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Honda reveals NeuV smart car and self-balancing motorcycle

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.

For the most part of the show, Honda has delighted this year’s attendees with its concept EV. The NeuV (or New electric urban vehicle) is a small two-seater car with self-driving technology. Honda’s 74hp EV can run up to 200 miles on a full charge and can practically go about on its own. Thus, it is also useful for “ride-sharing” or making side profits for the owner. At the same time, the NeuV can sell back its unused power supply at the electricity grid if the owner has not been using it for a while.

The NeuV is also “emotional” as it can sense your emotions and play the right music playlist to suit your current mood. How’s that? Since it comes equipped with HANA, (otherwise known as Honda Automated Network Assistant) the car instinctively adapts to your behavior, decision and feelings. HANA was developed in cooperation with SoftBank, a tech company from Japan. Aside from the 2.0 kWh battery pack, the NeuV is packed with other amazing goodies such as an electric skateboard and a full-width touch screen monitor.

Going back to CES, Honda revealed a concept technology that will keep the road safer and more organized. The “Safe Swarm” concept has been using a new technology based on how fishes behave in the same environment.

Come to think of it, if we have to put Honda’s concepts altogether, maybe it would be easier to achieve full autonomy in the near future. In line with this event, Honda has announced that its Developer Studio will be collaborating with Dreamworks Animation and Visa. Together with Honda Silicon Valley Labs Xcellerator, this new partnership will aid the company and other startups in developing their products.

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.

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2018 Honda Odyssey minivan breaks cover at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

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.

One new feature is the new display audio which, in addition to having a new operating system, uses app tiles that can be customized and menus being more intuitive. The various operations are managed through the high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen. This system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Another innovation inside is the Magic Slide seats for the second row. It not only allows easy access to the seats in the third row but it can be rearranged to maximize passenger comfort. Four modes are offered for this system which are Easy Access, Buddy, Super, and Wide. Under Wide mode for example, it makes it possible to remove the center seats. It also allows the two outboard sets to be positioned in a more outer place ensuring that the center is wide enough to walk through.

For trims EX and higher, it will include as standard the Honda Sensing, a wide range of advanced driver-assistance and safety technologies. These include Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Collision Mitigation Braking System. With the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure plus advanced airbags, Honda hopes to get the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS and 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NCAP.

Powering this minivan is the i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with the 10-speed transmission.

Honda revealed that the 2018 Odyssey minivan will be launched at authorized dealers across the U.S. this coming spring. Since 2010, the Odyssey has been the most popular of minivans with customers on an annual basis. It was first released in 1994 and it estimated that almost 2.5 million units have been sold in the U.S.

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.

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Fifth-gen 2017 Honda CR-V is priced from $24,045 in the US

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.

However, for customers who want the most premium CR-V there is, the Honda CR-V Touring model is recommended, starting at $32,395 MSRP. For the price of $32,395, a two-wheel drive (front wheel) version is provided, powered by a 1.5-liter Turbo 4-Cylinder Engine with Single Scroll Turbo and Internal Waste-gate.

Power from this engine – estimated at 190 hp of output at 5,600 rpm and 179 lb-ft of torque – is available between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm – is sent to the front wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission. However, for customers who want a CR-V that could be driven in any road condition and weather, an all-wheel-drive system is available for an additional $1,300. Premium features like Honda Sensing and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System are included as standard.

According to the online configurator, the 2017 Honda CR-V Touring could be finished in any of the wide array of available metallic and pearl exteriors colors – for no extra charge -- like Sandstorm, Molten Lava, Basque Red, Obsidian Blue, Dark Olive, Crystal Black, Gunmetal, Modern Steel, Lunar Silver and White Diamond. Available interior colors are black leather and ivory leather. As standard, the fifth-generation 2017 Honda CR-V Touring rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, although a more premium option -- 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels with tires -- could be availed for $2,231.

A handful of exterior accessories are available like body side molding ($225), crossbars ($249), door edge guards ($99), door visors ($184), expanded view mirror ($31) and fender accent trim ($105). Interior accessories available include: black all-season floor mats with high wall ($169), all-season floor mats with blue logo and high wall ($179), cargo liner ($199), cargo net ($50), cargo organizer ($78) and a cargo tray ($114). Back-up sensors -- four color-matched sensors that emit audible beeps that quicken as the CR-V approaches detected objects -- are also available at $528. Keep in mind that some accessories can’t be installed when another accessory is already fitted onto the vehicle.

As the online configurator shows, the most expensive Honda CR-V will cost $41,951 MSRP. When the $900 destination charge is added, it becomes $42,851.

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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Honda unveils Civic Si prototype, its fastest and most powerful Si model to date

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.

