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  • Reps. Mike Honda, Tom McClintock find reelection no longer a lock

    05/02/2014 9:17:56 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/2/14 | Seema Mehta
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Rep. Mike Honda is a champion of liberal Democrats, Rep. Tom McClintock a rock-ribbed Republican. Both are faithful to their parties' orthodoxy and represent Northern California districts heavily tilted in their favor. In the past, the two — with 60 years in elected office between them — would have coasted to reelection, the field cleared by their longevity, stature and party blessing. Not anymore. The party primary is gone in California, except for presidential contests, and with it the parties' ability to protect their stalwarts. Today, Honda and McClintock find their jobs threatened by younger challengers in...
  • Will Americans Buy Toyota Motor Corporation's Hydrogen Car?

    04/01/2014 10:59:40 AM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | March 31, 2014 | John Rosevear
    Hydrogen-powered cars are coming to U.S. dealerships. But will Americans buy them? Toyota (NYSE: TM ) is betting that at least a few Americans will be willing to pay for a car that runs on hydrogen. The company is expected to launch a production version of its FCV Concept vehicle in Japan, the U.S., and Europe next year. The FCV Concept is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Essentially, it's an electric car that extracts its energy from compressed hydrogen, instead of a battery. Advocates of fuel-cell-powered cars say they're just as clean as battery-electrics -- their only "exhaust" is...
  • Mexico becoming a driving force in auto production

    02/22/2014 4:03:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    latimes.com ^ | February 22, 2014, 5:00 a.m | Jerry Hirsch and Richard Fausset
    The first Honda Fit rolled off the assembly line Friday at a new $800-million factory near Celaya, Mexico, a symbol of the growing might of the country's auto industry. Honda's U.S. factories spit out hundreds of thousands of Accords and Civics each year. But when the automaker redesigned the Fit for North America, it turned to Mexico for an increasingly skilled workforce and favorable export rules. Mexico already accounts for about 18% of North American auto production, but that's expected to jump to 25% by 2020 as automakers pour billion of dollars into factories, said Joe Langley, an analyst at...
  • Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester...opinions wanted (vanity)

    06/02/2013 4:48:12 PM PDT · by memyselfandi59 · 94 replies
    06/02/2013
    Vanity, looking for opinions.
  • MotoGP - Circuit of the Americas

    04/23/2013 5:30:17 PM PDT · by donaldo · 7 replies
    I attended my first MotoGP race over the weekend at The Circuit of the Americas in Austin. I've been following MotoGP for years and I've seen many races on the Speed Channel. Believe me, nothing can prepare you for this experience. Until you see and hear those motorcycles in person you haven't an inkling of the power and acceleration. It was a Repsol Honda day. The rookie Marc Marquez won, followed by fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). This was on my bucket list and I was tremendously impressed. The traffic was horrendous but I knew that going...
  • Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners

    09/25/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Design News ^ | 04-18-2012 | Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
    A new study by R.L. Polk & Co. shows that the overall percentage of hybrids sold into the new vehicle market has fallen from 2.9 percent to 2.4 percent over the past three years. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of hybrid owners who returned to the market in 2011 did not buy another hybrid. "Intuitively, you would expect the numbers to be higher, given how many hybrid vehicles are available in the market place today," Brad Smith, director of Polk's loyalty management practice, told us. Polk's study revealed that only 35 percent of hybrid owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when...
  • ARE THE JAPANESE BRANDS SLIPPING?

    08/29/2012 12:37:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 65 replies
    I've been closely following recent technology advances in automobiles for the last 2-3 years. Some very interesting technologies are beginning to make it into regular production vehicles that ordinary people can buy. The first is direct injection for gasoline engines. The second "big deal" is the dual-clutch transmission. These are cutting edge technologies for cars right now. Guess what? There is no Japanese brand car available with both of these technologies. In fact, both Honda and Toyota seem to be ignoring dual clutch transmission entirely. It appears to me Toyota is coasting on its reputation right now and isn't doing...
  • Honda creates a butt-steered Segway with the Uni-Cub rolling stool

