Honda Australia has announced the full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies will be fitted as standard equipment across all next-generation models. The rollout of Honda Sensing is in fact already underway, with more than 20 per cent of current model variants equipped with the advanced technology systems.
Honda Sensing is the exclusive intelligent suite of safety and driver-assist technologies currently available in Australia on the Honda Accord, Civic sedan, Civic hatch, CR-V and Odyssey.
Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins, said: “Australian new car buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the latest safety technology in vehicles across the board but there is confusion on how they work.
“Honda is committed to bringing cars to the Australian market that are as competitively priced and value-packed as possible, and having the very best in safety technology is one of our highest priorities,” he said.
“Honda is well known for its excellence in engineering and while we are not first to market with this technology, we strive to ensure we are best to market. I’m confident that our Honda Sensing package will provide Australian consumers with a system that is intuitive and effective in its role of driver assistance.”
The results of a Honda-commissioned survey of 1,200 new car buyers intending to purchase in the next two years, showed that there is a significant opportunity and need to educate the market on the importance and benefit of crash prevention technology.
While customers generally understood airbags, anti-lock brakes and safe body structures, their knowledge of many of the newer safety technologies available was quite low.
Lane keeping assist/lane departure warning/lane change monitor and accident avoidance/collision detection/warning signal technologies were only top-of-mind with a small proportion of the surveyed new car intenders (12 per cent and 10 per cent respectively).
However, once educated on each technology, the market appeal for the advanced safety features increased significantly.
“It’s clear that if you’re talking about the customer – and Honda is focusing on this – you have to approach this type of safety technology with a customer education message,” Collins said.
“With this knowledge we plan to stagger the rollout of Honda Sensing and at the same time educate customers, ensuring they walk the journey with us and understand how Honda Sensing will complement their driving experience.”
Stemming from Honda’s ethos of maximising human potential, Honda Sensing is designed to assist the driver in their role, not replace the driver in any way. Honda Sensing was born from the brand’s global safety concept of ‘Safety for Everyone’ aiming to realise a collision-free society in which everyone, not only vehicle occupants, can share the roads safely.
Honda Sensing consists of six technologies all designed to assist and support the driver, while keeping driving fun.
The Honda Sensing suite includes:
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)
More than 20 per cent of current Honda model variants are already fitted with Honda Sensing as standard equipment.
Existing Honda model variants already fitted with Honda Sensing as standard equipment:
- Accord VTi-L and V6L
- Civic VTi-LX sedan
- Civic VTi-LX hatch
- CR-V VTi-LX
- Odyssey VTi-L
The all-new, production version of the 2019 Insight will make its global production debut on March 28 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), providing a first look at the latest entry in Honda’s expanding lineup of electrified vehicles. The new Insight, launching at Honda dealerships nationally in early summer, joins the Clarity series and just-launched 2018 Accord Hybrid as the fifth new Honda electrified vehicle introduced over the past year.
As a premium compact sedan, Insight is positioned and priced between Civic and Accord in Honda’s passenger car lineup. The Insight is unique in providing universally appealing styling, with the packaging and refinement of a premium compact sedan and fuel efficiency competitive with leading hatchback hybrid models. Powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative and efficient two-motor hybrid system, Insight’s 151 net system horsepower combines with a lightweight structure to deliver the best power-to-weight ratio in its class as well as up to 55-mpg in the city1.
“The Honda Insight shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car doesn’t mean sacrificing style, refinement or performance,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises.”
Design and Packaging
The 2019 Honda Insight boasts a sleek sedan design with a low and wide stance highlighted by Honda’s signature “flying wing” grille and bold front fascia, low-profile LED headlights and taillights, sharp and dynamic character lines and sweeping coupe-like roofline. Inside, the new Insight features premium cabin appointments including a soft-touch instrument panel with real stitching, ergonomically sculpted seats, a 7-inch TFT color digital driver’s meter, available heated and leather-trimmed seating and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.
The new Insight’s comparatively generous wheelbase (106.3 inches) and exceptional packaging efficiency yields best-in-class rear legroom of 37.4 inches, along with a spacious 15.1 cu.-ft. of trunk space that rivals petrol versions of midsize cars. The placement of the lithium-ion hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats allows for a fold-down rear seat (60/40-split on EX and Touring trims) to maximize cargo- and people-hauling flexibility.
