Civic Type R and NSX Supercar Lead Host of Premieres from Honda at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

  • Honda to unveil flagship performance models with world premiere of production Civic Type R and European premiere of NSX
  • Production models of all-new Jazz and HR-V to be unveiled, as well as first showing in Europe of FCV Concept fuel cell vehicle
  • 2015 McLaren-Honda F1 racer showcased ahead of season opener

Signaling a new era for the Honda brand in Europe, every model in the range will be new or refreshed in 2015, with many being unveiled in production guise for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Performance cars for road and track, family cars and a fuel cell concept will all feature on the Honda stand.

Geneva will see the global premiere of the Honda Civic Type R production car. The ‘race car for the road‘ will be the most extreme Type R ever built, with blistering performance and thrilling dynamics that set new standards in the segment. 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.

For fans keenly anticipating the launch of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon, a dedicated Type R microsite went live on 28 January. Here fans can explore and share Type R content, in order to gain access to exclusive snapshots of the performance hatchback ahead of its debut in Geneva:

Hot from its global debut in Detroit, the much-anticipated production Honda NSX will make its European debut in Switzerland, twenty-five years after the original. The hybrid supercar has been specifically created to deliver a ‘new sports experience,’ challenging conventional beliefs about the supercar segment.

Honda NSX Supercar

Honda NSX Supercar

New HR-V and Jazz

Production models of Honda’s all-new HR-V and Jazz will debut ahead of their market launches later in 2015.

The all-new HR-V blends the styling of a coupe with the toughness, space and utility of a SUV in a sporty, characterful and versatile B-segment crossover. Re-entering the segment that Honda pioneered with the original HR-V in 1998, the new 2015 model features eye-catching exterior styling, fun-to-drive performance, class-leading fuel economy and unmatched interior spaciousness.

With a sophisticated new look and an upgraded interior, the third-generation Jazz also makes its debut in Geneva. This car has been redesigned from the ground up, building on the strong reputation of its predecessors and featuring a brand new 1.3 litre petrol engine.

Looking to the future

The Honda FCV Concept demonstrates the exterior and interior styling evolution of the next-generation zero emissions Honda fuel-cell vehicle.

The FCV Concept is intended to provide significant gains in packaging, interior space, cost reduction and real-world performance, including an anticipated driving range in excess of 300 miles and a refuelling time of three to five minutes.

Iconic McLaren-Honda partnership returns

The 2015 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 race car will also be on show at Geneva ahead of its competitive debut at the season opener in Melbourne, Australia on March 15. The new partnership aims to create a legacy to surpass that of the original, when four Constructors’ World Championships were won in four years between 1988 and 1991.

Honda can be found at stand 4250 in Hall 4 at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (March 3 – 15).


Rebirth of an Icon: Next Generation Acura NSX Unveiled

Acura takes the wraps off its highly anticipated next-generation NSX supercar, designed to deliver a groundbreaking “New Sports eXperience”

NSX Supercar

NSX Supercar

Twenty-five years after the debut of the original, paradigm-shifting NSX supercar, Acura revealed the production version of its highly anticipated successor – the next-generation Acura NSX, developed and produced in the U.S. – to the world’s auto media at the very recently held 2015 North American International Auto Show. The production model, in a scintillating NSX Red finish, took the stage with a growl from its twin-turbocharged engine.

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The next generation NSX showcases the production styling, design and specifications of Acura’s mid-engine sports hybrid supercar, and Acura announced key details of the all-new vehicle’s design and performance. The company will begin accepting custom orders for the new NSX starting in the summer, with customer deliveries expected later in the year.

Specifically created to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars – much as the first generation did a quarter century ago. The approach is realized through an all-new power unit – a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system – integrated with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with world’s-first material applications and manufacturing processes. Developed under the concept of a “human-centred supercar,” a car that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design, the next-generation NSX will leverage its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.

“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX – a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”

As the pinnacle representation of Acura performance and prestige, the NSX was introduced at the auto show under the theme of “Precision Crafted Performance.” The theme was the original tagline for the Acura brand, a guiding force behind the development of the original NSX and a critical component of its launch.

The development of next-generation NSX, driven by precision crafted performance, has resulted in a clean-sheet design, which involved nearly three years of intensive development effort by a global design and engineering team led by engineers at the company’s development centre in Raymond, Ohio.

