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  • Honda to Reuse Rare Earth Metals Contained in Used Parts



    Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and the Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd. today jointly announced the establishment of the world's first process to extract rare earth metals from various used parts in Honda products. This is an actual mass-production process at a recycling plant, not an experimental process. Honda will pursue the recycling of precious resources by utilising the newly established process for the recycling of rare earth metals.



    As part of this effort, before the end of this month, Honda and Japan Metals & Chemicals will begin extracting rare earth metals from used nickel-metal hydride batteries collected from Honda hybrid vehicles at Honda dealers inside and outside of Japan. The new operation will be the first in the world to extract rare earth metals as part of a mass-production process at a recycling plant.



    Honda had been applying a heat treatment to used nickel-metal hydride batteries and recycling nickel-containing scrap as a raw material of stainless steel. However, the successful stabilisation of the extraction process at the plant of Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd. made possible the extraction of rare earth metals in a mass-production process with purity as high as that of newly mined and refined metals.



    The newly established process enables the extraction of as much as above 80% of rare earth metals contained in used nickel-metal hydride batteries. Honda will strive to reuse extracted rare earth metals not only for nickel-metal hydride batteries, but also for a wide range of Honda products. Moreover, Honda will further expand the recycling of rare earth metals in the future as the newly established process enables the extraction of rare earth metals from a variety of used parts in addition to nickel-metal hydride batteries.

    Giving consideration to the recycling of resources used for its products, Honda has long been committed to the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) approach. For instance, Honda was the first Japanese automaker to begin sales of recycled parts and to collect/recycle oil filters and replaced bumpers. Honda will continue strengthening its network which links to the reuse and recycling of resources.
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    • Honda unveils Demonstration Test House that features Honda Smart Home System


      Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled a house Honda has built in the city of Saitama, Japan, for the demonstration testing of the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS). The Honda Smart Home System, comprehensively controls in-house energy supply and demand, helping to manage both the generation and consumption of energy for the home such as heat and electricity, while utilizing mobility products. HSHS is also designed to enable users to secure their own supply of energy and mobility in a time of disaster.



      The HSHS installed in this demonstration test house consists of CIGS thin-film solar cell panels, a home battery unit (rechargeable battery), household gas-engine cogeneration unit and hot-water supply system, and the Smart e Mix Manager. The Smart e Mix Manager is the core of the HSHS and operates as a comprehensive energy management device. It applies optimal control to electricity supplied from the commercial grid and generated by each energy device within the system. The Smart e Mix Manager reduces CO2 emissions from the home and, at the same time, provides a backup supply of electricity so that the house can be self-sufficient in the event of a power outage or disaster.



      Striving to realize "the joy and freedom of mobility" and "a sustainable society where people can enjoy life," Honda will conduct demonstration testing of the HSHS that is linked with electromotive mobility products such as electric vehicles, and the Internavi system.

      Editors Notes



      Target of verification using energy devices installed to the demonstration test house

      As a part of its effort to further reduce CO2 emissions in people's everyday lives including mobility, on May 23, 2011, Honda signed an agreement to participate in the E-KIZUNA Project run by the city of Saitama. To conduct demonstration testing with the HSHS-equipped house as a part of the E-KIZUNA Project, Honda built two houses (each for single-family use) in the vicinity of Saitama University (located in the city of Saitama). A third house is scheduled to be built in the same location, where all three houses will be linked for smart community demonstration testing. These tests are scheduled to continue until 2018.



      Gas-engine cogeneration unit:

      Honda's gas-engine cogeneration system is an energy device which makes a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions by enabling efficient generation and consumption of heat which accounts for approximately 60% of the energy consumed in a typical Japanese home, primarily for hot water supply, heating and kitchen needs.

      Featuring a unique multi-link type high expansion ratio engine, EXlink (Extended Expansion Linkage Engine), Honda's gas-engine cogeneration system offers the combined efficiency - the combination of power generation efficiency and heat recovery efficiency -- of 92% and enables the efficient use of electricity and heat using city gas or liquid petroleum gas. In the demonstration testing, Honda will study the automatic activation of the cogeneration unit using a battery and verify its effectiveness in the time of an emergency.

      CIGS thin-film solar cell panels:

      Honda will verify the superiority of power generation efficiency of an all-new CIGS thin-film solar cell module which is currently being developed (CIGS = copper, indium, gallium, selenium).



      Home battery unit

      While envisioning the reuse of electric motorcycle/automobile batteries, Honda will facilitate the development of a home battery unit and verify the functionality of the unit.



      Smart e Mix Manager

      The Smart e Mix Manager obtains the operation information of each energy device and coordinates each of the devices that compose the HSHS, while it analyzes total household energy usage.

      Based on this analysis, the Smart e Mix Manager makes comprehensive decisions to realize the optimal efficiency for that particular household. Such information will be displayed on the in-house monitor, and the user can select the mode to minimize the size of their utility bill based on the latest data from the gas and electricity bills or let the Smart e Mix Manager apply control to minimize CO2 emissions based on the current data of the basic unit of CO2 emissions. Further, the Smart e Mix Manager consolidates the operation display monitors of each energy device. The user can remotely operate this information display in the house via wireless LAN, or also operate it from outside of the house via Honda Internavi system using a vehicle navigation system or a smart phone. By pursuing further evolutionary development of the Smart e Mix Manager, Honda will verify optimal energy management.

      Collaboration with electromotive mobility

      Honda will verify the optimal use of household energy, provided by the Smart e Mix Manager, to charge EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.



      Strengthening the backup supply for household energy use

      Honda will develop and verify the means to secure the necessary energy for the household in the event of a power outage or disaster. Such means include the development of a combination of solar cell panels and a gas-engine cogeneration unit or a self-activating gas-engine cogeneration unit. Moreover, with an eye toward reducing the load on public infrastructures, Honda will study and verify a "vehicle-to-home" charging system that uses electric energy within batteries of electromotive mobility products, such as electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, to supply electricity for household use.



      Verifying key information services supplied in coordination with Internavi

      Honda will verify information services which will support people's ability to lead secure and comfortable lives by networking vehicles, homes, society and energy supply.

