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    Honda Fit Family to Grow in North America

    If small is the new big, Honda’s about to make its Fit subcompact line a lot bigger, both in the number of variants offered, as well as the size of the vehicles, according to an Automotive News report. The new models would be sourced from Honda’s new plant in Mexico currently under construction. The plant is scheduled to open in 2014, with an annual capacity of 200,000 units. The majority of the plant’s output would be destined for the U.S. market.

    In a nod to U.S. tastes, the next-generation Fit may be offered in a four-door sedan configuration, as well as a compact crossover, in addition to the current five-door hatchback model. Worldwide, Honda already sells multiple variations of the Fit, which is also sold in some markets as the Jazz. The recently-introduced Fit Twist was unveiled for the Brazilian market, which added more rugged styling cues and slightly higher ride height to give it somewhat of the “Outback” treatment. Alternately, Honda sells the seven-passenger Fit Shuttle in Japan and other markets for customers looking for added passenger and cargo versatility in a compact package.

    Honda expects the Fit to become its fastest-growing nameplate in the years ahead, and key to its growth in the Mexican market, where Honda sold 36,209 vehicles through the end of 2011. The company has already surpassed last year’s total by selling 42,933 units through the end of October.

    Is Honda crowding its product lineup too much with the addition of a notchback Fit? Will it steal sales from the Civic sedan? Share your thoughts below.



    Honda CR-V: Just call this compact crossover SUV old reliable

    When it debuted in 1997, the Honda CR-V was a trail blazer, a car-based sport utility vehicle that people instantly loved. And because the CR-V was universally admired, it quickly placed other manufacturers in copy-cat mode.

    Although it's been 16 years, the CR-V remains a popular compact crossover SUV and is annually rated among the top sellers in its class.

    What's so good about the CR-V? It offers responsive handling, a comfortable ride, ranks near the top in safety testing, gets good gas mileage (23-31 mpg), and is extremely reliable. The price ($22,795 - $27,545) is also comparable to its rivals.
    2013 Honda CR-V

    Performance: 2.4-liter, four cylinder, 185 horsepower
    Mileage estimate: 23-31 mpg
    Price: $22,795 to $27,545
    Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain 5 years/60,000 miles; corrosion 5 years/unlimited

    Since the CR-V went through a redesign in 2012, virtually nothing has changed with the 2013 model. But there were significant changes a year ago that impacted the CR-V both inside and out.

    The exterior definitely was altered. The CR-V became sleeker in overall appearance, which prompted some industry experts to compare it to the Volvo XC60 crossover. The CR-V's front end is now sloped, the grille is larger, and the headlight size reduced. The back end has what's been described as a "vertical taillight theme" that was copied from a previous CR-V design.

    Changes for the interior include a roomier cabin, larger trunk (37.2 cubic feet), and a major change with the center console, which is now much larger and ranges from the armrest to the dashboard

    We're always proponents of a logically laid out control panel and Honda delivered one with the CR-V. Another selling point is the rear seats now fold flat, creating a fairly large cargo space of 70.9 cubic feet.
    Why every manufacturer doesn't have the seats fold flat is a mystery. Another solid feature is the convenient stow-away areas that are always a nice touch.

    If there is a common complaint with the CR-V, it's the lack of choice in performance. There's only one engine available for the three trim models - a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder that generates 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The CR-V has been clocked going 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds, which is slower than some competitors.

    However, in driving the CR-V for a week, the lack of power didn't seem a real problem, even on steep hills. But that isn't the case when driving in Econ mode, which comes standard in all three trim models. The gas mileage is naturally improved with the ECON button engaged, yet the vehicle is sluggish in situations when more acceleration is required. It would be a good idea for the CR-V lineup to include an upgraded engine.

    While the CR-V lacks overall power, it makes up for the deficiency with its handling. This SUV is easy to maneuver and fun to drive as well. The steering is responsive, the braking power is very good, and the CR-V absorbs uneven road surfaces admirably. It delivers a fairly quiet ride as well.

    There are some worthy competitors in this class - Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Santa Fe. Despite the competition, the CR-V remains at or near the top because it continues to deliver quality in practically every category.



    Forecast: These vehicles will sell well in 2013

    For decades, a relatively small number of cars and light trucks have dominated U.S. sales, whether American, Japanese or European manufacturers built them. This trend goes all the way back to the Ford (F) Model T. The dominance of the market by a few vehicles continued this year, and 24/7 Wall St. forecasts it will continue in 2013.

    Twelve million cars and light trucks were sold in the U.S. through the first 10 months of 2012. November auto sales out Monday are not included. According to sales data provided by Edmunds.com, about 3.7 million of these were from sales of just 16 of the more than 250 models available.

    The models have more than one characteristic in common. They tend to be inexpensive sedans that get high gas mileage. Every vehicle on the list has a base price of under $25,000. Fourteen have base models that have four-cylinder engines, which tend to get better mileage than engines with six and eight cylinders.

    And of the 16 top-selling models, Japanese manufacturers will continue to dominate the list next year. Of the seven best-selling cars for 2013, six are Japanese. The exception is Ford's F-150 pickup, which has been a staple model line of the No. 2 U.S. car company since the 1940s.

    Japanese cars usually do well on consumer quality surveys, and these manufacturers, which include Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Nissan, have been in the high-mileage end of the market since they became popular in the 1980s.

    Based on sales data for the first 10 months of 2012 from Edmunds.com, 24/7 Wall St. has forecast the 16 cars and light trucks that will sell best in 2013. Using that data, we projected full-year sales and calculated the year-over-year percentage change in sales.

    1. Toyota Camry
    • 2013 sales: 483,977
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 344,713
    • Base price: $22,055
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    The Camry sits in the middle of the Toyota sedan model line — above the Corolla and below the Avalon in price. As is true of all high-selling models that sell hundreds of thousand of vehicles each year, the Camry comes in a number of versions. These include two hybrids, and what Toyota labels the XLE model, which comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 268 horsepower. In August 2011 Toyota released its first redesign of the Camry in five years. However, many auto industry watchers said the company played it safe, given that the dimensions were unchanged.

    2. Ford F-150
    • 2013 sales: 455,305
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 351,177
    • Base price: $23,670
    • Vehicle type: 2-door pickup, 6 cylinder

    The F-150 is the base model of Ford's large line of pickups. The first generation of the truck was introduced in 1948. The basic F-150 XL gets 23 mpg in highway driving. Of course, as engines get bigger, gas mileage drops. The FX2 model has a 5-liter V-8, which gets only 21 mpg in highway driving. The SVT Raptor sports model has a 6.2-liter V-8, which only gets 16 mpg in highway driving. The Limited model costs over $55,000 when fully loaded with all options. The restyled Ford F-150 costs $170 more than the previous year's model.

    3. Honda Accord
    • 2013 sales: 387,779
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 276,196
    • Base price: $21,680
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    The Accord comes in both a four-door base sedan and two-door coupe. The base engine for both is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The sedan has an optional 3.5-liter V-6. Honda's full-size sedan competes against Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu, both of which are on this list. Among the changes in the new Honda Accord, which went on sale in September, are a shorter length, a continuously variable transmission, and a new engine family. Honda calls it "the most sculpted and dynamic Accord ever."

    4. Nissan Altima
    • 2013 sales: 358,187
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 258,663
    • Base price: $21,700
    • Vehicle type: 4-door, 4 cylinder

    The 2013 Nissan Altima went on sale in June. It has different proportions and is more loaded with technology, although the changes aren't massive. "It looks different, at least a bit sexier than the existing model, but its mission remains the same: attract as many mainstream car buyers as possible," writes Greg Migliore of Autoweek. The fuel economy for the four-cylinder Altima is approximately 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway This goes down to 22 mpg and 301 mpg, respectively, for V-6 models.

    5. Honda Civic
    • 2013 sales: 357,621
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 254,716
    • Base price: $15,755
    • Vehicle type: 2-door coupe, 4 cylinder

    The Civic is one of Honda's lowest-priced models and comes in seven versions. The first, and least expensive, is a coupe. For slightly more money, $18,165, the Civic is available in a sedan version. As befitting the low-end model of any large manufacturer's line, Honda offers a hybrid version, which gets 44 mpg in highway driving, as well as a natural-gas version. Fully loaded, the natural-gas version has a sticker price over $31,000. Sales of the Honda Civic have already grown from 221,235 in 2011 to 254,716 in the first 10 months of 2012. The restyled Civic is expected to come out in 2013.

    6. Toyota Corolla
    • 2013 sales: 333,933
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 237,844
    • Base price: $16,230
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    The Corolla is Toyota's low-end sedan. Part of its appeal is its 34 mpg in highway driving. Toyota markets the Corolla against the Honda Civic Sedan and Hyundai Elantra. Among its advantages over its competition are standard climate control and a CD player. Sales of the Corolla in the first 10 months of the year have already surpassed 2011's total of 226,342. The Corolla's most recent redesign was in 2007. Still, it was the best-selling compact car in 2011. Insiders have told Autoguide that the 2014 Toyota Corolla will be a "dramatic change."

    7. Honda CR-V
    • 2013 sales: 327,955
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 233,586
    • Base price: $22,695
    • Vehicle type: 4-door crossover, 4 cylinder

    The CR-V is Honda's base crossover vehicle. Its small 185-horsepower engine gets 31 mpg in highway driving. The CR-V comes in six versions, which include relatively standard options, such as all-wheel drive. The high end EX-L has a satellite navigation system and a base price of $30,195. The 2012 model, which went on sale in June 2011, included cutting-edge technology features, such as a standard Pandora radio interface and a text-messaging feature that reads messages and allows people to choose one of six automated replies.

    8. Ford Fusion
    • 2013 sales: 290,424
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 206,855
    • Base price: $21,700
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    The Fusion is Ford's midsize sedan and comes in four models. The base Fusion gets 34 mpg in highway driving. For consumers more interested in an environmentally friendly car, the Fusion Hybrid gets 47 mpg on the highway. The highest-priced Fusion Titanium AWD costs $36,550 fully loaded, nearly twice as much as the base model. With its 2013 Fusion, Ford became the first car company "to offer a sedan with gasoline, hybrid and plug-in power trains that the automaker expects to result in "a triple crown of best-in-class gas, hybrid [and] plug-in efficiency," according to Car Connection.

    9. Chevy Silverado 1500
    • 2013 sales: 282,627
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 248,533
    • Base price: $22,595
    • Vehicle type: 2-door pickup, 6 cylinder

    The Silverado is the midpriced model among Chevy's pickups, between the $17,474 Colorado and $35,980 Avalanche. Chevy offers three other versions of the Silverado, which are priced well above the 1500 — a hybrid, the 2500 HD, which has a 395-horsepower engine, and the six-wheel 3500 HD. As with many pickups, the 1500 comes in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. The 2014 Chevy Silverado will debut Dec.13 and will be featured at the Detroit auto show in January, although no major details about the truck have been released.

    10. Ford Escape
    • 2013 sales: 273,846
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 219,907
    • Base price: $22,470
    • Vehicle type: 4-door SUV, 4 cylinder

    The Escape is the entry model of Ford's SUV/crossover line. It weighs 3,500 pounds, carries up to five people and gets 33 mpg in highway driving. At the other end of the Ford SUV range is the Expedition, which can carry up to eight people, weigh as much as 6,000 pounds and be priced as high as $49,525, getting an average of 14 mpg in city driving. Probably because of the differences in fuel economy, Ford sold 19,832 Escape models in October vs. 2,943 Expeditions. The 2013 Ford Escape, which debuted in November 2011, is slightly longer and wider than previous versions and has a stronger engine.

    11. Chevy Malibu
    • 2013 sales: 251,403
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 189,094
    • Base price: $22,390
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    Chevy markets the Malibu as its sporty but modestly priced sedan. The GM (GM) division says the Malibu is "inspired by the athletic stance of Camaro," one of the Chevy sports cars. There is also a high-mileage, four-door version, the Malibu Eco, which gets 37 mpg in highway driving. The Eco gets some of its power from energy stored in a lithium-ion battery. The redesigned 2013 Malibu, which came out in the spring of 2012, went on sale in nearly 100 countries. Although the new car is slightly shorter than previous models, it is wider, helping to improve interior room.

    12. Chevy Cruze
    • 2013 sales: 247,870
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 199,721
    • Base price: $17,130
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    The Cruze is one of Chevy's anchors in the high-mileage car race and gets 38 mpg in highway driving. According to parent company GM, the Cruze has the "best fuel economy of any gas engine in America." The Cruze comes in nine versions, the most expensive of which, the LTZ Auto, has a base price of $23,550. Compared with most of the vehicles on this list, the Cruze is expected to grow modestly. Chevrolet is projected to sell 239,665 models in 2012, which is around 8,000 cars more than were sold in 2011 and around 8,000 less than projected 2013 sales.

    13. Chevy Equinox
    • 2013 sales: 247,468
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 182,249
    • Base price: $23,755
    • Vehicle type: 4-door SUV, 4 cylinder

    GM's largest division by sales has 17 basic models, which include cars, crossovers, SUVs and pickups. The Equinox is the least expensive of the crossover/SUVs in the group, with a base price of just $23,755. The vehicle seats five people, and higher-end models have a V-6 engine. Chevy boasts that the Equinox has gotten good marks from Kelley Blue Book, a leading industry research resource. The car has estimated fuel efficiency of 32 mpg in highway driving and 182 horsepower, ranked third and fourth, respectively, out of 18 four-door 2013 SUVs Kelley Blue Book rates.

    14. Ford Focus
    • 2013 sales: 243,965
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 205,006
    • Base price: $16,200
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    Ford, the only one of the Detroit Three U.S. car companies that did not file for bankruptcy during the recession, has a small fleet of high-mileage cars. The Focus and its stablemate Fiesta get 38 mpg and 39 mpg in highway driving, respectively. The Focus is available in a high-performance ST version, and an electric model, which is priced at $39,200 but gets 99 mpg in highway driving. Ford released a new Focus in 2011, the first redesign in 11 years. It also completely revamped the Detroit plant where the vehicle is made.

    15. Hyundai Sonata
    • 2013 sales: 235,218
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 192,119
    • Base price: $20,995
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    The Sonata, Hyundai's slightly more expensive four-door sedan, can cost over $32,000 when all possible accessories and packages are added. Hyundai's marketing claims about the cars were severely damaged recently when a government investigation forced it to change inaccurate mpg estimates. Both Hyundai and Kia Motors, which has also been implicated in a lawsuit over the probe, have agreed to give current and former owners prepaid debit cards compensating them for the estimated amount of additional money they spent on gas tied to the lower gas-mileage results.

    16. Hyundai Elantra
    • 2013 sales: 215,721
    • Year-to-date 2012 sales: 167,087
    • Base price: $16,815
    • Vehicle type: 4-door sedan, 4 cylinder

    The Elantra is one of two cars that Hyundai, a relative newcomer to the market, has on the list. Despite entering the U.S. market many years after foreign-owned manufacturers, such as Toyota and Honda, Hyundai has done extremely well with its low-priced cars. The South Korean company now has a 4.9% share of the U.S. market. Hyundai says the Elantra gets 38 mpg in highway driving, which is probably one of its attractions. Although the Elantra has historically been a sedan, the 2013 Elantra also features hatchback and coupe models.



    Honda on track to be 'net exporter' from North America

    Honda Motor Co., Japan's first automaker to build cars in the U.S., said it expects to export more cars and light trucks from North America than it imports to the region within two years.

    Honda will be a “net exporter” as its plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico take more responsibility for developing global models for sale in multiple countries, the Tokyo-based company said. The carmaker last week marked the production of its 1 millionth export vehicle, a 2013 Accord sedan heading for South Korea, at its Marysville, Ohio, plant.

    The first Honda auto exports from the U.S. began in 1987, and “quality for the world, made in America, has been an important Honda commitment for the past 25 years,” President Takanobu Ito said in a statement.

    Three decades after the company began building vehicles in Marysville, the company is adding a factory in Mexico that will produce Fit hatchbacks starting in 2014. Sales of Honda and Acura brand autos are rebounding this year, up 24 percent through November, aided by a 57 percent surge in vehicle production at its North American plants.

    With the addition of the Fit factory, Honda has said it will have capacity to build at least 1.9 million autos in North America annually. Through November, 90 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. were made in North America, with only 10 percent coming from Japan, the company said.



    Accord and Fit Named to Car and Driver ‘10Best’ List

    “Greatness made tangible” according to Car and Driver, the vehicles on this year’s prestigious “10Best” list include the all-new Accord mid-size sedan and the always-impressive Fit hatchback. Of course, that’s not exactly news. After all, the Accord has now been named to C&D’s annual honor roll 16 straight times, and in the recognition program’s 31-year history, the car has been a member of the exclusive 10Best club 27 times.

    This year’s verdict on the completely redesigned 2013 Honda Accord: “Luxury-car big inside and yet smaller outside than before, this ninth-gen version fully delivers on Honda’s ‘man-maximum, machine-minimum’ philosophy.”

    As for the 2013 Honda Fit, it’s only achieved 10Best status seven times; on the other hand, the automaker only has been selling it in this country for seven years.

    “There’s more intelligence packed into the Fit than in many cars nearly twice its size,” reported C&D editors.“ It’s the defining small car—mechanically precise, pared of excess fat, respectful of gasoline, and graced with fluid handling. It’s also hugely practical and affordable.”

