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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #150 : Aprilie 17, 2020, 07:02:11 a.m. »
HONDA HYBRID & EV BATTERIES GET ‘SECOND LIFE’ IN NEW RECYCLING INITIATIVE

https://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/203209/honda-hybrid-and-ev-batteries-get-second-life-in-new-recycling-initiative?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_3378&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu


    Honda Motor Europe is expanding its partnership with SNAM to recycle end-of-life batteries from hybrids and electric vehicles in Europe
    SNAM is investigating the possibility of using batteries in a ’second life’ for the storage of renewable energy in industrial applications
    New hydrometallurgy processes enable extraction and recycling of materials from batteries not suitable for a second-life application
    Dedicated web platform enables dealers to request Europe-wide collection of used batteries

 

Honda Motor Europe is expanding its battery recycling partnership with SNAM (Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux) to advance the sustainable usability of its end-of-life traction batteries. The pan-European arrangement will see SNAM collect and recycle batteries from Honda's increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles and either potentially prepare them for 'second-life' renewable energy storage uses or extract valuable materials for recycling if they are not suitable for that purpose.

 

Honda and SNAM have worked together since 2013, to ensure the traceability of end-of-life batteries and dispose of them in accordance with European Union environmental standards. The expansion of this agreement will see SNAM collect Lithium-ion and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries from across Honda's dealer network and Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) in 22 countries, before analysing how suitable they are for recycling and processing them accordingly.

 

Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President at Honda Motor Europe, said: “As demand for Honda’s expanding range of hybrid and electric cars continues to grow so does the requirement to manage batteries in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. Recent market developments may allow us to make use of these batteries in a second life application for powering businesses or by using recent improved recycling techniques to recover useful raw materials which can be used as feedstock into the production of new batteries.”

 

Safe and low carbon transport is utilised for the collection of used traction batteries. On arrival, SNAM assesses which battery packs are valid for inclusion in a new energy storage device. These are then repurposed and made available by SNAM for domestic and industrial applications.

 

When battery cells are damaged and unsuitable for ‘second life’ applications, materials such as cobalt and lithium can be extracted using hydrometallurgy techniques involving the use of aqueous chemistry. These can be reused in the production of new batteries, colour pigments or as useful additives for mortar. Other commonly used materials including copper, metal and plastics are recycled and offered to the market for use in the production of a variety of applications.

 

Dealers can arrange and request the collection of end-of-life batteries for treatment and recycling through SNAM's dedicated online platform. Collection can be arranged from centralised storage hubs within 15 working days, so that dealers do not have to store batteries at their premises. The agreement applies to large ‘traction’ batteries used to power motors in hybrid and electric vehicles, as opposed to smaller batteries used for ignition in petrol or diesel cars.

 

SNAM is supportive to Honda’s activities on eco-conscious design of future batteries, so that the environmental sound treatment of these batteries at the end of their useful life can be guaranteed.

 

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Notes:

Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux (SNAM): SNAM was formed as an offshoot of the metallurgical industry in 1981, and from the 1990s has established itself as a major player into the “loop economy”. SNAM’s wealth of experience and renowned expertise make it one of few companies in the world to have mastered the techniques for processing batteries and accumulators. A subsidiary of the Floridienne Group (chemistry division), SNAM is a company enjoying continuous growth: European environmental 14001 Certification; acquisition of specialised subsidiaries (sorting of mixed batteries, galvanisation processes, etc). For more information, visit www.snam.com

 

 

Honda Motor Europe Ltd. Honda designs, manufactures and markets automobiles, motorcycles and power products worldwide. A global leader in powertrain and electromotive technologies, Honda produces more than 25 million engines annually for its three product lines. Honda Motor Europe has responsibility for supporting and strategically coordinating all of Honda’s European business activities, including production, sales, marketing and customer support for automobile motorcycle and power equipment operations.

Honda in Europe has committed to its Electric Vision: that 100% of its mainstream automobile range will be electrified by 2022. The first model, CR-V Hybrid, was launched in 2019. During 2020, it will be joined by the full electric Honda e and the all-new Jazz e:HEV Hybrid.


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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #151 : Mai 01, 2020, 05:21:33 a.m. »
ALL-NEW HONDA JAZZ: COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY PACKAGE INCLUDES NEW FRONT CENTRE AIRBAG SYSTEM

https://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/298224/all-new-honda-jazz-comprehensive-safety-package-includes-new-front-centre-airbag-system?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_3413&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu


    Honda includes new front centre airbag technology as standard in the all-new Jazz e:HEV
    New technology is part of a range of modifications that reduces the likelihood of head and chest injuries to vehicle occupants in the event of side-on impact
    Airbag system supplemented by passive and active systems including Honda‘s ACE™ body structure technology and Honda SENSING driver aid system
    Honda's commitment to exceptional occupant safety ensures the Jazz remains one of the safest cars in its class

 

Exemplifying Honda's commitment to occupant safety, the all-new Jazz is the first of the brand’s models in Europe, and the first model in its class to market, to feature new front-centre airbag technology as standard. The newly introduced passive safety feature is just one element of a comprehensive package of safety features and driver aids for the all-new Jazz, further reinforcing the car’s reputation as one of Europe's safest.

 

New front-centre airbag system

 

The new front centre airbag is fitted within the back of the driver’s seat and expands into the space between driver and passenger. This new airbag, one of 10 in the new Jazz, helps to avoid direct contact and reduce impact between a driver and a passenger in the event of a side-on collision. In order to ensure the airbag is accurately placed to deliver maximum protection during deployment, the airbag uses three attachment tethers which guide the airbag around the driver in a curve. To realise this new feature, the engineering team developed the airbag unit to fit within the upper bolster of the newly designed driver’s seat.

 

The new front centre airbag works in concert with two other features in the event of a side on collision. The seat belt pre-tensioners for both driver and passenger work to reduce lateral occupant movement and are further supported by the centre armrest which has increased in height. Overall the impact of this new approach can reduce injury to the head by 85% for near-side passenger and 98% for far-side passenger (Honda internal testing).

 

Further improvements for new Jazz include the rear seat i-side Airbag System. This unique double-structure airbag, installed in the rear seat pad, activates to protect rear occupants from impacts against the door and C-pillar in the event of side-on collisions. The airbag is also designed in compact size in order not to detract from the unique magic seat function of Jazz.

 

These new advancements in occupant safety come as Euro NCAP, the European consumer protection organisation for vehicle safety, introduces new test requirements in 2020 in recognition of the severe effects of side-on collisions. The new assessments will expand the scope of investigations into side-on collisions from the far-side.

