PRE-PRODUCTION HONDA NSX SUPERCAR GIVES A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE IN AUSTRALIA

Honda’s NSX supercar has been a long time coming, and it’s not quite here yet. On July 8 a pre-production NSX went on display at Melbourne dealership, Yarra Honda and is about to head off on a tour downunder. Honda Australia last sold the NSX in Australia between 1991 and 2002. That ultra-long production run resulted in an odd result. At the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show I saw the NSX in two different halls; the first was of display of the NSX’s umpteenth update in the new-car display hall. The… Read more

HONDA CIVIC MAKES AN IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK

Honda has launched the latest (10th generation) version of its small-medium Civic sedan. First released in 1973 Civic is not only Honda’s most popular car ever but also sits fifth on the list of the global best-selling passenger cars in history. The new Civic sedan will go on sale in the second week of June and it can’t come quickly enough for Honda with sales having slumped dramatically over the past two years. Honda’s latest Civic sedan has a sleeker, bolder fastback style which could be crucial because the updated… Read more

HONDA CIVIC 2003 – 2015

2009 Honda Civic

An all-new Honda Civic has hit the roads downunder and appears to be gathering a lot of buyer interest. So quite a few older models are likely to be traded in, perhaps so many that dealers will be keen to de-clutter their yards and offer lower prices than usual. No promises, but we suggest you get in quickly if you’re halfway interested. The Honda Civic had a reputation for build quality and reliability that once lifted it above the pack in the image stakes in Australia. This seems to have… Read more

HONDA INTEGRA 1993 – 2007

2005 Honda Integra Type S

  The return of Honda to F1 racing and the imminent return of the superb NSX coupe to our shore has indicated that the Japanese company has returned to its sporting roots. Though it hasn’t been on the new-car market in Australia for too long, there are plenty of Honda Integras on the used-car scene. Built to a high quality Integra has a good combination of sportiness and retain their value well. The Integra can be confusing as it changed its character on more than one occasion over the 15… Read more

2015 HONDA CIVIC HATCH REVIEW

Honda Civic has a long and distinguished history in Australia. It has been on sale here continuously since 1973 and has grown from a tiny two-door 1.2-litre sedan which revolutionised the design of small cars in Australia through nine generations into one of the classiest and most respected small-medium cars on our local market. A truly global vehicle, the Civic hatch is manufactured in Britain and was developed with extensive testing throughout Europe. Its sedan sibling is built in Thailand. That ninth generation Civic has been on sale here since… Read more

2015 HONDA HR-V REVIEW

When we told people we were driving a Honda HR-V, the almost universal response was, “Er, yuk.” When we reminded them that it wasn’t the tragically un-hip three-door breadvan thing of years back, but was instead a well-sorted, better-looking mini-SUV, the response changed. Suddenly there was interest. Has Honda got a car other than the CR-V the world will want to own? VALUE The HR-V range stretches from the $24,990 VTi, via the $27,990 VTi-S through to the $32,990 VTi-L. Our test car, the VTi, came equipped with climate control,… Read more

HONDA ACCORD HYBRID IS ULTRA ECONOMICAL

Though Honda was the first company to import hybrid vehicles Australia, way back in 2001, it has been a bit on and off in this high-tech fuel-saving field in recent times. That will change in a big way with the eagerly anticipated arrival of the Honda NSX petrol-electric supercar due to be launched in late this year. To capitalise on the interest in the NSX Honda Australia is importing hybrid versions of its Accord large sedan. We have just spent a full day road testing the big Accord sedan and… Read more

LITTLE LEADER HR-V BACK IN THE HONDA FOLD

The CR-V has always been the king of the castle in Honda SUV-land ahead of the HR-V and MDX, although CR-V wasn’t the first such Honda to appear. That was left to the HR-V way back in 1999. The small sports utility vehicle was considered ahead of its time, mainly because it was one of the first to gain a Low Emission Vehicle exhaust emission standard. It achieved an amazing 80 per cent fewer emissions than Australian regulations of the day required. As they say, you can’t keep a good… Read more

NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR HONDA ORIGINAL

Remember the HR-V, Honda’s small sports utility vehicle with a tall stance and quirky looks as though it permanently had hunched shoulders? That was 1999. The new version is a conventional compact SUV with coupe styling straight off the automotive catwalk, reproduced using quality material. The original HR-V was one of the first compact SUVs around and at once set the standard for what has since become the fastest growing segment of the automobile market. Honda says its aim is to make sure the new kid on the block can… Read more

HONDA’S CITY SLICKER

Honda City sits into the space between the Jazz and Civic hatches and acts as a sedan option for both, City has never been a particularly big seller since arriving here in 2009. A $20,000 price tag for that first model certainly didn’t help and $4000 was eventually cut to bring to a more realistic price. The latest (second generation) model City, launched here in mid-2004, comes with a range of new features including continuously variable transmission (CVT), a more fuel-efficient engine and a smartphone-based infotainment system; all in a… Read more