red in the center of the seats didn’t match the exterior of the Si, they looked OK and had supportive bolsters and good stitching.

Likewise, the door panels were mostly hard black plastic but were spiced up with curves, black cloth centers and some red stitching.

In addition, I could fit into the back seat fairly well and didn’t have to struggle much getting in and out — meaning most of your preteen kids can ride back there with their digital devices and not even realize they’ve left home.

As Honda proved with the new Accord, it can quickly fix styling and other complacency issues.

The Si has a solid foundation, silky engine, decent handling and reasonably good value.

Honda just needs to say “yes” to a couple of handling tweaks and a turbocharger or some other modification that will add 30 to 50 horsepower.

Put the smirk back in the Si, I say.



AT A GLANCE: 2014 Honda Civic Si

Type of vehicle: Four-passenger, front-wheel-drive coupe

Price as tested: $25,080

Fuel economy: 22 miles per gallon city, 31 highway

Weight: 2,996 pounds

Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque

Transmission: Six-speed manual

Performance: 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds

SOURCES: American Honda Motor Co.; Car and Driver


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Scris de: tokyodream din August 06, 2014, 10:00:25 a.m.
S2000 is go! Honda greenlights mid-engined sports coupe

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In May, we reported that Honda was planning to revive the famed S2000 nameplate with 350 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Now, Honda has reportedly greenlit the program.

Like the previous S2000, the new car will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder at its heart, but that’s where the similarities end. Motoring is reporting that Honda has settled on a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, with the turbocharged four-banger from the Civic Type-R supplying power.

Like the upcoming NSX, the S2000 will also have an electric motor bumping combined output to around 365 hp, but the dispatch makes no mention of the aforementioned AWD option. Previous sources reported the next-gen sports coupe would have a simplified version of the gas-electric traction system from the upcoming NSX.

For now, we’ll have to assume the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels only. We’ll keep you updated when the information is confirmed by Honda.

Could the new S2K be even better than the original? It’s too early to tell, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

Below the new S2000 will be the Honda’s upcoming “open-top sports-type minivehicle,” but you may prefer the less wordy S660 nameplate. Also on the horizon for the Japanese automaker is the next-generation NSX, which will have a hybrid powertrain, Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, and a combined output of 560 hp and 650 pound-feet of torque.

Motoring’s sources say the S2K will be built alongside the NSX supercar at Honda’s new Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, which probably means it will employ the same feather-light carbon fiber/aluminum construction as the range-topping Acura.

As far as looks, it’s still a long ways away, but there are rumors the S2000 will borrow heavily styling cues from both the NSX and the S660. That means a wide front grill, headlights that wrap around like Geordi’s visor from Star Trek, and sleek aerodynamic accents.

Average Hondas these ain’t.


Honda Sales In China Fall: Street Doubtful Over Full-Year Targets

Honda sales fell by approximately 23% YoY, in China for the month of July, causing doubts over the company’s ability to achieve its full-year sales growth target 18.9% for the country.

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (HMC) has reported sales of 39,453 vehicles in China for the month of July, indicating a drop of 23% year-over-year in the world’s biggest automotive market. The company had previously stated that it was targeting an 18.9% increase by selling 900,000 vehicles in China this year.

In the first seven months of the year, the company has sold 392,959 vehicles which comes out to just 6.9% growth over the same period last year.

The company’s representative said that the fall in the month of July can be attributed to strong competition and seasonal fall in demand in the market. Honda expects sales to rebound as it plans to launch new vehicle models in the second half of the year which will boost sales. It plans to double the number of vehicle models it offers in the Chinese market over the next two years.

Honda caters to the Chinese auto vehicle market through joint-ventures with Dongfeng Motor Group Co. Ltd. and Guanghou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. The slump in monthly sales however, is the biggest in the last 17 months, when sales of Japanese carmakers dropped in China in February 2013, due to anti-Japanese movements caused by territorial disputes.

Year to date Honda stock has shed 16.32% due to weakness in the topline resulting from increasing competition. Toyota Motor Corp (TM) also saw sales dip in July, falling 7.6% YoY, as it is still increasing the production of the newly launched Corolla. China the biggest automobile market has been a tough market for Japanese car makers like Honda due to political conflicts between Tokyo and Beijing which affects sales. In 2013, 18.8% of Honda’s sales came from China.


Honda Power Equipment investing $8.5M in Swepsonville facility

Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing Inc., a division of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., is investing $8.5 million into its Swepsonville facility and planning the production of a new generator as it celebrates the plant's 30th anniversary on Wednesday.

The company didn't disclose details about the expansion, but will be holding a media event and tour on Wednesday at the facility. The plant was opened in 1984 and produces a wide variety of outdoor power equipment including lawn mowers, string trimmers, snow blowers, water pumps and general purpose engines.

Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing employs more than 620 full-time associates and 340 contract associates at the plant, which produces more than 2 million products annually.

Honda officials said they have invested more than $250 million — including a $30 million expansion a decade ago — at the location over the past 30 years, enabling it to produce more than 27 million power products.


American Honda volume slides 4%

American Honda Motor Co. had a rocky July, with sales falling 4 percent from a year earlier to 135,908 vehicles, in a market that rose 9 percent overall.

Sales dropped 2 percent at Honda Division, to 123,428 vehicles, and 18 percent at Acura, to 12,480, the company said today.

Honda’s light-truck deliveries, a bright point elsewhere in the industry in July, slid 5 percent while car volume dropped 3 percent.

American Honda’s sales have fallen in five of the first seven months of this year, bringing the year-to-date total to 875,344, off 1 percent.

“Our July sales were definitely impacted by a lack of sedan availability as we sold out of TSX and TL,” Mike Accavitti, Acura’s general manager, said in a statement. “We’re confident that the all-new TLX luxury performance sedan, arriving at dealers now, will quickly remedy the situation and drive Acura sales growth through the second half of the year.”

Two of the company’s core models -- the Honda Accord and CR-V -- posted sales gains in July. Honda sold 35,073 Accords in July, up 11 percent, and 28,522 CR-Vs, up 5 percent.

But sales of the Civic, the brand’s second-highest volume nameplate, slid 7 percent to 30,038. And the Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline also posted sales declines of more than 15 percent. The 2015 Odyssey goes on sale Saturday Aug 2.

Sales of Honda’s redesigned Fit edged up 1 percent to 5,115.

Acura had a particularly bad month, with lower sales for every sedan. The TL tumbled 60 percent and sales of the TSX collapsed 72 percent. Both vehicles are being phased out in favor of the TLX, which has not yet gone on sale.

The MDX was the only Acura to post a gain in July, rising 13 percent to 6,283 vehicles. The RDX crossover, the brand’s second highest-volume nameplate, posted a 10 percent sales drop, to 3,532.


Honda has a very strong brand in India, says Yoshiyuki Matsumoto

Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president and CEO of Honda Motor India, is cheerful and he has good reasons to be ebullient as Honda's two wholly-owned ventures in India — the car and two-wheeler businesses are on an overdrive. Speaking to ET's Ketan Thakkar and Satish John, Matsumoto takes the help of a translator. But often he lapses into English before realising that there is a man to do the job for him. Edited excerpts:

Are you surprised by the response you got for Amaze, City and now Mobilio (which has garnered over 6,000 bookings)?

We have a very strong brand in India. The success has been due to the strong legacy of the Honda brand. We are happy and the sales have been more than our expectations

Is your headquarters now nudging you to put a third plant in India?

No comments. (Laughs). We have two plants in India, which have a production capacity of 2.4 lakh units per annum. We have not completely utilised that, but in the near future we intend to use it for the domestic market.

Do you see India as a sourcing base for neighbouring countries and Africa?

We've already recognised Africa to have a huge potential. It is a last frontier for us. In the future, we see India playing a key role in export of cars to Africa. We have a plan to export to Africa and that plan will evolve over a period of time. However, we already export engines and key components from India currently

How different was Honda operating before you took over and what has changed?

Before the global financial crisis of 2008, Honda had a portfolio of only petrol cars. But with the changing scenario of currency fluctuation and our localisation levels being low and the price gap between petrol and diesel fuel widening, we had to change our game plan. Two key things that we tried to do after I took over was pushing for localisation heavily and advancing the development of our diesel engine.

How tough was it to improve localisation on low volumes?

We were at a level of 70% gross localisation and the pure localisation was even lower. To reduce costs, we needed volumes. Our volumes were not enough and to improve localisation we needed a certain scale, which was not there; so we were caught in a vicious cycle. So, immediately after taking over, I pushed everyone right from sales, engineering, purchase, administration and R&D to focus on cost. We organised the first supplier conference, just before I came in here. We had to reveal our future plans in terms of volume expectations and future models so that our vendors commit and invest in localisation to reduce cost. The first day after the supplier conference, suppliers were a little skeptical about our future projections, but post the successful launch of Amaze, they have indeed gained confidence in Honda Cars India's future plans.

You head the two-wheeler business as well. Are there plans of merging both the businesses?

We don't have any plans of merging the twowheeler and four-wheeler businesses as both the businesses are at different stages of evolution in the country. The speed of growth and volume in two-wheeler business is totally different, whereas four-wheeler business is very strategic and is gradually taking off. That's why it is better to let both the businesses run on their own.

What about synergies between both the divisions?

The collaboration with the two-wheeler business was not that big as our volumes in the fourwheeler business were merely 50,000 to 60,000 units per annum. But with growing volumes moving to 2.5 to 3 lakh units going ahead, we would look at synergies in purchasing with our two-wheeler business. Officially, we don't have a common purchasing division, but as a project we are considering, wherein we see common sourcing from suppliers to benefit both.

What is your view on the Indian suppliers as you go deeper into localisation? Are they capable of delivering, or you think there is a need to bring in Japanese suppliers to meet your cost quality equation?

We have faith in our Indian suppliers. They have enough capability to deliver the quality we desire from them. We would want Indian suppliers to take charge of our localisation plan. Plus, it makes sense to source locally to de-risk from the currency fluctuation. Plus, we also save on logistics cost.

Honda has been building R&D capacity in India? Will a car come out of that R&D centre in India?

The capacity of R&D is a key for the future success. After a few years, India will be No.1 country in the Asia-Oceania region. That's why we already have a R&D setup in India. Of course, a car will come out of the R&D centre in India; that's why we are investing in R&D here. Also important is the speed of development and we are relying more on local resources

A lot of global MNCs are using India as a base for development of entry-level car. Could that be the 'World A Entry Car' project that India takes responsibility for?

Exactly, that is what we are considering. But the definition of an entry car can vary; our concern is quality and originality; price is very important in this market and that's why we are considering a development in India.

What is your view on diesel engine. What role would it play going ahead in your portfolio and do you think there is a place for a small diesel engine in Honda family?

As far as our current portfolio is concerned 70% of cars sold are diesel, but the price gap is narrowing. Going ahead, I expect the share to be 50:50 between petrol and diesel. We have no plans for the diesel engine below 1.5 litres because the trend is moving towards SUV/MUV. They don't require a smaller engine.


Honda asking used-car buyers to sign liability document [w/poll]

When it comes to informing the car-buying public about potential safety hazards on used vehicles, there are two emerging schools of thought among used-car dealers.

In one camp: those who disclose as little as possible. Used-car giant CarMax leaves it to customers to check to see whether a car is under recall. Consumer groups filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission last month, because they believe the lack of information amounts to deceptive advertising.

In the other: Honda, which has gone in the opposite direction. The company recently started disclosing possible recalls related to airbag malfunctions in certain vehicles. Honda is asking customers buying those used cars to sign a document that acknowledges they've been made aware of the issue. Buyers may be better informed, but such a signature could also shift liability away from the automaker.

It's a vexing issue on several fronts.

New cars under recall must be repaired before a dealer can sell them, under rules imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But used-car sellers are under no such mandate. Honda's disclosure helps consumers understand their new purchase may contain a potentially lethal defect, but some are worried that it could frighten customers away or expose dealerships to greater liability.

Eric Chase, a lawyer who often represents car dealers, tells Automotive News that the document, called the "Airbag Inflator Recall Disclosure and Acknowledgement," is a big problem.

"If a dealer called me and said, 'We're talking about something that is under recall but we can't repair it and it's dangerous to the point we'd have to warn them about death,' I'd say, 'you've got to do everything you legally can to make sure a consumer does not get behind that wheel.'"

Consumer advocates don't like the disclosure either. They say it's designed to limit the company's liability from lawsuits related to the defect, which can cause the airbags to explode instead of normally deploying in an accident, showering occupants with a potentially deadly amount of metal shrapnel and debris. They want Honda – and other automakers affected by the same problem – to stop selling them until repairs are completed.

"I think this form of disclosure is probably worse than nothing," said Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. "They're taking advantage of the fact the consumer doesn't expect a Honda dealer to hook them into such a risky car. ... The reality is that it will be in a stack of papers that a customer is signing hours into the buying process."

Part of the complication is the affected used Honda cars aren't under recall – yet. Honda expects some of them will be soon. The company is currently compiling a list of Vehicle Identification Numbers for affected cars, and a recall will occur "within the next couple of weeks," Honda spokesperson Chris Martin tells Autoblog.

Even once the recall comes, it may not encompass all the affected cars. The defect behind the exploding airbags is one that automakers have struggled with fully identifying for more than a decade. Starting in 2001, several automakers have issued more than 20 separate recalls for millions of these airbags, which are manufactured by global supplier Takata. Exploding airbags are responsible for at least two deaths in the US, and scores of injuries.

Last month, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota issued eight recalls for 2.1 million vehicles that had Takata airbags installed. The automakers didn't recall vehicles from across the country; they were regional in nature.

High humidity is thought to contribute to the problem, so automakers only recalled vehicles either originally sold or currently registered in Florida, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Honda went beyond that scope and added Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.

    The cars are some of Honda's best sellers, and if used-car buyers balk, the document could hurt sales.

In its ongoing review of Vehicle Identification Numbers, Honda is matching the ID tags to cars that may have eventually been sold outside those states. In the meantime, it is asking dealers to have customers sign the disclosure.

Cars affected span a decade. In certain model years, they include the Honda Accord, Civic, Element, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline pickup. Acura models affected include the MDX, TL, CL and RL. The cars represent some of Honda's best-selling cars, and if used-car buyers balk, the document could hurt sales.

"It certainly might, but we're not interested in trying to cover any of this up for a customer," Martin said. "It's not in our best interest to have a customer buy this car and then take it later as a surprise. ... We're making sure customers are fully aware of the situation, and bring it in for repairs when parts are available."


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Shedding niche image, Honda starts work on small car and compact SUV

MUMBAI: Honda Motor has started work on developing a small car and a compact sports utility vehicle (sub-4 metre) targeting India, as it aims to break into the country's mass market segment, people familiar with the company's plans said.

Part of the development will be carried out in India with a focus on maximising the use of local products to keep costs low. The process has moved from consideration stage to real development work in the past couple of months, they said. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president and CEO of Honda Motor India, said the process to develop the small car has just begun. "It (introduction of the car) is not very far, but we can't give you an exact time," he said. He didn't comment on the SUV.

The Japanese firm also sees a market for the small car in other South Asian nations as well as Africa and Indonesia, and has code named it the 'World A Entry Car' to signify this potential.

In India, small cars including hatchbacks and sub-4 metre sedans rule the market, accounting for more than two-thirds of total passenger vehicle sales and driving the performance of companies such as Maruti Suzuki and the local unit of Hyundai Motor. Compact SUVs have done well too.
The EcoSport compact SUV, for instance, has helped Ford shrug off years of underperformance in India.

Honda's Amaze, a small sedan, along with the mid-sized City, has driven its India sales in the past year. Honda launched the Brio hatchback in India a few years ago to drive sales, but that hasn't delivered the kind of success the company would have expected

The new car and the compact SUV will be built on a re-engineered GSP platform, which the Brio too is based on, the people said.

