Australia’s Cheapest Car

It was Australia's cheapest car - the Honda N360 sold here as the Honda Scamp

In 1968 the Honda N360 arrived in Australia and the marketing message was that this was Australia’s cheapest car. It cost just $1397 and to go with the cheeky price tag it had a cheeky name … the Scamp.

The Honda Scamp was powered by an air-cooled, four-stroke 354cc, alloy overhead camshaft two-cylinder engine that Honda had developed from the engine that powered the Honda CB350 motorcycle. Top speed was 115kmh and fuel consumption was a miserly 4.7L/100km

That small engine put out just 23kW of power through the front wheels via a three-speed automatic box that was way ahead of its time.

A gearbox way ahead of its time
Honda’s automatic transmission allowed drivers to choose between manual and automatic gear changes. That’s a feature that is available in almost all automatic cars these days but back in the 1960s it was

The designers at Honda set out to design a vehicle that gave maximum space to the driver and passengers and minimum space to everything else so the N360 was the perfect example of a design that had a wheel in each corner and every available inch of non-human space crammed with equipment.

How often do you find a vehicle design that puts the spare wheel in the engine compartment?

The motoring press of the time praised Honda for the design and the high level of features that were standard but some of the things that we take for granted these days were options on the Honda N360.

If you wanted foglamps, carpeting, a tacho, a clock and reclining seats you had to pay extra.

The vehicle sold well in Australia despite the fact that we were living in a period when Holdens and Falcons were everywhere. Today only a handful of these amazing little vehicles remain on Australian roads.

The Honda N360 first appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1966 and it went on sale in March 1966 so this is the N360’s 50th anniversary.

By the time production ceased well over million Honda N360’s had been sold world-wide.


By | November 28th, 2016|Honda|Comments Off on Australia’s Cheapest Car

Safety and the Honda CR-Z

honda-cr-zHave you ever wondered what a car has to have built into it if it’s to have any hope of achieving a five-star safety rating?

Well the Honda CR-Z has just been rated one of Europe’s safest cars, achieving a maximum 5-stars in the latest independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP.

Euro NCAP’s rating scheme focuses on the vehicle’s overall safety performance which gives consumers an easy to understand single score. The system considers occupant protection in frontal, side, pole and rear impacts, child protection, pedestrian protection and the availability of driver aids.

The rating scheme uses a weighted score, combining many aspects of a car’s safety performance: adult (50%), child (20%) and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results with the availability of safety assistance devices (10%). To qualify for inclusion, safety assistance devices must be fitted as standard across 90% of the EU 27 2010 model range.

And when it comes down to the Honda CR-Z:

Vehicle Stability Assist
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying braking assistance to any of the wheels as necessary and modulating the engine torque output as required.

Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes ensure road stability, which is further enhanced by the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)
The ACE body structure is a Honda exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The ACE design utilises a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.

This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.

Pedestrian Protection
The CR-Z also incorporates many features designed with pedestrian-protection in mind. Research has shown that these features can dramatically improve a pedestrian’s chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle. Features include windscreen wiper pivots designed to break away on impact, energy absorbing front wing mounts and bonnet hinges, as well as an unobstructed area beneath the bonnet allowing greater space for deformation.


Airbags and Seatbelts
On all models in the range, the driver and passenger Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) front and side airbags are complemented by full length curtain airbags to protect all occupants. There are three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts in all seating positions, the front seatbelts also have two stage Energy Absorption (EA) load limiting pre-tensioners.

Active headrests
The CR-Z is equipped with front seat active headrests which reduce the likelihood of neck injury in rear impacts. As the occupant is pushed against the seat back, a rigid plate in the seat presses a link to the headrest pushing it up and forward to support the head.

By | August 29th, 2010|Honda|Comments Off on Safety and the Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z – it’s a big hit in Japan

honda-cr-z-hybridHonda did plan on selling around a thousand of their all-new hybrid Honda CR-Z a month but that was a serious under-estimation. In the first month of sales for the Honda CR-Z in Japan around 10,000 orders have been received.

The Honda CR-Z is the world’s first six-speed manual transmission hybrid car and in the first month 40% of the of all Honda CR-Z sales were for the manual transmission.

The Honda CR-Z also comes with a unique 3-Mode Drive System that maximises a driver’s choice and enhances the driving experience.


Honda was planning on annual global sales of between 40,000 and 50,000 CR-Z models but that’s a figure that now looks as though it needs to be revised upwards.

