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  • ...si nu e singura penibilitate

    - "Deși pentru cei de peste ocean a fost deja lansată luna trecută la Salonul Auto de la Detroit".
    Ori nu le are cu romana ori n-a aflat ca un Concept Car nu se lanseaza ci doar se prezinta.

    - "Autonomia este egală cu viteza maximă. Altfel spus, dacă te vei deplasa cu o viteză de 160 km/h, după 60 de minute vei rămâne fără energie".
    Daca inteleg eu bine asta inseamna ca la 160km/h ar trebui sa insemne 160 de minute.

    - "Honda încearcă să dea lovitura pe piața din Europa"
    Patetic nu gluma.

    N-am fost carcotas dar mi-au sarit in ochi.
    HONDA. The finest from Japan. Since 1963.

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    • 60 de minute in care parcurgi 160km la viteza aia

      in alta ordine de idei: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/09/w...rmance-engine/
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      '08 Civic 5D 1.8 M/T Champagne Silver

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      • http://www.hondainthenews.com/fit-cr...-for-families/

        Fit, CR-V, Odyssey Named Best Cars for Families






        When it comes to finding the right car for your family, the right place to start is the Honda family. After all, three different Honda products won four different categories in the U.S. News & World Reports 2012 Best Cars for Families Awards.



        The versatile Honda Fit was named both the Best Hatchback and Best Subcompact for Families for 2012, as U.S. News & World Reports said that “it’s a great choice because with its ample and flexible interior space, it can tackle nearly anything your family throws at it.” The publication also specifically mentioned the Fit’s “outstanding safety scores” as a contributing factor in its win—Honda’s hatchback is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

        Finishing as the Best Affordable Compact SUV for Families was the completely redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V. As reported, the new CR-V “has more standard features, better fuel economy ratings, an updated powertrain and better storage than before,” while “reviewers call the cabin one of the most spacious and comfortable in the class, and are impressed with its large, easy-to-load and easy-to-organize cargo area.”




        Finally, in the ultimate family vehicle segment, it was the Honda Odyssey that topped all rivals to become 2012’s Best Minivan for Families. Not only does the Odyssey deliver all the traditional benefits one would expect from a minivan, including “a roomy and comfortable cabin with lots of storage space,” but it also “goes the extra mile with clever features, like a second row seat that can expand to accommodate up to three car seats.” Worth noting as well: The Odyssey boasts the highest EPA ratings of any minivan in the country, with marks that can reach 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22 mpg combined.

        For more information on the Fit, CR-V and Odyssey—and the rest of the Honda lineup—visit a local dealership today.


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        • Honda Customers Charge Millions of Honda Vehicles Contain Defect Rendering Side Windows Inoperable

          http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...ring-side.html

          SAN FRANCISCO--February 9, 2012: Jonathan D. Selbin of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that two owners of Honda vehicles today filed a class action lawsuit against American Honda Motor Company, Inc. ("Honda") for manufacturing and selling vehicles with allegedly defective window mechanisms. The complaint, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, charges that the Honda window defect poses a safety hazard to drivers and passengers nationwide.

          “Not only did our clients complain to Honda about their failures at the time, but before we filed this lawsuit we reached out to and notified Honda of the problem and asked them to resolve it for everyone who has the vehicles”

          The vehicles at issue include the Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Honda Element, Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Honda Civic, and Acura MDX from model years 1994 to 2007. Windows in these vehicles allegedly can, without warning, drop into the door frame and break or become permanently stuck in the fully-open position.

          "The right passenger side window fell into the door of my 2002 Honda Odyssey LX in September 2011," stated plaintiff Phyllis Grodzitsky, a resident of San Diego, California. "It was a startling, loud sound that jolted me. I lost use of my Odyssey for two days and it cost over $400 to fix the window."

          "I made a complaint to Honda," Grodzitsky added. "Honda said there is no recall for the window systems on my vehicle. I feel that arrogance by a large corporation in response to a safety issue is unacceptable in this day and age."

          Plaintiff Jeremy Bordelon of Chattanooga, Tennessee, commented, "Had I known I would be faced with serial replacements of a substandard part, I would not have bought a Honda Element. Both of our windows failed during normal driving -- one failed when we were at a complete stop, in fact! I have had to pay to fix my Element twice and am concerned that I will have to keep fixing it. That's not what I would want from any car, much less one from a brand that sells itself on its quality and reliability."

          "Honda has a duty to manufacture and sell safe vehicles, and to fix or pay for safety defects in its vehicles," Selbin stated. "Instead, Honda has refused to acknowledge any responsibility for the alleged defect, and forced its customers to pay for the repairs out their own pockets."

          "Not only did our clients complain to Honda about their failures at the time, but before we filed this lawsuit we reached out to and notified Honda of the problem and asked them to resolve it for everyone who has the vehicles," Selbin added. "Honda never responded."

          The Alleged Honda Window Defect Explained

          The side windows in the Honda vehicles that are the subject of the complaint move up and down by a device mounted inside the door frame known as a "window regulator." Within this device are a set of cables threaded through pulleys and powered by an electric motor. The cable ends are fixed with a piece of plastic that keeps the cables from being pulled out of place as tension is applied to the cables by the window motor.

          The complaint charges that expert analysis has determined that the plastic pieces holding the cable ends in place are weak and defective and break under normal operating conditions, causing the window regulator to fail. When the window regulator fails, the side window becomes inoperable and is often permanently stuck in the fully-open position, endangering occupants.

          The complaint further alleges that Honda knew that the fix it made available to consumers -- replacing the failed part with a new part of the same defective design -- results in repeated window regulator failures on the same vehicle, and yet Honda failed to reimburse Honda owners for the costs of repeatedly replacing the failed window regulators. Further, the complaint charges that Honda has failed to provide a permanent remedy to the window regulator defect.

          Legal Resources For Honda Owners

          The proposed class consists of all persons nationwide who purchased or leased certain 1994 to 2007 Honda vehicles that are equipped with the allegedly faulty window regulators.

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          CR-Z Hybrid to Hit the Track

          http://www.hondainthenews.com/cr-z-h...hit-the-track/




          In a world where green and performance in the automotive world automatically links back to Tesla, Honda is making a case for their CR-Z fitting the bill and have been since 2010 when the unusual car launched. Now, they’re stepping it up with a version to drive more exposure with a CR-Z that will compete in the Japanese Super GT race series.

          “Honda will start competition with a CR-Z equipped with a racing hybrid system, supporting the racing activities of Team Mugen through a joint project with M-TEC Co., Ltd.,” the company said in a release.

          They are attempting to make the converted vehicle as stock as possible, maintaining the same drive-train configuration and keeping it as a front-wheel drive vehicle that will compete against the purpose-built competitors on the market.

          “Hybrids aren’t normally associated with performance,” said Bill Dupont of Pensacola Honda. “That’s been the challenge so far. People think gas OR electric when they think performance, not hybrids. I hope they can make a splash on the race scene.”

          Time will tell but it’s an aggressive move. If it’s successful, the risks they took with putting out the vehicle in the first place may pay off.

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          http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/10/k...ybrid-lawsuit/

          Key deadline arrives Saturday in Honda Civic Hybrid lawsuit


          A California woman beat Honda in small-claims court last week, receiving nearly $10,000 in damages after getting lower-than-advertised fuel economy in her Civic Hybrid. Early next week, we may have a better idea of how many people intend to follow her lead.

          A key deadline arrives Saturday that affects all U.S. residents who bought a Civic Hybrid between 2003 and 2009. Those owners are considered part of a class-action lawsuit regarding the fuel-economy issue – unless they opt out of the case by Saturday.

          Owners who opt out will not be entitled to the expected settlement of up to $200 and a coupon off their next Honda purchase. But opting out preserves their right to go it alone in court, as Heather Peters did, and seek a more substantial payout.

          In order to opt out, owners must send a certified letter to the settlement administrator postmarked no later than tomorrow. More information can be found at hchsettlement.com.

          Automakers, legal experts and consumer-rights advocates are all keeping an eye on what happens in the class-action suit, both in terms of how the case is settled and how many people forgo a smaller settlement with the intent of filing individual cases.

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          Saturday Brings Key Deadline For Honda Civic Hybrid Owners Disappointed In Fuel Economy

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/11/saturday-brings-key-deadl_n_1270246.html

          Since an improbable victory over Honda last week in a California small-claims court, a woman who sued over the disappointing fuel economy on her Civic hybrid says she has fielded hundreds of inquiries from disgruntled owners asking how they can follow in her footsteps.
          Heather Peters says she has been happy to answer questions, and she's curious to see how many file small-claims court cases of their own. She's not the only one.
          Automakers, legal experts and consumer-rights advocates are keeping an eye on what happens in the aftermath of her victory. Every car company today must advertise fuel economy to comply with regulation. But many--Ford, Hyundai, Chevy, Toyota and Honda, for example-- regularly trumpet fuel economy ratings in an attempt to convey quality and innovation, as well as appeal to pocketbooks when gas prices spike. They'll all have a clearer idea of what they are facing from disappointed consumers and judges soon.

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          • http://www.omaha.com/article/20120212/MONEY/702129905

            Honda hopes for a better 2012

            DETROIT — When everything seems to be going wrong, hire Jerry Seinfeld, bring back Ferris Bueller and pray. And even then things might not improve all that much.

            That's the predicament for Honda as it tries to recover from its troubles in the past year, when a series of natural disasters in Asia caused sales to plunge, and an important model, the revamped Civic, got such a poor reception that the company rushed to make changes.

            Honda's chief executive, Takanobu Ito, was so fearful that the company might be "jinxed" that he spent New Year's Day at a Japanese shrine in the hope of eliminating the "bad omens," he said recently.

