Euro NCAP has released its top-five highest scoring cars of 2009. Aside from their individual scores, all the cars achieved five-star crash ratings. Taking the top spot is the 2009 Volkswagen Golf VI. Two hybrids, the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, took the second and third spot, respectively. The Hyundai i20 followed in forth place. Finally, the Toyota Avensis, Volvo XC60 and the Opel/Vauxhall Astra tied for the final spot.
Euro NCAP crash tested a total of 33 models in 2009, using up to a total of three cars, three front seats, four child seats and an array of spare parts per model. To achieve the overall rating, the car is usually put through four crash tests and a component test. The tests results are then assessed by an inspector.
The organization also announced that for 2010, a car needs to increase the threshold in Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection to achieve a five star rating (from 75 to 80 percent and from 70 to 75 percent, respectively). The first results for vehicles tested under this stricter assessment will be released on March 3.
For the complete 2009 results, read though . The details of the winning cars can be found below.
Honda Increases Production In US, Canada After Closing UK Plant
The Civic will be “produced for North America in North America.”
Honda has confirmed that it will increase vehicle production in the United States and Canada after deciding to close its Swindon, England, factory, its only factory in Europe, as well as another facility located in Turkey.
“Given our efforts to optimize production allocation and production capacity on a global scale, we have concluded that we will produce the Civic for North America in North America,” Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo told .
The executive stressed the decision stemmed from a trade deal signed by the European Union and Japan that makes importing Japanese cars into Europe considerably more affordable, making building them locally to skirt tariffs no longer necessary. It apparently had nothing to do with Brexit.
Honda currently manufactures the Civic in Ontario Canada and the U.S. state of Indiana, but it didn’t reveal how the additional capacity will be divided between the two factories. Its two overseas plants are slated to go offline in 2021, with approximately 3,500 employees expected to lose their jobs in the UK factory alone.
Honda Civic Type R, NSX Supercar Turn Gold For Australia
The 50th Anniversary collection also features a golden lawnmower and power generator.
Honda has turned 50 years old in Australia, and to celebrate the milestone, designers wrapped a Civic Type R and NSX supercar in gold, along with its fleet of most notable motorcycles and power equipment.
The steadfast Japanese automaker officially entered the Australian market on February 4, 1969, and has since earned the respect of Australians of all ages for its undying pursuit of quality and reliability. Civic Type R and NSX aside, the celebratory vehicles include a golden CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle, CRF450L enduro, and CRF50F kids’ bike, as well as a golden lawnmower and power generator.
“Achieving 50 years of longevity and continuity in business is a significant milestone, but none of this would be possible without our people,” said Hiroyuki Shimizu, head of Honda Australia. “Most importantly… Honda would be nothing without our customers — both long-term customers and new customers all contribute to making this brand what it is today… I am incredibly grateful to all our customers for their ongoing loyalty, trust and belief in the Honda name.”
Whatever you need, Honda clearly has you covered. I mean, how many other automaker do you know that, in addition to cars, make lawnmowers?
Unfortunately, these gold Hondas are one-offs specifically intended for show and not for sale. Their gold vinyl wraps are made up of a gold chrome film as the first layer, topped with a clear satin laminate that helps disperse reflections.
Honda Teases Its First Electric Car For Europe
The Japanese automaker is gearing up to electrify its European lineup.
Honda has released a teaser of its first electric vehicle for Europe.
Previewed by the well-received, retro-inspired Urban EV concept that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new electric car will be a relatively boxy small hatchback that will borrow some styling cues from the concept, including its round headlights.
The Urban EV also had a striking yet simple interior with a massive touchscreen infotainment display, but we don’t expect the production car to have one quite as large.
We don’t know a lot about performance specifications, but a source at Honda has indicated that it will have a relatively short range of around 150 to 200 miles (241-322 km) on a full charge, which places it in the same playing field as the latest Nissan Leaf.
Honda’s new electric car is expected to go sale in Europe by the end of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It is part of the company’s commitment to have two thirds of its models in Europe be electrified by 2025.
Honda hasn’t said anything about bringing it to North America.
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