I didn’t even know there was a Montreal Auto Show and, apparently, that’s because it’s the same week as the Detroit Auto Show (the Montreal Auto Show should get a new events planner). So it’s no surprise that those in Montreal don’t expect many surprises because most of the concepts get unwrapped south of the border.
Well, Honda gave the Montreal a big surprise.
Honda unveiled its new concept car named the GEAR, sub-compact car built for Gen Y lifestyles: “simple and utilitarian, but also customizable, connected and full of personality.”
Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas explained: “Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they’re fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer. GEAR Concept tears down those walls – it’s practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car.”
While cars that actually go into production tend to look a bit different than the concept car, we are excited to see what the Honda GEAR will look like on the outside and inside and what the engine specs will be.
Check out all the pictures HERE.
Here is brief video (without any commentary) featuring the incredible-looking new Acura NSX at the Detroit Auto Show. It will also be the first supercar built in the U.S., probably Ohio.
“”To me, the great and exciting part about this whole thing is that the NSX is going to be the only supercar built in the United States” by a mass-market automaker, Honda sales chief John Mendel said in an interview at the show.”
We think it is incredibly cool and significant that the Acura NSX “supercar” be built in the U.S. Acura parent company, Honda, is showing its dedication to the American auto industry and economy. It will probably be a small plant because Honda expects the hybrid-powered sports car to be a selective seller, but even a small plant can make a big difference to communities and local economies.
It will make a statement like the Acura NSX makes a statement.
Last year the Acura NSX was a concept car without an interior and one of my favorite parts of this concept revealed in the video is the red (please be velvet!) interior. And here is my favorite part of the article, “…[the Acura NSX] still has the ridiculous sense of excess – huge wheels tucked under curved metal fenders, with more space dedicated to an engine than for passengers – that any vehicle hoping to be known as a supercar should have.”
Honda has teased us with peek-a-boo pictures of its Urban SUV Concept and, while we liked what we saw, we were really excited to see this short video by CNET showcasing the sleek looking compact SUV at the Detroit Auto Show recently.
See the video HERE.
As the video takes us through an abbreviated two minute tour of this silver bullet with LED lights, we were pleased to see the versatility of the inside of the vehicle. The Urban SUV will regularly be able to seat five, but the back seats fold down flat to provide a lot of storage space (perfect for transporting all those things that urbanites transport). In fact, the commentator drew a very fair comparison of the Urban SUV to the popular Honda Fit (“on steroids”) that has the same kind of versatility. However, the Urban SUV is quite bit taller than the Honda Fit, so you’ll be able to get even more urban stuff in there.
I was surprised to hear that Honda’s Urban SUV is nine inches shorter than the it’s older sibling in the compact SUV family, the Honda CR-V. I surely doesn’t look nine inches shorter and with the ability to seat five AND those fold-down seats, we’re betting it doesn’t feel nine inches shorter.
Expect to see Hondas Urban SUV in markets in 2014!
That title may be a little misleading. I mean, you can’t really ‘vs’ when you’re on the same team and one model is the new and improved version of the previous car, but this video is a very interesting and honest head-to-head comparison of the 2012 Honda Civic and 2013 Honda Civic.
If you’ve been following Honda news at all, you know that Honda came out with the 2012 Honda Civic that met some critics. However, as pointed out in the video, it was still the best-selling car in America. But CNN.com thinks that’s an “Awful lot of people who should’ve waited” for the 2013 Honda Civic.
And while the 2012 Honda Civic was still wildly successful with consumer, Honda believe there’s always room for improvement and, so, it took the Civic back to the drawing board and made some significant improvements. I highly recommend watching the video, but in case you don’t have 2-3 minutes, here are the highlights:
- The 2013 Civic looks better on the outside with the new grill and lines
- The 2013 Civic looks and feels better on the inside, even though it has the same design as the 2012;Honda upgraded the internal materials making it feel nicer
- The steering and suspension feel better in the 2013 Civic
- And, while the engines are the same (meaning the same, great gas mileage), the 2013 Civic is quieter and doesn’t seem as gruff.
These may not seem like big issues, but Honda took the criticism to heart and came out with a new and improved 2013 Honda Civic. This created an opportunity for buyers to purchase the improved 2013 Civic or get a great deal on the now “out-dated” 2012 Civic (again, the best-selling car of last year).
