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Honda CR-Z Mugen

Honda has finally decided to share a couple of photos with the upcoming CR-Z Mugen which will make its official debut at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. From these pictures we can see that they’ve added an aerodynamic bodykit and 17-inch alloy rims. The car has been fitted with a high-performance braking system and a sport-tuned suspension.

Honda CR-Z Mugen

The Honda CR-Z Mugen went on a diet and it will be 110 lbs (50 kg) in comparison to the standard CR-Z version. Under that hood it will feature a 1.5-lter power unit that will be paired to an IMA hybrid system, giving a total power output of about 197 hp (200 PS / 147 kW) and a peak torque of 181 lb.-ft (245 Nm). This should be enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in about 6.6 seconds.

Honda CR-Z Mugen

More information should be out at the beginning of July during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Honda CR-Z Mugen

Source: Honda UK via WCF

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Honda CR-Z Mugen

A couple of days ago, Honda revealed new details about the upcoming CR-Z Mugen model, which will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The one-off prototype will have a 1.5-liter supercharged power unit and an IMA hybrid system, developing about 197 hp (200 PS / 147 kW) and 181 lb.-ft (245 Nm) of torque.

Honda CR-Z Mugen

Aside from this revised engine, the car will feature an aerodynamic bodykit, a high-performance braking system, a sport-tuned suspension and 17-inch alloy rims.

Honda CR-Z Mugen

Source: Honda UK via WCF

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2012 Honda Civic Lineup

A few days ago at the 2011 edition of the New York Auto Show, the Japanese automaker Honda revealed the 9th generation of the Civic model, sporting a couple of shy style changes and more fuel efficient powertrains. The lineup consists of the following model: gasoline-powered Sedan and Coupe models, high-performance Si Coupe and Si Sedan, Hybrid, Natural Gas, and the Civic HF, which is an all-new high fuel economy model.

2012 Honda Civic Sedan

The cheapest Civic money can buy is the DX Coupe that has a base price of $15,605, and it remains virtually the same as the outgoing model. The entry-level Sedan and Coupe models will feature a 1.8-liter i-VTEC power unit that produces 140 hp and 128 lb.-ft (173.5 Nm) of torque.

2012 Honda Civic Sedan

An interesting model is the Hybrid, which can achieve a combined rating of 44 mpg, and Honda says that it is going to be the most fuel-efficient sedan in the United States. It sports the newest generation of the Integrated Motor Assist system that benefits from a lithium-ion battery. The gasoline engine has grown a little bit and now has a 1.5-liter displacement, producing 110 hp and 127 lb.-ft (172 Nm) of torque, together with the electric motor.

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe

After the Hybrid, the most efficient model is the all-new HF, which will do 41 mpg on the highway.

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The Honda Civic Natural Gas (formerly known as the Civic GX) still remains the only manufacturer-built natural gas-powered vehicle in the United States. The car is powered by a natural gas variant of Honda’s 1.8-liter engine, just about the same as the one in the Sedan and Coupe models. The engine’s output is rated at 110 hp and the combined fuel consumption is 31 mpg.

2012 Honda Civic Si

The sportier models, the Si Sedan and Coupe have a bigger engine, a 2.4-liter i-VTEC that generates 201 hp and 170 lb.-ft (230 Nm). The torque figure has improved by 22% in comparison to the outgoing model. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and both Si models are offered as standard with a limited-slip differential.

2012 Honda Civic

Also as standard, the 2012 Honda Civic will get a 5-inch LED “Intelligent” Multi-Information Display, Eco Assist Technology, and the all-new Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering System.

2012 Honda Civic

It all looks quite good on paper, but looking at all the models in the 2012 lineup; they all have a rather dull and boring appearance. The only somewhat interesting model is the Si Coupe, other than that, the latest offerings from Kia for example, are much better and they also have a more attractive design. Feel free to disagree with me on this one.

2012 Honda Civic

Source: Honda via Carscoop

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Cars running on natural gas are not very popular around the world, except for several countries like Brazil, Iran and India. In United States there are only a few and if you ask someone to name an alternative fuel, the first answer they’ll have is probably ethanol. In other parts of the world, 2% of all cars are running on natural gas so this shouldn’t come as a surprise that automakers are starting to research on this technology.

Fiat is already selling a bunch of natural-gas vehicles (aka NGVs) in Europe and South America, and most likely Chrysler will do the same thing in the years to come as part of making its lineup green. In addition, Fiat will probably own the majority stake in Chrysler so they’ll implement this strategy for launching NGVs.

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It’s nice to hear that the automotive industry is recuperating after the damages caused by the tsunami and the several earthquakes that hit Japan several weeks ago. Honda has announced that they will resume their production at their Japanese plants starting with April 11th. Despite the fact that full capacity at its plants is possible, they are going to keep the production levels at 50% due to shortage of parts supply.