Trims and Features
The 2019 Honda Insight will be available in three trims – the well-equipped Insight LX and EX and line-topping Insight Touring. Standard features include full LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, push-button start, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth®, Pandora® compatibility and a folding rear seat.
The Insight EX adds Smart Entry, two additional audio speakers, SiriusXM® radio and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with smartphone-like features and functionality, including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts.
The line-topping Insight Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, a power moonroof, LED side-mirror turn signals, perforated leather seating, heated front seats with 8-way power adjustment for the driver and 4-way power for the passenger, dual-zone climate control, embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, Honda HD Digital Traffic, 4G LTE Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot capability and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, next-generation HondaLink® subscription services, a 10-speaker premium audio system, and HomeLink® Remote System.
Body and Chassis
The Insight shares its basic platform architecture with the highly-praised 10th-generation Civic. In keeping with its premium compact sedan character, the Insight gets numerous engineering enhancements to further improve ride quality, cabin quietness and efficiency. The body features Honda’s Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. An aluminum hood, unique to Insight, reduces weight, while additional sound insulation in the engine bay, front fenders, front firewall, and front and rear floor further aids cabin quietness.
The Insight’s new chassis is designed to provide a highly refined, confident and composed driving experience. It utilizes a fully-independent suspension system – Macpherson strut front and multi-link rear – with liquid-sealing compliance bushings at both ends (Touring only). Like Civic, the Insight also features variable-ratio dual-pinion electric power steering. Confident and linear braking performance is provided by an electro-servo brake system, which seamlessly combines efficient regenerative braking and mechanical (friction) braking for ultimate stopping performance.
Advanced New Powertrain
The all-new Insight is powered by the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, featuring a highly efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, a powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 151 horsepower and 197 lb.-ft. of electric motor torque. Under most conditions, the Insight operates as a series hybrid, in which the petrol engine, connected to the generator motor, produces electricity that is supplied to either the electric propulsion motor and/or the 60-cell lithium-ion battery pack.
The Insight features three selectable driving modes – NORMAL, ECON, and SPORT – allowing drivers to customize their experience by maximizing efficiency or driving performance. Additionally, all Insights have steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors to choose among three levels of regenerative braking performance, depending on driving conditions. In normal mode, the Insight is capable of all-electric driving for short distances of roughly a mile. Unlike competing systems, Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology works without the need for a conventional automatic transmission, with the electric propulsion motor directly powering the drive axles. During higher speed operation a lock-up clutch connects the engine to the drive axles to provide the most efficient operation during highway and freeway driving.
Advanced Safety Technology
The 2019 Honda Insight will include the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, which includes Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. Insight EX and Touring trims will also come equipped with Honda LaneWatch™, and all trims will have a multi-angle rearview camera. The Insight targets top collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK with a “Good” rating in all crash test modes and a “Superior” rating for front crash protection.
The Insight will be manufactured alongside the Civic and CR-V at Honda’s plant in Greensburg, Indiana2. The hybrid battery unit will be assembled at the company’s Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio, with the 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine manufactured by Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, which also produces the engine for the Ohio-made 2018 Accord Hybrid.
1 Based on Honda internal certification testing
2 Using domestic and globally sourced parts
Honda has invested in advanced bi-directional charging technology at its European R&D site in Offenbach, Germany, which is helping to balance demand and store energy more efficiently across the facility.
The new charging system incorporates renewable energy generation and is a test bed for hardware that will be available to private households in the future.
The technology installation in Germany follows the debut of the domestic Honda Power Manager Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The concept previewed a fully integrated energy transfer, which takes power from the grid and can return stored energy from electric vehicle (EV) batteries – through ‘Vehicle-to-Grid’ or ‘V2G’ technology. This latest trial installation at Honda’s Offenbach site applies the same principles on a larger scale.
Through bi-directional energy transfer, electricity is drawn from the grid or is generated by photovoltaic solar panels and is used to charge EVs plugged in to the system. While an EV is plugged in, the energy held in its battery can be transferred back to help stabilise the grid at times of short or surplus supply.
Jörg Böttcher, Vice President of Honda R&D Europe, said: “With the installation of the latest bi-directional charging technology at our R&D site in Germany, we are adding the next technology to our Smart Company project, which will further enhance our research activity in the field of zero-emission society and future mobility.”