“The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,” said Erik Berkman, executive vice president of the Acura Business Planning Office.

“Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX. “The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”

Interwoven Dynamic Exterior Design

“The new NSX is a product of what we term ‘Interwoven Dynamic’ design,” said Michelle Christensen, NSX exterior design project leader. “It represents the ideal blending of exotic sports car form and supercar function.”

The NSX body features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and tail lights that pays homage to the original NSX. The signature side intake and floating C-pillar collects air to feed the mid-mounted engine and directs airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce. To accommodate the new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed DCT, the production vehicle was lengthened (+3 inches) and widened (+1 inch) with a slightly more cab-forward package, compared with the proportions of the NSX Concept shown in 2012.

Every element of the exterior body design has been carefully fashioned for total airflow management for both stability-enhancing downforce and vehicle systems cooling. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at the company’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Raymond, Ohio, leading to a number of significant changes from concept to final body design, including modified hood vents, new front fender vents, modified side air intakes, and an optimized deck spoiler.


NEW NSX 2013 NSX Concept Diff (in.) 2005 NSX Diff (in.)
Length 176 in.
 (4470 mm)         172.8 in.   (4390mm) +3.1 174.2 in.(4425 mm) +1.8
Width 76.4 in.
 (1940 mm) 75.4 in 
(1915 mm) +1.0 71.3 in.(1810 mm) +5.1
Height 47.8 in.
 (1215 mm) 47.2 in.
 (1200 mm) +0.6 46.1 in(1170 mm) +1.8
Wheelbase 103.5 in. (2630 mm) 102.8 in. 
(2610 mm) +0.8 99.6 in.(2350 mm) +11.0
Front track 65.2 in.
 (1655 mm) – – – – 59.5 in.(1510 mm) +5.7
Rear track 63.6 in.(1615 mm) – – – – 60.7 in.(1540 mm) +3.0

Human Support Cockpit

“Consistent with the ‘human-centreed supercar’ development concept, the NSX was designed from the inside out with an uncompromising focus on the driver,” said Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader. “Like the original NSX, we created a ‘Human Support Cockpit’ that provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.”

The NSX interior boasts exceptional forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics – most notably the seat, which features top-class holding performance with outstanding comfort and easy ingress/egress.

The NSX’s instrument cluster features a dynamic TFT display that responds to changes in the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System with pertinent graphics and information. The centre console holds the Power button that readies the sport hybrid powertrain, nested in the centre of the new Integrated Dynamics System dial control. Interwoven under the handcrafted leather dash panel is the exposed midframe – a functioning chassis structural member that reflects the design aesthetic of a naked sport bike. An ultra-thin, yet super strong A-pillar design and low-mounted instrument panel minimize obstructions to the driver’s view of the road.

Sport Hybrid Power Unit

In keeping with the foundational philosophy of the original NSX, the next-generation NSX is designed to provide a new sports car experience that maximizes the capabilities of the driver, delivering exceptionally intuitive and confidence-inspiring response “at the will of the driver.”

Acura engineers leveraged the company’s expertise both with high-performance engine and hybrid electric-drive technologies, as well as its two decades of experience with industry-leading dynamic torque-vectoring technologies, including Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), to create the most sophisticated, technologically advanced and intelligent powertrain in the supercar universe.

At the heart of the NSX’s performance capabilities is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to an Acura-developed 9-speed DCT. The V6 engine employs a race-inspired compact valve train and dry sump lubrication system to help lower the centre of gravity. The all-new 9-speed DCT delivers synapse-quick gear changes and rev-matching downshifts. The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The NSX’s front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors which deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.

The NSX uses its front electric motors for dynamic torque vectoring in addition to enhancing acceleration and braking performance. The result is an instantaneous “zero delay” launch performance and handling response that seems to anticipate the driver’s desire. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at some of the world’s most challenging race circuits, including the famed Nurburgring.

Advanced Multi-Material Body

Also in keeping with the legacy of NSX-the world’s first all-aluminum supercar – the new NSX features an innovative new multi-material body design with world’s-first material applications and construction processes.

The NSX body utilizes a space frame design – an internal frame constructed of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and other advanced materials. Anchored by a carbon fibre floor, torsional and bending forces are taken up entirely by this ultra-rigid structure which also utilizes advanced joining technologies.

