2013 Crosstour Concept Revealed

The 2013 Crosstour Concept was unveiled this month at the New York Auto Show. This vehicle may only be a concept, but it offers a peek at what’s in store for this midsize crossover.  For power, the Crosstour offers two engines to choose from, including a 2.4-liter i-VTEC® inline four-cylinder option, or a re-engineered 3.5-liter V-6 powerplant with Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®).

The Crosstour makes a strong statement right from the start with a more rugged look staring you down from the enhanced grille and headlights. The aggressive profile, however, belies the refinement waiting inside, including many convenient features.

The 2013 Crosstour will also join the 2013 Accord in introducing some new advanced technology offerings including the visibility enhancing LaneWatch™ blind spot display – a Honda exclusive that uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway.

Posted by amhAdmin on Apr 10 2012 in Honda Previews

2012 Honda Civic Debuted

The Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan have made their world debuts at the North American International Auto Show, offering consumers the first official glimpse at the styling direction of the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to go on sale this spring.

The 2012 Civic embraces the company’s vision as a “Civic for all people,” a phrase originally expressed in defining the goal of the first-generation Civic. The diverse vehicle range includes a sedan and a coupe with conventional gasoline models, two sporty “Si” performance versions, along with one hybrid and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant.

The Civic Concept sedan takes on a sophisticated presence with a front grille defined by crisp lines and a solid bar that integrates a chrome Honda emblem. The look of the Civic Si Concept coupe conveys an aggressive demeanor with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered rear roofline that flows smoothly into the trunk. The Civic Si Concept coupe is exclusively equipped with a rear air diffuser, a center-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid spoiler with dual vents.

Posted by amhAdmin on Feb 7 2011 in Honda Previews

2011 Odyssey. Lightning Incarnate

Buy 2011 Honda Odyssey Los AngelesThe 2011 Honda Odyssey receives a completely redesigned body that succeeds in injecting some spice into the minivan formula. Like every good minivan ought to be, the 2011 Odyssey is still essentially a big box on wheels. But Honda has created a new shell designed to appeal to people who recognize the utility advantages of a minivan but reject the minivan image. Honda calls these people “hesitaters” and hopes the 2011 Odyssey’s sleek new look makes minivan ownership palatable to them.

The windshield pillars are raked rearward to form an aero nose, the wheel arches flair to create a wide stance, and the rear roofline tapers in violation of minivan convention. Honda designers say minivans look most generic when viewed from the side. To set the 2011 Odyssey apart, they kink the line that separates its lower body from the glass “greenhouse.” Occurring just behind the sliding side doors, the kink creates what its designers call a “lightning bolt beltline.” More than just a visual flourish, they say the kink also enlarges the rear side glass and improves outward visibility for passengers in Odyssey’s third-row seat. Honda also boasts more room inside for third-row passengers, despite the tapered roofline.

Compared to the outgoing model, the 2011 Odyssey’s overall exterior dimensions change little: it gains about an inch in overall length and 1.4 inches in overall width, and loses 1.6 inches of height. Wheelbase remains at 118.1 inches. Wheelbase is the distance between the front and rear axles and key to how much room a vehicle can devote to passenger space. Odyssey’s wheelbase is actually a bit shorter than that of its key competitors.

The 2011 Honda Odyssey lineup expands from six models to seven with the addition of a new top-of-the-line Touring Elite trim level.

The 2011 Odyssey LX returns as the base trim level. Targeted at value-minded buyers who can live with manual sliding side doors, for example, the LX is expected to account for just 9 percent of 2011 Odyssey sales. Next up the line is the 2011 Odyssey EX. It’s pegged at 20 percent of sales and aimed at buyers who want a few additional features, such as alloy wheels and power sliding side doors, but don’t need the kid-resistant durability of leather upholstery.

The 2011 Odyssey EX-L models will again take the lion’s share of sales, with nearly 50 percent of Odyssey buyers choosing from this upscale trim line. The EX-L family is actually divided into three tiers, though they all come with leather upholstery (that’s what the “L” denotes). To the basic EX-L, the EX-L with Rear Entertainment System model adds a DVD player with a 9 inch ceiling screen; this is expected to be the single most popular 2011 Odyssey, accounting for 23 percent of volume. Next up the line is the EX-L with Navigation model, which substitutes a satellite-linked navigation system for the DVD entertainment setup.

Posted by amhAdmin on Jan 18 2011 in Honda Previews