Over the years Japanese car makers have produced some pretty amazing sport cars. Ones of the most popular ones are definitely, Nissan Z, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, Subaru BRZ and even Scion FR-S. When it comes to supercars though, we have to admit that the Japanese market is pretty poor and that it is difficult to find something truly noticeable. But there have been some supercars that managed to impress us.
1. Nissan GT-R
It has a very affordable price compared to other Japanese supercars and it is a very impressive vehicle. At the beginning it appeared as a version of the Skyline Nissan and it was able to produce 480 horsepower. After that it was separated into its own model, in 2007 and it can now produce 545 horsepower which come from a 3.8 liter twin turbo V6 engine. It can easily reach 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and its top speed is somewhere around 190 mph.
2. Acura NSX
Acura is definitely an exotic car, but also a very powerful one. It has a rear drive layout, mid-engine and a special aspect that makes it really interesting. Even if it has a 3.0 liter V6 engine and it can produce 280 horsepower this does not mean that it is not a supercar. It was produced from 1990 to 2005 and according to recent news they plan on building a new hybrid NSX in the next few years.
3. Lexus LFA
This car has a 4.8 liter V10 engine and it is definitely easy to notice because of its aggressive styling. It costs $375.000 but it worth every cent. It is made of carbon fiber and it can produce up to 552 horsepower. In can go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 202 mph. We can say that it is the fastest Japanese supercar. Apparently a roadster version may appear in the future years.
4. Nissan R390
This vehicle was designed by Nissan in order to compete at Le Mans in the late 1990s. Thanks to homologation requirements, Nissan built 2 cars, one of them residing in Nissan’s archives. The car has a 3.5 liter twin turbo V8 and it can produce 550 horsepower. Not to mention it goes from 0 to 60 in only 3.8 seconds and it can reach a 196 mph top speed. Isn’t it spectacular?
5. Mitsuoka Orochi
The only moment when this car was presented by someone, in public, was when James May drove it when Top Gear visited Japan. It first appeared in 2001 and it was produced until 2006. It comes with a 3.3 liter V6, can produce 230 horsepower and it has a five speed automatic. The car costs about 10 million yen and it is definitely an exotic one.
The only emission from a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is water vapor. That’s what makes them so perfect for cleaning up the environment, while simulataneously meeting the automotive needs of tomorrow. While Fuel cell vehicles hold huge promise for the future, the technology must deal with major challenges facing automakers. Hydrogen fuel cell cars will help to address petroleum dependency and harmful emissions, but the development of these alternative vehicles requires a fueling infrastucture that is not yet in place. Hydrogen fuel starts with water and can be made from most anything, even energy created from wind and biomass. Currently some fuel cell cars can travel 400 miles between stops and refueling only takes a few minutes. The technology works on any size vehicle.
Two big problems: cost of storing hydrogen on-board and setting up hydrogen refueling stations. For these Honda will need some help. Although the fuel cell car won’t be available for several years, if your in Pennsyvania and need help selecting a Honda in Harrisburg, stop by Ciocca Honda for one-on-one assistance you can appreciate.
Honda debuted hydrogen car in 2002
Honda began leasing the zero-emission, hydrogen-powered Honda FCX fuel cell car in 2002. Its successor, the FCX Clarity, was named the 2009 World Green Car. Honda has put these vehicles on the road in the U.S. and Japan, gathering valuable data on how fuel cell vehicles function in the real world. Honda plans to launch a successor in 2015.
Teaming up with GM for future fuel cell cars
General Motors is the other big pioneer in fuel cell development. Combined with Honda they have 1,200 fuel cell patents. Launched in 2007, GM’s Project Driveway program has three million miles of real-world driving in a fleet of 100+ hydrogen-powered vehicles. The two companies never stopped working on fuel cell development in spite of shifting winds in the industry. Now they’re teaming up to tackle the big challenges and speed adoption of fuel cell vehicles by 2020-when Honda wants to have a vehicle ready for the mass market.
That’s not so far off with all the research and development challenges involved. Especially considering the two companies intend to work with governments and other stakeholders to push a new hydrogen refueling infrastructure, critical to viability and consumer acceptance of these futuristic vehicles.
“With GM and Honda sharing our technical expertise… we believe we can achieve the world’s strongest partnership in the area of fuel cell technology.” – Tetsuo Iwamura, president of American Honda Motor
A long-term agreement was announced July 2013 by GM Vice Chairman Stephen J. Girsky and Tetsuo Iwamura, president of American Honda Motor. It’s the latest in a string of alliances between major automakers to share in the cost of developing fuel cell vehicles-Daimler, Ford, and Nissan and Toyota Motor and BMW have agreements, too.
As Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of GM, says: “This collaboration builds upon Honda and GM’s strengths as leaders in hydrogen fuel cell technology. We are convinced this is the best way to develop this important technology, which has the potential to help reduce the dependence on petroleum and establish sustainable mobility.” [Forbes]
Biggest issue is market price
As Koichi Fukuo, the guy in charge of Honda’s drive trains, said recently: “We have to lower our costs so it makes business sense to try to reach a mass market by 2020, meaning the market price would have to be similar to those of the premium grade vehicles in each segment.” Eight years ago Yozo Kami, executive chief engineer at Honda R&D Co., said a similar thing, but he cited the price of a Honda Accord. “Otherwise,” he said “the fuel-cell vehicle will disappear.” [WSJ]
They have until 2020 to get it right.
In 2012, the ninth generation of Honda Civic was released and unfortunately its price disappointed everybody. In 2013 they modified it in order to be more appreciated and they created a pretty exterior, satisfying suspension and a snazzy interior.
The new car looks classy and elegant, especially because of its black honeycomb grille and angled headlamps that make it refined and stylish. The body colored mirrors are also able to impress everybody and so are the door handles. If you choose the optional allow wheels then your car is going to look even more interesting.
The seats are definitely well shaped and the best part is that they are widely adjustable. This way you will be able to feel comfortable all the time.
The engine is a 140 horsepower one and it produces 128 foot pounds of torque that can help you drive a powerful car. The 5 speed automatic transmission makes this car easy to drive and no matter if you are an experienced driver or a beginner you can really enjoy the new Honda.
If you need more power then you can buy the sport version of this car, the Civic Si which has a 2.4 liter twin- cam four- cylinder, which is able to make 201 horsepower and to produce 170 foot pounds of torque.
You can also purchase the Civic Hybrid which has a 1.5 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine (it produces 110 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque) and a 23-hp electric motor assistance. The fuel economy can be rated at 44/44 mpg and it is the best choice if you want to save gas money and protect the environment in the same time.
Honda Civic comes in six models and each of them has different features and of course, a different price. The Civic EX, LX and EX-L are available as a sedan or coupe and they have 1.8 liter four cylinder engines that produce 140 horsepower. The sport version Civic Si has a bigger engine, a 2.4 liter one while Civic HF has a hybrid gas-electric power train. The basic model Civic GX runs on natural gas.
The most affordable version is represented by Civic LX Sedan and of course Civic LX Coupe. The price for the coupe version starts at $17,965 while the price for the sedan version is somewhere around $18.165. This model offers you a 5 speed manual transmission, air conditioning, fabric upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel audio controls.
The Civic EX Sedan is more expensive, $20,815, and so is the Civic Ex Coupe which has two different prices according to the transmission system. If you want a manual transmission one then the price is $20,115 while for an automatic transmission car you have to pay $20,815.
The Civic EX-L costs $22,265 and it comes with leather upholstery and even with heated front seats.
Civic HF sedan is not expensive at all, it costs $19,765 and it was created for maximum fuel efficiency with an economy tuned engine. The car has a 5 speed automatic transmission and it is extremely easy to drive.
The Civic GX sedan costs $24,465 and it burns natural gas which is more expensive. You can also buy the Hybrid version which costs $24,360 and it allows you to save a lot of money on gas in the future. For $22.715 you can easily be the owner of Civic Si Sedan or Coupe and you will be able to drive a powerful car with a 2.4 liter engine and 6 speed manual transmission.
The differences between the 2012 Civic Sedan and the 2013 one are definitely noticeable and if you buy the new car then you can be sure that it will catch some eyes.
The nose and the tail of the car are new and the black honeycomb mesh grill looks extremely serious. We must also mention the front bumper that offers excellent definition.
The car also has thinned A-pillars but the steep rake of the windshield was not modified at all. The side sills are more impressive now because of their body colored mirrors and door handles.
There were also some small modifications when it comes to the front floor and upper wheel housing, but these ones are not as noticeable as the other ones.
One thing is for sure, the 2013 model is definitely better looking than the previous one and you are going to be able to enjoy a bold and impressive car.
The interior was modified in order to match its competitors. The 2013 Honda Civic has standard Bluetooth audio and Bluetooth phone, and also Pandora internet radio interface. It also has USB, MP3, iPod and SMS text message capability. This way your car can read you your text messages and it can also answer them with a default message such as “I’m driving”.