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2011 Honda Odyssey

Several recalls have been announced in the last few days and we thought to offer some information about the cars affected. Let’s start with the 2011 Honda Odyssey.

Just two weeks ago the Japanese automaker Honda issued a recall for 33,341 of its Odyssey 2011MY units due to a potential problem with the windshield wiper linkage roads. Now, a second recall has been issued for the same 2011MY. They said that they will voluntarily recall about 2,800 units because of a problem with the side windows.

According to the car manufacturer, there is a potential for one or both windows to become detached from the window regulator, which will cause the window to stop working, thus preventing it from being rolled up or down, or it could even drop into the floor. Worst case scenario, Honda said that the window may bind and shatter onto the passengers, but the good news is that this hasn’t happened yet.

They said that they will start sending notifications to the owners affected by this recall and they will replace either the passenger’s and/or the driver’s front door window glass, free of charge.

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2011 Honda Insight Hybrid

At the end of last week the automaker Mazda announced that they will suspend all orders coming from the United States for the models built in Japan. This decision has been made only a couple of days after the factories reopened. Jay Amestoy, the company’s American spokesman said that this decision will affect shipment of cars that were due to arrive stateside in May. He also mentioned that the company hasn’t established a specific date when the activity will resume its normal course.

Mazda USA imports almost all its range from Japan, except for the U.S.-built 6 and Tribute models. The cars that are made in Japan are the 2, 3, 5, MX-5 (Miata), RX-8, CX7 and the CX9. As a reminder, the automaker halted all operations at its Hofu and Hiroshima factories from March 14th through March 21st.

Starting from today, the factories will shut down again and the company stated that its United States sales will not be affected since its American subsidiary has enough cars in stock. Last year, Mazda imported 83% of the cars that were sold in the US.

Another Japanese car manufacturer, Honda, has decided to suspend US dealer orders for the vehicles imported from Japan, including the Civic Hybrid, CR-Z, Insight, CR-V, Fit, along with the Acura RL and TSX models.

As far as Nissan is concerned, they said that they will make only 50% of the cars planned for May, and the other 50% will be delivered once all the factories are up and running at full capacity.

Mitsubishi and Toyota have not suspended dealer orders.

Source: Carscoop

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Honda CR-Z

In an interview given to our colleges at, Honda’s R&D chief Tomohiko Kawanabe confirmed that the Japanese automaker is working on a high-performance hybrid version of the CR-Z model. Rumors say that the car will be fitted with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, but nothing is certain at the moment.

Most likely, the new version of the CR-Z will use the company’s next-gen lithium-ion battery IMA hybrid system that will be capable of producing double the power in comparison to Honda’s nickel-metal hybrid system, without the need of a bigger battery.

Thanks to a more complex coupling, it should also allow it to fully disengage from the power unit during brake energy regeneration (the current gen IMA isn’t capable of doing that), thus allowing it to “grab” more kinetic energy to recycle as electric power.

However, Honda’s problems with the new CR-Z will be with the company’s efficiency targets. Kawanabe affirmed that “it will not be acceptable for the new car to be less fuel efficient than the current one.” Taking this in consideration, a gasoline-electric configuration that will develop 160 hp is probable, delivered without having to compromise fuel efficiency, thanks to the more powerful hybrid setup.


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Highcroft Racing has dominated the LMP2 class in the American Le Mans Series for the last four years and in 2011 they’ll step up in the big leagues with their new ARX-10e model that uses the engine and the chassis as the previous model. Some of the most significant changes they’ve made include the heavily updated aerodynamics package and a larger air restrictor for the V8 3.4-liter engine, which now offers more power.

The ARX-01e was developed by Wirth Research and uses the Honda Racing Development (HRD) branding, instead of last year’s Acura designation.  Tequila Patron, the former sponsor, has stepped up to title-sponsor the ALMS series, the new car is being used by Michelin to promote its latest performance street tires.

The first tests with the car were organized at Sebring a while ago, where it will take part in the 12-hour race this week.

Source: Highcroft Racing via Autoblog

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Honda Brio

Honda unveiled yesterday its new small city car that was created for emerging Asian markets like China, India and Thailand. Dubbed Brio, they’ve previewed the production version of this model last year with the Brio concept. This tiny car measures 3,610 meters long, 1,680 meters wide, which makes it 290mm shorter than the Jazz model and 1 cm narrower.

Honda Brio

The car is powered by a Jazz-sourced 1.2-liter i-VTEC engine that produces 90 hp and can do 47 mpg (5 liters / 100 km), and is Euro 4 compliant. This power unit can be mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox.

