I called into my old splendid Honda Dealership today, not for me as the car has gone, but for my daughter.
I have at last convinced her to bin the Freelander, which has been nothing but trouble and Buy a CRV.
So after taking a good gander at that on her behalf, as she is in Italy, I got round to chatting with the head of sales.
He told me Honda have 3 new models in the pipeline :- A dinky about the size of a Smart Car, A people carrier and another which he really didn't know much about. ( Or wouldn't tell me ).
BUT :- There is going to be a Type R he assured me, but a 5 door, as a 2 door will NOT be made. ( turbo. ) and he thinks it will be a diesel.
So, I value our Dan's knowledge and await to be shot down by him, but I have known these guys for donkeys years now. ??
No shooting required.
The 'micro' car looks likely to be along the lines of what has recently been released in India/Far East but we are a good few years away from that being released.
The people carrier has been muted ever since the Skydeck concept was at the Tokyo motorshow and then, since the FR-V ceased production.
Information seems to change on a daily basis and the Type R rumour mill keeps churning. The problem with having a performance model is that we no longer have an engine for it (K20) so have to look at other, greener, alternatives that won't detract from the 'R' marque.
One option is to develop a new engine, FAR FAR too expensive for what over 6 years or so has meant 5-6,000 units of production - its basically only the UK that buys this car.
Second option is to re-develop an existing unit at a lower but still considerable cost. This I believe is the direction that is being considered
Oh, and there are DEF no plans for a 3dr as yet.
Well, He said that Honda's 10 year plan is SOoo green and all about fuel saving and low emissions.
so green you couldnt imagine
That's all he would tell me my friend, but he has just returned from Japan.
Where there is a lot going on with Honda's plan for worldwide domination. I hear the 10th Gen civic is already being designed, and it'll look just like Asimo.!!!