      1) Sense of Security:

      ・Notifies the arrival of visitors

      ・Provides guideline on how to use each energy device in the time of an emergency

      ・Notifies if air conditioning unit and/or lights are not turned off before the user leaves the home

      2) Convenience:

      ・Enables remote control of appliances (air conditioning unit/lights)

      ・Enables remote control of appliances via the Internavi system's voice recognition function

      ・Enables user to run hot water for a bathtub or lock a door from outside of the house

      3) Environment (providing information on the in-house monitor):

      ・Electricity information (amount of electricity generated by solar power generation system and gas-engine cogeneration unit, amount of charge/discharge of the rechargeable batteries, amount of electricity consumed in the house, amount of electricity consumed on each floor of the house, remaining battery level of the rechargeable battery and EV battery, situation of power outage and recovery)

      ・Heat information (amount of heat generated by the gas-engine cogeneration unit, temperature of hot water supplied, temperature of bath water, temperature of each room)

      ・Bill information (electricity bill, electricity sales, gas bill, water bill)

      ・Other information (weather forecast, malfunctioning alert of each device)

      ・Remote control (hot water dispenser, air conditioning unit, lights, locking doors from outside of the house)

      Based on the verification results from these demonstration test houses, Honda will take advantage of its strength in producing energy creation products such as solar panels and cogeneration units and pursue total energy management within a household or community. Honda's goal is to work together with its customers to create a low carbon lifestyle in which people can enjoy life.

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      • Honda celebrates 500 new employees starting work


        There were celebrations today at Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) in Swindon as they introduced a second shift within their Car Plant 2 facility. As announced in December 2011, 500 new Associates were being recruited and today, they began their new roles within the Plant. This brings the total number of employees at HUM to 3,500, with the production volume forecast to double to 180,000 units in 2012.



        Speaking in December, Honda Motor Europe President Manabu Nishimae said Honda remained totally committed to building cars and engines in Europe with Swindon at the heart of Honda's European manufacturing activities. This move to a two shift pattern on Line 2 represents a further step in HUM's increased production activity, and coincides with growing demand for Honda's new Civic family hatchback.



        HUM Director, Andy Piatek commented, "I am delighted to welcome our new Associates. At HUM we are proud of the skills of our workforce and the quality and reliability of the products we build."



        New Honda Associate, Dan Smith, spoke about his excitement at starting work at Honda, "I am really looking forward to building the new Civic here at HUM. Over the past few months we have been through all kinds of training and now it's finally time to get started!"



        In addition to the new Civic and the successful Jazz, 2012 will also see the mass production launch of the new European CR-V and the introduction of a new small diesel engine, both of which will be produced at HUM.

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        • ASIMO PREMIERE IN SOFIA



          Sofia, Bulgaria, 10th May 2012 - ASIMO travelled to Sofia this week to participate in the 20th anniversary celebrations of Bultraco Honda, the Bulgarian importer of Honda cars and motorbikes. This is the first time that ASIMO has ever visited Bulgaria, so huge crowds are expected to come and see the world's most advanced humanoid robot in action.

          The celebrations are taking place in the International Exhibition Centre in Sofia over five days. On the opening day of the Exhibition - 10th May - ASIMO met many representatives of the Bulgarian media. This includes a visit to the studios of Nova TV, Bulgaria's leading official TV channel. ASIMO also attended a VIP party on the evening of the 10th with special guests, including the Japanese Ambassador to Bulgaria, and perform a show for the crowd.

          The exhibition is open to the general public from the 11th May for four days. ASIMO will perform 20 shows during its time in Sofia on a vast, purpose-built stage. Each demonstration, lasting half an hour, will offer an opportunity for visitors to see Honda's latest advances in the field of humanoid robotics. These will include ASIMO's ability to run, climb stairs, give and receive objects as well as dance, all displaying ASIMO's superior agility and movement.

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          • Honda Aircraft Company attends EBACE as Fourth FAA-Conforming HondaJet Achieves Its First Flight Momentum Toward Certification

            Geneva, Switzerland - 13 May, 2012 - Honda Aircraft Company today made several announcements during its media briefing at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, that underscore progress and momentum toward certification of the light business HondaJet.



            Honda Aircraft announced the first flight of its fourth conforming flight test aircraft, the "F3" and demonstrated key new product enhancements in the HondaJet's avionics and cabin management systems. The company also shared progress in preparing for the aircraft's entry into service with news regarding the HondaJet flight training and groundwork on its new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) 54-acre site.



            "Honda Aircraft is advancing toward certifying the HondaJet and delivering the aircraft to customers," said Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "We are committed to deliver the world's most advanced light jet to our customers. We continuously improve product details to exceed customers' expectations, as today's product enhancements exemplify. Plus our program milestones in testing and

            manufacturing, and our progress in preparing for entry into service, illustrate Honda's commitment to provide an unsurpassed customer ownership experience."

            Recent Certification Program Milestones

            Honda Aircraft Company today announced that its fourth conforming HondaJet aircraft, referred to as "F3," successfully completed its first flight last week on May 4, 2012. The F3 aircraft, painted in a unique and striking yellow and white signature HondaJet paint scheme, began its first flight on May 4, 2012, from Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. "The first flight of F3 shows the steady advancement on our course toward delivering to our customers an aircraft that offers not only superior performance, efficiency and comfort, but also superior quality," said Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.



            New Product Enhancements

            Honda Aircraft is the first manufacturer to announce and demonstrate plans for a new 60/40 display configuration on the Garmin® G3000 Primary Flight Displays for the HondaJet. This enhancement provides for pilots an easier visual scan of additional flight information in a concise format that contributes to improved situational awareness and safety. The pilot or co-pilot can select and see more information within a tile that uses 40% of the width of each of the G3000's large 14-inch wide, high-resolution displays.



            Honda Aircraft unveiled a new Cabin Management System (CMS) and updated production aircraft interior. The new available CMS enables passengers to use a wireless mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone, to view real time flight information and to control the HondaJet cabin's lighting, temperature, music, and window shades for enhanced comfort and productivity.

            The updated HondaJet fuselage model, which uses production components and is on display at EBACE this week, showcases the new Garmin 60/40 display, the new CMS, and the latest HondaJet seating, cockpit and cabin interior appointments.



            Progress in Preparation for Entry into Service

            Honda Aircraft announced that manufacturing began on 7 May, 2012, on the HondaJet's first full motion, Level D flight simulator at FlightSafety® International's production facility near Tulsa, Oklahoma. This first simulator will be based at the HondaJet Training Center at Honda Aircraft headquarters campus in Greensboro, North Carolina, in the first half of 2013, and will play a vital role in HondaJet pilot training. FlightSafety International is the official HondaJet pilot training and maintenance training provider.



