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We’ve known for quite some time now that 2014 will be the final year for the current-generation Honda Ridgeline , but an official confirmation came today when Honda released the first teaser image of the next-generation pickup and announced that it is set to arrive "within two years."

According to Honda officials, the "next-generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment." Also, it looks like the next Ridgeline will play an important role in Honda’s future "product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."

The current Ridgeline enjoyed relatively decent success in a market that’s starving for midsize pickups. In fact, sales in 2013 grew by 29 percent, thanks in part to the addition of the new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units. This jump in sales can also be credited to a relative lack of competition in the midsize truck realm.That said, the Ridgeline will have an all-new, midsize Chevy Colorado to contend with when it does return in a few years.

Honda failed to reveal any information on what will power the new Ridgeline, but we suspect the same V-6 powertrain, but with output closer to the 300-horsepower mark. A four-cylinder setup is a possibility, given the Colorado has a four-pot offering, so keep an eye out for that too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda Ridgeline.

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After impressive success during the 2013 season, Honda prepares to return to the 2014 WTCC season with an updated Civic WTCC . The company offered the initial details and image of the car today, but full specifications will be announced closer to the racing season.

The 2013 Civic WTCC gets a revised aerodynamic package, with subtle styling change to the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, a sleeker aero package and an extended rear spoiler. Under its hood, the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine was also tricked to deliver a little bit more power.

Honda is currently preparing two cars that JAS Motorsport will enter in the competition with Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel, and a few additional units for private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani, respectively.

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Today, Honda announced a special-edition Ridgeline that completes the 2014 Ridgeline lineup that hit the market back in September. The model is priced from $37,505 and includes leather trimming and navigation as standard features.

The new Ridgeline Special Edition is offered with exclusive 18-inch, aluminum alloy wheels with black-trimmed spokes and it is distinguished by a black exterior trim package that includes black headlight and taillight housings, black tailgate and black honeycomb grille with black surround. It also gets "Special Edition" badges on the tailgate to let folks know that this is any regular old Ridgeline.

As standard, the new Ridgeline Special Edition comes with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Zagat Survey restaurant information. It also includes XM Radio, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a multi-information display.

Buyers can order the 2014 Ridgeline Special Edition in three exterior colors — Taffeta White, Crystal Black and Alabaster Silver — and they all come with black leather interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda Ridgeline.

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Acura NSX

We are still waiting for the official debut of the NSX , but it looks like Honda is already considering a roadster version for the upcoming hybrid sports car.

In a recent interview with the AutoCar, Principal Designer Jun Goto said that Honda is looking into offering a convertible version, but the execution of suc a vehicle is still a long ways off, so do not expect to hear any official confirmation of a production model for at least two years after the coupe rolls out, if ever.

Unlike the original open-top NSX , which featured targa panels, rumors point toward he future open-top NSX being a real roadster with either a hard or a soft top.

As for the coupe version, he said that the production version will carry over about 95 percent of the styling elements we saw on the concept version, but that the production model will be larger. As for the interior, according to Yuki Inamori, the NSX’s interior designer, it will be "even more exciting than what you see [in the concept]."

The production version Acura/HondaNSX will be likely unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Honda NSX.

Source: Autocar

The European version of the new-generation Honda Civic made its debut last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And today, just a few months after, our spy photographers have proof that Honda is preparing a a Type R version of the new Civic, as the caught a mule of the upcoming car near Honda’s technical center.

The first obvious differences are on the exterior. The mule features a big rear wing fitted over the rear window, bigger exhaust pipes and a deeper front spoiler that might indicate that this is just the first mule for the Civic Type R testing the chassis settings. The production version will also get a deep front spoiler, a new rear bumper with diffuser, wider and bigger wheels and sportier seats.

The next Civic Type R is said to be focused on track orientated customers. This means that Honda will focus on improving the chassis and the car’s handling, while the high-revving engine will probably deliver over 280 PS (276 horsepower).

Updated 09/11/2013: During its press conference at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda offered the first official details on the Civic Type R set to be put on sale in 2015. According to the first details, the future Civic Type R will be powered by a direct-injected, turbocharged 2-liter engine that will deliver "at least 280 PS." While the official launch date is still far away, Honda unveiled a first video featuring the next Type R in action on Nurburgring.

Updated 11/19/2013: Honda has revealed the 2015 Civic Type R testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. You can see the images after the jump.

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After a very short tease, Honda unveiled the new FCEV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show . The concept hints at futuristic and aerodynamic design of a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle set for release in 2015 in the U.S and Japan, with a European release to follow later.

As you can see the concept features an ultra-aerodynamic body and a design language that takes the current FCX one step forward. It offers interior room for five passengers and will be powered by a new powertrain.

According to Honda, when the production version will arrive in 2015, it will be the first vehicle in the world to feature a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle. This new powertrain will deliver a 60% increase in power density - up to 3kW/L and will ensure a driving range of more than 300 miles of with a quick refueling time of about three minutes.

Updated 11/21/2013: The new Honda FCEV Concept made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. With the occasion we’ve updated this review with the official details, images and a promo video.

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Honda Performance Development (HPD) — the racing arm of Honda — hit the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an impressive lineup of modified vehicles. Alongside the heavily updated CR-Z , HPD also revealed a very nice list of updates for the recently revised 2014 Honda Civic .