 

"Occupant safety is of the utmost importance for our designers when we develop a new car," said Takeki Tanaka, Large Project Leader for Honda. "We completely redesigned the latest generation Jazz from the ground up, which meant that we were able to incorporate new advanced structural technologies and the latest passive safety features to provide exceptional protection from all kinds of accidents. With the addition of an upgraded suite of advanced safety features and driver aids as standard, we are confident that the all-new Jazz remains one of the safest cars in its class."

 

In addition to the new front-centre airbag, an SRS airbag system in front of the driver's knee reduces impact on the lower limbs and contributes to the improvement of occupant protection performance for the head and chest by supressing forward movement of the entire body.

 

Passive safety engineered into vehicle structure

 

The all-new Jazz incorporates Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology that forms the foundation for excellent passive safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection.

 

A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. ACE™ not only protects the car and its passengers by dispersing the collision energy throughout the body structure, but it also reduces the collision energy against the other vehicle too. Its safety performance helps protect occupants from collisions with large and small vehicles alike.

 

Enhanced active safety technologies as standard

The passive safety features on the new Jazz are complemented by the Honda SENSING suite of active safety and driver assist technologies which have been enhanced for the latest model. A new wider angle, higher definition camera replaces the multi-purpose camera and City-Brake Active System (CTBA) sensor set-up of the previous-generation Jazz. The camera recognises a more comprehensive range of road surface and traffic characteristics. These include detecting if the vehicle approaches the outer edge of a pavement (into a grass or gravel border), an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without indicating and, road signs. The camera is also able to eliminate fogging for a constantly clear field of view.

 

 

The enhanced Honda SENSING suite of technologies includes:

    Collision Mitigation Braking System with improved night-time operation to also detect pedestrians when there is no street lighting. The system also alerts the driver when it detects a cyclist cutting across. In addition, the system now applies the brakes when the Jazz cuts across or turns into the path of a oncoming vehicle. This is enabled by the newly-developed front wide view camera.
    Adaptive Cruise Control which manages the gap to the car in front automatically and allows the car to follow traffic at low speeds in congestion (Low Speed Follow).
    Lane Keeping Assist System operates from 72km/h on urban and rural roads – as well as multi-lane highways – for increased safety in more situations.
    Road Departure Mitigation System assists the driver to not stray from the road. It alerts the driver if it detects the vehicle approaching the outer edge of the pavement (into a grass or gravel border), an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without indicacting.
    Traffic Sign Recognition System uses the front wide view camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the seven-inch LCD display once the vehicle has passed the sign. The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs while the left shows ‘No Passing’ signs and speed limits with additional information; such as weather conditions, for example.
    Intelligent Speed Limiter recognises traffic speed signs and sets the speed limit. If the traffic sign shows a slower speed compared to the actual vehicle speed, an indicator on the display flashes with an alarm sound and the system gradually decreases the vehicle speed.
    Auto High-Beam works at speeds of more than 40km/h to switch High Beam head lights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness.
    Blind Spot Information, complete with Cross Traffic Monitor is standard on Executive grade.

 

 

 

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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #152 : Iunie 10, 2020, 05:56:16 a.m. »
2020 Honda Jazz & Jazz Crosstar

https://hondanews.eu/eu/en/cars/media/pressreleases/303084/2020-honda-jazz-and-jazz-crosstar-1?utm_campaign=NewsAlert_3538&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=hondanews.eu

Contents

 1. Introduction: All new Jazz offers efficiency, comfort and class-leading connectivity

2. Powerful e:HEV hybrid technology delivers blend of performance and efficiency

3. Seamless contemporary design introduced to iconic shape of the Jazz

4. Clever packaging and class-leading comfort for ultimate usability

5. Exceptional driving dynamics for an effortless driving experience

6. Advanced in-car technology connects owners to their everyday lives

7. Comprehensive suite of Honda SENSING safety technologies

8. Technical specifications

 


1. Introduction: All-new Jazz offers outstanding efficiency, comfort and class-leading connectivity

 

    Advanced hybrid powertrain delivers optimum efficiency and performance

    Contemporary design is an evolution of the iconic Jazz silhouette
    Introduction of a new Jazz variant – Jazz Crosstar
    Integrated technology provides next-generation infotainment and connectivity

    Class-leading interior space and outstanding practicality

    Suspension enhancements deliver a dynamic driving experience
    Comprehensive suite of advanced safety features

 

The all-new Honda Jazz and Jazz Crosstar provide an effortless driving experience with efficient and responsive performance delivered by advanced e:HEV hybrid technology as standard. Part of Honda's new e:TECHNOLOGY range, the next-generation Jazz is available exclusively with e:HEV two-motor hybrid powertrain technology and is the first of six electrified Honda models scheduled to be introduced in Europe by 2022.

 

Jazz e:HEV has been engineered to deliver a compelling blend of strong performance and impressive efficiency to complement its class-leading levels of interior comfort and usability.

 

To revolutionise the essence of its compact city car, Honda focused on a new design philosophy, encapsulated in the Japanese notion of 'Yoo no bi'. This recognises the beauty that exists in everyday items, which have been honed over time to make them even more beautiful and ergonomically satisfying to use for their specific purpose.

 

"We have developed this car as an entity that has the power to enrich the daily lives of those who use it." explains Takeki Tanaka, Jazz Large Project Leader.

 

An evolution of the timeless Jazz shape, the design of the new Jazz introduces smooth contours which follow the short nose and cabin-forward style of previous generations. The result of this design evolution is a new emotional appeal to add to the class-leading levels of comfort and practicality for which Jazz is renowned.

 

When developing the all-new Jazz, Honda engineers worked closely with the design team to ensure the car retained the class-leading levels of interior space that is the hallmark of previous generations. They achieved this through the clever packaging of hybrid drivetrain components into the chassis and within the engine bay.

 

The e:HEV system is newly developed for Jazz and engineered to deliver enjoyment to the driving experience. It comprises two energy-dense electric motors, a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear transmission, which all work harmoniously together to deliver the best ratio of fuel economy to acceleration in its class.

 

Intuitive technology and seamless in-car connectivity integrate with occupants' everyday lives with ease, supported by a comprehensive suite of infotainment services, including Honda Personal Assistant and My Honda+ app (not available on all grades).

 

Featuring the most comprehensive suite of advanced safety features and driver aids in its class, the Honda Jazz and Jazz Crosstar are fitted with active and passive Honda safety technology designed to make driving both easier and safer.