    05/17/2012 1:37:05 AM PDT · by rawhide · 22 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5-15-12 | Justin Hyde
    No automaker keeps quite as many strange side projects afloat as Honda, which has everything from jet planes to walking robots underway in its engineering studios. On Tuesday, Honda revealed its plans for another company invention, a rolling stool it now calls the Uni-Cub which users steer by the seat of their pants. One can only hope for a racing version. Designed to mimic the speed and height of walking, the Uni-Cub's lithium batteries power a trick wheel that can move any direction. Using sensors on the seats, riders simply shift their weight in the direction they wish to travel...
  • Honda misses then appears to go into a self-protect mode

    03/17/2012 9:55:25 AM PDT · by varmintman · 24 replies
    I have an 03 Honda Accord EX with about 155K miles on it which I've purchased recently which has had no problems until this morning: it will miss and then seems to go into a protect mode of some sort and will not run over 2500 rpm until I turn the key off and on again, then it's good for another mile or so until it does it again. Has anybody else ever seen or heard of this problem? It may actually be a problem with the on-board computer, you'd think if it was a plug or bad gas it...
  • Ferris Bueller Super Bowl ad: Why it's online now, and why Broderick at first refused to star

    01/31/2012 9:42:33 PM PST · by AngieGal · 62 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 1/30/12 | Honda
    Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime ad break is still almost a week away, but you can get a sneak peek at Honda’s new Ferris Bueller-inspired spot by clicking below. In fact, you’ll get a whole lot more than a peek: This is the full two-and-a-half minute version of Matthew Broderick reprising his role in an homage to the iconic 1986 John Hughes comedy. The clip that will be broadcast during halftime — where ad time costs $3.5 million for 30 seconds — will be only one minute long.
  • Civic Hybrid owner sues Honda in small-claims court for poor gas mileage

    01/08/2012 1:08:24 PM PST · by bkopto · 64 replies
    Chico ER ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | Linda Deutsch
    A woman who expected her Civic Hybrid to be her dream car wants Honda to pay for not delivering the 50 mpg it promised. But rather than joining other owners in a class-action lawsuit, Heather Peters is going solo against the automaker in small-claims court, an unusual move that could offer a bigger payout. And if successful, it could open the door to a flood of similar lawsuits. A trial was set for Tuesday in Torrance, where American Honda has its West Coast headquarters. Peters, a former lawyer, says that as her vehicle's battery deteriorated, it got only 30 mpg....
  • Dismantled Accords + Rube Goldberg = Best Honda Commercial, Ever

    10/24/2011 1:10:00 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 20 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 24, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    This is great, if you haven't seen it... A few years back a television commercial was produced by Honda's UK ad agency, working in concert with company engineers who painstakingly took apart two special hand-assembled Accords to create this incredible Rube Goldberg-style contraption... This (real/no effects) two-minute spot actually required 606 takes- the first few hundred didn't go all to plan. They therefore had to re-install the set-up repeatedly over several weeks, working shifts day-and-night to achieve this effect. In the end,  it took three full months and $6M to capture a perfect run. All you see in the sequence...
  • Honda to build Mexico car plant, opening 2014 (employing 3,200)

    08/14/2011 2:00:02 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 48 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 12, 2011 | Bernie Woodall, Ben Klayman, Kevin Krolicki
    Snips from Excerpt only Website: Honda said the plant will open in 2014, with the capacity to produce 200,000 vehicles annually. It will employ 3,200 workers in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, the same region where Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) plans to build a new assembly plant. "There are still a lot of vehicles being sold (in the United States) and obviously some of the cheapest places to make parts or assemble vehicles is south of the border," he said.
  • 2012 Honda Civic diesel first details

    08/12/2011 1:42:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    MSN - UK ^ | 12/08/2011 16:56 | Staff
    The all-new Honda Civic debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next month – here are the first details of the diesel version. With an evolution of the award-winning 2.2-litre i-DTEC turbodiesel engine and a 12.6 per cent improvement in aerodynamics, the 2012 Honda Civic is promising to be both more powerful and more efficient. That’s a familiar tune these days, but in this particular case the new Civic appears to be offering quite the combo. A 10hp boost might not sound like much to shout about, but the resulting 150hp total output is combined with CO2 emissions of just...
  • Honda!

