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    Honda has introduced its fuel-saving Idle Stop technology to the Jazz 1.2 i-VTEC to further demonstrate the company’s commitment to reducing emissions and improving efficiency.
    The Jazz 1.2 SE with Idle Stop delivers a combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 120 g/km – representing an improvement of 3 g/km. This drop in CO2 emissions means the car now sits in tax band C and costs only £30 a year to tax.

    The Jazz SE with Idle Stop is available to order now for £12,870 OTR and sits above the S grade (with air con) in the model line up. It also benefits from the addition of Auto Climate Control and body coloured door handles and mirrors.

    Idle Stop technology is already a standard feature in all Honda’s hybrid models – CR-Z, Jazz Hybrid and Insight – as well as across the new Civic range. The Idle Stop system improves efficiency by automatically switching off the engine when the car comes to a stop and is put in neutral with the foot off the clutch. The engine springs back into life as soon as the clutch is depressed.

    Your Honda, Your Way
    The popular Jazz supermini continues to benefit from the ‘Your Honda, Your Way’ campaign which was launched at the beginning of the year. This campaign gives customers the opportunity to create their very own exclusive package by choosing three of the following complimentary options:

    3 years servicing & road side assistance
    Fourth year extended Honda Happiness guarantee
    3 years 6.4 per cent PCP with 0 per cent deposit
    3 years 0 per cent HP with 35 per cent deposit – new addition
    3 years road tax
    £300 insurance contribution



    Sporty Civic gets a bigger engine

    Honda’s sportiest and most fun-to-drive Civic, the 2012 Si, has a freshened interior and exterior, more power than ever and higher fuel economy ratings than its predecessor.

    In fact, the Si’s new, 201-horsepower, naturally aspirated, 2.4-liter four cylinder is the same engine that’s in the much-pricier 2012 Acura TSX and gives the 2012 Si new spirit, even if it’s not turbocharged power.

    The 2012 Civic Si also has new fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway from the federal government compared with 21/29 mpg for the 2011 Si.

    Meantime, the Si’s manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $23,145 for a base coupe is lower than the $24,765 for a 2012 Volkswagen GTI 2-Door that has a 200-horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder. The Si’s base price also is lower than the $24,795 starting retail price of a 2012 Mazdaspeed3 with 263-horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder.

    The sole transmission for the Civic Si models — sold as coupe and sedan — is a close-ratio six-speed manual that needs only a light touch to move smoothly through the gears.

    The clutch pedal in the test Civic Si Coupe wasn’t fussy, and the lack of an automatic transmission wasn’t a drawback except during a lengthy traffic backup when the car crawled along for miles and my left leg tired of pushing the clutch pedal.

    The new Si engine is the largest displacement powerplant put in U.S.-market Si cars. The horsepower increase over last year’s 197 might seem minor, but peak horsepower now comes at 7,000 rpm instead of 7,800 rpm so there’s a bit less rev noise to get the full power.

    More importantly, torque is up from last year’s 139 foot-pounds at 6,900 rpm to 170 foot-pounds at 4,400 rpm. The availability of peak torque at lower rpm puts accelerative power in the range where more drivers — enthusiasts or more mainstream types — will get to use it.

    The tester pulled itself along with zip in city traffic and could move with urgency — and with loud engine revving sounds —when kept in low gears.

    It didn’t feel taxed even when scooting by a line of other cars, and at less than 2,900 pounds, the Si coupe didn’t feel heavy. But neither did it feel tinny or too light amid bigger vehicles.

    Note the Civic Si, like all Civics, comes with a lengthy list of safety features, including electronic stability control with traction control, antilock brakes, Brake Assist and six air bags.

    The test car rode on 17-inch all-season tires, and there was a good amount of road noise that came through to passengers. The radio’s volume was constantly being adjusted to account for noisy road surfaces and the sounds from nearby diesel semis.

    The Civic Si test car’s steering had a lighter feel than expected. But this was predominantly at city speeds. On highways and country roads, steering felt more secure.

    The new Si exterior styling is a subtle blending and cleaning up of the previous model.



    Honda Motor Co. recognizes Hudson firm

    American Honda Motor Co. Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura on May 31, presented the company's Premier Partner Award to Intrapromote LLC of Hudson for excellence in organic search engine optimization of American Honda's consumer-facing sites, including automobiles.honda.com and www.acura.com.
    Integrated search and social agency Intrapromote was one of 15 award recipients selected from 41 suppliers nominated by American Honda associates nationwide.
    This is the second time Honda has recognized Intrapromote with a Premier Partner Award. Intrapromote was also awarded this distinction in 2005.
    "As we enter our 11th year of working with American Honda, we're thrilled and honored to receive our second Premier Partner Award," said Erik Dafforn, president of Intrapromote. "We are proud to be part of the Honda success story, and we are fortunate to work with an organization that publicly acknowledges its partners in this way."
    The Premier Partner Awards were established in 1998 to recognize suppliers who embrace American Honda's philosophy of exceeding customer expectations.
    This year's award winners represent excellence in a variety of industries including logistics, transportation, marketing, consulting, security and much more.



    Honda demonstrates the Uni-Cub: personal mobility meets 'Uniracers'

    This weekend in Tokyo, Honda took the wraps off its Uni-Cub personal mobility device concept, showing the public what the self-balancing, motorized "unicycle" is capable of. The Omni Traction Drive System in the Uni-Cub uses a system of small wheels that rim the main drive wheel, propelling the vehicle 90 degrees left or right. The result: the seated rider can smoothly and (seemingly) effortlessly move in any direction just by leaning — front, back, side-to-side, or any combination thereof. A representative from Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation took the Uni-Cub through its paces during a short 10-minute demo, showing off the device’s tight turning radius by repeatedly looping backward inside a ring of spectators. The moves looked tricky to pull off, but we’re told that it’s really easy to learn — supposedly you can pick it up in 10 minutes.
    The Uni-Cub's top speed is 6kph (about 3.7mph), and its lithium-ion battery pack will keep it running for about an hour at that pace. Of course, no 21st Century vehicle would be complete without a smartphone app, and Honda's allows the rider to rotate his or her Uni-Cub on the spot (say, to turn and face someone), as well as call it over from across the room (video below). Also, if you're worried about the vehicle's performance on hills, we learned it can tackle grades of up to 8 percent. Honda hasn't announced any plans to put the Uni-Cub into production, but it will start letting the public test drive it in spring of 2013.




    The Environmentally Friendly 2013 Honda Fit EV Will Soon Be Available At Honda Cars Of McKinney

    Honda Cars of McKinney in McKinney, TX will soon be carrying the brand-new 2013 Honda Fit EV.
    Dallas, Texas (I-Newswire) June 17, 2012 - Honda Cars of McKinney is pleased to announce that it will soon be carrying the brand-new 2013 Honda Fit EV. The 2013 Fit EV is latest competitor in the segment of electric vehicles, and it raises the bar in terms of efficiency and performance.

    The 2013 Honda Fit EV sets a new standard in terms of efficiency, returning 132 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) city and 105 MPGe on the highway. The purely electric Fit EV doesn’t use a drop of gasoline and produces zero emissions. The 2013 Honda Fit EV has earned a 82 mile combined driving range rating by the EPA, which ranks it higher than its competitors: the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Ford Focus Electric.

    Many drivers may avoid electric vehicles because they think they are slower than their gasoline powered counterparts, but the 2013 Honda Fit EV turns that idea on its head. The 2013 Fit EV’s 92kW electric motor produces 118 lb.-ft. of torque, which is a 77% increase from the Fit’s gasoline engine.

    The superior diving experience doesn’t stop with increased power. The 2013 Honda Fit EV offers a 3-mode drive system, which allows drivers to tailor the driving experience to their preference. SPORT mode provides that driver with a boost of performance and the ECON button will stretch miles between charges.

    The 2013 Honda Fit EV is packed with the technological features drivers crave. The available smartphone application allows drivers to monitor the charge of their vehicle when they are nowhere near it, and drivers can even remotely engage the climate control system to ensure their Fit EV is comfortable as soon as they get in it.

    The standard Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition displays range circles that indicate how far the vehicle can travel on its current charge, and is able to locate the nearest charge station when the driver asks it to. The 2013 Honda Fit EV also features a rearview camera and automatic climate control.