The interior is a classy, all black one, and it looks amazing for everybody no matter if the driver is a woman or a man.
The seats are well shaped and extremely comfortable, especially because they are widely adjustable.
The dashboard is a two tiered one and it is definitely unique. It allows the driver to scan without taking his eyes off the road.
The materials on the instrument panel, door panels and center console are soft touch ones and of course good quality ones and the silver accents here and there bring more elegance to your car.
The carpets are black and they look simple and classy. If you want something more different then you can always buy new ones from authorized stores. Some well chosen carpets can change the image of the whole car.
After driving the standard Civic 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine that produces 140 horsepower and 128 foot-pounds of torque we find it adequate. You can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. The engine is smooth and the cabin is quiet and you will be able to feel a stronger car than it actually is.
The 5 speed automatic transmission does not have to struggle to keep up or kick down and you will be able to enjoy a solid and comfortable ride.
There were also some changes made when it comes to the suspension too. The anti roll bars front and rear are thicker and the bushings are firmer. The front subframe body structure is stiffer and the difference is easy to feel. The overall level of dynamic competence is hard to fault and it can be considered totally predictable without false moves or surprises.
You should not forget that we are talking about a sedan here. It is not supposed to be fun to drive so you do not have to compare it with sport cars. If you want something more powerful then you can buy the Civic Si which is definitely hard to beat.
If you want to buy a special car then you should not neglect Honda Civic. It looks amazing, it is a safe car and the price is definitely affordable. You can choose between several models according to your needs and budget.
Looking for an economic low impact on the environment way to get around? I think the answer to this question is the Honda Vision 50. Honda is a motorcycle and motor-scooter maker known for its dependability and noted for its superb customer support since 1954. The 5.5 litre tank (this translates into roughly 1.45 gallons) can give you a range of 177 miles. The stylish instrument display is easy on the eyes and rider friendly seat position give the user a most enjoyable ride.
Despite its advanced design the scooter is affordable to a wide range of consumers on a budget. College students to retired elderly find the motor-scooter very desirable. They can offer a good amount of savings because they are diversified in different avenues of commerce. From solar panels to jet engines to cars, Honda is in many things which provide them with monetary resource to draw from which they pass the savings onto the customer.
The Honda Vision 50 like the one found at Grantham Honda Bikes, comes from a proud lineage. The Juno K, the first Honda scooter built in 1954 offered a range of technology and materials. It was followed four years later by the Super Cub.
The engine is a powerful four stroke the gives the rider controllability with ease of operation. The electric start provides a dependability that is unmatched. This also gives the rider ease in knowing he is getting the best possible fuel efficiency.
Stylishly practical, the Honda Vision 50 has a beautiful sleek body design with lots of curves. The seat is comfortable enough for two people. A compartment under the seat offers plenty of room to store all the things that you might need for work or a picnic or just for short trips around town.
The Honda Vision 50 offers an option of 14’to 16′ wheels. This provides agility and value for your money. The 16′ front wheel gives you great handling on rough roads most often found in Europeans cities. Excellent handling on cobbled streets is no problem for the Honda Vision 50.
The Vision 50 prides itself in having an innovative braking system referred to as the Combined Braking System or (CBS). This system links the rear and front brakes to provide the greatest control-ability and handling on rough terrain or wet roadway regardless of the rider’s experience.
All in all the Honda Vision 50 is an economical, reliable and stylish way of transporting yourself from one place to another. I would say anyone who purchases one of these motor-scooters thank him/herself over and over again!
Earlier this week, Honda has announced its plans to begin testing the 2015 Civic Type R on the Nürburgring track. Sources inside the company have confirmed the development of the vehicle to be right on track so far.
Even though there’s not too much info about the upcoming sports car, the Japanese automaker has revealed that the Civic Type R will use technologies adapted from the World Touring Car Championship Civic. Furthermore, in an interview for Auto Express, Honda’s UK Managing Director, Mr. Dave Hodgetts has mentioned that the car will have at least 265 HP – 198 kW with a strong chance of it going over 300 HP – 224 kW.
It remains unclear whether the upcoming Civic will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6- or a 2.0-liter engine, but recent speculations have indicated that the latter engine is more likely to be used.
With testing scheduled for later this year, Honda wants the Civic Type R to sweep the front-wheel drive Nürburgring lap record right from underneath Renault’s feet which clocked a time of 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds with it’s Megane RS Trophy.
