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Honda Bringing CR-V Hybrid, Urban EV Concept to Frankfurt

Automaker moving forward on plans to electrify its line-up.

by on Aug.31, 2017

Honda heads into the Frankfurt Motor Show teasing two new EV concepts, including the CR-V Hybrid teased above.

Honda is charging into Frankfurt next month, bringing with it two electrified concept models — though at least one seems certain to go into production.

The Japanese automaker was one of the first to bring hybrids to market but has been slow to embrace more advanced battery-based technology. But that’s about to change, CEO Takahiro Hachigo pronouncing that his goal is to generate fully two-thirds of Honda’s sales from battery and hydrogen-powered models by 2030.

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Both of the models coming to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show are, for now, targeted specifically at the European market, Honda says, but they should give us some hints about the company’s broader electrification strategy. (more…)

Pedal to the Metal as Porsche Fires up New 911 Carrera

Twin-turbo V-6 takes racing tech to the street.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Porsche's new 911 Carrera takes what the company learns on the racing circuit to make the production model faster.

Automakers invest heavily in racing, often with questionable results – but for Porsche buyers, the payoff will become apparent as the German maker rolls out the new 911 Carrera at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The twin-turbo technology used to boost the performance of the new sports car’s 3.0-liter flat six comes directly off the track, the maker explains, giving the latest-generation Carrera a hefty 20-horsepower boost. That was enough to help it pull a full 10 seconds off the lap time of the previous Carrera S on the North Loop of the Nurburgring.

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The new model also offers new features such as the first application of rear-axle steering on the Carrera S, “significantly enhancing” the 911’s already impressive handling, Porsche boasts. (more…)