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Fans Petitioning to Get the 2015 Civic Type R in North America

Fans Petitioning to Get the 2015 Civic Type R in North America

Honda fans in North America want the Honda Civic Type R to come to the US, and they’ve taken to Change.org to make it happen. Listen up, Honda. You gotta give the people what they want!

It’s one of the boldest proclamations of support the Honda Civic Type R has received, and to the credit of those who signed the petition at Change.org, the bold move could work. If it does, we have to give credit to Nikos Stoufis from Northfield, Minnesota, who initiated the petition asking Honda to bring the production model stateside and end what he said was "discrimination against our market."

The man has some cojones, especially when he follows it up by saying Honda has "no excuse anymore" and "if other countries can enjoy the best Honda has to offer, we should be able to enjoy the same rights."

You hear that, Honda?

Well, apparently, it did. Once the signature drive picked up steam, Chris Martin, a member of Honda North America’s Public Relations team, shot Stoufis a reply, saying that while he can’t promise anything, "we’ll take your support of
Type-R into account".

Here’s the best part though, Stoufis petition has already reached the maximum 10,000 signatures.

Your move, Honda.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Civic Type R.

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Have cars become multi-racial?

Have cars become multi-racial?

Sure, you have American car companies, German car companies, Japanese car companies, and so on and so forth. These determinations are based pretty much on where auto manufacturers are headquartered, but when you get right down to it, are the labels really accurate?

One would assume that when he/she buys an American car, that car was more or less manufactured in America, with American parts. And the same would go for German, Japanese, etc nameplates. This is simply not so in a lot of cases.

For example, according to the Internet Auto Guide, Toyota, a Japanese nameplate, uses mostly American-built parts in its models. In fact, they use more American parts than any of the American manufacturers -Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet included. Some of those Toyota models are also assembled in the United States.

The AIG site recently published a list of the seven cars with the most American parts under the hood. Granted, the top two were models from American manufacturers - the Dodge Avenger and the Chrysler 200 - but, according to the report, Toyota uses more American parts, across the board, than any of the so-called American manufacturers. Their models ranked third (Camry) and fourth (Avalon) on the list. These two vehicles not only used American parts, but are also built in the U.S. at a facility in Georgetown, KY. In a sense, aren’t these really American cars then?

Full story after the jump.

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Honda unveils CR-Z sports hybrid coupe 3D-style in Times Square

Honda unveils CR-Z sports hybrid coupe 3D-style in Times Square

Honda’s ramping up its efforts in introducing the 2011 CR-Z to the American market and they did so New York style. Not content with just a standard run-of-the-mill unveiling, Honda went and set up shop at Times Square in New York City to do the first 3D unveiling in company history.

With a crowd of over 250,000 – that’s what Honda is saying, although the number may be a tad inflated – in attendance, Honda put on quite a show with hip-hop group N.E.R.D performing for the crowd and getting everyone up on their feet, jumping and hollering with each passing beat. The highlight of the whole spectacle, of course, was the CR-Z, and as promised, Honda unveiled the car in 3D by broadcasting footage of a new commercial centered on the sports hybrid coupe at Times Square’s iconic Spectacolor screen, much to the delight of the 250,000 people that supposedly came in to watch the entire festivities.

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Honda issues recall for Accord Crosstour over malfunctioning airbags

Honda issues recall for Accord Crosstour over malfunctioning airbags

That didn’t take long.

Barely a year after it first dropped on the market, the 2010MY Honda Accord Crosstour is now being recalled in the US after potential problems with the car’s front passenger airbags were discovered.

According to the Japanese automaker, the airbags may not have been assembled using correct specifications and as such, creates an increased possibility that the airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash. While no incidents have been reported from this problem, Honda is taking the necessary precautions to ensure that they solve the problem before an accident involving one of these cars occurs.

As such, over 3,300 units of the Honda Accord Crosstour are being subjected to the recall. For this recall, Honda is expected to have its dealerships inspect and replace the airbag module on the passenger seat at no cost to the customer. The recall is likewise expected to begin on September 22. For more information on the recall, owners of the Accord Crosstour can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

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Fortune Motorsports releases teaser of SEMA-bound 2011 Honda CR-Z

Fortune Motorsports releases teaser of SEMA-bound 2011 Honda CR-Z

Check out the sexy lady lifting up her skirt to show some leg! The 2011 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas isn’t until November, but we’re already getting news on what cars are expected to make an appearance.

