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The family friendly Honda CR-V crossover announced its 2014 prices and updates today, with only a modest increase and a handful of new features like an easier fold-down back seat. Still hot off the car’s redesign last year, the CR-V is America’s best-selling crossover with an easy driving demeanor and quite a large cargo area, even with the back seat up.

Seating five people and bringing some of the most robust and reliable mechanicals ever made, the Honda CR-V’s celebrated position in the firm’s range speaks to the car’s exceptional balance of size, performance and efficiency.

The style of the previous CR-V was also ripe for updates, as seeing its grinning open grille intake at every stoplight became quite tiresome over the years. The new design brings a broader and flush-mounted upper grille with flowing wings that meet the headlights. These lights are still goofy and oversized, but overall the nose of the CR-V is more friendly and sleek.

The roof of this generation of Honda CR-Vs has some interesting shaping as it leaves tons of second-row headroom before rumbling downward to meet the rear glass. There is more structure and definition to the Honda ’s trademark chrome-trimmed glasshouse, but the CR-V will still not be winning any design competitions any time soon.

The cabin took a big leap forward with the latest refresh, and offers a new navigation and infotainment setup, as well as a streamlined audio button interface – quelling critics of Honda ’s overwrought interior layouts in recent years.

The CR-V still majors on reliability, affordability and family versatility. How does it compare with the Ford Escape , Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 ? Is its large seats-up trunk volume and handy urban maneuverability enough to outweigh its lackluster MPG and performance stats?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Honda CR-V, with all the official pricing and features explained in detail.

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In the past, the collaboration between Honda and McLaren has brought amazing things to the automotive world, but only in Formula 1 competition. Now the newly renewed F1 partnership between the two looks like may lead to more partnerships that may bear a road-going model.

According to the British magazine AutoCar, McLaren F1 boss Martin Whitmarsh alluded to this possibility when speaking about the "multi-year" cooperation that will start with Honda supplying engine to McLaren Racing in 2015. Whitmarsh’s direct quote was: "Our road car strategy at the moment has no other automotive partner and 
Honda would be a good place 
to collaborate." In auto executive-ese, that translates out to: "Let’s see how this first leg pans out, then we will explore partnering with Honda on a road-going model."

McLaren is currently working on itsP13 sports car and Honda has nothing to do with its development.

So, where can the two vastly different companies find a common interest? Well, that question is pretty easy to answer, given you have kept your finger on the pulse of the automotive world. See, Honda wants to revive its S lineup after the S2000 fizzled away after a a decade of buzzing along at nearly 8,000 rpm to churn out enough power to justify its price tag. Add to that the likelihood that McLaren would love to deliver a lower-priced car to take on the lower-level 911 models or the Boxster S and you have a perfect chance for the two to collaborate on a lower-priced, roadster with plenty of horsepower to tackle a Porsche. Of course, we are simply speculating here...

Click past the jump to read more about Honda - McLaren cooperation between 1988 and 1992.

Source: Autocar
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Honda released a new video video that pays tribute to F1 legend Ayrton Senna . According to the company, while creating this video it used telemetry data and audio samples from 1989 and then installed several speakers and lights to create Ayrton Senna’s "ghost" on the Suzuka racetrack in Japan.

In 1989 Senna was driving for McLaren -Honda. At the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, during the penultimate race of the season, he had a small collision with Alain Prost, who was also driving for McLaren-Honda. As a result, Prost won the race and Senna finished the season second with six wins and one second place.

Senna was killed in 1994 during the San Marino Grand Prix. During the seventh lap of the race his car left the track at around 191 mph and hit the concrete retaining wall at around 145 mph. Senna suffered numerous injuries and significant blood loss, and he didn’t survived the crash.

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Details about this fall’s new Accord Hybrid are starting to trickle from Honda in the form of official images and a boast about the new midsize sedan’s 47 mpg combined rating. The Hybrid model leverages the advanced Sport Hybrid battery systems, new engine and aerodynamic tweaks from its pricier Plug-in Hybrid Accord sibling.

Luckily, the Accord Hybrid benefits from the latest LED styling outside and new high-tech eco displays inside – without the questionable new nose Honda grafts onto the PHEV (as well as this regular Accord Hybrid outside the U.S.)

There is still blue-tinted lighting and badges galore, but this time it is not trying to disguise old halogen bulbs like on the CR-Z .

Pricing and final stats for the Hybrid’s smaller lithium-ion battery pack are not yet available and will directly influence the showroom costs. The Accord PHEV’s $40,000-plus pricing has raised some eyebrows, but the new Hybrid will be built on the regular Ohio assembly line for the first time – hopefully bringing savings versus the Japanese-built Accord PHEV .

Pricing in the low $30,000 range will put the new Honda about $2,000 above similarly equipped Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans. Buyers are still lapping up the base $23,000 Prius hatchback’s mileage and ease of use. Even so, the the real sales prize will be winning over not just early adopters but mainstream sedan shoppers with an eye on fuel economy and cruising refinement.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid with details on the all-new 2.0-liter engine and twin-motor Sport Hybrid system ahead of the Accord Hybrid’s arrival at Honda dealers this October.

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The 2013 Honda Civic Tour will start in less than a month, and it looks like this year Honda fans will have one more reason to wait for it. Honda in cooperation with Maroon 5 will offer fans the chance to win a Honda Civic Si Coupe and Honda CBR250R motorcycle, both of them customized by Maroon 5.

