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Honda Expanding Clarity Platform to EVs

Two-thirds of line-up will be electrified by 2030.

by on Apr.21, 2016

Honda plans to expand the Clarity platform into a trio of highly efficient vehicles by the end of 2017.

Honda plans to expand the Clarity platform into a trio of highly efficient vehicles by the end of 2017.

With relatively little fanfare, Honda unveiled a new platform for a family of vehicles with alternative powertrains the company plans to introduce by the end of 2017, including a new fuel cell vehicle that utilizes the new Clarity platform.

John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president, said during a press conference in Detroit the Clarity platform will also be used for battery electric vehicle that will debut next year and plug-in hybrid vehicle that will roll out towards the end of 2017 as a 2018.

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“It’s a very flexible platform,” he said, adding the Clarity was designed specifically to accommodate Honda’s electrification strategy. (more…)

Honda Ready to Roll Farther with 2017 Accord Hybrid

New model uses second-gen, two-motor powertrain.

by on Apr.21, 2016

John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president, said the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid will be the mileage leader in its class.

Honda is adding a hybrid version of the popular Accord to its model line this spring, which when it arrives will give it the highest EPA fuel economy ratings of any midsize hybrid sedan in the U.S., said Honda officials.

The 2017 model is equipped with a second-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain giving it that class-leading mileage, said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president as he showed off the vehicle at a press conference in the Detroit.

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Mendel said with improved production methods and supplies of hybrid components, Honda is anticipating significant growth in sales of Accord Hybrid and is targeting annual sales to be more than double its previous best of just under 14,000 vehicles in 2014, Mendel said, who is generally reluctant to offer any kind of sales forecasts. (more…)

Feds May Recall Up to 85 Million More Takata Airbags

Cost could balloon to $3.5 billion.

by on Apr.14, 2016

17-year-old Huma Hanif was killed when the Takata airbag in her Honda malfunctioned. Courtesy: WHOU.

The number of vehicles facing recall due to potentially defective Takata airbags continues to grow – as does the possible bill for replacing the faulty safety systems.

So far, about 24 million vehicles sold in the U.S. have been recalled as a result of the problem which has been linked to 11 deaths, including a 17-year Texas girl killed in a March 31 crash. But an analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that as many as 85 million additional airbag inflators might be defective.

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Because many vehicles use multiple Takata inflators, the exact number of cars, trucks and crossovers that would be affected is not clear. But it is likely to be significantly larger than the number of vehicles already affected by the current Takata recall.

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Teen Killed by Exploding Takata Airbag

Family hadn't responded to recall of older Honda.

by on Apr.07, 2016

So far, about 24 million vehicles using Takata airbags have been recalled in the U.S.

A 17-year-old girl driving a car near Houston was killed when the airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic malfunctioned during a crash, the latest in a series of 11 deaths now linked to faulty airbag inflators provided by Japanese supplier Takata.

The defect, which has also been linked to more than 100 injuries, has triggered the largest recall in U.S. automotive history, 14 automakers now calling back 24 million vehicles to replace Takata inflators. There has been growing pressure to expand that recall to cover millions more vehicles considered potentially at risk.

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The Richmond, Texas girl’s vehicle had already been subject to recall, though repairs had been made. That is likely to escalate pressure on both Takata and the carmakers that have used its airbag systems to increase efforts to reach owners of the affected vehicles. Federal data show that only about 27% of the vehicles covered by the Takata recall have so far been fixed.

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Popstars Lovato, Jonas Help Honda Pull the Wraps off a Trio of Civics

Japanese maker hopes music will link it to reluctant Millennials.

by on Mar.22, 2016

Pop stars Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, with Honda's Nick Lee and a Civic rally car.

It was hard to tell who generated more screeches and applause during the Honda news conference scheduled a day ahead of the official media preview at this year’s 2016 New York Auto Show, but it was likely the stars more than the cars.

It helped that pop singers Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas each had “designed” customized Hondas for the tour they’ll be sharing over the summer. Lovato’s matte orange and black sedan was one of three Civics on display at the afternoon event which drew equal numbers of journalists and young pop fans snapping iPhone pics.

