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Honda has announced that the new CR-Z hybrid sports car will go on sale in August at a price starting below $20K. They have also announced that the CR-Z will not get an SI or electric version. Want to hear some more bad news? Well, sorry, you have to hear it anyway. There will be no federal tax credit on the sporty hybrid coupe: "No. The limit per car company is 60,000 hybrids, and we passed that long ago."

The CR-Z will be offered in three trim levels: CR-Z, CR-Z EX, and CR-Z EX Navi. When asked about a SI version, John Mendel, Honda’s U.S. executive vice president of sales said: "Nothing official." He said the same thing about an electric version: "I don’t think that there’s [sic] plans to make this vehicle a pure electric. I wouldn’t say that we believe that the pure EV or BEV [battery-electric vehicle] will flop in the U.S. It depends upon the application. If you talk about longer charging times and limited range, it speaks to a different usage than a 150-miles-per-day commuter would require."

The Honda hybrid sports coupe is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor that deliver a combined output of 122 HP and 128 lbs-ft. The engine is linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

Source: Inside Line

The automotive term EV comes with an unnecessary stigma of being slow and boring. However automakers like Fisker and Tesla are creating fun to drive sports cars with green power trains and zero emissions, but the ability to have your cake and eat it too comes at a price. However the world’s largest engine builder tried to make things different when they introduced the CR-Z sports coupe concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Honda CR-Z

Honda has finally unveiled the long awaited production version of the CR-Z hybrid coupe at the 2010 North American International Auto Show with sales slated to begin as early as summer and will be followed up with a European version later on in the year. The CR-Z is powered by an IMA hybrid system made up of a 1.5 Liter gas burning engine combined with an electric motor that provides an additional 14 HP for a grand total of 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque. The concept’s design remains mostly unchanged for the production version with its low slung roof line, sporty rear spoiler, aggressive profile and LED lights that are being used for the first time in one of Honda’s production vehicles.

UPDATE 06/16/2010: Jason Barlow, once co-host of the popular BBC show Top Gear, appears as the celebrity star of Honda’s new promo video for the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe. Check out the video after the jump.

Updated 06/22/2010: Honda announced today prices for the 2011 CR-Z sports car. Sales will begin on August 24 at a price of $19,200, plus a destination and handling charge of $750. The CR-Z is available in two equipment grades – the well-equipped CR-Z (base) and the feature-rich CR-Z EX. Standard features on the CR-Z include an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, cruise control, and more. Full prices list after the jump.

Press release after the jump.

After Honda announced that the S2000 small roadster would be dropped, rumors started to circulate abouta successor for it . Today the British magazine AutoCar is offering new details on the future generation S2000. It will be a mid-engined, rear-drive model, most likely featuring a hybrid powertrain. The car will make its official debut in 2014.

The new S2000 will be based on a modified version of the Jazz platform. Rumors of the new S2000 being a hybrid model started because of Honda’s design chief, Nobuki Ebisawa who apparently sparked their curiousity about future hybrid models when he began talking about the new CR-Z : "That car is only one shape of Honda’s hybrid sports cars in the current age." So it is expected that the new S2000 will feature a larger petrol engine than the CR-Z’s unit combined with an electric motor. Featuring an aluminum construction, the new S2000 will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in only 6 seconds.

Source: Autocar
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Fuel-sipping sedans are the in things in today’s economy. No longer are we buying massive military vehicles or run-around-the-town-and-get-5-miles-per-gallon SUVs. With high gas prices, come small vehicles.

While they can be fashionable, they can also be downright nasty. Take for instance the Toyota Corolla . Now, this isn’t a bad sedan, it’s just not great. Nothing stands out or makes you get excited when you drive it. So with that in mind, we took out our three favorite fuel-efficient sedans, starting with the king, the Honda Civic .

The once little Civic has grown up. From a tiny hatchback of the 1970’s to a nearly midsize sedan that simply put, dominates the sales charts. With a gas motor and the option of a hybrid, the Civic is a midsize sedan for everyone.

Don’t want a Honda? Well, the second car in this test is the Mazda 3 . The 3 is a fantastic little car that smiles at you when it’s going past. It handles well and has always been a good seller in the midsize segment.

While the Civic and Mazda have been around the block a few times, the 2010 Kia Forte is just a newborn. With brilliant looks, a fantastic interior, and more power than the Civic, the Kia is a great alternative to the mass market Civic and 3.

Sounds like a round of testing is coming up.

Honda will develop a two-seat compact roadster considered to be the successor of models like the Beat and the S800. Previous rumors suggested that the new Beat will be an open-top version of the hybrid CR-Z , but it turns out those rumors weren’t true. The new model will be built on an entirely new platform, will feature a mid-engine configuration, and a rear wheel drive system. Of course it will be offered at a very competitive price.

Produced from May 1991 to February 1996, the old Beat was a model offered exclusively on the Japanese market (where the car qualified for large tax and regulations discounts), however, the new model will be offered all over the world.

The old-generation Beat was powered by a 656 cc engine with a maximum output of 63 HP. However, for the new model Honda will opt for a bigger engine because "sales of the new model are not limited this time just to the domestic market."

The new Beat is expected to go on sale in both Europe and America by the end of 2014.

