PRODUCT NEWS

Honda Marine Receives 2011 Customer Satisfaction Index Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has just named Honda Marine as recipient of the prestigious 2011 Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for outboard engines. This marks the eighth consecutive year that NMMA has honoured Honda Marine with the recognition.

The NMMA will present the 2011 awards at the International Boat Builder’s Exhibition (IBEX) show and conference, scheduled for October 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The CSI Award acknowledges companies that actively measure customer satisfaction to pursue continuous improvement. Recipients have achieved and maintained an independently measured standard of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction during the past year, based on customer surveys. The award is based on owners’ rating for overall satisfaction with their outboard engines. Honda Marine outboard engines are known for their superior performance, high fuel efficiency, excellent reliability and quietness-at-cruise – all criteria important to consumer satisfaction.

“While technological advancements and enhanced environmental performance are integral to the Honda culture, consumers are the ultimate judges of how well our products meet their needs,” said Scott Conner, vice president, Honda Power Equipment. “For Honda Marine to have earned this recognition from NMMA indicates that we have been successful in providing our customers with the best experience possible. We are proud to have earned this award and pledge to use the findings of the survey and analysis to help our organization continue to enrich consumers’ experiences with Honda Marine products.”

NMMA launched its CSI program in 2001 to provide boat and engine manufacturers with an independently-measured, cost-effective tool to help improve customer satisfaction in the boating industry. Since the program’s inception, more than 500,000 surveys have been sent to new boat and engine customers, allowing participating manufacturers to monitor customer satisfaction on an ongoing basis, and to benchmark themselves against the industry and their competitors.

Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda’s outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 American states.

 

Honda Outboard Engines giving 4-Front Corrosion Protection

Honda’s 4-Front Corrosion Protection System fights off corrosion from harsh marine environments.  This patented double-sealed, multi-layer paint process uses 4 different layers to protect the engine.

  • The base is a corrosion-resistant Honda aluminum alloy, followed by a double-sealed treatment.
  • An epoxy primer undercoat is applied.
  • An acrylic resin metallic coating is baked on.
  • A clear overcoat of acrylic finishes the process.

Honda Marine engines have several other features designed to help protect them from the harsh marine environment:

  • Sacrificial anodes protect the engine from galvanic corrosion.
  • All fasteners and hardware are either stainless steel or a specially treated Dacro material.
  • All wiring connectors are sealed to prevent water intrusion.
  • Fresh water flush ports on select models allow you to flush the engine with a garden hose.

 

WWF HONDA MARINE PARKS PROGRAMME

Integrated Coastal Management in the WWF-SA Honda Marine Parks Programme

The coast is loosely defined as being where the “land meets the sea”. Drawing the boundaries of the coastal zone can be problematic – if you start to look at the vast amount of activities and processes that affect the coastline and the sea, you could easily include entire mountain ranges many kilometres away from the sea itself. The natural attributes of our extensive coastal line, pose some unique development challenges because they are inclusive of land, sea, dynamic beach strips as well as a popular site for human settlement, development, recreation and leisure.

60% of the world’s population lives along the coast, putting it under a great deal of pressure. The coastal zone also includes inshore waters which host some of the most productive, important fisheries and other natural resources we depend on. That said, the ocean supplies food and/or income for 2.6 billion people across the globe. The urgent need to conserve the ocean’s resources, while encouraging sustainable use and the continual development pressure on the coast, lends itself to some truly complex management scenarios.

With this in mind, the Honda Marine Parks Programme has ventured into an exciting new area of marine conservation – Integrated Coastal Management (ICM). In the past, the land, sea and everything in between were managed separately. This traditional method of management does not recognise that all ecosystems are connected, making it unsustainable; a view that’s been recognised worldwide.

In light of this, a new way of management is needed to ensure long-term sustainability of oceans and coasts. ICM should therefore be seen as a multi-sectoral process created to improve development planning and resource management through integration, cooperation and the coordination of activities. It highlights the interrelated nature of coastal ecosystems with each other and the cross-cutting implications of human actions and activities.

It is important to realise how strongly activities in coastal regions are interconnected. The sea is impacted by what happens inland like effluent discharges in water courses, nutrient run off from agricultural fertilizers and increased siltation as a result of deforestation. The sea also affects the coastal zone, with storm events resulting in flooding or oil pollution carried into the coastal zone. Natural “defences”, e.g. beaches, mangroves and coral reefs, are important in protecting against storm waves and shore erosion.

