A couple of recent award victories have confirmed Honda’s popularity with female drivers after the manufacturer scooped two awards at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards.
Impressively, Honda was the only manufacturer to take home awards in more than one category, with their first vehicle to pick up an award being the Honda Civic, which took the prize in the ‘family car’ category, followed by the Jazz, which was named the best ‘budget car’.
The awards are the only global car awards which are voted for completely by female journalists in the automotive industry.
The voting process begins by taking personal nominations from judges from all over the world, with a total of 294 vehicles being nominated by 17 judges from 14 different nations.
These are then whittled down to a shortlist of 32 cars across six categories, with the final judging panel being made up of a number of distinguished female journalists who then vote in a secret ballot.
Sandra Hughes, who is head of automobile marketing and product management at Honda Motor Europe said of the victories: “Winning these two categories at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards shows how Honda’s cars match the needs of women around the world.
“What is particularly encouraging is the endorsement this gives to Civic ahead of the launch of the new hatchback here in Europe early in 2017.”
Other winners included the Jaguar F-PACE (SUV/Crossover), Ford Mustang (Performance Car), Volvo S90 (Luxury Car), and Toyota Prius (Green Car).
Given that women are the fastest growing market segment in car purchases, and that women often dominate the car-buying decision in couples, it’s great to see that Honda is appealing to the female demographic just as much as men.
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In recent years, pretty much every car manufacturer has been developing and releasing new vehicles which don’t rely on traditional fuel methods.
The majority of these new cars are electric or electric/fuel hybrids, however, Honda has been working on an alternative fuelled vehicle which has finally arrived on our shores.
The Clarity is powered entirely by a hydrogen fuel cell and as well as offering zero emissions, it can also be refuelled in a matter of minutes, something which electric cars cannot compete with.
The new Honda vehicle has arrived in London and Copenhagen to take part in an innovative EU demonstration of forward thinking vehicles.
HyFIVE events will give potential customers to get to grips with a range of new models powered by hydrogen including the Clarity.
The new Clarity model offers up Honda’s most innovative developments to date. For example, it is the first hydrogen powered sedan to position the entire stack underneath the bonnet. Unlike other manufacturer’s models, this means that the Honda will now be able to comfortably seat five people.
The Honda has also shown impressive figures involving its range. Recently, the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) measured the Clarity’s effective range, reaching 366 miles (589km), which is greater than any other zero emissions vehicle currently in production.
A Word From the Programme Leader
Thomas Brachmann is Chief Project Engineer of Honda Research and Development and leader of Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell programme in Europe. Discussing HyFIVE, he said, “Honda has always been one of the leaders in the field of hydrogen fuel cell technology, with over 30 years of research and development behind us.”
He continued, “The arrival of these vehicles in Europe and Honda’s participation in HyFIVE is the next step towards Honda’s vision of the full commercialisation of this technology.”
Honda has big plans for the future of zero emissions vehicles and aims to have two-thirds of their cars running on clean energy by 2030.
More on HyFIVE
The whole point of HyFIVE is to promote the awareness and adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology and its implementation across Europe.
Following the Hy FIVE demonstrations, 185 fuel cell powered cars from five different manufacturers (including Honda) will stay with both corporate and private customers in Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and the UK.
The Future of Fuel Cell Cars
The new Clarity is certainly the pinnacle of Honda’s electric car technology and is proof of the commitment company president Takahiro Hachigo has given to furthering the alternative fuel system.
Honda has big plans for the future of zero emissions vehicles and aims to have two-thirds of their cars running on clean energy by 2030.
There are currently only around 15 hydrogen fuel stations in operation around the UK a number of which are based in London and the West Midlands. You can see them in this handy map from net inform.net
However, There are plans in place to improve the availability of hydrogen fuel, with the UK government planning a further 65 fuelling stations to be up and running by 2020. You can read more about these developments in this interesting post from the RAC.