    07/24/2011 12:01:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 41 replies
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    This guy goes to the doctor and says to him, "Doctor, I don't know what's wrong with me but every time I fart it sounds like the word 'Honda'." "That's interesting. Never heard of anything like that before. Do you think you could fart for me?" says the doctor. The guy says, "Sure." He farts and sure enough the doctor hears, "Honda." After several attempts to figure out what's wrong with this guy the doctor runs out of ideas. He sends him to all sorts of stomach specialists and none of them can figure out why this guy's farts say,...
  • Yes, there is a difference between American and Japanese cars

    06/20/2011 6:36:40 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/20/11 | Bob Lutz
    A lot of words have been written in the past few post-tsunami weeks about the negative impact of the disastrous tragedy on the short-term future of Japanese cars in the U.S. market. In parallel, many articles proclaim this to be a “historical window of opportunity” for the “Detroit Three,” now able to deliver to waiting customers an abundant supply of new vehicles while, at Toyota, Honda and Nissan, the cupboard is bare.
  • Rose Parade Changes Name To Add Sponsorship

    09/27/2010 10:45:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    cbs ^ | September 27, 2010 8:56 AM
    The Tournament of Roses Parade is changing its name. As part of a sponsorship deal with American Honda Motor Co., the 2011 procession through Pasadena will be officially known as the 122nd Rose Parade, Presented by Honda. The Jan. 1 parade theme is “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories.” Tournament of Roses president Jeffrey Throop notes Honda has worked with parade organizers for five decades. A new trademark composite logo incorporating the Honda brand will be released soon.
  • Fresh Walkouts Halt Production At Toyota, Honda Plants (MORE CHINESE AUTO MFG. PROBLEMS)

    06/23/2010 10:03:09 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 7 replies
    Industrial Maintenance and Purchasing ^ | June 23, 2010 | Jay Alabaster, Associated Press Writer
    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Corp. said Wednesday they stopped production at some of their car assembly plants in southern China after parts suppliers were hit by more labor unrest. The fresh walkouts at the Japanese car makers are slowing output and adding to costs at a time when both companies have been ramping up production to meet strong demand. Chinese migrant workers, the backbone of the country's industrial sector, are becoming increasingly vocal in demands for higher wages. Several auto-related labor disputes have erupted recently in the Guangzhou region, where both Toyota and Honda have...
  • Honda UX-3 Personal Mobility Device

    06/17/2010 12:36:10 PM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 65 replies · 1,801+ views
    You Tube ^ | 6/17/10 | Honda
    See YouTube: Honda UX-3 Personal Mobility Device.
  • Well, at least he's getting good mileage now

    05/03/2010 9:05:08 PM PDT · by mojitojoe · 359+ views
    NBC Sports ^ | 4/30/2010 | Rick Chandler
    You're saying right now that this couldn't possibly be what it looks like, but yes, it is. A man -- David Morales Colon, from Puerto Rico -- was embalmed and mounted on his Honda CBR600F4i motorcycle for his wake. "With full Repsol colors," points out The Sidecar blog at Motorcycle.com, which leaves out the fact that he isn't wearing a helmet. Safety violation! The work was done by the Marin Funeral Home in San Juan.
  • Engadget rides the Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Device! (video)

    05/03/2010 1:32:56 PM PDT · by Doogle · 26 replies · 1,113+ views
    engadget ^ | 04/07/10 | By Joshua Topolsky
    We just had a chance to go hands... er, rear-on with Honda's latest R&D experiment, the U3-X Personal Mobility Device, and we've got the say -- it was a moving experience. If you'll recall, the tiny, uni-wheeled unit is built on the same balancing principles which the company's ASIMO uses, and utilizes the world's first omni-directional driving wheel system. What does all that mean? Well, it means that when you sit down on the thing, it moves in whatever direction you lean in, however slightly.
  • AP-GfK Poll: Americans say US cars top Asian autos