 

Honda Jazz Crosstar

    New variant to the all-new Jazz range
    SUV style design appeals to drivers who lead active lifestyles

 

The Crosstar variant of the all-new Jazz presents a more SUV-style proposition, orientated toward those with active lifestyles. Available with the same hybrid powertrain and interior features as the standard model, the new Crosstar adds increased ride height, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.

 

The model's enhanced visual presence is also bolstered by a bolder front grille design, black cladding around the wheelarches and stylish side sills. The Crosstar-specific 16-inch silver and black alloy wheels create a sense of increased stability and complete the variant’s overall robust visual impact.


 

    2. Powerful e:HEV hybrid technology delivers a compelling blend of performance and efficiency

    New Jazz is the first model to be presented under Honda's new e:TECHNOLOGY branding
    Newly-developed hybrid technology features two compact motors combined with a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine
    Maximum power output of 109 PS / 80kW and 253 Nm of electric propulsion torque

 

For the first time, the Jazz will be sold exclusively across Europe with an advanced hybrid powertrain. Carrying Honda's new e:HEV badge, the all-new Jazz has been engineered to deliver an exceptional blend of strong performance and impressive efficiency, to complement its class-leading levels of interior comfort and ultimate usability.

 

The e:HEV system is newly developed for Jazz and engineered to deliver an enjoyable driving experience. It consists of two compact, powerful electric motors connected to a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear transmission via an intelligent power control unit, which all work harmoniously together to provide a smooth and direct response.

 

The total output of 109 PS / 80kW can propel the car to 100km/h in 9.4 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 175 km/h. The effect is an effortless and comfortable journey, whether travelling through urban areas or cruising at high speed on motorways. Its fuel-efficient hybrid system produces CO2 emissions from 102 g/km (WLTP) and fuel economy of 4.5l/100km (WLTP) on the standard model and 110 g/km (WLTP) and 4.8l/100km (WLTP) on the Crosstar.

 

To deliver such a highly-rewarding driving experience and exceptional efficiency, the advanced e:HEV hybrid set-up seamlessly selects from three interchangeable drive modes:

 

    EV Drive: the lithium-ion battery supplies power to the electric propulsion motor directly
    Hybrid Drive: the engine supplies power to the electric generator motor, which in turn supplies it to the electric propulsion motor
    Engine Drive: the petrol engine is connected directly to the wheels via a lock-up clutch and driveforce is transmitted directly from engine to the wheels

 

In most urban driving situations, optimum efficiency is achieved through seamless transitions between EV Drive and Hybrid Drive. For driving at highway speeds, Engine Drive is used, supplemented by an on-demand peak power ‘boost’ from the electric propulsion motor for fast acceleration.

 

In Hybrid Drive, excess power from the petrol engine can also be diverted to recharge the battery via the generator motor. EV Drive is also engaged when the car is decelerating, harvesting energy through regenerative braking to recharge the battery.

 

Switching between the three driving modes is unnoticeable to occupants; Jazz engineers dedicated significant efforts to minimising lag during transitions. The high-speed electric motors have been developed in-house by Honda to be as lightweight, compact and efficient as possible, the electric propulsion motor spins up to 13,300 rpm to achieve a maximum speed of 175 km/h. The maximum torque is generated at 0 rpm for substantial low-speed acceleration.

 

Rather than using a conventional transmission, Jazz is equipped with a newly-developed Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT) with a single fixed-gear ratio to create a direct connection between moving components. The result is a smooth and reassuring transfer of torque with a linear feel during acceleration across all drive modes.

 

When in Hybrid Drive mode the all-new e-CVT control logic ensures that the electric propulsion motor provides powerful torque, whilst the engine provides a direct and linear feel during acceleration, similar to that of a multi-stage transmission. When more power is required, the new control logic can constantly select the ideal engine speed. This has the impact of maintaining a relationship between vehicle speed and engine speed and a more linear feeling, experienced by the driver and passengers as acceleration sound. This optimised torque output, with more responsive and consistent delivery, is a key component of the fun-to-drive character of Jazz.

 

As well as being more refined, the e-CVT developed for Jazz is more compact than the conventional planetary e-CVT units typically found in hybrid vehicles from other marques. With a focus on dimensions and clever integration, the new e-CVT is an example of the intelligent packaging evident elsewhere on Jazz.

 

Jazz is the first model in Honda's European line-up to wear the new e:HEV branding that will appear on all future Honda full hybrid vehicles.

 

 3. Redefining compact class design: Seamless contemporary design introduced to iconic shape of the Jazz


    Jazz introduces 'Yoo no bi' design philosophy
    Evolution of the iconic Jazz silhouette with smooth lines and contours
    A-pillar width reduced by half for improved visibility

 

When designing and developing the latest generation Jazz, Honda engineers took the bold step of completely reimagining the model from the ground up. In the process they conceived a compelling new proposition in the compact segment: an all-new city car that combines exceptional efficiency with outstanding everyday usability, ready to meet the needs of modern consumers.

 

The new seamless and contemporary design evolution introduces a beautiful simplicity to the timeless shape of Jazz. Its smooth contours follow the short nose, long roof line and cabin-forward style of previous generations, to form the instantly-recognisable monoform silhouette. The result adds a new emotional appeal to the class-leading levels of comfort and practicality for which the Jazz is renowned.

 

To revolutionise the essence of its compact city car, Honda focused on a new design philosophy, encapsulated in the Japanese notion of 'Yoo no bi'. This recognises the beauty that exists in everyday items, which have been honed over time to make them even more beautiful and ergonomically satisfying to use for their specific purpose.

 

"We have developed this car as an entity that has the power to enrich the daily lives of those who use it." explains Takeki Tanaka, Large Project Leader.

 

The smooth exterior surface treatment and sleek front face are key to achieving a sophisticated visual balance, with all the different exterior surfaces, including the C-pillars and rear combination lamps, blended together, devoid of any lines.

 

For the designers, creating the right visual proportions was key to creating harmonious styling characteristic, inside and out. This is initiated by the new ultra-thin A-pillars that flow up in an arc from the bonnet to the broad-shouldered rear fenders.

 

The A-pillar thickness has been more than halved from 116mm to just 55mm with the pillar behind now providing the main structural strength. This, along with the hidden windscreen wipers, provides the driver and front seat passenger with an unobstructed, expansive field of vision. The sweeping A-pillars and a sleek door-mirror design also minimise noise and drag caused by wind turbulence and increase aerodynamic efficiency.