            In commercials for Honda shown during the Super Bowl, Seinfeld is desperate to get the first Acura NSX, a concept car not coming to market for several years, and Matthew Broderick plays himself, taking a Bueller-like day off away from the movie set and giving a shout-out to the Honda CR-V.

            The two ads were highly rated by viewers, and Honda is off to a better start in 2012, breaking a string of eight consecutive monthly sales declines in the United States with an 8.8 percent increase in January. But analysts do not foresee a smooth road back for the carmaker, whose market share dropped to 9 percent last year, the lowest level since 2005. Its share was 10.6 percent in 2010.

            Honda executives, while projecting a 60 percent drop in net profits for the fiscal year that ends in March, have expressed confidence that the company is on the brink of a significant rebound. One goal is a 25 percent sales increase in the U.S. this year, helped by a redesigned CR-V crossover vehicle and several new models for its upscale Acura brand.

            Honda unveiled the production versions of the Acuras, the RDX crossover and ILX compact car, last week at the Chicago auto show. They are part of a major push to expand Acura, whose sales last year suffered even more than the mainstream Honda brand.

            Honda executives have said they hope to sell 180,000 Acuras this year, which would represent a 46 percent increase. Still, the NSX featured in the Super Bowl ad is not scheduled to go on sale for about three years.

            "In order to grow, the product offering that they have needs to be more compelling," said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst with research firm IHS Automotive.

            Honda was hit harder than other automakers by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan last March. Its factories in Japan, North America and elsewhere were forced to stop or slow production for months because of parts shortages, and dealerships across the U.S. sold out of popular models.

            A rival, Nissan, even ran a commercial showing a loaded Nissan car carrier passing an idle Honda dealer in an empty lot. Honda was just beginning to recover from the tsunami when severe flooding in Thailand compounded the shortages. Executives say dealers should finally be back to normal inventory by the end of March, putting the company back on a level playing field with its rivals for the first time in nearly a year.

            Honda has said it might cost $650 million to rebuild a plant in Thailand that was underwater for several weeks last fall. The damage and lost production from the flooding and the Japanese tsunami combined with the high value of the yen to cut Honda's third-quarter earnings by 41 percent.

            The company now expects to earn about $2.8 billion in the current fiscal year, down from $6.9 billion a year earlier. Its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange are down 20 percent in the past year, though they have risen 20 percent so far in 2012.

            In the fall, Honda plans to bring out a redesigned version of the Accord, still its top-selling vehicle. Much of Honda's ability to regain market share depends on the Accord's being successful, and the stakes are even higher after the Civic elicited many negative reviews last year.

            In addition, the Accord will face stiffer competition than in the past from other midsize sedans. Besides the Toyota Camry, whose sales have surged since it was redesigned last year, the Accord will be up against new versions of the Ford Fusion, which was a breakout hit at the auto show in Detroit last month, and Chevrolet Malibu.

            "There's going to be a lot of noise in the market in that particular segment," said Lindland, the IHS Automotive analyst. "They've got to have a significant home run in order to get people to notice."

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            http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/mar...,1500385.story

            Auto show in Baltimore draws shoppers, but mostly dreamers

            They came to the Motor Trend International Auto Show in Baltimore with five cars on their list and a plan to narrow it down to three.

            "We're moving out of the minivan category because we're now 50-somethings with no kids to haul," said Mindy Doring, who was checking out the inside of a Hyundai Elantra with a sticker price of $16,445 and 40 miles per gallon on the highway. "It's now about comfort and the ability to throw down the seats and move a piece of furniture."

            Doring and her husband, Mark, came from their home in Catonsville to shop and were part of the all-business category among attendees of the show, which runs through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center.

            The other, much larger crowd of people lining up to get into the showroom Saturday: the dreamers.

            This group included wide-eyed children and their wide-eyed dads, who seemed most often to warm to the trucks — the bigger and more loaded the better.

            "I like the Acura MDX, a high-end SUV that's out of my price range," said Chris Moneymaker, who came to the show with his dad, brother and 6-year-old son, Carter, whom he was helping into a red Toyota Tacoma four-door pickup. "My wife said not to even look at anything like that."

            The Acura starts at $42,930.

            But that was nothing compared to the $92,850 Jaguar XJL sedan that Predrag Durkovic was looking at. Though, he said, for that kind of money, they could have built in a little more legroom.

            "It's not worth it," he said. "It's too small."

            If the British luxury car wasn't going to do it, the show — presented by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows LLC — included hundreds of cars, trucks and crossovers.

            There were Subaru wagons with standard roof racks for the outdoorsy types, boldly colored Ford Mustangs for the muscle guys, crisp silver Cadillacs for the overachievers and the new Fiat 500 for the city folks with tight parking options. The little Italian hatchback was declared "cute" over and over by female showgoers and "small" by their male companions.

            Perhaps the biggest dreamer was James Dickerson of Forest Hill. He just got his learner's permit, and his car of choice was — a car. Though, as he tested out the driver's position in a $25,720 Volkswagen Beetle turbo, he said if he really had a say his new ride would be a Subaru Impreza WRX (starting at about the same price).

            His father, Bob, who gave up his Beetle when his son became too big to fit in the back seat, said he might like that Jag he could see out of the corner of his eye. James' mother, Carole, who comes along to the auto show every year as part of the family's Valentine's weekend, just wanted something reliable.

            For others, the dream was also part practical, and green. There were dozens of cars offering more than 40 miles to the gallon, including many hybrids and plug-in electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

            "I like the savings on fuel and being green," said Jen Sauer, as she photographed her 2-year-old son, Kaleb, on his grandfather's lap in the driver's seat of a Toyota Prius. "It gets twice the mileage of my Chevy Equinox. Maybe in a few years."

            It may be more than a few years for Kevin Freeman, whose love of small, sporty coupes and roadsters has taken a back seat to fatherhood. But that didn't stop him from taking a look at the highly anticipated Subaru-Toyota collaboration: the Subaru BRZ.

            "There's a lot of buzz about this car," he said of the 2013 model of the two-door coupe. "It's a very nice-looking car, very sexy."

            His nearly 3-year-old daughter Kylie's favorite car: The one that was shiny and spinning.

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            • Aaron Robinson: Can We Please Get a Little More Honda and Mazda Out of Hyundai?

              http://www.caranddriver.com/columns/...+and+Driver%29

              Japanese auto execs have a lot of *reasons to line up for Alka-Seltzer these days, but nothing causes them heartburn like Korea, by which I mean Hyundai and Kia, two quasi-independent companies operating under one roof. The Hanguk duo is taking mouthfuls of market share in the U.S., much of it out of the hides of the same Japanese companies that took it out of the hides of the Detroit Big Three so many layoffs and downsizings ago.

              Both the compact and mid-size classes have been tossed on their ears by new vehicles from Hyundai and Kia. Compared with the waxed-windsock look of the new Hyundai Sonata and its mechanical clone, the Kia Optima, the Honda Accord and *Toyota Camry look, respectively, like a refrigerator and a washer-dryer. And how do you think Nissan’s product planners felt upon seeing the new Hyundai Elantra? The Elantra is wavy and modern, with a *wrestler’s stance and a luxury-car cabin. The new Nissan Versa looks like a pastiche of various taxis you’d see from a Beirut street corner circa 1995.

              This could be a column about how the Japanese fumbled just six yards short of the goal line of total domination, but credit must be given where it has been earned. While others have been fatally cautious, especially in design, Hyundai and Kia have been fearless, even bucking criticism in their hyperconservative home market.

              Apparently, Koreans think the new design language is too flamboyant. But as they have so often throughout history, Americans are responding well to audacity. Going into December, the Sonata had booked 209,000 sales in 2011, up 15 percent from 2010. The Elantra followed closely behind at 173,000, a 45-percent jump.

              With 17 active nameplates in its showrooms (plus a few lame-duck leftovers), Hyundai-Kia’s year-to-date sales trailed those of  the 17 nameplates in Honda-Acura’s dealerships by only 5027 units.  And the trade rags reported that on December 1, Hyundai’s inventory of cars stood at 28 days, less than half  the industry average of  61.

              It’s an enviable position to be in, but it’s just a good start, as there’s lots of  work left to do before Hyundai-Kia will be world-class.

              First, it needs to resolve Kia’s enigmatic image. Despite pitching itself as young and adventurous, Kia can’t be defined by anyone in our office as peddling anything but Hyundais with altered styling and badges. If Kia’s mission is merely  to sell Hyundais in different wrappers, it will follow Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and Mercury to the fate awaiting all divisions whose raison d’être was incremental volume.

              If Kia is the youthful, sporty department, Hyundai should give it the youthful, sporty cars, such as the Veloster. The Nissan Juke should have been a Kia, too, as well as the Subaru BRZ and the Scion iQ. All of them are edgy and experimental, and they give legitimacy to any brand that claims to be so. Conversely, Kia’s identity, already muddled by the late Amanti neo-Buick, would only be further confused if the brand gets a $40,000 version of the Genesis, something Kia is strongly hinting at with its recent GT concept.

              Finally, no Korean car will have enthusiast credibility until it can truly handle. In a Hyundai-Kia, the steering often has weird, artificial weighting; the suspensions are either too soft or jaw-jangling firm; and potholes send waves of reverb through the structure. Drive the new Elantra over railroad tracks and then drive the new Ford Focus to remind yourself that a well-sorted car’s floors don’t flutter over bumps. Though some Hyundai-Kias are decent to drive, none is truly class-leading in the dynamics department.

              Culture is against the company. Korea arrived late to the motorized age, and the automobile still serves the role of a bland appliance there. To change that, Hyundai-Kia needs infrastructure, starting with a better test track. The small circuit at its U.S. proving ground in California’s Mojave Desert is mostly flat, with no camber changes and a bunch of dull, constant-radius turns linking short straights. It produces copious tire squeal but teaches nothing about body stability over pitching pavement or behavior in fast transitions.

