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    Two Reasons As To Why the Civic Si Only Produces 205 HP

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      Honda explains why the new Civic Si only produces 205 horsepower

    The echo of a sad trombone could be heard when Honda announced that the new Civic Si would only produce 205 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder. Fans were hoping for a bit more power and Honda's engineers say there is more power on tap. But there are two key reasons as to why the Japanese automaker did this.

    The engineers said "you can tune more power into it, but all of that takes away from the durability of the engine," said Rob Keough, senior product planner on the Civic to Automotive News.

    "Honda likes to build their engines to last hundreds of thousands of miles, so they're working toward that target."

    The other reason comes down to price. Honda wanted to keep the Si affordable while adding some impressive performance parts such as a limited-slip differential and adaptive suspension.

    "The Si has always been in the [price] range that it's in. We wanted it to be attainable and affordable, so our target for Si was really to come in at this price point with this performance level," said Keough.

    For example, if Honda was to use a detuned version of the turbo 2.0L found in the Civic Type R, that would push the price to nearly $30,000.

    Keough didn't rule out the possibility of there being a variant between the Si and Type R that would offer a bit more power. He also didn't rule out using a detuned Type R motor for this model.

    "There's maybe other configurations and things that they can do with this motor," said Keough.

    We have a possible name for this possible model, Civic SiR.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    For a front drive small car, that is enough for the Si.  Especially since they make a Civic R with 300 hp.  And i makes sense to keep the Is cheap enough for people to buy it without pricing out their customer base.

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    There is no replacement for displacement..... they have other engines out there, they should have turboed them. 

    Ohhhhhhhhh absolutely! This car does not even rate a test drive IMHO.

    53 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    For a front drive small car, that is enough for the Si.  Especially since they make a Civic R with 300 hp.  And i makes sense to keep the Is cheap enough for people to buy it without pricing out their customer base.

    WRX, GTI, Ecoboost Mustang, ST twins, BRZ, Miata, Fiat 124 all better than the SI in so many ways!

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    Power wise it is disappointing. Pricing is very competitive but on paper, it just doesn't seem like it will be competitive against the Golf GTI and Focus ST. We shall see.

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    8 hours ago, Anthony Fongaro said:

    Power wise it is disappointing. Pricing is very competitive but on paper, it just doesn't seem like it will be competitive against the Golf GTI and Focus ST. We shall see.

    As a guy shopping cars in this category, it really is not...

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    12 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    For a front drive small car, that is enough for the Si.  Especially since they make a Civic R with 300 hp.  And i makes sense to keep the Is cheap enough for people to buy it without pricing out their customer base.

    As some one who is always blowing the MB horn and saying it has to have the most powerful engines in every class at every model. Your comment makes no sense for the first two sentences.

    Now the 3rd sentence is what you should have started off with.

    It makes sense to keep it priced where they have it for their customer base of which many will not be looking at the competition nor at the Horsepower. Yet for those that do, this car is a failure in the competition of this class.

    I get the feeling that Honda Marketing really does not research their competition very well nor cares too. It is as if they are happy with just their loyal car fans who will follow what ever weak attempt they make.

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    I get the feeling that Honda Marketing really does not research their competition very well nor cares too. It is as if they are happy with just their loyal car fans who will follow what ever weak attempt they make.

    People are catching up to the idea that Honda is also resting on their laurels. perhaps the only Asian brand that isn't is Subaru, with Mazda a distant second.  Mazda is very small and has a much smaller R and D budget...

    And even then Subaru has a VERY limited product lineup compared to other brands. No Luxury lineup...no trucks...no pure high powered sports cars like the Corvette or Shelby Mustang...No large heavy duty SUV's...no really small sub compacts...no leading hybrid tech...no pure electrics...and the list goes on.

    It is much easier to keep a very small product lineup up to date than a very broad one like GM and Ford have....or even VW, with Porsche, Bugatti, Bentley, Skoda, VW, Seat, ....

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    205 HP, 6 speed manuial, and weighs roughly 2900 pounds and a real limited slip.