 

The overall height is reduced by 10mm, which combines with a forward-leaning tailgate design to create a more compact-looking, well-balanced cabin and a reassuringly surefooted stance.

 

New advanced structural technologies and processes, such as adopting the latest semiconductor technology to downsize the Power Control Unit, are key to incorporating the new two-motor hybrid drivetrain while allowing the traditional dynamic Jazz shape to be retained. Despite incorporating a new two-motor hybrid driveline, the new Jazz is only 16mm longer than the previous petrol model, and remains the same width.

 

Baek Jongkuk, all-new Jazz designer, explains, “I wanted to create a car which was a “kind companion” for the owner, while maximising its usability. I did this by minimising unnecessary features and simplifying exterior lines to deliver a car which features a friendly, fresh appearance, complete with a comfortable and practical interior.”

 

Sleek styling enhancements, including a refined rear roof spoiler and a premium-look light cluster design, complement the dynamic Jazz shape and maintain the well-balanced profile.

 

Jazz Crosstar

To broaden the appeal of the model, the rugged Jazz Crosstar variant presents a more SUV-style proposition, orientated toward those with active lifestyles. The model's increased presence comes from a bold front grille design, black cladding around the wheelarches and stylish side sills and roof rails. The Crosstar-specific silver and black alloy wheels create an increased sense of stability and enhance the overall robust visual effect. To further differentiate from the standard Jazz model, the Crosstar variant is also available with its own unique Surf Blue paint colour, plus customers have the opportunity to specify a contrasting Crystal Black roof.


    4. Clever packaging and class-leading comfort for ultimate usability

 

    Optimal packaging provides class-best passenger and cargo space
    298 litres of cargo capacity rises to 1,199 litres with rear seats folded
    Rear seat passengers enjoy enhanced levels of comfort and space
    Renowned Magic Seats offer maximum load space versatility

 

Creating a comfortable, feel-good interior

 

The philosophy of 'Yoo no bi' continues in the clean, minimalist interior, wrapping utility, practicality and functionality in a simple, uncluttered ergonomic cabin. To introduce the car’s pleasing utility, durable materials and contemporary, soft-touch dashboard materials are applied throughout the cabin.

 

The uncluttered, user-focused dashboard incorporates a slim instrument panel that sweeps horizontally across the cabin, with no visor effect restricting the field of vision, further enhancing the sense of exceptional spaciousness. With Honda placing ultimate usability at the core of the design ethos, the central HMI 9-inch touchscreen - standard on Elegance and Executive grades - and 7-inch full TFT instrument cluster - standard across the range - are simple and easy to read. Convenience features and controls are easy to reach and use, contributing to a stress-free driving experience.

 

Adding to the refined ambience, the flat, wide centre console armrest is height-aligned with the door armrest, echoing the interior comfort levels of larger, premium cars.

 

The contemporary interior of the Jazz builds on the class-leading levels of interior space that is the hallmark of previous generations.

The ultra-thin A-pillars that flow up in an arc from the bonnet improve horizontal visibility from the previous generation model’s 69 degrees to a class-leading 90 degrees. This, along with the hidden windscreen wipers and flat dashboard, allows unobstructed views and natural light to flow into the cabin through the panoramic windscreen and front quarter glass. Such abundance of light provides a sense of spaciousness for occupants, enhances the airiness in the cabin and contributes to the interior's bright, open feel.

The luggage capacity (with rear seats up) starts from 298 litres and increases to an impressive 1,199 litres (to the roof with the rear seats down). This was achieved through the clever packaging of hybrid drivetrain components into the chassis and within the engine bay.

 

Fundamental developments include incorporating the air intake and components on top of the engine. This allows room for the electric motors (propulsion motor and generator) to be integerated into the engine compartment, as well as the power control unit (PCU), which is reduced by 20% compared with conventional technology. This also allows the auxiliary 12v battery to fit into the engine compartment, freeing up space at the rear. This clever packaging is made possible by using the newest semiconductors for the power control unit.

 

Also key to maximising cabin room is the positioning of the fuel tank in the centre of the chassis beneath the front seats, which is unique in this class. This enables the Jazz to retain the exceptionally versatile rear Magic Seat configuration that offers both fold-flat or flip-up seat flexibility, offering optimum versatility to accommodate cargo of various shapes and sizes. The packaging and overall design also permits a wider tailgate opening and new stepless flat floor that makes loading and unloading the boot easier than ever.

 

Front seat occupants also benefit from Honda's newly developed body stabilising seat frame with premium mat-structure support and a 30mm seat padding thickness increase. These changes enhance comfort levels and provide greater lumbar support to minimise fatigue. To further increase driver comfort, the position of the brake pedal has been changed to optimise the foot angle offering a more natural foot placement. In addition, to support taller drivers, the steering wheel is now 2 degrees more upright and the range of adjustment has been revised to allow the wheel to be come closer to the driver.

 

Adults in the second row also travel in increased comfort thanks to the redesign of the Magic Seat structure allowing the hinges to be moved outside of the passenger hip points. Class-leading rear leg space of 986mm – made possible by the torsion beam suspension lay out - and seat padding thickness that has been increased by 24mm also adds to the enhanced comfort levels. Designers have also added in convenient smartphone pockets in the back of the front seats for rear occupants to use.

 

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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #153 : Iunie 10, 2020, 05:58:19 a.m. »
    5. Exceptional driving dynamics for an effortless driving experience

 

    Improved body rigidity enables suspension enhancements for agile handling
    Low friction suspension and new damper systems improve ride quality

    Cabin ambience improved through the reduction of road noise in three frequency ranges

    All-disc braking system ensures powerful and secure stopping power

 

Building on the Jazz's driving dynamics and responsive performance, Honda has enhanced the car’s chassis, suspension and body rigidity for exceptional agility and best-in-class ride comfort.

 

The ratio of higher tensile strength steel has risen by 80% for the new Jazz, helping to reduce weight and improve safety performance in the event of a crash, static bending is improved by 6% while static torsion is improved by 13%.

 

The adoption of a new aluminium die-cast rear damper mount structure improves the driving experience. While further suspension improvements, such as new spring material and reduced friction-bush design, plus the rear torsion beam suspension layout, also support the outstanding ride comfort and driving enjoyment.

 

The front suspension geometry has a low front roll centre to enhance stability, which helps the Jazz feel precise, natural and agile when cornering. Its agility is further augmented by an electric power-assisted steering system and steering ratio improvements, which deliver accurate feedback to the driver and provide more natural direction-changing behaviour.