Honda has agreed to work with Channel 4 to create a new TV series for their online streaming service All 4.
The Evolution of Stunts will be developed for All 4 as part of its sponsorship with Film on 4 and will feature famous stuntman Damien Walters recreating some of cinema’s greatest ever stunts from the last ten decades.
These stunts will be combined in one incredibly ambitious back-to-back stunt, aided by 3D projection, a tumbleator (treadmill) and some of Mr. Walters’ fellow stunt performers.
The new series will be split into three parts which will include the main feature of Damien and his team preparing for the mega stunt, the team actually performing the stunt and a history of movie stunts presented by BBC Radio 1 film critic Ali Plumb.
Damien Walters has worked in some of Hollywood’s biggest releases in recent years, with performances in Kick Ass, Kingsman: Secret Service and James Bond flick Skyfall all on his CV.
Managing director at Honda UK, Philip Crossman has said: “The Evolution of Stunts showcases a clear link between Honda’s challenging spirit and stuntman Damien Walters’ need to push to the next challenge.”
He continued, “Honda has a reputation for creating iconic brand advertising, such as the sky-diving advert, and this new series with All 4 takes it to the next level.”
Channel 4 Live Advert
As Mr. Crossman mentioned, this isn’t the first time Honda has worked with Channel 4. Back in 2008, the two came together to create a live add break which involved a team of parachutists spelling out Honda. You can view the amazing advert here.
The latest series of videos will also play into this mould with an entire ad break takeover on the 26th November during the first break of the showing of The Fast and the Furious 6 on Channel 4.
Damien Walters stunt performance begins with the recreation of two iconic silent film era stunts. First, he will hang from the hands of a skyscraper’s clock as Harold Lloyd did in Safety Last (1923) and follows that by narrowly dodging a house falling on him as the iconic Buster Keaton did in Steamboat Bill Jr (1928).
He will then go on to recreate scenes from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959), The Matrix (1999), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) among other cinematic classics.
The full list of movie stunts which inspired the series are:
Further pushing the envelope when it comes to car manufacturing, Honda has now made steps into the world of 3D printing, teaming up with the Japanese tech company Kabuku to create its first ever 3D printed ‘Micro Commuter’ electric car.
3D printing is becoming cheaper and larger in scale, and while other companies such as Tesla and Nissan continue to try and develop a long-range electric car which is affordable, Honda seem to have found a particular niche with this short-range model.
The Micro Commuter car is only small, and is comparable in size to the existing Renault Twizy, making it ideal for delivery drivers in narrow city streets.
As such, where a Twizy would have a rear passenger seat, the Honda has a small cargo area.
Specifically, it sizes up at 2,495mm long, 1,280mm wide, 1,545mm tall and weighs in at 600kg.
The vehicle’s bodywork only took two months to design and has been 3D printed, while underneath it has a lightweight pipe framework to keep its weight down.
This process is not only quicker and cheaper than traditional methods, but it also uses less equipment and fewer raw materials.
As for power, the Micro Commuter runs on Honda’s Micro EV technology which is used on the MC-β ultra-compact EV in Japan.
Honda and Kabuku unveiled the vehicle at the 2016 Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) in Japan, claiming that by 3D printing the bodywork they are reducing the cost and production time, making it ripe for mass production, although it is just a prototype at this stage.
Its micro-van setup, as well as its electric vehicle architecture, means that the vehicle is perfect for local couriers, and will be used by the Japanese confectionary maker, Toshimaya to deliver their most famous product, a dove-shaped shortbread called ‘Hato Sablé’.
As for how far the vehicle will be able to travel before being charged, this hasn’t been specified of yet, although Honda did indicate that it is only intended to be used for short range trips up to around 80km (50 miles).
It will take around seven hours to charge on a 100v charger or three for a 200v charger, and will reach a top speed of 43mph (69 kmph), with a brake horsepower of 15.
