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

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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Honda, GM monitor dealerships over their certified used-vehicle programs

Carmakers like American Honda Motor Co. and General Motors do monitor dealerships over their certified used-vehicle programs and would even suspend them if needed. Brian Butts, manager of auto remarketing at American Honda, and Larry Pryg, national manager of GM Certified used operations, told Automotive News that most of their dealerships conduct their used-vehicles programs properly.

They also confirmed that dealership who failed to do so get temporarily suspended from the programs, noting that it is all about maintaining the programs' integrity. Butts remarked that every carmaker wants dealership to properly certify the vehicles, while doing things that are necessary both pre- and post-sale. He noted that the suspensions are partly the reason why American Honda's certified used sales are down this year.

He added the carmaker’s certified used sales are so far down since its off-lease volumes have dropped – no thanks to production cuts made in 2011 following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Certified used vehicle sales at American Honda fell 7 percent in the first eight months of 2014 to 186,248 units – a contrast to the industry-wide growth of 9 percent in the period.

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GM joins forces with Honda on next-generation fuel cell technologies

General Motors has just announced that it will join forces with Honda in order to develop a common system for fuel cell vehicles. The new partnership is planning to get the system on cars by 2020, according to the official press release. For those who don’t know, GM and Honda are both pioneers of fuel cell technology and the new partnership will cut development costs by consolidating their supplier bases for fuel cell components.

According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and Honda rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012, with more than 1,200 between them. Back in 2007 GM launched the Project Driveaway program, which accumulated almost 3 million miles of real-world driving in a fleet of over 119 hyrdrogen-powered vehicles.

Honda began leasing the FCX in 2002 and since then, it deployed 85 units in the United States and Japan, including its successor, the FCX Clarity, which was named the 2009 World Green Car. Fuel cell vehicles are able to operate on renewable hydrogen made from sources like wind and biomass. The only emission from these vehicles is water vapor. Regarding the range, fuel cell vehicles are able travel up to 400 miles and can be refueled in about 3 minutes.

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GM, Chrysler, Nissan and Honda now offer stair-steps incentives to dealers

Amid surging sales in the United States, automakers are following the lead of smaller import brands and are now offering stair-step incentives to their dealers. Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Kia have been using the stair-step system in order to encourage dealers to reach sales target. With the success of smaller import brands in implementing the program, carmakers like General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan and Honda also started employing the system this year.

GM’s stair-step system commenced April 25, 2012 while Honda started almost two months earlier on March 1, 2012. Kia dealers said that the stair-steps system, which offers dealers high incentives for hitting sales targets, is one of the main reasons behind the company’s rapid expansion in the U.S.

According to the dealers, while other brands use the system for specific vehicles, Kia’s program pays dealers per-car cash bonuses for achieving dealership sales objectives, regardless of the models sold. A Kia dealer revealed that he earns an extra $800 on every Kia car he sells every month, thanks to the program.

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Honda has commenced sales of the latest iterations of the Honda Civic Hatchback and the Honda Civic Type R. Both models of the Civic have been upgraded for the 2019 model year, especially inside their cabins. Interested customers could now head out to their nearest Honda retailers to avail of the new 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback and the new 2019 Honda Civic Type R.

The Honda Civic Hatchback is one of the cash cows in the carmaker’s Civic lineup. Accounting for around 20 percent of all Civic sales, the Civic Hatchback is on its way to become best-selling car in the United States in 2018, thereby defending its crown it has held in the past two years. For 2019, the Civic Hatchback will still be available in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L with Navigation and Sport Touring. Its core remains the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo in-line 4-cylinder engine with two power levels. This engine delivers 174 hp of max output in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, as well as 180 hp in peak output in Sport and Sport Touring trims.

As standard, the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback (all trims) feature the Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, which include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow; Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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Honda is moving forward with its electrification plans in Europe after unveiling the production-ready version of the new 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It was part of a number of creations that the Japanese carmaker is displaying in Paris, including the refreshed Honda HR-V SUV, and a specially-commissioned Civic Type R ‘Art Car’.

In September 2017, Honda took the wraps off a near-production Euros-spec prototype of the CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with plans to sell the production version exclusively in Europe. By then, it was believed that the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid will be the replacement for the 160hp i-DTEC diesel version of the SUV, as part of the carmaker’s answer to the regulations affecting the market of diesel engines.

