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A Hot-Hatch Icon Reborn: All-new Honda Civic Type R engineered to be a ‘Race Car for the Road’
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  • Production version of Civic Type R revealed at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
  • Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine offers greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda production car engine
  • Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
  • Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
  • New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
  • Under development the Civic Type R has achieved a top speed of 270 km/h

After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Civic Type R will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment.
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The production version of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon is revealed for the first time at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March; Stand 4250, Hall 4).

Type R vehicles have garnered a cult following around the world and the new model more than lives up to the high expectations. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector.

The new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand.
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All-new turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine

At the heart of the Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS* at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm* at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model.

Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration.

The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)*.

The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain, and power is directed through the front wheels.

Function dictates form

The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce.
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To achieve this aim, the Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated automotive motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine development.

This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility.

A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road.

The rear wing has been reimagined from the Type R Concept. The structure of the airfoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners.

A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and reducing lift forces.

Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper allow greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.

New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R.

To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs.

The Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added visual impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.

A cabin with a sporting ambience

A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering.
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Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and blackgear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience.

New suspension technologies for a rewarding, more agile drive

A number of innovative new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road.

A new four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and to maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising.

An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic’s suspension set up, enhancing high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam suspension is constructed with a bespoke ‘crushed pipe’ which improves rear roll rigidity by 180 per cent, further enhancing stability in high-speed corners.

These systems are complemented by Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering, which helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel.

New ‘+R’ mode increases responses for enhanced driving thrills

The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. The result is an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.

When +R mode is activated, engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering receives reduced power assistance and is therefore more responsive to driver inputs, and basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30 per cent. This means the behaviour of the car is firmer and more agile for high-performance handling.

All-new GT Pack offers further enhancements

Customers will have the option to specify their new Civic Type R with an all-new GT Pack.

Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades will be found.

The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors. Integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including five years of free map updates) is added to the Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 320 watt stereo system upgrade.

All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is also boosted by red ambient lighting.

The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor.

Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Civic Type R.

The all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale across Europe from this summer. Full vehicle specifications will be announced in due course.

* Honda internal figures

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Comprehensive Updates to 2015 Honda CR-V Deliver Enhanced Style, Engines and Technology
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  • New diesel engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox deliver best power-to-consumption ratio of any engine on sale today
  • World-first technology enhances occupant safety
  • Innovative new app-driven connectivity system included as standard*
  • Enhanced sophistication and road presence through thoughtful styling changes
  • Re-engineered for a more engaging and refined drive

Honda’s CR-V is already one of the most popular compact SUVs sold around the world. More than 750,000 units have been sold in Europe since it was launched in 1997, nearly 50,000 of which during 2014. In the first nine months of last year, the CR-V was the world’s best-selling SUV*. The model has become fundamental to Honda’s success in Europe, and a comprehensive range of enhancements to the fourth-generation CR-V will now further broaden its appeal.

Highlights of the 2015 model-year CR-V include a new diesel engine and nine-speed automatic transmission that deliver an unrivalled power-to-consumption ratio; world-first safety technology; an all-new connectivity and infotainment system; as well as enhanced suspension and optimised NVH measures for a more refined yet dynamic drive.

The 2015 CR-V is part of a wave of next-generation advanced and sporty vehicles from Honda, which demonstrate the brand’s pioneering approach to engineering and technology solutions that make life better for its customers.

The new-look CR-V has been developed and engineered for European drivers and will be available in showrooms from Spring 2015.

Key product highlights:

  1. New engine and transmission

The new-look CR-V is offered with a more powerful diesel engine as well as an optional efficient nine-speed automatic transmission.

Available with the four-wheel drive CR-V, the new higher-powered 160 PS 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine, from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, delivers outstanding performance and low CO2 emissions.

To help customers fully exploit the latest engine’s efficiency, the new model is also available with a new efficient nine-speed automatic transmission. Allied to this automatic gearbox, the new 160 PS 1.6-litre diesel delivers one of the best power-to-consumption ratio of any engine on sale today.

