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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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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Nothing keeps your Honda running as smoothly as using only Genuine Honda Parts.
In this sequel to one of the most popular commercials of all time, “Honda Cog”, the Ontario Honda Dealers meticulously recreate the famous Rube Goldberg machine using only Honda Genuine Parts — except for one.
Don’t open your hood to strangers.
This might make you feel a little bit older than you’d like to admit, but did you know that it’s the 25th anniversary of classic videogame character Sonic the Hedgehog?
And to celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s most iconic gaming characters, Honda have teamed up with Sega to create a one of a kind ‘Sonic Civic’.
The vehicle is based on a turbocharged 2016 Civic Touring Sedan and debuted this weekend at the world’s biggest nerd-fest Comic-Con at a sold out event celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary at the House of Blues in San Diego.
James Jenkins, Public Relations Manager for Honda said: “What better way to showcase the incredibly sporty performance capability of the 10th generation Civic than by pairing it with gaming industry’s ultimate athlete – Sonic the Hedgehog.
“As the fan favorite game and character celebrates his 25th anniversary on the scene, we hope that all Sonic fans – those who remember playing years ago and those who continue playing today – rejoice in his all-new ride, as much as we enjoyed creating it.”
The car was designed to embody the spirit of the Sonic the Hedgehog and features elements of the character himself as well as his world throughout the modified vehicle.
It was designed by Fox Marketing Cars, who are based in York, Pennsylvania and includes:
- - Custom wheels and tyres. The front wheels are yellow in honour of the golden rings featured in the games, while the rear are red and white like Sonic’s famous boots.
- - Full custom exterior with a unique Sonic the Hedgehog vinyl and paint scheme, Sonic Black Grill, BASF R-M Candy Sonic Blue painted exterior with custom
- - Sonic Yellow throughout including a Sonic Yellow Honda logo.
- - Custom interior with Sonic the Hedgehog front and rear seats with Katzkin Blue Leather and custom 25th Anniversary embroidered logos.
- - Custom boot design with Rockford Fosgate audio-visual system featuring two 500-watt T1S2 10-inch subwoofers, two 500-watt TM400 400-watt amplifiers, and a floor mounted flip up 32-inch TV for fans to play classic Sonic games!
The vehicle has also been considerably lowered from a standard Civic’s height, although considering Sonic is known for his super-speed, it’s a bit surprising that there are no performance upgrades!
It’s still a pretty cool and unique vehicle though which takes us back to many hours spent in front of the Sega Genesis back in the day!
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The Honda HR-V recently came out on top at the 2016 Tow Car Awards, taking the top prize in the ‘Up to 1,400kg’ weight class.
The awards are run and judged by industry experts and publications such as Practical Caravan, What Car? and the Camping and Caravanning Club and have tested over 440 cars since launching back in 2006, and in this year, the tenth that the awards have run, a total of 41 cars were entered across all categories.
According to the awards: “At a steady 60mph, the HR-V is as comfortable and composed as you could wish for.
“Even adding another 10mph to that speed, the caravan only moved around slightly when caught by crosswinds.”
You can see their full verdict on why the HR-V won by heading over to the awards’ website.
The latest version of the HR-V was launched last year, a whole 9 years after the original was launched back in 1999 as an early pioneer in the small crossover segment.
Since its return, the crossover model has proved to be hugely popular, due to its cleverly designed space and sleek and stylish exterior, outrunning the manufacturer’s sales projections.
The 1.6 i-DTEC SE manual model which won the award comes in at a starting price of £22,440, with a kerbweight of 1399kg, max towing weight of 1400kg and towball limit of 70kg.
It also boasts an efficient 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine, returning up to 71mpg.
Other features include a city brake active system, electric windows and mirrors, Honda Magic Seats, as well as front and rear parking sensors.
David Motton is Tow Car Editor or Practical Caravan magazine and one of the judges and said: “Towing at a steady 60mph, the HR-V is as comfortable and composed as you could wish for. It kept its cool in our violent lane-change test, too.
“We kept increasing the speed of the test, and the Honda kept on going just where the driver pointed it.
“With 221lb ft of torque, there’s enough pulling power for respectable performance when towing, going from 30-60mph in 16.8 seconds with a caravan in tow.
“It’s a very impressive tow car for little more than £22,000. The verdict: great stability and a practical, ingenious cabin.”
And Phil Webb, Head of Cars at Honda UK added: “The powerful diesel engine in the relatively small HR-V makes it perfect for towing, providing owners with very good driveability whilst retaining strong fuel economy.
“Couple the increased height compared to a hatchback, making for fantastic visibility, with the slightly more comfort orientated suspension settings, for a more relaxed drive, and customers have a winning combination.”
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If you’ve been a petrol head from a very early age, you may well remember the classic Fisher Price toy garage of the 1970s and 80s.
Well, Honda truly went back to the future this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex by creating a stand modelled on the famous garage set.
Last year Honda set up an impressive stand based on children’s toy boxes, but this year they’ve truly outdone themselves by recreating this old school classic.
Just like the original, the garage features three bright red and yellow levels, complete with a vehicle ramp (housing the RC213V-S bike and 2016 BTCC Honda Civic Type R) and of course the iconic tower, with displays featuring the McLaren F1 car and the Honda Civic Sport.
The ground floor featured the Fireblade Isle of Man TT Special, a Civic Type R, a Civic Sport, CR-V and HR-V, while the first level housed displays of the Jazz, HR-V and Africa Twin, with the upper floor being open only to VIPs.
The stand was also the British public’s first chance to get up close and personal with Honda’s new supercar, the NSX.
The stand even has the original’s turning handle on the second level, with access from both sides.
The only thing that’s different is that instead of standing just 26cm tall, the garage has been scaled up a full 10 metres tall!
Philip Crossman, Honda UK’s managing director said: “As with last year’s award-winning stand designed around children’s toy cars, Honda has yet again steered away from the conventional corporate box favoured by the competition and come up with an eye-catching fun and highly evocative stand design.”
And John Grigg, senior producer as Jack Morton who were behind last year’s brilliant toy car idea said: “Honda has a playfulness and ability to have fun that is inherent to the brand identity.
“Our partners in the Honda UK team pair this with a bravery to do things a little differently.
We can’t wait to see the smiles of guests who remember the original toy and the excitement of younger visitors seeing it for the first time!”
The stand also played host to a mammoth clash between two of the biggest names in motoring!
Well…sort of. Two mini-lookalikes of new Top Gear presenter Chris Evans and his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson took to the life-sized garage for a race, in the latest instalment in their tit-for-tat feud.
Clarkson and his fellow ex-Top gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May will be launching their new show ‘The Grand Tour’ later this year as the two go head to head in the ratings, but this weekend was all a bit of good natured fun!
The two ‘mini-mes’ raced around the garage, wrestled each other for control of the Honda BTCC rally car and even went so far as to sabotage each other’s vehicles!
While it was just as childish as you would expect from a pair of youngsters, we’re not sure the real life Clarkson and Evans would have been much more mature!
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