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For the public news release, go to the Honda worldwide website at the link below:
Read the Honda news release on Honda's worldwide website at the link below :
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Honda Malaysia halts production and sources parts suppliers
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Honda Malaysia informs effects of plant suspension in Thailand
Petaling Jaya, 13th September 2011 – Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (“HATC”, Ayutthaya plant) is forced to halt production due to severe floods that are hitting Thailand now. Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (“Honda Malaysia” or “the Company”) today informs its customers of the effect of the shutdown on Malaysia’s plant.
“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the flood victims in Thailand and we hope that the country would make prompt recovery from the damages imposed by the natural disaster,” said Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia.
The suspension of HATC’s plant production in Ayutthaya area has an inevitable impact on Honda Malaysia’s production as HATC, along with its suppliers in the same region whose operations are also suspended, provides considerable number of parts for the Malaysian CKD (complete knocked down) models namely City, Civic, Accord and CR-V.
Since this Monday, Honda Malaysia has reduced its output in Melaka to prolong the production using on-hand stock. “We regret that there will be delay in product delivery as the production in our plant slows down due to the suspension of parts supply. Currently, the delivery timing for all our CBU (complete built-up) units are not affected,” Mr. Yoichiro added.
“At the time of statement, the HATC remains flooded and it is unapproachable. This is making it difficult for us to estimate the time of recovery. However, we will assess the situation closely on a daily basis and hope for the best though we foresee the recovery may take longer than we originally expected. We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and support and we will continue to provide the best products and services despite the challenging situation the company is facing.”
Monday, October 17, 2011
The official press release from Honda Malaysia is below.
Due to the overwhelming response of the Honda Insight after its launched last year, Honda Malaysia decided to bring in another hybrid vehicle to offer Malaysians more hybrid vehicle options.
The Honda CR-Z was named 2010/ 2011 Car of the Year (COTY) in Japan and won the 2010 Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organisation (JIDPO) Good Design Award. The revolutionary hybrid vehicle is environmentally responsible and at the same time, fun to drive. Since it went on sale in February 2010 in Japan, the Honda CR-Z has been well received with close to 34,000 units sold worldwide as at end December 2010.
Monday, October 3, 2011
The url for the announcement of this new variant is :
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Well no, not done by me but this is an official Honda article where the designers of the Honda Brio talks about the design objectives and salient points for the interior and exterior of the Honda Brio. The article can be read at http://world.honda.com/design/designers-talk/brio/exterior/. At the bottom of the page is the link to the page on interior design.
This launch suggests that the Brio might possibly be making its way across Asia in the near future.
Monday, September 26, 2011
China's China Car Times, published spy photos of the new 4Gen CR-V, the photos picked up and then re-published (with full credits given) by Australia's caradvice.com.au website. These shots are the first known proper shots of the interior of the new CR-V in very high detail. More importantly for asian Honda fans, these photos are also indicative of the asian market CR-V which is expected to debut starting from early next year (2012).
The interior photos reveals a general evolution of the current CR-V. A close up photo of the dashboard with a tacho that redlines at 6,600rpm, same as the current generation, suggests that the R20A engine will continue to be used in the new CR-V. The center mounted gearshift layout is retained and the steering wheel continues to be devoid of paddles so the CR-V will continue on without a sequential manual shift override option (which can be useful on certain occasions, when the CR-V is fully loaded). Interestingly there is a 'START' button feature.
The australian website link is http://www.caradvice.com.au/132257/2012-honda-cr-v-interior-and-exterior-spy-shots/. The photo above is taken from the website.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The new 4Gen Honda CR-V Concept made its public debut at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California U.S.A. The actual model will debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November this year and will go on sale in the U.S. at the end of this year. Thereafter it should start showing up in the rest of the world. For ASEAN, it is supposed to be launched somewhere in the 2nd quarter of next year (2012), probably the latter part of the quarter. Along with the concept, Honda has talked about a more fuel efficient (but not new) engine plus reduced body weight. Honda has also provided a video for the concept and the press photos plus this video can be seen at our news and rumours section.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
These diagrams more or less shows exactly how the new CR-V will look like. The computer graphic above is one of the diagrams and there are five more, from all angles of the car, available at our news and rumours article here.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Acura has been pursueing a rather erratic course lately in an attempt to establish itself as a credible entity apart from the Honda namebrand in the U.S., so it is uncertain if this new model will show up outside of the U.S. or not. There are a number of Acura models like the RDX, Ridgeline, ZDX, etc which are exclusively U.S. only (and the yanks often complains about how Honda keeps models to within Japan only. Pity those of us in the rest of the world ! Hahahah !!)
Our new and rumours article, with the rest of the photos (four in total) is located here -> http://www.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=1003309
The CR-V is one of Honda's most successful and most popular models so a lot of attention is being paid to this FMC. Being a global model, this means spy-photos of the car anywhere will be applicable to everywhere in the world, with only engine, drivetrain and trim differences. So if you are interested in the CR-V and is split between the current one and waiting for the new one, these photos should be of great interest to you.