  1. Honda Connect infotainment system

The 2015 CR-V will showcase the all-new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system. Honda Connect offers convenience and connectivity while on the road, with key features including DAB / FM / AM and internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, satellite navigation and rear-view parking camera.

Honda Connect is compatible with Android 4.0.4, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, using familiar pinch, swipe and tap functionality – all accessed through a seven-inch display screen.

*Available as standard on15YM CR-V on all grades above entry level (Comfort/SE grade)

  1. World-first active safety feature

The 2015 CR-V will premiere Honda’s new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) system as part of Honda’s commitment to ‘Safety for Everyone’.

Capable of predicting and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the vehicle’s lane, based on extensive real-world research of typical European driving styles, Honda’s i-ACC uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes cutting-in, enabling the equipped vehicle to react quickly, safely and comfortably.

*Focus2Move figures – worldwide sales of 515,326 between 1 January and 31 September 2014

DESIGN: DYNAMIC, SOPHISTICATED STYLING ENHANCEMENTS

  • Enhanced sophistication and road presence through thoughtful styling improvements
  • Modifications include revised grille and headlamps which emphasise width and stability

The styling of the new CR-V has been thoughtfully enhanced with the tastes of European customers in mind. The changes are most notable at the front, with redesigned headlamps flowing into the new grille. Additionally, the new bumper and skid plate give the CR-V a wider appearance and hint at the improved stability, while also lowering the car’s visual centre of gravity.

The sleek new front headlamps incorporate powerful halogen bulbs, LED daytime running lights and HID projector headlamps – giving the car a bold face while also optimising visibility of the road ahead in low light conditions.

At the rear, the LED combination lamps have been restyled to give the CR-V a more fluid, three-dimensional appearance. Newly-styled 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are also available, complementing the exterior enhancements and highlighting the improved dynamism of the CR-V.

Honda’s goal of creating a more stylish and functional interior has been realised with the reshaped chrome-effect inlay running the width of the dashboard, and through the use of high-quality materials on key surfaces. The dashboard has been redesigned to allow easy visibility and access to the new seven-inch touchscreen displaying the new Honda Connect system, while a sliding armrest (60 mm fore and aft) between the front seats further enhances versatility and comfort.

The 2015 CR-V also features a one action fold down rear seat system, with the rear seats featuring a 60/40 split function allowing them to be easily folded completely flat with the simple pull of a handle. This transforms the CR-V into a versatile carrier which remains the top compact SUV for boot capacity, with 1648 litres of flat load space when a full size spare wheel is specified (1669 litres if space-saver spare wheel specified), or 589 litres with the seats in place.

The load length is up to 1,570 mm, allowing the CR-V’s trunk to easily accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.

The 2015 CR-V is available in nine colours. New for 2015 is Golden Brown metallic, while four metallic, three pearl and one solid colour options carry over from the previous model (metallic: Twilight Blue, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver, Polished Metal; pearl: Passion Red, White Orchid, Crystal Black; and solid: Deep Ocean Blue).

To further lift the CR-V’s cabin design, a new interior trim has been applied. Available with either chrome plating or black carbon grain on key surfaces, the upholstery can be specified with black perforated leather, black Alcantara and leather, black emboss smooth fabric or ivory perforated leather.

INFOTAINMENT: ALL-NEW HONDA CONNECT AUDIO AND INFORMATION SYSTEM

  • Honda Connect delivers convenience and connectivity while on the road
  • Broad range of functions presented on 7-inch display screen
  • Familiar ‘pinch, swipe and tap’ smartphone-style functionality
  • Seamless access from one of the industry’s fastest dual-core processors available as standard on15YM CR-V on all grades above entry level
  • The all-new Honda Connect infotainment system is fitted as standard on all grades above the entry level grade (Comfort/SE), offering greater convenience and connectivity while on the road.

Easy and intuitive to use, Honda Connect runs Android 4.0.4 – the world’s most popular smartphone operating system – employing the familiar ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ functionality of a smartphone. The seven-inch display can be customised to suit individual’s preferences with two different ‘skins‘ to choose from, allowing users to make the system their own. Colour-coded icons ensure navigating through the touchscreen menus is quick and simple.

