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Jeep Finds its Bearings with New Compass SUV

American unveiling set for L.A. Auto Show.

by on Sep.27, 2016

A "baby" Grand Cherokee? Jeep pulls the wraps off the all-new Compass SUV.

Jeep is heading off in a new direction with the launch of the all-new 2017 Compass model.

Though the name is a carryover, the compact SUV that made its debut in Pernambuco, Brazil on Monday night gets a new platform and an entirely new look that more closely echoes the styling of the Jeep brand flagship, the Grand Cherokee. As part of the transition, Fiat Chrysler’s SUV brand will abandon the near-twin Jeep Patriot when the new model starts rolling into showrooms early next year.

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The debut comes months later than originally expected. FCA had first planned to roll out the new Jeep Compass at the New York Auto Show last March, but decided to use it to help highlight the new plant it has opened in Brazil.

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Honda Reveals New Civic Hatchback Ahead of Paris Debut

But U.S. market to get the new 5-door first.

by on Sep.16, 2016

Expect the base 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback to start at around $20,000 in the U.S.

Paris Motor showgoers will be getting the first look at the all-new Honda Civic Hatchback later this month. But American motorists will have the first chance to buy the five-door when it goes on sale in September.

The hatchback is the latest variant to roll out as Honda wraps up the most diverse line-up of Civic models in its history, and U.S. buyers, in particular, will have more alternatives to choose from than ever, including sedan, coupe, hatch and high-performance packages.

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The new Civic Hatchback will be based off the same, 10th-generation platform used for the other compact models. More significantly, it will mark the first time Honda has offered a five-door version in the U.S. in over a decade, since the seventh-generation Civic was replaced.

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Honda Takes a Tip from Superman

Patent application reveals system that could spot pedestrians around corners.

by on Sep.14, 2016

The Honda patent would allow a motorist to see beyond the normal line of sight.

You wouldn’t have to be Superman to have extra-human vision, at least not if Honda has its way.

The third-largest Japanese automaker has revealed a system it is developing that would allow a driver to see things – notably pedestrians – who might by hidden behind a truck or building but walking towards an intersection.

The concept uses a variety of sensors to look beyond a driver’s normal line of sight and then display a warning on the windshield using a Head-Up Display, or HUD. Considering pedestrians fatalities have been rising sharply in recent years, the technology could have a major impact on safety.

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A new patent application filed by Honda illustrates the way the concept works. It is designed to watch out for pedestrians as the vehicle approaches an intersection. Sensors – including some of the same ones that might eventually be used to allow a vehicle to drive autonomously – can look beyond the normal line of sight.

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How Many Gears Are Too Many Gears?

And what about CVTs?

by on Sep.01, 2016

Marketing manager Doug Scott with the 2017 Ford F-150, the first model to use a 10-speed automatic.

Stronger, faster, higher. That motto for the Olympic athlete might also apply to transmissions. They have to handle ever more powerful engines, shift faster and deliver higher mileage by improving powertrain efficiency.

And a key to all those goals is adding ever more gears. Barely a decade ago, even going to six speeds was controversial. Today, however, that’s the starting point as manufacturers opt for seven, eight and even higher numbers. How much is too much? Is there a point of diminishing returns?

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With tough new mileage and emissions standards coming into play worldwide, what’s clear is that manufacturers need to continue improving the efficiency of their transmissions. But the equal challenge is making sure that a new generation of gearboxes doesn’t sacrifice drivability and customer satisfaction in the process.

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Trucks Carrying the Load for Honda

New Ridgeline pickups, SUVs responsible for surging sales, profits.

by on Aug.03, 2016

A scene from a new Honda Ridgeline ad.

When it first began rolling into the U.S. market nearly five decades, Honda put the emphasis on pint-sized products like the 600 minicar. The brand was barely noticed by American motorists until the twin oil shocks of the 1970s put fuel economy high on the priority list.

A new series of ads Honda is launching this week shows how much times have changed once again. Dubbed the “Power of Ridgeline,” the campaign focuses on Honda’s recently relaunched midsize pickup. While Honda continues to offer American buyers downsized models like the Fit, HR-V and Civic, it has reason to be focusing on the truck side of its line-up.