    In fact, Honda vehicles have earned more than 50 places on Car & Driver’s 10Best roster over the years.

    “The Accord and Fit both embody Honda’s core values of ingenious packaging, great visibility, fun driving dynamics and fuel efficiency,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The editors of Car and Driver continue to recognize these attributes and our vehicles as among the industry’s best, a sentiment clearly echoed by Honda’s customers.”

    Both the 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Honda Accord are on sale now.

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      Honda Malaysia Racing Team misses out on podium at the Sepang 1,000 km Endurance Race

      By the fourth hour, the grandstand is barren save for a few bored-looking souls. The racing is not coming hard and fast either. Some of the teams have already thrown in their towels; others had to take unwanted extended breaks in the pits. And one such car was HMRT’s Car 17.

      It is the second time the car had to be parked inside the garage. Which is a pity because Car 17 started in fourth and had been challenging for a top-three finish. The first stop was caused by a recalcitrant starter. Now, it is the fuel line that’s losing laps for the car. To fix the car, the team has caught a couple of Freeds to harvest its parts for the stricken Jazz. After all, it is for the greater good.

      At the same time, Car 26 is putting in a strong pace, lap after lap. They started seventh on the grid and now running strong in sixth. Everything is going according to plan in spite of the relentless beating by the harsh sun. The strategy now is to conserve the engine and not stress it out too much. It is going to be later, when the ambient temperature has cooled, that Car 26 will push hard once again.

      Part of the strategy also involved quick pit stops. The team have trained day and night, drilled the necessary sequence until it became as natural as breathing. The team can now change drivers, swap tyres and refuel less than 43 seconds; the average time for the teams is approximately 50 seconds.

      Car 17 rejoins the race somewhere long the line. And immediately let loose its speed as it overtakes one car after the other, effectively gaining back precious laps. One can only wonder the possibility of a podium if reliability was not an issue.

      In the end, the podium eludes the team although having both cars crossing the chequered flag is in itself a victory. Given the circumstances, Car 17 finishes last in 20th and 41 laps down from the leader. Car 26 secures fifth spot and finishes four laps down from the leader. In total, there were 30 cars that started the Sepang 1,000 km Endurance Race, only 20 cars return home.

      Tengku Ezan of Car 26 recalls the race: “It was a challenging race as it was really hot during the day and we had some issues with the brakes that slowed us down. We did make a slight mistake towards the end that cost us a bit of time, had some body damage and we dropped from fourth to fifth.”

      “After testing and qualifying, we knew the car had potential to win the race. We proved that the car had pace over a long run. It is disappointing when the car had a second stint, but I guess that is racing,” says Aaron Lim of Car 17. He continued, “We have one of the fastest lap time, if not the fastest. If the problem had not happened, I think we have a good chance to win the race for sure. Our strategy was good, but then again, until we do it, it is difficult to say.”

      Akkbar Danial, Team Director of Honda Malaysia Racing Team, is proud of the achievement, “This is our S1K debut race and I am very happy with the results. We managed to finish the race with both cars, and Car 26 finished fifth. It was well above our expectations.”

      What is next for the team? Will they be participating in next year’s Sepang 1,000 km Endurance Race? Ezan and Aaron are looking forward to next year’s race, especially that they both understand the car and how it performs. So, a podium-finish, maybe?

      As requested, here’s the full race result:




      Honda to export more American-built vehicles than it imports from Japan by 2014

      A silver Honda Accord sedan is rarely a vehicle worth getting too excited over, but we're sure the folks at Honda's Marysville, Ohio assembly plant would beg to differ. This week, a silver 2013 Accord EX-L sedan earmarked for South Korea rolled off the line, making it the one-millionth vehicle Honda has exported from the US over the last 25 years. More importantly, Honda also announced that by 2014, it plans to export more cars from the US than it imports from Japan.

      Starting with the very first Honda exported to Taiwan from Ohio in 1987, the automaker has exported more than $22-billion worth of vehicles and vehicle parts, with 1994 standing as a record year in which 105,511 vehicles were shipped out. This year, Honda and Acura have 11 models that are exported out of the US accounting for almost 100,000 units shipped to more than 40 countries. With a goal of increasing production capacity from 1.63 million units up to 1.92 million units by 2014, Honda expects to "far surpass" its 1994 export record.

      For more, check out Honda's official press release by scrolling below.

      Honda Builds 1 Millionth Automobile for Export From U.S.

      -Honda Will Become "Net Exporter" from North America in Two Years --
      -Marysville, Ohio Auto Plant Began Building Vehicles for Export 25 Years Ago --

      12/05/2012 - MARYSVILLE, Ohio

      Twenty-five years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile was exported to overseas markets, associates at the company's Marysville Auto Plant today marked production of the 1 millionth Honda automobile to be exported from the U.S. The silver 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan will be shipped to South Korea.

      Within two years, Honda will become a "net exporter" of automobiles from North America - exporting more vehicles built in its auto plants in North America than it imports from Japan - as these local production operations take on a larger responsibility for the introduction of global automobiles sold in multiple countries.

      "Quality for the world, made in America, has been an important Honda commitment for the past 25 years," said Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., in a video message to the gathering. "In the coming years, we will take on the challenge of helping even more customers around the world enjoy Honda products made in the USA."

      Since 1987, Honda has exported more than $22 billion worth of automobiles and components from the U.S. This includes its exports of finished vehicles as well as component parts sets from suppliers in the U.S. that are used to produce automobiles at Honda plants overseas.

      The export milestone Accord Sedan that rolled off the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio, now embarks on a more than 8,000-mile journey across the United States to Port Hueneme in Southern California, and then across the Pacific Ocean to Seoul, South Korea, where the company recently began sales of its U.S.-made vehicles. Honda currently exports automobiles to more than 40 countries (Honda does not include shipments from the U.S. to Canada as exports), with total exports expected to reach nearly 100,000 Honda and Acura vehicles from the U.S. in 2012.

      Honda recently marked its 30th anniversary of producing automobiles in America, becoming the first Japanese carmaker to make automobiles in America on Nov. 1, 1982. Five years later, Honda became the first international automaker to export U.S.-made automobiles to overseas markets when it began shipping Ohio-made Accords to Taiwan in fall 1987. A year later, Honda exported its first U.S.-made Accord Coupe to Japan.

      With an investment of more than $2.2 billion in its North American operations over the past two years, Honda will increase automobile production capacity in North America from the current 1.63 million to 1.92 million units per year in 2014. As a result, in the coming years, annual exports of Honda and Acura automobiles from the U.S. are expected to far surpass the company's previous single-year export record of 105,511 vehicles set in 1994.

      Every Honda auto plant in North America builds cars and trucks for export to global markets, including operations in Ohio, Alabama and Indiana. Exported models include the Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Crosstour and Ridgeline and the Acura ILX, TL, RDX and MDX. Further, many of the vehicles exported from the U.S. were designed and developed in the U.S. by Honda R&D Americas.

      Honda currently exports automobiles to more than 40 countries from the U.S. through seven port facilities in three states:
      -Port Hueneme, Calif.
      -Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa, Fla.
      -Brunswick, Ga.
      -Baltimore, Md.
      -Newark, N.J.

      The one million automobiles exported from America represents a value of $19 billion dollars since the first export to Taiwan in 1987. Further, the cumulative export of component parts sets is valued at more than $3.24 billion.

      In addition to the export of automobiles and automobile parts, American Honda also exports power sports (ATVs) and power equipment products made at Honda's U.S. plants to overseas markets:

      -Cumulative exports of power sports products from the U.S., including ATVs now produced in Timmonsville, S.C., total more than 500,000 units, since 1980.
      -Cumulative exports of power equipment products from the U.S., including lawn mowers, general purpose engines, surpassed the 2 million-unit mark in 2012, since the start of power equipment production in Swepsonville, N.C. in 1984.

      A complete, year-by-year history of Honda's automobile, power sports and power equipment exports can be found in the Honda Digital FactBook. To see a video about Honda's U.S. manufacturing and export efforts, please click here.

      About Honda
      Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 26,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion.

      Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

      Seven Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.63 million automobiles each year. In 2011, 85 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. This will increase to 1.92 million vehicles per year in 2014, when the sales percentage of locally produced automobiles is expected to rise to more than 90 percent.

      Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.



      China car sales up 13% in November

      Passenger-vehicle sales in China hit a record last month as a series of positive indicators boosted the market. A total of 1.419 million cars, sports utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles and minivans were sold in November, a 13 percent year-on-year increase, according to data from the China Passenger Car Association on Friday.
      The number showed that total sales for the first 11 months jumped 6.6 percent year-on-year to 13.12 million, paving the way for an increase of at least 5 percent in passenger-vehicle sales this year.
      “Many new models launched at the just-finished Guangzhou Auto Show as well as a fuel price cut greatly supported the market performance,” said Rao Da, secretary-general of the association.
      Rao added that the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China last month had also helped boost confidence in the sector.
      Cui Dongshu, deputy secretary-general of the association, said the Guangzhou Auto Show last month helped passenger-vehicle sales surge more than 20 percent in the last week of November.
      “More impressively, China’s homegrown brands recovered in the domestic market as their share of the passenger-car sector reached 35.1 percent, the highest in 20 years,” Rao said.
      Cui also said a rebound in sales of Japanese cars helped the domestic vehicle market. Sales of Japanese products have been hit by the row between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands.
      Japanese automakers, which have dominated the Guangdong market and launched heavy sales promotions to help the rebound, saw sales boom by more than 50 percent from October, Cui said.
      Toyota Motor Corp said on Monday its new-car sales in China fell 22.1 percent in November year-on-year to 63,800, but that was an improvement from a 44.1 percent decline in October and a 48.9 percent drop in September.
      Honda Motor Co delivered 41,205 vehicles to Chinese customers, a year-on-year drop of 29.2 percent, but a recovery from a fall of 54 percent in October and 40.5 percent in September.
      With Japanese automakers losing market share in the world’s largest vehicle market, this is providing an opportunity for rivals from Germany, the United States and South Korea to boost their sales.
      General Motors, the biggest foreign automaker in China by sales, reported on Thursday that it has set an annual sales record in China, even though there is still a month to go. With domestic sales of 260,018 vehicles in November, GM’s sales for the year reached 2,593,642 in the first 11 months, surpassing the 2,547,171 vehicles it sold in China for the whole of 2011.
      Last month’s sales were also the highest for November and the second-highest for any month in the US automaker’s largest market, rising 9.7 percent from November 2011.
      German vehicle maker Mercedes-Benz posted China sales of 186,720 for Mercedes-Benz, Smart and AMG vehicles up to the end of November, year-to-date growth of 7 percent.
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      • Best Deals on New & Used Honda Crosstour Models at Peters Honda of Nashua - Your New Hampshire Honda Dealer


        New and Used Honda Crosstour models available at Peters Honda of Nashua, NH. Come visit us at 300 Amherst St Nashua, NH 03063 to test drive the Honda Crosstour models or call us at (888) 449-0895.

        Nashua (I-Newswire) December 10, 2012 - Peters Honda of Nashua is a premier new Honda and used car dealer serving nearby locations like Manchester, NH, Lowell and Tewksbury, MA. We carry a full line of new cars for customers who love Honda. Customers looking for a vehicle will likely find what they want at our dealership. We welcome them for a test drive. We work to make every customer - a customer for life by consistently providing world-class services. With top-notch customer service, great prices and an enthusiastic staff you have nothing to worry about.

        Current Honda Crosstour:
        The Honda Crosstour is essentially a tall wagon version of the Accord sedan that features increased ride height and available all-wheel drive (AWD), a combination that delivers more utility and more all-weather capability. The current Honda Crosstour comes in two trim levels -- EX and EX-L.

        The EX comes with
        • Automatic headlights
        • Sunroof
        • Dual-zone automatic climate control
        • Power front seats
        • Rear view camera
        • Blue tooth
        • Seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer and an iPod/USB audio interface

        The EX-L adds following features :
        • Bigger wheels
        • Leather upholstery
        • Heated front seats
        • Driver memory settings and premium audio
        • Navigation system (with voice activation and back-up camera)

        The Honda Crosstour offers a choice of two engines -- a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 192 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 with 271 hp. Both are matched to a five-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available on the EX-L V6. In performance testing, a front-wheel-drive Crosstour V6 went from zero to 60 mph in a class-competitive 7.5 seconds. Despite the Crosstour's elevated center of gravity and extra 300 pounds compared to the Accord sedan, it is still pleasant to drive, with predictable steering and composed handling. The Crosstour's cabin is actually quieter over the road than the sedan's, a welcome upgrade.

        Used Honda Crosstour Models:
        The Honda Crosstour debuted for the 2012 model year, though that essentially just signaled a name change for this model, as it was produced the previous two years under the Accord Crosstour moniker. The Honda Accord Crosstour was produced for 2010 and 2011. Two upscale trim levels of this crossover wagon were offered -- EX and EX-L.

        The Accord Crosstour was front-wheel drive by default, with all-wheel drive an option on the EX-L only. All Accord Crosstours were powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 271 horsepower. A five-speed automatic was the sole available transmission. In performance testing, a front-wheel-drive Crosstour went from zero to 60 mph in a class-competitive 7.5 seconds.

        What Experts Have to Say..

        "The quest to offer a little of everything keeps the Crosstour from doing anything really well"
        -- Edmunds.com

        "What we are sure of is this is one delightful car to drive, as well as a lot more useful than the Accord sedan."
        -- Motor Trend

        The Honda Crosstour perfectly incorporates all the excellent features of the Accord sedan and coupe with the versatility of a vehicle designed for hauling. With raised ground clearance and available 4-wheel-drive, the Crosstour is a fresh alternative to the all-wheel-drive models.

        For more information on Honda Crosstour, please visit:

        About Us:
        Peters Honda of Nashua is a premier New Honda & Used Car dealer serving Nashua, Manchester, Lowell and Tewksbury. We carry a comprehensive line of new Honda vehicles, including the Accord, Ridgeline, Element, Odyssey, Pilot, CR-V, Civic and Fit. We also offer an expansive selection of used cars from the top car manufacturers. We're the #1 destination for Honda service, car repairs and Honda car parts.

        Address: 300 Amherst St Nashua, NH 03063
        Sales: (888) 449-0895
        Service: (888) 693-5440
        Email ID: info@petersauto.com
        Site URL: http://www.petershondaofnashua.com/index.htm

        About Peter Honda of Nashua:
        Peters Honda of Nashua has the Honda you have been searching for at a price you can afford. With a friendly and helpful sales staff, highly skilled mechanics and multiple automotive certifications, Peters Honda of Nashua is your greater Nashua Honda dealer. Our mission is to make every customer a customer for life by consistently providing world class services. We have top-notch customer service, great prices and an enthusiastic staff.

        Company Contact Information
        Peter Honda of Nashua
        Peter Honda of Nashua
        300 Amherst St
        Nashua, NH
        Phone : 8884490895



        A Honda Controls A Giant DJ Booth [Video]

        In Brazil, the Honda Fit Twist is a street car, so to show how ‘hip’ it was, agency F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi wired elements in the vehicle to create a mixing deck. DJ duo N.A.S.A. (Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon) were given control of the “Drivemixer” and created an exclusive music track called ‘Overdrive’. Altering different parts of the car, anything from pressing the gas pedal to putting it in gear, changed elements of the beat.

        Check out the videos below to see the Drivermixer and watch the ‘making of’:



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          2013 Honda Accord sedan: Car Seat Check

          Sporting a redesign for 2013, the Honda Accord is doing well with family sedan buyers. More than 26,000 Accords were sold in November, landing it in fifth place in November 2012's Top 10 Best-Selling Cars. With its redesign, the Accord sedan, which we tested, lost a few inches in length as well as a bit of interior space.

          For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

          The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the convertible seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.

          Here's how the 2013 Accord sedan did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:

          Latch system: There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. Though they're buried between the seat cushions, they weren't too difficult to access with our convertible car seat's rigid Latch anchors and even easier with the hooklike anchors found on our infant-safety seat.

          Three tether anchors are found on the rear shelf under hinged plastic covers. There's plenty of space around the tether anchors, making it easy to connect and disconnect the tether hook.

          Booster seat: Our high-back booster fit well once we removed the head restraint behind it. The seats are slightly sculpted, which helped to hold the booster in place. The seat belt buckles are floppy, making it difficult for children to buckle up independently.

          Convertible seat: We also had to remove the head restraint to get a good fit for the forward-facing convertible seat. The rear-facing convertible fit easily in the backseat; there was no need to move the front passenger seat forward for it to fit.

          Infant-safety seat: With this rear-facing car seat, we did have to move the front passenger seat forward a little bit, but the front passenger's legroom was still good.

          How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

          Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.



          Honda 1 Millionth U.S. Export From California Port

          Dec 11, 2012

          VENTURA, Calif. — On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Honda will host a brief event marking the export of its 1 millionth U.S. export from Port Hueneme in Ventura, Calif. An all-new 2013 Honda Accord will board the ship with hundreds of vehicles making a 6,000-mile journey to Seoul, South Korea.

          The export milestone comes 25 years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile, an Accord, was exported overseas. Media attending the event will have the opportunity to interview Honda leadership.

          Export Event

          4:30 – 5:00 P.M. Media arrival
          5:00 P.M. Event begins
          5:30 A.M. Event concludes

          Interviews will be available immediately following the event.