              Even if Team Korea builds a good track, the company must know how to use it. Setting roll centers, selecting bushing durometers, and knowing how to elegantly reinforce a structure without piling on weight are industry black arts. Soichiro Honda and his engineers weren’t born knowing how to do it, either, which is why,

              in 1965, Honda produced many thousands of tiny, forgettable cars, plus the RA272 F1 racer with a transverse-mounted and fuel-injected 1.5-liter V-12.

              For decades, Mr. Honda enhanced his company’s expertise and esprit de corps by circulating engineers through racing programs, exposing them to moonshot technology, and daring them with difficult goals. Hyundai-Kia needs to do the same if it hopes to ever build a car that steers better than so-so. Do it like Mazda, but with Honda’s ironclad quality, and greatness will follow.

              Plus, as Bob Hall, one of the men behind the original Miata noted recently, no car company ever lost a sale because its vehicles handle too well. View Photo Gallery
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              2012 Honda Odyssey Named “Smartest Family Car of 2012” by Parenting Magazine

              http://www.i-newswire.com/2012-honda...martest/157085

              Elyria (I-Newswire) February 13, 2012 - Jack Matia Honda is pleased to announce the “Smartest Family Car of 2012”, the Honda Odyssey is available at their local Elyria, Ohio dealership. Parenting Magazine chose the Honda Odyssey for this honor based on its many available family-friendly features as well as its safety features.

              The Honda Odyssey was featured in Parenting’s “Genius” issue for its featured technology to help ease the load of managing the modern family – the Odyssey allows parents and kids to take advantage of some of the smartest automotive features on the market. “The Odyssey was conceived as the ultimate family vehicle,” says Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

              The Honda Odyssey Touring Elite’s DVD rear entertainment system comes with a 16.2-inch ultra wide display which is capable of simultaneously screening 2 different sources of video programming side-by-side. Compatible gaming system and media players can be accommodated with the HDMI technology. With a premium audio system equipped with 12 speakers including subwoofer and XM satellite radio finding the perfect station that everyone can enjoy is no problem.

              The blind spot information system standard on the Odyssey Touring Elite gives parents peace of mind while their driving assisting the driver by helping detect vehicles in the Odyssey’s “blind spot.” The multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines allows parents to back into parking spaces with extra precision as well insure parents do not back over any bikes or other toys left in the driveway.

              Other standard safety features on the 2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite include an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability assit with traction control, and tire pressure monitoring system. The 2012 Odyssey was awarded five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as being named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

              The 2012 Honda Odyssey was also awarded another accolade recently being named Best Minivan by MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice. This is the sixth time the Odyssey has earned this award, confirming “that the Odyssey remains the best minivan choice for those who truly enjoy driving,” says Accavitti.

              If you are interested in learning more about the Honda Odyssey or would like to schedule a test drive visit Jack Matia Honda of Elyria, OH. Their friendly staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Honda model that fits your lifestyle. You may also visit Jack Matia Honda online at, http://jackmatiahonda.com/.

              About Jack Matia Honda
              Jack Matia Honda, http://jackmatiahonda.com/, of the Elyria, Ohio area carries an extensive inventory of new and used Honda cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans. In addition the Ohio dealer provides auto service, Honda parts, and auto financing.
























              About Jack Matia Honda:
              Jack Matia Honda is your Elyria, OH Honda dealer. We provide a broad selection of vehicles, Honda parts, and a prestigious Honda service department. Whether you are looking for a Civic, an Accord, or a CRV, we have the experience and expertise to get you in your next Honda.

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              • Auto Bild ne povesteste despre actuala rechemare a lui CT-R:

                http://www.autobild.de/artikel/honda...f-2866199.html

                Honda ruft den Civic Type R in die Werkstätten zurück. Ein falsch verlegter Kabelbaum macht Ärger. Im Extremfall kann das zu einem Kurzschluss und Feuer im Motorraum führen.

                Honda ruft in Deutschland 2259 Fahrzeuge der Baureihe Civic Type R in die Werkstätten. Weil ein Kabelbaum im Motorraum falsch verlegt wurde, kann es zu einem Kurzschluss und in der Folge zu Rauchentwicklung oder sogar einem Brand kommen, warnt Honda. Außerdem können Bremslicht, Positionsleuchten, Hupe, der rechte Scheinwerfer und die Nebelscheinwerfer ausfallen. Betroffen sind Autos aus dem Produktionszeitraum 2007 bis 2010. In der Werkstatt wird der Kabelbaum überprüft und bei Bedarf neu verlegt, repariert oder komplett ausgetauscht. Das dauert laut Honda je nach Aufwand zehn Minuten bis vier Stunden.
                Die überprüften Fahrzeuge werden im Mottorraum mit einer sogenannten FIN-Markierung (Punktstanzung unterhalb des 1. Buchstabens) gekennzeichnet. Das Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt wurde am 30. Januar 2012 informiert. Die Halter werden von Honda angeschrieben. Weltweit müssen 26.683, europaweit 21.468 Civic Type R in die Werkstätten.

                Am remarcat:
                - 26.683 de unitati la nivel mondial (vandute deci pana acum)
                - dintre care 21.468 in Europa
                - dintre care 2.259 in Germania.
                HONDA. The finest from Japan. Since 1963.

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                • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1277225.html

                  Honda Hybrid Cars Settlement May See 5 States Intervene

                  SAN DIEGO — A judge on Tuesday granted California and four other states more time to consider objecting to a class-action settlement between Honda Motor Co. and car owners over inflated fuel-efficiency claims about the automaker's hybrid vehicles.

                  The states' sudden interest in the proposed settlement came shortly after Honda owner Heather Peters won $9,867 in small claims court – much more than the couple hundred dollars cash that the settlement is offering.

                  Attorneys general in California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington asked last week – only two days before Saturday's deadline – for more time to consider the settlement with about 200,000 Honda Civic hybrid owners.

                  San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor granted the states an extension until Feb. 29, but only after questioning why they missed the deadline when dozens of opponents didn't. The states were notified of the settlement in October.

                  "They managed to get theirs in on time. I don't see why you can't," the judge said.

                  Albert Shelden, a California deputy attorney general, acknowledged to reporters that Peters' victory this month in a Los Angeles court caught the attention of authorities.

                  "From a number of different sources, other questions have been raised," he said. "Everything figures in."

                  California has not decided whether to enter the fray and, if it did, on what grounds it would object, Shelden said. The amount of the offer would be among the questions it considers.

                  "We're going to look at the whole settlement," he said.
                  American Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker's U.S. subsidiary, said Tuesday that it believed the settlement was a "very good resolution."

                  "We look forward to a discussion with the state attorneys general concerning the benefits that our customers will receive from the settlement," Honda's statement read.

                  Peters, who attended the hearing, told reporters the states' objections might carry enormous weight.

                  "It resonates with the judges," she told reporters.

                  Alan Mansfield, an attorney for the class-action plaintiffs, said the significance was unclear.

                  "For me to presume what is important to a judge is not for me to say," he said.

                  Peters, who has been working full-time to challenge the settlement, was denied an opportunity to address the judge. She told Taylor that her license to practice law was recently reactivated, but the judge said he didn't have any evidence to support her claim.

                  Peters opted out of the class-action lawsuit so she could try to claim a larger damage award for the failure of her 2006 Honda Civic to deliver the 50 mpg that was promised.

                  The proposed class-action settlement would give aggrieved owners $100 to $200 each and a $1,000 credit toward the purchase of a new car. Legal fees in the class action would give trial lawyers $8 million.

                  Honda noted that the settlement includes rebates of up to $1,500 toward the purchase of a new car and a warranty extension on the battery. Some owners would be eligible to seek additional relief.

                  The judge granted the extension only after attorneys for Honda and the class-action plaintiffs said they had no problem with it. He gave less time than the states wanted and insisted on sticking to a March 16 hearing to decide whether to accept the settlement.

                  Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Justice, said California was taking the lead and declined to comment on his state's involvement.

                  Grant Woodman, a spokesman for the Massachusetts attorney general, also declined to comment. Spokesmen for attorneys general in Texas and Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

                  Shelden said the states would likely file any objections jointly.

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                  Five states weigh joining Honda gas-mileage class action


                  Updated 8 p.m. ET to include Honda's response. A judge has granted more time to attorneys general in five states to consider whether they want to object to a class-action settlement between Honda and car owners over inflated fuel-efficiency claims about the automaker's hybrid vehicles.Attorneys general in California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington asked last week — only two days before Saturday's deadline — for more time to consider the settlement with about 200,000 Honda Civic hybrid owners, the Associated Press reports.
                  The sudden interest shows that Honda owner Heather Peters big win in small-claims court in Torrance, Calif., where Honda has its American headquarters, may have had an impact. She won $9,867 in small claims court earlier this month as she said she wanted to show owners they had an alternative to the proposed settlement. The proposed settlement calls for $100 to $200 in payments and a $500 to $1,500 discount on a new car.
                  The AP said San Diego County, Calif., Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor granted the states an extension until Feb. 29, but only after questioning why they missed the deadline when dozens of opponents didn't. The states were notified of the settlement in October.
                  "They managed to get theirs in on time. I don't see why you can't," the judge said.
                  Honda issued a statement:
                  "We continue to believe that the class action settlement pertaining to the fuel economy of some early-model Civic Hybrid vehicles represents a very good resolution for our customers. We look forward to a discussion with the State Attorneys General concerning the benefits that our customers will receive from the settlement," it reads.
                  California has not decided whether to enter the fray and, if it did, on what grounds it would object, said Albert Shelden, a deputy attorney general. The amount of the offer would be among the questions it considers.

