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Honda Clarity Named Green Car of the Year

Offering fuel cell, EV and PHEV models captured the title for Honda.

by on Nov.30, 2017

Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal, presents Honda's Steven Center with the trophy for the Green Car of the Year: the Honda Clarity.

After years of slow growth, electric propulsion seems to finally be gaining traction, or so one might suspect based on the number of announcements being made just this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

More battery-based and hydrogen-powered vehicles than ever are on display at the L.A. Convention Center, with manufacturers promising to add hundreds more hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles over the next few years.

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The L.A. Auto Show also saw the results of a shoot-out between the environmentally friendly vehicles already on the market, with the Honda Clarity being named Green Car of the Year. The decision was based, in part, the editor of Green Car Journal explained, on the fact that Honda is offering three different alternatives of the Clarity: a hydrogen-powered model, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version. (more…)

Honda Recalling 900K Odysseys Due to Seat Latches

Maker says 46 people injured due to seat issue.

by on Nov.20, 2017

Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans due to issues with second-row seat latches.

Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans, with about 800,000 of those in the United States, due to problems with the second-row seats.

According to the Japanese automaker the recall covers 2011–17 models. The second row seats can tip forward if they are not latched properly. The company doesn’t have a fix ready for the vehicles so it is advising owners on how to ensure the seats are properly latched.

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In fact, it has posted a detailed instruction sheet for how to make certain the seats are latched correctly and plans to add a video to supplement the instruction sheet.  (more…)

Honda Goes Retro-Futuristic With Sports EV Concept

Add an “emotion engine” to the motors driving its wheels.

by on Oct.25, 2017

The Honda Sports EV concept is a 2-seater that harkens back to some of the maker's early models.

We’ve grown accustomed, over the decades, to seeing some wild and wacky concept vehicles at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show, and the Honda Sports EV Concept holds true to form. It looks a bit like the love child of an old Ford Mustang and one of the peculiar Kei minicars the Japanese have fallen in love with.

But what it really signifies is Honda’s increasing shift in focus as the latest in a series of distinctive battery-electric vehicle show cars, following the debut of the boxy Urban EV Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show barely two months ago.

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And while there may be a lot of retro cues in the Sport EV’s design – you might also think of the early Honda S600 and 1300 Coupe models – the Tokyo show car is anything but a paean to the past. It incorporates the latest in artificial intelligence, claims Honda, including an “emotion engine” meant to monitor the driver’s moods and reactions and, if need be, step in to keep everyone happy and safe.

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Honda Shutting Japanese Plant, Focusing on EV Production

Automaker looking to cut capacity by 25% in Japan.

by on Oct.04, 2017

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said the company would focus its manufacturing efforts on electric vehicles.

Japanese automaker Honda is shuttering its Sayama plant, north of Tokyo, in 2022 as the company shifts its focus to the production of electric vehicles.

CEO Takahiro Hachigo outlined the company’s plans today saying that due to sluggish auto sales in Japan, the company needed to reduce production levels and refocus on EV manufacturing to meet the ever-toughening demands of different markets around the globe.

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The closure of Sayama pushes the company toward its goal of cutting capacity by 24% in Japan. It will shift the plant’s output to its site in nearby Yorii, as well as most of the employees. The Sayama plant was capable of producing more than 250,000 vehicles annually, as is the Yorii site. (more…)

Honda Investing Big in Future of Accord

Officials believe new model will impact midsize segment.

by on Sep.18, 2017

Honda invested more than $250 million and added 300 jobs at its Marysville, Ohio, plant for the new Accord.

Honda celebrated the kickoff of full production of its top-selling Accord sedan by announcing the $267 million investment in the Ohio plant that produces the car. The new support will bring 300 jobs to the facility.

“The new jobs and production growth will enable us to meet anticipated strong demand for the new Honda Accord,” said Rob May, MAP plant manager, in a statement.

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The money is really a reflection of Honda’s optimism about the midsize car market, and the redesigned for 2018 Honda Accord. Honda officials believe that despite the trend of rising utility vehicle sales in the U.S., the midsize market holds great potential. (more…)

Honda Reveals CR-V Hybrid; Won’t Discuss U.S. Plans

Euro-spec model debuts ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Sep.06, 2017

Honda will officially reveal the Euro-spec version of the CR-V Hybrid in Frankfurt next week.

Days before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda has given us a first look at the new CR-V Hybrid. Make that the Euro-spec version of the gas-electric CR-V, as the automaker has yet to confirm any plans to bring the hybrid to the United States.

But it’s clear Honda wants to get into a market segment that appears to be on the rise, following the recent launch of the hybrid Toyota RAV-4 model.

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The debut of the Honda CR-V Hybrid will be accompanied in Frankfurt next week by the debut of the Urban EV Concept. Both models will be personally unveiled by CEO Takahiro Hachigo, whose oft-stated goal is to generate fully two-thirds of Honda’s sales from battery and hydrogen-powered models by 2030.

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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…)

So Near But Yet So Far. NFC Just Beginning to Find a Home in Cars

Honda adds NFC capabilities to new Accord. Others set to follow.

by on Jul.17, 2017

The "N" symbol alerts you where to tap your Android phone to pair up using NFC technology.

(This story has been updated to note that Mercedes-Benz is now offering NFC in some versions of its new E-Clas line.)

Bluetooth? Meh. In-car WiFi? Ancient history. Automakers are just starting to roll out a new wireless technology that could offer motorists a number of advantages.

It’s known as Near Field Communications, or NFC for short, and if you have a relatively recent smartphone you might already know some of its uses. Among other things, NFC is the system used by Apple for its iPhone payment system.

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Automakers have been talking about adding the technology for a number of years. But NFC is really only now getting a ride, the technology showing up on the 2018 Honda Accord introduced last week, with several other models set to add the technology in the near future.

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Honda Pulls Wraps Off All-New 2018 Accord

Update: could an Accord Type-R be in the works?

by on Jul.14, 2017

Honda goes to the heart of its domestic opposition, revealing the 2018 Accord in Detroit.

Honda has finally pulled the covers off its tenth-generation Accord, revealing a sedan  that’s both more stylish and lavishly equipped and which takes a “new direction” in its powertrain line-up with the debut of not just one but two new turbocharged engine options.

The launch of the 2018 Honda Accord comes at a critical time for both the Japanese automaker and the auto industry as a whole. Long one of the U.S. market’s best-selling models, the new Honda sedan will launch into a market where buyers by the million are migrating from passenger cars to SUVs, crossovers and other light trucks. Complicating matters, Accord will go up against a dramatic new version of arch-rival Toyota’s midsize Camry sedan.

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“We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division at American Honda.

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Honda Recalls 1.15 Million Accords due to Possible Engine Fires

Japanese automaker notes four vehicles have caught fire.

by on Jul.14, 2017

Honda is recalling 1.15 million Accords in the U.S. built between 2013 and 2016.

Honda is recalling more than 1 million Accords in the U.S. because a faulty battery sensor may cause a fire in the vehicle’s engine compartment. The action affects Accords produced between 2013 and 2016.

The Japanese automaker noted that four vehicles have reported fires resulting from the defect, but no injuries. The recall covers more than 1.5 million cars worldwide.

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The issue stems from a poor seal around the sensor that monitors the battery’s state of charge. If the seal is compromised, substances like road salt or water can short the sensor, potentially leading to a fire. (more…)