    If you are interested in learning more about the award-winning 2013 Honda Fit EV, or in being one of the first to schedule a test drive visit Honda Cars of McKinney of McKinney, TX. Their friendly staff will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect Honda vehicle to fit your lifestyle. You may also visit Honda Cars of McKinney online at, http://www.hondacarsofmckinney.com/.

    About Honda Cars of McKinney

    Honda Cars of McKinney, http://www.hondacarsofmckinney.com/, of the McKinney, TX area carries an extensive inventory of new and used Honda cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans. The dealer’s finance specialists work with a vast array of lending sources to guarantee their customers get the most complete and comprehensive financial package available. In addition, the Texas Honda dealer provides auto services and Honda parts.

    About Honda Cars of McKinney:
    Honda Cars of McKinney, the #1 Certified Honda Dealer in Texas, carries an extensive inventory of Honda cars, trucks, vans and SUVs and works hard to get its customers into the vehicle they have always wanted. The service department strives for complete customer satisfaction in all provided services, from general maintenance to major repairs. Honda Cars of McKinney, serving the Dallas area, is sure to offer exceptional customer service.

    Company Contact Information
    Honda Cars of McKinney
    David Robinson
    601 S Central Expy
    Phone : (800) 566-0438
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      Honda Appoints New Head of American R&D To Shake Things Up

      There was a time when Honda was the automotive industry’s darling. Their cars showed a focus on engineering, and were generally stylish and well-developed vehicles that led their respective classes. As far as enthusiasts go, cars like the Acura NSX and Honda S2000 added a shine and luster to the brand. Today, Honda doesn’t have any true sports cars. CR-Z? Joke. Civic Si? Sorry, it isn’t going to cut it.

      They can’t even give us the Type R model. Honda has recognized this problem, and is trying to put some steps in place to fix it. It is similar to the way Toyota has gone about things. In North America, Honda has appointed its first American head of Research & Development, Erik Berkman. According to Automotive News the appointment came from Honda President Takanobu Ito, who worked with Berkman in the 1990s.

      Berkman has been responsible for some successful products, such as the 2004 Acura TL. That generation of the TL is generally regarded as the best of the breed, and the market responded accordingly. It sold 77,000 units on year, the best figure posted so far and the highest in its segment. He had to fight for the car to be produced though. Honda is known for its tight control of costs – it has never lost money, even through the worst parts of the global economic recession. Impressive, no doubt. You can tell where the cost came from though by looking at its current products. Berkman says that the next Civic boasts much-improved interior quality and that the Accord will be the best iteration yet.

      “You’re going to find that Accord is a very well-balanced product that is the best overall product in everything, whether we’re talking about interior packaging, content of the vehicle, the fuel economy of the vehicle,” he said. It “will be one of the most feature-rich vehicles we’ve ever made.” That’s good, because it needs to be. “Having high expectations or pressure is what’s necessary to get us to a point where we’re performing,” he said. “We want everybody to fall over and go: There it is again. There’s that Honda we used to praise.” He hit the nail on the head there. It’s good to see someone having such a good sense of what needs to be done. Hopefully the company gets to the point where we’re all saying that once again.



      Honda to rely on racing efforts to woo back enthusiasts?

      A scan of recent Honda headlines shows a corporate entity that you'd think few people, and even fewer CEOs, would complain about: in spite of the odd recall, Honda sales are up, it tops an ALG survey on perceived quality, has excellent relations with suppliers, was granted the right to alter its struggling IndyCar engine and then powered the car that won the Indy 500, and its intergalactically popular CR-V beat the new Mazda CX-5 in a Consumer Reports test. And it is the only major automaker to never record an annual loss. Ever.

      Yet those who look closer know more: the current Honda isn't the same company that got us to love the brand in the first place. The automaker has been saying for a while now that it is determined to be the alchemist it once was, committing to building smartly engineered, fun-to-drive cars. For the first time in its history it has promoted an American, Erik Berkman, to the position of North American Research and Development chief to do just that. According to Automotive News, Tetsuo Iwamura, Executive Vice President of Honda North American says "What we expect him [Berkman] to do is, through this good knowledge and experience, fulfill his dream of making North America strong." Obviously, there's no pressure at all.

      There are two other lines in the Automotive News story that give an indication of the tough road Berkman has before him. One was this: "He's planning changes in styling, materials, driving dynamics and technology across the Honda and Acura model lines." That doesn't represent merely building a fun car; that statement would more closely equate to a change in corporate philosophy for a company that keeps an eye on costs with an intensity that would make a wolf spider jealous.

      But Berkman, an engineer, has a 30-year history with the company and major successes on his record: he worked on the 1999 Honda Odyssey and 2001 Acura CL, his team designed the multiple-Indy 500-winning engine, and he led the development of the 2004 Acura TL sport sedan – a car he had to fight for, and whose sales repaid his commitment and the company coffers.

      Berkman didn't go into details about what he's planning, but we know it will involve more racing, including tracked-out versions of the NSX, and, taking the 2013 Accord as a guide, making incremental improvements and adding features everywhere. In Berkman's own words, the second crucial line in the story is what he feels is his mission: "We want everybody to fall over and go: There it is again. There's that Honda we used to praise." Carry on, sir – we'll be watching.



      Honda Fit EV Faces Tough ROI Arguments

      While Honda is focusing on how its 2013 Fit EV trumps the competition in MPGe and range, critics and competitors point out that the Fit EV's price point is out of whack.

      When basing an electric vehicle on a conventional gasoline-fueled model, return on investment arguments are inevitable (even if they seldom represent apples-to-apples comparisons). Here's how the story plays out for the Fit: though Honda will only lease the Fit EV, the converted electric has an MSRP basis of $29,125. That price includes the federal government's $7,500 tax credit, which means that the actual MSRP of the Honda Fit EV is $36,625. Meanwhile, the conventional Fit is one of the most economical cars on the road, with a MSRP range from $15,325 to $19,690, dependent upon trim level.

      So the argument goes that the electric Fit costs at least twice as much as its conventional counterpart. According to USA Today, the average driver (13,500 miles per year) would spend $445 to "fuel" (28.6 kilowatt hours per 100 miles at 11.6 cents per kilowatt hour) the electric Fit per year. On the flip side, a conventional Fit (31 miles per gallon) would cost approximately $1,552 to fuel per year. That works out to an annual savings of $1,107 in favor of the Fit EV. But due to its up-front cost, the payback period for the Fit EV (as compared to the conventional Fit) works out to be 11 years. Given that the average new vehicle is owned for less than 6 years, choosing the Fit EV over its conventional counterpart isn't a wise financial decision. Of course, that's not the main driving force behind most buyers' decisions to purchase an electric vehicle. However, as automakers begin to eye the mainstream public, electric vehicles will have to operate on better financial terms when compared to conventional vehicles.

      Perhaps a more useful price comparison for now is between the Fit EV and the Nissan LEAF ($35,200 to $37,250), Mitsubishi i ($29,125 to $31,125) and Ford Focus Electric ($39,995). However, the Fit EV will be produced in very low numbers and is the only vehicle in this group to be offered on a lease-only basis.



      Ever Wonder How Honda’s Headlights Got That Way?

      In the same way that documentaries dissect their subjects in order to provide a more complete view of the whole, a new series of Honda ads each hone in on a single feature of the auto company’s latest models.

      As sponsors of Channel 4's Documentaries, Honda has launched this new TV campaign, created by Wieden + Kennedy London, which links brand and programming together. The tagline "The More We Look, The More We Learn" could be applied to the documentaries themselves, or the ads/"idents" which use footage that looks as though it came from a documentary to illustrate features of several different Honda products.

      The campaign also includes a new website developed and created by Collective London, which indulges the kind of curiosity that accompanies an interest in documentaries. On the website, users will find a game that’s played with a series of questions themed ‘How curious are you?’ The site will Channel 4 content throughout the year.

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        Honda pins enthusiast revival hopes on motorsports engineer

        While sales of the Honda Civic sedan and coupe seem to be bouncing back after a rough start last summer, the Japanese automaker says that it realizes it lost touch with what was once a dedicated enthusiast base. All hopes of rekindling that passion lie on the automaker’s new North American market research and development chief, Erik Berkman, who was plucked from the automaker’s IndyCar efforts.

        Berkman’s team at Honda’s motorsports arm was responsible for designing the new-for-2012 turbocharged V6 that has powered half of the race-winning cars so far in the 2012 IndyCar season – including the racing car driven to victory by Dario Franchitti.

