Honda Exhibits World Premiere of EV-STER

Posted by  on November 29th, 2011 No comments

Honda EV-STER

Official release from Honda Worldwide:

TOKYO, Japan, November 30, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will exhibit the world premiere of the EV-STER, the next-generation electric small sports concept model, at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Featuring a dynamic and innovative styling design and excellent environmental performance, the EV-STER, an electric rear-wheel-drive two-seater convertible sports car, will propose a new way to enjoy a sports type model which is unique to the electromotive mobility. The adoption of carbon materials made it possible to reduce the vehicle weight contributing to the vehicle’s high driving performance and range of approximately 160km. The easy-to-operate twin-lever steering was adopted for the thorough pursuit of the joy of driving. Moreover, the new concept model enables the driver to make his/her own adjustments to some vehicle characteristics such as motor output and suspension settings, to embody the joy of maneuvering to the fullest extent.

Furthermore, the instrument panel features not only meters, but also the vehicle information display which enables the driver to enjoy driving as well as the network display used for the audio and navigation systems and also for the internet access. The well-designed layout of the meters and displays enables the driver to concentrate on driving and enjoy the comfortable space.

Honda remains committed to developing sports models beyond the expectations of its customers and offering exciting and thrilling mobility products.

Key specifications of the EV-STER

Vehicle length 3,570mm
Vehicle width 1,500mm
Vehicle height 1,100mm
Wheelbase 2,325mm
Maximum speed 160km/h
Acceleration (0-60km/h) 5.0 sec
Maximum range Approximately 160km (JC08 mode)
Battery 10kWh lithium-ion battery
Maximum battery output 58kW
Charging time 200V: under 3 hours
100V: under 6 hours

[Source: Honda Worldwide]

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Honda Announces Revolutionary Next-generation “Earth Dreams Technology”

Posted by  on November 29th, 2011 1 comment

Earth Dreams Technology

Official release from Honda Worldwide:

New plan calls for top-of-industry fuel efficiency in every vehicle class within 3 years

TOKYO, Japan, November 30, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the outline for a revolutionary next-generation technology for automobiles called “Earth Dreams Technology.”

“Earth Dreams Technology” is a next generation set of technological advancements which greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency at a high level, using as its base advanced environmental technologies to pursue the joy of driving unique to Honda. It is a series of measures in which efficiency of internal combustion components including engine, and transmission, as well as electric-powered motor technology, is further improved.

Through its implementation first in the mini-vehicle N BOX and gradually onto other vehicle models, Honda aims to achieve top-of-industry fuel efficiency for every category within three years, while simultaneously setting a timeline of 2020 to reduce by 30% CO2 emissions for all products sold worldwide, relative to emission figures for 2000.

Inspiration of the “Earth Dreams Technology” name:

“Earth Dreams Technology” is an expression for a set of technologies which takes into account both our need to protect the environment and our desire to provide a joy of driving.

Key features of “Earth Dreams Technology”

1. A gasoline engine which realizes top level driving performance and fuel efficiency.
2. A compact diesel engine which realizes the world’s lightest body*1, top-of-class*1 acceleration performance and fuel efficiency.
3. CVT which combines at a high level the fun of driving and fuel efficiency.
4. A two-motor hybrid system which realizes top-of-industry efficiency*1.
5. A high-efficiency, high output electric SH-AWD hybrid system which combines superior driving and environmental performance.
6. A compact, high efficiency electric powertrain for EVs.

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NSX Successor Concept Ready for Detroit in January?

Posted by  on November 28th, 2011 3 comments
NSX Concept Rendering from Autocar.co.uk

If what Autocar suggests is true, an NSX successor concept could steal the spotlight at the North American International Auto Show in January 2012. The UK based automotive news site was first to report that Honda will unveil the “Super Sports Concept” in Detroit about a month after the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. 

“The Super Sports concept will follow the Small Sports EV Concept that will be unveiled at this week’s Tokyo motor show. The Super Sports design will be shown at the Detroit show in January and will form a halo model that suggests a spiritual successor to the NSX.” – Autocar 

Not surprisingly, Autocar expects that a hybrid/electric powertrain will be utilized as well as an all-wheel-drive system. Above is a very rough concept rendered by an Autocar artist. 

With no official announcement yet, I don’t think we have to be reminded to take all NSX revival rumors with a grain of salt.

Head over to Autocar.co.uk to read the full article. 

UPDATE: Jeff of Temple of VTEC has reported from Tokyo that there may be some be some “BIG” news coming at around 8PM EST. Stay tuned!

[Source: Autocar.co.uk, Temple of VTEC]

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Honda’s North American Plants to Resume Normal Production

Posted by  on November 28th, 2011 No comments

Acura News

Official release from www.hondanews.com:

11/28/2011

Due to improvement in the overall parts supply situation, all of Honda’s North American plants will resume normal production by December 1, 2011.

While the severe flooding in Thailand continues to have some impact to our parts supply, Honda is working closely with its suppliers to fully reestablish the flow of parts for the products made in North America. Honda will update this information in the event changes are required.

In 2010, 87 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. While most of the parts and materials used to produce these products are purchased from North American suppliers, a few critical electronic parts are sourced from Thailand and other regions of the world.

