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  • Honda comes out on the top

    http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Ho...ail/story.html

    THE new British-built Honda Civic 1.4 i-VTEC SE has been recognised as representing the best value for money in the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards, 2012.

    It not only came out on top in the competitive medium hatchback category on the basis that it offered better value than any of its competitors over a three year period, but it was also named as the overall awards winner.

    The new Civic, which has only been in dealerships since February, held off fierce competition to be given the number one spot based on figures collated by Parkers' Cost of Motoring tool.

    This calculates the true "hidden costs" associated with owning and running a new car, including fuel consumption, depreciation, servicing, breakdown cover and road tax over a three year period.

    In a further boost to the Honda range, the Jazz 1.3 IMA HE Hybrid was awarded the Eco Car category title for the second year running.

    Kieren Puffett, editor of Parkers, commented: "The medium hatchback category is a hugely competitive marke.

    "To have a winner here is truly a tremendous achievement and that is why we are not only delighted to announce that the Honda Civic Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC SE five door wins the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards for the medium hatchback category, but is also the overall winner.

    "The statistics for the Civic tell us it is great value for money and Honda should feel rightly proud, because the Parkers awards are based on statistical analysis of every new cars' running costs, rather than opinion.

    "But it doesn't end there. The icing on the cake is that the Honda Jazz 1.3 IMA HE Hybrid wins for a second year in a row the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards Eco Car category.

    "It's an outstanding performance by Honda all round."

    Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda (UK), said: "This is a fantastic result for the new Civic.

    "It has only been in dealerships since February and to have received this accolade so soon is a great achievement.

    "What makes the award even more special is that it is based on fact.

    "Thanks to Parkers' very clever cost of motoring tool, we can officially say that the new Civic is the best value new car out there!"

    For more information visit www.parkers.co.uk.

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    http://wot.motortrend.com/styling-si...rt-232585.html

    Styling Size-Up: 2013 Honda Fit EV vs. 2012 Honda Fit Sport

    Honda Fit drivers who spot a 2013 Honda Fit EV on the road will instantly recognize something’s different about the bright blue hatch, but might not realize it’s electric unless they spot the “Fit EV” script on the car’s rear doors. Of course, the 2013 Honda Fit EV sports plenty more visual changes besides badges compared to the 2012 Honda Fit Sport. Take a virtual walk around the two cars with us and decide for yourself whether the Fit EV is more or less attractive than the Fit Sport.

    Styling Size Up: 2013 Honda Fit EV vs. 2012 Honda Fit Sport imageFrom the front, the Fit EV’s chrome-trimmed smile is unmistakable. The car appears to have lost the Fit Sport’s black headlight housing trim, covered up the regular grille and now features a revised lower front fascia that removes the fog lights. The center of Fit EV’s headlights also have a blue trim element that ties together the color theme.

    Aside from the Fit EV’s different five-spoke wheels and the charging door, it might not seem like many changes have been made to the modified Fit from the side but, in fact, the car is noticeably taller in person. The taller height helps hide the EV’s battery, which is placed in a slab beneath the floor.

    From behind you can see a much thicker rear spoiler on the Fit EV than you’ll find on the Fit Sport, and you’ll also notice iced taillights. The black panel on the Fit Sport above the license plate area is now body-colored on the Fit EV and, of course, there’s no exhaust pipe.

    Styling Size Up: 2013 Honda Fit EV vs. 2012 Honda Fit Sport imageHonda enthusiasts might be disappointed that the Fit EV doesn’t retain the regular Fit’s so-called “Magic Seat,” but the electric hatch does have a rear seat that’s been moved 3.3 inches back and a seatback reclined 4 additional degrees, for extra comfort. As for those seats, they’re composed of a new seat covering material that Honda says has a reduced manufacturing environmental impact. A revised instrument cluster and metallic accents are also new Fit EV touches.

    Do you think the 2013 Honda Fit EV is a visual improvement over the stock 2012 Honda Fit Sport? Which would you rather park in your driveway? Tell us in the comments section below.

    The refreshed 2013 Toyota Venza five-passenger crossover received mixed reviews last week. “If you weren’t highlighting the fact that it was redesigned,” wrote Kam, “I really wouldn’t have noticed.”

    Mconsbruck disagreed, saying: “These subtle changes make the Venza look more upscale. Best looking product in the Toyota stable right now.”

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    http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-new...-ar132330.html

    Car Infographics: 40 Years of the Honda Civic

    In the ’90s, the Honda Civic was about as common as brightly colored clothes and dual tone socks (don’t lie, we’ve all been there). Kid ’n Play attire aside though, Civics were all the rage due to the ease in which they could be customized, specifically the ease in which the engines could be swapped for more powerful Honda substitutions. Personally, that was our highlight for the Honda Civic, but in total, there were nine generations of the compact car that each had their own unique quality. Now, 40 years, 21 million units, and 60 international awards later, the Honda Civic is coming into its own again, promising fuel economy, sporty performance, smart packaging, alternative fuel, and long-term value. But before we put the spotlight on the New Civic, here’s an infographic to highlight the wonder and versatility that is the Honda Civic.

    This infographic goes into the nine generations of the Honda Civic starting with its introduction as a two-door model in July 1973 and ending with the 2012 New Civic. It also goes into the highlights for each generation.

    Check out the rest of the infographic after the jump to get more information and remember to check back with us for the next installment in our Car Infographics series.




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    http://www.tribune.com.ng/sat/index....and-style.html

    Honda Place Unveils 4th Generation CR-V In Grand Style

    The Honda Place(THP), Lagos, has unveiled the 4th generation Honda CR-V, utility car, 16 years after the CR-V was initially introduced.

    altThe recent unveiling of this wonder on wheel, was a beehive at the Ocean View Restaurant Lagos as THP the wrap off the crossover vehicle, saying, “the re-launch of the crossover SUV couldn’t have been low-keyed.”

    The Sales and Marketing Director, The Honda Place, Mr Deepak Daryanani, who made this remark in his presentation said “the sedanlike ride with stunning economical four-cylinder engine spectrum and a remarkable handling are rare features that distinguished the CR-V in its class.”

    He said the CR-V has continued to enjoy customer loyalty and increasing sales year-on-year due to its uniqueness, ample passenger room, cargo capacity and competitive pricing,.

    “While some models offer V6 engines, Honda CR-V has remained focused on its practical aspirations and true-to-form design, becoming the best choice available in the all-important compact, small-SUV segment,” Daryanani said.

    Redesigned for 2012, the new Honda CR-V still maintains its previous size, with minimal hardware changes, enough style and feature modification to keep Honda’s top selling crossover fully competitive.

    Like its predecessor, the remodelled CR-V is offered in familiar LX and EX-L trim levels.

    “While the LX comes pretty well equipped, the EX-L gets additional convenience and luxury features, but without navigation systems for the local market,” Daryanani said.

    A peep in the hood underscores CR-V’s standard 2.4-litre inline four cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque’ mated to Honda’s fashionable five-speed transmission, just as all models comes in the traditional front wheel drive safe for the all-wheel drive that is optional.

    But what exactly makes the new CR-V different? The list of features according to the sales and marketing director is amazing. First is the intelligently thought-out interior with high quality materials; comfortable ride, quieter engine (than before), better road handling and remarkable steering high points.

    Other technical features on the new CR-V focuses on the next generation mini-utilities, which come as standard, for instance, two info screens, a rear view camera, Bluetooth, and a function that reads incoming text messages from paired phones – provided the phone is a BlackBerry.

    Honda has also improved on the CR-V’s fuel management system, improving from 21/28mpg city/highway to 23/31mpg and the all-wheel-drive models go from 21/27mpg to 22/30mpg.

    Daryanani said the main goal of the 2012 Honda CR-V is to be an excellent family vehicle as affirmed by test drivers.

    Safety however remains a strong selling point for the CR-V: With top five-star government safety ratings, Daryanani said the CR-V ranks best amongst safety conscious cars in its class.

    Other standard safety features includes stability control, braking assist, and front-side and head-protecting side curtain air bags.

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    http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...-list-u-s.html

    Honda Civic Sedan On Best Green Cars List In U.S.

    TULLAMARINE, AUSTRALIA – July 13, 2012: The Honda Civic sedan has been named one of the ‘10 Best Green Cars of 2012’ by America’s largest car valuation company, Kelley Blue Book.

    The ninth-generation Civic sedan was recognised for its exceptional fuel efficiency, reliability and value.

    The Civic will celebrate a major milestone this month – its 40th birthday. To celebrate, Honda Australia is giving away free Honda Warranty Plus (Five-Year Warranty and Premium Roadside Assistance) for every Civic sedan (including Hybrid) sold before Sunday 15 July, 2012.

    Honda Australia spokesperson, Mr. Lindsay Smalley, said this newest accolade further strengthens the Civic’s credentials. “The Civic’s impressive fuel efficiency, reliability and value-for-money make it the best buy in the popular small car segment in Australia.

    “The Civic is a perfect example of how Honda is realising its vision for an exciting, cleaner future without compromising on the joy of driving,” Mr. Smalley said.

    The Civic sedan’s Eco Assist coaching system, ECON mode and refined engine ensure fuel usage and cost are kept to a minimum. Combined urban extra urban fuel consumption (based on ADR 81/02 test results) for the Civic sedan range is as follows:
    Civic Hybrid CVT 4.4L/100kms
    Civic VTi manual 6.8L/100kms and auto 6.7l/100kms
    Civic VTi-L auto 6.7L/100kms
    Civic Sport auto 7.5L/100kms

    An industry leader and innovator, Honda was the world’s first car manufacturer to announce voluntary global targets for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and the first to introduce hybrid motoring in Australia in 2001.

    With more than 20 million sold worldwide since launching in Japan in 1972, the Civic has a long and proud history throughout the world.

    Honda is the world’s biggest engine manufacturer, a leader in automotive research and development and consistently rated a top performer in customer satisfaction. There are more than 400,000 Hondas on the road in Australia and millions of happy customers worldwide.


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    • http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...oks-just-fine/

      Half-Time Sales Rankings 2012: Honda Looks Just Fine

      Tim Cain, our not-quite-in-house sales whiz, has cooked up a ranking of the top 260 best sellers year-to-date for 2012. I won’t spoil any surprises, but the Suzuki Forenza lost. And Honda might be the big winner.

      The Ford F-Series and Toyota Camry are holding on to their #1 spots in the truck and car categories respectively. A look at the car rankings show the Civic in the second spot, unlikely to catch the Camry, but the Accord is just behind everyone’s favorite comeback kid, the Nissan Altima. Roughly 2,000 units separate the two, and before any of the fanboys try to sling mud at the rival product, remember that both cars are due to be replaced, and there’s lot of incentives out there to help clear out the remaining inventory.

      The CR-V, maligned in some parts for being “boring” or lacking MyHondaSyncTouchLink infotechtainment systems, is also doing well. It’s the top-selling crossover in the land, ahead of the Ford Escape by a decent margin. I told anyone willing to listen that an easy-to-load cargo floor and one-touch folding seats would win out over turbo engines and touch screens, but not many were willing to accept that it was actually a good car. 146,682 people listened to me so far.

      On the minivan front, less than 7,000 units separate the Dodge Grand Caravan from the second-place Honda Odyssey, while the Nissan Versa is handily winning the subcompact segment, outselling the Hyundai Accent nearly 2:1.

      My takeaway for the weekend is this: does boring sell, or is Honda just a victim of a segment of people who can’t wait to watch it fail?

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      http://www.ameinfo.com/abdullah-hash...y-saudi-306313

      Abdullah Hashim launches Honda CITY in Saudi Arabia

      Abdullah Hashim Company Limited the sole distributor for Honda products in Saudi Arabia have announced the long awaited arrival of refreshed Honda CITY in the region. This follows the recent launch of all new CR-V in April 2012.
      Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shakib Haider, General Manager-Honda SBU, of Abdullah Hashim Co. said, "The new Honda CITY refreshed its popular "Arrow Shot Form" with new striking definitions on exterior body giving an even more dynamic presence on the road. The front fascia with its distinctive new chrome grille, renders a sophisticated sedan appeal. Well-defined front & rear bumper accentuates the sophisticated sedan appeal and new rear tail-lights now looking more stylish. The dynamic character of the CITY is enhanced with new design 16" alloy wheels (available on EX grade)."

      Haider pointed out that in addition to the distinctive changes on the exterior styling, the new CITY also received improvement in the interior which lends it more refined and premium details. The meter graphics is upgraded with new blue color to enhance premium appeal. Chrome touch is also added on center console panel for improved modern sporty look.

      The CITY comes equipped with a 1.5L, 4 cylinder new generation i-VTEC engine delivering class leading power of 118 hp while providing good fuel economy.

      Unique in its class, the CITY is also equipped with 5 Speed Automatic Transmission which not only provides an improved drive performance but also improves fuel efficiency. The "Paddle Shift" option (for EX grade) brings more sporty driving performance analogous to the Honda pedigree.

      Safety of all occupants are addressed by equipments such as ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), BA (Brake Assist), EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), Dual SRS airbags and pre-tensioner seat belts which come standard on the new CITY. Honda also ensures pedestrian safety by incorporating G-CON (G-Force Control Technology) body which mitigates impact energy efficiently and thus alleviates pedestrian injury.

      The Honda CITY is available in two grades - LX and EX. Features like body colored bumpers & mirrors, power mirrors & windows, electric power steering, tilt/telescopic steering column, advanced audio system, air conditioner, fuel consumption display, ABS, SRS airbags, front seat belt pre-tensioner & load limiter are standard on both LX and EX grades.

      The all new City is covered under Honda's standard warranty of 3 years or 100,000 km (whichever comes earlier).




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      Old cars in new avatars

      New Delhi, July 14 -- There was a time when Ambassadors and Fiats were the only ones which were seen rolling down the Indian roads and we were more than happy with those cars. Now, the scenario has undergone a sea change and we have umpteen options to choose from, especially in the small car segment. Modern day cars are equipped with latest fuel efficient technology and low emission engines which have made a special place in the heart of every car buyer in India.

      In fact, today's Indian car buyers seem to remain royal to their favourite brands and are happy to buy an updated version of the existing model. Therefore, after the extreme success of cars such as Maruti Suzuki Alto, Swift, Swift DeZire, Hyundai i10, Honda City, etc auto majors have started to add newer technologies and enhanced features to retain their old clientele.

      The biggest example of this is Maruti Suzuki Alto, which remained the largest selling car in India for many years from the time it was launched. However, the car maker launched their new model, Alto K10 with an upgraded engine of 998cc giving the car more power. The new Alto K10 is the best competitor in small car segment.

      The main visual changes of Alto K10 from old Alto are - a new chrome grille up front with wide slats and a deep V-like recess, new and large headlight, holding amber turn indicators. It is available in both LXi and VXi trim and the VXi trim gets body coloured bumpers, fog lamps and very smart looking wheel covers. The car has become 125 mm longer and now rests on 13 inch wheels. The interior of the new Alto has also be redesigned. An internally adjustable ORVM, power windows for front passengers, remote boot opener, remote fuel lid opener, key reminder and stylish gear knob are other attractions.

      Fly with Fluidic design

      The most notable difference between old i20 and new i20 Fluidic been of course the design looks by adoption of Fluidic design with curves. The i-Gen i20 has a fluidic front that resembles its siblings, the Verna, i10 and the recently launched Eon. The hexagonal lower air dam, the suave-looking headlamps and leaf-shaped fog lamps give the i-Gen i20, an elegant look. The i20's now has new alloy wheel pattern and chrome door handles. The overall design of the facelift version is much like the current model.

      The new i20's rear has redesigned tail lamp cluster with a curved array of reverse lamps and turn indicators. On the inside, the i20 gets grey-beige dual tone interiors. Overall, in terms of styling, the new i20 has a sporty character.

      Swift of the roads

      Since its launch in 2005 Maruti Suzuki Swift ruled the premium hatchback segment in the Indian car market. Other manufacturers haven't yet managed to touch its supremacy or procure the sales figure that it does. However, Maruti Suzuki chucked out the old version only to introduce new Swift 2011-2012 model.

      Though not much perceivable at first look, the changes in the Suzuki Swift new model starts from the exterior design. Maruti Swift 2011-2012 is longer and wider than the old model and has a larger air dam, rear and front bumpers. Another attraction is the alloy wheel that ultimately makes the car more sporty and stylish.

      Everything takes a big leap when you move inside the new Maruti Swift. It's not at all like the old model and feels like more premium and quality package. Maruti Swift comes with a better audio system-as you can see it on the dashboard it's well positioned with USB and AUX-IN connectivity. Another useful insert in the new model is the multifunctional display fitted just behind the steering wheel, in between the dials.

      Dzire more

      The Swift Dzire Compact sedan is built on the new Swift platform which was launched in August 2011. The new Swift Dzire adorns some changes like a completely new grille. The headlamps are bigger and better looking with completely new tail lamps, larger rear door; the new bumpers incorporate wider air dam grille and new fog lamp enclosures. Most of the rear is tweaked; however the styling is done neatly.

      While all these are exterior changes, the new car in India also boasts of its enhanced interior space, the beige plastics on the dual-tone dashboard and door pads, light coloured upholstery, adjustable headrests and armrest in the centre of rear seat.

      New Maruti Swift Dzire is packed with the same engine as Maruti Swift hatchback as it is based on new Swift's platform. The car is available with petrol and diesel version making a total of seven models in its fleet namely LXi, VXi, VXi AT, ZXi, LDi, VDi and ZDi.

      The Titanium Touch

      Ford India added a Titanium trim to the Fiesta Classic sedan, to be positioned as the top end variant. Befitting the Titanium moniker, which is used on the top end variants of Ford cars in India, the Fiesta Classic gets a host of new features.

      Named as new Ford Fiesta Powershift automatic, it's an automatic variant of the new Fiesta. The PowerShift transmission features a dry-clutch setup and is a completely sealed unit. The transmission is a maintenance-free unit which stands good for 2.4 lakh km or 10 years.

      In bumper to bumper traffic, there is a Creep function which allows one to move forward without having to press the accelerator. This is the first dual-clutch to be offered in this segment and will compete with the automatic variants in the segment.

      City's car

      Moving on the same path Honda launched the new Honda City with striking new looks and value added features. The New Honda City juxtaposes Honda's superior design and enhanced premium styling. The interiors of the new City incorporates an elegant and attractive design.

      The plush interiors with high quality seat fabric and improved modern Centre Control Panel with stylish Chrome fittings gives the car an upmarket feel. The car sports a soft lit Blue Meter Graphic which lends even more premiumness to the car.

      The New Honda City now comes with enhanced ground clearance of 165 mm, 5mm more than its predecessor giving it an extra bit of comfort on bumpy roads. The introduction of new features like Cruise Control System and Turn indicators on ORVM in New City 1.5V and V(Sunroof) complement the look of the car and make it plush with a luxurious feel. The Honda City comes equipped with a 1.5L, 4 cylinder new generation i-VTEC engine that delivers a good balance of 118PS power along with excellent fuel economy.

      HT Media Limited

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      http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=164866

      Honda achieves milestone of 200,000 units’ production

      Lahore—Associates at Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited had a reason to celebrate as the Japanese automaker added another chapter to its achievement books by rolling out its 200,000th unit. Behind the success are loyal customers backed by workforce that has worked tirelessly at Honda’s production facility to achieve this milestone.

      The celebration event was attended by Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi, President of Asian Honda Motor and Chief Operating Officer of Honda Asia & Oceania region. Who while speaking on the occasion extended his profound gratitude to all valued customers who stood by Honda in critical times arising out of Japan Tsunami and floods in Thailand. He thanked all Honda customers for making it possible to achieve the landmark of 200,000th unit production. He also appreciated the efforts of all Honda associates who challenged all adversities through no production period. He further said that Honda Pakistan will continue to raise the bar for itself to achieve 300,000 units target in shortest possible time.

      Speaking on the occasion Mr. Takeharu Aoki, President/CEO of Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited, hailed all Honda associates on the achievement.

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        Saudi dealer launches revamped Honda City

        Abdullah Hashim Company, the sole distributor for Honda products in Saudi Arabia, has announced the arrival of the revamped Honda City in the region following the recent launch of all new CR-V.

        Shakib Haider, general manager-Honda SBU, of Abdullah Hashim Company said: “The new Honda City has refreshed its popular Arrow Shot Form with new striking definitions on exterior body.”

        “The front fascia with its distinctive new chrome grille renders a sophisticated sedan appeal. Well-defined front and rear bumper accentuates the sophisticated sedan appeal and new rear tail-lights now looking more stylish. The dynamic character of the City is enhanced with new design 16-inch alloy wheels (available on EX grade).”

        Haider pointed out that in addition to the distinctive changes on the exterior styling, the new City also received improvement in the interior which lends it more refined and premium details.

        The meter graphics is upgraded with new blue color to enhance premium appeal. Chrome touch is also added on center console panel for improved modern sporty look, he said.

        The City comes equipped with a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder new generation i-VTEC engine delivering a power of 118 hp.

        The City is also equipped with five-speed automatic transmission which not only provides an improved drive performance but also improves fuel efficiency. The “Paddle Shift” option (for EX grade) brings more sporty driving performance analogous to the Honda pedigree, Haider said.

        The car also features ABS (anti-lock braking system), BA (brake assist), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), Dual SRS airbags and pre-tensioner seat belts which come standard on the new City.

        Honda also ensures pedestrian safety by incorporating G-CON (G-Force Control technology) body which mitigates impact energy efficiently and thus alleviates pedestrian injury.

        The Honda City is available in two grades – LX and EX.

        Features like body coloured bumpers and mirrors, power mirrors and windows, electric power steering, tilt/telescopic steering column, advanced audio system, air conditioner, fuel consumption display, ABS, SRS airbags, front seat belt pre-tensioner & load limiter are standard on both grades, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service

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        http://sxsnews.com/index.php/2012/07...n-atv-engines/

        Honda of South Carolina Hits Production Milestone With Two Million ATV Engines

        Torrance, CA: An ATV engine for Honda’s TRX500 Foreman® Rubicon™ model recently rolled off the dyno at the Honda of South Carolina (HSC) manufacturing plant, and marked a milestone: It was the two millionth engine produced at Honda’s Timmonsville, SC, factory.

        HSC is a 536,150-square-foot facility that sits on 625 acres, and it is dedicated solely to the production of Honda ATVs. Opened in 1998, the assembly plant added engine production in the year 2000. HSC is one of 12 major plants in the U.S., and has the ability to produce 266,000 ATVs and 310,000 engines annually. Since 1998, HSC has manufactured more than two million Honda ATVs.

        “I would like to thank all of our associates for helping us achieve this major milestone,” said Brian Newman, President HSC. “This facility is unique among all Honda plants in the U.S. as it is dedicated solely to the production of Honda ATVs that are sold not only here in the U.S. but also around the world. This is American manufacturing at the highest Honda quality level, and we take great pride in this milestone.”

        About Honda

        American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and MUVs in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.




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        http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/road...om-with-a-view

        Honda CRV has room, with a view


        We "invented" the first CRV in New Zealand. When I say "we" I'm referring to a contingent of New Zealand journalists who happened across the first CRV by accident in Japan. It was October 1994, and Honda was very apologetic, explaining that the car was merely an engineering exercise, a part-time project experimenting with a new Honda all-wheel-drive system, an Integra-donated engine and transmission and the Civic/Ballade platform.

        It was clad with a body that was a little crude, but you'd definitely recognise it as a CRV, all square set and not high on detailing.