 

The low friction suspension components combine with the long wheelbase to provide an impressive base level of stability by naturally reducing pitching motions. Sophisticated damper systems also contribute to a more comfortable ride for all occupants, and minimise the transmission of vibrations from the road into the cabin, contributing to the car's refined composure.

 

Responsive handling combined with enhanced ride composure is further optimised by Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (AHA) system. AHA is another advanced technology that improves the dynamic stability of the car, particularly when reacting to fast steering inputs or high cornering loads. AHA operates through the Vehicle Stability Assist system and applies a light braking force, imperceptible to the driver, to the inner wheels when the steering wheel is turned. The result is increased vehicle responsiveness and stability, and a more stable driving experience.

 

Powerful stopping power is ensured by an all-disc braking system featuring 262 mm ventilated front discs and 239 mm solid discs at the rear. Electronic brake systems include: Vehicle Stability Assist, Brake Assist System, Hill Start Assist and Automatic Brake Hold.

 

Honda’s all encompassing approach to NVH management ensures minimal cabin intrusion of engine, road and wind noise. Increased insulation and sound deadening reduce road noise from road surface variations, improving cabin ambience in three frequency ranges. The cabin and floor panel are separated to reduce resonance through the car's structure, and sound insulation has been added around the dashboard. Noise from the engine has also been reduced through the use of resin material to the engine mount to insulate the engine bay. The sound absorbing materials and thicker glass contribute to a 10% reduction in noise intrusion to the cabin over the previous Jazz model.

 

Additionally, the improved body stiffness and the use of higher tensile strength steel affords new structural technologies to be utilised to allow for the new thin A-pillars, complemented by the aerodynamic door mirror design, rear spoiler and new alloy wheel design. These aerodynamic features minimise airflow noise, help to reduce drag and improve refinement.

 

6. Advanced in-car technology connects owners to their everyday lives

    Seamless, intuitive in-car connectivity is unrivalled in its class
    WiFi hotspot capability and remote services keep occupants connected on the move
    AI-powered ‘Honda Personal Assistant’ delivers voice-enabled features
    My Honda+ app keeps owners connected when they are away from the car

 

The all-new Jazz offers the most compelling infotainment package in its segment, combining intuitive technology with seamless in-car connectivity. Next-generation advanced functionality features first seen on Honda e are fitted to all-new Jazz and will be rolled out on future models.

 

Owners will be able to access a wide range of easy-to-use built-in connectivity features that set a new technology benchmark in the compact segment. Connected infotainment features and apps can be accessed via touchscreen or voice activation, including weather, parking locations, music, navigation, location finding, and telephone services.

 

The simple-to-use LCD touchscreen interface is designed to minimise driver distraction; operation time for the most regularly-used controls is reduced by 58% compared with the previous model, providing a safer and more ergonomic experience. The system interface is navigated using familiar smartphone-style usability, with swipe controls to scroll through pages and lists. The display can be configured to suit any usage requirements, incorporating customisable shortcuts to frequently used functions and audio sources.

 

The comprehensive suite of in-built apps can be supplemented by smartphone mirroring, enabled by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with the latter available via wireless connection for the first time in the Jazz. Even the owners manual can be accessed via the onboard touch infotainment system or through AI voice control for customers who have subscribed to Honda Personal Assistant. Occupants also have the opportunity to benefit from in-car WiFi to keep them connected to web services while on the move.

 

The new Jazz Crosstar boasts an exceptional eight-speaker premium sound system that includes an aluminimum dome tweeter, Honda-unique Kevlar cone speakers and a subwoofer in the rear luggage space, and achieves the best acoustic performance in this segment. In order to not affect visabillity the tweeter has been built in to the inner door handle, while the subwoofer box is placed where it doesn’t intrude on luggage space.

 

The car's interior designers paid great attention to detail when creating the uncluttered dashboard and interface. In response to consumer demand, Honda has reinstated physical controls for key functions, with tactile, precise-feeling dials for heating and ventilation settings.

 

My Honda+ app

Honda has launched its My Honda+ smartphone app to keep owners connected to their car remotely. The smartphone-based service has been designed with a simple, intuitive user experience that provides secure access to a range of in-car functions, including convenience and security features. For example, journey information can be set up and sent from the app to the car and it can also lock and unlock the car remotely.

 

For additional security, the app provides location monitoring and car tracking via GPS. Intelligent Geofencing can also be activated to alert the owner if the vehicle breaches a pre-set ‘geofence’ zone, plus a security notification delivered to the smartphone app if the car's security alarm is activated.

 

Honda Personal Assistant

The infotainment and connectivity features accessed via the advanced touchscreen interface can also be activated using voice commands, through Honda Personal Assistant. First seen in the Honda e, the intuitive Honda Personal Assistant is a smart artificial intelligence (AI) agent which harnesses natural, smart instruction-based conversations and contextual understanding to access a range of online services.

 

The Honda Personal Assistant assesses command inputs with a level of complexity beyond the capabilities of other voice activated virtual assistants. The system understands several levels of interaction, for more exact responses to specific queries. An owner can ask, for example: "OK Honda, find me an Italian restaurant with free parking, WiFi, and that’s open now." The Honda Personal Assistant locates suitable options and presents them on the touchscreen interface, before plotting the optimal route to the chosen location and displaying it on the navigation screen.

 

To achieve optimum stress-free ownership, Honda will deliver over-the-air updates to ensure that features and apps benefit from enhancements and new functions.

 

For added security all vehicles feature E-Call for roadside assistance as standard. In the event of an emergency, such as airbag deployment, the car's location is automatically shared with the relevant emergency services.

 

 

7. Comprehensive suite of Honda safety technologies

 

    All-new Jazz includes a comprehensive active and passive safety package as standard
    Enhanced Honda SENSING technology includes new wider angle high-definition camera
    Occupants protected by 10 airbags in the all new Jazz, including a new front centre airbag - a first-to-market in its class

 

The latest-generation Jazz incorporates as standard a suite of premium active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer.

 

Enhanced Honda SENSING active safety technology offers a broad range of driver assistance features and driver aids as standard, thanks to a newly-developed front wideview camera that enhances the field of vision and night-time operation, increasing safety in more situations.

