Even Greener Hondas?
Honda Manufacturing began its production of the environmentally responsible, natural gas-powered Civic GX, at its plant in Greensburg, Indiana.
The GX has received top environmental awards, including the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy's "America's Greenest Car" award for five consecutive years. This marks the first and only natural gas vehicle built by a major automaker in the U.S.
Honda has a long history of environmental leadership, including the introduction of America's first mass-produced hybrid, the Insight, which is the first vehicle to meet California's low emission vehicle standards-well in advance of regulatoryrequirements.
Powered by a 113-hp, 1.8-Liter, 16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, the GX was designed with a higher compression ratio to maximize performance from natural gas fuel. With an average range of more than 220 miles, the GX boasts outstanding fuel economy at 24 (city) and 36 (highway).
Best selling vehicle in Japan is a Hybrid?
Is there nothing we can't learn when we look to the east? As if the Japanese haven't taught us Americans enough over the years, they've now demonstrated that they are hybrid-crazier than even our smuggest celebrities by making the Honda Insight the best selling vehicle-not just hybrid-in the country. April 2009 saw 10,481 Insights sold, making it the country's best selling vehicle for any monthly sales period, ever. The Fit led in sales for 2008, and was the best selling car in March of 2009, but apparently hybrids have become the latest craze since sliced bread, and the Japanese are scooping them up as fast as they can. The hybrid craze is due to hit us by early summer, so get ready Americans-its time to trade in your gas-guzzling, V-8 powerstroke diesels for something a little smaller. For those who already have one, disregard this message.
World Green Car is a Honda-surprise, surprise
American Honda Motor Co announced that the Honda FCX Clarity-the new, sleekly styled hydrogen fuel-cell-powered sedan whose only emission is an easily biodegradable substance most call water-was declard the 2009 World Green Car.
Chosen from an initial entry of 22 contenders from 25 countries worldwide, the FCX Clarity dominated the competition, further proving that Honda is an unstoppable force not only in industry-leading technology, but performance as well.
The FCX Clarity's fuel efficiency is nearly three times that of a normal gas powered engine, and twice that of a gas-powered hybrid. Just another reason to buy one, or two... or three.
The TSX can take a hit
Honda can add yet another award to it's already crowded mantle, as the 2009 TSX recently received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick and a five star safety rating. Having made its way through the rigorous governmental crash test program performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the TSX is at the top of the food chain in terms of overall safety during a collision. The high level of safety is a direct result of Acura's "safety through innovation" campaign.
New Elite Fleet
Get Off Your Feet And On The StreetAmerican Honda has just announced their newest scooter addition, The Elite, which is planned to hit streets by early 2010. Though not quite as rugged as its older brother, The Ruckus, The Elite still brings a lot to the table with its numerous features. Its 108cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four-stroke engine and light-handling chassis give the Elite an easy and comfortable, yet quick riding style. The Elite also features an under-seat storage area big enough to stow a full-face helmet, a generous bounty of groceries, or anything else you might need to carry with you. This affordable, yet powerful scooter provides all the comfort of a regular Honda-but comes stock with the ability to zip past cars and through traffic in thirty minutes or your pizza is free!
Syntec Top Car Challenge
The Castrol Syntec Top Car Challenge has officially begun, as competitors from all across the country battle it out in a series of tests to determine which can rightfully call themselves the Castrol SYNTEC Top Car.
Now you don't even have to own a car to win prizes-just help select the Top Car and enter the sweepstakes for your chance to win $10,000. Which car will be victorious? Who will win ultimate bragging rights for all eternity? If the suspense is too much for you, stick your head in the sand until the contest is over. For the rest of you, stay tuned to find out.
Honda Safety Navi
Do you want to learn the rules of the road and how to drive but are too afraid to do it in an actual car, on real streets, with possible danger lurking around every corner?
Well look no further, because Honda has just announced the release of their newest in educational driving software, The Honda Safety Navi, which enables drivers of all levels to learn safe driving through a virtual experience. The software bundle hooks up to any PC, and comes with gas/brake pedals, a mounted steering wheel, and the opportunity to speed through virtual traffic, parallel park, and all the other things you want to do in real life but can't. Users of Honda Safety Navi learn simply by following the on-screen and audio instructions, which makes an expensive, potentially annoying human instructor unnecessary.