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    Canadian Black Book residuals


    http://www.leaderpost.com/Cars/five+...051/story.html

    Every year, the Canadian Black Book tallies up which cars have the best residual value using data from four-year-old vehicles, for this year's list, using 2005 model-year cars.
    All passenger cars and light trucks less than $70,000 are considered, and the residual value is based on the car's ability to retain value from its original manufacturer's suggested retail price.
    No, this list isn't a sexy as the Top 5: Most expensive convertibles list, but a car's residual value affects how much it can be sold for in the future and is important to consider when buying a new car. Cars that don't depreciate in value as much ensure a buyer gets the most bang for their buck when it's time to make a trade.
    The following are five cars from the CBB's list of 2005 model cars with the best future resale values.
    1. Mazda3 With an MSRP in 2005 of about $13,680, the Mazda3 is a crowd favourite for its sporty ride and stylish exterior. Available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback, Post Driving Motor Mouth David Booth said in a 2005 review that the Mazda3 "offer[s] more power, more room and more sophistication than its competitors."
    2. Mini Cooper Always a top choice from autojournalists young and old, a cute base Mini Cooper in 2005 came with a MSRP of just less than $17,000. The Mini is always praised for its go-kart-like driving dynamics, its stellar fuel efficiency and, of course, its charming good looks.
    3. Toyota Corolla Perhaps the most famous for holding its value, in 2005, the Corolla started at $13,780. A somewhat staid but solid choice, the Corolla has earned a reputation for affordability and reliability. In a 2005 review, Post Driving's Graeme Fletcher said the Corolla is "well suited to its role on the road [and] it has enjoyed a long life," adding that the Corolla is the top-selling automotive nameplate of all time for many good reasons.
    4. Honda Civic Quoted as being the "gold standard" in its market by a Canwest auto reporter in 2005, the Civic started at an MRSP of $13,260. The Civic is reported to have high quality and reliability comparable the Corolla, but with more style and a sportier disposition.
    5. Smart fortwo Starting in 2005 at $16,500, the micro-sized Smart fortwo also holds value well. A bit more quirky than the other offerings on this list, the Smart is a city runabout that sips fuel and is a real head-turner, which can't be said for the much more common Corolla or the Civic.
    Other winners of CBB's residual value award for this year include the (2005 model) Dodge Sprinter, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Echo.
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    • Daihatsu, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes Top Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study in Germany !

      http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2009/06...-mercedes.html

      For the first time since the launch of the study in 2002, Daihatsu has claimed the top spot in J.D. Power and Associates' redesigned 2009 Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study (VOSS) in Germany with a total score of 843 on a 1,000-point scale. The Japanese brand was followed by Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz that tied in second place with 835 points, BMW was third with 834 points and Audi and Toyota that tied in fifth place with 831 points.


      On the other side of the scale, Ford (796 points), Opel, Kia and Peugeot that tied with 790 points, Fiat (778 points), Chevrolet (775 points) and Smart (772 points) occupied the last five places in J.D. Power's 2009 German vehicle ownership satisfaction study. The industry average is 814 points.

      Model-wise, Daihatsu's Sirion captured the top rank position in the small car category while Toyota received awards for the Aygo city car and the Corolla lower medium car. In the upper medium segment, Renault's Laguna finished first while Mercedes-Benz topped the executive / luxury and sports car segments with the E-Class and CLK Class models respectively.

      Also receiving segment-level awards are the Skoda Roomster in the MPV group and the Nissan Qashqai in the SUV category.

      J.D. Power and Associates' finding are based on 16,200 online interviews with German vehicle owners after an average of two years of ownership. According to the firm, German owners are asked to provide detailed evaluations on their cars and dealers covering 67 attributes grouped in four measurements of satisfaction including: vehicle appeal (32%) which covers performance, design, comfort and features; vehicle quality and reliability (26%); ownership costs (22%) including fuel consumption, insurance and costs of service/repair; and dealer service satisfaction (20%).

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      • Si uite cum usor, dar sigur, coboara Honda in topurile pe care, acum ceva timp, le domina autoritar (in special cele de satisfactie a clientilor). Asa se intampla cand dai cu sutul la valorile care te-au consacrat...mai e putin si te ajunge Dacia. Pacat.

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        • Foarte putin probabil ca Honda sa fi modificat radical modul de productie sa se ajunga la o calitate nasoala ci mai degraba as zice ca virgula codasii de alta data au recuperat cu pasi repezi.
          Am vorbit de testele de anduranta ale unor modele ALFA unde au facut o figura foarte buna, acum mai dureaza ceva pana le iese oamenilor din cap unele idei mai vechi.
          Iar secretele in privinta acestui tip de topuri sunt prezenta in top pe cat mai multe piete posibile si mentinerea indelungata asa cum a dovedit-o Honda peste doua decenii la rand nu focuri ocazionale.
          Nu m-as grabi sa dau cu parul in cei ce pana mai ieri erau top si sa-i urc pe tron pe cei care de decenii intregi au livrat permanent calitate indoielnica.
          HONDA. The finest from Japan. Since 1963.

