All-New Honda Compact SUV Concept Model “URBAN SUV CONCEPT”

Honda exhibited the world premiere of an all-new compact SUV concept model, the “URBAN SUV CONCEPT,” at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan

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The URBAN SUV CONCEPT is a concept vehicle for a global model. This model features sporty and dynamic design unique to an SUV, while also offering a spacious cabin realized by the Honda-original center-tank layout with high functionality. The exterior design was developed featuring the sharp and sporty character lines of a coupe while maintaining the dynamism of a crossover model to express an emotional and sensual design.

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The all-new compact SUV model based on this concept will go on sale in Japan by the end of 2013, followed by sequential introductions in other countries around the world. In North America, Honda plans to begin production of the compact SUV at the new plant in Mexico, which will become operational in spring 2014, and begin sales in the U.S. before the end of 2014.

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Featuring Earth Dreams Technology, Honda’s next generation powertrain series that greatly enhances both driving performance and fuel efficiency at a high level, the all-new compact SUV will be available with three types of powertrains – gasoline, hybrid and diesel – evolving a product lineup which accommodates the unique characteristics of each region on a global basis.

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Honda plans to sell more than 1.5 million units annually of the three “Global Compact Series” models, namely the Fit, the City and the all-new compact SUV, which utilize the Honda-original center-tank layout, by the end of 2016. Starting with the Global Compact Series, Honda will pursue a transformation of its global operations to promptly respond to the needs of customers around the world and evolve models with the best specifications for each region at affordable prices.

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Nismo is harder than ever

Nissan Motor Company’s Nismo arm began a new era Tuesday, unveiling its global headquarters and enhanced performance-car and motorsports roles.

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Building on Nismo versions of the Juke and 370Z, the brand will launch at least one new model a year during Nissan’s current midterm business plan, including a new take on the flagship GT-R, said Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

“It’s already a superior car, in terms of performance cars, but the GT-R Nismo is going to be the lion of the jungle,” he said. “It’s going to be really on top of everything we’ve offered so far. I’m very excited to see it coming to the market.”

The special GT-R will be available within 12 months, he added, while on the track, Nismo will take on global responsibility for managing Nissan’s motorsport program.

 

That includes top-level competition in every region from Australia’s V8 Supercars to Super GT in Japan.

From 2014, Nismo will return to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race with a new car now under development.

Creating Nismo’s new home in Yokohama involved redeveloping a former production site and giving it resources to go beyond the brand’s historical strengths, said Nismo President Shoichi Miyatani.

“This is going to be the center hub of activities in future,” he said.

For road cars, Nismo promises that every modification will be functional and targeted at improving on-road performance, from small models to the halo GT-R Nismo.