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Auto Shows Honda CR-V Hybrid and Seven-Seat Models Debut in Geneva

05:57  07 march  2018
05:57  07 march  2018 Source:   motortrend.com

2019 Honda Insight Goes Mainstream

  2019 Honda Insight Goes Mainstream Prototype Insight will debut at the Detroit auto show in January. The prototype takes plenty of design cues from the Civic, including its long hood and curvaceous body lines.The 2019 Honda Insight will adopt a two-motor hybrid system. The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid uses this type of setup, pairing two electric motors with a 2.0-liter DOHC Atkinson cycle engine.© Motor Trend StaffExact powertrain details for the Insight are unknown, but it's already sounding better than the pesky Integrated Motor Assist setup on the old Insight. We never liked the system, which is comprised of a 1.

The Honda CR-V is the world's best-selling SUV, with 9 million sold since its debut in 1996. Those numbers should continue to climb as Honda rolled out two new variants at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The fifth-generation CR-V finally makes its debut in Europe with a two-motor hybrid leading the way. This long-awaited model is powered by Honda's "Sport Hybrid intelligent multi-mode drive system." In the CR-V, the i-MMD system uses Honda's 2.0-liter inline-four gas engine, combined with one motor for propulsion and another acting as a motor/generator for electric power. This is the same powertrain that is in the new Accord Hybrid, Clarity PHEV, and soon-to-arrive new Insight. Since all of those vehicles are cleared for sale in the U.S., the CR-V's biggest market, it makes sense that CR-V Hybrid will come to the States as well. What doesn't look U.S.-bound is the seven-passenger variant of the CR-V that also debuted in Geneva.

2019 Honda Insight Prototype First Look: Trunk Sale

  2019 Honda Insight Prototype First Look: Trunk Sale Might a proper trunk find Honda's entry hybrid a following?Europe drove the hatchback decision on the last generation, and apparently North America was granted its sedan wish this time around. Whatever the sales, profitability should be greatly improved for this generation, thanks to far greater sharing of tooling. The second-gen car was based on the crash architecture of the Fit hatch but looked drastically different (10.7 inches longer, 3.8 inches lower), but this one represents an exterior restyle of the Civic sedan with fastback styling cues vaguely reminiscent of the Mazda6 and Buick LaCrosse.

a red car parked in a parking lot© Motor Trend Staff

Another vehicle cleared for sale in Europe and Japan is the production version of Honda's smart-looking Urban EV concept, which debuted in Frankfurt last year. Honda of Europe president Phillip Ross announced that order banks for the vehicle will open in early 2019 and that units will go on sale late in 2019. Ross said plans for production were supported by strong positive response to the slick, suicide-door'd concept. We like it too and hope Honda considers bringing in to the U.S.

a red car parked on the side of a road© Motor Trend Staff

Honda's new Civic Type R holds the record for the fastest lap for a front-wheel-drive car around Germany's famed N rburgring, and this summer, the company will be trying to set lap records at a few more iconic circuits. The full details on Honda's Civic Type R summer tour have yet to be released, but Honda did share the names of the drivers for there record attempts: World Touring Car Championship drivers Tiago Montereo and Esteban Guerreri, Asian Super GT driver Betrand Baguette, and former Formula 1 champion Jenson Button.

Honda CR V Hybrid© Motor Trend Staff Honda CR V Hybrid

Alonso regretted lost Porsche Le Mans chance 'for a long time' .
Fernando Alonso admits he regretted losing the chance to race for Porsche in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2015 "for a long time" after Nico Hulkenberg won the race. Speaking to selected media during his debut FIA World Endurance Championship race weekend at Spa, Toyota driver Alonso discussed how he first became interested in sportscar racing and Le Mans.He had agreed a deal to join the Porsche LMP1 team for the French endurance classic in 2015, one year after serving as the race's starter in 2014, but then-McLaren Formula 1 engine supplier Honda is believed to have blocked the move at the eleventh hour.

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