With the help of the bi-directional hardware and with the technology of The Mobility House*, Honda aims to optimise energy management at its European R&D campus, maximising the use of renewable solar power in particular. The project is testing the interaction, compatibility and power flow between specific electrical components, including the renewable energy cells and the EV batteries. The installation represents a collaboration between Honda R&D Europe, energy service provider The Mobility House and Swiss technology company EVTEC.
The investment in the bi-directional energy transfer technology further enhances the world’s most advanced public charging station for plug-in vehicles, which was launched at Honda R&D Europe in summer 2017. Its state-of-the-art 940V capability can deliver up to 150kW of energy, enabling as many as four vehicles to charge simultaneously with different types of connectors. Since its installation in June, the EV charging station has supplied power for 447 charge sessions and has saved 3.87 tonnes of CO2.
Honda Australia’s family oriented CR-V SUV has received a 5-star safety rating in the latest Australasian New Car Assessment Program.
As Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety organisation, ANCAP rated the Honda CR-V as one of the top choices among the latest tests. Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins said: “The fifth-generation Honda CR-V already offers an unsurpassed combination of style, versatility, technology and value.
“As a family-oriented SUV, CR-V customers and those considering purchasing a new CR-V can be assured that the CR-V’s Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure puts a priority on crash safety.”
The ACE body structure offers energy-dispersing crash stroke front frame rails, hot-stamped ultra-high-strength steel door rings and sills, and tailor-tempered B-pillars and rear frame structures, which help to protect occupants in a collision, while also helping minimise weight.
The structure uses the engine compartment to efficiently absorb and disperse collision energy during a head-on vehicle-to-vehicle collision. It features a frame structure composed of a highly efficient energy-absorbing main frame, a bulkhead upper side frame that absorbs the upper part of the collision energy, and a lower member that helps prevent misalignment of the frames of the vehicles involved. This design disperses collision forces over a larger frontal area, which enhances energy absorption of the engine compartment, reduces the chance of deformation of the passenger compartment and results in enhanced occupant protection. At the same time, the structure reduces the chance of vertical or lateral misalignment between the vehicle and other vehicle's safety structures.
During a frontal collision, a conventional body structure generally concentrates the loads from the impact through two pathways running longitudinally through the lower portion of the frame. The body structure’s front side frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple major load bearing pathways and away from the passenger compartment. The overall result is a high level of bending and twisting rigidity for the body, combined with enhanced crash-worthiness with no additional weight penalty.
ANCAP’s specialised safety rating program provides Australian consumers with transparent information on occupant and pedestrian protection levels and the collision avoidance capabilities different vehicles would deliver in the most common types of serious crashes.
ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin said: “Customers who have bought or are considering the Honda CR-V which launched earlier this year can be assured of a high level of safety with low injury readings recorded in all physical crash tests.”
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced/exhibited the following information and products at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017.
Summary of speech by Takahiro Hachigo, President and Representative Director, CEO
Honda has strengths in producing a broad range of products including motorcycles, automobiles, power products and even business jets. And Honda has relationships with 28 million customers around the world, which we established through our products.
Such strengths as a manufacturer and relationships with our customers are proof that Honda has been embodying its passion to “serve people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential,” which has been widely shared beyond the boundaries of countries and times.
Honda will further strengthen the lineup of our motorcycle and automobile global models, which represent one of Honda’s strengths, and continue to offer a broad range of attractive products to customers all around the world. Moreover, Honda has been working on the development of various technologies and products that will contribute toward the realisation of a carbon-free society and making good progress in making our petrol-powered vehicles cleaner and more fuel efficient.
In the area of automobiles, we have been expanding the lineup of hybrid vehicles and will continue to strengthen hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV models from here forward.
With our products equipped with electrification technologies, Honda will continue striving for the realisation of our enduring passion to realise the joy of helping people and the joy of driving. Honda will continue taking on challenges to expand the life’s potential of our customers.
Key Exhibition Models
Honda Sports EV Concept:
Honda exhibited the world premiere of the Honda Sports EV Concept, a concept model that combines EV performance and AI (artificial intelligence) inside a compact body with the aim to realise the joy of driving the user can feel with a sense of unity with the car.