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          • Udo, cand ani la randul esti obisnuit cu un anumit standard care acum scartaie, publicul te penalizeaza. Asta e realitatea. Nu le da nimeni cu parul in cap, isi dau singuri. Unii dintre noi poate nu vrem sa recunoastem, dar pana si englezii de la HMCo din UK recunosc tacit ca Honda nu mai ofera calitatea cu care s-a consacrat. Daca ai arunca o privire pe civinfo, spre exemplu, ai vedea ca nu sunt putine cazuri de elemente defectuoase, chiar deloc putine. Putem noi sa gasim orice scuza si sa invinovatim orice conjunctura, cand englezul de la HMC spune ca propria casa a luat-o la vale, apai nu mai am nici o urma de indoiala. Daca vrei, in iulie cand ne vedem, iti povestesc eu mai multe. Cat priveste alte marci, bravo lor ca au crescut in ochii publicului. Acum nu mai e loc de fraiereala sau de luat fata cu trecutul si legende urbane, si asta o afla si Toyota pe propria-i piele (tocmai l-au inscaunat azi sef pe nepotul fondatorului, probabil in ideea sa stopeze caderea foarte abrupta).

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            • Tu ai dreptate, nimeni n-are voie sa se culce pe o ureche in speranta ca totul dureaza vesnic sau ca vai ce trecut glorios avem noi si chiar daca angajatii HMC din UK deplang situatia, nu stiu, dar din acel grafic distanta nu mi se pare confortabila pentru cei din top, pentru un eventual avans ar mai trebui sa munceasca ceva respectiv Honda sa pice putin.
              Poate ca noua formula se va numi:
              Honda sunt niste masini bune, dar X si Y sunt si mai bune.
              Plus de asta se mai confirma odata spusele mele cum ca masini rele nu mai exista, ci doar masini bune si foarte bune.
              Per total insa sa nu uitam, Honda a inceput sa straluceasca la capitolul calitate incepand cu anii ´80, pana atunci fiind cel putin mediocrii (ca sa nu fiu mai dur in expresii), iar ceea ce are loc acum, nu e altceva decat revenirea in top a lui Benz (care a condus topurile de gen decenii intregi) si a altor firme care fac automobile de cel putin 6 decenii.
              Ma bucur insa ca pe primul loc mai e macar o marca japoneza (din casa Toyota).
              Definitiv Honda va trebui sa percuteze ca daca pica mai jos, e greu de recuperat, in rest m-as bucura daca s-ar mentine calitatea Honda si numai cat imi ofera mie masina mea (95.000km ireprosabili).
              Recunosc ca sunt destul de surprins fiindca traind la Benz acasa (mai putin de o ora de HQ si principalele fabrici) si avand zeci de cunoscuti ce lucreaza pentru ei, inca mai aud vesnicele povesti ce i-au "consacrat" in ultimii ani in privinta asta, dar ce sa zic, bafta lor!
              HONDA. The finest from Japan. Since 1963.

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              • Snap-on develops Honda-specific tools !

                With Honda becoming one of the most popular vehicle makes in North America, Snap-on has developed 10 Honda-specific tools that will help service technicians take advantage of the service opportunities afforded by the ever-growing Honda vehicle population.
                “The Honda Accord and the Honda Civic were two of the top five top-selling cars in the United States last year so we know service technicians are going to see an increase in the number of Hondas coming in for service for many years to come,” says Scott Amundson, product manager for Snap-on. “These Snap-on Honda-specific tools will help service technicians perform Honda-related repair jobs faster, leading to improved productivity, which in turn leads to more business, and we know there is nothing service providers like more than added business.”


                The Snap-on Honda Job Challenge tools include:

                3/8" Drive Short 3 Phillips Socket Driver (FPS32E) – The FPS32E is perfect for high torque application on Honda brake drums and rotors.

                Honda Oil Filler (OFHON33) – Prevents any unwanted mess as the OFHON33 fastens and seals onto the filler neck with Hondas that have an oil filler with a threaded oil filler cap (i.e. threaded oil fillers found on Honda Accord, Civic, Element, Fit and S2000).

                Shielded Oxygen Sensor Wrench with Bent and Flex Handle (22mm) (SWR4) – Depth of socket and wall diameter of socket are critical for the limited space inside the heat shield. Will remove oxygen and air/fuel sensors on 2006 and later Hondas.

