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Honda Plans to Show Off Insight Prototype at NAIAS

New hybrid fills the gap between Civic and Accord.

by on Jan.11, 2018

Honda plans to unveil the Insight Prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Honda continues to expand its electrified offerings and will show off its Insight Prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, and provided an early look today.

The Insight prototype is likely not going to vary much from the actual Insight, which is slated to hit dealerships later this year. It’ll be the automakers fifth electrified vehicle and it will be built alongside the Honda Civic and CR-V in Indiana.

Electrifying News!

“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,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. (more…)

Honda’s New Robots Enhance Human Capabilities

New models look less like humans, but offer new abilities.

by on Jan.11, 2018

Honda's 3E-A18 robot displays simple and easy-to-understand facial expressions and can be touched, even hugged, by humans.

Forget BB8, R2D2 and C3PO. Honda’s new 3E robots are there to help you get your work done and, if you’re feeling a little blue, to give you a hug.

The Japanese automaker has spent nearly four decades developing humanoid robots like the bipedal ASIMO which can walk, talk and even pour a cup of coffee. But Honda is also working on more practical robot designs dedicated to specific tasks, like the 3E-D18, which can be put to use at a construction site, for fighting fires or on search-and-rescue missions.

Industry News!

“We have entered an era when robotics will become increasingly visible and essential in our everyday lives and have the ability to unlock human potential,” said Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president & CEO of Honda R&D. But, “Honda views robotics not as something in conflict with people, but as an opportunity to expand their potential.” (more…)

Acura Hints at New Direction with 2019 RDX Prototype

Debut in Detroit to signal shift in design, performance direction.

by on Dec.21, 2017

Acura will give us a more detailed look at the 2019 RDX Prototype in Detroit next month.

It was the first of the Japanese luxury brands but Acura has been struggling to catch up to newer siblings Lexus and Infiniti in recent years, and is hoping that with the upcoming launch of the 2019 RDX sport-utility vehicle it will finally shift into high gear.

Taking aim at one of the U.S. market’s fastest growing segments, the compact ute picks up on some of the key design cues first seen with the Precision Concept first shown at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. This teaser image gives us a hint of what we’ll see when the latest “prototype,” really a thinly disguised production model, makes its debut in Detroit on January 15, 2018.

Auto Show News!

“Representing the most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade, the new RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura products inspired by ‘Precision Crafted Performance’ and signals the beginning of a new era for the luxury automaker,” or so declares a statement accompanying the RDX teaser image.

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Honda Offers Some Insight

Japanese automaker promises “new approach” with 2019 Insight remake.

by on Dec.19, 2017

Honda is hoping the third time will be the charm with the Insight hybrid, which will debut in Detroit next month.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s clearly a mantra for Honda as it gets ready to reveal a prototype version of its 2019 Insight model at next month’s North American International Auto Show. Then again, the Japanese automaker might be looking at another adage: the third time’s a charm.

For now, Honda isn’t saying much beyond promising it will take a “new approach” with the third-generation hybrid-electric vehicle, among other things opting for a conventional, albeit sleek and sexy design. It will also get a new, two-motor gas-electric drivetrain.

Stay Plugged In!

“You won’t have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight – it’s a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the hood,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., sales chief and general manager of the Honda Division in the U.S. “The all-new Insight embodies Honda’s approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical tradeoffs.” (more…)

Honda Clarity Named Green Car of the Year

Offering fuel cell, EV and PHEV models captured the title for Honda.

by on Nov.30, 2017

Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal, presents Honda's Steven Center with the trophy for the Green Car of the Year: the Honda Clarity.

After years of slow growth, electric propulsion seems to finally be gaining traction, or so one might suspect based on the number of announcements being made just this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

More battery-based and hydrogen-powered vehicles than ever are on display at the L.A. Convention Center, with manufacturers promising to add hundreds more hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles over the next few years.

Global Auto News!

The L.A. Auto Show also saw the results of a shoot-out between the environmentally friendly vehicles already on the market, with the Honda Clarity being named Green Car of the Year. The decision was based, in part, the editor of Green Car Journal explained, on the fact that Honda is offering three different alternatives of the Clarity: a hydrogen-powered model, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version. (more…)

Honda Recalling 900K Odysseys Due to Seat Latches

Maker says 46 people injured due to seat issue.

by on Nov.20, 2017

Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans due to issues with second-row seat latches.

Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans, with about 800,000 of those in the United States, due to problems with the second-row seats.

According to the Japanese automaker the recall covers 2011–17 models. The second row seats can tip forward if they are not latched properly. The company doesn’t have a fix ready for the vehicles so it is advising owners on how to ensure the seats are properly latched.

Safety News!

In fact, it has posted a detailed instruction sheet for how to make certain the seats are latched correctly and plans to add a video to supplement the instruction sheet.  (more…)

Honda Goes Retro-Futuristic With Sports EV Concept

Add an “emotion engine” to the motors driving its wheels.

by on Oct.25, 2017

The Honda Sports EV concept is a 2-seater that harkens back to some of the maker's early models.

We’ve grown accustomed, over the decades, to seeing some wild and wacky concept vehicles at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show, and the Honda Sports EV Concept holds true to form. It looks a bit like the love child of an old Ford Mustang and one of the peculiar Kei minicars the Japanese have fallen in love with.

But what it really signifies is Honda’s increasing shift in focus as the latest in a series of distinctive battery-electric vehicle show cars, following the debut of the boxy Urban EV Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show barely two months ago.

EV News!

And while there may be a lot of retro cues in the Sport EV’s design – you might also think of the early Honda S600 and 1300 Coupe models – the Tokyo show car is anything but a paean to the past. It incorporates the latest in artificial intelligence, claims Honda, including an “emotion engine” meant to monitor the driver’s moods and reactions and, if need be, step in to keep everyone happy and safe.

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Honda Shutting Japanese Plant, Focusing on EV Production

Automaker looking to cut capacity by 25% in Japan.

by on Oct.04, 2017

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said the company would focus its manufacturing efforts on electric vehicles.

Japanese automaker Honda is shuttering its Sayama plant, north of Tokyo, in 2022 as the company shifts its focus to the production of electric vehicles.

CEO Takahiro Hachigo outlined the company’s plans today saying that due to sluggish auto sales in Japan, the company needed to reduce production levels and refocus on EV manufacturing to meet the ever-toughening demands of different markets around the globe.

Global Auto News!

The closure of Sayama pushes the company toward its goal of cutting capacity by 24% in Japan. It will shift the plant’s output to its site in nearby Yorii, as well as most of the employees. The Sayama plant was capable of producing more than 250,000 vehicles annually, as is the Yorii site. (more…)

Honda Investing Big in Future of Accord

Officials believe new model will impact midsize segment.

by on Sep.18, 2017

Honda invested more than $250 million and added 300 jobs at its Marysville, Ohio, plant for the new Accord.

Honda celebrated the kickoff of full production of its top-selling Accord sedan by announcing the $267 million investment in the Ohio plant that produces the car. The new support will bring 300 jobs to the facility.

“The new jobs and production growth will enable us to meet anticipated strong demand for the new Honda Accord,” said Rob May, MAP plant manager, in a statement.

News Now!

The money is really a reflection of Honda’s optimism about the midsize car market, and the redesigned for 2018 Honda Accord. Honda officials believe that despite the trend of rising utility vehicle sales in the U.S., the midsize market holds great potential. (more…)

Honda Reveals CR-V Hybrid; Won’t Discuss U.S. Plans

Euro-spec model debuts ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Sep.06, 2017

Honda will officially reveal the Euro-spec version of the CR-V Hybrid in Frankfurt next week.

Days before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda has given us a first look at the new CR-V Hybrid. Make that the Euro-spec version of the gas-electric CR-V, as the automaker has yet to confirm any plans to bring the hybrid to the United States.

But it’s clear Honda wants to get into a market segment that appears to be on the rise, following the recent launch of the hybrid Toyota RAV-4 model.

Auto Show News!

The debut of the Honda CR-V Hybrid will be accompanied in Frankfurt next week by the debut of the Urban EV Concept. Both models will be personally unveiled by CEO Takahiro Hachigo, whose oft-stated goal is to generate fully two-thirds of Honda’s sales from battery and hydrogen-powered models by 2030.

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