Honda presents the Civic Si Prototype in Los Angeles, a version that advances the lines of the production model of the same name that, if everything goes according to plan, should be on the market in about a year. From this prototype Honda released some images, but not much data. It should equip a 1.5-liter engine, but its specifications such as power, torque, acceleration, maximum speed, etc. are not yet known. They are said to be on sale with a six-speed manual transmission, which will also feature active dampers, active steering and a limited slip differential. Inside the Honda features new sports seats with red stitching and a ‘Si’ logo sewn in the same color. The dashboard and rugs that contrast with the aluminum pedals are also red. The Honda Civic Si Prototype features a high-performance aerodynamic kit, but much more contained than other branded shows. Reveals a large rear aerofoil, in addition to front and rear splitters. All this should be included in the production version that will be ready in about a year. The only thing that can stand out are the high-yielding tires fitted on the 10-spoke aluminum wheels. Nothing is known about prices, but speculation indicates that it will hit the market at around $ 30,000.
2016 – HONDA CLARITY FUELL CELL
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is one of the novelties that the Japanese brand will present at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is a new production vehicle that when it reaches the market will compete directly with the Toyota Mirai.
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is powered by a fuel cell with a power output of over 100 kW – 134 hp. The main feature is related to its fuel cell which is about 33% lower compared to the previous generation, to the point that its size is comparable to Honda’s V6 engine. This allowed the system to be placed under the hood. This solution allowed playing with the spaces to achieve an excellent occupation, with an interior allowing to correctly accommodate up to five occupants. The electric motor has a maximum power of 130 kW (174 hp), achieving at the same time an autonomy that exceeds 700 km, significantly higher than its most direct competitor, since the Toyota Mirai reaches the 500 km of autonomy. The fuel cell has a high-capacity hydrogen storage tank, which can be refueled in about three minutes, about the same time as it takes to fill the tank of a conventional vehicle. Its production in a first stage will begin with a modest volume, since its commercialization in Japan in principle will be through the leasing system. Honda Clarity is expected to hit the Japanese market in March 2016 and during the first year of marketing the Japanese brand will supply government agencies and corporate customers. Sales to individual customers will begin after that first period in which Honda will take the guesswork out of the users. Immediately after this period, it will expand its production volume to meet the demand of local customers and in a later stage reach Europe and the United States. Its price in Japan was set at 7,660,000 yen, or about 250,000 reais at the current exchange rate.
2016 – HONDA CR-Z
Honda unveiled the official images of the revamped CR-Z that will go on sale in Japan starting in October. The facelift, which will be presented to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, features a new front bumper, an upgraded grille and LED headlamps. Also highlighted for the new side skirts, new rear bumper and 16 and 17 inch wheels also updated. Inside, the modifications are smaller. The CR-Z features an ignition button, electronic parking brake and an upgraded sound system. According to Honda, the hybrid also had a set of steering adjustments that influence its behavior. Contributing to this are the wider profile tires, upgraded brakes and new suspension adjustment, with new springs and shock absorbers. The new CR-Z generation is scheduled for 2017.
2016 – HONDA CR-Z FINAL LABEL
In Europe the Honda CR-Z was no longer marketed in October 2013 due to its poor commercial performance. In some markets such as the United States and Japan, the model is still marketed, but will cease production by the end of this year 2016. In Japan the Honda CR-Z Final Label will be the special farewell edition, which will put an end to the adventure of this entertaining coupe, which began its journey in 2010. The 17-inch bicolour wheels as well as the metallic blue of its body will be the main aesthetic features that will differentiate the Honda CR-Z Final Label, although its body could also be in pearly white and yellow colors. In the interior the changes are also few, limited to a plate with the inscription ‘Final Label’, as well as leather and Alcantara seats with the same inscription stamped on the backrests. This special edition is already on sale in Japan for a price of 1,800,000 yen, about 58,000 reais at the current exchange rate. Mechanically there are no differences in relation to the model that was being commercialized. The Honda CR-Z Final Label is a semi-hybrid with a 1.5-liter petrol engine that combines with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. It is not able to run in 100% electric mode and the function of the electric motor is to watch the combustion, helping to lower consumption. In total there are 137 hp that are sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic.