By | March 26th, 2010|Honda|1 Comment

Honda Insight – World Green Car Awards Finalist

honda-insightThe second-generation Honda Insight is due to arrive in Australia late this year and it’s the first of a new range of hybrid models to be launched by Honda.

Despite the fact that the Honda Insight is yet to arrive in Australia it’s already attracting a lot of attention overseas and it’s one of three finalists for the 2010 World Green Car award, to be announced at the New York International Auto Show on 1 April, 2010.

The winner of last year’s award was the Honda FCX Clarity.

The World Green Car awards began in 2004 to recognise and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. Judging criteria for the 2010 World Green Car award included: fuel consumption; exhaust emissions; and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry) aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle’s environmental responsibility.

Each candidate for the award was extensively reviewed by three green experts appointed by the World Car Steering Committee: Sam Abuelsamid, representing North America; Dean Slavnich, representing Europe; and Tadashi Tateuchi, representing Asia.

The second-generation Honda Insight represents over 20 years of hybrid development with its primary aim to make hybrid technology more affordable for more people.

The lightweight, compact hybrid system combines exceptional fuel economy with CO2 emissions of just 101g/km. The vehicle features a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine, as well as Honda’s proprietary Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) and Ecological Drive Assist System.

Previous awards won by the Honda Insight include winner of the 2009 UK Environmental Transport Association (ETA) Green Car Awards and 2009 Top Safety Pick by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

By | March 15th, 2010|Honda|Comments Off on Honda Insight – World Green Car Awards Finalist

Honda Accord and Honda CR-V Named ‘Best in Class’ in the United States

honda-crv With Honda CR-V sales plummeting (down over 25% last month) and Honda Accord sales down as well Honda must be wondering what they have to do to attract the buyers here in Australia … especially when they can win awards in other parts of the world.

The Honda Accord and CR-V have been named in Kiplinger’s 2010 ‘Best in Class’ awards in the U.S, with the Accord taking Best in Class in the US$25,000 – $30,000 price range and the CR-V named Best in Class: Small Crossover.

The V6 Honda Accord won its price range category for the third year in a row, with editors nominating the vehicle’s impressive reliability, comfortable ride, standard safety equipment and ‘powerful yet thrifty’ driving approach as key selling points.

One of the first models introduced to Australia, the Accord is the most highly decorated vehicle in Honda’s history. It was the first Japanese car to win the coveted ‘Wheels Car of the Year’ award during its first year in Australia and was more recently named 2008 Drive Car of the Year and Large Car of the Year.

Adding to its popularity as the top-selling compact crossover in the U.S, the Honda CR-V was awarded Best in Class for its clean design, fuel economy, and impressive driveability. Kiplinger’s editors also nominated the vehicle’s strong resale value as a contributing factor.


One of Honda Australia’s most popular cars, the CR-V is a versatile family car that offers superior safety, style and affordability. Comprehensively equipped with safety features, the CR-V features Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body, Vehicle Stability Assist and front, side and curtain airbags as standard across the entire range.

The Best in Class awards recognise vehicles that are proven standouts in their respective categories. Vehicles are judged on performance, value, safety and road test results.

Kiplinger is a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, available in print, online, audio, video and software products.

By | March 10th, 2010|Honda|1 Comment

Honda Civic R Rally Car

honda-civic-rThe Honda Civic Type R of Eli Evans and Glen Weston missed a podium position by mere seconds to finish overall fourth place at least weekend’s Rally of Tasmania.

It was an impressive debut for the JAS Motorsport built, Mugen powered, Tankformers backed Evans Motorsport Honda Civic Type R.

On Friday’s first leg over two competitive stages, Evans and Weston finished first and second to end the day second overall by just 0.3 of a second.

Confidence was high for a good result on Saturday’s second leg which covered eight stages. Despite problems with the championship control tyres, Eli still managed to grab a stage win, as well as a second and third place on two other stages in the morning. However as the day progressed the tyre situation became critical, and after a quick off-road excursion Evans backed off.. As a result he ended the day in eighth place.

The weather was cooler on Sunday for leg three and Evans was able to attack the eight stages with renewed vigour.

Over the first six stages the Tankformers Honda Civic Type R won three and placed second in the other three. At the start of the final stage, run around the streets of Burnie, the gear lever broke as Evans grabbed second gear off the line. Unable to change gears Evans cruised through the stage resulting in a slow time.