            Honda Aircraft also announced it has begun the process to build the new $20 million state-of-the-art MRO facility at its world headquarters campus at Greensboro, North Carolina.

            About HondaJet

            HondaJet is the most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, most quiet and most fuel efficient in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including a unique over-the-wing engine-mount configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. This airframe design reduces cabin noise and ground-detected noise when overhead and allows for a more spacious cabin and greater cargo capacity. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most advanced glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system with a class-leading layout of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, and value.



            About Honda Aircraft Company

            Honda Aircraft Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motors Inc., was founded in 2006 though has its heritage in more than 20 years of ground-breaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's World Headquarters campus in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, Manufacturing and Administration Headquarter buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motors is still alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

            http://www.hondajet.com/

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            • Honda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with People

              Joint demonstration testing to begin in June



              Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the new UNI-CUB personal mobility device, designed for harmony with people. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking.



              Representing the evolution of the U3-X personal mobility device that Honda announced in 2009, UNI-CUB features Honda's proprietary balance control technology and the world's first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System). These technologies allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily maneuver among other people.



              Moreover, UNI-CUB's compact saddle-style packaging makes it easy for the rider's legs to reach the ground and maintains eye-level height with other pedestrians. This configuration promotes harmony between the rider and others, letting the rider travel freely and comfortably inside facilities and among moving people.



              Starting in June 2012, Honda will jointly conduct demonstration testing of UNI-CUB with Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. In addition to testing the feasibility of using UNI-CUB indoors, this project will explore the practical applications of the device in a wide range of environments in Japan and other countries.

              The balance control technology of UNI-CUB is part of the Honda Robotics family of technologies, which originates with Honda's research into humanoid robots, including the world-famous ASIMO.



              Going forward, Honda will continue its proactive research and development of next-generation mobility technologies, aiming always to offer more and more people the joy and fun that comes from freedom of movement.

              Key specifications of UNI-CUB



              Size (L x W x H)


              520 x 345 x 745 mm

              Seat height


              745 - 825 mm

              Battery type


              Lithium-ion battery

              Maximum speed


              6 km/h

              Range


              6 km

              Application environment


              Barrier-free indoor environments



              Key features of UNI-CUB



              Maneuverability promotes compatibility with people in many environments

              1. Omni-directional freedom of movement similar to human walking

              UNI-CUB has a two-wheel configuration with a minimal wheelbase. The front wheel features the Honda Omni Traction Drive System that Honda first announced in 2009. The rear wheel moves laterally to facilitate turning. By leveraging the different rotational speeds of the front and rear wheel treads during lateral movements, UNI-CUB can move forwards and backwards, side-to-side and diagonally and also turn in place, making possible quick, nimble movement.



              2. Movement in harmony with other people

              Honda's proprietary balance control technology makes it possible for the rider to freely control the wheels of the UNI-CUB, much as human beings maintain their balance. With a design that takes into consideration the rider's environment, this system allows the rider to maneuver while moving side by side with or holding hands with another person.



              3. Compact size for moving and climbing gradients in barrier-free indoor environments

              Thanks to UNI-CUB's compact saddle-style packaging, the rider and vehicle together are about the same width as a person when walking. Optimized wheel design and high-precision drive/balance control enhance UNI-CUB's ability to climb gradients in barrier-free indoor environments.



              Ease of control promotes freedom of movement

              4. Weight shift control combined with touch panel control

              When the rider is using weight shift control, UNI-CUB's incline sensor detects the direction in which the rider is leaning, allowing UNI-CUB to calculate the direction and speed intended by the rider. And touch panel control via smartphone and other devices is another convenient control option.
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              • Honda Off-road range is enhanced with two upgraded models and one all-new bike

                Honda Off-road range is enhanced with two upgraded models and one all-new bike



                Today the company is proud to announce updates to its off-road family, extending its appeal to a broad range of ages and skill levels.



                The 2013 CFR450R is a direct result of knowledge acquired by the HRC works team in the All-Japan Motocross Championship. Focused completely around the rider, it features a brand new, fully mass-centralised chassis and KYB air-sprung USD front forks. The engine has been re-tuned for more low down torque and smoother power delivery to make an open-class motocross bike that's easier to ride faster, for longer.



                The championship-winning performance of the CRF250R is further upgraded with improved engine and suspension performance. The engine's response at low and mid-rpm has been boosted thanks to recalibration of the fuel injection, while the rear shock has been revised with new internals and damping rates.



                The CRF110F is a brand new motorcycle aimed squarely at the 8-11 year old age range. It features a new engine -* with electric starter - and chassis. With styling inspired by the 2013 CRF450R, the CRF110F also provides a valuable stepping-stone up to more competition-focused motocross and enduro machines.
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                • ASIMO heads to Germany for AMI 2012

                  Germany, June 04, 2012 - ASIMO travelled to Leipzig, Germany this week to attend AMI 2012 (Auto Mobil International), the country's only international motor show. Held in Leipziger Messe, a stunning, exhibition hall designed by British architect Ian Ritchie, the show is expected to attract over 300,000 visitors.



                  ASIMO will be performing nearly 40 shows and is joined on the Honda stand by the all new Civic, the Jazz Si, a CR-V prototype and the zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell electric car, the FCX Clarity.

                  ASIMO has already made an impression at the show, meeting VIPs and senior Honda associates during the press day. These included Dr Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister for Transport, Construction and City Development, Mr Manabu Nishimae President of Honda Motor Europe, Mr Katsushi Inoue, President of Honda Germany, and Mr Hirokazu Tomiki, President of Honda Poland.



                  AMI 2012 runs until the 10th June and features 78 World, European and German premieres.

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                  • Honda to build new parts logistics centre in Barcelona to cover Southern Europe and North Africa regions

                    Honda today announced plans to construct a new logistics centre in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, Barcelona, Spain. The new facility, expected to be approximately 24,000 m2 will be located on part of the existing 86,000m2 Montesa Honda site, where currently the Spanish motorcycle sales subsidiary, the Honda Safety Institute and production plant are all located.