    04/21/2010 11:55:12 AM PDT · by decimon · 47 replies · 761+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2010 | ALAN FRAM
    After a long romance with foreign rivals, America's love affair with the automobile is returning to its roots with a revived affection for U.S.-made cars. Slightly more Americans now say the United States makes better-quality vehicles than Asia does, with 38 percent saying U.S. cars are best and 33 percent preferring autos made by Asian companies, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll.
  • Toyota holds on: Ranks as 3rd best

    02/25/2010 3:25:36 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies · 614+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 24, 2010 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Honda and Subaru were ranked the best overall car manufacturers in the new Consumer Reports auto survey released yesterday -- but recall-battered Toyota did surprising well, too, coming in a close third. Honda and Subaru tied for first place with a total score of 77 based on reliability, performance, comfort and utility -- while Toyota was next with a score of 74, the report said. Hyundai's Elantra SE, which lists for $18,695, was ranked the best small sedan. The automaker was then followed by Nissan, with an average score of 72. Its Altima, which sells for $23,970, was the family-sedan...
  • Honda Adds 437,000 Cars to Recall (What's happening to the Japanese car makers?)

    02/10/2010 2:40:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 861+ views
    New York Times ^ | 02/11/2010
    TOKYO (AP) -- Honda Motor Co. is adding 437,000 vehicles to its 15-month old global recall for faulty airbags in the latest quality problem to hit a Japanese automaker. The company will replace the driver's side air bag inflator on the cars because they can deploy with too much pressure, causing the inflator to rupture and injure or kill the driver. Japan's No. 2 automaker originally announced the recall to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in November 2008 and the total of number vehicles recalled since then is approaching 1 million. The latest expansion of the airbag recall...
  • Honda to Recall 437,763 Vehicles to Repair Air Bags

    02/10/2010 12:17:59 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 2 replies · 399+ views
    businessweek ^ | February 10, 2010 | Alan Ohnsman and Tetsuya Komatsu
    Honda Motor Co., Japan’s second- largest automaker, will recall 437,763 vehicles globally to repair air bags that can deploy with too much pressure, adding to previous U.S. recalls for the same defect. The expansion covers 378,758 vehicles in the U.S., Honda said in a statement late yesterday. The Tokyo-based carmaker will recall about 4,000 cars and minivans in Japan, it said in a filing to the nation’s Transport Ministry today. The recall expansion heightens safety scrutiny of Japan’s largest automakers. Honda’s biggest competitor, Toyota Motor Corp., is working to reassure customers after recalling more than 8 million vehicles worldwide to...
  • Honda Recalls Thousands Of Cars Amid Fire Fears

    02/05/2010 6:26:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 653+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | February 05, 2010 | David Millward
    Honda Recalls Thousands Of Cars Amid Fire Fears Honda has become the latest car manufacturer to recall thousands of vehicles amid fears that one of its models could catch fire. By David Millward 05 Feb 2010 Despite no complaints in Britain, Honda is contacting all drivers as a precaution. The Japanese motor company has recalled 171,372 of its Jazz models in Britain, as part of a larger worldwide recall, after several accidents including one in which a South African child died. Honda's recall comes after Toyota called in at least 180,000 cars amid concerns over faulty accelerator pedals and means...
  • Honda Recalls 646,000 Cars for Fire Hazard

    01/30/2010 8:35:50 AM PST · by AdamBomb · 14 replies · 707+ views
    "Toyota has come under extreme public scrutiny for its handling of the situation, as it initially continued manufacturing and selling affected models even after the recall was announced. Then on Tuesday, Toyota halted the production and sale of eight models in North America, including the popular Camry and Corolla, while redesigned parts are produced and distributed to factories and dealers. To date,Toyota says that no accidents have been linked to the problem."
  • Honda Begins Operation of New Solar Hydrogen Station

    01/27/2010 2:46:50 PM PST · by GizmosAndGadgets · 11 replies · 471+ views
    Los Angeles dBusinessNews ^ | January 27, 2010 | BUSINESS WIRE
    TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honda today began operation of a next generation solar hydrogen station prototype at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., intended for ultimate use as a home refueling appliance capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles. Designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the user's garage, Honda's next generation Solar Hydrogen Station reduces the size of the system, while producing enough hydrogen (0.5kg) via an 8-hour overnight fill for daily commuting (10,000 miles per year) for a fuel cell electric vehicle. The previous solar hydrogen station system required both an electrolyzer...
  • Buyers Seem to Be Ignoring GM Bankruptcy

