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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.

So what’s it going to take for us regular Joes to get a chance to side in an IZOD IndyCar race car with Mario Andretti sitting behind the wheel? Apparently, as far as Honda is concerned, we need to buy a car from them.

Honda is giving its American buyers a chance to sit beside Mario Andretti as he takes a two-seater IZOD IndyCar at the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway for a parade lap before the start of the race. We gotta say, as much as it excites us to get a chance to ride a legitimate IndyCar race car at a live event with Mario Andretti behind the helm, we wouldn’t do it for a price of a real Honda, but hey, if you’re on-board with the whole program, by all means, join in the fun.

In any case, Honda is prepping the competition up by releasing this new commercial featuring the man himself, Mario Andretti.

Source: Honda

If you thought Tom Green’s once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Metallica was awesome, then you better strap on and get yourself ready for the second installment of Honda’s "Live Every Litre" project because it’s going to redefine the phrase ’wet & wild’.

In this episode of Honda’s documentary-style road movie to promote the new CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, the cameras take us to Paris, France - in the streets of Monmarte, to be exact - to meet Kate Rawlinson, or as she is otherwise known, ’Agent Lynch’. In determining which nominee deserved to have their dreams realized, Honda couldn’t have picked a better choice than Rawlinson, who wanted to perform the world’s first guerilla burlesque routine - and do it in public.

Is there really an appropriate way to describe Agent Lynch’s public burlesque show than just letting you people go and watch it for yourselves? Yeah, we didn’t think so, either.

Another video of the ’show’ after the jump.

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Honda raises wages of workers in China

Honda , Japan’s second largest automaker, will raise the wages of its workers in China following a labor strike that occurred just this past week.

The workers will receive a 24 percent pay increase to 1,910 Yuan per month, Honda said today in a statement to Business Week. Most workers have accepted the new raise, but a few are still not satisfied. Talks continue with those few workers. This raise is still a little shy of the 2,000-2,500 Yuan the workers have been requesting.

Production at the four Honda plants that were shut down due to the strike will remain suspended until at least June 2, with plans beyond that date to be decided tomorrow, Honda said to Business Week. Production of manual transmissions at the parts plant resumed today.

Honda shut down all four of its auto assembly plants due to a labor strike that began on May 17 when Honda shut down its first plant. On May 24 and 26, Honda closed its remaining three factories in Guangzhou and Wuhan. The loss in production may cost Honda up to 3,000 vehicles daily, analysts said.

“My guess is that it will take less than a week to get production back at full capacity once the strike is resolved,” Tianshu Xin, managing director at IHS Global Insight in Shanghai, said prior to the settlement announcement. Honda will likely add shifts to make up the lost production, he said to Business Week.

Source: BusinessWeek
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Honda closes four Chinese factories due to strike

Honda’s hopes in China have taken a backseat as a new labor issue is growing in the country. Honda had plans to increase sales from 630,000 units to 830,000 units in 2010, but workers have gone on strike.

Automotive News is reporting that Honda has shut down all four Chinese factories because of a labor strike. The problem arose when 1,850 Honda parts workers walked out on May 17. The walk out forced Honda to shut down two of its plants in Guangzhou on May 24. Two days later, the Japanese automaker closed another Guangzhou factory and one in Wuhan.

According to a report in Automotive News, Honda spokesperson, Yasuko Matsuura, said that the workers seek a raise of 1,500 Yuan per month to somewhere around 2,000 and 2,500 Yuan. While a big raise, the amount is still a fraction of what Honda pays its workers in more developed markets.

While sales in other markets won’t be affected, Honda sales in China could take a hit.

No word on when the workers will return, but talks between Honda and the workers are not going very well.

“Negotiations are not going very smoothly,” Yoshiyuki Kuroda, a Tokyo-based spokesman for the company, told AutoNews by phone. Fortunately for Honda, a manual transmissions line at the plant was reopened today. Honda spokeswoman Yasuko Matsuura declined to comment on whether or not Honda had reached a compromise with the workers on that particular line.

Source: AutoNews

Honda and Metallica. Metallica and Honda. Not exactly something we normally associate together, do we?

For this occasion though, the automaker and the legendary metal band teamed together to give 24-year old Tom Green an experience of a lifetime. As part of Honda’s ’Live Every Liter Documentary’, Honda invited people to apply for a contest and win an opportunity to live out their dreams. For Green, an environmental consultant, that dream was a chance to attend a Metallica concert in Portugal.

Honda liked his application enough to grant him his wish and even went as far as sending out a customized and graffiti-decked Honda CR-Z to bring Green to the concert, which ended up, as you can expect, with the 24-year old raving about the whole experience."Wow, that was unbelievable, backstage is like a promised land for heavy metal fans, somewhere you always hear about, but never get to experience," he said. "To actually go back there before a concert and meet the guys was something I will never forget. It’s even more awesome because so much of the build-up and event was filmed for the documentary so I will be able to relive it again and again."

Check out the video to relive Tom’s amazing experience and if you want to fulfill something from your own bucket list, don’t hesitate to tell Honda about it. You never know, you might end up being just like Tom Green.

Press Release after the jump

If only traffic safety education was this cool, then maybe we wouldn’t be having all of these car accidents in the first place.

Over in Japan, Honda has begun selling an all-new Automobile Driving Simulator that looks a lot like one of those car racing arcades. The ADS is a new educational software that allows trainees an unprecedented experience and sense of driving that is as close to real world conditions as any driving simulator can get. The ADS comes with a retail personal computer, a steering wheel, two 42-inch HD LCD displays, and a Honda Safety Navi program that provides a simple and easy to use automobile driving simulator.

In addition to that, the driver is also advised on how to handle driving situations that can be potentially dangerous and have a high possibility of occurring in the real world.

In terms of pure, unadulterated awesomeness, this new Honda Automobile Driving Simulator sure beats the crap out of any driving instructions or lessons we have right now and it surely wouldn’t hurt to have a couple of these to play around with.

Usually the Honda Civic gets a makeover about every five years, but this year Honda will shift the cycle. Why? Changing market conditions and tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will delay the reformatting for one more year.

John Mendel said in an interview with Automotive news: "In general, we are not changing cycles. We change vehicles as need be. The ability to do something based on more current information is better than waiting a full model cycle. Some of that is being able to have the opportunity to change [based on] what you see happening in the marketplace."

According to him the next Civic will be larger than the current current model, but its exterior has been resized to match the current one a little closer. Also, the Honda CR-V will stick to a five-year cycle, so we will get a redesign model next year.

That’s the good and bad thing about the automotive business and everything else for that matter. A line is drawn and then someone else will come along and erase it to draw the line again. What we don’t understand is why Honda can’t just say, "Hey, yeah, we had to shift the cycle." It happens guys. It’s not that big a deal. Plus, the Civic is still a pretty good sell for Honda, so the delay probably wouldn’t hurt anyway.

A few years ago, Amanda Pogany, a school teacher from Brooklyn, had a nice, little Honda Accord to call her very own. Unfortunately, her ride was stolen from her, leaving her without her noble steed for three-and-something years.

Today, Amanda Pogany drives an Accord, which, in actuality, is the same car that was stole from her. Well, it’s still the same except for a few changes - or modifications - in the form of a new engine, a new set of tires, new rims, new windows, and a new manual tranny.

We don’t now if Robin Hood was behind the theft of this car, but we figured the reunion between Pogany and her Honda - in all its tuned-up glory - was something she, or any one of us, ever expected.

Source: Gawker

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