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  • Honda Passport overlanding concept

    Honda will showcase just how off-road-ready the mid-size 2019 Passport crossover is at the 2019 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona. The brand has prepared an overlanding prototype with modifications that help it look less PTA parking-lot prowler, and more at home on the unbeaten path. Officially called the Honda Passport Adventure Lifestyle Project, the brand worked with Honda aftermarket brand Jsport to equip the crossover for off-road duty. The model features available all-wheel drive and sports a Jsport lift kit that raises it 1.5 inches in the front and 0.75 inch in the rear to...

  • 2020 Honda e spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Honda e spy shots

    Honda is about to treat EV fans with a high-tech, design-led electric car based on the Urban EV concept unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. To be called the Honda e, a prototype has just been spotted testing and looks to be a virtual carbon copy of the uber-cute concept. Key design traits...

  • Teaser for 2020 Honda e
    Honda e: A minimalist name for Honda's minimalist EV

    Honda's new electric city car based on adorable Urban EV concept first shown in 2017 will be known simply as the Honda e, a fitting name for a vehicle whose design appears to have been shaped by minimalism more than anything else. A closer representation of the design was previewed by the e...

  • 2020 Honda Civic Type R facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Honda Civic Type R spy shots and video

    The current-generation Honda Civic Type R only arrived for 2017 but an updated version is slated to arrive in the coming year, as evidenced by camouflaged prototypes spotted testing at the Nürburgring. The only visible changes are the revised fascias front and rear. Each fascia appears to...

  • 2019 Honda Civic Type R made from Lego
    This Lego Honda Civic Type R weighs as much as the real thing

    Lego enthusiasts in Australia have crafted an entire Honda Civic Type R out of the tiny plastic bricks to help celebrate the local launch of the “Lego Masters” television show. The team of nine spent over 1,300 hours to build the life-size model and used close to 320,000 individual Lego...

  • 2020 Honda Fit (Jazz) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Honda Fit spy shots

    The Honda Fit, known as a Jazz in some markets, is about to be redesigned. Prototypes have been spotted and reveal a rounder, more streamlined shape for the new subcompact hatch. The prototypes also provide a glimpse at the new interior design which looks to feature a large infotainment screen in...

  • Toyota e-Palette self-driving electric mobility concept

    Honda and Japanese commercial vehicles brand Hino announced Thursday they are joining the mobility company Monet established by Toyota and Japanese investment firm SoftBank last October. Monet, whose name is a portmanteau of “mobility” and “network,” will initially offer a ride-hail service in Japan for several public agencies and partner companies. However, as early as 2020, the company will launch an autonomous delivery service based around Toyota's e-Palette, a self-driving shuttle bus that was shown in concept form in early 2018. Honda and Hino each paid about...

  • Honda Civic Type R police car for New South Wales, Australia
    Honda Civic Type R earns its stripes, joins Australian police force

    The Australian New South Wales police force has a mighty different police car in its fleet. The department and Honda announced the Civic Type R was recruited to join the force as part of the NSW police's Eyewatch program. The Honda Civic Type R won't be used for actual patrol purposes, according to...

  • Honda e Prototype
    Honda's cutesy Urban EV concept transforms into e Prototype for Geneva auto show

    Honda unveiled an adorable electric city car a couple of years back in the form of the Urban EV concept and upon the debut also confirmed that a production version was in the pipeline. Now Honda has provided a first look at the production version, albeit as a prototype. Called the Honda e...

  • Honda Civic hatchback production in Swindon, UK
    Honda Civic Type R production moving to North America as UK plant closes

    Honda will move production of the Civic's hatchback body style from a plant in the United Kingdom to North America, the automaker's CEO has confirmed. The news, which was widely expected, comes just a week after the automaker announced it will close its plant at Swindon in South West England in...

  • Teaser for Honda Tomo concept debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show
    Honda and IED students ready Tomo mini pickup concept for Geneva show

    Honda has teamed up with students from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy, for a creative project to be showcased at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The result of the partnership is the Honda Tomo concept, which looks to define cars of the year 2025. Think zero emissions...

  • Honda Civic hatchback production in Swindon, UK
    Honda to close UK plant, Civic hatchback and Type R production could come to North America

    Amid a global manufacturing restructure, Honda confirmed on Tuesday that it intends to shut down its production plant in the United Kingdom. The shutdown will effectively pull Honda manufacturing from England. The plant, located in Swindon, currently builds the Honda Civic hatchback and the Civic...

