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Honda Planning 15-Minute Charge Time For EVs In 2022 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, honda, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017


Honda intends on launching a number of electric vehicles in 2022 that’ll feature a fast-charging feature.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the Japanese automaker will release a fleet of EVs that can run 240 km (149 miles) on a single 15-minute charge.

To achieve this lofty goal, Honda will stop using Panasonic-sourced batteries and instead develop a new type of high-capacity battery with a yet-to-be-decided partner. Capable of handling ultra-quick charging, these batteries will be complemented by an efficient power control system and a lighter vehicle body to ensure impressive ranges.

As with any electric vehicle with fast-charging, all of Honda’s efforts will be pointless if there isn’t a charging network that supports such charging speeds. Fortunately, Europe is expected to have thousands of 350 kW charging stations by 2020 and Japan could follow suit, upgrading its current 150 kW fast-chargers to the same 350 kW limit.

In the meantime, Honda will launch a mass-market electric vehicle in Europe in 2019 and Japan the following year.

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Hit The Brakes In Your Honda Odyssey And The Seats Could Tip Over 20
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Odyssey, NHTSA, Recalls on 11 20th, 2017


Did someone tell you the minivan was dead? Not for Honda, it’s not. The Japanese automaker sells its Odyssey hand over fist in America, where it stands as its fifth most popular model line – behind the Civic, Accord, CR-V, and Pilot, and well ahead of anything that the Acura division sells.

Little wonder, then, that when it has to recall the Odyssey, Honda has to recall a lot of them. About 800,000 of them in this latest campaign.

The problem with all those 2011-17 Odysseys comes down to the second row of seating, which could tip forward under hard braking – but only if it’s not properly latched after adjustment.

That doesn’t strike us as Honda’s fault, per se. But having received 46 reports of minor injuries resulting from this problem, it’s issued a recall for all those minivans to have their latches repaired or replaced.

While it figures out just what to do, however, Honda’s released detailed instructions (and will soon release an instructional video) showing owners how to properly latch those benches in place.

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Pricing Announced, Starts At $33,400 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda Clarity, PHEV, prices, USA on 11 16th, 2017


The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships on December 1st with a base price of $33,400.

Unveiled earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid comes nicely equipped with heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and 8.0-inch Display Audio system. Other niceties include split-folding rear seats, an eight-speaker audio system, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

Buyers looking for something more luxurious can opt for the $36,600 Touring variant which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, perforated leather seats, and Ultrasuede interior accents. The model also boasts power front seats and a GPS navigation system which includes the location of charging stations.

Both models feature a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, a 17 kWh battery pack, and an electric motor. This setup enables the car to produce a combined maximum output of 212 hp (158 kW).

In terms of efficiency, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has a combined fuel economy rating of 110 MPGe and a gasoline-only rating of 44 mpg city / 40 mpg highway / 42 mpg combined. More importantly, the car can travel up to 47 miles (75 km) on electricity alone. When the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in approximately 2.5 hours with a 240 volt charging system.

While the car is a little expensive, buyers will be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. They may also be able to receive additional state and local incentives depending on where they live.

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How The New Honda Civic Type R Avoids Torque Steer 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, video on 11 16th, 2017


One could look at the 2018 Honda Civic Type R and immediately criticize it for having front-wheel drive, particularly since many of its rivals are all-wheel drive.

However, simply dismissing the Type R based on its front-wheel drive layout would be short-sighted. It still provides incredible driving thrills, performance and with the right driver behind the wheel, could keep up with rear-wheel drive supercars along a mountain road.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about the Type R’s front-wheel drive system is its complete lack of torque steer. That’s right, despite the front wheels handling 316 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque, steering and braking, the steering wheel won’t try to break your wrists under heavy acceleration, a trait notorious with many other powerful front-wheel drive vehicles.

In order to avoid torque steer, Honda engineers employed a number of novel solutions, as Engineering Explained reveals.

One of these factors involves a complete redesign of the Type R’s steering and suspension systems compared to a base Civic. By pushing the steering axis closer to the wheel’s centreline, Honda has been able to almost completely eliminate torque steer without scarifying ride comfort.

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Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

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Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R Chases Down Porsches On The ‘Ring 12
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Nurburgring, video on 11 12th, 2017


Even though the new Honda Civic Type R holds the front-wheel drive production car record at the Nurburgring, owners shouldn’t expect to match the car’s 7 min 43.8 sec lap just by jumping behind the wheel.