          Jim Burrell, Assistant Vice President, Export Sales Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
          Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

          Port Hueneme
          105 E. Port Hueneme Road
          Port Hueneme, CA 93041

          Please proceed to security gate for check-in and parking



          First Test:
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid
          Has-Been Hybrid?

          Much like washed-up actors in Hollywood who can no longer find work because of all the fresh talent, the Insight has passed its peak of popularity. Sales numbers reveal only 5298 Insights were sold through October, plummeting 62.5 percent compared to the same period last year, and less than every other Honda except the CR-Z. The 2012 model refresh doesn't appear to have helped the situation, either, and with the new entry-level Prius C now in the game, the Insight should be afraid. Very afraid. 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Rear Three Quarters Having been touted as the cheapest hybrid money can buy since its introduction in 2009, the Insight is still the thriftiest fuel-sipper, but not by much. Although the base Insight starts about $400 less than the Prius C, it doesn't get standard Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted controls, center console storage compartment, and a rear spoiler -- but the Toyota hybrid does. More surprising, our top-trim Insight EX with navigation, which adds Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, voice-controlled navigation, and rearview camera, rings in above the range-topping Prius C four. The competitive hybrid gets everything the Insight does and more, including a cargo area cover, heated front seats, hands-free keyless access system, satellite radio, more cargo room, more interior volume, and most important, better fuel economy. The C's 53/46 mpg city/highway trumps the Insight's low (for a hybrid) 41/44 mpg.

          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Cockpit 2
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Cockpit
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Gear Shifter
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Badge
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Headlamp
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Wheels

          Even at a 5'2," I felt cramped in the driver's seat, and it only got worse in the back seats. Rear seat legroom was nearly laughable with 33 inches to spare (2 inches less than the Prius C), and although Honda claims the 2012 Insight has more upscale seating surfaces than before the refresh, it wasn't obvious. More effort should be put into making the hard-as-rocks seats more comfortable so that drivers don't have to keep switching positions, which I found myself doing quite often. Associate online editor Jason Udy wasn't too keen on the interior quality either, noting, "The fabric on the doors has no padding underneath, and there's lots of hard plastic." 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Front Three Quarter Turn I prefer the Insight's simple interior over the Prius' cartoony cabin with its awkward floating center stack and toy-like shift knob. The Honda's interior might be too simple, though. The graphics on the navigation system look like something from an early video arcade game, and the interface is hard to use -- I had to lift my back from the seatback to reach the touch screen and the small, barely readable buttons that flank it. Inconveniently, the auto climate controls are located directly to the right of the steering wheel, which is where I'd prefer the infotainment system controls to be. Want to know how efficiently you're driving? The hybrid gives you feedback. A 3-D-like background within the speedometer changes colors from green to blue to reflect how efficiently you're accelerating or braking (green being most efficient, blue the least). This feature would be cool, except that in certain seating positions, the steering wheel completely blocks the speedometer, leaving the driver to either look over or under the wheel to check speeds. 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Front Three Quarter In Motion Improved rear visibility was another update for the 2012 Insight, but again, I missed it completely: You might as well place a piece of black electrical tape right in the middle of the rearview mirror. In addition, the rearview mirror on our test car shook on the highway, indicating just how turbulent the ride is -- not to mention loud. Wind and road noise are pronounced, and even with the windows rolled up, you can hear the loud music playing in the car next to you--with its windows rolled up. When provoked, the hybrid's 1.3-liter I-4 gasoline engine and electric motor whir loudly, like a vacuum cleaner. Alas, the combined output of 98 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque is up to par with the diminutive C, minus one horse. That means the 2724-pound Insight takes 10.6 seconds to go from 0-60 mph (0.4 second longer than the Prius C), and 17.9 seconds for the quarter mile with a top speed of 77.8 mph (the Toyota hybrid got there in 17.6 seconds at 78.2 mph). It doesn't redeem itself in the figure eight, either, taking 29.0 seconds compared to the C's 28.7 seconds. Offsetting its snail-like demeanor are a set of Playskool-like paddle shifters that control seven "gears," giving the CVT somewhat of a fun factor.

          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Front End
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Rear End
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Side
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Grille
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Speedometer
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Instrument Gauge

          Performance specifications are good to know, but the Insight doesn't belong on the track. In real-world driving situations, the Insight hunts in its highway lane, and steering feels disconnected. Vibrations are felt through the steering wheel and floor panels, and although the Idle Stop feature helps conserves gas, it causes the Insight to lurch forward in those quick moments when it gets caught in between idling and accelerating. We appreciate the refreshed Insight's low price, but the hybrid hatchback presents too many compromises for daily driving. The car strikes us as a has-been actor left competing with fresh-faced actors who can do the job better.

          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Eco Mode
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Engine 2
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Engine
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Interior Door Panel
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Interior
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Navigation
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Paddle Shifter
          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid Rear Seating
          2012 Honda Insight EX With Navigation Side In Motion
          2012 Honda Insight EX With Navigation Front Three Quarter
          2012 Honda Insight EX With Navigation Rear Three Quarters
          2012 Honda Insight EX With Navigation Cockpit

          2012 Honda Insight Hybrid
          BASE PRICE $19,290
          PRICE AS TESTED $24,480
          VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
          ENGINE 1.3L/98-hp/123-lb-ft SOHC 8-valve I-4, plus 13-hp/58-lb-ft electric motor
          TRANSMISSION Cont. variable auto
          CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 2724 lb (58/42%)
          WHEELBASE 100.4 in
          LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 172.3 x 66.7 x 56.2 in
          0-60 MPH 10.6 sec
          QUARTER MILE 17.9 sec @ 77.8 mph
          BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 129 ft
          LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.78 g (avg)
          MT FIGURE EIGHT 29.0 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)
          EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON 41/44 mpg
          ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 82/77 kW-hrs/100 miles
          CO2 EMISSIONS 0.46 lb/mile

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            2012 Honda CR-V EX-L Navi review notes
            Still a major player in the small SUV segment

            EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: After having driven a $36,500 Ford Escape Titanium edition in the past week, I was ready to declare the 2012 Honda CR-V the hands-down winner in the battle for the small-SUV market on price alone. But a little further digging led me to the pricing and specs on the Escape more comparable to this CR-V, specifically the meat-of-the-market Escape SE. The SE fitted with a 1.6-liter turbo four offers similar power as this Honda's 2.4-liter, similar fuel economy, and similar size and functionality. With MyFord Touch, navigation, 17-inch wheels and leather seats, the Escape clocks in at $29,600 (including destination).

            With the discussion framed that way, the CR-V and Escape are on fairly even footing, so what's a buyer to do? Both are very good vehicles, perfect for those who don't need a load of seating, but who like the practicality of a vehicle with a flexible rear cargo area, decent power, sporty driving character, sharp styling and plenty of creature comforts. The Escape gives you a sixth gear, but that doesn't seem to help overall fuel economy. The Honda's button-and-touchscreen navigation system is far simpler to operate than MyFord Touch. Again, it's a matter of preference.

            I liked both vehicles and would be hard-pressed to pick one over the other without further evaluation. Both are stunningly good, so you can't go wrong either way. All this becomes an even tougher debate come this fall when the next-generation Toyota RAV4 joins the fray.

            NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: The CR-V is a well-rounded small SUV that does a lot of things well. Personally, I think the Chevrolet Equinox would be my vehicle of choice rather than the Honda, but it's a close comparison.

            I found the interior to be comfortable, with soft yet supportive seats. The elevated driving position offers a true crossover feel, and I like it for commuting duties where a bit of extra height is helpful. The materials were fine, nothing inspiring, but nothing offensive. The seat heaters came in handy (and were efficient) when I awoke to a cool morning.

            The powertrain is up to the job. Really, it only has to propel about 3,500 pounds even with all-wheel drive, so the experience is more than adequate behind the wheel. I didn't miss the sixth gear, but I would have thought it was standard equipment in 2012.

            The rear cargo area is huge, so much I briefly wondered if a third-row was hidden somewhere. The design isn't my preference, and the back has an almost caboose-like presence. The headlights and wheels do offer a nice level of class, to my eye. Overall, the CR-V is solid vehicle that has a fair price in a competitive segment.

            DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: The 2012 CR-V EX-L is a nice family vehicle with a few significant flaws—significant not because they affect the overall sales potential of the vehicle but rather because they showcase Honda's continued lack of attention to detail.

            The driving feel is just about perfect for the CR-V's intended audience of non-enthusiast, family-focused drivers. It does everything well with no surprises, returns good fuel economy yet delivers plenty of power for its size, and is just superbly competent.

            The interior delivers lots of space and an open feel, despite acres of black plastic. Oddly enough, this most recent 2012 CR-V left me a bit let down regarding its interior materials, whereas I was more enthusiastic about the inside of our first tester. Honda didn't change anything, so it may simply be me growing fonder of the interiors in the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape, each of which overshadows the CR-V.

            The sense of cheapness really resonates, pun intended, in the Honda's doors. Pull on any door handle and you're treated to a hollow, tinny echo. Ditto when the door is shut—a thin “thwack.” Where other manufacturers spend significant time (and sums) on aural perception, Honda has taken a quality, well-engineered product and made it sound like a '70s vintage econobox.

            Is Honda's quality reputation enough that it can endow the key interface on one of its top products with such a chintzy feel? My guess is that many buyers will overlook the hollow doors during the new-car-buying excitement, but the impression of cheapness will be reinforced every time they open or close the door. It could affect repeat purchases, or it may not. Either way, it's another significant oversight by a company that used to be known for sweating the details.

            2012 Honda CR-V EX-L Navi

            Base Price: $30,825

            As-Tested Price: $30,825

            Drivetrain: 2.4-liter I4; AWD, five-speed automatic

            Output: 185 hp @ 7,000 rpm, 163 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

            Curb Weight: 3,545 lb

            Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 22/30/25 mpg

            AW Observed Fuel Economy: 25.6 mpg

            Options: None

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            Autos: 2013 Honda Accord lives up to expectations

            With a 36-year history of pleasing drivers, the ninth generation Honda Accord has a lot to live up to. — And it does.

            Redesigned for 2013, the Accord features an array of mechanical advances and a new way of keeping its passengers safe.

            Once the best-selling car in America, the Accord is a chronic threat to the perennial sales leader, the Toyota Camry, and prey to the relentless Nissan Altima and the equally aggressive Hyundai Sonata.

            This is the vast, ultracompetitive, midsize car market, where second prize seems to be a set of steak knives. Oh, did we mention that the highly appealing Chevrolet Malibu Eco and ever-developing Ford Fusion play in this league?

            Like others in this class, excepting the Sonata, the Accord comes with 4-cylinder or V6 engines with manual, automatic or continuously variable transmissions. The 2013 Accord Sport that made the review circuit came with the 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with the CVT transmission.

            Honda's first use of direct injection in a North American model contributes to the 2.4-liter engine's fuel efficiency of 29 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The frugal fuel consumption brings annual refills to about $1,850, saving the owner $2,350 over five years compared to the average new vehicle.

            Honda's design on the CVT produces a more immediate acceleration response than you might expect from conventional automatics. Among the competition, Nissan is most known for its CVT transmissions. The belt-driven CVTs eliminate shift points, giving the driver more constant acceleration in passing situations and more engine control of the speed while heading downhill. Some traditionalists who were raised on automatics suffer an aversion to CVTs.

            If you demand more than 189 horses whipped up by the 4-cylinder engine, you can option up to the 3.5-liter, 278-horsepower V6 that can be mated to a six-speed automatic or, in the V6 Coupe, a six-speed stick.

            Early in 2013, Honda will introduce the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid with a new 2-liter, 4-cylinder, two-motor plug-in hybrid system. Available in the Sedan only, the system operates continuously through three modes -- all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive. Obviously, this car will compete the Chevrolet Volt and, perhaps, quiet critics of the more innovative forms of fuel efficiency.

            The new Accord Sport targets younger buyers with the addition of 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, 10-way power driver's seats, a deck lid spoiler, dual chrome exhaust finishers and paddle shifters on CVT models. The chassis features a stiffer tower strut bar and exclusive suspension and steering tuning.

            Positioned between the Accord LX and EX, the Sport is priced $23,390 plus a destination and handling charge.

            Accord Touring version with V6 is also new for 2013. Equipped with Honda's first LED headlights and adaptive cruise control, the Accord Touring sedan is more of a near-luxury model at $33,430.

            New technologies include Hondas first use of a cloud-based HondaLink system featuring "Aha," which supplants the smart phone.
            PHOTO: Redesigned for 2013, the Accord features an array of mechanical advances and a new way of keeping its passengers safe. (SHNS photo courtesy Honda)
            Redesigned for 2013, the Accord features an array of mechanical advances and a new way of keeping its passengers safe. (SHNS photo courtesy Honda)

            Perhaps the most significant safety advance is Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display, which uses a camera in the passenger-side mirror to view the passenger-side roadway and display the image on the Accord's 8-inch color video screen on the dash. As someone who is constantly checking the side mirrors and worried about blind spots, this driver is thrilled at this development. LaneWatch is standard equipment on EX and above versions of the sedan, and EX-L versions of the Coupe.

            If the Accord Sport has a weakness, it may be the rather predictable interior design that fails to dazzle. Nissan's new Altima has a more luxurious interior, while the Accord features a handsomely chiseled exterior.

            The sedan is available in nine exterior colors, including four metallic and five pearl colors. New colors include Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl.

            2013 HONDA ACCORD SPORT

            TYPE: Front-drive, five-passenger, midsize sedan.

            PRICE: $24,190 base, $24,980 as tested.

            WHERE BUILT: Marysville, Ohio.

            KEY RIVALS: Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion.

            POWER: 2.4-liter, 189-horsepower, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine; continuously variable automatic transmission with sport mode.

            FUEL ECONOMY: 26 city, 35 highway, 29 combined mpg; estimated annual fuel cost $1,850; fuel savings of $2,350 over five years compared to average new vehicle.

            LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 191.4 x 72.8 x 57.7 inches.

            WHEELBASE X TRACK: 109.3 x 62.4 inches.

            CURB WEIGHT: 3,342 pounds.

            STANDARD: 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, 10-way power driver's seats, deck lid spoiler, dual chrome exhaust finishers, multi-information display, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with four speakers, cruise control, power disc brakes with ABS/EBD/VSA, front/side/head-curtain air bags.



            Best of the lot: Should she buy a Civic, Camry or Accord?

            My hubby and I love your Car/Business show and we never miss you in the Globe and Mail, too! Love your senses of humour. You make it fun to watch a car show because of your bantering back and forth!

            What would be the smoothest ride (I have pain issues) in a compact/mid-size like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic or even a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord? I’m curious though. Cato, you’re a Californian? How did you end up in Canada? And Vaughan, are you a Canadian? Where did you grow up? – Jan in Toronto

            Vaughan: What have we got here Cato, a birther? Jan, I may be able to produce a tattered old birth certificate from Hawaii, not Kenya, if pressed.

            Cato: Vaughan, behave yourself. This is a very complimentary letter and you’re treating Jan like she’s Donald Trump. But let me be clear: this letter, like all the letters we answer in this space, came from a real viewer/reader. A reader named Will, for instance, chastised us for having too much fun: “One guy says nothing remotely funny and the other giggles and then the reverse.” Norm damned us with the faintest of faint praise by suggesting we’re as good as some guy named “Jim Kenzie,” whoever that is. And so on. Not everyone thinks you’re funny and interesting, Vaughan.

            Vaughan: Jan, I let Cato deal with the mail. He stays up late at night selecting any letter that says anything mildly positive about him and pastes them into his scrapbook. I just give car answers. So Cato, deal with the car.

            Cato: Before I say anything else, I want to point out that the 2013 Honda Civic may now rank as the smoothest ride among compact cars. Honda did some much needed work to improve the ride quality versus the generally panned 2012 and it shows. Ditto the cabin. The plastic horror show has been upgraded, and by quite a margin.

            Look, the Civic is going to finish 2012 as Canada’s best-selling car for the 15th straight year. It’s reliable, the resale value is outstanding, it’s a Top Safety Pick and, for you Jan, the seats are comfy and the ride just a little on the soft side.

            2012 Toyota Camry LE - $23,700

            Vaughan: Of course, if you want a little more size and a little more comfort, the Camry is a nice step up. No one will ever confuse a Camry ($23,700 base) with a sports car, yet at the same time, everyone in your neighbourhood will know why you bought one: it’s a safe choice.

            Cato: Look, Toyota is shooting the lights out with this Camry, which is as it should be. The car got a big re-do for the 2012 model year. We’re talking about Canada’s ninth best-selling car now, from nowhere, really. Sales on the year are up nearly 40 per cent versus 2011.

            Personally, I think the Camry Hybrid is the best buy of all. Fuel economy is stunning and to juice sales, Toyota Canada loads this gasoline-electric car with a long list of goodies. And yes, Jan, a very marshmallowy ride.

            2013 Honda Accord LX $23,990

            Vaughan: But hybrids only make sense in a lot of stop-and-go city driving. If Jan’s doing a little taxi business on the side, then hybrid is for her.

            Otherwise she ought to think about the 2013 Honda Accord ($24,890 base). Fuel economy is near best-in-class from what Honda is touting as its new “Earth Dreams” direct-injection four-banger (185 horsepower). There’s a V-6, too: 278 hp, but stick with the four-banger. It is available with an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT), though the base car gets a new six-speed manual.

