Thursday, April 16, 2015

Next Honda Civic Is All About Lineage

NEW YORK -- Honda took the wraps off its newest Civic Concept.  As with most "concepts" from Honda, this one appears pretty much to be the production model except with some exaggeration for the concept.  Another clue that this is pretty much the production model is the fact that it doesn't look that much different from the 2015 Honda Civic coupe.  The Honda Civic is one Honda's most successful models so why tinker too much with a good thing?  They also seem to want to show a family lineage as the rear of the new Civic coupe appears to have taking inspiration from the new Acura NSX.  As with the last Civic Concept, it was shown off in coupe model only.  Honda says the new Civic will have a longer wheelbase and come in sedan, coupe, hatchback, and Si and Type-R versions.  The new Civic will be the first Honda to be powered by a turbocharged VTEC Earth Dreams powerplant. The new Civic for the North American market will be manufactured in Greensburg, Indiana, and Alliston, Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Eagerly Awaited Acura Sports Car Debuts in Detroit

Ted Klaus, Chief Engineer and Global Development, Reveals 2016 NSX
DETROIT ( Jidosha Shinbun ) -- It's been ten years since the NSX was last in Acura's lineup. Time sure has gone by fast. Acura fans got excited when they debuted the first concept for a new NSX, but nobody knew when it would see the light of day. It's finally seen the light of day as Acura has finally revealed the production version of the new NSX sports car at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.   Unlike the original NSX, the new NSX is a hybrid vehicle.  However, don't mistake it for a Toyota Prius with a sporty body.  This hybrid is powered by a twin-turbocharged DOHC six cylinder engine with front and rear electric motors.  The new NSX won't be made in Japan like the original NSX, but in Marysville, Ohio.  However, this is not the same factory that produces the Honda Accord.  The new NSX will be produced at their new $70 million dollar Performance Manufacturing Center.  The site is  Honda's former North American Logistics facility.   Acura will accept custom orders this summer and deliveries will start late 2015.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"The Beast" Is Toyota's Evolutionary Styled 2016 Tacoma

TORRANCE, Calif. ( Jidosha Shinbun ) -- Toyota is scheduled to reveal the new Tacoma midsize pickup at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on January 12 at 9:50 PT. Toyota however has decided to reveal pictures and videos of the new Tacoma beforehand under the tagline of "the beast is revealed."  The styling is evolutionary and looks similar to the current generation Tacoma.