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                  Most and least toxic cars? Tests rank 200 models

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                  Ever wonder about that "new car" smell? In a report Wednesday that tests more than 200 vehicles, an environmental group says this off-gasing of chemicals is notably lower in some cars such as the Honda Civic ,Toyota Prius and Honda CR-Z.Overall, there's good news. Cars are reducing their use of toxic chemicals, and the best have eliminated hazardous flame retardants and PVC (polyvinyl chloride), according to the fourth consumer guide on the topic by the non-profit, Ann Arbor-Mich. based Ecology Center.
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                  Today, the guide finds that 17% of new vehicles have PVC-free interiors and 60% are made without brominated flame retardants. These and other chemicals -- found on the steering wheel, dashboard, armrests and seats -- have been linked to numerous health problems including allergies, impaired learning and liver toxicity.

                  "Vehicle interiors contain a unique cocktail of hundreds of toxic chemicals that off-gas in small, confined spaces," said Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center, in announcing the findings. "Since these chemicals are not regulated, consumers have no way of knowing the dangers they face. Our testing is intended to expose those dangers and encourage manufacturers to use safer alternatives."
                  He said cars are particularly harsh environments for plastics, because high temperatures can increase the concentration of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and break other chemicals down into more toxic substances. "Automobiles function as chemical reactors, creating one of the most hazardous environments we spend time in," he added.
                  The scorecard gave tops honors to the Honda Civic, because it said the car has no bromine-based flame retardants in interior components, uses PVC-free interior fabrics and interior trim and has low levels of heavy metals and other metal allergens.
                  In contrast, it gave the lowest overall score to the Mitsubishi Outlander, which it said contained bromine and antimony-based flame retardants in the seating and center console; chromium treated leather on several components; and over 400 parts per million lead in seating materials.
                  The findings, posted on the HealthyStuff.org website, include:
                  • Most improved automakers in terms of the average ratings for their 2011/2012 vehicles -- compared to their 2009/20120 models -- are Volkswagen (+42%), Mitsubishi (+38%) and Ford (+30%.)
                  • Two automakers had overall declining average scores: Daimler AG (-29%) and Volvo (-13%.)
                  • In recent years, automakers have begun replacing PVC with polyurethanes and polyolefins, which contain fewer harmful additives and are easier to recycle.

                  See photos of: Ford Motor Company, Ann Arbor, Volkswagen Group, AB Volvo, Mitsubishi Group, Mitsubishi Outlander



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                  Honda plant India commences second phase production activities


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                  The second assembly line at Tapukara plant in Rajasthan of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India began their second phase of operations. Production capacities have been increased to 2.8 million per annum so as to meet increasing demand. Second phase will see increase in production by 0.6 million units annually which will result in increased capacity of 1.2 million units. Increased demand is being felt for both Activa and CB Shine and Mr. N K Rattan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HMSI said that deliveries will be effected in a timelier manner. HMSI has invested over Rs.1, 000 crores in this second plant and also increased production two fold. Production in the second assembly line will cater to both scooters and motorcycles. Activa, CB Twister and CB Shine will be rolled out from the Tapukara plant. HMSI will also be coming up with a third plant at Bangalore during early 2013 which will have annual capacity of 1.2 million units. With these expansion plans the company annual production will reach 4 million units ensuring extensive growth to cater to increased demand.



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                  Honda refines the style of CR-V

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                  If one of your New Year's resolutions was to be more honest and you just bought Honda's new 2012 CR-V, you may be up a creek without a spark plug.
                  You see, you'll want to tell inquisitive friends and neighbors that the SUV you just bought is all-new. And the 2012 CR-V certainly looks like it.
                  It has a degree of styling and refinement that just didn't exist in the three previous generations. It also rides and handles with confidence born out of engineering updates.
                  Yet tucked away beneath the truly all-new interior and exterior is an engine and transmission that are largely carry-overs from the previous version.
                  But if you don't tell it's not all-new, I won't. Besides, people will be too busy commenting on the 2012 CR-V's many admirable qualities -- and its price tag that starts at $23,105 -- to notice your nose growing longer.
                  Helping to keep your conscience somewhat clear is the fact that the powertrain has at least been updated. A 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine still powers the CR-V, and it's still paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. But Honda tweaked the engine to produce five more horsepower and two more pound-feet of torque, for totals of 185 and 163, respectively.
                  Engineers also worked to reduce friction on both the transmission and the engine to make them more efficient. The result is an appreciable bump in fuel economy -- 3 miles per gallon better on the highway.
                  Front-wheel-drive CR-Vs now get 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, while models with the optional full-time all-wheel-drive are rated at 22 mpg and 30 mpg, respectively. During a week of mostly highway miles in an all-wheel drive model, I averaged 25.6 mpg on regular gas.
                  The CR-V's power is just enough for nearly any kind of daily driving you'll encounter. The engine runs smooth and quiet, and the whole experience of driving a CR-V is now a more enjoyable experience. Road and wind noise are less intrusive, and the CR-V's ride is comfortable yet nicely tuned to still transmit to the driver a tangible feel for the road.
                  The CR-V's only shortcoming on the road is the gearing of the automatic transmission. To maximize fuel economy, the fifth gear likes to stay put as long as possible before shifting when cruising the freeway. This necessitates a hearty shove of the gas pedal when you want to pass someone.
                  Also noteworthy about this Honda's power is that it's not much for towing. Buyers looking to tow more than the CR-V's 1,500-pound limit don't have the option of choosing a larger engine, as buyers of the Ford Escape or Toyota RAV-4 do.But this was also the case on the previous CR-V, and consumers bought that model by the bushel. It's likely Honda didn't want to mess with success; from 2007-2010, CR-Vs outsold all other SUVs on the U.S. market.
                  Ford's Escape finally knocked the CR-V off its throne in 2011. Ford was able to do this in part because the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan threw Honda a production curveball from which the company is only now recovering. This hurt sales of many of its vehicles, including the previous CR-V.
                  Cost probably was another factor for the powertrain carry-over. Without a heavy price tag for research and development on a new engine and transmission to pass to consumers, Honda can throw more content into the CR-V and increase the base price only $400.
                  The result is the two-wheel-drive LX model that comes standard with tech goodies such as a backup camera, Bluetooth, keyless entry, a 160-watt stereo, a feature that reads your text messages to you, and a full-color screen at the top of the dashboard for the trip computer and stereo display.
                  On the EX-L model with navigation, that color screen displays turn-by-turn directions in concert with the nav system's own screen below it.
                  The rest of the CR-V's interior is straightforward and adorned only by necessity. Although the dashboard materials are hard plastic, they're textured to belie their economy. The entire cabin's design and layout are more modern and sophisticated than the third-generation CR-V. Interior space is about the same.
                  Seating in the CR-V is a comfortable if you're up front. But the rear church-pew flat seat backs left a little to be desired over long rides. At least space isn't an issue; 6-foot-plus passengers are easily able to ride in the back with plenty of legroom and headroom. Plus, the floor is flat so the middle passenger can enjoy a trip without chewing on his or her kneecaps.
                  Also nifty is an all-new flip-and-fold feature for the rear seats that's standard on all CR-Vs. When cargo trumps rear passengers, owners can pull a lever in the cargo area or a strap by the rear seat cushion. In a quick motion with all the choreography of a Russian ballet but none of the blisters, the rear seat cushion flips up, the headrests flip down, and the seat back folds to the floor. The result is an almost flat cargo area that swallows just under 71 cubic feet of gear, a small decrease from the previous CR-V.
                  Just watch your head as you load that cargo area; the rear hatch opens only so high, and anyone above 6 feet tall will need to duck a little to stand under it. I have a dent in my head to prove it.
                  Like the interior, the exterior gets a thorough redesign. It too is a more complete, mature look versus the previous CR-V. Both the front and rear have a broader, confident finish to them, which does well to imply that the CR-V costs more than it actually does.
                  In fact, the $30,605 sticker price of the loaded CR-V EX-L all-wheel-drive model I tested is $300 less than the same model cost for 2011. In addition to the aforementioned features, it included heated leather seats, moon roof, Pandora Internet radio and automatic climate control.
                  Safety features on all CR-Vs include six air bags, traction control and anti-lock brakes. The 2012 CR-V was named a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most are being built in Honda's plant in East Liberty, Ohio, though consumers may see origins of Japan, Mexico and Canada on a few window stickers.
                  So if the 2012 CR-V is not truly all-new, it's new in the right places to help it claw back that SUV sales crown. It looks, rides and sips gas like a new vehicle, even if the hidden bits are carry-overs.
                  First published on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 am
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                  • Lexus Regains Crown in J.D. Power's 2012 Dependability Study, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Flop

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                    Each year, J.D. Power and Associates release their findings on the overall dependability of three-year old vehicles sold in the States. The 2012 Dependability Study polled some 31,000 owners of 2009 model-year vehicles measuring problems they experienced in the past 12 months.

                    To understand the numbers you see listed below, the "overall dependability" is determined by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score translating to higher quality.

                    In this year's study, J.D. Powers found that overall vehicle dependability improved substantially as the industry average was 132 problems per 100 vehicles, representing a 13 percent improvement from last year (151 PP100), while it's also the lowest problem rate since the survey began in 1990.

                    “Despite facing immense challenges in 2009, automakers placed a keen focus on delivering outstanding levels of quality, which they understood would be essential to their long-term success,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power and Associates.

                    “Three years later, owners of these models are enjoying unprecedented levels of vehicle dependability and manufacturers are experiencing market recovery," he added.

                    From the 32 brands included in the survey, 25 improved their scores. Lexus topped the list with 86 problems per 100 vehicles, followed by Porsche with 98, Cadillac with 104, Toyota with 104, and Scion with 111. Furthermore, the Lexus LS had the fewest problems in the industry with 72 PP100.

                    MINI and Scion posted the greatest improvements from 2011, by 60 PP100 and 55 PP100, respectively.