While 3D printed vehicles have been produced before because the vehicle is so quickly customisable, its usage could easily be altered, and new components produced using 3D printing to make vehicles to suit different needs.
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Honda have taken home the most awards for one manufacturer at the 2016 MPG Marathon, taking the ‘Most Efficient Family Car’ and ‘Four Wheel Drive’ titles, as well as taking both first and second place for ‘Load Lugging Economy Champion’, second and third in ‘Best Percentage Improvement on MPG’ as well as third in ‘Best Outright MPG’.
The MPG Marathon is a two-day eco-driving challenge which tests not only the driving skill of those taking part but also the fuel economy of their vehicles.
The event was held over two days, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October, and saw the teams face one of the most challenging routes in the event’s history.
Teams were tasked with plotting their own routes to find four different venues around the country, taking in over 400 miles over the course of the two days, with the aim of achieving the best possible MPG, as well as the biggest percentage improvement on the MPG figure quoted by the manufacturer.
Bringing home the awards for Team Honda were Paul Clifton, BBC transport correspondent for the South of England and Shaun Cronin, a former police inspector who now works for the road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.
They competed in Honda’s CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC, the same car which they took gold in last year, scooping the ‘Four Wheel Drive’ and ‘Load Lugging Economy Champion’ awards by registering 63.77 MPG, a 13.31% uplift on the official figure quoted by the manufacturer.
Over the course of the event, the pair covered a total of 389 miles and used just 27.73 litres (6.1 gallons) of fuel.
Paul said of their success: “That was the toughest MPG Marathon yet. Over two days we effectively climbed from sea level to the top of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, three times.
“So to beat the car’s official economy figure – and by a big margin – is very rewarding. With a very gentle right foot and smooth, safe driving, this shows that even a bigger four-wheel drive car can achieve outstanding real world economy.
“With fuel prices rising again, this is something everyone can do to keep costs down.”
They were joined by Swindon-based R&D colleagues Fergal McGrath. Kyle Stevens, Jeremy Sibson and Rick Rowles who paired up to share the effort of the challenge over the two days.
The four have built up an impressive track record at the event over the past few years, and took home the ‘Most Fuel Efficient Family Car’ award as well as second place behind the CR-V in the ‘Load Lugging Economy Champion’.
The experienced team covered 407 miles during the event, behind the wheel of a British-built and engineered Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC, with an MPG of 80.51, an improvement of 11.21% on the figure quoted by Honda.
The tourer also came in third place for both ‘Best Outright MPG’ in which it lost out by just 0.21 MPG and in ‘Best Percentage Improvement’.
Fergal commented: “Overall we’re pretty happy with the result, particularly as this year was much more challenging than previously, but to lose out on second place for best overall MPG by just 0.21 is agonising!
“Once again, the trusty Tourer performed well and we enjoyed a good couple of days of friendly competition against some very experienced drivers and a fascinating range of other vehicles. We’re already planning for next year!”
The MPG Marathon is now in its 16th year and aims to showcase the benefits of fuel efficient and economical driving while also showing off some of the most innovative and fuel-efficient vehicles on the market.
This year’s event was based at the Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire, with day one seeing the teams head toward Ludlow in Shropshire, before a trip toward Stroud in Gloucestershire and back to Heythrop.
On day two, the teams’ destination was the iconic Silverstone circuit, then on to Hatfield in Hertfordshire before finishing up once again at Heythrop.
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The Honda Civic Type R has now scored four key championships in the world of touring cars after taking three titles in one weekend (October 1-2).
Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden took the driver’s crown in the MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch in dramatic style, passing points leader Sam Tordoff in the very last race of the last round of the season, in similar fashion to last year, winning by just two points, in his NGTC-specification Type R, built and run by Team Dynamics.
The team fought off some really tough competition from the West Surrey Racing BMWs and Team BMR Subarus to clinch the title.