        Berkman is hardly new to Honda passenger cars – he recently served as the automaker’s new VP of logistics and corporate planning – but he is the first American to hold the high-ranking top research and development position.

        “I know that there is a particularly high expectation for Honda to get back that magic it had at one time,” Berkman told Bloomberg at Honda’s Raymond, Ohio, research and development center. “What are we going to do, complain that expectations are too high for us? That we want low expectations? That’s not right.”

        Bloomberg points out that Berkman’s task of upgrading the automaker’s current products while still keeping them profitable won’t be easy. Honda is the only major automaker to have never posted an annual loss, even through the recent recession and even despite generally negative reviews for many of the company’s recent products.

        Berkman’s first task will be to turn around the Civic, which is selling well but was derided by critics. A refreshed Civic is set to be unveiled ahead of this fall’s auto show season and Berkman says it will bring with it a few “tweaks” including upgraded interior materials and revised driving dynamics.

        “If we do that [improve the Civic], we’ll knock off one more criticism,” Berkman said, acknowledging the generally negative reviews the 2012 Civic has seen.

        Thirty-year Honda veteran Berkman succeeded Hiroshi Takemura, who was sent back to Japan to take over the deputy director of automobile operations after the Civic got off to a rough start last year.

        In Berkman’s years with Honda, his most controversial product was also his most heavily-praised. As the development lead on the 2004 Acura TL, Berkman took Honda in a new direction with more distinctive styling and premium items like Brembo brakes.

        “It was so controversial, it almost didn’t happen,” Berkman said. “It was too much for some people.”

        But Berkman’s sedan was a hit, selling 70,000 units in 2004 to become the best-selling luxury sedan on the market. That TL is widely credited with shaping Acura into a genuine luxury brand, a position the automaker has nearly lost thanks to a number of questionable products over the last few years.



        MT Poll: How Can Honda’s New North American R&D President Bring the “Magic” Back?

        Eric Berkman is the first American to ever serve as Honda’s North American R&D president. He has big plans for Honda that could have a significant impact on the automaker’s success or failure in the near future.
        “I know that there is a particularly high expectation for Honda to get back that magic it had at one time,” said Berkman in an interview with Automotive News. “What are we going to do, complain that expectations are too high for us? That we want low expectations? That’s not right.”
        Berkman joined Honda over 30 years ago as a product engineer and worked his way up the ranks into Honda’s U.S. R&D unit. He worked on a number of vehicles including the 1994 Honda Accord wagon and 2001 Acura CL coupe, but he is best known for the development of the 2004 Acura TL sedan. It was the top-selling luxury sedan in 2004, but Berkman said he faced a number of internal challenges to get it approved.
        Berkman is also a motorsports enthusiast. Last month Honda scored a victory at the Indianapolis with a racecar powered by a V-6 racing engine developed by Berkman’s team. His racing passion and product intuition are two reasons why Honda President Takanobu Ito placed him at the helm.
        And Berkman has wasted no time since starting the position back in April. When the current-gen Civic received harsh criticism for a bland and cheap interior, he helped push the mid-cycle refresh year ahead of schedule. While we watch for Berkman to try changing public perception of Honda, we’d like to hear from you in the poll below: What should Berkman focus on as he looks for ways to improve the Honda and Acura lineup?



        Honda is planning to overhaul its bland image

        Honda’s new North American research and development chief is out to reinvent the brand through its racing heritage.

        Honda Motor Company knows it can’t remain where they are and remain competitive in the new global automotive market. Even though the Japanese company is the only major automaker to have never had an annual loss, they know they have lost their former reputation of having cars that are innovative, sporty and fun to drive. If they don’t change quickly, they will slowly begin to die.
        Honda plans to win back its reputation for innovative cars in the face of improving Korean, U.S. and German competition as well as recent critical reviews. In order to accomplish the goal of bringing back the mojo that Honda had in the 80’s, they have appointed 30 year Honda veteran Erik Berkman, to be chief of Honda’s North American R&D team.

        Competition is forcing Honda to change

        Honda is feeling the pressure from the South Koreans who have been gaining ground steadily over the past few years. Even though Honda's U.S. sales in 2007 more than doubled the combined U.S. deliveries of Hyundai Motor Co. and sister company Kia Motors Corp., the Koreans came within 1 percent of Honda last year. And the Accord which was the best-selling car in the U.S. in 2001, has been overtaken by Toyota’s Camry every year since then.
        According to Automotive News, Tetsuo Iwamura, Executive Vice President of Honda North American says "What we expect him (Berkman) to do is, through this good knowledge and experience, fulfill his dream of making North America strong." Honda executives are counting on the new R&D chief to do big things.
        Berkman has a long history in racing and knows the company will need to get back to its motor sports passion. The engine designed by a team led by Berkman, won the Indianapolis 500 last month. Founder Soichiro Honda, said, "If Honda does not race, there is no Honda" And Berkman may be just the right man for the job. Honda has deep roots in racing and Berkman will need to draw from that racing history to improve the struggling brand.
        Berkman has a 30-year history with Honda and has many major successes on his resume, He worked on the 1999 Honda Odyssey and 2001 Acura CL, his team designed the multiple-Indy 500-winning engine, and he led the development of the 2004 Acura TL sport sedan. The car was a major feather in Berkman’s cap whose sales repaid his commitment and was a huge financial success for Honda.

        Berkman has a big job ahead

        Honda’s reputation has suffered greatly the last few years and the company needs to move quickly to regain their lost status. "Honda is off the rails; they still build a great car, but they aren't leaders," said John Wolkonowicz, an independent analyst in Boston who specializes in automotive history. "In the '80s Honda, had the best cars on the market. They drove the best, had great fuel economy and people really loved them."
        We should see new technology and innovative cars coming out of Honda in the future as Berkman takes the lead in the R&D department. Honda President Takanobu Ito, who worked with Berkman at the U.S. R&D center in the 1990s, and Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura, head of North American operations, have high expectations for him. Iwamura said, "He's planning changes in styling, materials, driving dynamics and technology across the Honda and Acura model lines."
        If Berkman brings his racing knowledge to his new position, there could be some exciting new things coming out of Honda in the next decade. And the new R&D chief said he is out to restore Honda’s image to its former glory. "We want everybody to fall over and go: There it is again. There's that Honda we used to praise." It will be interesting to see what new innovative sporty models come out of Honda in the near future.



        Honda to Double India Share in Global Motorcycle Sales

        Honda Motor Co. (7267) expects to more than double India’s share in its global two-wheeler sales as the company adds small-engined motorcycles and opens outlets to widen reach in villages and towns.
        “India will want more motorcycles as infrastructure grows, technologies improve and people’s incomes rise,” Keita Muramatsu, chief executive officer of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt., said in an interview in Mumbai today. The Tokyo- based automaker will add 100-cc models and increase its penetration in rural markets, he said.
        Honda, which in 2010 exited a 26-year partnership with Hero Group (HMCL), sold 1.99 million two-wheelers locally in the year ended March 31 surpassing TVS Motor Co. (TVSL) as India’s third-biggest seller of motorcycles, according to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. The world’s biggest motorcycle maker will increase its outlets and service centers in the country to 2,000 by the end of March 2013 from 1,500 in the previous 12 months, Muramatsu said.
        Honda expects sales in India to contribute 30 percent of its total two-wheeler volumes by 2020 from 13 percent at present, Muramatsu said.
        Two-wheeler sales in India, the world’s biggest market after China, may climb by as much as 13 percent in the 12 months ending March 31, slowing from a 14 percent pace a year earlier, according to SIAM. Industrywide sales was 13.4 million units in the year ended March 31, according to the industry group. Hero MotoCorp Ltd., renamed after Honda sold its stake, is the nation’s biggest motorcycle maker.
        Honda Motorcycle, which will open a new factory near Bangalore, in southern India in the first half of next year, introduced its cheapest motorbike in the Indian market, the 110- cc Dream Yuga in Mumbai today, starting from 48,028 rupees ($857).
        The company expects to sell 300,000 Dream Yugas by March 31, Yadvinder Guleria, vice president for sales, said at a press conference in Mumbai today.