                    On the other side of the spectrum, the Chrysler Group once again flopped taking the last four places with the most problems per 100 vehicles (Chrysler 192, Dodge 183, Jeep 179 and Ram 174).

                    Model-wise, the Toyota Group garnered the most segment awards (eight) for the Lexus ES 350 (tied with the Lincoln MKZ); Lexus RX 350; Scion tC; Scion xB; Toyota Prius; Toyota Sienna; Toyota Tundra; and Toyota Yaris.

                    Ford was able to win three segments with the Ford Explorer (tied with the Nissan Murano), Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKX (in a tie).

                    For more details, scroll down for the complete rankings.







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                    Accord owner wins Honda Insight in after sales campaign


                    Cham Tack Keong from Johor Bahru recently drove home a brand new Honda Insight. The hybrid car was the grand prize of the lucky draw in Honda’s After-Sales Promotion Campaign, which was announced in June last year.
                    Cham, 40, has been consistently servicing his Honda Accord 2.4 in Sutera Auto Sdn Bhd since 2006. “I am happy that my loyalty to Honda’s after-sales service pays off. I always believe in sending my car back to Honda for routine maintenance so that I can be sure that my car is well taken care of,” he said.
                    In an effort to retain customers for life, Honda Malaysia has initiated a series of activities to promote Lifetime Ownership Loyalty (LOL) and this campaign was one of them. Besides the Insight, Honda Malaysia also gave away service vouchers worth RM672,000 and 20 units of the iPad 2 for the campaign.
                    “We believe in building a lifelong relationship with our customers. Once we hand the key over to them, it is not an end but a beginning in our relationship. Hence, through this campaign, we would like to thank all our customers for giving us the opportunity to be friends. We would also like to remind our customers that Customer Satisfaction is our number one priority,” said Yoichiro Ueno, MD and CEO of Honda Malaysia.

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                    • Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

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                      If you're about to spend the weekend shopping for a new car, we have a couple of choices that might be unexpectedly better deals than others.

                      In this latest round of "Buy This, Not That," we decided to focus on full-size pickups, midsize coupes and two new compact sedans.

                      All the trim levels picked for these comparisons needed to include an automatic transmission; air conditioning; power locks, windows and side mirrors; keyless entry; cruise control; Bluetooth connectivity; and a USB port. MSRPs include destination charges.

                      2012 Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab vs. 2012 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew

                      Due to the special nature of configuring a truck, we came up with a few more prerequisites for this comparison. Each model had to be configured as a 4x2 crew cab with a V-8 engine.

                      The 12th-generation Ford F-150 has undergone a few extensive engineering changes since the model was first seen four years ago. It got a whole new lineup of fuel-efficient engines, including the new 360-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8. The F-Series lineup remains the best-selling in America, and there are healthy incentives to be had.

                      The most recent Ram came out a year after the F-150, in 2009, and it features a more civilized driving experience, but it scarifies extreme payload and towing capacities with its coil spring rear suspension. Ram recently changed its trims, offering more lifestyle-specific options for the model year. The Express trim is a new value-oriented sport model that offers monochromatic paint schemes and plenty of standard equipment, according to PickupTrucks.com.

                      Because of Ram's liberal roster of standard features, we were able to configure a Ram with the appropriate requirements for thousands of dollars less compared with the F-150. The Ram Express crew cab with Uconnect and the ST Popular Package had all the appropriate features, plus 20-inch aluminum wheels, dual exhausts and body-colored ground effects. A similarly equipped F-150 XLT SuperCrew costs $2,915 more.

                      The Ram's 0% financing and $1,000 cash back, compared with the Ford's cash-back-only offer, make the ultimate pricing difference between the two trucks quite stark, with more than $7,000 being saved when opting for the Ram.

                      2012 Ford Focus Sedan vs. 2012 Honda Civic Sedan

                      The last time we did an incentive series like this, we included the Ford Focus sedan, which at the time was in high demand with few incentives. More than half a year later, the Focus has relatively robust incentive offerings for a new design in this segment.

                      The more recently redesigned 2012 Honda Civic has suffered from a string of bad publicity, from a no-recommendation snub from Consumer Reports to crippling supply issues after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year. Now that the Civic is on better footing, Honda is trying to rebuild the model's image, and yes, it's offering attractive financing options on the car — something a younger, more bright-eyed Honda would never have done this early in the Civic's product cycle.

                      Both of the sedans we chose had similar pricing, though the Civic EX we opted for cost about $700 more than the Focus.

                      This is where things get interesting. The Civic has an attractive 0.9% financing option, while the Ford Focus has $2,000 cash on the hood, but has to be financed normally at the average rate of 5.24%, according to Bankrate.com.

                      While opting for the Civic will save you more than $2,000 in financing charges, the more affordable ($2,500-plus more affordable) Focus is still the better deal by about $650.

                      2012 Nissan Altima Coupe vs. 2012 Honda Accord Coupe

                      There aren't many midsize coupes to choose from these days, but the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima coupes are still competent players despite being long in the tooth. The Accord coupe will be redesigned for 2013 and go on sale this fall, and a new Altima sedan is expected to debut this year.

                      These two models were the most similarly priced among the group we researched for this incentive rundown; the Nissan cost just $330 more. Ultimately, Nissan's 0% financing can't be beat by the Honda's still-attractive 0.9% financing rate.

                      The Honda will cost you some $600 more in financing, but only a mere $274 more in total costs. These two are essentially a tossup for buyers when it comes to pure value. That makes the research process that much more important here.

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                      Why Not Turn Your Honda Into A Bugatti Veyron?

                      Some brilliant entrepreneur on eBay is offering a fiberglass body kit designed to turn your $1,600 mid-'90s Honda Civic coupe into the $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron for just $4,500. Buy it. Buy it now. You absolutely must.

                      "But Matt, don't you hate faux body kits on cars?" you could, potentially, ask.

                      Sort of. I loathe certain types of body kits, but am generally impressed by your average Fauxrarri or other Fiero/MR2 based product. They're hopeful in a very sad yet also entertaining way.

                      What kills me is when someone takes an otherwise performance capable car and tried to create something fake out of it. The most hideous recent example might be the faux Lamborghini Acura NSX.

                      Like most enthusiasts I hold the Acura NSX in high regard. Convert it to Honda badges? Sure. Completely disguise the simple beauty of the car with a Lamborghini shell and I will think the sorts of horrible thoughts usually reserved for the criminally insane or people in the studio audience of a Two And A Half Men taping.

                      Full size
                      So, if you're going to ruin a car, you might as well ruin a 1992-95 Honda Civic. Odds are if you can find a coupe of that era some would-be Fast And Furious-er type has already done terrible, despicable things to it.

                      Besides, re-bodying a Civic as a Fauxgatti in this terrible way is such a bad idea it's a good idea. Like a bacon cheeseburger between two Krispy Kreme donuts it'll probably kill you, but there are worse ways to go.

                      Of course, if you're going to buy such a thing I'd maybe not buy it from these guys. Here's an excerpt from their description:

                      THIS FIBERGLASS KIT MADE FROM MOLDS WILL CONERT YOU HONDA CIVIC 2 DOOR IN A BEAUTIFULL "BUGATTI"
                      WILL WORK ONLY FROM 1992 THRU 1995 CIVIC 2 DOORS.
                      NON MODIFICATION IS NEED TO THE FIBERGLASS, WILL FIT EXACTLY IN YOU CAR, SOME MODIFICATION WILL BE NECESSARY TO YOU VEHICULE METAL BODY (CUTS) TO ENSAMBLE THE KIT.
                      TOTAL OF 8 FIBERGLASS PCS, ARE PART OF THESE KIT.

                      You lost me at "WILL FIT EXACTLY IN YOU CAR."

                      (Hat tip to Chris Harris, who sent it to me when I said I was bored.)

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                      http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/02/1...massachusetts/

                      Car Sales Up In Massachusetts

                      BOSTON (CBS) – New car sales in Massachusetts rose nearly eight percent in 2011, thanks in large part to light truck sales, according to data obtained from Polk this week.
                      It was definitely an uneven ride for Massachusetts car sales, 2011 saw a good start, the summer was down and then sales picked up again in November and December.
                      In total there were close to 260,000 new cars sold in the state last year.
                      But what really helped boost that number was light truck sales. Light trucks outsold cars by a few hundred.
                      Japanese cars are the most popular with Massachusetts drivers.
                      The Honda Accord was the third best selling car in the state last year.
                      The Toyota Camry was second and the most popular vehicle last year was the Honda CR-V, a compact SUV, with more than 10,000 models sold in 2011.


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                      Local man files class action lawsuit against Honda

                      http://www.nooga.com/153788/local-ma...against-honda/

                      A Chattanooga man, Jeremy Bordelon, has filed a class action lawsuit against Honda, alleging that the company manufactured and sold vehicles with defective window mechanisms.
                      “Windows in these vehicles allegedly can, without warning, drop into the door frame and break or become permanently stuck in the fully open position,” according to a news release from Bordelon’s lawyer Mark Chalos.
                      A Honda spokesman said that the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
                      The complaint charges that the window defect poses a safety hazard to drivers and passengers across the country, according to a news release.
                      A class action lawsuit is one filed on behalf of a large group of people that may have been wronged by a company.
                      The vehicles that are alleged to have the defect include the Odyssey, Pilot, Element, Accord, CR-V, Civic and Acura MDX from model years 1994 to 2007.
                      “Had I known I would be faced with serial replacements of a substandard part, I would not have bought a Honda Element,” Bordelon said in a prepared statement.
                      “Honda has a duty to manufacture and sell safe vehicles and to fix or pay for safety defects in its vehicles,” Chalos said. “Instead, Honda has refused to acknowledge any responsibility for the alleged defect and forced its customers to pay for the repairs out of their own pockets.”
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                        Aaron Robinson: Can We Please Get a Little More Honda and Mazda Out of Hyundai?

