Honda UK to shutter: What’s going on here?

AUTOMAKER Honda has announced a global ”restructuring” of its plants caused in large part by the advance of battery-cars and causing upheaval in the UK, a key employer. The company is also blaming ”unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry” but Honda’s European HQ will continue to be located in the UK to focus on…

Audi UK going high-tech with two e-tron launch editions

Under six secs to 100km/h, 400km range possible Fast charging (150kW points) to 80% in 30 minutes Virtual door mirrors, Matrix LED lighting LONDON, England – Audi’s e-tron Launch special edition due out in the UK in early 2019 will total only 30 units and come with two high-definition cameras instead of external mirrors. That…

2019 Honda Passport: Honda shows off luxury SUV in LA

Unique blend of on- and off-road prowess / capability Sophisticated all-wheel drive, robust towing  Multiple accessory personalisation options LOS ANGELES, California – Honda has launched an all-new 2019 Honda Passport five-seat V6 SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show ahead of global sales beginning in early 2019. The automaker describes the Passport as having…

US lists Honda ‘better choices’ for teen drivers

US institute lists older Hondas ‘Best choices’ Four more models listed as ‘Good Choices’ Vehicle crashes leading killer of US teenagers NEW YORK – A number of used Honda vehicles have been recognised by America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as better choices for teenage drivers. IIHS research suggests the type of vehicle has a…

Bye-bye Brio, hello Honda Amaze: 3 models for SA

Extended wheelbase allows roomier cabin Manual five-speed gearbox or CVT Three models, two levels, for SA market LES STEPHENSON CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Honda’s Brio baby hatchbacks sold well in South Africa for the brand over the years but now there’s a sedan version with the odd model name Amaze. It joins the Honda…

Honda HR-V crossover: Three years on comes a minor makeover

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Honda’s HR-V urban crossover has undergone what the automaker says is ”a significant upgrade” that involves new front and rear styling, enhanced interior and generally upgraded equipment levels, The HR-V first reached South Africa in 2015 with what Honda calls ”a sleek, coupé-like. design with the robust attitude of an SUV, and the…

Bigger horns? Red Bull Honda unveils 2018 F1 car

New engine, new era, for Honda F1 Rookie drivers have formidable histories Eight days of testing near Barcelona BARCELONA, Spain – Honda and its new racing partner Toro Rosso have unveiled their 2018 Honda-powered Formula 1 car (STR13) and their drivers at the Catalunya Circuit near this ancient city. They will be driven by Pierre…

McLaren launches Papaya Car – but will it bear fruit?

McLaren all set for 2018 F1 season The colour? It’s called ‘papaya yellow” First time with Renault power installed LONDON, England – McLaren on Friday revealed its much-anticipated new Formula 1 car – and for sure the colour scheme is striking. The MCL33 will contest the 2018 Formula 1 World championship, and marks the first…

Honda invests in revolutionary R&D driving simulator

Simulator housed at Honda’s German technical centre Experience close as currently possible to road driving Supports next-generation vehicle development and testing OFFENBACH, Germany – Honda claims it is about to become the world’s first automaker to adopt driving simulator technology based on a revolutionary new architecture called DiM250. No, that’s not a slur on learner…

McLaren to ditch Honda power, race with Renault

SINGAPORE – Former Formula 1 champion team McLaren will ditch Honda power in favour of Renault at the end of the 2017 racing season after a troubled three-year partnership. Honda will, however, remain in F1 by replacing Renault as engine supplier to Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso whose Spanish driver Carlos Sainz will moves to the…

Hybrid CR-V Honda charged up for Frankfurt launch

Honda hybrid tech SUV for first time in Europe Styling keeps silhouette of ‘world’s best-selling SUV’ 3 drive modes, sister 1.5 VTEC turbopetrol engine HONDA WILL unveil a hybrid version of its CR-V on its stand at the September 2017 Frankfurt auto show, a model destined to be the brand’s first battery-aided SUV in Europe,…

Super-frugal diesel Civic on way from Honda

Enhanced 1.6 litre i-DTEC from March 2018 Stronger pistons, low-friction cylinder bores Power still 90kW with torque at 300Nm LONDON, England – A comprehensively revised 90kW 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine will join the Honda Civic range in Europe from March 2018 with the promise of really low fuel consumption. Honda’s promise: “An outstanding combination…