On the exterior, the Civic Si Prototype is in Rallye Red Pearl and has the complete Factory Performance aero kit. Other features on the exterior are the splitters in the front and the rear and a rear spoiler too. It also comes with the dual polygonal exhaust finishers mounted on the center. The body is equipped with the forged aluminum alloy 10-spoke HFP 19 x XJ wheels fitted to which are the 19-inch high-performance 235/35X tires.

According to Honda Senior Vice-President and General Manager Jeff Conrad, the brand hopes that with the Civic Si, it can put a sportier quality to the 10th generation Civic range. He adds that this will not only be the fastest Si but also the one that will offer customers the best handling.

Aside from the Civic Si Prototype, Honda will also be putting on display the Coupe, Hatchback, and Sedan versions of the Civic. Exhibited as well will be the Civic Type-R Prototype. This means that aside from being able to see the interior of the Type-R for the first time, customers will also be able to see all of the Civic’s five different variants in one site.

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.

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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.

On the interior, the seats wrapped in leather and its dashboard comes with wood trim. The console is just as fantastic. One problem with the new CR-V though is that there are issues in the infotainment system much like what was previously seen in the Civic.

A number of CR-V models to be sold will be powered with the Civic’s Turbo VTEC 1.5-liter engine. Honda however has ensured that the power can be enhanced to 190 hp with peak torque of 197 lb.-ft. Customers though can choose to have the standard 2.4-liter engine that can offer an output of 184 hp. No matter what engine is chosen though, the turbo can still deliver the needed power with the need for so many revolutions.

That is not all as the CR-V also received praise from Consumer Reports for the active safety systems installed inside. Starting with the second trim level and upwards for example, it will have as standard the automatic emergency braking and the forward collision warning. It will not come as a surprise if the 2017 CR-V will get from IIHS the Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Note that all of the information presented come from Consumer Reports as Honda has yet to officially release any of the technical specifications or even the pricing. The brand however is expected to release such information by the end of the month.

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.

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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).

Honda Aircraft CEO and President Michimasa Fujino shared that in order to show that the HondaJet would be able to transport customers faster compared to any light jet on the market, the company made sure to choose business aviation airports that were the busiest and had highly popular routes. This achievement showcased just how better the HondaJet is considering how the different innovations to the design, like the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount, managed to improve performance and enhance fuel efficiency, he added.

Considered as the most advanced of light jets, HondaJet comes with a unique design integrated to which are innovative technologies like its Over-The-Wing Engine Mount set-up, already patented, which lowers aerodynamic drag and thus enhances performance and fuel efficiency. This same configuration has been designed in a way that cabin sound is lowered while ground-detected noise is minimized. Through the OTWEM, HondaJet is able to deliver a cabin that offers the largest space in addition to having the largest baggage space as well as having a private aft lavatory that is fully serviceable. Other technologies include the composite fuselage and the natural laminar flow wing and fuselage nose.

The HondaJet does not only exhibit the fastest maximum cruise speed in its class at 42 knots (486 mph), it is also the model that flies the highest with maximum altitude measured at 43,000 feet. Fuel efficiency is top of the line as this is better by 17% compared to other models. In terms of range, it has NBAA IFR range measured at 1,223 nautical miles, or around 1,408 miles. Additional features of the HondaJet include having a flight deck utilizing sophisticated glass which is the Garmin G3000 customized by Honda. Indeed, the HondaJet may well be the first commercial aircraft there is, making it in line with Honda’s reputation in terms of quality, efficiency, value, and performance.

As American Honda Motor Co., Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Honda Aircraft Company was started in 2006 with headquarters based in North Carolina, the same place where aviation was born. The spirit that led Mr. Soichiro Honda to establish Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has led to the creation of Honda Aircraft as the brand aims to fulfil its goal of advancing human mobility to the skies.

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).

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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.

The Honda Pilot was first presented during the summer of 2015 and after which, it achieved a number of accolades and awards. These included being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Cars for the Money” with Edmunds.com, KBB.com, and Parents Magazine including it as part of the “Best Family Cars of 2016”. Hispanic Motor Press on the other hand awarded it as the “Best SUV of 2016”. The Pilot was also one of the finalists during the selection of the 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

The 2017 Pilot was designed, as well as developed, by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., which has a facility in Los Angeles with another in Ohio. However the actual model will be made exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, which has a factory in Lincoln, Alabama, and will utilize parts that are sourced both locally and even globally. Honda has been in the business of manufacturing automobiles for 33 years in the U.S. The company has 19 major facilities located across North America. In 2015, Honda said that of the vehicles sold in the U.S., 99% were manufactured in North America.

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.

The front section has a more aggressive fascia and this is highlighted by having the accent line in red and placing a winged splitter made of carbon fiber. As part of the Type R range, the well-known “H” badge of the brand can be seen on the vehicle’s nose, specifically the front grille.