The ecosystem doesn’t exist in isolation from humans and our activities. Therefore an “ecosystems approach” which considers and includes people, societies and their needs, is said to be the international best practice. We are all part and parcel of the environment and what we do affects it, just as it affects us. So the implementation of ICM takes into account the communities affected by management of that area. By working with all the relevant stakeholders in a participatory process that includes all interested and affected parties from the very beginning, it can be a powerful tool to protect and sustain the optimal ecosystem functioning. This is beneficial to all, whether one is a fisherman or a manager of fisheries; we all want more fish in the sea.

HONDA RACING NEWS

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 13
Grand Prix of San Marino Race Results

Honda’s Pedrosa and Stoner On Podium With Winner Lorenzo

Team-mates Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) and Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) finished second and third in the San Marino Grand Prix, a race won by reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

Local hero Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) came out best from a breathtaking last-lap duel for fourth place with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V) to make it four Honda RCVs in the top five.

Stoner took pole position in yesterday afternoon’s qualifying session, but was by no means confident of scoring a fourth consecutive victory to further strengthen his lead in the World Championship. Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa were covered by just 0.18s in qualifying, so all three men predicted that today’s race would be a close-run thing.

Pre-race tension was heightened by a smattering of rainfall before the start and during the first laps, but the rain never got anywhere heavy enough to force riders into the pits to swap to their ‘wet’ bikes.

Lorenzo made his intentions clear by snatching the lead into the first corner and despite the best efforts of Stoner and Pedrosa the Spaniard stayed there for the entire 28 laps. Wary of being in front with spots of rain falling here and there, Stoner was happy to stay behind his title rival during the early laps, while Pedrosa shadowed the pair in third.

That’s the way it stayed until lap 12 when Lorenzo upped his pace to set the fastest lap of the race and double his lead to more than a second. Within another half dozen laps he was more than three seconds ahead as Stoner began to struggle, apparently running out of strength, a result of jetlag and subsequent sleep deprivation following last weekend’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Stoner’s target had now changed, from winning the race to defending second place, but he was struggling to get his bike stopped and was therefore running wide in the turns, which threw him back into the clutches of his team-mate. There are no team orders at Repsol Honda, so Pedrosa sped past Stoner into the high-speed Curvone right-hander with six laps to go. Pedrosa could do nothing about the leader, however, though his second consecutive runner-up spot did move him slightly closer on points to third-placed Dovizioso.

Dovizioso ran fourth in the early stages, then came under successful attack from long-time rival Simoncelli, but he rallied his forces in the final ten laps as he came under pressure from Ben Spies (Yamaha). With three laps to go Dovizioso rode past Simoncelli, with Spies looking to get in on the act. On the last lap Simoncelli once more overtook his fellow Italian and the trio were pretty much side by side as they rode into the slow-speed Quercia left-hander for the last time.

Dovizioso and Spies squeezed past Simoncelli but both ran wide, allowing Simoncelli (who hails from Cattolica, just a few kilometres from the track) to sneak back ahead. Simoncelli beat Dovizioso over the line by 0.037s, with Spies a further seven tenths down.

Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) had a busy race, battling for a top-ten finish with several different rivals. He eventually crossed the line in 11th place, less than two second behind Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha). Toni Elias (LCR Honda MotoGP RC212V) scored the last championship point in 15th.
 

MotoGP Race Results:

1

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

2

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)

4

Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

5

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)

6

Ben SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing)

7

Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)

8

Alvaro BAUTISTA (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)

9

Hector BARBERA (Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP)

10

Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

11

Hiroshi AOYAMA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

12

Karel ABRAHAM (CardionABMotoracing)

13

Colin EDWARDS (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

14

Randy DE PUNIET (Pramac Racing Team)

15

Toni ELIAS (LCR Honda MotoGP)

 

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 14

Grand Prix of Aragon Race Results

Stoner & Pedrosa Score Fifth Repsol Honda One-Two

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) rode another faultless race in the Aragon Grand Prix to win his eighth victory of the season and further strengthen his position at the top of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) finished second to complete Repsol Honda’s fifth one-two of the year, while Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) scored a hard-fought fourth-place finish.

Stoner had been race favourite after dominating practice and qualifying, but track conditions were very different from yesterday, with much cooler temperatures and a strong tail-wind on the back straight. Today’s track temperature was 15 degrees lower than during qualifying, which created grip issues for several riders during the 23 laps.

Nothing, however, could stop Stoner who started from pole position for the ninth time this year. Despite being beaten into third place during the first few corners by Pedrosa and Ben Spies (Yamaha), the 25-year-old Australian had regained the lead by the end of the first lap. From there he never looked back, establishing a new track record on lap four and steadily increasing his advantage over Pedrosa. The success also increased his championship advantage to 44 points over reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) with four races to go.