The NSX features world’s-first casting technology that combines the design and manufacturing flexibility of a casting process with the strength and elongation properties of a forged material, enabling significant weight reduction. The body panels are composed of a combination of aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC).

Advanced Sport Package

The NSX features an “Advanced Sports Package” with placement of key powertrain components – the mid-mounted engine, twin front motors and Sport Hybrid battery pack and power control unit – optimized to concentrate vehicle mass low and toward the centre of the vehicle, to further enhance dynamic response.  The combination of this packaging concept and the lightweight body give the NSX the lowest centre of gravity in its class.

The NSX utilizes a fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspension and puts its considerable power down through ContiSportContactT high-performance tyres – 245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear – mounted on 19×8.5 inch front and 20×11 inch rear aluminum alloy wheels. Powerful, natural and confident braking performance is provided by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Handling is greatly enhanced by Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), enabling lightning-quick response to all driver inputs – steering, braking and throttle – along with the stability, control and launch performance of all-wheel drive. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) uses the subtle application of brake torque to further enhance yaw response and dynamic stability.

The NSX’s dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. The system adjusts engine, motor, transmission and chassis response, as well as the engine sound level, based on the needs of the driver and driving environment. Quiet mode enables electric-only driving at lower speeds for short durations. Dynamic vehicle responses become increasingly sharp as the driver moves from Sport to Sport+ mode and, finally, to Track mode, where the NSX reveals the full spectrum of its performance capabilities.

The NSX also features a “launch” function to achieve the ultimate in “zero delay” launch performance, aided by both the engine and three electric motors.

New Production Facility

The NSX will be manufactured exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, where approximately 100 highly-skilled associates will conduct full body construction, paint, and final assembly using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

The PMC and its processes have been developed to perfectly blend associate craftsmanship and technology in a new approach to manufacturing. By in-housing the body construction, Acura maintains complete control over total body quality, including critical strength, suspension accuracy, and fit and finish-from initial construction all the way to final assembly.

Associates will utilize innovative techniques to deliver next-generation craftsmanship and world-class quality in the realm of specialized, supercar vehicle production.


NEW HONDA JAZZ – Class meets cool as the all-new Jazz ups the game on almost every level, whilst remaining true to its core attributes of value and functionality

  • Eye-catching, contemporary styling ensures strong visual appeal
  • Larger cabin offers class-leading interior space, flexibility and versatility
  • All-new body and chassis links reduced mass to increased rigidity
  • Longer wheelbase aids stability, while enhancing ride and handling
  • Extensive active and passive safety features include six airbags across the range

The all-new Honda Jazz has arrived in South Africa. Combining a striking new exterior design with a more compact footprint, offering more interior space, enhanced interior appointments and greater overall efficiency, this third-generation Jazz represents a significant step up from its highly successful, and hugely popular, predecessor.

While the all-new Jazz ups the game on almost every level, it also remains true to its core attributes of value and functionality.

Spacious, flexible interior

Honda’s Magic Seat system, which has been a key feature of the Jazz from the word go, is retained in this latest, third-generation model, and delivers a level of flexibility unique in this segment. In addition, significantly enhanced rear legroom allows the Jazz to comfortably accommodate three rear occupants.

Interior appointments reflect Honda’s focus on tactile quality, high comfort levels, and intuitive ergonomics. The dashboard layout has been designed to ensure an efficient interface between the Jazz and its occupants, while high-quality materials and finishes are consistent throughout the cabin.

All-new construction

An all-new monocoque construction links reduced weight to higher strength and rigidity, which in turn allows substantial upgrades of the suspension and steering systems. The new chassis accommodates a longer wheelbase, which benefits ride quality, directional stability and handling.

The new construction also incorporates Honda’s latest-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) front body structure, which has been designed to meet and exceed the most stringent crash safety standards, and thus offers further enhanced passenger protection in the case of a collision.

Assertive, contemporary styling

The exterior styling is unmistakably Honda, and reflects an expressive and athletic design that highlights both the contemporary style and the dynamic capabilities of the new Jazz. Compared to its softer, more rounded predecessor, the new Jazz looks linear and aggressive, with a streamlined front end, steeply raked windscreen and sculpted flanks.

