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Thursday, May 17, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Honda recalls Acura TLs

Honda is recalling nearly 53 000 2007-2008 Acura TL sedans due to a problem with the power steering hoses. The problem can cause cars to lose power steering or cause a fire. Honda says there have been no reported crashes, injuries or fires related to the problem. 

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Civic Type-R is 'resting'

Despite widespread rumors that Honda was going to cancel the Type-R Civic model for certain, forever, it appears that these rumors are not true. Honda is apparently working on a replacement of the sporty Civic variant. Honda's decision to axe the Type-R a year early was due to the development of new engines which will include more fuel efficient gasoline-powered engines along with diesels. Honda Europe claims that Honda is definitely working on a sporty model of the new Civic as a result of consumer feedback. Honda is looking to a lower-revving turbo engine for the Type-R replacement to solve the performance quotient and take care of the fuel economy and emissions quotient after the older Type-R model was given the door last year. Honda has deliberately delayed the process of building a new Type-R not only because of focus on its new technologies but due to the global economic crisis in 2008-2009 and the Fukushima disaster that annihilated production of Honda autos for most of last year. Australia and Europe will be the ones on the list of getting the new Type-R, US? Well not so fast. 3-door version of the Type-R? Also, not so fast. 

CR-Z - A Best Value

USAA, a leading financial services provider to the US military has announced that the 2012 Honda CR-Z has made it 2x in a row to its annual Best Value list. The list identifies that top 2012 automobiles under 16 categories that give consumers the most for their buck. The USAA also listed the new CR-Z as one of the top 10 vehicles for teens in terms of reliability, safety and affordable insurance costs. The CR-Z's top of the class fuel economy, low price, reasonable ownership costs and its Top Safety Pick achievement netted it the win. 

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"Lithe and innovative, Honda was the first Japanese automaker to challenge the luxury-auto establishment when it launched its Acura line in 1986.
The opportunity for Japanese manufacturers to export more expensive models to North America had arisen, ironically, with the voluntary export restraints negotiated by the Reagan administration to prevent the Japanese from eating Detroit’s lunch and dinner.
Acura’s initial offerings consisted of a sporty hatchback (Integra), as well as an executive-class sedan and coupe. The latter were powered by a single overhead cam (SOHC) working four valves per cylinder in an all-aluminum 2.5 L V6.
Like a batter pointing to the outfield bleachers, Acura had the gumption to call its luxury car Legend."

Mom's Favorite Car

Honda's 2012 CR-V is mom's most favorite vehicle, as part of the results from a TrueCar.com survey conducted earlier this year. The CR-V is also followed by several other Honda counterparts; the Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Honda Accord and Honda Civic. A senior analyst with the website believes that mom prefers vehicles that combine practicality with style and bigger is not always better when it comes to favorite vehicles for your mom. The Odyssey was ranked highest among moms with two or more kids with the Pilot coming in 2nd place. 

Honda Australia Catches Up

Honda Australia has certainly not endured a positive few years in the land down under. Dogged with already low sales prior to the Thailand floods, inventory of Honda's models went to next to nothing by the end of last year. Last month, it only sold 8 Accords compared to 224 the year before along with 1 sale of the City sedan and 21 sales of the CR-V. In a country with an excess of 20 million people, that spells near disaster. In order to put Honda back on the map, the manufacturer plans a slate of new offerings in the next 12 months including the new Australian Civic hatchback pictured above by mid-June and the introduction of the new CR-V by the end of the year. Diesel will be added to the CR-V lineup by next year, the Jazz Hybrid is set to debut this fall and Honda's next-generation Accord will hopefully plug the drain on sales. Honda Australia expects the supply of all models to return to normality in the next few months as the first shipments of Thai-built CR-Vs and Civics will arrive this week. Unfortunately, the vehicles will only be available in white, black or silver for now to fast-track production. 

However, you the consumer takes advantage of this situation with Honda reducing prices on most of its models to attract buyers. The Honda Accord sedan gets a price cut of 13% with the City sedan being reduced by $500 while the 2012 model is a face lifted model with a new front and rear end and new interior design. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Honda Wins ... Lawsuit