        We each managed to elbow our way into the driver's seat and give it a go, remarking almost as one, that it would be perfect for New Zealand – a family wagon cum holdall – the acronym SUV wasn't much in use at the time. I had a few misgivings about the double-pump system that seemed a little slow to react and feed power to the rearwheels on Honda's dirt testing area, but the car handled well, offered a tonne of room – as thousands of New Zealand owners have found – and though it didn't look ready for production we all saw the potential.

        The Japanese didn't. Honda didn't even have it on the list for future domestic availability, never mind export.

        But they were impressed that we were impressed, and after a few other independents got behind the wheel, and expressed their own positive remarks, Honda was forced to consider the car for sale.

        The rest is history. Honda did put it into production, with that engagingly ordinary almost generic bodystyle, a better executed interior and a quicker-reacting version of the drive-system. That New Zealand was the first export market was something of a compliment, though it was only able to occur if a huge order of several hundred units was placed, if my memory serves me well. An order like that probably put then New Zealand Honda general manager Rob Elliot's job on the line.

        He needn't have worried. The car took off like a rocket and hasn't really stopped since. That first batch was sold in no time. To such an extent that Honda Australia, who had turned its nose up at the car – because they said it wasn't tough enough – ordered the CRV a year after we started importing it. It went, as it did in New Zealand, straight to the top of the light SUV market slot. The same thing happened in the US, and Britain when they ordered the CRV, and it has stayed at the top or close to it in most markets right through three generations.

        The arrival of the fourth CRV promises to return the model to its halcyon days on the New Zealand market, because Honda has managed to negotiate a starting sticker of $39,900 for the model, by offering a two-wheel-drive version of the car, recognising that in many cases, possibly the majority, space, a good view and a nice drive are stronger priorities than four-by-four and a big engine. The market has started to reflect this with several other makers doing 2WD Crossovers, something the US market has insisted on putting on its SUV makers' manifests for 20 years or more.

        The new starter car is a 2.0-litre front-wheel-drive CRV S model, which uses the same 2-litre engine used in some Civic sedans. It offers 114kw and 190Nm torque, and fuel economy of just 7.7 L/100km, offering medium hatch running costs in a large SUV package. The nice thing about this base offering is that unless you spot that the AWD 2.4-litre model has a dark tinted glass sunroof and a couple of auxiliary lights in its chin area, no-one need know you could only afford the Captain Sensible car in the range – the 2-litre front drive one.

        The $48,900 4WD 2.4-litre CRV Sport, as it is known, even has the same smart 17-inch alloy wheels as the S model, and every CRV is well-equipped, with a reversing camera, iMID Bluetooth phone and music streaming, front, side and curtain airbags, iPod integration, and magic seats that fold automatically flat at the tug of two levers.

        Otherwise, the Sport version replaces the S model's faux suede trim with leather, adds the power sunroof, automatic wipers, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, steering wheel shift paddles, fog lamps and an auto dimming rear view mirror. The Sport's engine is a refettled version of the previous CRV's 2.4 litre engine which now offers 140kW instead of 124kW, 222Nm of torque, up from 218Nm, and thanks to better aerodynmic efficiency, longer gearing, a lower, shorter and slightly lighter all up weight, the new Sport gets 8.7 litres per 100km an improvement of 1.3L/100km on the old car.

        CRV owners can be encouraged into economical driving habits by Honda's so-called ECON operating mode, which, softens throttle responses and improves the vehicles' fuel efficiency when activated. Both CRVs come with a 5-speed automatic transmission, which offers slightly higher overall gearing (1950rpm/100kmh in top gear) to aid fuel economy. The Sport also includes steering wheel mounted shift paddles.

        Having got rid of the previous car's awkward "Civic hit up the backside by an Audi Q7" styling and replacing it with a much more muscular look, the CRV IV looks bigger than the old car. But it's actually shorter by 30mm, thanks to less prominent front and rear overhangs and 30mm lower over all, with a much flatter roofline. The passenger floor and seat bases are 40mm lower than before, but still offer that panoramic SUV view that many buyers look for, with the rear passengers mounted just a few millimetres higher than the front pair.

        Load space has improved from 512 to 589 litres with the seats up, while maximum – up to the roofliner – volume has gone from 1522 to 1669mm.

        For all this extra space, Honda has managed to reduce the coefficient of drag by 8 per cent, with, like its recently launched Civic five-door, an underpanel that aids airflow and reduces lift.

        From a brief drive in the two new CRVs, this driver can report a dramatically improved car in terms of ride and refinement. The driving position is more car-like than before, but still offers that view people are fond of. Honda has reprofiled the front pillars for better driver visibility too, which is a must with our reversed turning rules and the cabin feels more airy than before.

        On the open road, there are times like on steep hills and when overtaking when you'd like to be able to call on the extra grunt offered by the 2.4-litre Sport model, but the 2.0-litre S has its plus points too. It's a sweeter, smoother and quieter engine. Without the all-wheel drive system's weight and mechanical drag, it appears to ride better too, with noticeably less road noise – not that either car is exactly noisy.

        Handling and ride is above average for an SUV, and though the car's steering is electrically assisted rather than hydraulic, Honda has been using such systems since the 1990s and I was impressed with the cars' turn-in accuracy and cornering balance. On the cars' Auckland launch programme, there was no real dirt component, though the usual wet roads presented no problems and the cars didn't mind gravel surfaces or bumps too much.

        The CRV still uses that double-pump traction sensing all-wheel-drive set-up. It reacts to lack of purchase within a fraction of a turn of the road wheels, so slip and loss of traction should be almost undetectable.

        In day-to-day use, I preferred the S model's charcoal faux suede seating to the leather-timmed Sport's. I didn't slide on it. I liked its luxurious feel and though leather might be easier to wipe clean, I thought the matte finish of the fabric trimmed car was nicer to look at than the hide.

        I'm excited for Honda with the new CRV. With most similarly sized Japanese SUVs costing more and offering less, the S model will sell very well, at $39,900, but I can't help thinking that the AWD 2.4 CRV Sport at $9000 more is a big jump to make, even if it's only a couple of grand more expensive than its base model 4WD predecessor. I'd like to see some models in the middle, specifically a non-leather trimmed Sport with no sunroof, or perhaps a 2.4-litre version of the 2WD S model.

        Honda says it will sell 700 examples of the new CRV in its first full year, but is openly looking at fleet sales, and sold previous models at the rate of up to 1200 units a year.

        True there are a dozen more offerings in this segment than the two-horse race the first CRV had with the RAV4, but at $39,900, the 2WD CRV is a genuine no-brainer.

        HONDA CRV

        Powertrains:

        2WD CRV S - 2.0-litre 16v i-VTEC, five-speed automatic.
        4WD CRV Sport - 2.4-litre 16v i-VTEC, five-speed automatic.

        Performance:

        CRV S - 114kW at 6500rpm, 190Nm at 4300rpm, 7.7L/100km, 179g/km CO2.
        CRV Sport - 140kW at 7000rpm, 222Nm at 4300rpm. 8.9L/100km, 202g/km CO2.

        Chassis: MacPherson struts at front, multi-link double-wishbones at rear, electric power steering. 17 inch alloy wheels.

        Safety: ABS, ESC, VSA traction control, multi-stage front airbags, front side airbags and front and rear side-curtains, 5-star NHTSA safety rating.

        Dimensions: L 4534mm, W 1820mm, H 1685mm, W/base 2620mm, Weight 1518-1587kg, Fuel 58L.

        Pricing: CRV S $39,900, CRV Sport $48,900.

        Hot: CRV S superbly priced, roomy, flexible, great magic seat arrangement, styling has grown up.

        Not: There needs to be an "in between" model at about $43k-$45k. No diesel option – yet.

        Verdict: Great pricing and high specification will return CRV to the sales numbers of 10 years ago.

        - © Fairfax NZ News

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        http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view....15000292&cpv=0

        Japanese automakers struggle in Korean market

        Imported car brands with large deficits aim to hit back with lower prices and model revamps


        Japanese carmakers have seen gradual recoveries in the global market, but their Korean businesses are still posting large operating losses.

        The automakers attributed their large deficits to external factors such as last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, floods in Thailand and the strong yen.
        “Last year was doomed to deficit. The earthquake and other natural disasters basically blocked the automobile company from sales. Then was then … but we believe that we will be able to continue and make positive progress,” a Toyota Korea spokesman said.

        Toyota Korea acknowledged that the company is left with a 32.9 billion won ($28.6 million) operating loss after 391.4 billion won in sales in the fiscal year from March 2011 to March 2012. The figure increased by about 253 percent from a year earlier.

        The leading Japanese carmaker saw sales drop by about 8 percent, whereas the entire Korean imported car market grew by about 21 percent in the first half of the fiscal year.

        “The imported car market was not so big in size then, when Lexus sold the most in 2007. We sold 7,520 cars throughout the year,” said a Toyota Korea official who asked to remain anonymous. “Now there are many imported car companies that sell over 100,000.

        “The Lexus models currently being sold in Korea were mostly introduced back in 2007… these models are too old and, besides, we went through a lot last year after all,” the source said.

        Toyota Korea added a new sports sedan, the New GS, to the Lexus lineup on March 12, to make up in second-half sales. The company also plans to launch the gasoline-powered ES350 and ES300h Hybrids in September at the earliest.

        Followed by its bestselling model Camry 2012 in the first half, the company aims to promote the Lexus brand in the second half as its major product.

        Reports show that Nissan Korea and Honda Korea did not escape heavy operating losses either. Nissan Korea ended up with an even greater operating deficit, 34.6 billion won, accounting for about one-quarter of its 138.4 billion won in sales.

        Comparing the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years, Nissan Korea’s year-on-year sales fell by about 44 percent and its operating loss soared by about 63 percent.

        Another source said that Nissan Korea reaped about 9.1 billion won in surplus during the 2007 “golden age,” but the yen began to rise in 2008, causing the ever-growing deficit. Starting from 44.2 billion won in 2008, the accumulative operating loss rose to 120 billion won over the past four years, which is almost equal to total sales last year.

        “The earthquake and strong yen led to the drop (in market share and sales),” said a spokeswoman for Nissan Korea.

        Regarding the continued German dominance of the Korean imported car market, the spokeswoman denied that the nationality of a car brand is significant.

        Honda Korea increased sales in the first half by about 13 percent. Considering the 21 percent growth in the Korean imported car market, however, the company is still struggling, according to a news report.

        Honda Korea first entered the Korean imported car market in 2003 with motorcycles and introduced four-wheeled vehicles from 2004. The company’s market share in Korea was highest in 2007 at 13 percent, which fell with the rise of yen in 2008 just like most of the other Japanese auto brands.

        In addition to the Japanese earthquake and strong yen, Honda Korea suffered losses from the floods in Thailand in 2011, which swamped more than two-thirds of the country and shut down hundreds of factories.

        “We have manufacturing plants for two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles in Thailand. (The Thai flood) caused a lot of difficulties and (negative) impact on the production level,” said a spokeswoman for Honda Korea.

        Honda Korea is seeking to raise sales through promotion campaigns that change every month. In July, the company is offering a maximum 5 million won discount to those who purchase its bestselling midsized sedan, Accord.

        Subaru marked a .3 billion won operating loss over the past two years with a 19 percent drop in sales. CXC Motors, the official distributor of Mitsubishi, sold 22 cars in the first half, more than half of which are turned out to be purchased by its employees, a news report said.

        By Chung Joo-won (joowonc@heraldm.com)

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        http://www.examiner.com/article/2012...-drive?cid=rss

        2012 Honda CR-V is spacious and economical to drive

        Honda’s CR-V AWD crossover has been fully redesigned for 2012, but it retained some favorable features from previous models.

        Included in this makeover are a restyled exterior, upgraded cabin, softer ride and improved fuel economy.

        Based on the Civic, the CR-V is probably the most popular compact crossover on the market. In fact Lehigh Valley Health Network runs a fleet of them as courier cars since, with AWD, they’re sure-footed in snow (6.7 inches of ground clearance) and offer excellent fuel economy. I have a friend who has a 2007 model and loves it and hasn’t had a stitch of problems with it. She’s even considering trading up to the 2012 model.
        View slideshow: 2012 Honda CR-V is spacious and economical to drive

        Offered in LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navigation system models, we tested the latter that had voice control and real-time traffic.

        New this model year in a standard rearview camera system, automatic headlights, keyless entry, Bluetooth phone, Pandora and USB/iPod interfaces and more.

        While several other crossovers offer a V6 powerplant, CR-V has but one choice. A 2.4-liter, 185-hp (five more than 2011 model) four-cylinder is standard. It produces 163 lb/ft of torque, which is far from neck snapping acceleration. Nor does it make a bona fide tow vehicle (Honda rates it at a mere 1,500 pounds). Power gets sent to the wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission whose shift points are smooth and without much notice. With four adults aboard, hills and steep grades are lethargic. But this lack of robust power comes with impressive EPA mileage estimates of 22 city, 30 highway mpg, or, 10 percent better than the 2011 model.
        The new CR-V is handsome with its new styling lines
        The new CR-V is handsome with its new styling lines
        Photo credit:
        by Nick Hromiak

        To help obtain these attractive mpg figures, the CR-V comes with a driver activated “Econ Mode” that alters the Drive-by-Wire throttle system response curve and A/C temperature setting to conserve fuel.

        The interior received an upgrade with soft, supportive comfy seats fore and aft. Step-in is an easy 18.5 inches and the doors open almost 90 degrees for easy ingress/egress fore and aft. Missing, however, is the open space beneath the console where women could stow their purses - which was in older models. And back seats no longer move fore/aft because an automatic fold mechanism was installed. As such, the rear seatbacks now fold in one-touch manner. When failing to buckle up, a friendly female voice reminds you to do so. There’s also a mpg readout atop the dash for economy minded drivers.


        A 5.75x 3-inch LCD screen displays GPS, rearview camera and audio functions. All instrumentation and controls are easy to view and easy. No need to consult the owners’ manual here.

        Handling too has improved compliments of a re-calibration of the suspension. And the ride on 17-inch Bridgestone tires is quieter thanks to added insulation.

        The 2012 model is an inch shorter in height and length but the wheelbase remained the same as the 2011. Parking is easy as the turning radius is rated at a relatively tight 37.3 feet.

        Despite losing an inch in length, the cargo area is spacious measuring 36 inches deep, 42 wide and 35.75 high with the rear seats up. Fold the 60/40s and depth extends to 63.5 inches. Cubic feet wise, it’s 37.2 with the seats up, 70.9 folded.

        As the top-line model, my EX-L Nav was nicely equipped with a long list of goodies such as tinted rear glass, heated front seats, power moonroof, heated/power door mirrors, fog lights and XM satellite radio with free activation and three months free service. As such, there were no extra cost options. The base price of $29,795 rose to $30,605 as a result of an $810 delivery charge.

        My only disappointment with the CR-V was that it doesn’t ‘t have a lock mode for the AWD system, a valuable aid when attempting to get out of deep snow. Otherwise, it’s a nimble crossover that’s fun to drive and economical to boot. It remains one of my all-time favorites.

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        http://www.lowellsun.com/autos/ci_21...ains-fun-drive

        Civic Si remains fun to drive

        Since the sport compact craze hit, some seriously scary little cars have hit the streets. Mitsubishi and Subaru are still having their horsepower war as the Lancer Evolution and WRX slug it out, and sportsters like the Mazdaspeed3 and Ford Focus ST are playing the game as well.

        This isn't one of those cars. Honda's Civic Si continues to fly its fun-to-drive flag while holding true to the qualities that got it on top in the first place: refinement and fuel economy. The most powerful sport compacts are packing half again as much horsepower as the Civic Si, but that's OK because it's not intended to go head to head with those monsters anyway. The Civic is a pretty good dancer nevertheless, though, and kind of adorable in an accidentally
        The Civic has a two-tiered instrument panel that puts vital driver information above the steering wheel where it's easily visible.


        The Civic's all new for 2012, but the styling remains familiar. The styling retains the familiar dramatic, single-angle slope from nose to roof and the faired-in headlights, but has been further smoothed and sculpted into a "monoblock" form that blurs the distinction between body and greenhouse. Both front and rear windscreens are steeply raked. It's not all flash, either; the body strakes and character lines are precisely placed to manage airflow, and the Civic's underside is almost flat to improve aerodynamics. The larger front bumper includes bigger air intakes. Internal body stiffening is accomplished by extensive use of high-strength steel. The Si is available as a coupe or sedan. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard.

        Inside, the Civic's designed to appeal to closet sci-fi fans as well, with a futuristic two-tiered instrument panel that puts vital driver information above the steering wheel where it's easily visible, and less pressing details a bit lower. The small aluminum-ball shifter on the manual transmission is a pleasant retro touch. There's room for five passengers in the Civic, and the trunk will hold just under 12 cubic feet of cargo. Bluetooth connectivity and a USB-equipped audio system are standard. A 5-inch multi-information display in the center provides vehicle information, radio info including album artwork if you've got it uploaded, and the ability to customize a "wallpaper" image just like a personal computer. In the Si, vehicle dyamic information like a rev-limit indicator and engine output monitor are available. Well-equipped Civic Si models can be outfitted with a navigation system and XM satellite radio.

        The Civic Si is powered by a new 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. In addition to being significantly more powerful than the 140-horse 1.8-liter engine in the standard Civic, the Si's 2.4 provides a great deal more torque. Dual overhead cams and all-aluminum construction are used, as are Honda's i-VTEC variable valve control and low-friction internal components. It's not the sledgehammer, 300-horsepower blast of some of the Civic's rally-bred competitors, but it is the most powerful Civic that's been offered in the U.S. Putting the power to the road is a six-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential. Want an automatic? You'll have to get a regular Civic.

        Efficiency aside, the Civic is a good dancer. MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link rear combine with a stiff structure, one-inch shorter wheelbase and a reasonably low 2900-pound curb weight to create a tossable and responsive little car. The electronic power steering is speed-sensitive. Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist is standard equipment. The Si also gets larger brakes front and rear.

        For moderately priced, decently entertaining backroad heroics, the Civic Si is an excellent way to go. It's not the most fiery dragon on the block, but it'll still turn heads when the time is right. Pricing is reasonable too, at $22,355 for the coupe and $22,555 for the sedan.

        Specifications

        All specifications are for the 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe

        Length: 175.5 inches

        Width: 69.0 inches

        Height: 55.0 inches

        Wheelbase: 103.2 inches

        Curb weight: 2,897 pounds

        Cargo space: 11.7 cubic feet

        Base price: $22,355

        Engine: 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder

        Drivetrain: Six-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive

        Horsepower: 201 @ 7,000

        Torque: 170 @ 4,400

        Fuel capacity: 13.2 gal.

        Est. mileage: 22/31

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        • http://www.autonews.com/article/2012...ng-new-variant

          Fit-based crossover? Honda could be eyeing new variant

          TOKYO -- Honda has a few tricks up its sleeve for the next-generation Fit due next year.

          Honda already has said the Fit will pioneer a new regional r&d strategy -- in which global nameplates will break from a one-size-fits-all approach and be developed and built locally.

          But Honda apparently is planning a new Fit-based crossover to help it sell more than 1 million vehicles off the new platform, according to Japan's Nikkei business daily.

          Those crossovers will mainly target the U.S. and European markets, and global volume could reach 400,000 units, the report says.

          If true, look for a U.S. version to be made at the new Mexican plant Honda plans to open in 2014. That factory is already slated to make the Fit hatchback.

          Worldwide, Honda makes about 800,000 vehicles based on the Fit platform, including the Fit hatch and its sedan-styled City sibling, the Nikkei notes.

          Adding a crossover could push it over the 1 million mark.

          The redesigned Fit is expected in the United States next year.

          The car is already small by U.S. standards, but could a pint-sized crossover version catch on Stateside? To match demand for utility hauling, it might need more oomph under the hood.

          The Japan market already gets a tall-wagon variant of the Fit, called the Freed. That model even comes in an eight-seat version, but that kind of load can put a strain on its 1.5-liter engine.

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          http://www.bworldonline.com/content....ustry&id=55197

          Honda sees double-digit growth in car industry

          THE LOCAL ARM of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. expects a double-digit growth in the car industry this year on the back of positive signs shown by the country's economic indicators, a top official told reporters at Monday’s launch of the full variants of Civic.
          Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) president and general manager Tatsuya Natsume noted that all economic indicators show that the Philippine economy is strong.

          “GDP is good sustained by consumer spending, Peso is strong, OFW remittances increase--everything shows a positive sign. The car market will increase double digit for 2012 for the whole industry,” he said.

          In terms of Honda’s sales, Mr. Natsume expects sales to bounce back at the 2010-level and they are on track to achieve their sales target of 16,000 vehicles this year as their factory in Thailand is fully operational with production in full swing.

          Honda’s factory in Thailand was hit by severe flooding last year which caused closing of manufacturing firms in the country. For its part, HCPI had announced last November that it would halt local production of the City and Civic models. -- DOA

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          http://www.mediapost.com/publication...-campaign.html

          Honda's Hollywood Ending For Summer Campaign

          Honda is back to summer antics with another humorous inventory clearance campaign leading up to the automaker's traditional fourth-quarter portfolio recharge. The campaign, which launches this week, uses Hollywood movies and popular songs to evoke that just-bought new-vehicle feeling.

          The effort, by Santa Monica, Calif.-based RPA, which has been Honda’s AOR since before "When Sally Met Harry," comprises six spots that parody clichés about Hollywood endings: there's one that makes fun of action-adventure, and others that makes hay of the family comedy, the buddy film, and other genres. In each case, there's a farewell from a salesperson, with an instantly recognizable song rolling up, as the driver rolls off the lot and into the sunset, credits rolling.

          The action/adventure spot is set to Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”; the family comedy spoof is set to Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door.” That one touts the Odyssey minivan and features someone with three kids looking for the right vehicle. There's also one set to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla,” and OneRepublic’s “Good Life.”

          “In this campaign, we directly address six key demographics with executions that are colorful and big like Hollywood blockbusters. Breaking through was a priority because of the clutter in the marketplace,” said RPA ACD/Copy Sarah May Bates at RPA.

          The ads will on shows like “America’s Got Talent,” “Castle,” “NCIS,” “The Middle,” “The Office,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Vampire Diaries” and cable networks, including A&E, Animal Planet, Bravo, Discovery and TBS. Print ads will be featured in pubs like People Sports Illustrated, Time and USA Today.

          The company says the digital part of the campaign comprises ads in a long roster of automobile verticals: AOL Autos, Automotive.com, AutoTrader, Autobytel, Bing, Car and Driver, Cars.com, Edmunds, Facebook, Google, Jumpstart, Kelley Blue Book, Motor Trend, MSN Autos, Road& Track, Source Interlink Media, Vehix and Yahoo Autos.

          And what summer campaign would be complete without a sweepstakes? Starting this week at ShopHonda.com consumers can enter for a chance to win free gas for a year or be awarded instant-win $100 American Express gas card prizes.

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          http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...lvis-home-cars

          Honda-Toyota Record North American Output Helps Elvis Home: Cars

          Honda Motor Co. (7267) and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s North American plants, stalled by parts shortages a year ago, are leading an industrywide assembly surge buoying cities from the Midwest to the deep South amid a languid U.S. economy.

          In Tupelo, Mississippi, 18 miles from Toyota’s new Blue Springs plant, Elvis Presley’s birthplace has seen its jobless rate drop to 8 percent with the start of Corolla production last year, from 12.5 percent previously, said Mayor Jack Reed Jr. The arrival of the plant and parts makers helped the city of 35,000 rebound from furniture-making jobs lost to China, he said.