In addition, the JAS Motorsport-built Civic Type R TCRs delivered two titles in two days, with Brit Josh Files winning the inaugural ADAC TCR Germany crown on Saturday, October 1st with the Target Competition team at Hockenheim.
And a mere 24 hours after File secured his championship, Kris Richard from Switzerland followed things up by taking the FIA European Touring Car Cup after a couple of second-place finishes at Imola in Italy in his Rikli Motorsport Civic Type R.
Richard won a total of five races throughout the 2016 ETCC season, including one at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, where the Civic Type R still holds the front-wheel drive lap record.
The weekend’s excellent results mean that four major touring car series have been won by Civic Type Rs this year after Roberto Colciago won the TCR Italy title with his AGS team a week earlier.
And the success of the Type R continued as Colciago and Kevin Gleason took victories in their races at the TCR International Series at Sepang in Malaysia.
The Type R could even add another title to its collection in the next couple of weeks as Stephane Lemeret sits in the lead of the TCR Benelux Series after picking up multiple victories throughout the year, racing for Boutsen Ginion Racing.
Philip Crossman, the Managing Director of Honda UK said of the weekend’s successes: “To have this level of success in one weekend is an amazing achievement for the Civic Type R.
“Back to back drivers’ championships in the BTCC for Gordon was exciting enough at Brands Hatch on Sunday – but to compound it with the other three successes is outstanding.
“The new Civic Type R, which we unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last week, is going to have a lot to live up to!”
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Did you know that between a half and two-thirds of British drivers don’t actually know the meanings of most the road signs that can be found on our nation’s roads?
It’s a worrying thought, but we bet there’s more than a couple that you’d have to admit leave you a little bit stumped!
Take a look at these 24 road signs which people most commonly get wrong and see how many you know!
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If you’re looking at purchasing a new car in the near future, perhaps you might wish to just hold on a little while once you see what Honda have got in the pipeline.
From upgraded versions of current models to entirely new concepts, the guys at Honda are always hard at work to keep improving, so here’s a look at what they’ve got on the horizon.
The new Honda Civic Hatchback was unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show and is expected to go on sale at some point early next year.
It has a much more conventional four-door look compared to the current model and has been praised for its far sleeker shape.
Based on the tenth generation Civic, which came out last year, the hatch has a much lower roofline than its previous incarnation, with a steep rear screen.
It also has a much longer bonnet and a sportier front bumper as well as some short overhangs, large air intakes and all-new LED headlamps. At the back, you’ll find central twin exhaust pipes and new boomerang-shaped taillights.
Under the hood, the car will be the first Honda to feature the new 1.0 and 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engines, along with a heavily revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.
And on the inside, the vehicle will have a driver-focused dash design with a central touchscreen.
One criticism of the old Civic was its rear visibility, although Honda claims this has been solved with a one-piece rear window.
The Civic will be built right here in the UK at Honda’s plant in Swindon and is expected to hit showrooms around February at a price of around £15,000.
Honda’s FCV Concept is their futuristic foray into hydrogen power. Futuristic not only in the zero emissions technology that powers it but also in its aesthetic!
The FCV is powered by Honda’s latest fuel-cell powertrain, which has been shrunk by a third when compared to the FCX Clarity, with a 60% increase in power density, compact enough to fit within the front of the car, freeing up valuable passenger and cargo space, meaning it can fit up to five passengers.
As for how it’ll run, it’s claimed that the FCV will have a 300-mile range and a fill-up time of just three minutes.
As for that futuristic appearance, the FCV has been toned down from the FCEV, retaining its full-width face element and adding a fender vent.
And on the inside, the vehicle has a large airy cabin with elegantly stitched seats, decked out in a black and white colour scheme as well as a pretty cool touchscreen and a hexagonal U-shaped steering wheel.
Honda has long been committed to fuel-cell vehicle technology, and the FCV is at the very forefront of their efforts.
While the FCV is probably still a fair way from being seen on the roads, you can sign up for updates here.