Short overhangs, a tapering roofline and pronounced wheel arches are further design elements contributing to an overall impression of dynamic poise and capability.

The new Jazz will be offered in a choice of six vibrant colours: Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Sunset Orange, and Golden Brown Metallic.

Two engine, two transmission choices

The new Honda Jazz is offered with a choice of two engines. A new, highly efficient 1,2-litre four-cylinder engine, and the tried and trusted 1,5-litre four-cylinder unit already familiar from the previous Jazz. Both engines employ Honda’s i-VTEC intelligent variable valve timing system for enhanced efficiency and performance.

There are two transmission choices: a five-speed manual gearbox or a Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT). Drive is to the front wheels in both instances.

Seven-model range

The new Jazz line-up in South Africa consists of seven models spanning two engines, two transmissions and four specification level choices. The most affordable Jazz will be the 1.2 Trend, offered with a manual gearbox, followed by the Jazz 1.2 Comfort, which is available with a choice of manual or CVT transmission.

With the 1,5-litre engine, there is a choice of four Jazz derivatives. The Jazz 1.5 Elegance can be ordered with either manual or CVT transmission, while the range-topping 1.5 Dynamic offers the same two transmission choices.

“The arrival of the all-new Honda Jazz is a milestone event for the South African market,” says Graham Eagle, Honda Motor Southern Africa’s director of operations. “The Jazz already enjoys an enviable reputation for flexibility, safety, efficiency and quality. However, this third-generation model sets new benchmarks across the board.”

Despite its sporty compact dimensions, the new Jazz employs a longer wheelbase and intelligent packaging to create a more spacious, more inviting cabin that also delivers further enhanced levels of versatility and flexibility.

“The new Jazz excels in all those areas, delivering an exceptional compact motoring experience that also reflects strong value,” Eagle concluded.


The new Honda Jazz range goes on sale in February 2015 through Honda Motor Southern Africa’s national dealer network. All models except the entry-level Trend benefit from a four-year/60 000 km service plan included in the price, while services on all models are at 15 000 km intervals.

Jazz 1.2 Trend Manual                  R179 900

Jazz 1.2 Comfort Manual              R204 900

Jazz 1.2 Comfort CVT                   R221 900

Jazz 1.5 Elegance Manual             R234 900

Jazz 1.5 Elegance CVT                  R249 900

Jazz 1.5 Dynamic Manual              R249 900

Jazz 1.5 Dynamic CVT                   R264 900


Wagons are few and far between in South Africa these days. Ryan Bubear spends some quality time with the Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 Executive auto…
By Ryan Bubear (

Honda Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer

If you’re interested in purchasing a new station-wagon within the borders of South Africa, you’re part of a tiny minority. And you also have very few choices. In fact, unless you’re prepared to shell out obscene wads of cash for a premium brand estate, you have basically no choice at all. Yes, the middle-class wagon is all but dead. Honda Motor Southern Africa, however, has tried to change all that with the introduction of the Honda Civic Tourer.

The Accord Tourer, you may have noticed, is no longer available in SA. Thing is, in a modern market absolutely dominated by the ubiquitous crossover, the Civic wagon is as niche a product as chocolate-covered gherkins.

But we’ve always had a soft spot for the classic station-wagon shape, primarily because it adds useful interior space without necessarily compromising the driving experience. In short, an estate is still a bona fide car, while a lumpy crossover, well, just isn’t.
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That seems to matter little to the local market, though, and means that Honda won’t sell more than a modest handful of Tourers each month. But should the third body-style in the Civic range be more popular than it is?

Well, it’s certainly a polished product, and draws a fair amount of attention out on the road. The styling up front is trademark Civic stuff, but the extended roofline, dramatically rising belt-line and rear privacy glass are what really help it stand out from the four-wheeled crowd. The pleasingly planted stance and tasty 17-inch alloys (with low-profile rubber) also lend a certain sportiness to the design.
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Of course, it’s inside where wagons really start to make sense. And the Civic Tourer doesn’t disappoint. Head-room on the rear bench is appreciable, while leg-room is just about sufficient for a six-footer to successfully carry out the “sit-behind-yourself” test. But it’s the luggage compartment (which hides a space-saver spare) that impresses most, thanks to its 573 litres of space, low loading-lip and gaping mouth. Loading bulky items is an absolute cinch.