          “Both unemployment and revenues have been affected by Toyota,” Reed said, adding that sales-tax collections have increased 6.4 percent this year. “It’s a great thing when you get people back employed; when instead of using a food pantry now they volunteer at one.”

          Rebounding auto production and sales are bright spots this year amid tepid job growth and wavering consumer sentiment. Honda, with an industry-leading 75 percent output surge, followed by Toyota’s 66 percent increase, and Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. aim to keep raising North American assembly and parts purchases to blunt losses from the yen’s sustained strength.

          Rising production is particularly significant for states such as Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Alabama that have the highest concentration of vehicle and parts plants, said Gus Faucher, a senior economist in Pittsburgh for PNC Financial Services Group Inc. Toyota and Honda are both on pace this year to break their 2007 records for North American output.

          “There is a lot of pent-up demand for autos, and it’s likely to stay strong for the next few years,” Faucher said. “The currency effects are also going to favor the U.S. for some time.”
          Currency Impact

          The Japanese currency traded yesterday at 78.8 yen to the dollar, compared with 86.6 yen to the dollar two years ago and 121.9 yen five years ago. The stronger yen makes it harder for companies to make vehicles in Japan and sell them profitably in the U.S., which encourages more North American manufacturing.

          “Our fundamental philosophy is produce where we sell,” Tom Lake, Honda’s head of North American purchasing, said in a May interview in Raymond, Ohio. “That holds true of our purchasing plans as well. The philosophy hasn’t changed, but the urgency has stepped up.”

          More than 87 percent of the Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. through June this year were made in North America, up from 84 percent a year earlier.

          Honda built a record 894,196 cars and light trucks in North America in the first half, up from 510,658 a year ago, while Toyota produced 944,570, a 374,429-unit increase from 2011’s first half.
          Records Reachable

          “Barring any unforeseen developments, it’s conceivable” that Toyota will make a record number of vehicles in North America this year, said Mike Goss, a spokesman for the automaker’s Erlanger, Kentucky-based manufacturing and engineering unit for the continent.

          Toyota, which regained the global sales lead in the first quarter, and Honda both declined to provide their North American production targets for 2012.

          The first half was “a great start and we’re expecting to continue strong production levels in the coming months,” said Ron Lietzke, a spokesman for Honda’s manufacturing unit in Marysville, Ohio. “We’re still scheduling overtime production, including daily overtime and Saturday work. We continue to produce beyond the capacity of our plants.”
          Output Rising

          North American auto production grew 21 percent to 7.9 million cars and light trucks in the first half, according to trade publication Automotive News.

          General Motors Co. (GM) (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, built 6 percent more vehicles in the first half and Ford Motor Co. (F) (F) raised production 3 percent. Chrysler Group LLC raised output 23 percent.

          Nissan, which is adding 1,000 workers to make Sentra small cars at its Canton, Mississippi, plant, and is building a third auto-assembly factory in Mexico, raised production 21 percent.

          Affiliates Hyundai Motor Co. (005380) and Kia Motors Corp. (000270), both based in Seoul, expanded assembly at plants in Alabama and Georgia a combined 18 percent, according to Automotive News.

          “The first half was about rebuilding inventory, but demand has also been in the sweet spot for cars like Toyota’s Camry,” said Mike Jackson, at industry forecaster at IHS Automotive in Northville, Michigan.

          With new versions of Nissan’s Altima, Ford’s Fusion and Honda’s Accord midsize sedans coming out in the second half, “that space is going be particularly strong,” Jackson said.

          The rebound for Toyota and Honda and total industry growth should push North American production to 14.9 million vehicles this year, up from 13.1 million a year ago, according to IHS Global Insight.

          Suppliers Benefit

          Makers of automotive seats, brakes, tires, glass, carpet, plastics and electronics all benefit when automakers increase production and local parts sourcing.

          “The effects of auto manufacturing are so much more than just the automakers themselves,” said Faucher, the economist. “And equipment and parts manufacturers account for much more employment than do the automakers.”

          Steelmakers are among the biggest beneficiaries.

          Honda uses an average of one ton of steel in every vehicle it builds in North America, said Randy Luther, the company’s U.S. senior administrator for purchasing. So as production rises, steel purchases do, too.
          55% Increase

          Honda is on pace to build 1.7 million autos in North America this year, topping its 1.43 million-unit record in 2007. That indicates a 55 percent increase in coated steel purchased from Midwest mills run by U.S. Steel Corp. (X) (X) and ArcelorMittal (MT), compared with the automaker’s 1.1 million vehicles assembled in North America last year.

          “The North American automotive market is performing well and has continued its gradual and steady recovery from the recession of 2009,” said Bill Steers, a U.S. spokesman for ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaker.

          He declined to discuss increased sales to Toyota and Honda, two of the Luxembourg-based company’s customers.

          Alcoa Inc. (AA) (AA), the largest U.S. aluminum producer, last week reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ estimates as a result of an increase in orders from the automakers including Ford, Toyota and Honda.
          U.S. Exports

          U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 15 percent in the first half to 7.27 million new vehicles, led by volume gains for Toyota, Chrysler and Honda. The world’s second-largest auto market remains on pace for a third straight year of at least 10 percent increases and the highest annual total since 2007.

          Beyond rising deliveries in the U.S., North American auto plants will become a bigger source of exports, Jackson said.

          “Certainly what we are seeing in production is strong domestic demand, but also some international pull,” Jackson said. “Particularly with German brands, but also with Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda and others, they are leveraging North America for international markets.”

          Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) and Daimler AG (DAI)’s Mercedes-Benz export SUVs made in South Carolina and Alabama to Europe and other markets, while Honda and Toyota ship U.S.-built midsize sedans to South Korea.

          While Tupelo’s Reed is enthusiastic about continued auto industry benefits for his community, the city isn’t going to be a “one-company town,” he said.

          “We’re still Tupelo, Mississippi -- not Toyota, Mississippi,” the mayor said. “We haven’t all of the sudden changed who we are.”

          The home of the annual Tupelo Elvis Festival plans to unveil a statue of the singer at city hall next month in connection with the 35th anniversary of the King of Rock and Roll’s death.

          “Elvis business is good too,” Reed said.

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          http://www.oncars.in/Car-News-Detail...-in-India/2736

          Honda shelves plan to launch 2012 Civic in India

          All-new Civic won’t make it to our shores, due to lack of diesel option and high production costs.
          There is no doubt that Honda has been facing a tough time, ever since early 2011. The Japanese brand, which was country’s number one premium carmaker for more than a decade has endured more than its share of problems, ranging from Tsunami in Japan to floods in Thailand to shortage of components and parts and more recently, the rising cost of petrol and the subsequent rise in demand for diesel cars in the Indian market.

          The company’s highly potent Brio and Jazz hatchbacks failed to keep up to company’s expectations due to the lack of a diesel engine. The Honda Civic too, which has been the company’s top-selling sedan has seen better days in the past. However, while the diesel versions of the Jazz and the Brio are definitely coming to Indian market by the end of 2012 or early 2013, the situation of the Civic sedan is likely to remain bleak in the coming months, especially with Honda’s decision to can its plan of launching the new 2012 Honda Civic in the Indian market.


          The ninth-generation Civic, which is currently available in the U.S.A, Thailand, Australia and other countries will not be introduced here because it’s proving to be too expensive for the company. Also, what’s not in favor of the decision to replace the ailing sedan is the fact that it does not come with a diesel engine. Honda sold just 2,296 units of the Civic last year. Toyota meanwhile sold nearly 9,000 units of the Corolla Altis (helping matters, of course is the availability of diesel version.)

          Honda though, in a bid to revive its glory days, which is an obvious eventuality is extensively working on bringing its new series of highly efficient engines into the Indian market under the new ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ banner that was first announced at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The company also plans to launch the Brio diesel soon, which is currently doing its pre-determined test rounds across the country. Along with the Brio, the diesel version of the Jazz hatcback and the Honda City sedan is also expected to hit the market. But as of now, India will have to let go of the anticipation of the 2012 Honda Civic sedan.


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          http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...y-and-fun.html

          2013 Honda Fit Delivers Unmatched Combination of Versatility, Efficiency and Fun

          TORRANCE, CA--July 16, 2012: The award-winning Honda Fit returns for 2013 with a new exterior color and a host of awards and accolades that reinforce its leadership position in the competitive subcompact-car segment. After receiving extensive updates for 2012 -- including an upgraded interior and additional new standard and available features -- for 2013 the Fit returns with the introduction of the vibrant new Midnight Plum Pearl exterior paint, replacing the previous Orange Burst Metallic. On sale tomorrow and starting at only $15,325(1), pricing for the Honda Fit is unchanged for 2013.
          A multiple award-winner due to its class-leading safety scores, fuel economy, versatility, residual value and overall excellence, the Honda Fit has built a loyal following over six years and two generations. Now it enters the 2013 model year with more honors, including winning the "$16,000 Subcompact Shootout" competition by Cars.com, USA Today and MotorWeek that evaluated gas mileage, practicality, and user features and comfort.
          The 2012 Honda Fit also earned a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), received a 2012 Residual Value Award from ALG, topped J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study(SM) (IQS) for 2011 in its segment, and is a six-time Car and Driver magazine "10Best Cars" award winner.
          Powertrain
          The 1.5-liter, i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine produces 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm, and is tuned to deliver an engaging combination of responsiveness and fuel efficiency. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters on Fit Sport models equipped with the available automatic transmission allow for manual gear selection.
          When equipped with the available automatic transmission, the Fit has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 28/35/31 miles per gallon(2). The Fit Sport with the available automatic transmission has an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 27/33/30 miles per gallon(2). All manual transmission-equipped models have an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 27/33/29 miles per gallon(2).
          Body
          A windswept body design, body-color exterior mirrors and racy five-spoke wheel covers (Fit) or 16-inch alloy wheels (Fit Sport) give the Fit an upscale appearance. But it is the Fit's compact size and tight turning diameter (34.4 feet, curb-to-curb) that help it conveniently navigate space-confined urban areas and fit in small parking spaces.
          Chassis
          A sporty, refined and dynamic driving experience is provided by the front MacPherson strut suspension and an H-shaped torsion beam rear suspension. Fifteen- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport, respectively) feature 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) uses 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.
          Interior
          Though the Fit has an overall exterior length of just 161.6 inches, a surprisingly roomy and versatile interior provides an impressive 90.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. There's comfortable seating for up to five passengers, and behind the rear seats, there's 20.6 cubic feet of storage space -- much more than you'd find in a typical sedan.
          For enhanced versatility, the exclusive 60/40 split rear Magic Seat® offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations. With its one-motion dive-down functionality, it can fold flat into the floor to provide a maximum 57.3 cu-ft. of rear cargo volume. Compared to any other vehicle in the subcompact class, the five-passenger Fit provides the lowest, flattest cargo floor and the most cargo volume. The Fit's interior thus can easily be converted to tall-object mode or long-object mode based on the shape of the cargo.
          Standard comfort and convenience features include air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, a USB audio interface(3), an auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, and a security system.
          Safety
          All Fit models are equipped with a wide range of standard safety equipment including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, anti-lock brakes and more. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), and side-curtain airbags are also standard equipment for 2013.
          Fit Sport
          The top-of-the-line Fit Sport adds a host of useful features and amenities, including fog lights, "machined surface" 16-inch alloy wheels, a body-colored underbody kit and rear roofline spoiler, and a chromed exhaust finisher for a high-energy look. A rear stabilizer bar and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (on automatic transmission-equipped models) widen the performance envelope, while a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls get the tunes pumping. Other Fit Sport interior enhancements include upgraded seat fabric, dark metallic dashboard components, chrome accents around the instrument displays, console ambient lighting and floor mats.
          The Fit Sport is also available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition(4), which features a 6.5-inch screen, more than seven-million points of interest and 16 GB of flash memory. Like other Honda navigation systems, this system allows simple, intuitive operation and has an extensive on-board database. When equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, the Fit Sport also includes Bluetooth®(5) HandsFreeLink® to help make hands-free telephone calls more convenient. The Navigation System also features Bluetooth®Audio capability with compatible phones and devices.
          Manufacturing and Warranty
          The Fit is manufactured at Honda's plant in Suzuka, Japan. It is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile Limited Vehicle Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile Corrosion Limited Warranty.

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          http://www.hondainthenews.com/the-fit-is-go-for-2013/


          The Fit Is Go for 2013

          Changes are minor to the Honda Fit for the 2013 model year, as the only update will be a new exterior color—Midnight Plum Pearl. On the other hand, the Fit remains a major value, especially because its starting price also remains unchanged for the 2013 model year. On sale now, the 2013 Honda Fit starts at $15,325, and while the vehicle itself has stayed the same, it is worth pointing out that the Fit’s trophy case has been modified; it had to get a lot bigger to hold last year’s awards, which included:
          • Top Safety Pick recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
          • Overall victory in the Cars.com/USA TODAY/MotorWeek “$16,000 Subcompact Shootout”
          • A sixth consecutive spot on Car and Driver’s “10 Best Cars” list
          • Kudos for best-in-class residual value from ALG
          • A second-place showing in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study
          • Recognition as a “greener choice” in its segment by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

          And technically speaking, the Fit does bring one other enhancement for the new model year: An all-electric powertrain. The 2013 Honda Fit EV boasts a record-breaking EPA line of 132 MPGe city/105 MPGe highway/118 MPGe combined. The car can deliver an EPA-certified driving range of 82 miles, too, and can be charged in as little as three hours when using a 240-volt charging unit.
          Currently offered with leasing terms of $389 per month for 36 months—the equivalent, says Honda, of a $36,625 MSRP—the all-electric Fit is now available in select markets in Oregon and California.

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          • http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx...bCategoryId=72

            Honda's all-new Civic full variant line-up now available

            MANILA, Philippines - Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), last Monday launched the full variant line-up of the all-new Honda Civic.

            Since its introduction last February, the all-new Civic has been well received, and Honda officials expect that the availability of the full variant line-up will further strengthen its position in the market by providing buyers with a wider range of price and feature options.

            The powerful yet fuel efficient i-VTEC engine will now be available in both 1.8 (141 ps @ 6,500 rpm; 17.7 kg-m @ 4,300 rpm) and 2.0-liter (155 ps at 6,300 rpm; 19.4 kg-m @ 4,300 rpm) displacements. A 5-speed manual transmission is also now available with the 1.8 liter engine, while the 2.0 liter engine is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

            All variants of the all-new Civic feature two Honda innovations, the Eco Assist System and the Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).

            The Eco Assist System consists of the ECON mode and the Eco coaching ambient meter. Engaging the ECON mode controls the engine, drive-by-wire, transmission, and air-conditioner to further improve the already outstanding fuel efficiency of the all-new Civic. The Eco coaching ambient meter in the instrument panel guides the driver to become more fuel-efficient by measuring throttle input and displaying a blue light when throttle input is heavy and a green light when throttle input is light.

            The interior of the all-new Civic features Honda’s first 5-inch color LCD Intelligent Multi-Information Display, or i-MID. This smart interface has instantly understandable information display with intuitive and easy-to-operate controls at the steering wheel. The i-MID menu shows audio and fuel consumption information and also allows the driver to customize some vehicle settings.

            All Civic variants are also equipped with dual SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as standard safety features. Vehicle Stability Assist is available for the for 1.8 EXI variant only.

            There are now five variants in all: 1.8 S MT & AT, 1.8 E AT, 1.8 EXI AT (Special Edition), and 2.0 EL AT.

            Exterior details include 17-inch aluminum wheels for 2.0 EL variant 16-inch wheels for 1.8 EXI and E variants, and 15-inch wheels for the 1.8 S variant. Projector-type HID headlights are standard for for 2.0 EL while fog lights are standard on the 2.0 EL and 1.8 EXI variants. Side mirror turn lamp are fitted on the 2.0 EL, 1.8 EXI, and 1.8 E variants.

            Inside, the new Civics boast cruise control (for 1.8 EXI only), Bluetooth hands-free telephone link (for 1.8 EXI only), black leather interior (for 2.0 EL), beige fabric interior (1.8 EXI only), gray fabric interior (for 1.8 E and 1.8 S) and a back-up camera (for 1.8 EXI variant only).

            The new Civic is available in Urban Titanium, Carnelian Red, Crystal Black, Taffeta White (for 1.8 EXI, 1.8 E, and 1.8 S variants), Brilliant White (for 2.0 EL variant only), Frosty White (for 1.8 E variant only), and Alabaster Silver (for 1.8 S variant only).

            The new Civic full line-up starts with the 1.8 S MT at P908,000, 1.8 S AT at P948,000, 1.8 E AT at P1,008,000, 1.8 EXI AT (Special Edition) at P1,074,000, and 2.0 EL AT at P1,145,000 (with an additional P20,000 for Brilliant White).

            Test drive units are available at all 28 Honda dealerships nationwide. For more information, please visit www.civic.com.ph .

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            http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/17/h...-in-skyfall-w/

            Honda is James Bond's two-wheeler of choice in Skyfall [w/video]

            Compared to his variety in cars, James Bond doesn't often throw a leg over a motorcycle. Yet this year's Skyfall, due in October, will mark the second time in as many movies that Bond has tangled with the bad guys on two wheels. This time, though, EON Productions has partnered with Honda so everyone is on Honda CRF250R motorcycles made to look like local Turkish bikes. They were used for the action scenes and by the stunt crews, while the CRF450R was used for camera crews.

            Now that the Honda 'Police' and 'Street Merchant's' bikes have done their business, they are on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England as part of an exhibit of 50 years of James Bond's various rides – with wheels and without. Have a read of the release below for more info on the motos and how you can win tickets to the museum exhibit. We've also included the trailer for Skyfall where, if you watch very closely, for a fraction of a second we think you can see one of those very bikes flipping through the air.

            VIDEO => http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=24mTIE4D9JM

            Honda Announced as the Choice of 007 for Skyfall

            Tuesday 17 July 2012 -- Honda (UK) is delighted to announce its partnership with the upcoming James Bond film, Skyfall, and today unveiled the actual Honda machines used in the film, at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

            Honda's CRF250R motorcycle proved to be the machine of choice by the 007 film's action vehicles and stunt crew teams. These motorbikes were modified for the opening sequence of the 23rd James Bond film which was shot in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey earlier this year.

            Twenty CRF250R machines were provided in total, to be adapted and 'dressed' appropriately into two native style motorbikes. One is a Turkish police bike that henchman, Patrice (Ola Rapace), seizes after a policeman crashes, the other is a Turkish merchant's bike that James Bond (Daniel Craig) uses to pursue Patrice through the streets. Both bikes feature extensive modifications courtesy of Chris Corbould's award-winning Special Effects team.

            Two CRF450R motorbikes were further chosen for use as HD camera filming machines, as only a motorbike could easily enable the camera crew to keep up with the chase scene and follow the various stunts.

            Stunt Co-ordinator for Skyfall, Gary Powell, commented, "We needed a highly versatile and quality off-road motorbike that could be easily modified, without compromising performance or safety, for the opening sequence of Skyfall. Honda's CRFs are probably the best off-roaders out there so it's great that we've been able to partner with Honda as the bikes, whilst heavily modified, were superb to work with."

            Honda (UK) Corporate Communications Manager, Fiona Cole, said, "We're delighted to be a partner for Skyfall and are very much looking forward to seeing our Honda CRFs in action in the film and rolling out some great associated activities we've got planned from October when the film is released. We like to try and do things differently at Honda, including finding innovative, yet relevant ways to showcase our diverse products, whilst also really engaging with our customers. It's great to not only have Honda machines chosen as the choice of Bond, but also to be working with such a longstanding film franchise."

            The Skyfall 'Police' and 'Street Merchant's' bikes, alongside the unmodified and original Honda CRF250R, were unveiled today at the famous National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, which is currently hosting the BOND IN MOTION exhibition until 31 December 2012. The exhibition, the largest of its kind, celebrates 50 years of the James Bond films and showcases 50 of the best-loved and most iconic Bond vehicles.

            To mark the occasion, Honda (UK) is offering twenty pairs of tickets to the BOND IN MOTION exhibition at Beaulieu, to lucky winners who enter Honda's exclusive competition on its Twitter feed (@Honda_UK) before midnight on Sunday 22 July. Further activities surrounding Honda (UK)'s association with Skyfall will be announced over the coming months on www.honda.co.uk, Facebook/HondaCarsUK and Twitter @Honda_UK.

            To see the versatile Honda CRF250Rs in action on screen and to enjoy the latest Bond adventure, head to see Skyfall in cinemas from 26 October.

            About Honda
            Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer and provides a broad product range encompassing cars, motorcycles and power equipment (including marine, energy, lawn and garden and ATV). From 2012, this extends to aviation with the all-new HondaJet, with the development of mobility devices inspired by Honda's robotics division and humanoid robot ASMIO further featuring strongly in the company's R&D for future products. In 2010, Honda sold over 17 million motorcycles, 3.5 million cars and over 5 million power products worldwide. It has 66 production plants in 28 countries. Honda employs over 175,000 people around the world, including 4,000 in the UK. Honda has a strong environmental heritage. It was the first company to commercially market a hydrogen fuel cell car, the first company in its industry to recycle water in its manufacturing plants and achieves zero waste-to-landfill at its manufacturing plant in the UK. For more information visit www.honda.co.uk .

            About Bond / Eon Productions
            EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. They are currently producing the 23rd film, SKYFALL.

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            http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hon...ing-2012-07-17

            Honda Senior Vice President To Mark Honda's 30 Years Of U.S. Auto Production At MPG Meeting

            LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- On July 24, Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, will host its July meeting at The Proud Bird Restaurant in Los Angeles with guest speaker Rick Schostek, Senior Vice President of Honda of America Mfg., Inc., which is marking its 30th anniversary of automobile production in the United States.

            Schostek will discuss the expanding role of Honda's North American factories within its global manufacturing system, including significant new investments in the US. North America has become the largest automotive manufacturing base for Honda globally. In addition, more than 85 percent of the vehicles Honda sells in the U.S. are produced in North America, the highest percentage among all international automakers. Schostek will discuss how this has spurred a heightened responsibility for Honda's North American manufacturing operations.

            "Our industry tends to focus so much on sales, it's sometimes easy to forget that building vehicles can be a challenge in this global marketplace," said Laura Burstein, president, Motor Press Guild. "Honda was the first Asian company to build cars right here in the U.S., and we look forward to hearing more about its future production plans for North America."

            Rick Schostek joined Honda in 1987 and was appointed senior vice president in 2012. Schostek also serves as a member of the Honda of America Operations Committee (HOC), planning and establishing strategies as well as supporting each plant and the president in the total management and operation of the company.

            Who: Motor Press Guild

            What: July Luncheon

            When: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

            Where: The Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

            ABOUT MPGThe Los Angeles-based Motor Press Guild (MPG) is the largest automotive media association in North America with more than 800 members. This non-profit trade guild is dedicated to promoting professionalism in automotive journalism through education and information exchange. Members include journalists from print, broadcast, and online outlets as well as public relations representatives, consumer groups and governmental bodies tied to the automotive industry. The organization hosts regular meetings featuring key figureheads in the auto industry and is widely recognized for its annual Dean Batchelor Award program and annual industry MPG Track Day.

            For more information on the Motor Press Guild, please visit www.MotorPressGuild.org , the MPG Facebook page or Twitter @MotorPressGuild. For media inquiries please contact MPG Publicity Chair Brendan Flynn at 310-444-1850 or bflynn@laautoshow.com.