                    The new centre will store and process parts for Honda's car, motorcycle and power equipment businesses, serving Honda customers and dealers in Spain, Portugal, Southern France and North African countries. In addition, the centre will manage motorcycle logistics for the whole of southern Europe.



                    This new logistics centre will be operational from late 2013.
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                    • Honda adds new creative agency to roster


                      Honda Motor Europe today announced that creative agency, mcgarrybowen, would join Honda's roster of creative agencies. The agency will act as the lead creative agency for the autumn launch of Honda's new CR-V.



                      Commenting on the appointment, Tom Gardner, General Manager of Cars for Honda Motor Europe, said, "We're all very excited about the new CR-V, adding mcgarrybowen to the creative mix at Honda will help to ensure we deliver the right creative message across our very diverse European markets".



                      Gordon Bowen, Chairman and founder of mcgarrybowen said: "The European launch of the new CR-V is hugely important. We are proud that Honda Motor Europe have chosen mcgarrybowen to be their lead creative agency for this vital task."





                      Editors Note

                      Weiden and Kennedy retain the role as Honda's lead strategic agency in Europe and the UK
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                      • Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro Announced As Honda's WTCC Drivers

                        Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro

                        announced as Honda's WTCC drivers





                        •· Tiago Monteiro will race in Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau this year

                        •· Gabriele Tarquini will assist Honda Racing Team JAS on the car's development

                        •· Both will race the new "Civic WTCC" in 2013



                        Tokyo, July 18th 2012 - Honda announced today that Italian Gabriele Tarquini and Portuguese Tiago Monteiro will be its works team drivers in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).



                        Earlier this year, Honda already confirmed its entry in the WTCC from 2013 onwards, with a two car works team - Honda Racing Team JAS - managed by JAS Motorsport (Milano, Italy), Honda's long term racing partner.



                        J.A.S. Motorsport is currently developing the European Honda Civic 5-door for the WTCC, whilst Honda R&D has created a bespoke, brand new 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine at its research and development centre in Tochigi (Japan).

                        As part of its development programme, Honda will enter the WTCC as early as this season with one car. Behind the wheel of the "Honda Civic WTCC" will be ex-Formula One driver Tiago Monteiro, who will compete in three races, starting at Suzuka in October 2012. Honda R&D and Mugen will provide trackside support to the team as the new engine makes its racing debut.



                        Drawing on his extensive experience in the sport, 2009 World Touring Car champion Tarquini will also assist the works team on the car's development this year.

                        Both drivers will compete in the full FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC) in 2013.



                        Commenting on the announcement, Hideo Sato, General Manager of Honda Motorsport Division in Japan, said:



                        "We are delighted to have Gabriele back with us and excited to welcome Tiago into the Honda racing family for the first time. Both are former Formula One drivers and have also proven time and again that they belong in the absolute top echelon of world touring car drivers. We are convinced that both drivers will contribute to the success of the Honda Civic in the FIA WTCC.

                        I'd also like to express a special gratitude to the FIA and Eurosport Events, who have both been instrumental in making our entry into the WTCC possible from this year onwards."





                        Gabriele Tarquini's racing career began in karting, where he became both Italian and World Champion. He then moved to Formula 3000 for three seasons, followed by Formula One, participating in 78 Grand Prix and working with teams such as Osella, Coloni, AGS, Fondmetal and Tyrrell.



                        In 1994 the Italian then made a successful switch to touring cars. Starting with the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), he won the title at his first attempt.



                        In 1997 he began a five year relationship with Honda, firstly in the BTCC behind the wheel of a Honda Accord. In 1998 he moved to Germany to support Honda's assault in the country's STW Cup, and then in 2000 returned to the BTCC. This first ‘Honda era' drew to a close in 2001 and was marked by winning nine races in the European Touring Car Championship.



                        Since then Tarquini has competed in the FIA WTCC, including a championship winning season in 2009, when he took the drivers' title at the last race of the year.

                        In the same year that Tarquini first joined Honda (1997), Tiago Monteiro was making his debut in the French Porsche Carrera Cup.



                        After a spell in the French Formula 3 and the GT Championship, he moved to Formula 3000 in 2002 and then the American Champ Car series in 2003.



                        He then pushed through to Formula One, driving for Jordan Grand Prix, Midland F1 and Spyker F1 team. In the 2005 United States Grand Prix he obtained a podium finish (3rd place) and in the same year went on to break the record for the highest number of finishes in a season as a rookie (18); a record that he still holds to date.



                        Monteiro moved to the FIA WTCC in 2007, where he continues to compete at the highest level.



                        Ends

                        Editor's notes

                        About Honda Racing Team JAS

                        Team Name: Honda Racing Team JAS

                        Drivers: Gabriele Tarquini as 2012 development driver and 2013 racing driver

                        Tiago Monteiro as 2012 racing driver from Suzuka round and for 2013 season

                        Team Principal : Alessandro Mariani

                        Chief Designer: Andrea Adamo

                        Technical Director: Stefano Fini



                        About the Honda Civic WTCC

                        Car Designation: Honda Civic WTCC

                        Base Car: Honda Civic 5Door, produced in Honda's manufacturing plant located in Swindon (UK).



                        About J.A.S. Motorsport

                        •· J.A.S. Motorsport is a racing car builder and racing team founded in 1995 to compete mainly in touring car races. It became Honda's partner in 1997 as a works team in the Super Touring Car era (STW (Germany)) in 1998 &1999, BTCC (UK) in 2000 and has run Honda Racing Customer Support on behalf of Honda Motor Europe since 2001. Located in Milan, Italy, J.A.S Headquarters and factory consists of a surface area of 2500 square meters.



                        J.A.S. Motorsport's President is Maurizio Ambrogetti and Managing Director is Alessandro Mariani.



                        More information can be found at http://www.jasmotorsport.com/

                        About Mugen

                        •· Mugen is a brand of M-TEC Co., Ltd. a company based in Saitama (Japan) whose main motorsport activities are: designing, development, manufacturing and marketing of racing engines; parts and components for Honda cars and technical services at racing circuit.



                        M-TEC has subsidiaries in America (MUGEN America Inc. (U.S.A.)) and in Europe (MUGEN EURO Co., Limited (U.K.))

                        More information can be found at www.mugen-power.com/





                        About WTCC

                        •· WTCC is the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

                        •· Vehicle specification is strictly regulated by FIA Super 2000 category

                        •· All vehicles who compete in the championship are based on mass production cars with more than than 4 seats.