Helping display the aggressiveness of the new Type R are the indicator lights, side indicator repeater lights, and LED headlights having smoked lenses. Looking at the side, one can see the carbon fiber side skirts which go across the side sills. At each end are the alloy 20-inch wheels having a piano black color with red accents and fitted with the high-performance 245-section tires.

While Honda calls it as a prototype, many are saying that it is likely that the production version, which is the 2018 Civic Type R, will not be that different from what is displayed. There is the possibility though that the 20-inch wheels may be offered more as an option rather than standard. It is possible as well that the brand may remove the center exhaust tip, which has been colored in red. However, the fact that it was fitted with parking sensors, which one typically would not place on a concept version, means that this is what customers are likely to see.

Though the exterior features are indeed bound to excite, there is no word yet on the interior as the one on display has the doors locked and the windows tinted. In terms of power, the production version is expected to have an inline-four turbocharged 2.0-liter which can deliver output of 223 kW, or around 300 hp.

The production version or the 2018 Civic Type R, will be officially unveiled in 2017 and will be manufactured exclusively at Honda’s U.K. facility located in Swindon.

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.

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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.

For Honda, the sweet thing is that its new Clarity FCV has been rated by the US Environmental Protection Agency as able to travel much farther than the Tesla Model S P100D on a single tank. Honda has disclosed that its new Clarity FCV – an electric vehicle that is powered by hydrogen through its high-tech fuel cells – has an EPA-rated petrol-equivalent range of 68 mpg combined, which basically means it consumes 3.46 liters of fuel per 100 km on a combination of city and highway driving.

Well, it also means that the new Honda Clarity FCV could travel up to 366 miles (589 km) on a full tank of hydrogen. Just as mentioned, it is safe to believe that actual range is also dependent on several other factors.

Steve Center, American Honda's VP of the Environmental Business Development Office, remarked that aside from offering driving range at par with conventionally powered cars, the new five-passenger Clarity FCV only needs three to five minutes to replenish itself with fuel from a growing network of hydrogen stations. The new Honda FCV offers a roomier cabin thanks to the fact that its fuel cell and integrated powertrain are all fitted under the hood.

Honda will commence sales of the new Clarity FCV at select California dealerships by the end of 2016 but has yet to disclose its output figures as well as its official pricing details. It is expected that the new Honda FCV will be operated by a 174-hp electric motor powered by a 100 kW fuel stack just like its Japanese counterpart. It’s likely to be priced at around $60,000.

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.

Interestingly, a Civic Si coupe prototype has recently been sighted sporting a front end and a grille different from those of the standard coupe, as well as a redesigned front intake. In addition, this Civic Si coupe prototype does not sport the large rear wing seen on the Type R.

Also, the 2017 Civic Si prototype now features a wide center rear exhaust pipe similar to the one fitted on the 2016 Civic Coupe Concept revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Moreover, most of the chrome trim and badges on other 2016 Civic models have now been covered on the new 2017 Si prototype.

On the other hand, the new Civic Si coupe prototype also boasts of alcantara door trim, a carbon fiber dashboard trim and augmented bucket seats. Red stitching could now be found on the steering wheel, seats, interior door panels and shifter boot. It is expected that Honda would offer the Civic Si in hatchback and sedan body styles.

As for the engine that would eventually power the new 2017 Civic Si, many details remain unknown except – as announced by the LA Auto Show – for the confirmation that it would feature turbocharging at its global debut. There have been rumors that the new 2017 Civic Si would be powered by a detuned variant of the 305-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine found in the new Civic Type R or a higher-output version of the 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter powerplant available in the standard Civic.

This engine is expected to deliver between 200 hp and 230 hp of output. A closer look inside the cabin of the new Civic Si coupe prototype reveals that the power to the wheels will be sent from the engine through a six-speed manual transmission.

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).

Customers may also take advantage of the newly available driver-assistive technologies like the Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights, Blind Spot Information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).

Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure should allow the new 2017 CR-V to earn the highest available collision safety ratings like an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

The 2017 CR-V is also aiming to achieve a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention (as equipped with Honda Sensing).

Honda plans to assemble the 2017 CR-V at its facilities in East Liberty (Ohio) Alliston, Ontario (Canada) and in Greensburg (Indiana). Its engines will be produced in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario, while CVT is being built in Russells Point, Ohio.

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.

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

Honda is one of the forerunners in this highly evolving automotive world. Forty years seem to be not too long ago especially for a brand that lives up to its original concept. The Civic’s long-standing heritage has proven that it still is “a car for all people, a car for the world”. Talking about evolving, Honda moves forward with its latest 10th generation Civic.