            Cato: You know, Honda used to sell as many as 23,000 or 24,000 Accords a year in Canada. But the last one, Gen 8, was a dud. Sales in 2011 slid to about 8,000. I like Gen 9, though; it’s a player. The sheet metal has a slight resemblance to the current BMW 7-Series, and the ride quality is just what Jan is looking for: gentle. The cabin is a homey place, too.

            Vaughan: Here’s an off-the-wall suggestion, Jan, to take your mind off birth certificates: wait until next year and you can be the first kid on your block to have a three-cylinder car.

            That would be the Ford Fiesta, it’s a sub-compact but extremely comfortable. You’ll love the seats and the smooth ride and the fantastic fuel economy of a 1.0-litre engine. I’ve driven it; it’s superb. They haven’t announced pricing, but it will be well below an Accord or Camry.

            Cato: I think we could easily throw the re-done Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat into the mix here. Except the Altima might be too sporty for Jan – the same for the 2013 Ford Fusion – and the Passat a little too big. No, Jan, my first choice for you is the 2013 Civic.

            Vaughan: No argument with that. And no further comment. Out.


            HOW THEY COMPARE

            2013 Honda Civic sedan base 2012 Toyota Camry LE 2013 Honda Accord LX

            Wheelbase (mm)
            2670 2775 2775

            Length (mm)
            4556 4805 4862

            Width (mm)
            1752 1820 1849

            Track, front (mm)
            1435 1470 1465

            1.8-litre four-cylinder 2.5-litre four-cylinder 2.4-litre four-cylinder

            Output (horsepower/torque)
            140/128 lb-ft 178/170 lb-ft 185/181 lb-ft

            Drive system
            Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive

            Five-speed manual Six-speed automatic Six-speed manual

            Curb weight (kg)
            1190 1441 1466

            Fuel economy (litres/100 km)
            7.2 city/5.4 highway 8.2 city/5.6 highway 8.7 city/5.7 highway

            Base price (MSRP)
            $15,440 $23,700 $23,990

            Source: car manufacturers

            Jeremy Cato and Michael Vaughan are co-hosts of Car/Business, which airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Business News Network and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on CTV.


            Top 50 New Cars of 2013

            Grocery Getters: Little cars, lot of fun

            Fast and Fun Rides: Get your heart racing

            Green machines: Emission impossible

            Big, beautiful boats: Smooth-sailing luxury machines

            Practical People Haulers: Sensible, even when image matters

            Practical people haulers: High-end SUVs

            Mid-market machines: Popular picks

            Starter Luxury: Moving on up



            2013 Honda Civic, Hybrid & Natural Gas: Ultimate Guide

            The Honda Civic originally made its name in the 1970s, arriving at the perfect time to attract tens of thousands of customers scared out of larger, thirstier vehicles by the oil crisis.

            Four decades down the line and the Civic still has a reputation as a gas sipper, though the modern car is unrecognisable from its first-generation counterpart.

            Now, you get a choice of ways to be green, by either selecting a regular, gasoline engine, or picking a hybrid or natural gas version. We've collated a selection of articles on the Civic and its various models, to bring you our ultimate guide.

            Click here to read a full review of the 2012 Honda Civic.

            On this page, you can find details of Honda's greenest Civics, the Civic Hybrid and the Civic Natural Gas. Click through to page 2 for more general details on the Civic range.

            Honda Civic Hybrid
            44 mpg city, 44 mpg highway, 44 mpg combined

            The Civic Hybrid is currently the greenest of the Honda Civic range, using a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine, paired to a slim electric motor as part of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system. All that drives through a continuously-variable transmission.

            The car is now in its third generation and though the current Civic is nothing to write home about in most areas, it's still one of the most fuel-efficient cars on sale today.

            Honda Civic Natural Gas
            27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, 31 mpg combined

            Look at the numbers above, and you might wonder what's green about the Civic Natural Gas. Well, the clue is in the name--although it's little more efficient than a regular Civic, natural gas burns more cleanly than petroleum products and emits less CO2 when burned.

            Of course, it's less energy dense too, meaning the power and economy figures are nothing special, but it's also relatively cheap and the U.S. has its own natural gas reserves--so there are no foreign oil concerns for buyers.

            Honda Civic and HF
            29 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined (HF)
            28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, 32 mpg combined (1.8 auto)

            Neither interested in the hybrid Civic, nor wish to fill up with an unfamiliar fuel? The Civic and Civic HF might be your cars of choice, then. The latter is a higher-economy version of the regular car, using a few aerodynamic tweaks and some low rolling resistance tires to offer an extra few mpg on the highway and an extra mpg in the city too.

            Neither is a fireball to drive--though select a Civic with the larger 2.4-liter and the performance/economy curve shifts towards the former--but each is a relatively inexpensive way of getting into a popular, reliable gas-sipper.

            Honda has updated the Civic for the 2013 model year, improving the styling, and giving it a much-needed boost on interior quality. Fuel efficiency remains the same, however.



            This Supposedly Nine-Second Craigslist Honda Civic May Be My Next Car

            Ever since I moved to D.C., I've been on the prowl for a new set of wheels. Nothing too fancy, you see — this is kind of a tough town to own a car. I just need something small, reliable, practical, efficient and reasonably fun to drive. You know, like an older Honda Civic.

            But now, thanks to Craigslist, I found a Civic that's right up my alley. That's because it runs the quarter-mile in nine seconds.

            Allegedly, anyway. This 1994 Civic from Northern Virginia showed up on D.C. Craigslist with a laundry list of insane modifications, including a full 10-point roll cage, a blueprinted engine with a custom T4 turbocharger and intercooler, and a reworked suspension. The seller claims it has 850 horsepower and "has a lot more potential."

            If all this stuff is true, it's one obscenely badass Honda Civic. Sometimes when we do "Found on Craigslist," we rag on the ridiculous cars people try to sell, but this seems like a pretty commendable effort to me. Click here if the ad disappears.

            The seller is asking $16,000 for it. What say you, Jalops? Nice Price or Crack Pipe?
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            • http://www.autoblog.com/2012/12/15/h...ting-animated/

              Honda begins 2013 Civic Si marketing by getting animated

              Just one model year after a complete redesign, Honda saw fit to make some pretty big changes to the Civic for 2013. Now, with the car about to hit dealers, we're getting our first look at the company's advertising direction for its high-volume compact car. Done as a comic-book-style action cartoon, this video is for the sportier Civic Si models and is obviously geared toward younger, more enthusiast-oriented buyers.

              In the video, our two hero drivers pilot a Civic Si coupe and sedan against a bunch of Mad Max-like vehicles with Tron-like consequences. Like any good commercial, this ad crams many of the car's key features into the two-minute video showing off new features like Bluetooth and a text message reader.

              Check out the video posted after the jump.

              VIDEO => http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=ViN-u9mjEnA



              Automakers score 8 out of top 20 most-watched ads on YouTube [w/videos]

              Who would have ever thought there'd be a day where people are able to skip television commercials only to go to websites to watch them later? Such is the joy of a DVR and YouTube. AdWeek tabulated the 20 most-watched ads on YouTube, and found that nine were car-related including eight coming from automakers.

              Volkswagen continued its Star Wars theme with two ads in the top 20, including the highest-ranking car commercial The Bark Side spot at number three with almost 18 million views, which doesn't even have a single car in it. Some of our favorites are from Chrysler with Clint Eastwood in It's Halftime in America and House Arrest with Charlie Sheen for the Fiat 500 Abarth. Chevrolet, Honda, Audi and Toyota were the other automakers in the top 20, but we'd be remiss if we didn't at least mention one of the coolest ads on the list, the Hot Wheels corkscrew jump.

              Of all the car videos, only the Fiat ad wasn't played during a Super Bowl. Check out all eight videos – in order – after the jump. Nike took the top spot with its My Time is Now ad that has been seen online more than 20 million times with Pepsi's Uncle Drew posted up in the runner-up; some of the other videos include four Old Spice commercials and an ad in which Snoop Dogg is pedaling Hot Pockets.

              No. 5 Honda "Matthew's Day Off" = http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=VhkDdayA4iA



              Ward's reveals annual 10 Best Engines list for 2013

              Ward's Auto has released its annual 10 Best Engines award winners. The 2013 list covers the full width and breadth of the internal combustion spectrum, from a spate of efficient four-cylinders to the most powerful production V8 on the planet. As always, the entries must be available in a production vehicle in the first quarter of 2013 with an MSRP of less than $55,000. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 from the Audi S5 held on for the fourth consecutive year, and BMW earned two spots on the list with its turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and turbo 3.0-liter inline-six.

              Ford pulled in two awards for its 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and and the supercharged 5.8-liter V8 from the Shelby GT500. Honda matched BMW and Ford with two wins of its own. Wards awarded the 2.4-liter four-cylinder from the Honda Accord Sport as well as the 3.5-liter V6 from the Honda Accord. Chrysler, General Motors and Subaru each garnered a spot on the list as well for the 3.6-liter V6 in the Ram 1500, the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Cadillac ATS and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder the Subaru BRZ, respectively. You can read the full press release below for more information.

              Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2013 Announced

              Judges impressed by innovative new gasoline engines over plug-in hybrids or all-electrics

              SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ward's 10 Best Engines, the premiere industry honors for car and light truck engines, have been announced for 2013. For the first time in seven years, the list is comprised entirely of gasoline-powered engines, with no hybrid, all-electric or diesel powertrains to be found.

              While this result might seem to go against the grain of the industry's push into alternative fuels and propulsion systems, WardsAuto editors who judged the awards see the list as proof there is significant innovation still happening in the development of traditional gasoline engines, making them more fuel-efficient and refined than ever.

              "We're always excited to see the advancements being made in hybrids and all-electric vehicles," says Drew Winter, editor-in-chief of WardsAuto World magazine. "But there are still significant barriers for the average consumer to look past when considering these vehicles. The cost for most of them remains high, and the driving ranges of the battery electric vehicles will have to be extended to meet the needs of most people."

              Instead, the WardsAuto judges found significant innovations in fuel efficiency and overall refinement in the traditional gasoline engines that power the majority of vehicles that will be on the road for the foreseeable future.

              Now in its 19th year, the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition recognizes the latest powertrain technologies that are affordable to most consumers, boost horsepower and torque, are highly efficient, sound appealing and pair up well with their respective vehicles. This year's winners (and the vehicles tested) are:

              3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
              2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW 328i)
              3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 135is coupe)
              3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500)
              2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Focus ST/Taurus)
              5.8L Supercharged DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT500)
              2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Cadillac ATS)
              2.4L DOHC I-4 (Honda Accord Sport)
              3.5L SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)

              2.0L FA DOHC H-4 Boxer (Subaru BRZ)

              WardsAuto editors chose the winners after spending October through early December driving 40 vehicles in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, technology, observed fuel economy and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. There is no instrumented testing. To be eligible, each engine must be available in a regular-production U.S.-specification model on sale no later than first-quarter 2013, in a vehicle with a base price below $55,000. Winners from the 2012 competition were automatically eligible and evaluated against the new engines for 2013.

              "The world's automakers are showing no signs in slowing down when it comes to making gasoline engines the best choice for today's and tomorrow's drivers," Winter says. With new technologies such as "stop-start" – which shuts down the engine when a vehicle comes to a stop or idles -- automotive engineers are proving they have no shortage of tricks up their sleeves for reducing fuel consumption and cost of ownership."

              More details on the ten winning engines have been posted today to WardsAuto.com. Complete stories and a video package about the Ward's 10 Best Engines will be featured Jan. 7 on WardsAuto.com and in upcoming issues of WardsAuto World digital magazine and the WardsAuto Engine and Technology Update e-newsletter.

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              • http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/...od-121712.html

                Seven vehicles get Cars.com's 'Best of 2013' nod
                Two Honda models make the list

                If a new car or truck is in your future in the coming year, no doubt you've already started doing some research. Automotive site Cars.com has some more data for you to consider. It's just named seven vehicles as finalists for its “Best of 2013” designation.

                The nominees are the BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Ram 1500, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and the Toyota Prius c.

                "Each year, automakers roll out upwards of 70 brand-new or redesigned cars," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor-in-chief. "From those, we choose the very best new or fully redesigned cars that represent change, innovation, forward thinking and a breath of fresh air."

                BMW 3 Series

                According to Cars.com, the new 3 series has made so many improvements in so many areas it has to be considered one of the best cars of the year. It points to more interior room, a new contemporary design, and a lot of power and performance under the hood.

                Honda Accord

                The Accord boasts admirable EPA mileage, has improved driving refinement and generous standard equipment. “This impressive redesign improves in a number of areas where its predecessor lacked,” Cars.com said.

                Honda CR-V

                The compact-crossover segment is packed with comfortable, competent cars, but Cars.com said no automaker blends those two attributes better than Honda has with its CR-V. Helping the CR-V earn a place on the list are its “edgy” styling, standard features, affordable prices and fuel-efficiency.

                Ram 1500

                There is no other segment more competitive and more significant than full-size half-ton pickups. But the judges said the new 1500 from Dodge offers class-leading fuel economy, a segment-exclusive 8-speed transmission, another exclusive airbag suspension and a vastly improved and more technologically advanced interior than they've ever had before.

                Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ

                These two vehicles are being listed together because Cars.com says they are nearly identical from chassis to sheet-metal. According to the judges, the FR-S and BRZ sports cars provide a rate driving experience. “In a market dominated by the practical and the expensive, sports cars at this price alone deserve praise,” the judges said.

                Toyota Prius c

                This is a new model for 2013 and comes in smaller than the regular Prius. Cars.com describes it as a subcompact that achieves an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined, at a price that is about $5,000 lower than the regular Prius. The judges also praised its smaller features, saying it is ideal for city driving.

                "There is no shortage of great cars on the market these days," said Olsen. "However, these seven cars, representing a variety of segments, buyers and lifestyles are what we consider to be the best of the best. Car shoppers can be assured that a Cars.com award nominee has our highest seal of approval and is a worthy investment."

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                • http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...me=marketsNews

                  2013 Accord puts Honda back in Consumer Reports' good graces

                  Dec 18 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co's redesigned 2013 Accord tops the U.S. mid-size class for four-cylinder sedans, according to Consumer Reports, edging the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata.

                  The six-cylinder version of the 2013 Accord is nearly as good, the independent product testing organization said on Tuesday. The vehicle challenges the Camry V6 and Camry Hybrid for the top spot in the group's overall ratings of mid-size cars.

                  The latest test results will be published in the February issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which said the redesigned Accord "alters the mid-sized sedan landscape" and "returns to the front of the pack." Results also can be viewed on the group's website, ConsumerReports.org.

                  Consumer Reports cited the car's "roomy interior, frugal fuel economy, fun-to-drive character and an attractive combination of features and price."

                  "Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, but it nailed this one," said the group's vehicle testing director, Jake Fisher.

                  The 2013 Accord with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission is rated by the EPA at 40 miles per gallon in highway driving, with a combined fuel-economy rating of 30 m.p.g.

                  The Accord's 3.5-liter V6 "is super smooth and quite powerful," according to the magazine, and can out-accelerate some sports cars.

                  Consumer Reports a year ago surprised some U.S. car buyers when it rapped the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic, which it said was "less agile" and had "lower interior quality than its predecessor."

                  The group charged that Honda took "too many shortcuts" when it overhauled the Civic and urged its readers to avoid the car.

                  Responding in part to the criticism, Honda rushed a mildly improved version of the Civic to market for the 2013 model year, with some chassis tweaks and an upgraded interior with better-quality materials.



                  Accord helps Honda rebound from Civic jeers
                  Consumers Reports ranks new sedan among the market's best mid-sized cars

                  LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co., hit by Consumer Reports' stinging review for its Civic small car last year, got high marks for the revamped 2013 Accord that the magazine said ranks among the market's best mid-sized cars.

                  Among sedans with four cylinder engines, the new Accord that went on sale in September tops Hyundai Motor Co.'s Sonata and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Camry, the magazine said in a statement today.

                  The four-cylinder and V-6-poweded Accords both earned the recommended status that eluded the 2012 Civic.

                  "Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, but it nailed this one," Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, said in the statement.

                  The mix of interior room, high fuel economy, ride and handling, features and price underpin Accord's appeal, the magazine said.

                  The upbeat assessment of Honda's top-selling vehicle by the magazine that calls itself the world's largest independent product-testing organization coincides with a rebound for the carmaker in its biggest market.

                  Along with the unfavorable Civic review, 2011's natural disasters in Asia slowed Honda production for months and led to a 6.8 percent U.S. sales decline last year. Through November, the Tokyo-based company's sales rebounded 24 percent.

                  Honda in November released its modified 2013 Civic, with a restyled interior, new front hood and grille, new rear taillights, quieter cabin, and strengthened front-end to boost crash safety to address the 2012 car's shortcomings.

                  The new version of the best-selling U.S. small car is a "major improvement," Fisher said in an interview at the Los Angeles auto show last month, without elaborating prior to the magazine's review.

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                  Consumer Reports love affair with Honda back on track with 2013 Accord [w/video]

                  Consumer Reports and Honda seem to have patched things up thanks to the 2013 Accord. The publication says the four-cylinder sedan now sits at the top of its class after testing, beating out the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry, while the V6 Accord is giving the Camry and Camry Hybrid serious competition in CR ratings. The Accord managed to improve its position thanks to its fuel economy, smooth CVT and driving characteristics, though testers also said the Accord boasts "one of the best driving positions available in its class."

