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2020 Honda Urban EV

2020 Honda Urban EV

We spoke and Honda listened - The Urban EV is moving into production

It turns out the rumors that Honda was eventually going to put its Urban EV Concept from the 2017 Frankfurt motor show into production were true. Our spies have caught what is, evidently, a camouflaged production prototype of that study and, while it does do away with some of the concept’s craziness, it’s still an interesting and unexpected model.

Back at its motor show debut, the Urban EV concept caused quite a stir with its retro-futuristic styling and all-electric powertrain, although it was probably the former that made it unique. Honda seems to have left the overall design mostly unchanged for the production version, the big difference being that it has grown from a three-door into a five-door.

The concept also had rear-hinged (so-called “suicide”) doors, but this production interpretation seems to have regular doors. Another change over the concept has to do with the shape of the rear lights that are now round as opposed to square, mirroring the shape of the front clusters.

It’s also going to be Honda’s first all-electric vehicle for the European market, but aside from that, it’s also apparently going to be a sold as a kind of premium vehicle (according to some rumors), so it probably won’t necessarily be an affordable supermini/subcompact.

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Updated Honda Civic Type R Caught Testing; It Could be a Hotter Version!

Updated Honda Civic Type R Caught Testing; It Could be a Hotter Version!

Finally a rival for the Ford Focus RS?

The latest Honda Civic Type R was introduced just a year ago, but the Japanese firm is already working on a facelift. A revised prototype with mild camouflage over its front and rear fascias was spotted testing on public roads, and it seems that Honda is planning to replace the hatchback with an updated version in 2019.

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Next-Generation Honda Civic Coupe Caught Testing: Spy Shots

Next-Generation Honda Civic Coupe Caught Testing: Spy Shots

When Honda unveiled the 2016 Civic Type R at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, U.S. enthusiasts got to see yet another hot-hatch they won’t be able to drive in North America. That’s on top on having to settle for only the sedan and coupe versions of the current Civic. But that will change soon enough, as Honda launched the Civic Coupe Concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show, while also signaling the hatch is on its way back to the United States. The big news was confirmed by Jon Mendel, the executive vice president of Honda’s North American operations. Word has it the hatch will return to the U.S., but, in the meantime, we can have a closer look at the next-generation Civic Coupe the folks over at the CivicX forums spotted testing in the Mojave desert.

Naturally, the coupe is wrapped in black-and-while camouflage front to rear. However, some of the details are visible and provide us with our best look yet at the production car that’s set to arrive for the 2016 model year. The prototype comes to confirm the production version will borrow heavily from the concept car, following Honda’s already familiar convention of using near production-ready concepts for its new products.

Updated 04/14/2015: While all we have so far on the next generation Honda Civic is speculation, we decided to create a rendering of what we think the car will look like. We hope you like it.

Keep reading for more details and have a look at the spy shots here.

Continue reading to learn more about the next generation Honda Civic.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Honda Civic Type R Caught Testing Against the Competition

Spy Shots: 2014 Honda Civic Type R Caught Testing Against the Competition

We first caught the 2014 Honda Civic Type R around the middle of last year and it was still in mule-like clothing. This time around, our spy photographers managed to catch real deal — albeit in heavy camo — Civic Type R prototypes testing on public roads and around the Nurburgring.

On the public roads, our spy photographers caught Honda benchmarking the Type R against the likes of the Ford Focus RS and the Opel Astra OPC . The competition alone is a clear indication that Honda is preparing an important engine update when the Type R hits the market in 2014.

Rumors suggest and the competition points toward the Type R making use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivering somewhere in the 300-horsepower range — an increase of about 100 horsepower over the current generation.

Honda also announced it has big plans for the upcoming Type R, as it is shooting to break the record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring. The current record of 8:7.97 is held by the Megane 265 Trophy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Type R.

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Leaked Image of 2013 Honda Accord's Dashboard Surface Online

Leaked Image of 2013 Honda Accord’s Dashboard Surface Online

Leaky pipes in the automotive industry are at it again, as a poster named “dutchboy” over at Temple of Vtec decided to leak some images of the only part of the redesigned Accord we have yet to see, the interior. Sure, the images look as if they were taken with a 1940s-era camera, or maybe just a 0.3 MP camera phone, scanned through a 400 DPI scanner, printed by a dot-matrix printer, scanned again by a 400 DPI printer, then finally uploaded after being compressed enough to make it through the user’s 28.8 Kb/second internet connection in less than a day and a half, but they’re still telling images.

From these images, we can see that the driver’s side of the Accord looks good. The clock-face gauges boast a large, center-mounted speedometer flanked by the tachometer on one side and the fuel and temperature gauges on the other. The steering wheel boasts a clean setup of buttons that don’t look too overwhelming. You also get the “Start/Stop” button, an “Econ” button, and what looks to be a TPMS reset button (tire mounters of the world will rejoice over this one).