        2012 Honda Civic Vs 2012 Toyota Corolla: Compact Comparo

        Other cars may steal the headlines, but the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have spent plenty of time in the best-sellers lists.
        That's because each offers a wide range of talents to a wide range of individuals and families. They may lack the excitement of other models, but if you want a safe, comfortable, cheap-to-run four-door sedan, one or the other is probably near the top of your shopping list.
        With the Corolla rapidly ageing and the Honda relatively new to the market, which is most relevant to the cost-conscious buyer?
        Read our reviews of the 2012 Honda Civic and 2012 Toyota Corolla

        Gas mileage

        There was a time when the Civic and Corolla were among the most economical cars on the market.
        Indeed, it was Honda that really made the first move in the 1970s, launching its Civic into a market winded by the fuel crisis. With 30 mpg--and even 40 mpg, if driven carefully--it was comfortably two or three times more economical than many of the other popular cars of the day.
        The Civic is still efficient now, though it's the hybrid version you really want if gas mileage and low emissions are a concern. For those who can't stretch to the 44 mpg, $24,050 hybrid (and don't want to buy used), a regular, 5-speed manual transmission Civic with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine can be had for $15,755, and it'll do 31 mpg combined.
        Add a little more green from your wallet for the auto transmission and you get a little more green at the pumps, with 32 mpg combined and 39 highway.
        Either way, the Civic out-punches the Corolla. With a manual transmission, the $16,130, 132-horsepower Corolla manages 30 mpg combined, and 34 highway.
        You also spend extra to get less with the auto, which can only reach 29 mpg combined. Still, both automatic Civic and Corolla are rated at around 33 mpg by drivers entering real-world figures on the EPA's fueleconomy.gov website.


        In other respects, both cars are quite similar. Familiarity may have bred contempt with the Corolla's styling, and being very kind we could describe it as "inoffensive".
        The Civic looks a little more sleek and modern, though again it's nothing particularly special to behold. It's a similar story on the inside, though here the Civic has more of an advantage, with its dual-level instruments and high-tech feel. Unfortunately, the plastics themselves err on the 99c-store kid's toy side of nasty, so it's better to look at than it is to touch.

        2011 Toyota Corolla

        The Corolla is to exciting interior design as a barn is to the Louvre, but it's comfortable at least and if you avoid the base model, the equipment levels are good. Interior space is similar in each. The Civic offers 3 cubic feet extra space inside, at 95 cu. ft, and each has 12 cubic feet of trunk space.
        Both should prove reliable too--these are cars renowned for going on and on, so they'll get you there even if they don't entertain on the way. When we reviewed the Corolla we described its handling as "somewhere between inoffensive and soggy". The Civic fares better, its handling described as "rewarding". Both manage to ride well, so neither will be uncomfortable on longer drives.


        Choosing between Civic and Corolla is unlikely to be one of the most exciting decisions of your life, but both are worthy options in the compact class. Both have a talent for meeting the needs of buyers unconcerned by such niceties as style and image, while costing relatively little to buy and run.
        You'll get greater gas mileage from each maker's hybrid cars--Honda offers the Civic Hybrid and Insight in that class, Toyota fields the slightly larger Prius--but with the reassurance of new-car warranties the low MSRPs of each car combined with 30 mpg-plus economy makes them good choices.
        The Civic is more talented all-round, but you can be sure that Toyota will up the game another step with its next Corolla.


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        • http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/...t=1&f=93559255

          Why A Strong Yen Means More U.S. Jobs

          The cost to build a Toyota Prius hasn't changed much in the past five years — if you measure the cost in Japanese yen. But if you measure the cost in dollars, it's a different story. In 2007, it cost Toyota about $16,000 to build a Prius. Now, it's more like $24,000.

          That's because the value of the yen has risen relative to the dollar. In 2007, $1 bought 124 yen; today, $1 buys just 79 yen.

          Toyota and other Japanese car makers haven't passed that higher cost on to U.S. consumers, partly because it would be awful for sales. Instead, the companies have cut back on incentives for buyers, limited exports of cars from Japan, and cut material costs in cars. Auto analysts and critics have pointed to the push to control costs as a reason Consumer Reports downgraded the Honda Civic (this was a big deal among car people).

          At the same time, the strong yen (among other factors) has Japanese automakers looking to build more cars in the U.S. Toyota plans to add more than 3,000 jobs in the U.S., and increase production at it assembly and engine facilities in the U.S. Nissan has said that within a few years, 90 percent of the cars it sells in the U.S. will be made here.

          The strong yen also means goods made in the U.S. can be sold more cheaply in Japan. American carmakers have never had much of a presence in Japan, where domestic car makers control more than 90 percent of the market. But with American cars growing smaller and the strong yen helping prices, this may be a moment for American manufacturers to start building a market in Japan.

          As we've noted before, "weak currency" sounds bad, and "strong currency" sounds good. But for economic growth, the opposite is often true.



          Consumer Report: Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

          With high fuel prices, everyone is looking for ways to save on gas. Automakers are heavily promoting new fuel-savers.

          Toyota’s Game of Life ads highlight the much-anticipated Prius c, a smaller, less expensive version of the Prius. Ford is promoting its new gas-saving Focus, the SFE version. Meanwhile, Honda is advertising its new Civic fuel-saver, the HF, and Chevy is touting its Cruze Eco.

          How well can those vehicles stretch your fuel dollars?

          Let’s start with the Prius c. It got 43 miles per gallon overall, and in city driving the Prius c delivers an amazing 37 mpg, which is the highest of any car Consumer Reports has tested. But the Prius c is slow to accelerate. The ride is stiff and the cabin is noisy, too.

          The Ford Focus SFE, the Honda Civic HF, and the Chevy Cruze Eco are all promising 40 mpg or better on the highway.

          Consumer Report’ tests show that all three cars do get 40 mpg or better, as promised. Fuel economy was 1 to 3 mpg better than the regular versions of the cars. But you pay $500 to $800 extra for those fuel-saving options.

          A better choice is the Mazda3 i Skyactiv, which rated higher in Consumer Reports’ tests. Plus it gets better gas mileage and costs less than the Cruze Eco and Focus SFE.

          Consumer Reports says that if your heart is set on a Prius, rather than buying a Prius c, you’re better off getting a good used Prius. It scores much higher in tests, gets 44 mpg, is reliable, and gives you a lot more room.



          New Volkswagen Passat Vs Skoda Superb Vs New Honda Accord: Comparison

          The luxury car segment in India is growing out to be one of the most vicious battlefields where nearly all of the major heavyweights in the automobile market are locking horns with each other. Volkswagen, Honda and Skoda are presently the leading luxury car makers in India with a lot of models. These come after BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi which roll out premium luxury segment cars. It has been a while since luxury sedans started making their way to India anticipating it to be one of the most thriving automobile markets in the world. The market of luxury cars in India is increasing at a very fast rate and one of the toughest rivalries lies between Honda, Volkswagen and Skoda.The prime sedans of these respective heavyweightsconsist of Skoda Superb, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat. These three cars fall in almost the same price range but we should know what sets them apart in terms of their exteriors, interiors, mileage and ergonomics.
          Exteriors: -

          Volkswagen Passat: – This is one of the first sedans of Volkswagen in India and is the single conglomerate of one of the most revered brand names in the automobile industry including Bugatti, Skoda, etc. Volkswagen is eagerly looking forward to expanding in India and over the past few years, the company has maintained a reputation amongst its counterparts. The exteriors of Volkswagen Passat have been done up well. There is a sunroof which is totally operated electronically and can be tilted as per the convenience of the person sitting inside. The headlamps fitted to Passat are Bi-Xenon which comes with cornering lights. VolkswagenPassat comes in two tire variants one of which is 16-inch whereas the other one is 17-inch. These are purely alloy wheels that have been installed in order to give the car a sporty as well as luxurious outlook. The windows on the sedan have been fitted with chrome-plated strips and the boot lid of the car also has chrome-plated strip. Below the headlamps, there are day-time LED lines which we usually get to see in Audi sedans.

          Skoda Superb: – It is said to have one of the most elegant designs ever as Skoda owners are one of the most proud customers owing to the fact that when it comes to interiors as well as exteriors of any Skoda car, it is bound to strike a chord with car enthusiasts. The dynamics of Skoda Superb are praiseworthy and the exteriors of the sedan are done up by pure chrome. Superb is also available in 16-inch alloys and 17-inch alloys. The turn indicators come with OVRMs. There is an additional boot lid spoiler attached to the car and the exhaust tail pipes of the car have been properly polished in order to prevent them from corroding. Skoda has always been appreciated for the cars it has rolled out of its unit and now the automobile heavyweight is looking forward to bringing more and more inputs to India which will be based on totally new designs. The first car of Skoda to make its way into India was Octavia which was highly revered owing to its dynamic exteriors as well as interiors.