The Amaze and the new Mobilio utility vehicle are also based on the GSP platform. The small car is likely to be positioned below the Brio and is expected to be Honda's first car costing less than Rs 4 lakh — the Brio starting at Rs 4.24 lakh in Mumbai showrooms is the cheapest in its car portfolio now. It will be pitted against Maruti Suzuki's Wagon R, the Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai i10.

The sub-Rs 4 lakh car market accounts for almost 35-40% of the overall passenger car market.

The new SUV (sub-4 meter) is expected to compete with the EcoSport and M&M's yet-to-be-launched micro SUV, as well as compact utility vehicles that Maruti and Hyundai plan to launch in the next two years.

Honda's new vehicles are expected to hit the market in 2017 and give a major boost in volumes to the Japanese company, which is already knocking at the No. 3 position of Mahindra.

Matsumoto said it needs to put in infrastructure in terms of sourcing, manufacturing and distribution network for the new car.

The R&D capability is getting built and the dealer network expansion is already underway. Honda plans to expand its network to 150 cities by next March, from 107 now.

It has a capacity to build 1.8 lakh units a year and it can be expanded to 2.4 lakh units with minor investment. Honda is also considering a third plant in Gujarat — the first two are in Greater Noida and Rajasthan — but Matsumoto declined to confirm any such plans.

With five cars on the GSP base, Honda is squeezing the platform to gain from economies of scale, people close to the company said.

While Japan will be the lead country to develop the vehicles, Matsumoto has stressed on India's role in developing the small car, saying it "will come out of the R&D centre in India". "After a few years, India will be the No. 1 country in the Asia Oceania region, that's why we already have a setup of R&D in India," he said.

Apart from his India roles, Matsumoto is managing officer and representative of development, purchasing and production for Asia & Oceania at Honda Motor and vice president of Asian Honda, covering six business regions, 25 companies and 11 R&D functions.

He has been posted in India to come up with best vehicle specifications at a competitive cost.

Already, Honda's R&D base in Greater Noida has played a key role in localising existing and new cars. The new City has a localisation level of close of 90% and the new Mobilio has more than 90% of its parts sourced in India.

On the positioning of the small car in the Indian market, Matsumoto said: "The definition of entry car can vary. Our concern is quality and originality. Price is very important in this market, that's why we are considering developing in India."

Apart from India, Honda also sees the small car fitting into Indonesia's LCGC Program (low cost green car). The company is expected to use India also as a base for exports to Africa, which Matsumoto calls as a next big frontier for Honda.

While India's overall passenger vehicles market has gone into a tailspin, Honda Cars India has bucked the trend. Led by the Amaze and City sedans, the company has already broken into the top 5 in fiscal 2014 with a market share of 5.37%, selling 80% more vehicles at 1.34 lakh units.

With the launch of Mobilio, volumes are likely to cross 2 lakh units in fiscal year 2015. It has a target to sell 3 lakh units a year by fiscal 2017.

Matsumoto says India will be the largest market for Honda in the entire Asia Oceania region by then.

With products in the two growing segment - small cars and compact SUV - Honda can attempt to increase its market share to the double digits in India, said Puneet Gupta, associate director at consultancy firm IHS Automotive.

"With the volumes of Mobilio, and the sustained demand for City and Amaze, we expect Honda to overtake Mahindra & Mahindra as the third largest player in the Indian market, with a compact SUV and with a new small car; we may see Honda challenging Hyundai for the number two position in the future," said Gupta.


5 Brilliant Strategies That Make Honda One Of The World's Most Innovative Companies

The path to writing "Driving Honda: Inside The World's Most Innovative Car Company" began with a question that perplexed me: If globalization was supposed to be such a boon to multinationals, why are so many large manufacturers struggling to make money outside of their home markets?

Few global manufacturers would admit it publicly, but in many private conversations with executives I heard some version of this statement: "We're selling more products than ever in China and South America and other emerging markets, but our profit margins there are minuscule to flat, when they even exist."

To address this puzzle, I sought to find companies that could serve as successful models for multinationals operating in a globalized commercial environment; I hoped to identify the characteristics that make an individual business more likely to generate high profit margins, innovate, behave in socially responsible ways, and be strategically creative wherever it establishes a foothold. Almost immediately, Honda Motor Co. fit the bill.

To begin with, Honda has looked outward from its home shores well before other manufacturers considered making or even selling products overseas. As long ago as the 1950s, when Honda was only a few years old, the company's founder, Soichiro Honda, bemoaned the limited growth opportunities in "little Japan," declaring that Honda Motor must "maintain an international viewpoint" and perceive the rest of the world as its potential customer base and factory footprint.

It's no surprise, then, that Honda began selling motorcycles in the U.S. as early as 1959 and autos a few years later. Nor that Honda stunned the auto industry with its 1974 Civic, the first car to meet stringent U.S. Clean Air Act emissions standards even as the large American automakers and Toyota were claiming it was impossible to economically produce an engine that lived up to the act's goals. Or that Honda became the first non-domestic automaker to successfully manufacture cars in the U.S. when it opened its Anna plant in 1982.

Honda's aggressive early globalization strategy in the U.S. was followed by similar successful forays in other parts of the world: It was the first Japanese company to produce cars in China and its earnings record in India and Southeast Asia and other far-flung regions is the envy of the auto industry.

In large part because of its approach to global operations, Honda, a relative industrial newbie, has a lot to boast about: By a large margin, Honda is the preeminent engine maker in the world with an output of more than 20 million internal combustion motors annually; Honda has never posted a loss in its history, and its automobile operating profit ratios of about 5% consistently top the industry; Honda's stock price has nearly doubled since September 2008, when the global economy collapsed; and Honda vehicles are the most durable and long-lasting of any automaker, with 75% of its cars and trucks sold in the last 25 years still on the road.

What then has made Honda excel so adeptly as a global multinational? The secret strategic sauce that distinguishes Honda from other manufacturers can be broken down into five ingredients:
1. Don't globalize, localize.

Unlike Toyota and most other multinationals in any industry, Honda is not a top-down company, controlled by headquarters. Instead, Honda manufacturing subsidiaries virtually everywhere around the world operate as autonomous companies, designing and producing vehicles based on local conditions and consumer behavior.

In "The Machine That Changed the World," the landmark book about automobile lean manufacturing, the authors praised Honda's localization strategy for "its conviction about doing it all in one place" — in other words, combining engineering, design, and manufacturing functions in each of its large local facilities. By contrast, virtually all industrial companies keep R&D and other technical and design functions close to home, where they can be managed by executives who are miles removed from local preferences and circumstances.
2. Embrace paradox.

Honda is a questioning, knowledge-rich organization, which demands that its workers at all levels continually poke holes in the status quo. They do that through daily, often spontaneous meetings known as "waigaya" during which decisions, large and small, are reevaluated and turned on their head in hopes of finding a better strategic or tactical choice.

Throughout its relatively short history, Honda has welcomed paradox as a way to promote critical thinking and reassess the so-called common wisdom, shaping new responses to ingrained expectations. As one Honda executive put it: "Waigaya to me means perpetual dissatisfaction. At our company, self-satisfaction is the enemy." The value of this system to a multinational organization is immeasurable.

Nothing is more important for global companies today than having the dexterity to be simultaneously local and international, to swiftly respond to regional preferences while scaling operating tactics and manufacturing improvements around the world. And as Honda's success in the international arena demonstrates, this capability is directly linked to unremittingly reexamining with every new automobile model — more broadly, with every new undertaking what is already believed to be true.
3. Robots? Not so fast.

Even as most major industrial corporations view robots and other forms of automation as the best way to reduce costs and maintain productivity, Honda prefers a different path. Honda's factories are purposefully the most labor intensive in the auto industry, employing robots only in areas that are dangerous or otherwise obviously less fit for humans than machines.

Honda believes that assemblers become disengaged and their enthusiasm for their jobs and, by extension, local innovation is muted by the presence of machines whose sole purpose is to build cars cheaper and faster than humans.

As Honda sees it, that output and quality standards are too often set to the levels that the technology can achieve and rather than the boundless creativity of human imagination. Consequently, to enhance performance in a local facility, a new piece of equipment would have to be purchased, instead of a new potentially revolutionary process invented. "Once you automate, you're incapable of further improvement," said Sean McAlinden, chief economist at the Center for Automotive Research, paraphrasing Honda's perspective.
4. Put an engineer in the hot seat.

Since Honda's founding in 1949 all of the company's CEOs (including the father of the company, Soichiro Honda) have been engineers, veterans of Honda's prized autonomous research and development unit. That's an extraordinary record: Conventional wisdom among multinationals holds that the most effective chief executives are specialists in marketing, sales, or perhaps accounting — anything but engineering.

As a result, even CEOs in technologically based industries, like pharmaceuticals or computer hardware and software, tend to know little about designing or manufacturing the products that they sell or managing the global supply chain or factory footprint. That's often why CEOs favor centralization in which their most loyal lieutenants near headquarters oversee distributed operations, acting as both a trusted proxy and informant for the chief executive.

Reared in R&D, Honda CEOs' strengths lie in product and process innovation, primarily in designing new vehicle models and features and in conceiving fresh techniques for building them faster and better. Consequently, their success as managers is measured not by quarter-to-quarter results but instead by how well they cultivate individual creativity throughout the organization and how well they disburse Honda's unique corporate culture to its decentralized localization strategy to produce continuous innovation.
5. Focus on factory flexibility.

Unlike other manufacturers, Honda can seamlessly produce multiple autos on a single assembly line, one after another, and switch a line over to a newly designed vehicle within hours. By contrast, it can take months for Honda's rivals to retool a factory for a new vehicle.

One way Honda achieves this is through in-house engineering co-located at each major production facility, serving as an independent operation that is focused solely on local needs. Any problems that arise in the flexible factory can be addressed immediately by this team — which at most companies resides near headquarters and reports to corporate top executives — ensuring that the steady stream of automobiles going through the line is not impeded.

Such an efficient and nimble factory is the Holy Grail for all manufacturers and Honda has earned high marks from auto analysts for its ability to deftly navigate this challenge. In globalization terms, the advantage Honda gains is in being able to alter production and capacity of individual models at a moment's notice, depending on local sales trends and the success of competitive brands.

Honda invented the flexible factory through an innovation known as synchronized engineering: all of the vehicles coming into a factory's assembly zones share common designs, such as similar locations and installation techniques for functions like brakes or transmission. As a result, assemblers are agnostic about which car they are building because in the factory only small variations differentiate, say, an Odyssey from an Accord V6.

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Honda Mobilio bookings stall City production for August

Noting over enthusiastic booking for the recently launched Honda Mobilio, sources confirm that the production of Honda City has taken a back seat. In about 20 days, Honda Mobilio has amassed over 10,000 bookings, which has resulted in Honda Car India suspending production of their City sedan this month.

HCIL has two manufacturing plants, one each in Greater Noida and Tapukara, Rajasthan. While their primary plant in Noida is exclusively for production of City, Brio and the new Mobilio, Honda’s Tapukara plant is from where powertrains and Honda Amaze are produced. Together, these plants have a capacity to produce 200,000 units annually.

Launch of Mobilio and its immediate success has thrown production schedules into a tizzy as all three best sellers – Amaze, City and Mobilio have to be produced at the same plant which has capacity of 1,20,000 units per annum. The Noida plant is running at full capacity judging from June 2014 sales when the company sold 7,715 units of City, 7,073 units of Amaze and 1,438 units of Brio.

For July, Honda sold a total of 15,709 cars. Of which 7,705 units were of City, 4,507 units of Amaze, 3,365 units of Mobilio, 74 units of Brio and 58 units of CR-V.

Honda Mobilio has seen over 10,000 bookings in just a week of launch and with expectations of heavy bookings the company has shifted production of the City out of the Noida facility to the Tapukara plant in Rajasthan with production expected to commence only in September.

Considering Honda City already has a huge waiting period, this development will further add to the delay of City deliveries across India.


2015 Honda Odyssey Starts at $29,805

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is arriving in showrooms essentially unchanged from model-year 2014. Pricing, however, has increased by $150 across the board with the base model 2015 Odyssey LX starting at $29,805.

The 2015 Odyssey was refreshed for 2014, with slight visual tweaks and the six-speed automatic transmission becoming standard throughout the minivan range. One feature that got a lot of buzz was the new HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum system, complete with a filter bag, debris canister, and a 10-foot hose that’s long enough to reach every crevice and seat cushion.

Power still comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 making 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Our test of a 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite minivan resulted in a 0-60 mph and quarter mile time of 7.9 and 16.1 seconds, respectively.

2015 Honda Odyssey Interior The Odyssey comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and Honda’s new ACE body structure that helped the minivan earn Top Safety Pick + status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Opting for the Odyssey EX ($33,105) nets 17-inch alloy rims, keyless entry with push-button start, Honda’s LaneWatch system, and dual touchscreens for climate and infotainment controls. Jumping up to the EX-L costs $36,605 and adds leather, while adding a rear entertainment system costs $1600. Meanwhile, an EX-L with navigation carries an MSRP of $38,605 and also includes an advanced Multi-Angle Rearview Camera (with top-down views), while a 2015 Odyssey Touring costs $42,860 and adds 18-inch rims and a premium sound system. Topping the range is the Touring Elite ($45,430), which adds a number of items including a higher-resolution and wider rear entertainment screen, HD radio, surround sound with 12 speakers.

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Nissan May Overtake Honda in US Sales by 2016

The hierarchy of Japanese automakers in the United States has been unchanged for more than 25 years, with Toyota in the lead, followed at some distance by Honda and Nissan.

However, things are about to change in the next couple of years. No, Toyota won’t lose its No. 1 spot, but Nissan is likely to overtake Honda.

With its wider range of vehicles, more popular styling and aggressive discounting, Nissan is catching up with Honda and in the next couple of years may pass its competitor in US car sales for the first time since 1987.

“I’m sure that we will overtake Honda. How long is it going to take us? Time will tell, but it’s going to happen,” Jose Munoz, the chairman of Nissan North America, told Reuters. The executive added that Nissan is targeting a 10 percent market share in the US by 2016.

The automaker’s share in the first seven months of this year was 8.6 percent, up from 7.4 percent in 2009. Honda, however, has seen its share slip to 9.1 percent from a peak of 11 percent in 2009. Its current market share is the lowest since 2006. Leader Toyota currently has approximately 15 percent of the market.

Honda relies heavily on the Accord, the Civic and the CR-V crossover in the US, with the three models accounting for 69 percent of the company’s sales in the country this year.

As for Nissan, its top three sellers, the Altima (pictured), Sentra and Rogue make up 52 percent of the automaker’s US sales. This is consistent with Nissan’s broader strategy of diversification, as the company sells 27 models in the US, compared to Honda's 16 models.


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New Technical Details of the Next Generation NSX Revealed at SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition

    New information disclosed on innovative powertrain, body and manufacturing technologies further solidifies the NSX’s position as a world-class supercar
    NSX legacy of innovative, lightweight body design for high performance is advanced with world’s first automotive application of ablation casting
    Total airflow management design strategy employed to achieve world-class supercar performance


In advance of the market launch of the highly anticipated next generation NSX, the engineers leading the supercar’s development shared new technical details and design strategies with the automotive engineering community at the SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition. Additional information about the team’s efforts to achieve a true “New Sports Experience” included details of the NSX’s world’s first body construction process that helped create a multi-material space frame resulting in class-leading body rigidity, the advanced total airflow management system and an update on NSX’s power unit specifications.


Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX, introduced key powertrain, body and dynamic performance engineers who shared new product and technical details in their related areas of the development. The unprecedented sharing of technical details prior to the car’s market introduction reflects the desire of the NSX development team and the company to inspire the imagination of automotive and technology enthusiasts along with the next generation of engineers.

“Our goal is to create something altogether new and exciting, something that advances the concept of a next generation supercar in the spirit of the original NSX,” said Klaus. “In order to provide NSX-level value, we needed to push ourselves to experiment with, refine and then realize many new technologies.”

