It's fair to say that in recent years, Honda has been viewed as a laggard when it comes to engine and gearbox development, seemingly missing the boat on direct-injection, forced-induction and high gear-count transmissions, among other things. But under its Earth Dreams banner, the Japanese automaker is showing new vigor, with the latest proof being this trio of just-announced powerplants.
Chief designer for Sunbeam, Louis Coatalen was once quoted as saying "Racing improves the breed." With Formula One racers that look like nothing on the open road, and NASCAR, whose cars only LOOK like what you can get in a dealership, its hard for the average Joe to see why motorsport is relevant to their daily lives.
2010 Honda Civic Si HFP - Click above for high-res image gallery
Honda K20Z3 featuring i-VTEC - click above image to watch the video
The Mini Tec AWD Mini – Click above for high-res image gallery
It's handy to work next door to Honda's US Headquarters if your goal is to snag pictures of future models. A user from the Temple of VTEC forums named Tyson grabbed a couple shots of what's believed to be the 2009 Acura TSX. He'd been seeing the silver sedan for a few days, and was finally able to think quickly and grab the camera phone. What we know as the Acura TSX is the rest of the world's Honda Accord. Being their bread and butter sedan, Honda's not gone out on a limb here, but what we can
Here it is folks, the ethos of at least the second half of the 1980s, neatly encapsulated in 30 seconds. This 1989 home-market commercial launching the DOHC VTEC engine in the Honda Integra plays up the American appeal baked into the car. Badged as an Acura here in the States, the Integra was cementing the reputation of Honda's upmarket rides in a market that still viewed Honda as a maker of economical, inexpensive cars. The bludgeon-y juxtaposition of an Integra zipping around and Alex P. Keato
Just a few more innovations like this one from Toyota and the good old internal combustion engine will remain the dominant powertrain for cars and trucks worldwide. Wait a second, that is likely to remain the same anyway; but that does mean that any innovations which can increase the efficiency of the ICE are certainly worth exploring and implementing. As much as us die-hards want to see electric vehicles make up the majority of sales, it is not going to happen any time soon. So, let's applaud c
The brand-new Honda Crossroad goes on sale in Japan tomorrow. Honda is calling this vehicle an "active life navigator" which sounds like something a late-night infomercial would try to sell us. But this boxy family-mover has got some green credentials, with "class-topping" (in Japan) fuel economy of 13.8km/l. The Crossroad gets these numbers from either a 1.8-liter or a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 4-wheel-drive model gets worse fuel economy than the
In his 2006 Year-End Speech, the CEO of Honda, Takeo Fukui, outlined several green initiatives that the company will undertake in 2007 including building a new resource/energy efficient automobile plant; advancing their engine technology in the areas of petrols, diesels, hybrids; flex fuel and fuel cell vehicles; and building an experimental cellulosic ethanol plant, amongst others.
ForbesAutos.com columnist Jerry Flint doesn't think automakers will give up on gas or diesel engines quickly, simply because technology keeps making them better.
Honda introduced the wonders of their innovative VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System) technology to Americans by rolling out the NSX in 1990. At the time, many considered the technology to be the normally-aspirated alternative to turbocharging and supercharging. For some, though, Honda engineers made the turbos and superchargers seem like archaic add-ons because instead of increasing horsepower by dumping more fuel into the combustion chamber with high air pressures, t
For the first time in 30 years, Honda is building a new manufacturing facility in Japan. At least initially the plant will manufacture advanced fuel-efficient powertrains.