Honda boss, Takanobu Ito, has revealed plans for a new Civic Type-R, new compact SUV, new hydrogen car and more by 2015.
Could it be that Honda are starting to come out of the beige doldrums?
Although there’s little doubt that Honda makes a very good car, it’s seemed to have been very cautious and chosen follow more than lead in recent years. But now, with new plans revealed by Honda boss Takanobu Ito – and his comment that “Honda will proactively introduce dream-inspiring and edgy products as well as exciting and fun products” – Honda could get more interesting agin.
We already know the new NSX is on its way with its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) with three electric motors promising proper supercar credentials and a green halo.
But Honda are also promising two other hybrid platforms in addition to the three electric motor version in the NSX; a two motor setup for mid-size vehicles and a single electric motor version for more compact cars which will, hopefully, be better than the setup in the Insight.
New cars promised include a Honda Civic Type-R in 2015 with a new 1.6-litre turbo motor developed for its new WTCC World Touring Car entry and likely to offer around 300bhp, a new compact SUV (which will probably be based on the Civic), a hydrogen fuel call car in production by 2015 and a new super sports motorcycle based on MotoGP machines.
It all sounds quite promising.