2018 – HONDA JAZZ

Honda announced the renewal of the Jazz for the European market, with the facelift being presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Aesthetically, it stands out for the changes in the front, with redesigned headlights and grille. The headlights have been extended, have chrome details and incorporate the blinkers, in addition, the grid includes the logo of the chrome mark. The Jazz is also available in the new Skyride Blue body color. In terms of equipment there is also news. As standard, the European Honda Fit will have cruise control, heated seats, automatic lights and emergency braking in the city. The most equipped versions feature a 7.0-inch touch screen, rear view camera, front dash warning, traffic signal detector, keyless access and track exit warning. The main novelty is the entry in the engine line 1.5 i-VTEC petrol with 130 hp, complementary to the 1.3 i-VTEC with 102 hp. In that engine, Jazz announces an average consumption of 18.5 km / l and emissions of 124 g / km of CO2, in combination with the CVT continuous variation transmission – an alternative to manual transmission.

2018 – HONDA JAZZ X-ROAD

Last year Honda introduced a new version of the Jazz called Cross Style on the Japanese market, which showed an adventurous aesthetic to achieve a crossover style look. Now, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer presented this finish to the European market, where it will arrive under the name Honda Jazz X-Road. The new X-Road finish level shows a more rugged exterior appearance thanks to its unpainted plastic frames on the wheel arches, the sides and the trunk lid, as well as new design bumpers that include color protections aluminum. It also has 16-inch alloy wheels with specific design, while in the interior the only modifications are the new carpets. In the mechanical part the new Honda Jazz X-Road will be offered with the 1.3-liter i-VTEC petrol engine, a block that develops 102 hp of power and a maximum torque of 123 Nm, which can be combined with either a manual transmission of six-speed automatic type CVT. With this engine the Jazz is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 11.4 seconds when using the manual transmission or in 12.3 seconds when the engine is combined with the CVT transmission. The manufacturer has not announced modifications to the suspension, so the height relative to the ground remains the same as the rest of the Jazz line. In addition to this new adventurous style finish, the Japanese brand took advantage of the automobile event to introduce a new Jazz customization package called ‘Chrome Pack’, which consists of several chrome inserts in the lower front area, the windows and the back cover. The commercialization of the new Honda Jazz X-Road will begin soon after the Geneva Motor Show, although for the time being its prices have not been announced.

2018 – HONDA MEAN MOWER V2

The Honda Mean Mower V2 is the evolution of an idea conceived by the engineers of the Japanese brand for quite some time: to manufacture the fastest lawn mower in the world. The task relatively simple since it was not very fast vehicles, resulted in V1 reaching 187.6 km / h, speed has become low when they snatched the record later. Now is the time to reclaim the throne. And you can not say that the model is not prepared for it, it is that both Honda and Team Dynamics, Scuderia with which the brand competes in the BTCC, did a good job. The first thing they did was choose the model to give the basis to the project: a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. From there, they have used practically all the useful elements. Its engine of 190 hp and 116 Nm of maximum torque, the LCD screen of the instrument cluster, the ECU and the clutch system. Add to that a six-speed, programmable, carbon-fiber transmission behind the Sparco steering wheel. In addition, the cooling system was printed in 3D, the Goldspeed ATV wheels are fitted with slick tires and the brake system combines vented discs with four-piston calipers at the front and six at the rear. With all this the Honda Mean Mower V2 should be able to reach its goal, reaching 240 km / h, which means to overcome at just over 50 km / h speed achieved by its predecessor.

2018 – HONDA EVERUS EV CONCEPT   

One of the joint ventures of Honda in China, Everus, has just revealed at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show a prototype that advances its first electric production model, the Everus EV Concept. It has an attractive crossover design, will be produced in China and will be aimed only at this market. For the Everus joint venture, Honda is associated in China with the Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group), and until now they have been manufacturing only economical models, such as the Everus S1 sedan, equipped with traditional combustion mechanics from the Honda catalog. This attractive Everus crossover breaks completely with all the canons of the Japanese brand, showing a very attractive design, although in its front part reminds a little the Stonic KIA, mainly for its proportions and the shape of the headlights. Of course we are dealing with a salon prototype, so it is not possible to determine how many elements of this design will actually reach the definitive production model. Theoretically, the Everus EV Concept already has a large part of the elements and the configuration of the production model, because according to the brand, its development will be completed later this year. So it is very likely that before the end of 2018 we will see the presentation of the definitive model. The car will be destined for the car sharing fleet of Reachstar, a business that has also received investments from the Japanese manufacturer lately, so in principle the first destination of the model will be a shared use service. Although a possible commercialization of the model on a large scale is not discarded. The brand has not revealed any technical details of the model so far, so none of its specifications are known, as well as its performance and whether it is based in any way on any existing model of brands related to Everus, Honda and GAC.

