Honda – 10/12 –

Today, Accura released this photo of the upcoming 2009 Acura TL sedan. Available starting this fall, the TL will be the most powerful car Acura has ever produced, whatever that means, because Acura hasn’t released any further details on the car. Except that it will feature Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(SH-AWD). The guys over at Autoblog think that the car will probably be powered by the 300 hp 3.7 liter engine which currently powers the RL and the MDX.

That’s about all we’ve got so far, but stay tuned cause we’ll let you know once we get more info.

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Ron Harbour, a partner with the Oliver Wyman Group and author of a widely respected annual report on auto factory productivity believes that Honda are better positioned than anybody in terms of the products.

The No.2 Japanese automaker had 1 percent sales increase in June. It isn’t a great increase? I agree with that. But, just remember the fact that in the same time its major competitors reported double-digit sales declines. The Honda’s top managers said that they aren’t geniuses. All their secret consist in, guess what, “consistency” . The Honda’s factories are very flexible and can quickly make more of the vehicles that are in demand.

The Civic and Accord are the industry’s top sellers. Sounds good in my opinion. I think in this way because John Mendel, the vice president of the company declared that they can reprogram the factories to make it build more Civics. And that’s their main competitive advantage. That’s the condition which enables the company to operate in a more efficient or higher-quality manner than its competitors. And that’s the victory’s sign. It’s all about strategy here. Strategy brings the money!

“He who has a thing to sell and goes and whispers in a well is not so apt to get the dollars as he who climbs a tree and hollers.” – Author unknown

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Following up a great line of successes, Nissan’s Skyline GT-R follow up, the 2008 Nissan GT-R, is forseen to be a great success, with considerable orders allready in line, with mind-boggling performance, and positive reviews all over the world.

Its oldest Japanese competitor, the Honda NSX, is allready in tests.

The old NSX was a rugh competitor, highly appreciated for its Ferrari/Porsche compared performance, durability, adaptability (some models supported unprecedented tuning) and its unbelievable value for money, practically unrivaled by european counterparts. The new NSX is roumored to have lapped “The Ring” in 7′ 37″ (a full second better than the Nissan GT-R, and 3 seconds under Veyron’s time).

Now, the old “Jap’ extreme trio ” is about to be complete, as Toyota and Subaru are co-developing a RWD high performance coupe, very likely to be positioned in GT-R’s/NSX’s market, probably covering up the Toyota SUPRA void that they left unfilled.

Here’s a Japanese Car Magazine’s rendering of what an artist thinks the coupe will look like:

We say it looks great, and this whole “competition” thing that will be going on between the Japanese high performance machines, on a worldwide level, can only thrill the children in all of us, making the waiting that much harder to bare.

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With gas prices exploding, hybrids became very popular in the United States and are selling like crazy. However, we might see these cars’ prices rising, because some of these no longer qualify for the tax break or are about to see it reduced sharply. Affected by this measure are the three most popular hybrids sold in America, the Honda Civic hybrid, the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Camry hybrid.

After last fall the Prius and the Camry saw their $3,150 tax credits disappear, the Honda Civic hybrid’s tax credit was cut in half, starting Tuesday, July 1st, from $1,050 to $525. This happened after the original $2,100 tax credit was cut in half in January.

According to the 2005 federal law that established the hybrid credit, the tax break begins to phase out after a manufacturer sells 60,000 qualifying vehicles. Because of heavy demand for the Prius, Toyota reached that benchmark early in the program, and tax breaks for its Toyota and Lexus brand hybrids were gone by October 2007.

This tax credit cuts are not very popular, with a lot of people believing that the government should support hybrid sales, not increase the taxes. “We need to be reducing our dependence on oil, so why are we taking away something that will encourage people to do that?” asked Ailis Aaron Wolf, spokeswoman for the advocacy group, which wants to raise mileage standards.

So, what will happen next? Will hybrid sales drop? Honestly, with gas prices skyrocketing, I don’t think so, on the contrary.