    The ST may have 252 HP, but is also nearly 3300 pounds.  It's straight-line performance has always been kinda lackluster for the HP rating.  (My Beetle Turbo can do the same 6.3 0-60 with 200HP and 3000 pounds as C&D's last ST roadtest). 

     

    GTi is 220 HP, but 3100-3200 pounds.Though, it is certainly underrated I am sure. 

     

    there is also the price  The SI runs thousands less than those competitors and also comes with some very nice features such as the larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto, the blindspot camera in the passenger mirror, the limited slip, the adjustable dampers, etc, etc.  It is a hell of a deal for under 25k. 

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    29 minutes ago, Stew said:

    205 HP, 6 speed manuial, and weighs roughly 2900 pounds and a real limited slip.

    The ST may have 252 HP, but is also nearly 3300 pounds.  It's straight-line performance has always been kinda lackluster for the HP rating.  (My Beetle Turbo can do the same 6.3 0-60 with 200HP and 3000 pounds as C&D's last ST roadtest). 

     

    GTi is 220 HP, but 3100-3200 pounds.Though, it is certainly underrated I am sure. 

     

    there is also the price  The SI runs thousands less than those competitors and also comes with some very nice features such as the larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto, the blindspot camera in the passenger mirror, the limited slip, the adjustable dampers, etc, etc.  It is a hell of a deal for under 25k. 

    I will agree it is a hell of a deal, but I would still choose almost any of its direct competitors before I would pick the Honda.

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    Well, no duh.

    This car isn't leaving a whole lot on the table, I can promise you that.

    Sounds to me like this Si should have been the Sport, and they should have given the Si a detuned 2.0T and dual clutch trans from Acura.

     

     

    33 minutes ago, Stew said:

    205 HP, 6 speed manuial, and weighs roughly 2900 pounds and a real limited slip.

    The ST may have 252 HP, but is also nearly 3300 pounds.  It's straight-line performance has always been kinda lackluster for the HP rating.  (My Beetle Turbo can do the same 6.3 0-60 with 200HP and 3000 pounds as C&D's last ST roadtest). 

     

    GTi is 220 HP, but 3100-3200 pounds.Though, it is certainly underrated I am sure. 

     

    there is also the price  The SI runs thousands less than those competitors and also comes with some very nice features such as the larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android auto, the blindspot camera in the passenger mirror, the limited slip, the adjustable dampers, etc, etc.  It is a hell of a deal for under 25k. 

     

    The ST is towards the end of it's life, and is outgunned as it is.

     

    The GTI gets down under 3,100 depending on equipment, has 30 more hp than it's rated at, offers a significant chunk of what the Si offers as standard, and has much greater aftermarket support.

     

    As I said before, this car has a strong value quotient compared to base econo-boxes on the market, but it's not a full-on hot hatch.

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    23 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    Well, no duh.

    This car isn't leaving a whole lot on the table, I can promise you that.

    Sounds to me like this Si should have been the Sport, and they should have given the Si a detuned 2.0T and dual clutch trans from Acura.

     

     

     

    The ST is towards the end of it's life, and is outgunned as it is.

     

    The GTI gets down under 3,100 depending on equipment, has 30 more hp than it's rated at, offers a significant chunk of what the Si offers as standard, and has much greater aftermarket support.

     

    As I said before, this car has a strong value quotient compared to base econo-boxes on the market, but it's not a full-on hot hatch.

    They don't offer the SI in hatch form at all actually, which irks me.  An EX with the CVT is decently quick though with 0-60 in around 6.8 seconds.  they have the Sport with 180 HP, but it is based on the LX which lacks a lot of features.  I was looking at Civic Hatches this weekend, they have really grown n me, but I don't like having to choose between the wanted features or getting the manual trans. the ST never impressed me.  It was barely a match for the old GTi which was in it's last year at the ime. 

     

    And the GTi is the one and king of this sector, no doubt.  I just wish the closest VW dealership wasn't so far away.  That is being a bit of an issue with the bug. 

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    54 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    The GTI gets down under 3,100 depending on equipment, has 30 more hp than it's rated at, offers a significant chunk of what the Si offers as standard, and has much greater aftermarket support.

     

    As I said before, this car has a strong value quotient compared to base econo-boxes on the market, but it's not a full-on hot hatch.

