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Toro Rosso’s New Honda-Powered STR13 Would Look Cool In Chrome 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, honda, Renderings, Toro Rosso on 01 18th, 2018


The participating teams will start unveiling their new F1 cars for 2018 in the coming weeks and months. But before they do, we have at least one more independent design to show you.
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Toro Rosso’s New Honda-Powered STR13 Would Look Cool In Chrome 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, honda, Renderings, Toro Rosso on 01 18th, 2018


The participating teams will start unveiling their new F1 cars for 2018 in the coming weeks and months. But before they do, we have at least one more independent design to show you.
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Order The New Honda Civic Diesel From £20,120 In Britain 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in diesel, honda, Honda Civic, new cars, prices, UK on 01 15th, 2018


Joining the rest of the Civic range in the United Kingdom is the new diesel model, which will arrive at dealers nationwide next month.

Pricing for the diesel starts at £20,120 ($27,620), in the new entry-level ‘S’ grade (with 6-speed manual), but consumers will be able to specify it in the SE, SR, and EX trim levels as well, like they would the 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol model.

The EX starts from £24,925 ($34,216) and can be had with an optional Tech Pack, for £600 ($824), which adds a few amenities such as the LED headlights with washers, LED fog lamps, heated rear seats, and wireless phone charging.

“The arrival of the diesel variant completes the lineup for the Civic hatchback in the UK. This 1.6-liter i-DTEC is the most technologically advanced diesel unit we have launched to market, and will deliver a very competitive offering for both the retail customer and the fleet market”, commented Honda UK’s chief, Phil Webb.

This version of the Honda Civic uses a 1.6-liter unit that delivers 120PS (118hp) and 300Nm (221lb-ft) of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. It takes 10.4sec to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, and promises to return 76.3 UK mpg (3.7 l/100 km / 63.6 US mpg), while releasing just 99 g/km of CO2 into the atmosphere.

If you would rather have an automatic transmission paired with the Civic diesel’s engine, then you need to wait until early summer, when Honda will launch it across Britain.

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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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Entry-Level Civic, Leon And i30 Engage In Budget Hatchbacks’ Drag Race 14
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Hyundai, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Videos, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Videos, UK, video on 01 14th, 2018


Usually, when you hear about a drag race, you imagine powerful stock or tuned cars going against each other. Well, this one is different.

That’s because Carwow brought together the Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 and Seat Leon, though not the respective Type R, N or Cupra variants as one would expect, but their base versions. They might not be that exciting, but they are the ones that sell in high volumes, so it’s interesting to see how fast they really are and how they compare against each other.

The Civic has the smallest engine here, a 1.0-liter turbo, while both the i30 and the Leon have 1.4-liter turbos. The Leon is the most powerful, rated at 150 horses, followed by the i30 with 140 and the Civic with 130. The Honda also happens to be the heaviest car here, which, on paper, puts it at a disadvantage.

So, which of the three hatchbacks won this budget-friendly drag race? Scroll down and find out.

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2019 Honda Insight Looks Surprisingly Good In Type-R Guise 13
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Insight, Hybrids, Renderings on 01 13th, 2018


Even though Honda is unlikely to build a performance-oriented version of the new Insight, we can’t help but give them credit for at least making the new one much more attractive than its predecessor.

As is the case with newly-launched cars, X-Tomi created a rendering of the 2019 Insight, showing how a hypothetical Type R version might look. His list of changes including new bumpers, a rear wing, bigger wheels (and brakes) and a dark grille, mirrors and roof.

The simple fact that this car doesn’t look ridiculous with all this extra stuff on is a testament to the real model’s successful redesign. Also, in case anybody forgot what the Insight used to look like, here’s a reminder. Not one of Honda’s finest moments, was it?

Now, for argument’s sake, let’s just say that Honda does launch an Insight Type-R. The question is, would it be more attractive than the Civic Type-R? Well, they belong in different segments, but the render doesn’t look as over-styled as the Civic Type-R, which some people might actually appreciate.