                Five-Piece Stubby Universal Torx Set ¼ Drive (105TUTX) – The stubby torx set is perfect for working in tight areas. The T30 is ideal for Honda airbag control module inside passenger compartment of dashboard.

                Fine Tooth Ratcheting Belt Tensioning Wrench Set (YA9350B) – Allows direct access to belt tensioners without having to remove engine accessories or frame components. Covers almost 90 percent of all vehicles equipped with spring loaded serpentine belt tensioners.

                Honda Bushing Tool Front Lower Compliance Bushing (YA6810) – For removal of the front lower control arm compliance bushing, both 65 mm and 74 mm sizes, found on many Hondas. The YA6810 will save over one hour (30 minutes per side). Also, no press is required and the YA6810 will both remove and install.

                Honda Harmonic Dampener Pulley Holding Tool (YA6010A) – The YA6010A saves time during the removal and installation of the crank bolt on most Honda engines. The YA6010A prevents the pulley from rotating when removing/installing the pulley bolt.

                10-Piece Terminal Release Tool Set (SGTT110) – Applications include the Honda powertrain control modules and open connector clips and side of clips.

                4” Long 12-point ½” Square Drive Head Bolt Socket (12mm) (S6194) – This head bolt socket will work on Hondas with 12 mm head bolts where the four-inch length reaches past cam and rocker assembly to service head bolts. Thin profile socket and shank will reach through access hole and past overhead camshaft.

                Honda Ball Joint Adaptor Set (BJP1HONDA) – The BJP1HONDA two-piece adaptor set is to be used with the BJP1 master ball joint set to service lower and upper ball joints on Hondas from 1997 to 2008.

                Snap-on Tools Company is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions which are used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers and in the marine, powersports and aviation industries. Snap-on is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products through more than 4,000 franchisees worldwide and through company-direct sales and over the Internet. Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920 and is a $2.9 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis.
                Snap-on launches innovation through facility, meeting 600892
                Frost & Sullivan names Snap-on best in five categories 584605

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                Honda Malaysia puts 125 Civic hybrids on the road !

                http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/N...cle/index_html

                KUALA LUMPUR, Fri:

                Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd today announced that there are now 125 Second Generation Civic Hybrids on Malaysian roads, an important milestone for the company.
                Honda Malaysia has also secured bookings for 13 Civic Hybrids.

                Toru Takahashi, managing director and chief executive officer of Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd said: "Honda is the pioneer and only car marque currently to offer hybrid vehicles to Malaysians.

                "By driving a Civic Hybrid everyday, the owners collectively help reduce our carbon footprint by 125 tonnes annually.

                "With more environmental conscious consumers in Malaysia, we believe an increasing number will opt for a hybrid, and pave the way for a greener country."
                Takahashi, in a statement today, also said that companies with a policy to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are seeing the excellent benefits that the Civic Hybrid offers.

                The Second Generation Civic Hybrid was launched in August last year. In February this year, a new price tag of RM129,980 was introduced after taking into consideration the tax incentives for hybrid vehicles as announced in the Budget 2009.

                By year-end, Honda Malaysia has target to sell 200 units of the Civic Hybrid and will continue to build awareness of the hybrid technology amongst Malaysians.

                The Civic Hybrid has also received overwhelming global demand with sales of more than 270,000 units. -- BERNAMA
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                • Originally posted by BogdanCTR View Post
                  Si uite cum usor, dar sigur, coboara Honda in topurile pe care, acum ceva timp, le domina autoritar (in special cele de satisfactie a clientilor). Asa se intampla cand dai cu sutul la valorile care te-au consacrat...mai e putin si te ajunge Dacia. Pacat.

                  Oi fi tu suparat pe Honda dar nici chiar asa.....Honda a iesit pe locul 1 in Franta in studiul JD Power tot pe 2009. Dacia e pe locul 10 si vine tare din urma....

                  J.D. Power and Associates and
                  L’Automobile Magazine Report:
                  The Toyota Prius Ranks Highest in Satisfying Customers in France for a Third Consecutive Year