Back then, Honda was tight-lipped about the technical details of the prototype. The carmaker only revealed that its electrified powertrain will feature an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four cylinder i-Vtec gasoline engine.

Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Honda unveils production-ready 181-hp CR-V Hybrid

The Honda Civic Type R is the fastest front wheel drive model at the Magny Cours track, while also being one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world. Yes, you read that right. The specialist from the Product Engineering department at the automaker’s UK factory in Swindon has built a one-off Civic Type R pickup truck, and it just made its debut at the SMMT Test Day in Great Britain.

To create the unique Project P Concept, the engineers had to get a pre-production prototype of the hot hatch, which was unveiled a year ago. It has two doors and two seats, as well as a flatbed at the back of the rear seats, replacing the rear bench and boot space.

The transformation made sure that it still retains the rear fixed wing. But the wings here really aren’t fixed, as it has a movable design, allowing access to the load bed of the small pickup. One of our favourite design details of the new Type R, a set of triple exhaust pipes at the back, is here as well. The exterior body is finished in a Rallye Red, one of the signature colours of the Civic Type R hatch.

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Several years ago, on April 15, 2013, Ford and General Motors signed an agreement to jointly use automatic transmissions that both automakers had developed. This was developed mainly for models like the F-150 and the Mustang. For the former, their part of the deal was to share its own 10 speed gearbox to rear wheel drive cars with GM, and in return, they will be able to use the 9 speed gearbox which they can use in front wheel drive crossovers, for a smoother and more efficient drive.

The gearbox seen in this photo, the Hydra-Matic 9T50, which was originally introduced in Chevy models with the 2017 Malibu, 2017 Cruze Diesel and the 2018 Equinox will not find its way inside a Ford model. Rather, the automaker opted to use an eight speed box for models like the Edge and the MKX that replaces the Lincoln Nautilus.

So what made them change their mind? Well, Ford believes that GM’s transmission is not good enough to handle the extra weight that comes from the new gear. That is not all, because it also argues that it does not justify the increased cost required for it to adapt to the Ford models. AutoPacific Inc. analyst, Dave Sullivan, even joked that if he was offered a transmission that did not require much work, outside of tuning it for a specific vehicle, he would take it and run.

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The all new 2019 Honda Insight is finally here, recently after the prototype made its debut at the Detroit show. Honda’s new hybrid is finally going to be seen in the sheet metal. The Insight is scheduled for an official showing at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Honda’s newest entry into its growing fleet of electrified vehicles is also one of its most advanced.

Just like the rest of the Honda’s range, the Insight gets design elements from other models. This includes the “flying wing” grille, the low profile LED taillights and headlights, and the coupe-like roofline. As for pricing, the Insight will be positioned between the smaller Civic and the larger Accord.

What keeps this running is an efficient two motor hybrid powertrain, similar to the one in the Accord Hybrid. There is a 1.5 liter gasoline engine paired to an electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack that delivers 151 horsepower (112 kilowatts) and 197 pound feet (267 Newton metres) or torque. This also features three driving modes namely Normal, Econ, and Sport. The new Insight also has the ability to return up to 55 miles per gallon in the city.

Read the entire article 2019 Honda Insight boasts hybrid engine that returns 55mpg (city driving)

Honda revealed that its new CR-V is now set to make its official debut in Europe through the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This same model had already been presented in U.S. shores back in 2016. With this new model, Honda hopes to raise the standards for SUVs as it relates to refinement, the quality of the interior, and space. Indeed, this new CR-V model is expected to bring with it a new design, new powertrains, and new technologies.

This new CR-V will come equipped with the brand's hybrid technology. This will be the first time a Honda SUV offered for the European market will have such a system. It will utilize Honda's Intelligent Multi Mode Drive hybrid system, or i-MMD.

This system is composed of two electric motors and the i-VTEC 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine. Further, the system does not use a conventional transmission but rather has a more compact unit having a single fixed-gear ratio. As such, this combination allows for effortless driveability and real-world efficiency.