Honda Connect gives front-seat occupants fast and easy access to everything from vehicle information and rear-view parking camera, to music and Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones. The new system’s functions include internet access, two pre-installed apps, Honda App Centre, optional Garmin satellite navigation, DAB / FM / AM and internet radio, phone interface and Bluetooth connectivity, rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines; and a range of vehicle information, such as trip meter, fuel economy and journey time.

High quality graphics and seamless, rapid operation are made possible by one of the fastest processors in the industry, NVIDIA’s automotive grade Tegra 3.
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Bluetooth connectivity and internet access

The new Honda Connect system offers excellent connectivity to keep owners safely in touch while on the road, with occupants able to connect their smartphone to the Hands Free Telephone system via Bluetooth. Honda Connect is also MirrorLink-enabled, delivering seamless connectivity between the system and the user’s compatible smartphone. This technology enables the user to mirror their smartphone display through Honda Connect and gain access to their favoured apps.

Occupants can also connect to the internet through Smartphone Wi-Fi tethering or a Mobile Wifi Router, allowing for full internet browsing while in the car (when stationary), making it possible to search for local amenities or learn about nearby landmarks.

Pre-Installed Apps

The system comes with pre-installed apps, with others available for download from the Honda App Centre.

The pre-installed ‘Aha’ app allows effortless access to thousands of audio stations – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media feeds and location-based services. The easy-to-use Aha interface makes finding everything from a Twitter account to weather updates as safe and easy as the push of a button. Aha also facilitates point of interest searches, helping users locate the nearest restaurants or hotels, for example.

Optional Garmin Navigation

As an option, Garmin’s award-winning satellite navigation is available fully integrated with Honda Connect. Pre-loaded maps allow users to navigate even in areas without mobile reception, and with millions of points of interest it is always easy to find desired locations.

Spoken turn-by-turn directions are complemented by advanced guidance features to navigate drivers through the most challenging situations with ease. Lane guidance indicates the proper lane from which to make a turn, and photo-real junction views make it easier to identify selected junctions and exits. The system also features real-time traffic avoidance, speed limit warnings, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSION: REVISED CR-V ENGINE RANGE PROVIDES ENHANCED OUTPUT AND EFFICIENCY

  • New 160PS 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine boasts more power than predecessor and reduced CO2 emissions
  • Euro6b compliant
  • Best power-to-consumption ratio of any engine on sale today
  • New two-stage turbo delivers higher power output
  • New nine-speed automatic replaces five-speed automatic transmission
  • The 2015 CR-V is available with a three-strong powertrain line-up, comprising two 1.6-litre diesel engines (160 PS and 120PS) and a 2.0-litre petrol engine (155 PS). All three are Euro6b compliant.

All-new 160 PS 1.6-litre diesel

The CR-V’s diesel line-up, expected to account for more than 60% of sales, has been enhanced with the addition of the all-new 160 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC four-cylinder unit from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, first introduced in 2013 as a 1.6 litre i-DTEC with 120 PS.

This unique-to-Europe engine replaces the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. Aided by a new two-stage turbo, it offers higher power output and better power delivery, as well as superior levels of efficiency and significantly reduced CO2 emissions. As a result, the new engine has the best power-to-consumption ratio available in its segment.

A number of innovations reduce frictional energy losses, with the engine friction of the i-DTEC engine now 37% lower than its predecessor and equivalent to that of a petrol unit. The result is highly impressive fuel economy of 4.9 l/100km (combined cycle).

The engine produces a maximum power of 160 PS (a 6% increase over the 2.2-litre diesel predecessor) and 350 Nm of torque, while emitting a 129 g/km of CO2 (an 11% improvement and a figure not bettered by any similarly-powered competitor) when mated to the six-speed manual transmission.

The 2-stage turbo uses 2 turbo devises located up stream and down stream the exhaust gas flow. The upstream turbo facing a higher exhaust pressure is called the high pressure turbo, the down stream unit facing a lower exhaust pressure called the low pressure turbo. The high-pressure turbo is responsible for air flow to the engine at low engine speeds, while the low-pressure turbo operates at high engine speeds. At mid-range engine speeds, both turbos work in tandem to provide charge air to the engine. The smaller high-pressure turbo is controlled by a variable geometry turbine (VGT) to ensure quick throttle response and reduce pumping losses at low engine speeds. The low-pressure turbo is controlled by a conventional waste gate valve.