Stoner ended the race 8.162s seconds in front of Pedrosa who also had a lonely ride to his third consecutive runner-up result. Pedrosa always knew it was going to be difficult running Stoner’s pace because throughout the weekend he had been losing several tenths through the track’s first section. During the later stages of the race he also struggled with wheel-spin issues, though he was always well clear of third- and fourth-place finishers Lorenzo and Spies.

Today all three Repsol Hondas ran a special one-off livery created by Spanish designer Davidelfin, a superb way to celebrate the partnership’s 100th Grand Prix victory. Repsol Honda achieved its first premier-class win with Mick Doohan at the 1995 Australian GP. Although the Stoner/Pedrosa one-two made today an almost perfect day for the team, Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V) was unable to complete the race after sliding off on the first lap.

Simoncelli did everything he could to make it an all-Honda podium, just as he had done at last month’s Czech GP. The lanky Italian came through strongly after finishing the first lap in sixth place, passing Nicky Hayden (Ducati), then Lorenzo and Spies to move into third on lap nine, only to run wide the next lap and ruin all his hard work. Demoted to fifth, Simoncelli kept his cool and slowly worked his way back towards Spies, from whom he took fourth place with seven laps to go. But with his rear tyre past its best there was nothing he could do about Lorenzo.

Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) enjoyed a spirited battle with seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, who started the race from pit lane after exceeding his ration of six engines per year. The pair spent the last half of the race with Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) who won the three-way contest after making contact with Aoyama on the last lap. Aoyama – who had great hopes after qualifying on the third row – finished just behind Rossi in 11th.

Toni Elias (LCR Honda MotoGP RC212V) was unable to complete the race after being taken down by Loris Capirossi (Ducati) as they attacked the turn eight/nine chicane with eight laps remaining. Capirossi dislocated a shoulder in the incident.

Today’s strong winds produced some big top speeds, with Aoyama’s RC212V the fastest bike of all at 330.5km/h (205.3mph).

MotoGP Race Results

1

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)

2

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

4

Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

5

Ben SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing)

6

Alvaro BAUTISTA (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)

7

Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)

8

Hector BARBERA (Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP)

9

Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

10

Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)

11

Hiroshi AOYAMA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

12

Randy DE PUNIET (Pramac Racing Team)

13

Colin EDWARDS (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

 

IndyCar Series – Round 14: Baltimore – September 4, 2011

Power Perfect in Inaugural Baltimore Run – It was another maximum effort that garnered maximum results for Team Penske’s Will Power, as the Australian dominated the inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore, scoring a series-leading sixth IZOD IndyCar Series victory at the new temporary street circuit adjacent to Oriol Park at Camden Yards.

In tandem with the victory, qualifying on the pole and leading the most laps earned Power 53 championship points, the maximum available, as he closed to within five points of championship leader Dario Franchitti, who finished fourth for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Three races remain in the season.

Continuing a six-season tradition of equality and reliability, all 28 Honda-powered drivers completed 7,478 miles this weekend on the punishing streets of Baltimore without a single failure of the Honda Indy V-8 engine. It now has been more than two years since a Honda in-race engine failure, the last one taking place at Infineon Raceway in 2009.

At the start, Power fought off a determined challenge from the second-starting Graham Rahal, who briefly took the lead in the first corner. But after reclaiming the advantage in Turn 3, Power was in control for the rest of the 75-lap run, turning over the lead only during routine pit stops on the way to a 10-second victory over Oriol Servia.

Adjacent to the home of the Baltimore Orioles, the similarly-named Servia and his Newman Haas Racing team used an alternate pit strategy – stopping early to change to the faster “Red” alternate tyres and then saving fuel to make the race distance – to gain track position early in the event. Once in the lead pack, Servia demonstrated great race pace that kept him ahead of a tight pack that included Tony Kanaan, Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato.

 Using a strategy similar to Servia, Kanaan recovered from his airborne crash during the morning warm-up that forced him to start from a backup Honda-powered Dallara at the rear of the 28-car starting field. His third-place finish equals his best result of the season, scored at theSt. Petersburg opener.

