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All-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan, First Official Pictures Revealed

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The first official pictures of the all-new 2013 Honda Accord sedan have been released, and we have it here for you. Not that it’s a surprise, but the car doesn’t stray too far away from the Accord Coupe Concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, although it is a bit more conservative.

Key exterior highlights include a bold new grille, a hood with multiple styling lines, strong side character line that flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the vehicle, and an inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars.

Although the new Accord is “bigger on the inside and smaller on the outside,” it actually looks more conservative than the current model, at least to our eyes. This is not to say it’s not a good-looking car. It is.

The 2013 Honda Accord will initially be offered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission, followed soon by a 3.5-liter V6 connected to a six-speed manual or automatic. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered.

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Honda Is Developing Larger Rear-Wheel Drive EV Platform

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Honda e Prototype at Geneva International Motorshow

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The new EV platform will firmly thrust the Japanese automaker into the global race for full-electric vehicles

The Honda e — Honda’s first all-electric car — is cute, but it’s small, has a driving range that’s on the low-end for the segment, and won’t be offered in the United States and likely Canada. Not to worry: Honda has announced that it is working on a larger, more capable global EV platform for a range of new electric vehicles that will be sold in North America and elsewhere around the world.

The new EV platform will be rear-wheel drive, with the electric motor installed the rear, giving the planned EVs perfect 50:50 weight distribution. It will be able to accommodate a second electric motor at the front axle if all-wheel drive is needed.

“This new architecture is designed to achieve smooth driving and highly efficient packaging,” Ayumu Matsuo, Honda’s managing officer in charge of power unit development told Automotive News. “We believe it will meet the needs of customers who like our C-segment and D-segment models.”

Despite helping pioneer battery-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Honda has been slow to embrace all-electric vehicles. A dedicated EV platform will firmly thrust the company into the global race for battery-powered vehicles.

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New Honda e Electric Car Makes Big Power, Has 124-Mile Range

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With more than 221 lb-ft. of torque to work with, the tiny EV is no push-over.

Honda has released some performance details for its latest electric car, the Honda e.

Powered by a rear mounted electric motor, the cute, retro inspired electric hatchback makes 148 horsepower and more than 221 lb-ft. of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels. That’s a lot of torque for such a pint-sized.

The ample power and rear-wheel drive configuration, together with a 50:50 weight distribution, low center of gravity, four-wheel independent McPherson Strut suspension, and turning radius of just 4.3 meters (14 feet), should make the Honda e a lot of fun to drive around the city.

A 35.5kWh battery allows it to travel up to 124 miles on a single charge. Once depleted, it can be recharged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes using a fast charger.

The Honda e makes its debut in the second half of 2019, but buyers in the UK, Germany, France and Norway can already reserve one. Would consider buying Honda’s small electric car?

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The Full-Size Lego Honda Civic Type R Is Marvelous

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Life-Size Lego Honda Civic Type R

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It’s the Honda Civic’s turn to get the Lego treatment.

Full-size Lego versions of popular cars are becoming somewhat of a trend. Case in point, just a month after we brought you the full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna, Honda has teamed up with Lego Masters Judge Ryan “Brickman” McNaught to create a life-sized Civic Type R made out of more than 320,000 Lego bricks.

The Lego Civic Type R was Commissioned to celebrate the launch of the “Lego Masters” television show in Australia and it took a team of nine people over 1,300 hours to make it a reality. To build it, the team used an actual Civic Type R and CAD drawings to create a blueprint before putting all the Lego parts together from the ground up, layer by layer.

Unlike the full-scale Lego Bugatti Chiron, the Lego Civic Type R isn’t a working model, though some parts like its lights do work and are controlled by an iPad. Did Honda and Lego do a good job?

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