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“Difficult is worth doing” is the name of Honda’s upcoming TV ad, one of the most expensive ever created. The TV spot will feature a team of 45 world class free fall skydivers which will perform some of the most complicated skydive formations ever attempted for the camera. The stunt coordinator for this commercial is BJ Worth and though he worked on some other difficult projects, including all the recent James Bond movies, he agrees that this is one of the most challenging aerial stunt sequences he has ever had to produce.

Before the final TV ad is released, Honda will present a few teasers that will keep us interested in the project. You can check out the first one below and you can also find it in our sidebar. Also, Honda started a blog for the project,, where, over the next few weeks, you can read about the making of this incredible commercial and you’ll also get behind the scenes insight into the challenges that the team has to handle.

And if that doesn’t convince you this is going to be a great commercial, here’s what Tony Davidson the Creative Director for the project says: “When you write scripts like this you just imagine anything is possible. It’s only when you start getting down to the nitty gritty of production that you realise what the real implications are. That said, in this world where post-production techniques mean most things are possible, it’s nice to be attempting something for real.”


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In a press release made today, Honda announced their new SUV, the 2009 Honda Pilot, after a few days ago we showed you photos of the car caught in Detroit without any camo. The new SUV from Honda is powered by Honda’s 3.5 liter V6 engine which develops 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque and features the latest generation of fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM) technology that can operate the engine with all six cylinders for power or just four or three cylinders to improve fuel efficiency. This improves the fuel economy of the 2009 Pilot to 17/23 (mpg city/mpg highway) at 2WD versions and 16/22 for 4WD. The engine is mated to a standard five-speed automatic and VTM-4 four-wheel-drive remains an option.

Besides the enhanced powertrain the new Pilot also has a new list of available features which include Bluetooth, Hill Start Assist, Power Tailgate, and a Tailgate with a lift-up glass hatch and will be available in four versions, LX, EX, EX-L and a new Touring model.

Check out a complete photo gallery, the full press release and a video of the 2009 Honda Pilot after the jump.

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Yesterday, Acura announced the princing for the new 2009 Acura TSX. The car, which will go on sale in the US starting April 24th will be available in two versions: the generously appointed TSX and the fully-featured TSX with Technology Package and MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) pricing starts at $28,960 and tops at $32,060, while destination and handling fees remain at $715. The 2009 TSX is available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic for no additional charge.

Dick Colliver, Executive Vice President of Acura Sales said: “The all-new TSX is loaded with more technology, better performance, additional comfort and enhanced safety to make it one of the most desirable sedans in its class […] We expect the dramatically improved 2009 model to set even more sales records than its predecessor.” And he’s right, because the new TSX comes with Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, Zagat® restaurant information, and rearview camera; AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System; AcuraLink® Real-time traffic with an all-new Traffic Rerouting™ function; AcuraLink® weather with current and future weather information; a 10-speaker Acura/ELS® Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc DVD-Audio changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, Note function for XM® Radio, and Dolby Pro Logic II; and a GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system.

Check out the full press release after the jump.

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This winter, at the Detroit Auto Show, Honda presented the Honda Pilot prototype, which previewed the production version which is almost ready for debut. And here are the first photos of the production ready Honda Pilot, snapped by Steve Manlen, one of Jalopnik’s readers, in Detroit.

From these photos, we can tell that the car hasn’t changed that much, comparing to the Detroit concept. We’ll have more details once Honda makes the official announcement, but so far we know that the Pilot will have three rows of seats capable of seating eight passengers and will be powered by a new generation V6 engine which will be able to operate in 4- and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency.

Check out more photos after the jump.

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At the New York Auto Show Honda presented the all-new 2009 Honda Fit, for the first time in the United States. Dick Colliver, Executive Vice President of Honda USA said: “Critics and customers alike have voted the Fit among the best small vehicles on the road […] This new Fit raises the bar even further, taking what was already great about the Fit, making it even better and throwing in a healthy dose of refinement.”

The new Fit will be powered by a new 1.5-literi-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and Honda will offer either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifter mounted on the steering wheel for the Honda Fit Sport). Honda paid a lot of attention to safety and the new Fit features plenty of systems destined to make the car as safe as possible. We have Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure technology, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), active head restraints, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags.