Nevertheless, French car magazine L’Argus recently took to the iconic German circuit and performed an extremely impressive lap, tackling the track’s most difficult sections with poise and control.

While we’ve yet to drive the new Type R, we’ve heard it is a significant improvement over the short-lived FK2-generation model, particularly because of its overhauled suspension system.

Thanks to the hot hatch’s balanced chassis and the absence of any torque steer, it looks right at home at ‘Green Hell’. In fact, the driver comfortably passes a Lotus Exige S, Porsche 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS, and a handful of Renault Sport models.

Powering the new Civic Type R is a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine with 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels exclusively through a slick six-speed manual transmission.

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Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches 12
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Videos, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Mazda, Mazda Videos, Mazda3, reviews, video on 11 12th, 2017


These days, the market is filled with all sorts of compact hatchbacks, including the (worldwide) popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus .

But what if you wanted to step out of their shadow and go for something different, yet still affordable? Well, then you will have to check out other brands, and in this case, they include Honda, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

The team from RoadShow pinned the new Civic against the Cruze and one of the oldest ones in the segment, the Mazda 3, only to come up with a rather surprising result.

Before giving their verdict, though, the reviewers covered each basic aspect of the three hatchbacks, including their exterior design, cabin space, infotainment, fuel economy and handling.

Arguably, the Mazda 3 came first in most aspects, while the Chevy Cruze was found to be a good, civilized, and quiet urban driver, though consumers won’t feel the need to drive it on a twisty road. The newest arrival of the three, which wears Honda’s logo, is surprisingly good too, but which one would you choose?

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Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches 12
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Videos, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Mazda, Mazda Videos, Mazda3, reviews, video on 11 12th, 2017


These days, the market is filled with all sorts of compact hatchbacks, including the (worldwide) popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus .

But what if you wanted to step out of their shadow and go for something different, yet still affordable? Well, then you will have to check out other brands, and in this case, they include Honda, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

The team from RoadShow pinned the new Civic against the Cruze and one of the oldest ones in the segment, the Mazda 3, only to come up with a rather surprising result.

Before giving their verdict, though, the reviewers covered each basic aspect of the three hatchbacks, including their exterior design, cabin space, infotainment, fuel economy and handling.

Arguably, the Mazda 3 came first in most aspects, while the Chevy Cruze was found to be a good, civilized, and quiet urban driver, though consumers won’t feel the need to drive it on a twisty road. The newest arrival of the three, which wears Honda’s logo, is surprisingly good too, but which one would you choose?

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Driving The Honda NSX, Toyota Supra And Mazda RX-7 Back-To-Back 11
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, japan, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra, Toyota Videos, video on 11 11th, 2017


Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, many of Japan’s leading automakers built world-beating sports cars that were exceptionally fast, bewilderingly agile and in many ways, ahead of their European and American rivals.

Of all the iconic Japanese sports cars of the time, the first-generation Honda NSX, FD Mazda RX-7 and A80 Toyota Supra are among the most beloved. One fortunate YouTuber had the chance to jump behind the wheel of all three.

Despite all coming from Japan at roughly the same time, the Supra, NSX and RX-7 are all quite different from each other. Whereas the Supra is a straight-line warrior, the RX-7 is a more nimble and agile sports car powered by a high-revving rotary engine. By comparison, the NSX is the most exotic of the three, the only one that’s naturally-aspirated and the only one with its engine mounted behind passenger compartment.

If money wasn’t an issue and you could only buy one of the three, which would you choose?

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America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.



Honda Unveils Diesel CR-V Race Car For Race Of Remembrance 10
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in diesel, honda, Honda CR-V, new cars, racing, tuning, UK on 11 10th, 2017


Honda UK and Mission Motorsport created the world’s first ever CR-V diesel race car, set to compete in the Race of Remembrance at Anglesey circuit in Wales.

The team used a CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC AWD EX model as the foundation for this project, removing everything inside except for the dashboard, while adding a bespoke roll cage, racing seats and harnesses.

Dynamically, a special suspension was added, lowering the car’s center of gravity significantly. Other mods include large Brembo brakes (sourced from a Civic Type R), wider wheels from a Civic Sport, adjustable camber control arms and towing hooks.

Because the Race of Remembrance runs in the dark for 6 hours, an additional LED light bar was integrated into the grille, while bonnet and roof scoops were added to help with cooling during the 12 total hours that the car will be out on the track.

