Honda at the 2007 Melbourne Motor Show
New Civic Type R Accord Euro Limited Edition FCX Concept
4th March, 2007
Honda Australia's stand at the 2007 Melbourne Motor Show features a new small 3-door
hatch from the UK, a limited edition Accord Euro and a concept car from last year, the
Honda Australia's stand at the 2007 Melbourne Motor Show features a new small 3-door hatch from the UK, a limited edition Accord Euro and a concept car from last year, the FCX.
One of Honda Australia’s top selling models, the Accord Euro will be boosted with the arrival of a Limited Edition model, making its first appearance at the Melbourne Motor Show.
The Accord Euro competes against some of the best mid-size sedans in the nation, such as the brilliant Volkswagen Jetta (petrol and diesel) and, also, the Subaru Liberty.
The built in Thailand Accord Euro is heading towards the end of its career and the limited edition is an endeavour to spark some interest in the model which faces intense competition.
Based on the entry model Euro, the Limited Edition model receives the following additional features;
There are 1,000 Limited Edition Euros being produced and are priced at a high $36,490 (RRP) for the six-speed manual and $38,490 (RRP) for the five-speed auto and are on sale now.
New Civic Type R
Honda Australia announced at the Melbourne Motor Show that the high-revving Civic Type R hatch will be sold in Australia from the middle of this year.
The “Red-H”-badged three-door hatchback has a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine with a peak output of 148 kW at 7,800 rpm paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Completing the package, 18-inch alloy wheels ride on low profile 225/40 tyres.
The Honda Civic has one of the least exciting images of any car available in Australia. The Civic Type R is meant to boost that unexciting image. However, it is unlikely that the Type R will take sales from the class leaders, such as the Ford Focus XR5, Holden Astra Turbo, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, Peugeot 307 Sport, Renault Megane Renaultsport and the outstanding Volkswagen Golf GTI.
The Honda Civic Type R is built at Honda’s Swindon plant in Wiltshire, England.
Price, full specifications and further details of the Australian version of the Civic Type R will be released closer to the on-sale date.
Honda FCX Concept
Honda is showing its take on the future of motoring at the 2007 Melbourne Motor Show with the unveiling of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell car complete with a hydrogen refuelling station for the home.
The Honda FCX Concept’s hydrogen-powered electric engine eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions and emits only water from the exhaust pipe.
Honda’s Home Energy Station bypasses the need for a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure by allowing drivers of fuel-cell vehicles to refuel at home. The Home Energy Station not only converts the home’s existing natural gas supply into hydrogen, it also supplies heat and electricity for domestic use.
Honda plans to begin limited sales of a totally new fuel cell vehicle based on the FCX Concept model in Japan and the U.S. in 2008.
The FCX Concept features a newly developed compact, high-efficiency Honda FC Stack as well as a low-floor, low-riding, short-nose body. It offers a comfortably large cabin and futuristic styling along with significant improvements in power output and environmental performance.
To meet Honda objectives for significant gains in both environmental and driving performance, the FCX Concept is equipped with a V Flow1 fuel cell platform consisting of a compact, high-efficiency fuel cell stack arranged in an innovative center-tunnel layout. This has allowed designers to provide a low-riding sedan that would have been difficult to achieve in a conventional fuel cell vehicle.
Overall, the power plant is about 180 kg lighter than Honda’s previous fuel cell concept and about 40 percent smaller in volume. The result is improved energy efficiency and performance along with a more spacious interior.
Low-temperature startup has also been significantly improved, enabling cold-weather starts at temperatures 10˚C lower than the previous fuel cell concept — as low as minus 30˚C.
While with previous fuel cell stacks the hydrogen and the water formed in electricity generation flowed horizontally, the new FCX Concept features vertical-flow design. This allows gravity to assist in discharging the water that is produced, resulting in a major improvement in water drainage, key to high-efficiency fuel stack performance. The result is stable power generation under a broad range of conditions and higher output from a smaller package.
As an auxiliary power source, the FCX Concept carries a compact, high-efficiency lithium ion battery, contributing to increased power output and a more compact power plant. These efficiency improvements to major power plant components give the vehicle a travel range approximately 30 percent greater than the previous fuel cell concept.
The vehicle is also highly efficient, with an energy efficiency of around 60 percent — approximately three times that of a petrol-engine vehicle, twice that of a hybrid vehicle and 10 percent better than the previous fuel cell concept.
Other features include seat upholstery and door linings made from Honda Bio-Fabric, a plant-based material that offers resistance to sunlight damage. Improvements such as Shift-by-Wire and a newly designed instrument panel with easy-to-read display of hydrogen fuel consumption facilitate improved ease of operation.
The new fuel cell vehicle currently under development for release in 2008, will feature the principle technologies of the FCX Concept to achieve a new dimension in environmentally friendly driving pleasure not found with petrol engine vehicles.
* When driven in LA4 mode (Honda calculations)
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