Significant technical revelations concerning the NSX included:

    The NSX includes Acura’s first use of a revolutionary multi-material space frame design that delivers class-leading body rigidity while remaining lightweight.
    World’s first automotive application of new ablation casting1 technology resulting in world-class body rigidity for ultimate handling and control.
    World’s first use of a three-dimensionally formed, ultra-high-strength steel A-pillar, supporting class-leading rigidity and crash performance while providing outstanding outward visibility.
    The NSX achieves top-in-class aerodynamics targets without the use of active aerodynamic elements, while its three-motor Sport Hybrid power unit is cooled through 10 heat exchangers all thanks to a total airflow management strategy that maximises the flow of air around and through the NSX.
    Displacement of the NSX’s all-new twin turbo V-6 engine was confirmed to be 3.5 litres.
    The NSX will mark the introduction of the most capable and highest torque capacity Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system in Acura’s history.
    The latest proprietary logic advances Acura’s two decades-long pursuit of Super Handling that proactively responds to driver inputs, allowing the NSX to achieve a new level of line trace while at the same time intelligently supporting the driver in changing environments.


Additional details on each of these engineering achievements follow:


Multi-Material Body

Acura’s First Application of a Multi-Material Body with Space Frame Construction

Developing the Most Rigid-in-Class, Multi-Material Body


At the core of the NSX mission to deliver timeless sports car values is an aluminium intensive, multi-material space frame. This innovative space frame represents a next-generation leap in body design with class-leading technology that is exclusive to Honda within the automotive market. Based on internal data, the all-new NSX multi-material body is by far the most rigid in its competitive set.

While the all-aluminium monocoque body of the original NSX was ahead of its time, current aluminium and ultra high strength steel intensive body architecture has been taken to the limit for supercar design.


“For this new NSX development, anything and everything that could offer incredible base rigidity and lightweight design was on the table,” said Shawn Tarr, principal engineer and NSX body development leader. “We considered an all-aluminium unibody, carbon fibre monocoque and space frame designs and ultimately engineered a multi-material space frame because it offers the lowest weight and best rigidity, precision and hybrid powertrain packaging capability of any design.”


A key advancement in casting technology allowed the NSX development team to realise a quantum leap in body design, for the first time being able to engineer a vehicle with castings in key locations for rigidity, that also support the ductility necessary for placement within crush zones.


World’s First Application of Ablation Casting

The NSX heralds the world’s first application of ablation casting technology in the automotive industry. Ablation casting combines traditional casting methods with rapid cooling techniques to offer the design flexibility and rigidity of casting with the ductility and energy absorption characteristics of extruded material.


Traditional castings provide the ultimate rigidity in space frame and other body designs, but have traditionally suffered a major drawback: traditional castings are brittle. With the no-compromise performance goals of the NSX, a groundbreaking new casting method within the crush zones had to be used.

    The ablation process allows the ultra-rigid castings to be located within the crush zones and to function as large aluminium nodes, or junction points. Aluminium extrusions are then inserted into sockets in the ablation cast nodes, which act as fixtures that hold the space frame in place during welding.
    During the welding process, shorter stitch welds can be applied, enhancing the exceptional, repeatable precision of the NSX space frame construction by reducing heat deformation during the production process.
    Ablation castings also enable traditional aluminium castings to be used at strategic locations in the space frame and as the primary mounting points for suspension and power unit components, in addition to being the reference and temporary attachment points during the highly accurate space frame construction process.
    Full space frame construction and vehicle assembly are conducted on-site at the new Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, providing a high level of quality control.


New A-Pillar Construction Technique

In addition to the world’s first casting technology, the NSX applies an all-new three-dimensionally formed ultra high strength steel A-pillar that provides next-generation rigidity and precise shape specification tolerances.


The previous generation NSX had a thin A-pillar that provided very good outward visibility. Reflecting this heritage with modern rigidity and roof crush performance requirements demanded this new, ultra high strength production method.


Advanced Materials Strategy

NSX represents an advanced expression of modern body design theory: the strategic integration of multiple materials to achieve optimal body performance for numerous targets, including rigidity, dynamic response, superior fit and finish and occupant protection.

    The aluminium-intensive space frame is complimented with precisely crafted ultra high strength steel and anchored with a carbon fibre floor together producing body performance at its peak.
    For the new NSX, the body design and technologies are about more than just raw performance – a goal of any supercar development. In keeping with the human centred supercar concept, the NSX development team went further, to optimise how the car’s performance capabilities are experienced by the driver through the body.
    Drivers will experience all of the ‘on-the-rails’ handling provided by the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit because it is communicated in high-fidelity through the most rigid body in its class.


Total Airflow Management

Engineering a Next Generation Thermal and Aerodynamic Package via

Total Airflow Management


To meet the challenge of the ambitious performance targets, radical packaging design and exotic styling for the next generation NSX, the development team had to totally re-imagine the thermal and aerodynamic 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 new total airflow management strategy supports component cooling, aerodynamic performance (drag and downforce) at a very high level without the use of active aero technology, while also contributing to even more dynamic styling.


Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used extensively during development to allow the U.S. based development team to maximise the performance of a power unit being developed in Japan. CFD models were run on computers totalling many years’ worth of computational uptime.


Thermal CFD was effectively used in two ways during development, first for the proof-of-concept in establishing heat management strategy at the earliest development stage and second, for continuous thermal performance improvement as the vehicle matured through development. Extensive involvement of thermal CFD with design engineers during the development enabled maximum design optimization.


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.

    The all-new NSX employs 10 air-cooled heat exchangers responsible for cooling the front twin-motor unit (TMU), twin-turbo V6 engine, rear direct-drive electric motor and 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT).
    The all new, twin-turbocharged 3.5- litre V6 engine at the heart of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit requires the greatest cooling and receives it through three radiators: one centre and two side units to get maximum airflow volume and efficiency. The centre radiator is tilted forward 25-degress, allowing the largest, optimised configuration that best utilises the inherent pressure gradient while maintaining the strict low centre of gravity targets of the NSX’s Advance Sports Package.
    Condenser and power drive unit (PDU) coolers are efficiently packaged in front of the centre engine radiator.
    The TMU is cooled passively through strategic use of air in the front motor room and by a heat exchanger mounted in front of the right engine sub-radiator.
    The 9-speed DCT is cooled by two heat exchangers, one mounted in front of the left engine sub-radiator and the other in the engine compartment.
    Twin-intercoolers located in the signature side intakes are used to cool the intake air charge.


Supercar Aerodynamics

NSX achieves top-class aerodynamic balance and supercar aerodynamic downforce without the use of active aero. Aerodynamic drag is minimised, even while moving large airflows through NSX as it inhales and exhales. Aerodynamic downforce is created through the total airflow management focus on utilising airflow through each vent, as NSX exhales, and through more traditional aerodynamic shape optimisation.


NSX has undergone 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 entire intake and exhaust vents, heat exchangers and major under-hood components. These highly accurate scale models replicate drag and lift performance with near perfect approximation. It has been verified and put through its paces at the company’s full-scale wind tunnel in Japan, and on real and simulated proving grounds throughout the world.


Total airflow management vents and precision ducting also help create strong, consistent downforce for NSX and were tuned to optimised forms with aerodynamicist and designer input during working wind tunnel sessions.

    Six vortices flow at the rear of the NSX including those that support creating the highest downforce across the rear deck lid.
    Flowing from below the car and exiting through meticulously optimised lower, rear diffuser fins is a critical vortex that further anchors 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 creates low pressure and further maximises downforce.


Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

A new handling paradigm decades in the making


The groundbreaking Sport Hybrid SH-AWD dynamic torque vectoring technology applied to the all-new NSX represents research and development that has been ongoing for well over two decades.


Next-generation torque vectoring

 Honda has been continuously refining its advanced torque vectoring technology while in parallel developing new ways of accomplishing the timeless sports car values of lightweight, rigid chassis and potent powerplants. This all-new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD represents a system injected with more electric power, delivered more directly, managing more internal combustion power than any system Acura has engineered to date.


In keeping with the development team’s ‘human- centred supercar’ concept, the new NSX and its Sport Hybrid Super Handling drivetrain were truly engineered from the driver out. While the NSX provides a new sports experience with ‘on rails handling,’ its Super Handling technology was optimised to enhance the driving experience by responding instantaneously and intuitively to the will of the driver.

    Super Handling is brought to its pinnacle form in NSX where the strengths of electric motors – delivering zero delay acceleration – allows the NSX to offer dynamic torque vectoring even at low vehicle and engine speeds.
    Super Handling logic has progressed along a parallel path with hardware. While many advanced automotive technologies are focused on feedback, measurements of how the vehicle is reacting, NSX uniquely applies additional technology to focus on accurately responding to driver input through immediate, precise application of torque at each wheel at any moment.
    Using cutting edge computer-aided engineering (CAE) optimisation software, engineers created a double-wishbone, double lower control arm front suspension that decouples the twin-motor unit (TMU) torque from the driver’s experience at the steering wheel, providing timeless sports car steering communication to the driver with a new experience of on rails handling provided by the precise torque vectoring of the TMU.
    Variable gear ratio steering is applied to further enhance the confident, race-ready driving dynamics of the all-new NSX.



Sport-Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit

Powering the Sport Hybrid Power Unit with Racing Technologies


As announced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the new NSX will utilise an all-new power unit from a clean sheet design. 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 new engine has a displacement of 3.5- litres and utilises pinnacle racing technology, applying both direct and port injection to its design.
    The 75-degree V-angle and dry sump design optimises engine rigidity and further supports the NSX’s Advanced Sports Package by allowing the engine and components to be lowered in the chassis to the maximum extent, resulting in the lowest centre of gravity in its class. This also supports the advanced packaging of other engine components.
    The engine’s dry sump design also helps maximise vehicle performance in high lateral-G conditions.
    The rear direct-drive electric motor applies its torque directly to the crankshaft.
    The 9-speed DCT’s main, counter, secondary and output shaft design maximises the advanced sports package through a configuration that lowers weight and helps to centre the mass nearer the driver.


About NSX
The all-new NSX represents the convergence of timeless sports car values and advanced technology in a pinnacle supercar. Timeless sports car values include classic goals like a rigid and light chassis with the mass placed low and close to the driver. Advanced technologies include those that enhance the driving experience in new ways.


To bring back the legendary NSX the global development team has innovated in the critical, timeless areas of frame and aerodynamics in addition to tirelessly refining its key advanced technology - the state-of-the-art hybrid power unit. The NSX has many innovative components, but the basic recipe is simple: timeless sports car values blended perfectly with advanced technologies that deliver a new sports experience.


1Ablation casting is co-developed for this world’s first automotive application with the original inventor of the process, Alotech Limited.
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DRIVEN: Honda 1.0 and 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo – first impressions via a Euro Civic hatch and Jade RS MPV:

Airbag puncture prompts Honda Fit recall:

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Scris de: tokyodream din Decembrie 20, 2015, 08:24:37 a.m.
Another S2000 Successor Rumored:

American Honda reports November 2015 Sales

Dynamically Styled, More Powerful and Fuel-Efficient 2016 Honda Civic Coupe Makes First Public Appe

Clarity FCV pics from today's LA preview event

Live from LA: 2016 Civic Coupe reveal!

Honda Civic Type R Gets RevoZport Body Kits

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Scris de: tokyodream din Ianuarie 28, 2016, 06:12:54 a.m.
Spy Shots: facelift for the China-made Honda Accord:


Spy Shots showing a fancy new facelift for the China-made Honda Accord sedan, featuring a heavily chromed grille and a new bumper section. The facelifted Accord will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and launch on the Chinese car market soon thereafter.

The current China-made Honda Accord, basically the same car as the North American Accord and manufactured in China by the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture. Price starts at 179.800 yuan and ends at 298.800 yuan. Engines: 155hp 2.0, 186hp 2.4, and a 261hp 3.0.

The facelifted Honda Accord will loose the 3.0, it has become too expensive under the new anti-big-engine Chinese tax regime. This means price range will start at about 180.000 and end around 230.000 yuan. There are no plans yet for a 2.0 turbo or any other stronger small-displacement engine.


Another look at the facelifted car. The front is heavy on the with the shiny grille and the huge black holes underneath it.


The rear is modest in comparison. Lights are just small enough for 2016 and they are connected by the almost obligatory shiny strip.

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Scris de: tokyodream din Februarie 01, 2016, 06:10:26 p.m.
Tata Motors and Honda Cars Jan 2016 sales report:

Honda Cars ties up with Magma Fincorp for vehicle finance:

Honda Pilot Vs. Nissan Pathfinder: Compare Cars:

2015 Honda Fit EX Manual . Our little hauler was a 40,000-mile loner:

These Alabama-made models led the pack in 2015 auto sales:

SPIED: Honda Brio RS spotted in Indonesia:

Honda Malaysia takes No. 1 spot in the non-national segment for 2015 – record 94,902 units sold:

2016 Honda Mobilio facelift launched in Indonesia:

Honda CR-V 2WD now with leather seats, RM1k more:

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Honda sending two NSX racers and new EV concept to Pikes Peak:

Prachin Buri plant to kick off:

Honda's "Greatness is Within Reach" TV Campaign Tells Three Great Stories:

2016 Honda Civic launched in Thailand – 1.8 i-VTEC and 1.5 VTEC Turbo, from RM101k to RM139k:

Review: Honda Fit a subcompact big on cargo space, legroom:

Car Review: 2016 Honda Odyssey:[/b

Honda Malaysia to launch two new CKD models in 2016 – all-new Civic and Accord facelift coming soon?

Honda begins sales of Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen-powered sedan

Redesigned Honda Civic Coupe gets higher base price

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Scris de: tokyodream din Mai 09, 2016, 11:00:06 a.m.
American Honda Sets New April Sales Record: Honda Division Posts Best Ever April Sales:

Spring Cleaning: What's in store for model year 2017? Part I - Honda:

New Accord Sport SE trim level coming in model year 2017:

Civic 5-door to hit showrooms in late summer:

More Powerful, Fuel Efficient and Technologically Advanced 2017 Accord Hybrid Launching this Spring:

Honda Takes Bold Step with Honda Clarity Series:

American Honda Reports March 2016 Sales Results:

Test drive: 2016 Honda Odyssey SE

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Scris de: tokyodream din Iunie 12, 2016, 07:53:46 a.m.
Honda Phasing Out CR-Z With JDM Alpha Final Label :

2017 Honda Civic Hatch Spied, And This One Is Coming To US :

Stock Honda S2000 AP2 Shows Why People Still Love Them:

Mugen’s New Honda S660 RA Is A Nice Little Treat You Can Only Have In Japan :

2016 Honda Civic FC 1.8 S, 1.5 Turbo, 1.5 Turbo Premium – specs and equipment in a nutshell:

VIDEO: 2016 Honda Civic – Apple CarPlay in action:

2016 Honda Civic FC launched in Malaysia – 1.8L and 1.5L VTEC Turbo, 3 variants, from RM111k:

SPIED: Honda Civic with 1.0 litre VTEC Turbo for China:

Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo to open in Sept ’16:

American Honda Reports May Sales Results:

Honda recalls more vehicles over Takata air bags:

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Scris de: tokyodream din Iulie 31, 2016, 07:50:10 a.m.
 This Honda Campaign Shows Consumers Falling in Love with Its Models:  salut'

The all-new Civic is Honda’s best one yet . Honda Civic RS Turbo CVT

Honda Sonic Civic sedan – celebrating that hedgehog:

Honda leads Thai passenger car market in H1 2016:

2016 Honda Accord Hybrid officially launched in Thailand – Honda Sensing safety suite, from RM193k :

American Honda Reports June Sales Increase, Setting New Records for Light Trucks:

Honda Celebrates Four Decades of Accord – America’s Best-Selling Car Over the Past 40 years:

BREAKING: Hondata releases reflash for L15B7 (10th Gen Civic 1.5 Turbo), and we tested it:

SPIED ON THE STREET! First look at the 2018 Honda Accord!