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The 2010 Honda Civic sedan is one of the most iconic cars in the world. Sometimes, iconic cars can get a bit soft, like the Toyota Camry, but the Civic has continued to push the boundaries in terms of style and performance. The new 2010 Civic is a really good, economical car and still sells very well. In times of high gas prices, the Civic proved to be a best seller. It’s offered in a wide variety of styles, trims, and prices and it can be tailored to meet everybody’s expectations.

Once Honda’s smallest car, the Civic is more of smaller mid-size sedan than a compact one. The 2010 Civic is actually the same size as the Accord was 15 years ago. Yet, despite the size increase, the Civic retains its agility, efficiency, comfort, and reliability. That being said the Honda Civic is a good car, but it’s not great. A few years ago the Civic was a fantastic little car and the best buy in the segment, but years have passed and the competition is becoming a real threat. The Civic is due for a refresh.

Some of the Civic’s design elements are too weird for us, like the dual-tiered instrument panel. This means that the rev-counter is on the bottom tear, while one tier up and far back in the digital speedometer. Most shoppers will forget about this odd fashion, but it never really grew on us in the time we had the car.

The 2010 Honda Civic is available in sedan form or as a coupe. For both, there are five trim levels: DX, LX, EX, EX-L, and Si. On the Civic sedan, Honda offers the DX Value Package, the LX-S, a GX, and a Hybrid.

Hit the jump for the full review.

Honda dealerships in the UK will be introducing a new line of parts and accessories that are all close to the heart of Honda tuners in the country. Beginning with eight dealerships around the UK, Honda announced that it will launch the MUGEN Original Parts Programme, a program wherein a number of dealerships will start offering MUGEN parts and accessories for interested customers.

Granted, the initial parts will only cover the current Honda Civic Type R - among the parts include body kits, forged aluminum wheels, performance brake pads, quick shift kits, and sports suspensions - but Honda has made it clear that as time goes by, more and more MUGEN parts and accessories will be available to a wide variety of Honda models.

Despite being a relative newbie in the UK market, Honda is confident that MUGEN products will deliver the same level of enthusiasm and excitement that it has given to Japanese tuners for over 35 years.

Colin Whittamore, chief of MUGEN Europe, said, "We are delighted to be teaming up with some knowledgeable and enthusiastic Honda dealers who will bring MUGEN products to a wider audience."

"Through this program we are looking forward to attracting new and existing customers to experience why MUGEN has been renowned for many years as a world leader in motorsport."

Press Release after the jump

Source: Honda

Die hard Top Gear fans will have no problem remembering the name Jason Barlow. If you’re not one of the aforementioned people, then we’re going to enlighten you on who he is.

Barlow was once a co-host of the popular BBC show, appearing in 53 episodes from 2000 to 2001. While he’s about 10 years removed from his time on the show, Barlow is still in the auto industry, currently serving as editor-at-large for Top Gear magazine, as well as being a contributing editor for GQ UK and a columnist for The Sunday Times. Surely, this dude’s got some serious credentials.

Now, he’s parlayed those credentials into appearing as the host of Honda’s new promo film for the CR-Z hybrid coupe. We gotta say, this is a different treatment from what we’re used to, so we’re going to keep a close eye on this, especially given that this first episode looks very promising.

Source: YouTube
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The Honda Motor Corporation has helped upstart Tesla Motors Inc in the financial department, as the Japanese automaker has bought environmental credits from Tesla. Not the most glamorous way to turn a profit.

In 2008, Tesla generated $13.8 million from selling low emission vehicle credits needed by larger automakers to help with California’s wacky pollution rules, the company said to Business Week. Honda was the only named customer, as it bought 368 cars and contracted an additional 287 cars, according to the filing.

Tesla has sold around 1,000 electric cars, at $109,000 each, mostly to film stars and environmentalists. CEO Elon Musk aims to build the Model S , which will cost $57,000 and help Tesla sell more cars to normal citizens. The company has lost money every year since it was created in 2003.

“Having these credits gives us some flexibility for the future,” said Robert Bienenfeld, Honda’s U.S. senior manager for environment and energy strategy. “Whether we’ll need to purchase more, I can’t say.”

Tesla officials have declined to discuss Honda’s purchase of credits. In the company’s filing, there was another automaker on the list, but they weren’t identified.

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Honda to resume production in China on Friday

We have been covering the events taking place in China and it seems they are at an end for the time being. Automotive News is reporting that Honda Motor Co will resume production at the four plants in China on Friday. That being said, we have no idea what will happen next week due to some of the workers’ demands not being met as of today.

Honda suspended production in China last week after employees in Guangdong refused to work until their demands were met. These demands included a pay raise, as well as new working conditions.

Honda was cut a break when the parts factory that closed resumed production on Wednesday. No news of whether or not those workers had come to a compromise with Honda were given. Other than that, all others continued on their strike. Today we hear that part of the 1,900 person workforce agreed to return to work, but only until Friday. On Friday, the workers expect to hear a response from Honda on a list of as-yet unmet demands.

"For sure, we will go on strike again if we don’t get a satisfying answer," said parts factory worker Li to AutoNews, who only offered his surname for fear of management reprisals.

Honda said that two factories, a joint venture factory in Guangqi and an export-only factory would restart on Friday morning. A separate factory in Dongfeng would resume work Friday afternoon.

Work will take place into Saturday, but Honda has not decided if production would continue from Monday onwards.

In China, strikes are seen a little differently than they are here. Striking workers are seen as a threat to social order and are usually dealt with very quickly.


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