Honda Urban EV Concept:
Built on a newly-developed dedicated EV platform, the Honda Urban EV Concept is a concept model which indicates the technology and design directions for Honda’s future mass-production EV models. A new model based on this concept will go on sale first in Europe, and then in Japan in 2020.
The Honda NeuV is an EV concept model that explores the potential of mobility products, which will be further expanded by automated driving technologies and AI. NeuV makes judgments about the driver’s state of stress based on facial expressions and/or tone of voice and provides assistance to the driver to support safe driving, and by learning the driver’s lifestyle and preferences, provides suggestions to the particular driver, realising communication between driver and mobility.
The Honda CR-V is an SUV model enjoyed by customers in more than 160 countries around the world. The lineup of this all-new CR-V includes a series-first hybrid model equipped with Honda’s original “SPORT HYBRID i-MMD” two-motor hybrid system, which will be available in front-wheel drive and 4WD variants. The all-new CR-V is already on sale in various markets, including Australia and is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in 2018.
Based on Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD, the output and capacity of the battery were increased, and the EV range of more than 100 km was made possible. The Clarity PHEV, a new-generation plug-in hybrid model, features an exterior form with low vehicle height, spacious cabin that seats 5 adults and a large-capacity cargo area. The Clarity PHEV is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in summer 2018.
Honda RoboCas Concept:
The Honda RoboCas Concept is a small-sized electric mobility product created to make people’s dreams and ideas come true. Different types of carrying space with a canopy can be freely combined with a compact-sized vehicle body base which has a driving function.
Honda Riding Assist-e:
The Honda Riding Assist-e is an experimental motorcycle model Honda developed by applying proprietary balance control technologies Honda amassed through its research in the field of robotics. Honda’s aim for this model is to offer motorcycle riders greater peace of mind and make life with motorcycles more fun for people by mitigating the risk of a fall.
Neo Sports Café Concept:
Honda exhibited the world premiere of the Neo Sports Café Concept, which is a concept model for a naked sport model that combines the fun and beauty of a sport bike with a new-generation motorcycle package.
The PCX Electric is an electric scooter equipped with a high-output motor developed independently by Honda as well as the Honda Mobile Power Pack, a detachable mobile battery pack. Honda PCX Electric is scheduled to go on sale in 2018 in the Asia region including Japan.
Honda newly-developed an original hybrid system designed for motorcycles. This compact hybrid system employs a high-output battery and ACG starter to assist the engine and enables PCX Hybrid to realize a “torqueful” riding performance. Honda PCX Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in 2018 in the Asia region including Japan.
Gold Wing Tour /Gold Wing
Honda exhibited the Japan premiere of the Honda Gold Wing grand touring model, which has been evolving as a flagship motorcycle model of Honda, and will underwent a full model change. The all-new Gold Wing features new technologies including a newly-developed horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine, 7-speed DCT and Honda’s original double wishbone suspension. The GOLDWING is planned to go on sale through Honda's new "Honda Dream" sales channel to be launched in April 2018.
Super Cub 110, a commemorative model recognising the 100 million-unit milestone
The Super Cub 110 is a special model Honda produced exclusively for the Tokyo Motor Show to commemorate the achievement of the 100 million-unit global production milestone this year and the 60th anniversary next year for the Super Cub series.
Super Cub C125
The Super Cub 125C inherited and evolved the attractive design and functionality as a personal commuter from the first-generation Super Cub (C100). This new 125 cc model features the latest equipment such as a smart key and electric seat opener and yet realizes ample power for a comfortable riding experience.
Cross Cub 110
Featuring a crossover style which will look good for both urban area riding and outdoor activities, the Cross Cub 110 proposes a new value of Honda Cub motorcycles. As a model oriented toward recreational use, the “tough” image is being emphasised with the adoption of a leg shield and wider tyres.
A 125cc horizontal, single-cylinder engine was installed to the signature body of the Honda Monkey with a sense of intentional deformation which comes from the short & tall body proportion unique to the Monkey series. Adopting unique features such as LED lights and digital meters, the Monkey 125 explores the new appeal of the Honda Monkey model.