The relevant sites to go are :
1. Autoblog.com CR-V spy-photos
2. Carscoop blog CR-V spy-photos
Note : the photo above is taken from the carscoop blog
Monday, September 19, 2011
Information from the Automotive News website is supporting rumours of a new engine to debut with the new 4Gen CR-V for the US market. This new engine is given the code 'K25' by the AN website which goes on to quote a specification of 201hp at 5,500rpm and a max torque of 170lbft (about 23kgm). Transmission is widely expected to remain unchanged with the current 5AT. The relevant news and rumours article in our site regarding this rumour is at http://www.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=1002394. The graphic above is taken from the AN website.
Note that this engine is unlikely to make it to Asia, given that we don't even have a K24 CR-V over here in most parts of the region. It is likely that the new 4Gen CR-V for Asia will continue to use the R20A engine though it is not known if it will retain the current i-VTEC implementation (to reduce pumping loss through the intake mainfold) or a revised one like the R18A on the new 9Gen USDM Civic.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
At the same (Frankfurt Motor) show, Honda also showed a slightly revised Honda Insight. Honda says the revised Insight produced a much lower 96g/km of CO2, the first Honda hybrid to achieve this. Honda has been reported as saying the gain is from a series of enhancements, which include reduced engine friction, changes to the CVT transmission and to the air conditioning that benefits from a new cold storage system. Other changes are to the exterior (front grill, bumpers, etc), improved interior, and also an addition of two new interior colours. Two new exterior colours are also available. More significant changes are improvements to rear visibility and rear passenger headroom has also been adjusted. Revisions have been made to the engine and suspension for an overall improvement to ride comfort and stability.
TOVA notes : When Honda Malaysia launched the Insight late last year, I was told by the LPL that the rear headroom for our units have already been increased by 20mm. Now this revision for Europe also mentions an 'adjustment' to the rear headroom so I wonder if they are the same or has the revision now given even more than 20mm extra headroom over the original Insight. Interestingly, the Malaysian units are supposed to also feature revisions to the suspension for better ride, compared to initial version and this Frankfurt Motor Show revision talks about the same thing. I am wondering if this revised Insight is the same as the one we have already been enjoying.
Latest Update (Sep 16 2011) : When I enquired with Honda Malaysia, I was told that the Malaysia (and thus ASEAN) Insights do not feature the updates above. Unfortunately (and expectedly so) they are unable to inform me when Malaysian Insights will receive these updates. Do note that this does not in any way invalidate your purchase or interest in the current Insight as it is indeed a very good car especially given the very good price.
Honda launched the new 9Gen EURO Civic at the just started 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Offered only in 5-door hatchback form, Honda says the car will reach showrooms early next year. The new 9Gen EURO Civic is offered with 3 engine choices; 1.4 i-VTEC, 1.8 i-VTEC, and 2.2 i-DTEC (diesel), delivering max powers of 100ps, 142ps and 150ps respectively. Here are some links for you to check the car out:
Announcement at world.honda.com
Frankfurt Motor Show preview at world.honda.com
Official press photos at Temple Of VTEC
Monday, September 12, 2011
From posting in our TOV forums by Honda dealers in the U.S., it is generally believed that the new 4th Gen CR-V will debut in the U.S. as a 2012 model somewhere in November perhaps latest December of this year. What prompted several dealers to believe the launch is impending is the online order database called MOVE and the fact that orders are accepted only up to around November of this year. Another well connected Honda salesperson posted about his frustration getting advance info on the new CR-V, noting that except for features like USB, Bluetooth and iMid, he has been unable to get any indication of engine or transmission specs, something he could get hints about for other models.
The US launch date of November-December 2011 for the new 4Gen CR-V do jive with the insider info given to Tova-Honda-Fan by one of our readers, that the 4G CR-V will probably launch here around the 2nd quarter time frame of next year. It also tallies with the subtle body and unspoken verbal language from my 'friends' when I last talked to them about this new CR-V for Malaysia and ASEAN in general.
Note that the photo above is an official photo supplied by AHM for the 'concept' 4Gen CR-V which is believed to be very close to the actual production model.
Update : latest posts in the TOV forums supports the suggestion of a December launch date for the US 4Gen '2012' CR-V. The main debate now centers on the engine and transmission specifications.
The popular malaysian automobile blog managed by paultan has published photos taken of a blue colour Honda Brio taken by its readers. The Brio was caught on camera twice by PT's readers and submitted for publication on the site. One set of shots was with the car on a trailer and the other, parked somewhere in an area called Brickfields and the reader saying that it looked as if it was in some sort of shooting most likely for an advertisement. The actual photos are available on the PT section dedicated to spyshots which can be reached by following this link. Note the photo above was taken from the internet.
Unfortunately I do not have any indications whether the Brio will be launched in Malaysia or not. The last time I met up with some 'friends', one of them told me there might be a nice surprise in store for Honda fans in Malaysia at the end of this year. With a recent contribution by a Tova-Honda-Fan reader that the CR-Z is supposed to be launched end of this year, I think that 'surprise' would be the CR-Z and not the Brio. It fits too as Honda Malaysia knows I am an enthusiast who would be more excited by the CR-Z than something like the Brio.
