Two new Honda Concept models will be making their European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Civic Wagon concept will be lining up alongside the next generation NSX Concept and the CR-V featuring the new 4-cylinder 1.6L diesel engine to give a taste of what’s to come from Honda over the next couple of years. Continue reading »
BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation are pursuing their strategic long-term cooperation in the field of sustainable mobility by recently signing binding agreements aimed at long-term collaboration between the two companies for the joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a sports vehicle, and joint research and development of lightweight technologies. These agreements follow a memorandum of understanding signed in June 2012. Continue reading »
The Toyota FT-86 gets all the attention, but the reality is that this new rear-wheel-drive sports car is a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru, in the interests of cutting costs. This is the first time that the Subaru version is getting the spotlight, to be shown at upcoming auto shows. Continue reading »
The Volkswagen Beetle, one of the oldest surviving nameplates in automotive history, has always had more female aficionados due to its inevitably-cute design. Yet, folks at Volkswagen seemingly have not given up trying to inject doses of masculinity into this cute-o-mobile, evident from the Beetle R Concept which debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Continue reading »
Honda will launch the new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Developed specifically for the European market, the Civic will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment. It will reach European showrooms in early 2012.
In the build-up to the reveal of the new Civic, Honda is releasing a series of short form films detailing its development. The second of these films focuses on the i-DTEC engine and the Civics low emissions technology.
The i-DTEC engine in the new Honda Civic offers an exceptional combination of high performance and low CO2 emissions. Updates to the 2.2L i-DTEC engine, coupled with the new Civics improved aerodynamics, have produced a car with a power output of 147 hp that emits only 110g/km of CO2.
A thorough analysis of the engines performance resulted in a number of improvements. The oil flow through the engine has been carefully managed to reduce circulation loss, while the build materials have been revised to reduce friction in the moving parts. All models fitted with a manual gearbox also benefit from Idle Stop technology which achieves a 5g/km reduction in CO2 emissions.
Careful attention has been paid to every aspect of the new Civics design with focus on refining the aerodynamics through extensive wind tunnel testing to reduce drag and improve high speed stability.
To achieve a good CO2 figure, you need to optimise every aspect of the car, says Katsushi Watanabe, Development Leader for the engine. Reducing the emissions was our key target and were proud to say that we have achieved this without compromising the high performance character of the engine. We want our customers to have fun when they drive this car.
No one gives a damn about the next Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG or the latest Bugatti Veyron, except for kids who love posters and rich people who don’t drive much. This is the first shoddy photo of the 2012 Toyota Camry, quite possibly the most anticipated car in the world, made a worldwide best-seller by regular folks. Continue reading »
Cadillac, the premium luxury brand of General Motors will enter the compact car segment; with the all-new model “ATS”. Designed to take on premium competition like the Mercedes C-class and BMW 3 series, the ATS is based on the new Alpha platform, which will simultaneously underpin the next generation Chevrolet Camaro. Continue reading »
Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe to- day at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets out to stimulate the souls of true driving enthusiasts, will be at the Scion display through May 1. The FR-S Concept will inspire a new model coming to the Scion brand next year. Continue reading »
The Lexus LF-Gh Concept makes its global debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. Working with a clean sheet of paper, Lexus Design Division designers aimed to perfectly blend style, performance, efficiency, and environmental compatibility in a premium, grand touring sedan while trying to leverage advanced, new technologies. Continue reading »
General Motors has been releasing “teaser” photos online of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in a bid to get multiple stories out of bloggers. However, the first full photo of the redesigned Malibu has been leaked, although it is very likely GM “leaked” it themselves for publicity. Continue reading »