Japanese Brands Own List Of Cars U.S. Owners Keep For Over 15 Years 13
Jan
Posted by Sean Szymkowski in honda, Honda Odyssey, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sienna, used cars on 01 13th, 2018


Toyota owners have quite the attachment to their cars, especially those who have a Highlander, as a new survey conducted by iSeeCars showed the Japanese SUV top the list of vehicles owners keep for 15 years or more.

The research firm looked at 650,000 vehicles between the 1981 and 2002 model years sold in 2017 and Toyota flooded the list. In fact, the top five vehicles kept for 15 years or more are all Toyotas, namely the Highlander, Sienna, Tundra, Prius and RAV4, with the Honda Odyssey following at sixth place.

Each of the cars listed was at least 1.6 times more likely to be kept by the original owner for 15 years or more, but the Highlander outpaced the average even further. Highlander owners were 2.7 times more likely to keep their vehicles, with 18.3 percent of original owners hanging on to them. The Sienna followed closely behind and was 2.5 times more likely to stick around in the driveway for at least 15 years, with 17.1 percent of owners holding onto the minivan for 15 years or more.

The entire list is populated solely by Japanese automakers, save for the Volkswagen Golf at the final, 15th spot, with 10.6 percent of original owners hanging on to their Golfs for at least 15 years.

“While a decade on the road used to be a significant milestone for vehicle life expectancy, the elevated quality of cars being produced has raised this standard to beyond ten years ,” said Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars.com. “Japanese automakers are known for setting quality and reliability standards, so it is no surprise that they are the most likely to reach the fifteen-year milestone.”



Mugen’s Take On The Base Civic Hatch Is Subtle Yet Still Stands Out 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Civic, japan, Mugen, Tokyo Motor Show, tuning on 01 12th, 2018


Along with the RC20GT Honda Type R study we showed you earlier today, Mugen also brought a sporty Civic hatchback prototype to the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show to showcase a multitude of exterior and interior parts.

According to the Japanese tuner, there should be a sense of unity and power to the Civic, even in non Type-R form, and if you look close at this prototype, you’ll see what they mean.

Starting with the front end, there’s a carbon fiber grille garnish, and a bumper garnish, which match up with the custom spoiler lip. Along the sides there’s a set of custom skirts, while the rear features an under-spoiler, dual exhaust tips and a wing spoiler.

The wheels boast a two-tone black mirror paint finish and measure 19″ in size. Mugen states that the recommended tire size is 235/35R19.

There are also multiple color variations to choose from for the body work, such as Frame Red, White Orchid, Crystal Black, Luna Silver and Brilliant Sporty Blue.

Inside, there’s a new engine starter switch, sports mats and custom scuff plates, featuring the tuner’s name and logo.

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2019 Honda Insight Prototype Detailed, Gets Over 50MPG 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda Insight, Honda Videos, video on 01 11th, 2018


The all-new 2019 Honda Insight will feature a highly efficient hybrid powertrain as well as more conventional looks, and this Detroit-bound prototype is here to serve up a preview.

We caught our first glimpse of the all-new Insight back in December when we also learned that a prototype version would debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, we’ve known to expect a new car with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance.

Aside from the automaker’s signature “flying wing” grille, the front fascia also features low-profile LED headlights, which accentuate the car’s overall dynamic character and sloping roofline.

“The new 2019 Honda Insight signals we are entering a new era of electrification with a new generation of Honda products that offer customers the benefits of advanced powertrain technology without the traditional trade-offs in design, premium features or packaging,” stated Honda exec, Henio Arcangeli Jr. “The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume.”

According to Honda, the 2019 Insight will offer class-leading passenger room, plus premium features such as perforated leather seats, an 8″ touchscreen display and a 7″ digital LCD driver’s meter. It will also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air updates.