SPIED ON THE STREET! 2017 Honda Civic Si

Your Ridiculously Awesome Honda NSX And Porsche 911 Targa Wallpaper Is Here :

The Secret Message Porsche Left For Honda In A 911 GT3 Test Car:

Porsche Learns 911 GT3 Being Serviced Belongs to Honda, Leaves Note. Honda gets caught benchmarking the NSX against its German rival

Honda NSX To Spawn More Models, Including Type-R And Pure EV :

Honda Creates Electric Motor Without Using Precious, In-Demand Metals :

First Drive: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Is Low Fat With Most Of The Taste :

Honda CR-Z 1.5 Gets 'Final Edition' Spec In The Philippines :

Honda Launches Stylish Civic RS Turbo Modulo In The Philippines :

KBB Puts Six Budget-Friendly Compact SUVs To The Test :

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Scris de: tokyodream din August 29, 2016, 04:35:53 p.m.
Just a bit of Civic 5-door trim info and some Next-gen CR-V News

All-New 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Arrives This Fall in North America, 180hp "Sport" Trim on the way

Honda Sets New Car and Truck Sales Records as American Honda Reports July Sales

Civic 5-doors spotted in transport in England

PRESS RELEASE: Motorcars Honda to host Solar Derby Event, Friday July 22

See How Much Horsepower This 500,000-Mile Honda Really Has Left

Readers say the Honda S2000 replacement should be called S3000

Honda Applies for ZSX Trademark

Honda to opt for a sub-4 meter compact SUV in India

2017 Honda Crosstour Review Interior

New Honda Patent Reveals Transmission With Three Clutches, 11 Gears

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback - no plans for Malaysian.

Honda Car India Celebrates Janmasthami - Best Deals on Honda City, Amaze and BRV

GIIAS 2016: Honda Jazz RS CVT Special Edition

Takata driver airbag inflator parts availability now at 100% – Honda Malaysia urges immediate action

Honda Freed 2016:

Honda Civic 2016:

Honda Accord facelift open for booking in Malaysia

VIDEO: 2016 Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC Turbo walk-around

Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L facelift previewed in Malaysia

Honda NSX Costs 50% More In Japan - Almost Twice As Much As Nissan's GT-R!

Honda Announces $45 Million Expansion Of South Carolina ATV Plant

Honda Civic Cabriolet Is A Curious Car Unlikely To Happen

2017 Honda Fit Goes On Sale In The US From $15,990

The 1029 HP Bisimoto Honda Odyssey Goes Up For Sale

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Honda Jazz To Likely Get New Civic's 1.0-Liter Turbo Three

Honda's 2018 Civic Type R Prototype Foretells The Future

Europe Receives Its 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback At Paris

European-Spec 2017 Honda Civic Sedan Is More Than Familiar

Honda Expands F1 Operations To Prep For Future Customer Teams

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Priced From $19,700 In The US, On Sale Next Week

Watch How The 2017 Honda Civic Hatch Comes To Life

Honda's 660cc S Dream Streamliner Hits 261 MPH At Bonneville

Honda Freed Fits Seven Into Its Tiny Form

Honda Updates Its Slick Little N-Box Slash Kei Car

Honda Reports August Sales

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Scris de: tokyodream din Noiembrie 06, 2016, 08:56:42 a.m.
American Honda Reports October Sales:

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Boasts EPA 366-Mile Range Rating, Best of Any Zero-Emission Vehicle:

Honda officially adds 1.5T 6MT options to 2017 Civic Sedan and Coupe range:

Honda unveils super-hot Civic Type R prototype

Report – Honda also confident Brexit will not trigger UK leave

Honda NSX-GT to take on Super GT: 2.0 turbo, 590 hp:

SPYSHOTS: Honda BR-V SUV spotted in Malaysia:

Honda WR-V – Jazz-based crossover teased yet again:

SPYSHOTS: Honda Jade facelift leaked ahead of debut:

Honda Malaysia to debut the Uni-Cub β – experience it at Isetan The Japan Store, Lot 10 from October 27

Honda UR-V revealed – Dongfeng’s Avancier for China

Honda StepWGN with Modulo X styling kit launched

Honda Gienia – interior of China’s ‘City Hatch’ revealed

HondaJet Sets Two Speed Records, Millionaries Rejoice

300,000 Hondas With Faulty Airbags Remain Unrepaired

Honda's New Clarity Pops Up In Silver In Colorado

Honda Avancier Hits The Chinese Car Market
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Scris de: tokyodream din Noiembrie 30, 2016, 09:08:29 a.m.
Honda files a patent for device to shut off automatic wipers in car wash:
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Scris de: tokyodream din Ianuarie 24, 2017, 06:49:37 a.m.
1973: Honda introduces the very first Civic
All the claims in this magazine advertisement turned out to be true



This 1980 Honda Civic 'Country' Station Wagon Needs To Get In My Barn

2018 Honda Civic Type R Prototype – Interior Details

Honda finds its sweet spot . A product-led resurgence powers sales to records

Honda Retains Number One Position In Thailand's Passenger Car Market

The Honda CR-V is an intuitive and comfy ride for the everyday driver

All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey Minivan Makes World Debut at 2017 NAIAS

American Honda reports December Sales

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

Honda entering "formal discussions" re: self-driving with Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo division

Honda to Showcase “Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem” at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

American Honda Reports November Sales

New Honda Civic Goes On Sale This March In The UK, Starts From £18,235

Honda Odyssey Type R Would Make The School Run A Lot More Exciting

Battle Of The Compact Turbos: 2017 Honda Civic Vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

Honda Brings Regular And Type R Civic Prototypes To Tokyo Auto Salon

Honda's Tokyo Auto Salon Concepts Include Adorable Mini Roadster And Truck

New Mugen Honda S660 GARU Concept Has A Very Chiron-Like Face

Honda Unveils 2017 Mobilio MPV Packing A Few Styling Tweaks

Watch Nissan GT-R & Honda NSX Dishonored By The Cheapest McLaren

Honda Civic Type R Gains Limited Black Edition As A Send-Off In The UK

A New Dedicated Honda Hybrid Model Is Coming In 2018

And The 2017 North American Car, Truck And Utility Vehicle Awards Of The Year Go To...

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Honda Clarity Electric And Plug-In Hybrid To Make Worldwide Debut At 2017 New York International Auto Show

Honda Malaysia celebrates 250,000-unit City milestone

Honda Civic under reconsideration for India: Report

Honda Civic Type R Goes on Sale in Late Spring

Ballade salutes Civic with midlife makeover

The Honda Civic Hatchback Returns to America for 2017

GM and Honda to Establish Industry-First Joint Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Operation in Michigan

American Honda reports January 2017 Sales

American Honda reports February 2017 Sales

Spied on the Street! 10th Generation Civic Si Sedan

Inflating Balloons On A Honda S2000's Exhaust Is An Interesting Experiment

2017 Honda CR-V Defends Sales Crown In Latest Review

New Honda Civic Type-R Priced In The Mid-$30k Range, US Sales Start In Spring

Honda NeuV Concept Is A City Car Moneymaker

1984 Honda Prelude Lacks A Roof And Is For Sale In Germany

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Scris de: tokyodream din Aprilie 08, 2017, 08:12:28 a.m.
Honda To Expand AL Plant

Honda planning $85 million expansion for 2018

The Honda Civic Si Is Back With 205 Turbocharged HP and Less Weight

2003 Honda Accord Coupe recalled to replace Takata airbag inflators

Test Drive ‘2017 Best Family Cars’ at South Motors Honda

2017 Honda Civic Si and Civic Si Coupe revealed with 205 horsepower

Fact sheet: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Odyssey to be 75lb lighter, and a few more tidbits from SAE WCX17

American Honda Nets New March Sales Records

Type R Teaser Video reveals sound of the new 3-tip exhaust system

Honda UR-V SUV China:

Honda Recalls 2016 Pilot SUVs To Replace Their Fuel Tanks Which May Leak

Need A Tutorial On How To Do A Burnout With A Manual? Here You Go

First Drive: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Makes A Case For Hydrogen If You Can

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Scris de: tokyodream din Mai 13, 2017, 08:04:11 a.m.
2017 Honda Civic Si goes on-sale tomorrow, starts at $23,900

American Honda Reports Sales Figures for April 2017

2018 Honda Odyssey Color Chart


2017 Honda Civic Si Color Chart (and some other info)

Honda reveals Clarity PHEV and Clarity EV at 2017 NYIAS

The tenth-generation Honda Civic has a seriously cool Easter egg

2017 Honda Civic Si arrives with $24,775 price tag

Red Badge of Fuelage: 2017 Honda Civic Type R Fuel Economy Released

2017 Honda Civic Type R Gets 25 MPG Combined. EPA-Rated 22/28 mpg, bests most rivals

Two local Honda plants earn EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

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Scris de: tokyodream din Iunie 03, 2017, 07:22:17 a.m.
American Honda Reports Sales Figures for May 2017

New Honda ad campaign highlights Honda's racing heritage and new performance models

2017 Honda Civic Si goes on-sale tomorrow, starts at $23,900

DRIVEN: Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L facelift – more shine

Sporty 2017 Honda Civic Si Lacks Spice

2018 Honda Odyssey boasts premium pricing, lots of amenities

'Fast & Furious' 1993 Honda Civic On The Really, Really Cheap

2017 Honda Civic Type R Priced From $33,900 In The U.S.

Can An Old Lexus IS 200 Beat A Civic Type R Around A Track?

Consumer Reports: Does The New Honda Civic Si Live Up To Its Name?

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Others To Develop Japan's Hydrogen Infrastructure

2018 Honda Odyssey Goes On Sale, Priced From $30,890

Honda Reopens Its Huge Proving Center In California

Tiny Honda S600 Has A Gigantic Turbo And 1,200HP

Japanese Automakers To Reach Record R&D Investment Levels

CR: 2018 Honda Odyssey Builds On The Qualities Of Its Predecessor

Honda S660 Bruno Leather Edition Turns Shifting Into A Game

Honda Shows The Racing Pedigree Of Its Performance Models

Liberty Walk Honda S660 Is A Japan-Only Affair

Honda Australia Launches Civic Orange Edition And Black Pack

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2018 Honda Fit Gets Fresh: New Styling, New Sport Trim, Added Tech and More Refinement Bring New Att

World Debut of Dramatically-styled 10th Generation Honda Accord Set for July 14

All-New 10th Generation Honda Accord Launching This Year with Advanced New Powertrain Lineup

Summary of Honda CEO Speech at Honda Meeting 2017

Acura NSX and TLX to Race Up Pikes Peak; New TLX A-Spec Makes Racing Debut

Honda Targeting Introduction of Level 4 Automated Driving Capability by 2025

New Honda Civic Type R triumphs at awards

Honda Accord Hybrid price post GST to increase by INR 10 lakh

Take A Look Back Of 25 Years Of Honda Type Rs

New Honda Civic Type R Demonstrates Its 0-233km/h (145mph) Acceleration

Honda Thinks 2018 Odyssey Can Step In When Kids Act Like Monsters

WannaCry Ransomware Virus Shuts Down Honda Factory In Japan

2018 Honda Civic Type R Punches Out 295 WHP On The Dyno

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Scris de: tokyodream din Iulie 22, 2017, 06:13:07 a.m.
2018 Honda Accord Press Release

American Honda Reports Sales Figures for June 2017

Honda's R&D unit ready for motoring

Honda, W+K Take a Drive Through the Creative Process of Filmmaking in Lush New Ad

Honda City Hybrid Malaysian brochure leaked – same 1.5L i-DCD package as Jazz Hybrid, launching soon

Honda Civic Tour with OneRepublic Hits the Road for 2017; ‘Civic Tour City Flavor’ Food & Music Experience to ‘Pop Up’ in Select Markets

More patent drawings for mystery mid-engine Honda emerge

Revolutionary War: 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe Tested

Honda To Build Euro-Spec CR-V and HR-V In Japan

Updated 2018 Honda Fit Now On Sale From $16,190 MSRP

1.15 Million Honda Accords Recalled In The USA Over Fire Risk

Standalone Honda Hybrid To Debut At Tokyo This Fall

Honda Quietly Kills The Accord Coupe

2018 Honda Accord Unveiled With Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engines

New Honda Civic Type R Revealed In TCR Racing Guise

America's Most Stolen Vehicle Is The Honda Accord

Penske's Returning To Prototype Racing With New Acura ARX-05

Honda Confirms Takata-Related Death When Accord Was Being Repaired

The 2018 Honda Odyssey Accidentally Offered Streaming Porn

2018 Honda Odyssey Is First Minivan With 4G LTE Connectivity [94 Pics]

Honda Vezel Brilliant Style Edition Spruces Up Japan's Best-Selling Crossover

Honda Introduces HR-V Black Edition In The UK From £25,000

EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement To End 10% Import Duty On Japanese Cars

Honda And Hitachi Finalize Agreement To Develop EVs

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Scris de: tokyodream din Septembrie 16, 2017, 06:29:00 p.m.
Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show

American Honda Reports August 2017 Auto Sales

Some Civic Type Rs are overheating on track

2018 Model Change Summary for Honda

American Honda Reports Sales Figures for July 2017

New, Improved CR-V

Civic Type R puts Honda back on an interesting track

Honda Is Finally Getting Serious About Electric Cars

GST cess: Honda hikes prices of models by up to Rs 89,069

2018 Honda Odyssey Recognized with "Wards 10 Best UX" User Experience Award

Toyota, Honda collaborate with Shell to install Calif. hydrogen refueling stations

Honda will launch a small electric car in 2019

Civic Type R And Fireblade Inspire Honda Robot Lawnmowers

Honda Clarity PHEV Boasts Class-Leading All-Electric Range

Every New Honda In Europe To Feature Electrified Tech, Starting From Now

Euro-Spec 2018 Honda CR-V Joins Team Hybrid After Ditching Diesel

Honda's New Civic Diesel Wants Some Attention Too In Frankfurt

Facelifted Honda Jazz Adds 128hp Dynamic Version Because, Why Not

Is The 2018 Honda Odyssey Still The Minivan King?

Honda Introduces The New N-Box In Japan

Honda UK Increases NSX Allocation By 50 Cars

2018 Honda HR-V Now At Dealerships, Priced From $19,570

Can You Really Hit VTEC In Reverse?

2017 Honda Clarity Electric Launched In The US, Costs $269 Per Month

Honda Tops KBB's 2017 Awards List

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Scris de: tokyodream din Octombrie 28, 2017, 06:11:31 p.m.
American Honda reports strong sales numbers for September 2017

The 1.5T in the 2018 Accord has VTEC!

For $5,590, Could This "Restored" 1972 Honda N600 Restore Your Faith In Small Miracles?

