The 2017 Acura NSX is ready to turn heads. This car is truly one-of-a-kind, especially for the MusiCares Foundation.
Of all the automakers in the world, Honda is likely the most advanced of the bunch. With a reach expanding outside of the automotive industry, like ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, the Japanese automaker is constantly innovating its vehicles with new technology. The latest development out of Honda is unprecedented and involves the future of hybrid vehicles.
A Honda hybrid car powered by a motor that doesn’t use rare earth metals may not be as far off as one might think. In partnership with Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Honda has developed just that and, best of all, it can be used in actual hybrid vehicles.
The new motor uses a neodymium magnet that has high resistance to heat, a key factor in hybrid vehicles. According to Honda, the new motor will make its market debut under the hood of the Honda Freed, a hybrid model set to hit dealerships this fall.
Rare earth metals are used in everything from cars to smart phones. More than 80% of 17 rare earth metals comes from China alone and, with China imposing restrictions on exportations of the elements, Honda is taking steps towards independence from them.
Here at Floyd Traylor, we’re pumped to see Honda continuing to lead the market in research and development!
The history of Honda automobiles in the United States started back in 1969, the summer of love. There couldn’t have been more appropriate an era to see the arrival of the Honda N600. That’s because the N600 was different.
It was light on emissions and highly fuel-efficient; in other words, definitely not a square. By today’s standards, it was quite small. In fact, the N600 was nearly three feet shorter than the average car at the time and weighed in at around half the weight of the best-selling vehicle in 1969.
Unbelievably, the very first Honda N600 to be imported into the United States was recently discovered in a junk yard. Neglected for almost five decades, this historic model has begun the journey to full restoration. Honda has dubbed it Serial One.
The automaker has subsequently handed the project to one Tim Mings, a highly reputable restoration specialist. He will spend a year to year and a half restoring the N600. Honda will be documenting the exciting process here.
By 2030, Honda projects that partially or fully electric cars will make up a full two-thirds of its total global sales – which is a pretty big claim considering that partially- and fully-electric car sales currently only account for 5% of Honda’s worldwide total.
So, what does Honda’s electric future mean for you? Besides a cleaner, less polluted planet and less money spent at the pump, not much. Around the globe, automakers and governments alike are looking to find ways to reduce emissions and pollutants. The best solution to this problem is electric transportation.
Honda’s electric future might sound a little bit (or a lotta bit) like science fiction, but they’re not the only ones with the heads out of the dirt (because that’s where oil comes from—get it?). Toyota has recently predicted that by the year 2050, gas and diesel vehicles of any kind will be kaput; if anything, Honda’s “two-thirds by 2030” estimation is playing it safe.
Electric is the way the world is turning, and there’s no denying that anymore. Luckily, Honda is already ahead of the curve when it comes to all-electric, hybrid, and plug-in technology.
Honda’s Super Bowl 50 ad stole the show, garnering fans from around the country. This spot featured a herd of sheep turned choir, singing Queen’s iconic “Somebody to Love.” Twitter exploded after the ad aired, with fans claiming there was nothing to top Honda’s singing sheep.
According to Business Insider, the ad was meant to showcase the new in-bed speaker option that lets you listen to your music when you step outside of your truck. The ad featured a farmer hauling sheep to a nearby field, turning on the speakers as he emptied the sheep, and driving away. The sheep can’t get enough of his music, and break out into song.
“It’s a very unique feature. Nobody else has it. And it’s a little tough to communicate—although we will in some advertising later this spring, when the truck’s at the dealers. It’s not actually speakers. It’s ‘exciters’ that makes the whole bed a speaker. It’s pretty cool. … It would make a great tailgate vehicle.”
Created by the ad agency RPA, the Honda Super Bowl ad also highlighted the new Honda Ridgeline truck. While it has a tough exterior and impressive performance, this Honda pickup has all the latest amenities to make driving and working more enjoyable.
The 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was full of exciting technologies and vehicles, but none had us quite as excited as the Honda lineup.
The automaker showed off a hefty number of toys at the Show, most of which were tuned for maximum style and performance.
The most impressive were the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck, which we’ll see racing at the Baja 1000 this month, and the Pilot Baja Chase Vehicle, which will provide assistance at the same race should anything go wrong.
Honda also wanted to show how crazy you can get with the all-new HR-V, so it let four American tuning houses have their way with it. Bisimoto Engineering, Tjin Edition, Fox Marketing, and MAD Industries all had a go at the HR-V, and each version was worth a look.
Some would prefer to limit their customization endeavors to Honda Genuine Accessories, and the automaker had something for them too. The 2016 Pilot Concept “Black Edition” and 2016 Civic sedan were both brought to the SEMA Show with several attractive enhancements and modifications, all covered by warranty should you wish to emulate them after you get your own Honda vehicle at Floyd Traylor Honda!