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Overall, American Honda reported a 4.4% increase in sales for July, running ahead of a U.S. market that some fear is beginning to slow down after six years of rapid growth. But that only tells a part of the story, for it was the truck side of the line-up that propelled Honda’s strong showing last month, models like the Ridgeline, CR-V and Pilot up 12.2% year-over-year.

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Honda Motor Q1 Earnings Exceed Expectations

Maker shakes off stronger yen for profitable quarter.

by on Aug.03, 2016

Honda rode strong sales in the U.S. to a better-than-expected profit in its first quarter. It's counting on the Ridgeline to extend the run.

Honda Motor Co. reported consolidated income of ¥174.6 billion, or $1.7 billion, for its financial first quarter. The result was down 6.1% from the year-ago quarter, as the company grappled with quality and currency issues.

The company struggled with the impact lingering problems with the Takata airbag issue and “unfavorable currency effects” from a stronger yen. Honda said the dollar traded at about 108 yen in recent months, compared to 121 yen the same period a year ago.

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However, the result exceeded expectations. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast at 133 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly profit. (more…)

Acura Abandons Hybrid Drive for NSX GT3 Racecar

Debut follows NSX victory at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

by on Jul.07, 2016

Acura will campaign the NSX in the GT3 series.

The newly reborn Acura NSX makes use of an unusual three-motor hybrid system, but when the sports car starts campaigning in the FIA GT3 series later this year, it will adopt a more conventional driveline layout, Honda’s luxury division revealed today.

It’s not that Acura wouldn’t like to use its hybrid drivetrain to challenge the competition, but the rules currently won’t allow it, Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, told TheDetroitBureau.com.

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So, the NSX GT3 will use a track-modified version of its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 when it begins its racing career, and a good portion of that powertrain will be lifted right out of the street edition Acura NSX.

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Honda Shows Up Silverado, F-150 with New Video

Honda touts features of new Ridgeline unmatched by Ford, Chevy.

by on Jun.13, 2016

Not wanting to be left out of the "Great Truck Bed Debate of 2016," Honda provided its own video about the durability of its composite bed.

Anything Chevy and Ford can do, Honda can do better.

That’s what the Japanese automaker appears to be telling the other two makers in a new video it released on the heels of the Chevy video questioning the durability of the aluminum bed of the Ford F-150.

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Chevy dropped 800-plus pounds of landscaping bricks into the steel bed of the Silverado and bed of the F-150. After the stones are removed, the rolled steel bed of the Chevy shows just scratches and a few dents while the F-150’s bed showed punctures and a crack. Then they allowed several “real people, not actors” to have a look. (more…)

Honda Earnings Dragged Down by Takata Airbag Problem

Carmaker set to recall another 21 million Takata-made Vehicles.

by on May.13, 2016

Honda aims for a sweet spot in the midsize pickup market with the 2017 Ridgeline. It may be a key player in Honda's rebound from Takata-impacted profits.

Honda Motor Co. earnings took another tumble as the maker was hit by both a stronger yen and the ongoing recall of faulty Takata airbags.

The third-largest of Japan’s automakers recalled about four times as many vehicles last year – largely due to the Takata problem – than it sold. And the issue, now linked to 13 deaths, isn’t about to go away. Pressed by concerns that the defect is more widespread than originally believed, Honda will recall another 21 million vehicles, Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura said Friday.

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Honda net income for the fiscal year that ended March 31 fell to 344.5 billion yen, or $3.2 billion. That not only trailed the consensus estimate of industry analysts but came in 34% short of the company’s own forecast earlier in the year. (more…)

Safety, Not Profits, Come First, says DoT Sec. Foxx

Airbag recall will proceed, even if it puts Takata out of business.

by on May.11, 2016

"We've got to keep our finger on it," said Sec. Foxx.

Safety is the top priority, said Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and the expanding recall of potentially defective Takata airbags will proceed, even if that means putting the Japanese supplier out of business.

Takata produced the airbag inflators involved in the recall of about 24 million vehicles in the U.S. alone, devices so far linked to 13 fatalities worldwide. NHTSA last week announced it would add another 35 million to 40 million more Takata airbags on the recall list.

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There have been growing concerns that the expanded recall could put Takata out of business, but Foxx said that “can’t be the top concern we face,” during a Wednesday roundtable with reporters. “The airbags need to be recalled, and we have a responsibility to recall them.”

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