                  Honda Leads Brand Rankings; Toyota Captures Three Model Segment Awards
                  PARIS: 11 June 2009
                  – For a third consecutive year, the Toyota Prius ranks highest in satisfying new-car owners
                  in France, according to the J.D. Power and Associates/
                  L’Automobile Magazine 2009 France Vehicle Ownership
                  Satisfaction Study (VOSS)
                  SM released today.
                  At the model level, Toyota ranks highest in three vehicle segments with the Toyota Prius (upper medium car),
                  Toyota Aygo (city car) and Toyota Yaris (small car). With a score of 842 on a 1,000-point scale, the Prius
                  performs particularly well in quality/reliability and ownership costs, according to owners.
                  “Green elements, such as a car’s environmental impact and fuel consumption, are among the most important
                  purchase criteria for Toyota Prius owners,” said Martin Volk, senior research manager at J.D. Power and
                  Associates. “Understanding customer expectations from the start and exceeding them throughout the ownership
                  lifecycle will result in highly satisfied owners. In turn, this makes customers more likely to become brand loyalists.”
                  “Prius owners are still the best ambassadors of their car, and each year, they proudly stand behind their choice,” said
                  Stéphane Meunier, editor in chief of
                  L’Automobile Magazine. “
                  Honda models rank highest in two segments with the Honda Civic (lower medium car) and Honda CR-V (SUV).
                  Also receiving segment-level awards are the BMW 5 Series (executive/luxury car) and Škoda Roomster (MPV).
                  In terms of domestic models covered in the study, the Peugeot 107 ranks second in the city car segment, followed
                  by the Citroën C1. The Peugeot 207 ranks fifth out of 24 models in the small car segment. Additionally, the
                  Renault Grand Scénic ranks fourth out of 22 models in the MPV segment, followed by the Citroën C4 Picasso.
                  Among manufacturers, Honda performs particularly well with a score of 828 and receives high ratings from
                  owners in three key measures: vehicle quality/reliability, vehicle appeal and service satisfaction. Following Honda
                  at the manufacturer level are Škoda and Volvo in a tie (802 each), BMW (798) and Mazda (796).
                  The study finds that satisfaction levels and brand loyalty are strongly linked, with 58 percent of highly satisfied
                  customers reporting they “definitely will” consider buying the same vehicle make in the future. Conversely, only

                  24 percent of customers who report having a less-satisfying experience intend to do the same.
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                  • Acura Announces June Sales Results - TL Sales Star



                    TORRANCE, CA - July 1, 2009: For the fifth consecutive month, the TL performance luxury sedan remains the top selling Acura model with sales of 3,018. Total June sales for Acura reached 8,280 units, down 36.2 percent versus last year based on the Daily Selling Rate*. Acura year-to-date sales** are 51,082 units, down 34.0 percent as compared to 2008 sales.
                    "In tough economic times, a smart vehicle choice is more important than ever-- and that's exactly what Acura's line of vehicles offers," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "While the new-for-2009 TSX has been a popular choice among buyers, this week Acura again raises the bar with the release of a new 2010 TSX V-6 model."
                    The TSX sports sedan was Acura's second best selling sedan with June sales of 1,890 units and the new 2010 TSX V-6 model goes on sale tomorrow. Acura's light truck sales were led by the MDX luxury SUV with 2,351 units sold while the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV sold 886 units.

                    TABEL : http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...01/467889.html
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                    • http://www.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=839469

                      Odyssey and Pilot sales increase 11.8 percent and 7.7 percent respectively

                      07/01/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif. -
                      American Honda Motor Co., Inc., posted June vehicle sales of 100,420, a decline of 32.4 percent compared to June 2008 results*. American Honda year-to-date sales of 530,778 represent a 33.1 percent decrease.

                      Sales of Honda's Odyssey and Pilot light truck models showed gains of 11.8 percent and 7.7 percent respectively. Honda total car sales decreased 43.8 percent to 52,662 and Honda light truck sales decreased 5.6 percent to 39,478. Honda Division posted June sales of 92,140, a decline of 32.0 percent versus June 2008.

                      "We're seeing signs of strength in our light truck segments with solid gains for Honda's Odyssey and Pilot models this month," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "American families clearly still have a need for the value and versatility that Honda vehicles have to offer."

                      The Acura Division posted June 2009 sales of 8,280, a decrease of 36.2 percent compared to June 2008.


                      Mi se pare extrem de dubios cum naiba au crescut vz la Pilot! Or fi bagat reduceri?

                      Acura RL - 135 buc pe luna iunie
                      Oare de ce nu trag cortina odata la modelul asta? E jenant de-a dreptul. Nici la dealeri nu le mai da nimic, cica. Si atunci, de ce-l mai au la vanzare? Mi se pare absolut aberant sa mentii cu o asemenea incapatanare o linie de productie la un model care nu s-a vandut si nu se va vinde bine niciodata.

                      Slab rau Insight, n-a prins deloc. Cu cifrele astea, targetul de 100.000 buc/an ramane doar la stadiul de vis umed. Dupa ce Consumer Report a dat de pamant cu el, acordand singurul "nerecomandabil" dintr-o serie de 30 de masini testate, nu cred sa se mai imbunatateasca vanzarile.
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                      • Honda helps inspire children !