Honda Turned Its Drivers’ Own Garages Into Car Dealerships in a Clever Twist on Testimonials

Honda Urban EV Concept Will Be Built in 2019

Used Honda Civic review: 1990-1995

Honda to add compact EVs in Japan in 2020, cost hurdles remain: CEO

Honda confident in sedans as Accord redesign hits dealers

Honda S2000 Successor Could Happen If Enough Of You Ask For It, Says Boss

Honda Debuts Weird And Wacky Mobility Concepts In Tokyo

Watch New Acura NSX Shred Some Californian Canyon Roads

Matt Farah Puts The Honda Civic Type R Through Its Paces

Formula 3 Comes To America With F1-Style Halo, Civic Type R Power

Automaker's Say There's No Safety Issues With Japan's Kobe Steel

Mugen-Honda V10 F1 Engine Needs To Live On In A Crazy Engine Swap

Honda S660 Becomes More Fashionable With Komorebi Edition

2002 Honda S2000 A Dream Buy With Just 496 Miles

Meet The 500HP Honda Civic That Can Keep Up With A Supercar

Special Edition Honda CR-V S Plus Lands In UK From £23,500

Entry-Level Honda Civic Type R To Launch Next Year

Texas Couple Awarded $42M After Shoddy Repair Work On Honda Fit

Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo Looks Just Like Those 'Baby' NSX Patents

Honda Hoping New Accord Will Take Bigger Bite Of Shrinking Segment

Honda To Close Japanese Factory By 2022

Honda Updates The Eccentric Step WGN

Honda Prices The 2018 Accord From $23,570 [w/260 Pics]

First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Is A No Compromise Green Machine

2018 Honda Civic Sedan Priced From $18,840, Coupe Starting At $19,250

New Honda Odyssey Passes IIHS Tests With Top Marks

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Scris de: tokyodream din Noiembrie 25, 2017, 10:42:09 a.m.
Road & Track dyno tests 9th gen Accord V6 MT vs 2018 Accord 2.0T 10AT

American Honda Reports Sales Figures for October 2017

Second-Generation NSX “Dream Project” by ScienceofSpeed to Debut at SEMA

2017 Honda Civic Si essentials: Beating the competition with a proven formula

2017 Ford Focus RS vs. 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Honda creates history, sells over 2 m Activa units in April-October

Auto Recalls / HONDA ( 17V725000 )

Honda Planning 15-Minute Charge Time For EVs In 2022

Hit The Brakes In Your Honda Odyssey And The Seats Could Tip Over

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Pricing Announced, Starts At $33,400

How The New Honda Civic Type R Avoids Torque Steer

Can MINI's JCW Lure You Away From Honda's New Civic Type R?

2018 Honda Civic Type R Chases Down Porsches On The 'Ring

Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches

Driving The Honda NSX, Toyota Supra And Mazda RX-7 Back-To-Back

America's 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017

Honda La Vista: Company Says It Can't Afford 10 Percent Tariff Following Brexit

Honda's Baby NSX Emerges As Sports Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Watch The New Honda Civic Type R Reach 176MPH Or 283KPH

Man Shoots Genius Commercial To Sell His 1996 Honda Accord, Raises Over $100k

A Honda NSX Was Left For Dead In A Russian Forest!

World's Fastest Honda S2000 Runs 1/4 Mile In Just 6.7 Seconds

2018 Honda Civic Type R Price Bumped To $34,100, No Entry Level

The Honda Civic Hatchback Has Changed A Bit In The Last 44 Years

Honda Civic Type R Crate Engine Announced, Costs $6,520

Honda S2000 Successor Could Happen If Enough Of You Ask For It, Says Boss

Honda Officially Confirms Urban EV For Production In 2019

Honda Sports EV Concept: Should They Build It?

FIRST LOOK: Honda Accord 2.4 with Sensing, RM170k

No equity or shareholding deals with others – Honda

VIDEO: 2017 Honda Jazz Sport Hybrid with Dennis Yin

Malaysia is Honda’s ninth largest market in the world

Honda Malaysia introduces new ‘Challenging Spirit’ merchandise – three collections, from RM25

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HONDATA Dyno Test: 2018 Accord Sport 2.0T 6MT

Honda Takes New Approach with Insight Prototype Debuting at 2018 NAIAS

New Honda DOHC V6 Patent reveals some details on the successor to the J-series V6

Redesigned Honda Odyssey better than ever

1984: Rhonda from Fonda drives a Honda . But she doesn't have a motor in the back of her CRX

Honda Civic (2017) review: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

Should we go with the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry? Both are reliable family sedans, but the Accord is peppier

2019 Honda Insight to be revealed as prototype in Detroit next month

Base Honda Civic Is Surprisingly Fun If You Can Live With Its Looks

Honda Compares Kids To Monsters In New Odyssey Ad

U Spy The 2019 Honda Pilot Facelift In California

Honda Clarity Walks Home With 2018 Green Car Of The Year Award

Honda Bumps 2018 Pilot’s Entry Price To $31,875

Honda's Adorable 3E Robotics Concepts Heading To CES 2018

Honda Teams Up With Billion-Dollar Chinese Startup SenseTime

Japanese Vehicles Dominate CarMD's Latest Reliability Rankings

We're In Love With This Tastefully Modified 1991 Acura NSX

Fastest Tuned Hondas Civics In America Partake In 1/4 Mile Drag Race

Honda, Nissan, Toyota, And More Sign Agreement For Japanese Hydrogen Charging Station Network

Honda Freed Modulo X Gives The Little Minivan A Sportier Edge

Wards Names Its Ten Best Engines Of 2018

Stolen Honda HR-V Found With Lyft Stickers On, Ride-Sharing Company Is Oblivious

Chris Harris Pits New Honda Civic Type R Against Its Acclaimed EP3 Ancestor

Honda Says Takata Airbag Responsible For Death In Louisiana

Honda Wants Tech Partnerships But Not Capital Tie-Ups

Consumer Reports' 5 Top And 3 Worst Used Mid-Size SUVs

Honda Researching Solid-State EV Batteries

Is It Just Us, Or Does The Honda N-One Keep Looking Better?

Honda NSX And S2000 Spoon Racers Will Make You The Coolest Kid On The Block

CR-V Custom Concept Leads Honda's Lineup For The 2018 Tokyo Salon

DRIVEN: Honda Jazz Sport Hybrid – more for less?

GALLERY: 2017 Honda City & Jazz Sport Hybrid i-DCD

Honda Malaysia recalls nearly 50k units of Odyssey and Accord – battery sensor and door mirror issues

VIDEO: 2018 Honda Accord – reelin’ in the years

Honda M’sia 17th Anniversary promo, up to RM15k off

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2017 Honda CR-V Touring AWD Long-Term Update 4: Fluid/Filter Swap

Honda CR-V diesel with 3 row seating India launch this year – 2018 Auto Expo. Honda has revealed that the new CR-V with diesel engine will be launched in India this year.

The Midwest Automotive Media Association Names Honda Odyssey the 2018 Family Vehicle of the Year

Honda aims to double market share in India

GALLERY: 2018 Honda Amaze – new interior on show

The Honda Civic and Chevrolet Camaro Lead Separate but Parallel Lives. The houses of Camaro and Civic are the two most prominent clans in the affordable performance-car world.

2018 Honda Accord vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata: Compare Cars

Honda improves cabin life

American Honda Reports January Sales Results

Hondata releasing FlashPro for Civic Type R on March 30th!

Honda releases more information on the 2019 Insight

American Honda Sets 3rd Straight Annual Sales Record with Best-Ever December

Honda Insight Prototype Previews A Prettier Hybrid Future

New Honda Amaze Is Like A Teapot Accord; We’re Not Amazed

Top 5 New Cars That Depreciate The Least After One Year

Want Some Honda Racing Gear? Head Down To Forever 21

Honda Exec Says Buyers’ Love For SUVs Has Killed S2000 Successor

New Honda Passport In The Works, Could Debut In November

The Benefits Of Having A High-Revving Engine

2018 Honda N-Box Slash Brings Updates To The Sleekest Of Kei Cars

Which Generation Honda Civic Type R Would Win In A Drag Race?

Order The New Honda Civic Diesel From £20,120 In Britain

Entry-Level Civic, Leon And i30 Engage In Budget Hatchbacks’ Drag Race

Japanese Brands Own List Of Cars U.S. Owners Keep For Over 15 Years

Mugen’s Take On The Base Civic Hatch Is Subtle Yet Still Stands Out

Honda’s CES Debuts Include Everything From A Huggable Robot To An Autonomous ATV

Facelifted Honda Jazz Priced From £14,115 In The UK

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Honda celebrates 25 millionth vehicle built in the U.S.

Morimoto to become new president of Honda Alabama April 1

New Honda CR-V for India to get 1.6L diesel engine in 120 PS tune

Honda Civic Type R TCR revealed at Geneva show

Honda Jazz X-Road pack unveiled – crossover styling

Honda NSX supercar confirmed for New Zealand

That cute Honda Urban EV? Customers can place orders early next year. Debuts in Europe first, where we'll see how it differs from the concept

Toyota, Honda, Nissan create new company to accelerate development of hydrogen stations in Japan

Automotive Minute: 2018 Honda Accord deserves all the accolades it's getting

SPIED: 2019 Honda Pilot facelift spotted – eight-seat SUV to get new Insight’s dual-motor hybrid system?

A dealership space just for kids . While parents wait, children can explore

American Honda Reports February 2018 Sales Results

Japanese Vezel MMC hints at styling updates for coming 2019 HR-V refresh

Honda Urban EV Will Enter Production In 2019

Honda Launches Upgraded Jade RS In Japan

Euro-Spec 2018 Honda CR-V Arrives With Hybrid And 7-Seat Options

Jenson Button’s Going After Lap Records In The Honda Civic Type R

New Widebody Honda Civic Type R For 2018 BTCC Is A True Boy Racer

Consumer Reports Reveals Best Used Cars For Under $20K

This Honda Civic Owner Really Wanted A Fast And Furious Nissan

Would You Spend $50,000 On A Fully Loaded Honda Odyssey?

Old Honda Accord Gets Tesla Electric Motor, Becomes The Teslonda

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Honda, Toyota, Nissan Will Leave UK If Doing Business There Becomes Unprofitable

These Are The Most Affordable Cars Per Segment To Own For 5 Years

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CarGurus Announces 2018 Best Used Car Award Winners

Honda Malaysia ‘Welcome Ramadan Rewards’ promo – up to RM3,000 cash bonus, choose from two rewards

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U.S. Car Buyers to Japan: We Don’t Want Your Sedans Anymore

CANADA: Second straight month of declines

HONDA: Slow sales for several key vehicles

Honda Civic Type R price bumped $600

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Honda reveals Everus EV Concept at Beijing International Auto Show

American Honda Posts March Sales Increase as Balanced Sales of Cars and Trucks Propel Honda and Acura

Hondata releases FlashPro for FK8 Civic Type R

All-New 2019 Honda Insight Production Model Makes Global Debut at New York International Auto Show

2018 Accord Hybrid announced with starting price of $25,100 - on sale March 23

Dear Honda, don't stop making naturally aspirated engines. Our long-term 2018 Ridgeline proves why people gush about Honda engines

Honda Malaysia opens first ever 3S centre in Banting

Honda Small RS Concept premieres in Indonesia

DRIVEN: Honda Sport Hybrid i-DCD models in Japan – we sample the JDM HR-V Hybrid and Freed Hybrid

GALLERY: 2018 Honda Jazz, City, BR-V and HR-V in new Orchid White Pearl – replaces Taffeta White

Honda Malaysia recalls additional 28,399 units of 2013 City, Jazz, Insight – Takata front passenger airbag

2019 Honda Insight debuts – 1.5L hybrid, 23.3 km/l

Honda Jazz X-Road pack unveiled – crossover styling

Honda Civic Type R Hits Forza Motorsport 7 In Latest Update

F1 Drivers Get New Honda Civic Type Rs For Their Daily Commutes

2005 Honda NSX And 2018 Civic Type R Are Very Evenly Matched

2019 Honda Fit Arrives In Dealer Lots, Priced From $17,080 MSRP

Honda Spruced Up The Boxy Yet Sporty Step WGN Modulo X In Japan

The Latest Forza Update Includes… The Honda Odyssey?

Honda Previews A New Small Van To Join Its N Family Of Kei Cars

Honda Cuts 2018 Accord Leasing By Up To $1100

Teslonda Is A 1970’s Honda Accord With Tesla Power That Can Outrun A Bugatti

Waymo And Honda May Co-Create An Autonomous Car From Scratch

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Arrives In California For $369 A Month With $2,868 Down

CR-V Roadster Is Honda’s Idea Of An April Fools’ Day Joke, VW Isn’t Laughing

2019 Honda Insight Debuts In Production Form, Gets 151hp And 55mpg City

CR’s 10 Most Proven Cars To Make It Over 200,000 Miles

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Priced From $25,100

Step Back In Time With This Oddly Pristine 1983 Honda Accord

Honda Made A 134+ MPH Mean Mower Mk. 2

2019 Honda Ridgeline Hits Dealers Priced From $29,990

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Honda Partners on General Motors’ Next Gen Battery Development

Trucks Set Records as Core Products Deliver American Honda May Sales Gains

American Honda Sets New June Sales Records on Strength of Light Trucks

Honda reveals refreshed 2019 HR-V and Pilot

Spied on the Street! 2019 Pilot and Pilot PHEV mule

All-New 2019 Honda Insight Brings Style, Sophistication and 55 mpg City Rating

Clarity Electric still available for $199/month lease, but down payment has increased $600

Honda Malaysia says Takata airbag replacement completion now at 79%, but no ease up in activities

FK8 Honda Civic Type R sets new record at Silverstone

Honda halts Asimo development, tech finds other uses

FK8 Honda Civic Type R breaks FWD record at Spa

Driven Web Series 2018: best family SUVs in Malaysia – new Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Peugeot 3008

VIDEO: Honda Pride aftersales experience in detail

Honda S660 Modulo X revealed for Japan – RM104k

GST zero-rated: Full Honda pricelist, up to RM18k less

New Honda Fit EV – electric Jazz due for 2020 return

Honda Civic Type R Pick-up Truck concept revealed

Honda Sensing safety suite to be standard equipment across all next-gen models in Australian line-up

Honda Civic Type R breaks Magny-Cours FWD record

Toyota, Nissan, Honda, battery makers and Japan gov’t to jointly develop solid-state battery tech

Honda’s Mean Mower V2 Powered By CBR1000RR Engine Aims To Crack 150 MPH

Honda Prelude Shows The Power Of VTEC By Pulling Truck

The Top Ten Most American-Made Vehicles Include Four From Honda

2019 Honda Insight Priced From $22,830

Watch All Six Generations Of Honda Civic Type R Hit The Track In One Showdown

Honda Confirms Another Fatal Takata Crash, This Time In Malaysia

Mercedes-AMG GT R Takes On Honda NSX In ICE Vs Hybrid Fight

These Are The Most Valuable Car Brands Of 2018

Honda Unveils HondaJet Elite, Boasting New Tech And More Range

The Best NSX Type R In The World Belongs To Honda, Of Course

Does The 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV Behave Like A Normal Car?

Here’s How To Supercharge A Honda S2000 To 340 HP The Easy Way

Honda And Castrol Rekindle Endurance Racing Ties With NSX GT3

2019 Honda Insight Kicks Off Production In Indiana Following $32.5 Million Investment

Honda Is Talking About An NSX Type R

Honda Civic Saloon Becomes Available In The UK For The First Time

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2019 Accord loses EX-L Navi and 1.5T Touring trims

American Honda Reports August Sales Increase as Trucks Smash Previous Records

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Honda announces changes for 2019 Civic, including new Sport trim

When is the 2019 Accord arriving in showrooms? Maybe not until 2019

American Honda Reports July Sales Results

Official statement from Honda concerning flooding of Celaya factory

News from the dealer side: 2019 HR-V, Fit, and Insight production impacted due to flooding in Celaya

2019 Honda HR-V updated with styling tweaks, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and available Honda Sensing

SPIED IN EUROPE! Civic Type R refresh

VIDEO: 2019 Honda Insight  a good-looking hybrid?