            SOURCE Motor Press Guild

            Copyright (C) 2012 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

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            http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...st-models.html

            Honda Makes Backup Cameras Standard on Most Models

            Starting with the 2013 model year, a backup camera will be standard on the redesigned Honda Accord along with the Crosstour, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and CR-Z. That means Honda's 12-model lineup goes from having just two models with a standard backup camera — the FCX Clarity hydrogen vehicle and the CR-V crossover — to nine models. A backup camera was already standard on the 2012 Honda CR-V and remains that way for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Honda Fit EV also has a standard backup camera.

            That's a drastic change for Honda; previously, backup cameras were an option that had to be coupled with an expensive navigation system. In fact, the update means Honda offers a backup camera on more of its lineup than any other mainstream automaker – other strong contenders include Kia and Hyundai.

            Why the change? The possibility that backup cameras will be mandated for all passenger vehicles by 2014 (though it looks like that rule may be delayed) was probably a motivating factor. "We've definitely known about the possibility of legislation down the pike, but we didn't have to start this early," Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. Honda's more immediate considerations for the cameras were financial and design oriented, Martin says.

            "Visibility is a key design attribute at Honda," said Martin, who mentioned how the automaker makes sure to design and maintain a thin A-pillar on its new vehicles to optimize forward visibility. The other motivator to standardize cameras is that most of the building blocks for the rear visibility aid are already in each of these vehicles, Martin said. "What really made the push possible was the infotainment screens found on most of these models," he said. With the screens already integrated into the console design, the addition of a backup camera doesn't cost a whole lot more, Martin added.

            Even more unique camera aids are coming to some of Honda's most important vehicles. The soon-to-be unveiled 2013 Honda Accord sedan, which will have a standard backup camera, will also be the carmaker's first implementation of LaneWatch, a passenger-side camera that helps with blind spots. LaneWatch also will be available on the 2013 Honda Crosstour.

            The only vehicles not getting backup cameras are Honda's smaller vehicles. The Honda Insight has a backup camera available only with an optional pricey navigation system. The Honda Fit and Civic have no backup camera options, though that could change for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Civic is getting a significant interior refresh for the model year, which could bring a standard backup camera, for instance. "The light trucks, Accord and CR-Z is what we've committed to at this point, but I certainly wouldn't say that's the limit," Martin added.

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            http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/07...ing-small.html

            Honda Rumored to be Preparing a Small Crossover Based on the Next Fit / Jazz

            The next generation of the Honda Fit, also known as the Jazz in markets such as Europe, Oceania and the Middle East and which is expected to be revealed in 2013, may spawn a small crossover model much in the likes of the successful Nissan Juke, according to a report from Japan's Nikkei business daily. The newspaper said Honda currently sells around 800,000 Fit/Jazz-based models including the hatchback and the City sedan variants worldwide. The addition of a crossover-flavored version, mainly targeting North American and European consumers, could add another 400,000 units per year.
            Automotive News added that if the story turns out to be true, Honda may build the Fit-based crossover model alongside the hatchback at its new Mexican plant that is scheduled to open in 2014.
            Aside from the Nissan Juke, the Honda model would also compete against the Buick Encore (in North America), the Fiat 500X and the Opel Mokka and Chevrolet Trax (Europe and other select markets around the world).

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            • http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...v-7956399.html

              Honda shows off the new Euro-spec CR-V



              Honda reveals today the European version of its new fourth-generation CR-V SUV which will be built at the company's UK plant in Swindon.

              The new car is a little lower than the outgoing model, slightly more aerodynamic, and also has a lower cargo floor and a more usefully shaped load area. Styling tweaks, as well as bigger wheels and wheel-arches, combine to make it look quite a bit chunkier and more substantial than its predecessors but it still has a fairly compact footprint and sits on an unchanged wheelbase. Fourth generation CR-Vs are already on sale in North America and Asia, but Honda is emphasising that Swindon-built European models, while outwardly similar, will have more sophisticated interior trim and materials – and this was certainly borne out when I had the chance to poke around an example of the new car at a preview for journalists in Frankfurt last week. European cars also get fancier headlamps and tail-light clusters.

              Prices have not yet been released but Honda is hinting that the new car will cost roughly the same as the old one - although it will provide far greater market coverage than before. More luxuriously equipped cars will extend the range at the top, with features such as a power tailgate and lane-keeping assist, while at the lower end, Honda will for the first time be giving customers the option of ordering the CR-V without four-wheel drive – a choice already offered by most competitors.

              At first, only petrol models will be available in two-wheel drive form. Initially, customers will be able to choose between a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel; in both cases, customers can choose between manual and automatic transmissions. Those are familiar sounding options but the engines have seen a comprehensive round of efficiency improvements. In the case of the petrol engine, four-wheel drive versions emit 173g/km of CO2 in official tests, while two-wheel drives emit 168g/km. That’s a comparatively small gap, which Honda says points to the efficiency of its all-wheel drive system.

              The big news, though, is that the CR-V will also be available eventually with a 1.6-litre diesel engine, although this will first be seen in the smaller Civic. The option of two-wheel drive and a small diesel will be especially useful in helping the CR-V to ward off the competitive threat from the successful Kia Sportage and Hyundai iX35.

              Honda expects most UK buyers of the latest CR-V to be private customers, “retained loyalists” who are already familiar with the brand, although there will also be a push to sell the new car, with its fleet-friendlier specs, to corporate customers this time around.

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              http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/0...8IIABL20120718

              Honda to boost capacity, build Civic hybrid in Indiana

              Honda Motor Co Ltd will build a hybrid version of its popular Civic compact car at its Indiana plant, where the Japanese automaker is spending $40 million to boost production capacity by 25 percent.

              With the investment, Honda will be able to build 250,000 vehicles a year, an increase of 50,000, starting early in 2013.

              Honda will begin building the Civic Hybrid in Indiana early next year as well. The automaker currently builds this model, its top-selling hybrid in the U.S. market, in Japan.

              Later this year, the plant in Greensburg, Indiana, will hire 300 new workers in stamping, assembly and other operations. The plant now employs more than 2,000 people.

              Honda builds the traditional gas-powered and natural gas-powered versions of the Civic at the Indiana plant as well as the Acura ILX sedan.

              With the additional capacity in Indiana, Honda will be able to make 1.72 million vehicles a year in North America. When Honda begins building its Fit subcompact in 2014, the Japanese automaker will be able to build nearly 2 million vehicles a year.

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              http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7...and-crosstour/

              Honda integrating Facebook, Yelp in new Accord and Crosstour

              Honda announced today a new connected service called HondaLink, which brings connected services such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and Slacker into the car.

              At this year's CES, Harman International's Aha announced a partnership with Honda. Today Honda hosted a conference showing how that partnership would play out with a new service called HondaLink. This new connected service will let drivers listen to a variety of Internet-based stations, featuring everything from Slacker radio to Yelp listings of nearby restaurants.

              The new HondaLink app is essentially a rebranded version of the Aha app, although it integrates with the 2013 Honda Accord and Crosstour, along with future Honda vehicles. Aha serves up different types of Internet feeds as audio. Aha not only can play Internet radio stations, but also converts Facebook feeds to an audio stream.

              HondaLink

              Drivers will need to have the HondaLink app running on an iPhone or Android device to use the new service.
              (Credit: Honda)

              Drivers will need to load the HondaLink app on either an iPhone or Android device and have it paired with the car through Bluetooth. The app delivers a driver's own Facebook news feed, including friends' status updates. It also uses the car's GPS location to find nearby restaurants for the Yelp feed.

              Similar to the Aha app, the HondaLink app masks the Yelp service under stations called "Hungry" and "Coffee", which focus on restaurants and coffee shops respectively. HondaLink will not allow more general Yelp searches, and you can't use it to update your own Facebook status.
              Related stories

              Japan eyes driverless cars by early 2020s
              Honda Fit EV takes top EPA fuel economy spot
              Honda Uni-Cub promotes our fat, lazy future

              When listening to the Hungry or Coffee stations, drivers will be able to select a listing and have its address sent to the navigation system. The car's LCD will only show which HondaLink station is currently selected, without showing specific information such as an actual Facebook status update.

              As HondaLink runs on a driver's smartphone, it does not require a separate data plan for the car.

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              http://www.wdrb.com/story/19059345/h...ndiana-factory

              Honda to increase production at Indiana factory

              LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Honda says it plans to increase production at its Greensburg, Indiana factory.

              They hope to add 50,000 vehicles a year and hire about 300 more employees for the additional work.

              The company said it would spend $40 million at the Greensburg factory to boost its production of Civic, Civic Natural Gas and Acura ILX sedan models.

              Honda says it expects to hire the new workers this year and start the increased production early in 2013.

              Copyright 2012 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.

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              http://www.philly.com/philly/columni...h_a_Civic.html

              Driver's Seat: How to have fun with a Civic

              2012 Honda Civic Si: A Mini fighter from the Pacific.
              Price: $23,145 (no options).
              Marketer's pitch: Bigger, badder, better.
              Conventional wisdom: It's a Honda. Boring, comfortable, sensible — right?
              Reality: Honda knows how to have fun — even with the Civic.
              Dear Honda: I am very sorry I panned the new-for-2012 Civic when it came out. You never told me you made such a fun version when I called the Civic EX a comfortable, old shoe.
              Thanks for adding some Nike swoosh to the Skecher car.
              Yours truly, Mr. Driver's Seat.
              Mini fighter: Regular readers of Driver's Seat know I've found no other car quite as all-around fun as the Mini Cooper.
              But the Honda Civic Si comes pretty darn close. And though it's not everything the Mini Cooper is, the Civic has plusses in other columns.
              On the road: The buzz of the engine conjures up all the tuner cars (modified small performance cars) you hear zipping around the suburbs. Acceleration from the 201-hp 2.4-liter iVtec engine is quick. The Mini makes just 121 in its normally aspirated version, so if flat-out acceleration is what you like, advantage Civic. Or pay even more of a premium for the Cooper S.
              All that horsepower doesn't show up in the Civic until 7,000 rpms, so be prepared to hold the accelerator down. But the reward is worth the foot strain.
              Twists and turns: The Civic Si suspension is like nothing I've felt before. The car sits low to the ground and seems to delight in cornering on city streets. It handled like a slot car as I tooled around Philadelphia.
              But on the old-time winding lanes of Chester County, the fun took a backseat to body lean.
              Inside: My first surprise upon sitting down was seeing a third seat belt in the backseat. Of course, people shopping in this realm may not care too much. But on that one day in five years you need to move a fifth person even just a couple miles, you'll be thankful.
              And the rear leg room is almost OK. Granted, the person in the middle is stuck behind a big console and perched up high between the other seats, so s/he would not want to go much farther than the aforementioned couple miles.
              Outside: For people who really need that extra spot, Honda thoughtfully offers a four-door version.
              But the two-door's exterior definitely doesn't look like the average Civic. (My tester came in Rallye Red, so it really didn't look like the average Civic.)
              In and out: Going from outside to inside and back is not as difficult as it would first appear. I could even get into the backseat without much strain.
              Shifty: The six-speed manual features an attractive and fun-to-handle silver ball for a shifter knob. The gears are close and the shifter makes a pleasant snick-snick sound as you move along.
              But the clutch is very American in its long throws. Advantage Mini.
              A lumbar obsession: Having tested several Hondas and an Acura, I've found the company to be fixated on the driver's lower back. Every seat has offered too much lumbar support for me and left me with a bit of a strain. Your need for trips to the chiropractor may vary.
              Changing lanes: The low-profile side windows make highway driving more adventuresome than it should be, as seeing what beside you is tough.
              Carnival dashboard: Somehow the dashboard that I despised almost a year ago in the EX sedan worked perfectly in the Si. The faraway digital readout and colorful, high-tech graphics work well in a fun-to-drive car.
              Fuel economy: I observed 28 mpg in all-around driving, most of it on the lead-footed side. And, like the Mini Cooper, it has expensive taste in fuel — premium only.


              Where it's built: Alliston, Ontario.
              How it's built: And here Honda stomps the Mini, which after 10 years still shows up in the bottom five of reliability lists. Honda always finds it way to the opposite end.
              In the end: So it's a fun-to-drive little car with a usable backseat built by one of the most-respected carmakers in the industry? Sounds like a no-brainer.
              If you can live with those seats. And that clutch.

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              • http://it.tmcnet.com/news/2012/07/18/6447151.htm

                New Cloud-Based HondaLink(TM) Connected Car System Helps Drivers Put Away Their Phones While Maintaining Intuitive Access to Their Favorite Media

                TORRANCE, Calif., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Honda today unveiled HondaLink(TM), a new in-vehicle connectivity system that will debut this fall on the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord. Featuring the first automotive OEM application of Aha(TM) by Harman, HondaLink will provide a personalized experience connecting drivers to thousands of cloud-based news, information and entertainment feeds from around the world, using an intuitive, audio-system based interface.

                (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120718/LA42347LOGO) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100923/HONDALOGO) "HondaLink will enable customers to put away their phone and still stay connected to the people, music and media they love," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. "By creating an intuitive and customizable user interface, HondaLink allows drivers to access digital content as easily as choosing a radio station." Honda's intuitive new HondaLink smartphone application allows owners to preset content on their phone. Once in the car, consumers can enjoy personalized content accessible via voice recognition, steering-wheel mounted controls and in-dash audio system controls. With a tethered smartphone serving as a conduit to a wealth of cloud-based media, HondaLink creates a unique, connected driving experience.

                "Honda's strategy is about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and services to Honda owners," said Charles Koch, American Honda manager of new business development. "This is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected customer." Through the Aha service, for example, HondaLink users can listen to Facebook and Twitter audio newsfeeds, podcasts from NPR, location-based personalized restaurant listings from Yelp!, and access internet music services such as Slacker. The service is free and instantly accessible from the cloud.

                Aha delivers a user-friendly experience requiring infrequent smartphone software updates, with in-vehicle content and channel access updating simply and automatically throughout the vehicle life. And content available from HondaLink will grow as the system continues to expand its services for Honda owners. HondaLink will also incorporate Pandora internet radio and voice-to-text SMS text services with pre-programmed responses, which Honda introduced on the 2012 CR-V.

                HondaLink EVThe HondaLink family also includes HondaLink EV, specifically designed for the all-new Fit EV all-electric vehicle and the upcoming Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Owners of these electric vehicles will have access to unique applications designed specifically to maintain connectivity to their vehicle. The HondaLink EV application will allow the user to remotely view the state of charge, initiate charging, and activate the air conditioning and heater to pre-condition the vehicle while connected to the grid to maximize battery range on start-up. HondaLink EV will launch with the Fit EV, which will be available for lease in California and Oregon beginning on July 20, 2012.

                About HondaAmerican Honda offers a complete lineup of Honda cars, trucks and service through a network of 1,037 Honda dealerships within the United States. In 2012, Honda will mark 30 years of producing automobiles in North America, beginning with production(1) of the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having produced over 23 million vehicles in North America, Honda currently operates seven automotive manufacturing facilities in the region, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles.

                Connect with Honda: Media Newsroom (for journalists): www.hondanews.comFor consumers: http://automobiles.honda.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/HondaYouTube: www.youtube.com/hondaFlickr: www.flickr.com/hondanewsTwitter: www.twitter.com/hondaPinterest: http://pinterest.com/hondaHonda on Google+ (1) Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.

                SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.


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                http://www.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=1079717

                New Cloud-Based HondaLink Connected Car System Helps Drivers Put Away Their Phones While Maintainin

                New Cloud-Based HondaLink™ Connected Car System Helps Drivers Put Away Their Phones While Maintaining Intuitive Access to Their Favorite Media


                HondaLink™ provides first-ever OEM application of Aha™, delivering robust digital content via preset smartphone app

                07/18/2012 - TORRANCE
                Honda today unveiled HondaLink™, a new in-vehicle connectivity system that will debut this fall on the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord. Featuring the first automotive OEM application of Aha™ by Harman, HondaLink will provide a personalized experience connecting drivers to thousands of cloud-based news, information and entertainment feeds from around the world, using an intuitive, audio-system based interface.

                "HondaLink will enable customers to put away their phone and still stay connected to the people, music and media they love," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. "By creating an intuitive and customizable user interface, HondaLink allows drivers to access digital content as easily as choosing a radio station."

                Honda's intuitive new HondaLink smartphone application allows owners to preset content on their phone. Once in the car, consumers can enjoy personalized content accessible via voice recognition, steering-wheel mounted controls and in-dash audio system controls. With a tethered smartphone serving as a conduit to a wealth of cloud-based media, HondaLink creates a unique, connected driving experience.

                "Honda's strategy is about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and services to Honda owners," said Charles Koch, American Honda manager of new business development. "This is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected customer."

                Through the Aha service, for example, HondaLink users can listen to Facebook and Twitter audio newsfeeds, podcasts from NPR, location-based personalized restaurant listings from Yelp!, and access internet music services such as Slacker. The service is free and instantly accessible from the cloud.

                Aha delivers a user-friendly experience requiring infrequent smartphone software updates, with in-vehicle content and channel access updating simply and automatically throughout the vehicle life. And content available from HondaLink will grow as the system continues to expand its services for Honda owners. HondaLink will also incorporate Pandora internet radio and voice-to-text SMS text services with pre-programmed responses, which Honda introduced on the 2012 CR-V.

                HondaLink EV
                The HondaLink family also includes HondaLink EV, specifically designed for the all-new Fit EV all-electric vehicle and the upcoming Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Owners of these electric vehicles will have access to unique applications designed specifically to maintain connectivity to their vehicle. The HondaLink EV application will allow the user to remotely view the state of charge, initiate charging, and activate the air conditioning and heater to pre-condition the vehicle while connected to the grid to maximize battery range on start-up. HondaLink EV will launch with the Fit EV, which will be available for lease in California and Oregon beginning on July 20, 2012.





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                http://www.hondainthenews.com/honda-...-iconic-songs/

                Honda Summer Clearance Campaign Features Iconic Songs

                This year, the annual Honda Summer Clearance Event campaign features well-known songs that Honda says will summon up the excitement customers will experience when they drive off the lot in their new Honda. The new campaign was created by RPA, Honda’s long-time agency of record.

                “Buying a new Honda sparks a happily-ever-after moment that is almost magical,” said Susie Rossick, Senior Manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The iconic songs in this campaign stir up those same powerful emotions, reminding people in an unforgettable way that this is the best time of year to get a great deal on a Honda.”

                The campaign features six commercial spots that parody clichés of Hollywood movie-endings in different genres: action-adventure, family comedy, buddy, college adventure, girl-power and inspirational genres. Following a farewell from a friendly salesperson, a familiar song plays while the happy driver drives off.

                In “Action Adventure,” a Honda owner points his Accord toward the desert horizon to the beat of Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.” Another spot, “Family Comedy,” set to Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door” shows what it’s like to shop for an Odyssey with three kids in tow. “College Movie” shows a new Civic owner and his college buddies jamming through town to Outasight’s “Tonight Is the Night.” The other three spots feature Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla,” and OneRepublic’s “Good Life.”

                “In this campaign, we directly address six key demographics with executions that are colorful and big like Hollywood blockbusters. Breaking through was a priority because of the clutter in the marketplace,” said RPA’s ACD/Copy Sarah May Bates.”

                Spots will air on network programs, including “America’s Got Talent,” “Castle,” “NCIS,” “The Middle,” “The Office,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Vampire Diaries” as well as various cable networks. Print ads will run in several national publications that include “People,” “Sports Illustrated,” “TIME” and “USA Today.” Online ads are scheduled as well.

                A Summer Clearance sweepstakes began on July 16 at http://shophonda.com. Users can enter for a chance to win free gas for a year or be awarded instant-win $100 American Express gas card prizes.

                College Movie -- Honda Summer Clearance Event TV => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeGr1...layer_embedded

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                http://www.autos.ca/car-test-drives/...CanadianDriver

                Test Drive: 2012 Honda Accord HFP coupe


                The mid-sized Honda Accord has rarely received much attention from the engineering whizzes at Honda responsible for performance models like the Civic Si and S2000. Not surprising, given the target market for this family car; even the two-door coupe—a smaller, ostensibly sportier, and, yes, two-door version of the Accord—has, historically, been passed over for performance upgrades. Even Acura’s TL, a luxury sedan based on the Accord, gets a 300-plus horsepower engine and all-wheel drive, luxuries the Honda family-car mainstay has never enjoyed.
                Maybe Honda feels bad for having left the Accord out of all the fun, and wants to make up for it with the addition of a 2012 Accord coupe in Honda Factory Performance (HFP) trim.

                2012 Honda Accord HFP coupe. Click image to enlarge
                Of course, it could also be that Honda wants to move more units of this eighth-generation Accord before the new one rolls into the showrooms this fall. Dressing up an aging design with some unique body bits and mild performance enhancements is a good way to do that.
                Each Accord HFP coupe is born as an EX-L V6 Navi, which is normally the top of the Accord coupe ladder. To create the HFP, Honda takes a Taffeta White coupe, adds graphite coloured 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, a lowered suspension, HFP badging inside and out, and underbody spoilers at the front, rear, and sides. Then, they add $2,000 to the bottom line, for a $37,990 MSRP.
                Just like all V6-powered Accord coupes, the HFP comes with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions (and, in fact, that’s the only decision you have to (or get to) make with the HFP; the white-on-black colour scheme is decided for you. Our tester had the manual, a transmission so good it’s a shame so few Accord buyers, coupe or not, are likely to choose it. The shifter’s easy feel is matched with abrupt throttle tip-in and clutch engagement; those last two things are usually turn-offs for me, but Honda’s done something right, because all of it became easy to use smoothly after a few drives.

                2012 Honda Accord HFP coupe. Click image to enlarge
                I generally believe that a 271-hp (and 251 lb-ft of torque) engine is overkill for a mid-sized car, but the Accord’s 3.5L motor shines when bolted to this manual transmission. It pulls hard in the lower gears and makes lovely, refined sounds with a surprising mechanical edge for a car not usually viewed as the enthusiast’s choice. I wonder, though, if the target audience for this car might not appreciate a more exciting exhaust note. Maybe they would, but Honda knows most of that crowd will go for an aftermarket exhaust system no matter what the car comes with from the factory.
                Steering feel is a (narrow) cut above what’s expected here, and while you won’t find Porsche Cayman–like communication between the front tires and steering wheel, the HFP turns in eagerly, and the steering is good enough to make it entertaining to drive at seven-tenths. The Accord’s front-wheel drive layout is what will keep you from wanting to explore its all-out performance (best done on a race track, naturally, for better or worse). Hard acceleration in first and second gears sets the front tires fighting to maintain grip and the driver working against the torque steer that results. Get up into third, though, and the engine’s big mid-range power shines without that torque-steer tarnish.


                Rough pavement brings out a certain amount of bump steer—the front wheels’ tendency to follow imperfections in the road. Whether this is caused by the lowered suspension or the wider tires, it got annoying considering how rare unbroken asphalt is in my bit of Ottawa. The lowered ride height comes with a penalty in comfort, too. It’s not quite like road-going torture, but comes close even on moderately poor-quality roads.