The Civic Si by Maroon 5 is distinguished by a race-inspired exterior look and a body kit developed by Honda Factory Performance. The passenger door is signed by Maroon 5 members, Adam Levine and James Valentine, and the hood features a large "5" graphic. The Civic sits on special wheels designed by Honda Factory Performance and offered in a shade of red and black. The motorcycle also features custom graphics and wheels.

All you have to do to enter the contest is visiting Honda.us/M5Civic or Honda.us/M5Bike.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic SI.

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For 2014, Honda is refreshing the Odyssey with some mild exterior tweaks, new safety systems, a new center stack design for the infotainment options and offers the world’s first built-in shop vacuum on top-spec Touring Elite trim. Many of the other cool benefits are limited to the Touring Elite spec as well, but the core package of responsive performance, extreme durability and family friendliness continues unchanged for 2014.

The Honda Odyssey is one of the top two minivans in the sales charts, often jostling for position in this declining market segment with the Toyota Sienna . Both the Honda and Toyota vans are actually pretty pricey in their top configurations, leaving the value segment to the Dodge and Chrysler vans, whose combined sales dwarf the Honda and Toyota.

For people who’ve accepted that they need a van, there’s little loyalty at play and these family audiences are happy to jump ship when a better entry comes along. So far, no one has topped the Honda Odyssey since 1999 in terms of total feature count or buyer satisfaction. One could even say that the Honda is the most premium player in the segment, following the discontinuation of the Mercedes-Benz R-class .

The exterior tweaks are not going to cause a rush on showrooms, but are enough to subtly refine the Odyssey’s style in the face of the more-flamboyant Toyota Sienna design. The new 2014 models arrive in July at Honda dealers nationwide.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Honda Odyssey, including the new HondaVac and HondaHair system on the top Odyssey Touring Elite models.

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The revised 2013 Honda Civic sedan lives up to the “Better” advertising hype. Then again, “Better” is not exactly a lofty goal or a proud boast from the top compact car in U.S. sales. Is chrome on the grille and trunk lid enough to banish the memories of last year’s poverty-spec Civic sedan ?

Despite being a total snooze to sports car enthusiasts, the Civic sedan packs the most diverse powerplant options of any passenger vehicle ever sold commercially, including: gasoline, hybrid and CNG

This little econobox is singlehandedly preparing for the diverse energy mix we all have in our futures. The Civic’s hybrid system finally matches Toyota’s third-gen Prius for sophistication and economy, while the CNG option is looking more enticing than ever thanks to America’s natural gas revolution pushing prices to record lows.

Additionally, Honda has taken a number of complaints about the 2012 Civic to heart, such as the unacceptable road noise and harshness, negative amounts of road style, and an interior full of unusual shapes jammed together like a losing Tetris game. Can the 2013 Honda Civic sedan pivot from mediocrity with blankets of NVH material, some LEDs and infotainment tech from the new Accord ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the Honda Civic Sedan.

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Earlier this month, Honda was said to enter a total of 10 cars, motorcycles and ATVs in the upcoming 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Along with setting a world record for the company with the most entries in the ultimate hill climb, Honda is also aiming for an overall victory. Last year, Honda obtained victories only in the 450 Division and the "Quad Modified" class, making the run a nearly complete disappointment for the proud automaker.

One of these 10 entries will be a CR-Z driven by Sage Marie for Honda North America in the Exhibition class. This race version of the CR-Z was developed by Honda Performance Devel Devel opment and will be equipped with a turbocharger and upgraded hybrid drivetrain that delivers a total of 200 horsepower.

The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Honda CR-Z.

We knew that Honda was going to present a concept at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show . What we didn’t prepare for was what the Japanese automaker actually showed.

The vehicle, called the Concept M, is an MPV prototype that sure looks like it’s pissed off at the rest of the world. We can’t even begin to tell you just how bad we want to see this concept hit production in the future while keeping the design qualities that made it look completely incredible.

The front profile of the Concept M is the complete achievement in this design. Check out the headlight design and you’ll notice that it’s the same configuration Honda used on the 2012 NSX Concept supercar . That, in itself, is already a winner in our books.

Then you move on to the enormous front grille, which by the looks of it, was designed to terrorize the rear view mirrors of cars in front of it. The intakes are equally imposing and provide even more aggression to one of the most radically designed concept MPVs we’ve seen in quite some time. The rear, meanwhile, is a little more subdued but still has some aggressive details of its own, particularly what looks like a huge chrome bumper guards.

Honda says that the Concept M is a preview concept of a future MPV that will be launched in China soon, "offering the attributes of a passenger car while adding new value through the realization of a comfortable and spacious cabin".

To that, we say "can’t wait!"

Click past the jump to read Honda’s short press release about the Concept M

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One of the most awaited supercars is no doubt the 2016 NSX (or Acura NSX, depending on the market). The NSX has been up and down so many times, that at some point we had no idea what to believe anymore, but once the 2012 NSX Concept was unveiled it became pretty clear that the company was serious about getting the name back on the market.

It looks like people were very impressed by the NSX, as Honda has received an unprecedented demand for the supercar. This made the company to open a pre-order bank for the NSX and any customer depositing a total of £5,000 ($7,600 at the current exchange rates) can be among the first customers to get it. Not until 2015, unfortunately.

Honda already received a total of 25 deposits for the NSX, so maybe it will rethink its decision of offering the NSX as a limited edition.

Hit the jump to read Honda’s press release.


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