The 1.6i-DTEC diesel engine complies with Euro6b emission regulation, meeting emission standards using a NOx storage catalyst (NSC) after-treatment system, continuously alternating NOx adsorption and conversion (reduction) processes.

The focus of development was set to enable a light-off of the catalyst already at low temperatures in order to sufficiently convert NOx emissions yet maintaining the conversion efficiency at high temperatures. Optimisation on ratio of precious metal amount and effective adsorption surface have been performed in order to achieve the target.

Nine-speed automatic transmission

The 2015 CR-V will be available with a newly-developed nine-speed automatic transmission replacing the previous five-speed automatic. The new gearbox offers a number of real-world benefits to European consumers. With a wider spread of gears, the very low first gear ratio ensures a quick and powerful launch, while a high top-gear ratio results in reduced engine speed thus reduces fuel consumption and noise level at cruising speeds.

With a greater number of gears and smaller gear steps, it also provides better response to driver inputs, and smoother shifts giving the sensation of more linear and harmonic acceleration through the gears.

Depending on driving situation – engine speed and throttle application – the new nine-speed automatic transmission can even shift directly down gears from 9th to 5th gear and 7th to 4th gear, additionally to all two gears and one gear downshifts. All other multiple down shifts are overlapped shifts where an additional shift needs to be performed in background in order to achieve the target gear.

The efficient packaging of the new transmission results in a smaller, lighter (by 35 kg) unit, allowing better weight distribution across the vehicle. The new engine and transmission together weigh 65 kg less than the previous equivalent powertrain combination, benefitting ride, handling and steering response, as well as efficiency.

Petrol engine option

The petrol powertrain is also available in four- and two-wheel drive, carried over from the previous CR-V. The 2.0-litre i-VTEC has a maximum power of 155 PS and 192 Nm of torque and is fully Euro6 compliant.

RIDE AND HANDLING: A MORE RESPONSIVE DRIVE AND GREATER CABIN REFINEMENT

  • New front suspension bushes, dampers and lower-arm knuckle geometry improve ride
  • Front and rear track increased to aid stability
  • New steering ratio for a more engaging ride
  • New, improved NVH to create more pleasurable drive for all occupants

The new CR-V includes upgrades to the chassis for better handling and a more refined ride. The re-thought underpinnings – including new front suspension bushes, dampers, revised lower-arm knuckle geometry and rear tracking arms – all contribute to a smoother, more engaging ride.

The front and rear track have been increased by 15 mm, and camber angle is up by half a degree to further aid stability. The new lighter diesel powertrain reduces weight over the front wheels, increasing cornering agility and handling, while the new nine-speed gearbox also greatly enhances the driving experience, thanks to better drive force continuation (or simply linear acceleration) due to shorter gaps between the gears.

To offer a more responsive drive, the steering ratio has been increased by 8%, reducing reaction delays of the vehicle when swerving around obstacles in the road at high speed while maintaining precise and quick handling at lower speeds for better manoeuvrability.

To cosset occupants from the outside and create a more refined and pleasurable experience, Honda engineers have implemented a number of NVH management measures. These include a doubling in the thickness of the door seals, changes to the floor carpet, and optimisation or enlargement of sound absorption materials in the dash, doors and pillars. Further measures taken include the sealing of the front end of the hood to reduce wind noise. As a result of these and other measures, the 2015 CR-V’s cabin is 6% quieter than its predecessor.

WORLD-FIRST TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE OCCUPANT SAFETY

  • New safety features: Honda SENSING introduced on 2015 CR-V
  • World-first Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
  • New automatic low-speed braking system applied as standard
  • EuroNCAP five-star rating carried over from predecessor

As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the CR-V is fitted with a number of premium active and passive technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer.

Honda SENSING

Honda has comprehensively updated its sensor based active safety systems, known as Advanced Driving Assist Systems. Under the name ‘Honda SENSING’, the new system now combines both camera and radar technology, allowing for advancements to its Collision Mitigation Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control systems. Honda SENSING is available on the new CR-V Executive grade.