Honda Exhibits at the TOKYO CONNECTED LAB 2017
Honda Ie-Mobi Concept (pronounced: ee-a mo-bee – “Ie” is a Japanese word for “home”): Honda Ie-Mobi Concept is an electrical mobility product that seamlessly connects a home and the car. Honda Ie-Mobi Concept makes it possible to supply electricity from the car to the home and from the home to the car. Moreover, this vehicle can be used also as a small room with the size of approximately 4.95m2.
Honda Fure-Mobi Concept (pronounced: foo-ray mo-bee – “Fure” comes from the Japanese word “Fureai” which means interaction, contact or touch):Honda Fure-Mobi Concept was developed under the theme of human-to-human interaction. This model has a size equivalent to that of a one-person electric wheelchair, but seats two people and realises smooth travelling on walkways or indoor spaces. Honda developed this model with the hope that this vehicle, which enables two people to move around together, will make people more proactively want to enjoy an outing.
Honda Chair-Mobi Concept:
Honda Chair-Mobi Concept is a chair-type mobility product that can be casually used in indoor or outdoor spaces. Its compact size and ability to turn in a small radius enable it to come into a tight space. The height-adjustable seating face features a function to maintain a level seat even while it is driven uphill or downhill. Honda developed this model as a mobility device that is capable of manoeuvering as flexibly as a pedestrian so that it can be used in various occasions.
Honda Ai-Miimo Concept
Honda Ai-Miimo Concept was developed based on the Honda Miimo, an electric self-propelled robotic lawn mower. By installing AI, it was turned into a model that communicates with its user and supports the user in their everyday life. Honda developed this model with the hope to create an existence that goes beyond the framework of a “product” but brings smiles and pleasant moments in people’s lives just like a pet or family member.
The eagerly anticipated, all-new Honda Civic Type R delivers an unrivalled combination of every day useability and track-honed dynamism. Powered by a 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine producing 228 kW of power and 400 Nm peak torque, and mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function, the Type R has been tuned to deliver flexible and exhilarating performance.
Celebrating 25 years of the famed Type R badge, the fifth-generation Civic Type R is available in a single feature-packed specification, offering a compelling mix of performance and equipment, priced at $50,990*.
Standard equipment for Australia includes a four-wheel adaptive damper system with three driving modes, Brembo brake package, 20-inch alloy wheels, the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, plus class-leading interior space.
“The ultimate in Civic performance and a direct manifestation of Honda’s racing spirit, experience and heritage, the Type R stands as a banner of Honda’s commitment to creating products that put customers – and enthusiasts – at the centre of everything it does,” said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins. “Honda is renowned for pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, and the result with Type R is the ultimate expression of the Civic nameplate, as well as another cutting-edge Honda performance model to sit alongside the pioneering NSX hybrid supercar.
“The all-new Civic Type R showcases the very best that Honda can produce in a front-wheel drive performance car.”
The Honda Civic Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment – both on road and on the race track. It retains the heritage of Honda’s high performance hatchback bloodline, combining expertly-tuned front-wheel drive chassis dynamics with aggressive design and finely-honed aerodynamics.
The move to one global platform for all models in the 10th-generation Civic line-up paved the way for the return of the Civic Type R to Australia. Globally, this is the fifth-generation of the legendary Civic Type R – the original Civic Type R was launched as a Japan-only model in 1997, while only the third generation model was previously available in Australia.
The new Civic Type R was developed in parallel with the regular Civic hatchback, as part of the same development program that delivered mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both variants.
A new single-mass flywheel coupled with the slick six-speed manual gearbox reduces clutch inertia weight by 25 per cent and combines with a seven per cent lower final gear ratio to enhance response under acceleration. The rev-matching function smooths shifts, eliminating undesirable transmission ‘shock’ associated with excessive or insufficient revving. The rev-matching function further enhances the joy of driving a manual transmission sports car.
A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system, contributing directly to the vehicle’s rewarding dynamics.
The advanced Dual-Axis Strut Front Suspension system reduces torque steer and enhances on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s new multi-link suspension enhances ride comfort as well as high speed stability. Dual-pinion variable-ratio Electric Power Steering is new to the Type R, using a similar system as featured on the core Civic range, but optimising the variable ratio to deliver a more direct and secure feel at high speed.
Maximum power output from the optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine is 228 kW at 6500rpm, while peak torque of 400 Nm is developed from 2500-4500 rpm. It is both the quickest-accelerating and fastest car in its class, as well as the fastest front-wheel drive car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a record lap time of 7min 43.8sec.
