Honda CR-Z Video

Tuesday January 19th, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

honda-crzThe Honda CR-Z is a sporty and fun-to-drive hybrid coupe with a focus on sleek design and efficient environmental technology. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the 2011 Honda CR-Z. In this video the CR-Z’s chief chassis dynamics engineer, Terukazu Torikai, talks about how Honda developed the car’s handling and performance.

The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC® engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist. The IMA system — motor, battery, electronics — will be like the Insight’s, as will the platform, to save cost. Honda wanted to provide a personal driving experience, that’s why they included a 6-speed manual as the standard transmission. Even the available CVT version comes with paddle shifters for an added level of control.

A senior engineer says, “It must be fun to drive, must remind you of the original CRX.”

Video after the jump

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New Cars On the Horizon for 2010

Friday January 15th, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

Lotus EvoraBy Greg Gaillard

If 2009 was a year of uncertainty, manufacturers’ products certainly didn’t show it. Buyers were able to choose from two new class-leading hybrids, a couple of new pony cars and several other creative designs that all pushed the boundaries of their respective segments. Despite the economic downturn with accompanied scrambling for solvency, the trend toward smarter, efficient cars took root and stood firm.

The list below includes exciting new products scheduled for production during calendar year 2010. From the buyer’s perspective many will be worth the wait as they represent new thinking and technology that are expected to carry manufacturers through the industry’s transition to Electric Vehicles (EV) as well as new form factors that suit today’s economy and lifestyle. If 2009′s LA Auto Show is any indication of what to expect in 2010, the trend toward efficiency and driver involvement will continue. And in some cases manufacturers are counting on strong sales to justify new partnerships and changes to old-school business practices. Even more than 2009, 2010 will focus on product first and provide consumers with several choices worth waiting for.

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Honda Jumps to #4 in US Auto Sales

Friday December 11th, 2009 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: michael.leroy

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Honda laps a broken down Chrysler to become No. 4 in US auto sales

Honda, the company that got its start selling mopeds, has replaced Fiat-Chrysler as the No. 4 automaker in the US.

If you think Honda gained the No. 4 spot by selling a few extra Civics from the cash for clunkers program, think again. The Japanese automaker has sold over 1 million cars this year and has crushed Fiat-Chrysler with a sales lead of 200,000. Last year, Chrysler outsold Honda by 25,000 cars.

Fiat-Chrysler has insisted that this is just a temporary setback and they will regain lost ground after their new products hit the US market. Honda is going to stay at No. 4 for the time being because it’s going to take years to fix Chrysler.

Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, announced last month a five-year plan to restructure the company. Deadweight like the PT Cruiser has been axed, but its replacement may not come until 2012.

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Honda Goes Nutty for P-NUTs

Monday November 30th, 2009 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport, P-NUT at 2009 LA Auto Show(Updated 12/07/2009)

Honda will reveal its P-NUT concept vehicle at the LA Motor Show in a few short days. Short for Personal-Neo Urban Transport, the P-NUT is described as a “futuristic concept for an ultra-compact, aggressively designed coupe”. Information surrounding this new concept vehicle has been kept on the down-low such that Honda has revealed no other details – and not a single teaser image – of its latest concept. Check back after December 2nd and I’ll post up photos of the P-NUT concept released from the show.

Honda says the P-NUT is a design study intended to peer 10 to 15 years into the future of urban transportation. The company says it studied what city-dwellers want in their vehicles, and the results guided this car’s styling and packaging. The concept is a three-passenger affair, with a center driving position flanked by two rear seats. The layout was guided, Honda says, by the fact that most urbanites drive alone or with a single passenger and the designers’ desire to create “mid-size seating room” in a so-called “ultra-compact” vehicle.

The super-short press release and photos from Honda are after the jump.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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The Honda Accord Crosstour's Multiple Personalities

Friday November 6th, 2009 at 9:1111 AM
Posted by: asgruben

2010 Honda Accord CrosstourBy Adrienne Gruben

The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is schizo. On the one hand, it is glomming onto the trend that Europe has known forever – 5 door hatches are the most efficient layout, but at the same time, I think the intention was to semi-obscure its hatchiness because looking too much like a wagon is a big Brady Bunch no, no these days—unless you’re a weird sta-wag fetishist. However, isn’t this just the emperor’s new Accord Wagon, with better handling?