Eli Evans, Glen Weston and the Evans Motorsport team were delighted with the strong showing of the Honda Civic Type R, clearly demonstrating its winning potential, collecting 50 championship points and instantly becoming the crowd favourite.

By | March 4th, 2010|Honda|Comments Off on Honda Civic R Rally Car

The 2010 Honda CR-V

2010-honda-crvThe Honda CR-V is one of those vehicles that seems to attract a following and it’s definitely well-deserved. Not only does it deliver on looks and comfort but it comes with a reputation for reliability that stretches back ten years or more.

Now the 2010 Honda Cr-V looks set to continue that reputation and it sets a new specification level and reduced costs.

Heading the list of new features is the addition of curtain airbags on the entry model; now every CR-V in the range has dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags as standard.

The CR-V’s exterior styling comes with distinctive new bumpers, an evolution of the two-step grille, revised exterior mirrors to further reduce wind noise, chrome exhaust tip and new design alloy wheels on both the Sport and Luxury models.


The CRV’s smooth ride and handling has been further improved with changes to the front castor angles and compliances bushes at the rear.

NVH levels are lower, with extra sound deadening around the engine bay and throughout the entire cabin, adding to the high-quality refinement of the CR-V while making it even quieter and more relaxing to drive.

Inside, new design door handles and interior surfaces, upgraded fabrics and plastics create an improved finish, combining the toughness of an SUV with the quality of a passenger car. A new interior colour replaces the ivory of the previous model.


The entry model gains full-length curtain airbags, the Sport gets new 7-spoke alloy wheels, the Luxury receiving new design 5 twin-spoke alloy wheels as well as auto headlights and wipers.

Two new accessory packs are available for all CR-V models, the Active pack and Modulo Sports pack.

The ‘Active’ pack which includes Bluetooth, Side steps, Roof racks, Deluxe mats, Cargo protector tray, Chrome exhaust tip, side window visors, door sill garnish and dust and pollen filter.

The ‘Modulo Sports’ features side steps, front skid plate, rear skid plate, Tailgate spoiler, Sports grille, Chrome exhaust tip and chrome mirror covers.

Both packs sell for $2,699 including fitting.

The CR-V’s colour palette has been expanded to six colours including two new additions, Urban Titanium and Habenero Red.

In addition to the specification upgrades, pricing of the 2010 CRV range is more compelling, offering customers even greater value for money.


Prices for the 2010 Honda Cr-V start at $30,990 plus dealer deliver charges and on-road costs for the Standard version fitted with manual transmission and run right up to $43,265 plus dealer deliver charges and on-road costs for the Luxury model fitted with automatic transmission and metallic paint.

By | February 21st, 2010|Honda|Comments Off on The 2010 Honda CR-V

A Honda Recall

honda-crv-recallIf you thought that Toyota was the only Japanese car maker that was recalling a lot of vehicles … well I’ve got to tell you that Honda is recalling a sizeable chunk too and some of them are here in Australia.

Here is Honda’s official statement on the recall of Honda Accord and Honda CR-V vehicles:

Honda Australia has expanded a recent recall of 1,323 vehicles produced in 2001 and 2002 by a further 703 units, to replace the driver’s airbag inflator.

The total number of vehicles subject to this worldwide expansion is 437,763 units.

Based on Honda’s ongoing investigation and analysis, the recall was expanded to include a further 514,355 units in North America, Japan and other regions since November 2008 and June 2009, although there have been no incidents of airbag failure reported for vehicles included this time.

Some of the compressed inflator propellant* located inside the inflator of the driver’s SRS airbag was defective. As a result, when the driver’s airbag is deployed in the event of an accident or under other circumstances, there is a possibility that an abrupt increase in the inflator’s internal pressure may rupture the casing of the inflator and cause fragments of airbag parts to scatter possibly causing injury to vehicle occupants.

*chemical substance which generates gas to inflate the airbag

First measure
1) As the result of our investigation based on incidents that occurred in the U.S. after February 2007, we identified the cause of the problem as excessive moisture intake by the compressed inflator propellant within the inflator. Based on this conclusion, in November 2008, we issued a recall notification in the U.S. and Canada.