 

The enhanced Honda SENSING suite of technologies includes:

    Collision Mitigation Braking System with improved night-time operation to also detect pedestrians when there is no street lighting. The system also alerts the driver when it detects a cyclist cutting across. In addition, the system now applies the brakes when the Jazz cuts across or turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle. This is enabled by the newly-developed front wideview camera.
    Adaptive Cruise Control which manages the gap to the car in front automatically and allows the car to follow traffic at low speeds in congestion (Low Speed Follow).
    Lane Keeping Assist System operates from 72km/h (45mph) on urban and rural roads – as well as multi-lane highways – for increased safety in more situations.
    Road Departure Mitigation System assists the driver to not stray from the road. It alerts the driver if it detects the vehicle approaching the outer edge of the pavement (into a grass or gravel border), an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without indicacting.
    Blind Spot Information, complete with Cross Traffic Monitor is standard on Executive grade.
    Traffic Sign Recognition System uses the front wideview camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the seven-inch LCD display once the vehicle has passed the sign. The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs while the left shows ‘No Passing’ signs and speed limits with additional information; such as weather conditions, for example.
    Intelligent Speed Limiter recognises traffic speed signs and sets the speed limit. If the traffic sign shows a slower speed compared to the actual vehicle speed, an indicator on the display flashes with an alarm sound and the system gradually decreases the vehicle speed.
    Auto High-Beam works at speeds of more than 40km/h (25mph) to switch High Beam head lights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness.

 

The new wider angle, higher definition camera replaces the multi-purpose camera and City-Brake Active System sensor set-up of the previous-generation Jazz. The camera recognises a more comprehensive range of road surface and traffic characteristics. These include detecting if the vehicle approaches the outer edge of a pavement (into a grass or gravel border), an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without indicating, and road signs. The camera is also able to eliminate condensation for a constantly clear field of view.

 

The driver can decide how much driver assistance information is displayed on the seven-inch TFT liquid crystal display (LCD) instrument binnacle.

 

 

Passive safety engineered into the Jazz structure

The all-new Jazz incorporates Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology that forms the foundation for excellent passive safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection.

 

A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. ACE™ not only protects the car and its passengers by dispersing the collision energy throughout the body structure, but it also reduces the collision energy against the other vehicle too. Its safety performance helps protect occupants from collisions with large and small vehicles alike.

 

Passive safety is as important to Honda as active safety to protect occupants in the event of an accident. Jazz owners and occupants are now protected by 10 airbags, including two new rear side airbags installed in the rear seats and a new front centre airbag installed in the front seat. The new front centre airbag is a first-to-market in it’s class and activates in the event of a collision to reduce impact caused by contact between passengers. The Jazz has also been fitted with whiplash-mitigating front headrests.


 

8. Technical specifications

 
     

 
   

 
   

 
   

 

Model
   

Jazz

Comfort
   

Jazz

Elegance
   

Jazz

Executive
   

Jazz

Crosstar

Executive

ENGINE
   

 
   

 
   

 
   

 

Engine Type
   

1.5

Driven Wheels
   

FWD

Transmission Type
   

e-CVT

Engine Type
   

i-MMD

Engine Name
   

Intelligent Multi Mode Drive

Displacement (cc)
   

1498cm3

Bore X Stroke (mm)
   

Bore: 73.0mm, Stroke: 89.5mm

Compression Ratio
   

13.5

Valve Train
   

DOHC 4VALVE IN_VTEC EVTC (CHAIN DRIVE)

Emission Standard
   

EURO-6D

PERFORMANCE
   

 
   

 
   

 
   

 

Engine Maximum Power (kW at rpm)
   

72kW @ 5500-6400

Engine Maximum Power (HP at rpm)
   

97 @ 5500-6400

Engine Maximum Torque (NM at rpm)
   

131 @ 4500-5000

Electric Motor Max Power(kW [PS])
   

80 (109)

Electric Motor Max Torque (Nm)
   

253

0 → 100 km/h (seconds)
   

9.4
   

9.4
   

9.5
   

9.9

Max Speed (km/h)
   

175
   

175
   

175
   

173

FUEL ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS
   

 
   

 
   

 
   

 

WLTP*
   

 
   

 
   

 
   

 

Low - CO2 g/km
   

79
   

79
   

83
   

87

Medium - CO2 g/km
   

87
   

87
   

88
   

90

High - CO2 g/km
   

88
   

88
   

89
   

94

Extra High - CO2 g/km
   

132
   

132
   

134
   

143

Combined - CO2 g/km
   

102
   

102
   

104
   

110

Low - FC l/100km
   

3.5
   

3.5
   

3.7
   

3.9

Medium - FC l/100km
   

3.8
   

3.9
   

3.9
   

4.0

High - FC l/100km
   

3.9
   

3.9
   

3.9
   

4.1

Extra High - FC l/100km
   

5.8
   

5.8
   

5.9
   

6.3

Combined - FC l/100km
   

4.5
   

4.5
   

4.6
   

4.8

Carbon Monoxide CO (mg/km)
   

51.5

Non-Methane Hydro Carbon NMHC (mg/km)
   

6.2

Nitrogen Oxides NOx (mg/km)
   

6

* Applicable Regulation = Exhaust Emissions: Number of the base regulatory act and latest amending regulatory act applicable: EC 715/2007 EU 2017/1347
   

 
   

 
   

 
   

 

DIMENSIONS
   

 
   

 
   

 
   

 

Length (mm)
   

4,044
   

4,044
   

4,044
   

4,090

Width (mm)
   

1,694
   

1,694
   

1,694
   

1,725

Overall Width (mm) with Door Mirror Folded
   

1,814

Width including Door Mirror (mm)
   

1,966

Height - Unladen (mm)
   

1,526
   

1,526
   

1,526
   

1,556

Wheelbase (mm)
   

2,517
   

2,517
   

2,517
   

2,520

Track Front (mm)
   

1,487
   

1,487
   

1,487
   

1,498


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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #154 : Iulie 05, 2020, 06:26:52 a.m. »
Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition is the 2020 WTCR Official Safety Car

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Honda will be at the forefront of both safety and competition when the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup season gets underway, with the new Civic Type R Limited Edition becoming the Official Safety Car of the series for 2020.

 

Unveiled in February at the Milan headquarters of Honda's long-term motorsport collaborator and official partner, JAS Motorsport, the Civic Type R Limited Edition is one of two new variants to be added to the Type R line-up for 2020 and is the most extreme version of the iconic hatchback to be made to date.

 

Developed in keeping with Type R tradition, and with track performance the primary focus, it also includes the same industry-leading active safety and driver-assistive technologies that helped the Civic range - which includes the standard Type R on which the Honda Civic Type R TCR racer is based - earn top ratings in Euro NCAP tests.

