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The 2012 Beijing Auto Show is fast becoming an automotive showcase for the Chinese market as more and more automakers are introducing concept vehicles that have specially developed specifically for the Chinese market.

The latest to do so is Honda , which is unveiling two concept vehicles, one of which is the Concept C sedan. Details are scarce at this point about the car, but according to a Honda press release, the "C" in the concept’s name represents "Cool", "Challenge", and "China".

Honda also said that the Concept C will be a middle-class sedan that the company is currently developing through a cooperation between development teams in both Japan and China. The production model will be made available in China next year through Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.

As for the car itself, the Concept C is an aggressively designed vehicle that’s highlighted by its rather large dimensions and a muscular rear end, creating an aggressive yet elegant look that plays right into the tastes of the Chinese market. The concept also carries three major side veins adding to the menacing side profile while the front end receives a distinctive central grille and bumper set up with a pair of huge intakes on both ends of the bumper.

Powertrain options for the Concept C were not divulged, but rest assured that we’ll have them for you information becomes available.

Remember back in the late-1990s when there was all of that hubbub about top-heavy SUVs and how they roll over easily? Apparently, some people really need to be reminded of how SUVs handle. We totally understand that the Nürburgring is an awesome thing, as anyone with a car, $34, a driver’s license, and a heartbeat can take their car screaming down this famed course. We also completely understand that some SUVs belong on this track, like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, X6M , and so on.

That said, c’mon guys, taking an obviously stock Honda CR-V for a cruise around the ‘Ring? Are you trying to record a 20:00 time around the course to gloat about to your buddies? There comes a moment in every person’s life where you simply have to decide that the risk really isn’t worth the reward, and flying an early 2000s CR-V around the ‘Ring is one of those times.

It looks like the driver in the above video doesn’t quite grasp any of that… The first minute of the video consists of almost all high-performance vehicles, or at least modified ones. Once you get to the 1:05 mark on the video you hear a loud screeching sound of tall, skinny tires and coming around the corner sideways is a CR-V. A quick flick in the other direction to attempt to correct the spin and that’s all she wrote; over goes the CR-V into a spectacular rollover.

The CR-V then leaps over the guardrail on a single bound and sticks the landing like a pro. Keep in mind, the only reason we are so nonchalant about this horrible wreck is that according to the YouTube post, the people in the CR-V were fine, except for the fact that their mom’s gonna be mad when she sees her car.

Enjoy the video and make this a reminder, don’t race your CR-V on a track designed for racecars. It never turns out well.

The Beijing Auto Show is fast becoming one of the biggest events in the automotive calendar and a lot of companies have taken into introducing concept vehicles in Beijing.

When its doors open on April 23, 2012, Japanese automaker Honda will be on hand to introduce a pair of new concept vehicles that will make their world debuts. According to Honda , the concepts - one is a sedan while the other is a hatchback - are preview models for the Chinese market.

No further details were divulged apart from the two photos, but if the design sketches are any indication on what Honda has up their sleeve, we won’t be surprised if the cars end up being Chinese versions of the Accord and the Civic .

Suffice to say, we’re all pretty curious to see these two concepts without their covers. Fortunately, the Beijing Auto Show will kick off on April 23, which means that we won’t have to wait too long to find out what Honda has in store for us.

Source: Honda

As promised, Honda has unveiled the Honda Crosstour Concept at a catered media reception at the 2012 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) in hopes of reviving a vehicle that has had less than stellar performance on the market. This new concept follows the original Accord Crosstour that was launched back in 2010 and the renamed Honda Crosstour in 2012 (when it dropped the Accord nomenclature). The Honda Crosstour Concept is our first taste as to what we can expect for the 2013 model of this struggling crossover.

The list of changes for the new Honda Crosstour Concept include exterior and interior upgrades, a new 6-speed automatic transmission for the V6 versions, and safety upgrades for both four-cylinder and V6 versions.

"Fueled by a combination of versatility, luxury, and efficiency, owners have demonstrated remarkable devotion to the Honda Crosstour Honda Crosstour ," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The 2013 Crosstour Concept shows how Honda will strengthen the styling and add even more content to one of the most efficient offerings in the class."

UPDATE 04/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the 2012 Honda Crosstour Concept.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Honda Crosstour Concept.

As we quickly approach the New York Auto Show, automakers are coming out of the woodwork announcing that they are debuting new cars or simply reveling redesigned versions of existing cars. One car in need of a boost is the upcoming 2013 Honda Crosstour – yes, Honda misses the mark sometimes too – and Honda plans to reveal its 2013 Crosstour Concept at the upcoming auto show.

Honda hopes that new exterior styling on the 2013 Crosstour will help boost its sales. We will be the first to admit that the Crosstour is in desperate need of a redesign, but the redesign will have to be significant to make a difference. Fortunately for Honda, the Crosstour isn’t the only strange looking crossover vehicle in for a reveal, as Toyota plans to reveal a redesigned Venza at the same auto show.