Source: Honda via Auto Express
Well, Honda really messed it up with the ninth-generation Civic. The vehicle has received numerous bad reviews as nearly every single part of it got pummeled with thumbs down. Starting with its styling – inside and out – the Civic has been fitted with cheap materials and other questionable features while the handling, well, let’s just say it’s a definite no-no. Lately, Honda decided it had enough so it came up with an updated version of the compact sedan.
Presented just one year after the MkIX Civic debuted, the 2013 model was quietly unveiled online, ahead of its live debut at the LA Auto Show. From what we can see in the pictures the new Civic received a revised front end that features a spoiler lip with horizontal chrome accents and a black honeycomb mesh grille. The rear end has also been redesigned for a more notable appearance and the
Honda hasn’t released all the details about the new ride but officials say that the new Civic has been fitted with “safety features, comfort, chassis and interior styling enhancements”. The ride is set to hit the dealershops from November 29.
Rumors about the new generation of Honda Civic Type R have begun to take shape as the automaker’s CEO Takanobu confirmed that the new model will arrive in Europe in 2015. At the moment, there isn’t much info about the vehicle but officials mentioned that it will be developed specifically for the European market. They’ve also said that the new Civic type R will be based on the technology developed by Honda’s WTCC division and it will be one of the fastest rides on the Nürburgring. (Audi, please stop coughing…)
In other news, next year will be a big year for Honda. First of all, a replacement for the “Fit” will be unveiled as well as a small SUV that’s based on the Fit/Jazz. In addition, the future lineup will also include a replacement for the City sedan and the new version of the NSX.
Whenever I think about the Honda Accord I imagine a nice kid who always gets friendzoned by the beautiful cheerleader. The current version of the Accord tries to be the cool kid on the block but never quite manages to do so. Honda has released the first pictures of the upcoming 2013 Accord, and frankly, things haven’t changed that much. Even with its evolutionary styling, new grille and slimmer LED headlights, the sedan still looks like a choir boy dressed in new clothes. To make things a little more interesting, Honda dressed up the choir boy in Lil’ Wayne’s outfits for the sporty version of the Accord.
Interior pictures haven’t been released yet, but officials say the 2013 Accord will have the new HondaLink infotainment system. I don’t know why this seems to be more important than safety or other improvements but the infotainment system hooks up to your smartphone to access internet-based radio stations, podcasts and Facebook / Twitter posts. Great!
Under the bonnet, Honda gave the Accord a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder workhorse with 181 HP – 135 kW and 240 Nm of torque and a 3.5-liter V6 with 310 HP – 231 kW and 359 Nm of torque. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, and a 161 HP – 120 kW electric motor. This version also has a 6 KWh lithium-ion battery and an electric continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).
I like my cars like I like my coffee and to be honest, the Accord is more like too much milk.
Honda has really overdone itself with the N Box. I mean, the car really looks like a box, inside and out. It has been a great succes, with over 100,000 units sold within a year since it’s launch. Now, the Japanese automaker has introduced the N Box+, which is an evolution showcasing the additional possibilities of the microvan.
I think that this car is perfect for… Mr.Bean. I can just see him driving around in his small little “box”, creating chaos all around the road or being pulled over by the cops and getting arrested for being ugly in public. The N Box+ comes in all kinds of configurations and paint schemes, and it has a price range starting from ¥1,350,000 ( around $17.000 ) and climbing up to ¥1,870,000 for the four-wheel-drive, two-tone G Package Turbo with paddle shifters. ( Paddle Shifters ? Why ? )
In the cargo floor there’s an integrated aluminum loading ramp that can be extended, to ease loading, the latter is a set of panels that can break the cargo bay into different configurations and from shifting the height of the floor you can even create a full-length bed once the two rows of seats are lowered.
See if you can spot Mr. Bean in the photo gallery below.
Honda has just unveiled a new small car called Honda Brio, specifically designed for Asian markets such as Thailand, India and China. Brio measures only 3,610mm in length, 1,680mm in width and 1,475 in height and it’s powered by a small 1.2L VTEC four cylinder engine which develops a decent power of 90 PS/89 hp.
This small engine returns an average fuel usage consumption of just 5.0L/100 km which is around 47 mpg US. Even though it’s exterior design might seem a bit odd, the interior of the car is pretty attractive with a simple design and high quality materials.
The Honda Brio will be released in Thailand in May and its price will start at 390,000 baht or around $12,862. Honda plans to sell over 40,000 Brios every year only in the Thai market and many more in India and China.