The auto industry will need to substantially increase the market share for advanced-technology vehicles in Japan, if it hopes to achieve future carbon-dioxide emissions targets, Honda’s Fumihiko Ike says....More
The Tokyo show has become less significant than those in Frankfurt, Geneva, Detroit and Los Angeles. Still, as the home market for Toyota, Nissan and Honda, it affords them a chance to bedazzle with their latest technologies....More
The plant initially will operate a polymer-injection line to manufacture front consoles for Honda’s City and Jazz models. But it soon will begin producing polymer-injection parts for other Honda assembly plants in Asia and Oceania....More
The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better....More
Honda’s new paint line, ready in 2017, will use waterborne primer (replacing a solvent-based coating) and requires no sanding or baking of the primer coat. The new “Line 1” incorporates two baking processes in between coats, instead of three previously....More
The upcoming ’16 Civic 4-door will get two new engines, a base 2.0L and, for higher trim levels, the brand’s first turbocharged mill in North America, plus have ride and handling characteristics to match higher-priced luxury C-cars....More
The HR-V is important because it was designed as a conquest vehicle to draw new buyers to Honda, truck planning chief James Jenkins says: ‟The goal was conquest and about 50% percent of the buyers are conquests.”...More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.