“This is a really unique project we are tremendously proud to be a part of,” said Phil Webb of Honda UK. “The team at Mission Motorsport have worked night and day getting the car ready to race while Syncho Motorsport have been on hand to offer advice. We can’t wait to see the CR-V out on track, a first for the model.”

The Race of Remembrance takes place this weekend on the 11th and 12th of November.

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Honda La Vista: Company Says It Can’t Afford 10 Percent Tariff Following Brexit 9
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Reports, UK on 11 9th, 2017


Honda has announced it cannot afford to pay a ten percent tariff on British-built cars if the United Kingdom returns to World Trade Organization rules when the country leaves the European Union in 2019.

In a document submitted to the parliament’s business committee, Honda said “A 10 percent tariff would make our vehicles uncompetitive and would impose costs we cannot afford to absorb.”

The document declined to say what would happen if the tariff takes effect but the company could cease operations in the United Kingdom. This would be a major blow as Honda United Kingdom Manufacturing employs around 3,400 people and its Swindon plant builds the Civic and CR-V.

Brexit negotiations haven’t been going very well but Reuters is reporting government ministers are aiming to reach a deal that allows for the freest trade possible. However, it appears the European Union has the upper hand in negotiations.

Honda isn’t the only automaker worried its future in the United Kingdom as Vauxhall warned the committee it might have to start stockpiling components to ensure production isn’t ground to a halt. Ford also noted changes to current system could have a “serious and negative impact on cash-flow.”

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Honda’s Neo Sport Cafe Concept Yields Delicious New CB1000R 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, motorcycles on 11 9th, 2017


We expect motorcycles – liter bikes especially – to be fast, but we didn’t expect this one to arrive quite so quickly.

Just a couple of weeks ago, as you may recall, Honda revealed the Neo Sports Café concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now it’s already out in production guise.

Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy this week, the new CB1000R has been updated from a strictly retro model to one that blends more modern – even futuristic – styling touches with classic proportions.

The new CB1000R is the largest in a range of three new models that bridge the gap between naked bike and café racer, joined by the smaller CB300R and CB125R. The latter two are designed for newer riders, while the CB1000R is a “whole lot of” machine.

At its heart sits the 998cc inline four from the racier CBR1000RR, tuned to deliver 143 horsepower – 16 percent more peak power than the old-school model of the same name that it replaces, with 5-percent more mid-range torque. Combined with 26.5 pounds (20 kg) less mass to move, the new CB1000R offers a 20-percent improvement in the motorbike’s crucial power-to-weight ratio.

It also features ABS brakes, clutch assist, ride by wire controls, LED lighting, LCD instrument display… the works. But what really sets the new CB1000R apart from its predecessor is the styling, decidedly bereft of plastic and rendered almost entirely in metal.

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Honda’s Baby NSX Emerges As Sports Vision Gran Turismo Concept 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, Gran Turismo, honda, Honda Concepts on 11 9th, 2017


Vision Gran Turismo concepts often take on proportions of the outlandish: Le Mans prototypes, almost, without any regulations or practical considerations to take into account. Honda, however, has taken a different approach.

The Japanese automaker today released its latest contribution to the pantheon of digital sports-car concepts in the form of the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo. And while it may not be quite ready for the showroom, it looks a lot closer than most of its virtual-reality stablemates.

It also looks familiar: distinctly similar, in fact, to the patent images we saw over two years ago. At that point we thought we were looking at a baby NSX. And it could manifest into just that. But for now, it’s confined to the imaginary world of the Gran Turismo gaming franchise.

The concept was designed by Honda’s studio in California and developed in Japan. And while it may (for the time being) exist principally in digital form, a full-scale model was built and tested in a wind-tunnel – not just in computational fluid dynamics simulators.

The brief calls for carbon-fiber-intensive construction to help keep weight down to a (theoretical) 1982 pounds. That’s just over half of what today’s NSX weighs, a good third less than the old S2000, and barely more than the tiny S660 roadster.

The other side of the power-to-weight ratio is a 2.0-liter DOHC-VTEC turbo four – similar, we’d imagine, to the one found in the Civic Type R, but tuned to produce over 400 horsepower and mated to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission.

It all sounds and looks great. Fantastic, even – which is exactly what this concept is… for now. Here’s hoping it manages to leap off our TV screens and onto the street in the near future.

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