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Honda Ends Production of CR-Z Hybrid

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Honda is altogether stopping the production of the compact CR-Z hybrid, a slow-selling, sporty car that was not able to live up to expectations.

Production of the Japanese-made car will stop by the end of this year, Honda’s spokeswoman Nao Uzawa said. Sales, in fact, have ended in the American market since Honda already started to focus its green technology on the re-engineered Accord Hybrid with its upgraded drivetrain.

The CR-Z was first introduced in 2010, receiving rave reviews at first because of its inspired styling and the innovation of applying an environmentally friendly gasoline-electric system in a sporty vehicle.

The CR-Z hit the market in 2010 to rave reviews for its inspired styling and the novelty of applying an environmentally friendly gasoline-electric system in a sporty ride. The package promised to be a modern spiritual incarnation of the tuner-classic CR-X, blending the best of Honda’s latest eco-friendly technology with its heritage for spirited driving.

Last year, sales of the CR-Z in the US went down by 14 percent to only 3,073 vehicles. Until June this year, the number fell by another 6.7 percent to only 1,025 vehicles.

But even though the CR-Z was made for fuel economy, it never really scored high in fuel efficiency or even in sporty performance. Since then, Honda began working on sportier hybrids such as the three motor systems in the Acura RLX and the NSX sports car.

In Japan, Honda is commemorating the CR-Z with a special edition called the “Final Label.” The Japanese automaker has bigger plans for the re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid, which was released to the market this year.

For that vehicle, the annual US deliveries are expected to exceed 30,000 units.

The current version of the Accord Hybrid will be produced at Honda’s Sayama plant, north of Tokyo. It has been making the Accord Hybrid also in the US, but Honda stopped the output last summer to boost factory utilization rates in Japan.

Spy Shots of the 2017 Honda CRV Surface

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The Honda CRV was, and remains to be, one of Honda’s most popular vehicles ever. Now, it looks like we have seen a prototype of this SUV for the next model year.

This will be the fifth generation of the popular compact crossover SUV, and it’s looking to be the most radical of the lot. Based on the spy photos, the new CRV will be larger than its predecessor (remember that the first generation CRV was a very compact SUV in form), but this makes sense for Honda since they already have the HRV for the smaller SUV segment.

Because of its size, we’re expecting that the new CRV can handle third-row seats, which will turn it into a direct competitor of the three-row Volkswagen Tiguan.

In truth, the new CRV is looking like it’s going to be based on the platform introduced in the 10th-generation Civic, though this one’s a little stretched. This platform is lighter and stiffer than anything we have seen from Honda. It should benefit the CRV’s dynamic qualities, too.

Aside from the Civic platform, the CRV will also be sharing other elements such as the turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and CVT. When fitted on the Civic, this engine can deliver 174 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. A higher output can be expected from the CRV.

Some may also be happy to know that a naturally-aspirated engine will be an option for the 2017 Honda CRV. It will also have a front-wheel drive system as standard while the all-wheel drive will remain as an option.

The 2017 Honda CRV is being geared for a debut late this year or early next year. Prices will reportedly begin very close to the $24,645 price tag the current model has. Of course, options for next year’s model will soon be released, so we’ll know soon enough the base and top-of-the-line price range..

Check out the spy shots in the gallery below:

2017 Honda Accord Lineup Includes Sport Special Edition

2017 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition

Honda has a special treat for all Accord lovers. The new Accord lineup will introduce the 2017 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition sedan, which sits somewhere between the Sport and EX levels of the 2017 Honda Accord’s multi-trim model line.

The Sport Special Edition is built on the existing content found in Accord Sport based on reports. It has the same 189-horsepower four-cylinder engine, but added features such as heated leather seats with red stitching inside and a Special Edition badge on the outside.

The base model will have a six-speed manual transmission, and will cost $26,250. The continuously variable automatic (CVT) costs an additional $800.

The new Accord Sport Special Edition costs exactly $1,000 more than the 2017 Accord Sport. That cost stands for heated leather seats and the badge to remind that you’re very “special” to Honda.

Compared to the standard Accord Sport, the rest of the range increased its price by $150. The least expensive Accord, which has a six-speed manual and produces 185 horsepower, now begins at $23,190.

The package includes a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Other available options are a CVT for $800 and Honda Sensing (but only with the CVT) for $1,000. Honda Sensing will come with safety features such as forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, among others.

These two options are also available on the sportier LX-S coupe that has a starting price of $24,860 and Sport sedan. They can also be included with the package for EX coupe ($26,985) and the EX sedan ($26,565).

