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There are over 6 million registered motor vehicles in the Philippines, producing 30 million tons of CO2 each year and causing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and even death. That is why, in line with their “Blue Skies for Our Children” motto, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) recently launched the 1'M Blue Campaign - a program that seeks 1 million committed Eco-Safe Drivers. 
 
Read as “I'm Blue”, the 1’M Blue Campaign aims to address air pollution, climate change, and energy sustainability for the future generation. It does this by (1) influencing driver behavior and consciousness on fuel efficiency and safety, (2) generating support for eco-safe driving, (3) providing learning tools to help create and sustain a positive behavioral change, and (4) reducing vehicle-derived air pollutants, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions.
Published in Road Safety
Words by Jade Lu | Photos and video courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. 
 
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Back in 2009, Honda unveiled the U3-X, their brand new personal mobility device with the goal of “coexisting in harmony with people” and some of you may have seen it in action at the 2010 Manila International Auto Show. It was more or less a battery-powered omni-directional unicycle. Nonetheless, it was an example of just how far Honda’s technologies have reached.
 
Fast forward a few years: The U3-X gets an update. Now dubbed as the UNI-CUB, Honda’s personal mobility device gets a supporting rear wheel and now has actual seats instead of foldable flaps for your… cheeks.
Published in Concept
Words by Hans Gerald Chua
 
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Ever wished you could drive around the streets of Metro Manila, especially on EDSA, without encountering a traffic jam even on weekday rush hours? Study shows that traffic jams occur when one inattentive driver suddenly hits the brakes - creating a chain reaction that leads to a complete traffic stoppage for a few dozen cars behind. Well, it seems like Honda has already successfully developed a system that could solve all that. 
 
With help from the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Honda Motor Co. Ltd developed the world first's technology that could detect the potential for traffic congestion. It also monitors the vehicle's acceleration and deceleration behavior to determine whether the driver's driving pattern could cause traffic.
Published in News
 
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Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is once again helping motorists get ready for a busy Holy Week ahead through its Honda Emergency Action Team (H.E.A.T.) program. From April 4 to 8, 2012, HEAT will be providing on-site travel aid, service, and support in strategic stations throughout Luzon.
 
This roadside assistance program is open to all private and public vehicles owners, may it be a Honda or not, who encounter car problems on the road. Receive services such as general check-up, preventive maintenance, retail and sales travel advisories though the help HCPI and its dealership network.
Published in Road Safety
Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Racing
 
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With Honda sweeping the 2010 and 2011 driver’s, manufacturer’s, and team’s titles at the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), they aren’t resting their laurels for the 2012 Dunlop MSA BTCC season. Their latest assault comes in the form of the the jaw-dropping Civic New Generation Touring Car (NGTC) based on the new 2012 European Civic hatchback. We also expect that the Civic NGTC would be the basis for Honda’s entry to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) later this year, tweaked to maximize the S2000 specification.
 
And what better way to unveil your latest racer than to put it through its paces at Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Matt Neal, triple BTCC and 2011 defending champion, reported that the car is ready to race after they fixed some minor problems during the shakedown. His Honda Racing teammate and last season’s runner-up, Gordon Shedden, was also very very impressed with the car and hoped that it will be ready soon for the season opener on the 31st of March.
Published in Motorsports
Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos and video courtesy of Honda Australia 
 
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Nope. This is not your typical stock Honda Jazz with a Mugen decal roaming the streets. Neither are its clustered foglamps and flared wheel arches just aesthetics for a car show. What you see here is a 245 horsepower Mugen-tuned Jazz that was re-engineered for rally racing. J.A.S Motorsports from Italy was responsible for turning the humble Jazz hatchback into a full-bred rally machine and was specifically built to compete in the 2012 Bosch Australian Rally Championship (ARC).
 
Underneath the hood is a 2.0L engine sourced from Mugen that pumps out a whopping 245 horsepower and 193 Nm of torque with a 9,000 rpm rev limit. While it maintains its front wheel drivetrain, this could very well be the fastest Jazz in the world! The J.A.S. Motorsports Jazz rally car will run under the Group 2 (G2) specifications of the Australian Rally Championship and will be driven by Mark Pedder with co-pilot by Claire Ryan, both of which are seasoned motorsports drivers. They will be joined by veterans Eli Evans and Glen Weston in a sister Jazz rally car, run by the Evans Motorsport team.
Published in Motorsports
Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
 
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The FIA's World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will have another manufacturer lining up on the grid this 2012 as Honda officially announced its entry into the championship with the all-new Civic. But with the car still under development and only less than a month until the season opens in Monza, Italy, the Japanese team has opted to participate only in the series of “inaugural rounds” starting in the Japanese round in Suzuka, followed by China and Macau. Hopefully, if things shape up well, they'll continue with their plans to compete in the full 2013 championship with a two-car roster.
Published in Motorsports
Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
 
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Honda has been able to afford to give a glimpse of its upcoming ninth-generation Accord Coupe via a concept previewed in Detroit. But while many of their fans might be dazzled by the large chrome wheels, a well chiseled front bumper with an LED-crowned air intake, and topped-off with dual exhausts integrated into the rear bumper, well, don’t be deceived so easily. 
 
The basic lines from current eight-generation Accord are still present albeit with a few nips and tucks here are there. Honda’s conservative design approach is not that surprising as the Accord is selling relatively well; so why mess with a tried and proven formula? Still, we would need to wait for the final production version to be able to judge it properly. 
Published in Concept
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 21:04

Acura revives the NSX with a jolt in Detroit

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
 
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It’s been five years since Acura first revealed the Advanced Sports Car Concept (ASCC) - a front-engined V10 NSX. And though plans to revamp the concept were made, they were cancelled just a year later due to “poor economic conditions,” killing all hopes of an NSX successor with it. But against all odds, we're glad to announce that hope has been restored when Acura revealed a new NSX Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the best part is that they've gone back to the legendary mid-engine V6 formula. And did we mention that it's a hybrid?
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co.
 
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Honda's taking a bold step as they're ditching hybrid technology and going all-electric for their next-generation small electric sports concept. Launched at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, the EV-STER is an open-top roadster that has seats for two and gets its propulsion from the rear wheels. Sounds good? Well, it breaks my heart to tell you that this sportscar is not a successor to the S2000 or the NSX, but is in fact closer to the proportions of the Honda Beat kei car. 
 
A low-slung body with short front and rear overhangs are the tell tale signs of a sports coupe, while the split trunk cover, though functional, mostly serves as eye candy. The hexagonal LED front and rear lamps may look swell, but you'll have to agree that the blue back-lit grill and accents are a bit out of place.
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