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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas Among Greenest Cars

With plenty of vehicles that sit atop several lists and rankings of the most fuel efficient cars and SUVs in the auto industry, Honda has let it be known that they hope to be a leader among green automakers, particularly in an era where there is increased concern both for rising gas prices and the well-being of the environment.

Some of the vehicles that we sell here at Pacific Honda, however, go above and beyond in terms of their green efforts, so we were very happy to see that two of Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Best Green Cars” this year were Honda models: the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas.

Monday, April 21, 2014

2015 Honda HR-V Looks Fit for the Urban Jungle

By: Chris Bruce

Honda has been teasing us with the looks of its Fit-based compact crossover for months. Now the production version, dubbed the HR-V in the US, has finally been unveiled – in photographic form, at any rate – at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The CUV will slot into the brand's range this winter, and at the moment the company is keeping mum on many details about the new model.

The HR-V looks almost identical to the Urban SUV Concept unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept wore some nifty LED headlights and bigger wheels, but the rest of the styling has carried over to production. The handsome CUV sports diamond-shaped headlights, and a center bar splits the grille into two tiers. It has the same swoosh down the side running to the C-pillar, but it appears slightly less pronounced than in Detroit. The rear door handles are also hidden in the back pillar.

The compact crossover rides on the same platform as the new Fit. That allows it to take full advantage of the compact's highly versatile interior. The HR-V comes with Honda's Magic Seat that allows the back row to fold flat into the floor when needed.

Honda has given no indication about which powertrains the HR-V is going be to offered with. It's expected that the 1.5-liter direct injected four-cylinder and CVT is going to be one option, but the possibility of also offering a turbocharged version of the four has also been rumored. The automaker says more details are coming closer to launch.

The HR-V will slot in below the CR-V in terms of size and price when it goes on sale. All models are being built at Honda's new factory in Celaya, Mexico, that also builds the new Fit for North America. Scroll down to read the details in the release.
 
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:


Honda HR-V Compact SUV to Join All-New 2015 Fit as Honda Expands Small Car Lineup

• All-new HR-V will launch this winter with sleek and expressive styling

• 2015 Fit resets segment benchmark with class-leading interior space, top fuel economy ratings and standard features

• Next-generation ASIMO also makes appearance at New York Auto Show


NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 – Honda will continue to expand its lineup of small cars aimed at the next generation of buyers with the launch of the 2015 Fit subcompact car (http://automobiles.honda.com/fit) and the all-new compact SUV, the Honda HR-V (http://automobiles.honda.com/hr-v) that will come to market this winter. Together the Fit and HR-V will represent a significant growth opportunity for Honda in the U.S., with both models produced at the automaker's newest North American manufacturing facility located in Celaya, Mexico, which allows for production flexibility to meet market demand.

"Both Fit and HR-V demonstrate how great things can come in small packages, and no one does this better than Honda," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda. "Together these models also represent Honda's step-by-step expansion of our production in the region, which has been key to our success in America for more than 30 years."

All-New HR-V Compact SUV

Honda released the first official photos of the U.S.-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique center tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space. The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size. Additional details about the HR-V will be announced later this year.

2015 Fit Sets Subcompact Benchmark

On-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this month, the all-new 2015 Fit establishes a new benchmark in the subcompact segment. The Fit delivers a class-leading combination of interior space, feature content, fuel efficiency and value. With a long list of new standard and available features including a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, Expanded View Drivers Mirror, 7-inch Display Audio with HondaLink™ connectivity and LaneWatch™ display, the Fit is an unparalleled value with an MSRP starting at $15,5251, representing an increase of only $100 over the model it replaces.

The new Fit is equipped with a more efficient and powerful Earth Dreams Technology™ 1.5-liter direct injected 4-cylinder engine. Available with either a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual, the 2015 Fit earns class-leading2 EPA fuel economy ratings of 33/41/36 (city/hwy/combined)3 when equipped with the CVT in LX trim.

Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the outgoing model, the new Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.), resulting in improved handling and stability. Inside, the Fit delivers class-leading passenger space measuring 95.7 cubic feet, an increase of 4.9 cubic feet compared to the previous model. Passengers sitting in the backseat will appreciate the Fit's abundant rear legroom, which increases by 4.8 inches to a best-in-class 39.3 inches. With the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat® offering multiple seating configurations, the Fit provides an unrivaled 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat.

Next-Generation ASIMO Makes Appearance

Showcasing Honda's commitment to advancing mobility of all forms, the new version of ASIMO (www.asimo.honda.com) made a special demonstration at the New York Auto Show, as a part of a week of activity in New York City.

ASIMO - which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility - features enhanced hand dexterity, including the ability to sign in both Japanese and American sign language, as well as the ability to run faster than previously, climb stairs more smoothly, hop, jump, balance on one foot, and transition seamlessly between walking and running, among other new and unique capabilities.

1 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Among subcompact class vehicles equipped with standard engine and automatic transmission
3 Fuel economy rating for 2015 Fit LX equipped with CVT. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPG will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, and other factors.

Source: Autoblog

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Honda Introduces New HR-V Crossover


If the overwhelming success of the 2014 Honda CR-V has taught us anything, it’s that American consumers really love a good crossover utility vehicle. And why shouldn’t they? No other segment of vehicle in the industry offers quite the same combination of efficiency, maneuverability, and practicality, so it’s easy to see how drivers could fall in love with a vehicle that wears so many different hats so well.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Honda Readying Veloster-Rivaling Concept for Beijing?

Maybe the rumors of the CR-Z's death have been exaggerated. Honda has just released the first teaser of a new concept that it plans to debut at the Beijing Motor Show at the end of April. It shows off a sporty looking coupe that looks like the child of a CR-Z and Hyundai Veloster. However, the concept looks to be for the Chinese market, as it's a joint proposal with one of its domestic partners there, Guangqi Honda Automobile.

Unfortunately, we don't have any other details about the concept yet – not even a name. The teaser also doesn't give a very good indication of the car's size. It appears to be roughly the size of a small coupe, and if Honda hadn't already tried the idea with the CR-Z, you could almost see it as a modern CRX, but it could be a little bit larger, too.

In addition to the coupe concept at the Beijing show, Dongfeng Honda will premiere the concept for the next Spirior, which is the foreign version of the Accord. Guangqi Honda will also bring a mid-size SUV and the third-generation Fit. Acura will also be there and will have both the NSX Concept and a model of its powertrain. Scroll down for the full release about everything Honda will show in China.

Official Press Release


BEIJING, China, April 8, 2014 - Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, today announced plans to exhibit the world premiere of two new concept models as well as new production models for the Honda and Acura brands at the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2014, press day: April 20, 2014, public days: April 21-29, 2014).

Overview of Honda exhibit
Jointly with Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Ltd. and Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., Honda will exhibit the world premiere of a concept model for a new model exclusively developed for the Chinese market. Also on display will be the world premiere of a concept model for the all-new Spirior, a product of Dongfeng Honda, as well as the China premiere of a new middle-class SUV and the third-generation Fit, which will be sold by Guangqi Honda.

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○Concept model for a new model exclusive for the Chinese market (world premiere)
Design sketch for the concept model
Design sketch for the concept model

○Dongfeng Honda: Concept model for the all-new Spirior (world premiere)
○Guangqi Honda: New middle-class SUV (China premiere)
○Guangqi Honda: The third-generation Fit (China premiere)
○Other mass-production models
・ Guangqi Honda: Crosstour, Accord, Crider, Odyssey, City, CR-Z and Li Nian S1
・ Dongfeng Honda: CR-V, Civic, Elysion, Jade, Insight and CIIMO
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○RC213V MotoGP champion machine, CTX700ND

Source: Autoblog

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Honda Tops KBB 2014 Brand Image Awards


Once a year, Kelley Blue Book puts out their Brand Image Awards, which recognize auto brands that American consumers consider to be both reliable and enjoyable to own. In other words, if all automakers got together and gave out superlatives in some sort of car yearbook, the 2014 award for “Most Popular” would go to Honda, as it was given the best scores from the 12,000 people that were polled in order to gather information for this year’s awards.