HONDA SA/ GLOBAL NEWS

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) option broadens Honda Mobilio’s appeal

Honda Mobilio

Honda Mobilio

  • New CVT gearbox adds further convenience and efficiency
  • Space and versatility remain key attributes
  • Full seven-seater interior offers space and high comfort levels
  • Value-added pricing still ensures high degree of affordability

Only six months after introducing the sleek, stylish and affordable Mobilio to the South African market, Honda Motor Southern Africa is broadening the appeal of the attractive, full-featured MPV with the introduction of a third model, equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission.

Based on the Mobilio Comfort, the CVT version retains the same, spacious seven-seater interior and comprehensive features list as its manual-gearbox siblings, while adding the convenience and efficiency that Honda’s CVT is renowned for.
PRODUCT-CVT option for Mobilio 2

The CVT can be operated like a fully automatic gearbox, which will allow the transmission to always find the optimum combination of power, response and economy. Alternatively, drivers can opt for a sequential manual mode.

The Mobilio Comfort CVT is powered by the same, zippy 1,5-litre petrol engine as the manual-gearbox versions. The advanced four-cylinder, 16-valve power unit is fitted with Honda’s i-VTEC intelligent variable valve timing system, and has a maximum power output of 88 kW at 6 600 r/min, linked to a torque peak of 145 Nm at 4 600 r/min.

The CVT-equipped Mobilio offers brisk dynamics, with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 11,3 sec, and a maximum speed of 140 km/h. At just 6,0 litres/100 km for the combined cycle, the CVT version is also the most economical member of the Mobilio line-up.

Inside, the MPV’s comfortable seats, generous head and legroom for all three rows of seats, and plenty of luggage space ensure a feeling of luxury and privacy. Despite its comparatively compact footprint, the Mobilio offers sedan-like space, but with the benefit of three seating rows.

The 60:40 split second seat row has a slide and recline function that allows the space to be optimised depending on preference and requirement. With a large door aperture and the second row’s one-motion fold-down function, access to the rear seating is easy and convenient.

The third seat row is split 50:50 with a reclining function, and offers ample legroom. Both seat rows can be folded flat and tumbled forward to maximise cargo space. Even with all seats in place, the Mobilio will swallow a full 223 litres of cargo, which increases to 521 litres with the third row seat folded down.
PRODUCT-CVT option for Mobilio 3

Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body construction means that new Mobilio provides peace-of-mind safety by managing collision forces, while active and passive safety equipment includes dual front airbags, head restraints, front inertia reel seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution.

“The CVT model adds a further string to the Mobilio’s bow, and should add further momentum to the demand for this attractive, modern and versatile seven-seater,” says Graham Eagle, operations director at Honda Motor Southern Africa. “It brings further convenience, even greater efficiency and real ease of use to the Mobilio line-up.”

Pricing

Honda Mobilio 1.5 Trend MT               R184 400

Honda Mobilio 1.5 Comfort MT           R203 900

Honda Mobilio 1.5 Comfort CVT         R219 990

All three Mobilio models are backed by Honda’s three-year/100 000 km warranty, as well as a one-year AA Roadside Assistance package. The Comfort models also benefit from a two-year/30 000 km service plan. Services are at 15 000 km intervals.

HONDA RACING NEWS

Recently on the tropical Island of Bali, Repsol Honda’s World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa revealed their new look 2015 race machines
RACING-Repsol Honda New Livery copy 2
The Repsol Honda Team enjoyed an incredible 2014 season winning Honda’s third Triple Crown in four years (Rider, Constructor and Team titles) and second in succession.

Honda continue their partnership with Repsol – after celebrating their 20th anniversary last season – and remains the longest running sponsor-factory agreement of its kind in the history of the motorcycle World Championship. For 2015, the iconic bike now features an exciting new graphic by ways of the new, increased team partnership with Austrian-based energy drink manufacturer, Red Bull.
RACING-Repsol Honda New Livery2 copy 2

After a well deserved winter break, both riders looked refreshed and eager to get the season started. Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice-President was present in Bali, together with Team Principal Livio Suppo to introduce the riders ahead of the first test in Sepang scheduled to begin in just three days, on 4th February in Sepang, Malaysia.
RACING-Repsol Honda New Livery3 copy 2

The Repsol Honda Team 2015 Media Site is now ‘live’ at www.hondaracingcorporation.com, where you can access news and images on the riders and team.

HONDA RACING NEWS

Honda Holds Press Conference Prior to Commencement of the FIA Formula One World Championship 2015 Season
RACING-F1 Press Conference-Honda F1 press conference- McLaren-Honda 2015 copy 2

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. recently held a press conference in the run-up to the Australian Grand Prix of the FIA* Formula One World Championship (F1), which will take place from March 13-15, 2015. McLaren-Honda drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button also attended the press conference and expressed their enthusiasm for the first race.

As Takanobu Ito, President & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said, “Taking on difficult challenges has been built into Honda’s identity since the foundation of the company. For over a half century, Honda has been participating in various racing series including F1 to cultivate our true capability as an automaker.”
RACING-F1 Press Conference copy 2

“Now we have an opportunity to demonstrate our true values in F1 racing, the most prestigious automobile race series of them all. We’re going to pursue environmental technologies introduced to F1 racing with part of our challenge being to pursue the ultimate in energy management that will lead to the technological excellence of Honda in the future. The severe environment of racing will also cultivate the development of professional human resources.”

