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2017 Honda Civic Type R will debut in the United States this spring

Just a few days after Toyota announced their limited edition GT86 Tiger that’s going to be released soon, it is Honda’s time to shine. After its global debut at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Honda confirmed that the first ever Civic Type R will go on sale in late spring in the United States. This was dubbed as “one of the most anticipated models” for good reason.

This model is the first ever Type R-badge Honda to be sold in the US, with a manual transmission, 2.0 liter turbocharged unit. The car is rated at 206 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters) of torque. Foreign specifications, however, will have a bit more power with 315 horsepower (235kW).

What we love about this model is the fact that it did not veer away from its prototype. It still looks pretty cool and has astounding visuals. To start with, it has a huge rear wing, and three exhaust pipes sticking out of the middle part of its rear end, LED lights at all four corners, and the 20-inch lightweight wheels in 245/30 series ContiSport Contact tires. It is the perfect cross between a sporty and a masculine car. And its interior is simply dreamy, with a matte black finish with red accents all over the dashboard and around the steering wheel, complemented with two-tone seats.

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Honda Clarity Electric and PHEV to premiere in New York

Honda finally gives us a first glimpse of the upcoming Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrids. Based on the only image that came out recently, both new models have their own distinct features as well as some similarities with the already available Fuel Cell.

Honda at this time hasn’t disclosed enough information on the Clarity’s plug-in hybrid and electric versions. Nevertheless, the Japanese car manufacturer will hold the official premiere of the Clarity PHEV and Clarity Electric next month at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Unlike most conventional battery electrics, it is very likely that all versions of the Clarity will be offered as a 5-seater configuration. Also, Honda will be launching the Clarity Electric first before the hyper-efficient gasoline version will hit the roads. The plugin hybrid promises to deliver more than 40 miles of all-electric driving range. Given the Clarity PHEV’s extended driving mode, the more affordable Clarity Electric on a full charge is expected to deliver up to 80 miles.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R debuts in Geneva, set to arrive in US next month

Folks, we bet this is one car you’ve been waiting to get your hands on. Earlier this week, Honda unveiled the 2017 Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, before it becomes available at the US dealerships this spring. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the production-ready Civic Type R packs an impressive 306 hp and 295lb-ft of torque.

Honda made a series of modifications under the body to provide the new Civic with the most fitting performance credentials it is entitled to. The new suspensions will enhance steering feel while keeping the torque steer in moderation.

The powerful engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential to keep the Civic’s front wheel drive under control. In addition, the Type-R specific hatchback comes with dual-axis front suspension as well as multi-link rear suspension setup with adaptive dampers.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Type R debuts in Geneva, set to arrive in US next month

Report says Honda Clarity EV’s range is a short 80 miles

It was in April of last year when Honda first revealed plans that it was planning to build a plug-in hybrid version of the Clarity. There will also be an all-electric one. Recently, Automotive News reported initial details with regards to the electric version. According to the said report, the EV version of the Clarity is estimated to have a maximum range, on a single charge, of 80 miles (129 km).

Honda however said that this is not due to any disadvantage related to engineering but rather to factors that were made when the project was started. In particular, there were two considerations that needed to be met without question. The first focuses on the physical size of this variant given that it has the same architecture as that of two versions under the Clarity range. The second important parameter was that the final production car should have a cost of at most $35,000, before any government incentives or tax credits.

Honda has always been about affordability and coming out with a long-range electric car that comes at a high price is not something the brand would want. This was the statement released by Honda of America Vice President of Environmental Business Development Steve Center to Automotive News. He added that if that happened, many of its customers would not be able to buy it.

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A publication by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed that Honda is still looking into the Project 2&4 Concept. Officially unveiled during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Project 2&4 Concept was the result of the collaboration between the automotive engineers of Honda and its motorcycle engineers. This concept car was powered with a 999cc V4 engine capable of delivering output at 212 hp (158 kW) with peak torque of 87 lb.-ft. (118 Nm). Overall weight meanwhile was 893 lbs. (405 kg).

Published on February 16, 2017, the said patent was first filed back in August 2016. Looking at the filing itself, it reveals a body structure that comes with a backbone frame that goes through the vehicle’s center. Meanwhile, the sketches show that it has some similarities to the basic show car shown some years back.

Based on the filing, Honda believes that by utilizing a beam made of die-cast aluminum, it can create a body structure that would use fewer parts. In addition, it would also enhance stiffness to the point that an occupant would actually feel the acceleration much like an automobile. Further, it would also help lower the overall weight. The patent filing added that the production process itself would also be simple, given that the needed parts would be bolted to the supports that protrude from the center spine. This would be the same mounting process used for the seats, pedals, and even the steering.