Honda’s Advanced Driving Assist Systems, including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition System, Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor and High Beam Support System, will be offered in conjunction with Honda SENSING on the Executive grade, or as part of the Advanced Driving Assist Systems pack available as an option on other grades.

CMBS

The newly developed Collision Mitigation Braking System combines both a camera and radar technology capable of operating over an expanded range, combining high and low speed braking, bringing the car to standstill if required.

Using both camera and radar the new CMBS system can detect vehicles from further in the distance and their closing rate between the car and the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front of it. Unlike the current CMBS system, it is also possible to recognise objects such as pedestrians or oncoming cars.

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control

The 2015 CR-V will be the first vehicle in the world equipped with a predictive cruise control system, known as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), capable of predicting and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the vehicle’s lane.

Based on extensive real-world research of typical European driving styles, i-ACC uses a camera and radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes cutting-in by evaluating relations between multiple vehicles, enabling the equipped vehicle to react quickly, safely and comfortably.

i-ACC complements rather than replaces the traditional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system. Traditional ACC systems keep a preselected longitudinal velocity, which is only reduced to maintain a safe distance from a car in front. However, if a vehicle cuts-in from a neighbouring lane, these systems only react when the manoeuvre is almost complete.

i-ACC is able to detect the likelihood of a cut-in up to five seconds before it occurs, and is therefore designed to react very smoothly so as not to startle the driver, who might not yet be aware of the imminent cut-in. In this case the system applies just a mild brake initially, with an icon appearing on the driver display, informing the driver why a slow-down occurs. It then proceeds to apply a stronger brake to adapt velocity to keep a safe distance.

i-ACC is intelligent enough to recognise which side of the road the equipped vehicle is on (be it a left- or right-hand drive car), and automatically detects which neighbouring vehicle is the most critical to be aware of at any given moment.

i-ACC is the result of an in-house Research & Development project undertaken by an international Honda team in Europe and Japan, specifically designed for European roads. Research into driver behaviour to develop the algorithm was carried out across Europe.

Dr. Kleinhagenbrock, responsible for i-ACC at Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, comments: “i-ACC takes cruise control systems to a whole new level, offering what we call ‘predictive safety’.”

Dr. Schmuedderich, responsible for i-ACC at Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH comments: “i-ACC is a significant breakthrough and a considerable further step towards a new generation of driver assistance systems that anticipate the behaviour of other traffic participants.”

Lane Keep Assist System

Lane Keep Assist System will continue to be offered on the CR-V as part of Honda SENSING. Lane Keep Assist System uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road, ensuring the vehicle remains in the middle of the detected lane. The system operates at speeds of more than 72 km/h where the road has a curve radius of 230 metres or more.

City-Brake Active system

Honda’s City-Brake Active system) will be offered across the model range. Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system uses laser radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is designed to operate at speeds below 32 km/h.

If the system identifies that the risk of collision exists then pre-braking as well as audible and visual warning will occur, eventually followed by full autonomous braking. The system can be turned off by the driver only when the vehicle is stationary and it will remain off until the driver turns off the ignition. The system will become active once the ignition is switched back on.

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision Warning detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front, using the multi-purpose camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15km/h and above. On detecting the risk of collision, it will offer visual and audible warnings. The warning distance can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences and the system can be turned off by the driver.

Cross Traffic Monitor

Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear-view camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the intelligent Multi Information Display, and an audible warning sound. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks travelling at up to 25 km/h.

Traffic Sign Recognition System

Traffic Sign Recognition System uses the multi-purpose camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the i-MID once the vehicle has passed the sign.

The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs while the left shows ‘No Passing’ signs and speed limits with additional information; such as weather conditions, for example.

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road. If the car deviates from its current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

Blind Spot Information

Blind Spot Information uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warn of potential dangers when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of more than 20km/h. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks and can help to support drivers in situations such as passing other vehicles and merging or changing lanes.

When a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot a visual warning is displayed on the wing mirror. This remains until the vehicle leaves the blind spot. If the driver operates the indicator whilst the vehicle is in the blind spot, the visual warning will blink and an audible warning will sound to further alert the driver to the potential danger. The system can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.

