Spy Shots: 2010 Honda Odyssey to get more corporate schnoz

The corporate grille that's been inflicted on all of Honda's recent cars and trucks continues to spread roughshod through the rest of the automaker's line and the 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan isn't immune. While it's hard to get excited about a vehicle that's sole purpose in life is to transport humans and their stuff from one place to another, the Odyssey has always been one of the best options available, and while we're anything but smitten with the new schnoz, it isn't going to change the driving dynamics, and you can't actually see that six-sided, angular beak from behind the wheel anyway. The new grille joins a front-end that looks a bit more aggressive and better integrated than before, with what appears to be a steeper slope towards the ground from the windshield. The rest of the van appears unchanged.

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Honda Jazz Review

The old Honda Jazz has been at the top of the tree since its launch in 2002 and the company is eager to reassure us that new Honda Jazz is the same only better. This was a car that appealed to a wide range of customers, from driving instructors to little old ladies and even at the end of its production, the Honda Jazz still held third place against its competitors. Such is its attraction that it has been at the top, or thereabouts, of the sales charts every year, selling over 2 million, worldwide and picking up over 30 awards along the way.

Honda Jazz


Although the new version went on sale in October 2008, there has been little or nothing in the way of advertising. This is not an oversight on the part of Honda but rather that it doesn't need to because historically, over half of the people who bought the previous model, signed up for more of the same and are expected to do so again. Moreover, they were not shy about spreading the word to friends and family.

The front end has a vague hint of the Honda Civic about it with new, larger headlights and a honeycomb grille set into the deep font bumper. At the other end, the new LED taillights and black gloss trim that carries the Honda logo, serves to extend the angled, lower edge of the windscreen. The tailgate narrows near the rear bumper and appears to limit the load aperture.

A new feature, available on the 1.4-engined models, is the 'Double Trunk'. It is a clever piece of kit that makes the most of the 337-litre boot space. It has four functions with under-floor storage and a base that is split between solid and a framed cargo net to stop things rolling about.

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Hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity, giant ASIMO to lead Rose Parade

For the first time ever (yes, ever!), this year's Rose Parade in Pasadena, California will be headed up by a hydrogen-powered vehicle. Honda's fuel cell-equipped FCX Clarity will lead the 120th parade, and the pace car will be followed by the Super Cub motorcycle -- the first model sold in the United States. As fancy as these two are, it's the ASIMO that'll undoubtedly steal the show, and yes, we're talking about the 49-foot iteration we spotted a few days back. Catch Honda's trio riding high on January 1 at 8:00AM PST; after that, it's time to place your bets between USC and Penn State.


Honda Civic ranks no.1 in KBB’s most-researched new vehicles of 2008

The 2008 Honda Civic has topped the list of the most-researched new vehicles in 2008 on Kelley Blue Book's Web Site. The list consisted of seven Toyota models and six Honda models. The Honda Civic was followed by the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.

Noteworthy jumps into the top 20 most-researched new vehicles for 2008 that were not on the list in 2007 included the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu which jumped 55 places from last year's rank at 72 to this year's rank at 17. The Honda Fit was ranked 15 this year up from 35 last year while Toyota's Yaris ranked 11 as compared to 23 last year. The Volkswagen Jetta came in last at 20 moving up from 25 last year.

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Kbb.com's Most-Researched New Vehicles of 2008

   1. Honda Civic
   2. Honda Accord
   3. Toyota Camry
   4. Toyota Corolla
   5. Nissan Altima
   6. Honda CR-V
   7. Toyota Prius
   8. Toyota Highlander
   9. Toyota RAV4
  10. Mazda3
  11. Toyota Yaris
  12. Ford Escape
  13. Honda Odyssey
  14. Honda Pilot
  15. Honda Fit
  16. Ford Mustang
  17. Chevrolet Malibu
  18. Toyota Sienna
  19. MINI Cooper
  20. Volkswagen Jetta


Rendered Speculation: Acura X6 fighter

At first we couldn't understand why the BMW X6 was birthed, and then we couldn't figure out why Acura of all companies needed to create something to compete with it. Top Speed has rendered unto us what such an enigma might look like, and, well, it ain't all bad. That's probably because it looks like an MDX with a descending roofline out back. Of course, it's impossible to know how much of any rendering is pure fiction, but The Majestic Shield of Acura matched with those lights and a proper amount of real estate could be the ideal pairing of design features and suitable canvas. Porsche's floating LEDs in the front bumper don't go astray, either. We still can't say it makes sense, but Acura, if you're really going to do this, have a look here first.

