Motoring Channel Staff - 10/October/2008
Honda City Concept
Honda's new City car is super compact and
highly efficient thanks to its 1.5-litre engine
Honda Insight Concept
Sydney, Australia — There were a few highlights at the Honda exhibit at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show, including the all-new Honda City and the Insight hybrid car.
at Honda's Thailand manufacturing plant, the new model will be on sale
in Australia from February 2009 and will give buyers a new option in
the compact car segment, seeing as it is a sedan and not a hatchback.
Australia's Managing Director, Yasuhide Mizuno, says the City
will herald a new direction in the light sedan segment: "The
City’s appeal is in its styling – a fun-to-drive car
with a sporty persona.
"It has a very spacious interior and will be
packed with safety features.
"It will offer sporty styling,
excellent performance as well as being fuel efficient – features that
consumers demand from this segment," Mr. Mizuno said.
the show car is a concept, the production version of the City will
be fairly similar in design and is powered by a 1.5-litre engine
that delivers 88kW @ 6600rpm and 146Nm @ 4700rpm (the same
motor as the 1.5-litre Jazz VTi-S).
Though fuel consumption and emissions figures haven't been finalised, Honda says they "are set to be impressively low".
Honda has revealed that the new model will be made available with 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmissions.
seen at the 2008 Paris Motor Show the week previous, Honda's all-new
global hybrid, dubbed the Honda Insight, made a surprise appearance in
A production version of this concept is expected to
be on sale in Europe and the Americas in the first half of 2009, and
Australia will also get the Insight hybrid in around 2010, where it
rival vehicles such as the Toyota Prius.
After it's introduction, the Insight will be joined by the Honda CR-Z hybrid sports coupe in 2010, which should be an interesting drive.
According to Honda, the Insight borrows styling cues from the FCX Clarity
fuel cell car, has a low centre of gravity and a 5-passenger cabin,
offering the kind of driving pleasure and roomy interior that customers
have come to expect from Honda.
Honda asserts that while
the Insight Concept's aerodynamic design clearly identifies its fuel
efficient purpose, its 5-door access and folding rear seats speak to
functionality that is designed to meet the needs of customers with an
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