    Exactly...plus with an APR tune, the GTI will smoke much more expensive performance cars...and run off into the horizon and hide from an SI.

    And no, the Si is not a full on hot hatch...

    33 minutes ago, Stew said:

    They don't offer the SI in hatch form at all actually, which irks me.  An EX with the CVT is decently quick though with 0-60 in around 6.8 seconds.  they have the Sport with 180 HP, but it is based on the LX which lacks a lot of features.  I was looking at Civic Hatches this weekend, they have really grown n me, but I don't like having to choose between the wanted features or getting the manual trans. the ST never impressed me.  It was barely a match for the old GTi which was in it's last year at the ime. 

     

    And the GTi is the one and king of this sector, no doubt.  I just wish the closest VW dealership wasn't so far away.  That is being a bit of an issue with the bug. 

    The ST is a really nice car, but not what the GTI is.

    You could perhaps find a local mechanic familiar with foreign cars?

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    4 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    Exactly...plus with an APR tune, the GTI will smoke much more expensive performance cars...and run off into the horizon and hide from an SI.

    And no, the Si is not a full on hot hatch...

    The ST is a really nice car, but not what the GTI is.

    You could perhaps find a local mechanic familiar with foreign cars?

    Well, has to do with warranty work.  Got that nice messed up intake that effects the 2.0T engines.  The bug is covered under the extended warranty, but time is at a premium right now to say the least. 

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    I think the new Si might seem underwhelming on paper, but the jury is out on real-world performance. The mass-market tuned 1.5T already punches above its weight, the Civic sport hatchback equipped with a manual and rated 180 hp/177 lb-ft ran 7 sec 0-60 and a solid 15.2 @ 94 mph in an instrumented test by C&D, other examples have managed sub-7 second sprints like others have mentioned. This could potentially be the fastest Si yet, and a great driving performance car.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-honda-civic-hatchback-15t-manual-test-review

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    1 minute ago, Stew said:

    Well, has to do with warranty work.  Got that nice messed up intake that effects the 2.0T engines.  The bug is covered under the extended warranty, but time is at a premium right now to say the least. 

    I can appreciate that....!

    Just now, cp-the-nerd said:

    I think the new Si might seem underwhelming on paper, but the jury is out on real-world performance. The mass-market tuned 1.5T already punches above its weight, the Civic sport hatchback equipped with a manual and rated 180 hp/177 lb-ft ran 7 sec 0-60 and a solid 15.2 @ 94 mph in an instrumented test by C&D, other examples have managed sub-7 second sprints like others have mentioned. This could potentially be the fastest Si yet, and a great driving performance car.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-honda-civic-hatchback-15t-manual-test-review

    The question isn't if it is a great value and a great performance car, but if it is up to its competitors.  I would maintain the money is better spent elsewhere.

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    1 minute ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    I can appreciate that....!

     

    1 minute ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    I can appreciate that....!

    I love my bug, don't get me wrong.  Some of the little issues get annoying though. 

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    8 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    The question isn't if it is a great value and a great performance car, but if it is up to its competitors.  I would maintain the money is better spent elsewhere.

    I repeat: I think the new Si might seem underwhelming on paper, but the jury is out on real-world performance.

    I'm not saying it's better or worse than anything, I'm saying it's too early to write it off. The current Civic is a very different machine than the recent generation.

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    15 minutes ago, cp-the-nerd said:

    I repeat: I think the new Si might seem underwhelming on paper, but the jury is out on real-world performance.

    I'm not saying it's better or worse than anything, I'm saying it's too early to write it off. The current Civic is a very different machine than the recent generation.

    My thoughts as well. 

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    1 hour ago, cp-the-nerd said:

    I repeat: I think the new Si might seem underwhelming on paper, but the jury is out on real-world performance.

    I'm not saying it's better or worse than anything, I'm saying it's too early to write it off. The current Civic is a very different machine than the recent generation.

    I would agree on writing it off completely, but I am not seeing anything that gives me much hope.

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    On 6/5/2017 at 8:41 AM, dfelt said:

    As some one who is always blowing the MB horn and saying it has to have the most powerful engines in every class at every model. Your comment makes no sense for the first two sentences.