There’s also a system of handy dividers positioned towards the rear of the boot, and the tonneau cover is easily removable (and stowable, too). The rear bench is split 60:40, and boosts overall loading capacity to 1065 litres when folded flat — not bad for a compact wagon measuring just 235mm longer than the Civic hatch. The brand’s ingenious “Magic Seat” system (borrowed from the Jazz), meanwhile, allows for all manner of seating and cargo-carrying configurations.
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Up front, the Tourer obviously scrounges plenty of bits and bobs from its hatch and sedan siblings, which is no bad thing at all. In fact, the perceived quality of materials used in the cabin is generally quite high, with the only slightly iffy trim being found wrapped around the handbrake lever (although we’re really nit-picking here).

There are just two models in the Tourer range, differentiated only by their transmissions. We tested the five-speed automatic variant rather than the six-speed manual. Linked to the familiar 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine also found in the hatch and sedan line-ups, the self-shifter feels a little sluggish and not nearly as cultured as more modern, dual-clutch offerings.

That said, the naturally aspirated 1798cc mill makes 104kW at 6500rpm and 174Nm at 4300rpm, which is more than sufficient, both in traffic and out on the open road. In conjunction with the auto ‘box, however, the dash from standstill to 100km/h takes a lacklustre 11.3 seconds (as opposed to 9.5 in the manual). Having sampled manual transmissions in other Civic models, we’re convinced the six-speed ‘box would be a far better fit.

The automatic transmission also features column-mounted shift paddles, which are honestly largely pointless in such an application. Still, at least when the gearbox is in full manual mode (with the Sport setting engaged), the tachometer needle isn’t electronically prevented from clattering into redline — no upshifting nanny here, then…
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Honda claims an average fuel economy figure of 6.7 litres per 100km, something we didn’t come close to achieving even when wheeling out the fuel-saving ECON mode. We ended up with a final figure of 9.3, although much of our time was spent undertaking short, stop-start trips. With some more open-road time, we’re confident we would have returned low-eights.

The Civic Tourer, as one might expect, serves up a rather comfortable ride — despite that low-profile rubber. And, in addition, it features a rear adaptive damping system (we’re not entirely sure why the system wasn’t extended to the front dampers). This clever setup automatically adjusts the rear damping to best suit the prevailing load and driving conditions, while three driver-controlled settings (Comfort, Normal and Dynamic) allow further fine-tuning.

The differences between these three modes are, however, rather subtle from the driver’s seat. But the Honda Civic Tourer does seem able to quickly adapt to various road conditions, which means it’s just soft enough when you need it to be, and firms up handily when you push on through the corners. It’s not extraordinary through the bends, but it’s a damn sight more car-like in terms of stability and road-holding than a typical SUV.

The Tourer is also rather well equipped, featuring oodles of standard equipment, such as leather trim, heated front seats, six-speaker sound system (with radio/CD/MP3/USB/Aux, and linked to a colour screen), Bluetooth, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, electric windows, electrically adjustable side-mirrors (heated and foldable), automatic Xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, tyre deflation warning system, parking sensors front and rear, reversing camera, and daytime running lights. Safety is also comprehensively covered thanks to six airbags, ABS (with EBD), vehicle stability assist, hill start assist and IsoFix child-seat anchors.
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So, the Honda Civic Tourer certainly comes packed with plenty of kit, thanks to its Executive trim level. But there’s a price to pay for all that, and it’s, well, the price. At R383 200, the auto model we tested is rather dear. In fact, you could climb into an entry-level CR-V for quite a bit less, or even add R15k and bag the super-spacious 2.0-litre Accord. And that’s just within the Honda range…

But, despite the steep price (the manual model comes in at R368 900), the Honda Civic Tourer range is still the cheapest “true” station-wagon on the local market.

And all of that space — along with the car-like dynamics — makes it rather appealing, albeit only to an increasingly shrinking group of motorists still actively resisting the crossover and SUV. Kudos to Honda for giving these consumers a viable option.


11 Reasons It Is Time You Finally Get That Motorcycle

Honda CBR300R

Honda CBR300R

Stop wasting time trying to parallel park — follow your heart and finally get the motorcycle you’ve dreamed of! For starters, check out the sleek Honda CBR300R and get out there on the open road!
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