                        http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/n...ldren/?ref=rss

                        7:00am Friday 3rd July 2009

                        THE brainpower of children came up against a robot when Honda rolled into Swindon Academy.
                        The car manufacturer, which is the main sponsor of the academy, visited the Headlands Grove school yesterday and put pupils to the test.
                        About 20 Honda engineers and apprentices brought along an S2000 car simulator, puzzles, and a robot, for Year 6 workshops.
                        Children queued up to beat the robot in finding a way through a maze.
                        “We are showing children the disadvantages and advantages of using robots,” said technical training co-ordinator Steve Merry.
                        “Some people think robots can do anything but they can’t. They can do routine commands without mistakes and getting bored. They keep going unlike children who need sleep and a rest. But children can adapt, which robots can’t, as they need to be programmed.”
                        Children were also asked to find a new route through the maze, which the robot failed to do as it was only programmed to go one way.
                        Eleven-year-old Jordan Boyes, of Pinehurst, was faster than the robot.
                        “It was really fun,” he said. “I feel quite good as none of my friends beat the robot. I would like a robot at home and make him clean my room.”
                        Pupils were also tasked with building a bridge, putting knots and bolts together to build a tower, and making cars and boats.
                        About 120 Year 6 children from the academy’s Beech Avenue and Alton Close sites, Seven Fields School, Gorse Hill and Ferndale School took part. This is the second year that Honda has brought the workshops to the school.
                        Mr Merry said: “These activities help with the children’s education. It gets them thinking differently and is about problem solving and teamwork.
                        “We have strong ties with the school and every year we will be doing more and more.”
                        Scott Dukes, 11, of Pinehurst, said: “We have been making boats, parachutes and trying to beat the robot.
                        “I am getting on well at making cars as well. This gives us more of a chance to do teamwork.”
                        Assistant principal Jacqui House said: “The pupils absolutely loved it. They have been really talking to the Honda guys. The staff have seen children who have potential. This is about getting them away from a classroom and text books and getting them excited. Honda is fantastic. We would not be able to do this without them.”
                        A free lunch for the children was thrown in during the two-day event.

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                        Alabama's Honda Odyssey makes Cars.com's 'Most American' list !

                        http://blog.al.com/press-register-bu...y_makes_m.html



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                        • http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009...-20090703.html


                          Reported US Hybrid Sales Up 5.2% Year on Year in June; 3% New Vehicle Market Share for the Month

                          3 July 2009

                          Hybrid new vehicle market share by month. Click to enlarge.Reported sales of hybrids in the US increased 5.2% by volume in June 2009 year-on-year to 26,205 units, representing 3% of new vehicles sold—marking the highest monthly new vehicle share since April 2008, and the fourth straight month of increasing share. For the first half of 2009, hybrids held a 2.6% new vehicle share.
                          Hybrids significantly outperformed the total light-duty vehicle market, which dropped 27.7% by volume to 859,847 units, according to figures from Autodata. The SAAR (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in June was 9.69 million—lower than May’s 9.91 million.

                          Reported US hybrid sales by month. Click to enlarge.Toyota. Toyota posted sales of 16,744 hybrid vehicles in June, down 5.8% by volume year-on-year. The improved performance (relative to recent months) was led by the Prius, which, with the 2010 model on sale, posted June sales of 12,998 units, up 10.5% by volume year-on-year.
                          Camry and Camry Hybrid remained Toyota’s volume leader in June, posting combined monthly sales of 26,394 units, with Camry Hybrid accounting for 2,093 units, or 7.9%. Camry Hybrid sales were down 31.5% from the prior year-ago month; sales of the conventional model were down 37%. Highlander Hybrid posted 1,098 sales, down 27.3%; sales of the conventional Highlander models were up 8%.
                          US LDV SAAR. For the first six months of 2009, SAAR settled slightly below 10 million units. The red line is the moving average (3-month period). Click to enlarge.On the Lexus side, the RX hybrid posted 527 units, down 60.4% from 1,330 units in June 2008. Sales of conventional RX models in June 2009, however, jumped up 52%. The GS 450h hybrid posted a 63% drop year-on-year to 27 units, while the LS 600h saw a 57.5% drop to 31 units. Sales of the conventional GS models were down 63% year-on-year, while sales of conventional LS models were down 47%.
                          Overall, Toyota’s US sales in June dropped 32% by volume compared to June 2008.

                          Honda. American Honda posted total hybrid sales of 3,662 units in June, up 34.5% year-on-year. The improvement was driven by sales of the new Insight, Honda’s hybrid leader in the month, with 2,079 units sold.
                          The Civic Hybrid posted 1,583 units, down 41.6% from June 2008. Sales of conventional Civic models were down 48% year-on-year.
                          Overall, Honda posted a 30% drop in light-duty vehicle sales in June.

                          Ford. Buoyed by sales of the new hybrid Fusion and Milan, Ford’s hybrid vehicles posted sales of 3,649 units, a June sales record and up 91% versus a year ago.
                          Overall, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales for the month totaled 148,153, down 11% versus a year ago—the best performance of any of the major automakers.