2016 – HONDA CR-Z US VERSION
The Honda CR-Z never managed to be that product that Honda dreamed of, since its sales never managed to follow even the most pessimistic forecasts, so much so that last month only 2,205 cars were licensed in the USA. However, this did not prevent the Japanese brand from making minor adjustments in its image and equipment to the American market, with the intention of trying to put it in a position to fight in the market. The American Honda CR-Z obtained the same modifications as the Japanese edition. The changes are subtle, modifying both bumpers, a new grille, as well as new 17-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke shape. The interior gained new brushed aluminum fixtures in several parts, while incorporating a new electric parking brake, provided a new design of the center console with a new storage space. It has also received better equipment, which includes a keyless access and button-down system, a refreshed 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, integrated navigation, and the LaneWatch system that displays through a camera the external view of the passenger side of the multimedia system screen. It also has a series of optional accessories, including front bumper, rear diffuser, A / B pillars and fuel cap, as well as LED lights for the fog lights. In mechanical terms does not offer any novelty, since it maintains the same 1.5-liter engine producing 130 horsepower combined with an electric motor. The propulsion system can be associated with both a 6-speed manual transmission and a CVT-type automatic transmission. Its arrival in the US market is expected this week, with a price starting at $ 20,295, which goes up to $ 25,090 for its most equipped version.
2016 – HONDA JAZZ
– Honda unveiled the images of the production version of the new Jazz (Twin brother of Fit), model that practically did not change in relation to the prototype that had been presented / displayed in the Paris Salon last year.
– The new Jazz, which in Asian and American markets has been sold since last year, now to Europe with the promise of more space on board, more efficient engines and new safety equipment.
– Will be shown in Geneva
The third generation of Jazz promotes an aesthetic evolution in relation to the current model, maintaining the mini-monovolume format that allows higher quotas of habitability. Likewise, using the new platform for B-segment models (shared with the new HR-V), Jazz again has the “magic seats” system that allows greater versatility in the interior. The Honda Jazz is 95 mm longer and has an extended wheelbase of 30 mm. The trunk space has also grown, now offering 354 liters with the seats in the normal position, or 884 liters with the folding of the rear seats. Also in the interior, Honda promises soft materials of great quality and sophisticated design, which highlights the 7-inch touchscreen, with which is controlled new Honda Connect infotainment system. The latter allows Internet browsing and access to news and applications in real time. Integration with smartphones is another feature of this system, repeating on the screen everything that goes on the mobile device. The new Jazz will hit the market with a new 1.3-liter engine from the Earth Dreams Technology series, 102 hp at 6,000 rpm. The engine will be associated with a six-speed manual transmission (replacing the previous one with five) or optionally with a semiautomatic CVT transmission. Being lighter and stiffer, the new Jazz will also benefit from new suspension schemes (including new shock absorbers and new MacPherson strut geometry at the front) with the aim of providing greater agility and a successful compromise between comfort and dynamics. The steering has electric assistance. Another goal of these behavioral improvements was to reduce the level of noise and vibration transmitted to the interior. Highlighted will also be the security systems, with Jazz receiving a new set of technologies. The emergency braking system in the city will be standard on all versions, but the options include Intelligent Speed Asisst, Frontal Collision Alert, Lane Release Alert, Traffic Signal Recognition and the High Lights.
2016 – HONDA NSX
– A production model of the Honda NSX was shown in Geneva and for the first time in Europe, 25 years after the original NSX shaken the supercar segment. Recalling that the model was presented earlier this year in Detroit under the Acura brand. “2015 will be a special year for Honda and it starts now,” said Ted Kalaus, NSX’s global development leader, at the Geneva Motor Show. Powered by an innovative hybrid propeller that features a direct injected bi-turbo V6 combustion engine coupled with two electric motors. The power has not been confirmed, but according to Kalaus, will exceed 550 hp. Although Honda did not confirm the information and say it is still studying the feasibility of the car in Brazil, the executive confirmed the car’s arrival in the country. “We want to develop a special yellow for Brazil,” Kalaus said in Geneva. According to Kalaus, the strength of the model is drivability. “The most important thing is not the power, it’s the way the car responds to the pilot’s commands.” There will be four modes of steering: Quiet, Sport, Sport Plus and Track, being the last one to deliver total performance. The new NSX was created to deliver a new sports experience (New Sports eXperience) focused on a “Master Precision Performance” to be the ultimate representation of Honda’s prestige and performance. The development of the Honda NSX 2015 started from a blank sheet of paper and consumed approximately three years of intense dedication from engineering and global design teams led by engineers at Honda’s development center in Raymond, Ohio. The first markets to receive NSX will be the United Kingdom and the United States, which will receive the model in August this year for $ 150,000. The pre-sale to these locations has already begun.