The center stack, on the other hand, looks like a blind man with a touch screen and button obsession. It’s way overloaded with two screens – one for navigation and one for HondaLink – a series of climate-control buttons and a group of audio-control buttons.

Seriously, with two touch screens, why in the world would the Accord need that many audio and HVAC controls? Shouldn’t those all use the touch screen interface? Also, the middle two sections of the center stack are nicely styled, but they come down to meet a plain-Jane center console shape. It is definitely an awkward transition.

Hopefully, the graininess of this picture is hiding some transitioning piece between the center stack and center console, or Honda is still revising it. As it stands right now, that center part of the cabin is a real eyesore.

We’ll keep a look out for better images to surface on the interior and pass them on as we find them.

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2011 Honda Native Concept

2011 Honda Native Concept

Of all the aesthetic advancements that are expected to be applied to automobiles in the future, a color-changing exterior ranks right up there with flying wheels, a talking engine, and a car that runs on pure H20. Suffice to say, it’s unlikely, if not improbable to see any of those things in the near future.

Having said that, artist Liviu Tudoran is undaunted, having thought up of a Honda concept that is not only made of light material, but also uses a photo-chromic technology that allows the car to change its color. Calling it the Honda Native, Tudoran’s concept is powered by an electric engine that gets its energy from high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. In terms of design, Tudoran creates another notable concept that has an interior made of light aluminum while taking advantage of the new OLED technology and using it as a display for the Native’s speedometer and touch screen controls.

We can’t honestly say that this is Tudoran’s best work, but for a designer of his skill, his best is still pretty impressive compared to other concept renderings we’ve seen in the past.

This Honda Native, if it does somehow come to life, looks like a formidable Beetle squasher.

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2013 Honda Civic will get a more futuristic design

2013 Honda Civic will get a more futuristic design

The Honda Civic has remained completely unchanged ever since 2005, but things are going to change. The change will begin with the next generation that will be revealed at the end of 2012 and will go on sale as a 2013 model. With the next Civic, Honda will focus on reducing consumption and emissions while improving the current details of equipment and interior finish, all without harming the sale price.

Honda engineers are already testing the future generation, but the car is well hidden under the body of the current model. Even so, it is known that the 2013 Civic will get a CR-Z inspired exterior design although it will keep the same dimensions as the current generation.

Under the hood there will be a new generation of the low emission three-cylinder engine and a hybrid version featuring the same powertrain as the CR-Z: a 1.5-liter petrol engine assisted by an electric motor that delivers a total of 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque.

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Honda HSV-010 GT Racer - road version rendering

Honda HSV-010 GT Racer - road version rendering

We are all excited with the Honda HSV-010 GT racer, and more than that, curious about a street version of the car. Due to the harsh financial situation, Honda does not plan to produce such a car in 2010, but we can hope for one later on, as the HSV was intended from the beginning as a street-racing duo and is a suitable concept for production. We can imagine an eventual street version as being of course less wide, with minimum ground clearance, more discrete spoilers and smooth flowing lines. The street-version engine could be based on the racing V8, but with a slight displacement increment (from 3.4 to 5 litres) and a little revved down.

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Honda working on Beat successor

Honda working on Beat successor

Honda Beat was a rear mid-engined two-seat roadster car produced from 1991 to 1996. And how small cars will be the future Honda has plans to build a successor for it. In the latest number of the Japanese magazine Best Car there is an article about the future car, but how Japanese is not our language we will only speculate.

If the Beat does come back, it will likely share the platform of Honda’s other current kei cars, the Life and the Zest. This means it would be a front-engined car with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Expect the new model to debut sometime in 2011.

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LA Design Challenge: Honda Helix

LA Design Challenge: Honda Helix

Another Japanese automobile manufacturer interested in coming up with the car of the future is Honda with their Helix designed for the 2009 L.A. Design Challenge. The Helix is made out of adaptive polymers, capable of changing everything from shape to color and even properties. Just like the DNA that makes up every living being, the Helix can adapt to three distinct driving situations: A, B and Z. The Honda Helix is capable of adapting, evolving, and conforming to the driver’s needs using insight gained from the human genome, biotechnology and environmental forecasting making it the perfect vehicle for environments ranging from the congested city streets of Japan, to the wide open highways of America.

The "A" configuration is short and wide for cities that have very tight and interwinding roads, where agility and speed allow the vehicle to easily negotiate chaotic traffic patterns. The "B" layout is long and low for the sprawling cities of the world, where the long stretches of road allow for high speed commuting. When in the "Z" configuration the Helix transforms into a tall and thin automobile for congested cities of the world, where occupants sit vertically giving the 2030 Helix the most volume per square footage of any vehicle that has come before.