                2012 Honda Accord HFP coupe. Click image to enlarge
                There’s plenty of comfort to be had inside (at least while the car is standing still), with the same seats found in EX-L-trimmed Accords. That said, some added side bolstering would have gone along nicely with the impressive cornering grip afforded by the sticky tires.
                The Accord coupe’s shorter wheelbase (compared to the sedan) and rakish roofline cut into rear seat space. It’s usable—just don’t ask anyone tall to ride back there. Cargo space is down significantly too, at 338 L, next to the sedan’s already not-great 397 L. The coupe’s back seat folds down, but it’s all or nothing—no 60/40 split here.
                It’s been more than five years since this eighth-gen Accord was new, but I’m still not a fan of the centre stack, with its buttons scattered far and wide. It’s not an intuitive layout, and takes too long to get used to where to go for whichever secondary control you want. And as usual, Honda seems ignorant to the appeal of techy stuff like intelligent keyless access and push-button start, both of which are absent in spite of this car’s nearly $40,000 price. The low-res navigation screen might have been passable 10 years ago, but not anymore. Go look at the navi display in a new Ford if you want to see what the state of the navigational arts looks like.
                Six-cylinder/automatic Accords achieve praiseworthy fuel consumption, with Natural Resources Canada ratings of 11.0/6.7 L/100 km (city/highway); choose the stick, though, and those numbers increase to 12.6/7.8 L/100 km. My tester averaged 12.4 L/100 km, an impressive number considering this engine’s addictive power delivery.
                In 2008, I called an Accord EX-L coupe an easy way to get within a few city blocks of the BMW 3 Series’ performance ballpark in a reasonably priced, fairly stylish, front-wheel-drive coupe. I’d stick with that assessment, but the HFP package doesn’t close the gap between the two cars. These add-ons—particularly the sharp-looking wheels and grippy tires—are a decent deal for the $2,000 premium over the EX-L Navi, but the Accord deserves a more dignified approach to improving performance than bolting in lowering springs and calling it a day. How about trading some of this car’s harsh ride for a few more horsepower and a more aggressive exhaust note?
                I like the direction the Accord HFP suggests Honda wants to go in, but here’s hoping they take a more holistic approach to a performance-oriented version of the next-generation Accord.
                Pricing: 2012 Honda Accord HFP coupe
                Base price: $37,990
                A/C tax: $100
                Freight: $1,640
                Price as tested: $39,730




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                http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/07...2013-cr-v.html

                Honda Unveils European Market 2013 CR-V, Available with Diesel and Petrol Engines

                This is the production version of the European market Honda CR-V that was previewed through a thinly disguised prototype at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March. Compared to the North American model that went on sale last December, the European CR-V sports some subtle design changes and a wider engine lineup that includes a pair of thrifty diesel units.
                On the outside, the European model features a number of refinements including a revised front bumper, front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights, reshaped mirrors that incorporate turning signals and a fin-style antenna. There are no notable changes to the interior.
                Honda says the length (4,570mm) and height (1,650mm) of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space. The vehicle's width remains the same.
                The CR-V has a boot capacity of 589 liters or 1,648 liters with the rear seats folded down, an increase of 148 liters over the previous model. The boot's load length has been increased by 140mm to 1,570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm. In addition, there's a power tailgate, which Honda says is unique to the European market model.
                The fourth generation of Honda's compact crossover will be offered with three powerplants, including a 2.0-liter i-VTEC petrol and a 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel that are carried over from the previous model, plus a brand-new 1.6-liter turbo diesel.
                For the first time in Europe, the CR-V will be available with front-wheel drive only versions in conjunction with the 2.0-liter petrol and 1.6-liter turbo diesel engines.
                The power output of the updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit has grown from 148hp (150PS) to 153hp (155PS) while peak torque is up by 2Nm to 192Nm (142 lb-ft).
                Honda says that despite the increased performance, CO2 emissions have fallen from 192g/km to 174g/km for the 4x4 manual version, and from 195g/km to 176g/km for the 4x4 automatic, while the new two-wheel drive model drops to 170g/km.
                The 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine continues to produce 148hp (150PS) and 350Nm (258 lb-ft), but the CO2 emissions fall from 171g/km to 153g/km (10%) for the manual gearbox model, and from 195g/km to 175g/km for models fitted with the five-speed automatic transmission.
                Honda's new 1.6-liter turbo diesel that is rated at 118HP (120PS) at 4,000 rpm and 300Nm (221.3 lb-ft) at 2,000 rpm, will become available next year.
                The new CR-V features a revised version of Honda’s Real Times AWD system in which the hydraulically activated “dual-pump” system of the third generation model has been replaced by an electronically activated system that is said to provide a faster response when a loss of traction is detected.
                The crossover model will be available with a raft of electronic systems such as Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).
                All European market CR-Vs are produced at Honda’s production facility in Swindon, UK. Following its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, the CR-V will go on sale across Europe in October.

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                http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/18/h...d-on-next-fit/


                Honda may build CUV based on next Fit

                While some automakers are streamlining platforms and models globally, Honda is going the other way, with more locally developed variants of models. There is a new Honda Fit on the way for the 2013-2014 timeframe, says Automotive News, and Honda is reportedly hoping the platform will sell more than one million vehicles. Honda thinks the way to hit that volume is by basing a new crossover vehicle off the next-generation Fit.

                Buyers in the U.S. and Eurpean markets have a substantial appetite for truckish anti-wagons, and Honda already manages to sell 800,000 Fit and Fit-based vehicles, including the eight-seat JDM Freed, but that's probably not what Honda means when talking about a small crossover. If a Fit-ute takes off, it will help Honda get a quicker return on its investment in a new plant in Mexico that's expected to open in 2014 and is already lined up to build the Fit hatch.

                A smaller CR-V could be automotive hotcakes for Honda, though the Fit's 1.5-liter engine might need to hit the gym if it's going to keep pace.

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                • http://www.freep.com/article/C4/20120719/BUSINESS01/207190508/Honda-to-focus-on-North-America-in-global-strategy?odyssey=nav|head

                  Honda to focus on North America in global strategy

                  A 1989 Honda Accord Sedan is on display at The Henry Ford. This Accord was built in Marysville, Ohio, cost $14,460 in 1989 and had a four-cylinder engine generating 98 horsepower. The Japanese automaker will mark 30 years of building cars in the U.S. this fall. / Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press
                  By Alisa Priddle


                  Richard Schostek, senior vice president, Honda of America Manufacturing, announced the expansion plan.

                  Honda will spend about $40 million and hire 300 workers to boost production in Greensburg, Ind., as its North American operations take a larger role in the company's global strategy.

                  Richard Schostek, senior vice president, Honda of America Manufacturing, announced the investment Wednesday at an Automotive Press Association event in Detroit. It will enable Honda to produce about 50,000 more cars annually by next year, including the new Civic hybrid.

                  The investments are part of $1.6 billion in investments at its North American factories in the past 18 months as Honda prepares to mark its 30th anniversary of making cars in the U.S. That officially happens on Nov. 1, the day in 1982 when the first Accord rolled of the line in Marysville, Ohio.

                  Greensburg will be the only place in the world where Honda will assemble the Civic hybrid as it phases out production of the model in Japan.

                  The Indiana plant, which will build 250,000 vehicles annually, already makes the gasoline and compressed natural gas versions of the Civic. Workers there started making the all-new Acura ILX hybrid in April. A second shift of 1,000 workers was added last fall.

                  Honda was the first Japanese automaker to assemble vehicles in the U.S. three decades ago. Today, it has nine lines in seven assembly plants with the capacity to make 1.63 million vehicles a year in North America, most of which are powered by engines and automatic transmissions made here.

                  By 2014, when a new plant in Celaya, Mexico, starts making the Honda Fit, North American capacity will hit 1.92 million vehicles annually, Schostek said. The continent is already Honda's largest manufacturing base in the world.

                  In Ohio, Honda is investing more than $500 million and adding 100 jobs to expand capacity.

                  In Lincoln, Ala., Honda is investing $275 million and adding 140 jobs, boosting capacity by 40,000 vehicles to 340,000 a year. That will include the Acura MDX beginning early next year. The SUV is currently made in Alliston, Ont.

                  The new Mexico plant is an $800-million investment that will create 3,200 new jobs with the capacity to make 200,000 cars starting in 2014.

                  This network produces the full range of Honda's products, Schostek said. Canada is becoming a hub for small cars and crossovers. A new dedicated facility in Ohio will make the new NSX sports car sometime in the next three years.

                  By shifting production to the U.S., Japanese manufacturers will be able to reduce costs of labor and transporting parts and vehicles across the Pacific, said Alec Gutierrez, market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

                  Schostek said Honda wants to make North America the lead for more global vehicles as opposed to launching key products in Japan, then introducing them in North America later.

                  In 2011, 85% of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. were built in North America and that figure will grow to 90% in the next few years.

                  "With this shift, consumers can expect to see improvements in both vehicle availability and pricing once U.S. production goes online. We also expect that Honda will pick up additional market share in the U.S. by boosting production overseas," Gutierrez said.

                  Honda also wants to export more vehicles and parts from North America to other regions.

                  Last year, Honda exported 53,000 vehicles from North America. That figure will grow to 100,000 this year and eventually 200,000 annually, Schostek said.

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                  http://www.bikyamasr.com/73191/honda...t-in-malaysia/

                  Honda to Build Hybrid Cars in Malaysia

                  KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be home to Honda Motor Corp’s second production line of hybrid vehicles as local demand continues to rise dramatically for the green cars, the Japanese car manufacturer said on Thursday.

                  The new line of environmentally-friendly vehicles will roll off from the Melaka production plant, the company said in a statement.

                  The new production capacity will begin by the end of next year and will develop and manufacture smaller-size vehicles including the Jazz, and hybrid cars.

                  According to Reuters news agency, the plant’s capacity will be doubled to 100,000 vehicles. Honda, which will invest a total of about $110 million for the line, said it plans to hire an additional 700 people once it is working.

                  Last year, Honda sold 4,600 hybrid vehicles in Malaysia, its largest market for hybrid cars in Southeast Asia. The automaker plans to more than double sales to about 10,000 vehicles this year.

                  To meet growing demand, “it will start producing the Jazz hybrid locally at the end of this year using the Malacca plant’s existing line until the new line is set up,” Reuters reported.

                  Honda currently manufactures vehicles including the Civic compact cars and flagship Accord at the Melaka plant.

                  BM

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                  http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/0...8IJHOS20120719

                  Auto ABS pricing touches post-crisis low with Honda deal

                  NEW YORK, July 19 (IFR) - Auto-maker Honda reaffirmed this week that market conditions were still very issuer-friendly for auto-ABS by pricing a US$1.5 billion trade at the lowest spreads since June 2007.

                  The offering, Honda Auto Receivables Owner Trust 2012-3, was led by RBS (structuring lead) and Deutsche Bank.

                  There were four tranches which were offered by Honda and the ones that were rated Triple A carried weighted average lives of 1.05, 2.10 and 3.10-years, respectively.

                  The three tranches priced at 4 basis points (bp) over the Euro dollar synthetic forward benchmark, interpolated swaps plus 8bp and interpolated swaps plus 18bp, respectively.

                  Approximately 70 investor accounts participated, according to banking sources.

                  The one-year tranche alone, which was sized at US$415m, had an order book of over US$1.5 billion, according to senior bankers. Subscription levels for each of the four classes ranged anywhere from being 2.5 times to 4.5 times oversubscribed.

                  Approximately 15 investor accounts also participated in the money market class, which printed at 26bp less than interpolated Libor, the lowest spread ever for that tranche.

                  Despite the tight pricing, the Honda deal was also increased in size from an initial US$1.25bn, reflecting the depth of the ABS market.

                  "Investors are increasingly confident that benchmark rates will remain stable and they are willing to accept less spread," said a banker.

                  The Honda 2012-3 series achieved a duration weighted average Triple A spread of 7.2bp and duration weighted average yield of 0.566%.

                  These levels are even better than those available to the issuer in the unsecured bond market.

                  American Honda Finance (A1/A+) has outstanding February 2015 bonds that pay a 1.45% coupon and trade around 73bp over three-year Treasuries yielding around 0.98%.

                  Auto ABS pricing has tightened in recent weeks coinciding with an increase in demand. Last week, the spreads on the Triple A-rated tranches for the well-executed Hyundai Auto Receivables ABS were priced 2bp wider at 6bp, 10bp and 20bp.

                  The weighted average coupon on the Hyundai trade was 0.77% while the weighted average spread on the Triple A notes was 10bp.

                  US new issue auto ABS supply continues to remain robust as US$57.8bn has been priced year to date, according to Thomson Reuters data. At the same point in 2011, volume was only US$39.8bn.

                  Demand has also increased because delinquencies or defaults in auto ABS have remained low. The supporters of this product are growing in number and diversity. Last week, there was talk that even corporate treasury departments were buying auto ABS.

                  The US ABS market as a whole has also enjoyed a strong run so far this year. Year to date volume is US$112.7bn, according to Thomson Reuters data, compared to US$72.8bn in the year ago period.



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                  http://wot.motortrend.com/back-again...ow-235511.html

                  Back Again: Honda Civic Type R Getting Green Light, May Debut at Geneva Show

                  The Honda Civic Type R Euro disappeared from European markets after 2010, but a new version is coming back for more. Honda will confirm production of the new hot hatch at the Paris Motor Show in September, reports Autocar.

                  Details on the new Civic Type R are scarce, but it’s likely to debut at the Geneva show in March, when we’ll discover whether an updated engine or new downsized turbo engine will be under the hood. Like the last-gen U.S.-spec Civic Si, the previous Civic Type R Euro used a normally aspirated 2.0-liter I-4 that produced 197 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque and was paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Although the North American Si and the Type R shared powertrains, the Civic Type R’s chassis and suspension tuning provided an entirely different experience.

                  Handling was improved, thanks to a lighter body and more rigid chassis. The Type R also had unique suspension tuned for optimum grip. A limited-slip differential and larger, lightweight 18-inch wheels shod with high-performance tires also helped with cornering. Autocar says the new Type R will go on sale about a year after its Geneva debut. Markets haven’t been announced, but don’t expect to see it here.

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                  http://www.mlive.com/living/bay-city...d_a_new_h.html

                  Bangor Township's Davert family accepts free Honda Odyssey mobility van with smiles and tears

                  SAGINAW, MI - With smiles and a few tears, a Bangor Township family took ownership Thursday of an $81,000 Honda Odyssey mini van they won in an online contest designed to help those with mobility needs.“It's been a whirlwind,” said Ken Davert, whose wife and two children are wheelchair bound. “All the community support. I'm still trying to absorb it.”
                  The Daverts, of Bay County's Bangor Township, received the special van they've dubbed "White Lightening" from Mobility Works, 8175 Gratiot Ave., Saginaw.
                  About 30 friends and family were on hand at the store to cheer as Dale Hubbard, executive director and CEO of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, turned the keys of the 2012 25th anniversary Vantage Mobility International Honda Odyssey over to the Daverts.
                  The van, donated by SanTan Honda Superstore in Chandler, Ariz., was equipped with VMI's Northstar system that includes a power ramp, power doors and power kneeling system, all operated with a click of a button on the key pad. The van holds the three power chairs used by Missy Davert and 13-year-old twins Austin and Michaela safe and secure.
                  Mobility Works further modified the van to meet the family's needs.
                  Their journey to winning the van began in April, when the family became contestants in the dealer association's first-ever contest offering three families nationwide a chance to win a mobility accessible van as part of National Mobility Awareness Month.
                  The Daverts desperately needed new transportation with the two aging vans they owned beginning to break down. With Missy Davert and the twins suffering from brittle bone disease, a mobility accessible van is a must to helping them get around.
                  “We sat down and said we need a van,” Michaela Davert said. “We have to do this and here we are celebrating. This is awesome.”

                  While Michaela never lost faith, Missy Davert didn't think much of the family's chances amid 1,700 other families seeking the van who were just as deserving.
                  “I thought our chances were slim to none,” she said. “It was the community. Everything they put into it paid off and it happened.”
                  Spreading the word through the media and social networks, the Daverts managed to pick up just under 30,000 votes – votes that came from around the world, slipping them into the top 10 percent.
                  From there it was up to a panel of health care professionals who had the toughest job of all, choosing just three winners from the 170 top contenders. The Daverts came out on top.
                  “They won it based on the uplifting, inspirational story they wrote online,” said Hubbard. "The story made it all worthwhile.”
                  As the family headed out to the presentation Thursday, their old van wouldn't start, making them late for the event.
                  Once they arrived, though, the family was excited to see their new ride.
                  “I'm so excited,” said usually quiet Austin. “It's unbelievable we can get this. I like the DVD player. It's really cool. We can watch movies.”

                  For Missy, it's all about the awesome stereo, the fact this van actually has hub caps and the fact there won't be any more worries of breaking down on the family's frequent trips to Ann Arbor and Brighton for the twins' medical care.
                  The contest also brought competing business together to make it all happen.

                  “It's the first time the industry has come together and it's getting the word out about what we do,” said Monique McGivney, marketing manager for VMI. “Individually, we can't do it.”
                  With the success of the contest, Hubbard says NMEDA will sponsor another contest next year.
                  The staff at Mobility Works were excited that a local family won the van as well.
                  Dale Bills, general manager, and who has known the Daverts for a few years, was just as thrilled as they were.
                  “They are a bundle of excitement,” he said. “Working with them, talking with them every day, it's amazing what they face head on with enthusiasm and excitement. It's contagious.”
                  When White Lightening pulls into the Davert driveway for the first time, it will mark the first day of retirement for their old van, a ride they called the Rolling Grape.

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                  http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07...pilot-has.html

                  Honda's family-friendly Pilot has plenty of options

                  If you're in the market for a family hauler perfect for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, the 2012 Honda Pilot ranks as a top choice.
                  General Motors has some larger crossovers that are a bit roomier - the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia - but among the midsize class, the Pilot shines.
                  It's also a perfect alternative for those who don't particularly want to drive a minivan - such as Honda's other great family hauler, the Odyssey - but need the eight-passenger capacity.
                  This is one of the most family friendly vehicles ever built, and it's just as versatile as a minivan for the routine daily duties of hauling kids, dogs, soccer equipment and groceries.
                  For 2012, there are three trim levels, LX, EX and EX-L, and 12 total variations, depending on what extras are added, such as four-wheel drive, navigation and rear-seat entertainment. The EX-L models come with leather interiors - that's what the "L" stands for. Four-wheel drive is optional on all levels.
                  Prices range from $28,620 (plus $830 freight) for the base LX two-wheel drive to $40,970 for the top-of-the-line EX-L four-wheel drive with navigation and rear entertainment.
                  The least-expensive four-wheel-drive model is the LX, for $30,220. The midlevel EX (no leather) begins at $31,470 with front drive, and $33,070 with all-wheel drive.
                  EX-L models begin with the two-wheel-drive version at $34,720; and with four-wheel drive, they start at $36,320.
                  We tested the fully-equipped EX-L four-wheel drive with navigation and rear entertainment, at the $40,970 price. With two-wheel (front) drive, this model is $39,370.
                  The Pilot is nearly as elegant and well-equipped as its premium Acura counterpart, the MDX, which is built on the same chassis.
                  Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, rated at 250 horsepower and 253 foot-pounds of torque, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission. It's a smooth, powerful drivetrain that moves the vehicle effortlessly.
                  We had four people on board, with their luggage, for a long road trip that included some mountain driving, and the Pilot handled the hills with ease, as well as routine uphill freeway ramps.
                  The Pilot is mostly quiet at highway speeds, although some wind noise does come through. It's still easy to conduct a conversation at normal volume levels, though, even at 70 mph.
                  Although the ride is soft and easy on the body, the Pilot's suspension is strong enough to hold the vehicle steady on curves, and the steering is crisp and responsive. That's one of the pluses of the crossover's car-style unibody chassis compared with the body-on-frame arrangement of the traditional sport utility vehicle, such as the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.
                  Pilot's V-6 engine has Variable Cylinder Management, which shuts off up to three of the cylinders during highway cruising. That helps give the Pilot its EPA highway rating of 25 mpg in the front-wheel-drive model, and 24 with four-wheel drive. City ratings are 18 mpg for the front-drive model, and 17 for the four-wheel drive.
                  The test vehicle came with Honda's full-time Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive system, which is designed to improve traction mostly in rain or snow, but also gives the car some off-road capability.
                  There is no transfer case to provide low-range gearing for extreme trail driving, but there is a dash button that locks the system to allow for maximum torque in first and second gears, at speeds up to 18 mph, to simulate low range. That could help the vehicle extricate itself from mud holes or allow it to negotiate steep off-road slopes.
                  Ground clearance is just eight inches, though, which doesn't allow enough room to clear rocks and other obstacles that most true sport utility vehicles can handle.
                  There are lots of nooks and crannies in the cabin of the Pilot to keep mobile devices secure and within easy reach. Three 12-volt power outlets are within reach of the driver and front passenger, along with a 110-volt outlet for a game console or a wall charger for a laptop, for example.
                  As for cupholders and cubbies to keep stuff organized, nobody has this covered like Honda does. Besides two cupholders in the center console between the two front seats, there are trays in front and behind them, as well as three more trays on top of the glove box.
                  With a full load of passengers, everyone has at least one usable cupholder, and some have more than one.
                  There are cubbies in the dash for more devices, and in the back, there are map pockets and door pockets and other places to stow stuff to keep it from flying all over the car when brakes are applied or a sharp turn is made.
                  In the center console there are USB and audio connections for iPods and other MP3 players, allowing them to be played through the in-dash audio system.
                  This roomy and comfortable vehicle has nearly 153 cubic feet of passenger space, and a cargo area that expand to 87 cubic feet with the middle and rear seats folded. With all the seats in place, there is an 18 cubic-foot space behind the third row, which is larger than that found in most midsize SUVs with a third seat. That doesn't include a hidden 2.8 cubic-foot storage well, which can keep valuables out of sight.
                  The second and third rows can hold up to three people each, but the third row is best left to children, as is the middle position in the middle row. For easy access to the third row, the second-row seat can be moved forward easily. Four child-seat anchors are provided -- three in the second row and one in the third.
                  The Pilot, which is less than 16 feet long, is easier to park than some of its eight-passenger competitors. Some of those are as much as two feet longer that the Pilot, which Honda calls "garage friendly."
                  Among safety features, the Pilot comes with Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, designed to make it match the bumper heights of most other vehicles on the road.
                  Other standard safety gear includes electronic stability control; three-row, side-curtain air bags with rollover sensors; driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side air bags; active front head restraints; and antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist.
                  The Pilot has been designated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the vehicle received the best-possible (five-star) ratings in front- and side-crash safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
                  Among standard amenities on all models are front and rear air conditioning with air filtration, keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering column, cruise control, power windows/mirrors/door locks, AM/FM/compact-disc audio system with seven speakers (including subwoofer) and the Radio Data System, trip computer, digital compass, automatic headlights, heat-rejecting tinted glass, and integrated tow-hitch receiver.
                  With the EX, you'll also get tri-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration, a 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, a six-disc in-dash CD changer, security system, XM radio, body-color side mirrors and door handles, alloy wheels, roof rails, fog lights, exterior temperature indicator, and a universal garage opener.
                  The EX-L adds leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a four-way power front passenger seat, a one-touch power moon roof, acoustic windshield glass, and an automatic-dimming rearview mirror.
                  Also included on top-end models are a rearview camera, premium audio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a multi-information display, corner and backup sensors, exclusive alloy wheels, power tailgate, and outside-mirror integrated turn signals.
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                  • http://www.hondainthenews.com/hondal...-their-phones/

                    HondaLink Lets Drivers Put Away Their Phones

                    Customers like to stay connected on the road, but using handheld phones can compromise safety and is illegal in many states. To solve the problem, Honda just unveiled HondaLink, a new in-vehicle connectivity system that will debut this fall on the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord. HondaLink, which features the first automotive OEM application of Aha™ by Harman, promises to keep drivers connected to thousands of cloud-based news, information, and media feeds from around the world, using an intuitive, audio-system based interface.

                    “HondaLink will enable customers to put away their phone and still stay connected to the people, music and media they love,” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. “By creating an intuitive and customizable user interface, HondaLink allows drivers to access digital content as easily as choosing a radio station.”

