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Honda Urban SUV Concept

Honda Urban SUV Concept

The all-new Honda Urban SUV Concept made its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The concept hints at the styling direction of an all-new small SUV scheduled to be launched in Japan at the end of 2013 and in the U.S. in 2014. The model will subsequently be introduced to the rest of the world.

The Urban SUV Concept represents the expansion of vehicles that will be based on Honda’s new Global Compact Series platform, which include the Honda Fit (Jazz in Europe) and the Honda City.

The Urban SUV Concept, designed to provide aesthetic cues for an all-new small SUV, showcases clean and sophisticated styling, dynamic lines and a strong stance. The small SUV will be rolled out across the world and will be powered by Honda’s fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology. The new model will utilise Honda’s original centre-tank layout that features on the Honda Jazz and will also incorporate Honda’s famous Magic Seats that enable a range of seating configurations for maximum versatility.

The small SUV will be manufactured at Honda’s newest North American plant near Celaya, Mexico.

Source: Honda

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Honda plans subcompact car-based SUV

Honda plans subcompact car-based SUV

An all-new Honda compact URBAN SUV CONCEPT vehicle will make its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on 14 January.

The URBAN SUV CONCEPT, teased in a sketch, is a global concept model which combines a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious.

Considering the fact that other manufacturers such as Nissan already have the Qashqai and Juke, it might not be such a bad idea for Honda to follow in their steps with regards to the introduction of a subcompact SUV.

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The All New Honda CR-V Has Finally Hit Our Shores

The All New Honda CR-V Has Finally Hit Our Shores

The new fourth generation Honda CR-V is now on dealer floors and any customer looking for suitably sized SUV to courier the family around this holiday is in luck.

The exterior of the car has had some changes which have also aided to reduce the aerodynamics of the car by a claimed 6.5%. The new Honda CR-V has a flat under floor, longer roof line, optimised front bumper and rear spoiler, and sculptured wheel arches, all of which play a role in reducing aerodynamic drag.

The length of the vehicle has been reduced by 5mm, and the height by 30mm, yet the new vehicle offers the same amount of interior space as the outgoing model.

As per the trend in most new vehicles currently being released, LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lights have also been incorporates to the Honda CR-V.

Just in case you’re wondering, as of about February 2011 all new vehicles in Europe have been required to have daytime running lights, as per UNECE Regulation no 87, so it’s just not a styling gimmick.

The interior of the Honda CR-V has been designed to create a quiet, refined and relaxed ambiance. This is evident by the reduced engine and road noise transmitted to the cabin through air and structural transfer paths.

With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by to 1,146 litres with the seats folded down, or 589 litres with the seats in place.

The load length has been increased by 140 mm to 1570 mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 30mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.

The new Honda CR-V will be offered in six derivatives, with the Honda CR-V 2.0 Comfort being added to the mix.

In an effort to improved ride and handling on the new Honda CR-V the car’s suspension, steering and four-wheel drive system also received some upgrades.

The two-wheel drive 2.0 Comfort represents the entry-level, and is followed by the all-wheel drive version of the same vehicle.

The front-wheel drive version is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission whilst the all-wheel drive version has a five-speed automatic. Both variants are powered by the same 1997 cc i-VTEC, 16-valve, in-line 4 cylinder petrol engine, which offers 114 kW of power at 6500 rpm; and 192 Nm of torque at 4300 rpm.

Two further petrol models are offered in the range, namely the 2.4 Elegance and the 2.4 Executive. Both of these models come with 5-Speed Automatic transmissions, and they share the i-VTEC, 16-Valve, in-line, 4 cylinder petrol engine with a cubic capacity of 2354 cc. This highly refined petrol engine has 140 kW of power available at 7000 rpm; and 220 Nm of torque at 4300 rpm.

The final two models in the new CR-V line-up are both powered by Honda’s acclaimed 2.2 litre i-DTEC common rail turbo diesel engine, which sports four cylinders and 16 valves. The 2.2 Elegance and 2.2 Exclusive are both all-wheel-drive, and are available with a choice of 6-Speed Manual or 5-Speed Automatic transmissions. The i-DTEC engine has 110 kW of power available at 4000 rpm, and 350 Nm of torque between 2000 and 2750 rpm.