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                        Japanese auto execs have a lot of *reasons to line up for Alka-Seltzer these days, but nothing causes them heartburn like Korea, by which I mean Hyundai and Kia, two quasi-independent companies operating under one roof. The Hanguk duo is taking mouthfuls of market share in the U.S., much of it out of the hides of the same Japanese companies that took it out of the hides of the Detroit Big Three so many layoffs and downsizings ago.

                        Both the compact and mid-size classes have been tossed on their ears by new vehicles from Hyundai and Kia. Compared with the waxed-windsock look of the new Hyundai Sonata and its mechanical clone, the Kia Optima, the Honda Accord and *Toyota Camry look, respectively, like a refrigerator and a washer-dryer. And how do you think Nissan’s product planners felt upon seeing the new Hyundai Elantra? The Elantra is wavy and modern, with a *wrestler’s stance and a luxury-car cabin. The new Nissan Versa looks like a pastiche of various taxis you’d see from a Beirut street corner circa 1995.

                        This could be a column about how the Japanese fumbled just six yards short of the goal line of total domination, but credit must be given where it has been earned. While others have been fatally cautious, especially in design, Hyundai and Kia have been fearless, even bucking criticism in their hyperconservative home market.

                        Apparently, Koreans think the new design language is too flamboyant. But as they have so often throughout history, Americans are responding well to audacity. Going into December, the Sonata had booked 209,000 sales in 2011, up 15 percent from 2010. The Elantra followed closely behind at 173,000, a 45-percent jump.

                        With 17 active nameplates in its showrooms (plus a few lame-duck leftovers), Hyundai-Kia’s year-to-date sales trailed those of  the 17 nameplates in Honda-Acura’s dealerships by only 5027 units.  And the trade rags reported that on December 1, Hyundai’s inventory of cars stood at 28 days, less than half  the industry average of  61.

                        It’s an enviable position to be in, but it’s just a good start, as there’s lots of  work left to do before Hyundai-Kia will be world-class.

                        First, it needs to resolve Kia’s enigmatic image. Despite pitching itself as young and adventurous, Kia can’t be defined by anyone in our office as peddling anything but Hyundais with altered styling and badges. If Kia’s mission is merely  to sell Hyundais in different wrappers, it will follow Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and Mercury to the fate awaiting all divisions whose raison d’être was incremental volume.

                        If Kia is the youthful, sporty department, Hyundai should give it the youthful, sporty cars, such as the Veloster. The Nissan Juke should have been a Kia, too, as well as the Subaru BRZ and the Scion iQ. All of them are edgy and experimental, and they give legitimacy to any brand that claims to be so. Conversely, Kia’s identity, already muddled by the late Amanti neo-Buick, would only be further confused if the brand gets a $40,000 version of the Genesis, something Kia is strongly hinting at with its recent GT concept.

                        Finally, no Korean car will have enthusiast credibility until it can truly handle. In a Hyundai-Kia, the steering often has weird, artificial weighting; the suspensions are either too soft or jaw-jangling firm; and potholes send waves of reverb through the structure. Drive the new Elantra over railroad tracks and then drive the new Ford Focus to remind yourself that a well-sorted car’s floors don’t flutter over bumps. Though some Hyundai-Kias are decent to drive, none is truly class-leading in the dynamics department.

                        Culture is against the company. Korea arrived late to the motorized age, and the automobile still serves the role of a bland appliance there. To change that, Hyundai-Kia needs infrastructure, starting with a better test track. The small circuit at its U.S. proving ground in California’s Mojave Desert is mostly flat, with no camber changes and a bunch of dull, constant-radius turns linking short straights. It produces copious tire squeal but teaches nothing about body stability over pitching pavement or behavior in fast transitions.

                        Even if Team Korea builds a good track, the company must know how to use it. Setting roll centers, selecting bushing durometers, and knowing how to elegantly reinforce a structure without piling on weight are industry black arts. Soichiro Honda and his engineers weren’t born knowing how to do it, either, which is why,

                        in 1965, Honda produced many thousands of tiny, forgettable cars, plus the RA272 F1 racer with a transverse-mounted and fuel-injected 1.5-liter V-12.

                        For decades, Mr. Honda enhanced his company’s expertise and esprit de corps by circulating engineers through racing programs, exposing them to moonshot technology, and daring them with difficult goals. Hyundai-Kia needs to do the same if it hopes to ever build a car that steers better than so-so. Do it like Mazda, but with Honda’s ironclad quality, and greatness will follow.

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                        2012 Honda Odyssey Named “Smartest Family Car of 2012” by Parenting Magazine

                        http://www.i-newswire.com/2012-honda...martest/157085

                        Elyria (I-Newswire) February 13, 2012 - Jack Matia Honda is pleased to announce the “Smartest Family Car of 2012”, the Honda Odyssey is available at their local Elyria, Ohio dealership. Parenting Magazine chose the Honda Odyssey for this honor based on its many available family-friendly features as well as its safety features.

                        The Honda Odyssey was featured in Parenting’s “Genius” issue for its featured technology to help ease the load of managing the modern family – the Odyssey allows parents and kids to take advantage of some of the smartest automotive features on the market. “The Odyssey was conceived as the ultimate family vehicle,” says Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

                        The Honda Odyssey Touring Elite’s DVD rear entertainment system comes with a 16.2-inch ultra wide display which is capable of simultaneously screening 2 different sources of video programming side-by-side. Compatible gaming system and media players can be accommodated with the HDMI technology. With a premium audio system equipped with 12 speakers including subwoofer and XM satellite radio finding the perfect station that everyone can enjoy is no problem.

                        The blind spot information system standard on the Odyssey Touring Elite gives parents peace of mind while their driving assisting the driver by helping detect vehicles in the Odyssey’s “blind spot.” The multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines allows parents to back into parking spaces with extra precision as well insure parents do not back over any bikes or other toys left in the driveway.

                        Other standard safety features on the 2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite include an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability assit with traction control, and tire pressure monitoring system. The 2012 Odyssey was awarded five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as being named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

                        The 2012 Honda Odyssey was also awarded another accolade recently being named Best Minivan by MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice. This is the sixth time the Odyssey has earned this award, confirming “that the Odyssey remains the best minivan choice for those who truly enjoy driving,” says Accavitti.

                        If you are interested in learning more about the Honda Odyssey or would like to schedule a test drive visit Jack Matia Honda of Elyria, OH. Their friendly staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Honda model that fits your lifestyle. You may also visit Jack Matia Honda online at, http://jackmatiahonda.com/.

                        About Jack Matia Honda
                        Jack Matia Honda, http://jackmatiahonda.com/, of the Elyria, Ohio area carries an extensive inventory of new and used Honda cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans. In addition the Ohio dealer provides auto service, Honda parts, and auto financing.
























                        About Jack Matia Honda:
                        Jack Matia Honda is your Elyria, OH Honda dealer. We provide a broad selection of vehicles, Honda parts, and a prestigious Honda service department. Whether you are looking for a Civic, an Accord, or a CRV, we have the experience and expertise to get you in your next Honda.

                        Company Contact Information
                        Jack Matia Honda
                        Yvonne Harnak
                        823 Leona Street
                        44036
                        Phone : 4403665501

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                        bun articolul.bravo.edificator!

                        Originally posted by hondatu View Post
                        Auto Bild ne povesteste despre actuala rechemare a lui CT-R:

                        http://www.autobild.de/artikel/honda...f-2866199.html

                        Honda ruft den Civic Type R in die Werkstätten zurück. Ein falsch verlegter Kabelbaum macht Ärger. Im Extremfall kann das zu einem Kurzschluss und Feuer im Motorraum führen.

                        Honda ruft in Deutschland 2259 Fahrzeuge der Baureihe Civic Type R in die Werkstätten. Weil ein Kabelbaum im Motorraum falsch verlegt wurde, kann es zu einem Kurzschluss und in der Folge zu Rauchentwicklung oder sogar einem Brand kommen, warnt Honda. Außerdem können Bremslicht, Positionsleuchten, Hupe, der rechte Scheinwerfer und die Nebelscheinwerfer ausfallen. Betroffen sind Autos aus dem Produktionszeitraum 2007 bis 2010. In der Werkstatt wird der Kabelbaum überprüft und bei Bedarf neu verlegt, repariert oder komplett ausgetauscht. Das dauert laut Honda je nach Aufwand zehn Minuten bis vier Stunden.
                        Die überprüften Fahrzeuge werden im Mottorraum mit einer sogenannten FIN-Markierung (Punktstanzung unterhalb des 1. Buchstabens) gekennzeichnet. Das Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt wurde am 30. Januar 2012 informiert. Die Halter werden von Honda angeschrieben. Weltweit müssen 26.683, europaweit 21.468 Civic Type R in die Werkstätten.

                        Am remarcat:
                        - 26.683 de unitati la nivel mondial (vandute deci pana acum)
                        - dintre care 21.468 in Europa
                        - dintre care 2.259 in Germania.
                        herr UDO,nu stim germana!!ajuta-ne cu traducerea.am ramas cu cifrele expuse de tine!
                        ex CL7 AT 2006
                        CN1 Sport 2005
                        KB 1 2007-"A gloriously good car that no-one in their right mind will ever buy"

                        "The Honda Legend is a highly technically complicated and luxurious bit of kit that seems to be making more of a name for itself as the secondhand sale of the century"

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                          From bargain-price cars to modern-day classics

                          When Japanese cars and trucks began arriving in the United States in earnest during the 1970s, they were widely seen as disposable.

                          Reliable, maybe. Future classics? Not likely.

                          But in the past decade, those bargain-price models from the '70s and '80s have been revisited by a generation of enthusiasts who grew up riding in the back seats.