          New Honda Accord: – Honda Accord has always been showered praises by car enthusiasts as the sedan is considered as the trump card of Honda. The exterior design of the car is sleek and stylish along with the length of the car. The design of the New Honda Accord is said to be much better than its predecessor as the successor comes laden with an Electric sunroof along with Front Chrome Grill. The trunk of the car also has a spoiler and Accord comes with large alloy wheels giving it an altogether more dynamic look. The OVRMs are of the same colour as the body of the car and are attached with turn indicators. There are fog lamps attached both to the front headlights as well as rear taillights. Antenna of the car is purely made of glass which though makes it fragile but helps in catching radio frequencies easily. Additional features of the car include the hood damper, aerodynamic sideline, etc.

          Interiors: -

          Volkswagen Passat: – It seems that maybe a Passat fares well when it comes to interiors as Volkswagen has done a lot to give the best to their customers. The interiors of Volkswagen Passat have a lot to offer to its customers.The quality as well as crafting of Volkswagen Passat has been done with optimum expertise in order to give the passengers an elegant feel.The panels fitted in Passat are colour oriented and well-coordinatedalong with which, there is an instrument that is fitted in order to ensure the proper functioning of the panels. The panel of the car has been designed using premium wood and the seats of the car have been done up using premium leather of the best quality. The whole of the interiors give a very luxurious outlook to the car and thus this is what sets Volkswagen Passat apart from New Honda Accord and Skoda Superb.

          Skoda Superb: – Though Volkswagen fares well when it comes to interiors, we should not underestimate Skoda as the interiors given to Skoda Superb are class apart. Skoda has ensured that they live up to the expectations of the customers and thus have constructed the upholstery using premium nappa leather.There are quite many upmarket features that have been put into Superb such as Leather gear knob, Leather steering wheel, Power lumbar support, Wooden garnish on instrument cluster, etc. Skoda has always ensured that their cars complement the interiors and exteriors. Thus in order to compete with other cars of its class, Skoda Superb was given lavish and elegant interiors as the exteriors of the car received thumbs-up.

          New Honda Accord: – If Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat have impressive interiors, then Honda fares well over both of these owing to the fact that the interior cabin of Honda Accord is much more spacious than that of its counterparts. Thus, the passengers seated inside Accord will have more leg room than those seated inside Superb and Passat. Along with leg room, the passengers are treated to a better shoulder space as well. Three passengers can easily be seated in the rear seat comfortably. The seats have been done up using high-quality leather and are beige coloured. Upholstery has wooden trims which add to the elegance of the car and thus Honda Accord also scores well in terms of interiors.

          Ergonomics: -

          Volkswagen Passat: – The latest version of Volkswagen Passat is available only in the diesel variant in India owing to the fact that Volkswagen realized how the demand for diesel cars was increasing in India due to the sky-rocketing price hike of petrol. More and more people are now going for diesel and CNG powered cars rather than petrol. New Volkswagen Passat will be powered by a 2.0 L 4-cylinder CRDi Diesel enginewhich has a capability of churning out a maximum power of 170PS at 4200rpm along with a maximum torque of 350Nm at an impressive 1750-2500rpm range.

          Skoda Superb: -There are a total of 3 engine variants in which Skoda Superb is available in the Indian market. One of these is the 1.8 Litre petrol variant which has the capability of delivering a maximum power of 160PS at 4000rpm whereas the other variant is a 2.0 L diesel engine capable of churning out a maximum power of 260 PS at 1000rpm along with a peak torque of 35kgm at 1750rpm. A third variant is there and this is the powerful 3.6 Litre petrol engine that shells out a maximum power of 141.4 PS at 4000rpm.

          New Honda Accord: – Honda Accord unfortunately is not available in diesel variant and has only two variants both of which run on petrol. First are the 2.4 Litre 4-cylinder i-Vtecpetrol engines which hold the capability of churning out maximum power of 180PS at 6500rpm and then are the 3.5 Litre petrol engines that shells out a maximum power of 275 PS at 6200rpm along with a maximum torque of 339 Nm at 5000rpm.

          Mileage: -

          Volkswagen Passat: – Volkswagen Passat has only one engine and that gives out a mileage of 11kmpl if the car is moving in a city but in case of highways it goes up to 15kmpl.

          Skoda Superb: -Superb has two petrol variants and one diesel variant out of which the 1.8 Litre petrol variant gives out a mileage of 9kmpl in city and 13kmpl on highways whereas the 3.6 Litre petrol engine gives a mileage of 6kmpl in city and 9kmpl on highways. The 2.0 Litre diesel enginesgive a mileage of 11kmpl in city and 14kmpl on highways.

          Honda Accord: – Honda Accord comes with two engine variants both of which run on petrol. The 2.4 Litre petrol variant engines are capable of giving a mileage of 8kmpl in city which increases to 11kmpl on highways. On the contrary, the second engines variant are the 3.5 Litre petrol which has the capability of giving a mileage of 7kmpl when the car is moving in a city and this mileage increases to 9kmpl as soon as it enters highway.

          Conclusion:- If all the above features are to be considered then we should say that in case of exteriors, Skoda Superb fares better than Volkswagen Passat but stays in tough competition with New Honda Accord. But when it comes to interiors, Volkswagen takes the lead and when it comes to mileage, once again Volkswagen takes the front seat.

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          • http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2012/06/jd_power_associates_results_le.html