    Now the 3rd sentence is what you should have started off with.

    It makes sense to keep it priced where they have it for their customer base of which many will not be looking at the competition nor at the Horsepower. Yet for those that do, this car is a failure in the competition of this class.

    I get the feeling that Honda Marketing really does not research their competition very well nor cares too. It is as if they are happy with just their loyal car fans who will follow what ever weak attempt they make.

    The Si isn't the top model, so 205 hp is fine.  They make a 300+ hp Civic type R.    And a couple of Honda's trademarks are fuel economy and reliability, so it is good that they stick to their core values.  And as I said they have a 300 hp version which way more than any Cruze, Elantra, Mazda 3, Corolla or Sentra.

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    Another thing I have been thinking about, he SI has never been about outright power.  It is about fun to drive, reliability, and FE at a great price.  This has that in spades and is on my short list for my next car. 

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    59 minutes ago, Stew said:

    Another thing I have been thinking about, he SI has never been about outright power.  It is about fun to drive, reliability, and FE at a great price.  This has that in spades and is on my short list for my next car. 

    I could see that, it might be a nice choice...but ti will get smoked at my local autocross by the Focus St, GTI, Fiesta St, BRZ/FRS/86, Miata, Fiat 124 Spyder, and every other hot car out there.

    Since I want to run my next car hard, not really thinking an SI is on my short list.

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    7 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    I could see that, it might be a nice choice...but ti will get smoked at my local autocross by the Focus St, GTI, Fiesta St, BRZ/FRS/86, Miata, Fiat 124 Spyder, and every other hot car out there.

    Since I want to run my next car hard, not really thinking an SI is on my short list.

    I am not so sure about that.  This new SI is a totally new animal that comes with a dual mode electronic suspension.  It is also so much lighter than, especially the ST, that it will simply turn in harder, especially having a true limited slip diff.  Considering the last gen SI had hit 60 as quick as 6.1 (12 model) at 60 pounds heavier and a lot less torque, I could this doing a 6 flat or possibly a high 5 0-60 which puts it right with the others, or quicker in the case of the ST.  It has a much better torque curve than the previous one as well. 

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    42 minutes ago, Stew said:

    I am not so sure about that.  This new SI is a totally new animal that comes with a dual mode electronic suspension.  It is also so much lighter than, especially the ST, that it will simply turn in harder, especially having a true limited slip diff.  Considering the last gen SI had hit 60 as quick as 6.1 (12 model) at 60 pounds heavier and a lot less torque, I could this doing a 6 flat or possibly a high 5 0-60 which puts it right with the others, or quicker in the case of the ST.  It has a much better torque curve than the previous one as well. 

    Hmmm.....I may have to try one out...

     

    This is a very good review of this car-I like this guy, he is very reality based and fair in his reviews. he also has a lot of other good videos.

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      "However, as a result of accommodating regional needs somewhat excessively in each individual region, we recognize that the number of models and variations at the trim and option level have increased and our efficiency has declined. So, we will undertake initiatives to further strengthen our inter-regional coordination and collaboration and advance our art of making automobiles in order to simultaneously increase the attractiveness and efficiency of both global and regional models," he said.
      "With this initiative, by 2025, we will reduce the total number of variations at the trim and option level for our global models to one-third of what we have now.In addition, we will increase efficiency by eliminating and consolidating some similar regional models into even more competent models shared across multiple regions."
      This will allow Honda to simplify model allocation at their various assembly plants around the road. According to Hachigo, this will allow the company to achieve "100 percent capacity utilization worldwide by 2020" and cut production costs by 10 percent by 2025. 
      Part of that initiative involves a new modular architecture that will debut in a global model next year. No details on the vehicle were provided, but Honda says the goal of the architecture "is to commonize about 70 percent of the components" used in a vehicle such as the engine bay and passenger cabin.
      Honda is also planning to have two-thirds of their global lineup electrified by 2030. Furthermore, it wants 100 percent of its European lineup to be electrifed by 2025. To do this, Honda is readying a new electric city car known as the e, along with deploying their two-motor i-MMD hybrid setup to all of their models in Europe. In the U.S. Honda is planning to launch more hybrid models, and increase their electric car lineup with some help from General Motors.
      “In North America, we will jointly develop battery components with General Motors and introduce highly-competitive battery EVs in the market,” said Hachigo.