                        •· The championship is reserved for cars powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine, turbo-charged with direct injection.

                        •· The distance of each race varies between 50 km and 60km

                        The full racing season covers 12 racing weekends (two races per weekend)



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                        • CR-V Preview

                          CR-V HERITAGE AND PEDIGREE

                          Fourth generation model
                          Global model, sold in 160 countries with cumulative sales of over 5 million
                          European model built in Europe since 1998
                          Efficient, functional and capable

                          Originally launched at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda CR-V was one of the first of the modern generation of ‘soft roaders'. It became a benchmark for this fast growing segment with its practical size and excellent utility. The CR-V was designed primarily for on-road use, but with SUV styling and the quality customers expect from a Honda product. Sales began in Europe in 1997 and the CR-V quickly became a firm favourite with buyers, so successful in fact that production of the European models started in Honda's plant in Swindon, United Kingdom in 1998.


                          Launched in late 2001, the second generation CR-V took many cues from the original, retaining all of its best features including the rugged 4x4 styling and the ‘on demand' Real Time Dual Pump 4WD system. It offered much improved performance and economy, achieved with the introduction of Honda's 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, while the new body structure delivered increased interior space.


                          A further sales boost came in 2005 with the introduction of Honda's much acclaimed i-CTDi diesel engine. Perfectly complementing the petrol engine, the high output, high torque engine significantly enhanced the CR-V's all-round appeal.

                          The third-generation CR-V arrived in 2007. This was the first CR-V to feature a vertically opening tailgate, a feature made possible by removing the spare wheel from the back door. Lower, shorter and wider than its predecessors, it offered improved on-road dynamics. A mid-life facelift in 2009 introduced the new generation diesel engine i-DTEC and a combination of diesel engine with automatic transmission.



                          Over five million CR-Vs have been sold across the world since its introduction in 1995 and the new, fourth generation Honda CR-V builds on the success of its predecessors with greater quality, practicality and refinement. The model that helped define the compact-SUV sector has been comprehensively redesigned for the European market.


                          For the first time, the CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two- and four-wheel drive, while improvements to the engine range have achieved a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Sales of the new CR-V will begin in Europe in November 2012 and it will be built at Honda's production facility in Swindon, United Kingdom.


                          Ryouji Nakagawa, the Large Project Leader (LPL) for the CR-V commented, "The first generation set out to combine the best elements of a car and an SUV. For the new CR-V, we have now achieved a perfect, centred balance between the efficiency of a car and the functionality and security of an SUV. In doing so, we have created a model that is efficient, versatile and capable."






                          EXTERIOR DESIGN- CLEVER PACKAGING

                          Reduced height and length without compromising interior space
                          Increased luggage space
                          Power tailgate exclusive for Europe
                          Car-like driving position
                          LED Daytime Running Lights and LED taillights

                          The pursuit of the perfect balance between a car and an SUV influenced every element of the development process, including the exterior styling. Exterior Designer Manabu Konaka explains: "The CR-V has always been a car for every occasion. It can be both casual and formal, but the aesthetic must always convey solidity and reliability." The length and height of the car have been reduced by 5mm and 30mm respectively compared with the current model, without reducing the interior space. "This is only one example of the new CR-V's improved efficiency," says Konaka. "This is a functional, efficient and confident car and we've tried to express that in the design."


                          While the fourth generation model is instantly recognisable as a member of the CR-V family, it asserts its own identity. Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the new model takes on a more aggressive and aerodynamic stance with deeper sculpting of the bodylines and a bolder nose section. The front bumper's smooth, flowing lines are joined by a horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights. The lower front bumper is designed to convey SUV capability with a generous approach angle. The CR-V's signature vertical rear brake lights, which debuted on the original model, remain but introduce a more three-dimensional style. The CR-V's large wheels and bold wheelarches further emphasise its dynamic presence and capability.


                          The CR-V has been designed as a global car but the European model features a number of exterior refinements developed specifically for this market. A revised front bumper emphasises its dynamic appeal, while front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights are other stylish additions.

                          The position of the windscreen has been brought forward by 60mm (measured from bottom of the windscreen) relative to the overall length of the car. As a result, the size of the engine compartment has been reduced. "At Honda, every project leader pursues our man-maximum, machine-minimum philosophy," says Nakagawa. "It is always our goal to reduce the size of the mechanical parts in order to provide more space for the occupants. It is a big challenge for our engineering and production teams, but one that we must take on."


                          The repositioning of the windscreen and the new bonnet design have provided a second benefit, The area of the nose of the car that cannot be seen from the driver's seat has been reduced to improve visibility and make the CR-V easier to manoeuvre. A 10mm increase in both the steering wheel and seat height adjustments has also ensured that a broader range of drivers can achieve an ideal driving position.


                          The synergy between form and function has played a critical role in the development of every CR-V and this latest model is no exception. The expansive glass area of the windows reveals the spaciousness of the cabin. Konaka says, "I am particularly proud of the rear window design.

                          We wanted to extend it to the extremity of the vehicle to emphasise the sleek proportions, and this also had the advantage of increasing the boot space." With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres. If the space saver spare wheel is specified 147 litres to 1669 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.


                          A keyless entry system and power tailgate also make it easier for owners of the CR-V to exploit this enhanced practicality. Within Honda's global line-up for the CR-V, this power tailgate is unique to the European market and available on certain grades.

                          INTERIOR DESIGN- QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY

                          Ergonomically efficient environment
                          Interior roominess
                          High quality finish
                          NVH improvement
                          5in "intelligent integrated" Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
                          Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design
                          Easy fold-down one motion 60/40 split rear seat



                          The interior design concept for the new CR-V continues the man-maximum, machine-minimum philosophy. "The first thing that we wanted to achieve with the interior design was a feeling of openness," says the Interior Designer, Takehiro Ishibashi. "I wanted to communicate the feeling you get when you stand on top of a mountain, looking down on the valley and seeing a panorama of the landscape. It's a feeling of freedom, space and timelessness."

                          The influence of this thinking can be seen in the fascia design. "There are a number of horizontal layers which help emphasise the feeling of space," says Nakagawa. "We call this ‘lean-layered' design. By arranging the major functions in a series of layers, you create an ergonomically-efficient environment that is very intuitive." The major controls have been further grouped according to their function, with a ‘driver interface zone' behind the steering wheel and an ‘information interface zone' in the centre of the cabin.