Race Results:

1

Will Power (Team Penske)

2

Oriol Servia (Newman Haas Racing)

3

Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)

4

Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)

5

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)

6

Danica Patrick (Andretti Autosport)

7

Alex Tagliani (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)

8

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

9

Vitor Meira (A.J. Foyt Racing)

10

Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)

11

Martin Plowman-R (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)

12

Simona de Silvestro (HVM Racing)

13

Sebastian Saavedra-R (Conquest Racing)

14

Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)

15

E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)

16

Ana Beatriz-R (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)

17

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)

18

Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology)

19

JR Hildebrand-R (Panther Racing)

20

Ed Carpenter (Sarah Fisher Racing)

21

Charlie Kimball-R (Chip Ganassi Racing)

22

Tomas Scheckter (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)

23

Mike Conway (Andretti Autosport)

24

James Hinchcliffe-R (Newman Haas Racing)

25

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

26

Giorgio Pantano-R (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)

27

James Jakes-R (Dale Coyne Racing)

28

Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)

 

 

 

 

HONDA SA MOTOR/ GLOBAL NEWS

Blue Skies for Our Children

Honda recently introduced a new global environmental symbol and slogan that draws directly from Honda’s environmental heritage – “Blue Skies for Our Children.” The accompanying animated global ad brings to life the key elements of the new environmental symbol and slogan, and communicates Honda’s environmental vision – realizing “the joy and freedom of mobility” and “a sustainable society where people can enjoy life.”

To view the AD click on the link below :

http://www.world.honda.com/message/blueskies-mobilityworld/video/index.html


Honda Happenings at the Frankfurt Motor Show – September 2011

Check out the Honda Booth at the Frankfurt Motor Show:

http://world.honda.com/Frankfurt2011/HondaBooth/video/index.html

Road to Zero Emissions
The launch of the new Honda Civic at Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) 2011 reaffirms Honda’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. The stand at IAA outlines Honda’s environmental direction – ‘Road to Zero Emissions’.

The integrated colored tubes on the stand represent and link Honda’s environmental technologies. Red marks the area for conventionally (petrol and diesel) driven models. Blue symbolizes the Hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell electric vehicles, green represents the battery electric vehicles. The combination of red and green represents Hybrid technology. All the different colored tubes meet in the Honda Dream House area, in which Honda displays a number of its technologies for environmentally friendly ways to generate energy – demonstrating its wide approach of road to zero emissions.

The concept of the colored tubes has been created and implemented by the young artist Sebastien Wierinck.

The new Honda Civic

Honda announces the new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Developed specifically for the European market, the Civic will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment. It will reach European showrooms in early 2012.

Reduced CO2 Emission of Only 96 G/Km* For The 2012 Honda Insight
The refreshed Honda Insight is launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor show. The Insight is now even more environmentally friendly producing just 96 g/km* of CO2. The Insight also receives a new exterior design including a new front grille. The features within the interior have been improved for a superior perceived quality with two new interior colors to choose from. Rear visibility has been improved and rear passenger headroom has been adjusted. Revisions have been made to the engine and suspension for an overall improvement to ride comfort and stability. Two new exterior colors are available.

Honda EV Concept & Plug-in Hybrid Platform, FCX Clarity

Honda has brought the Honda EV Concept battery electric vehicle and the platform for a midsize plug-in hybrid vehicle to the Frankfurt Motorshow.

The concepts are displayed as part of Honda’s “Road to Zero Emissions”, showing the current technology of hybrids alongside near future technology of plug-in vehicles and the ultimate goal of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, like the FCX Clarity.

Both vehicles are integral to the Honda Electric Mobility Network, the company’s comprehensive approach to reducing CO2 emissions through innovative products, energy-management and energy-production technologies.

The Honda EV Concept hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda’s upcoming production battery electric vehicle, which will be introduced to theU.S.andJapanin 2012. The all-new plug-in hybrid platform showcases Honda’s next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology set to debut in 2012.

“Honda’s long history with electromotive technologies has enabled us to understand customer requirements,” said Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO. “In Honda’s view, an electric vehicle must offer great utility and be fun to drive. Honda EV Concept’s urban commuting capability will be a perfect addition to the full-function mobility of the plug-in hybrid and FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle.”

Honda Accord
The revised Honda Accord sedan and Tourer models made their debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. Both cars receive a host of changes with the styling, emissions, ride and handling all enhanced for 2011.

Summary of Changes:

  • Revised exterior styling
  • Detail changes to interior finishes
  • Improvements to emissions and economy on all engines
  • 138 g/km 2.2 i-DTEC introduced
  • Ride and handling improvements for all models
  • Auto High-Beam Support System and Active Cornering Lights debut on Accord
  • 180 PS Type S model now available acrossEuropewith bespoke interior and exterior styling.