This step is considerably important in today’s highly saturated C-segment as well as in keeping up with the company’s much talked about development program. But since everything seems to get better with time, perhaps it’s only right to expect better driving dynamics along with more distinctive styling, versatile practicality and sportier design. You get the picture. The 10th generation Honda Civic has finally arrived.

The Civic after all has earned the title as the most popular Honda model in Europe. Simply put, when Europeans think of Honda, the first thing that comes into their minds is the Civic. For that same reason, the team behind the “rejuvenated” Honda Civic applied new ideas and strategies in building its new body. Then of course, part of that is to come up with better chassis and aerodynamics design (so as not to disappoint their loyal customers).

In line with this, Honda also introduces a new platform on the all-new Honda Civic. So, can the 10th generation still hold on to its promise? Yes definitely. The latest generation has been re-engineered to deliver only the most agile and rewarding dynamics to its rightful owner. Honda has developed highly advanced construction techniques and engineering strategies for the new Civic’s superior strength and significantly lighter bodyshell. Needless to say, all these features are set to give you the most enjoyable ride. If there is more, this new innovation works along with the latest suspension system and also provides the vehicle with a much lower centre of gravity.

Basically, the objective here is to recapture the Civic’s unique sporty driving identity. During the earlier stage of its development, the team has derived its criteria based on the top premium brands as well as the best compact segments around the world. In other words, the evaluation process has redefined the new Civic’s overall refinement, interior quality and NVH performance. In spite of these, the new Honda Civic remains to be an affordable car based on manufacturing cost and fuel consumption. In the same way, the team decided to come up with a new approach in constructing its body frame aside from coming up with novel ideas for the chassis design, powertrains and aerodynamics.

Honda is one of the forerunners in this highly evolving automotive world. Forty years seem to be not too long ago especially for a brand that lives up to its original concept. The Civic’s long-standing heritage has proven that it still is “a car for all people, a car for the world”. Talking about evolving, Honda moves forward with its latest 10th generation Civic.

This step is considerably important in today’s highly saturated C-segment as well as in keeping up with the company’s much talked about development program. But since everything seems to get better with time, perhaps it’s only right to expect better driving dynamics along with more distinctive styling, versatile practicality and sportier design. You get the picture. The 10th generation Honda Civic has finally arrived.

The Civic after all has earned the title as the most popular Honda model in Europe. Simply put, when Europeans think of Honda, the first thing that comes into their minds is the Civic. For that same reason, the team behind the “rejuvenated” Honda Civic applied new ideas and strategies in building its new body. Then of course, part of that is to come up with better chassis and aerodynamics design (so as not to disappoint their loyal customers).

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback boasts bold redesign, more power, better efficiency

On May 21st in Phoenix, at the first event of the 2016 series, the Honda Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross team will be racing its all-new turbocharged 2016 Civic Coupe in partnership with Red Bull and champion race team Olsbergs MSE. In line with that, the Japanese automaker has also unveiled a new

Read the entire article Honda’s newest coupe will compete at the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross

Honda (UK) and Ariel Motor Company have renewed their exclusive engine supply deal, which has been around for about 16 years. The renewed partnership entails the Civic Type R engine and the Civic 2.4 engine providing power for Ariel’s Atom and off-road Nomad, respectively. Ariel has been usin

Read the entire article Honda and Ariel Motor renew exclusive engine supply agreement

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, boasting a sporty performance, technological appeal, and sophisticated styling, is set to go on sale starting at $19,050 on March 15. The base model is the Honda Civic LX Coupe with a manual transmission. Coming in after the successful launch of the 2016 Honda Ci

Read the entire article Honda continues to empower new lineup with 2016 Civic Coupe, priced from $19,050

Honda recently unveiled the next-generation Civic hatchback, in prototype form, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The redesigned hatchback did not escape industry watchers, as they seem to unanimously approve the new look of the next-generation hatchback. Compared with the current model, the new hatch

Read the entire article Honda unmasks Civic hatchback prototype at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Honda Motor Company will reveal its newest lineup for the European car range renewal at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, which is also the venue of the global debut of the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype. Honda is set to offer a sneak peek of its new hatchback model's exterior design. Civic Hatchback, w

Read the entire article Honda to unveil Civic Hatchback Prototype, new European Lineup at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Acura NSX is one of the few Japanese sports cars that had been around in the 1990s and that had managed to hold its own against the SUV dominance in car manufacturing whilst similar contenders were left by the wayside. Today, one in three cars sold is an SUV and yet the Acura not only survived but i

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At the 2016 Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Honda announced its plans to offer for US sales the new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan. The Japanese company, famous for the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment, is planning to have limited volumes at the early s

Read the entire article Leasing of Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan to start this year, US sales being planned
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