The 2013 Honda CR-Z, arriving this June, has been updated with more power and more efficiency to deliver sporty performance that’s as exhilarating and eco-friendly as ever.
This two-seater sport hybrid has a new, more powerful Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery and less engine friction to improve fuel efficiency. The CR-Z also features the debut of the all-new Plus Sport System™. This Honda-exclusive system delivers an instant boost in acceleration with the simple push of a button and can be used whether you’re driving in Econ, Normal or Sport mode. The vehicle’s hybrid powertrain has also been upgraded with more torque and horsepower to give every trip added zip.
On the outside, the distinct, sporty exterior of the CR-Z has been given some stylish refinements. There’s a new front grille and redesigned door mirrors with integrated turn indicators to go with the available sleek 17” wheels and bold LED taillights.
Making it even more unique is the fact that the CR-Z is the only hybrid in Canada available with a manual transmission, though a continuously variable transmission is also an option. Whichever you choose, the CR-Z has the performance and efficiency upgrades for 2013 that make it the clear choice for drivers who want to get the best of both worlds.
Honda is committed to finding new ways to make our vehicles groundbreaking. That’s why the 2014 Odyssey features HondaVAC™, the world’s first OEM in-vehicle vacuum system. The Odyssey also boasts safety upgrades, refined exterior styling and new technology features designed to take minivan innovation to a whole new level.
At the forefront of all the enhancements for the 2014 edition is the HondaVAC™, which was developed with industry-leader Shop-Vac®. Standard on the Touring trim, it includes a replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories conveniently integrated into the rear cargo area. With a powerful motor that never needs an outlet or recharging, the HondaVAC™ makes cleanups quick and easy whether you’re parked in your driveway or by a campsite.
The innovation continues throughout the interior, with HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ Mobile interface, SMS text messaging and Smart Entry with Pushbutton Start among the new technology features on Touring models. The revolutionary HondaLink™, recently introduced on the 2013 Accord, lets you connect quickly and easily to a wide variety of cloud-based content.
The technological power of the 2014 Odyssey can also be found in advanced driver-assisting features like the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, all standard on Touring models. These confidence-inspiring features complement what is already a responsive, powerful and, of course, safety-focused ride. Currently an IIHS Top Safety Pick with an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for crash safety ratings, the newest edition of the Odyssey has been further upgraded to meet new ratings criteria. These improvements are specifically designed to achieve top marks in the IIHS’ stringent new small-overlap frontal crash test, part of their new standards for ranking Top Safety Picks.
There are even more upgrades to be found on the Odyssey’s exterior. It has sleeker, more sophisticated styling with enhancements like a new deeply sculpted aluminum hood, a bolder twin-bar grille, LED taillight bars and a refreshed front end with integrated chrome-trimmed fog lights. Pair this newly sharpened design with all of the unprecedented new features, and it’s easy to see why the 2014 Honda Odyssey is unlike any other minivan on the road.
2014 HONDA ACCORD PLUG-IN HYBRID
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan is the next installment in a family that is quickly running out of room in the awards cabinet. Coming to Canada in the spring of 2013 as an advanced technology demonstration vehicle, the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan will provide the athleticism and craftsmanship of the all-new Accord, charged with a remarkable dose of hybrid efficiency and electric torque.
The 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid is powered by Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system and uses Honda’s new Earth DreamsTM 2.0-litre i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower, teamed with a powerful 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor. Electric driving is supported by a 6.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, and total system output is 196 horsepower.
The 2014 Accord PHEV also puts more control in the driver’s hands with the ability to choose two additional driving modes to manage battery capacity and tailor the capabilities of the plug-in Accord to individual driving needs. For the energy-conscious consumer, the 2014 Accord PHEV will provide premium technology, exceptional cabin space and the ability to run in an all-electric mode for 20–28km. Based on Environment Canada’s approved 2-cycle test method, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid is expected to achieve a fuel economy rating of 1.6-litre equivalent per 100 km. This is anticipated to be the best in class for any plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Honda "Urban SUV Concept"
DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2013 – An all-new Honda “Urban SUV Concept” vehicle made its world debut today at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The dynamic and youthful concept hints at the styling direction of an all-new small SUV slated to launch in Japan by the end of 2013, followed by the North American market in 2014.
The Urban SUV Concept is intended to provide the basis for a fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient small SUV with aspirational design, flexible packaging and next-generation connectivity targeting active lifestyle customers. The concept showcases clean and sophisticated styling, dynamic character lines and a strong stance, with hidden rear door handles giving the SUV a coupe-like presence. Measuring 4295mm long, the Urban SUV Concept is 235mm shorter than the Honda CR-V, making it the ideal size for navigating both crowded city streets and open mountain roads.
The Urban SUV Concept represents the expansion of vehicles based on Honda’s Global Compact Series, which includes the Honda Fit subcompact and the Honda City subcompact sedan, a model sold in markets outside of North America.
All-New Small SUV Launching 2014
Coming to Canada in 2014 , an all-new small SUV based on the Urban SUV Concept will be priced and positioned below the CR-V within the Honda light-truck lineup. Part of Honda’s Global Compact Series, and utilizing the Honda-original centre-tank layout featured on the Fit, the model will include Honda’s configurable Magic Seat® setup that can provide a host of passenger and cargo options, including a fold-flat mode for maximum cargo capacity. The all-new model will also feature next-generation telematics and a modern interior.
The small SUV will be manufactured along with the Fit at Honda’s newest North American plant near Celaya, Mexico, expected to open in the spring of 2014. The growth and expansion of its small-vehicle lineup will help Honda double worldwide production of vehicles in its Global Compact Series to more than 1.5 million units by the end of 2016, and remain a global small-car leader.
Think sub-compact vehicles can’t do it all? Think again. Introducing the GEAR Concept Study Model. With a simple, clean design inspired by fixed-gear bicycles, it represents a completely new way of looking at sub-compact vehicles.
GEAR was designed to meet the demands of younger drivers living in the city. It’s compact and stylish, while still being functional and fun to drive. Simply put, it embodies everything you could ask for from a sub-compact, while sporting a unique design you’d be thrilled to drive.
This concept is currently not slated for production.