 

The Type R Limited Edition Safety Car will carry a resplendent livery featuring the 'Sunlight Yellow' colour - the same colour that the dynamic front-wheel drive hatchback will be available to customers in.

 

In addition to features that optimise on-track performance, such as lightweight 20" forged BBS alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup-2 tyres, 2-piece floating brake discs and modified dampers, the Limited Edition's stripped-back interior helps contribute to a weight reduction of 47kg compared to the GT-specification Type R.

 

The Limited Edition retains the Type R’s powerful 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine, which has a peak power output of 320PS at 6,500rpm and peak torque of 400Nm. 0-100km/h (0-62mph) is achieved in 5.7 seconds.

 

The livery of the Civic Type R Safety Car is inspired by the aggressive philosophy behind the production vehicle, and is the work of Belgian artist Vanuf, who has designed many of Honda's official liveries for its touring car programmes.

 

The 2020 WTCR season will consist of six rounds at European venues, starting at the Salzburgring in Austria on the weekend of 12-13 September. Four Honda Civic Type R TCRs will be campaigned - two by ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, and a further two by ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport.

 

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCR promoter, said: "Honda has a rich history in FIA World Touring Car competition and its long-standing commitment to the category is second to none, so we are delighted to welcome Honda as the new Official Safety Car Partner of the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup with its Civic Type R Limited Edition. Having such an iconic car as the Civic Type R as the Official Safety Car - with its excellent safety rating, its sporty, dynamic qualities, as well as its affordability - fits perfectly with the philosophy of WTCR."


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« Răspuns #155 : Iulie 15, 2020, 06:58:51 a.m. »
HONDA CIVIC TYPE R LIMITED EDITION SETS NEW LAP RECORD AT ICONIC SUZUKA CIRCUIT

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    New front-wheel drive record set at the Suzuka Circuit, with a 2:23:993 lap time
    Limited Edition model is most extreme Type R to date
    Record further reinforces Civic Type R’s position as a class benchmark

 

Honda’s most extreme Type R yet, the Civic Type R Limited Edition has set a new 2 mins 23.993 secs lap record1 for a front-wheel drive car at the world-renowned Suzuka Circuit in Japan2.

 

The Suzuka Circuit is a 5.8 km track famous for its high-speed chicanes and challenging corners, incorporated in a 'figure eight' layout that includes a long 1.2 km back straight that passes over an earlier part of the circuit. With its lightweight components, suspension and steering upgrades, and a stripped-back, driver-focused interior, the Civic Type R Limited Edition has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible from front wheel drive, on one of the most demanding tracks in motorsport.

 

Widely regarded as a highlight in the Formula 1 calendar, Suzuka has been an important test bed for developing performance Honda vehicles and engines since 1962. It was built on the instruction of company founder and president, Soichiro Honda, who famously said: "Automobiles cannot be improved if they are not put through their paces on the racing circuit."

 

The record-breaking lap was achieved by a Type R Limited Edition development car as it underwent its final performance evaluation in February 2020. The development car featured the same technical specifications representative of the production version, with no modifications or performance enhancements. The Type R Limited Edition is on sale across Europe now.

 

 

 

 

Hideki Kakinuma, Civic Type R Project Leader commented: "The Type R Limited Edition reflects Honda's dedication to refining the essence and driving pleasure of Type R as a sportscar and exceeding the expectations of our customers. The engineering team and I embraced a racing spirit that has been passed down for generations, and it’s this strong passion that’s driving the evolution of the Civic Type R towards becoming the ideal sportscar.

 

“For this model change, speed was further pursued in collaboration with Honda Racing Development (HRD) Sakura, which plays a key role in Honda’s motorsport development. This partnership led to the establishment of the fastest Type R3 lap record at Suzuka Circuit, often described as “one of the greatest circuits in the world.”

 

Just 100 of the Type R Limited Edition will be built for Europe, each benefitting from the standard Type R's outstanding driving dynamics and performance. The new Limited Edition features lightweight 20-inch forged BBS alloy wheels with high grip Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres. These are designed exclusively for outstanding circuit performance but still deliver exceptional on-road performance, whilst providing a 10kg weight saving.

 

Modified dampers optimise this new wheel and tyre combination and, together with recalibrated steering, offer maximum control and feedback. The Adaptive Damper System’s control software now evaluates road conditions faster, resulting in improved damper reactions for both better handling response and ride quality.

 

"Throughout testing, the introduction of a new two-piece floating brake system demonstrated braking feel and deceleration power exactly as intended by the driver” added Kakinuma san. “Combined with the improvement of load control performance, the result was a reduction in overall braking time and exceptional high-speed cornering performance, specifically enabling vital speed to be carried though the challenging 'S' curve and the second corner of the Spoon Curve at Suzuka. In addition to the increased braking performance, the exceptional grip from the adoption of Michelin Cup2 tyres and upgrades to the suspension and damper system control also provided the vehicle with highly-efficient dynamics and control, to easily manage the high speed switches of direction through the flowing Esses.

 

“Reduction of the unsprung weight from the lightweight forged wheels further improved road holding and increased traction during acceleration from the two tight Degner Curves and the famous 130R corner. An increase in engine cooling performance also enabled the vehicle to fully utilise its 320PS output to reach top speed on the back straight towards the end of the lap. All these advancements achieved by this Type R Limited Edition were proven by the time recorded at Suzuka Circuit.”

 

The new Limited Edition model retains the Type R’s powerful 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine. Peak power output is 320PS at 6,500 rpm and peak torque is 400 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) is achieved in 5.7 seconds.

 

The striking Type R Limited Edition will be available in an exclusive new colour, 'Sunlight Yellow', and will feature an exclusive dark chrome Civic badge on the rear hatch and a contrasting gloss black roof. Gloss black wing mirrors and an intake vent on the bonnet complete its aggressive styling.

 

The interior of the flagship Civic Type R Limited Edition echoes Honda's sporting bloodline with red bucket seats and a plaque marking the build number of the car. The Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a newly designed teardrop style gear knob provides the driver with a greater sense of oneness with the Type R even on the highly technical Suzuka Circuit. The track-focused nature of the car means the infotainment and air conditioning systems are omitted to save weight, but the rear seats remain to ensure that that the Limited Edition retains the everyday usability for which the Civic is renowned. The new tyres and wheels, together with new lightweight components and a stripped-back interior all contribute to a 47kg weight reduction compared to the Type R GT variant.