For your chance to see how improved the 2013 Honda Civic is or take advantage of deals on the ‘outdated’ 2012 Honda Civic (the best-selling car in America), stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships today!
Honda again shows that it’s leading the pack of environmentally-friendly vehicles and meeting stringent government rules regarding emissions. The Honda Accord Plug-In was the first vehicle to meet California’s emissions standards, the strictest in the nation.
“Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most stringent standard,” says Tom Cackette, ARB’s Deputy Executive Office and head of the mobile source program. “Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.”
According to this article, the Honda Accord Plug-In “reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an impressive 50% from current required levels, bringing it to levels not mandated until 2025. As a result of the advanced technology in its design, the full-size sedan achieves the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon (mpg) city / 105 mpg highway in hybrid mode, and 47 mpg city / 46 mpg highway in standard (gas only) mode.”
So according to the above information, Honda is 12 years ahead of its time. Talk about over-achieving.
Honda continually proves why it has been the “Greenest Automaker” for the past several years with these impressive emission and miles-per-gallon numbers.
“Honda has always been a leader in creating environmentally-friendly vehicles,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “I am proud to be a part of a company that creates vehicles that are the first to meet environmental standards. Honda takes initiative and doesn’t wait until it is forced to make more responsible cars. Even though the Accord Plug-In isn’t available in the Northwest yet, Honda has a long history of paving the way with cars that have low emissions and great gas mileage so drivers are buying and using less gas.”
The article points out:
- The 1996 Honda Civic was the first vehicle to be certified as a Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV)
- The 1998 Honda Accord was the first vehicle certified as the first Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV)
- The 2000 Honda Accord was the first vehicle certified as the first Super-Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV)
- The 2001 Civic GX natural gas vehicle was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV)
- The 2003 Civic Hybrid was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission hybrid Vehicle (AT PZEV).
Check out all of the details about how Honda is the leading green automaker in the entire article.
What do you think? Does the fact that Honda is an industry-leader in creating environmentally-friendly vehicles persuade you to buy Honda?
We love side-by-side comparisons of vehicles that keep it real. This one by CarandDriver.com also stuck out because it compared leasing the 2013 Honda Accord Touring and 2013 Infiniti G37 Journey.
It’s not every day we see a comparison including the Touring model, an Infiniti or lease, so our interest was piqued. Check out the side-by-side throwdown HERE.
The highlights including comparisons in price (comparable), performance (they both perform well) and image. Using prompts like “I want to my co-workers to think of me as…” and “Go ahead and ask me about my…”, the throwdown provides a fun comparison that provides some insight into how you want to feel and how you want to look. However, we have some disagreements with their verdicts.
But the best way to determine how the 2013 Honda Accord Touring will make you feel is to go to Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealership to take one for a test drive today. So stop by and draw your own conclusions.
In another example of how ‘American’ Honda is, Honda recently announced it will build the hybrid version of the extremely popular 2013 Honda Accord at its Marysville, Ohio plant. This means Honda will be investing $23 million and create 50 new jobs.
While 50 jobs added onto the already 4,400 jobs at that plant, may not seem like much, 50 good paying jobs and an investment of $23 million to extend the production line (to add the hybrid technology to the Accord), will make a big difference to that community and the trickle down effect is very real.
According to this article, “[The 2013 Honda Accord hybrid] will be the first hybrid model produced by Honda in Ohio and only the third made in North America for the Honda and luxury Acura lines.”
The 2013 Honda Accord gas-and-electric hybrid is expected to get 47 miles per gallon. That seems really good until you compare to the gas mileage of the Accord plug-in hybrid that gets 115 miles per gallon (only being sold in New York and California currently).
While the mileage of these Honda vehicles is impressive, we think what is most impressive about this news is how it illustrates Honda’s dedication to building vehicles for Americans in America.
Hondas Beat Competition in All 3 Head-to-Head Shootouts on Cars.com
We love Hondas, so it’s no wonder that we write about how much better Hondas are than other cars. But, in an effort to show that it’s not just us who love Hondas, here’s an AWESOME article about how Honda vehicles beat out all other vehicles in three different face-offs: the $16,000 Subcompact shootout (2012 Honda Fit won), the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout (the 2012 Honda CR-V won), and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout (the 2013 Honda Accord won).
Not only did Honda win, but they won each shootout by an average of 26 points. We can’t make this stuff up.