                          General Motors. GM reported a total of 1,454 hybrid vehicles delivered in the month, up 26.5% year-on-year. GM hybrids currently comprise the Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura and Vue BAS hybrids; and the Tahoe, Silverado, Yukon, Sierra, and Cadillac Escalade two-mode hybrids.
                          Overall, GM light-duty vehicle sales in June were down 33.4% by volume to 174,785 units year-on-year.

                          Nissan. Nissan posted 666 units of the Altima Hybrid, down 50% from June 2008. Sales of conventional Altima models were down 32%.
                          Overall, Nissan sales in June were down 23.1% year-on-year.
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                          Michelin, Honda to Pay Out After PAX Run-Flat Tire Settlement


                          Run-flat tires are a mixed blessing, for all the reasons listed here. Some owners of Michelin's PAX run-flats that came with the "Technology Package" on Honda Odyssey Touring and Acura RL models certainly didn't like them. They filed a class-action lawsuit, contending that Michelin and Honda failed to disclose that the run-flat tire systems lasted half as long as radial tires and that the tires are expensive to repair and replace.
                          Yesterday a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland agreed, and the two companies will now have to pay plaintiffs between $2,000 and $5,000 as compensation for replaced tires. Additionally, the companies will give plaintiffs a $110 rebate on purchases of new tire or tire repair kits, or a $300 rebate on the purchase of a new Odyssey or RL. Michelin also chipped in a 3-year/36,000 mile extended warranty on the tires.
                          The total cash payout to the plaintiffs will be $83,000. The total that the companies will have to pay to the attorneys for the plaintiffs? $3 million.
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                          • Kbb.com Names Most-Researched New-Vehicles for First-Half of 2009 - Auto News from July 01, 2009

                            http://www.automotive.com/auto-news/02/45038/index.html

                            IRVINE, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information, today announces the results of the latest analysis by Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence of the top 20 most-researched new-vehicles for the first half of 2009. Because kbb.com is one of the most trafficked automotive research sites with more than 12 million visits per month, visitation to specific vehicles has become a leading indicator of sales patterns for manufacturers.

                            Kbb.com's Most-Researched New Vehicles for First-Half of 2009

                            1. Honda Accord 2. Honda Civic 3. Toyota Camry 4. Honda CR-V 5. Toyota Corolla 6. Toyota Highlander 7. Nissan Altima 8. Toyota RAV4 9. Toyota Prius 10. Ford Mustang 11. Honda Pilot 12. MAZDA3 13. Honda Odyssey 14. Ford Fusion 15. Ford Escape 16. Chevrolet Camaro 17. Volkswagen Jetta 18. Toyota Sienna 19. Chevrolet Malibu 20. Lexus RX350


                            Import manufacturers Honda and Toyota frequently dominate the kbb.com most-researched lists, and while they still have a major turnout for the first-half of 2009 (securing 11 of the top 20 spots), this list demonstrates that a few newly redesigned models have captured the attention of consumers.

                            When compared year-over-year to the most-researched new-vehicles for the first half of 2008, four models are all-new to this year's top 20 list: Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Jetta and Lexus RX350.


                            Chevrolet's buzzworthy Camaro made the most impressive jump onto this year's list, from number 427 in June 2008 to number 16 in June 2009. Primary drivers of increased Camaro research include hefty movie promotions with the "Transformers" films and significant advertising executed in the past year.


                            The Ford Fusion jumped 43 positions from number 57 in June 2008 to number 14 in June 2009 due to the introduction and heavy promotion of Ford's 2010 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid models.

                            Volkswagen's Jetta climbed from number 32 in June 2008 to number 17 in June 2009; increased interest arose from the introduction of the Jetta's TDI diesel variation.

                            The Lexus RX350 jumped from number 29 in June 2008 to number 20 in June 2009, as Lexus introduced and promoted its redesigned 2010 model heavily in recent months.

                            The MINI Cooper saw the largest decline in new-vehicle research in the past year, falling 18 positions from number 19 in June 2008 to number 37 in June 2009. Interest in the MINI was uncommonly high in June 2008 due to extremely elevated gas prices at the time; now that fuel prices have returned to more 'normal' levels in June 2009, new-car shoppers are not researching compact and sub-compact models like the Cooper nearly as often.

                            "While mainstays Toyota and Honda continue to take the majority of the most-researched spots, the interesting newcomers to this year's list demonstrate the vast power of marketing, advertising and product placement in generating interest among in-market new-car shoppers," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book and kbb.com. "Increased interest in sexy new vehicles like the Camaro, new fuel-efficient variations such as the Fusion Hybrid and Jetta TDI, and redesigned popular models like the RX350, indicates that consumers are paying attention to what's new in the automotive marketplace and expanding their options as they research their next new car."