            J.D. Power & Associates results: Lexus, Honda, GM prosper

            General Motors Co., boosting the reliability of Cadillac and Chevrolet models, had its best performance ever in J.D. Power & Associates’ new-car quality survey, with three of four brands above the industry average.
            Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus luxury line topped the survey for the second consecutive year and its namesake brand ranked eighth. Honda Motor Co. had the highest-rated mainstream brand at No. 5, one spot ahead of its Acura luxury line. Jaguar leaped 18 spots to a tie for second with Porsche AG. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan Motor Co.’s Infiniti also placed in the top 10.
            GM’s Cadillac luxury line climbed to fourth from ninth on the Westlake Village, California-based market research firm’s Initial Quality Study, which measures consumer complaints in the first 90 days of ownership. GM’s GMC truck and sport-utility vehicle brand ranked 12th, while Chevy was 15th, just above the industry average, J.D. Power said today in a statement. GM’s Buick brand ranked 17th, two levels below the industry average.
            “This is GM’s best performance in the 26-year history of the study,” David Sargent, J.D. Power vice president for global vehicle research, said in an interview. “They’ve come a long way, they’ve focused their attention on four brands and a smaller product lineup.”
            Ford Motor Co. continued to suffer from complaints about its touch screen dashboard controls, as its namesake brand fell for a second year to 27th and Lincoln remained below-average at 18th. Ford ranked fifth in the study two years ago.
            J.D. Power’s study is a bellwether quality survey that helped established Honda’s and Toyota’s reputations for reliability in the U.S. The study is considered an indicator of long-term dependability, which leads to better resale value. Automakers work hard each year to improve their scores.
            Jaguar, owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd., jumped on the strength of its XJ model, which was the most improved vehicle in the survey, Sargent said. The car was new in 2010, when it had more than 40 problems per 100 cars just on its navigation system in last year’s survey, said David Pryor, Jaguar North America vice president.
            “Customers do respond to this,” Pryor said in a telephone interview. “We’re the biggest improver in the survey. For our brand in particular there are some misperceptions out there about where our quality is from the past. This is one of those really strong proof points out there for consumers that quality has gotten a lot better at Jaguar. It’s class leading; it’s industry leading.”
            GM’s Chevy Malibu was the top ranked mid-size car, beating out the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, which tied for second. The GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado were the top two full-size pickups, while the Cadillac SRX ranked third among mid-sized premium SUVs.
            GM this year is replacing the Malibu with a redesigned version of the car. The Detroit-based automaker was helped by not having many new model introductions, Sargent said.
            “GM had a year when they didn’t have a lot of big launches, where there is more opportunity for things to go wrong” he said. “GM was swimming with the tide a bit this year.”
            Chrysler Group LLC also rose in the rankings, led by its Ram truck brand climbing to 14th, two spots above the industry average. Last year, Chrysler had no above-average brands and its Dodge line was the market’s worst. This year, Dodge ranked 29th, tied with Mitsubishi and Volkswagen and leading small-car brands Mini, Fiat and Daimler’s Smart.
            “Chrysler improved more quickly than the average,” Sargent. “But they’re coming off a fairly low base, so as a whole, they’re still below average.” Chrysler is majority owned by Fiat SpA.
            Chrysler’s Jeep brand improved one step to rank 23rd on the strength of the Grand Cherokee, which was in a four-way tie for third place among mid-size SUVs. Chrysler’s namesake brand fell to 25th place this year, from 16th last year.
            “Chrysler still has some challenges and some way to go,” Sargent said.
            Ford’s fall can be attributed almost entirely to consumer complaints about its MyFord Touch dashboard controls, he said. Its Mustang, Taurus and Expedition SUV, none of which are equipped with MyFord Touch, all ranked best in their categories.
            “If it wasn’t for the MyFord Touch system, Ford would be average or better,” Sargent said. “But Ford is going to roll this technology on to more and more vehicles. So as it becomes more prevalent across the Ford portfolio, there is a danger that things will get worse before they get better.”
            Ford sent a software upgrade to 377,000 owners in March after J.D. Power had completed its survey. Ford said yesterday the results of that fix would show up in next year’s rankings.
            Honda’s namesake brand slipped from second to fifth. Honda’s CR-V was the top-ranked compact SUV, the Japanese automaker’s only category winner. Last year, Honda topped seven vehicle categories, including compact car. While the redesigned Civic, criticized by Consumer Reports magazine, lost the category crown, it remained among the segment’s top three.
            Honda’s CR-Z and Fit factory in Suzuka, Japan, received J.D. Power’s highest award for plant quality. Honda’s Marysville, Ohio, factory, which makes the Accord and Acura TL, was the second-highest ranked plant in North and South America, trailing only Toyota’s Lexus RX plant in Cambridge, Ontario.
            “Honda, historically, has been one of the best, if not the best, manufacturer at avoiding launch issues and getting the vehicle right before they put it out on the street,” Sargent said. “And they’ve done it again this year.”
            Toyota’s namesake brand, after stumbling two years ago during recalls over unintended acceleration, had its second consecutive year in the top eight, slipping one spot from last year even as its score improved 13 percent to 88 problems per 100 vehicles. Toyota’s Corolla won the compact-car segment and was the top non-premium vehicle in the survey, Sargent said.
            Toyota’s Lexus line equaled its market-leading performance last year with 73 problems per 100 vehicles. The LS was the top- ranked premium car, the ES 350 was first among entry-premium cars and the RX topped the mid-size premium SUV category.
            Nissan’s namesake brand rose to 13th from 24th place last year. The Yokohama, Japan-based company’s Infiniti luxury line ranked 7th, up one place from last year.
            Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest automaker, fell to 18th place, from 11th last year and scored below the industry average for the second straight year. Its affiliate, Kia Motors Corp., tied with Hyundai and Ford’s Lincoln brand, with 107 problems per 100 vehicles. Kia’s performance improved 5 percent.
            Small-car brands Fiat and Smart were added to the survey this year, bringing the number of makes to 34. They tied for the worst scores.
            J.D. Power said its study was based on surveys of more than 74,000 purchasers of 2012 model-year cars, trucks and SUVs. Owners answered a 228-question survey about their first 90 days of ownership. The study was conducted between February and May. J.D. Power is a unit of McGraw-Hill Cos.
            J.D. Power also cited plants producing Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche models for quality awards. No U.S. automaker received a quality citation for a factory from J.D. Power for the second consecutive year.
            “It certainly doesn’t seem to be the people who work on the line,” Sargent said of U.S. automakers being shut out of factory awards again. “It’s more around the design of the product. The Japanese historically have been very good at designing products which are relatively easy to put together.”



            Honda to recycle rare earths from hybrid batteries in what it says is auto industry first

            TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it will start recycling rare earths and other key materials in hybrid auto batteries this year — a key innovation in the Japanese automaker's effort to be green.

            Japan is dependent on imports, mostly from China, for rare earth elements, which are essential for making high-tech products, but a steady supply has been periodically threatened over political disputes with China.

            Beijing, meanwhile, has defended its export curbs on rare earths as an environmental measure and rejected a World Trade Organization challenge by the United States, Europe and Japan. China has about 30 per cent of rare earths deposits but accounts for more than 90 per cent of production.

            Honda officials said the company was targeting September or October to begin recycling of rare earths. They said it would be a first for the auto industry.

            Honda President Takanobu Ito acknowledged uncertainty about the future of Japan's energy policy, which has been thrown into doubt by the nuclear crisis set off by the earthquake and tsunami last year.

            "In the long term, we hope to move to renewable energy sources that won't harm the environment," he said at headquarters in Tokyo.

            Last year's disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant led to a nationwide shutdown of Japan's 50 working reactors. Public worries are growing about the safety of nuclear technology as well as contamination from radiation from Fukushima.

            Ito outlined Honda's efforts to reduce pollution and global warming, including experimental projects to combine solar with its fuel-cell cars — what he called the Honda "dream" to derive energy solely from nature and emit just water.

            Fuel cells are powered by the energy created when hydrogen combines with oxygen to produce water. They are still too expensive for commercial use and remain experimental.

            Ito said Honda's roots lie in its determination to develop a fuel-efficient gasoline engine to clear U.S. pollution-control regulations of the 1970s. Honda's CVCC engine was the first in the world to clear the standard. Japan later adopted similar pollution regulations.

            Ito stressed the environment was a pet theme for founder Soichiro Honda, who repeatedly reminded workers the auto sector must share the responsibility for reducing emissions.

            The maker of the Odyssey minivan, Asimo humanoid robot and Super Cub motorcycle is undergoing a strong recovery from a disaster-battered 2011, a rebound playing out at other Japanese automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co.

            Honda's January-March profit rose 61 per cent from the previous year, and it's projecting record global sales of 4.3 million vehicles for this fiscal year.

            The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in March 2011 disrupted the supply of auto parts and sent sales plunging and battered profitability at all the Japanese automakers. Last year's flooding in Thailand especially hurt Honda, whose assembly lines were directly hit.


            Honda Issues Environmental Annual Report 2012

            the Honda Environmental Annual Report 2012 (Japanese language version), summarizing results of the company's environmental initiatives for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, as well as targets for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. In order to address climate change and energy issues, which Honda views as most important in business management, Honda has established targets to reduce CO2 emissions from its motorcycles, automobiles and power products sold worldwide. In addition, striving to minimize the environmental footprint of its corporate activities in Japan, Honda has developed mid-term plans for environmental initiatives related to corporate activities. In the report, Honda discloses a wide range of information, including such targets and plans as well as progress made during the previous fiscal year.
            Published annually since 1999 which makes this year's report the 15th edition, the Honda Environmental Annual Report serves both as an annual report on the targets and progress of environmental initiatives based on the Honda Environmental Statement released in 1992, and as a communication tool for collecting feedback and comments from a broad range of outside parties regarding Honda environmental policies and practices.
            The principal achievements announced in the report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, are at http://world.honda.com/news/2012/c12...ort/index.html .
            About Honda
            Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is one of the leading manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine satisfaction to people worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 19 million customers annually. For more information, please visit http://world.honda.com .

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            New City to boost Honda sales

            KUALA LUMPUR (June 21, 2012): Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd expects the introduction of its New City model to help the company achieve its sales target of 46,500 vehicles for the financial year ending March 31, 2013.
            The New City, which was unveiled yesterday, is the first completely knocked down (CKD) model from Honda Malaysia since production resumed in April.
            Managing director and CEO Yoichiro Ueno said it aims to sell 2,000 units of the New City per month this financial year.
            "Since the launch of the first-generation Honda City in 2001, this model has been well received by the market. As at April 2012, Honda Malaysia has sold 113,005 units. In fact, the Honda City is our best-selling CKD model in Malaysia.
            "With our production currently operating at full speed, we are pleased to announce that we have cleared the 3,000 Honda City back orders that we received during the production halt period," he told reporters at the launch yesterday.
            He added that it is confident of achieving the monthly sales target as the City variant is popular among Malaysians with sales of close to 2,000 units per month for the current City model before production was affected.
            The New City is priced (on-the-road) at RM85,980 for Grade S and RM90,980 for Grade E. Of its monthly sales target of 2,000 units, Ueno said it expects 70% to comprise the Grade E variant and 30% from Grade S.
            "In line with the launch of the New City, Honda Malaysia now offers a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage for the New City customers who maintain their vehicle according to schedule. This new offer will enable customers to enjoy six times free labour service, up to 100,000km."
            Ueno added that it may consider offering the new after-sales package to other models if market response is good.
            He also said the impact from foreign exchange is much smaller now as it is increasing its local content.
            Although Honda Malaysia is still importing some components from Japan, it has begun sourcing some parts from other countries like Thailand and Indonesia, he said.

