The Honda Ridgeline really doesn’t get the love it deserves. It’s so hard for the Japanese truck to compete against the American big boys, but it certainly tries. After all, it wasn’t built for the same purpose as the Ram 1500, Silverado 1500, and Ford F-150. It’s built on a unibody construction that’s also shared with the Pilot and is actually designed to feel and drive like a crossover. Honda wanted to create a new niche here, but offering up a crossover with a bed, in a sense. Ideally, it would good for any purpose you want to throw at it, but it probably doesn’t have the strength of anything from the big three. That said, it’s still worthy of some love, and that’s why we’ve made it our wallpaper of the day.
Honda Teams Up with Major Battery Producer to Build Fit-Like EV with 180-Mile Range
One of the first automakers to launch a production hybrid — the Insight arrive in late 2000 — Honda still has a lot of catching up to do in the all-electric market. Having focused on hydrogen tech and hybrids in recent years, the Japanese firm has only two EVs on offer: the brand-new Clarity Electric and the really old Fit EV, based on the second-gen hatchback that was discontinued in 2014. But Honda wants to change that really soon. It has already signed a global partnership with CATL, China’s biggest battery maker, and more recently one with Nikkei, which will spawn a new all-electric Fit.
Honda Debuts a Civic Type R Pickup and We’ve Officially Seen it All
The Honda Civic Type R is an awesome machine, and it got even cooler with the latest generation when Honda decided to bring it to U.S. shores and finally gave us a taste of the once forbidden fruit. With 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap, it’s the definition of Japanese-bred hot hatch. It’s also the fastest car that’s spun its front two wheels around the Magny-Cours track. And, in a weird turn of events, Honda engineers have decided to chop one up and turn it into a proper pickup truck. Yes; a pickup truck. And, the weird part is that it’s pretty damn cool.
Honda sets higher expectations for the 2019 Insight
Earlier this week, Honda announced that it began building the third-generation Insight hybrid at its factory in Indiana. A concept version of the Insight was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, and the production version was unveiled in New York in March. The Honda Insight is making a return after five years, and the company hopes for it to succeed. Is third time the charm for the Insight? Let’s find out.
As Ford Cancels its Future Sedans in America, Honda Introduces the Civic Saloon to the U.K.
Honda’s new-gen Civic is quite the looker. Here in the States, we were lucky enough to get both the hatchback (and the Type R, finally) and the sedan or “saloon” as our European brethren call it. Over in the U.K., however, the only choice is the Civic Hatch, but that will change now as Honda plans to bring the saloon to U.K. dealers by August 2018.
You Can Get a Civic Type R for Free – If You Play Forza 7
Okay, so you can’t just stop by your local Honda dealer and roll off the lot in a $36,000 Civic Type R without paying a penny. But, if you play Forza 7, you can get one for free and – in this case – that’s the next best thing. The free Civic Type R comes as part of the May update that addresses the locked-liveries bug and kicks off a month of honoring none other than Honda. What a better way to do so than to give everyone a free Civic Type R, right?
The best part is, you don’t even have to do anything really. Well, if you’re a Car Pass player, you don’t. Those who have Car Pass will find the car sitting in their garage as soon as they download the update. If you don’t have Car Pass, don’t worry – it’s free for you too, you just have to go to the buy cars screen and pick it out of the lineup. Again, it won’t cost you anything, so what are you waiting for? Go get your 306-horsepower track monster and see what it’s like to drive it, at least in the virtual world, anyway.
2020 Honda Sports EV
Honda has big EV plans, and the first big step is bringing the Urban EV Concept to the market, in production form, by 2019. That much we know. And, if that’s any indication, that means the Sports EV Concept will be the next in line. And, that’s exactly why we’ve taken the liberty render up what the production model will look like. Naturally, it will maintain that sleek hatchback look but will, of course, get more production-friendly features. Range should be somewhere about the 250-mile mark and performance will likely come in somewhere around 300 to 350 horsepower. But, let’s talk more about that, and what it will take to morph the concept into a production model, in my speculative review below.
