Honda shows off the 2015 Jazz, a carbon copy of the 'concept' shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Riding on the new B-segment platform, it's lighter and stronger than before, more roomy inside with more features, and gets a 1.3-liter VTEC engine with 101 horsepower.
The time has come for a changing of the guard at Honda, as current president & CEO Takanobu Ito prepares to step down and cede control to Takahiro Hachigo, a veteran R&D engineer with more global experience.
If things go poorly for Takata financially in the wake of its airbag recall, there's a small possibility that the company might need financial assistance from the affected automakers. After all of the trouble, though, Honda has little desire to support the supplier.
The West Coast labor dispute between the dockworkers union and port owners is continuing to affect Japanese automakers with factories in the United States. Subaru, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are all airlifting some parts into the country to avoid shortages.
In a bid to get back quality control back on track, Honda is dropping its global forecast of six million vehicles for 2017. Last year, the company was plagued by the huge Takata airbag recall in the US and several problems in Japan.
With three Formula One World Championships between them, you could safely say that Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are used to going fast. But the pair of McLaren drivers slowed things down a bit to try out the Honda Uni-Cub electric mobility scooter in this brief video clip.
A labor dispute between a West Coast dockworkers union and management is forcing Honda and Subaru to fly in parts to their US factories to avoid production delays. It costs about $60 million more per month to bring the components in by air rather than by ship.
Episode #416 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Brandon Turkus talk about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, seeing the 2016 Nissan Maxima in the company's Super Bowl ad, and GMC's potential plans for a Jeep Wrangler fighter.