For prior information on this topic see hondanews.com, November 14, November 8 and October 31, 2011, Impact of Thailand Flooding on Honda’s Automobile Operations in North America.

Contacts: Jeffrey A. Smith in Los Angeles, 310-781-5442, or Ed Miller in Detroit, 313-202-3150

[Source: Honda]

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Acura MDX vs. Water, Sand and Slopes

Posted by  on November 25th, 2011 No comments

Acura MDX Off-Road

Let’s face it, the Acura MDX was never built to be an off-road beast. Designed with luxury in mind combined with utility and the ability to tackle harsh road conditions, it’s definitely no pushover either. 

With a quick YouTube search I found some clips of brave MDX owners willing to push their vehicles beyond the boundaries of paved roads. While it looks like no MDXs were hurt in the making of these videos, I wouldn’t recommend attempting these feats.

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Acura Ranked Second in ALG 2012 Residual Value Awards

Posted by  on November 22nd, 2011 No comments

2012 Acura TL

In ALG’s 13th Annual Residual Value Awards we once again see Acura as one of the top luxury brands when it comes to resale value. Japanese automakers continue to dominate for 2012 with Lexus taking the top spot followed by Acura and Infiniti. While no Acura models were segment winners in 2012, Acura has consistently placed in the top three for luxury brands over the past few years. Acura was the runner-up in 2011, and was ranked first in 2010 and 2009.

“Recognizing that residual values are a widely used measure of brand health and vehicle quality, ALG honors those vehicles in each segment predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three year period. The annual awards are derived after careful study of segment competition, sales strategy, resale performance, and industry residual values. ALG also includes Industry Brand Residual Value Awards, bestowed on the brands with the highest predicted resale values among all mainstream and luxury vehicles.” – ALG

Head over to www.alg.com to view the full press release.

[Source: ALG]

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Acura extends AcuraLink® to new Digital Services

Posted by  on November 21st, 2011 No comments

AcuraLink® Roadside App

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

Introduces Acura Owner’s App for iPhone®, Roadside Assistance

11/21/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Acura announced today that it will extend the current AcuraLink® brand to a new set of digital services, commencing with the launch of a new AcuraLink® Owner’s Mobile App, available to all Acura clients.

The initial features for the AcuraLink® Owner’s App will support Acura’s Roadside Assistance Program. Acura owners can now conveniently access a wide range of roadside assistance services simply through the new iPhone® app.

The free app, produced with Acura’s roadside assistance partner, Cross Country Automotive Services (Cross Country), offers Acura drivers access to a full range of service options available through the sign-and-drive Acura program. Services include items such as comprehensive towing, lock-out assistance, battery jump-start, tire change and fuel delivery.

Acura owners can use the AcuraLink Roadside Assistance app to view scheduled time of arrival and contact information for the dispatched towing service provider, as well as an assigned reference number for the roadside disablement event.  The app also offers a priority emergency button for urgent situations.

“Roadside Assistance is now available at the push of a button with this user friendly application. This is another example of the flexibility, speed and expertise Acura clients have come to expect from our products, services and our brand“, said Charles Kendig, Acura Division’s Assistant Vice President for National Fixed Operations.

Acura owners can use the app to reach an experienced roadside assistance agent to dispatch a reliable roadside assistance service provider: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Acura owners highly value design and engineering innovations within their vehicles, and Cross Country is excited to provide technology that enables Acura owners to easily obtain dependable roadside assistance service and related information when they need it,”said David Ferrick, Cross Country’s senior vice president and general manager of Insurance Services and Automotive Markets.

The AcuraLink Owner’s App is available for download at the App Store or through Acura.com at http//owners.acura.com/acuralink/roadside.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 271 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL luxury performance sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV, the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

About Cross Country
For nearly 40 years, Cross Country Automotive Services has been a pioneer and thought leader in creating and delivering technology-enabled service solutions for the auto and insurance industries.
Cross Country manages roadside assistance programs in the U.S. on behalf of global automobile manufacturers and U.S. insurance carriers, providing solutions for the nearly six million roadside service events experienced by their consumers each year.  In addition, Cross Country provides accident scene management, vehicle release management and total loss screening services for insurance carriers, customer care services and connected vehicle services for automotive manufacturers.

For more information, visit www.crosscountry-auto.com

*Roadside Assistance no-cost benefits apply during warranty period only. See program details for specific warranty coverages. Beyond warranty coverage, Acuralink may still be used for non-covered services requiring a separate payment at the time of service.

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[Source: Acura]

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Motoring TV 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Video Review

Posted by  on November 21st, 2011 1 comment
Motoring TV 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Elite Review

Graeme Flethcher of Motoring TV takes a look at the Canadian 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Elite in this recent YouTube upload. The Elite package is the top level TL in Canada, equivalent to the US Advance package which includes upgrades such as 19″ wheels, the Blind Spot Information System and ventilated front seats. There’s no surprise that the 2012 TL’s refreshed styling and SH-AWD system continues to impress in this video review below.

“Test Drive of the 2012 Acura TL. The sophisticated all wheel drive system doesn’t fool around with the 3.7L, 305 horse power engine putting a lot of power to the wheels.” – Motoring TV

[Source: Motoring TV via YouTube]

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