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      Summary of Honda CEO Speech on Automobile Business Direction
      Remarks by Takahiro Hachigo, President & CEO, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. May 8, 2019
      Honda has been working on two top-priority management challenges in the midst of abrupt changes in the global business environment surrounding the automobile industry: to strengthen the structure of our automobile business and to further increase the speed of business transformation for future generations.
      So, today, I would like to introduce some initiatives we are taking for our automobile business, especially how we are strengthening the structure of our automobile business, the direction we are taking with electrification, as well as some progress we have made to date.
      Strengthening automobile business structure 
      Ever since I became the president of the company, I have been conveying the message that we will make Honda strong by creating strong products and also by strengthening our inter-regional coordination and collaboration. We put special emphasis on the strengthening of our global models, which have been the source of Honda's core competence, and also the enhancement of our regional models.
      As a result, we currently have the five global models, namely Civic, Accord, CR-V, Fit/Jazz and Vezel/HR-V, and these five strong models now account for 60% of our global automobile sales. At the same time, our regional models such as the N Series for Japan, Pilot for North America and Crider for China are playing an important role as a source of growth for each respective region.
      However, as a result of accommodating regional needs somewhat excessively in each individual region, we recognize that the number of models and variations at the trim and option level have increased and our efficiency has declined. So, we will undertake initiatives to further strengthen our inter-regional coordination and collaboration and advance our art of making automobiles in order to simultaneously increase the attractiveness and efficiency of both global and regional models.
      Strengthening inter-regional coordination and collaboration
      As for inter-regional coordination and collaboration, under the new operational structure we adopted for our automobile operations starting from April, we began reviewing and sharing the product lineup by grouping some of our six regions outside Japan based on a similarity of key factors, such as market needs and environmental regulations. With this initiative, by 2025, we will reduce the total number of variations at the trim and option level for our global models to one-third of what we have now. In addition, we will increase efficiency by eliminating and consolidating some similar regional models into even more competent models shared across multiple regions.
      Advancement of our art of making automobiles (automobile development) 
      As for the advancement of automobile development, since I became the president, we have been increasing the efficiency and speed of our Monozukuri (the art of making things) by innovating the entire process, from planning and development all the way through production, by enabling the S-E-D-B (sales, manufacturing, R&D, purchasing*1) functions to collaborate beyond the boundaries of their divisions.
      Moreover, we have already introduced the Honda Architecture in our development.
      The Honda Architecture is a company-wide initiative which will increase the efficiency of development and expand parts-sharing for our mass-production models. The first model being developed with this new method will be the global model we are launching next year. And we will continue increasing the number of models to which we apply this new architecture.
      With the strengthening of global and regional models through inter-regional coordination and collaboration and with the introduction of the Honda Architecture, by 2025, we will reduce the number of manhours we use for the development of mass-production models by 30%, and we will repurpose those manhours to accelerate our research and development in advanced areas for the future. In this way, we can continue creating new technologies which will support the future of Honda.
      Strengthening our operational structure in the area of production 
      In addition to the area of development, we are further strengthening our operational structure in the area of production as well, so that we can create strong products with high efficiency.
      We are making steady progress in optimizing our production capacity in all regions. When this is complete, we are expecting to see that our global capacity utilization rate, excluding China, will increase from 90% recorded in 2018, and we will be producing at full capacity by 2022.
      In China, the third plant of Dongfeng Honda became newly operational, and this put us in a position where we can definitely accommodate market demand in China. We believe that this progress we made paved the way for the optimization of our global production capacity.
      From here onward, we think it is important to increase our competitiveness by increasing the efficiency of our production system in North America.