Read the entire article USPTO filing shows Honda not done with Project 2&4 Concept

The year 2018 could be a joyous time for Honda fans and enthusiasts. Aside from the fact that Japanese carmaker Honda will be celebrating its 70th anniversary next year, it might also bring back to life its S2000 sports roadster or launch an equivalent successor.

While there are yet no official confirmations from Honda about the new S2000 or its eventual replacement, there are quite a number of reasons and hints that point to the possible return of the carmaker’s iconic roadster.

First of all, 2018 marks Honda’s 70th birthday. As far as we could remember, Honda introduced the production version of the S2000 in 1998 to mark its golden anniversary – three years after the carmaker unveiled its concept form at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Honda decides to unveil a new generation of the S2000 as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations – nearly 10 years after its production was ceased.

Read the entire article Honda might resurrect the S2000 sports roadster in 2018 with 2-liter engine and 320 hp

It has been more than half a century – 53 years to be exact – since Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co., Ltd. commenced its production of automobiles. Since 1963, Honda has been expanding its production capabilities without taking quality for granted. Now, Honda has reached a new milestone by having produced and delivered 100 million vehicles.

While Honda was formally established in 1948, it wasn’t until 1963 that it commenced automobile production. Since its foundation until 1963, Honda has concentrated its production efforts on the motorcycle. In fact, Honda was the largest motorcycle maker in the world by 1964. At that time, Honda was already shifting some of its focus to auto production.

It all started with the Honda T360 mini-truck, which commenced production at Honda’s manufacturing facility in Saitama, Japan. Prior to the T360, Honda unveiled the S360 sports car during the 11th Nation Honda Meeting General Assembly held at the Suzuka Circuit in 1962. However, the S360 sports roadster never saw production, and its engine was shared with the T360 mini-truck. Four months after Honda commenced manufacturing the T360 mini-truck, the Japanese carmaker revived its sports car by starting production of the more powerful S500 roadster. In effect, the S500 is Honda’s first production car. In 1964, Honda built its first facility solely dedicated to automobile production, and this plant became home to the iconic S600 roadster.

Read the entire article Honda has produced its 100-millionth unit since starting automobile production 53 years ago

A definitive fruit of a 2013 master collaboration agreement between American carmaker General Motors and Japanese auto company Honda has finally been realized.

Considered as two of the leaders of in fuel cell technology among carmakers, GM and Honda inked in 2013 a long-term agreement to co-develop the next-generation fuel cell system as well as hydrogen storage technologies. The two carmakers also aimed to advance refueling infrastructure to improve the viability of fuel cell vehicles. To achieve this, GM and Honda planned to share expertise and economies of scale as well as pursue common sourcing strategies – thereby making fuel cell systems less costly to produce for the carmaker and more affordable to end consumers.

The agreement resulted in the establishment of the Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), a manufacturing joint venture – as its name obviously indicates -- that will focus on the mass production of an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be employed in the upcoming products from GM and Honda. The two carmakers will invest in equal amounts a total of $85 million in the joint venture – the first in the auto industry – with an aim to commence mass production operations by the end of the decade (2020). FCSM will be based within GM’s battery pack production site located in Brownstown, Michigan.

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The highlight of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show may be based on some of these keywords---connectivity, integration and partnership. Just like in the previous year, you’ve probably heard and read a lot about automation. But for Honda, 2017 comes with all of these along with mobility, cloud, robotics and AI technology.

Honda this year introduced two amazing concepts at CES under the company’s new Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem. One is a “self-levelling motorcycle” while the other one is a highly intelligent two-seater electric vehicle.

By now, you must have been aware that the “Riding Assist” motorcycle features a technology that always keeps it steady. But instead of incorporating the usual gyroscopic elements, the self-balancing bike uses Honda’s UNI-CUB personal mobility concept. The UNI-CUB concept lets the driver take control of the speed and direction of the motorcycle just by the movement of his bodyweight.

Read the entire article Honda reveals NeuV smart car and self-balancing motorcycle

Honda finally presented the new 2018 Odyssey minivan during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, currently held in Detroit. Already popular with customers for seven years now, the 2018 model year is expected to offer new features and different technologies.

The design of the 2018 Odyssey sports a more contemporary style which utilizes the flying wing grille on the front with the LED headlights on each side. It has the Active Shutter Grille which helps enhance fuel efficiency especially when cruising. The trademarked lightning bolt beltline is still there but it has a design element that is more elegant. On the rear section, the taillights also utilize LED and a hands-free power tailgate has been equipped to it.

The highlight of the 2018 Odyssey is the in-vehicle connectivity which brings the family connectivity concept to new heights. Because it offers what may be the quietest cabin in its segment, conversation among occupants is easier. Enhancing the experience are the different connected-vehicle technologies and features. Connectivity for example is now available as 4G LTE.