The all new Honda CR-V is available with a choice of four specification levels, depending on the chosen model. The Comfort level offers black fabric seats as standard, while the Elegance, Executive and Exclusive models all have black leather seats. Each specification level offers a mix of comfort features, while the Exclusive specification includes such luxuries as premium audio, electrically adjusted driver seat, electronic lumbar support for driver and front passenger, as well as keyless entry.

Pricing for the new Honda CR-V is as follows:

2.0 Comfort FWD (petrol – R299 900.00

2.0 Comfort AWD (petrol) – R339 900.00

2.4 Elegance AWD (petrol) – R399 900.00

2.4 Executive AWD (petrol) – R444 900.00

2.2 Elegance AWD (diesel) – R405 900.00 (manual)

2.2 Elegance AWD (diesel) – R418 900.00 (auto)

2.2 Exclusive AWD (diesel) -R486 900.00 (manual)

2.2 Exclusice AWD (diesel) – R499 900.00 (auto)

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Details On The 2015 Honda Civic Type-R

Details On The 2015 Honda Civic Type-R

According to Auto Express the Honda Civic Type-R will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing as much as 220kW, according to a quote from Yasuhisa Arai, Managing Officer at Honda’s R&D Centre.  The power increase would be roughly 72kW more than that produced by the current Honda Civic Type-R.

This is contrary to previous reports which indicated that the Honda Civic Type-R would be powered by Honda’s 1.6 litre motorsport engine. This marks the first time in history that Honda has used forced induction on a Type-R.

The use of a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine has been mainly influenced by Honda’s desire to ensure that the Honda Civic Type-R would be more powerful than the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy. Honda has used the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy as its benchmark and has pledged that the 2015 Civic Type-R will beat the 265’s Nürburgring lap record for a front-wheel-drive (fwd).

Arai hopes that the Honda Civic Type-R will still retain or offer the rush the naturally aspirated 2.0 litre VTEC Type-R engine produced.

Other than the engine change mentioned thus far, Honda will also be looking at introducing a number of other enhancements, such as; new suspension setup that should help minimise torque steer, the use of a mechanical limited-slip differential and perhaps rear wheel steering.

Source: Auto Express

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Honda Brio On Its Way To South Africa

Honda Brio On Its Way To South Africa

We wrote earlier this month about the pending arrival of the Honda Brio. Well, the first consignment of 390 Honda Brio’s destined for South Africa departed the Indian port of Mumbai aboard the M.V. Grand Orion. A total of roughly 1600 Honda Brio’s will be shipped to South Africa and other SADC countries by March 2013.

 The shipment of the vehicles means that the vehicles will be on the dealer floor this coming December.

The Honda Brio manufactured at Honda’s Indian manufacturing plant in Greater Noida will also be concentrating on export to other SADC countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mauritius and Seychelles).

The Honda Brio has been on sale since September 2011 and thus far over 25000 units have been sold in India.

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Trendy Honda Brio Set To Spice Up Entry Level Market

Trendy Honda Brio Set To Spice Up Entry Level Market

Honda South Africa will be introducing the Honda Brio into the budget hatchback car segment, following on the heels of a number of vehicle manufacturers. The pricing for the new Honda Brio has not yet been finalised but we do know that the Brio will go on sale in early December.

This is a market segment that has grown from strength to strength over the last few years, especially in the US market which has long shunned small vehicles.

The launch of the Honda Brio will herald Honda’s first entry to this growing and increasingly important market segment, allowing budget-conscious buyers the opportunity to experience Honda’s product quality in a new and affordable package. The Honda Brio will be competing against the likes of the Toyota Aygo which retails from R111900, the Kia Picanto which retails from RR99995,  the Hyundai i10 which retails from R102900, the Peugeot 107 which retails from R118600, and the Citroen C1 which retails from R99900.

“The Brio is poised to become a trend-setter in the entry-level segment, and will allow Honda to introduce the Honda motoring experience to a wider audience for the first time. The Brio’s combination of styling, affordability, quality – and, above all, motoring fun – will offer young first-time buyers an attractive budget motoring option,” says Yoshiaki Nakamura, managing director of Honda Motor Southern Africa.

The Honda Brio is powered by a four-cylinder 1,2-litre i-VTEC engine, with a power delivery of 66kW and 109Nm of torque. The Honda Brio will be offered with a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes.

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