This is the new JDM Honda Civic, which will be also sold in Asia. As you can clearly see, there are not huge differences compared to the USDM model, apparent from a different grille at the front, different bumper design and rear lights.
Launch of the Honda Fit Shuttle (earlier post) has been postponed due to the earthquake in Japan, but those are some live shots of it prior the official launch. It still looks bad in my opinion, as the massive rear end looks silly, especially in combination with those small wheels. Perhaps the Mugen version (earlier post) will look a bit better....
Lexus is already working on the GS successor (earlier post) and a lot of renderings have been published by Japanese magazines. A concept called LF-Gh will be presented at the 2011 New York Auto Show, on April 19th, and I presume it will be an indication of how the new GS will look like. According to Lexus, “LF-Gh: LF = Lexus Future. h = hybrid. G = ...”.
Back in November 2010, I placed a pre-order for an Advantage GT-R Concept scale model by IIADO (earlier post), which is apparently made by Spark, and now it finally arrived! This concept was revealed at the 35th Tokyo Motor Show back in 2001.
Honda is working on a spicy CR-Z, but apparently Mugen is doing the same. Well, according to Mugen, "at this stage, the CR-Z Mugen is being developed purely as a one-off prototype, with no plans for a production version". The prototype is expected to have a Type R-like performance and it should make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
Honda launched today the new Brio in Thailand, a small city car designed for the emerging Asian markets. The production version looks very familiar as minor changes have been applied to the concept version. Power comes from a 1.2L i-VTEC engine with a total power output of 90 hp, while the average fuel consumption is 5.0 L/100km. In terms of transmissions, a CVT one will be also available. Prices will start in Thailand from €9,400.
Following the 2011 Geneva Motor Show where Subaru displayed the Boxer Sports Car Architecture (earlier post), now it's time for the latest rendering which has been published by Japanese Best Car magazine.
Best Car continues to claim that the naturally aspired 2.0L Boxer engine will deliver 200 ps (@ 7,200 rpm) and 21.0 kgm of torque at 4,600 rpm. Prices are expected to range between ¥ 2,300,000 and ¥ 2,600,000.
A lot of new models are expected to be launched in 2013 and among them is the new Toyota Harrier (ハリアー), the basis of Lexus' RX. The new model, with the internal code 520A, is expected to be introduced in October 2013.
The second photo shows Toyota's upcoming SUVs, including the new compact SUV (earlier post) and the new RAV4 (earlier post).
Back in December, it was reported that the facelifted Honda Insight will be launched in 2011 (earlier post), while a completely new model is expected to be introduced in February 2013 (earlier post). Mag-X has now published this photo showing the facelifted Insight, which shows also the name "Insight Prestige".
As already posted, the latest Mag-X issue has an impression of the new JDM Honda Odyssey on the front cover (earlier post), shown at the top, while the second photo is another impression published. According to the article, the new model is expected to be launched in June 2013 and power will come from a 4-cylinder 2.4L engine. It's still unknown whether a hybrid version will be added or not, but I would take it for granted.
The latest batch of Japanese magazines arrived on Wednesday and I would like to apologize for the lack of posts during the last week.
So, the latest BC issue has some info on Infiniti's mighty sports car (earlier post). As already reported, a hybrid powertrain will be fitted capable of producing a total of 600 ps, yet achieving a fuel efficiency of 12.5 km/L!
The Prius V (earlier post) was presented at Detroit and it featured 5-seats and the nickel-metal battery hybrid system of the standard Prius. The Prius V was also presented at the Geneva this week, but its name was changed to Prius+, while it featured three rows of seats (with a total capacity of seven passengers) and it was equipped with a Li-Ion battery hybrid system.
So, now the big question is what will be Toyota's approach for the Japanese Domestic Market. A Nikkei story via Reuters informs us that both versions will be available there. The article contains the first pricing predictions we’ve seen for the newest Toyota. While the least expensive current Prius in Japan is the Prius “L” with a base price of ¥ 2,050,000, they expect the 5-passenger Prius wagon with NiMH batteries to start at ¥ 2,350,000 and the 7-passenger Prius wagon with Li-ion batteries to start at ¥ 3,000,000.
An official English-language Press Release from Toyota Japan also notes that the Prius wagon will go on sale there in late April 2011, ahead of the late summer 2011 U.S. release of Prius V and the “first half of 2012″ on-sale date for Prius+ in Europe.
The Evo is a legend and soon it will be history. According to Gayu Eusegi, head of global product development for Mitsubishi, the Lancer Evolution X will be the last Evo the Japanese automaker ever builds. Eusegi says the move is part of a shift in strategy to put the company's product focus and ethos on leadership in EV technology.
Despite the Evo's huge popularity, Mitsubishi apparently isn't scared of the step and says it's confident that consumers will glom on to the idea and rally behind the brand (... I am not so sure about that). According to a past report, Mitsubishi will be bring a green diesel sports sedan to the market in 2013.
Eusegi killed dead any notion that the brand would roll out a performance-oriented hybrid as well. "Maybe the world can change, and maybe someday we can do a motor race by electric vehicles. Maybe then we can enter the market again," he said.
Toyota’s goal is to offer full hybrid power in all its models in Europe as early as possible in the 2020s, a programme which began in 2010 with launch of Auris HSD in the C-segment. Yaris HSD (earlier post) will bring Hybrid Synergy Drive to the supermini B-segment, which accounts for the largest share of the European new car market.
The powertrain design has to be tailored for installation within Yaris’s compact and extremely efficient packaging, without compromising its quality and performance, or detracting from the passenger accommodation and loadspace. Success in this task is essential to meet the growing demand for urban-friendly family vehicles, in which space and the benefits of hybrid performance are prime requirements.
The production model which will follow the Yaris HSD concept will be launched throughout Europe during the second half of 2012. Cars will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing France’s Valenciennes plant.
Infiniti ETHEREA Concept (earlier post) has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and it re-imagines the compact luxury car for a discerning new generation of younger buyers.
"Etherea is about a new type of luxury," said Toru Saito, Corporate Vice President and Leader of the Global Infiniti Business Unit.
"It is for younger buyers who do not want a smaller version of a typically conservative and traditional luxury car. It is for people who want a car that defines who they are, not who their parents were."