“Through new technologies and human resources cultivated in the extreme environment of F1, Honda wants to create innovation. More than anything, we want to live up to the expectations of Honda fans and continue winning. To realize this dream, we take challenges in the F1 with strong determination represented by our corporate slogan – The Power of Dreams. Welcoming two excellent world champion drivers in Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, the McLaren-Honda team is highly-united and of one mind. We will now begin adding a new page to its history. Please keep your expectations high.”

* – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

HONDA RACING NEWS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announces its 2015 motorsports strategy and initiatives for expanding the popularity of motorsports

2015 Motorsport Program-Managing Officer and Director, Masahiro Yoshida, with all riders, drivers and team directors

2015 Motorsport Program – Managing Officer and Director, Masahiro Yoshida, with all riders, drivers and team directors

Since the days of its founding, Honda has always tackled the challenge of competing in motorsports events around the world, using the races as a springboard for the company’s growth by testing, refining and proving the worth of its original technologies on the global stage. Under its corporate slogan of “The Power of Dreams,” Honda aims to satisfy the expectations of its customers by putting more power behind its motorsports activities, so that through racing it can bring fun, joy and excitement to people across the globe.

  1. Motorsports Strategy

Motorcycle activities

In the MotoGP, the premier class of the FIM*1 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Series, Repsol Honda, a Honda factory team will again put forward the lineup of Marc Márquez, who was the champion for the second year in a row last season, paired with Dani Pedrosa who achived 4th place, aiming to win the three titles for the third season running.

The Pata Honda World Superbike Team, supported by Honda Motor Europe Ltd., Honda’s local affiliate in Europe, will vie for victory in the Superbike World Championship Series (WBS) by riding the CBR1000RR. The team will feature the two riders of Sylvain Guintoli, the WSB champion last season, and Michael van der Mark, the champion in the Supersport World Championship (WSS) who also claimed victory two years in a row at the Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race.

Based on a desire to satisfy the expectations of many customers and fans as a manufacturer of motorcycles in all categories, Honda is determined to raise its commitment to the four categories of road racing, motocross, trials world championships, and the Dakar.

In the premier MXGP (450 cc) class of the FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP), Honda will again compete with its Team HRC factory team. Evgeny Bobryshev will now be joined by Gautier Paulin, who ranked eighth in the MXGP in the 2014 season.

In AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship held in the U.S., Honda has reinforced its team structure this season through technical support from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and the Motorcycle R&D Centre of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., with the aim of capturing the title.

In the FIM Trial World Championship Series (WCT), three riders will compete:Toni Bou, crowned as champion for an unprecedented eight years in a row, Takahisa Fujinami, the only Japanese rider in WCT racing, and Jaime Busto, the WCT World Cup Class champion. The Honda team has their eyes on a ninth straight riders’ championship and tenth straight manufacturers’ championship.

Team HRC factory team competed in the Dakar 2015 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile in January. Paulo Goncalves placed second overall, and Laia Sanz came in ninth overall, the highest ranking ever for a female rider in the race.

HRC does not limit its racing activities to ones focusing on the pinnacle races, but also works on sales of commercial racing machines. The RC213V-RS commercial racer will be supplied to four riders in three teams in the Open Category, and the Dakar Rally machine CRF450 Rally has already been put on the market. HRC will continue to launch motorcycles based on factory machines, which will help expand the popularity of these vehicles.

*1 – FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
RACING-2015 Motorsport Program-some of the racing cars3 copy 2

Automobile activities

Honda will participate this season in the FIA*2 Formula One World Championship as a power unit supplier for the McLaren Honda team, which will enter two machines driven by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. McLaren Honda aims to win the dual titles of drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

In the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, a Honda factory team, will again feature Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro as the drivers in this third season of full-year participation. Among private teams, in addition to Zengő Motorsport, competing in its third season, Nika Racing will be supplied with Honda cars for the first time. Honda aims to capture the dual titles of drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

Managing Officer and Director, Masahiro Yoshida, with all riders, drivers and team directors

Managing Officer and Director, Masahiro Yoshida, with all riders, drivers and team directors

In the GT500 class of the SUPER GT Series, Honda will compete with its NSX CONCEPT-GT equipped with a 2.0-litre inline 4-cylinder direct injection turbo engine and a racing hybrid system, in its attempt to recapture the dual title of drivers’ and team championships with its five teams and five machines. In the GT300 class, Honda will continue its support for AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI, supplying them with a racing hybrid system, in cooperation with M-TEC Co., Ltd.

In the Japanese Championship SUPER FORMULA Series, Honda will supply the HR-414E, a 2.0-litre, inline, 4-cylinder direct injection turbo engine, to nine machines raced by five teams. Using this engine with greater power, Honda aims for the dual titles of drivers’ and team championships.

In the IndyCar® Series, Takuma Sato, now in his sixth season, will again compete for A.J. Foyt Racing.