I know Honda Malaysia is eager to add to their line-up but with their assembly plant in Melaka almost at full capacity, it is unlikely it can take on the assembly of another new model. With the experience of the Jazz and Freed, importing a non-hybrid model as a CBU (completely built up) unit even from an ASEAN country is highly unlikely to be conducive to pricing which would be critical in the ASEAN market for a mini-car like the Brio. What, if anything Honda Malaysia does with the Brio would be something interesting to look out for in the coming months.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
According to my info it will be front engined again. Or, better explained, it will be (a) modified version of (the) original HSV, with (a) hybrid powertrain. (There's also a) rumored MR car based on (a) reversed FF platform (that will) hopefully (be) coming, (something) like a smaller (i.e.) Boxster sized "affordable" Honda, a while later.
While I won't reveal his nick, what I can say is that he do have some contacts with 'certain' members inside Honda, So here's to hoping his info comes true !
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
For more details and the whole report, the link to go to is http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/05/honda-idUSL3E7K501Q20110905
TOVA's view: there have been many extremely intriguing Kei-cars from Honda in the past but almost all limited for JDM sales only. Models like the Honda Z Turbo which sports a 60ps 660cc turbo-charged engine on a 4WD platform and the current Honda Life Turbo are just the right models to bring back a much needed spark of life to Honda. In the Honda Malaysia marketing office car-park in PJ, there used to be a Honda Life parked there long term. I personally saw and touched the car though my friends then was unable to let me test drive it because it wasn't registered. The car was brought in as part of a study to launch the Life for sale in Malaysia. Eventually it seems government regulations was one of the main reason why the plan was cancelled. It is no coincidence that none of the big japanese makers have a kei-car to challenge the Perodua MyVi and Proton Savvy at the moment. Hopefully things will change soon and perhaps the Honda Brio might be the first Honda Kei-car to be launched here in Malaysia. It needs to show up in Thailand first of all though.
Website autoten just published a report saying that Honda plans to revive the HR-V as a sub-compact sized UV (Utility Vehicle) slotting in below the CR-V. The photo above is taken from the autoten website and it seems is scanned from the latest issue of the japanese car-scoop magazine Mag-X. More details at the autoten website at this link : http://autoten.com/2011/05/31/honda-to-revive-hr-v-in-2014to-be-upsize-and-slot-below-cr-v/
TOVA's view. From past experience, Mag-X can be quite accurate with their scoop news. I remember back in the early 2000s just before the Honda City was launched in ASEAN. At that time, no-one outside Honda knew what will be launched, just that it is a new model specially designed for ASEAN. A friend from Honda (now in another company) hinted to me to buy the latest issue of Mag-X because he just saw their artist's rendition and it was very accurate. And it was indeed true. Mag-X was also accurate with the 8Gen Civic before it was launched worldwide. Therefore to me this report is a worthwhile read to Honda fans.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Lee's original comment and information are as follows:
these are confirm information (inside source)
CRZ 1.5(M) ~ November 2011
CRZ 1.5 (CVT) ~ To be advised
City MMC ~ December 2011
Civic (9th Gen) ~ Feb 2012
CRV 2.0 (4th Gen) ~ Q2 2012
I left out his contact detail to protect him (just in case).
A huge thanks to "lee" for this info, which I believe to be quite accurate based on what I know.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
According to one very credible TOV forumer, the CR-V will be launched in four months time in the U.S. For Asia, expect it to debut in Thailand somewhere in the 2nd half of next year, 2012. Malaysia will have the new CR-V by 2013 and maybe possibly even by end of 2012.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
It's here, Honda has officially unveiled their new 4th generation CR-V concept, to be shown at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California, in September. The press release for this concept is available at Honda's 'worldwide' website at http://world.honda.com/news/2011/4110725CR-V-Concept/?r=m . There's not much useful information, if any at all, at the press release though - as expected. This new 4Gen CR-V will go on sale at the end of this year in the U.S. (and presumeably Canada) market. The rest of the world should follow very soon. For Asia, expect it to debut around late to end of next year (2012).
Monday, July 25, 2011
Read more after the jump
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
As the CR-V is a global model, expect the asian version to be very similar in overall design. However while the USDM CR-V uses the 2.4l engine, expect the asian version to continue to use an R20A. The new 1.8l Civic's R18A now no longer utilize the special i-VTEC which reduces pumping loss for light throttle positions, so there is a high possibility the R20A will follow the same development. If so, it should give the new 4G CR-V better performance at low speeds which at the moment is slightly lacking, especially at move-off from stationary. For asia, it is again expected that only the 4WD version will be available, again mated to the 5AT.
Based on history, if the USDM CR-V is launched this year, then the asian version should be launched next year, probably 2nd half of next year.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Disqualification in racing is a well known phenomenon. Disqualification happens when a racing team breaks the rules, either in the car design or during racing. But nowadays it seems that simply being too good (too fast) can also gets one disqualified. Team OakTek, a rally team from the U.K. has been barred from racing in their selected class in the U.K, Formula-1000 Rally Club events. And that is because the Honda Insight 1 they are racing is simply too fast for the rest of the field. Read the whole article from Autoweek in the link below::