The leather-lined four-cylinder EX-L coupe is priced at $29,830 while the sedan starts ar $29,655. Both will remain for CVT only.

Adding Honda Sensing adds $2,000 because it’s paired with a navigation system.

If you want more power, the Accord EX-L also offers Honda’s 278-horsepower V-6 engine.

All sedans are paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission ($31,730) while the coupe can be paired with either a six-speed manual ($32,005) or the automatic.

Finally, the Touring models ($35,210 coupe; $35,655 sedan) will have both the navigation and Honda Sensing as standard equipment.

They will also come packed with LED headlights, automatic high-beams, and rain-sensing wipers.

2016 Honda Accord V-6 Sedan Has Better Handling, Suspension

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The new 2016 Honda Accord V-6 Sedan is not offering anything luxurious in terms of styling, interior materials or even drivetrain options. But it does offer a superior and pretty spectacular chassis that does all the work, and more.

Honda used a top-of-the-line chassis that enables the car to handle more than it should. Although not made for rough road, that chassis will allow the Accord to handle it better than it was able to in the past.

The suspension is incredible, and you’ll feel nary a juggle when the car passed by a broken pavement or turned a sharp corner. The steering wheel may not be as quick as a sports car, but who wants that for a family car?

The steering wheel is competitive enough, and has the ability to make the driver feel what’s happening on the front-wheel-drive system. The chassis is on a completely different level—Honda has won on this matter.

The brakes, according to reviews, feel strong and can handle terrains very well. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces makes 278 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque is just enough to make it easy for the driver to maneuver through daily traffic.

When your car has a light load, there is pthe option for the cylinder deactivation, which then allows for better fuel efficiency. The current ratings stand at 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

If you want better fuel efficiency, you may want to choose the four-cylinder option. It has a rating of 30 mpg, tests revealed.

Transmission-wise, you’ll get a six-speed gearbox that has a Sport mode for better engine handling in certain situations.

Inside, nothing much has changed, and the lack of upgrades on the infotainment system may even cause some clients to turn their backs on the 2016 Accord V6.

Is Honda Celebrating Its 70th Anniversary With A New S2000 Roadster?

Honda S2000 Roadster

Is it possible that Honda will be celebration with a new S2000 roadster just in time for its 70th anniversary in 2018? Rumors of the new roadster cannot die, even as we already confirmed the tiny S660 roadster will not be coming to US shores and the mid-engine sports car that sits below the Acura NSX is probably not happening anytime soon.

Honda first launched the S2000 in 1998 to celebrate its 50th anniversary, so it’s only fitting that they can also release a new roadster for their 70th year. It is even possible we will be seeing a new car and a commemorative two-wheeler to mark the occasion.

A source claimed the car can be compared to the Mazda MX-5 Miata in size, although Honda’s will be more powerful, performance-wise. The bike, on the other hand, will be a “detuned, roadgoing version of the RC213V-S.

However, skeptics note that Honda does not have a platform for a compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car. But, just look at what they did with the S660 mini-coupe and the all-new NSX supercar. Honda may not have a platform for such models, but they come out pretty unique, didn’t they?

An Acura executive revealed during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that Honda is planning to fit in a smaller sports car under the NSX. He, however, pointed out that such a car won’t be appearing before 2017. So, is 2018 is just about right?

What we can assume is that the new S2000 roadster will have a slightly detuned version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, which is made in the US. The car will be, too, apparently. And to keep costs down, Honda will build it along the NSX at its specialized Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.

Sources said a large team from the R&D staff in Japan are now in Ohio to work on the roadster.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid More Powerful, Fuel Efficient

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The Honda Accord 2017 models would not only be receiving a beautiful design like the Acura, but it would also be getting an updated hybrid powertrain that offers fuel economy and better performance. It gets a new and more compact battery pack that would increase trunk capacity midsize hybrid class-leading 13.5 cubic feet too.
Referred to as the “ultimate Accord” by John Mendel, the executive vice president of the American Honda Motor Co., the new Honda Accord Hybrid will be the most fuel efficient in the lineup.
On the outside, this is the best looking Accord Honda has made. The front has a more aggressive fascia and bolder grille. It also has blue LED headlights and fog lights, as well as aluminum hood and wheels.
Although there are no big changes on the sides, the Honda Accord Hybrid receives new skirts, contributing to its sportier appearance. It has new taillights emphasized by the long LED piping behind the lens, as well as a better-styled rear fascia.
The Accord’s cabin is sleek, stylish and sexy with shiny wood grain trim and flat black trim inserts. The high end versions would see a seven-inch touchscreen display in the center, which is connected to the second display on top of the center stack.
The lower-end versions have the traditional needle gauge instrument while the higher end versions will come with digital instrument cluster. Then, there’s the Display Audio system that allows connection to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood, it has a combined next-gen two-motor hybrid system and an “ultra-efficient” 2.0-liter, i-VTEC, Atkinson Cycle engine. It can produce 212 horsepower and has an EPA rating of 49/47/48 mpg city/highway/combined.
There are three different power modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.
Honda has not released the pricing for the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, but it could start at around $30,500.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Offers Turbo Engine, 6-Speed Manual