The 2017 Type R has a new selection of driving modes, adding a ‘Comfort’ setting to the default ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes – all of which tailor the suspension compliance, steering geometry and throttle response of the car on demand. Compared to the previous Type R, the more significant difference between the damping forces of each driving mode gives the new car greater useability across a wider range of road surfaces. Notably, Comfort mode affords a high degree of compliance, coupled with a less urgent level of steering and throttle response.
The aggressive silhouette makes a confident statement about the Civic Type R’s dynamic character. Wider, longer and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Type R has short overhangs and muscular, taut lines, while a sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheelarches and sculpted front and rear intakes point to its performance and sporting intent.
A comprehensive aerodynamics package includes a smooth underbody, front air curtain, a slim rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line. These features contribute to a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, delivering superior levels of high speed stability.
The all-new interior of the 10th-generation Civic has significantly improved levels of quality, comfort and refinement. Front and rear seat occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space than ever before in which to experience the Type R’s blistering performance, while the large boot and innovative side-sliding tonneau cover ensure the car retains its position as the most practical and versatile of high-performance hatchbacks.
New Civic Type R was engineered as part of the core development program for the 10th-generation Civic range – the largest global project for a single model in Honda’s history. It is manufactured exclusively at Honda’s Swindon, UK plant and will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Australia, Japan and the U.S.
Its arrival in North America marks the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there, while it returns to Australia for the first time since the third-generation Civic Type R was discontinued in 2012.
*Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) excludes Dealer Delivery and statutory charges. Premium, metallic, pearlescent paint is $575
Honda Australia has sharpened the customer appeal of the Honda Jazz, announcing a national Drive Away price for the spacious, versatile hatch. Jazz VTi manual and VTi CVT automatic will benefit from Drive Away pricing on all 2017 build YM18 Jazz stock, a significant saving for first-car buyers shopping for a safe and reliable vehicle in the light-car segment. The deal will run until all MY17 build stock is sold.
Jazz VTi (MT) will be $15,990 Drive Away and the Jazz VTi CVT automatic will be $17,990 Drive Away. Metallic and Pearlescent paint is $495 extra.
Overall, the Drive Away deal represents a significant saving for customers. The Jazz has recently benefited from a host of upgrades, including the addition of a 7-inch touch screen audio system and satellite navigation for the VTi-S and VTi-L models.
“Over the years, the Honda Jazz has earned a solid reputation as a spacious and fuel-efficient hatch with standard features customers desire and value; so we’ve really sharpened the deal for those new-car buyers cross-shopping in the segment,” Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins, said.
Honda’s new standard 5 year / unlimited kilometre warranty# across the whole product range also provides a compelling reason to put it on the shopping list, Collins said. “The new warranty further underpins Honda’s reputation for quality and reliability,” he said.
The Honda Jazz enjoys a reputation for smart functionality within its compact dimensions. The spacious interior has room for five and a versatile cargo capability with Honda’s renown Magic Seats, which allow the rear seats to flip and fold in 18 different combinations.
“This level of cargo-carrying versatility makes it a leader in the segment and even challenges some larger rivals,” Collins said. The Jazz is available in three variants — VTi, VTi-S and VTi-L — all powered by Honda’s proven and fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine. The 1.5-litre engine develops 88 kW and 145 Nm. A manual transmission is available in the VTi and achieves 6.5 litres / 100 kilometres* while the VTi CVT automatic delivers 5.9 litres / 100 kilometres*.
*Combined fuel economy figure based on ADR81/02.
#5-Year Unlimited Kilometre Warranty available on all vehicles except those used for commercial purposes, where a 5 year/140,000 kilometre (whichever occurs first) warranty is applicable. Honda warranties apply where due care is exercised by the owner and the vehicle is maintained in accordance with the Owner's Warranty and Service Manual. Please visit honda.com.au/warranty for full terms and conditions.
Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle, the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model.
The concept was officially introduced by Honda Motor Co. President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, during his press conference speech. “This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019,” he added, confirming that the concept is set to be launched within two years.
Honda’s Urban EV Concept showcases advanced technology within a simple and sophisticated design. Its low and wide proportions give the car a planted, muscular stance that hint at sporty driving performance. Its compact proportions mean it has a total vehicle length 100mm shorter than the Jazz supermini.