[Source: Top Speed]



Leakage: Honda Insight coming to Japan with Sporty Modulo trim

leaked 2009 Honda Insight brochure

As is so often the case these days, some early details regarding Honda's upcoming Prius-fighter have leaked out before the hybrid's official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show. Included among the surprises is a Modulo-trimmed Insight featuring a full set of body mods from Honda's accessory catalog in Japan. We can't be sure if any of those bits will come Stateside (we're not betting on it), but it wouldn't be surprising if we got three trim levels similar to what's slated to be available in Honda's home market of Japan. We could get a base DX trim along with an up-level LX edition and a sportier EX model with such tasty bits as a paddle-shifted CVT automatic transmission and navigation system with 7-inch screen.

With just 88 horses underhood along with an additional 14 from the hybrid's electric motor, don't expect the Insight to be a tire scorching performer, as its true calling with be in delivering the best fuel economy possible. In Japanese testing, the Insight has scored over 70 miles-per-gallon, which may be lower than what the Prius was able to register, but the Insight is also expected to cost several thousand dollars less than its rival.

Gallery: 2009 Honda Insight leaked JDM brochure



Latest News About Honda FCX Clarity

There has been a lot of hype about Honda FCX Clarity. This means that some people are starting to get a little bit tired of hearing that there is new Honda Clarity news out there because most of the news out there turns out to be a repeat of what they already knew. However, there is the occasional tidbit of new news out there for those people who want to know the latest there is to know regarding the Honda FCX Clarity.


About Honda FCX Clarity News In General

People have been eager for news about Honda FCX Clarity because of the fact that this is a new car which implements unique technology and is therefore a headline-making vehicle. However, they have been disappointed recently because a lot of Honda FCX Clarity news is just regurgitation of what everyone else has been reading in Honda Reviews and Honda Clarity News Reports.


Latest Honda FCX Clarity News

Despite the fact that much of the news about Honda FCX Clarity seems the same, there are small changes that take place on a regular basis which keep people interested in learning about Honda FCX Clarity. The most recent news is that the first Honda Clarity owners have started to lease their vehicles in California and Japan after months of waiting for their Honda FCX Clarity cars to be ready.


What To Expect in Honda Clarity News

There will be future news reports about Honda FCX Clarity because of the fact that these new Honda Clarity drivers have started to operate the vehicles. Expect more in the way of first-person details regarding the experience of driving a Honda FCX Clarity.


The Best Places to Drive Honda FCX Clarity

One of the things that you are constantly going to hear about Honda FCX Clarity is that this car is only a California car. That's because the new technology implemented in the Honda Clarity has to be tested before the car can be released to a wider market. For now, this means that the Honda FCX Clarity can only viably be driven in California. However it will eventually be able to drive other places as well.

About Honda FCX Clarity as a California Car

The technology used in Honda Clarity requires specific service and gas stations that are currently only being constructed in California. This is a drawback about Honda FCX Clarity because it limits where you can drive. However it is intended to allow for testing of the Honda FCX Clarity prior to a full market release.

Technically Honda Clarity Can Drive Elsewhere

It isn't quite true about Honda FCX Clarity being only a California car. Technically you can get the Honda Clarity in California and drive it elsewhere. However you need to be close enough to be able to return for servicing and whatnot so the Honda FCX Clarity is a west coast U.S. car at this time.

Cars Similar To Honda FCX Clarity

People who are interested in Honda FCX Clarity but who aren't in this market are going to want to look for cars that offer some of the same benefits as Honda Clarity. Look at auto reviews like Ford Reviews, Mazda Reviews and Toyota Reviews to see if the vehicles that they are putting out can meet your needs like the Honda FCX Clarity can. Otherwise hold off for more news about Honda FCX Clarity developments since the car will likely spread to the rest of the market sooner rather than later.


Being Creative with Honda FCX Clarity

Some people are really interested in using their cars to express their own sense of creativity. Is this something that you can do with Honda FCX Clarity? Yes and no. One great thing about Honda FCX Clarity is that it's already a creative car but there are definitely some limitations about how personalized you can make the Honda Clarity.

About Honda FCX Clarity as a Creative Car

The Honda Clarity is a car that is already creative on its own because of the innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology it uses (which is what you always hear about Honda FCX Clarity). Driving a car that is as cutting-edge as Honda FCX Clarity is certainly an act of creativity.