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Honda has finally confirmed some specifications for the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, which was previewed as a prototype during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

According to the source, the new Civic Hatchback will be on sale later this year as a 2017 model. It will also be initially offered with one engine option, though a different option has now been unveiled by Honda.

Jeff Conrad, Honda’s senior vice president and general manager, promised that the Civic Hatchback will be the sportiest and most sophisticated in Honda’s current lineup. He also announced that this would be the first US-model Civic the company will offer with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.

That engine can be found in the latest versions of the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe. It currently delivers 174 horsepower. But for the Civic Hatchback, Honda decided to pair this up with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. For other models, Honda will offer this as an option.

Conrad said the new powertrain will ensure fun-to-drive performance and fuel economy with an EPA highway rating of 42 mpg and a 0-to-60 time that would only match the previous Civic Si.

Inside, the Civic Hatchback would be made of high quality materials, and would also have added legroom and new technologies including a Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The New York Auto Show will feature the Civic Hatchback in prototype as Honda is not yet ready to reveal this in production guise. Auto experts have pegged that the Hatchback, like the Civic Type R, will have aggressive front bumper, center-mounted exhaust tips and oversized wheels.

The Civic Type R has already been spotted out and about. This model comes with turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that matches the 305 hp that the outgoing Civic Type R produces. The Type R and Civic Si will be available on the market next year, Honda has confirmed.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Starts At $19,885

2016 Honda Civic coupe Touring

Honda traditionally gives its Coupe buyers a bit of a discount for halving the number of doors, but that stops now. The new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will start at $19,885 for the base LX trim with a six-speed manual transmission according to CarAndDriver.

To be blunt, that’s $410 higher than the 2016 Civic sedan LX manual. The price difference might not be that high but Honda has taken a different step here in pricing the coupe more than the sedan.

Well, to be fair to Honda, the two models aren’t similar exactly. The coupe will sport the standard alloy wheels while the sedan LX will make do with steel wheels and wheel covers.

Both come with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and if you want the CVT automatic option, it would add $800 to the LX coupe’s and sedan’s standard lines. This is another new step for Honda since other coupe trims offer only a CVT.

As you move up the range of the coupe and the sedan, the prices would vary since the trim-level structure isn’t exactly similar to that of the sedan. The coupe’s exclusive LX-P trim starts at $21,684 and includes passive entry, remote start, push button ignition, as well as a sunroof.

The coupe EX-T, on the other hand, has turbocharged engine, heated seats and other features for $23,135, or $100 more than the EX-T sedan. The EX-L coupe, which costs $24,260 or $275 less than the EX-L sedan, also includes leather seats.

If you opt for the coupe, you won’t be getting as a standalone option the Honda Sensing active-safety features, which costs $1,000. Also, systems such as the adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane-keep assist would only be available on the top-trim Civic coupe Touring, which is priced at $26,960.

The Civic coupe will be available starting next week on March 15. Honda will also launch an online configuration tool for the couple.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback To Debut In Geneva Motor Show

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Honda is expected to tease with previews of its 10th generation Civic hatchback during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month. Those curious to see what the hatchback would look like should seek no further since we got some photos when Honda tested it on the road.

Although it was covered in camouflage, there was no padding so the design cues were reflected. It basically retains 80 percent of the DNA from the 10th generation Honda Civic sedan, so you know what to expect from the fenders down to the rear doors.

The hatchback will be launched in the first quarter of 2017 in Europe, but since this is a “global car,” expect it to arrive soon enough in the United States and other parts of the world.

By looking at the Civic sedan, you’ll immediately have an idea of how the hatchback would look in front. It would have the same radiator grille, huge chrome louver, the Honda “H” in the middle, the updated headlights, fog lights, and less dramatic corner vents. As for the hood, it looks like the hatchback would have the same one as the Civic coupe and sedan.

If you’re a fan of the mild body line from the front wheels to the rear taillights, then you would love that too about the hatchback. The difference between the sedan and the hatchback can be seen after the rear doors since the hatchback sports a dual exhaust outlet near the fascia in the middle.