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            • http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/21/457...es-annual.html

              Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Files Annual Report on Form 20-F for Fiscal Year Ended March 2012

              its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended March 31, 2012. The web site address, from which Honda's annual report on Form 20-F can be accessed, is http://world.honda.com/investors/library/form20_f/ .


              Preview: 2012 Honda Civic Si HFP


              For years, the Honda Civic has been the import tuner’s car of choice. You name it and there is a highly modified part. It runs to the point where there is a modification for just about every meaningful component along with myriad performance add-ons. Not to be left out of this highly lucrative market, Honda has added the Honda Factory Performance (HFP) package to the Civic Coupe. In all, there will be 400 units offered.

              The starting point is the Civic Si. The HFP package, which is offered in either black or white livery, then adds deeper front and rear air dams, bolder side sills and a tasteful deck lid spoiler. It also brings attractive 18-inch wheels wearing P215/40 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. That’s pretty much the extent of the exterior changes, badging aside.

              Beneath the sheetmetal, however, the HFP’s suspension has been heavily massaged. The new springs, which drop the ride height by 10 millimetres, complement the new high-performance dampers. These mods and the better tires bring a car that really does hunker down and eat fast on-ramps. The Si is no slouch in this department. The HFP is so much more focused — the poise and pointability as the ragged edge nears is appreciably sharper. The unspoken benefit is it accomplishes this without trashing the ride quality.

              The HFP arrives with the same 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that powers the Si. This means 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This engine pulls strongly at first, then gives the driver a swift kick in the pants at 5,000 rpm when the i-VTEC (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system begins to do its thing. When this happens, the engine seems to take a deep breath and sprint toward redline with ever growing purpose. This is an engine that must be revved to get the very best out of it. When pushed toward its 7,000-rpm redline, it really does sing a sweet siren. There is none of the grating thrashiness that defines so many high-revving engines — this one produces a deep bassy note whenever i-VTEC begins to weave its magic.

              The power is put down through a six-speed manual gearbox, a helical limited-slip differential and the front wheels. The transmission is the model of civility, pun intended. The short throws, defined gate and progressive clutch mean it’s a cinch to run through the gears at the speed required. As the ratio spacing from first to fourth gear is tight and the engine revs so freely, the shifter has to be worked with alacrity to keep things at a roaring boil. The Si HFP snicks through its gears so seamlessly it is a very easy drive regardless of whether inching along in stop and go traffic or wailing around a race track.

              The helical limited-slip differential makes a big difference, especially when the speeds are low and the engine’s output is nearing its peak. First, it eliminates the unbridled wheelspin that is the norm with an open-centre differential. Here, the instant one wheel begins to spin, all the power is directed to that wheel, which forces the traction control system to kick in and kill the launch performance. The limited-slip differential helps to keep both front wheels engaged in the business of providing traction, which cuts said wheelspin, minimizes traction control intervention and, as a bonus, helps to control torque steer. As a result, launching the Si HFP is both fast and entertaining. It also helps through a fast corner — typically, the inside wheel tends to spin because of its unloaded condition. The Si HFP keeps both wheels in the game.

              All of this gives the Si HFP the ability to scamper to 100 kilometres an hour in 6.6 seconds and, more importantly, it accomplishes the 80-to-120-km/h passing move in 4.4 seconds.

              Remarkably, it does this in third gear, and it does so just before hitting redline.

              The HFP also managed to return surprising fuel economy. Even though the car was driven with enthusiasm during the test, it still attained an average of 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
              Inside, the HFP’s only outward signs are the brilliant red floor mats and red ambient interior lighting. The rest of the Si HFP will be familiar to any Civic Si coupe owner — delightfully bolstered front bucket seats and tight access to the rear seat. The materials are very good, the fit and finish is exemplary and, in spite of the two-tier dashboard, the information is relayed to the driver in a clean and uncluttered fashion. True, I don’t care for the digital speedometer, but the rest of it comes together nicely with the exception of the Sequential Rev-Limit indicator. As the revs rise and i-VTEC kicks in, a number of amber dots illuminate until the last red dot comes on and tells the driver the engine is producing maximum output and about to crash into the rev limiter. Given the exaggerated tachometer in the lower tier, it is fairly described as overkill.

              While the outward changes to the Civic Si HFP are fairly subtle in nature, the improvements in the handling characteristics are anything but. The Si is sharp; the HFP is significantly more so. As such, it is that much more fun to drive, and without costing an arm and a leg in the process.



              Honda Accord Tourer
              Sleek looking Honda Accord Tourer estate is underpinned by the appeal of Honda's strong reputation for reliability and build quality

              Latest deal price: from £18,622 to £27,396
              For : Refined, reliable, well equipped
              Against : A bit anonymous, getting on in years, small boot

              On paper, the Honda Accord Tourer has a lot going for it: peerless reliability and build quality, a reasonable price, excellent standard equipment and a capable range of petrol and diesel engines. Yet there’s something missing: it can’t quite match the VW Passat for badge desirability or the Ford Mondeo for driver appeal. The Accord is definitely a car you buy with your head rather than your heart, but it will reward you with years of safe, comfortable and hassle-free motoring. Buyers looking for maximum practicality may be put off by its smaller-than-average boot, however.

              Our choice: Honda Accord Tourer 2.2 i-DTEC 150 ES GT Nav


              The Accord Tourer is a handsome, well proportioned and sleeky styled car, yet it can feel a bit anonymous alongside more distinctive rivals. Sweeping, angled lines predominate, and the large front grille and headlights are certainly imposing, but the overall effect is not very memorable. Inside, luxurious materials and rock-solid build quality are the order of the day, but the Accord is let down somewhat by a confusing dashboard layout. The tapered windows make it feel a little claustrophobic in the back seats, too. A large transmission tunnel helps give the cabin a snug, driver-focused ‘cockpit’ feel.
              Driving and Performance

              While it’s not a scintillating driver’s car, the Accord Tourer does boast an impressive line-up of engines. The 2.0 and 2.4-litre petrols employ Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve timing technology to offer decent fuel economy combined with a wide spread of power and torque. But the star of the show is the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Honda is a relatively recent adopter of diesel compared to other mainstream manufacturers, but it’s caught up quickly, and this smooth, powerful, torquey and frugal motor suits the Tourer down to the ground. Ride and handling are focused more on occupant comfort than driver engagement, so the Accord is more at home on the motorway than tackling your favourite B-road.
              MPG and running costs

              The 2.4-litre petrol engine offers the most performance in the range, but the downside is low-thirties fuel economy. The 2.0-litre offers a better compromise, reaching a claimed 40mpg, but the diesel is the one to go for if running costs are a priority, as it will top 50mpg and be cheaper to tax thanks to its lower CO2 emissions. Honda servicing is a little more expensive than mainstream rivals like Ford and Vauxhall, but insurance costs should be reasonable and overall the Accord is quite affordable to own for a car of this size. Resale values are better than the previous model, too.

              This is the one major area where the Accord Tourer falls down. With the rear seats in place, its boot actually holds less than its four-door saloon counterpart – a consequence of its swoopy rear lines. But if you just want the flexibility and ease of an estate car without the sheer carrying capacity of rivals like the Skoda Superb, the Accord Tourer is still a good choice. Legroom in the rear is another bugbear, but the front cabin is comfortable and spacious. A handy underfloor storage cubby goes some way to making up for the space limitations elsewhere.
              Safety and reliability

              Honda has perhaps the best reliability record of any major manufacturer, so provided the service schedule is adhered to, problems with an Accord Tourer will be extremely rare. A two-year-old, 60,000-mile Accord Tourer passed Auto Express’ rigorous stripdown test with flying colours, and the marque always performs well in our Driver Power ownership survey. The Accord hold its own when it comes to safety as well, with additional features such as anti-whiplash front headrests and a trailer stability system to add to more regular kit like airbags and electronic stability control. Euro NCAP gave it five out of five stars for crash safety, too.