                  That's not to say there weren't a few sore spots. Consumer Reports found the sedan's optional Lane Watch system to be gimmicky given the tech doesn't cover the driver's side blind spot. While the full test results are currently available on the CR web site, the report will also show up in the February issue of the magazine. Expect to see it hit news stand on December 27. Until then, you can check out the full press release below.


                  Impressive Accord Redesign Alters Mid-sized Sedan Landscape

                  YONKERS, NY - With a roomy interior, frugal fuel economy, a fun-to-drive character, and an attractive combination of features and price, the Honda Accord has given Consumer Reports testers convincing evidence that Honda may be back on track.

                  The new four-cylinder Accord now tops its class, edging out the Hyundai Sonata and Camry, while the V6 model is challenging the Camry Hybrid and V6 Camry for the top spot in Consumer Reports ratings.

                  "Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, but it nailed this one," said Jake Fisher, director, Consumer Reports Auto Test Center.

                  Consumer Reports tests found the new Accord to be a very fuel efficient and well-rounded sedan. Its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, matched with a smoothly operating continuously variable transmission, squeezes out an excellent 30 mpg overall and 40 mpg on the highway. The 3.5-liter V6 is super smooth and quite powerful, snapping off a 6.3-second 0-to-60 mph time that beats some sports cars. And its 26 mpg overall is better than many four-cylinders.

                  Inside the cabin, the Accord offers one of the best driving positions available in its class, with excellent visibility and comfortable seats. Upper-level versions have Honda's LaneWatch system which uses a camera to display what lurks in the car's passenger side blind zone. CR found this gimmicky and distracting, especially since there is no warning for cars on the driver's side.

                  The full report and road test results are available at ConsumerReports.org on December 18th and in the February issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands December 27. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Check out CR's ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

                  While Consumer Reports previously tested the revamped Chevrolet Malibu's mild-hybrid Eco version, this group included a conventionally powered Malibu with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Consumer Reports engineers found it to have a plush ride, quiet cabin, and reasonable 26 mpg. With better handling and acceleration, this Malibu scored notably higher than the Malibu Eco. But its $26,030 sticker is high for the class and the rear seat is snug for a family sedan.

                  Subaru updated the 2013 Legacy, tweaking its suspension and giving it a new engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). Consumer Reports found the Legacy to be spacious and nicely equipped, with good fuel economy given the standard all-wheel-drive. But while the handling of this new version is a little crisper, it comes at the expense of the previously cushy ride. The unrefined CVT accentuates engine noise, which also cost the car points in Consumer Reports testing. Overall, Consumer Reports found the new Legacy isn't notably better, only different.

                  The Accord and Legacy are Recommended by Consumer Reports; the Legacy has had above-average reliability and we expect the same for the Accord, based on its good track record. While the Malibu scored well, it's too new for Consumer Reports to have sufficient reliability data

                  The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Subaru XV Crosstrek SUVs were also recently tested by Consumer Reports. The stylish, midsized Santa Fe Sport was notably upgraded for 2013. Tests found it offers good fuel efficiency, a composed ride, a spacious cabin, and an impressive array of features for the money. But a few shortcomings, notably vague steering and limited visibility, keep it mid-pack in Consumer Reports' Ratings.

                  Consumer Reports found the Crosstrek, which is based on the Subaru Impreza hatchback, poses convincingly as a miniature SUV. Its raised ride height provides 8 inches of ground clearance, on par with "real" SUVs. While no rugged off-roader, it's more than a match for deeply rutted muddy roads. Fuel economy is impressive at 26 mpg overall, but acceleration with the CVT feels a little sluggish when it first gets underway. The engine sounds raucous when revving, which it has to do a lot. Road noise adds more racket.

                  The jacked-up ground clearance and stiffened suspension take a toll on agility and ride comfort. "Most buyers should stick with the higher-scoring Impreza Sport that costs $2,000 less," Fisher said.

                  Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

                  The full report and road test results are available at ConsumerReports.org on December 18th and in the January issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands December 27th.

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                    2013 Honda Accord 4-door – rated GOOD and a TOP SAFETY PICK+

                    Small overlap frontal test: 2013 Honda Accord 4-door – rated GOOD and a TOP SAFETY PICK+. One of the best performers, the Honda Accord shows how seat belts and airbags work together to protect the driver. The seat belt kept the driver in the correct location, and the airbag cushioned the dummy's head and chest.



                    Honda Loved by Consumer Reports and 4 Auto Stocks to Watch

                    Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F): According to the Detroit News, Ford Motor Co.’s, Chief Operations Officer, Mark Fields, said that the car maker is focusing on improving the quality of their vehicles due to multiple recalls and issues with their infotainment system.

                    General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) will produce the next generation of their Chevrolet Camaro sports car in Lansing, Michigan and not at the plant in Oshawa, Ontario where they currently assembles the model. While the move is a fresh setback for workers at GM’s Oshawa operation where employment has dwindled over the last decade, it is a win for Michigan’s hard-hit auto sector.

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                    Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) will pay $17.35 million for a recall delay of their Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h SUVs because a floor mat could jam the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration.

                    Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC): After a rough few years, Consumer Reports is letting Honda Motor Co., Ltd. know that they want to kiss and make up. The magazine is giving a hearty endorsement to the new, revised Honda Accord. Only recently, they gave a tentative thumbs-up to a redone Civic.

                    Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), the maker of electric vehicles led by billionaire Elon Musk, said that Daimler AG’s Herbert Kohler resigned from their board and was replaced by another executive at the German automaker. Kohler, a member of Palo Alto, California-based Tesla’s board since Daimler invested in the company in 2009, submitted his resignation on Dec. 12 according to a regulatory filing. Harald Kroeger, Daimler’s Vice President of electrics, electronics, and e-Drive, was made the director, Tesla said.



                    Honda makes Civic new, again, for 2013

                    The Honda Civic was the third bestselling car in Orange County last year, but that didn't stop auto enthusiasts from complaining. The back end on the 2012 model was too boring, they whined. And the front grille? Yawn.

                    Professional critics also piled on. Consumer Reports described the vehicle's steering as “vague,” its ride “choppy,” its interior “low rent.” The magazine – which once loved the Civic and routinely issued strong reviews – rated the vehicle an embarrassing “too low to recommend.”

                    Honda, it seemed, had hit a major speed bump with its longest-running nameplate, despite an impressive record: More than 9.5 million Civics have been sold in the U.S. since 1973.

                    All of which brings us to the 2013 model, which, coincidentally, marks the car's 40th anniversary. Just 18 months after introducing its ninth generation update, Honda is tweaking its megaseller with improvements to its appearance, ride quality and standard features for a price increase of just $160. The changes were scheduled for six months later but were moved up because the highly competitive compact car landscape was making the Civic seem prematurely dated.

                    As part of an emergency, mid-cycle refresh that strives to silence its critics, the 2013 Civic has been refashioned with new front and rear ends that elevate its look a notch from utterly mundane to a style that's sportier, but not so much that it might actually swivel a head. The horizontal lines of its grille have been replaced with a honeycomb. Its front bumper is angled rather than round, while its back end has been creased with a chrome flourish.

                    More significant is the additional body structure, which Honda anticipates will earn the car a “good” safety rating in the new small overlap crash test, and, from a rideability perspective, the finessing of its suspension and additional noise reduction. In my weekend long test of the 2013 Civic EX, it did exactly as I expected for a vehicle that starts at $20,815: It transported me from point A to point B with utilitarian efficiency and a cabin that wasn't so noisy that it inspired me to crank the stereo.

                    Still, I wondered: Was the 2012 model really that horrible? Would the average customer notice Honda's 11th hour intervention? I stopped by the dealer I've been passing almost daily on my commute to take both model year cars for a spin.

                    Both versions are attractively unpretentious. The exterior of the 2012 version is just slightly more streamlined, which to some eyes, reads as bland. Inside, the fabric has been upgraded, but I didn't notice it being significantly more soft or tactile or high quality. The interior's fit and finish employed similar large swaths of molded plastic in contrasting, if complimentary, neutral shades that make the Civic's interior noteworthy for absolutely no reason.

                    What was most significant to me was the added technology that in 2013 comes standard across all trims, specifically the addition of Bluetooth, steering wheel controls for the audio system and the backup camera. The camera is one of those safety mechanisms that, having become accustomed to it, I miss whenever it isn't around.

                    The 2013 is the second model year Honda has incorporated an Econ feature that, with the push of a button, helps the car save fuel by numbing the accelerator's responsiveness. As if that cue weren't significant enough, the dashboard is outfitted with an Eco Assist feature designed to coach greener driving. Drive in a manner that would get Al Gore's approval, and the background lighting looks green. Floor it, and the light turns blue.

                    Honda claims a combined fuel economy rating of 32 mpg combined. I averaged 30.6 mpg over 130 miles of driving. That's the one area in which the Civic has not changed since 2012: Its extreme practicality.



                    Two Generations of Honda CR-V Ride to the Rescue with UK Ambulance Services

                    The outstanding practicality, versatility and interior space of the Honda CR-V has long been appreciated by its customers. Those qualities have also sparked huge interest from - and significant sales to - the UK's emergency organisations.

                    LONDON, ENGLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 12/19/12 -- Welsh Ambulance Service have ordered over 30 examples of the third-generation SUV in the last year, while Scottish Ambulance Service have taken delivery of more than 40 in the last 24 months.

                    Following an evaluation of the all-new fourth-generation CR-V, more than 20 examples will be heading north of the border in the coming months. It's an impressive start for the critically acclaimed car, which was only launched in the last few weeks and is now in Honda showrooms.

                    The Honda CR-V makes an excellent 'first response' vehicle for 999 services. Its car-like dynamics and advanced all-wheel drive system mean it can access the most remote locations quickly, while the torque and fuel-efficient 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine makes it quick under 'blue light' conditions and inexpensive to run.

                    Suzy Swift, National Public Sector Manager at Honda (UK), commented: "We have invested heavily in marketing to the ambulance sector and have upgraded our demonstration vehicles so their full potential can be witnessed by ambulance service representatives."

                    Michael Ahmed, General Manager Fleet Service at Scottish Ambulance Service concluded; "The Scottish Ambulance Service have taken delivery of a further 22 Honda CR-V Paramedic Response Units (PRUs) over the last 12 months - further enhancing the resilience to meet patient needs in adverse weather conditions.

                    "Building on the experience of the CR-Vs that have been in service as PRUs since 2007, Scottish Ambulance have introduced the CR-V as the base vehicle for all PRUs heading into the winter months giving additional four wheel drive capability."

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                    Honda develops Honda Smart Ecological Paint process


                    Honda recently announced that they have developed a new smart ecological paint process. Most conventional paint systems used by other car manufacturers use a 4 stage system which includes (1) electrodeposition coat , (1) middle primer coating, (1) water based base coat and (1) coat of clear. Effectively Honda has eliminated the middle primer coating and combined it with a newly developed base coat. Now once a 4 coat/3 bake paint process is now an industry first 3 Coat/2 bake process.
                    Honda will implement this technology in there Honda Sayama plant, which first opened in 1964 and currently produces the Honda Accord,Honda Fit,Honda Odyssey,Honda CR-V,Acura TL,Honda Legend,Acura RL and Acura TSX.
                    In addition to the Honda S.E. Paint, Honda also introduced a wall-mounted paint robot system with a built-in quick load / quick wash paint tank. Honda claims that this new process will use less paint overall, reduce 40% of conventional paint processes and reduce the amount of CO2 used in the process by 40%.
                    In a highly competitive market, Honda aggressively looks for places to be more efficient to gain that market competitive edge. Although they tote the technology as friendly for the environment, they really want manufacturing processes to be friendly to their wallets. Let’s hope the paint saved equals lower MSRP at the showroom floor.
                    Source: Honda



                    Honda Gets its Mojo Back: Consumer Reports Puts 2013 Accord on Top of its Class

                    Despite the (in)famous 2012 Civic episode, there seems to be no bad feelings between Honda and Consumer Reports (CR). The publication may have dropped the 2012 Civic from its recommended list pressuring for a quick redesign, but Honda can relax as far as its U.S. market best-seller is concerned. In fact, it may even smile as CR has put the 2013 Accord at the top of its class in four-cylinder guise while it notes that the V6 version is “challenging the Toyota Camry for the top spot” in its ratings.
                    “Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, but it nailed this one”, commented CR Auto Test Center director Jake Fisher.
                    In particular, the new Accord was praised for its fuel efficiency. The new, direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder eked out “an excellent” 30 mpg overall, rising to 40 mpg on the highway, while the 3.5-liter V6 variant managed 26 mpg on average, despite posting a zesty 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration time of 6.3 seconds.
                    The mid-size Honda saloon also earned top marks for its visibility, driving position and interior space but, on the downside, its LaneWatch system that’s available on plusher versions was found to be “gimmicky and distracting”.
                    You can watch a video of CR auto engineer Tom Mutchler test driving the new Accord right after the break.



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                      Honda bounces back as sales soar

                      Honda Motor Co. is winding its way back to the front of the pack, boosting its U.S. auto sales more than twice as fast as the industry as a whole, after a hard two-year stretch that exposed surprising weaknesses in the Japanese automaker.

                      Honda's troubles began in 2011 with the devastating quake and tsunami that damaged its main tech center in Tochigi, north of Tokyo, just as the company was preparing to launch the popular Civic compact.

                      Compared with Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co., Honda took longer to restore production, surprising industry experts who'd assumed Honda was the nimblest of Japan's automakers.

                      Then, when the Civic did roll out, the reviews were mixed.

                      But not all of Honda's missteps could be blamed on forces beyond its control. Honda had more safety recalls in the U.S. last year than any other automaker. It has recalled many vehicles this year, too, for improperly assembled drive shafts, faulty ignitions, fuel leaks that could spark engine fires, and other defects.

                      "The last couple of years have been particularly bumpy for them," said Jack Nerad, market analyst for the used-car pricing guide Kelly Blue Book.

                      But Honda's brand and reputation, among the best in the industry, have withstood the dents, most analysts say. As with Toyota and its unintended acceleration/sticking pedals issue, "consumers just forgave them," said Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of the auto research firm Edmunds.com. "Brands are powerful things."

                      Compared with mighty Toyota, Honda appears not only less threatening but mildly eccentric, with its boy-robot Asimo who turned up in Michigan in 2008 as a guest conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

                      While most analysts say Honda emerged with its Teflon coating intact, Art Spinella of CNW Research in Bandon, Ore., says he believes Honda sustained a steeper drop in owner loyalty in recent years than any other major player in the U.S. market.

                      Traditionally close to 60 percent, its loyalty rates had already drifted lower by 2008, plummeting to 45 percent during the recent rough patch. But the rate has now ticked up to 48 percent, Spinella said.

                      Honda's U.S. product planning and sales chief John Mendel said the drop in owner loyalty was due in part to Honda's shortage of vehicles after the quake and tsunami.

                      "One thing we've learned," Mendel said, "is that there's an awful lot of good will (from) customers."

                      He and other Honda officials said the experience taught them that they need to keep closer tabs on their suppliers — not just the big ones, but the small ones further along the chain, too.

                      Dealers are impressed by how thoroughly Honda revamped the Civic for the 2013 model year.

                      And this week, Consumer Reports — the magazine that panned the Civic last year — gave the redesigned Honda Accord high marks across the board.

                      "Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, but it nailed this one," said Jake Fisher, the director of Consumer Reports' test center.

                      The Accord also won plaudits from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

                      With Honda's U.S. sales up 24 percent this year, including a 39 percent rise in November, the automaker has recovered most of the ground it lost last year.



                      2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 6MT

                      One of the first cars I reviewed for Autoblog was – say it with me now – a 2010 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 w/Navi 6MT, perhaps the rarest of all modern Accord models. I mean, think about it: Of all the different Accord variants on the road, how many are coupes? And how many of those have the larger V6 engine? And how many of those are fully loaded with leather, navigation and all the trimmings? And finally, how many of those have option sheets where the only box that isn't checked is the automatic transmission?

                      That has to be something like one percent of one percent, right?

                      So when Honda started rolling its all-new 2013 Accord into the test fleet, I was happy to hear that yet another Coupe EX-L V6 w/Navi 6MT model was available out of the Detroit pool. And while this really isn't the car that serves as the control for judging the entire Accord line, it's still one heck of a sweetheart.

                      It's the Journalist Special all over again.