I also think Honda was excited by the Crosstour’s hauling capabilities, at least compared to the sedan, but with just 51 cubic feet of cargo space versus the Venza’s 70 cubic feet, it means 1.5 fewer sorority girls will fit back there and that alone might make the Venza more attractive to some, not to mention the fact that the Crosstour goes from 0-60 in just 7.5 seconds, a whopping half-second lower than the Venza. Plus, girls don’t like schizos. Ok, Jennifer Connelly did in “A Beautiful Mind”, but I don’t think she’d be riding in the back of a Honda Crosstour. Or the front for that matter, but I digress. Let’s talk about the basics.

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CarReview's 2009-2010 Hybrid Buyer's Guide

Monday October 26th, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

Honda CR-Z

By Greg Gaillard

Hybrids Come of Age

Just 10 years ago Honda released the Insight as the first US mass market hybrid combustion/electric car.  Its two seat aerodynamic teardrop shape, light weight and focused engineering delivered spectacular fuel economy that generated quite a bit of media attention.  In the real world however, the Insight represented significant compromises in terms of utility, performance and perceived safety.  Launched at the height of the SUV boom alongside inexpensive gasoline, sales weren’t significant and to many people the Insight was another Honda engineering experiment; a car that Honda’s Asimo robot might drive, but not something American families would put in their garage.

What a difference a decade makes.  Last week the EPA released its annual Fuel Economy Guide for 2010 and hybrids swept the podium with 9 out of the top 10 MPG scores.  At least in terms of EPA ratings, hybrids are the drivetrain technology of the moment.  Perhaps more important than MPG is how the technology has evolved into a variety of solutions that can be used across a range of body styles without many of the original Insight’s compromises.

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Honda CR-Z Coming To America In 2010

Thursday October 22nd, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda CR-Z Concept

Honda fans can finally rejoice at the official unveiling happening at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, sort of, of the CR-Z coupe. Honda, ever the conservative Japanese car company says that the 2009 CR-Z coupe you see here “remains a concept”, but the car seems production ready to anybody with eyes. Especially since the CR-Z will go on sale in Japan this coming February of 2010 (that’s four months away) and then arrive in North America in the fall. If there’s going to be any major changes, it will be very surprising to see Honda pull it off.

The rather attractive grill from the original 2007 concept has been largely carried over, and still seems like a Honda toned-down interpretation of a Maserati nose to me. The most noticeable changes to the CR-Z being, to some extent, the taller roof and a less raked windshield with A-pillars now blacked out. The higher roof (and the more upright front glass that would have to follow) seems to be compromises allowing people over 4 foot 10 to fit inside.

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Honda EV-N Retro Concept

Monday October 5th, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda EV-N Concept

More concept news from the Tokyo Motor Show, this time in the guise of a Honda electric vehicle with a decidedly retro flavor. It bares more than a passing resemblance to the Honda N360 and N600 kei cars, only updated, modernized and with an electric drivetrain. In addition to being an EV, the EV-N also boasts some inventive technology, although we’re not quite sure about the custom-fitted unicycle holder. No, I’m not making that up. A little bit ago, Honda showed off a unicycle to all the tech geek blogs. It was self-stabilizing one-wheeled version of a Segway. No, I don’t think Honda will be offering a one wheeler. Nor will they probably be producing the EV-N in any quantity, but it does show what they’re thinking about future EVs.

The electric-”fueled” EV-N is designed for close-fitting metropolitan spaces and short commutes in places like Tokyo. In cases like that, range and interior space will not be a concern. The EV-N is not a road trip car by any means. That also explains the unicycle holder, which is there to hold the company’s gyro-stabilized U3-X unicycle. As I recall, Honda made a car quite similar to this back in the 1980s that featured a small, collapsible scooter stored in the way-back. The idea then, as the idea now, is that you drive your little electric commuter car close to your office or place of work. Park it, take out the unicycle, and ride that the rest of the way in.

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Honda To Have EV By 2015

Tuesday August 25th, 2009 at 9:88 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda EV Concept

OK, looks like the big time electric cars wars are on for real. Not just Tesla, and not just the Volt or Prius (which are hybrids anyway), but recent news of the Nissan Leaf threw fuel on the fire, and now come word that Honda will be making their own EV that will hit the streets by 2015.

Word out of Japan is that Honda plans to roll out an all-electric automobile in America by 2015. Honda, a company that essentially defined fuel efficiency combined with practicality by the early 80s will move to battery power in order to meet upcoming zero-emission regulations.

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