A judge overturned a nearly $10,000 small-claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented the gas mileage of her hybrid Civic, according to a ruling released Wednesday.
Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray II ruled Tuesday on Honda's appeal of a small-claims court commissioner's award of $9,867 to Civic owner Heather Peters. A phone message left for Honda's attorney, Roy Brisbois, was not immediately returned.
Peters opted out of a class-action settlement giving some 200,000 owners between $100 and $200 each, plus a rebate if they buy a new Honda, electing instead to sue the automaker on her own.
The ruling will not have a direct effect on any other cases involving the mileage claim.
Peters, a lawyer, previously urged Honda owners to take the small-claims route as she did, and her initial success led some 1,700 other hybrid owners to follow suit.
Gray's ruling found, among other issues, that while Peters had standing to bring the case in state court, federal regulations govern fuel economy ratings posted on vehicles and related advertising claims. The ruling also said most owners of that type of car achieve fuel economy close to federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
In addition, the judge said EPA miles per gallon ratings are for comparison among vehicles and don't account for various factors such as the condition of the car or the length of the trip, that can affect mileage.
"Despite these many variables, most of the owners of the subject vehicle achieve fuel economy very close to the EPA estimate," Gray wrote.
Peters argued that Honda knew it had problems with the hybrid cars but continued to advertise them as an alternative to high gas prices and a way to help the environment.
But Gray said the automaker's advertising slogans "are not specific promises of anything."
Peters also said her battery failed early on and was never again fully charged after she received a software update, leaving the car to run almost entirely on gasoline.
"The court finds it was designed to prolong the life of the battery, not to increase mileage or performance of the vehicle," Gray said of the software update.
Peters' "subjective impressions of sluggishness or impaired safety are unsupported by any objective evidence," he said.
Peters has said her purpose for not being part of the settlement was to hold Honda accountable for false advertising. Her suit was a unique end run around the class-action process that she said offered too little to Honda owners and too much to lawyers.
A judge has valued the class-action settlement at $170 million. Attorneys for the plaintiffs have placed the value between $87.5 million and $461.3 million, depending largely on how many people accept rebates of up to $1,500.

2013 Honda Accord Information

A few bits and pieces of information have been leaked out on the new 2013 Accord. 4-cylinder Accord will get a continuously variable transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission while V6 models finally receive the long-awaited 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4-cylinder Accord is expected to make in the ballpark of the current model's 190hp engine while the V6 is slated for a higher output nearing 290hp. Here's a look.

2013 Accord Sedan 
- LX with 6MT or CVT
- Sport with 6MT or CVT
- EX with 6MT or CVT
- EX-L with CVT
- EX-L NAVI with CVT
- EX-L V6 with 6AT
- EX-L V6 NAVI with 6AT
- Touring V6 with 6AT

The sedan will have the following colors:
Champagne Frost Pearl - Black or Ivory Interior
Crystal Black Pearl - Black or Ivory Interior
Obsidian Blue Pearl - Black or Gray Interior
Hematite Metallic - Black Interior
Modern Steel Metallic - Black or Gray Interior
Basque Red Pearl II - Black or Ivory Interior
Alabaster Silver Metallic - Black or Gray Interior
White Orchid Pearl - Black or Ivory Interior

2013 Accord Coupe
- LX-S with 6MT or CVT
- EX with 6MT or CVT
- EX-L with CVT
- EX-L NAVI with CVT
- EX-L V6 with 6AT or 6MT
- EX-L V6 NAVI with 6AT or 6MT

The coupe will have the following colors:
Crystal Black Pearl - Black or Ivory or Black and Ivory Interior
Still Night Pearl - Black Interior
Tiger Eye Pearl - Black Interior
Modern Steel Metallic - Black or Gray Interior
Alabaster Silver Metallic - Black Interior
White Orchard Pearl - Ivory or Black and Ivory Interior
San Marino Red - Black or Ivory Interior

Jensen Sets Sail to a Royal Stable

The Charterhouse auction of classic cars at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, totalled over £250,000, confirming their position as a leading firm of auctioneers specialising in classic and vintage cars.
“It was a great weekend. On the Saturday view day we head nearly 1,000 clients looking around, and on the sale day, there were over 200 buyers who turned up.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “This combined with live internet bidding resulted in some high prices for vehicles which sold not only to UK buyers, but also to Germany, Poland and to a member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family!”
Star cars sold by Charterhouse included a 1964 Jensen CV8 at £28,000 to a member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family, a Jaguar C Type replica £33,000, a Healey Silverstone evocation £26,300, a 1947 Armstrong Siddeley Lancaster £11,700 to a Devon museum, a 1934 Austin 7 £10,000, a 1968 Mini pick-up £8,200, a 1957 Triumph TR3 £15,000, a 1973 Triumph TR6, garaged stored since the early 1990’s £10,000 and a 1994 London black cab £1,500 which is now on its way to the owners holiday home in Barbados!
Charterhouse is now accepting entries for its next specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 15th July. This will be held in the beautiful grounds of Sherborne Castle where last year they conducted a specialist classic car auction totalling over £380,000.
For more information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Head of Classic Cars, at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email mw@charterhouse-auctions.co.uk
Fit for Royalty – a 1964 Jensen CV8 sold for £28,000
Garaged stored for over 20 years, a 1973 Triumph TR6 sold for £10,000
A Jaguar C Type replica sold for £33,000
A 1968 Mini pick-up sold for £8,200

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Get ready Canadians,

the new 2013 Acura ILX will arrive at your local dealerships on May 23rd, starting at $27 790.