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Car magazine Road & Track has unearthed a rumor involving Honda and a possible convertible sports car in the company’s future. Before you go shrieking and jumping up and down about a possible return of the S2000 , you need to know that it won’t be happening. Instead, Honda is looking at making a droptop version of the CR-Z . Weird as that may sound considering the CR-Z is a hybrid, but Honda may be in the process of giving the car a major upgrade in the engine department with a more powerful powertrain that could qualify it as a sports car.

We don’t know whether there’s any validity to this rumor, but we are curious to see how Honda plans on turning the CR-Z into a sports car. We’re not doubting them in the least bit, but at this point, we have more questions than answers on whether Honda can successfully transform the CR-Z into a sports car that can give a car like the Mazda MX-5 Miata a run for its money.

Source: Road & Track

Honda’s ramping up its efforts in introducing the 2011 CR-Z to the American market and they did so New York style. Not content with just a standard run-of-the-mill unveiling, Honda went and set up shop at Times Square in New York City to do the first 3D unveiling in company history.

With a crowd of over 250,000 – that’s what Honda is saying, although the number may be a tad inflated – in attendance, Honda put on quite a show with hip-hop group N.E.R.D performing for the crowd and getting everyone up on their feet, jumping and hollering with each passing beat. The highlight of the whole spectacle, of course, was the CR-Z , and as promised, Honda unveiled the car in 3D by broadcasting footage of a new commercial centered on the sports hybrid coupe at Times Square’s iconic Spectacolor screen, much to the delight of the 250,000 people that supposedly came in to watch the entire festivities.

Source: Honda

The Honda CR-Z hybrid has been one of the most often-tuned Honda vehicles in recent time. The latest to take a crack at the hybrid is AMS and they’ve even named their worked-up CR-Z the Terra.

Featuring a new front bumper, widened side sills, and new front and rear fenders, AMS really took the time to dress up the CR-Z to make it more unique than any CR-Z-tuned vehicles we’ve seen.

AMS also added a roof lip, a rear hatch spoiler, and a funky new rear diffuser with twin center exhaust outlets. But the best additions, at least as far as we’re concerned, are those spanking awesome piano black and pearl white 19-inch RAYS Versus Torismo Rechente rims that add to the overall aesthetic appeal this tuned-up CR-Z provides.

Not that we haven’t seen anything like it, but we have to say, this AMS-tuned CR-Z is one of the cleanest modded CR-Zs we’ve seen in a while. In the event you’re interested in having your little sporty hybrid given the whole AMS treatment, it’s going to cost you somewhere around $5,000, which isn’t all that expensive if your car ends up looking like this.

Source: AMS

That didn’t take long.

Barely a year after it first dropped on the market, the 2010MY Honda Accord Crosstour is now being recalled in the US after potential problems with the car’s front passenger airbags were discovered.

According to the Japanese automaker, the airbags may not have been assembled using correct specifications and as such, creates an increased possibility that the airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash. While no incidents have been reported from this problem, Honda is taking the necessary precautions to ensure that they solve the problem before an accident involving one of these cars occurs.

As such, over 3,300 units of the Honda Accord Crosstour are being subjected to the recall. For this recall, Honda is expected to have its dealerships inspect and replace the airbag module on the passenger seat at no cost to the customer. The recall is likewise expected to begin on September 22. For more information on the recall, owners of the Accord Crosstour can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

The last time we have seen the Honda Odyssey was when the Odyssey Concept was unveiled at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Today, the Odyssey comes back into the spotlight as Honda has officially unveiled the 2011 Odyssey Touring Elite. Featuring a more exclusive appearance and new interior features, the 2011 Odyssey will go on sale this fall, continuing the tradition of the best-selling minivan in the U.S.

The 2011 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with three-mode variable cylinder management that has a fuel economy of 19/28 mpg (City/Highway). It gets a lower roofline (-1.6 inches versus 2010 Odyssey EX) and wider track (+1.4 inches) helping to create a sleeker, stronger, and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics.

New exterior improvements include HID front headlights, 18" alloy wheels, ventilated front disc brakes, power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators, and a power tailgate. For the interior, Honda has added a new Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers, Honda Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, high-definition connectivity, and split-screen viewing, but also leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats.

Updated 09/09/2010: Honda today announced priced for the 2011 Odyssey that will debut at dealers on September 30. The Odyssey LX has a starting price of $27,800, while the top version, the Odyssey Touring Elite goes up to $43,250. For 2011 Odyssey will be offered in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the new Touring Elite. Full prices after the jump.

Press release after the jump.

The build preview of Fox Marketing’s 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe happened more than six weeks ago just after the conclusion of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Since that time, Fox Marketing has finally completed their SEMA-bound project, and it is as good - maybe even better - than what we initially thought.