Honda Brio

The units that will be sold in Thailand will get two front airbags, disc brakes, ABS and EBD. For the Indian market, the Brio will be a little bit different, adapted for the market’s requirements, and will hit the dealerships in the following months. Honda said that they want to sell about 40,000 units of the Brio in Thailand this year, where it will have a base price of $13,180.

Source: Honda

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2011 US-spec Honda Civic

Even Honda which sells probably the most reliable cars in the world is having problems with one of their models. We are talking here about the US-spec 2011 Civic model which has a problem with a possible defective fuel pump module. The Japanese automaker will recall 18,056 Civics from the 2011 model year.

According to NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the roll-over valve inside some fuel pump modules may have been damaged during the car’s production phase and might cause fuel leakage in the event of a roll-over incident. The good news is that no injuries or crashes have been reported because of this problem.

Honda’s dealers will have to inspect the Civic’s fuel pump module and if it is necessary they will replace it, free of charge of course. The safety recall will begin on or before April 11. If you are one of the 18,056 owners, you can contact the company’s customer service department at 1-800-999-1009.

Source: Carscoop

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MUGEN Euro is the UK-based subsidiary of Honda’s Japanese tuning partner MUGEN, and they’ve announced that they are working on a performance variant of the CR-Z hybrid, which according to the manufacturer will offer a similar level of performances with the Type-R. The new body kit will feature an updated front apron, a grille with LED daytime running lights, side skirts and a roof-mounted wing.


They’ve said that we should expect for a performance boost for the 1.5-liter petrol-run hybrid system but they didn’t release any info. The car is still its development stage and at the moment there are no plans for a production version so nothing is certain, maybe it will be just a show car. We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: Honda via WCF

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As most of you already know by now, on Friday a very powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, causing incommensurable losses, both human casualties and property damages. Toyota said that none of its employees was injured at any of their factories or corporate offices, but the Iwate, Miyagi, Tohoku and Hokkaido factories are now offline. The automaker plans to produce the new generation of the Yaris and the Scion xB / xD at the Iwate and Miyagi plants.

Another Japanese car manufacturer – Honda, announced that they have suffered significant damage at two of their R&D centers as well as at the Tochigi plant and at the Honda Engineering complex. The more important bad news is that one person was killed and 30 people were injured after the catastrophic earthquake. The automaker announced that they will suspend all operations until next week.

Probably the most affected company is Nissan as they’ve reported serious damages at six different facilities. Even worse than that, about 2,300 cars suffered damage while awaiting shipment.

As far as Suzuki is concerned, they said that there aren’t any damages at their facilities and all of the employees are perfectly safe. Their only problem is with establishing communications with the affected areas.

Mazda said that these calamities did not affect the factories and the company’s headquarters is in perfect shape. As a sign of respect, the automaker said that they will stop the production of cars until March 17th.

In the days to come, all of the car makers will analyze their situation and adjust their plans accordingly. The bad news is that the country’s ports and electrical infrastructure have been seriously affected so it will take a while before everything is back to normal.

Source: Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Suzuki via WCF

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According to Auto Week, the Japanese automaker Honda will launch the plug-in hybrid variant of the Accord in 2012. Although details are limited, the car will most likely adopt the plug-in hybrid technology that Honda presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In other words, the new “green” Accord will be fitted with a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter petrol power unit, a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery, along with an electric motor that can produce 161 hp (163 PS / 120 kW).

With this setup, the plug-in hybrid Accord will be able to travel a distance of up to 10-15 miles (16 to 24 km), running only on electricity and up to a speed of 62 mph. Using a standard 120V household outlet, the battery will be charged in 2 to 2 and a half hours, while using a 240V rapid charger, it will only take about 1 to 1 and a half hours.

Source: Autoweek

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Honda Accord Facelift

At the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese automaker Honda has brought the facelift version of the European-spec Accord model.  The car comes with a redesigned grille, updated bumpers along with revised headlights with clear indicators. As far as the back is concerned, it features a new set of taillights and a chrome trim above the license plate.

Honda Accord Facelift

Inside the cabin nothing much has really changed, except for the new seat upholstery, thicker rear windows and additional sound deadening material. The sportier Type-S version has red ambient lightning and faux metallic trim.

Honda Accord Facelift

Regarding the engines, no significant updates as the power units have been carried over from the previous model, with minor modifications for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. One of these engines is the 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel that cranks out 148 hp (150 PS / 110 kW) and has CO2 emissions of 138 g/km.

Honda Accord Facelift

Other worth-mentioning updates would have to be the retuned suspension and active cornering headlights with high beam support. The latter system uses a CMOS camera sensor for detecting oncoming traffic and can automatically activate the low beam if the high beam was selected previously.

Honda Accord Facelift

The facelift version of the Honda Accord will hit the dealerships in Europe this April.

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