The article provides a great breakdown for the pros and cons of each car tested in each shootout, including the comments of each judge and the real-life test-family. If you are considering by a vehicle in any of these three categories, I HIGHLY recommend you read the article relevant to you because they do a great job with specifics.
Here’s what you need to know from the $16,000 Subcompact shootout:
- “The verdict: ”The Fit is a triumph of cargo volume, versatility and execution,” Wiesenfelder said, “and its powertrain is a winner. From the first moment, the Fit begged to be driven hard.” Enough said.”
- All the judges and the test-family raved about the overall roominess of the vehicle that looks much smaller on the outside then it feels on the inside. In fact, the second row seats fold UP so you can still have a flat loading space.
- It’s fun to drive. More than any of the other cars tested, the Honda Fit handled magnificently on corners, hills, bumps, etc. No need to worry about driving a puny, wimpy
car. Drive one that is fun to drive!
- It got the second best gas mileage with EPA tested 28/35 city/highway mpg. The judges got an actual gas mileage of 33.4 mpg.
- See the verdict on each individual car HERE.
- See the overview of this shootout HERE.
See our next blog to find out what the Cars.com head to head shootouts said about the 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Honda to make them the winners of their categories!
Honda CR-V, Honda Accord Win Head-to-Head Shootout on Cars.com
This is a continuation of our thoughts on how Hondas won all three head-to-head shootouts that Cars.com put together for vehicles in the $16,000 Subcompact category, the $25,000 Compact SUV Category, and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category. In this blog, we will cover how the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout and the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category.
See our previous blog for a summary of how the 2012 Honda Fit won the $16,000 Subcompact shootout and for more information about how detailed and AWESOME this series is by Cars.com. Seriously, if you are looking to buy a vehicle in any of these categories, read our blog and then go to the original article for all the details on each shootout and the pros and cons of each vehicle.
Back to business.
How the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout:
- “The verdict: ”The Honda CR-V is one of the most well-rounded vehicles in this segment. It’s a comfortable cruiser with a solid powertrain, a compliant ride and plenty of features,” Geiger said. “The brand’s history of strong reliability helps tip the scale.”
- “EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway; we observed 30.3 mpg combined (the second best mpg tested)”
- Most of the features that are “extra” on the other models, come standard on the base model of the 2012 Honda CR-V. You can look forward to the back-up camera, sunroof, HD and satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB, and fold-flat back seats.
- While the car professionals had some negative things to say about the way the 2012 Honda CR-V drives, the real-life test family LOVED it and said it “drives like a dream.” The only way you’ll know for sure is to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda to test drive it yourself!
- Click HERE to go directly to the Verdict for each of the vehicles in the shootout.
- See HERE for the overview of the Compact SUV shootout.
Moving on to how the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout and some of the highlights we picked out:
- “The verdict: ”Like the Camry, the Accord does most things reasonably well, and its nimble handling and eager drivetrain add a little excitement the Toyota lacks.”
- “Honda’s latest gander at a continuously variable automatic scores a hit,” Mays said. “The Accord’s transmission responds in a jiffy, serving up passing power in concert with your right foot.” Wiesenfelder “found it surprisingly athletic and light on its feet, closer to the Fusion than the others dynamically, but with quick, better-weighted steering.”
- One of the criticisms was that the cupholders “imprison small drinks.” I’ll take that.
- Comes standard with a back-up camera.
- EPA-estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway, 31.87 mpg observed
- SMS text message reading and responding (only car with feature)
- Go HERE to see the verdicts on each of the vehicles in this shootout.
- Go HERE for the overview of the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout.
So if you are thinking about buying a subcompact under $16,000, be sure to check out the 2012 Honda Fit. If you need a compact SUV, you must consider the 2012 Honda CR-V. And the real winner for critics and real people alike in the midsize sedan category is the 2013 Honda Accord. To test drive any of these vehicles, be sure to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships!
Honda’s Lineup for Tokyo Auto Show
Honda revealed its lineup for the Tokyo Auto Salon will include a lot of speed, a lot of presentation, and, dare we say, a lot of pizzazz (including a vehicle covered in rhinestones. Too bad this article doesn’t include pictures of that one).
Honda will display another vehicle in its N-One series, the Modulo Style, which looks boxy, but fun to drive in the cities where space and parking are tight. The racing models Honda has included seem to reference its sporty past and cutting edge future.
Check out this article
at Carbuzz.com for pictures of some of the Hondas we can look forward to hearing and seeing more about!