High Beam Support System

High Beam Support System works at speeds of more than 40km/h to switch High Beam headlights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
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ACCESSORIES AND OPTION PACKS ADD STYLE, TECHNOLOGY AND FUNCTIONALITY

The 2015 CR-V is available with a wide variety of accessory packs allowing owners to enhance or adapt their car to suit their personal requirements and tastes.

Accessory pack options

Chrome Pack

Drivers can accentuate the styling of their CR-V by adding chrome accents to the car. This accessories pack includes a front grille, lower tailgate garnish, exhaust pipe finisher, door lower garnish and a sporty fuel filler cap, all in Shiny Chrome.

Aero Pack

The Aero Pack gives the CR-V’s exterior a sophisticated, striking appearance. Accessories include front and rear Aero bumpers, a tailgate spoiler and stylish running boards.

Illumination Pack

The Illumination Pack brings an enhanced ambience to the interior and exterior of the vehicle. It includes illuminated doorstep garnishes on the inside and puddle lights on the outside.

Convenience Pack

To keep the CR-V looking great for longer, owners can choose the Convenience Pack that provides a combination of accessories designed to protect the car from scrapes, scratches, mud and sand. The attractive doorstep garnishes, front and rear mudguards and side body trims will protect the car from weathering and surface wear and tear.

Cargo Pack

Drivers who need to frequently transport luggage or specialised equipment for work or leisure can select the Cargo Pack. This pack offers a unique combination of storage solutions including a premium trunk organiser, cargo room garnishes and a trunk step protector.

Single accessory options

Honda 3D Sound: “Music never sounded so real”

All drivers want a sound system that can faithfully reproduce their favourite music in their car. By adding a compact digital signal processing (DSP) unit to the standard Honda sound system in their car, drivers can enhance their listening experience by replicating different acoustic environments: from a technical studio sound to the splendour of a live concert hall. With Honda 3D sound, the decibel output is optimised for each frequency and each speaker channel. Programmed to get the most from the characteristics of the standard speakers and audio system and the car’s interior, the DSP unit matches its output to the ideal frequency for the car, creating a depth of sound that has to be heard to be believed.

Tablet holder

To keep passengers entertained, CR-V owners can also add a tablet holder, allowing passengers to watch videos, play games or check their emails on their device. The tablet holder can be used in landscape or portrait position and can be tilted and rotated to allow relaxed movie viewing or even working in comfort. The system attaches behind the car’s headrest at eye level, and all the tablet’s connections, including headphones, remain accessible. This Honda Genuine Accessory integrates perfectly with the car’s interior. No power input is necessary, but the tablet can be charged through the 12V socket if required.

Trailer hitch

CR-V owners can select a trailer hitch to enable them to tow their caravan or trailer, with a maximum towing capacity of 2,000kg depending on the vehicle engine and transmission type. With a maximum vertical load of 100kg, the trailer hitch is available in three types: fixed, detachable and retractable.

Premium trunk organiser

In order to make the most of the CR-V’s internal carrying capacity, a premium trunk organiser is available to help organise luggage efficiently and securely. This stylish kit consists of a trunk tray with integrated rails and an aluminium telescopic bar.

Cross bars and attachments

Drivers wishing to maximise the CR-V’s carrying capacity may be interested in Honda’s strong, secure cross-bars. A choice of roof attachments help to transport everything from skis and snowboards to bicycles and extra luggage, creating more space and comfort for passengers within the car. The cross bars can carry loads of up to 75kg.

Running boards

Two types of smoothly integrated running boards are available. Both the asymmetrical ‘stylish’ and the symmetrical ‘full’ running boards add a sleek finish to the CR-V as well as making it easier to get in and out of the car.

Styling options

For an additional aesthetic touch, there is a range of options to customise the CR-V from front to back. The Chrome front grille is guaranteed to make a striking impression, while the front and rear Aero bumpers emphasise the car’s aerodynamic look. A body colour tailgate spoiler completes the car’s sporty exterior.

