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Honda commences production of 2018 Odyssey minivan

After unveiling the next generation Odyssey at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda has officially commenced production of the minivan. As planned, Honda is now assembling the 2018 Odyssey at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA).

Despite the increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, minivans have managed to post reasonable sales. One of these minivan models is the Honda Odyssey, which has been popular among customers for seven years. Its popularity is evidenced by the fact that around 130,000 Honda Odyssey minivans were sold in 2016. Now, the 2018 iteration of the Odyssey is offering new features and different technologies to further its appeal among minivan customers.

The start of production of the 2018 Honda Odyssey was celebrated by HMA’s over 1,500 associates. HMA – located in Lincoln, Alabama -- is the sole manufacturer of Honda Odyssey, and also of the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. HMA also assembles the Acura MDX luxury SUV.

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Honda looking to bring the Passport SUV out of retirement

Does the Honda Passport ring a bell to you? This was the first ever SUV that was sold by the Japanese automaker, but it was not that successful compared with other Honda models. Now the Japanese automotive company is planning to give the second life to the Passport.

The first SUV of Honda was sold from 1993 to 2002, which was clearly a tuned version of the Isuzu Rodeo featuring a 3.2 L V6 engine that can produce up to 205 hp. However after a dismal performance in the global market it was eventually replaced by the bigger Honda Pilot. By far this was not the only talks of different automakers vying to revive new trademarks of their once famous SUVs. Chevrolet is going to give the Blazer trademark another chance, also the American company Ford will also introduce the Bronco name again to the global market.

Lately there were talks that the Passport will have a second chance of redemption. Car and Driver stated in its blog that the Passport name was submitted by the Japanese automaker with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by last December. The application made a specific reference to the original trademark made for the Passport that dates back from May 11,1993.

Read the entire article Honda looking to bring the Passport SUV out of retirement

2017 Honda Civic Type R beats VW Golf GTI Clubsport S’ Nurburgring lap record

It seems like a never-ending battle between the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S when it comes to owning the Nürburging record.

This story began all the way back in May 2015, when the Honda Civic Type R took the crown for the fastest four-wheel-drive production car around Nurburging, finishing at 7:50.63. Later on, Volkswagen took their GTI Clubsport S to the same course and it crossed the finish line, just by a little more than a one second difference, at exactly 7:49.21. Since then, VW has held the crown for that record. In fact, VW recently went back to beat its own record by a few milliseconds, that is now at 7:49.19.

But the story does not end there, on April 3, 2017, the newest Civic Type R went back and did a “time-attack attempt” at the Green Hell, and crossed the finish line with a time of 7:43.8 – beating the record of the GTI Clubsport S. That was over three seconds faster than VW’s record, and almost seven seconds faster than the older Type R model. This event took place during the last stage of development, which explains why they mentioned that it was a development car they used.

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Honda unveils the CR-V Hybrid in China, may also come to the United States

Honda will be displaying the electrically assisted CUV in their showrooms later this year. This has been confirmed in China at least. Fresh from its debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the latest hybrid CR-V will soon go on sale in Asia’s fastest growing market for hybrid vehicles.

While the engineering for the China-bound CR-V Hybrid has already been finalized, it only makes sense that Honda would be considering the US as its next important step. In the US, the Honda Accord is in fact using the same powertrain found on the newly electrified crossover.

Honda however hasn't disclosed the exact details for the CR-V hybrid’s powertrain while on its premiere. If the CRV’s hybrid specs are indeed the same as those on the Accord, we can therefore expect the electrified crossover to be running on a 143hp (107kW), 129 lb-ft (175Nm) of torque, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This will come equipped with a 1.3kWh lithium ion battery pack with a total power of 212hp (158kW) to match.

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Alongside the 2017 Trans Am Super Duty 1,000 hp muscle car and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon that were unveiled in the 2017 New York Motor Show comes the newest member of the Honda family: the Honda Clarity Electric and Honda Clarity Plug in Hybrid. The two new drivetrains will accompany the hydrogen fuel cell model which is already made available in selected markets, including California and the homestead of Honda- Japan. The starting price of the Honda PHEV and Electric? Each will boast of a $35,000 base price tag.