The Honda emblem on the concept is backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for the company‘s future EVs. At the front of the car, interactive multilingual messages can be displayed between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other drivers on the road, or charging status updates.
The driver’s outward visibility from the Urban EV Concept is excellent thanks to slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the car. Entry and exit from the vehicle is via rear-hinged coach doors. The electric charging cable connection is housed on the bonnet.
Honda’s Urban EV Concept can accommodate four occupants, across two bench seats finished in different materials. To create a lounge feeling, the front row is upholstered with natural grey fabric, with the seat backs, squabs and arm rests embellished with contemporary wood finish accents. The seatbelts for the rear bench are fixed in the middle of the seat, allowing the belt to retract out of the way before a passenger exits the car.
The same wood finish wraps around a large ‘floating’ dashboard console. This houses the steering wheel column, a set of simple control buttons, and a panoramic display screen. The dashboard itself is completed by a wrap-around screen that runs behind the console and extends into the doors. The main dashboard screen presents a range of vehicle information including remaining battery level. Whilst the extended door screens function as the car’s wing mirrors through digital camera displays.
Honda Automated Network Assistant concierge
Honda’s Urban EV Concept showcases the company’s vision for a world where mobility and daily life are seamlessly linked. The on-board advanced Honda Automated Network Assistant acts as a personal concierge, which learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver’s past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.
Honda Power Manager
New methods for managing energy transfers between the grid, homes and electric vehicles could provide revenue opportunities for EV owners in the future. Honda’s Power Manager Concept, revealed alongside the Urban EV Concept in Frankfurt, is a smart system that can store energy more efficiently, releasing electricity generated by renewable sources back into the home or selling it back to the grid.
Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy, launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, includes the development of a dedicated electric vehicle platform, featuring fully-electric powertrain technology. Key parts of the powertrain development will include a high-density, lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and the evolution of energy transfer functions – both to and from the vehicle.
After more than six years since it was last offered for sale on a Honda vehicle locally, the famous red ‘H’ badge has made its long-awaited return to Australia, with the first shipment of the all-new Civic Type R arriving into Melbourne over the weekend. The first car to drive off the ship at Port of Melbourne’s Webb Dock facility and officially mark the return of the Type R name to Australian shores was a striking Rally Red example, which is earmarked to serve as a media evaluation vehicle over the coming months.
It was followed by around 60 customer cars that will soon be on their way to Honda dealerships across Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory, before being delivered to their new owners. More shipments of the all-new Honda Civic Type R will arrive over the coming weeks, with more than 400 vehicles scheduled to arrive before the end of the year to satisfy the significant early demand for the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap-record holder.
“The ultimate in Civic performance and a direct manifestation of Honda’s racing spirit, experience and heritage, the Type R stands as a banner of Honda’s commitment to creating products that put customers – and enthusiasts – at the centre of everything it does,” said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins.
“Since the Civic Type R prototype was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last year, the anticipation surrounding Honda’s next-generation high-performance hot hatch has continued to build, so it’s incredibly exciting to have the first cars here now and it won’t be long until we’ll start to see them out on the road. The arrival of the all-new Civic Type R is the culmination of 18 months of intense new product activity for Honda Australia that has seen our entire line-up of vehicles either refreshed, updated or all-new models introduced to market.”
The all-new Honda Civic Type R will offer customers an unrivalled combination of everyday useability and track-honed dynamism. Powered by a 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine producing 228 kW of power and 400 Nm peak torque, and mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function, the Type R has been tuned to deliver flexible and exhilarating performance.
The move to one global platform for all models in the tenth-generation Civic line-up paved the way for the return of the Civic Type R to Australia. Globally, this is the fifth-generation of the legendary Civic Type R – the original Civic Type R was launched as a Japan-only model in 1997, while only the second and third generation models were previously available in Australia.
Engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment – both on road and on the race track – the Civic Type R retains the heritage of Honda’s high performance hatchback bloodline, combining expertly-tuned front-wheel drive chassis dynamics with aggressive design and finely-honed aerodynamics.
The new Honda Civic Type R will be available in a single feature-packed specification, offering a compelling mix of performance and equipment, priced at $50,990*. Standard equipment for Australia includes adaptive dampers with three driving modes, Brembo brake package, 20-inch alloy wheels, the full Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, plus class-leading interior space.