As the Ford Focus RS Fades to Black, Honda Jacks Up the Price on the Civic Type R
Reports are coming in, and it looks like the Honda Civic Type R will see a small price increase starting in May of 2018. As Cars Direct reports, the Civic Type R will see a baseline price increase of $600, raising the entry cost to $35,595 including destination which also saw a $5 increase across the board. This isn’t the first time the Civic Type R has seen a price increase but nearly triple that of the $215 price increase that went into effect for November 2017. For what it’s worth, the entire Civic lineup sees an increase, but models below the Type R will only increase by $100.
This news comes right on the heels of Ford’s announcement to execute damn near all of its car lineup, including the Focus RS, at least for now. If Ford doesn’t bring the next-gen Focus RS to U.S. shores, the Civic Type R will have just one true competitor, the Volkswagen Golf R – a model that comes in at $5,040 more than the Type R as of the time of this writing. Of course, you could count the Subaru WRX STI as a competitor, and we do, but – despite its similar performance – it’s not really a hatchback. It’s also more expensive, though, hitting the wallet for a minimum of $36,995 or $1,400 more if you include Subaru’s $860 destination charge.
So, while Honda has increased the pricing of the Civic Type R mid-year, with no sign of any improvement whatsoever, it’s still the cheapest performance hatchback on the market, even if you include the non-hatch WRX STI.
Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX
In one corner we’ve got the 1991 - 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.
The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!
Honda’s Making Up For Lost Time With The Everus Concept
Honda may be late to the electrification revolution, but it’s not wasting its time catching up to the party. The Japanese automaker is bringing its first mass-produced electric car to the Beijing Motor Show. It’s called the Everus concept, and it serves as a sign of things to come for Honda as it starts aggressively pushing its own EV agenda for the future.
The Honda Small RS Concept is Indonesia’s Solution for a Tiny Civic Type R
There are markets in the world that aren’t getting as many Honda Civic Type Rs as they’d like. Some aren’t even getting any to begin with. Well, worry no more, because Honda is presenting a possible solution at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show. The “solution” is called the Small RS Concept, a car that was conceived as part of a goal to envision what a small sports hatchback should look like. In that sense, consider the Small RS Concept as “mission accomplished” for Honda.
Honda to Unveil All-New Sedan and EV at the Beijing Auto Show
Japanese automaker Honda has been rather busy lately when it comes to new vehicles. But alongside new versions of the Civic, Accord, Clarity, and Insight, the carmaker also unveiled a couple of intriguing, all-electric concepts recently: the Urban EV and the Sports EV. And it seems that the Japanese aren’t stopping here, with two new concept vehicles set to break cover at the Beijing Auto Show in China later this month. And both are developed with the company’s local partners in China.
Teen Dies After Being Pinned by the Third Row Seat of a 2004 Honda Odyssey
A 16-year-old boy in Cincinnati, Ohio died after getting pinned behind the third-row seat of a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The young man, identified as Kyle Plush, died of asphyxia due to chest compression, even after calling 911 not once but twice. The death has been ruled accidental, but there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered behind the circumstances of his death, particularly the way responders handled his calls for help.
Honda Brings Nothing New to the Odyssey for 2019 Except Higher Pricing
The 2019 Honda Odyssey is now available, and it carries over from that year with next-to-nothing in the way of upgrades. The minivan looks the same, the engines remain the same, and the usual features remain the same. The new Odyssey does come with price hikes across its entire trim, ranging from $150 to $1,000, so that’s something that qualifies as a “change.”
