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Honda CR-Z Mugen one-off prototype for Goodwood Festival of Speed

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The concept car of the Honda CR-Z Mugen will be revealed in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This car is tuned by the Europe’s Mugen Division. It will be using a supercharger to deliver over 50% more power and torque from the Honda’s IMA drivetrain. Unfortunately, this CR-Z MUGEN is being developed purely as a one-off prototype, with no plans for a production version at this stage.

 

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This Honda CR-Z Mugen is expected to produce around 200PS, and 181lb.ft of torque. The car retains the Honda IMA electric motor and the original 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which has been rebuilt to MUGEN specification with bespoke upgraded and strengthened internal components.

 

In order to give a fully integrated and smooth power delivery, MUGEN Euro has developed the MUGEN iCF system, which allows all the elements of the electro-mechanical system to work in harmony.

 

The idea was to use the significant advantage of the early torque provided by the Honda IMA electric motor, then increase the torque available from the petrol engine gradually, to first maintain and then increase this, says Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro. A supercharger and complementary electronics allow us to very neatly map the IMA to the extra power and torque of the engine in a unique package, giving a smooth, integrated and powerful driving experience.

 

As well as improvements under the bonnet, MUGEN has used its extensive motorsport and Honda tuning experience to further develop the chassis dynamics, with 5-step adjustable dampers fitted front and rear, an increase in track width and a large reduction in overall weight.

 

With performance enhanced, a bigger brake discs and 4-pot monobloc callipers are in-place. And a set of 17-inch forged alloy MUGEN GP wheels fitted on this hybrid hatchback.

 

Of course, the Mugen CR-Z gets some decorative enhancements in the form of MUGEN body parts, including front and rear under spoilers, side skirts and a rear wing. We are looking forward this in Goodwood debut.

 

Photo Gallery: Mugen Honda CR-Z Sketches

Honda Motor Co. Quarterly Profit Dropped 38%

A couple of days ago, Honda Motor Co. announced its quarterly profit dropped 38% due to a fall in car production following last month’s earthquake and withheld earnings projections amid a chronic shortage of auto parts.

 

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Honda said it would cut all 600 contract workers at its plant in Saitama, north of Tokyo, by not renewing their three-month contracts. The workers will lose their jobs by the end of September. Honda has been struggling to maintain limited vehicle manufacturing because of parts shortages following the March 11 quake and tsunami.

 

The March quake was the biggest reason for declining profit. We simply could not produce cars due to parts shortages after the quake, said Honda spokesman Tomohiro Okada.

 

The magnitude 9.0 massive earthquake and tsunami destroyed many factories in north-eastern Japan, causing severe auto parts shortages for Honda and other automakers. After the massive March 11 disaster, Honda forced to shut down its entire production in Japan from March 14 to April 10, resulting in a production loss of 58,500 cars.

 

Faced with a parts supply crunch, Honda’s auto plants in Japan will operate at half capacity until the end of June. Honda added that it doesn’t expect to return to full production in Japan until the end of the year.

                                                                              

Honda sold 142,000 cars in Japan during the quarter, down 21% from the same period a year earlier. But the company’s auto sales abroad increase by 3.8% to 718,000 cars due to high demand in North America and China.

2012 Honda Civic US Spec Line-up Debuts At The New York International Auto Show

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Honda has officially unveiled the entire 2012 Honda Civic line-up made its debut April 20 at the New York International Auto Show.

 

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The conventional combustion engine powered Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, high-performance Civic Si Coupe, gasoline-electric Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas and Civic HF, an all-new high fuel economy model are being shown publicly for the first time. We won’t want to criticise but it is obviously not as eye-catching as before.

 

The all-new Civic builds on the popularity of the previous generation with a complete technology makeover, higher level of refinement and style while improving its position as an excellent value, said Honda’s John Mendel.

 

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 The mainstream model is outfitted with a 1.8-liter petrol engine that produces 140hp and 173Nm of torque. The Civic Hybrid has a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine and a small electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Producing a combined output of 110hp and 172Nm of torque, the car has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 44 mpg city / 44 mpg highway.

 

On the other hand, the Civic Si uses a 2.4-liter engine with 200hp and 230Nm of torque. It is connected to a new 6-speed manual transmission, which enables the Si to return 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway. Lastly, there’s also a 1.8-liter natural gas engine that develops 110 hp and 144 Nm of torque. All will be arriving at Honda US dealerships and priced from $15,605 to $26,750.

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Honda Civic (US Spec)

Honda Malaysia – No immediate impact from Japan earthquake

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Honda Malaysia announce that there will be no interruption of supply Honda cars in Malaysia due to Japan earthquake / tsunami disaster. Honda Malaysia inventory of Honda parts is sufficient for the next 2 months to support the production 4 CKD models which are Honda City, Civic , Accord and CR-V.

 

There’s also sufficient cars to deliver to customers for the imported units of Honda vehicles which are ( Honda Insight, Jazz, Freed and Stream) for the next 2 months. Malaysia Honda buyers do not have to worry about their  vehicles delivery in these 2 months.

 

Tentatively the Honda Japanese factories are suspended until 20 March 2011 to help prioritize recovery. Honda Motor will announce new decision of further step depending on the recovery status. Honda also donated 300 million yen and 1,000 generator along with 5,000 gas canister to help the Japanese in these hard times.

Honda CR-Z Hybrid Sport will be launching in Malaysia

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The tale of the new 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Sport will be launching in Malaysia is getting more solid now. According to our insider, the CR-Z is targeted to launch in Q2, 2011.

 

Fellow petrol head that in love with manual gear stick, you are in luck as Honda Malaysia will be importing the 1.5 Hybrid in Manual and maybe CVT transmission. Pricing wise, it remained as our estimation at the mark of RM120k.

 

For more information, refer to our previous post on: Honda CR-Z In Malaysia – KLIMS