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Super Bowl XLVIII ended with tears for some fans and with joy for others, and the tears were especially salty, considering the huge difference in score, as the Sehawks gave the Broncos quite a whooping 43-8. On a good note, at least there were some cool car commercials to enjoy during this total blowout.

Just like with the game, we had some winners and some looser. Commercials like Budweiser’s "Puppy Love" Jerry Seinfeld’s Reunion/Crackle received rave reviews and millions of views online, but we’re more interested in what happened in the automotive section.

Many consider Audi hit a home run with its "Doberhuahua" commercial, while Maserati ’s "Strike" or Chevrolet’s "Romance" were total failures, but what do you think? In your opinion, which ad was the best this year?

In my humble opinion, I found Volkswagen’s "Wings" the funniest one of the year. As for the stinker of the year, I have to vote for Chevrolet’s "Romance" ad, as it seemed nearly pointless.

Click past the jump to see all of the Super Bowl XLVIII car ads.

We know about real-life cars being cars being rendered into the virtual world, but Honda and Turn 10 Studios are going against the grain a little. Instead of the usual process, the two companies have teamed up to bring a virtual Honda Civic SI from Forza 5 into the real world.

The car will be developed as part of the Forza Motorsport Civic Si Design Contest, a competition Honda and Turn 10 Studios created to let designers attempt to design the best Civic SI. The competition was eventually won by Tiffany Labedz.

We don’t know who she is exactly, but still, congratulations on a job well done, madam!

As far as her design goes, Honda refused to release on the unique Civic SI, opting only to say that it beat out more than 170 other entries on its way to being chosen by the two companies. The special edition Civic SI is scheduled to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show on February 7th as a one-off, which means that it could end up being one of the most sought after Honda Civics in recent history.

Also, FYI, the image above isn’t the competition-winning Civic SI designed by Labedz.

Click past the jump to read about the Honda Civic SI

The 2015 Honda Fit is the latest and greatest in the line of fun and funky five-doors from the Japanese automaker. The latest Fit looks to increase power and fuel economy for a more engaging and dynamic drive, while maintaining the practicality and versatility the Fit is known for.

The powertrain of this new Honda is comprised of all-new engines and transmissions, and the entire body has been redesigned and revised to improve stiffness and reduce NVH. The new 2015 car is shorter overall than its predecessor but features an increased wheelbase to improve interior dimensions.

This new car has just been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show and we have all the details here for you. Read on to see if it has what it takes to beat its older self.

Updated 04/09/2014: Honda announced today that the new Fit will be put on sale on April 14 with a starting price of $15,525 for the LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Fit.

There is not other way to describe the Vision Gran Turismo project as awesome. So as we ring in the new year with high hopes for more automotive goodness, we leave 2013 with what is yet another teaser of one of the concepts that will make up the Vision Gran Turismo lineup for Gran Turismo 6 .

This one comes by way of Honda , who if you didn’t know, has a pretty unique-looking concept on its hands. It’s far from what we’ve seen from other brands, but not all too radical to think that Honda may have gone a tad too far with its concept.

We do know, or at least come to see from the teaser, that the concept has an odd-looking shape: curved in the front and boxy at the back. The windshield is noticeably lacking in size; if you can even notice it at all. And the lights are slit-like, almost like there’s some kind of angry look coming out of it.

And it’s roofless, which seems to have been outed in advance, with what looks like a mid-engine configuration for good measure.

That’s as far as what we can tell about Honda’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept. Maybe there’s more to it than what we’re seeing. But from the looks of things, this concept teaser is susceptible to numerous interpretations depending on what you’re looking at.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

Source: Gran Turismo
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The Civic has been a mainstay in the small car category for the better part of 20 years. Its affordability and rock-solid reliability, combined with its racing culture and huge aftermarket parts availability, all make the Civic a respectable choice for fun transportation on a budget.

However, when Honda went about redesigning the Civic sedan for 2012, it apparently didn’t do its homework. The car was not well received which forced Honda to revamp it for 2013. The changing continues in 2014 with revisions yet again. The look steers the Civic toward a more masculine design and away from the low-budget, econo-box design of 2012.

The 2014 Civic Coupe gets updated as well, having missed the 2013 changes. Crisp, bold lines give the sheet metal a sportier, more athletic look. New wheel designs sharpen things even further. Inside, both Civic sedans and coupes receive an new instrument panel with plenty of chrome detailing. An impressive new seven-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system is new with LaneWatch blind spot monitoring.

Under the hood, the standard 1.8-liter I-4 is still present, however, it can now be mated with a CVT transmission. The six-speed manual is available in the base model, but the traditional automatic is gone. Si models get an upgraded 2.4-liter I-4 i-VTEC with four extra ponies and pound-feet of torque, bringing its output to 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet, thanks to a retuned exhaust system. The 1.8-liter produces 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is improved as well with the CVT-equipped sedan getting an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. The HF trim gets even better at 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. Base model LX coupes get 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway with the manual transmission while the higher trimmed EX and EX-L fitted with the CVT are rated at 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

Updated 09/16/2014: Honda announced prices for the 2015 Civic lineup which continues to be offered pretty much unchanged. The only addition is a new Special Edition (SE) sedan positioned between the LX and EX.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Honda Civic

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Honda announced today the first details on the next-generation Fit Hybrid that is set for release on the Japanese market this September. The third-generation Fit will be one of the most innovative hybrid models ever offered by Honda. It will be the first Honda model equipped with the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) that will ensure a fuel economy ratings of 36.4 kilometers per liter (about 86 mpg).

The new hybrid system combines a newly developed 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with the earlier mentioned i-DCD. The i-DCD system includes a seven-speed DCT system with a built-in high-output motor and the IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery.

There is also an electric servo brake system that stores energy while braking and provides a fully-electric compressor that reduces engine load. With all these updates, Honda’s new hybrid system ensure a fuel economy improvement of 35 percent when compared to the current IMA hybrid system.

The new hybrid system also features three driving modes that alternate between gasoline and electric, depending on the driving situation: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive Mode and Engine Drive Mode.

Before you get too excited, you have to know that this Fit will not be offered on the U.S. market. However, Honda plans to use this technology in the U.S. on a sedan that it will build on the Fit platform.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Fit.

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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

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