With additional competition from the firmly entrenched Subaru Outback , which also has a redesign to show off in New York, Honda needs to pull out all the stops to save the suffering Crosstour, which has sold just 51,380 units since its 2010 debut. Even worse, only 1,991 units have made their way into people’s driveways two months into 2012.

Will this refresh and the new four-cylinder be enough to save the Crosstour from elimination? Well, given Honda’s conservative nature, the 2013 Crosstour Concept will only receive very mild changes. Also, given the fact that it always has been and likely will remain based on the popular Accord, we wouldn’t expect anything drastic. Of course, no one expected Honda to do what it did to the Civic in 2006.

Honda has kept a pretty tight lid on this release, so we will all find out together on its April 4th release.

Since the NSX will be headed Stateside as an Acura, we got the Acura NSX Concept when the Detroit Auto Show opened its doors. Other markets like Europe and Japan, however, will be given a Honda to serve as their NSX base, so the Geneva Motor Show will find itself with a Honda NSX Concept to preview their production supercar.

The Honda NSX Concept will feature the same design language and the same technology as the Acura NSX Concept. It will be powered by the company’s next generation VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection engine which is then combined with a dual clutch transmission and a range of new technologies, including the innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system. This system combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system that allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Honda hasn’t released any details on the final output of this setup, but rumors say it will go up to about 400 HP, or just enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The production Honda NSX will be unveiled in the next three years.

UPDATE 03/12/2012: Honda has unveiled a very cool promo video for their NSX Concept which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Enjoy!

Honda brought back the NSX name this year at the Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the Acura NSX Concept , but the history of the NSX begun back in 1990 when the first generation was unveiled on the market. Today, the company has unveiled a very cool video that presents a tribute to the NSX - both past and future.

The NSX was offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.0 liter V6 with 270 HP and a 3.0 liter V6 with 252 HP and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. With the new generation , Honda promises to impress the masses even more than they did with the first model. Rumors state that the new NSX be a hybrid sports car that combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system. This system allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. This setup will be just enough to deliver a total of 400 HP.

When this Matthew Broderick teaser first surfaced last week, speculation ran rampant that there was a Ferris Bueller movie in the works. If you were one of those people that thought the same thing, you’re both right and wrong on that one.

First of all, there’s no Ferris Bueller movie currently in development, but there’s this Super Bowl commercial from Honda that brings "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" back to life.

Some of you might be too young to remember the movie and the success it generated in the box office, but for those that remember Bueller’s clever attempts at skipping school and spending the entire day in Chicago just having some fun, then you’ll certainly notice all the movie references made in the two-and-a-half minute commercial where Broderick plays himself and decides to skip a movie shoot just so he could enjoy his all-new Honda CR-V .

Charming as the ad is on a lot of fronts, it does cast a generational tone to it, especially for those that never got the chance to see the movie and won’t understand what the big deal is all about.

Source: Honda

The calendar might have just flipped over to a new year, but that doesn’t mean that auto show fever is subsiding anytime soon, especially since the 2012 North American International Auto Show just opened its doors. Many automakers are on hand to show off their newest concepts and production models, including Honda and their first preview version of the ninth-generation 2013 model set to go on-sale in Fall 2012. The Honda Accord Honda Accord Coupe Concept shows off a new exterior and interior design, as well as a choice of three all-new powertrains, including the first U.S. application of both a 2.4-liter direct-injected engine and two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

At the front of the new Accord will be a revised four-sided honeycomb grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights, lower fog-light spoilers accented by crystallized chrome inlays, a trunk -lid spoiler, and larger exhaust finishers integrated into the bumper.

"Marking the 30th anniversary of U.S. production, this new ninth-generation Accord will raise the bar again through a tour de force of new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe Concept.

After years of speculations, Honda is finally taking the first steps in offering a successor for the very prominent NSX supercar with its first concept version revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The company has promised that a production version will follow in the next three years and will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Ohio.

Not only does the concept revealed in Detroit preview the future NSX supercar, it also presents the first application of Acura ’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. This system combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system that allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. The company then throws in their next generation VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection and a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor.

"This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura’s idea to create synergy between man and machine," said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Honda Motor Co., Ltd. "The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way."

"Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency," added Ito, who led the development of Acura’s first NSX supercar. "In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities."

Updated 04/06/2012: The new NSX Concept has also been presented at the New York Auto Show and we were just there to shot a few more pictures of it. Found them in the picture gallery section.

Updated 04/25/2012: While until now we have seen the new Acura NSX sports car in a gray exterior paint, for the Beijing Auto Show the NSX has dressed a very cool red paint.


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