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

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2013 Honda Accord

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 Announces Promising New Fluoride-ion Battery Tech

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New Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Charging

The new batteries are 10 times more energy efficient than today’s lithium-ion tech.

While some automakers are betting on solid-state batteries to be the next big breakthrough in the world of electric cars, Honda has been quietly polishing an entirely different breed of batteries that it hopes will one day displace lithium-ion chemistry.

Scientists from the Japanese automaker’s research lab, in collaboration with researchers from the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, have developed a more temperature-stable fluoride-ion battery technology that could result in batteries that are not only 10 times more energy dense than the lithium-ion batteries of today, but also more environmentally-friendly.

Like electric cars, fluoride-based battery tech isn’t particularly new; however, Honda and partners were able to successfully develop a more stable version of the batteries that should prove more feasible.

Whereas previous fluoride-based batteries required an operating temperature of more than 302 F° (150° C), the new and improved batteries are able to operate efficiently at room temperature. Moreover, the materials required to make the batteries can be extracted from the earth with less environmental impact when compared to lithium-ions.

Dr. Christopher Brooks, Chief Scientist, Honda Research Institute, stated:

“Fluoride-ion batteries offer a promising new battery chemistry with up to ten times more energy density than currently available Lithium batteries. Unlike Li-ion batteries, FIBs do not pose a safety risk due to overheating, and obtaining the source materials for FIBs creates considerably less environmental impact than the extraction process for lithium and cobalt.”

The team of scientists have co-authored and published a new paper in discussing how they were able to overcome the current temperature limitations of fluoride-based battery (FIB) technology.

There is still some time before the technology is ready, but Honda believes fluoride-based batteries could be the future of not just electric vehicles, but also smaller power products.

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New Honda Passport Debuts As Honda’s Capable Midsize SUV

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New, 2019 Honda Passport SUV

The Passport is a middle child of Honda’s SUV family.

Honda has introduced an all-new Honda Passport some 16 years after the nameplate exited the North American market. Unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the mid-size SUV slots between the compact CR-V and full-size Pilot and competes directly with the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Passport is based on a shorter version of the platform that underpins the Pilot and, as a result, has just two rows of seating instead of the three in big brother. It also rides an inch higher and has superior approach, departure and breakover angles, making it a better off-roader.

Inside, the Passport offers more passenger volume than any other midsize SUV and boasts a spacious rear trunk with an in-floor storage system inspired by the Ridgeline pickup truck.

All Passport models are powered by a 280 horsepower V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but buyers will have the option of a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that improves both on- and off-road performance.

Fittingly, the Passport looks like a shrunken Passport, taking most of its styling cues from its three-row counterpart. However, a blacked-out front-end treatment makes it look a little more adventurous. Wheel size is 20-inches for all models.

The interior is also a near carbon copy of the Pilot, featuring the same dash design, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and available digital gauge cluster. The Honda Sensing suite of safety features comes standards and includes adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.

Sales of the 2019 Honda Passport begin in early 2019.

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Honda Civic Hatchback, Type R Get Upgrades For 2019

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2019 Honda Civic Type-R, red

The updates consist mostly of interior improvements.

As with the 2019 Civic Coupe and Sedan, Honda has given the Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R a number of interior upgrades for the 2019 model year.

The two models gain a new and improved Display Audio system with physical buttons and a volume knob instead of a slider, as well as improved voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls for greater ease of use.

Other interior changes for the 2019 model year include an indicator light for the electronic parking brake, a USB sub-cord, larger cupholders, and physical buttons for fan speed on models equipped with dual-zone climate control. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is now standard on EX trim levels and above.

All trim levels of the Civic Hatchback are now available with the Honda Sensing safety suite, which includes features like adaptive cruise control and emergency braking, and 2019 Civic Type R buyers have access to a new Sonic Gray Pearl exterior color.

The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback has a base MSRP of $21,450 in the United States, while the high-performance 2019 Civic Type R starts at $35,700. Both prices do not a mandatory $895 destination charge.

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