                      Driving Notes

                      This thing is quick. Honda's revised Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V6 produces 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque in this application, and that's plenty in a car that weighs in at just 3,400 pounds. Honda does not release performance data, but instrumented buff-book testing has revealed 0-60 times as low as 5.6 seconds. For reference, that's three-tenths of a second quicker than the bonkers Ford Focus ST.
                      Straight-line acceleration isn't the only bit of behind-the-wheel joy here. The steering is nicely weighted with plenty of feedback, the chassis is well-tuned to handle the V6 grunt (though you can get the front wheels to spin on hard launches), and the whole package feels tossable and nimble. As Executive Editor Chris Paukert said to me, it's sort of like a lux'd-out latter-day Honda Prelude. Or to my mind, a more civilized, grown-up version of the current Civic Si.
                      Accord V6 sedans aren't available with the six-speed manual transmission found here in the coupe, and for those who do opt for it, they're in for a treat. Quick shifts are easy to knock off thanks to pleasantly short throws and well-placed pedals with a nicely weighted clutch.
                      I've really warmed to the Accord's new styling... mostly. The front fascia with its LED running lamps is an attractive, aggressive sight, and I like the profile stance with the handsome 18-inch alloy wheels of this test car, but I'm not too keen on those small faux air vents with reflector strips that are housed above the dual exhaust pipes. The chrome trim on the bottom of the rear bumper could certainly go away, too.
                      There's a lot to like inside the Accord, too. Everything in the cabin feels solid and well-built, and the overall design is fresh and modern. I don't quite get the whole dual-screen center console design, and I'm still not a big fan of Honda's new Lane Watch blind spot monitoring system. Yeah, it's cool, but it'd be even cooler if it showed the driver's side trouble spots. Even with the camera in place, I still find myself using the mirrors.
                      But here's the tough part: this whole package, as tested, is $33,140. It's a fantastic car, this Accord Coupe, and for the enthusiast who wants a sort of sporty, larger, surprisingly luxurious coupe, you could certainly do worse. That said, we imagine this build combination will account for maybe one percent of all Accord sales, and at the end of the day, it's a $33k Honda coupe. Fun and stylish, for sure, but a car that is seemingly destined to be more commonly spotted with manufacturer plates than hard tags.

                      3.5L V6
                      278 HP / 252 LB-FT
                      6-Speed Manual
                      Front-Wheel Drive
                      Curb Weight:
                      3,400 LBS
                      13.4 CU-FT
                      18 City / 28 HWY
                      $33,140 (as tested)



                      Honda's Alabama auto plant achieves record high output for 2012

                      LINCOLN, Alabama -- Honda's Alabama auto plant has set a record for annual production this year, as the company bounced back from a sharp downturn in output during 2011.

                      The Talladega County factory is projected to produce a total of 336,601 vehicles and the V-6 engines that power them by the time its assembly lines shut down for the holiday break early Saturday. That's 158,527 Odyssey minivans, 156,920 Pilot SUVs and 21,154 Ridgeline pickups, according to preliminary counts.

                      The previous production record was 313,957 vehicles, set in 2007.

                      It's been a year of recovery for the Japanese automaker's operations across North America. Last year, production slowed due to a parts crisis caused by an earthquake in Japan and flooding in Thailand, both of which damaged supplier operations.

                      "Honda experienced a tremendous resurgence in production in 2012 after recovering from the natural disasters of the prior year," Tom Shoupe, president of Honda's Alabama operations, said in a prepared statement.

                      Other Alabama automakers also are experiencing record years, amid continued strong demand and recovery for the U.S. auto market.

                      The Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County also is ending the year with record high output, at about 182,000 vehicles. Hyundai's Montgomery plant has not released its year-end production total yet, but the company had already broken its previous record by the end of November.

                      At Honda, it's been a busy two years, as the company has been in an expansion mode, with nearly $400 million in new investment and more than 350 new jobs. The plant's annual capacity is growing to 360,000 vehicles per year, and it is adding production of a fourth vehicle -- the Acura MDX SUV -- in 2013.

                      The $2 billion, 4,000-worker Lincoln plant will resume operations on Jan. 2. At that time, there will be a major shift change to meet the growing demand.

                      Employees will move to a two-shift work schedule of four, 10-hour days per week (Monday through Thursday) for most vehicle assembly operations.

                      Under the new schedule, the day shift will run from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the night shift will run from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Fridays will be open for overtime work -- another 10-hour shift -- which will be scheduled as necessary.

                      Honda's current day and night shifts operate on five, eight-hour days per week (Monday through Friday), leaving the weekend as the only option for overtime work.



                      Output of Japanese cars in China Down again in November

                      Japan’s top three automakers all reported double-digit falls in their auto production in China in November from a year earlier, amid soured ties between the two countries, according to company data released on Friday.
                      Toyota Motor Corp’s production in China fell 38.7 percent from a year earlier to 50,528 units, but the number narrowed compared with October’s 61.1 percent drop.
                      Nissan Motor Co’s China output declined 43.3 percent to 68,090 units, while that of Honda Motor Co dropped 59.9 percent to 26, 592 vehicles. But overall overseas output of Toyota and Honda both rose for a record high in November, boosted by increases in North America and other Asian countries.
                      Toyota’s overseas production rose 21.8 percent to 435,413 units, while Honda’s output surged 47.6 percent to 247,393 units. Nissan’s production abroad however was down 6.8 percent to 301, 165 units.



                      Honda Motor Co Ltd : Honda Automoveis do Brasil Reaches 1 Million Vehicles Sold in Brazil

                      Honda Automoveis do Brasil Reaches 1 Million Vehicles Sold in Brazil Milestone emphasizes successful history of the company in Brazil since it started to import vehicles to the country in 1992.
                      December 14, 2012 - 2012 has been a historical year for Honda Automóveis do Brasil (HAB). In the year when it has celebrated 15 years of production and 20 years of presence in the Brazilian market, the company reached in December the historical milestone of 1 million vehicles sold in the country. Although HAB had already reached production of one million units at its plant in Sumaré (SP), some of the units were exported.
                      The milestone follows several achievements, which started in January, with the launch of the all-new Honda Civic. After the sedan, the line-up renewal was extended to the other models with the launch, in March, of the new generation of Honda CR-V, and followed by the 2013 versions of Honda Fit and Honda City.
                      After the total renewal of the line-up, HAB has celebrated historical monthly records and in accumulated sales until November has already reached 11% of growth compared to the same period in 2010, until then the best year of the company in Brazil.
                      In October the company introduced at the São Paulo Motorshow the Fit Twist, the first model developed exclusively for the Brazilian market, which is already being sold in the country.
                      The company also announced for 2013 the arrival of new 2.0 engine of Honda Civic, and the inclusion of flex technology in the model CR-V and Honda Accord, which will return to Brazil. The event was also the platform for other important announcements such as the arrival in 2014 of sports model Civic Si Coupé and the introduction of Acura brand in Brazil in 2015.
                      The company also announced plans to strengthen its R&D structure in Brazil. With the initial investment of R$ 100 million over the next two years, facilities and R&D equipment at HAB will be renovated and a new facility will be built until the end of 2013. The new site aims to optimize the development of products locally, in order to achieve specific demands of the Brazilian customers.
                      All the accomplishments reflect the excellent acceptance of the brand in Brazil and its compromise, since 1992, with the Brazilian customers and society.

                      About Honda in Brazil

                      In 1971, Honda started to import, and then to manufacture motorcycles in Manaus (AM) Honda is now the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the Country. In 2011, the company achieved the accumulated mark of 17 million units produced. In 1992, the company entered the competitive Brazilian car market also through importations and, as from 1997, with the national manufacturing of cars in the city of Sumaré (SP), having recently achieved the volume of one million cars manufactured. Since 2001, the company also manufactures in Brazil three models of stationary engines, besides trading generators, pumps, trimmers, lawn mowers and outboard engines which are imported from other factories of the brand abroad.

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                        Spy Shots: new Honda Accord for China

                        The first spy shots of the new Honda Accord for China, it will be launched on the Chinese car market late next year. The Chinese Accord will be based on the ninth-generation American Honda Accord, which debuted in the US in September. Power will come from a 2.4 and 2.0 four-cylinders, the 3.5 V6 will not be sold in China.

                        The current eight-generation Honda Accord, based on the eight-gen American Accord. It is made in China by the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture that will also make the new Accord. Interestingly, the eight-generation Japanese/European Honda Accord is also made in China, called the Honda Spirior, by the Dongfeng-Honda joint venture. The Honda Accord costs between 202.800 yuan and 236.800 yuan, price for the new car will be about the same.



                        Honda Releases New Remarkable Products in 2013

                        Jakarta, Indonesia -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/24/2012 -- Today, Honda has decided to release all-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe with new and redefined efficiency, sophistication, as well as driving joy for this midsize class. The all-new Honda Accord has been entirely redesigned this year. Now, it features a host of powertrain, electronic, engineering and safety first besides the trademark smart design and visual look from Honda.

                        The all new Honda Accord lineup including Coupe and Sedan models are in fact better yet their sizes are not bigger when we compare them to their predecessors. They are now available with 4-cylinder, teamed to manual, v-6 and hybrid powertrains, automatic and continuously variable transmission types. If you wish to purchase the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan, they will be available in the marketplace on September 19, 2012. For the 2013 Honda Coupe will be ready for you on October 15, 2012. Thanks to the most high-strength steel that we find in the history of the model, you can see now a combination of remarkable aerodynamic streamlining with athletic and sophisticated styling in the bodies of the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe. The all-new Honda Accord is expected to excel in the upcoming crash test for the small-overlap frontal barrier as it has an improved frontal crash safety with the Revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering TM (ACE TM) body structures.

                        Before taking a part at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29, the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan finally revealed by Honda for the first time ever on November 12, 2012. The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan features a refined styling and provides a host of safety, comfort, chassis, feature, and enhanced interior styling that make Civic the best car in the compact class. The front end of the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan is now more upscale and is designed with a premium styling. That is why we see a new lower bumper with open-mouth design as the car's features besides a black and sportier honeycomb mesh grille, a horizontal chrome accent, and fog lights on upper trims which are new integrated. Take a closer look to the grille where it is now flanked by new clear lens corner lights that presents a more premium look on the Civic. The Civic still has fun-to-drive aspect and safety first with core attributes, fuel efficiency as well as spaciousness and those tings will make it is ready to compete in 2013.

                        Having won some awards in the previous years, Honda Jazz RS is now completed with a new exterior color and ready to keep the thrown in the competitive car segment of subcompact in the year 2013. In the previous year, Honda had upgraded the interior of Honda Jazz RS besides adding new standards and some features. This year, the Jazz is back with a new exterior color, the vibrant new Midnight Plum Pearl. Thanks to the high scores in the class-leading safety, versatility, fuel economy, and overall significance, the Honda Jazz RS has managed to win a number of awards. All in mobil honda dealer.

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                        Honda Accord Coupe V6 a great attraction in the Accord line

                        Honda releases yet another marvellous coupe. The Honda Accord Coupe V6 with great specification is going to hit the market in recent future, most probably next year. The car is packed with features and better than most of the cars falling in the same category.

                        Honda released an Accord Coupe V6 EX-L in the year 2010. The car was well received by the customers and received great reviews from critics. And now this car, the new Honda Accord Coupe is being released and it is hoped that the car is going to be an eye candy.

                        The car is driven by a powerful V6 engine. The engine has a 3.5 litres capacity. The supercharged engine has already been used in many great car models from some of the leading car manufacturing brands of the world. It has also been featured in many sports cars also. Now the same engine is going to serve as the power train for the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe.

                        The engine can produce about 278 horsepower and about 252 pound feet of torque. This combination may not be as thrilling as the leading sports car, but when coupled with the light weight of the body, it can produce the desired effects. The car is as light as 3400 pounds. That is quite light for a 5 seater coupe.

                        The power of the engine is supported by the six speed manual transmission system of the car. There is also a great suspension system adding to the adrenaline rush of the car. The car is quite steady and secure. The braking system of the car is also very dependable. All this features add to the security of the car.

                        The design of the car is quite impressive. The architecture and styling is very detailed. The car is quite spacious and also has a good amount of space for storing luggage. There is good headspace and leg space in both the front as well as rear seats.

                        The car is quite fuel efficient. It goes about 18 miles per gallon on the city roads and about 28 miles per gallon on the highways. That puts the average fuel efficiency at about 22 miles per gallon. The car has a front wheel drive facility.

                        The car is priced at about 33,000 dollars. This is a very affordable range. The car is appealing to people of all age and classes. The price might be a little tentative but with all the features that are available in the Honda Accord Coupe V6, the car is worth its price.

                        The car is very quick. The pickup of the car is quite impressive; it takes only 5.6 seconds to go to the speed of 60 miles per hour from being at rest. This is better that many high priced cars in the same category.

                        The interior designing of the car is also very nice. The interior is very comfortable. The controls and steering are easy to control and easily accessible. It is a great car from all the perspectives.



                        Honda CR-V ride to the rescue

                        Welsh Ambulance Service have ordered over 30 examples of the third-generation Honda CR-V in the last year, while Scottish Ambulance Service have taken delivery of more than 40 in the last 24 months.

                        Following an evaluation of the all new fourth generation CR-V, more than 20 examples will be heading north of the border in the coming months. It’s an impressive start for the critically acclaimed car, which was only launched in the last few weeks and is now in Honda showrooms.

                        The Honda CR-V makes an excellent ‘first response’ vehicle for 999 services. Its car like dynamics and advanced all wheel drive system mean it can access the most remote locations quickly, while the torque and fuel efficient 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine makes it quick under ‘blue light’ conditions and inexpensive to run.

                        Suzy Swift, National Public Sector Manager at Honda, commented: “We have invested heavily in marketing to the ambulance sector and have upgraded our demonstration vehicles so their full potential can be witnessed by ambulance service representatives.”

                        Michael Ahmed, General Manager Fleet Service at Scottish Ambulance Service concluded; “The Scottish Ambulance Service have taken delivery of a further 22 Honda CR-V Paramedic Response Units over the last 12 months further enhancing the resilience to meet patient needs in adverse weather conditions.

                        “Building on the experience of the CR-Vs that have been in service as PRUs since 2007, Scottish Ambulance have introduced the CR-V as the base vehicle for all PRUs heading into the winter months giving additional four wheel drive capability.”



                        These Were the Web's 10 Most-Watched Auto Commercials of 2012

                        As you may have noticed, the Mayan calendar did not predict the end of the world, after all, as the Earth still keeps spinning – at least at the time of writing these lines... What is coming to an end is the year and it's about time for some 2012 “best of” (and, probably, “worst”, too) lists.
                        We figured the world doesn’t need another “Car of the Year” award: it has more than enough already as it is and, as a matter of fact, it could do with less, not more.
                        So, how about something more interesting? Car manufacturers have always fought hard to get the customers’ attention. If anything, advertising companies have created some really interesting commercials this year.
                        Now, there are two ways to judge something like a commercial: by its quality or its popularity. Since the former is really a matter of opinion, we’ll just go with the numbers.
                        Enough said: time to scroll down and watch the 10 most-watched-on-the-Internet auto commercials of the year according to Visible Measures, with data provided by True Reach.

                        2. Matthew Broderick’s Day Off – Honda CR-V

                        4. Jerry Comes Second to Jay – Acura NSX
                        Views: 21,810,905



                        North American production of foreign marques to jump in 2014

                        Wards Auto has released its North American Light Vehicle Production Forecast for 2014, and the report predicts foreign manufacturers will increase production on the continent some 3.9 percent by 2014. If accurate, that should see 123,000 additional cars, trucks and vans produced in North America, swelling the total number of units produced both by domestic and foreign manufacturers to 16.9 million light vehicles from a projected 15.6 million in 2013. Much of the increase can be attributed to the fact that Toyota intends to produce another car at its Blue Springs, MS plant as well as a new Lexus model at its Georgetown, KY facility in a year's time.

                        Likewise, Volkswagen intends to move production of a currently imported model to its plant in Puebla, Mexico. Daimler, Honda, Nissan and Mazda also plan to build additional models on North American soil for the first time. Around two-thirds of the new North American manufacturing will take place in Mexico, helping the country soak up a full 20 percent of the content's automotive production for the first time. You can head over to the Wards Auto site for the full report.

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                          Honda bets on diesel cars, localisation

                          Mumbai: Having ended its partnerships with Indian firms — for two-wheelers in 2011 and cars in August this year — Japanese auto giant Honda Motor is working on a twin strategy for the Indian market.

                          It plans to capture the top slot in the two-wheeler segment, where it is present through Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), and replicate the same success in cars by foraying into diesel engines. While the company’s growth in the two-wheeler space has been impressive since the break-up with the Hero Group, the company saw its sales plummeting in cars mainly because it does not offer a diesel variant. Also on the cards is a higher level of localisation to bring about competitive pricing.

                          “We want Honda to become a household name for cars,” said Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Honda Cars India (HCIL). The company will be introducing its first diesel model, Honda Brio Amaze, in India in the first half of 2013. “Amaze is going to be the first diesel car from Honda in India and will be launched in the next financial year,” said Sen, adding the new 1.5L iDTEC engine for the Honda Amaze had been designed for the Indian market. “Our future product portfolio is being aligned with Indian needs with high levels of localisation. The current City and more recently the Honda Brio model, both have been developed keeping India as the lead country of development.”

                          For Honda, which in August bought out minority partner Siddharth Shriram-led Usha International’s stake in its car venture, focus on the car business is important as sales have been floundering for the past two years. In FY12, sales fell 8.47% to 54,427 units, when the overall passenger car sales were up 2.19% to 2.01 million.

                          In FY11, volumes were down 4% to 59,463 units. Many reasons have been attributed to Honda's problems and failure to secure a top position, despite being present in India for the last 16 years. Premium pricing issues were solved in 2011 and 2012 when increased local sourcing led to price cuts of up to R1.5 lakh for Jazz and City models, bringing them closer to the competition from Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. The second issue was the delayed foray into the small car segment, something that has been addressed with the launch of the Brio in September 2011.