Honda Clarity Limitations on Creativity

There is definitely a limitation to the amount of personalizing you can do to Honda FCX Clarity. Honda Clarity comes in only one color, for example. A paint job would be pricey. So not all about Honda FCX Clarity makes it conducive to creativity. But, of course, a creative driver would think outside of the box to personalize the vehicle.

Honda FCX Clarity vs. Creativity of Other Cars

There are definitely cars out there that are easier to personalize than Honda FCX Clarity is; think of the VW van, for example. But you can get ideas about Honda FCX Clarity creativity by checking out these other cars. Read car reviews like Audi Reviews and Panoz Reviews and Isuzu Reviews. See if you can adapt what you learn to making a new Honda Clarity more creative.


Honda FCX Clarity Service and Repairs

One of the things that people have mixed feelings about Honda FCX Clarity is the fact that the vehicle is going to be leased instead of made available for sale as it first hits the California market. The good thing about this is that it means that any Honda FCX Clarity repairs that need to be done will be covered in the monthly cost of leasing the Honda Clarity.

Pros and Cons about Honda FCX Clarity Lease

Most people who think about Honda FCX Clarity leasing feel it's the best way to release the car. The new technology of the Honda FCX Clarity makes it a risky purchase so leasing a Honda Clarity instead of buying one is smart. Not everyone likes the idea of not owning their car outright though so it's a moderately controversial issue about Honda FCX Clarity.

Honda Clarity Repairs

The one undeniably great thing about Honda FCX Clarity leasing is that it means Honda Clarity drivers won't have to pay any money to do repairs and get service for the Honda FCX Clarity. All of the basics will be included in the monthly lease payments for the cars.

Getting Honda FCX Clarity Serviced

Drivers who aren't usually on top of Honda FCX Clarity servicing will find this to be a hassle because leasing the Honda Clarity means that you are responsible for getting regular maintenance on the car. This can only be done at Honda Clarity service shops that are familiar with the new technology used in the car.


Honda FCX Clarity Car Clubs

Many people enjoy joining car clubs in order to share information about their vehicles with others who also have the same type of car. Honda FCX Clarity owners may take an interest in car clubs for the Honda Clarity. However, the vehicle is new so there isn't a lot of information about Honda FCX Clarity car clubs yet.

About Honda FCX Clarity Car Club Interest

The Honda FCX Clarity is so new that there just aren't car clubs formed for this vehicle yet. However, people do want to know more about Honda FCX Clarity so a Honda Clarity club would definitely be useful. There is some demand for this type of car club.

Start a Honda FCX Clarity Club

People who want to know more about Honda FCX Clarity may want to come together to create a Honda FCX Clarity car club. It is fairly easy to start a car club. Read through reviews of other car clubs (Audi Reviews, Jaguar Reviews, Pontiac Reviews, etc.) to see how car clubs are formed.

Limited Honda Clarity Area

One great thing about the fact that the Honda Clarity release is limited to a small area is that the people who are interested in learning about Honda FCX Clarity car clubs will all be in that same area. This makes launching a Honda FCX Clarity car club fairly easy.

Other Green Car Clubs

Those people who want to discuss Honda FCX Clarity but who don't want to start a Honda Clarity car club of their own may find that they can join other green car clubs to suit this purpose.


the Speed of Honda FCX Clarity

The potential speed of the Honda FCX Clarity is not usually one of the things that people consider appealing about Honda FCX Clarity. People are interested in the Honda Clarity because of its new fuel cell technology and its eco-friendly design. However it's good to know that the vehicle won't be the slowest one on the road once it hits the highways.

About Honda FCX Clarity Speeds

If you are wondering about Honda FCX Clarity speeds, look no further. Honda Clarity Reviews indicate that the Honda FCX Clarity can reach speeds of up to 100 mph. The 0-60 km/hr reported in Honda Reviews of the Honda Clarity is under five seconds (note that's km and not mph).

Honda FCX Clarity Isn't Super Fast

As you can see from these numbers, the Honda FCX Clarity isn't a super fast car. Reviews of the perfomance of this vehicle aren't going to compete with Infiniti Reviews and other cars noted for their speed. However, the speed isn't one of the things about Honda FCX Clarity that people are really focused on. Considering the other benefits of the Honda Clarity, the speed of the car isn't considered to be too slow.

Honda Clarity Benefits

When talking about Honda FCX Clarity, people are usually discussing the benefits of the car in terms of its new eco-friendly technology. They aren't talking about Honda FCX Clarity speeds. As the technology develops, the speed of the Honda Clarity will become more important and may need to be improved.