    12/11/2009 8:57:47 PM PST · by Reaganez · 50 replies · 1,756+ views
    WardsAuto.com ^ | Dec 11, 2009 8:00 AM | By Jerry Flint
    Will consumers buy from a bankrupt auto maker? There always are bargain hunters, but I was certain many would stay away. With Pontiac and Saturn out of the picture, I figured General Motors would be down to 16% market share, losing perhaps another 3% as worried potential buyers talked themselves out of visiting a GM showroom. That would have left GM with as little as 13% share. At least, that’s what I figured, and I have a lot of experience covering failing auto companies. So far, I’m wrong. GM’s market share has been climbing since it left bankruptcy, hitting 20.2%...
  • American Honda Reports October Sales

    11/16/2009 6:24:49 AM PST · by Military family member · 13 replies · 491+ views
    American Honda Motor Co., Inc., posted total October vehicle sales of 85,502, a decline of 4.0 percent compared to October 2008, based on the daily selling rate*. Honda Division posted October sales of 75,751, a decline of five units versus October 2008. Honda total car sales decreased by 4.4 percent, to 44,537. Honda light-truck sales decreased 2.3 percent, to 31,214. Models showing sales increases included Accord with sales of 23,210, up 13.1 percent; CR-V with sales of 15,667, up 14.7 percent; and Pilot with sales of 6,339, up 22.7 percent.
  • Health Care for Illegals?

    09/28/2009 12:30:33 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 10 replies · 447+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/28/2009 | Mike Volpe
    I know that everyone reading this was thinking what I was thinking when I first heard about this. Fearful that they're losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access, The Washington Times reported on Monday.
  • Honda unveils 'Segway-style' unicycle that travels in any direction you want

    09/24/2009 8:08:49 AM PDT · by traumer · 56 replies · 2,292+ views
    It may look a little precarious and uncomfortable to ride, but Honda believe their new 'personal mobility' device could one day be zipping up and down our streets. The vehicle looks like a very modern unicycle and to ride it you simply lean your weight in the direction you want to go, whether that's forward, backwards or even sideways. It maintains its own balance travelling up to 3.7MPH. The U3-X, which was given a test-run by reporters in Japan today, was designed to be small, safe and unobtrusive enough to mingle with pedestrians or use indoors, according to Honda Motors....
  • Banned Honda commercial

    Sort of reminds you of the scene in Deliverance
  • Honda's Greensburg, Ind., plant begins exporting Civics

    09/21/2009 11:59:40 AM PDT · by Military family member · 8 replies · 634+ views
    Journal of Business ^ | Sept 21, 2009
    GREENSBURG, Ind. -Less than a year after starting mass production, the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant is announcing the building of Honda Civic Sedans for sale in Mexico and export to 22 Latin American and Caribbean nations and U.S. territories. The first Civics destined for export were shipped last week. Until now, the more than 50,000 Civics built at the Greensburg plant had been sold exclusively in the United States.
  • 'Clunkers' program gives biggest boost to foreign carmakers

    09/02/2009 1:48:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 413+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/2/09 | Martin Zimmerman
    Hailed as a jump-start for the U.S. economy, the federal government's "cash for clunkers" gave the biggest boost to foreign automakers. Overall, auto sales in August were the highest in more than a year, according to industry figures released Tuesday. Carmakers sold more than 1.2 million cars and trucks, up 1% from the same month last year and the first year-over-year sales gain since August 2007. Much of that was a result of the clunkers program, which ran July 24 to Aug. 24 and provided hefty government rebates to consumers who traded in gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient new vehicles....
  • Big winners in Cash for Clunkers: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan; Update: Parts business big losers?