* Total: 4,205 units (3,940 units in the U.S., 218 units in Canada, 47 units in Mexico)

Second measure
2) We continued our analysis as there were additional incidents involving vehicles outside of the range of the original recall. In order to prevent the same incidents from occurring in the future, we decided to expand the range and issued a second recall notification in the U.S. and Canada on June 30, 2009. A recall notification was issued for the first time in Japan on July 29, 2009.

* Total: 510,150 units (443,727 units in the U.S., 49,452 units in Canada, 1,532 units in Japan, 15,439 units in other counties)

Latest measure
3) As a result of our continued investigation, we identified that there is a possibility that the defect occurs when the stamping pressure during the production of the compressed inflator propellant is not high enough. And we concluded that the fact that adequate stamping pressure management was not performed for production of the compressed inflator propellant using a certain stamping machine was the cause of the problem. Therefore, we decided to expand the recall to include all vehicles using compressed inflator propellant produced with this particular equipment.

* Total: 437,763 units (378,758 units in the U.S., 41,685 units in Canada, 4,042 units in Japan, 13,278 units in other counties)

The inflator in the driver’s SRS airbag of vehicles subject to this recall will be replaced with a non-defective inflator in all affected regions/countries.

This expanded recall broadens the scope to include all compressed inflator propellant which was produced using equipment that experienced a problem. Therefore, based on our understanding, this action would rule out the possibility of the same incident occurring in the future.

Model: Honda Accord
Year: 2001 and 2002
Affected: 2,026 units (1,323 units Aug.’09 + 681 units Feb. ’10)

Model: Honda CR-V
Year: 2002
Affected: 22 units (Feb.’10)

By | February 10th, 2010|Honda, News|Comments Off on A Honda Recall

Honda Jazz Recall – Not in Australia

Honda has announced that the latest recall affecting the Honda Jazz range in various countries around the world does not include any that have been sold in Australia.

It seems that the faulty power window switch was not fitted to any Honda Jazz vehicles sold in Australia.

By | February 1st, 2010|Honda, News|1 Comment

Honda Civic Type R

honda-civic-type-rHave you ever wondered what you might find inside those dull-looking shipping containers that you see around ports and on the backs of trucks rumbling past in the streets?

Usually it’s nothing very interesting at all but look what rolled out of one dull red shipping container in Melbourne earlier this month.

It’s an Italian J.A.S Motorsport-built Honda Civic Type R and Honda have brought it into Australia sot that Eli Evans can have another tilt at the Australian Rally Championships.

The first round of the championship is being held in Tasmania from February 26 to 28.

By | January 25th, 2010|Honda, News|1 Comment

Honda Jazz – Best Car for Retained Value in the UK

honda-jazzThe Honda Jazz is Britain’s best car for retained value, according to an annual report by Parker’s, a leading UK car buyer web site.

The Jazz includes many features of a bigger car – load space, driving feel, high-spec equipment – and the benefits of excellent fuel economy, low emissions and the modest running costs of a small car.

“The latest version of the Honda Jazz picks up where the previous model left off as a very desirable used car,” said Kieren Puffett, Editor at Parker’s.

“A combination of incredible flexibility for a vehicle of its size, the interior space of a much larger car and low running costs make it just as appealing to used car buyers as it does to those choosing new. It proved to be the safest investment on four wheels during 2009,” Mr Puffett said.

Honda Jazz Dashboard

Parker’s annual survey compared the current, private resale value of almost 300 model ranges [in good condition with 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) on the clock] to the price of a new vehicle 12 months earlier.

The index showed that small cars experienced the lowest depreciation value, with models in this class making up 35 of the top 40 places in the survey.

Since its debut in October 2002, the Honda Jazz has sold more than 64,000 units in Australia. The economical light hatch is one of Honda Australia’s most popular models

By | January 21st, 2010|Honda, News|1 Comment

Honda CRZ Sports Hybrid

honda-cr-z-hybridThe Honda CR-Z sports hybrid made its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on overnight as Honda unveiled the world’s first six-speed manual transmission hybrid car.

It is a unique hybrid car, combining the advantages of an efficient petrol-electric hybrid engine with a 6-speed manual transmission in a stylish coupe body. Honda wants this car to change current perceptions of hybrids, with its driver-focussed chassis and responsive engine assisted by the IMA parallel hybrid system.

The CR-Z ‘s exterior is designed around a ’One-Motion Wedge’ concept with a low bonnet line and wide track, giving the car an athletic look. Signature Honda design features including the split-level rear glass hatch and raked roofline have been referenced in the design then combined with a curvaceous and deeply sculpted exterior form.