QUICK DRIVE: Honda HR-V RS  VGR system tested

Honda HR-V facelift revealed in Europe with 1.5L turbo

New Honda Brio makes world debut at GIIAS Indonesia

Honda Civic i-DTEC now with 9-speed auto in Europe

Honda CR-V for Europe  1.5 litre VTEC Turbo, 7 seats

2020 Honda S2000 Study With NSX-Inspired Face Is Just Perfect

Honda Puts S660 Neo Classic Body Kit Into Production, But You Can't Have It Outside Japan

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1990 Honda Accord Review Will Take You On A Trip Down Memory Lane

2019 Honda Civic Sedan And Coupe Gets A Nose Job, Sport Grade And New Tech

Honda Drops UK Pricing Info On 2018 CR-V, Starts From £25,995

2019 Honda HR-V Starts At $20,520, Ditches Manual Transmission

New Honda Civic Saloon Priced From £19,395 In The UK

Honda Launches 2018 CR-V In Europe With 1.5-Liter Turbo [78 Images]

Facelifted 2019 Honda Pilot Arrives With New Tech And Styling, Priced From $32,445

Your Brain Won't Be Able To Comprehend The 2088 Honda CyberRace Concept

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Honda Joins with Cruise and General Motors to Build New Autonomous Vehicle

Honda reports September 2018 sales numbers

Honda recalling 232,000 2018 Accords and 2019 Insights for rear camera software update

2019 Accord arriving in showrooms by November

Is a base trim of the Civic Type R finally arriving for MY 2019? (More MY2019 info inside)

2019 Honda Civic Si Models Bring Minor Updates And $200 Price Hike

Thieves Are Increasingly Targeting Honda Civic And Accord Airbags

University Students Create 600 HP Hybrid Honda Civic RallyCross Car

Here’s A Tesla-Powered Honda S2000 With Chevy Bolt Batteries

Want A 1986 Honda CRX In All Original Condition? Here’s One With Just 8,000 Miles

Honda Admits CR-V Engine Stalling Issue, Says It’s Working On A Fix

2018 Paris Auto Show Gallery: Honda

Future Hondas Will Be Able To See Through And Around Buildings

GM And Honda To Develop A Purpose-Built Autonomous Vehicle For Cruise

Honda CR-V Hybrid Becomes Brand’s First Electrified SUV In Europe

2019 Honda NSX Gets Performance Updates Ahead Of Launch Later This Year

Honda Recalls 2018 Accord And 2019 Insight After Owners Complain About Backup Camera

2020 Honda Fit/Jazz Spied For The First Time In Europe

Honda Details 2019 Civic Sedan And Coupe Updates, Releases Pricing

Honda S2000 Shows The Power Of VTEC By Overtaking McLaren Senna

2020 Honda S2000 Study With NSX-Inspired Face Is Just Perfect

Honda Smart Intersection technology helps cars “see through buildings” to minimise chance of accidents

Honda Malaysia celebrates sale of 300,000th City in Malaysia – secures number one spot in B-segment

VIDEO: 2019 Honda Insight – a good-looking hybrid?

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American Honda Reports November Sales

2019 Honda Passport Makes World Debut: Adventure-Ready All-New 5-passenger SUV at 2018 LA Auto Show

First Look: DNA Collectibles releases Urban EV Concept 1:18 scale model

All-New 2019 Honda Passport Starts Adventure with Global Debut in Los Angeles

2019 CR-V goes on sale with few changes, nominal price increase

2019 Honda Civic Type R and Civic Hatchback Accelerate into Dealerships

American Honda Reports October Sales

Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept Debuts at 2018 SEMA Show

Honda’s Fluoride-Ion Battery Breakthrough Could Allow For Batteries With 10x More Energy Density

Honda Civic Sport Line Arrives At UK Dealers From £22,445

Honda HR-V Sport Gets The Civic’s Turbo Four In Europe

Honda Ditching Diesels In Europe, Will Focus On EV And Hybrid Tech

Honda Debuts New Everus VE-1 All-Electric SUV, But Only For China

Rear Doors Of U.S. Honda Odyssey Might Slide Open While Driving

Production Honda Urban EV Spotted For The First Time With Five Doors, Rearview Cameras [47 Photos]

2018 Honda Clarity Is A Good PHEV With Some Quirks, Says Consumer Reports

2019 Nissan Altima Has Its Work Cut Out Against The Honda Accord And Toyota Camry

Honda Civic Type R vs Hyundai i30N vs Renault Megane RS Cup: Place Your Bets

2019 Honda Civic Hatch, Civic Type R Minimally Updated

2019 Honda Accord Priced From $23,720 To $35,950, In Showrooms Nov 1

Honda’s New Open Air Vehicle Concept Is A Ridgeline-Based Buggy

Honda Malaysia opens its 12th dealership in Johor

New Honda Accord previewed in Thailand, 2019 launch

Honda Civic facelift launched in Thailand – 4 variants, 1.8L NA and 1.5L turbo, Honda Sensing introduced

KLIMS18: Honda HR-V RS – interior now revealed

KLIMS18: Honda CR-V Mugen concept goes on show

KLIMS18: Honda Jazz Mugen concept breaks cover

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American Honda Reports December Sales

GSX-R 1000-Powered, 190 HP Honda N600 Is A Baby Hoonitruck

Near-Production Honda Urban EV To Debut At Geneva Motor Show

Mugen Tricks Out New Honda CR-V, Insight And N-Van Too

Mugen Radical Type R RC20GT For Hardcore Civic Type R Boy Racers

Honda’s Dream Drive Technology Aims To Be A One-Stop Shop For A Night On The Town

2019 Honda HR-V Should Be On Your List If You’re Looking For A Small SUV

This Lamborghini Aventador Replica Started Life As A Honda Accord

Honda Insight Tries, But Ultimately Fails To Upstage The Toyota Prius

EMT Nemesis Kit Car Was Once A Honda Accord – Now It’s Just Weird

America’s 10 Best-Selling Cars Of 2018 Include Two That Are Going Away

You Just Missed This White On Red 5,800-Mile Honda S2000, Someone Snatched It For $26,100

Honda Begins Production Of 2019 Passport In Alabama

Is The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Any Match For The Honda Civic Type R?

Honda Sound Sitter Aims To Calm Fussy Infants With Engine Sounds From An NSX

Honda S660 Modulo Neo Classic Racer Is The Retro Kei Car We Never Knew We Wanted

Honda S660 Trad Leather Edition Is Another Reason To Like The Tiny Roadster

Honda S2000 Sustains Serious Damage After Dropping Off Workshop Lift

Honda’s Autonomous Work Vehicle Is Helping Humans, Not Replacing Them

Toyota Leads Latest Reliability Study, But Mazda Models Are The Most Affordable To Fix

Honda To Showcase New Safety Tech And Innovative Wireless Charging System At CES

Honda’s Fluoride-Ion Battery Breakthrough Could Allow For Batteries With 10x More Energy Density

TAS 2019: Honda Civic Versatilist – Civic SUV, anyone?

TAS 2019: Honda Civic Type R HKS FK380R – 380 PS!

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback to get Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Sensing safety pack in Thailand

Mugen to showcase accessories for Honda CR-V, Insight and N-VAN at 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon

Honda Civic Versatilist, Modulo Neo Classic Racer, Jazz Elegant Colour Collection at Tokyo Auto Salon

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Honda reports February Sales

Honda revealing production RWD prototype of Urban EV Concept at the Geneva International Motorshow

BBC: Honda set to close Swindon factory in 2022

Nikkei: Honda enters agreement with CATL for battery supply contract through 2027

American Honda reports January sales

Honda releases pricing and EPA information for 2019 Passport

FK8 Honda Civic Type R joins Australian police force

Honda plans for electrification of Europe fleet by 2025

Driven Web Series 2019: affordable seven-seaters – new Perodua Aruz vs Honda BR-V vs Toyota Sienta

Honda HR-V facelift – over 8.5k bookings, 3k delivered

2019 Honda Accord launching next month in Thailand – 1.5L Turbo, 2.0L Hybrid for the 10th generation

Honda e Prototype – new urban EV to debut at Geneva

Honda Jazz Mugen, BR-V Special Edition launched in Malaysia – limited to 300 units each, from RM88,600

Honda confirms Swindon UK plant closure – Turkey to stop making Civic sedan in 2021, but will live on

Driven 2019 Teaser: Proton X70 2WD Premium vs Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P vs Subaru XV – coming soon!

TAS 2019: Honda HR-V Modulo X Concept revealed

Honda Tomo Concept – coupe-pick-up EV for Geneva

TAS 2019: Mugen Honda Civic Type R RC20GT debuts

Next Honda Civic Type R Might Be A Hybrid With 400+ HP

Honda Already Has 15,000 Registrations Of Interest For e Prototype RWD EV

Honda’s RWD Sports EV Concept Might Follow E Prototype Into Production

Honda HR-V Sport Launched In The UK, Costs CR-V Money

Honda Will Keep Building The Civic In North America Despite European Factory Closures

Why Honda’s Integra Type R Remains One Of The Best FWD Performance Cars

Euro NCAP: Mercedes G-Class, Seat Tarraco And Honda CR-V Score 5 Stars

Honda Civic Turbo V6 Hillclimber’s Aero Mods Are Just Outrageous

Washing Your Honda Ridgeline Might Cause It To… Erupt In Flames?

The 10 Most Reliable Cars For 2019 According To CR’s Annual Survey

Woman Awarded $37 Million After Odyssey Crash Left Her A Quadriplegic, Honda Appeals

Honda Could Build The Next Generation Civic Hatchback In The U.S.

Honda Expects CR-V Hybrid To Account For Half Of European Sales

Honda’s EV Prototype Reveals Dashboard Design With Extra Wide Screen

Old Honda CR-V Goes Airborne After Run-In With Toyota Highlander

Better Off Buying These Cars New Over Used? Study Thinks So

Hate Depreciation? Check Out The Top 10 Models That Retain The Most Value

Golden NSX, Type R Celebrate Honda’s 50th Anniversary In Australia

Honda S660: Cruising Tokyo With 63HP Is More Fun Than It Sounds

Honda Accord Gets Giant Truck Wheels, Looks Silly, But Somehow Works

Review: 2019 Honda Passport Proves Comfort And Off-Road Capability Can Mix

2019 Honda Passport Starts At $32K, Costs More Than Pilot

Watch Honda Driver Masterfully Steer His Way Out Of A Crash Twice

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Honda NSX Tries Its Luck Against Tuned 641 HP Nissan GT-R

Say Goodbye To Hotels With Overland Honda Passport And Ridgeline Projects

Used Honda Fit EV Batteries Find Second Life As Power Grid Storage Solution

Study Names America’s Deadliest Vehicles With The Most Frequent Fatality Rates

Honda Civic Type R Vs. BMW M2 Competition In Track Battle

2020 Honda Fit & Jazz: Design, Engines And Everything Else We Know

Honda Launching Global Platform In 2020, Cutting Model Variants By 66 Percent

Honda Civic Type R Sets Lap Record At Bathurst For FWD Production Cars

Honda “e” Name Confirmed For New EV, Next Jazz To Feature Hybrid Power

Old Civics Don’t Die; They Reincarnate Into Mid-Engined, RWD Hatches

2019 Honda CR-V: Should You Consider The Turbo Petrol Version?

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Takes On 2019 Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Type R Joins The Exclusive Full-Size LEGO Club

A 2002 Honda Accord With 6k Miles For People Who Say They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Honda Civic Type R Prototype Could Be Facelifted Model, Lightweight Special, Or Both

1967 Honda S800 Is The S2000’s Grandfather, Revs To 10,000 RPM

Strange Rover: Honda Element Owner Loves British Luxury SUV’s… Badges

Honda X-NV Concept Previews All-Electric Crossover Based On The XR-V

2020 Honda Fit (Jazz) Renderings Look Cool, Though Not Fully Accurate

2019 Mazda3 AWD Vs. 2019 Honda Civic: Which Sporty Japanese Compact Comes Out On Top?

2019 Honda HR-V Sport Is The Fastest Of The Range, Still Has A Manual

2020 Honda Fit / Jazz Spied In Standard And Crossover Trims, Shows Off New Interior

Recalled Takata Airbag Kills Driver In Arizona, Brings Death Toll To 24

BMW Reportedly Interested In Buying Honda’s Swindon Plant To Increase UK Capacity

Study Suggests Millennials Buck The Trend Of Trucks And SUVs

American Honda reports April 2019 sales

Honda Power Equipment launches Honda Heroes program to reward community heroes who use Honda Power

American Honda reports March 2019 sales

2020 Accords already appearing in dealer order system

2019 Honda Accord Thai prices confirmed: RM194k for Turbo EL, RM216k for Hybrid, RM237k for Hybrid Tech

Honda Malaysia sold 28,000 cars during Jan-April 2019 period – City, CR-V and Jazz gain Passion Red Pearl

2020 Honda Jazz rendered – a softer looking 4th-gen

Honda Malaysia issues second recall for 9,998 units of the 2003-2007 Accord 2.0L – Takata driver airbag

Honda X-NV Concept debuts in Shanghai – EV HR-V

QUICK LOOK: Honda Civic Type R Mugen Concept

Honda BR-V Special Edition – 300 units; from RM91k

Honda CR-V Mugen Concept at the Malaysia Autoshow

Honda Jazz Mugen at the Malaysia Autoshow 2019

FK8 Honda Civic Type R Mugen Concept on show in Malaysia – first appearance in Southeast Asia

Honda to end car production in Turkey after 2021

Bangkok 2019: Honda Accord Modulo, a subtle bodykit

Bangkok 2019: New Honda Accord 1.5L Turbo, Hybrid

2019 Honda Accord launched in Thailand – 1.5L Turbo and 2.0L Hybrid, priced from RM193k to RM231k

Honda Malaysia sold 102k units in 2018; maintained non-national lead, overall No.2 – 95k target for 2019

FIRST DRIVE: 2019 Honda HR-V Hybrid – RM120,800

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650 hp NSX Type R Coming to Tokyo Motor Show?
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American Honda reports June 2019 sales

Confirmed: Updated 2020 Ridgeline to receive 9AT

First Batch of the Handbuilt 2020 TLX PMC Edition Arrives

JD Power 2019 Initial Quality Study: Honda and Acura both score below industry average

American Honda reports May 2019 sales

Honda Malaysia delivers the 100,000th Jazz hatchback

Honda opens first 3S centre in Bintulu, Sarawak

GALLERY: Honda HR-V RS with full-black interior

Honda Civic Type R track, rally concepts debut in UK

Do These Patent Images Show A New Electric Honda Sports Car?

First Drive In Honda e Prototype Leaves Reviewer Genuinely Impressed

Dyson Claim They Wanted To Build Their EV At Swindon, Got Rejected By Honda

Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki And Others Join Toyota’s Self-Driving Venture

Honda’s Insane Mean Mower V2 Reviewed: Quicker Than A Nissan GT-R, Scary As Hell To Drive

Restoring The Very First Honda Car In The U.S. Took One Year And A Lot Of TLC

Honda Celebrates 60 Years In America By Restoring … A Chevy Pickup

Honda City Car Lets You Take A Hot Bath And Relax While Being Driven Around

Honda e Reveals Platform Secrets, Water-Cooled 35.5 kWh Battery Pack

James May Does Two-Minute Review Of The Honda Civic Type R

Does The Honda Civic Type R Justify Its $7K Premium Over The Hyundai Veloster N?

