Honda presented back in 2009 the EV-N concept and it seems that this cute little car is heading for production next year. Initially, the petrol version will be launched in March next year, and then the EV version will follow 6 months later. According to this rendering by BC, the production model will look very similar to the concept. Now, I really want one of these...
As posted a few days ago (earlier post), Honda is working on a naturally aspired CR-Z and according to Best Car, Honda is speeding up the development of it due to high customer demand. BC claims that it is very likely to use the K20A engine of the Euro Civic Type R, which produces 201 PS at 7,800 rpm and 17.7 kgm of torque. The NA CR-Z is expected to have a better fuel efficiency, around 15.0 km/L under the 10.15 mode, compared to the 11.6 km/L of the Euro Type R. The NA CR-Z could wear the Type R badge.
In the past, Autocar reported that we will get a spicy CR-Z equipped with a turbocharged engine (earlier post). I guess we will have to be patient until we really find out what engine will be fitted, but at least we know that the CR-Z will not remain a hybrid only model.
This is a car, presented at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, that I wasn't aware of until the latest BC issue arrived! It is called Passo de Tea Time and it was presented in order to showcase Toyota's original accessories. It is powered by a 1.0L engine and the large wheels, with the raised height, give it an adventurous look. Inside, leather and wood give it a British flair.
According to a Japanese publication, Mitsubishi will be bring a green diesel sports sedan to the market in 2013. The car, which looks like a facelifted Lancer (aka Galant), will be powered by a 2.2L turbocharged diesel engine. Maximum power output is expected to be 200 PS, while it will produce 40.0 kgm of torque. As you can imagine, it will come with Mitsubishi's 4WD system (S-AWC) and a dual clutch gearbox (SST). Hmm, could that be a Lancer Evolution successor...?