                          "For many like myself, it's nostalgic," said Jun Imai, 36, a designer at the Hot Wheels division of Mattel, where he directed the styling for die-cast models of two 1970s-vintage Nissans released last year.

                          "It's a very special feeling I have for cars like these - the designs, the sound of the engines, the way they drive," Imai said. "They are so distinctive, yet most are approachable in terms of costs and availability."

                          Imai, who lives in Southern California, owns a 1971 Datsun 510 wagon and a 1972 Datsun pickup. The vehicles' peculiar silhouettes, diminutive scale and heavy use of chrome trim are typical of Japanese styling of the period.

                          Yorgo Tloupas, a co-founder and creative director of Intersection magazine, which is based in Paris, is the owner of a 1981 Honda Prelude.

                          "I love that they don't look like anything else," Tloupas said.

                          "The first time I saw the Honda 600, I had to have the car," he said, referring to the tiny 2-cylinder sedan that was among the company's first models shipped to the United States.

                          The trend has grown rapidly. In 2005, Terry Yamaguchi, 39, and her husband, Koji, 41, who own a 1972 Toyota Celica coupe and a 1977 Celica liftback, started a casual meet-up in Long Beach (Los Angeles County) for like-minded enthusiasts. More than 200 cars showed up; the next year they created an official event, the Japanese Classic Car Show, now in its seventh year and attracting some 350 entries.

                          "We were not going to continue," Terry Yamaguchi said. "It cost a lot and we didn't have any sponsors. We only did it for ourselves. But people were excited."

                          The Japanese have a term for their suddenly trendy vintage cars. They are called nostalgic cars, said Benjamin Hsu, a co-founder of Japanese Nostalgic Car, a website and magazine based in Diamond Bar (Los Angeles County).

                          "You know how the Japanese like to appropriate English terms but use them in a slightly different way," Hsu said.

                          Yet the name is fitting. The demographic that's seemingly responsible for the popularity of Japanese nostalgic cars is 30-something men who grew up with the cars. Imai remembers his uncles working on and racing Datsun 510s and 240Zs when he was a boy.

                          "When you have cars that were everyday cars, there's an emotional connection," said Bryan Thompson, a designer for Nissan, both in the Japan and the United States, from 2001 to 2009. "They're a part of your life in the way a pet is a part of your life, or a family member."

                          Thompson, who is now a contract designer for Volvo, cited his parents' 1983 Toyota Tercel wagon as the inspiration behind his career choice.

                          For Hsu, interest in the era's cars was stimulated during a layover at the Narita airport near Tokyo on a trip to Taiwan.

                          "I stepped out for one second and saw the coolest cars I had ever seen," he said. "They were cars that I never knew existed. That kind of blew my mind."

                          Hsu founded the Japanese Nostalgic Car website with his brother, Dan, in 2006. They began publishing the magazine, a quarterly, two years later.

                          Hsu said that the nostalgic car trend in the United States was partly an evolution of the Japanese import-tuning craze of the 1990s that spawned the "Fast and the Furious" film franchise. A further push came around 2000, as interest rose in performance cars made for Japan's home market (a movement in its own right, known as Japanese Domestic Market, or JDM).

                          "People really wanted to find out what Japanese people were doing," Hsu said. "And what Japanese people were doing was drifting."

                          Drifting, a professional motor sport in Japan since 2000, came from the same hooligan spirit as drag racing. But instead of speeding in a straight line, drivers slide their cars around curves, smoke pouring off the tires. It required a specific kind of car - lightweight, and more important, rear-drive.

                          "Japanese companies weren't building rear-wheel-drive cars, unless you get to high-end luxury," Hsu said, which meant using models like the Toyota Corolla GT-S and the Nissan 240SX from the 1980s.

                          Hsu owns a 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S.

                          "It had all the performance goodies - twin-cam, 16 valves, rear-wheel drive with an optional limited-slip differential," he said. "To me that is the ideal performance package. The car is lightweight. It handles brilliantly. The motor revs to 7,500 rpm."

                          The Corolla GT-S "was the gateway drug" to other nostalgic cars, Hsu said. He also cited other popular examples: the first-generation Toyota Celica; the Honda N600 and Civic CVCC; and several Mazdas - RX-2, RX-3 and the first-generation RX-7.

                          Many nostalgia-car enthusiasts modify the engines and suspensions, and install parts made for Japan-market models. But the appeal of vintage Japanese cars isn't based solely on performance.

                          Tloupas, whose magazine collaborated with Honda last year in customizing a CR-Z, said he had always been captivated by Japanese design.

                          "They were kind of quirky, he said.

                          Thompson explained that Japanese designers were still trying to find their aesthetic and, much as Chinese automakers are doing today, they imitated existing forms.

                          "Look at a lot of the early to mid-1970s Japanese economy cars," he said. "They were oftentimes reinterpretations of American cars from the 1960s. Because they didn't have the same proportions, they were very strange."

                          Of course, Japanese automakers didn't always get designs wrong. The Datsun 240Z was popular from its release as a 1970 model. The Datsun 510 has served as a platform for road racers for decades. And Japanese pickups are noted for their durability; it's not unusual to find one with 300,000 miles on the odometer.

                          This year, Hot Wheels released two 1:43 scale die-cast models of vintage Japanese cars, the 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-X and 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R. In Japan, they are equivalent to the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air or Corvette, but neither car was sold new in the United States.

                          The Skylines are very rare, even in Japan, and very expensive. Of the 1971 Skyline, Imai, said, "From a cultural standpoint, you'll notice more recently this car appearing in movies and video games."

                          Another model, the Toyota 2000GT, is widely regarded as the original Japanese supercar. It was sold only in limited numbers in the United States and is valued at more than $400,000 in collector-car guides; a 2000GT racecar is being offered for $1.7 million.

                          But most vintage Japanese cars remain very affordable. On eBay, a 1976 Honda Civic CVCC 5-speed with 59,000 miles recently sold for $3,550. A 1977 Corolla SR5 with 55,000 miles sold for $4,000.

                          Those prices may sound high for 35-year-old Japanese compacts - the prices are roughly what the cars sold for when new - but they are low compared with, say, a vintage Alfa Romeo or Chevrolet Camaro. And now owners, aware of the rising interest, are increasingly choosing to hold onto their cars.

                          "There are people out there," Hsu said. "They've got extremely low-mileage cars, completely original, stowed in their garages all over the place."
                          Square then, hip today

                          There's nothing extraordinary about an automaker displaying models from its past at an auto show. Car companies want to remind the public of a distinguished design heritage: Mercedes-Benz has set its 300SL Gullwing from the '50s on a pedestal; Volvo has enclosed a P1800 in a glass showcase; Fiat buffs up vintage Cinquecentos to establish a link with new 500s.

                          Last month, next to the stage at the Detroit auto show where Honda introduced a concept version of its next Accord Coupe, the company displayed a nondescript 1983 Accord sedan - a car never heralded as a styling breakthrough. Instead, this particular car was significant because it was the first Accord produced in the United States, in the Marysville, Ohio, plant 30 years ago.

                          "When the planning for the show began and it became obvious that the Honda press conference would be on the second press day," said a Honda spokesman, Chuck Schifsky, "we knew that we needed to have something on stage to draw media into the Honda booth. The obvious choice was the '83 Accord 0001."

                          Schifsky said the '83 Accord got a lot of attention during the show from the young and the old, who remembered the car fondly. The Internet buzzed with the choice, too, among nostalgia-minded enthusiasts as well as students of history: The car had been borrowed back from The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich., where it is on permanent loan from Honda.

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                          The Simpsons 500: The Top Cars of 1989

                          http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...cking+Tires%29

                          The 500th episode of America's favorite cartoon, "The Simpsons," airs Sunday night. It's a record-setting show, the longest running primetime comedy in TV history. Of course, we've seen all sorts of animated cars on the long-running show, from "The Homer" (the car that Homer designed for his brother's company and which drove that company into bankruptcy) to Apu's red 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, screaming eagle hood decal and all. Let's travel back in time 23 years ago to see what the 5 best selling cars were when "The Simpsons" debuted in 1989:


                          1. Honda Accord: A model that could make Mr. Burns mutter "Excellent." Available as a notchback coupe or sedan, you can still see some 1989 Accords driving around today, thanks to that reliable 2.2-liter four-cylinder. What's not to love with that 80s dark red interior and pop-up headlights? Not to mention it wasn't uncommon to find one with a 5-speed manual transmission.

                          2. Ford Taurus: This car was likely to get an "Mmmmm, donuts," remark from Homer, based on its new-at-the-time rounded shape. The Taurus was a big hit for Ford; after its introduction in 1986, Ford built its millionth Taurus in 1989. The first generation Taurus won many awards from distinguished publications, and was known for both its then-futuristic looks and legendary performance from the 143-mph SHO model. This was America's family car.

                          3. Ford Escort: Otto the bus driver likely drove one of these in his off hours; it was the most affordable Ford of the time, and you could find them everywhere. More than 330,000 Escorts rolled off the lot in 1989, sold in hatchback, station wagon, or 5-door hatchback form. The Pony model, paired with the 4-speed manual and 1.9-liter four cylinder engine, achieved an EPA estimated 38mpg on the highway- but you'd have to have been all right with not having any power-steering or air conditioning.

                          4. Chevrolet Beretta-Corsica: The Corsica was originally designed to mimic that "European sports-sedan" flair. Did it work? In hindsight, not so much. The Corsica was dropped into a lot of rental fleets, but the "sporty" coupe version, the Beretta GT, was a NASCAR fan's dream car, with its 130-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6 attached to an optional five-speed manual transmission. Plus, how could one forget those unique hidden door handles found by the B pillar? As Ralph Wiggum once noted, "That's unpossible."