Buy This 2001 S2000 Before Prices For Honda’s Roadster Go Through The Roof

Honda e Compact EV Confirmed With Standard Rear View Cameras

2019 Honda Civic Sedan Is A Well-Sorted Package

Recall Alert: The Driver Airbag In Your 2019 Honda CR-V Could Deploy Unexpectedly

These Two Low-Mileage Honda NSX Type Rs Are A Japanese Dream

Honda e Reservations Begin In Europe, Refundable Fee Is £800 In The UK

Tesla Model 3 Owner Puts Honda Civic Si Badges On Electric Sedan

Honda are probeme cu peste 1.8 milioane de masini! Probleme airbag Takata Petri

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American Honda reports July 2019 sales

Honda to Offer Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery for Eligible HondaLink® Remote Services Subscribers

Honda e makes "global dynamic debut" at 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

2020 Honda NSX now offered in Indy Yellow Pearl hue

Honda cuts US production of Civic, Accord – report

Honda announces 29.5% drop in Q1 profit – report

Honda e shows off its dual 12.3-inch touchscreens

Honda Malaysia announces gear push knob button replacement exercise for 7,050 units of 2018 CR-V

Honda, Acura to offer Amazon in-car delivery in US

GIIAS 2019: Honda HR-V Mugen, facelift gets kitted out

GIIAS 2019: Honda Accord launched, 1.5T for RM206k

GALLERY: 2019 Honda CR-V Mugen Limited Edition – only 300 units available; priced from RM152,900

GIIAS 2019: Honda BR-V facelift, truly a minor change

2019 Honda N-WGN: cleaner looks, greater practicality

Honda CR-V Mugen in M’sia – 300 units, from RM153k

Honda modular electric platform in the works – report

Honda Malaysia reaches 10k CKD hybrid car milestone

GALLERY: Honda City 1.5L V in Passion Red Pearl

Honda e – a cute electric car with 150 PS, over 300 Nm

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2020 Honda Odyssey Gains Special Package For 25th Anniversary

British Car Industry Bracing Itself For Brexit For The Second Time

2019 Honda CR-V Is Not The Sportiest Of The Bunch, Nor The Best

Honda Cuts Back Production Of Civic And Accord, Acura Is Not Affected – Yet

Honda NSX Concept Takes The Original Into The 21st Century

2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition Headlines Model Year Updates, Costs $50k

BMW, Ford, VW And Honda Strike Deal With California Over Emissions Standards

Electric Honda E Details Its Full-Width Digital Dashboard

Honda Owners Also Getting Key By Amazon Through HondaLink

2020 Honda N-WGN Is Japan’s Latest Kei Car

Honda’s Working On Sporty Rear-Wheel Drive EVs With A 50:50 Weight Distribution

2020 Honda Insight Priced From $22,930, Gets More Standard Safety Kit

Honda Bumps Civic Type R Starting Price To $37,230 For 2020

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Honda debuts 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid in Detroit

We now have a full 2020 CR-V color chart

Production Honda e introduced at Frankfurt International Motor Show 2019

Honda Avancier spotted driving around the Detroit area

2020 CR-V will get standard 1.5T, optional hybrid, and some new color choices

American Honda reports August 2019 sales

Did Honda give us an accidental sneak peak at the next generation Jazz/Fit?

Honda Announces New Passenger Front Airbag Design

2020 Honda Civic Si Launching with Styling and Performance Updates

2020 Honda CR-V facelift revealed in the United States – updated styling, Hybrid variant added to line-up

Europe to get next-gen Honda Jazz in hybrid form only

Honda Malaysia gifts Civic Type R escort car to Agong

Honda e on display at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show – two outputs; priced from RM136,108 in Germany

2019 Honda Civic facelift now open for booking in M’sia ahead of Q4 launch – Honda Sensing added

Honda City Special Edition – DVR, toll reader, RM76k

Honda Breeze for China – CR-V body with Accord face

2020 Honda CR-V Gains New U.S.-Built Hybrid Version, Drops Base 2.4L Engine

Honda Skyroom Concept May Be Tiny, But It’s Loaded With Tech

33k Mile Honda Accord Wagon Is A Time Capsule From The 1990s

Untitled And Unregistered Honda S2000 Could Be Yours For A Little Under $100,000

Honda Wants To Sell At Least 10,000 e EVs Annually In Europe

2020 Honda Accord In Showrooms September 17, Starts From $23,870

BMW 3-Series GT Owner Subconsciously Wanted A Honda Type R

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Toyota, Honda And Nissan Unveil New Supra, NSX And GT-R Super GT Racers

Honda Confirms Hybrid-Only 2020 Jazz For Europe

New Electric Honda e Prices Announced, Starts At €29,470 In Germany, £26,160 In The UK

BMW, Ford, Honda And VW Facing Antitrust Investigation For Striking Emissions Deal With California

Production 2020 Honda e Bows With RWD, 0-100 KM/H In 8 Sec

Black Honda S2000 Club Racer Is Very Rare, Desirable, And Relatively Affordable

Honda’s Innovative Airbag Promises Increased Front Passenger Safety

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2020 Honda Civic Si Charges $735 More For Subtle Styling Tweaks, Added Kit

2020 Honda Civic Hatch Gains Updated Styling And The Latest Tech

Honda To End Car Production In Argentina In 2020, Focus On Bikes Instead

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2020 Honda Odyssey Gains Special Package For 25th Anniversary

British Car Industry Bracing Itself For Brexit For The Second Time

2019 Honda CR-V Is Not The Sportiest Of The Bunch, Nor The Best
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News from SEMA: Hondata announces FK8 fuel system upgrade kit

Honda announces updated 2020 CR-V

American Honda reports October 2019 sales

GAC Honda launches HR-V-based VE-1 EV in China


Press Release: Honda Unveils the World Premiere of All-new Fit at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019

2020 Honda CR-V Gets $600 Price Bump, 1.5L Turbo-Four As Standard

Honda’s Chinese Arm Has A Funny Way Of Camouflaging 2020 Civic Facelift

This 5k Mile 1997 Honda Prelude Is One Of The Nicest We’ve Seen

These Modded Honda CR-Vs, Civics And Passports Are Heading To SEMA

Honda Civic Brake Checks Hummer H2 And (Duh!) Instantly Regrets It

Honda’s E Electric Hatch Was Originally Going To Be Sold In The U.S. As Well

Honda Brings Forward Its European Lineup Electrification Plan To 2022

All-New Honda Jazz Is Hybrid-Only In Europe, Launches In Mid-2020

2020 Honda Jazz / Fit To Be Available With 2-Motor Hybrid System

2020 Honda Jazz / Fit Makes Early Appearance Ahead Of Tokyo Debut

The New Honda Fit Might Not Make It Into The United States

2020 Honda Freed Gets Facelifted In Japan, Gains SUV-Style Crosstar Version

Canadian Honda Driver Tries To Parallel Park, Ends Up Crashing And Rolling Over

2020 Honda Breeze Is A Sharper Looking CR-V Sibling With An Accord Face

2020 Honda Civic Coupe And Sedan Detailed, Pricing Starts At $19,750

AAA Finds Pedestrian Detection Systems Lacking, “Completely Ineffective At Night”

Honda Civic Sales Grow Stronger As Other Brands Get Out Of The Segment

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Priced From $26,400, Returns 48 MPG Combined

Honda To Ditch Diesel Models In Europe Completely By 2021

North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

KBB’s 2018 Honda Odyssey Long-Term Review Reveals A Trusty Companion

Tokyo 2019: Honda Freed facelift gets minor changes

Honda reveals its line-up for the 2019 SEMA Show – 926 hp Civic, modded CR-Vs, N600 with VFR800 engine

VIDEO: 2020 Honda Jazz – less sporty, no more DCT

Tokyo 2019: Honda Jazz – 4th-gen debuts, five variants, two-motor i-MMD hybrid system, Sensing

2020 Honda Freed facelift gets SUV-style Crosstar trim

Honda Breeze introduced in China – restyled CR-V with Accord face; 1.5T and i-MMD hybrid; from RM106k

Next-generation Honda City to launch in Thailand in November; 1.0L Turbo, Phase 2 Eco Car – report

Honda Malaysia issues recall for 23,476 units of several models to replace Takata airbag inflators

QUICK LOOK: Honda Civic facelift – now with Sensing

SPYSHOTS: 2021 Honda Odyssey facelift – US-spec

Honda Civic facelift previewed in Malaysia – now with Honda Sensing, boot spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels

Honda ‘Terima Kasih 900k’ campaign concludes – nine lucky winners drive home in their brand new Hondas!

Honda to end sales of diesel-powered vehicles by 2021

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2020 Ridgeline goes on sale Dec 16, arriving with 9AT, Honda Sensing, locking tailgate, and more

HPD launches a much more affordable $90k (race-ready) Civic Type R

American Honda reports November 2019 sales

Honda’s Augmented Driving Concept Puts You In Control Of Autonomous Vehicles

Canadian Says Honda Wouldn’t Tell Police Location Of His Stolen Car Because He Didn’t Have A Subscription

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Enters The 2020MY With More Features

Honda To Showcase AI Quality Control Tech At CES

Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype Is Real And It’s Coming To Tokyo Auto Salon

2020 Honda Fit Arrives In Dealerships With Simplified Range, Same $17,120 Starting Price

Honda Doubling Down On Auto Shows As Rivals Go The Other Way

2020 Honda Ridgeline Gains Standard 9-Speed Auto And More Safety Tech, Starts $4k Higher

$89,900 Honda Civic Type R TC Breaks Cover As America’s Sub-TCR Track Racer

Honda Set For Major Reform Targeting Better Quality, Bigger Profit Margins And Focus On EVs

2020 Honda Civic Sport Line Mixes Type R-Inspired Design With Three-Cylinder Power

One Owner 2000 Honda S2000 Is A Modern Classic With A Fresh Engine

2020MY Honda Passport Doesn’t Bring Anything New But Costs A Bit More

Honda Vezel Modulo X Is A Sharpened Up HR-V For Japan

The Honda Civic And Accord Were The Most Stolen Vehicles Last Year, But Thieves Are Targeting Newer Pickups

2020 Honda City Goes Upscale, Gets Sporty RS Trim For The First Time

Europe’s 2020 Honda Civic Gains Subtle Styling Updates, New Equipment

Customers Dumping Chevrolet And Ford Following The Death Of The Cruze And Focus

2020 Honda HR-V Carries Over Unchanged Except For Higher Prices

Honda Might Replace Your New Pilot Or Passport Over Bad Body Welding

Honda Year-End Power Extras promo – up to RM10k rewards with the Jazz, City, BR-V, HR-V, CR-V, Odyssey

QUICK LOOK: 2020 Honda Accord 1.5L VTEC Turbo and 2.0L i-MMD Sport Hybrid in Thailand – fr RM216k

ASEAN NCAP: 2019 Honda Accord scores five stars; five-star rating in AOP, COP – see the crash test video

FIRST LOOK: 2020 Honda City RS 1.0L VTEC Turbo

2019 Honda Accord launched in Australia – 1.5L VTEC Turbo, 2.0L i-MMD hybrid; one trim level; from RM136k

2020 Honda City – is it the fifth-gen or seventh-gen?

2020 Honda City compared against B-segment sedan competition – Toyota Vios, Nissan Almera and Mazda 2

2020 Honda City gets Modulo packages in Thailand

Honda Accord awarded five-star ASEAN NCAP rating

Honda Malaysia introduces six new BP Centres – 28 total so far; over 36,000 service intakes as of October

Honda Civic hatchback facelift – sole 1.5 RS variant, Honda Sensing safety suite, RM168k in Thailand

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Refreshed 2020 Honda Civic Type R Breaks Cover at Tokyo Auto Salon

American Honda reports December 2019 sales

2020 Ridgeline goes on sale Dec 16, arriving with 9AT, Honda Sensing, locking tailgate, and more

Honda Malaysia CNY promo – up to RM10k rewards

TAS 2020: New Honda Jazz gets the Mugen treatment

TAS 2020: Facelifted Honda S660 sports car debuts

TAS 2020: Honda Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser – Modulo reimagines the EK9 Civic Type R for 2020

TAS 2020: Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype

TAS 2020: FK8 Honda Civic Type R facelift official details released – better aero, dynamics and safety

FK8 Honda Civic Type R facelift debuts at 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon – uprated cooling, braking and chassis

Honda Augmented Driving Concept – reinventing the steering wheel for varying autonomous driving modes

2020 Honda Jazz, Freed Modulo X concepts for TAS

2019 year in review and what’s to come in 2020 – ups and downs for Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda

Auto Shows Might Be Dying But The 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Didn’t Disappoint

Analyst Thinks A Nissan-Honda Partnership Is Possible

Which Vehicles Do Owners Hold Onto For At Least 15 Years? Spoiler Alert: They’re Japanese

2020 Honda Clarity PHEV Gets Updated Acoustic Alert System So Bypassers Know It’s Coming

Honda’s ‘Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020’ Is A 1997 Civic Type R EK9 Restomod


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Honda Breathes New Life Into S2000 With 20th Anniversary Prototype Showcasing Genuine Accessories

Japan’s Best-Selling Car Of 2019 Is A Boxy Honda We Don’t Get Here

2020 Honda S660: Like Fine Wine, The Mini Mid-Engine Roadster Gets Better With Age

2020 Honda Civic Type R Brings Revised Looks, Improved Mechanicals And Fake Engine Noise

Honda’s Augmented Driving Concept Is A Goofy Buggy From The Future

Honda CEO Bucks Trend, Says He Prefers Hybrids Over EVs

2020 Honda Fit And Freed Getting The Modulo X Treatment At Tokyo Auto Salon

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2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition: Ultimate Track-Focused Type R Coming to America

2020 Honda Civic Type R Arriving Soon with Upgraded Performance, Honda Sensing® and new LogR™

TOV Video: 2020 Civic Type R Walk-around with Gary Robinson at the Chicago Auto Show

American Honda reports January 2020 sales

2020 Honda Jazz gets range of accessories in Japan

SPIED: 2020 Honda Civic facelift and new Accord in KL

Honda price increase doesn’t affect car industry – no change in excise duty rates, says finance ministry

2020 Honda Civic facelift launching in Malaysia this Wednesday – new styling, Honda Sensing safety suite

New Honda City hatchback patent drawings revealed

2020 Honda City 1.0L VTEC Turbo RS by NKGarage

2020 Honda Accord – bookings open in Malaysia for 10th-gen, 1.5L VTEC Turbo, 201 PS and 260 Nm

2020 Honda Jazz goes on sale in Japan – 109 PS e:HEV hybrid and 98 PS 1.3L petrol, up to 28.8 km/l

2020 Honda Jazz Hybrid detailed for Europe – 1.5 litre i-MMD powertrain; 109 PS and 253 Nm; 4.5 l/100 km

SPIED: 2020 Honda City on road trials in Malaysia

2020 Honda City recalled in Thailand, deliveries halted


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Is The 2020 Mazda CX-5 A Worthy Challenger To The Honda CR-V And Toyota RAV4?

Original Honda / Acura NSX Tucks Away Sleek Styling Under Liberty Walk’s Flamboyant Body Kit

New Honda Fit Already Gets A Ton Of Genuine Accessories In Japan

Honda’s Type R Badge Will Likely Remain Exclusive To The Civic

2020 Honda Civic Type R Gets A Price Hike, But Has Improved Tech And Dynamics

Tenth-Gen Honda Accord Finally Reaches Japan, Gains Genuine Accessories From The Get-Go

Honda Wants To Freshen Up Your JDM S2000 Roadster With ’20th Anniversary’ Genuine Accessories

Europe’s 2020 Honda Jazz Packs 107 HP Hybrid System, Returns 4.5 L/100 Km

2020 Honda e Stars In Fresh Photo Gallery And Videos, Reveals Full Specs

Here We Go Again: Another 2.4 Million 1996-2003 Hondas And Acuras Recalled Over Takata Airbags

Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Toyota And Suzuki Offer To Buy Back 60,000 ‘Potentially Deadly’ Cars In Australia

Electric Honda E Hatch Might Gain Hot Type R Version After All If You Ask Nicely

Nissan and Honda delay restart of China plants due to COVID-19

Honda prices raised effective immediately

2020 Honda Ridgeline: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs

2020 Honda CR-V Review: Tech, Distilled

Honda to Make Changes to its Organizational and Operational Structures (effective April 1, 2020)

Honda recalls over 241,000 Odyssey minivans for fire risk

Honda Motor : 5 reasons the Honda RV engine keeps running

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American Honda reports February 2020 sales

Honda’s More Mature Civic Type-R Sport Line And Its Clipped Wing Won’t Make It To U.S.

Honda To Close Factory In Philippines Building BR-V And City

Honda Kills Off Clarity Electric, Hydrogen And Hybrid Models Survive

2021 Honda Odyssey: Best-Selling Minivan Receives More Gear, Updated Looks

New Fiat 500e Vs. Honda E: Which Small, Trendy EV Would You Rather Have?