Honda believes that it’s important for its customers to understand just how hybrids work. So, the brand plans to start a whole new media campaign to educate me, you, and everyone else about how their hybrid (or potentially future hybrid) vehicle works. After all, if you don’t understand them, you might not want to buy one. Well, that’s what the bean counters over at Honda think, anyway. The media campaign will be known as “I was an electric skeptic,” and it’s designed to provide important and easily understandable information about the function of hybrid vehicles. How Honda will choose to differentiate information between EVs, plug-in hybrids, and regular hybrids remains to be seen, but this could get interesting. Or… maybe it’ll be educational.
Honda Puts Safety First - Will Offer Honda Sensing Safety as Standard Equipment from 2022
Honda’s Sensing safety system is fitted on one million vehicles in the U.S. today, but that number is going to pale in comparison to Honda’s plans for the system moving forward. According to the Japanese automaker, Honda Sensing will come standard on all 2022 model year vehicles, a huge increase from the current lot of models that are already carrying the safety system.
2019 Honda Insight
Introduced in late 1999, the Honda Insight was the first production car to feature the company’s then-new Integrated Motor Assist system. It was also the first hybrid launched in North America, arriving in showrooms seven months before the Toyota Prius. Production ended in 2006, after only 17,020 units built, with plans to roll out a replacement in 2009. The second-gen model arrived on time, but this time as a five-door hatchback. The Insight was discontinued for the second time in 2014, mostly due to slow sales. Come 2018, and Honda revived the nameplate with a modern design and a new drivetrain. A pre-production prototype was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, while the production model was launched at the New York Auto Show.
"The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume," said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice resident of American Honda. The redesigned Insight will join four other electrified Hondas, including the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Electric, and Fuel Cell, and the Fit EV. Slotted between the Civic and the Accord, the new Insight is now described as a premium sedan, mostly because it has a more elegant exterior design and more modern appointments and convenience features inside the cabin. Let’s see what it has to offer and how it stands against the competition in the review below.
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April Fool’s Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and as you might have expected, a number of automakers spent the occasion trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Some of them worked while others didn’t. Some got us thinking if the pranks were real - or we wish they were real - while others flamed out because they were too obvious from the very beginning. Still, it was a good day to check out what kind of absurdity we had coming our way. If you missed out on all the April Fool’s pranks that these auto brands came out with, well, we got you, fam.
It’s an April Fool’s Joke, but Maybe Honda Should do a CR-V Roadster
Automakers are all about creating different and tiny niches these days, and that’s exactly why we have vehicles like the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and the upcoming T-Roc Convertible. The problem with these models is that they are hard to like and that’s exactly why Honda decided to troll Range Rover and Volkswagen for April Fools, announcing that it will, in fact, sell a CR-V Roadster despite the fact that it no roof and is structurally unsound.
“ This is a bold new direction for the CR-V and opens up an entirely new non-existent market. Our sales target is somewhat conservative to start with, at zero cars, but we are confident that once the minor glitches are ironed out, such as the lack of roof and the fact it is totally structurally unsound, the car will fly out of showrooms,” said Eipurirufūru – the Future Opportunity Occupational Lead for Honda.
The CR-V’s structural rigidity has been decreased by 100 percent, thanks to the complete and utter removal of both the B- and C-pillars. And the best part is that prices are “expected to start from half the current price of the CR-B as customers are only getting half the car.” LMAO! You’ve got to love Honda’s sense of humor with this one.
Discontinued in 2014, the Honda Insight returns to the U.S. market for the 2019 model year. Previewed with a pre-production concept car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Insight made its global debut less than three months later at the New York Auto Show. A significant departure from its predecessor, the new Insight is larger, boasts a more sedan-like design, premium features, and a brand-new drivetrain that has what it takes to give the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq a run for their money.
2019 Honda Insight Will Take on the Toyota Prius with 50 MPG; Debuts in New York
Originally offered as a three-door hatchback for the 2000 model year, the Honda Insight has been an on-again, off-again power technology showcase for the Japanese automaker. Now, the nameplate makes its return for a third generation at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing a fresh body style, the very latest H-badge technology, and fuel returns aimed at taking down the Toyota Prius.
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