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The Acura NSX, even though it has been produced in the United States, is rightfully claimed as one of its own by the legions of fans in Japan, where it is known as a Honda. For this particular example we are going to talk about, the owner definitely took it even further.

When looking at the images, it seems like the said car has been shot at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market, or some other similar market there. But it isn’t the place that matters, but the subject. As you can see here, this hybrid supercar looks like it is part of the country’s Super GT championship. But Honda is known for having several NSX-GTs in the series’ top GT500 class.

Though this Acura NSX looks a lot like a track focused car, it actually is a road going car. The supercar was modified by Liberty Walk and has been given a full body kit, making it look wider with a meaner demeanor. It had also been given enough aerodynamic enhancements that it will remind you of an air force fighter - blacked out like the one in the photo.

Read the entire article Spotted in Japan: Honda NSX by Liberty Walk almost looks like it belongs on the track

Were you ever a fan of the Honda S2000? And as such, have you been waiting for its return? Well, prepare to be crushed. A Canadian executive from Honda has some bad news for you as he said that the roadster is dead.

His statement has then been supported by Hayato Mori, senior manager for product planning as he revealed to Auto Guide that the demand for the Honda S2000 is not high enough to revive the said vehicle. Mori also said in his statement that it is not easy to make money on such a sports car, especially with the growing popularity of crossovers.

In the United States today, there aren’t as many roadsters available, and the automaker is trying their best to make the available. Some of these models include: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan 370Z, and Porsche 718 Boxster.

Read the entire article Canadian Honda exec shuts down hopes of a S2000 successor

Honda disclosed that it will officially debut the 2019 Insight Prototype during the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the brand’s range of electric-powered vehicle continues to grow, this will be the first time customers get to see Honda’s latest model.

It can be recalled that it was in the same show last year that Honda revealed its Electrification Initiative. It was also during this time that the brand revealed that by 2030, two-thirds of its vehicle sales worldwide will be composed of electrified vehicles. This is not limited to battery electric models but it also includes fuel cell, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions.

The Insight boasts high fuel efficiency, combined with a refined driving performance along with a sleek sedan design and a cabin that offers space for five passengers. Furthermore, it clearly positions itself higher compared to other standard compact hybrid models.

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Try and try until you succeed. After not achieving the expected success with the first and second generation of the Honda Insight hybrid, the Japanese carmaker will once again try to resurrect the nameplate associated with its hybrid technology. But before the third generation of the hybrid vehicle is released for the 2019 model year, a prototype version is getting unveiled early next year at Detroit.

The Japan-based company will be unveiling the new Honda Insight Prototype to the global public on January 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show). According to Honda, the prototype version will be the forerunner to the all-new 2019 Honda Insight. Essentially the prototype provides a glimpse into the final production version of the next-gen Honda Insight, although it is expected that there will be a number of differences between the two models.

When launched, the 2019 model will be latest of the three generations of the Honda Insight, although all of these iterations are different cars. Nonetheless, all of them are hybrid vehicles; with the first two Insight generations employing Honda's hybrid car technology, Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). Honda introduced the first generation of the Honda Insight in 1999 for the 2000 model year. This is the first Honda model to employ the IMA system and is the first hybrid vehicle in the United States. It was one of the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicles – as certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – a distinction made possible by its hybrid system, its lightweight aluminum structure and its optimized aerodynamics.

Read the entire article Honda is reviving the Insight nameplate for 2019 model year as a five-passenger sedan

General Motors has long faced issues in the European market. After years of experiencing losses, as well as weakening sales, the brand earlier this year sold off not only its Vauxhall brand but even the Opel brand. Opel is the main brand name that GM uses in Europe with the exception of the U.K. In the United Kingdom, Vauxhall, a British subsidiary of Opel, uses its very own brand name.

GM had disclosed that its European operations experienced a $257 million loss, the 16th year it had done so. GM would then sell the Opel and Vauxhall brands to the PSA Group in a deal valued at $2.3 billion.

For those familiar with the matter, the European operations of Chevrolet, known way back as Daewoo, was also halted in 2013. This was after the Chevrolet brand experienced losses amounting to $18 billion over several years. The phaseout was completed by the later part of 2015. Saab, which is another GM brand, was initially sold in 2010 before succumbing to bankruptcy by 2012.