    08/27/2009 8:28:47 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 27 replies · 1,006+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The Obama administration spent three billion dollars subsidizing the destruction of 700,000 vehicles in order to boost car sales. Which auto makers actually benefited from these American tax subsidies? Reuters reports that foreign car manufacturers gained market share, while the two bailed-out American automakers lost significant portions of theirs in the big summer sale. Only Ford managed to hold its own:
  • Congressman Mike Honda’s Tele-Townhall Date Changed

    08/25/2009 4:17:47 AM PDT · by Addicted To LAW · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Addicted to Law ^ | August 24th, 2009 | Addicted To Law
     Event Update  Congressman Mike Honda's tele-townhall meeting has been changed from August 25th to September 1st. No reason for the change has been given. California district 15 constituents can sign up for his tele-townhall raffle http://honda.house.gov/telephonetownhall/
  • Report: Honda to sell electric cars in US

    08/22/2009 6:34:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies · 1,361+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday August 22, 2009, 5:21 am EDT | Tomoko A. Hosaka,
    Honda Motor Co. plans to introduce electric vehicles in the U.S. early next decade, joining a growing number of automakers vying for the lead in clean technology development, local media reported Saturday. Japan's second-biggest car maker, which has focused on gas-electric hybrids so far, is building an all-electric prototype to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, according to the Nikkei financial newspaper. It said Honda would begin sales of electric vehicles in the United States in the first half of the decade. A Honda spokesman said the Tokyo-based company has begun to develop electric vehicles, but has...
  • Honda ends U.S. motorcycle production as demand declines

    08/03/2009 7:29:34 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 64 replies · 2,927+ views
    Autoblog ^ | July 30, 2009 | Jeremy Korzeniewski
    We knew the day would come when the final Gold Wing motorcycle would be built in America after Honda announced last year that it would eventually close its motorcycle plant in Marysville, Ohio. Apparently, that time is now, as Honda has confirmed that the Gold Wing assembly line has halted. Moving forward, all Gold Wings – along with just about every other two-wheeler from Honda – will be imported from Japan. Finished in 1979, the 330,000 square-foot Marysville Motorcycle Plant that has assembled the Gold Wing since 1981 was the first Honda manufacturing facility in America. Since then, over a...
  • Honda Quits Making Motorcycles In USA - More Hope and Change

    07/29/2009 9:03:20 PM PDT · by model B · 51 replies · 1,632+ views
    motocrossactionmag.com ^ | 07-29-2009 | motocrossaction
    A motocross publication that I read online is quoting Nasdaq that Honda is closing their Marysville OH plant, which currently produces the VTX and Honda Goldwing motorcycles. Production (up to 75,000 motorcycles/year) is being sourced back to Japan.
  • Honda profit plunges, but company raises forecast

    07/29/2009 8:46:49 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 5 replies · 285+ views
    TOKYO — Honda bucked expectations of losses in the first quarter, today posting a 7.5 billion yen ($79.8 million) profit and raising forecasts for the full year on optimism auto sales will improve. The results for the April-June period were better than the flood of red ink some analysts had forecast though profit was still down 96 percent, battered by slumping car sales and a strong yen, which offset cost cuts. Honda made a net profit of 173.3 billion yen in the same period of 2008.
  • House Dems Carry Islamists' Water

    07/29/2009 2:11:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 1,256+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News ^ | July 28, 2009 | Steven Emerson
    Seven House Democrats have written Attorney General Eric Holder invoking a list of grievances from radical Islamist groups and asking that Holder meet with representatives from those groups to hear their concerns, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned. The grievances include the use of convicted felons as informants in mosques, alleged religious profiling of Somali Muslims in Minnesota and elsewhere and allegations that the FBI is working with foreign governments to question American citizens who are terror suspects. In the letter, the representatives said: "These concerns raise legitimate questions about due process, justice, and equal treatment under the law....
  • Smaller Cars Earn Top Marks in Safety Tests

    05/29/2009 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Wicket · 115 replies · 2,690+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 28, 2009 | James Kanter
    A study of car safety released on Wednesday shows that four of the top-scoring automobiles in tests of five new models were small cars or so-called super-minis — including the Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Kia Soul and Peugeot 3008. . . Seats installed in the Kia Soul, for example, “achieved a good result in the program’s whiplash testing, again revealing that it is not only larger or expensive cars that achieve impressive results in safety.” . . . It said the Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20 racked up “impressive pedestrian scores”
  • The Honda Inability

    05/26/2009 9:04:12 AM PDT · by TWP guy · 13 replies · 906+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | 05/26/09 | TWP guy
    Much has been written about the Insight, Honda’s new low-priced hybrid… So far, though, you have not been told what it’s like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here goes. It’s terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. It’s the first car I’ve ever considered crashing into a tree, on purpose, so I didn’t have to drive it anymore. Jeremy Clarkson The Sunday Times, May 17, 2009
  • This family sedan seems to prove that Zero's new CAFE standards can be met in a "normal" car.