Read the entire article 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan breaks cover at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

With Consumer Reports confidently saying that the significantly evolved new generation of the Honda CR-V would still be a bestseller for the 2017 model year, many have been waiting for the Japanese carmaker to release the pricing details of this all-new SUV. Honda’s online configurator already includes setups for the new generation of the CR-V.

For those who really want a piece of CR-V action, you may own this next-generation SUV from Honda available at a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $24,045. This MSRP, however, does not include taxes, license and registration as well as the $900 destination charge. Of course, the final price is set by Honda’s dealerships.

At $24,045, a customer gets the Honda CR-V LX variant, a two-wheel drive (front wheel) model with power provided for by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine. This 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine sends power – pegged at 184 hp of output at 6,400 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque available at 3,900 rpm –to the front wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission that is known for its fuel efficiency and smooth performance. The base Honda CR-V LX version rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and features a black cloth interior.

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Recently, it appears as if the Civic has been hogging the news. In a way, this is not unexpected considering that Honda is on the verge of officially launching its five-door Type R. However, the brand is also coming out with the Si version of the tenth-generation Civic and will be displaying the prototype during the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Both the 2017 Civic Si Sedan and 2017 Civic Si Coupe will be equipped with the turbocharged DOHC direct-injected in-line 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that also has dual variable cam timing. This high performance and high torque engine is paired to the manual 6-speed short-shifting transmission. The engine is not the only one that is tasked with performance as there are a number of improvements done to the Si that help with this as well. Examples of this include the active steering system, active damper system, and the limited-slip differential. Honda is also offering the high-performance tires.

In terms of the interior, the Civic Si Prototype reveals what the production model is expected to look. Features include the sports seats in the front that have red stitching. As proof that this is indeed exclusive for the Si, it has Si logos stitched to it. This same red sport stitching can also be seen in the steering wheel and the doors. It is even in the leather shift boot that has the aluminum shift knob. Further, both the illumination of the audio system and the TFT meter are in red, as well as the aluminum sport pedal and the instrument panel trim, the latter of which is in Dry Metal Carbon.

Read the entire article Honda unveils Civic Si prototype, its fastest and most powerful Si model to date

When it comes to being the top crossover, there are only two models that can confidently say they have been in the market for at least 20 years. This is the CR-V from Honda and the RAV4 from Toyota. It really does not come as a surprise to know why these two are also the most popular.

Many are likely familiar with the fact that utility vehicles had a start during the 1970s with the 4x4s. However as more customers demanded vehicles that offer better ride, displays improved fuel economy, and comes with the latest in infotainment and electronic systems, this has led to crossovers entering the market.

For the 2017 CR-V in particular, Consumer Reports reveals that while the prior generation had a rather bland interior, the new version has a cabin that is not only plush, but classy as well. According to Honda, when they developed the new CR-V, they wanted a crossover utility vehicle that would be fitting for the upmarket. It is no wonder then that the 2017 CR-V not only has a cabin that is quieter but it is also a model that delivers a better ride. This was a result of two things with the first being an excellent usage of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) engineering and the second the inclusion of an active noise cancelling system. Honda however was apparently not done with this as the brand managed to give the CR-V a more enjoyable drive by using qualities previously seen on the Civic.

Read the entire article Consumer Reports predicts the new 2017 Honda CR-V will be a bestseller

Honda Aircraft Company has recently cemented its claim of the HondaJet being the fastest jet in its segment after having been presented by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association with speed records for the Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida, course as well as the one from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This award was given during the National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition held in Orlando, Florida. The two flights were piloted by Peter Kriegler and Glenn Gonzales and while the speed record has already been approved by the USNAA, it is also awaiting final approval for possible world records by none other than the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, based in Switzerland.

With regards to the Boston to Palm Beach course, the HondaJet started at the New Bedford Regional Airport leaving on July 19, 2016 at 7:18 a.m. EDT. It then arrived at Palm Beach International Airport by 9:16 a.m., resulting in a total flight time of 2 hours and 58 minutes over a distance of 1,060 nautical miles. With headwinds averaging around 30 knots, this means the HondaJet had an average true air speed of 385 knots with maximum ground speed measured to be 422 knots, or around 486 mph. This achievement is remarkable as well in the sense that the HondaJet is the first aircraft belonging to its segment that attained this particular record.

For the second course, HondaJet left the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on April 9, 2016, at 2:15 p.m. EST. It then arrived at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida by 4:06 p.m. During its transit, average speed of the headwinds was measured to be 60 knots, which is around 70 mph. Nevertheless, HondaJet flew at a 43,000-foot cruising altitude and covered the total 960 nautical miles in 2 hours and 51 minutes. Considering both the headwind and the high temperature, this meant that the HondaJet had average true air speed at 396 knots (456 mph) with top ground speed of 414 knots (478 mph).