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Honda UK has recently undertaken a restoration project on one of their 1967 Honda S800 sports cars as part of their celebrations of the vehicle’s 50th anniversary.
The S800 was the first four-wheeled vehicle Honda produced in the UK and was very much in line with the popular small roadsters of the time that were being produced by the likes of MG and Triumph.
They recently acquired the vehicle and have begun painstakingly restoring it to its former glories, with a view to it being ready in time for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place next June.
The model in question is a red 1967 S800 and is being restored in partnership with Le Riche Automobile Restorers who are based in Jersey.
The plan is for the vehicle to be added to Honda’s growing heritage press fleet once the restoration is complete, as a way to show off the manufacturer’s great heritage at events around the UK.
The vehicle in question is currently suffering from a little bit of rust and wear and tear, which is perfectly acceptable considering it’s almost 50 years old, and perhaps more surprisingly, the engine is still in good working condition.
Honda is aiming to fully restore the vehicle to a condition which reflects its age, while making sure not to ‘over-restore’ it and keep it looking authentic.
Philip Crossman, the managing director of Honda UK explained that the restoration will be mostly cosmetic explaining: “Next year, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first four-wheeled Honda to be sold in the UK – the S800.
“And with this golden celebration for Honda in the UK, the S800 is the perfect addition to the press fleet.
“The engine still works perfectly, as you expect from a Honda, so we don’t need to engage a complete overhaul of the car.
“The interior needs looking at, as do parts of the bodywork – in short, it simply needs some loving care and attention, which we are trusting to Le Riche, to get it back to its former glory.”
The original S800 was capable of reaching a top speed of up to 100mph despite its small size, gaining its power from its high revving 800cc motor, which was derived from the manufacturer’s successful motorbike division and could redline at 10,000 rpm.
The last S800 rolled off the production line in May of 1970 after around 12,000 were made.
It wasn’t until almost 30 years later that Honda went back and made another S roadster, in the form of the S2000.
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Honda has revealed the prototype for their new Honda Civic Type R at the 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris, giving us all an insight into what to expect when it is officially launched next year.
While there’s no performance data available as of yet, there’s plenty of information on the bodywork and aesthetics of the vehicle, which we’re going to run through below.
The new prototype is based on the low and wide proportions of the most recent Civic hatchback and is enhanced by a muscular body styling and modifications designed to help the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance.
The vehicle’s exterior also has a unique, highly reflective, brushed aluminium-effect finish.
At the front of the vehicle, you’ll find an aggressive looking bumper with a winged carbon fibre splitter and a sporty red accent line, as well as slatted ducts which add width to the bumper and diamond mesh inserts to fill the sculpted air intakes.
The famous red ‘H’ badges will also sit above a new air vent found at the front of the car and there is also a new intake on the bonnet and an air scoop found centrally in a trapezoidal recess.
The LED headlights, indicators and side repeaters feature smoked lenses, which reflect the vehicle’s more aggressive character.
Carbon fibre side skirts will run the length of the wheelbase, with enlarged arches to accommodate the 20-inch black alloy wheels (an inch higher than the current Type R hatch) with a red accent and 245-section high-performance tyres.
On the wider rear bumper, a carbon fibre diffuser will run underneath, framing the three fully-functional tailpipes with directional strakes at each side.
The central tailpipe is slightly smaller and is a bright metallic red, and unique peaks at the roof flanks point toward the dramatic and striking rear wing.
All of these exterior features have been designed with the vehicle’s performance in mind, with everything serving its own function.
This next-gen Civic Type R was engineered as part of the same development programme as the other members of the Civic family and will be produced at Honda of the UK manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, with it expected to hit showrooms in the second half of next year.
However, the new Type R will also be sold outside of Europe, in both Japan and the US, making it the first time that a Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.
It’s certainly a punchy looking design for a family car, so we look forward to seeing how the final model looks when it’s revealed next year (an actual sale date and price have yet to be confirmed).
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