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Last month we learned that Honda had canceled plans to build a new V10-powered replacement replacement for its departed NSX sports car. Now, AutoCar is reporting that several other vehicle programs at Honda have fallen victim to the new economic and environmental reality. In addition to the NSX, Acura was due to get a new rear wheel drive platform and V8 engine for its sedans so they could better compete with products from BMW and Mercedes as well as Infiniti and Lexus. The new architecture and engine are now on ice.

Over on the Honda brand side of the house, two future sporty car programs have also been killed. A replacement for the S2000 roadster will apparently never see the light of day and a convertible version of upcoming CR-Z has also been shelved. The CR-Z hybrid coupe will debut in 2010 based on the new Insight.


[Source: AutoCar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      woa i read the title too fast and had a heart attack there for a second. I thought it said they were scrapping the CR-Z entirely. Glad that is not happening. I welcome the era of sporty hybrids
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is the second time i've heard this week that honda axed the RWD V8.

      prior to that, i remember reading that the ceo (or someone else high up) had said explicity no V8 or RWD about a year ago. when did they reverse the no v8 or rwd to a "go" so that they could again reverse it to a "no"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you go through Honda's history, you would see Honda, unlike a lot of other companies, keeps a lot of their plans under wraps for awhile. That trend began slowly withering with the NSX successor (people, please stop calling it "the NSX"...Honda never has), however, large projects outside of the hybrid plans are generally not made public. That's like the government denying Area 51 exists. Just because Honda said, "we don't have one", doesn't necessarily mean they don't. They're just not talking about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why has Honda always hated convertibles so much? :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda doesn't hate convertibles, but they're a very low-volume niche of the market (Mustang aside). The biggest problem with the S2000 is, it was ONLY available as a convertible (OEM hardtop was an accessory), and ONLY available with a high revving, low torque engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Drivers are becoming lazier and lazier. They want immediate satisfaction, not something you have to build up to. Especially your average American driver.

        Besides all of that, this decision really shouldn't be news to anyone. It's been coming for years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They need the V8 now, let alone a V8 period!!! Thats why honda is not respected amongst the biggest dogs..... Bad mistake, the economy will regain speed in sufficient time, Anyway not too many people buying New RL's are affected in a major way currently, if they were smart they would finish production now, work out details and bugs while everything is in a downturn and then it could be smooth sailing once productivity regains vitality, Hell People may even flock to honda's green image in a bigger, cleaner performing motor for they're ridgeline and acura stuff.... The RL is a joke in its current guise and always will be, untill its complemented with those major features a Proper Flagship should have.... I dont know of the top of the head but a Honda accord with big seats isnt worth my money... not when I can get a 750 or s550 which is Killer in comparison, even a GS lexus beats that car in everythng important... at least in my book. You think Mercedes isnt gonna build a new V-12 TT because there sales are down 35% year over year??? Never.... This shows how scared management is to tread new territory. maybe they dont know if they belong there truly.... Thats what the RL has always screamed to me in passing... "am I supposed to be here??" Email me if i am missing something vital
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they are going to design a new sports car from the ground up they would be better off building an electric platform like tesla. It would be faster off the line and they could easily add awd, traction + stability control etc, to make it stand out in the market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep, the S2000 in electric form would be great. Do it Honda!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The auto depression is affecting everyone. In the USA we perceive Honda as doing very well. But the Japanese home market has crumbled and will probably NOT recover. In Japan the reasons are permanent and irrevocable. Japan's population is aging quickly and the absolute numbers of people driving automobiles in the population is rapidly declining.

      The US will recover from it's auto recession, but domestic Japan and its own automakers,artfully protected by many walls of non-tariff tariffs, fees, merchandising agreements, and testing criteria, will permanently feel the pinch and the only ones to do so.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's pretty disappointing.
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