                          The materials used have been carefully chosen for the European market. "The high quality finish on the top of the fascia was inspired by the marble-like pattern you find on Japanese Kobe beef," says Ishibashi. "On the decorative strip that flows across the fascia we used a special film that creates a 3D effect. I am really proud of our attention to detail in every aspect of this vehicle."


                          Care has also been taken to achieve a significant reduction in the engine and road noise entering the cabin. Sound insulation material has been applied to the floorpan below the passenger compartment, while sound absorption material has been fitted to the rear door, rear wheelarches, door frames, front bulkhead and bonnet. The doors also now feature a double seal. The net result is a 3dB reduction in cabin noise compared to the current CR-V.

                          This high quality ambience is further enhanced by an impressive range of equipment. In the cabin attention focuses on the 5 inch "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID), which controls the audio, telephone and navigation systems (where fitted). In order to emphasise the feeling of space inside, the door casings have been sculptured to create a concave shape. This has also allowed the front seat occupants to be moved closer to the sides of the car, making it easier to step in and out. As a consequence, more space has been liberated between the seats for a centre console that houses two cupholders, a storage compartment, an armrest and air vents for the rear seats.



                          The front seats also incorporate a whiplash mitigation system. Slits in the urethane portion of the seat back, folds in the cushion spring and a rotating mechanism on the cushion spring combine to absorb the occupant's energy in the event of an accident, alleviating the risk of whiplash injuries. The seats work in conjunction with the CRV's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACETM) body structure.


                          The hip point of the rear passenger seats has been lowered by 38mm compared to the current model, resulting in a more comfortable seating position and increased headroom. Moreover, a change in the design of the rear seats has allowed Honda's engineers to introduce Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seats, which can be folded flat in one movement. At the pull of a handle, the CR-V can be transformed from a five-seater passenger car into a versatile load-lugger. "This is a feature of which I am particularly proud," says Ishibashi. "It will make a big difference to how our customers use their CR-V."

                          EFFICIENCY

                          Improved aerodynamics
                          Choice of 2.0 i-VTEC and 2.2 i-DTEC engines at launch
                          2.0 i-VTEC engine available with choice of two- or four-wheel drive
                          12% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with current model
                          Eco Assist and ECON Mode
                          Idle-stop technology standard with manual transmission

                          The aerodynamics are another key area in which form and function go hand-in-hand. The adoption of a flat under floor and sculptured wheelarches have smoothed the air flow under the car, while a longer roof combined with aerodynamically optimised front bumper and rear spoiler help to manage the air-flow over the body. The result is a reduction in the drag coefficient by 6.5% compared with the current CR-V to the benefit of performance, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.


                          Under the bonnet of the CR-V, customers will find either a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine or a 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Both are a development of the engines found in the third generation CR-V but both have been comprehensively redesigned with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions. "We have placed a key emphasis on applying new technologies to reduce the friction in the engines and improve their efficiency," explains Nakagawa. Idle-stop technology has also been introduced on all models fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

                          Idle-stop technology has also been introduced on all models fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.
                          Improvements in fuel economy and reduction of CO2 emissions in the new CR-V have been achieved without compromising driving pleasure. The power and torque outputs of the i-DTEC engine remain at 150PS and 350Nm respectively, but the CO2 emissions fall from 171g/km to 149g/km* (12%) for the manual version, and from 195g/km to 174g/km* for models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission.


                          The power output of the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine has risen from 150PS to 155PS*, while the torque has increased by 2Nm to 192Nm*. Despite this increase in performance, CO2 emissions have fallen from 192g/km to 173g/km* for the manual version, and from 195g/km to 175g/km* for the automatic.


                          Customers opting for the two-wheel drive CR-V will see a further reduction in exhaust emissions to 168g/km*. The introduction of a front-wheel drive CR-V responds to changing market conditions. Across Europe, two-wheel drive models now account for 51% of the petrol-engined compact-SUV market according to a survey conducted in 2011.
                          Also standard are Honda's acclaimed ECON mode and Eco Assist systems. When the ECON button is pressed the throttle response and air-conditioning are automatically adjusted to minimise fuel consumption. The Eco Assist system uses the car's dashboard display to advise drivers on how their driving style is impacting fuel economy, by changing the colour of the dial edges from white to green when driving more efficiently.

                          RIDE COMFORT, HANDLING AND ACTIVE SAFETY

                          Car-like handling
                          Motion Adaptive Electric Power steering system (MA-EPS)
                          Real Time all-wheel drive with Intelligent Control System
                          Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC)
                          Advanced Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system
                          Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which are new to the CR-V
                          Emergency Stop System (ESS)

                          The new CR-V marks the introduction of a two-wheel drive model as well as upgrades to the car's suspension, steering and four-wheel drive system. Honda's development team undertook an extensive test program on European roads to improve the CR-V's ride quality without compromising its car-like handling or high-speed stability. The McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension has been upgraded with a 10% increase in damper rates all-round. An increase in the body's rigidity - bending rigidity is up 7% and torsional rigidity up 9 % - allows the suspension to operate more effectively.

                          The next generation Motion Adaptive electric power steering system (MA-EPS) has been refined to combine easy manoeuvrability with increased feedback and response at higher velocity. This sophisticated new system also works with the standard Advanced Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to detect instability in slippery road conditions and automatically initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction.
                          The MA-EPS system also has key efficiency benefits. It's simple and compact and unlike a conventional hydraulic pump power steering system, it does not draw continuous power from the engine, helping to reduce fuel consumption.


                          The majority of CR-Vs sold will continue to operate using all-wheel drive and the latest iteration of Honda's Real Time AWD system. The hydraulically activated "dual-pump" system of the third generation CR-V has been replaced by an electronically activated system that provides a faster response when a loss of traction is detected. It also reduces weight by 17 percent and minimizes internal friction by 59 percent. The advancements help to further minimize the negative impact on fuel economy common to virtually all four-wheel-drive systems.


                          There's also a range of electronic systems designed to make driving both easier and safer. Hill Start Assist (HSA) stops the vehicle rolling backwards during hill starts and is joined by Hill Descent Control (HDC), which debuts on the CR-V for the first time. Available on automatic models, it operates at up to 8kmh and helps the CR-V descend difficult terrain safely and consistently. These systems work in conjunction with the VSA and the MA-EPS systems.