One of the first to book its ticket at the annual tuning show will be Fortune Motorsports who will bring a tuned-up Honda CR-Z Hybrid that they produced in collaboration with the people from the Tjin Edition Roadshow. In addition to that, Fortune Motorsports will also team up with a number of esteemed auto companies to work on the CR-Z Hybrid in time for its showing at SEMA in November. Among the brands that will take part in the building of the tuned-up hybrid hatchback include ADV.1 Wheels, Falken Tires, Air Lift, Status Racing, JD Motorsports, STACK, Trent’s Trick Upholstery, MagnaFlow, Webasto, Ignited HID’s, Shinzo Media, Light WurkZ, StreetGlow, Wraptivo, and Royal Purple.

What’s more, we’re even going to receive full documentation of the entire proceedings, which will be documented by Fortune Motorsports. So keep tuning in – no pun intended – on any further updates on this SEMA-bound Honda CR-Z Hybrid. If for nothing else, it should be interesting to see how Fortune Motorsports and all its partners will re-build the car from the ground up.

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Top Ten Small Cars for under $20K

Top Ten Small Cars for under $20K

For those of us who don’t want to drive around town in a vehicle the size of a train, there have always been small cars to keep us happy. They have gone through many changes since they first became popular during the gas crisis. No longer is it acceptable to just be small and fuel efficient, as the automotive buying public demands much more out of these tiny vehicles.

Today’s modern small car has to be quick and fun to drive, while also having plenty of room inside the cabin. If the car doesn’t manage over 30 miles per gallon then it’s a big disappointment. Not to mention looks. A small car needs to look good as well as not be completely boring to look at everyday.

We have compiled a list of the top ten best small cars on the market in the United States and, like always, we have one rule; the price needs to be under $20,000. That should give us plenty to choose from.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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Review: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

Review: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

The Honda Accord has been the Iron Man of the midsize sedan market for generations. Now, with the great Accord name on the back, Honda has created an all-new version of the family sedan. Meet the Accord Crosstour, which adds a touch of modern versatility and a premium ride to the Accord lineup.

The Crosstour is Honda’s take on the swoopy five-door coupe-like crossover that seems to be making its rounds in the automotive world. So, is the new Crosstour good enough to be called an Accord?

If you think this design is new then you would be quite mistaken. The 2010 Accord Crosstour is just another five-door utility in the market. BMW has the X6, Toyota has the Venza, and Acura has the ZDX.

Amazingly, despite being nearly the same company, the Acura ZDX is not at all similar to the Crosstour. The ZDX is based on a truck chassis, while the Crosstour is pure Accord.

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No SI or electric versions for the Honda CR-Z

No SI or electric versions for the Honda CR-Z

Honda has announced that the new CR-Z hybrid sports car will go on sale in August at a price starting below $20K. They have also announced that the CR-Z will not get an SI or electric version. Want to hear some more bad news? Well, sorry, you have to hear it anyway. There will be no federal tax credit on the sporty hybrid coupe: "No. The limit per car company is 60,000 hybrids, and we passed that long ago."

The CR-Z will be offered in three trim levels: CR-Z, CR-Z EX, and CR-Z EX Navi. When asked about a SI version, John Mendel, Honda’s U.S. executive vice president of sales said: "Nothing official." He said the same thing about an electric version: "I don’t think that there’s [sic] plans to make this vehicle a pure electric. I wouldn’t say that we believe that the pure EV or BEV [battery-electric vehicle] will flop in the U.S. It depends upon the application. If you talk about longer charging times and limited range, it speaks to a different usage than a 150-miles-per-day commuter would require."

The Honda hybrid sports coupe is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor that deliver a combined output of 122 HP and 128 lbs-ft. The engine is linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

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Honda’s giving you a chance to ride shotgun with Mario Andretti on a real IndyCar

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.