                    Honda’s new HondaLink smartphone application lets owners preset content on their phone. Inside the car, drivers can connect their phones and enjoy personalized content that’s made available via voice recognition, controls in the steering-wheel, and in-dash audio system controls. “Honda’s strategy is about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and services to Honda owners,” said Charles Koch, American Honda manager of new business development. “This is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected customer.”

                    The Aha service enables HondaLink users to listen to Facebook and Twitter audio newsfeeds, NPR podcasts, location-based personalized restaurant listings from Yelp!, and music from Internet music services such as Pandora and Slacker. The service is free and instantly accessible from the cloud. HondaLink will also incorporate voice-to-text SMS text services with pre-programmed responses, which Honda introduced on the 2012 CR-V.

                    The HondaLink family also includes HondaLink EV, specifically designed for the all-new Fit EV and the upcoming Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Owners of these electric vehicles will have access to applications designed to connect to their vehicle. The HondaLink EV application will allow the user to view the state of charge, initiate charging, and activate the air conditioning and heater to pre-condition the vehicle while connected to the grid to maximize battery range on start-up. HondaLink EV will launch with the Fit EV, which will be available for lease in California and Oregon beginning on July 20, 2012.

                    Honda Introduces HondaLink™ => http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=pSAvKxrp-p0


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                    http://paultan.org/2012/07/19/breaki...d-jazz-hybrid/

                    BREAKING: Honda to produce hybrid cars in Malaysia, starting with the CKD Jazz Hybrid!

                    Honda Malaysia (HM) today announced that it will be producing hybrid vehicles in Malaysia, starting with the Honda Jazz Hybrid. The announcement was made by Hiroshi Kobayashi, President and CEO of Asian Honda Motor Co Ltd, at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a new “No. 2 Line” to be built at Honda’s Pegoh Plant in Alor Gajah, Melaka.

                    This means that when the first Honda Jazz Hybrid rolls out of the Melaka plant later this year, Honda will be the first manufacturer to produce hybrid cars in Malaysia. Currently, Honda hybrid vehicles are made only in Japan and the USA.

                    “We will start local production of the Jazz Hybrid at the Melaka plant by the end of this year. Southeast Asia in particular holds a very important position for Honda’s global business. With a huge population, strong GDP growth and spending power, the demand for passenger vehicles in this region has grown tremendously in the past 10 years. We want to keep on creating products that maximise the joy of our customers, with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions in these markets,” Kobayashi san said.

                    HM has been manufacturing vehicles in Malaysia since 2003. It is investing RM350 million for the expansion, which includes building, equipment and facilities. The No.2 Line is scheduled to begin operations by the fourth quarter of 2013 and will be able to produce 100,000 units annually. Hybrid vehicles will roll off the No.1 Line while the No. 2 Line is to increase HM’s ability to meet market demand for compact vehicles. Tech transfer comes in the form of latest General Welding equipment.

                    Jazz Hybrid aside, the upgraded Melaka plant will also roll out the City, Civic, Accord and CR-V. Currently, HM sources about 40% of CKD vehicle components locally, and plans to further increase local content.

                    When both the production lines are up and running, HM will be able to produce up to 800 vehicles per day, double its current output. The expanded factory will occupy a total space of 8.48 million square metres when completed, almost double the current 4.32 million square metres. HM also expects to employ 700 new staff.

                    The expanded factory will be complemented by a RM40 million Pre-Delivery Inspection Centre (PDI) and Vehicle Quality Test Course. The latter is designed with various dynamic testing zones and road conditions, and can test two new vehicles per session. Earlier this year, HM officially opened its new warehouse to provide better support to dealers.

                    Click here for our launch report of the Honda Jazz Hybrid. As a CBU import from Japan, the IMA-powered B-segment hatchback is priced at RM94,800 OTR including insurance. How much do you think the CKD Jazz Hybrid will cost?

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                    http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/07...tion-line.html

                    Honda to Open Second Production Line, Double Output of Malaysian Plant

                    Honda has begun work on the construction of a second automobile production line at its existing facility in Malacca, Malaysia, where it will build small sized vehicles such as the Jazz / Fit and hybrid models.

                    The second line is scheduled to begin operation before the end of 2013 and will add 50,000 units annually, doubling the plant's overall production capacity from the current 50,000 units with the first line to 100,000 units per year.

                    Honda said the total investment on the second line is expected to be 350 million Malaysian ringgit (approximately 8.68 billion yen / €90.4 million / US$111.6 million), and it is planning to hire approximately 700 associates when the second line becomes operational.

                    Malaysia is Honda's largest hybrid vehicle market in Southeast Asia today, with the automaker selling 4,600 units last year. The Japanese company plans to more than double sales to approximately 10,000 hybrid cars in 2012.




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                    http://www.leftlanenews.com/honda-to...ic-hybrid.html

                    Honda to bump up production capacity in Indiana, add Civic Hybrid


                    Honda will invest nearly $40 million to upgrade its Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) assembly plant in Greensburg to enable it to boost annual capacity by 50,000. The added production, which will also include the Civic Hybrid for the first time, is due to kick off early in 2013.
                    As part of the upgrade, Honda will hire about 300 new production line workers. Honda is now hiring for the positions, which include positions in stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection molding, sub-assembly and final assembly operations. The plant’s capacity will grow to a total of 250,000 vehicles per year. Last fall, the plant added a second shift that effectively doubled its capacity.
                    The Indiana plant was the first North American Honda plant to build a hybrid when it began production of the Acura ILX in April.
                    Honda builds the Civic Sedan, Civic Natural Gas, Acura ILX, and Acura ILX Hybrid models at the Indiana plant.

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                    http://www.leftlanenews.com/honda-mo...ic-type-r.html

                    Honda moving forward with new Civic Type R



                    Honda has given the green light to a Type R performance version of its latest Civic compact. Honda will reportedly make an announcement on the subject at this fall’s Paris Motor Show.
                    According to the UK’s Autocar, Honda will announce the new Type R Civic at the Paris Motor Show and show a concept version of the hot compact at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. The Civic Type R will likely hit the market sometime in early 2014.
                    No other details surrounding the new Type R were revealed, including what engine might power the hopped-up compact. The last version of the Type R was powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder developing about 200 horsepower, but Honda actually had to scrap that engine because it didn’t comply with European emission regulations.
                    In all likelihood Honda will fit the next Type R with a smaller, turbocharged engine to improve CO2 emissions. Horsepower will likely stay around the same mark, but the addition of a turbocharger should ensure the next Type R has more twist than the last generation’s 142 lb-ft of torque.
                    Unfortunately for buyers in the U.S., the Civic Type R will likely be reserved for the European market.

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                    • http://www.chicagotribune.com/classi...,2054717.story

                      Honda offers free insurance to electric Fit buyers



                      Honda's new electric vehicle comes with an unusual option: collision insurance without any deductible.

                      It's the latest enticement to move electric cars off showrooms and narrow the cost gap with less expensive gasoline-powered vehicles.

                      "It is a really interesting marketing tool," said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst with IHS Automotive.



                      Detroit automakers have generally shied away from offering insurance for drivers. General Motors experimented with the concept last year, offering a year of free auto insurance for new-car buyers in Oregon and Washington. GM let the offer expire without expanding the program because it was complicated to administer and the company wanted to spend the marketing dollars elsewhere.

                      Honda officials said they see the offer as a way to remove a barrier to the introduction of their first electric car in the U.S. They were concerned that insurers would have trouble rating the financial risk of covering the repairs of such a low-volume vehicle.

                      Starting with Nissan, large automakers began selling electric cars in late 2010. But sales of the vehicles have been slow, hampered by their limited range and higher price compared with gasoline-powered vehicles. They also require homeowners to install charging stations in their garages, an expense that can run $1,500 to $2,500, depending on the home.

                      Although the amount of insurance savings for Honda's new Fit EV will vary based on a consumer's driving record and address, the option can reduce some of that expense.

                      Honda plans to offer just 1,100 leases for the car, an electric version of Honda's popular subcompact hatchback. It will not be available for outright purchase. It is reaching showrooms this month.

                      The 36-month, 36,000-mile lease will cost $389 a month plus taxes with no down payment. The contract includes roadside assistance, all maintenance as well as the collision insurance. However, consumers leasing the Fit will be required to carry liability insurance at $100,000 per incident and $300,000 overall coverage. Honda said it won't be making lease decisions based on people's driving records.

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                      http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/20/w...to-a-race-car/

                      Watch Honda transform a stock Civic Si into a race car

                      Chief designer for Sunbeam, Louis Coatalen was once quoted as saying "Racing improves the breed." With Formula One racers that look like nothing on the open road, and NASCAR, whose cars only LOOK like what you can get in a dealership, its hard for the average Joe to see why motorsport is relevant to their daily lives.

                      Production-based racing is where you can truly find that connection of road car and race car, Cars that wish to enter in these types of race series must start life as a model that you can find at your local dealer. The folks at Compass 360 Racing have chronicled what it takes to turn your daily driver into a race winner, and according to the description, "it's easier than you think."

                      The team starts out with a 2012 Honda Civic Si and takes the necessary steps to ready it for race series like the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The first move for racing mechanic Steve Stantidakis and the rest of the team is to gut the car almost entirely, removing interior panels, seats, accessories and the engine. The spread of parts along the shop floor in the video is quite remarkable.

                      Next, they separate parts that will return to the compact racer from the items that will be discarded. Once stripped down, a roll cage is installed, the car is painted, and necessary parts will be reinstalled.

                      A version of the Si's 2.4-liter VTEC four-cylinder tuned by Honda Performance Development engine is next to go in. According to HPD Senior Engineer Lee Niffenegger, the four-pot achieves roughly 25 percent more power than the standard Si engine through improved intake and exhaust flow, among other things.

                      And why go through all this trouble to convert a bone-stock coupe into a performance machine? Says Niffenegger, "The reason Honda races is to push our cars to the limit. You can only learn so much through what you do on the street."

                      Scroll down to see it all come together.

                      Civic Si Race Car Transformation Video => http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Ipt7-9A-5sA


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                      http://www.wheels.ca/news/the-design...or-dave-merek/

                      The Designers: At Honda, it’s a labour of love for Dave Merek

                      Honda's North American design chief always seeks to push the envelope.




                      Dave Merek is anything but reserved when it comes to describing his life’s passion. “I’m described as a car fanatic,” he says. “It isn’t that I like cars. I’m obsessed with them.”

                      That enthusiasm serves him well in his job as senior chief designer, and director of auto design at Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles. He oversees every Honda and Acura design done in the U.S., and advises on projects done globally.

                      He wanted to study history in school, but his teachers noticed he spent most of his time drawing cars. “The art teachers would ask me to do artwork for them, and I played sports so I drew the signs for our teams,” Merek says. “I never took art classes in high school or college, but every time I strayed (from drawing), my dad kept pushing me.”

                      He believes his talent is genetic. His mother was a senator, and she hoped Merek would go into politics. But Merek had been adopted, and both his birth parents were artists. “I did not know that, but my father knew,” he says. “He kept encouraging the artistic side of things. He tried to get me to visit the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena because it was known as the car design school, but I thought that wasn’t a real job. Of course, now I know it’s more than a real job. It’s the most awesome thing in the world.”

                      When he was 25 — already married and working — he gave in to his father and visited the school. “You drive up this majestic drive and here’s this modern, high-tech building,” he says. “The minute I walked in I thought, ‘Why did I wait?’ I knew I was home and that was it. I enrolled and went through.”

                      He graduated in 1987 and went straight to Honda, where he’s been ever since. “Honda has embraced me, and not tried to make me something else,” he says. “If you work hard and you do good work, you grow up in the company. Then you permeate it back to the people who work for you. You trust them and let them do what they do.

                      “I don’t want to hire a bunch of people and tell them what to do. I want them to create what they want to create, and I will guide them. Otherwise, every car would be mine, and what’s the point of that?”

                      His first design project was the 1994 Accord Wagon. “I’m always fond of that, because it was going from being in school to doing a real car,” Merek says. “Subsequently, I’ve had at least a part in all the things to come out of the California studio.” This included the Honda Element and Ridgeline, and the Acura CL and TL.

                      Some designs have been controversial, and Merek has learned to roll with any criticism. “When the Element came out, we totally believed in it and thought it was cool,” he says. “When you talk to Element buyers, they love their cars so much. Some people don’t get it, but that’s OK. We did it for those people who adore their car.

                      “If you get bad press on a design, I won’t say it’s not tough, but there’s enough gratification from the customers that you can weigh it back and forth. I’ve read things about myself personally that I didn’t like, but it’s kind of humorous that someone would take the time to blog something like that. Design is subjective, and going into the career, you have to know that.”

                      Making the design practical is always a challenge. “You have to fit people in it, and that’s probably the biggest issue,” he says. “You can pinch the roof down and make it lower, and every car designer wants to do that, but people are in there and you can’t compromise them. Then there are safety regulations and manufacturing techniques. You’re always trying to push the envelope. It’s a challenge, but not an obstacle.”

                      As if work isn’t enough, Merek’s often busier after quitting time. Every Saturday, he teaches a transportation workshop at the Art Center. After a session with his personal trainer on Sunday mornings, he’s usually found at sporting events, or designing graphics for race car teams.

                      And then, come Monday morning, it’s back to the studio. “The Honda customer is extremely loyal and proud of the car, and I am too,” he says. “We’re all aiming at one goal, and that’s to do great cars for great people.”

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                      • http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/20/464...fit-ev-to.html

                        Honda Delivers First Fit EV to California Customer
                        The EPA-rated 118 MPGe Fit EV is now available for lease in select California and Oregon markets


                        WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 20, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc., delivered the first all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV to a couple in Southern California, the company announced today. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the latest in Honda's diverse and expansive portfolio of alternative-fuel vehicles, earning a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe (1), and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles.

                        (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120720/LA44000)

                        (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100923/HONDALOGO)

                        Ventura County, Calif., residents, Matt and Becky Walton, took delivery of their Honda Fit EV at the Woodland Hills Honda dealership located north of Los Angeles. The couple was the very first registrant to sign up to lease the Fit EV at www.FitEV.Honda.com and plan to use their vehicle as a daily commuter car. Matt and Becky Walton have a long history of owning Honda vehicles, beginning with a Honda N600 sedan and a Honda Z600 coupe in the 1970s and now a Honda Odyssey which will be used as a secondary car.

                        "It's truly an honor to take delivery of the first Honda Fit EV and participate in the advancement of all-electric vehicles in the real world," said Mr. Walton. "The Honda Fit EV is not only a sustainable and energy efficient transportation option with the highest fuel-efficiency rating of any EV, but it has the added bonus of being fun-to-drive and can fully recharge from empty in less than three hours."

                        Addressing a critical step in advancing electric vehicles in the real world, American Honda initially will certify Honda dealers in select California and Oregon markets as Fit EV dealers to provide an excellent customer experience for Fit EV customers' sales and service needs.

                        The Fit EV will be available for lease-only in key markets starting in California and Oregon, after which availability will expand to East Coast markets in early 2013. The Fit EV's lease price of $389 per month (2) over a three-year term computes to a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,625.

                        Customers interested in leasing or learning more about the Fit EV are encouraged to sign up at www.FitEV.Honda.com.

                        Connect with Honda: Media Newsroom (for journalists): www.hondanews.com Fit EV (for consumers): http://automobiles.honda.com/fit-ev Fit EV on Facebook YouTube: www.youtube.com/honda Flickr: www.flickr.com/hondanews Twitter: www.twitter.com/honda Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/honda Honda on Google+

                        (1) 132/105/118 city/highway/combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by U.S. EPA. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label...ic-label.shtml.

                        (2) Subject to limited availability through October 2014 in designated market regions on approved credit through American Honda Finance Corp. Closed end lease for 2013 Honda Fit EV for well-qualified lessees meeting specific use and operation requirements. Not all applicants will qualify. No purchase option at lease end. MSRP $37,415 (includes destination). Excludes tax, title, license, registration, options and insurance. Zero capitalized cost reduction. Total monthly payments $14,004.00. Lessee responsible for non-routine maintenance, excessive wear/tear and up to $0.20/mi. over 12,000 mi./yr. Lease includes collision coverage, routine maintenance, roadside assistance and navigation system updates

                        SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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                        2012 Honda Insight LX Review

                        I often forget that cars are first and foremost a means to an end. They are meant to take people from point A to point B as efficiently as possible. Comfort, performance, styling and any type of derived pleasure are not essential elements to what can be considered a basic mode of transportation. This is what the 2012 Honda Insight is, and I kinda like it.

                        Let’s rant, again...
                        But it’s all done wrong. Indulge me in my short rant on Honda : The Insight is another prime example of Honda’s forward thinking, which is far too ahead of the curve. This $21,990 car is an easy way to land incredible fuel economy, interior room and utility, but no one will ever know about it.

                        Far from being pretty or ugly, the Insight likely represents and meets the needs of a large portion of the buying public, consumers, and those who need a car but don’t want a car. The Insight is perfect in that way.

                        Honda, put your pants on and promote other products besides the Civic and CR-V.

                        Aerodynamic for a purpose
                        The 2012 Honda Insight’s shape is highly purposeful as its drag coefficient is 0.28, making it a very sleek car indeed. Aesthetically speaking, the car’s styling is very modern and quite functional, however, is betrayed by its 15” hubcaps that are a faux pas in 2012.

                        The remainder of the design is reminiscent of many current and popular cars such as the Toyota Prius and (if you squint to the point of seeing next to nothing) to that of the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break.

                        The functional aspect comes in the form of a highly accommodating cabin in the 2012 Honda Insight. Four occupants (five would be tight, shoulder-wise) find more leg-, shoulder- and headroom than in many midsize cars. The trunk also benefits greatly as the large hatch and high roofline create easy loading and much volume.

                        What fuel?
                        The 2012 Honda Insight is motivated, as best as possible, by a 1.3L 4-cylinder with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). I felt the need to add “as best as possible” as the 98 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque are no more than adequate to get things moving. There I go again, forgetting that this is a tool...

                        These days, rarely do I encounter a car that consumes what the EnerGuide, published by Natural Resources Canada, indicates. The Honda Insight did really well, taking only 5.0L/100km, only a few drops more than the posted 4.7/4.4 city/highway numbers. The slight variation is a direct result of the driver’s will and likely because the IMA system does not allow for full-on electric driving.

                        At what cost?
                        The principal elements that make the 2012 Honda Insight as efficient as it is are its multiple technologies that manage the intake of black gold. Unfortunately, it is these elements that mostly ruin the driving experience. From a standstill, the powertrain jerks and can be unpleasant when the slow start-stop system wakes up.

                        The CVT functions as though it was a generation behind because of its sloppiness and lack of refinement. In ECO mode, and when driving ECO-minded, it’s more than tolerable. However, unless the driver is in the mood, it won’t work.

                        The other cost
                        For 2012, Honda Canada has decided to pull the EX version from the lineup for reasons I can only fathom as being that sales are so weak that the business case for two trims does not make financial sense.

                        What I find especially odd is that between January 2011 and May 2012, the 2010-only EX outsold the 2010 and 2012 (there was no 2011 in Canada) by about 40% (LX: 121 vs. EX: 171).

                        The discontented LX version was never the big seller, however, it is now the only one offered. It would seem as though Honda has chopped its own legs from under itself. This way, they’ve ensured that they will sell fewer cars. Maybe that is the plan for Canada. The existence of the Civic Hybrid creates a redundancy that does not help the Insight’s case.

                        2012 Honda Insight LX rear 3/4 view
                        The discontented LX version was never the big seller, however, it is now the only one offered. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour)

                        What about the Insight?
                        It’s a good car, not in so much as it is a good car, but that it will carry four peeps “comfortably” and some stuff wherever they need to go.

                        The ride is good as the simple suspension setup is supple and forgiving, and fuel economy is phenomenal. The bottom line is that one has to be in the mood for this vehicle.

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                        http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07...n-honda-civic/

                        Jimisar launches 9th generation Honda Civic

                        SIBU: Jimisar Motors Sdn Bhd (Jimisar) on Saturday evening launched the much-awaited ninth generation Honda Civic at its Honda Authorised 3S centre in Salim Road here to further strengthen its presence in the market.

                        Its sales manager Yeo Khoo Haw said prior to the unveiling of the highly anticipated model, they have received 35 bookings for the new Honda Civic.

                        “By the end of this month, we expect to receive a total of 50 bookings in the Sibu Division. We will have sufficient stock for the new Civic next month,” he told a press conference at the Jimisar’s showroom prior to the launch.

                        Yeo said Honda Civic has received an outstanding reputation by consistently delivering high a level of driving performance, quality, fuel efficiency and values beyond what is expected in its segment.

                        He said in Malaysia, since the launch of the seventh generation in 2003, the Civic has sold over 58,000 units to date.

                        He said it has been simultaneously recognised as the market leader in non-national mid-size sedan segment, and the success of the model was amplified by the overwhelming reception of the eighth generation launched six years ago with close to 49,000 units sold.

                        He said each generation of Civic improved with a specific development theme in mind.

                        “The 2012 Civic embraces the fundamental concept of a ‘futuristic and distinctive compact’, a direction that introduces new values that reach ahead of present-day needs.

                        “Built based on the popularity of the eighth generation, the Civic has been remodelled with a higher level of refinements and style. The all-new Civic has elevated the values of its predecessor on all fronts – fuel economy, performance, advanced smart technology and long-term values. More sophisticated and smart, the all-new Civic conveys a high energetic appearance in its class.

                        “Staying true to its development concept of ‘Advanced Smart Sedan’, the all-new Civic features a series of new technologies including a
                        futuristic cockpit and a five-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) to promote smart and efficient driving,” he related.

                        According to Yeo, the all-new Civic was Honda’s first non-hybrid model fitted with Eco Assist functions, which helps drive improve the vehicle fuel efficiency.

                        With its interactive function – changing colour background of the ambient meter display, he stated, it guides drivers to achieve better fuel efficiency by improving their driving style.

                        In addition to the exterior and interior makeover, he said the safety standard in the all-new Civic has been enhanced, and the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is now integrated with the Motion Adaptive EPS (Electric Power Steering) system that helps drivers to control during over-steer and under-steer conditions.

                        The all-new Civic, Yeo revealed, has obtained a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating for occupants and pedestrians, with the refined Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure provides improved crash compatibility between vehicles of different size and ride height.

                        Along with the petrol model, the all-new Civic is entering the market with its Hybrid variant featuring a larger 1.5L i-VTEC engine that is connected to a lighter, enhanced and more powerful electric motor, Yeo said, adding the all-new Civic Hybrid is the first in Malaysia to be fitted with a lithium-ion battery that could preserve more electricity with its compact size.

                        Enhanced with smart technology, the all-new Civic Hybrid is the first hybrid to offer Smart Entry and Push Start Button in Honda’s Hybrid line–up for a premium stance, he added.

                        Available in 1.8L, 2.0L with Navi and Civic Hybrid, each variant is designed to better meet different individual needs and preferences. The line-up is currently the most diverse range in the industry that appeals to natural trendsetters, both male and female.

                        To continue to make the all-new Civic a top attraction, Yeo pointed out that Honda Malaysia has introduced a new and attractive after-service package.

                        He said the package covered five-year warranty with unlimited mileage (terms and condition apply), five-year warranty with unlimited mileage (terms and condition apply) for IMA battery (hybrid car), extension of preventive maintenance interval from 5,000km to 10,000km, free labour service up to six visits for every alternate paid service until 100,000km.

                        He added that by introducing a new after-service package, it would provide excellent ownership experience to the customers.

