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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2010 Honda Insight Review – Inside the Insight

Monday August 24th, 2009 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2010 Honda Insight

By Gary Chan

Pros

  • Good gas mileage
  • Steering is tight and responsive
  • Low-price

Cons

  • Rear visibility
  • Acceleration – slow and steady wins the race
  • Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH)

Honda has a tough job playing catch-up to Toyota, who already built two-generations of the Prius, in the hybrid market . Sure Honda had the original Insight, but “practicality” was not used to describe the original version and the Civic Hybrid was never really compared to the Prius. How does the new Insight stack up as a direct competitor to the Prius?

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Honda Insight Gets The Aftermarket Treatment

Wednesday August 12th, 2009 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Zues Honda Insight

Finally, the aftermarket has gotten to modifying hybrids, and wouldn’t you know it, Honda gets in first. What we have here is Honda’s Prius fighter, the Insight. Honda’s latest entry into the hybrid game has been faulted here and there, but one of the main dings against it has been its looks. Although Honda denies it, plenty of people see it as looking very much like the car it’s trying to go head-to-head with: The Prius.

Perhaps a little aftermarket tweaking can help. Well, if it can’t help it in the looks department, it might be able to help with performance – a regime that hybrids have always put last on their list of things to do.

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Featured User Review: Honda Civic Hybrid

Monday August 10th, 2009 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

Honda Civic Hybrid

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Featured Review: 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

by Louella M. Harty

Price Paid: $28000.00 from Schaumburg Honda
Review Date:
July 4, 2009
Overall Rating:
4 of 5
Value Rating:
4 of 5
Used product for:
Less than 1 month

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2010 Honda Insight vs. 2010 Toyota Prius – The Heavyweight Hybrids Weigh In

Thursday July 30th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2010 Toyota Prius vs. 2010 Honda Insight
By Derek Mau and Melody C. Yang

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Honda Insight
Pros:

  • 50+ miles per gallon
  • Toyota quality plastics and fabric upholstery
  • Dedicated EV mode at speeds 25 mph or less
Pros:

  • Lower entry cost than Prius
  • Lots of visual reminders that encourage good fuel economy
  • Extra large out side view mirrors
Cons:

  • Higher cost of entry
  • Console bridge encroaches upon cockpit space
  • Annoying “beep” when shifted in reverse
  • Navigation map doesn’t have “night” display mode
Cons:

  • Power output is meager
  • Stiff and bouncy ride characteristics
  • Back seat passengers have limited space and headroom
  • Cupholders more than an arm’s length away

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New Honda S2000 Hybrid On The Way

Monday June 8th, 2009 at 8:66 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda S2000

More word that Honda is not only getting into the hybrid thing in big ways, but also that the company’s upcoming hybrids will be performance oriented. This is good news, not only for car people with a green bent, but also for sports car lovers. A few months ago, Honda publicized the end of the S2000 Roadster’s 10-year production run, which left the Japanese company without a proper sports car. Now news is out that in addition to the launch of the front-wheel drive CR-Z hybrid coupe in 2010, Honda is also working on a larger and more powerful coupe as a replacement to the S2000. No exact word has bubbled up whether it will actually be a coupe, or hopefully a convertible, although some sources point to the S2000 successor being a 2+2 coupe that would feature the company’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

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Honda Rumored For Two Hybrid Sports Cars

Wednesday June 3rd, 2009 at 10:66 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda hybrid sports car CR-Z

Here’s a rumor that sounds like a win-win and that I sincerely hope is true: Honda might not be making just one, but TWO hybrid sports cars. Now that Honda has rolled out its Prius-fighting Insight into dealer showrooms, they are purported to be moving onward & upward in the hybrid game. Honda has confirmed that a production version of the CR-Z concept will arrive within the next year as a hybrid coupe. No, it’s not a pure sports car like a Miata since it’s a coupe, but it will feature some interesting doo-dads. Such as a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine with direct injection, which would be Honda’s first direct injected production engine.

The second hybrid sports car rumored is reportedly a successor to the discontinued S2000 roadster. According to Japan’s Best Car magazine, the hybrid S2000 replacement will get power from a Honda 3.5-liter V6 mill and will also use Honda’s all-wheel drive system. Dubbed the FF-S2000, it may even use a flywheel based KERS system like those experimented with in Honda’s now-dead Formula 1 program. Best Car is unsure if the KERS will be addition to the hybrid drive, or whether that IS the hybrid drive, but if Honda does implement a KERS layout, the standing start acceleration could be highly impressive.

So what’s not to like? We’ve got the possibility of not one, but TWO fun cars that are also easier on the environment.

C’Mon Honda, bring it on!

Source: AutoBlogGreen

Photo from Flickr user JMRosenfeld

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Honda Wins Green Giant Award

Friday April 24th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: m35man

The hydrogen fuel-cell powered Honda FCX Clarity sedan was declared the 2009 World Green Car. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. announced yesterday at the New York International Auto Show. The FCX Clarity was chosen from an initial entry list of 22 contenders nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries worldwide.

The Clarity, available on a limited lease-basis, is powered by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated by an on-board fuel cell stack. The vehicle’s only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is up to three times that of a gasoline-powered auto and two times that of a gas-powered hybrid vehicle, Honda reported.

This award is a good sign for hydrogen fuel-cell technology, which has undergone a lot of criticism lately. One of the main issues people have with hydrogen is that there aren’t enough fueling stations in this country to support it. Another one is that one tank of fuel on these vehicles can only take you approximately 100 miles. This recognition will hopefully give this segment a much-needed boost that will fast track it with many other carmakers.

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