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                            Honda named one of 50 “most socially responsible” !

                            http://www.canadiandriver.com/2009/0...esponsible.htm

                            Toronto, Ontario - Honda Canada has been named one of Canada’s “Fifty Most Responsible Corporations” in the Jantzi-Maclean’s Corporate Responsibility Report 2009, which appears on Maclean’s magazine.
                            Honda was the only major automaker to be named to the list, which also included Petro-Canada, Suncor Energy, and Zenn Motor Company.
                            Jantzi Research Associates, an independent investment research firm, evaluates and monitors the social, environmental and governance performance of approximately 300 Canadian companies and income trusts. The firm said that it selects on the basis of a broad range of social, environmental and governance indicators, and that the 50 companies named are “making Canada a better place.”
                            Honda initiatives mentioned in the report include the 2010 Insight hybrid, the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the “Eco-Assist” driver system in the Insight, and Honda Soltec Company, a Japan-based Honda subsidiary which is developing a line of ultra-thin, non-silicone solar cells for home and vehicle use.

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                            • Honda's Lincoln plant set to begin mass production of V-6 Accord sedans !


                              http://www.whnt.com/news/sns-ap-al--...,6252392.story

                              By Associated Press
                              3:27 PM CDT, July 12, 2009
                              LINCOLN, Ala. (AP) — Honda will begin mass production of its V-6 Accord sedan at the Lincoln plant this week.

                              The move is part of a year of big changes for the $1.4 billion plant, which had formerly built only light trucks.

                              The Japanese automaker also began producing the Ridgeline pickup at the plant earlier this year.

                              The Odyssey minivan and Pilot sport utility vehicle had been the mainstays in Lincoln, which employs 4,000-plus workers.

                              The move allows Honda to build more 4-cylinder Accords in Ohio. It also helps keep the Lincoln workers busy during a slowdown in sales of the Odyssey and Pilot.

                              The plant has slashed output, eliminated temporary jobs and offered early retirements and buyouts as a way to deal with the industry crisis.

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                              Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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                              Honda Civic 1.8i-VTEC SE !


                              http://www.kilmarnockstandard.co.uk/...1430-24138326/


                              AT ONE time Honda acquired the reputation as a manufacturer of cars for the blue rinse set - the affluent retired who wanted sensible wheels with a touch of class.But Honda was faced with a challenge to open up its appeal to younger drivers and still keep its pull with the young at heart.
                              And so the current Civic was born. This name been around since the 1970s but the latest version features a whole new look with an air of retro sci-fi.
                              Triangular exhaust pipes an interior that features a fixed steering wheel boss and instruments that go off the clock on wow factor, the Civic is like nothing else on the road.
                              There were some raised eyebrows when the current shape was unveiled three years ago, but it took off and was so popular with Honda fans that a recent update featured only a minor tweak.
                              But the one thing that always remains a constant factor with Honda is quality. It was once known as the Japanese BMW but these days the Civic is a vehicle that takes pride in being manufactured at Swindon.
                              One of the most popular Civics is the five-door and my drive in a 1.8 i-VTEC SE automatic proved without doubt this car's comfort, flexibility plus its appeal to all ages.
                              This is a car that makes the most of linking the established 1.8 i-VTEC engine with a bespoke conventional automatic transmission.
                              This provides a very smooth and powerful drive and in many ways brings out the best in the advanced i-VTEC engines. Even when pushed changes are smooth, optimising the engine's power curve at all times.
                              This is a car for those who do not want an electronic automatic, such as Honda's i-Shift which is not available on the 1.8 i-VTEC. This is a much more traditional pairing and is so much the better for it.
                              In fact, for the first time on the Civic, a conventional five-speed automatic gearbox was developed exclusively for the five-door 1.8-litre to suit the driving styles and preferences sought by many customers.
                              This option can achieve a combined economy figure of 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 165g/km. ES grades upwards achieve 38.7mpg and 169g/km.
                              Uprated plastics and new trim materials have been used inside the revised Civic. A brushed metal effect trim and matt finish, as seen in the powerful Civic Type R, have been applied to the instrument console. These look sporty and are easier to clean and maintain than the Piano Black trim on earlier models. New seat fabrics have also been introduced.
                              Loadspace is still one of the best in class, with 485-litres opening up to 1326-litres when the seats are flat. In addition, the main cargo floor can be dropped down to create a recess, ideal for taller items or shopping bags.
                              It is remarkable that in a marketplace that is moving so fast that Honda has hit on a style that nobody wants to change. Always a manufacturer to listen to its customers who once were totally besotted by that old three-box Civic style it has kept its ear to the ground and undertaken fine tuning to offer customers the choices they really want.