That’s about all the details we have so far, but Honda announced that more details on the 2009 Honda Fit will be made available closer to launch date, which is scheduled for this fall.


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The Geneva Motor Show will feature another really cool premiere, the 2009 Honda Accord for the European market, both the Sedan and the Tourer versions. And no, it’s not a facelift and even though the press release mentions the fact the the car’s styling is an evolution of the current generation, this is an entirely new car, which will also be available in the US, as the 2009 Accura TSX. The car is placed in the premium D-segment and aims at competition like the BMW 3 Series or the Audi A4.

Under the hood, Honda offers three new engines, which comply with the upcoming Euro 5 standards. The engines are a new 2.0 liter turbodiesel unit that produces 150 hp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque is now 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The other two engines are petrol units, a 156 hp 2.0 litre petrol i-VTEC and a 200 HP 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine. The engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, while the petrol engines have the option of a 5-speed automatic.

The 2009 Honda Accord will also feature plenty of technologies, such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS), which detects instability in slippery conditions and automatically initiates steering inputs aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct direction, Advanced Driving Assist System (ADAS) which features three technologies Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS).

See more photos and read the full press release after the jump.


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The new Honda Accord Tourer is scheduled to debut at the Geneva Motor Show and Honda decided to tease us a little by releasing a few photos. And like any teaser photos, these don’t reveal too much of the car, just some details. Honda also didn’t reveal too much on the car, except that “the new Accord boasts quality features to challenge established premium contenders in the executive D-segment. Sporty styling and enticing driving dynamics are offered while strong environmental credentials impress in an all Euro 5 emissions-compliant engine line up. […] Technical details are still under wraps but the new Accord has a unique package of passive and active safety features to deliver even greater confidence.”

As we said, the new Accord and the Accord Tourer will be unveiled at Geneva, on March 4, however, in the press release, Honda said that more details on the car will be made available on February 11.

See more photos after the jump.

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Unfortunately, this year, the Tokyo show took place in the same time as the Detroit Auto Show, and of course it didn’t get the press coverage it deserved, which is a shame, because there were a lot of cool cars presented there too. And of these cars is this, the Honda Civic Mugen Type-RR Experiment Spec. Yeah, I know, long name. The car is powered by a 260hp (194kW) 2.2L K20A engine, which basically is a modified i-VTEC 2.0L unit, with reduced friction on the internals and redesigned camshafts.

The gearbox has been changed, the standard model’s manual box being replaced with a six-speed sequential unit, which shifts gears in 80 milliseconds. The car still retains a clutch but this is only used when launching from a standstill. Other modifications include uprated brakes, shocks and springs and Mugen’s new ‘I-TCMS’ tire monitoring system.

View more photos after the jump.

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Yesterday we wrote about the Honda Pilot prototype which has benn unveiled at Detroit and which preview the next generation Honda Pilot, scheduled to debut this spring. Here’s a video of the presentation. Enjoy!


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The new generation Honda Pilot is scheduled to debut this spring but, until then, Honda presented this Pilot prototype at the Detroit show, prototype which previews the production model. The new Pilot will have a more boldly style and the exterior will give a “powerful” sensation, in the same allowing more space for the interior. The eight-passenger Pilot rides on a redesigned platform which allows more refined handling and ride comfort. Safety features include Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and extensive use of high-strength steel.

The new Honda Pilot will be powered by a V6 engine featuring Honda’s improved Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that operates in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4 and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency.

You can check out the Honda Pilot‘s official website (click here) and you can also check out more photos after the jump.

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The Honda stand at the Detroit Auto Show will have some really cool concepts. Besides the CR-Z and the FCX concepts, Honda will also show the Pilot concept SUV. This will be the starting point for Honda’s future SUVs, featuring clever interior packaging, advanced safety features, improved fuel efficiency and convenience. Still, I think it looks like a previous generation Grand Cherokee more than the future of Honda. What do you think? Feel free to drop a comment here.


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