Although the model unveiled in SEMA is only in concept form, Honda announced that it offers a glimpse at potential future street performance accessories developed from HPD.

The new Civic Street Performance Concept comes equipped with HPD racing performance parts and features a rather loud body wrap. On the performance side of things, the concept adds HPD’s Big Brake kit, HPD performance springs, HPD 25.4 mm rear anti-roll bar and a K24Z7 racing engine. The model rides on a new set of HPD 18-inch wheels
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There is no information on just how much horsepower the racing engine pumps out, but we’re sure it is plenty more than the stock 140 horsepower.

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Mopar, AMG , SVT, and TRD – all names synonymous with factory performance with balanced characteristics and an intact vehicle warranty. Yet with these great names in manufacturer-approved performance parts, one automaker was suspiciously absent from the scene despite having a huge aftermarket following: Honda .

That’s about to change with Honda’s new Honda Performance Development, or HPD division. Roll out will be quite slow, however, as the division builds a name for itself within the Honda brand. HPD’s first project is the slow-selling Honda CR-Z hybrid .

Owners of manual-transmission CR-Zs can now have Honda install a 200,000 rpm Rotrex centrifugal traction-drive supercharger mated to a Griffiths air-to-air intercooler. A respectable 57-horsepower increase is expected, bringing total horsepower to 187 ponies, while fuel consumption remains at 42 mpg. Other modifications to the CR-Z includes a performance exhaust, suspension upgrades, a wheel and tire package, and a big brake kit. Not bad for a hybrid.

Philip LaPointe, manager of HPD Street Performance, told Automotive News in an interview that, “We’re sticking our first toe in the water. We didn’t want to start with too high volume. We need to know who’s going to build the parts and distribute them. We need to get our dealers and logistics up to speed."

LaPointe continued saying the performance parts for other Honda models would go on sale over the next few years. Buys will likely be waiting till the all-new 2016 Civic rolls out before a full-on HPD kit would be available from the dealer showroom, however. “The dream scenario is to have performance parts available at [new-product] launch,” he said.

Although the factory warranty would remain, HPD-outfitted cars would likely see their warranties reduced by years and mileage. The traditional five-year/60,000-mile warranty would fall to three-years/30,000 miles. Reason being that Honda’s durability testing for new cars doesn’t include the extra strains of “spirited driving” and “high-speed loading” typically seen on modified, performance-oriented versions of its vehicles.

Click past the jump for more on the Honda CR-Z by HPD

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Acura NSX

The Acura NSX is widely regarded as one of the finest handling and fun-to-drive sports cars of the bygone era. Acura is the last brand that comes to mind when it comes to mid-engine, purpose-built sports cars, but that’s what it did back in the 90s, and it took the world by surprise.

Until then, Acura, and its parent Honda, were attributed to affordable, reliable and economical modes of transportation for the masses. Then, they rolled out the NSX with a mid-mounted, V-6 and close to 300 horsepower. Now, the car maker plans to launch a replacement for the legendary NSX and promises not to disappoint.

The production of the NSX ceased back in 2005, and it left a long legacy behind. Building on the legacy of legendary sports car is no easy feat. And that’s exactly what Honda and Acura engineers are faced with when it comes to the new NSX.

Little has come out in the public as far as the development of the 2016 NSX is concerned. That said, those at the helm of the project have their sights set firmly on some of the biggest names in the business. Ferrari , Porsche , Nissan and Audi already have cars that are competing with each other on the global scene, and Acura is shooting to offer all the qualities of a Ferrari 458 at a highly competitive price tag.

Ted Klaus, the person in charge of the development Acura NSX, was talking to Autocar recently, and he said “The NSX has never been about a set of figures on a piece of paper,” he said. “As with the original, the eventual power figure won’t grab headlines, for instance, but the qualities that you can’t write down, such as driver involvement and pleasure, are the ones that will matter."

"As engineers, we like numbers, but I’m acutely aware that if we build this car against a set of criteria that has been written down, we will lose our sense of focus.”

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura NSX

Source: Autocar UK

The 2013 SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner, which means that a lot of autophiles in the country are gearing up for their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, over on the other side of the world, Japan is also preparing for its own auto show , and one manufacturer that’s already booked its ticket is Honda . At the event, the local automaker will present a new convertible concept that it hopes will translate into a production open-top sports-type-mini-vehicle.

The concept, called the S660, looks pretty similar to the EV-STER Concept that Honda introduced back in 2011 at the same event. The only difference is that the S660 will come with a traditional, albeit extremely small, 660 cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is slated to produce 64 horsepower while being linked to a seven-speed CVT transmission.

It’s highly unlikely that the S660 will capture the imagination of speed freaks, but in fairness to Honda, whatever power the little sports coupe lacks, it sure as heck makes up for with a design that looks ready for production.

Too bad the car is anticipated to be a Japan-exclusive model, although a bigger version, possibly one that will come with an equally paltry 100-horsepower, 1.0-liter engine, could be available down the line for foreign markets.

Sure it’s no replacement for the axed S2000 , but a cool concept nonetheless.

Click past the jump to read about the Honda EV-STER Concept and to see more detail on the upcoming S660 concept.


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