                        For the petrol variant, the all-new Civic is available in Alabaster Silver metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Taffeta White. The on-the-road price for 1.8S is RM114,000, 2.0S (RM132,980) and 2.0 Navi (RM137,980). The Hybrid variant (1.5L) is available in Frosty White Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Taffeta White. The price on the road stands at RM120,980.

                        Discover a new living with the all-new Civic, smart and advanced sedan: visit or book a test drive at Jimisar’s Honda Authorized 3S centre. For more information, call 084-210198.

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                        http://www.thenationonlineng.net/201...tion-cr-v.html

                        Honda Place unveils fourth generation CR-V

                        It was a beehive of activity at the Ocean View Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos as The Honda Place (THP) took the wrap off the fourth generation Honda CR-V utility car, reports TAJUDEEN ADEBANJO

                        The Ocean View Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos was agog last week when The Honda Place (THP) unveiled the fourth generation Honda CR-V utility vehicle.

                        The frist CR-V was introduced 16 years ago.

                        THP Sales and Marketing Director Mr Deepak Daryanani said the sedan-like vehicle with stunning economical four-cylinder engine spectrum and remarkable handling are rare features that distinguish the CR-V in its class.

                        Daryanani said the CR-V has continued to enjoy customer loyalty and increasing sales year-on-year due to its uniqueness, ample passenger room, cargo capacity and competitive pricing.

                        Little wonder, he added, more than a dozen various models from rival automakers have continued to make their way into the mid-sized SUV category.

                        “While some models offer V6 engines, Honda CR-V has remained focused on its practical aspirations and true-to-form design, becoming the best choice available in the all-important compact, small-SUV segment,” Daryanani said.

                        Redesigned for 2012, the CR-V still maintains its previous size, with minimal hardware changes, enough style and feature modification to keep Honda’s top selling crossover fully competitive.

                        And like its predecessor, the remodelled CR-V is offered in familiar LX and EX-L trim levels.

                        While the LX comes pretty well equipped, the EX-L gets additional convenience and luxury features, but without navigation systems for the local market, Daryanani said.

                        A peep under the hood underscores CR-V’s standard 2.4-litre inline four cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque’ mated to Honda’s fashionable five-speed transmission, just as all model comes in the traditional front wheel drive safe for the all-wheel drive that is optional.

                        But what exactly makes the new CR-V tick? The list of features, according to the Daryanani is amazing. First is the intelligently thought-out interior with high quality materials; comfortable ride, quieter engine (than before), better road handling and remarkable steering high points.

                        Other technical features focus on the next generation mini-utilities, which come as standard, e.g. two info screens, a rear view camera, Bluetooth, and a function that reads incoming text messages from paired phones – provided the phone is a BlackBerry.

                        Honda has also improved on the CR-V’s fuel management system, improving from 21/28mpg city/highway to 23/31mpg and the all-wheel-drive models go from 21/27mpg to 22/30mpg.

                        Daryanani said the main goal of the CR-V is to be an excellent family vehicle as affirmed by test drivers.

                        Safety, however, remains a strong selling point for the CR-V: With top five-star government safety ratings, Daryanani said the CR-V ranks best among safety conscious cars in its class.

                        Other standard safety features include stability control, braking assist, and front-side and head-protecting side curtain air bags.

                        Honda has undoubtedly scaled several hurdles in its six-and-half year decade in automobile engineering, becoming an icon with a lineup that runs the gamut.

                        Among them are fuel-sipping hybrids, a spacious minivan, reliable family sedans, practical SUVs and even a pickup. Honda’s brand as a whole continues to be one of the most respected in the industry, with millions of loyal and satisfied customers.

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                        http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/...d-to-malaysia/

                        Honda to bring Jazz Hybrid to Malaysia

                        It is the largest market for hybrid cars in all of South East Asia: and now Malaysia will soon be welcoming a hybrid car production plant of its own.

                        That’s because Honda has started to construct a second automobile production line at its plant in Malacca, Malaysia: this one will produce mostly small vehicles, including the Honda Jazz Hybrid (pictured, known as the Fit Hybrid in Japan).

                        Honda Jazz Hybrid

                        Honda anticipates that hybrid car demand in Malaysia will grow rapidly and so is working with its local production and sales venture Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd to ensure that production of hybrid vehicles begins at the plant before the end of the year. The company is the largest hybrid car seller in Malaysia – selling 4,600 units during 2011 and planning to sell 10,000 hybrid models this year.

                        Production of the Jazz Hybrid will start on the existing line, before being moved to the second line when it is operational at the end of 2013. The second line’s annual capacity is expected to be 50,000 units – doubling the company’s overall production line to 100,000 units.

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                          Ridgeline straddles boundary between truck, SUV

                          Honda's Ridgeline sport utility truck, introduced in early 2005, is similar in concept to the Ford Explorer Sport Trac and Chevrolet Avalanche in that it has a cargo bed integrated with the SUV-style cab.

                          That makes it look more like a sport utility with an open cargo area than a conventional pickup truck. It's essentially the same vehicle as the Honda Pilot crossover, but with the cargo area cut open to create the small pickup bed.

                          The Ridgeline has room to seat up to five people comfortably: two up front and three in the rear.

                          For 2012, Honda added another Ridgeline trim, the Sport, which brought some special exterior touches to the RT line, such as 18-inch black alloy wheels with planed aluminum face and all-season tires, black honeycomb grille with black surround, black headlight and taillight housings, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, auxiliary audio input jack, rear privacy glass, black all-weather heavy-duty floor mats and fog lights.

                          There are now five trim levels, with 2012 prices ranging from $29,350 to $37,280. There are several options available. My tester was a striking Crystal Black Pearl four-wheel-drive Sport with black-textured cloth seats.

                          Under the hood is a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission with grade logic control, which holds the transmission in lower gears when on hills.

                          Also included are heavy-duty transmission and power-steering coolers, a heavy-duty radiator with two 160-watt fans, an immobilizer theft-deterrent system and a VTM-4 four-wheel drive system, which allows the driver to manually lock the rear differential for starting in low-traction conditions, such as mud, snow and loose gravel.

                          The Ridgeline is EPA rated at 15 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway. According to the onboard trip computer, I averaged 19.7 mpg overall during my week in the vehicle. Much of that was freeway driving on my daily commute.

                          As usual with Honda products, the Ridgeline comes with lots of storage. The steel-reinforced composite cargo bed, with one-half-ton capacity, needs no liner. It comes with a non-skid surface for impact, corrosion and scratch resistance.

                          Steel cross-members underneath add strength and integrity. The dual-action tailgate swings open to the side or flips down for easy loading of large items such, as plywood or drywall, and will support 300 pounds: Think four-wheeler, motorcycle or lawn tractor.

                          There is also a locking in-bed trunk for smaller items that might otherwise roll and slide around the bed - or get stolen.

                          The cargo bed has numerous tie-downs and hooks for securing an assortment of oddly shaped or bulky items. There are four lights in the cargo bed with auto-off timer and a power-sliding rear window with privacy glass.

                          A cargo bed cover and a net are available options. The Ridgeline would be perfect for a drive-in movie, a picnic on the beach or camping under the stars.

                          Storage in the cab includes space under the rear bench-style seat, which also folds up manually in a 60/40 split against the back of the cab to open up the rear floor area for cargo. Folding was a little difficult for me because of the strength required, but bigger and stronger folks should have no problem.

                          There was a fold-down center armrest in the rear with two cupholders and a small storage bin. There were map pockets and bottle holders on the door panels. The rear of the front console had bag hooks, a floor light, a power outlet and air vents.

                          The rear seat was comfortable, with lots of legroom (36.4 inches), headroom (39.1 inches) and good visibility. The seat cushion was just right, and the floor was flat, almost like sitting in a comfortable chair at home.

                          A multifunctional center console in the front with sliding armrest was amazing. It had multiple levels, some felt-lined, some rubber-lined, and dividers, removable trays, CD storage, two cupholders, a "phone/fry" tray and a sliding/expanding area with a sliding cover. With the console closed, there was a rubber tray on the floor between the front foot wells.

                          Front occupants had 40.7 inches of headroom and 40.8 inches of legroom, and the sport bucket seats were very comfortable. The driver's seat height could be adjusted for better visibility.

                          The Ridgeline received a "Good" safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags, front side air bags with passenger-side occupant-position detection, side-curtain air bags with rollover sensor for both rows, head restraints and three-point seat belts in all five seating positions, and side-impact door beams protecting occupants.

                          The tester didn't include navigation or satellite radio, although both are available as options.

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                          Honda to hire 300 at Indiana plant: Invests $40 million to boost production by 50,000 units

                          Production at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) will be boosted following company's investment plans to the tune of $40 million. Production capacity will be stepped up by 50,000 units from current 200,000 units while the company also plans on additional recruitment of 300 employees to cater to these additional production requirements.

                          Civic Hybrid production will also commence from early 2013. This vehicle is looked upon as being the company's bestselling hybrid vehicle. Besides this Civic Hybrid, HMIN also produces Civic Sedan and Civic Natural Gas along with Acura models. By production of these highly fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles, HMIN has most diverse production capacity of any plant in the US auto sector.

                          The company is now keen on ensuring that their products are well accepted by their customers in the US and capacity is increased not only in Indiana plant but in their existing seven plants spread over all of length and breadth of North America. Production capacity currently stands at 1.63 million vehicles per annum and while the Indiana plant will be going into second shifts, the Honda plant in Marysville also starting second shift production activities at the end of last year. Local production capacity is expected to grow at the rate of 90% in the not too distant future.

                          Read the press release below for more information.

                          Auto News Release

                          Honda's Indiana Plant to Boost Production Capacity; Add Civic Hybrid

                          Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) announced today that it is investing $40 million to increase annual production capacity by 50,000 units to a total of 250,000 vehicles. The plant will hire approximately 300 new production associates later this year in preparation for the increased production that will start early next year.

                          Significantly, early next year, HMIN will add production of the Civic Hybrid, Honda's most popular hybrid model in the United States. Indiana was the first Honda plant in North America to build a hybrid vehicle when it started Acura ILX Hybrid production in April.

                          These latest announcements follow the start of a second shift of production last fall at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana that added approximately 1,000 jobs. HMIN produces the popular Civic Sedan and the Civic Natural Gas on the same assembly line with the Acura ILX. Considering current Honda Civic Natural Gas, Acura ILX Hybrid and future Civic Hybrid production, HMIN boasts the most diverse alternative-fuel production capability of any plant in North America.

                          "Our team in Indiana has successfully managed many challenges in its first four years, including the launch of three all-new models and the expansion of our production capacity is a result of their efforts," said Senior Vice President Bob Nelson. "We are excited about these new opportunities for our plant, because it shows that the customer is embracing the products we make here in Indiana."

                          Since late last year, Honda's seven automobile production plants in North America have been operating at or above their full straight-time capacity, which currently totals 1.63 million vehicles per year. In addition to the new second shift at the Indiana plant, Honda's plant in Marysville, Ohio resumed second-shift production on Line 1 late last year.

                          Last November, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC announced that it will increase capacity by 40,000 units to 340,000 light trucks per year, starting this fall. This increase, plus the additional 50,000 units at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, will increase Honda's North American auto production capacity to 1.72 million units per year. Additionally, Honda's capacity in the region will total 1.92 million units after its new Mexico plant starts production of the critically acclaimed Fit sub-compact in the spring of 2014.

                          "Increasing production in Indiana will provide us with increased flexibility to adjust model mix at our other plants in North America," Nelson said, noting that Civic models also are manufactured at Honda of Canada Mfg., in Alliston, Ontario, which is producing the popular CR-V. "All of our plants build multiple models on the same lines, so our ability to adjust between models and among plants allows us to optimize use of our production capacity."

                          The additional capacity at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana also will result in increased purchasing from among more than 200 suppliers that manufacture parts and components for the plant's production, mostly located in the Midwest. In addition, the engines and automatic transmissions for most of the plant's production are manufactured at Honda plants in Ohio.

                          In 2011, 85 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were built in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts, the highest rate of any international automaker. Honda expects this to grow to more than 90 percent local production in coming years.

                          Honda opened its first auto plant in the U.S. in 1982, in Marysville, Ohio, which will mark its 30th anniversary of U.S. auto production this year.

                          To apply for a position at HMIN, please visit www.Indiana.Honda.com. The 300 new jobs will support existing processes in virtually every major area, including stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection molding, sub-assembly and final assembly operations. Honda is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds.

                          About HMIN

                          Honda Manufacturing Indiana, LLC (HMIN) in Greensburg, Ind., became Honda's fourth auto plant in the U.S. and it's seventh in North America when it began production of Civic Sedans in October 2008. With employment exceeding 2,000 associates and capital investment exceeding $800 million, HMIN primarily manufactures automobiles for the United States, with some Civics produced for export to markets outside of North America. HMIN started operations as a zero-waste-to-landfill factory, meaning no waste is sent to landfills, and maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints of any automobile plant in Honda's global production network.

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                          http://www.dailyhome.com/view/full_s...nce=home_right

                          Honda to add more than 100 jobs in Lincoln

                          LINCOLN — Honda Manufacturing of Alabama will be adding more than 100 new jobs in the next three months, according to a press release.

                          The company “will have more than 100 job openings to fill … as we prepare for an increase in production and addition of the Acura MDX to our vehicle lineup.”

                          Currently, HMA is the global supplier of the Honda Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline, as well as the V-6 engines that power them.

                          “HMA will be hiring for a wide range of manufacturing, engineering, purchasing and production management professionals,” the release states. Interested candidates can visit the website www.HondaAlabama.com and apply for positions under the career tab. New positions will be added on an ongoing basis.

                          “Please share this information with as many people as possible as we are looking to fill these positions in the next few months,” the release says.

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                          http://paultan.org/2012/07/23/type-r...onfirmed-soon/

                          Type R not dead yet, hot Civic to be confirmed soon?

                          The European Honda Civic Type R hatchback based on the FN2 body was discontinued two years ago, following the path of the FD2 Civic Type R sedan, the first and only Type R to be officially sold in Malaysia. The FN2 Type R was a another victim of rising emission standards, but it looks like Honda is planning to resurrect the Euro Civic Type R!

                          UK’s Autocar says that a new Type R based on the current Civic hatchback will be confirmed for production at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The mag goes on to predict a preview at next year’s Geneva show, before the hot hatch hits showrooms in the following year.

                          No news on the new Typer R’s engine yet. Will Honda update its high revving naturally aspirated i-VTEC engine – which has become a Type R trademark – to meet new emission standards, or go the turbocharged route? The European way of turbocharged downsizing is hard to beat in terms of efficiency, but it’ll be sad to see sweet NA engines go the way of the dodo. Becasue of that, I’m rooting for the first solution!

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                          • Second-generation Honda Insight praised for fuel economy

                            http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...rticle4422872/

                            The first Honda Insight hybrid was introduced in 2000 and, due to falling sales and lack of consumer interest, discontinued six years later. Not taking no for an answer, the company introduced its second-generation Insight hybrid in 2009 as a 2010 model. Fittingly, it hit the market on Earth Day.

                            Priced below both the Civic Hybrid and popular Toyota Prius, it was aimed squarely at first-timers and buyers under 35.

                            The reason for the new model? The number of hybrid products on the market was now six times greater than it was when Honda introduced its original Insight. Put another way, there were 38 times as many of them on the roads, and Honda wanted to attract younger buyers.

                            With technology fundamentally similar to that found in the current Civic Hybrid, the new Insight yielded fuel consumption of 4.8 L/100 km in town and a miserly 4.5 on the highway. These were slightly better numbers than the Toyota Prius and only marginally inferior to those delivered by the first-generation Insight.

                            Like the Civic and its predecessor, the new Insight featured a compact electric motor sandwiched between the vehicle’s internal combustion engine and a gearless CVT transmisison. The engine displaced 1.3 litres and the electric motor developed 10 kilowatts. Together they generated some 98 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.

                            The engine also featured Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve technology, drive-by-wire throttle and was virtually identical to that found in the Civic Hybrid, if a smidgeon less powerful. It was purpose-built just for hybrid drivetrains and was what Honda called a “low friction” powerplant. Total output for the nickel metal hydride battery pack was 128 volts, and Honda claimed it’d last for 15 years or 240,000 kilometres – whichever came first.

                            Behind the wheel, instrumentation consisted of a “two-tier” instrument panel and multi-information display. An eye-shaped nacelle above the tachometer and IMA readout displays vehicle speed with a tri-colour background that shows you at a glance if you’re driving sensibly and gleaning maximum mileage from the drivetrain. Optimum fuel economy gives the display a green background, while “somewhat less than efficient” shows light blue, and inefficient driving behaviour shows dark blue. Like all good hybrid vehicles, the new Insight has regenerative braking that harvests electrical power during deceleration.

                            But that’s not all. An “Econ” switch located on the left side of the dash allows the driver to choose driving modes, and the multi-information display also has a cute little “tree” graphic that “scores” driving performance.

                            The economy mode harmonizes the engine, electric motor and transmission, as well as reducing the time the air conditioner operates, while controlling the idle time of the engine when the car stops. To wring the best fuel economy out of the entire system, the driver needs to be in “green” mode, with all the “leaves” of the tree in place, and the system is designed to allow drivers to closely monitor their performance. According to Honda, the whole idea was to encourage drivers to take an interest in developing fuel-efficient driving habits over the long term.

                            The second-generation Honda Insight came in two trim levels: LX and EX. Most of the usual modcons – power windows, etc. – were standard with the LX, and the EX featured extras such as a navigation system, steering-wheel-located paddle shifters, Bluetooth capability, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and lightweight alloy wheels.

                            No safety recalls to report, either from Transport Canada or the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, NHTSA has four technical service bulletins on file for the 2010 Insight. These include loose roof moldings and the all-pervasive issue of tail-light lenses fogging up.

                            Consumer Reports is kind of guarded in its praise of the second-generation Insight. While giving it a “better than average” used car prediction, it feels that both the Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius are superior in terms of refinement. Says C.R.: “we found it far inferior to the Toyota Prius: noisy and stiff riding with so-so handling.” Owners seem to disagree, however. Some comments: “Would buy another,” “the torque of the electric motor is a real kick” and “I do not regret my purchase.” The car’s excellent fuel economy is universally praised.

                            A mixed bag from market research firm J.D. Power. While this organization praises the Insight’s overall mechanical quality, it gives it a “fail” for features and accessories quality and average marks for performance.

                            From an original base price just a shade under $24,000, the Honda Insight has fared well. Prices seem to range from the mid to high teens and, for once, the Canadian Red Book and Black Book appear to be in agreement. The better-equipped EX seems to be fetching about $2,000-$,3000 more than the base LX.

                            globedrive@globeandmail.com

                            Tech specs: 2010 Honda Insight

                            Original Base Price: $23,900; Black Book: $16,675-$17,800; Red Book: $16,775-$19,700

                            Engine: 1.3-litre four-cylinder with 10-kilowatt electric motor

                            Horsepower/Torque: 98 hp/123 lb-ft

                            Transmission: CVT

                            Drive: Front-wheel

                            Fuel Economy (litres/100 km): 4.8 city/4.5 highway; regular gas

                            Alternatives: Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid

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                            http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle...-odyssey-pilot

                            A look at the new Honda Odyssey, Pilot

                            MANILA, Philippines -- Honda Cars Philippines Inc. gave Filipinos new reasons to go on road trips with the recent unveiling of two new vehicles: the all-new Pilot and the Odyssey, mainstays in Honda’s US market line-up.

                            Both vehicles feature unibody construction and independent suspension to provide a car-like driving feel and ride comfort.

                            These new vehicles mark the fifth and sixth new models that Honda has introduced in 2012, proving its determination in strengthening the brand’s presence in the Philippine automotive market since the tragic Thai floods that crippled Honda’s production capabilities in Asia last year.

                            For the launch, Honda flew in Stephen Frey, principal engineer of the all-new Odyssey from Honda R&D Americas, Inc. and Kerry McClure, principal engineer of the all-new Pilot from Honda R&D Americas to talk about the development and features of both vehicles.

                            The all-new Pilot is an 8-seater SUV developed with the concept of “intelligent family adventure.” The Pilot hopes to provide passengers with equal and enjoyable experiences in the car and is equipped with various amenities and flexible cargo configurations to do so.

                            Features like a dash-mounted stick shift provides more space on the console. A tri-zone climate control system lets passengers in front and in the rear set their own temperatures. A high mounted LCD display doubles as a display for the back up camera.

                            The power rear tail-gate automatically stops when it detects an obstacle in its path. A rear glass hatch lets passengers easily access items behind without having to open the entire tailgate.

                            Finally, the variable cylinder management (VCM), like that of the Accord, switches off cylinders depending on the situation for improved fuel efficiency. The Pilot is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 257 horsepower. It is paired with a 5-speed automatic that delivers power to all four wheels. The vehicle will only have one variant and will be priced at P2.6 million.

                            Odyssey

                            Honda’s other vehicle, the Odyssey, is an eight-seater minivan, developed with the concept of being the “ultimate family vehicle.”

                            The Odyssey combines chic new styling, class-leading performance, advanced family safety, and ultimate utility. Its exterior features a “lightning bolt” side profile for a distinctive look.

                            Like its stable mate, it features a dash moutned stick shift for more space on the console, a rear view camera and a flexible seating configuration.

                            One of the Odyssey’s proudest features is the variable seat configuration. The first row’s console can be removed and serve as a cooler. The second row can be removed entirely or by section to create more space. The third row can entirely fold flat into the cargo floor, or can be split fold to accommodate long items.

                            Both sliding doors and the tailgate are power assisted to ease loading and have anti-pinch function, which prevents a person from being accidentally caught when closing.

                            Like the Pilot, the Odyssey is also powered by a 3.5 liter engine with VCM. It is also paired with a 5-speed automatic the drives the front wheels.

                            The Odyssey, however, will be priced higher than the Pilot, with a figure of P2.8 million.

                            “We have observed Philippine families going out together during weekends and enjoying each other’s company, whether in a mall or in an out-of-town getaway,” Honda Cars Philippines president Tatsuya Natsume said during his opening remarks.

                            “With the Odyssey and Pilot, these customers will be ensured of an enjoyable travelling experience together with their families," he said. "I would like to reiterate not only the continued return of Honda in the Philippine market, but Honda is back with an extended family.”

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                            http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hon...out-2012-07-23

                            Honda CR-V Wins Cars.com/USA Today/MotorWeek Compact SUV Shootout
                            Shootout pits six compact SUVs under $25,000 in head-to-head competition


                            CHICAGO, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Cars.com, the premier online resource for new- and used-car buyers, announced today that the 2012 Honda CR-V is the winner of the Compact SUV Shootout. The shootout pitted six compact SUVs under $25,000 that also get at least a 30 mpg highway rating against each other in a series of tests.

                            "This was a competitive shootout of an important segment, and we were impressed with all of the vehicles," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. "The winning Honda CR-V is a great choice for compact SUV shoppers because of its impressive lineup of standard features, great comfort and overall ride, all combined with Honda's history of strong reliability."

                            The Shootout featured testing by experts from Cars.com, USA Today and "MotorWeek." Additionally, a Chicago-based family tested these six vehicles to determine which one fit their needs of comfort, reliability and efficiency.

                            Vehicle testing included:

                            A 200-mile drive ranging from urban streets to a wide-open interstate.

                            Driving of every vehicle by every expert over the same course to test for overall ride, handling, acceleration and braking.

                            One day of testing by a family in the market for a new vehicle; they joined the experts to give their impressions on the six compact SUVs.