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Honda Accord ends up tilted on a billboard after mistaken acceleration

Honda Accord ends up tilted on a billboard after mistaken acceleration

Normally, we’d be the first ones to chastise the driver of this Honda Accord for this could-have-avoided accident. But since the driver is pretty high up on his years, we’re going to excuse it to a case of mistakenly pushing the accelerator pedal as he was backing in to a parking space. Instead of slowing down and braking the Accord, the old man accidentally pushed the accelerator and the car shot up and backed into a billboard.

Needless to say, the Accord was caught in a pretty precarious position. Fortunately, the man wasn’t seriously injured from his unexpected thrill ride and last we heard, he chalked it up to just a bad case of pushing the wrong pedal.

So you’re safe for now, Honda. No recalls are coming – at least not yet.

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Honda Formula Cars at the 2009 SEMA Show

Honda Formula Cars at the 2009 SEMA Show

The Japanese automaker Honda didn’t become the world’s best selling engine manufacturer by resting on their laurels, in fact ever since the 1960s Soichiro Honda’s baby has been competing in the top tier of open wheel motor sports, Formula One. Despite withdrawing from competition last year, the current champion Brawn GP was born from the defunct Honda team. On this side of the pond we are more familiar with a different kind of high speed open wheel racing, the IRL, and Honda had quite a display set up at the largest specialty car show in the world, SEMA.

Honda had a few variations of open wheel competitors at the show in Las Vegas ranging from professional to grassroots efforts and even added a look into the future. Even though the Dallara Indy Racing League chassis is a non working show car, it was hard imagine anything other than the red and white winged wonder screaming as it climbs the high banked turns of a super speedway before rolling back into the throttle and rocketing down the back straight at 200 MPH. The other full sized single seater on display is the prototype Honda Formula F race car, intended for up and coming cash strapped SCCA racers, the Formula F is based around Honda’s 1.5 Liter four cylinder from the Fit as a cost effective racing solution.

Despite being trapped inside a glass case, the 2012 Indy Car Chassis Concept offered quite a view into the shape of things to come. Looking more like a stealth fighter then an Indy car, Honda promises to keep making things interesting well into the future. Aside from the cars, Honda had a few of their race engines on display as well, and the only way to get this good a look at the exotic power plants would be against the wishes of an angry pit mechanic. The display included a trio of championship winning CART V8s engines in both boosted and naturally aspirated forms as well as one very special IRL spec Indy V8. Having all these engines on display like this makes us laugh and think back to when we were nearly chased out of the paddock for snapping a few photos of the inside of an Indy car. Oh how the times have changed.

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Honda features Element's Dog Friendly System at the LA Auto Show

Honda features Element’s Dog Friendly System at the LA Auto Show

You know something’s up when a car manufacturer decides to leave out vivacious models in favor for a pair of dogs to showcase their new vehicle.
Honda’s Lego-looking Element SUV was on-hand at the LA Auto Show and instead of the traditional eye candy posing with the vehicle, they had Luna and Toby – a pair of dogs – posing for the cameras inside the Element’s innovative Dog Friendly System.

The Dog Friendly System, which is available for an extra $995 on any 2010 Honda Element, is, according to Honda, “a pet accommodation system designed to improve safety, comfort and convenience for dogs and their owners alike."

The DFS features, among other things, a nylon kennel, a ramp, a small 12-volt ventilation fan, a cushioned bed, a spill-proof water dish, seat covers, and rubber floor mats with a bone motif. In other words, it’s as close as you can get to a mobile dog palace.

We have to give credit to Honda for this brilliant new system, especially in a time where we’re all hesitant to bring our dogs along in our cars in the event that they mess the upholstery.

Press release after the jump.

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Honda might bring CR-Z to USA?

Honda might bring CR-Z to USA?

I promise to ease up on the green posts after this one, but fuel efficiency is among the top of most new car buyer’s shopping criteria. So, Top Speed has already announced that Honda plans to produce a road going hybrid version of their CR-Z Concept car that was revealed at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. The good news is that this attractive Honda hybrid should make it to the U.S.

The production CR-Z will be powered by a 1.5 Liter gasoline engine connected to either a conventional 6 speed manual transmission or a futuristic CVT. Honda has high hopes for sales in the U.S., 1500 units a month, although Europe remains the single largest market projected to absorb 2500 units per month.