Alloy wheels

CR-V owners can choose from various alloy wheel designs that provide the perfect accompaniment to the CR-V’s dynamic exterior. The 18-inch HYDRA combines a diamond cut surface with a shiny clear coat and Rombo Silver elements. The 19-inch CURSA is available in full coat Sparkle Silver with a shiny clear coat, while the 19-inch Sirius combines a diamond cut surface with shiny clear coat and Rombo Silver elements. The 19-inch VEGA combines a full coat Black Pearl with a matt clear coat, while the 19-inch ORION combines a diamond cut surface with matt clear coat and Gunpowder Black elements.

The full range of accessories can be viewed on the Honda Genuine Accessories 2015 app, available from iTunes and Google Play.

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Powerful Honda 4-stroke outboards continue to help maintain US security
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Following the events of September 11th, 2001, the United States Coast Guard was charged with the task of increasing security on critical inland and coastal waterways. To perform this task, it decided to deploy approximately 80 craft from boatbuilder SAFE Boats International in Port Orchard, Washington, all of which were powered by twin V-6 Honda BF225 4-stroke outboards.

The 25′, welded-aluminum boats feature a patented, foam flotation collar that adds an additional 6,000 pounds of flotation. Their hulls incorporate side-cornering fins that enable the boats to achieve a 3 to 4-G turn with minimal roll.

With the Honda BF225s, these “homeland security boats” can reach speeds of 50+ mph/ 80kph. The engines utilize the same advanced technology developed for the company’s highly popular automobiles. Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) delivers optimum performance throughout the operating range. The dual-stage induction system maximizes combustion for increased torque and superb fuel economy.

When asked why SAFE Boats chose the Honda outboards, company President Bill Hansen said, “Honda’s warranty is the best in the industry, and when we discussed OEM support, the folks at Honda stepped right up to the plate. Also, the Hondas tested brilliantly. They gave us the best hole shot and mid-range torque, and equaled the best top end speed of all the 4-strokes we considered.”

The boats sport full cabins with 6’5″ of headroom, yet, without removal of the cab, still can be loaded in C-130 air transports for duty anywhere in the world. Deep-V hulls with radical deadrise provide a soft ride even in adverse conditions.

The cabin accommodates a crew of four, and there is room for six more people involved in search and rescue missions. Because of the flotation collars and self-bailing design, these vessels are virtually unsinkable. Honda offers clean, quiet, fuel-efficient 4-stroke outboards from 2 hp to 250 hp. Altogether it offers the ultimate boat package for the work required…

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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.
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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.
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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.

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The waiting is over – Honda Launches the New VFR800F with modern contemporary styling and a multitude of engine, suspension and other improvements

Honda VFR800F

Honda VFR800F

  • Legendary VFR800F updated with new, sharp contemporary looks
  • Brand new telescopic fork Pro-arm swingarm, wheels and bodywork
  • Standard-fit Traction Control System
  • Standard with adjustable seat height, ABS, heated grips
  • Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators
  • Lighter than the previous model
  • Engine re-tuned for greater low and mid-range torque

The V4 engine configuration is a special one for Honda, going back nearly 40 years. A complex, yet compact unit, it has a unique power delivery and a soul all of its own. Honda’s current RC213V MotoGP machine uses a V4, as does the flagship sport-touring VFR1200F. This is a powerplant woven tightly into Honda’s engineering DNA.

Nowhere has the V4 engine been more at home than in the legendary VFR series, a truly all-round motorcycle that does sport as well as it tours, with or without a pillion. This is a bike that has inspired huge loyalty among owners over the last two decades and it is estimated that there are still 75,000 VFRs in regular use in Europe alone.

Legions of VFR fans know exactly what they like about their bike and also what they would like more and indeed less of in a new model. With such an important fan base, Honda listened intently to customers’ views. In essence what they told us is that they want a high-quality motorcycle with strong low and mid-range torque, light and slim and yet capable and adaptable, with a return to the evocative look and feel of VFRs of the past.

The waiting is over – the new VFR800F is here.

Model Overview

Two key drivers for Honda’s engineers in development of the new VFR800F were, to retain and expand the essential VFR qualities that inspire so many and, to update the model with modern features and technologies.
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Starting with the 782cc V4-VTEC engine, bottom and mid-range power have been boosted, to strike the ideal balance of enjoyable sports riding and easy commuting. The VTEC transition has been softened and the resulting power delivery is smooth, strong and linear. Honda’s TCS (Traction Control System) has also been added.

