The British International Motor Show is set to be the debut for Honda's all-new roadster concept, albeit an ultra, low-emissions one. The goal is to combine sleek, S2000-esque looks and driving dynamics with the efficient, clean-burning engine technology of, say, a stock Civic. The Honda OSM (open study model) was designed by Honda's R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany, and is the latest example of the young talent being developed within Honda's design studios-recall both Honda's small hybrid sports concept (Geneva 2007) and the Accord Tourer concept (Frankfurt 2007).
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'96-'00 Civic Hatchback
Don't Think The New Civic's Popular? Think Again.
Honda's May '08 Civic sales numbers shattered any previous records it may have had in Civic history. Ever. American Honda unloaded 167,997 vehicles-53,299 of which were Civics. May's record numbers didn't just better Civic sales but it reflected more sales than any other Honda in history, including Accord numbers from back in 2003. So what does all this mean to you? Well, with new-car numbers like these, we're guessing we might be seeing more than a few modified eighth-gen Civics down the road.
Get Ready For A New TL
Just because you've outgrown your hatchback doesn't mean you need to forsake the Honda brand and go pick up something European. Acura has the solution in the form of the TL, of which an all-new body style is set to debut right around the time you read this. The '09 TL is said to feature the most powerful Acura engine ever-including the NSX's and turbocharged RDX's-and will feature Acura's patented Super Handling all-wheel-drive technology. Cool.
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Redline9 is a new Honda and Acura forum, which means it's not yet full of flamers, haters, and Honda haters who, for one reason or another, spend a good portion of their days on Honda forums. Redline9 also won't bombard you with pop-up ads for things that have nothing to do with your Civic like the other Honda forum does, which means you can spend more time browsing and less time warding off the garbage.
East Coast Honda Meet: Doing It Big
East Coast residents know that Honda-only meets are few and far between in their neck of the woods. After seeing just how the West Coast gets things done, what with the yearly Eibach meet and all, East Coast native Marcus Hyde decided to try something similar. With some help from sponsors like Competition Clutch and Meguiar's, Marcus was able to put on an event good enough to go head to head with just about anything the West's ever thrown. Hyde secured nearby G-Force Karts in Richmond, Va., an indoor carting track, which lent itself well to the Honda atmosphere. Walking through the industrial lots, enthusiasts could see anything from classically restored '79 Civics to 9-second, K-swapped CRXs, and just about everything in-between. The weather was hot, 105 degrees F to be exact, but it didn't matter. The caravans of Hondas traveled from all across the East despite the temperatures. Perhaps the free pizza and indoor go-carts helped motivate them. The meet was hot, in every sense of the word. Be on the lookout for next year's bash.