                          5. Chevrolet Cavalier: As Bart Simpson says, "Ay Carumba." While this was a top-selling car, it was not a bastion of quality, and its styling did not age gracefully. A three-speed automatic or five-speed manual powered this compact coupe, convertible sedan or wagon. The hot rocket model was the Z24 trim package, with gas-pressurized shocks and a 130-horsepower V-6. Available in coupe or convertible, the Z24 came off the assembly line with two-tone paint jobs, and aerodynamic body kits.

                          While the Simpsons continue to make D'oh!, only two cars from this list of best sellers remain in production: The Accord and the Taurus.

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                          • http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/19/h...outlander-spo/

                            Honda Civic interior rated least toxic, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport worst [w/video]

                            Honda took it on the chin for its boring redesign of the Civic, but here's one thing it got right: Reducing the use of toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process for its interior. According to the Ecology Center's new report on HealthyStuff.org, the 2012 Civic uses the least off-gassing plastics, materials that can lead to volatile organic compound emissions. VOC's have been linked to health problems including cancer and birth defects, according to the report.

                            "Research shows that vehicle interiors contain a unique cocktail of hundreds of toxic chemicals that off-gas in small, confined spaces," said Jeff Gearhart, Research Director at the Ecology Center, in a statement. "Since these chemicals are not regulated, consumers have no way of knowing the dangers they face. Our testing is intended to expose those dangers and encourage manufacturers to use safer alternatives."

                            Honda does not use bromine-based flame retardants in the Civic and specs PVC-free interior fabrics and trim, while also eliminating most heavy metals from the interior.

                            The worst vehicle tested, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, "contained bromine and antimony-based flame retardants in the seating and center console; chromium treated leather on several components; and over 400 ppm lead in seating materials," according to the report.

                            The good news is that PVC use is declining overall, with 17 percent of new models boasting PVC-free interiors, up from none in 2006, according to HealthyStuff.org. Some 60 percent of new vehicles do not contain bromine flame retardants. It seems that automakers are backing efforts to eliminate these hazardous chemicals from vehicle interiors, with HealthyStuff.org pointing out that Ford and Volvo have adopted voluntary third-party eco labels for some of their vehicles. The average ratings for Ford's vehicles showed a 30-percent improvement from the 2009/2010 study.

                            Click past the jump for a video and the full press release, including the 10 best and worst vehicles in the study.

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhEdfV_SBbM&feature=player_embedded


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                            http://paultan.org/2012/02/20/42-par...lix-d-academy/

                            Shell Helix D-Academy: 42 participants walked away as better drivers!

                            The Shell Helix D-Academy event was held over the weekend at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS), where a total of 42 participants took part in a defensive driving programme for compact car owners. Thirty-two participants were selected from the Shell Helix D-Academy contest, where users had to decorate their cars by simply using a Facebook application.
                            The event – which also coincided with the launch of the Shell Helix HX7e engine oil, specially made for lower displacement engines – allowed participants to get behind the wheel of a Honda City and a Honda Jazz and practice their defensive driving skills, with guidance from our driving instructors.


                            Participants took part in an one-hour theory session, which explained the basics of defensive driving covering topics such as correct seating and steering position, various driving phenomenas such as understeer and oversteer, safety features in modern cars like ESP and ABS, with our instructors explaining how they work and more.
                            There was also a talk on the 5W-30 grade Shell Helix HX7e’s features including its ability to achieve low viscosity at low temperatures, prevent dirt particles from sticking together to form sludge, thanks to its cleansing agents, and so on.


                            Shell’s lubricant technical advisor Imran explained to participants that the engine oil is able to give up to 19% more protection than other tested synthetic-technology engine oils, 1.8% more fuel economy compared to a 15W-40 mineral oil and smoother power delivery with reduced emissions.
                            Following this and a quick demonstration on seating and steering positions, participants went on to take part in three different driving activities, including Skid Control, Braking Technique and Driving Dynamics. In Skid Control, participants had the chance to experience understeer and oversteer and our instructors showed them how to identify and overcome such situations.


                            With this exercise, participants understood the value of safety features such as ESP or VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), as Honda calls it. Tan Jun Yen, a 22-year-old student who drives a Proton Savvy, found the Skid Control exercise the most interesting, as it made him understand the dynamics of a car during such situations – he said the exercise has made him a more confident driver.
                            In Braking Technique, they practiced emergency braking in a straight line, which was then followed by braking and avoidance using ABS. Participants managed to understand the fact that ABS doesn’t give you stronger brakes, but instead, allows you to simply steer your vehicle while carrying out emergency braking, which would otherwise force the vehicle to go straight ahead despite efforts to steer the vehicle away from danger.

                            Finally, during the Driving Dynamics exercise, participants practiced their vehicle control and steering skills. Effective steering methods will enable one to avoid a potential hazard on the road rather quickly. Sheryl Tan, 30, an IT executive who drives a Suzuki Swift and was a first time attendee said that she found the course to be very useful for the public and added that knowing how to handle a car during emergency situations was a very valuable lesson.
                            To make things interesting, all participants were judged by our instructors and points were awarded based on the performance in each exercise. Two lucky winners, Kenneth Chiew and Mark Young walked away with a Samsung Galaxy Tab each.


                            Consolation prizes in forms of wheel-shaped cufflinks were also handed out courtesy of Shell Malaysia, and all participants were also given Simple skincare products, thanks to PureCare Health & Beauty.
                            At the end of the day, participants absorbed vital defensive driving skills which will make them better drivers on the road. Such knowledge is important, especially for owners of compact cars in Malaysia, since most compact cars come with very basic safety features. For those who have taken part in the event, feel free to share your experience after the jump Till next time!

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                            • http://www.inautonews.com/honda-euro...s-for-20132014

                              Honda Europe Has Big Plans for 2013/2014

                              The dramatic appreciation of the yen has hit many companies, including Honda who doesn’t expect to be profitable in Europe until 2013/2014, when 80% of its car sales will come from its British plant.

                              The 2011 natural disasters from Japan and Thailand cost the company 22,000 units, which tore a hole in its supply chain. Since imports into Europe make up 40 percent of Honda’s sales in the region, the company plans to reduce this to about 20% as soon as it doubles annual output in its Swindon plant in Britain to nearly 180,000 units in 2012. A second shift of workers will be added beginning with May to one of the two lines at the UK site, where it builds the Civic hatchback and CR-V crossover.

                              Although the company has already two straight years of annual losses in Europe, it doesn’t want to exit this fiercely competitive market filled with competitors that offer margin-eroding incentives to chase declining volumes.

                              “The European car market is all about high technology and beautiful design, both for the exterior and interior. So our reputation among European customers affects demand in other regions,” Honda Europe President Manabu Nishimae declared.



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                              Comparison review: 10 subcompact hatchbacks (1st place)

                              https://www.examiner.com/cars-in-nat...acks-1st-place

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                              My CNG Honda Civic test drive

                              http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburg...dustry+News%29

                              A few days ago, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Director Rick Price e-mailed to see if I wanted to test drive the new natural gas powered Honda Civic.

                              Sure.

                              I was expecting an eventful ride, ready to record any unique noises or smells, ready to be poetic, even.

                              Sorry to disappoint, but I've got nothing. Though I'm no great car aficionado, the CNG Civic started just like my Hyundai, it accelerated like any other four-cylinder car I've driven, and if the mileage counter didn't say 31.8 mpg, I would have no reason to look at the dashboard.

                              Even filling up was status quo — stick hose in hole, and flip a lever.

                              That’s pretty much exactly what Price was shooting for — a seamlessly uneventful experience, indistinguishable from my own, gasoline-powered compact sedan.

                              For an advocate of alternative fueled vehicles, my yawn was pretty much music to his ears, since putting CNG cars on par with traditional vehicles is a big part of getting them into the mainstream.

                              The only real difference was in the trunk, which is probably a third of mine because the natural gas tank takes up more space than gasoline storage, and in the price of fuel.

                              Price has been offering test drives on this 2012 Honda Civic for about three months now. At the end of February, the car is headed to Columbus to spread CNG awareness there.

                              He’s lent it out to half a dozen people for a week, including officials in Monaca, Upper St. Clair and Peters, a few companies and some environmental organizations. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he’d like to drive it, Price said,

                              Currently, the Civic is the only off-the-line CNG car available in the U.S. It retails for $26,155, while the regular Civic is $15,805.

                              No Pittsburgh area dealers currently carry the model in their showrooms, but Price is trying to change that.

                              Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities is a non-profit consortium of local companies that works to advance alternative fuels in transportation.

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                              http://paultan.org/2012/02/21/honda-...e-philippines/

                              Honda to stop producing Civics in the Philippines

                              Honda is set to stop assembling its Civic sedan in the Philippines. The move, it is reported, is being made to improve efficiency and centralise production in Thailand, where the company’s Asean hub is located.
                              The automaker has a plant located in the Philippine province of Laguna, and the facility makes the Civic – in its eight-generation form – as well as the City sedan. Parts shortages caused by the flooding in Thailand last year brought production to a halt in the Philippines, and it wasn’t until January 26 that City production resumed.
                              Civic production hasn’t; currently, vehicles are being imported from Japan, but once Thai production resumes sometime towards the end of March, Honda is set to switch to Civic imports from Thailand.
                              The Philippine plant can build 15,000 vehicles annually; in 2010, it produced 9,000 Citys and nearly 3,000 Civics, but in 2011, flood-induced parts shortages caused production to dip to 6,300 Citys and 1,500 Civics.
                              Honda took the decision to move Civic production to Thailand and produce only the City in the Philippines because significant demand growth isn’t expected for the more expensive Civic. In addition, the tariffs abolished in the region as a result of AFTA means profitability can be maintained while exporting from Thailand, the report adds.
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                              • http://world.honda.com/news/2012/c12...ex.html?from=r


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