Honda Refutes Consumer Reports Review of 2012 Civic

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Honda Refutes Consumer Reports Review of 2012 Civic
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Being the savvy multinational corporation Honda is, it has to take its knocks with some tact. And with its reputation marred by Consumer Reports’ dragging of the 2012 Honda Civic through the muck, it’s no surprise that Honda has issued a statement claiming that they “fundamentally disagree” with the magazine’s review. Both Honda and Consumer… Continue Reading...

2012 Honda Civic Supply ‘Severely Restricted’ Dealers Warned; Sales Could Dip in 2011

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2012 Honda Civic Supply ‘Severely Restricted’ Dealers Warned; Sales Could Dip in 2011
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Every time a new version of a car is introduced sales are expected to spike. That, however, is not the case with the all-new 2012 Honda Civic with American Honda Motor Co. sales boss John Mendel warning dealers in a memo that supply will be “severely restricted, with limited availability of certain models.” Due to… Continue Reading...

Honda Dismisses Threats From UAW

Honda Dismisses Threats From UAW
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Even though Toyota saw its dealerships and other facilities picketed by UAW members in 2010, Honda is taking a tough stance on any interference by the United Auto Workers, with John Mendel, Honda‘s executive vice-president, dismissing them in a speech made on Tuesday. “The union announced that they’re going to target the operations of international… Continue Reading...

Honda CR-Z to Cost Less Than $20,000; No Si/Type R Planed

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Honda CR-Z to Cost Less Than $20,000; No Si/Type R Planed
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The new Honda CR-Z will go on sale in the U.S. on August 24th, with a starting price of under $20,000 reports InsideLine. Unfortunately the car will not be eligible for a federal tax credit. Apparently the rules state that only 60,000 tax credits for hybrids are allowed per automaker and Honda spokesman Chuck Schifsky… Continue Reading...

Next-Gen Honda Civic Delayed Until 2011

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Next-Gen Honda Civic Delayed Until 2011
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The next-generation Honda Civic will be delayed until 2011, possibly as a 2012 model year car. This will put the Civic significantly past the typical five-year cycle, stretching until six or possibly even seven years before the ninth-generation car debuts. The current Civic arrived back in September of 2005, making it already quite dated. Honda… Continue Reading...

Honda Tries Novel Approach With CR-Z, Targeting Older Enthusiasts

Honda Tries Novel Approach With CR-Z, Targeting Older Enthusiasts
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Car companies are eternally focused on capturing the all important “youth-market”, some even going as far as to create “youth brands”, like Toyota and their Scion line-up. Honda appears to be taking the opposite track with the launch of their new CR-Z hybrid sports car, hoping to take advantage of the demographic that was in… Continue Reading...

Report: Acura TSX Will be First Hybrid Model from Honda’s Luxury Division

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Report: Acura TSX Will be First Hybrid Model from Honda’s Luxury Division
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The entry-level TSX model will be the first Acura offered with a hybrid powertrain. According to one dealer sourced by Automotive News, the TSX hybrid will be offered starting in 2011. This news comes as somewhat of a surprise as previous rumors had suggested the next RL model would be Acura’s first hybrid, combining a… Continue Reading...

Report: Honda Gives Green Light to Second Generation Element

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Report: Honda Gives Green Light to Second Generation Element
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The Element, the ugly duckling of the Honda lineup, will live on for a second generation. According to a report by Automotive News, Honda VP John Mendel has confirmed that despite the car’s underachieving sales numbers there are good reasons to introduce a modernized version of the functional box. The largest argument for keeping the… Continue Reading...

Honda Insight Sales Lower Than Expected in U.S.

Honda Insight Sales Lower Than Expected in U.S.
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Honda is warning that it may not meet its forecasted sales target for the all-new 2010 Insight hybrid and is citing both the worldwide recession and the low cost of gas as factors. The Japanese automaker set an ambitious target of 200,000 units for the car’s first year, with almost half of those vehicle sales… Continue Reading...

Obama Proposes Significant Rise in Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Obama Proposes Significant Rise in Fuel-Efficiency Standards
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Yesterday President Obama announced a new proposal being put forward to increase fuel-economy standards across the board. If enacted, the legislation would see the fleet average for passenger vehicles rise to 35.5 mpg by 2016. Currently automakers are facing an 8 percent increase in fuel-economy standards that would see fleet averages for light-vehicles (cars and… Continue Reading...

Acura Becomes First Company to Ever Score Perfect Safety Rating For Every Vehicle It Sells

Acura Becomes First Company to Ever Score Perfect Safety Rating For Every Vehicle It Sells
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Several months ago we reported that Acura has achieved an historic first by earning a perfect rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for every vehicle in its lineup. Now Acura has claimed another manufacturer first after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the new Acura TL a perfect 5 star… Continue Reading...