      For our business in North America, while keeping pace with sales expansion, we enhanced our model lineup and established a flexible production system where our plants sometimes produce various models in duplication to accommodate changes in market demand. However, as a result of the pursuit of high flexibility, an increase in the investment amount and a decline in production efficiency started to become an issue. Therefore, in North America as well, we will reduce the number of variations at the trim and option level, and at the same time, we will simplify the production model allocation at each plant. Through this initiative, we will re-establish a highly-efficient production system and realize the growth of North American business through the pursuit of quality.
      By implementing these initiatives to increase production efficiency in each region, we are expecting to reduce global cost in the area of production by 10% by 2025, compared to the cost recorded in 2018.
      Through all these initiatives I have mentioned, we will steadily strengthen the structure of our automobile business and realize the solidification of our existing automobile businesses by 2025, and, at the same time, we will accelerate our preparation for the future.
      Direction for the electrification of our automobile products
      Striving to realize a carbon-free society, Honda set a goal to electrify two-thirds of our global automobile unit sales by 2030.
      When we talk about the introduction of electrified vehicles, there are two perspectives. One is the improvement of fuel economy, and the other is zero emissions. Regulations for the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are becoming increasingly stringent in every country around the world and complying with CAFE standards is one of the most important challenges for the automobile industry. At Honda, in light of the required infrastructure and how people use automobiles, we believe that hybrid technology is, at this moment, the most effective way for us to comply with CAFE standards. Therefore, we will electrify our products mainly with hybrid technologies. By increasing sales of our hybrid models all around the world, Honda will contribute to the global environment through the improvement of fuel economy.
      To this end, we will expand the application of our 2-motor hybrid system to the entire lineup of Honda vehicles. In addition to the 2-motor hybrid system which is compatible with mid-to-large-sized vehicles, we developed a new, more compact 2-motor hybrid system suitable for small-sized vehicles. This small-sized 2-motor hybrid system will be adopted first by the all-new Fit which we are planning to exhibit as a world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall.
      In addition to the expansion of the lineup of products equipped with the 2-motor hybrid system, we also will expand the application of the 2-motor hybrid system on a global basis. With that, by 2022, we are expecting to reduce the cost of the 2-motor hybrid system by 25% compared to the cost of this system in 2018.
      As for zero emission vehicles, with our battery EVs we will comply with the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program being adopted by California and other states in the U.S. and China's New Energy Vehicle (NEV) mandate. We will efficiently introduce our battery EVs to the market by selecting the most appropriate partners and resources to satisfy the different needs in each region.
      In North America, we will jointly develop battery components with General Motors and introduce highly-competitive battery EVs in the market.   
      In China, in order to keep up with the fast speed of electrification, we have already begun introducing battery EV models developed together with our local joint venture companies in China. While envisioning the introduction of battery EV models from the Honda brand, we will continue utilizing local resources in China and introduce more battery EV models in a timely manner to fulfill local market needs in China.
      In Europe and Japan, we will introduce the Honda e, a new battery EV model, which was recently introduced as a prototype at the Geneva Motor Show.
      To summarize, Honda will popularize and improve the business feasibility of electrified vehicles by focusing on hybrid vehicles and battery EVs.
      Changes in operational structure
      In order to ensure the solid implementation of these initiatives I just introduced for our automobile business, we renewed our operational structure as of April. The aims of this structural change are to establish an organization which brings all regional operations together to strongly facilitate inter-regional coordination and collaboration and to increase the speed of our business operations by enabling prompt decisions and prompt execution.
      Today, I introduced our initiatives to strengthen our automobile business structure and the direction of our electrification. Under the new organizational structure, we will realize our goals with a keen sense of speed. 
      Closing
      As we stated in our 2030 Vision, Honda is striving to grow through the pursuit of quality so that we can fulfill our vision to "Serve people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life's potential."
      Honda will continue taking on new challenges while being driven by strong passion, so that we can continue to be a company that society wants to exist even in 2050 after Honda becomes more than 100 years old. 
      *1 S-E-D-B: Sales, Engineering (Manufacturing), Development (R&D), Buying (Purchasing)