Honda Jazz with CVT Gearbox
This year’s Geneva Motor Show was the European motor show debut of the revised Honda Jazz and marks the return of a CVT automatic transmission to the endlessly flexible B-segment hatchback.

 

Honda Jazz Hybrid – Low Emissions and Practicality without Compromise
The Jazz Hybrid went on sale in March 2011 in many markets and was shown in full production specification at the Geneva Motor Show this year further demonstrating Honda’s continuing commitment to petrol-electric hybrid technology.

The launch of the latest addition to the practical Jazz line-up marks the first time a parallel hybrid vehicle has been available to B-segment consumers. Importantly the Jazz Hybrid will not lose any of its practicality, with the compact nature of the Honda IMA system allowing the B-segment car to retain its ultra-flexible “Magic Seats” and 300 litres of boot space.

Honda CR-Z – the world’s first 6-speed manual Sporty Hybrid
The world’s first 6-speed manual hybrid coupe, the Honda CR-Z is gracing the stand at the Frankfurt Motorshow 2011. In its first year of sales the car has smashed sales predictions inJapanand starred in the Live Every Litre social media activated documentary aroundEurope.

 

Honda CR-V

Joining the Accord in the petrol/diesel area of the Frankfurt Motor Show stand is the CR-V equipped with the Euro NCAP award-winning Collision Mitigation Brake System, the Honda-developed autonomous emergency braking system. 

The CR-V was revised at the beginning of 2010 with changes to the suspension, styling, interior and specification. With these enhancements building on an already strong base, the CR-V has continued where its predecessor left off, with strong sales acrossEurope.

Hydrogen Refuelling Station Opens at Honda in Swindon, England
September 20, 2011 – The UK’s first open access hydrogen vehicle refuelling station has been officially opened at Honda’s manufacturing facility in Swindon. Built and operated by industrial gases company BOC, a member of The Linde Group, the venture is the result of a partnership between Honda, BOC and economic development company Forward Swindon. 

The new station is open to anyone developing or using hydrogen-powered vehicles. It can fill vehicles at both 350 bar and 700 bar, the two standard filling pressures adopted by the world’s major vehicle manufacturers.

Based on the grounds of Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, the station aims to encourage the development of both hydrogen-powered vehicles – such as the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car – and the refuelling infrastructure to support them.

It also creates a strategic link half way along the M4 between London and Swansea. As a fully operational, commercial-scale station using tested technology, it is a solution that can be replicated across the country and so create the essential network necessary for the widespread uptake of hydrogen-powered transport.

Among the many innovations of the new station is that it can fill vehicles ‘back-to-back’ from a bank of hydrogen cylinders. This means that vehicles can be filled one after another without having to wait for more hydrogen to be generated.

Another feature is the design: it looks just like a conventional filling station and the time to fill a vehicle is comparable with conventional fuels. The Honda FCX Clarity, for example, takes less than five minutes. For the consumer, then, the experience should be very similar to refuelling at a normal petrol station.

Speaking at the opening of the facility, Richard Kemp-Harper, Lead Technologist for Transport and Energy at the Technology Strategy Board, said: “The change from conventional transport systems to sustainable, low carbon alternatives is one that can only be made through businesses and government working in partnership to develop innovative solutions. This new refuelling station gives a real glimpse of the role hydrogen can play in practice. It is a great example of the kind of collaboration and innovation we need.”

Mike Huggon, Managing Director of BOC in the UK and Ireland, said: “This is the first commercial-scale, open-access station in theUK. It demonstrates that we can build the infrastructure needed to establish a hydrogen-powered transport system. But even with private and public support – as we have here inSwindon- we need Government commitment to make this work across the country as a whole. We can provide the tools but the Government has to create the policy framework in which we can build the low carbon infrastructure of tomorrow.”

Ian Piper, Chief Executive of economic development company Forward Swindon, said: “I’m proud that we have been involved in such an exciting public-private partnership. Forward Swindon was the initiator of this project and brought together the funding: it’s a great example of how innovative projects can come to life in theUK, even in a recession.Swindon’s strategic location makes it the natural home for new transport technologies, and I’m confident this facility will encourage a growing interest and take up.”

Thomas Brachmann, Head of Electrical Powertrain R&D at Honda, commented: “Hydrogen fuel cell technology is the ultimate transport solution; meeting environmental demands but also delivering the range and performance that customers expect. The cooperation on this project between vehicle manufacturers like Honda, infrastructure providers like BOC and the public sector can be a blueprint for future development.”