Side view of the Honda CR-Z hybrid sports car

For the first time, a parallel hybrid system is combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new CR-Z teams a conventional manual gearbox with a petrol-electric drivetrain for the first time since the 5-speed 2003 Civic IMA (not sold in Australia) and is possible only because of Honda’s flexible IMA parallel hybrid system.

The manual transmission is connected to a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine and is a key component in the CR-Z’s unique character. The revvy nature of the engine is enhanced with an additional 78 Nm of torque provided by the 10kW electric motor, located between the engine and transmission.

The 1.5 litre engine combined with the power and torque of the IMA parallel hybrid system gives an overall power output of 91kW and 174 Nm of torque. The peak torque figure is identical to that of the 1.8-litre Civic and with 35 g/km lower CO2 emissions of just 117 g/km*.

The only six-speed manual hybrid sports car - the Honda CR-Z

The electric motor gives the CR-Z an unusually flat torque curve with the maximum achieved at 1500 rpm, unusually low for a naturally aspirated engine. Teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission, the IMA assisted engine provides great in-gear flexibility, excellent exhaust emissions.

To maximise driver choice and enhance the driving experience, the CR-Z has been fitted with a 3-Mode Drive System. This unique feature allows the driver to choose between three driving modes, which alter the responses of the throttle, steering, idle stop timing, climate control and the level of assistance provided by the IMA system.

In developing this 3-Mode Drive System, Honda is giving drivers the choice to maximise enjoyment, economy or strike a balance between the two. Honda’s engineers wanted to give customers more choices in how the CR-Z would drive, depending on their needs and desires at the time.

The shallow raked roofline and short tail of the CR-Z is a feature shared with other Hondas, past and present. This design creates minimal disturbance, lowering fuel consumption and therefore emissions.

The interior has been developed from the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show CR-Z Concept, with its 3D displays and driver focussed cabin. The high-technology instrument binnacle places all of the commonly used controls close to the driver’s hands, allowing full concentration on driving at all times.

The dashboard has a two-level construction, with a dark upper portion appearing to float above a light grey lower dash section, which continues into the inner door panels.

Driver enjoyment was the core of the design brief and character of the CR-Z. The platform shares some components with the Insight, but the wheelbase, track width and set-up are all bespoke for the new hybrid. Forged aluminium MacPherson struts have been used in the CR-Z to reduce weight and increase strength over the pressed steel items used in the Insight.

Overall, the CR-Z has a 115 mm shorter wheelbase and is 295mm shorter in overall length than the Insight, enhancing agility and reducing kerb weight by 44 kg compared to its 5-door, five-seat, family car cousin. The CR-Z’s suspension features unique spring and damper settings and tolerances.

By | January 12th, 2010|Honda, News|Comments Off on Honda CRZ Sports Hybrid

Honda CR-V is Britain’s Most Popular Pre-Owned SUV

honda-cr-vThe Honda CR-V, built between 2001 and 2006, is Britain’s most reliable SUV according to a survey conducted by insurance specialists, Warranty Direct.

Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index takes into account vehicle break downs, average repair cost and time spent off the road to calculate its overall reliability – the lower the number, the more reliable the car. The Honda CR-V scored 23.10 on the index.

The Reliability Index uses data collected by Warranty Direct’s claims and is the most comprehensive reliability guide in the UK. The Index details the overall vehicle and parts reliability including air-conditioning, suspension, braking systems and transmissions.

  1. Honda CR-V (01-06) 23.10
  2. Suzuki Grand Vitara (98-05) 33.01
  3. Toyota RAV4 (00-06) 42.69
  4. Mitsubishi Shogun (00-07) 47.53
  5. Kia Sorento (03-) 59.36
  6. Nissan Terrano II (93-06) 62.81
  7. Land Rover Freelander (03-06) 66.11
  8. Lexus RX300 (03-09) 68.69
  9. Nissan X-Trail (01-) 73.69
  10. Toyota Landcruiser (03-) 82.78

And why should the Honda CR-V be so popular? Well from our experience it’s rugged, reliable and comfortable too … and it can also get into some fairly rough country despite the fact that it’s only an all-wheel drive. While the CR-V in the photo is on some fairly flat ground when I took the photo the climb up into the hills above Copeton Dam near Inverell was quite rough.

