Honda Motor has unveiled its latest addition to company’s next generation technologies. The newly developed VTEC TURBO is a direct injection gasoline turbo engine ideal for small to medium sized vehicles. Combining Honda’s unique VTEC (variable valve motion) technology and direct injection turbocharging with highly fluidized combustion as well as a considerable reduction in engine friction, the newly built engine offers a class leading output and environmental performance while downsizing engine displacement. Read more
Honda Motor announced the development of a MC-?, company’s new micro-sized short-distance EV commuter. The new vehicle will go through field test this month at separate location in Japan namely in Kumamoto, Saitama and Miyakojima. The vehicle provides a cabin space accommodating two adults as well as utility space inside with “offset seat layout” design. The new micro-sized vehicle is approximately 90 cm shorter than the body of mini-vehicle (2,495 x 1,280 x 1,545 (mm) ) with minimum turning radius as short as 3.3 m for achieving outstanding ease of handling and maximum speed of 70 km/h. In addition to this the vehicle features a pipe frame body, mimicked from motorcycle technology for achieving a lightweight and yet rigid body. Read more
Automobile manufactures around the globe constantly looking for ways to reduce vehicles weight in order to improve fuel efficiency while improving dynamic performance. Honda Motor is no stranger in this area by announcing the development of new technology that is capable of joining steel to aluminum. Read more
Honda Motor has announced the development of world’s first technology capable of detecting potential for traffic jam and determining whether the driving pattern of the vehicles is likely to create traffic jams. Honda developed this technology by studying driving behavior and recognizing that the acceleration and deceleration behavior of vehicle influences the traffic pattern of trailing vehicles which can trigger traffic congestion. The system provides the drivers with appropriate information, including a color-coded display through the on-board terminal to help with smoothing out the driving helping to alleviate the intensity of acceleration and deceleration by trailing vehicles, resulting in prevention or reduction of occurrence of vehicle congestion.
In a joint announcement by Honda Motor and Japan Metal & Chemicals, the two companies have developed an extraction method for retrieving rare earth metals from various used parts in Honda products. This will be done in mass production at a recycling plant. The newly developed process enables the extraction of more than 80% of rare metals contained in used nickel-metal hybrid batteries. Read more
When I visited the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, I got a weird feeling that in spite of all the hypes about the Electric Vehicles, our good old fashion gasoline driven vehicles are here to stay for a long haul. How long exactly? No one knows, probably for another 20 to 30 years or even more. On the surface there are no competitions when it comes to fuel efficiency and zero-emission, but in reality lots of effort is going to make the gasoline engine more fuel efficient to meet the Japanese government criteria on fuel efficient society with set of deadline which is at the dismal level of 30% less CO2 emission in comparison to Zero offered by their EVs counterparts. EV conceptual vehicles in the show were all labeled as something fun to drive a mere marketing tactic to sell the sleek aero dynamic body with multitude of cool looking features that average consumers do not care so much about. Among some of these new concepts was Honda’s EV-STER electric sports car. The new EV-STER features an easy to operate twin-lever steering which was adopted in pursuit of the joy of driving. Furthermore, the new EV-STER allows its driver to make own adjustment such as motor output and suspension settings. Read more
Honda unveiled its all new and enhanced automobile driving simulator designed to help driver trainees to recognize and understand potential driving risks. The new enhancement in this newly developed driving simulator provides an easy to understand graphics and/or written descriptions of conditions where the driver must take caution. In addition to this, the new driving simulator offers advice on how to ensure safe driving in potentially dangerous situations which has a high probability of occurring in the real life. Read more