The anticipated announcement of the plug-in hybrid and the complete electric variants of the newly unveiled Honda Clarity models also includes details about the PHEV's 2 mile electric range and the EV's 25.5 kWH battery. Not only that, there's another important revelation that was disclosed by Honda's representative that we all should know- its base price of $30,000. However, Honda hasn't readily announced the specific manufacturer's suggested retail price of both automobiles just yet. The new Honda vehicles will be possibly available this year, with the EV leading the way in the market to be followed next by the PHEV.

The suggested prices of both the EV and the PHEV are less steep than the Clarity Fuel Cell, which can only be availed for lease at around $369 per month (and an addition of $2,499 due upon signing the lease) for 36 months. Like the Honda Clarity PHEV and All Electric Units, the Japanese automaker is also mum on the supposed manufacturer's suggested retail price for the fuel cell, but an alleged report in the past revealed a not-surprising $60,000 price tag.

Read the entire article Pricing starts at $35,000 for 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Electric variants

Efforts to save the world from destruction have ushered the advent of more eco-friendly alternatives for everyday items, reaching various sectors including the automotive world. It has become a trend amongst automakers involved in this so-called “green revolution” to offer multiple eco-friendly powertrains for one model, giving customers the freedom of choice – to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to keep the traditional fuel-powered engine on standby in case the electric-powered engine acts up.

There’s Hyundai’s Ioniq offered in full electric, plug-in hybrid, and gas-electric hybrid versions, and then there’s the Toyota Prius with an available plug-in version. Recently, we have received more details about Honda’s latest green onslaught – the new three-pronged Clarity line-up. Let’s take a closer look at the Japanese automaker’s latest attempt to dominate the green car world.

In December 2016, Honda launched the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell and we’ve seen its performance. Now, Honda released more information about its siblings: the battery-powered Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The PHEV has the capability to deliver 42 miles of all-electric range; is it worth the wait? Well, it only depends on how you feel about this information. Honda aims to sell 75,000 units in the U.S. alone for the first four model years of the Clarity vehicles.

Read the entire article 2018 Honda Clarity plugin hybrid boasts 42-mile all-electric range, total range is at 330miles

Just recently, Honda released the new 2017 Civic Si but it seems like the updates are a bit underwhelming for the fans. It has been a while since it was reported that the Si will be powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged engine used in the Civic line. Everyone began to expect that it will be the “fastest, most powerful Si” (as per Honda’s claim) – but think again. If you’re thinking that powerful is synonymous to super-powered Si, then you better not get your hopes up just yet.

So, what did Honda mean when they said “most powerful”? It is actually a reference to the engine’s capability of producing a maximum of 192 lb.-ft. of torque, much more than the usual Si’s peak torque (i.e. the last Si’s 174 lb.-ft.) but with only 205 horsepower. This may be quite disappointing for the Civic Si, but at least peak power is achieved at 5,700 rpm or 1,200 revs more than the outgoing model, while maximum torque comes in at 2,100 rpm ‘til around 5,000 rpm – which is actually quite decent, considering it is 70 percent of the engine’s rev range. The 2017 Civic Si only comes with a six-speed manual transmission, but in theory, it seems like it will take “less rowing” to keep the driving experience quite exciting.

The peak numbers may not be that impressive as we all expected it to be. On a positive note, the low and mid-range power levels, where majority of drivers spend their motoring time, will now become livelier. The new Civic Si has a more rigid body featuring dual-pinion adaptive electric power steering, sport-tuned suspension, an adaptive damper system, 12.3-inch front brakes, and 235/40 R18 rubber wheels with optional performance tires. Despite this, the new Civic Si is significantly lighter than the outgoing model. To cope with both power and steering duties, the front tires is aided by a helical limited-slip differential.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Si has less power but is lighter and offers stiffer packaging

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.

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

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.

Read the entire article Honda Clarity Electric and PHEV to premiere in New York

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

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.

Read the entire article Report says Honda Clarity EV’s range is a short 80 miles

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.

Read the entire article GM and Honda create Michigan-based joint venture for mass production of fuel cell systems

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.

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

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
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