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Honda has scheduled the June 16 release of its all new Fit Shuttle. The new station-wagon-like variant of the popular Fit subcompact will be offered with both a regular 4-cylinder engine or a hybrid version, the Nikkei business daily reported.
Increased production at the Suzuka factory in Mie Prefecture began in early May and has progressed enough to support the June 16 release date.
Actual deliveries to customers are expected to begin in July, the paper said.
Honda is eager to launch the vehicle, three months after its planned debut on March 18, disrupted by the deadly earthquake.
[Source: Automotive News]
In love with Honda’s HSV-010 GT race car replacement for the NSX in Japan’s Super GT Series? Then you won’t want to watch this. At the very first race of the season at Suzuki, three of the GT500 class cars collided on the front straight, taking out two in spectacular fashion.
The video shows the No. 32 Epson HSV-010 the No. 8 ARTA HSV-010 and No. 18 Weider Honda come together in a sandwhich, resulting in both No. 8 and 18 hitting the tire wall at the end of the straight. Takashi Kogure, who was piloting the No. 18 car, was the pole sitter for the race and was poised to contend for the top of the podium.
Instead, the HIS Kondo Nissan GT-R took the checkered flag, with the top Honda (the No. 100 Rabrig car) placing 3rd.
See after the jump for the video and plenty of slow motion replays.
GALLERY: Honda HSV-010 GT
Yesterday Toyota announced that due to financial reasons it will not be able to host the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, a move which could jeopardize a visit by Formula 1 to Japan next year.
The race was scheduled to be run at Fuji Speedway, which is owned by Toyota but given the current economic climate the $20 to $30 million cost of running the event became prohibitive.
Fuji Speedway president Hiroaki Kato described the decision not to host the 2010 F1 race as both “heartbreaking,” and “extremely difficult.”
Toyota hosted the Japanese Grand Prix in 2007 and 2008, while for decades before Honda played host at its Suzuka Circuit. Suzuka has been chosen for the venue to run the 2009 race, but Honda has not immediately come forward to host the 2010 event.
Despite the cost-cutting measures Toyota has made no move to sell-off or eliminate it’s hugely expensive and widely unsuccessful Formula 1 team.
[Photo credit: F1-site.com]