                          The new CR-V is also the latest vehicle to employ Honda's Advanced Driver Assist System, or ADAS for short. ADAS incorporates Honda's Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), which warns of an impending collision and even applies the brakes to minimise an impact.
                          Buttons on the steering wheel operate the ACC system and allows the driver to choose both the speed and the preferred distance from the vehicle in front. Using a radar in the front grille, ACC monitors the distance to the car in front and can apply up to a quarter of the maximum braking force so as to maintain the set speed and distance. If more braking is required, the system provides a visible and audible warning. It operates between speeds of 30 and 180km/h.


                          Designed for dual carriageway or motorway use, the Lane Keeping Assist System helps keep the car in its lane, and features on the CR-V for the first time. The system detects the lane markings using a camera mounted at the top of the windscreen. If the system detects that the car is not within the centre of the lane, it will automatically apply corrective steering, while issuing a visual and audible warning. The system applies up to 80% of the steering force required, with the driver providing the final 20%.

                          Honda's Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) is a radar-based autonomous emergency braking system. At speeds above 15km/h, moving and stationary vehicles are detected along a path 100m ahead of the vehicle. When the system senses that the car is likely to hit one of these obstacles, a three stage process is initiated. In the first, (typically around 3 seconds before impact), the driver is alerted by visual and audible warnings. In the second stage, when the system senses that a collision is still likely (typically some 2 seconds before impact), three sharp tugs are given on the seat belt and the car automatically starts to apply some braking. Finally, when a collision is unavoidable, CMBS tightens the front seat occupants' seatbelts (using reversible tensioners different from the pyrotechnic devices used during the collision itself) and applies a high level of braking force. This braking can be supplemented by the driver up to the maximum that the car is capable of. Honda estimates that if all cars were fitted with CMBS, between 200,000 and 250,000 accidents could be either prevented or their effects mitigated every year.
                          As its name suggests, Honda's Advanced Driver Assist System is designed to complement the driver, not to replace their input.



                          In an emergency stop situation, the Emergency Stop System (ESS) will automatically activate the brake and hazard warning lights (indicators). The lights will blink rapidly to warn following vehicles that the CR-V is stopping abruptly, alleviating the risk of a collision.

                          Confident, efficient and functional, the fourth generation of the CR-V builds on the success of its predecessors. "The CR-V is one of the key pillars of Honda's global portfolio," says Nakagawa. "To develop the latest version of a model that has sold over five million examples is a big responsibility, but we have enjoyed the challenge. If you want to improve a vehicle that is already well balanced and respected, the only solution is to enhance that vehicle in every area while making it smaller, lighter and more efficient than ever before. That is what we have done with the new CR-V."



                          *Honda internal figures, subject to change.

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                          • Honda unveils HR412E, ‘the heart' of its Civic WTCC racing car

                            Honda unveils HR412E, ‘the heart' of its Civic WTCC racing car





                            Tokyo, July 27th 2012 - Honda today unveiled the new racing engine HR412E to power its Civic WTCC race car in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.



                            Developed at Honda's R&D centre in Tochigi, Japan, the HR412E is a completely bespoke 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine, fully conforming to FIA regulations for the WTCC.



                            Commenting on the announcement, Daisuke Horiuchi, the WTCC Development Project Leader at Honda R&D said:



                            "In the continuous technological development of an internal combustion engine, the thermal efficiency is the essential key for improvement. And a race engine is not an exception. This HR412E was born from such thought process: aiming for higher efficiency."

                            "The HR412E heralds a new generation of high performance racing engines from Honda. All engineers at the R&D centre in Tochigi have worked hard to develop a race engine that will deliver great driveability to our racing drivers, with no compromise on peak power performance."





                            "We believe the innovations that have led to this revolutionary engine will also lead to benefits beyond the race track, helping us to further increase the efficiency of our road car engines."





                            The engine has been delivered to the Honda Racing Team JAS workshop in Milan, Italy, where the Civic WTCC is being developed, and successfully passed all initial tests.



                            The news follows the recent naming of Honda's works team drivers in the the FIA World Touring Car Championship - Italian Gabriele Tarquini and Portuguese Tiago Monteiro.

                            Honda will enter the WTCC as early as this season with one car. Behind the wheel of the Civic WTCC will be ex-Formula One driver Tiago Monteiro, who will compete in three races, starting at Suzuka in October 2012. Honda R&D and Mugen will provide trackside support to the team.



                            Both drivers will compete in the full FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2013.



                            Ends



                            Editor's notes





                            About Honda Racing Team JAS



                            Team Name: Honda Racing Team JAS

                            Drivers: Gabriele Tarquini as 2012 development driver and 2013 racing driver

                            Tiago Monteiro as 2012 racing driver from Suzuka round and for 2013 season

                            Team Principal : Alessandro Mariani

                            Chief Designer: Andrea Adamo

                            Technical Director: Stefano Fini



                            About the Honda Civic WTCC



                            Car Designation: Honda Civic WTCC

                            Base Car: Honda Civic 5Door, produced in Honda's manufacturing plant located in Swindon (UK).



                            About J.A.S. Motorsport



                            •· J.A.S. Motorsport is a racing car builder and racing team founded in 1995 to compete mainly in touring car races. It became Honda's partner in 1997 as a works team in the Super Touring Car era (STW (Germany)) in 1998 &1999, BTCC (UK) in 2000 and has run Honda Racing Customer Support on behalf of Honda Motor Europe since 2001. Located in Milan, Italy, J.A.S Headquarters and factory consists of a surface area of 2500 square meters.

                            •· J.A.S. Motorsport's President is Maurizio Ambrogetti and Managing Director is Alessandro Mariani.



                            More information can be found at www.jasmotorsport.com

                            About Mugen



                            •· Mugen is a brand of M-TEC Co., Ltd. a company based in Saitama (Japan) whose main motorsport activities are: designing, development, manufacturing and marketing of racing engines; parts and components for Honda cars and technical services at racing circuit.



                            •· M-TEC has subsidiaries in America (MUGEN America Inc. (U.S.A.)) and in Europe (MUGEN EURO Co., Limited (U.K.))