The dreamers at Honda are scheduled to unveil a production prototype of the CR-V Hybrid sometime this year, with a production version to follow in 2010.

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Honda offering new incentives for 2009 Civic

Honda offering new incentives for 2009 Civic

Honda’s small car is getting a small reduction in price. Qualifed customers can get a 36-month Civic lease for $189 a month with $1,999 down. Previously lease terms were $199 a month with $2,799down. The Civic is one of the last Honda models to get special financing. "That’s a car they didn’t have to incentivize to sell," says Chad Jennings, finance director of Joe Marina Honda in Tulsa, Okla.

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More Honda models for USA?

More Honda models for USA?

After the unveiling of the the Fit subcompact on the USA market, sales in here grow substantially. Encouraged by these results Honda decided to bring more models its Japanese lineup to the North American market.

Honda has studied the compact Stream wagon and a Japanese version of the Odyssey minivan that would be categorized as a station wagon in the U.S., Bonawitz said in an interview in Malibu, California. He declined to say whether either would be added to Honda’s U.S. lineup.

The automaker is also benefiting from demand for fuel- efficient Civic small cars and four-cylinder Accords. Honda’s U.S. sales have grown 3.2 percent this year, compared with an 11 percent industrywide decline through the first seven months.

The company won’t rush any Japan market models to the U.S. until it’s confident current U.S. patterns are likely to continue, said Bonawitz, who manages a team of U.S. product planners.

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No redesigned Fit for US market until next year

No redesigned Fit for US market until next year

Everyone’s very excited about the newly redesigned Honda Fit that will go on sale starting Oct. 26, on the Japanese market. But with the good news about the new Fit, the company also brought a bad news for the US market: we’ll have to wait until next year if you want to drive it.

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Honda S2000 Homecoming

Honda S2000 Homecoming

American Honda hosted nearly 500 Honda S2000 roadsters and their owners at the first-ever Honda S2000 Homecoming at Honda’s Torrance, California, facility. Held on Saturday, September 8, the event represented the largest gathering of S2000s to date. Almost 1,000 guests attended the show and had an opportunity to meet Shigeru Uehara, the chief engineer for the S2000 who flew from Japan to attend the event. S2000 enthusiasts also had an early viewing of the all-new S2000 CR before its scheduled on sale date in early October.

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Honda S2000 CR only for the US market

Honda S2000 CR only for the US market

At the New York International Auto Show Honda unveiled the S2000 CR Prototype, a higher level of track-worthy performance and style to the S2000 roadster. the car will go into production and will be available only for the US market as a special edition S2000.

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Honda Civic Type R coming in USA in 2010

Honda Civic Type R coming in USA in 2010

At a recent press drive for the Euro-market Civic Type R, Honda has announced that a variant of the hot hatch is coming in USA in 2010. They plan to offer a package in keeping with the Japanese-market Type R (read: four-door sedan), and include a horsepower boost and a limited-slip differential.
The prototype Type R (Japan) is powered by a 2.0-liter iVTEC engine with an output of 220 hp. But for the US market it is very posible to import the Euro-market Type R’s angular (...)

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TopSpeed Headline News

TopSpeed Headline News

Chevrolet Ultra WTCC has hit the road. AutoExpress
Former Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler sets car selling record - $36million. AutoWeek
Honda’s high-efficiency diesel engines vs US tough pollution regulations. DetNews
Mercedes GL450 2007 SUV of the year. EMercedesBenz.com
NASCAR Teleconference Transcript. FastMachines
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. seems to consolidate financial results for the fiscal second quarter. PR
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Honda to sell diesel vehicles in U.S. and Japan

Honda to sell diesel vehicles in U.S. and Japan

Diesel versions of the Odyssey minivan and Acura MDX SUV are planned for U.S. markets, Honda President Takeo Fukui was quoted as saying in an interview with the Yomiuri newspaper.
Honda already sells diesel cars in Europe. The diesel-powered Accord was rated Europe’s most reliable car in a survey released in the past week.
Diesel engines often offer better mileage and longevity than standard gasoline engines. Diesel is also cheaper, an important factor as gas prices have risen sharply in (...)

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