The event is less than a week away and since a lot of automakers and aftermarket companies are coming out with previews of their programs, Fox Marketing has joined in on the fun with a doozy of a program for the Civic SI Coupe. The tuning project for the car involves a modified chassis, an extensive exterior make-over, and best of all, a tuning program that will boost the car’s output all the way up to 450 horsepower courtesy of an intercooler kit, among other things. For a car that carries a 2.4-liter engine with ’only’ 201 horsepower and 170 lb/ft of torque on tap, bumping the output by over 150% is nothing short of extraordinary.

In addition to the engine upgrade, Fox Marketing also gave the car some aesthetic and aerodynamic enhancements, including a a Blue Pearl exterior finish, a new aero kit, a lowered suspension system, a new set of 20" wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes 4 Tires, and Yonaka Ronin Racing Seats with factory Civic Si fabric inserts.

UPDATE 11/01/11: This review has been updated with official photos courtesy of Honda

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Find them in the picture gallery.

Here in the US, we know this car as the Honda Fit , but in other parts of the world, it goes by another moniker; ‘the Honda Jazz’.

In Australia, the Jazz is currently in the middle of a hilarious promotional campaign called ‘Jazz Packing’. It’ hilarious because we watched the set of videos the campaign has released and we couldn’t stop our eyes from getting teary-eyed from all the hysterical laughing.

Basically, the ads were made to show exactly how versatile the Jazz really is. It’s got loads of room on the interior, it’s got 10 cup holders – that’s right, 10! – and it’s a practical ride for just about anybody, even if you’re a bodybuilder, a rapper, a hipster, and, of course, a ninja.

Check out these four hilarious ads and be sure to adhere our warnings that there will be massive loads of skimpy Speedos, “mystical” windows, tied-up pirates, and a reference to Haruki Murakami. We’re not making this stuff up.

More of the hilarity after the jump.

The Paris Motor Show isn’t even in the books yet and already car enthusiasts everywhere are preparing their ventures for future shows. Wraptivo is currently working on a design package that will feature a matte black and carbon black film that will wrap around the Honda CR-Z Type-F Concept getting prepared for the SEMA show in November.

In addition to the design package provided by Wraptivo, the concept will get a full aero kit consisting of Honda accessories aero pieces along with other aero components from Japan. The vehicle will also be receiving wheels, race seats, big brakes, and other additions. Going a step further on the tuning front, the Type-F concept will be getting a power increase thanks to a supercharger system, suspension package, an ECU Tune, exhaust system, and other speedy components. The interior will get Recaro seats, a sport shift knob, and alcantara panels.

Of course, one of the main reasons behind this concept is allowing the CR-Z to showcase the effectiveness of the Wraptivo product. The Honda CR-Z Type-F Concept will allow customers to see how this new technology could serve as protection for their factory paint, as well as change the appearance of their car. The particular wrap that will be used on the Type-F will provide customers with a good idea of the durability of the wrap as it will hit the track a week after theSEMA show during the Source Interlink “Super Lap Battle”. We’ll hold our opinions on the matter until after we see it in action!

Press release after the jump.

Source: Jonsibal

It’s time to jazz it up a bit with the new Honda Jazz . The hybrid hatchback will make its first debut at the Paris Motor Show and will be going on sale in the UK in early 2011.

Under the hood there is the same powertrain as in the Insight hybrid; a 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine combined with a CVT gearbox, with an electric motor smack dab in the middle of the two to create a parallel hybrid system.

The hybrid version will be distinguished from the standard Jazz by revised headlights with a blue surround, clear rear lights, new front grille, restyled bumpers, and a chrome tailgate garnish. The new hybrid will also be available in a range of existing colors plus a bespoke Lime Green metallic. On the interior it will get a darker single color dashboard with blue lighting on the dials and dashboard instruments. Honda will also offer an optional leather trim.

Press release after the jump.

The Honda Civic is currently in its eight generation, but the company is already preparing the ninth one. After only four years of production, the current Civic will be replaced in 2011 and, apparently, this is the first image of the car. The new Civic will target models like Hyundai Elantra and the Suzuki Kizashi . Sales should begin in 2012.

However, if this is indeed the next Civic, there are no major changes in terms of its design. Previous reports said the next Civic would feature a CR-Z inspired exterior design with a little futuristic edge. It is rumored the biggest changes will be made under the hood with Honda focusing on reducing consumption and fuel economy. Expect to see a new generation of the low emission three-cylinder engine and a hybrid version featuring the same powertrain as the CR-Z: a 1.5-liter petrol engine assisted by an electric motor that delivers a total of 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque.

Source: WCF

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