About Honda FCX Clarity Pictures

One of the things that a lot of people are curious about Honda FCX Clarity is why so many of the pictures that are taken of Honda Clarity cars all look basically the same. This is due in large part to the fact that there just aren't that many Honda FCX Clarity photos out there yet. And since there is only one color and style of the car, a lot of the photos out there end up looking alike.

Honda FCX Clarity is Limited in Release

The thing about Honda FCX Clarity photos is that there just aren't that many of them yet because there aren't a lot of people who have a Honda Clarity yet. If you look through random car sites and car reviews (Oldsmobile Reviews, Isuzu Reviews, Audi Reviews …) then you'll see that most car photos are taken by their owners. The limited number of Honda FCX Clarity owners limits the number of photos there are of the car.

About Honda FCX Clarity Color and Style

Another thing about Honda FCX Clarity photos is that even photos taken by different Honda Clarity owners often look the same. This is because there is one distinct color of the Honda FCX Clarity and only one basic make for the Honda Clarity so far.

Photographing Honda Clarity

As more and more people start to get Honda FCX Clarity vehicles, we are going to see more reports about Honda FCX Clarity that include different photos of the car. We are also going to see Honda Clarity photos change as people begin to get new paint jobs for the vehicle or to otherwise style the vehicle in a way that sets individual cars apart from the rest of the ones currently being photographed.


About How Trendy Honda FCX Clarity Is

What would make you interested in learning more about Honda FCX Clarity? For many people, the interest in Honda FCX Clarity comes from the fact that a whole lot of other people are interested in learning about this car. Does that mean that the Honda Clarity is a trendy car? It might - but is that a good thing or a bad thing?

What Makes Honda FCX Clarity Trendy?

There are a few different things about Honda FCX Clarity that make it trendy. The main reason that Honda FCX Clarity is considered to be a trendy car is because the technology in the vehicle is so cutting-edge and new. Honda Clarity is hot because it's different. It's also exclusive to a limited area which always increases how trendy something is.

What About Honda FCX Clarity Facts?

People don't just want to know about Honda FCX Clarity because it's a trendy and popular emerging vehicle. People are also interested in Honda FCX Clarity because of the facts about the vehicle. This indicates that Honda Clarity may be trendy but that's not the only reason people are seeking to buy it.

What's Trendier Than Honda Clarity?

People are talking about Honda FCX Clarity but they're talking about other cars as well. Read Aston Martin Reviews or Lexus Reviews or Maybach Reviews and you'll see. But are these cars as trendy as - or trendier than - Honda Clarity? Right now Honda FCX Clarity is probably the trendiest car on the market. At the very least, it's the trendiest green car.


10 Signs You’ll Be All About Honda FCX Clarity

There are a lot of great reasons to like the Honda FCX Clarity. But would you be someone who is really all about Honda FCX Clarity or is the Honda Clarity a car that is better left to someone other than you?

Here Are 10 Signs You'll Be About Honda FCX Clarity:

1.     You love cutting edge technology; Honda Clarity technology is as new as green auto technology gets.

2.     You've been reading a lot about Honda FCX Clarity.

3.     You care about the earth; the Honda FCX Clarity is definitely a green car.

4.     You live in California where Honda FCX Clarity will be sold first.

5.     You're daring enough to test out the Honda Clarity before others do.

6.     You like the deep red color of Honda FCX Clarity.

7.     You're impressed by the interests of the celebrities who are all about Honda FCX Clarity.

8.     You care about the performance of a car; Honda Clarity performance is good.

9.     You aren't buying a car to save money; repairs and service on Honda FCX Clarity may be high.

10.  You like what you've seen about Honda FCX Clarity so far.

Learn More About Honda Clarity

These ten signs indicate you'd be all about Honda FCX Clarity but you should read Honda Reviews about the car before deciding for sure. Compare these to other reviews like Ford Reviews and Scion Reviews. Decide if you like the Honda FCX Clarity as much as you like some of the other cars out there.


About Honda FCX Clarity Tires

The majority of things that we hear about Honda FCX Clarity are things that are innovative. We hear all of the time about how Honda Clarity technology is new and cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology. However, there are some things about the Honda FCX Clarity that are things common to any other car - such as the tires of the new vehicle.