  • Aston Marin Red Bull Racing RB15 2019 F1 race car

    This year marks a major shift for Red Bull Racing and its Formula One team: a switch to Honda engines. On Wednesday, the team unveiled the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15, its race car for the 2019 season. The new car ditches the red, blue, and yellow colors from the past for a more sinister livery of blue and black with bright red markings. Fan reaction has been very positive to the new livery thus far. Red Bull's driver lineup has changed, too. Pierre Gasly joins Max Verstappen for 2019. As you can see in the accompanying video, the pair visited Silverstone to fire up the RB15's Honda...

  • 1991 Acura NSX
    Honda nearly left VTEC out of the original Acura NSX

    The original Acura NSX has obtained a legendary status among enthusiasts, but it almost went to production without its famed variable valve timing & lift electronic control. Yes, VTEC. Acura celebrated 30 years since the original NS-X concept debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday...

  • Honda S660-based Neo Classic racer concept
    Honda S660 retro racer concept heads to Tokyo Auto Salon

    The Honda S660 is a neat little kei car, but no, it's still not coming to the United States. Instead, the pint-sized roadster lives on in Japan and Honda has a retro-inspired body kit prepared for the Tokyo Auto Salon. Last Friday, the brand revealed the custom S660 Modulo Neo Classic racer concept...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018
    Battery breakthrough could lead to more stable, higher-density batteries

    Honda believes it has discovered a breakthrough in solid-state batteries that could lead to higher-density units compared to today's lithium-ion batteries. The new battery is also much more stable, a boon over today's lithium-ion batteries which pose a risk of overheating due to their property...

  • Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle prototype
    Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle could be the fire truck of the future

    Honda will use next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to highlight a number of technologies it is working on in fields as diverse as robotics, connectivity and self-driving capability. Among the highlights will be a prototype for a self-driving all-terrain vehicle...

  • 2019 Honda Passport, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2019 Honda Passport crossover SUV bows at 2018 LA auto show

    The 2019 Honda Passport unveiled Tuesday in Los Angeles shares only its outdoorsy attitude with the last Honda to bare the Passport nameplate. The 2019 Passport's Pilot-sourced underpinnings will be familiar when it goes on sale in early 2019. However, the Passport is six inches shorter than the...

  • 2017 Honda Civic Type R

    Valve Timing Electronic Control, better known to enthusiasts as VTEC. We hear a lot about the system, but what is it exactly and how does it work? Jason Fenske, engineering mastermind behind YouTube's Engineering Explained, has tackled the system in one of his latest episodes. As usual, he breaks things down in a very simple manner for even the least mechanically inclined to understand. To start, it's good to know a gasoline-powered engine needs four things: air, fuel, compression, and spark. With that said, VTEC works with the air part of the equation. In an engine, how much valves open to...

  • 2019 Honda Passport teaser
    Honda Passport SUV making a comeback for 2019

    Remember the Honda Passport of the 1990s? Well, the SUV is making a comeback for 2019. Honda on Thursday revealed a teaser video for the new Passport ahead of the world debut on November 27, and confirmed the market launch in early 2019. The modern Passport will be a mid-size crossover SUV sitting...

  • 2019 Honda Civic Type R
    2019 Honda Civic Type R receives round of updates, $36,595 starting price

    The Honda Civic Type R soldiers on into the 2019 model year with limited changes, but buyers will have to shell out $1,000 more over 2018's model. Honda revealed pricing and details for the Civic Type R on Thursday, which included the price bump. For 2019, the hot hatchback will cost $36,595, an...

  • Honda Smart Intersection Technology
    Future Hondas might be able to virtually see through and around buildings

    Honda has developed what it calls a "smart intersection" that allows cars to virtually see through buildings, walls, and other obstructions at intersections. One day, all Honda vehicles could feature the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology. The technology employs Honda's proprietary object...

  • Concept rendering for Cruise purpose-built self-driving car
    Honda will invest $2.75B in GM's Cruise self-driving car business

    In the race to develop the world's first safe, reliable and robust driverless ride-hailing service, General Motors and its Cruise self-driving car unit just received major backing from rival automaker Honda. The companies announced Wednesday that Honda will invest $2.75 billion in the Cruise unit...

  • Jenson Button drives the 2017 Honda Civic Type R at the Hungaroring
    F1 champ Jenson Button sets 2017 Honda Civic Type R's final lap record

    Honda has been out to prove the performance of its Civic Type R since the feisty hatch debuted for the 2017 model year, and its yardstick has been to set the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars at famous race tracks around the globe, including the Nürburgring. The final attempt took place...

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