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“I wanted it to look so fast it looked like the black was peeling away,” said Lovato before squatting down to autograph the Civic – which, like Jonas Honda motorcycle will be given to two lucky fans during the annual pop music series the Japanese maker sponsors.

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Honda Rolls Out Clarity, Confirms Hydrogen Car Talks with General Motors

Project could speed up sales of fuel-cell vehicles.

by on Mar.10, 2016

Honda Chief Executive Officer Takahiro Hachigo with the maker's Clarity fuel-cell vehicle.

Honda has officially rolled out its new Clarity fuel-cell-vehicle, with sales set to begin in Japan before expanding to the United States later this year.

The Japanese automaker becomes the third to come to market with a zero-emissions hydrogen car, though it expects sales numbers to be extremely small in the near-term.

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Longer-term, Honda is hoping to improve the viability of fuel-cell technology, while also lowering costs as part of a proposed manufacturing partnership with General Motors, the Japanese maker’s CEO said Thursday, confirming a prior report on TheDetroitBureau.com. GM separately acknowledged discussions are underway.

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Honda Adds Hatchback to Expanding Civic Line-Up

Concept in name only.

by on Mar.01, 2016

Honda adds yet another member to its Civic family with the Geneva debut of the 5-door hatchback.

Officially, it’s just a concept vehicle. But don’t let that fool you.

The Civic Hatchback the Japanese automaker has unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show will soon be rolling into showrooms with only the most modest of changes. And it won’t look all that much different from the Civic Coupe concept that kicked things into gear last spring at the New York Auto Show – which is good news considering the raves the new compact line has been getting.

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Honda plans to offer more variants than ever before once this generation of Civics is complete, from its mainstay sedan to the sporty Civic Type-R finally set to reach American shores.

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Acura Considers Option for Brawnier NSX Type-R

“Plenty of room” to boost performance of new supercar.

by on Feb.26, 2016

The 2017 Acura NSX.

Acura began taking orders this week for the all-new 2017 NSX, marking the return of the 2-seat supercar after a decade’s absence.

The new model isn’t just an update of the old NSX. Acura has opted for a unique new hybrid drivetrain pairing a twin-turbo V-6 with three electric motors. The package delivers a solid 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, enough to hit 60 in well under four seconds, according to preliminary tests.

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But in a world where even 600 horsepower has become almost commonplace, Acura insiders told TheDetroitBureau.com that they’re looking at ways to bump power and performance up another notch or two – and that could mean the introduction of an even more extreme Acura NSX Type-R within the next several years.

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From Insight to NSX and Beyond: Green Cars to Dominate at Honda

Two-thirds of all models to use hydrogen, battery power by 2030.

by on Feb.25, 2016

Honda Chief Executive Officer Takahiro Hachigo helping introduce the Honda Clarity.

Two cars couldn’t seem more unlike one another. Yet the Honda Insight and Acura NSX have a lot in common – and they’re trailblazing the path being laid out by Honda’s new CEO Takahiro Hachigo.

Though one car focuses on fuel economy, the other on performance, both rely on gas-electric hybrid powertrains, Insight and NSX underscoring Honda Motor Co.’s plan to have hydrogen and battery-powered vehicles account for two-thirds of its line-up by 2030. Today, so-called “new-energy” vehicles make up just 5% of the Japanese automaker’s model mix.

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“We want to focus our development resources for electrification,” Hachigo said during a Tokyo news conference that marks the start of his second year at the helm of Japan’s third-largest automaker.

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Takata Lied to Conceal Airbag Problems, Senate Panel Finds

“Unsupportable” claims; “misrepresentation” of facts.

by on Feb.24, 2016

A new Senate committee report claims Takata has known about the problems with its airbags and falsified record to hide the problem from investigators.

Even as researchers finally zeroed in on the cause of deadly Takata airbag failures, a Senate committee laid out some explosive charges against the Japanese auto supplier.

Citing internal documents, the report published by the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation shows Takata engaged in a pattern of falsifying test data and incorrectly reporting on the scope of the airbag defect, something that likely reduced the number of vehicles targeted for recall.

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The results of the year-long research study and other evidence provided to the Senate and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could lead to yet another ramp-up of that recall effort. As many as 50 million more vehicles could be targeted. To date, about 25 million have been recalled, making this the largest service action in U.S. automotive history. (more…)