“Honda is renowned for pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, and the result is the ultimate in Civic performance,” added Collins. “The all-new Civic Type R showcases the very best that Honda can produce in a front-wheel drive performance car.”
*Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) excludes Dealer Delivery and statutory charges.
Honda Australia’s new product onslaught continues unabated with the announcement of a refreshed Honda Jazz range, which will start arriving into dealerships this month. In an 18-month period that has seen the complete line-up of Honda vehicles in Australia either refreshed, updated or all-new models arrive, the updated Honda Jazz is the latest Honda model to receive an array of styling and technical upgrades.
Featuring an enhanced sporty design, the 2018 Year Model Honda Jazz is fitted with new front and rear bumpers, a new front grille and, on the VTi-L grade, new bi-LED headlights with LED high and low beam, as well as LED daytime running lights (DRLs).
Fresh wheel designs and colour treatments, along with a new paint colour, Phoenix Orange* pearlescent, complete the exterior enhancements. In total there are seven colours available: Rally Red, Phoenix Orange*, Brilliant Sporty Blue*, White Orchid*, Lunar Silver*, Modern Steel* and Crystal Black*.
The refreshed 16-inch alloys are available on both the VTi-S and VTi-L models while power continues to be provided by Honda’s reliable and fuel efficient 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine, which produces 88 kW of power and 145 Nm peak torque. Inside there are a host of visual upgrades across the range, the biggest being the addition of a 7-inch touch screen audio system. Built in satellite navigation is now standard in both the VTi-S and VTi-L.
“Combined with Honda’s new 5 year / unlimited kilometre warranty, the refreshed Honda Jazz makes a very compelling argument for customers as one of the best equipped and best value-for-money light cars available,” Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins, said. The Honda Jazz line-up continues with three grades, a VTi (manual / CVT), VTi-S and VTi-L. Both the VTi-S and VTi-L come standard with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The Honda Jazz is also one of the most versatile light cars available, with its renowned Magic Seats offering 18 different configurations for customers who need a vehicle that not only is easy on the pocket to own, but can easily be converted into a versatile load lugger when required.
Customers can also add a level of individualisation with the keenly priced Luxe Pack, available on all variants. The Luxe Pack adds black alloy wheels, door visors, bonnet protector, alloy pedals, carpet mats, door sill garnish and a luggage tray. The Luxe Pack has a Recommended Fitted Retail Price (RFRP) of $1,498.
Honda Jazz 18YM pricing
*Metallic and Pearlescent paint - $495
Honda Jazz VTi
- Magic Seats
- Multi-angle reversing camera
- Touchscreen Audio (7-inch) including:
- -AM/FM radio
- -Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity°
- -AUX port
- -USB port
- 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
- 88kW @ 6600rpm and 145Nm @ 4800rpm
- 5-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission
- Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (MAEPS)
- 15-inch steel wheels
- Electrically adjustable door mirrors with LED turn indicators
- LED taillights
- Accessory 12V power outlet
- Black fabric seat trim
- Cruise control
- Power windows with driver auto up/down
- Eco Assist
- ECON Mode (automatic transmission only)
- Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel
- Four speaker audio
- SRS airbags: dual front, side and full-length curtain
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
- Hill Start Assist (HSA)
- Engine immobiliser
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control System (TCS)
- Whiplash mitigating front seats
Honda Jazz VTi-S
Additional features over the VTi:
+ Built-in Satellite Navigation
+ LED Projector-beam headlights
+ Tailgate spoiler
+ 16-inch alloy wheels
+ Premium Fabric seat trim
+ Chrome rear licence plate garnish
+ Electrically retractable door mirrors
+ Fog lights
+ Side skirts
+ 12-volve power outlet in centre console
+ Armrest console
+ Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Honda Jazz VTi-L
Additional features over the VTi-S:
+ Bi-LED headlights
+ Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
+ Leather-appointed seat trim
+ Heated front seats
+ Smart entry and push button start
+ Paddle shifters
+ Security alarm
+ 6-speaker audio
+ Leather shift knob
+ Climate control
+ Power windows with driver and front passenger auto up/down
+ Rear parking sensors
+ Rear seat centre fold-down armrest