                            "With fuel efficiency and affordability becoming top of mind for many car shoppers, the compact SUV segment is quickly becoming one of the most popular categories," said Olsen. "Not only does every vehicle we tested get a minimum of 30 mpg, but the segment in general is becoming more affordable than ever and coming with an impressive lineup of standard features."

                            Other vehicles tested included the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Hyundai Tucson, 2013 Mazda CX-5 and 2012 Kia Sportage.

                            For more details and full results, visit www.Cars.com .

                            ABOUT CARS.COM

                            Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo AHC -1.71% , Gannett Co., Inc. GCI -3.44% , The McClatchy Company MNI -1.91% , Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company WPO -1.67% .

                            SOURCE Cars.com

                            Copyright (C) 2012 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

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                            http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...rticle4422855/

                            Road Test
                            Honda Fit feels the squeeze


                            Honda’s small hatchback Fit barely created a blip on the new-car radar scopes when it appeared half a dozen years ago, didn’t spark much more electron activity when the second generation arrived for 2009 and now the 2012 models, with only minimal changes, are slipping further into the background clutter.
                            Subcompacts don’t tend to make the headlines, even if they are frugal and fairly feisty like the Fit. But they do increasingly fit the transportation needs of a growing number of Canadians hard-pressed by the economy, threatened by rising gas prices or who have simply, heretical as it sounds, decided that spending money on a larger and fancier vehicle than they need doesn’t make much sense.

                            Canadians bought 104,532 subcompacts last year, up 3.5 per cent from 2010. Add that to the 348,482 compacts and you can quickly see where our car-buying priorities are.

                            The Fit ran mid-field, accounting for 2,835 of subcompact sales, down significantly from the 7,900 sold the year before. But buyers in this category are now making their choices from a total of 18 models, a number of them newer than the Fit. Honda dealers and Fit fans will have to wait until at least next year for a third generation to appear, rumoured to be arriving for the 2014 model year.

                            In the meantime, the 2012 Fit is still a good choice, available in three versions starting at $14,880 and topping out with the unlikely-named Sport model – considering its econo-class configuration and performance that isn’t likely to encourage automotive hooliganism – priced at $18,780, or $19,980 with automatic. You can also pay a bit more and get a nav system and some additional odds and ends. The test Fit was a Sport automatic.

                            The Fit acquired its current look a few years ago, but it still wears well, and only minor changes to the front fascia and grille, black headlight trim, smart-looking new “machined-look” wheels and body-colour side mirror mounts differentiate it from last year’s version.

                            Its look is mini-minivan, but is far from frumpy, and the bodywork wraps an interior that, Tardis-like, seems bigger than the outside dimensions – it’s only 4,105 mm long after all – would suggest. Extended A-pillars that incorporate small windows and a flat-ish windscreen also make it feel micro-minivan-like from the driver’s seat.

                            Its insides have also been tweaked for 2012 and the dash is now all-black versus two-tone black and grey, brightened by new touches of chrome here and there. Redesigned centre cup-holders are more easily accessible and the seats in the Sport come with a “premium” cloth that looks and feels like it merits the term, at least if used with a small-p. They are comfortable and are adjustable over a fairly wide range to suit the long and the short and the tall. Additional sound insulation improves overall cabin noise levels.

                            Updating the Sport Fit to face competition that now boasts increased electronic toys is Bluetooth HandsFreeLink on LX and Sport models (which also gain a USB port), and stability/traction control is now fitted as standard on all models. And, of course, Fits at the Sport level come with air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, tilt/telescope steering column, leather-wrapped wheel and a perfectly acceptable 160-watt multi-speaker audio system.

                            Lift the useful-sized rear hatch and you open up a space that you can load 585 litres of things into with the 60/40 split rear seatbacks upright, aided by a deep depression in the floor. With the seats folded, the cargo capacity rises to a surprisingly generous 1,622 litres and it is tall enough in there to hold a mountain bike (so Honda claims). Well, maybe a small one.

                            What will be harder to fit is the five people it also says will fit in a Fit. It can undoubtedly be done, but you wouldn’t want to be three-up in the back seat for long, although two will find it comfortable, and getting in and out isn’t too awkward. Headroom is okay, too.

                            Nothing has changed under the hood where a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, single-overhead-cam engine with i-VTEC valve control generates 117hp at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.

                            It’s smooth and revvy but sounds a little throaty when your foot is into the throttle, although no worse than others in this category. It launches the Fit across an intersection with enthusiasm and will accelerate you up to highway speeds quickly enough. A pedal prod produces a downshift that will get you past cars on two-lane roads with minimal exposure. There’s enough power that you’re not continually mashing the pedal to the floor in exasperation.

                            And, as you’d expect, it also doesn’t use much fuel. Official ratings are 7.1 litres/100 km city and 5.4 highway and, after a week of mostly rural road-running bracketed by a couple of highway trips, the average use readout was bang on 7.1 litres/100 km. At a high highway cruise, it was burning fuel at a 7.6 litres/100 km rate. The small engine is working hard at this speed and the tall top gear in the transmission won’t pull it up steeper highway hills, forcing downshifts.

                            The Sport Fit comes with a rear anti-roll bar and 16-inch wheels shod with P185/55R16 all-seasons, the front steered by an electric power assist system with some feel dialled in and the combination makes the feel sporty only in relation to its baser brethren. But it is responsive and reasonably agile, and the ride is acceptable.

                            The Fit might not be quite the latest thing in the subcompact class but it’s still a good “thing” to put on the list if your shopping for a small, fuel-efficient and versatile vehicle.

                            globedrive@globeandmail.com

                            Tech specs: 2012 Honda Fit Sport

                            Type: Subcompact hatchback

                            Base Price: $18,780; as tested, $19,980

                            Engine: 1.5-litre, DOHC, inline-four

                            Horsepower/torque: 117 hp/106 lb-ft

                            Transmission: Five-speed automatic

                            Drive: Front-wheel

                            Fuel economy (litres/100 km): 7.1 city/5.4 highway; regular gas

                            Alternatives: Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio5, Mazda2, Nissan Versa


                            Globe rating for the 2012 Honda Fit
                            Our ratings guide
                            8.5
                            Ride

                            Ride dynamics in the small-car class are better than ever and the Fit is as good as most.
                            8.5
                            Looks

                            Japan has been called the “compact culture” because it does small things with style.
                            8
                            Interior

                            Not exactly Acura-like, but not cheap-looking; functional and well-equipped.
                            8
                            Safety

                            Small always comes off second-best in a crash, but adding stability control is a good thing.
                            8
                            Green

                            An efficient device for hauling people and their stuff.
                            8
                            Overall

                            (out of 10 / Not an average)

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                              Honda Asimo upgraded to new model

                              Honda is definitely famous for their cars and motorbikes around the world, but there is another aspect of the company that we have come to know and love as well – that is, its ability to delve into the world of robots. Case in point, the Honda Asimo was recently demonstrated in the form of an all new model, where it is said to be able to perform in a semi-autonomous mode. This particular version has also gone to the fat house so to speak, as it will tip the scales at approximately 6kg lighter compared to its predecessor, boasting individually-actuated fingers to boot.

                              Capable of running around at a top speed of 9 km/h (a mark that surely will not win any gold medals at the Olympics, let alone make it through the first heat), Honda demonstrated some old school stuff that never seemed to get tired – the Asimo hopped around on a single leg, managed to kick a ball around and so forth. The question is, when will the Honda Asimo actually end up as particularly useful to the masses?




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                              http://www.abc12.com/story/19086605/...t-suv-shootout

                              Honda CR-V Wins Cars.com/USA Today/MotorWeek Compact SUV Shootout

                              Shootout pits six compact SUVs under $25,000 in head-to-head competition

                              CHICAGO, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com, the premier online resource for new- and used-car buyers, announced today that the 2012 Honda CR-V is the winner of the Compact SUV Shootout. The shootout pitted six compact SUVs under $25,000 that also get at least a 30 mpg highway rating against each other in a series of tests.

                              "This was a competitive shootout of an important segment, and we were impressed with all of the vehicles," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. "The winning Honda CR-V is a great choice for compact SUV shoppers because of its impressive lineup of standard features, great comfort and overall ride, all combined with Honda's history of strong reliability."

                              The Shootout featured testing by experts from Cars.com, USA Today and "MotorWeek." Additionally, a Chicago-based family tested these six vehicles to determine which one fit their needs of comfort, reliability and efficiency.

                              Vehicle testing included:

                              A 200-mile drive ranging from urban streets to a wide-open interstate.
                              Driving of every vehicle by every expert over the same course to test for overall ride, handling, acceleration and braking.
                              One day of testing by a family in the market for a new vehicle; they joined the experts to give their impressions on the six compact SUVs.

                              "With fuel efficiency and affordability becoming top of mind for many car shoppers, the compact SUV segment is quickly becoming one of the most popular categories," said Olsen. "Not only does every vehicle we tested get a minimum of 30 mpg, but the segment in general is becoming more affordable than ever and coming with an impressive lineup of standard features."

                              Other vehicles tested included the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Hyundai Tucson, 2013 Mazda CX-5 and 2012 Kia Sportage.

                              For more details and full results, visit www.Cars.com.

                              ABOUT CARS.COM

                              Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

                              ©2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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                              http://rumors.automobilemag.com/rumo...-k-158073.html

                              Rumored: Euro-Spec Honda Accord May be Discontinued in U.K.

                              When it comes to U.S.-spec midsize sedans, the Honda Accord is almost always near the top of the best-sellers list. In the U.K., however, the European-spec Accord – a four-door we get here as the Acura TSX – is a small blip in Honda’s sales numbers and the automaker has no “concrete plan” to release a new model, Autocar suggests.

                              The report cites a number of reasons why European Accord sales in the country have slipped from about 10,000 per year to about 2500. For comparison, 2602 Acura TSXs were sold in June 2012, including 397 TSX wagons. In the U.K., an increasing Rumored: Euro Spec Honda Accord May be Discontinued in U.K. imagenumber of British consumers are downsizing to smaller cars to save gas and avoid rising CO2-based taxes. Those not worried about fuel costs are showing more interest in crossovers like the locally produced CR-V.

                              The European Accord is one of few remaining models still imported into the U.K. from Japan, which means Honda faces the same profitability issues it does with cars it imports to the U.S. Autocar states that 93 percent of Honda’s sold in the U.K. are produced within the country. While the European Accord may not have a future in the U.K., that doesn’t necessarily mean the car won’t have a more positive outlook elsewhere in Europe. The Accord currently competes with the four-doors like the Ford Mondeo and Hyundai i40 in the U.K.’s midsize sedan market.

                              This report about the European Accord comes a few months after rumors surfaced regarding the future of the Acura TSX in the U.S. The TSX, essentially a rebadged version of the Euro-spec Accord, now shares the showroom with the smaller and less expensive ILX compact sedan. The TSX currently outsells the ILX by 2 to 1, but that could change if the ILX catches on with U.S. consumers. The TL, which is currently the brand’s best-selling sedan, may continue on as the TLX, following Acura’s three-lettered nomenclature pattern.

                              Source: Autocar

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                              http://wot.motortrend.com/thread-of-...ly-237251.html

                              Thread of the Day: Which Cars from the 2000s Have Aged Most Gracefully?

                              When it comes to designing cars, it can be difficult to know when to take a risk and when to play it safe. But automakers that expertly balance classic styling with modern design elements can keep their cars looking fresh years after they debut. Cars from the 2000s are now reaching the age at which some now look painfully dated, while others might still pass for new. Forum user Roosevelt209 wants to know which vehicles from the early- to mid-2000s have aged most gracefully in today’s Thread of the Day.

                              One vehicle suggested in the thread by multiple posters was the previous-generation Acura TL. With its sharp lines, and dual rectangular exhaust pipes molded into the rear bumper, the 2004-2008 TL exemplifies Acura’s pre-“beak grille” design language – and we have to agree that the look has stood the test of time.

                              What other vehicles from the 2000s have aged well? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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                              http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/23/l...imber-w-video/

                              LoveFab debuts 850-HP NSX Pikes Peak hill-climber [w/video]


                              Cody Loveland, owner of LoveFab in Traverse City, Michigan, is joining the ranks of drivers for the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on August 12. Known especially for his work packing monstrous power into the Acura NSX, it's no surprise that he's whipped up his own unlimited-class chassis based on the legendary Japanese car that we'll dub the FrankeNSX and that rides on HRE wheels – the same rim-maker who will be supporting Rhys Millen and Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima.

                              The 850-horsepower, twin-turbo C96S LoveFab NSX is said to throw down 600 hp at the wheels. To see what it should look like running up the mountain, below are some short clips of it testing in the Michigan backwoods with just 500 hp at the wheels. And below that is a press release with more info.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=f-FBZrVAJCU

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

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                                Honda CR-Z Wins 2012 Design Award

                                TULLAMARINE, AUSTRALIA – July 24, 2012: The Honda CR-Z has added another trophy to its cabinet, winning a 2012 Design Award in the Automotive and Transport category of the prestigious Australian International Design Awards.

                                At a ceremony in Sydney on Friday 20 July, Honda Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Satoshi Matsuzawa and Principal Adviser, Mr. Lindsay Smalley accepted the award on behalf of Honda Australia.

                                “The Australian International Design Awards are a respected and prestigious award within the design industry. It is a great honour to receive an award of this calibre for the CR-Z.

                                “The CR-Z is truly in a class of its own, with styling that turns heads, advanced fuel efficiency and a drive that is fun, exciting and engaging. We are very proud to add another important and prominent award to our trophy cabinet,” Mr. Smalley said.

                                The 2012 Design Award joins a long list of awards received by the CR-Z; Australia’s Wheels Magazine Car of the Year 2011 and Green Car of the Year in the ‘Sports’ category, Japan Car of the Year 2010-11 and U.K. Top Gear Magazine’s Green Car of the Year.

                                Capturing Honda’s joyful spirit, the CR-Z leads the way to the future of motoring, responding to an increase in environmental awareness and changes in the world economy. “The CR-Z is an example of how Honda is realising its vision for an exciting, cleaner future without compromising on the joy of driving,” Mr. Smalley said.

                                Honda was the world’s first car manufacturer to announce voluntary global targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and has been implementing proactive measures in sustainability for over five decades.

                                Honda is the world’s biggest engine manufacturer, a leader in automotive research and development and consistently rated a top performer in customer satisfaction. There are more than 400,000 Hondas on the road in Australia and millions of happy customers worldwide.

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                                http://business.inquirer.net/73249/h...s-full-line-up

                                Honda flexes muscle, unveils Civic’s full line-up


                                Honda Cars Philippines is out to regain possession of the country’s midsize sedan market leadership. With stock arrivals now back to normal since last year’s Thailand floods halted production, HCPI recently unveiled the full variant line-up of the all-new Honda Civic.

                                The all-new Civic is now available in both 2.0-liter and 1.8-liter engine choices. While four of the five variants are equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission (paddle shifters available on the 2.0EL and 1.8E models) the 1.8S variant will also have a (5-speed) manual model.

                                “At the time we launched the all-new Civic last February, we only had one variant—the 1.8 EXI Special Edition. And yet, thanks to your support, the all-new Civic has been well received and has sold more than 1,200 units to date. Also contributing to this are the unique features of the all-new Civic that enhance the driving experience to our customers. This time, the market will now have more choices as we unveil the full variant line-up of the all-new Civic,” Tatsuya Natsume, HCPI president and GM, said.

                                Natsume said the availability of the full variant line-up will further strengthen HCPI’s position in the market by providing buyers with wider range of price and feature options.

                                Latest addition
                                The newly added 2.0-liter variant, equipped with an i-VTEC engine (price: P1.145 million or an additional P20,000 for Brilliant White color variant) generates a maximum power of 153 horsepower (at 6,300 rpm) and maximum torque equivalent to 190 Nm (at 4,300 rpm).

                                The 1.8-liter variant (prices: P908,000 for the manual 1.8S, P948,000 for the automatic 1.8S, P1.008 million for the automatic 1.8E, P1.074 million for the automatic 1.8EXI Special Edition), also i-VTEC engine-equipped, generates maximum power of 139 horsepower (at 6,500 rpm) and maximum torque of 174 Nm (at 4,300 rpm).

                                Evolved
                                “As each new-generation Civic aims to surpass the predecessors, this latest Civic indeed has evolved in terms of refinement, power and safety. I would also like to highlight that the Civic 2.0EL model is equipped with Modulo, Honda’s genuine accessory line, which are designed and developed in parallel with the development of the Honda vehicle. Because of this, the Modulo accessories further enhance the sporty characteristics of the Civic 2.0EL while also maintaining the vehicle warranty,” stressed Roberto Ong, HCPI Marketing and Sales Division GM.

                                HCPI explained that all variants of the all-new Civic feature two Honda innovations: the Eco Assist System and the Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).

                                The Eco Assist System, made up of the ECON mode and the Eco coaching ambient meter, controls the engine, drive-by-wire, transmission and air conditioner to further improve the already outstanding fuel efficiency of the all-new Civic.

                                Eco-coaching
                                The Eco-coaching ambient meter in the instrument panel guides the driver to become more fuel-efficient by measuring throttle input. Thus, a blue color lights up when throttle input is heavy, and changes to green light when throttle input is light.

                                Another update done on all variants of the all-new Civic is the addition of Honda’s first 5-inch color LCD Intelligent Multi-Information Display. The i-MID menu shows audio and fuel consumption information and also allows the driver to customize some vehicle settings.

                                The all-new Civic will be offered in the following color variants: Urban Titanium, Carnelian Red, Crystal Black, Taffeta White (exclusive to 1.8EXI, 1.8E, and 1.8S variants), Brilliant White (exclusive to 2.0EL variant), Frosty White (exclusive to 1.8E variant) and Alabaster Silver (exclusive to 1.8S variant).

                                “As always, all the variants of the all-new Civic are equipped with dual SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger as well as anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution,” Ong said.

                                He said test-drive units are now available at all 28 Honda dealerships nationwide (for more information, visit www.civic.com.ph), adding that the Jazz, City and CR-V are also available should they want to compare riding experience.

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                                http://green.autoblog.com/2012/07/24...d-in-malaysia/

                                Honda will start making Jazz (Fit) hybrid in Malaysia

                                Honda broke ground on a production line at its Malaysian factory that will make hybrid versions of the Jazz (as the Fit is known in markets outside the U.S.) – as well as other vehicles – in an effort to more than double hybrid sales in the country.

                                The second line, which will start production by the end of 2013, will make 50,000 vehicles a year. Honda is investing 350 million Malaysian ringgit ($110 million U.S. at current exchange rates) in the line.

                                Last year, Honda, which currently imports its Jazz Hybrids to Malaysia from Japan, sold 4,600 hybrids in Malaysia. This year, the automaker plans to sell 10,000 hybrids there. Malaysia is Honda's largest Southeast Asia market for hybrids.

                                Honda Begins Construction of Second Automobile Production Line in Malaysia

                                PEGOH, Malaysia, July 19, 2012 - Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (HMSB), a Honda automobile production and sales joint venture in Malaysia, today held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of its second automobile production line at the existing auto plant in Malacca, Malaysia. The ceremony was attended by Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd. Ali Bin Mohd. Rustam, Chief Minister of the State of Malacca and Y.B. Dato' Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry as guests of honor as well as other dignitaries, guests, and Honda executives and associates, including Hiroshi Kobayashi, chief operating officer for Honda's regional operations in the Asia Oceania Region.

                                Groundbreaking Ceremony of HMSB Second Automobile Production Line (Stone Laying Ceremony)
                                On the second line, which is scheduled to begin operation before the end of 2013, HMSB is planning to produce mostly small-sized vehicles such as Jazz (known as Fit in Japan), and hybrid vehicles. The annual production capacity of the second line is planned to be 50,000 units, doubling HMSB's overall production capacity from the current 50,000 units with the first line to 100,000 units. The total investment on the second line is expected to be 350 million Malaysian ringgit (approximately 8.68 billion yen*), and HMSB is planning to hire approximately 700 associates when the second line becomes operational.

                                Malaysia is the Honda's largest hybrid vehicle market in Southeast Asia today, with a further increase in demand for hybrid vehicles expected. Thus, at the end of this year, HMSB will begin local production of hybrid vehicles using the existing production line. HMSB will begin production of the Jazz Hybrid, which is currently being imported from Japan, on the existing line, with production to be transferred to the second line when it becomes operational in 2013. HMSB, which became the largest hybrid vehicle seller in Malaysia in 2011 with sales of approximately 4,600 units, plans to sell approximately 10,000 units in 2012. As a leading hybrid vehicle company in Malaysia, Honda will locally produce hybrid vehicles and provide them to more customers with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions.

                                Moreover, preceding the construction of the second production line, HMSB has expanded its test course and Pre-delivery Inspection (PDI) site. In addition, a new automated welding facility was introduced to the existing line timed to the local production of the all-new Civic which went on sale on July 12, 2012.

                                * Calculated with the exchange rate of 1 Malaysian ringgit = 24.8 yen

                                About Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
                                Established: November 2000
                                Capital investment: 170 million Malaysian ringgit
                                Capitalization ratio: 51% Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
                                34% DRB-HICOM Bhd.
                                15% Oriental Holdings Bhd.
                                Representative: Yoichiro Ueno, President
                                Location: Pegoh, Malacca (approximately 120 km south of Kuala Lumpur)
                                Business: Production and sales of automobiles
                                Products: City, Civic, Accord, CR-V
                                Production Capacity: 50,000 units a year
                                Employment: Approximately 1,900 associates (as of the end of June 2012)

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                                Supplier for Honda to add 325 jobs in Anderson

                                ANDERSON, Ind. — For a city hard hit by the withdrawal of General Motors, the prospect of 325 new auto-parts manufacturing jobs is reason to rejoice.

                                Greenville Technology Inc., one of Honda’s largest suppliers, brought smiles in Anderson on Tuesday as it announced plans for the new jobs and the construction of a $21.4 million injection molding and assembly facility.

                                “This is the first auto-related company to come back, and that’s why it’s so important,” said Greg Winkler, Anderson’s economic development director. He called the development a “bellwether” of better things to come.

                                Before GM began shrinking in the 1970s, the company employed more than 20,000 workers in Anderson. By 2007, all of the city’s GM jobs were gone. From 1970 to 2007, Anderson’s population dropped by 17 percent, to 58,000.

                                State Sen. Doug Eckerty, R-Yorktown, said Greenville’s expansion “signals the return of the automotive industry to Anderson” — though on a much smaller scale.

                                The Ohio-based company, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Moriroku Technology, expects to begin construction this month on the 150,000-square-foot plant in Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center.

                                It’s expected to open in January and gradually ramp up to 325 workers by 2016. The plant will make dashboard and console components for the Honda Civic and Acura vehicles.

                                More than 20 other states were considered as potential locations for the plant. Greenville Technology chose Anderson because of the proximity of the Greensburg Honda manufacturing plant, the skilled workforce and nearby infrastructure, said company Vice President Bill LaFramboise.

                                During a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Mitch Daniels gave most of the credit to Anderson officials, whom he praised for their “hustle.”

                                Winkler said the city certainly tried to put its best foot forward.

                                “When (company officials) made their first visit to Anderson, we made sure we had everyone from the mayor on down in the room to answer their questions,” Winkler said.

                                The goal was to make sure the company knew Anderson “could do everything that needed to be done,” he said.

                                The state’s economic development arm offered Greenville Technology up to $1.7 million in conditional tax credits and $100,000 in training grants.

                                The tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company will receive them only after they’ve hired local workers.

                                The city of Anderson also granted financial incentives. Out of the additional tax revenue generated by Greenville Technology, $3.25 million will be set aside for public infrastructure that the company needs, Winkler said.

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