Coronavirus Hits Honda As Chinese Parts Shortage Forces Production Cuts

Top Fuel Honda S2000 Type-RR Is A Time Attack Monster With Almost 1,000 HP

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Arrives In U.S. Dealers Priced From $28,870

Honda To Start Reproducing S2000 Parts, Asks Customers What They Want

Honda may remain in Australia with reduced network or appoint independent distributor, rules out departure

Honda Malaysia’s new line of ‘TEI’ official merchandise

Honda WR-V facelift revealed, India launch next month

Honda ‘3onus’ March Special, up to RM10k of rebates

2020 Honda BR-V open for booking, M’sia launch Q1

2020 Honda Civic facelift – spec-by-spec comparison

FIRST LOOK: 2020 Honda Civic facelift with Sensing in Malaysia – three variants offered; RM114k-RM140k

FIRST LOOK: 2020 Honda Accord 1.5L VTEC Turbo

DRIVEN: 2020 Honda Civic facelift – same, but more

2021 Honda City Hatchback rendered – would you prefer this over a new Jazz or Toyota Yaris?

Honda to launch Euro market Jazz Crosstar at Geneva

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Awarded Top Safety Pick from IIHS

Honda plans second EV for Europe

2020 Honda WR-V BS6 Petrol Version Specs Leaked

Honda offers 'one-stop-shop' home wallbox and energy tariff to all electric car owners

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Honda updates 2021 Insight, adding Blind Spot and Cross-Traffic warning systems to bolster safety

Honda to suspend all NA production from March 23-March 31

Honda To Slash Number Of Australian Dealers, Reduce Range And Adopt Fixed-Prices

Yikes! Watch This Honda Get PIT Maneuvered By Jeep Renegade

2021 Honda Insight Range Gains Blind Spot Detection And Cross-Traffic Assist, Still Priced From $22,930

Can Honda’s 2020 CR-V Hybrid Beat Toyota’s 2020 RAV4 Hybrid At Its Own Game?

Sold Out: No More Honda Civic Type R Limited Editions Available In The UK

Honda Malaysia says no impact on warranty if routine maintenance service is not performed during MCO

Honda Australia to shift to agency-style business model from 2021 – fixed pricing on new models sold

Honda Australia to shift to agency-style business model from 2021 – fixed pricing on new models sold

2021 Honda Insight gains new equipment in the US

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition sold out in the UK!

2020 Honda City – India to get naturally aspirated 1.5L i-VTEC engine instead of 1.0L turbo, Malaysia too?

Honda Malaysia factory, dealerships closed till Mar 31

Design and Innovation Studio opens at Honda plant

Honda Power Products multi-channel campaign the first from SouthPaw

Honda will be stopping the automobile assembly lines at both of its completely built-up (CBU) car factories in Thailand.

Payne: Honda CR-V Hybrid makes geek great

Honda dealers say the brand is preparing to leave Australia

Honda is the Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Line Automaker in America

Honda portable generators recalled due to fire, burn risk

Kunimitsu is "behind" other Honda teams - Yamamoto

15 Things To Consider Before Buying That Cheap Honda Civic

2020 Honda Passport Review

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General Motors and Honda to Jointly Develop Next-Generation Honda Electric Vehicles Powered by GM’s Ultium Batteries

American Honda Reports March Auto Sales in the Face of Difficult Market Conditions

Honda Extends Furloughs To Several Thousand Salaried Employees In The U.S.

Infotainment Tech Study Finds Least And Most Distracting Systems

Looking For An Affordable, Safe And Reliable Used Vehicle? Check Out These Recommendations

Honda Production In Wuhan Back To Pre-Coronavirus Levels

Mugen Honda S2000 Driver Loses It On The Nurburgring While Trying To Avoid An Impact

Nissan, Honda Lay Off Thousands Of Workers From US Factories, Say They Will Rehire Them

Honda Goes Back To Dials And Buttons As Customers Grow Weary Of Touchscreens

GAC Honda To Absorb Honda Automobile In China, Boosting Production Capacity

Honda’s 2020 Avancier Flagship SUV In China Gets Subtle Facelift And Tech Upgrades

Honda Argues Why You Should Buy A CR-V Rather Than A RAV4, Forester Or A Rogue

Looks Like A Unicorn Threw Up All Over This Honda Civic

No Low Ballers, I Know What I Have: The Elusive Mercedes-Bends Type-Crack

GM And Honda Teaming Up For Two New EVs, Will Be Based On GM’s New Platform

The Honda Element Was Innovative Yet Quirky. Does It Still Deserve Your Attention?

Honda recycles old hybrid car batteries for second life

2020 Honda City brochure leaked ahead of India debut – B-segment sedan gets LaneWatch, Honda Connect

Honda reiterates warranty extension, closure of dealerships and factory in light of MCO extension

Honda, Nissan furlough thousands of employees in US

Honda extends US production suspension to May 1

Honda and General Motors to jointly develop EVs

Honda Malaysia says no impact on warranty if routine maintenance service is not performed during MCO

Honda Jazz, HR-V updated in Australia with new 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Honda Jazz Type R not planned, but still a possibility

2020 Honda City awarded five-star ASEAN NCAP rating

Honda replaced touchscreen HVAC controls with conventional dials ‘to minimise disruption’ – report

A New Honda Ad, Made During Quarantine, Ends With a Surprise Twist

Japan Carmakers Will Recover Fast With Honda a Buy, Goldman Says

Honda patent unusual new side stand. Honda has filed patents that seem to show a new type of motorcycle side stand that extends telescopically

Honda deploys its minivans to transport virus patients

New Honda Jazz (facelift) to feature LED headlamps - IAB Report

Belgian chemical group Solvay and Honda Aircraft sign exclusive supply agreement for business jets programmes

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American Honda reports May 2020 sales

Reports: Honda's Swindon factory (Civic Type R factory) re-opening delayed until June 10

Is the car in these spy photos the next-gen Civic Type R, or an ALL NEW ACURA INTEGRA??

Detroit-area Residents will be Transported to COVID-19 Testing in Modified Honda Odyssey Minivans

American Honda reports April 2020 sales

Hondata launches fuel system upgrade kit for FK8 Civic Type R

Honda Recalls Over 1.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide Due To Fuel Pump Issue

Honda Suffering Production Issues Due To Possible Cyber Attack

Pristine 2000 Honda Civic Si Sells For An Insane $50,000

How Long Can An Engine Last Without Oil? A Long Time, If You Drive A Honda

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sold Out In Four Minutes In Canada

LEGO: Australia’s Mount Panorama Circuit Recreated Using 150,000 Bricks With A Honda Twist

‘Snowflake’ Is A Much Sought After White On Red Honda S2000 With 21k Miles

Honda Freed Modulo X Facelift Is One Mean-Looking Small MPV

How Do The 2020 Honda Civic Type R And EP3 Type R Compare?

Honda Wants To Build More SUV-Styled Derivatives After Jazz Crosstar

Honda Museum Shows Us What A Pristine 1990 NSX Is Like

Honda Updates 2021 Insight In Japan With New Trim Level, Genuine Accessories

Can The Original Honda NSX Stand Up To A Modern Civic Type R?

2020 Honda Civic Type R First Reviews Are Out; Should We Get Hyped About It?

All-New 2022 Honda Civic Type R Makes Spy Debut With Softer Lines, Similar Massive Wing

What Do You Think Of This Honda S2000 With An Acura V6 Engine Swap?

What Does A Pro Racing Driver Think Of Honda’s 2020 Civic Si Coupe?

Honda Says The Jazz’s e:HEV System Takes After F1 Hybrid Unit, Kind Of

Meet The Civic Gatti, A Honda Cosplaying As A Bugatti Veyron

This New Honda Civic Commercial Was Made Entirely At Home And It’s Brilliantly Simple

The BMW Grille Is The Least Bizzare Thing About This Honda Civic

Honda Jazz Is Fit And Furious On The Outside, Minty And Louis Vuitton On The Inside

Honda Canada’s New CEO Thinks Electric Vehicle Push Is Tied To A ‘Political Agenda’

Honda Next EV Project Imagines A Two-Seater, Three-Door Sub-Compact

Improve Your Weekends With This Epic 1k-Mile Honda S2000 CR

Honda Churns Out New Styling Parts For JDM 2020 Accord

2020 Honda Accord Is Actually Pretty Fun With The 6-Speed Manual Gearbox

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition – all 100 allocations for Canada sold out in under four minutes

2020 Honda City gets a Drive68 body kit in Thailand

PDRM receives 425 Honda Civic 1.8 S patrol vehicles

FIRST LOOK: 2020 Honda BR-V in Malaysia – fr RM90k

GALLERY: 2020 Honda BR-V – V spec detailed, RM97k

Honda Malaysia launches two community relief campaigns to support various Covid-19 aid efforts

Honda HR-V RS now available with dark brown leather interior in Malaysia – no price change; from RM125k

2020 Honda BR-V facelift launched in M’sia, fr RM90k

Honda reports its lowest operating profit in four years

Honda Malaysia reopens all dealerships in the country

Honda Malaysia reveals Kita Bersama Deals campaign – rewards worth of up to RM10,000 offered until May 31

2020 Honda City receives two NKSDesign body kits in Thailand – choose from “NSX” or “Civic Type R” look

VIDEO: Listen to the glory of “VTEC kicking in” clearly in a Honda NSX fitted with individual throttle bodies

Honda Malaysia resumes operations at selected service centres during MCO – appointment basis only

FK8 Honda Civic Type R gets the full Spoon treatment

Honda Malaysia partners up with Socar to support frontliners – 50 units of the City available for rental

2020 Honda Civic Type R gets featured in new video

Covid-19: Honda reconfigures 50 StepWGN, Odyssey MPVs for use as patient transport vehicles in Japan

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6MT out for Accord. Civic Coupes and Fit are gone after MY2020. Si on hiatus until 2022

Honda sets a new FWD track record at Suzuka with the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition

American Honda reports June 2020 sales

Honda adds Special Edition to Pilot lineup for 2021 model year, 9AT now standard across the lineup

2021 Honda CR-V Updated In Australia With New Safety Tech And More

Orange Honda NSX Type S Is One Of Just 209 Ever Made

Are These Six 2020 Rides Going To Become Future Classics?

The Death Of The Honda Civic Coupe Marks The End Of An Era

Honda Kills The Fit And Civic Coupe In America, Will Stop Offering A Six-Speed Manual In The Accord

Unmarked Mustang GT Police Car Nabs Honda Accord Trying To Race A Tesla Model 3

Honda Fit Off-Roader Goes For A Scary Trip Through A California Mine

1993 NSX Type R Is For The Hardcore Enthusiast Who Can Spend $285K

Mk4 Toyota Supra Somehow Lands On A Honda In California

Honda Buys 1% Stake In CATL, Will Jointly Develop EV Batteries

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sets FWD Lap Record At Suzuka

Mugen’s New Honda Civic Type R Upgrades Are Not For Introverts

2021 Kia K5 Vs Segment Best-Sellers: Would You Get The K5 Over The Camry, Accord Or Altima?

All This Bizarre Nissan GT-R Really Wanted Was To Be A Honda Civic Hatch

Watch A Honda e Being Used To Charge A Tesla Model 3

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Is 2020 WTCR’s Official Safety Car

BMW, Honda, Ford, VW To Remain Neutral On Trump’s New Emissions Rule

1988 Pulse Autocycle Is An Aircraft-Shaped, Honda Goldwing-Powered Oddity

2021 NACTOY Eligible Vehicles Announced, Care To Place A Little Bet?

Honda Civic Sedan Falls Victim To Small Cars In Japan

Honda Pitches Japan A New Range-Topping CR-V Black Edition

Honda Chasing Lap Records With 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition

2021 Honda Pilot Adds Value-Packed Special Edition, Standard 9-Speed Auto

2007 Honda S2000 Has Just 1,000 Miles On The Clock, How Much Will It Sell For?

2022 Honda Civic Type R May Not Actually Be A Hybrid

2020 Honda City teased for Malaysia – launch soon?

Honda Malaysia official merchandise now on Shopee

2020 Honda BR-V – over 1,400 bookings received for first month in M’sia; 85% for range-topping V variant

QUICK LOOK: 2020 Honda HR-V RS, brown interior

Honda to make India a strategic export hub, to ship left-hand drive models to Europe for the first time

2020 Honda City launched in India – 1.5L petrol and diesel engines; LaneWatch; priced from RM62k-RM83k

Elmina Motors’ Honda 3S Centre opens in Shah Alam

2020 Honda CR-V facelift launched in Thailand – 2.4L NA petrol and 1.6L diesel remain, RM186k to RM239k

Honda and China’s CATL form alliance for EV batteries

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition sets new FWD lap record at Suzuka – two minutes, 23.993 seconds

GALLERY: Honda HR-V RS with brown leather interior

2020 Honda WR-V facelift launched in India – updated styling and kit; petrol and diesel engines; from RM49k

2020 Honda Civic facelift at the top of the C-segment chart – over 6,500 bookings; 2,900 units delivered

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition becomes the official safety car for the 2020 WTCR championship

Proton X70 to join Honda Civic in PDRM patrol fleet

Honda Civic – sales of the FC sedan ends in Japan

Honda Civic Type R Suzuka teaser – record attempt?

2020 Honda City previewed for India – 1.5L engines, LaneWatch, semi-digital instrument cluster, sunroof

Honda Malaysia recalls 55,354 units over fuel pump

2020 Honda Jazz debuts in China with new front end

2020 SST exemption: New Honda price list revealed – up to RM9,502.47 or 4.99% cheaper until December 31

Explosion reported at Honda’s Japan plant, two injured

Honda car, bike production disrupted by cyber attack

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American Honda reports July 2020 sales

2021 Honda Odyssey: America’s Most Popular Minivan Gets a Makeover

Watch In Awe As 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Hits 180 MPH (290 km/h)

Mugen Turns Up The Heat On The 2020 Honda Civic Hatch (But Only A Little)

Japanese Officials Wanted Honda And Nissan To Merge, But Neither Liked The Idea

World’s Most Perfectly Preserved Honda Prelude Type SH Will Travel You Back In Time

What If Honda Made A 2021 Accord Type-R Wagon With A Manual Box And Turbo Engine?

Man Trapped Under Honda Civic After Car Jack Fails Saved By The Cops

Honda Odyssey, Passport And Pilot Included In Four Recall Campaigns

Lotus Exige Hill Climb Car With Supercharged Honda Engine Sounds Bonkers

This Honda Clarity Would Obviously Like To Be A Maserati

Honda Files To Trademark CR-Z Moniker, Is A New Sports Car In The Works?

Driven: 2019 Honda Civic Type R Does What No Other Hot Hatch Can

There Is No Other Honda Z600 Quite Like This One

Honda’s Office Staff Are Now Building Cars At Ohio Assembly Plant

2021 Honda Odyssey Gets A Price Hike To Go Along With New Equipment And Updated Looks

What Is It Like To Drive The 2020 Honda E Electric Supermini?

Mini JCW Works GP Finds Some Tough Competition In The Honda Civic Type R

Japanese govt sought Honda-Nissan merger amid fears of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance collapse

VIDEO: 2020 Honda City RS i-MMD hybrid ad takes a swipe at Toyota Vios, Camry and Perodua Bezza

2020 Honda City open for booking in Malaysia – new 1.5L NA, world debut for RS i-MMD hybrid, Q4 launch

GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P facelift – RM135k

Spoon releases turbo kit for the Honda Civic Sedan, Hatchback, Coupe – 275 PS, 414 Nm 1.5L VTEC Turbo

Honda announces Q1 FY2021 results – sales dipped by 50.4%, operating profit down 46.9% from Q1 FY2020

2020 Honda City teased again ahead of M’sia launch

Is Honda bringing back the Motocompo as an e-bike?

Honda trademarks CR-Z name in US, what’s going on?

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Honda BR-V – spec-by-spec comparison of 7-seat MPVs ahead of Xpander launch

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