                            More information can be found at www.mugen-power.com/



                            About WTCC

                            •· WTCC is the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

                            •· Vehicle specification is strictly regulated by FIA Super 2000 category

                            •· All vehicles who compete in the championship are based on mass production cars with more than than 4 seats.

                            •· The championship is reserved for cars powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine, turbo-charged with direct injection.

                            •· The distance of each race varies between 50 km and 60km

                            •· The full racing season covers 12 racing weekends (two races per weekend)

                            More information can be found at www.fiawtcc.com

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                            • Summary of Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal 1st Quarter ended June 30, 2012

                              Summary of Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal 1st Quarter ended June 30, 2012



                              TOKYO, Japan, July 31, 2012 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its consolidated financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2012.



                              Consolidated net sales and other operating revenue for the fiscal first quarter (April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012) amounted to 2,435.9 billion yen, an increase of 42.1% compared to the same period last year, primarily due to strong sales of new models in automobile business and an increase in revenue as a result of a recovery from the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake.



                              Consolidated operating income for the fiscal first quarter amounted to 176.0 billion yen, approximately 7.8 times greater than the same period last year, primarily due to increased profit from higher revenue in automobile business, offsetting an increase in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses and R&D expenses as well as the unfavorable currency effects.



                              Consolidated income before income taxes amounted to 194.7 billion yen, approximately 6.6 times greater than the same period last year, and consolidated net income attributable to Honda Motor Co., Ltd. amounted to 131.7 billion yen, approximately 4.1 times greater than the same period last year.



                              Despite some uncertainties in the economic climate and market trends as well as the fluctuation of currency exchange rates, previously announced forecasts for consolidated financial results for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 will remain unchanged based on the results for this fiscal first quarter.

                              The quarterly dividend for the fiscal first quarter will be 19 yen per share, 4 yen increase compared to the quarterly dividend for the same period last year. The total cash dividends to be paid for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 are planned to be 76 yen per share, an increase of 16 yen per share from the previous fiscal year.

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                              • Track Testing Begins On The Civic WTCC

                                TRACK Testing begins on the Civic WTCC

                                2012 Civic WTCC race car finally unveiled





                                Honda announced today that it has begun the track testing of its FIA World Touring Car Championship race car, the Civic WTCC.



                                Testing started earlier this week (31st July and 1st August) at the Vallelunga circuit, near Rome, Italy and follows the car's ‘shakedown', which was successfully completed on July 27th at Vairano, a circuit near the J.A.S. Motorsport factory in Milan. Testing will continue throughout the year and is led by 2009 WTCC champion Gabriele Tarquini.



                                Starting at Suzuka in October this year, Honda will enter three races of the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship with one car, driven by Tiago Monteiro. All of the 2012 testing and race results will be fully utilised to further mature the Civic WTCC for full entry in 2013.

                                The final exterior of 2012 Civic WTCC race car was also unveiled today. The new race car is the result of extensive wind-tunnel testing and features an extended front and rear skirt and other additional aerodynamic elements. Combined, they enhance the Civic's smooth air flow creating a coefficient of drag (CD) value that is best in class for a C-sector 5door hatchback. The car sports a dynamic and stylish livery, which aims to accentuate the lines of the new Civic, as well as imbue the race car with Honda's motorsport and racing pedigree.



                                Commenting on the commencement of the Civic WTCC's track test programme, Alessandro Mariani, Team Principal of Honda Racing Team JAS said:



                                "To see the finished Civic finally on the race track is an extremely emotional moment for the whole team. I am so proud of everyone involved. They have managed to accomplish so much in such a short period of time. Everyone has been working tirelessly for this day to happen and the new car and engine are no less than our expectations.



                                The initial track testing has already provided us with a lot of feedback and data, but the road to Suzuka in October remains a long one. This isn't the end. It's just the beginning. From here we will make ourselves even busier."

                                Gabriele Tarquini, Honda's 2012 development driver said:



                                "Although I'd never driven the new Civic before, funnily, when I sat in the seat for the first time I immediately felt I was in a Honda. The body work is precise and the engine feels great. But this is just the first track test, so there is so much more for us to work on.

                                The car looks beautiful too and will, I'm sure, wow all the WTCC fans around the world when it makes its debut in Suzuka later this year."



                                The Civic WTCC is powered by the HR-412E, a completely bespoke 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine, fully conforming to FIA regulations for the WTCC.

                                Both Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro will compete for Honda in the full FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2013.

                                ENDS





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                                Stride Management Assist Device to be Featured in Program to Assess Elder Independence Solutions

                                Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) *1 will feature Honda's Stride Management Assist device in its new program to assess elder independence solutions, which will begin in late August this year. The Stride Management Assist device is a lightweight, wearable device designed to support people with reduced walking ability. The results of the NCGG program will be leveraged by the Project to Explore Practical Applications of Service Robots, which is an initiative of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) *2. One of the goals of the NEDO project is to develop standards for service robot safety technologies.



                                Established to research the needs of people whose walking ability has declined due to aging*3, the NCGG program will operate from the Elder Heath Promotion and Disease Prevention Center, which opens today in the Resora Obu Shopping Terrace in Obu, Aichi Prefecture. Honda will provide NCGG with 40 Stride Management Assist devices, which will be used in the shopping mall and on certain designated walking paths. Based on data output from the devices after use, Honda will research the applicability of the devices to elder independence solutions.

                                *1 National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) is a national center for advanced and specialized medicine for the elderly based in Obu, Aichi Prefecture that researches aging-associated diseases, develops and promotes treatment options, and provides training.



                                *2 Japan's largest public management organization engaged in the development and testing of technology, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) was founded to leverage the experience Japan gained from the oil crises of the 1970s and today collaborates with corporations, universities and public research institutions to solve global energy and environmental problems and to increase the technological strength of Japanese industry.



                                *3 The program will focus on persons with reduced walking ability who are still able to walk under their own power.

                                Key specifications of Stride Management Assist device (prototype as of July 2012)

                                Size


                                Three sizes available: S, M, L

                                Distance between motors:

                                S: 310 mm

                                M: 340 mm

                                L: 380 mm

                                Weight


                                2.4 kg (size M)

                                Drive method


                                Brushless DC motor

                                Battery (type/capacity)


                                Lithium-ion rechargeable battery/22.2 V-1 Ah

                                Operation time on full charge


                                Over 1 hour (at 4.5 km/h pace)

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