                          The last and most pertinent issue was the lack of diesel car models, which has been the primary reason for bringing all its models (Accord, CR-V, City) down from being segment leaders to laggards in the competition. The Indian car market sharply tilted towards diesel cars after petrol prices started going up from 2010, widening the gap with the diesel price by over R25 a litre. Today, diesel cars account for 58% of new car sales, up from around 35% two years back.

                          The company was also unfortunate in some ways — volumes in 2011 were also down because production was severely impaired due to shortage of components following the tsunami in Japan (March) and floods in Thailand (September).

                          "Honda has the weakest supplier base in India compared to its peers,” said VG Ramakrishnan, managing director, Frost & Sullivan. “Honda will have to really gear up on this front if it wants to be seen among significant players in the Indian industry with high localisation and competitively priced products,” Ramakrishnan added.

                          Honda is now planning big. Capacity at its first Greater Noida facility has been increased to 1.2 lakh units per year on expected demand for hatchbacks and diesel models, though utilisation is about 70%. A second site is ready at Tapukara, Rajasthan, where today the new diesel plant and component hub is being built. This site also has space to add car assembly lines when demand finally arrives at the door. To break even earlier, this diesel plant will drive Honda's small diesel car exports as well.

                          However, in the two-wheeler business, the company's growth has been impressive, which it plans to consolidate further. S Guleria, vice president, sales and marketing, HMSI, said, “With the new technical centre, Honda will be faster in introducing new models with greater India specific technology and designing, leading to quality products at affordable prices."

                          The company's FY12 sales were up 28.68% to 1.99 million units, outperforming the growth of the two-wheeler industry, which grew 14.16% to 13.43 million. Erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp's sales grew 15.18% to 6.06 million during the same period.


                          2013 Honda Ridgeline Test Drive Review


                          The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is a direct challenge to the values that many hold dear. After all, when was the last time you had to ask what is a pick up truck, and what isn’t?

                          Hmmm. Well, if we look to the world of advertising, you know you’ve got a truck commercial, if there’s the gravelly voice of a cowboy actor, with the truck doing something heroic like conquering Mt. Everest or towing the Space Shuttle to its new home. There may be a little reality gap here…

                          Trucks are really good at getting the job done. Taking abuse, asking little more than a splash of fuel and an occasional hose-down when the mud/snow/dirt/sand gets too caked on.

                          Along the way, like the SUV, the pickup has been somewhat gentrified, and buyers have been expecting things to be a little more comfortable, the options more plentiful, and the looks a little more stylish. But there has to be a limit, right?

                          Well, it seems like Honda says “no.” With the Ridgeline, we have the answer to “How would Honda build a pickup truck?” And the answer is pretty intriguing. Even since its introduction in 2006, the Ridgeline has taken the path less travelled.

                          To start with, there’s the looks. From the front, it’s got a familial look to the Pilot SUV, but is more squared off with a sharply chiseled chin. Come around the side, and you find the area that drives truck traditionalists crazy. Along with a full four-door Crew Cab design, Instead of a separate bed, it’s all a single piece, with a C-pillar that angles down and reminds a little of the Chevy Avalanche. We like the Ridgeline’s different take. It’s modern and handsome, and the seamless lines give it a very upscale vibe.

                          While ours was the top-of-the-line RTL, we’d be especially tempted by the Sport Model, with it’s black mesh grille, privacy glass, and 18-inch black machine-finished alloy wheels. We’d choose the Crystal Black Pearl, and have one of the meanest looking vehicles ever to come out of the Honda factory.

                          It doesn’t look like a traditional pickup and it certainly doesn’t drive like one. A big part of that has to do with the chassis, which features an integrated closed-box frame with unit-body construction, rather than traditional body-on-frame trucks. This makes for a much quieter ride and allows for a more sophisticated independent rear suspension.

                          If you’re worried about strength, the Ridgeline’s two integrated fully boxed and reinforced frame rails and seven fully boxed crossmember make for one solid platform, well capable of carrying and towing challenging loads.

                          Behind the wheel, there’s no worries, as this is one great driving truck. The 250 hp, 3.5-liter V6 is punchy, with ample low-end torque and the 5-speed automatic is swift and smooth. The standard all wheel drive system is up to most tasks and features a locking rear differential, but the lack of a low-range may deter you if you’re planning to do the kind of rigorous off-roading preferred by mountain goats.

                          We’ll take the tradeoff, because with the independent rear suspension, the Ridgeline rides like a dream, and has precise, confident handling that makes most competitors’ trucks feel like they’re from the Stone Age.

                          The interior adds to that, feeling modern, comfy and spacious. The front buckets are notably supportive, and in our tester, covered in soft leather. The design is typical well thought-out Honda, with a big grippy steering wheel, easily read gauges, and an easy to use Navigation system with Voice Recognition and rearview camera (a real plus on any truck).

                          A major reason people buy trucks is utility, and the Ridgeline delivers there too. We especially liked the 60/40 split rear seats whose bottoms easily flip up to create a large storage area with a flat floor. The bed is equally impressive, with a dual-action tailgate that not only flips down like a traditional truck but can also swing to the side for easy loading and unloading. Brilliant.

                          We’re also crazy for the in-bed trunk, a weatherproof 8.5 cubic foot lockable storage area under the bed. Made of the same tough composite as the bed, it’s a handy place to store valuables out of site, or a perfect place to throw a couple sets of golf clubs. With a 5,000 lb. towing capacity and standard goods including a heavy-duty radiator, and heavy-duty coolers for the power steering and auto transmission fluid, you’ll have no trouble bringing your toys along.

                          With the Ridgeline’s sensible pricing, you should be able to swing some of those toys, as well.

                          The lineup starts with the nicely-equipped RT model at $29,450. The bad-to-the-bone Sport comes in at just $30,195. Our leather-lined, top-dog RTL with everything from dual-zone climate control to Navigation came in at $37,380. A comparably-equipped Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier will run a couple grand more, and can’t touch the Ridgeline’s everyday comfort and convenience.

                          All in all, this is one smart way to build a pickup truck. For the real-world needs of a lot of buyers, the Ridgeline makes few compromises, while providing real advantages in performance and comfort. And no gravelly-voiced spokesperson required.



                          Comparison review: 2013 Honda Accord Sport vs. 2013 Ford Fusion SE

                          So, which is the better car, the new Honda Accord or the new Ford Fusion?” By now, anyone known to friends and family as a “car guy” has been asked this question at least a few times. Let’s ask it again.

                          The exterior designers at Honda and Ford clearly had different goals. Honda wanted to avoid turning potential customers off. Ford sought to turn them on. Mission accomplished in both cases by cribbing from storied European marques. Would you prefer a handsome German or a sexy Brit? Inside, Ford took fewer risks, and Honda fewer still. The Fusion’s interior is finished a little nicer, but the Accord’s is also far better than the oft-lambasted 2012 Civic’s.

                          From the driver seat you can see out of the Honda more easily, thanks to larger, more upright windows. The Accord also has a standard rearview camera. On the Fusion, one attends the optional MyFord Touch UI. Accords EX and up have a second camera that provides a view of the passenger side blind spot at any speed (via a handy button on the end of the turn signal stalk). When you can actually see what’s back there, there’s no need for the Fusion’s optional blind spot warning system.

                          On paper, the Ford has a couple more inches of total legroom. But this is because Dearborn cheated the specs. In reality, though I personally find the Fusion’s rear seat more comfortably positioned and shaped, there’s a noticeably more room inside the less swoopy Accord (if still less than inside a VW Passat). Trunk space is about even. Your stuff should fit in either.

                          Both companies have taken risks with their powertrains in pursuit of better EPA scores. Ford augments a smaller (178-horspower 1.6- vs. 189-horsepower 2.4-liter) four-cylinder engine with direct injection and a turbocharger. Honda pairs its first direct-injected “Earth Dreams” engine with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT). Many driving enthusiasts will summarily reject a car with a CVT. Well, largely due to this transmission (with an assist from a curb weight that’s about 150 pounds lower) the new Accord easily outperforms the new Ford. The new CVT not only avoids the “rubber banding” typical of the breed, but (much unlike Ford’s conventional six-speed automatic) provides the sort of slop-free connection often only available with a manual transmission. With the “Sport” model, paddles can be used to swiftly shift among seven fixed ratios. The Ford’s transmission can also be manually shifted, but it’s far less responsive or smooth.

                          The Ford’s smaller four fails to pay fuel economy dividends. It does a bit better than the Accord on the highway, 36 vs. 35 mpg, but considerably worse in the city, 23 vs. 26. (The paddle-free Accord goes a mile farther per gallon in both tests.) The Honda’s engine often feels like its straining considerably less, with an especially plump midrange, so real-world numbers could easily differ more than these test scores do. Overall, the Honda performs so well with the four that few people will feel the need for the available, largely carryover 278-horsepower V6 (finally paired with a six-speed automatic). With the Ford, on the other hand, a case could easily be made for its top mill, a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four.

                          The tables turn, for some of us at least, when the road curves. The Accord chassis manages well enough, but even in slightly tighter Sport form there’s some float, feel-free steering, plow when hustled (though with a later onset than in the non-Sport), and little fun to be had. The Fusion’s suspension feels much more tightly damped and its steering feels more connected to the front tires’ contact patches. Unlike the Accord it begs to be pushed. At this point you’ll also discover much more effective bolstering in the Ford’s driver seat. (Honda reserves a well-bolstered seat for the Accord Coupe.)

                          Which car rides best depends on whether you prefer to float (relatively) softly over bumps or dispatch them in a tight, controlled fashion. The new Accord suffers from less road noise than its predecessor, but the Ford is quieter still. Overall the Fusion sounds and feels like a more expensive car.

                          In a switch from past years the Ford actually is a more expensive car, but not by enough to matter. A Honda Accord Sport lists for $24,980. A Ford Fusion SE with the Appearance Package lists for $25,745. Adjust for remaining feature differences using TrueDelta’s car price comparison tool and the difference is under $500. If you’d prefer a manual, you can deduct $800 from the Honda’s price but nothing from the Ford’s, widening the gap.

                          Comparison tests generally favor well-rounded cars by summing scores in a wide range of attributes. Doing especially well in one or two areas can’t compensate for middling scores in others. In such tests, the Honda Accord will win. It bests the Ford in most categories. But in the areas that connect emotionally, how a car looks and how it feels, the Ford can be much more satisfying. Which car is better for you? It depends on whether you want a car that makes a lot of sense or one you’ll love to look at and drive.

                          Curtis Evans of Urse Honda in Bridgeport, WV, provided the Accord. He can be reached at 304-629-4178.

                          Ford provided the Fusion at a drive event along with a light lunch.

                          Michael Karesh operates TrueDelta.com, an online provider of car reliability and real-world fuel economy information.

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                            Honda Reveals Lineup for 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

                            Just the Facts:

                            Honda's lineup for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon includes the Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ and a Mugen CR-V design study, the automaker announced on Wednesday.
                            The Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ will be limited to a production run of 300 vehicles.
                            The 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon is the Japanese equivalent of the SEMA show.

                            TOKYO — Honda's lineup for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon includes the Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ and a Mugen CR-V design study, the automaker announced on Wednesday.

                            The Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ will be limited to a production run of 300 vehicles. Honda has not yet released any photos of the Mugen CR-V design study. Mugen sells tuned parts for Honda vehicles.

                            The 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon is the Japanese equivalent of the SEMA show. It showcases the customization possibilities for production vehicles in the Japanese market.

                            Honda's Tokyo Auto Salon exhibit will feature the Honda S2000 Modulo Climax, an S2000-based concept featuring an interior in black and burgundy.

                            Other vehicles on display include the Mugen Honda N-One and the Mugen Honda CR-Z GT.

                            Edmunds says: Lots of out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to Honda vehicles at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.



                            First Photos of Mugen's New Honda CR-V Design Study

                            Among the many new customized vehicles being prepared by Honda for a world premiere at the Tokyo Auto Salon in mid-January, is the Mugen CR-V Design Study, which was announced, but not included, in the automaker's teaser photo gallery that we shared with you earlier today.

                            To satisfy our curiosity, we snooped around and found two photos of the Mugen-fettled concept that will most likely lead to a production model sometime next year.

                            Honda's official tuning arm created a new styling package for the latest generation CR-V comprising a front grille with a protruding chrome bar, a newly designed front bumper, chrome fender trims, side skirts, a new rear bumper with stacked exhaust outlets and a roof spoiler.

                            The Mugen alloy wheels and possibly a suspension kit that lowers the crossover's ride height seem to round out the package, unless the Japanese company has also modified the interior, something that we will have the opportunity to find out during the CR-V study's unveiling next month.



                            Consumer Reports Tests the Honda Accord in Stevens Point
                            Consumer Reports says the Honda Accord four-cylinder sedan may be back on top.

                            STEVENS POINT, Wis., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In Consumer Reports testing, the Honda Accord four-cylinder came out on top. The Honda Accord beat out all the other sedans in its class. The Honda Accord improved its position in the standings by having great fuel economy and smooth continuous variable transmission (CVT). The full report is on the Consumer Reports website and the report will also be in the magazines February issue that will go on sale starting December 27th.

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                            The Honda Accord has an extremely roomy interior, great fuel economy and is super fun to drive. Combine that with a great price and incredible features and you know why Consumer Reports has put the Honda Accord back on top. The Honda Accord is a well rounded sedan that gives one of the most comfortable rides and has the best visibility in its class.

                            Consumer Reports is the largest independent organization in the world that tests products. Using its auto testing center, labs and survey center the nonprofit organization rates thousands of services and products annually.

                            Stop and visit us today at Courtesy Honda, we are your local Honda dealership serving Stevens Point and surrounding areas. At Courtesy Honda, we carry new Hondas, used cars, trucks and SUVs that fit your every need. We take pride in all the vehicles we sell and go all-out to succeed in great customer experience and satisfaction. Our Honda dealership stocks a full lineup of new and used cars in Stevens Point. It can be reached at 715-341-2440 or online at www.courtesycorner.com.

                            Media Contact: Kyle Gullikson , Courtesy Motors, 715-341-2440, kyle@courtesycorner.com

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                            Honda CR-V (2013) CAR video review

                            Will Honda's new CR-V drive up a ski slope? Watch CAR magazine's new video review of the 2013 Honda CR-V to find out.

                            Chris Chilton is your guide to the new crossover from Honda. The last one claimed to be the acceptable face of SUVkind - and the new one is more refined and brings more technology and flair to the family 4x4 sector.

                            VIDEO => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fieee...layer_embedded


                            Honda to Recall More ATVs


                            Honda Motor Co. agreed to voluntarily recall about 19,500 all-terrain vehicles in the U.S. due to a crash hazard, following a smaller recall of the ATVs in February, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.
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                              From Asimo to the NSX-R: The Honda Collection Top 10

                              The drive alone may be worth visiting Honda’s Collection Hall at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan’s stunning Tochigi Prefecture. After following along the gently twisting river that dictates the roads course through the mesmerizing foliage covering the pavement; friendly cartoon mascots point in the direction of the track. At the top of the hill is the museum, which was erected in 1998 to commemorate Honda’s 50th Anniversary. Covering everything from Honda’s very first motorcycles to the progression of robot extraordinaire Asimo, the Collection Hall should be at the top of any Honda fan’s bucket list. We’ve compiled ten of the coolest things we saw there:

                              1924 Curtiss Special Though it lacks a Honda badge, this racer with a Curtiss aircraft engine was built by an 18-year-old Soichiro Honda at Art Shokai. Though built when assisting Ikuzo and Shinichi Sakakibara, Soichiro himself still participated in races as a mechanic.

                              1965 Honda RA272: Driven by Richie Ginther, this proper Honda racer won the companies first Formula 1 Grand Prix in Mexico. This was the last race to use 1500-cc engines.

                              1963 Honda S500 : The oldest ancestor to the adored S2000, the S500 was Honda’s first foray into passenger car production and featured a chain to drive the rear wheels, true to Honda’s motorcycle roots.
                              Asimo: Asimo’s ultimate goal is be the ultimate live-in assistant to the physically impaired. Baby steps started with legs that can walk with no support and have evolved to a full humanoid capable of taking caps off bottles.

                              1946 Honda Bicycle Auxiliary Engine: BYOBicycle. This small engine was designed to be retrofitted onto post-war bicycles and featured a practical clutch and belt drive.

                              1982 Honda CB1100F: Not especially innovative compared to other Honda product debuts, we just love the retro cool of this large displacement bike based on the CB1100R limited production racer.

                              1963 Honda T360 truck : The bed on Honda’s first mass-produced vehicle is barely big enough to fit any of the bikes that helped get the company noticed, but this mid-engine 354 cc “sports truck” is where 4-wheeled Hondas started.

                              1981 Honda Motocompo: These “trunk bikes” feature a mechanism that allow them to be folded and fit into a bigger vehicle making them ideal for outdoor recreation.

                              1994 Honda NSX-R: What’s left to say about what our own Angus MacKenzie calls “one of the most important cars of the century”?

                              1990 McLaren Honda MP4/5B: Honda used to build F1 cars. Ayrton Senna used to win races in those cars. This particular car was used by Senna to win six GPs and the Driver’s Championship in the 1990 World Championship.

                              BONUS – 1991 Honda Beat: Because Zebra seats



                              Honda Gets Super Busy for 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon with a Barrage of Concepts and Tuned Models

                              Honda will be unleashing a host of new production and prototype vehicles and motorcycles at Japan's largest aftermarket event, the Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 that runs from January 11 to Sunday, January 13, 2013.