Extensive work has gone into making the new VFR800F lighter than its predecessor, 7kg lighter in fact. A single exhaust muffler has replaced the dual underseat design of the previous model, further improvements were realised through a host of changes engineered to contribute to weight reduction.

A newly designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm, 43mm telescopic fork, radial-mount four-piston front brake calipers and redesigned wheels hang from the quintessentially VFR twin-spar aluminium beam frame. Seat height is adjustable by 20mm, ABS is fitted as standard and – for the first time – a shift assist system is available as bolt on, Honda Genuine Accessory.

Then there is the styling. Considerably slimmer in the middle than the previous model, the 2014 VFR800F mixes a sleek silhouette with crisp, contemporary angles and more than an echo of classic VFR design.

The VFR800F IS Elegant Sport

Key Features

Engine

The VFR800F’s 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine has received significant development, mainly focusing on cam timing and valve duration/overlap to deliver the required increase in low to midrange power and torque. A peak power of 77.9kW is delivered at 10,250rpm, with a peak torque of 75.1Nm arriving at 8,500rpm.
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The VTEC valve train still operates one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, and then switches to four as revs rise but the transition is now seamless. Combining this with the uprated torque, the effect is a remarkably linear power delivery and effortless overtaking at highway speeds.

Bore and stroke is 72mm x 48mm, with a compression ratio of 11.8:1. The PGM-FI fuel injection, with 36mm throttle bodies, has been remapped to suit the engine’s new performance parameters, and fuel economy is 19.4km/l (WMTC*).

Honda’s Traction Control System (TCS) is fitted as standard equipment and is operated from the left handlebar. A single mode covers a wide variety of riding conditions and situations.

Chassis

The diamond triple-box section aluminium twin-spar frame is unchanged with a Rake of 25°30′ with trail of 95mm, providing for a wheelbase of 1,460mm. A revised die-cast aluminium subframe is significantly lighter than the previous model. In total, kerb weight is reduced by 7kg to 242kg.

The aluminium single-sided Pro-arm swingarm and 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork are completely new for this model.

Featuring stepless spring preload adjustment and 108mm wheel travel, the HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through a Pro-Link suspension linkage with remote spring preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment.
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The fork lowers have been redesigned in two pieces to accept radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. These have been matched with the New Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminium wheels, dual 310mm floating discs up front and a 256mm disc at the rear, with standard fitment 2-channel ABS to provide consistent and safe all-weather stopping control.

‘Elegant Sport’ is the essence of the VFR800F. The stunning new bodywork, with a mixture of sharp angles and soft curves pays respect to design elements from the VFR’s history with details like the small air intake duct on the fairing’s flank.

The VFR-signature ‘X’ headlight shape is updated and now features LED lights, a first for Honda. Positional lights are integrated into the wing mirrors. At the rear, the wide, angular tailpiece offers plenty of room for a pillion and features an LED rear light unit with combined indicators.

With fuel economy of 19.4km/l (WMTC*), the 21.5-litre fuel tank offers a 380km plus cruising range.

At 500mm the width around the middle cowl is reduced by 40mm giving the VFR800F a slim and compact feel. The seat is height adjustable by 20mm, from 790mm to 810mm. A Honda Genuine Accessory 15mm handlebar height spacer allows for further rider comfort customisation.

Equipment

Unique to Honda is the VFR800F’s self-cancelling indicator system. Rather than using a simple timer it compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.

A new dashboard houses a digital speedometer/tachometer plus gear position indicator, ambient temperature gauge, fuel consumption information and clock. There’s also an indicator for the 5-stage heated grips, which are fitted as standard. A compact ‘wave’ design key, with internal grooving, reduces the chance of breakage.
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Available Accessories

A range of Honda Approved Accessories are available from local Honda Dealers.

The Honda VFR800F is sold Standard with:

Complimentary Rider Training course through the Honda Academy

12 Months Free Roadside Assistance

24 Month unlimited km warranty

Dealer Recommended Sales Price, including VAT:   R141,990.00