Filed under: SUV , Recalls , Safety , Honda Honda Motor Co. is recalling nearly 347,000 examples of its Pilot crossovers worldwide for a potential issue with the front seatbelts. Honda says the recall, which affects 2009-2011 model year Pilot models built in Alabama, is “due to a manufacturing error on a small number of front seat belts, where the stitching connecting the lap section of the belt to the outboard anchor webbing may be incomplete or missing.” The affected seatbelts could disconnect from the anchor webbing in an accident, increasing the risk of an injury
Filed under: Etc. , Technology , Honda ASIMO is the humanoid robot created by Honda that looks like a diminutive moonman who loves to slowly climb stairs. The four-foot three-inch robot is capable of a lot more than ascending stairways faster than the elderly, however, and rumors were swirling that ASIMO might be outfitted to handle nuclear cleanup duty
Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show , Hybrid , Europe , Hatchback , Honda Honda is set to unveil a lightly revised version of the European Honda Insight at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show . This 2012 Insight will feature greater efficiency gleaned from substantial aerodynamic work (check out that new grille and front bumper), reduced engine friction, improvements to the CVT and the air-conditioning system.
Filed under: Budget , Hatchback , Honda The trusty Honda Fit hatchback was far and away the segment leader when the second-generation car arrived in late 2008. But since then, the B-segment has been a huge point of attention for many automakers, and as such, Honda’s all-star now has some pretty serious competition from the likes of the Ford Fiesta , Hyundai Accent , Nissan Versa and Mazda2 , not to mention soon-to-be-released newcomers like the Chevrolet Sonic , Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio .
Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show , Spy Photos , Sedan , Europe , Videos , Honda , Diesel Honda’s achingly slow striptease of the Euro-spec Civic continues with another spate of photos and some details on the diesel mill set to power the 2012 model. An updated version of the 2.2-liter i-DTEC four-cylinder will be available when the new Civic goes on sale in early 2012.
Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Honda Honda has just announced it will build a new assembly plant in a suburb of Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. This will be Honda’s eighth assembly plant in North America and third in Mexico, and is being built for the production of “fuel-efficient subcompact vehicles” for the Mexican and North American markets. The new plant will cost Honda $800 million to build, be completed in 2014 and add 3,200 jobs to the region when its operational.
Filed under: Motorsports , Honda , Racing A little over a year since officials picked the Dallara proposal over those of its rivals, testing has begun in earnest on the next-generation IndyCar chassis. The new car underwent the first of a dozen scheduled shake-down runs at the hands of Dan Wheldon, the reigning Indy 500 champion, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where the series competed this past weekend.
Filed under: Sedan , Recalls , Safety , Crossover , Honda Honda has announced a voluntary recall on 2.26 million vehicles around the world, 1.5 million of which reside in the United States. This recall concerns the automatic transmission software of the 2005-2010 Accord (four-cylinder), 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element , where the transmission’s secondary shaft can be damaged if quick shifts are made between Reverse, Neutral and Drive (as a driver might do when trying to rock free a stuck vehicle from snow or mud).