Read the entire article HondaJet proves claim of being fastest jet in its class, sets two new speed records

Honda has long held a strong position when it comes to the three-row SUV segment. With the new 2017 Pilot, Honda hopes that this will strengthen its position even further. The model will become available for purchase on November 7, 2016, and it will have a functionality that customers are sure to love. Specifically, it will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, the choices for color on the interior have been increased. Installed inside is a touchscreen that’s fingerprint-resistant.

That the 2017 Pilot has this functionality should not be a surprise as Honda is the first to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto installed to their models. This was first observed with the 2016 Civic and even the 2016 Accord. The functionality mentioned is integrated to the all-new Display Audio 8-inch touchscreen. To ensure that the risk of fingerprints appearing on the screen is minimized, the touchscreen has a new coating applied to it. This also allows the touchscreen to continue having a high glare resistance. However, the Android and Apple adaptability are only available for trims starting with Pilot EX and higher.

According to Jeff Conrad, who is the General Manager and Senior Vice-President of Honda Division, as a third generation of the Pilot, this new model has been a success with many SUV customers. For the 2017 model, the brand made sure that the Pilot would have the technology and the choices that many customers want, he added. Indeed, under the 2017 Pilot, Honda improved the customization even further by making available on all trims the black interior. White Diamond Pearl paint for the exterior will be offered as an option, something that was only made available for the Elite in the past.

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Car enthusiasts and customers alike in the U.S. finally got the chance to take a closer look at the new Civic Type R Prototype from Honda as the automaker has included it in the lineup for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association, or 2016 SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas.

This latest offering from the brand was first shown to the public during the 2016 Paris Motor Show held last October. It was also on this same auto show in Paris that Honda revealed it would be bringing the Civic Type R to the U.S. Created by the brand’s Research and Development divisions of both Japan and Europe working together, the Type R is based on the 10th generation of the Civic and comes out just after the official launching of the 2017 Civic Hatchback.

As such, the new Type R has the same wide and low proportions seen on the Hatchback. Some of the differences include the body style being more muscular plus a host of other modifications that are intended to boost aerodynamic performance.

Read the entire article New Honda Civic Type R Prototype finally reaches US shores at 2016 SEMA Show

So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States.

One of the main discouragements over zero-emissions vehicle is the amount of distance it could travel on a single charge or a single tank. This has caused the so-called range anxiety, in which drivers were wary of being trapped somewhere between where they took off and to where they are going. The possibility of being stuck while driving on a highway and leaving their cars behind has somewhat discouraged consumers from adopting clean and green cars.

So far, carmakers have been doing what they could to address this issue. Carmakers producing electric vehicles have been working hard to beef up their battery packs to increase the range of their offerings. One of these carmakers is Tesla, which produces the range-topping Tesla Model S P100D with a range of around 315 miles. This means that a fully charged Model S P100D could go for around 315 miles before needing to recharge again. Of course, actual range also depends on the driving habits and techniques, weather conditions and road situations.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Clarity FCV gets an EPA driving range rating of 366 miles

In September, Honda unveiled the concept form of the new Honda Civic Type R at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Halfway around the world and around two months later, Honda will be providing a glimpse of the new 2017 Honda Civic Si to the North American public at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Well, the 2017 Honda Civic Si is considered as the sporty version of the perennial car from the Japanese carmaker. But compared to the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, the 2017 Honda Civic Si could be considered as a watered down version.

Thus, many expect the 2017 Honda Civic Si to have a more aggressive styling than the base Civic, although it would be more diluted than the angry and mean appearance of the Type R concept unveiled in Paris in September. The latest iteration of the Honda Civic Si might as well as serve as the missing link between the Type R and the conventional model.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Si set to debut at 2016 LA Auto Show

Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the compact SUV segment especially with its new exterior and interior design, new powertrain and chassis technology as well as new features.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, remarked that the new Honda CR-V ups the standards in the segment in terms of performance, roominess and premium content as well as fuel economy and value.

2017 version of the CR-V (EX and higher trims) now comes standard with Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. These variants of the 2017 CR-V are expected to generate 75 percent of the SUV’s sales. Honda Sensing includes: Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).

Read the entire article Honda unveils 5th-gen 2017 CR-V with new turbocharged engine

Want to have a preview of the looks of the next-generation Civic Type R that will be unveiled in 2017? Then, take a good look at the new Honda Civic Type R Prototype launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Honda engineered the next-generation Type R under the same development program as other members of the Civic family. Production will be done at Honda’s UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon and sales will commence in Europe during the second half of 2017.

Interestingly, the new Civic Type R will also be sold in the United States – as well as other global markets – which would be the first time that a Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.

Read the entire article Honda previews styling of the new generation Civic Type R at 2016 Paris Auto Show

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