By | January 12th, 2010|Honda, News|Comments Off on Honda CR-V is Britain’s Most Popular Pre-Owned SUV

2010 Honda Civic Sedan

2010-civicNew colours and new alloy wheels are about the only obvious signs of an upgrade to the Honda Civic sedan but there’s certainly more to make you safer in the 2010 Honda Civic sedan.

Following the introduction of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) across the entire Honda Civic sedan range in February 2009, Honda Australia has now added curtain airbags as standard equipment on the entry model Civic VTi sedan with the introduction of the 2010 Year Model.

All 2010 Civic sedans are fitted with the latest safety technology, starting with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, ABS Brakes with EBD, active front head restraints, dual front, side and curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard.

The inclusion of these features on all 2010 Civic models gives customers the highest levels of safety, regardless of which model they choose.

In addition, the 2010 Civic offers customers a greater colour choice with an expanded palette to include Dyno Blue and Habenero Red. Dyno Blue is making its Australian debut, while Habenero Red was first seen with the introduction of the Honda City in February 2009.

Other upgrades include sporty ten-spoke 16 inch alloy wheels on the VTi-L model.

The upgrades to the eighth-generation Civic will ensure its ongoing success in the competitive small car segment and it’s already a multi-award winner in Australia. The Civic VTi was crowned ‘Best Mid Size Car under $28,000’ by Australia’s Best Cars (Australia’s major motoring clubs award) in 2006 and 2007 and also received Drive’s Car of the Year ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for Best Interior in 2006.

Commenting on the introduction of the 2010 Honda Civic sedan, Honda Australia’s Senior Director Mr. Lindsay Smalley said, “The eighth-generation Civic has been very successful for Honda since its launch. These enhancements make the Civic even more enticing while continuing its reputation of providing outstanding value.

The rear of the 2010 Honda Civic in Dyno Blue



  1. 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine
  2. Combined fuel consumption 6.9L/100kms
  3. 164g/km CO2 (manual only)
  4. 5-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control
  5. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  6. Front, side and curtain airbags
  7. Front active head restraints
  8. ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  9. Cruise control
  10. Air conditioning
  11. Keyless entry
  12. Remote boot release
  13. Single CD tuner with MP3 compatibility and auxiliary jack
  14. Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment


The same features as the VTi including:

  1. Climate control air conditioning
  2. New ten-spoke 16 inch alloy wheels
  3. In-dash 6-stack CD with MP3 compatibility and auxiliary jack
  4. Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  5. Security alarm
  6. 60/40 split fold rear seat


The same features as the VTi-L including:

  1. 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC engine
  2. Combined fuel consumption 8.3L/100kms
  3. 197g/km CO2 (manual only)
  4. Electric sunroof
  5. 17 inch alloy wheels with a full size spare
  6. Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  7. Fog lights
  8. Indicators in mirrors
  9. Black leather interior
  10. Leather wrapped steering wheel
  11. Automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifts
  12. Exhaust pipe finisher


Some features of the Civic Hybrid include:

  1. 1.3L SOHC i-VTEC engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system
  2. Combined fuel consumption 4.6L/100kms
  3. 109g/km CO2
  4. CVT transmission with Grade Logic Control
  5. Fuel consumption display
  6. Front, side and curtain airbags
  7. Space-saver spare wheel
  8. Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  9. Front and rear spoiler
  10. Two speed and intermittent wipers
  11. Fog lights
  12. Micro roof antenna
  13. Rear seat armrest
  14. Leather wrapped steering wheel
  15. Indicators in mirrors
  16. Exhaust pipe finisher
  17. Beige cloth trim
By | December 24th, 2009|Honda, News|1 Comment

Honda’s P-Nut

honda--neo-urbanThe Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT) concept car made its appearance at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Conceived around a small ‘footprint’ for maximum convenience in tight urban settings, this vehicle integrates a centre driving position configuration and a rear powertrain layout.

The exterior styling uses crisp angles with dynamic flowing lines that originate from the front of the vehicle and span outward toward the rear. The result is a sleek and aggressive exterior that also allows for a spacious and open interior with excellent visibility.

“A new generation is discovering the benefits of living in urban centres that provide convenient access to business, entertainment and social opportunities,” said Dave Marek, director of advanced design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

“The Personal-Neo Urban Transport concept explores the packaging and design potential for a vehicle conceived exclusively around the city lifestyle.”