                              The first car that caught our attention is the S2000 Modulo Climax study of Honda's roadster model that ceased production in 2009.

                              It's featured in a Candy Red paint and sports a newly designed front end with a chrome brace-like strip, a new rear bumper and a series of other customizations both inside and out.

                              As one of its newest model series, the "N" family of mini cars that includes the tall, van-like N BOX and N BOX + models and the retro-inspired N ONE hatch, will be under the spotlight, with Honda to display the cars dressed in both production and concept parts from the likes of its in-house tuners, Modulo and Mugen.

                              Other models to go on display include the accessorized CR-Z MUGEN RZ, the Step Wagon Modulo Style Concept, the Vamos show model and several racing cars like the MUGEN CR-Z GT.

                              Full details on all vehicles and motorcycles will be released at the show.



                              Japanese cars dominate Indonesian auto market

                              More news from our neighbours – sales of Japanese brands have dominated Indonesia’s automotive market this year, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported.
                              Based on Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) data, Toyota takes the top spot with sales of 370,987 units, followed by Daihatsu (150,183), Mitsubishi (138,778), Suzuki (117,927), Honda (63,203), Nissan (61,549), Isuzu (31,069) and Mazda (11,021).

                              “Total car sales in the domestic market reached almost one million units from January to November 2012,” said Gaikindo second chairman Jhonny Darmawan. He added that the export market was also Japanese-dominated. ”Sales have been predicted to reach one million units and are expected to double in the next five years.”

                              According to Jhonny, some of the Japanese brands that led in both domestic and export markets were Daihatsu, Toyota and Suzuki. ”Those companies have exported their products to countries in Asia, Africa and South America, and have also planned to increase their exports next year.
                              “Due to the growth of the domestic market, the export of Japanese products has continued to rise over the years. It shows that the quality of locally assembled products here is trusted by the importing countries,” he explained.
                              Total car exports reached 232,385 units from January to October this year, up 43.3% from the 162,214 units sold during the same period last year.
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                                Honda restores the luster to its Civic

                                The Civic's roomy cabin, comfortable seats and upgraded materials mark a return to form.

                                Honda has always had an almost supernatural ability to effortlessly create economy sedans with modern, conservative designs and distinctly athletic personalities.

                                So, when the redesigned Honda Civic arrived in 2012, it should have been expected that Honda would deliver more of the same. Unfortunately, the new Civic was so unimpressive that even Consumer Reports dropped the car from its list of recommended cars.

                                What happened?

                                Well, it seems that Honda, which designed the car during the recession, cheapened the interior in an effort to control costs and keep the price low. Coupled with uninspired styling and ho-hum handling, the accolades usually strewn in the Civic's path became brickbats. In the wake of massive criticism of its 2012 redesign, Honda launched an emergency redesign of their newly unveiled Civic.

                                Given the increased competition in the compact car market from such strong competitors as the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and Volkswagen Jetta, it was clear Honda needed to quickly upgrade the Civic.

                                Yet the company has somehow managed to restore much of the Civic's quality in a mere 12 months. Given that it takes three years or more to redesign a vehicle, that's not just remarkable, it's, well, supernatural.

                                The most obvious change to the Civic is what you see: the car's front end is much more aggressively chiseled, with a black honeycomb mesh grille framed in chrome. It's a handsomely sporting look that's fresh, yet classically Honda. Out back, the lighting and trim has a more impressive appearance.

                                But it's inside where buyers will find the most dramatic change.

                                Given the previous model's functional, dull aesthetic, the new interior is a return to form. With its upgraded trim and livelier color palette, it's easy to appreciate this car's roomy cabin and comfortable seats. Soft-touch plastics and upgraded materials decorate the doors and instrument panel. In particular, the finishes on the audio system are improved.

                                Honda now offers a host of new standard features in response to those offered on its competitors. Bluetooth, a rearview camera, USB/iPod interface, Pandora interface, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, exterior temperature readout and a sliding center armrest are standard on all Civics. A navigation system is standard on upper trim levels.

                                But Honda should take another look at the front seat headrests; they're placed too far forward, preventing you from sitting properly in the seat.

                                Choosing a new Civic means starting with the LX, and then jumping to EX, EX-L or Si. There's also a high-efficiency HF model, as well as a gas-electric hybrid and a model that runs on compressed natural gas. The DX trim level has been dropped.

                                With all of the work on aesthetics, it's understandable that the Civic's powerplants carry over unchanged. A 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mates to either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is standard the Si; a continuously variable automatic transmission is standard on the hybrid.

                                Unlike some competitors, the five-speed automatic doesn't have sequential manual shift capability or paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

                                Regardless, fuel consumption is very respectable, with the Civic rated by the EPA at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway. A mix of two-thirds highway driving and one-third city driving returned 34 mpg.

                                In order to aid you in reaching those Olympian fuel efficiency heights, Civics come with an Econ button that, when pushed, operates the vehicle more efficiently, albeit at the expense of performance. Honda also frames the digital speedometer in green light, which stays green as long as you're driving efficiently. Drive like an auto journalist, and you'll find the lights turn teal, and then blue.

                                For this road test, Honda supplied an EX with an automatic transmission, which is typical of what most buyers will opt for.

                                And it's here, behind the wheel, where the Civic delivers one more surprise. This redesign is more than smoke and mirrors.

                                Honda has recalibrated the steering for a livelier response, and it possesses an eagerness and athleticism that was lacking last year. The Civic has regained the poise it always had, despite being a front-wheel drive economy car. The tweaked suspension does a better job of reining in body roll during cornering. The ride is still firm, but there's now an ample amount of bump absorption dialed in, so it seems less jittery than it did last year. Steering is still fairly light, however, and there's still a dead spot when the steering wheel is centered.

                                On the flip side, the 2013 Civic seems quieter than the old model.

                                Since the engines carry over from last year, performance is similar. Given its fuel-efficient ways, there's adequate power for the daily stop-and-go grind of commuting and shopping, but dropping down into third gear is needed for that extra burst of power.

                                The Civic performed flawlessly during the weeklong test drive with one exception. Its Bluetooth system had difficulty maintaining its connection to my iPhone. It disconnected and reconnected multiple times during a typical four-hour drive.

                                In many respects, when compared with the 2012 model, the 2013 Civic is greatly improved, not just in ride and handling, but also in overall ambiance.

                                While the 2012 Civic wasn't a contender, the 2013 model most definitely is. It's not the class leader its forbearers once were, but it's now good enough to once more proudly wear the Honda name and give its competition heartburn.

                                2013 HONDA CIVIC

                                Engine: 1.8-liter SOHC four-cylinder

                                Wheelbase: 103.2 inches

                                Length: 175.5 inches

                                Weight: 2,837 pounds

                                Cargo space: 11.7 cubic feet

                                EPA rating (city/highway): 28/39 mpg

                                Fuel consumption: 34 mpg

                                Fuel type: Regular

                                Base price, base model: $18,165

                                Base price, test model: $20,815

                                As tested, including destination charge: $21,605



                                The top stories of 2012: Honda touts new models, adds employees

                                Greensburg — It was a busy year for Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN).

                                The facility announced in January that its 2013 Acura ILX luxury sedan would be produced solely in Greensburg. The new model hybrid-vehicle serves as an entry-level sedan, and the company hoped to target younger car buyers when it was unveiled at a celebratory event in late April.

                                Production of the new vehicle led to Honda’s announcement in July that it would add 300 manufacturing jobs in order to meet production expectations planned to occur in Spring 2013. The company simultaneously announced a hybrid version of its popular Civic to be manufactured in Greensburg.

                                The Greensburg facility earlier broke ground by becoming the first plant in North America to produce a hybrid vehicle with the roll-out of the Acura ILX in April.

                                The new vehicles being produced led to far-reaching changes across the continent.

                                “Increasing production in Indiana will provide us with increased flexibility to adjust model mix at our other plants in North America,” HMIN Senior Vice President Bob Nelson said in July. “All of our plants build multiple models on the same line, so our ability to adjust between models and among plants allows us to optimize use of our production capacity.”



                                Honda CR-V 2.0 iVTEC EX review

                                Everyone loves to hate an SUV, don’t they? Yet, as our recent review of the VW Touareg attests, even those of us who hate the breed can’t help but be won over and see why they’re so popular with modern families, after a week behind the wheel.

                                And on the week of the supposed Mayan apocalypse, and as pre-Christmas Britain attempted to bail itself out of the latest bout of flooding, what could make you feel more warm, secure and invincible than a four-wheel drive SUV from a brand that’s got a reputation for making cars that just never, ever, go wrong?

                                So although a Honda CR-V might not top your list of sexy automotive forms of transport, the popularity of the previous model is testimony to the inherent usefulness of this car and its popularity with families. Given that it had just undergone a major redesign, we thought we’d put it through a review to find out if Honda had dared meddle with the previous model’s surefire success recipe.

                                First impressions aren’t exactly promising. Sure, gone is the previous model’s “had all its teeth knocked out” front grille graphic for a much more modern integrated lamp/grille design, but otherwise the CR-V seems to have taken a little bit of a step backward, becoming more boxy and like an estate car on stilts, while most of its rivals have moved towards a ‘tall hatchback’ crossover format, in an effort to eschew some of that hated SUV image.

                                It’s not bad per-se, and admittedly our press car’s white paintwork did it no favours, but compared to slinky SUVs such as Range Rover’s Evoque, Audi’s Q5 and even Nissan’s Qashqai, the CR-V’s appearance does little for us.

                                Open the door though, and things improve. Granted, if you’re used to Audi’s slush-moulded plastic-fest interiors, there are going to be a few too many hard (read cheap-feeling) surfaces for comfort. But the design layout is inherently logical and not without appeal.

                                What’s more, get behind the wheel, in the back or open the boot and you start to see Honda’s engineering heritage shining through, and understand how it makes for a simply better car.

                                From the driver’s seat, the scuttle - the point at which the bottom of the windscreen meets the top of the bonnet - is appreciably lower than any competitor, which is a benefit of super-compact powertrain beneath the bonnet. This means you can simply see more, including the end of the bonnet - a real rarity in cars these days - and one that makes the CR-V easier to park.

                                The gearstick is mounted on the dash, so you get an enormous centre console between driver and passenger that will swallow three 1-litre sized water bottles, and still also leaves space for a bin for keys, phones etc.

                                In the back, you’ve a flat floor and three proper seats – including three-across isofix points for child seats, which gives the CR-V a massive advantage over its competitors, to those with larger families.

                                This is Honda’s strength, and the reason it's well worth considering. At 30-grand, give-or-take five hundred quid, this top of the line ‘EX’ model CR-V poses you a tricky question. In effect, your choice at this price, is to squeeze yourself (financially) into a bottom-of-the-range premium-badged car from BMW, Audi or Land/Range Rover or buy a ‘bells and whistles’ top of the range car for the same price, from a ‘non-premium’ brand like Honda.

                                So whereas most of the premium brands would ask you to pay extra for (deep breath) a panoramic roof; cruise control; parking sensors front and rear (including a camera); HD-based navigation; DAB radio; video/DVD/MP3/Bluetooth audio playback; heated, electrically adjustable leather seats; keyless access and an electric opening tailgate, this EX model CR-V nets you all of those as standard. In fact, the only option that came on our test car was the pearlescent white paint, which we’d suggest you forgo.

                                Perhaps better still, it all worked seamlessly and without any idiosyncrasies – as you might expect from a Honda. We loved the attention to detail, like the fact the electrically opening tailgate was perfectly happy to be lifted and pulled closed manually as well as electrically. Normally, electric-powered tailgates freak out and freeze if you try to ‘help’ them. The fact that the rear seats fold via the tug of one lever inside the boot while doing a fun little dance: folding their headrests in, flipping up the squab and dropping the backrest in one single movement. This basically turns the CR-V into a van, one we squeezed an 8 ft Christmas tree into. Oh and there’s stop/start functionality and an economy button too, in an effort to reign-in any consumption excess.

                                Many of these are the kind of gadgets you might suggest you don’t need and which (pay attention other manufacturers), when done wrong, can irritate you day-to-day when you live with a car. But while on the CR-V they’re not executed with quite the premium, soft-touch, damped quality of an Audi, they do all work as expected, and tend to come in handy when you’ve an armful of shopping or child – we can’t remember the last time a car soothed us and irritated us less than the CR-V.

                                On top of this, because it’s a Honda, you just know that none of it is going to break for the next fifteen years. It’s the kind of thing the company has built its reputation on, and which gives you – the owner – a reassuring, comforting sense – especially if it’s going to be your family inside most of the time.

                                No one buys an SUV and expects it to drive like a sport cars, but the number of massive-wheel’ed, S-Line suspension’ed Audi SUVs out there suggests that people are more than happy to put up with a hard ride to make their SUV look – and presumably drive – more sportily.

                                The CR-V doesn’t really make any pretense at sporty, but its ride isn’t as cushioned as we’d like. It’s ability to deal with speed humps, pot holes and big road deflections is fine, but the secondary ride never truly settles down, jittering and letting you know everything that’s happening beneath you. Some will like this, as it could be construed as sportiness, but we’d trade it for a bit more comfort.

                                We highlight this area, as otherwise – like in the tech area – the CR-V is a really nice place to spend several hours , and is expertly judged for its market. If you’re not expecting sports car performance, it should suit you fine. The handling is safe and secure – with the added back up of four-wheel drive when you need it. The gearshift is one of those beautifully precise jobs that Honda’s famous for, and it steers and handles true and straight – it’s a good companion on a windy, rainy motorway for instance.

                                Our car came with Honda’s 2.0 VTEC petrol engine. In true Honda petrol-engine fashion, it likes revs to really get moving and given it’s pushing quite a lot of car around without the aid of a turbocharger, you’ll need to work it hard if you want to make decent progress. Most will therefore choose the diesel, which we’d suggest will suit the CR-V’s character better, and feel faster in most given driving situations.

                                We wanted to try the petrol though, as we continue to note that diesel costs more at the pumps and incurs a company car tax penalty. The diesel models also cost more to buy – so unless you’re driving a lot of miles each year, the petrol may make more financial sense. If you’re not too fussed about the cost, we’d suggest you try both before buying, but don’t write off the petrol. In a mix of one third town driving and two-thirds high-speed motorway run, in our hands it returned a real-world 30mpg, whereas we’d expect the diesel to return 36-40 in the same conditions. Swings, roundabouts, etc.


                                In the world of automotive journalism, it’s easy to loose site of the real world compromise every one of us goes through, balancing cost, practical need, desire and a whole gambit of other things when choosing a car.

                                It’s easy to be seduced by the premium German names too, the allure of that badge and the image it projects to your neighbours is something many people are after, judging by how many of them there are on the road. And when premium German cars come loaded with fifteen thousand pounds worth of extras in the case of many of the press cars they lend us, it’s even easier to be seduced. But while mainstream brands have struggled as everyone decided they want that premium badge, cars like the Honda CR-V have continued to enjoy success, because it’s so good at covering all the bases we need to cover when deciding what car to ‘compromise’ on, and by providing such practical, reliable family transport.

                                Unsurprisingly, the new CR-V doesn’t mess with that formula. In fact it improves it – you can get even more stuff in the new one, do things like disable the passenger airbag to fit a rear-facing baby seat if you like, and it does – yes – feel more premium. It might not be stand out, sexy transport, but we can give it no greater compliment that to say that, when this particular journalist looks for a new family car in about a year’s time, the CR-V will be right near the very top of the list.

                                When it comes to reliable, practical family transport, this is a winner from Honda. If you’re in the market for something similar, we suggest it ought to be on your list, too.



                                California Air Resources Board approves 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as first LEV3/SULEV20 vehicle on sale

                                The California Air Resources Board has approved the 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as the first car for sale in California that meets ARB’s LEV3/SULEV20 standard—the most stringent smog-emission standard to date. (Earlier post.)

                                The 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces only 20 milligrams of NMOG+NOx emissions per mile. In addition, this Honda model has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard required by all cars in 2025, the equivalent of a 50% reduction from current required levels.

                                Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most stringent standard. Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.
                                —Tom Cackette, ARB’s Deputy Executive Office and head of the mobile source program

                                ARB noted that Honda has a history of being the first manufacturer to comply with California’s strict emission standards. In 1995, the 1996 Civic was the first certified Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) gasoline vehicle. In 1997, the 1998 Accord was the first ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) gasoline vehicle. The following year, in 1999, the 2000 Accord was the first certified Super Ultra-low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) gasoline vehicle. In 2001, the 2001 Civic GX powered by compressed natural gas was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV). In 2002, the 2003 Civic Hybrid was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle. (AT PZEV) hybrid vehicle.

                                The Executive Order allowing Honda to sell the newly certified ultra-clean cars in California was signed on 21 December, following a detailed examination of emissions and performance test results. Honda began production of the car that same day.

                                The full-size sedan model achieves 124 MPGe (1.9 l/100km) city / 105 MPGe (224 l/100km) highway in hybrid mode, and 47 MPG (5 l/100km) city / 46 MPG (5.1 l/100km) highway in standard (gasoline only) mode.

                                The low emissions standards that this Honda model meets are part of the state’s Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations, adopted in January 2012. (Earlier post.)

                                When fully in force in 2025, the new set of standards will reduce smog-causing pollutants from low-emission vehicles 75% from current levels, and greenhouse gases by 34%.

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