As far as active safety is concerned, the new Insight will watch over you using the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive features. This means that buyers will get Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. Meanwhile, EX spec models and above will also get Honda LaneWatch.

The Japanese automaker expects the new Insight to receive an EPA fuel economy rating in excess of 50 mpg (4.7 l/100km). Doing all the work will be a two-motor hybrid system, using an efficient 1.5-liter petrol unit, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery back, the latter located under the rear seats, allowing for a full-size trunk and an available 60/40 split and folding rear seats.

Honda will build the 2019 Insight (in showrooms later this year) at their plant in Greensburg, Indiana, alongside the Civic and CR-V.

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Honda’s CES Debuts Include Everything From A Huggable Robot To An Autonomous ATV 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda Videos, Tech, video on 01 9th, 2018


Honda has unveiled an assortment of different concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show.

First up, the 3E-D18 is autonomous ATV which is described as an “off-road workhorse” which can “support people in a broad range of work activities.” The model is based on the company’s popular ATV chassis and it features an electric powertrain, four-wheel drive, and airless tires which Honda says are “virtually indestructible.”

The 3E-D18 has been designed to accommodate an assortment of different attachments which would make the model ideal for everything from construction to fire fighting and search and rescue operations. Honda also notes the autonomous technology makes the concept perfect for performing mundane tasks or operating in dangerous environments such as a forest fire.

The 3E-B18 goes in a different direction as it looks like a futuristic wheelchair. Honda says the concept was designed for casual use and notes the model has a small radius as well as a height-adjustable seat which stays level even when the vehicle is being driven up or downhill.

The 3E-C18, on the other hand, resembles a small robotic cooler. The concept is electronically powered and features autonomous technology. Honda says the model “can learn by observing how people act” and can carry small objects in its body.

Perhaps the weirdest concept is the 3E-A18 which is a companion robot that can understand and respond to human emotions with facial expressions. Honda says the concept could serve as a guide at airports or shopping malls and the company even gave the model a “soft exterior skin” so people can hug it.

Honda also used the show to introduce the PCX Electric and 4W-Vehicle concepts. The models use portable, swappable, and rechargeable batteries which each have an output of at least 1 kWh. The vehicles have been designed to accommodate multiple batteries and Honda says drivers can simply swap them out for fully recharged batteries when needed.

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Can The Acura NSX Hold Its Ground Against The CBR1000 RR? 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, motorcycles, video on 01 9th, 2018


Ever since it was introduced in Detroit nearly three years ago, the Honda/Acura NSX has impressed motoring enthusiasts in various tests, but how does it fare against a CBR1000 RR sports bike?

Without spoiling the following video, we’ll answer that question in a couple of words: quite well, but before seeing the result, let’s go through some of the numbers.

The Honda NSX uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s backed up by three electric motors – two at the front, and one at the rear, producing a combined 581 horsepower that’s transferred to the ground via a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Its challenger, the Honda CBR1000 RR, has a 1.0-liter inline four-cylinder 16V DOHC engine that makes 190 horsepower, and has the weight advantage as well: 200kg (441lbs) compared to the NSX’s 1,780kg (3,924lbs).

Now, the as far the video goes, it actually shows two quarter-mile drag races, from a standing start, where the two vehicles came very close to each other, and a rolling race, from 80km/h (50mph), which had a clear winner.

Ladies and gentlemen, this would be a good time to place your bets.

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When Will It End? Takata Recalls Another 3.3 Million Airbags In The USA 8
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, audi, BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, mercedes, Mitsubishi, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Tesla on 01 8th, 2018


Takata added another 3.3 million airbag inflators to the continuously expanding recall, making it the largest of its kind in the United States of America.

According to a report published by DetroitFreePress, the latest action revolves around the faulty frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles made by a variety of car brands.

The list of automakers includes Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Tesla. The exact models will be announced later this month, in the paperwork submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators include ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to create a small explosion that fills the airbags quickly in the event of a crash. However, it’s known that when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the chemical deteriorates, causing the metal canister to blow apart and spreading shrapnel into the cabin.