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              Locally produced CR-V, Accord, and Crosstour help Honda shine in J.D. Power quality study (Audio included)

              Honda is the highest ranking mass-market (non-premium) brand for the second consecutive year and fifth among all industry nameplates in J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study (IQS) for 2012. The Honda and Acura brands achieved the best scores in their histories of the current generation of IQS. The Honda brand held onto its position as the highest performing mass-market brand by improving on its industry-leading score of a year ago and for the fourth straight year overall. The Acura brand also improved and ranks sixth among all nameplates.
              The all-new 2012 Honda CR-V (pictured) produced in East Liberty earned the highest score in the compact crossover SUV category, while five other Honda models finished second in their respective segments. In fact, the Accord manufactured in Marysville (midsize car), the Odyssey (minivan), the Crosstour made in East Liberty (midsize crossover SUV), the Ridgeline (midsize pickup) and the Fit (sub-compact car) finished just behind the segment leader. The Pilot ranked third, just behind the Crosstour, in the midsize crossover SUV segment. All of these models except the Fit are manufactured in North America using domestic and globally sourced parts. The IQS ranks vehicles based on a measure of reported problems per 100 vehicles (or PP100).
              "For the second consecutive year our performance demonstrates our consistent commitment to deliver the highest quality for our customers," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president & CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Thanks to the efforts of Honda associates in R&D, in manufacturing and in sales, we were able to continue to improve quality performance in this key industry ranking."
              In the manufacturing area, 2012 marks the second consecutive year that a Honda plant has earned the top assembly line award globally. The 2012 J.D. Power and Associates study recognized the Suzuka, Japan plant, Line 3, as the only global Platinum Award, for production of the Honda Fit and CR-Z. The Marysville plant, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this fall, earned a Silver Plant Quality Award for production of the Honda Accord and Acura TL and RDX. In 2011, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC earned the IQS Platinum Award.

              Listen to Honda spokesperson Ron Lietzke discuss the significance of the award. Download Audio File

              The J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study serves as an important tool for consumers in evaluating the quality and design of new vehicles. Since 1987, J.D. Power and Associates has been surveying owners to measure the initial quality of new vehicles after the first 90 days of ownership.



              2013 model year pivotal to many carmakers

              It’s summer and, believe it or not, we are halfway through 2012. The auto industry is always quick to move on to the next year and, while 2012 has been especially strong for the auto industry, 2013 looks just as promising.
              Some carmakers are giddy about introducing some of their new vehicles, chock full of new technologies and showing off some of the latest design trends. Fuel efficiency is a common thread as automakers look to squeeze as much efficiency out of every engine.
              Here’s what’s new for the 2013 model year.


              Honda’s luxury line redesigns the RDX and refreshes the TSX line as well. All-new for 2013 is the ILX. This compact sedan is a brand new model for Acura which will offer three drivetrains, including a hybrid version. It will be a high-mileage vehicle with a pricepoint in the mid to upper $20,000s.

              Big things are happening for this German automaker in 2013. Audi launches five new vehicles including an all-road version of the A4. But most exciting will be the RS 5 and the S6. The RS 5 is a coupe version similar to the A5, but with a lot more power (to the tune of 450 HP). And the S7 is similar to the A6 sedan, but with a twin-turbo V8 engine.
              BMW redesigns the M5 and M6 models and introduces three vehicles to the fleet. The BMW 640 Grand Coupe is a stretched-out version of the 6 series line with rear-wheel drive and a choice of turbocharged engines. BMW also introduces the X1, a smaller-sized crossover with a four-cylinder (or optional six cylinder) engine. The X1 will be available in RWD or AWD.
              Buick had much of its excitement in recent model years, but will introduce the compact crossover Encore later this year. The Encore will have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and will seat up to five passengers. It will be available in AWD or FWD.
              Many consider 2013 to be a pivotal year for GM’s luxury brand. Two new vehicles will be introduced, one that replaces a dated line of vehicles and one that is Caddy’s first offering in a segment. The XTS is a full-size sedan (something Cadillac has excelled at in the past) that replaces the DTS and STS line. The XTS is highlighted by a V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Then there’s the Cadillac ATS. A compact Cadillac, which is almost unfathomable to consider. The ATS will have engine varieties including 4-cylinder, turbo 4-cylinder and a V6 engine. RWD and AWD versions will be available. Price for the ATS starts as low as $33,000.
              Chevy turns its attention to its small vehicles. 2013 brings new styling to the Sonic and Cruze, as well as a redesign of the Malibu. Chevy also introduces a new minicar, which will be even smaller than the Sonic. The Spark will seat up to four and have four doors and a small 1.2-liter engine. Prices start as low as $12,000 for the Spark which will be available for purchase mid-year.
              Much like Cadillac, 2013 will be a very important year for the Dodge brand. The Dodge Dart is a compact car with a choice of three engines. Dodge is touting the Dart as a vehicle that is highly customizable with numerous ways to personalize. The Dart is priced between $16,000 and $20,000.
              Ford will launch one new vehicle in 2013 – the C-Max, which is a hybrid, multi-purpose vehicle. But, for Ford, 2013 represents a year of new looks, instead of new vehicles. Watch for new looks on the entire Super Duty line of trucks. But, the two most important updates are that of the Escape and the Fusion. The Fusion boasts an all-new look and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 37-MPG efficiency. The Escape crossover gets its first full redesign. Three different engines will be available as well options for FWD and AWD.


              Honda focuses on updating many of its vehicles in model year 2013. Its two most popular cars, the Accord and Civic, will have updated styling and improved fuel economy. Neither of these models will be available until late 2012.

              Look for an updated Elantra later this year that will get close to 40 MPG. Hyundai also redesigns the Santa Fe for 2013.
              Nissan’s luxury brand is mostly status quo in 2013, but will introduce the three-row crossover JX35. A V6 engine will produce 265 HP, with a starting price of $40,000 for the JX35.
              Gone is the Kia Amanti, in is the Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza will have a 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engine option. The Korean car maker also redesigns the Forte for model year 2013.
              Toyota’s luxury brand focuses on redesigns of the ES and GS lines. The GS350 will be available with a gas or hybrid gas-electric engine for extra fuel economy.
              The Lincoln brand is working hard to recover from the tougher economic times. Much of this recovery will hinge on the redesigned MKS. The new-look sedan will have Ford’s EcoBoost V6 engine and will be available in AWD. The Lincoln MKT will also be restyled for 2013.
              Mazda replaces the Tribute with the CX-5. This small SUV seats five and has a 4-cylinder engine and Mazda’s SkyActiv technology which brings a combined fuel economy of 28 MPG.
              Even Mercedes-Benz gets into the small-car, fuel economy craze with the 2013 B-Class. The German carmaker also introduces the new CLC-class. This smaller version of the CLS will offer entry-level luxury pricing.

              Riding the wave of resurging sales, Nissan redesigns several of its mainstay vehicles including the Altima, Sentra and Pathfinder. The 2013 
Altima (which will also be available as a hybrid) will have an estimated 
38 MPG and an available 270 HP, 
V6 engine.
              Toyota has done a decent job of branding Scion as a younger, hipper model line. That trend continues with the all-new Scion FR-S. Scion partners with Subaru to produce this rear-wheel drive car with 200 HP and a 
4-cylinder engine.
              Speaking of Subaru, the Japanese automaker introduces the BRZ, a vehicle similar to the aforementioned FR-S. It also will have a 4-cylinder engine with 200 HP and rear wheel drive as well as a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Pricing for the BRZ starts at $25,000.
              2013 will be a subdued year for Toyota. Most models are carryovers, with a few refreshed looks. The 
RAV4 and Land Cruiser will both have redesigned looks for the 2013 model year.
              The German automaker is seeing an upsurge of sales in America. 2013 will see a redesigned CC available in 4 or 6-cylinder engine. VW will also add a hybrid version of the popular Jetta to the 2013 model year, which will get an estimated 45 MPG, combined. The hybrid Jetta will have a lithium-ion battery pack.

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