    05/25/2009 1:57:15 PM PDT · by seatrout · 36 replies · 1,805+ views
    Car and Driver ^ | August 2008 | Jared Gall
    It’s rare that we test two-year-old cars, but this particular Accord is rarer—in the U.S., anyway—than burlesque houses in a Texan polygamy camp. Under the hood is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s happy as low as 1300 rpm, but power starts at about 1600, with a whopping 251 pound-feet of torque (55 percent more than the current four-cylinder Accord) available at 2000 rpm. There is a nearly imperceptible difference between 70- or 80-percent throttle and flat-footing it, meaning the car feels quick when driven at about 8/10th, but sluggish when it’s really hammered. It took 8.9 seconds to wind the...
  • Honda Insight Hybrid [American Drivers Get Ready]

    05/23/2009 1:04:17 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 98 replies · 2,730+ views
    Sunday Times (London) ^ | May 17, '09 | Jeremy Clarkson
    Much has been written about the Insight, Honda's new low-priced hybrid. So far, though, you have not been told what it's like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here it comes. It's terrible. Biblically terrible. It doesn't work. Acceleration is poor. And the sound is worse. So you're sitting there with the engine screaming its head off, and your ears bleeding, and you're doing only 23 mph and you're thinking things can't get any worse, and then they do because you run over a small piece of...
  • Honda Insight 1.3 IMA SE Hybrid

    05/20/2009 9:52:25 PM PDT · by modhom · 9 replies · 926+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | Jeremy Clarkson
    Much has been written about the Insight, Honda’s new low-priced hybrid. We’ve been told how much carbon dioxide it produces, how its dashboard encourages frugal driving by glowing green when you’re easy on the throttle and how it is the dawn of all things. The beginning of days. So far, though, you have not been told what it’s like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here goes. It’s terrible. Biblically terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. It’s the first car I’ve ever considered crashing...
  • Honda Insight 1.3 IMA SE Hybrid (Hilarious car review!)

    05/18/2009 8:22:32 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 82 replies · 4,213+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jeremy Clarkson
    Much has been written about the Insight, Honda’s new low-priced hybrid. We’ve been told how much carbon dioxide it produces, how its dashboard encourages frugal driving by glowing green when you’re easy on the throttle and how it is the dawn of all things. The beginning of days. So far, though, you have not been told what it’s like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here goes. It’s terrible. Biblically terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. It’s the first car I’ve ever considered crashing...
  • Mind power can now operate Honda's Asimo -(please see video)

    04/26/2009 6:00:18 AM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies · 1,349+ views
    asiaone ^ | Apr 09, 2009 | Yomiur Shimbun/ANN
    In a development that realizes a scenario out of a science fiction movie, scientists have developed technology enabling a robot to be controlled by thought power. A user wears a helmet that detects changes in blood flow and brain waves in different parts of his or her brain and converts them into radio signals that are transmitted to the bipedal humanoid robot, operating its limbs and making it speak.
  • Honda Suddenly Kills Fuelmaker In Stunning Move That Outrages CNG Movement

    04/24/2009 6:47:49 AM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 39 replies · 1,768+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC - April 6, 2009: Amidst charges that embattled American Honda is systematically suppressing its compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle program, the company has suddenly fueled that impression by throwing into bankruptcy its wholly-owned CNG refueling company, Fuelmaker. Toronto-based Fuelmaker was arguably the lynchpin of CNG’s future as a bridge solution to alternative fuel. The firm manufactured and distributed the essential refueling appliance that allowed home-based and fleet refueling of CNG vehicles, including the Honda Civic GX, heralded as the “greenest car in America.”