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Honda Betting Big on Next-Gen Honda Fit

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Honda of America expects to sell 2 million vehicles in 2016, and the next-generation Honda Fit lineup will play a big role in achieving that sales goal.

Speaking to Automotive News, Honda’s President Takanobu Ito stated that he expects Fit sales to soar to 200,000 units in the next four years, a significant jump from the 64,177 units sold in 2011.

Given that the Fit will become increasingly important to its long-term success, Honda is committed to developing the lineup, with plans to introduce several new variants of the hatchback, including a Fit-based crossover.

While 200,000 units a year may seem very optimistic, that estimate is not completely unfounded. U.S. sales of the latest Fit have been hampered by an unfavorable exchange rate, since all of the units sold come directly from Japan. With Honda CFO Fumihiko Ike revealing that the company limits the number of exports from Japan, U.S. demand for the Fit may actually be higher than supply, suggesting a lot of room for growth.

Reference: Automotive News

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Honda Is Developing Larger Rear-Wheel Drive EV Platform

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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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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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