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Honda RA-X concept

Honda RA-X concept

There is an ever popular trend amongst future automotive designers of developing ideas based along an established automaker’s lines. Take this Honda RA-X concept for example, although it looks like the sporty offspring of an Acura NSX and a Honda Fit it didn’t come from a Japanese design studio but instead from the mind of Spanish car designer Xuacu Pérez. If you follow the link below you will see Xuacu’s previous concept, the Lotus Excite a compact English sports car with a 21st century appeal.

The Honda RA-X looks like it is setting a speed record even when it is standing still. The forward leaning passenger compartment pushes the shape forward, while the wrap around windscreen and muscular kink in the C-Pillar make the RA-X look like a helmet poking out of a racecar cutting through the air, just like a GT-R. This could be a nod towards the Japanese sports car’s RA nameplate, the same two letters that were assigned to Honda’s Formula One cars in the 1960s. The F1 inspired name could also attest to the Spanish concept’s oversized wheels being pushed to the far corners of the body and quartet of trumpets that spit spent gasses out the back of the RA300 just like the horizontal exhaust pipes that poke out from the tail of the concept, just like the wingless wonder from 1967.

Being a road car the RA-X trades the open air experience of the vintage F1 car for a closed cockpit 21st century thrill. The body itself would act as a wing, producing enough down force with all its bold curves to reach over 250 MPH, following the same low drag design philosophy that made the NSX a serious super car competitor, the RA-X’s proposed 400 HP mid engine layout. However if Xuacu wants this futuristic Honda to come to fruition, we suggest figuring out a place to add some electric motors to the concept and win over a few more green fans.

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2012 Honda CR-V - rendering and speculation

2012 Honda CR-V - rendering and speculation

Honda has already started the work on the next generation CR-V SUV, a model that according to Mag-X Japanese magazine is defined by ’Premium’ and ’sporty’. The official unveiling will be made in October 2011 at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The next-generation CR-V will be built on the same platform as the current generation. The entry level will get a 2,0 liter engine, but also the 2.4L K24A engine will also carry over. The North American market will not get a V6 version.

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Could this be the future Honda S2000?

Could this be the future Honda S2000?

With talks of a new S2000 hitting showrooms and despite the Japanese automaker’s release of the Ultimate Edition signaling the end of an era, there are still new car buyers looking for an affordable, attractive and exciting rear wheel drive coupe. Now this isn’t the best environment to be selling sports cars, but the Honda S2000 is such a great car that it would be criminal not to be able to buy one.

The other day Top Speed showed you a wild WRC inspired Subaru Impreza STI. Just like the aggressively sharp wedge shaped World Rally Blue hatchback this take on the future S2000 is equally as extreme. That is mainly because they were both designed by the same guy, he goes by the name Grid, but his real name is Lars Martensson. The Swedish artist is pretty handy with his 3D imaging software and is making quite a mark with these outlandish designs.

From the emblem in the middle of the grill to the headlights that slope back up over the hood, this concept looks like a scaled down Nissan GT-R. So Honda, even if you can’t justify manufacturing a fun to drive rear wheel drive roadster anymore, at least make this car a reality, wrap this virtual sheet metal around a high revving Honda engine with VTEC. A Definitive Edition concept would do just fine.

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Future Honda NSX caught at the Nurburgring

Future Honda NSX caught at the Nurburgring

We all know that due to the global economy many automakers have canceled or at least put on hold many of their high performance intentions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little. This video comes courtesy of the folks at Edmund’s Inside Line showing a their next generation V10 powered Honda NSX prototype running around the Green Hell. Hopefully when all this recession mumbo jumbo is over car makers can get back to work on those vehicles that make us flock to their showrooms.

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2010 Honda Civic hatchback will look like this?

2010 Honda Civic hatchback will look like this?

U.S. Honda fans have been in despair ever since Honda decided to keep its super sexy Civic hatchback off these shores. Now it drives the spike further into our hearts with this rendering of the new hot hatch. Honda will unveil a new generation Civic in 2010 and according to AutoExpress will be inspired by the OSM concept seen at the British Motor Show.

The future Civic hatchback will carry over from the current one, most notably the trademark single strip light cluster at the rear. Euro Honda fans will also see a that the split rear screen has been dropped to improve visibility. Shallow glass areas, broad shoulders and a nose-down stance give this three-door model a sporty and purposeful look.

It will also get a new 1.5-liter IMA hybrid engine with more than 150bhp and sub-CO2 120g/km emissions. Could this also then be a preview of the new CRX?

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