Japanese Emperor Renews Driver’s License to Drive a 1991 Integra

Japanese Emperor Akihito at age 82 recently renewed his driver’s license, permitting him to drive his personal car, a humble 1991 Honda Integra Sedan for another three years.

While Emperor Akihito is usually chauffeured on public roads, he is known to use the Integra within the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.

The footage below dates back to 2012 and shows Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoying a drive in the Gray Honda Integra.

[Source: Japan Today]

2017 Acura NSX Leads the 2016 Rose Parade as Official Pace Car

The annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California kicked off this New Year’s morning lead by the 2017 Acura NSX. As the presenting sponsor of the Rose Parade, Honda elected the next-generation NSX to serve as the official pace car. A pair of NSXs, one driven by IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, lead the front of the parade just ahead of the first float entry, Honda’s “Nature’s Hope”.

You can see a replay of the 2016 Rose Parade at ktla.com – Watch the 2016 Rose Parade Replay.

[Image Source: Honda, Ryan Hunter-Reay via Twitter]

Gallery: NSXs at Honda Racing Thanks Day 2015

A variety of NSXs participated in the annual Honda Racing Thanks Day event which took place on Sunday at Twin Ring Motegi. The 2017 Honda NSX made an appearance along with a few NSX CONCEPT-GTs and the Team Kunimitsu NSX. Check out the rest of the photos from Honda’s live report page.

[Source: Honda Japan]

A Trip to the Honda Welcome Plaza in Aoyama, Tokyo

If you’re a Honda fan, the Honda Welcome Plaza should be on your list of things of things to see while in Tokyo. Located on the first floor of the Honda Aoyama Building, it consists of a small showroom, a cafe, a demonstration stage, and a store with Honda merchandise and collectibles.

It’s easily accessible from the Aoyama-itchome subway station and the entrance and demonstrations are free to the public.

When I visited last week, Honda vehicles were lined up around the outside of the building with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Honda Legend(Acura RLX) front and center.

Inside, the showroom display theme can change regularly, switching between cars, motorcycles, racing, or other special themes. I was fortunate to catch the TYPE-R exhibition last week which coincided with the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. A 1995 Honda Integra Type-R, a 2002 Honda NSX-R, a 1997 Civic Type R, and the all-new Civic Type R were featured.

Honda Robotics also puts on a daily demonstration with their robot ASIMO and for their “Personal Mobility Device” called UNI-CUB. Check the schedule for times. After the demo you can line up for a free photo on stage with ASIMO taken by one of the Honda assistants with your camera/phone.

Lastly, you can take home some souvenirs from the shop which carries a small selection of items ranging from ASIMO toys to officially licensed McLaren-Honda merchandise.

[Source: Chris Tobias – Acura Connected]

Gallery: NSX 25th Anniversary Tour

It’s been an exciting few days for the NSX aficionados who gathered in Japan to take part in the NSX 25th Anniversary Tour. Some of the tour highlights included the NSX 25th Anniversary party at Honda headquarters in Tokyo, visits to famous Japanese tuning shops such as Advance and TYPE ONE, and of course the annual NSX Fiesta at Suzuka Circuit.

Acura NSX owner and photographer Paul Brylek was on hand for the events and has graciously allowed us to share some of of his photos below.

For more of Paul’s photos visit his Flickr photostream.

[Source: Paul Brylek via Flickr]

Video: Honda’s “Paper” Ad

A brilliant new animated ad from Honda shows its extensive history of products using hand-drawn illustrations.

The two-minute video surprisingly contains no CGI, instead you’ll see the team of animators moving and flipping thousands of illustrations laid out on a large table. The Honda engine plays a key role in the ad, constantly evolving and swapping into different vehicles. Eventually the latest Honda engine gets a dropped off by the HondaJet, right into the engine bay of the new Acura NSX.

See Honda’s “Paper” ad and the making of video below.

[Source: Honda via YouTube]