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                              Honda Civic 1.8i-VTEC SE auto
                              Price: £17,285
                              Mechanical: 140ps, 1,799cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed automatic gearbox.
                              Max speed: 122mph
                              0-62mph: 11 seconds
                              Combined mpg: 39.8
                              Insurance group: 9
                              CO2 emissions: 165g/km
                              BIK rating: 18%
                              Warranty: 3yrs/ 90,000 miles

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                              Nissan, Honda to raise output capacity in China !

                              http://autonews.gasgoo.com/auto-news...-in-China.html

                              Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co plan to raise their output capacity in China to tap brisk demand in the country, which overtook the United States as the world's biggest car market in January-June, the Nikkei business daily reported.
                              Nissan, Japan's third-largest carmaker and which is 44 percent owned by France's Renault SA, will boost production capacity at its joint venture Dongfeng Motor Co by about 20 percent to around 560,000 units a year from October, the Nikkei said.
                              The joint venture's main factory in the city of Guangzhou will begin operating three production shifts a day instead of the current two. The joint venture will also hire 1,200 more workers, the newspaper said.

                              Nissan officials were not immediately available for comment.
                              Honda, Japan's No.2 automaker, plans from this summer to lift annual output capacity to 200,000 units from 120,000 units at a factory in Hubei Province operated by Chinese joint venture Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co, and eventually target annual capacity of 240,000 units, the Nikkei said.

                              Honda also plans to boost the number of dealerships in China by 12 percent to 760 by the year-end due to strong sales of the Civic sedan, the paper said.
                              Shares of Nissan jumped 5.9 percent to 538 yen while those of Honda gained 2.5 percent to 2,430 yen. The benchmark Nikkei .N225 was up 1.7 percent.
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                              • Civic best bet for hybrid buck: survey !

                                http://www.leaderpost.com/cars/Civic...974/story.html

                                If your main reason for buying a hybrid vehicle is to save money, then Honda might be the way to go.
                                That's one of the findings of a survey released this week by the B. C. Automobile Association into the costs of owning and operating a hybrid vehicle compared to their conventional counterparts.
                                Among other things, BCAA's annual Clean Air Day survey found that buyers will still pay a premium to purchase a hybrid, and that over five years only two models--the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Honda Insight--will cost less than a comparable conventional vehicle. Many other models come close in cost to their conventional counterparts despite lower gas prices this year and the elimination of the $2,000 federal ecoAUTO rebate.
                                The survey, which compared the purchase, financing and operating costs of 18 hybrids with conventional models or similar models over a five-year period (based on driving 20,000 kilometres a year), found that the Honda Civic Hybrid is the most cost-competitive car. It showed a saving of $1,771 compared to a conventional vehicle that's closest to the hybrid version--the Civic EX four-door. By comparison, the Honda Insight Hybrid--with a base cost nearly $3,500 less than the Honda Civic Hybrid--came in second with a five-year saving of $530 over the conventional Civic DX-G four-door.
                                The Insight proved to be the cheapest hybrid to drive, coming in at $35,022 over five years. The Civic Hybrid's total cost over five years was $39,020 and the Toyota Prius was third at $39,058.
                                Although only the Civic and Insight hybrids showed savings, the extra costs associated with six other models were less than$1,500.Those models are the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Saturn Aura Hybrid.
                                Trace Acres, BCAA's director of corporate communications and government relations, said in an interview that far fewer hybrids beat out their conventional counterparts this year because of cheaper gas and the end of the federal ecoAUTO rebate of $2,000 on the purchase of a highly fuel-efficient vehicle.
                                "When we first did this analysis in 2005, when only four hybrids were on the market, only one came out on the positive side of a five-year analysis.
                                "Last year(when gas was$1.40 a litre), there were 13 hybrid vehicles. Seven of them were cheaper than their conventional counterparts. But this year, gas was$1.04 a litre and there's no longer any federal rebate to apply to the purchase price."
                                Acres said BCAA reran the analysis at different gas prices and found that at $1.24 per litre, four of the 18 hybrid models were cheaper, and at$1.54 per litre, seven of the 18 were cheaper. But Acres said reducing emissions is also important and that the survey concluded that the Toyota Prius showed the largest emission savings with 51 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than its closest conventional equivalent, the Toyota Matrix. Acres cautioned hybrid buyers to examine emission ratings as well as sticker prices, as some models may appear cost-effective but offer only modestly lower carbon emissions.
                                In the Hybrid SUV category, the Ford Escape had the lowest carbon footprint. For pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Hybrid had a carbon footprint 30 per cent smaller than its conventional equivalent.
                                For more detailed analysis, go to: www.bcaa.com/hybrids.

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