So far, at least 180 people have been injured by the metal bits worldwide, and more than 20 have lost their lives.

The NHTSA continues to monitor the automakers’ repairs progress, but even though Takata recalls originally began back in 2001, many companies have been slow to replace the airbag inflators.

A report published by an independent monitor, quoted by DetroitFreePress, states that 43.1 million inflators had been recalled until September 15, 2017, out of which only 18.5 million had been replaced, which accounts for 43 percent.

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Facelifted Honda Jazz Priced From £14,115 In The UK 4
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Jazz - Fit, prices, UK on 01 4th, 2018


Following its European debut at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda’s updated Jazz will reach UK customers in February.

The £14,115 price tag refers to the entry-level S grade model, while the new Sport edition, with its new 130 PS 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine costs £17,115.

While base-grade S models are fitted as standard with air conditioning, cruiser control with speed limiter and dusk sensing automatic lights, mid-grade SE versions, priced from £15,615, add front and rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors and 15″ wheels.

The top-spec EX model, priced from £17,115, gets smart entry and start, automatic climate control, reversing camera, 16″ alloys, front fog lamps and standard LED headlights.

As for the new Jazz Sport, it comes with a thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, finished with a sporty red accent line (like the Civic Type R), LED headlights, front fog lamps, side sill skirts, a tailgate spoiler and gloss black 16″ alloys. Inside, it has a unique pinstripe pattern on the upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, both featuring orange stitching.

“The Jazz is our best-selling car in the UK and has been rejuvenated with the new Sport model, as well as the new interior and exterior styling,” said Honda UK exec, Phil Webb, before adding that the Jazz is a “very important model for us, with an extremely loyal following, so we look forward to seeing this success continue with the new line up and the addition of the Sport model.”

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Ford F-150 Continues To Dominate The Sales Chart But The Surprise Winner Is The Dodge Grand Caravan 29
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford, Ford Mustang, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4 on 12 29th, 2017


Mercedes is on track to become the best-selling luxury brand in the United States for the second year in a row but that’s not the only interesting sales competition as there are classic rivalries such as Camaro vs Mustang and F-150 vs Silverado.

USA Today compiled a list of the hottest segments and they found some pretty familiar winners. In the compact sedan category, the Civic is dominating the competition as Honda has sold 345,880 models through November which puts it far ahead of the second place Toyota Corolla and its 290,163 sales.

The mid-size sedan segment is the opposite as the Camry is outselling the Accord by nearly 43,000 units. Next year promises to be even more interesting as the redesigned Camry had an early head start against the all-new Accord.

The muscle car segment is always interesting and this year was surprising as Dodge Challenger sales dramatically increased thanks in part to the halo effect of the Challenger SRT Demon. This helped Dodge to move 60,029 Challengers which wasn’t far behind the 64,138 Camaros that Chevrolet was able to sell. Of course, the real winner is Ford which sold 74,152 Mustangs.

Talking about surprises, the minivan segment was won by the ancient Dodge Grand Caravan. Thanks to fleet and commercial sales, Dodge sold 118,573 Grand Caravans which put it ahead of the newer Chrysler Pacifica which came in second place with 107,130 sales through the first 11 months of the year.

The crossover segment is booming and the Toyota RAV4 was a huge hit with consumers as they bought 375,052 units so far this year. The Honda CR-V is close behind at 340,912 units but the remaining competition isn’t even close.

The mid-size pickup market has seen renewed interest thanks to entries such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma. However, the latter model is the winner as Toyota has sold 179,420 Tacomas so far.

Speaking of trucks, the Ford F-150 continues to dominate the competition as it’s outselling the Chevrolet Silverado by nearly 300,000 units. Even when you factor in the GMC Sierra, General Motors still trails Ford by almost 100,000 units.

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