Honda to exhibit 2016 Civic Coupe, Clarity Fuel Cell sedan at 2015 LA Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 15, 2015

Honda will be displaying two models in this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The first is the 2016 Civic Coupe which is part of the brand’s 10th generation and was officially launched in dealerships last November 12.

The second is its Clarity Fuel Cell sedan which is set to have its U.S. launch next year. The company expects that the Clarity Fuel Cell will give people a preview of its latest foray into low-carbon emission vehicles.

The 2016 Civic Coupe is based on the same Civic platform but it will have sportier lines compared to the previous models. With new powertrain options and a more high-tech interior, this is set to become Honda’s sportiest lineup for the Civic ever. It also boasts of having the most variety.

Similar to the Sedan, this model aims to elevate the sporty performance to new heights. It will also exhibit a more refined ride with less noise experienced inside the cabin. The 2016 Civic Coupe is powered with two powertrains which include a turbocharged powerplant, the first for a Civic.

It goes without saying that safety and fuel efficiency remain to be the brand’s top priority. The official debut is the second in the new 10th generation series Civic models which include a number of other models like the Si, coupe, sedan, Type-R, and 5-door hatchback.

At present, this is the brand’s most modern and diverse lineup for the U.S. market in the more than 40 years of history for the Civic. The Clarity Fuel Cell is evidence of the company’s commitment to producing more vehicles that use alternative-fuel technologies.

This five-passenger model gets improved packaging in addition to better performance, enhanced efficiency, and increased range. However compared to other models already on the market, this particular sedan is the first to have its drivetrain systems and whole fuel cell stack placed at the front of the engine compartment.

Using the brand’s technologies, the Clarity is able to have low carbon emissions despite having the capability to go beyond a distance of 300 miles. Furthermore it only needs three minutes to refuel. The Clarity was originally unveiled during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last October but this will be its first exhibition in North America.

It will be introduced to the Japanese market in March of 2016 after which it will then be launched in the U.S. The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show will be at LA’s Convention Center and Honda’s booth will be at the West Hall.

The show will be made accessible to the media starting November 18, 2015. With an estimated 1,000 authorized dealers in the U.S., Honda continues to offer products that are not only fuel efficient but are also fun to drive and more importantly reliable.

The company’s lineup includes the Accord, Civic, CR-Z, Fit, Odyssey minivan, CR-V sport/utility vehicles HR-V crossover and HR-V Pilot. Honda remains to be the brand that has the longest-lasting vehicles compared to other mainstream brands.

It also has the most models that have obtained the IIHSTOP SAFETY PICK+ rating. For over 30 years, Honda has been manufacturing cars in the U.S. through 16 facilities. While the parts comes from both international and domestic sources, 94% of the Honda cars sold in the U.S. for 2013 were manufactured in North America.

Press Release

HONDA TO DEBUT 2016 CIVIC COUPE AND NEXT-GEN CLARITY FUEL CELL AT 2015 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Honda will reveal details on two exciting new expressions of its Clean, Safe, Fun brand values at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show with the world debut of the all-new 2016 Civic Coupe, the second in a line of new 10th-generation Civic models that will be launching over the next 18 months, and the North American debut of the all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, providing an early look at Honda's next-generation approach to low-carbon mobility, scheduled to launch in the U.S. next year.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe
Built on the same athletic Civic platform that underpins the highly anticipated 2016 Civic Sedan that goes on-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide on November 12, the 2016 Civic Coupe will showcase even sportier lines, with an intimate, high-tech interior and engaging powertrain options to continue Honda's focus on launching the sportiest and most expansive Civic lineup in brand history.

Like its Sedan counterpart, the new Civic Coupe targets word-class levels of sporty performance, ride refinement and cabin quietness along with class-leading fuel efficiency and safety performance, powered in part by two all-new powertrains, including a first-ever turbocharged powerplant for the U.S. Civic.

The world debut of the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is the second in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic's 43-year history.

Clarity Fuel Cell
Building on Honda's longstanding commitment to advanced alternative-fuel vehicle technologies, the Clarity Fuel Cell five-passenger sedan will offer increased performance, range and efficiency as well as improved packaging. The Clarity is the world's first production fuel cell sedan to house the entire fuel cell stack and drivetrain system in the front engine compartment. Using Honda original technologies, the new Clarity Fuel Cell will offer customers a new low-carbon mobility experience with a driving range of more than 300 miles and refueling time of approximately three minutes.

The Clarity Fuel Cell comes to U.S. shores following its world debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October. Honda's next-generation fuel cell car will launch in the U.S. in 2016, after its market introduction in Japan in March of next year.

The Honda booth is located in West Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and will be open to media beginning on November 18, 2015.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Civic, Fit and CR-Z, along with the HR-V crossover and Pilot and CR-V sport/utility vehicles, as well as the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has the longest-lasting cars1 of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHSTOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1 Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988–2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.

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