The exterior styling is intended to capture a future direction for premium sophistication while balancing the need for maximum interior space and an aerodynamic appearance. The interior layout, in conjunction with the rear powertrain design, contributes prominently to the exterior’s overall shape.


The layout of the interior space, with its centre driving position flanked by two rear seats, provides generous legroom for all occupants, roughly the equivalent of a mid-sized sedan in a vehicle that has an exterior footprint similar to a micro car.

Interior functionality is increased by rear seating areas that fold up and out of the way to increase storage capacity. The windscreen serves as a heads-up display for the navigation system and the back-up camera.

The modular rear engine bay, depicted on the exterior by blue composite material, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of potential propulsion technologies including a conventional small displacement internal combustion engine, a hybrid petrol-electric powertrain, or a battery-electric powertrain.

“The objective of the exterior and interior designers was to explore the potential for a new type of small-segment-category vehicle that overcomes many of the objections for existing micro-car designs,” said Marek.

“While the Honda P-NUT concept introduces function-oriented concepts, it also shows that small cars don’t have to compromise on style or amenities.”


The Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Los Angeles developed the P-NUT design study model. Honda R&D Americas began its operations in California in 1975 with local market research activities and has steadily grown its capabilities over the past 33 years to include all aspects of new vehicle research, design and development.

Size class: Ultra-compact
Layout: Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Passengers: 3
Length: 3,400 mm
Width: 1,750 mm
Height: 1,439 mm
Powertrain: Internal-combustion engine, hybrid-electric or battery-electric

By | December 19th, 2009|Honda|Comments Off on Honda’s P-Nut

Honda to Sell its F1 Team?

Reuters is reporting that Honda is offering it’s Formula One team for sale and if there are no buyers Honda will simply shut the team down.

That’s an interesting move because it’s Formula One presence is a big part of Honda’s current marketing here in Australia.

By | December 5th, 2008|Formula One, Honda|Comments Off on Honda to Sell its F1 Team?

Honda FCX Clarity – Leaving Nothing but Water Vapour

Just over 20 years ago Honda started thinking of producing a car that produced nothing but water vapour and now that car is about to be released to the public in the United States.

The FCX Clarity is powered by an electric motor that draws its power from a fuel cell that converts hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. Additional power is passed to a lithium-ion battery pack through regenerated energy when the vehicle is braking.

Honda FCX Clarity

With a range of only 432 km and a need for specialised refueling stations it’s unlikely that we’ll see the Honda FCX Clarity here in Australia any time soon but perhaps one day these, and other, emission free vehicles will be on our roads.

By | November 18th, 2007|General News, Honda|3 Comments

The 2008 Honda Accord

The United States version of the latest Honda Accord has been released and it’s certainly something that’s going to attract a lot of attention.

2008 Honda Accord coupe

2008 Honda Accord sedan

2008 Honda Accord sedan interior

Even someone who happened to be looking over my shoulder as I prepared the images wanted to know more about this classy looking 2008 Honda Accord.

By | August 24th, 2007|Honda|Comments Off on The 2008 Honda Accord

Honda’s Remix – A Styling Concept Car

Mixing attitude with functionality

There were a number of concept cars at the recent Los Angeles Motor Show and American Honda had their own styling concept car on display.

Honda concept car

According to Honda “the REMIX explores the shape and design of a two-seat sports car focused on agile and fun-to-drive performance that can also provide exceptional practicality as a daily driver.”

Honda concept car

The Honda Remix is a product of Honda’s Advanced Design Studio in Southern California. Purely a design concept, the vehicle is fashioned around a front-wheel drive small car platform with a 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. A sport suspension, along with aggressive tires and brakes, further supplement its performance side.”

honda concept car
Note the perforated discs

The vehicle certainly wouldn’t please everyone but there’s something in the design that just appeals to me.

Honda concept car

For some reason the rear of the Honda Remix reminds me of the Honda Civic wagon from the late 1980s.

By | December 22nd, 2006|General News, Honda|Comments Off on Honda’s Remix – A Styling Concept Car

A Honda Civic Like No Other


It’s said to have cost $US150,000 and it’s not something you want to look at if you’re nursing a hangover – in fact it’s not something you would want to look at for too long at all.

It was described as the “Best Overall Car Job Ever” on the Daily Buzzer website but they have since removed the page.

By | October 22nd, 2006|Honda|Comments Off on A Honda Civic Like No Other