About Honda FCX Clarity Tires

There is really nothing too interesting to say about Honda FCX Clarity tires. The Honda Clarity is a car that uses basic all-season tires similar to those used on other types of cars. The Honda FCX Clarity tires are safe and designed to be driven in all basic driving conditions but wouldn't be suitable for off-road or other unusual driving.

Honda FCX Clarity Basics

The reason that this matters is because it's easy to forget that the Honda FCX Clarity is not an entirely new car that we've never seen before. Yes the information about Honda FCX Clarity technology is important. But it's also important to keep in mind that the Honda Clarity is, in many ways, still just a regular car. Drivers have no need to feel intimidated by the thought of driving this new vehicle.

Learning More About Honda Clarity Parts

People who are thinking about Honda FCX Clarity as a future car for themselves should take care to learn not only about the Honda Clarity advanced technology but also about the Honda FCX Clarity parts and other basics. Reading Honda Reviews can assist in this as can reading manuals and other manufacturer-released information about the car.



67 mpg Honda Fit Hybrid due in 2010

According to AutoCar, Honda will be adding a hybrid version of the Jazz - aka the Honda Fit on our side of the world - by 2010. The publication reports that the hybrid version of the Jazz/Fit will use the same mechanicals as the upcoming Honda Insight Hybrid which will make its debut next month at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Sources say that the 1.3 liter gasoline engine mated to Honda's new hybrid system should deliver around 67 mpg. Honda announced yesterday that it has teamed up with Japanese firm GS Yuasa to develop lithium-ion batteries for future Honda hybrids. We're not sure if lithium-ion batteries will be substituted for the nickel-hydride batteries for the Jazz/Fit hybrid.

Honda says that it is hoping to sell 500,000 hybrids annually by 2010. Joining the Hybrid Insight, Civic Hybrid, and the Jazz/Fit Hybrid will be the CR-Z Coupe hybrid, which is also due out in 2010.

Source: AutoCar


Honda NSX See-Through Technical Illustration Leaked

Honda was never going to take Nissan's GT-R or the ever-elusive Lexus LF-A lying down and the next NSX was the most natural way to break that current GT-R tidal wave. What you observe here are leaked pictures of its see-through technical makeup, the stuff under the skin as it were. Thanks to contributing artist, Larson, a pretty accurate rendering completes the picture.

NSX hits the dealership network in late 2009 after numerous test sightings and spy shots published on WCF. Just from the figures it is evident that sardines aren't on the target menu; only the really big fish interest NSX, names like Ferrari F430 and Porsche 911 GT3 come to mind. For this to happen the NSX will employ the power of a 5.5-litre V10 whose cylinders will fire up an entire 560bhp/ 417kW through a sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters.

Honda's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) should ensure 0 - 100km/h times of under 4 seconds and a top speed approaching 200mph or 322kh/h. Pricing may begin from the £100,000 mark.

Source: autoexpress.co.uk


Honda RA270 F1 prototype digitized

John A. Frye has resurrected the first prototype of the Honda RA 270 racer. Honda's first racer to F1 in 1964, the RA271 was based on the RA270. The rear shows twelve independent exhausts that remained only on the prototype, and they look fascinating. No wonder the car needed so many exhausts, Honda's transversely mounted V12 was the most powerful engine on the tracks.

The prototype was tested by Jack Brabham, and is a bit different from the final F1 car that had Ronnie Bucknum behind the steering. John worked hard to recreate the prototype, the images were not easily available, and some details were sketchy. Nonetheless, his effort has paid of well.

Via: Hyrend



Acura Tops All Competitors in Value (2009 Acural RL Images Update)

Acura Wins ALG's 2009 Overall Luxury Brand Residual Value Award

TORRANCE, Calif. - The Acura brand ranked first in overall luxury brand residual value in the recently announced Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) 2009 Residual Value Awards. According to ALG, Acura's line of luxury performance vehicles is expected to retain the highest percentage of its purchase price after a traditional three year lease.

"Residual value is an important measure of overall vehicle quality and desirability," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of sales. "ALG's prestigious award is yet another example of how the Acura brand is a top competitor in luxury, performance, cutting-edge technology, safety as well as in resale value."

Residual values are a measure used to recognize vehicle quality, reliability and overall brand strength. ALG, which debuted its Residual Value Awards in 2001, bases its awards on the careful study of important factors including sales strategy, competitive set segment competition, resale performance and overall automotive industry residual values. This year's ALG awards are based on 2009 model year vehicles and Acura beat out top luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi and Lexus.

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 271 dealers within the United States. The 2009 Acura lineup features five distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV and the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

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