 

Kakinuma san concluded; “The “advanced” Type R which I envisioned at the beginning of this development is now a reality, and I am overwhelmed by the result and how our efforts have been rewarded.

 

“The mission of Civic Type R is to continue to be considered as the “ultimate” vehicle. There is no end to this challenge. We believe that this model update enabled the Civic Type R to take one step closer to the ideal sportscar Honda envisions. Please enjoy!”

 

In addition to the new Limited Edition, the Civic Type R range has been extended to include a Sport Line variant that combines outstanding performance with a stealthier design and increased comfort. All models in the new Type R line-up, including the standard GT, have been upgraded for 2020, offering drivers many of the same performance enhancements that helped the Limited Edition achieve its record-breaking lap around the Suzuka Circuit.

 

These enhancements include the upgraded braking system, with two-piece floating front brake discs and new brake pads, which increases the car’s capabilities during high intensity driving. Meanwhile, the suspension set-up and Adaptive Damper System have also been improved across all Type R models for more responsive, sharper handling and improved ride quality.

 

Honda's tenth generation Civic Type R GT broke the front-wheel drive lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in 2017 with a lap time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds. Following this success, a production specification Civic Type R GT went on to break front wheel drive production car records at five legendary European racetracks with Honda racing stars behind the wheel.

 

 

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Notes to Editors:

1 Measured by Honda

2 Honda internal research (as of February 2020)

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Re: Buletinul oficial HONDA
« Răspuns #156 : August 01, 2020, 07:38:31 a.m. »
HONDA E AND FIREBLADE TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT PRESTIGIOUS RED DOT DESIGN MUSEUM

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    Award-winning Honda e and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP inducted into world-renowned Red Dot Design Museum
    Design experts present Honda e as a 'car of the future', with exceptional design and ground-breaking connectivity, awarding it two Red Dot accolades
    CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP superbike recognised for its outstanding design and balanced performance
    Award wins reflect Honda's commitment to creating beautiful products that are designed without compromise

 

Honda's next-generation electric car, the Honda e, and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP superbike have been inducted into the historic Red Dot Design Museum, one of the world's most significant exhibitions of contemporary design. The Honda e also takes centre stage in the special "Milestones in Contemporary Design" exhibition, as one of the 76 best products of 2020 and a current marker in international product design.

 

Honda’s highly acclaimed Honda e compact electric vehicle was recently awarded the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best 2020’ award for ground-breaking product design. This is the highest honour in the internationally renowned Red Dot Award: Product Design and is reserved for the best products in each category. The Honda e also received the Red Dot 2020 accolade in the meta-category 'Smart Products', whilst the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP was awarded a Red Dot for outstanding design in the motorcycle category.

 

Both vehicles are an essential part of the 2020/21 special exhibition in the internationally renowned Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany.

 

Peter Zec, CEO and founder of the Red Dot Design Award said: "The Honda e is not just a car - it is much more. The Honda e was awarded the Red Dot: Best of the Best because the jury was amazed by the car at first sight. There was no doubt it was worthy of the award from the beginning.

 

Honda is facing the challenges [of urban mobility] through fantastic research and development work to find the right solution for the future. I think the Honda e stands for a kind of paradigm shift: we are not just talking about e-mobility, we are talking about new solutions in the digital world and Honda e fits perfectly into this scenery. It connects your home with mobility, it is a real smart product and it goes far beyond our imagination. I don't know any other car that can achieve this at the moment."

 

From the unique concave black panels and signature front and rear LED light combinations, to the clean lines and flush features that optimise aerodynamic efficiency and refinement, the Honda e reimagines the identity of a small Honda for the next era of urban mobility. Further emphasising the car's exacting design philosophy is a Side Camera Mirror System that replaces conventional side view mirrors - a first in the compact segment.

 

Makoto Iwaki, the Executive Creative Director for Honda e, added: “Honda e was designed to create a new relationship between people, society and the car, whilst incorporating Honda’s future vision. We will continue to do our best to realise the vision through Honda Design. I’m delighted to receive this prestigious award, and at the same time extremally proud that it’s in the Red Dot Design Museum for the world to appreciate and enjoy. Thank you to everyone, thank you very much.”

 

The new Honda e is the brand's first production battery electric vehicle for the European market. The model is a key part of Honda's commitment to see all its car model ranges in Europe electrified by 2022.

 

The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, which won the Red Dot 2020 award in the motorcycle category, is the latest two-wheeled machine to carry the legendary Fireblade nameplate. The new 2020 model was developed under the tagline 'Born to Race', with an unwavering focus on circuit performance and a radical new design.

 

The Red Dot judges put the superbike through its paces over several days to test its performance, in addition to assessing its functionality and design.

 

Peter Zec commented: "If I'm thinking about Honda, the first thing that comes to mind is motorbikes. The Fireblade deserves the Red Dot because the jury liked it very much - and we have really crazy judges that challenged the bike, including a professional racing bike rider. It's not just good design - it has perfect performance too, which is the main reason why it received the Red Dot."

 

In its assessment, the judging panel commended the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP for its racing-inspired design, well balanced lines and aerodynamic styling. Judges also praised the fun experience it delivered and outstanding performance when tested. Its minimalist frontal area, aggressively angled side fairings and extended lower fairings – plus a variety of apertures, slits and air-channelling shapes – combine to create a best-in-class drag coefficient. Aerodynamic ‘winglets’ as used on Honda’s MotoGP RC213V racing bike combine eye-catching form with uncompromising function, hugely increasing downforce and stability for ultimate control of the most powerful inline four-cylinder engine Honda has ever made.

 

Satoshi Kawawa, General Manager, Motorcycle Design Division, added: “The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP was developed to win races in any category – from club racing to international competition. Its design and styling are led by that philosophy – with every part and every detail designed with speed, performance and aerodynamic efficiency in mind. We’re honoured that it has been recognised with such a prestigious award.”


The annual Red Dot Award: Product Design honours excellence in product design from international businesses. The winning products are chosen by a judging panel comprised of 40 international experts who test, evaluate and discuss each entry. The Red Dot Design museum hosts the world's largest exhibition of contemporary design in the former boiler house of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein, which was once a coal mine complex.

 

In June, two new special exhibitions, "Milestones in Contemporary Design" and "Design on Stage", present this year's winning products of the Red Dot Award: Product Design, including the Honda e and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. All exhibits have extraordinary design qualities and represent the Red Dot winners of 2020.

 

-Ends-

 

 

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