Inside, it would probably be similar to the sedan and the coupe. There would be a light-colored floating center console, touchscreen display, and digital instrument cluster. The front and the rear seats would mostly be the same, but the rear deck would be gone for more cargo space.

No prices have been announced for the hatchback, although the current one sells for $20,067in the UK. Pricing may increase a bit because of the new design and extra length.

Below are some spy shots of the upcoming Honda Civic hatchback, which were provided by AutoBlog:

7 Best New Family Cars For 2013

If you need to shuffle kids around all day, then you not only need space in the backseat, but you need room in the trunk for groceries, backpacks, camping gear, and anything else you lug around. Of course, interior and cargo room are not your only concerns. Family vehicles must be safe. They need airbags in all the right places and innovative features. A peppy engine is appreciated so you don’t have to grip the steering wheel with white knuckles every time you merge and pass on the highway. If the vehicle manages to give you the power you need without guzzling gas, this is an added bonus too. All these needs add up to one tall order, but rest-assured that there are vehicles available that fit the description. Below are seven that are either new or have seen a significant refresh in the past two years.

Nissan Altima 

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Fully resigned for 2013, the Nissan Altima Sedan is a popular pick with families for a long list of reasons. In government crash test ratings it received a perfect score in front, side, and overall crash protection. The 2.5 model gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, so it has plenty of get-up-and-go. It also manages to return 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. If you need a little more power, a 3.5-liter V6 is available that yields 25 mpg combined. Inside, there is plenty of space. The rear seat is a little tight for six-foot passengers, but for kids it is just fine. There is also plenty of room in the trunk, as it gives you 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Dodge Dart

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If you are on a budget as most families are, you really can’t go wrong with the Dodge Dart. This brand new vehicle has a lot to offer, and has a starting MSRP of only $15,995. The standard 160 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder won’t win you any races, but at 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with a six-speed automatic transmission, you can hardly complain. When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it received a “Good” rating in front, roof, and side-impact protection, and it can stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is one of the best numbers in the segment. Don’t let the exterior fool you; there is a ton of room in this cabin. In fact, it has one of the most welcoming rear seats in its class. Trunk space is average at 13.1 cubic feet.

Audi A6

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If you don’t mind spending a little more than the average buyer, the Audi A6 offers a nice all-wheel drive option. It was fully redesigned for 2012 into a vehicle that proves you don’t have to choose between sport and luxury. The base engine is a 2.0-liter inline-4 that delivers 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, yet yields 28 mpg combined. As far as safety goes, it received top scores on all crash tests, and it can stop from 60 mph in only 111 feet. It also boasts some very innovative safety features, including the optional Audi Pre-Sense Plus System that can activate the brakes, if the system feels a crash is imminent.

Buick Verano Sedan

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Despite its upscale exterior and sophisticated passenger cabin, Verano is priced rather modestly. It received a “Good” rating in all three crash tests, and comes equipped with OnStar for peace-of-mind. Although a small sedan, occupants  never feel pinched for space. There is even plenty of room for extra-tall drivers. In the rear, three decent-sized adults can sit comfortably, so children will have plenty of space to stretch out. The trunk is even generous at 15.2 cubes. The base engine in Verano is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 180 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It returns 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. A turbocharged engine is also available.

Chevrolet Malibu

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For 2013, the Malibu has been completely redesigned, and it is definitely turning heads on the road. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder generates 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque while yielding 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Like the others listed, Malibu also boasts “Good” crash test ratings. When it comes to braking, it is ahead of most of its competition, stopping from 60 mph in a short 119 feet. OnStar emergency communications is standard, as are rear side airbags. The cabin is every bit as nice as what you get in luxury models, and not only is there plenty of room in the rear seat, the trunk is an enormous 16.3 cubic feet.

Subaru Impreza

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A full redesign was given to Impreza for 2012, and since it comes as sedan and hatchback, it should appeal to just about anyone. It is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder good for 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The engine is also available wearing the Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle certification label, making it ideal for those needing to meet California emissions standards. It gets perfect crash test scores, has a spacious interior, and if you opt for the hatchback, you get 22.5 cubes of space.

Honda Accord

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Fully redesigned for 2013, Honda Accord offers efficient powertrains, fantastic acceleration, a roomy and attractive interior, and fantastic fuel economy. The available LaneWatch blind-spot system available on higher trims is worthy of an honorable mention. The cabin is significantly quieter than its predecessor, and the trunk is 15.8 cubic-feet, which is 1 cube larger than what was in the 2012 model. The standard 2.4-liter inline-4 is all you really need, providing 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, and fuel economy is smile-worthy at 27 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

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