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      American Honda Announces April Sales Results
       
      May 1, 2019 Civic continues to lead U.S. passenger car sales, driven by strong retail performance Honda truck sales rise 2.7% in April as Passport adds strength and CR-V and Pilot maintain momentum Acura trucks also gain, with RDX surging 17.3% on the way to an overall increase of 6.2% for the month  American Honda Total
      125,775
      +0.1%
      Cars
      57,452
      -3.4%
      Trucks
      68,323
      +3.1%
      Total
      114,088
      +0.2%
      Cars
      54,030
      -2.4%
      Trucks
      60.058
      +2.7%
      Total
      11,687
      -1.7%
      Cars
      3,433
      -16.6%
      Trucks
      8,265
      +6.2%
       

    • By Drew Dowdell
      Acura Sales Climb 11% as American Honda Posts Strong February Results
        Mar 1, 2019 Acura brand trucks set new February mark as RDX also gets record and MDX rises in double digits Honda HR-V sets February sales record, its best month since a June 2018 flood strapped supplies Honda Accord sales rise 2.5% in tight sedan market Honda CR-V gains 1.7%, surpassing 26,000 sales American Honda Total
      115,139
      -0.4%
      Cars
      51,262
      -6%
      Trucks
      63,877
      +4.6%
      Total
      102,926
      -1.6%
      Cars
      47,847
      -5.5%
      Trucks
      55,079
      +2.1%
      Total
      12,213
      +11.3%
      Cars
      3,415
      -11.7%
      Trucks
      8,798
      +23.9%
        "We're off to a good start in 2019 with notable gains for both cars and light trucks, bolstered by the arrival of our all-new Passport SUV," said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. "Our terrific product lineup is helping grow sales in all key segments of our business and we are achieving this success by maintaining a disciplined approach to supply and incentive spending."
       
       
      BRAND REPORT  
      Sales Highlights
      Honda maintained a strong sales pace in February, with core models Accord and CR-V posting gains and HR-V setting a record, while the brand-new Passport SUV had its first full month of sales.
      Despite on-going sedan market headwinds, Accord gained 2.5% on sales of 20,254 units, continuing its retail sales leadership in the midsize segment. HR-V sales rose 4.4% in February on sales of 7,093 units, a new February record and its best month since the full impact of a flood that stopped production for four months last year. CR-V gained 1.7% in February, cresting 26,000 units for the month, while Pilot posted a strong month with sales of nearly 11,000 units. Sales of electrified models (over 4,500 units) remained strong with Insight topping 1,500 units to lead industry sales for dedicated hybrid models. Model Notes
      Honda began 2019 as the retail #1 passenger car brand in America, with Accord the retail best-selling midsize sedan for the 4th straight month and Civic entering its 4th year as America's retail best-selling car.
       
       
      CR-V continues as the retail #1 CUV in America, while approaching nearly a 20% share in segment.
       
       
       
      BRAND REPORT  
      Sales Highlights
      Acura continued to gain traction as sales climbed more than 11% for the month. Acura trucks, up 24%, set a new February record. Sedans remained strong as ILX and TLX continue to outperform their segments in retail sales.
      RDX sales jumped 31.8% in February on sales of 4,965 units, a February record and the 9th consecutive month of record sales. MDX had a robust month, gaining 14.9% on sales of 3,833 units. ILX sales were up 15.8%, despite inventory issues related to the ramp-up of the refreshed 2019 model. Model Notes
      Coming off its best year ever, the new RDX has continued as the #1 retail-seller in segment, the #2 retail-selling luxury SUV and the #3 model in all of luxury.
       
      Acura began 2019 with retail sales up 10% while key competitors experienced declines.
       
       
       

    • By Drew Dowdell
      Last week we reported that Honda would be closing their UK manufacturing plant in Swindon.  That plant produces Honda Civics and CR-Vs mostly for the European market.  However, in addition to European production, the Swindon plant also produces the Civic Hatchback and Civic Type-R for North America. Production in Swindon is to finish out the model run into 2021.
      Automotive News reports that Honda CEO Takahir Hachigo said "Given out efforts to optimize production allocation and production capacity on a global scale, we have concluded that we will produce the Civic for North America in North America." The North American sourced Honda Civic is built in Alliston, Ontario and Greensburgh Indiana. 
      The Honda Civic hatchback makes up about one third of Civic's 325,760 US sales for 2018.

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