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Honda this week announced that its all-new 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will arrive at US dealerships with a starting price of $33,400 beginning on the first of December. Because the Clarity PHEV is qualified for the full federal tax credit deduction program, the all-new Clarity sedans can be had for as low as $26,790 and $29,990 including destination charges, minus the supposed $7,500 federal taxes.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Touring, which will be offered with a suggested retail price of $35,600 will have a more upscale feel to it over the standard variant. Exclusive to this level are the Ultrasuede interior, perforated leather-trimmed seats, a four-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat and a driver seat with eight-way power adjustment with two-position memory.

While a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a navigation system with charging infrastructure information are part of the Touring package, both sedans will be featuring the same 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and heated side mirrors. The LED taillights, auto headlights and daytime running lights in LED are just among the many standard features shared by the two model trims.

Read the entire article Prices for 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid to start at $33,400

It isn't real-life, but this car is making real waves in the automotive world. Honda is introducing the new Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo (GT), a 400-hp sleek and mean machine that is only drivable in virtual reality.

The new "Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo" is a mid-ship-engine two-seater coupe that is the product of an ingenious collaboration between the design team of Honda and the Gran Turismo realism-based video game. Honda is calling the Sports Vision Gran Turismo a fusion between dynamism and functionality. As a true sports model, the Sports Vision Gran Turismo is born from Honda’s corporate culture for doing things that simply looks fun.

In the initial stages of its new project, Honda launched a competition among its designers from different parts of the world. Eventually, the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo – created by a design team in Los Angeles -- was named as the winner of this global design contest. In the course of developing the final design of the concept, the LA team was joined by other designers in the United States and Japan. In fact, the quarter model was built in the US, while the modeling data and hardware of the GT concept were developed in Japan.

Read the entire article Honda Sports Vision GT arrives digitally in Gran Turismo Sport

The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is one event that a lot of car enthusiasts look forward to, and perhaps not just those people, because automakers like Toyota and Honda bring out some other interesting concepts in these shows. For instance, Japanese automaker Honda took off the covers off a couple of small mobility concepts that most, if not all of us, have never seen before.

So they didn’t just come to Tokyo to reveal show-stopping Sports EV and Urban EV concepts, but Honda also brought with its five other concepts that will blow your minds. Honda is known for dependable and reliable people movers, and these concepts can definitely make them even bigger.

The first one is called the Honda RoboCas concept. It is a compact vehicle that runs on electric power, which has different types of carrying space with a canopy. It actually looks cute at first glance, as it sort of looks like a golf cart. It was created to make people’s dreams come true, so they can turn this into a poolside valet, a lemonade stand, a drinks cabinet or whatever you can think of.

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We have seen photos of the Liberty Walk Honda NSX before, but none of us really appreciated it because these photos did not do the supercar justice. This time, new photos of the same modified model have been released and the new images perfectly highlight the new styling modifications.

This NSX is far from a standard model. It was tuned by Liberty Walk with the help of Forgiato Wheels.

As you can see in the images, the NSX now has a towering rear wing that suits the car really well. And at the same time, it transforms the car’s overall look. The Japanese tuner also equipped the NSX with a fitted air suspension kit to lower the ride, courtesy of AirRex.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda NSX by Liberty Walk looks crazy hot

The rumour first came from Truth About Cars, which was then leaked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to them, there might soon be an entry-level Civic Type R in the market. What else is in the document? Well, it also shows a new top-end touring model, given the model code FK8G. Meanwhile, there’s another one with the same 306 horsepower (228 kilowatt) engine as the Civic Type R. This was given the code K20C1.

If we are correct, there will be two variants of the Civic Type R available in 2018 - a base Type R and a more equipped Type R Touring. Furthermore, if you could remember, there were reports earlier in April which said that a second, more well-equipped variant of the Type R would be offered.

This is also because today, customers are only limited to one kind of Type R. This model features a seven-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch driver information interface, and is compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 540-watt 12 speaker stereo. To make consumers happier and be more willing to get the Civic, the base Type R might start as low as $30,900 or $31,775 after tax and destination. $3,000 is quite a big discount from the current model.

Read the entire article Leaked documents list an entry level 2018 Honda Civic Type R