2018 – HONDA FIT

Honda has just released the mid-life update of the current generation of Fit, which comes with some subtle exterior modifications, as well as a new level of finish and some improvements in the equipment. Honda intends to attract younger buyers and that is why Fit’s third generation has included a new level of finish called ‘Sport’ in this upgrade, which gives it a more sporty touch. The new Fit Sport looks more aggressive and sporty thanks to the incorporation of a front splitter with orange details, rear diffuser, 16-inch alloy wheels in black, rear aerofoil and chrome exhaust. Inside, the Honda Fit Sport includes a unique black color upholstery with orange stitching, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, exclusive rugs, etc. Among the new features of the refurbished Honda Fit 2018 comes a new black enameled grille with chrome trim, a new front bumper and redesigned antinebline headlamps. In the rear the bumper and the taillights were renewed. In addition, two new exterior colors and new designs of alloy wheels are offered. The equipment is enriched with the Honda Sensing system which includes emergency braking with collision relief, adaptive cruise control, track maintenance, road exit alert, etc. There is nothing new in the offer of engines, since in the United States it retains the same petrol engine iVTEC of 1.5 liters with 132 hp of power, that can be coupled with both a six-speed manual transmission and automatic type CVT. However there are some novelties in the mechanical plane, since the chassis has some additional reinforcements, the springs and dampers are more rigid and the direction is more direct.

2018 – HONDA INSIGHT PROTOTYPE

Honda unveiled Insight’s next-generation advance with the Insight Prototype presentation, which the Japanese brand unveiled the first official images prior to its launch at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show, which will take place in less than a month. This is reminiscent of the presentation of the Honda Civic Type-R, which the brand revealed practically in its definitive production configuration, but also with the prototype term, as with this new hybrid model. The use of this term instead of concept, more usual, indicates that we are really facing a version very close to the definitive one. But from the looks of the model in the official images, it is clear that this is a case similar to the Type-R. We are almost already seeing the definitive model.

This being the third generation of the Honda hybrid takes a considerable evolutionary leap and as you can see, it inherits the traits of its bigger brothers of the line. At first glance it looks like a copy of the new Accord 2018, especially in its profile, although it also counts with clear influence of the Civic of tenth generation. This image is practically the definitive one that will carry the model, although it is not known exactly when will be the presentation of the final version. What is known is that its commercialization will start sometime in the first half of 2018, which may indicate that the final version of production will be presented at the New York Hall, or at some event organized by the brand itself in that same period, between spring and summer in the northern hemisphere. According to the Japanese brand, the new Insight will be positioned between the Civic and Accord lines, sharing the dealer also with the recent Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which will hit the market early next year. Taking into account that the renewed Accord also has an electrified version, we can imagine the new Insight as a new hybrid version of the Civic. One of the new features of the new Honda Insight is that it will be manufactured in the United States, unlike the previous two generations, which were imported from Japan. So far nothing is known about the performance and specifications of the new hybrid, but according to the brand , will be “competitive with other compact hybrid models”.

2018 – HONDA NSX BY LIBERTY WALK 
   
Liberty Walk is a Japanese company exclusively dedicated to the sale and modification of vehicles to give them a more sporting and aggressive appearance. His latest work is this Honda NSX with a body worthy of any vehicle of the Japanese Super GT tests. The photographs, made by Liberty Walk at the Tsukiji fish market, famous in Tokyo, show all the work done in the Japanese hybrid supercar. Although most of the elements of the car have been modified, the most visible are the exterior details, starting with the slope of the wheels, which is more than evident at the rear. Its suspension was also retouched, leaving the car with a height in relation to the ground lowered to the maximum. At the rear, a large airfoil has been incorporated with LB Performance – Liberty Walk Performance screen printing – and now the Honda NSX shows four exhaust pipes arranged in series in the lower rear central part. Nothing has been reported about possible engine performance changes, though it is more than likely that Liberty Walk has tuned something in the hybrid electronics system consisting of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors to offer something more than the 570 hp offered as standard.