Honda told us it planned to bring CarPlay and Android Auto to the mass market, and the new 2016 Civic is the latest part of that. The tenth-gen car, unveiled last night, includes support for both Apple and Google's smartphone-connected infotainment systems with its updated 7-inch touchscreen in the center console.
Honda has officially debuted the new tenth generation Civic Sedan that will be coming to North America. The car brings a significant redesign on the outside along with new technologies. Among the new technologies are support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New styling on the outside of the vehicle uses lots of LED lights.
One of the most potent and sexy warbirds from the WWII era was the infamous P-51 Mustang. The real deal had a massive Merlin V12 under the cowl and was festooned with cannons to destroy the enemy. What you see here looks a lot like a P-51, but it is actually a replica aircraft called the Titan T-51. The idea here is to get propeller aircraft fans into the skies in an affordable military-style aircraft.
The highways of California are about to get a wee bit more crowded, not with your run of the mill cars but with self-driving ones. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has just approved Honda's application for testing self-driving cars on its public roads. This makes the Japanese car maker the latest to join the fray of companies seeking self-driving permits in the state. It also gives a bit more credence to Honda's self-driving plans, which so far have not been as detailed or as concrete as its industry rivals.
Honda is showing off one of the coolest concept cars it has unveiled in a long time and the car is called the Project 2&4 concept. It’s about as close as you can get to a motorcycle with four wheels with a bit of F1 car thrown in the mix. The body of the car is suggestive of Honda F1 cars from the ‘60s, but its heart is pure MotoGP.
Bicycling is an incredibly popular sport and if you know anyone into serious cycling, you may have an inkling just how expensive the sport is. Some bikes cost more than a nice car and understandably owners want to keep them very safe. Honda has a new concept car that is called the Active Life concept and it is designed to allow cyclists to keep a pair of their expensive racing bikes inside the car.
Honda has always been a car company that is big on safety and it spends lots of time and money engineering safety into its vehicles. Honda recently had its 2016 Pilot at the IIHS testing facility for testing on the difficult to pass small overlap test. That is the test where an offset head on collision with a stationary object is simulated.
Scale is important, and so when it came to refreshing the best-selling 2016 Accord, it's no surprise that Honda took no chances. Volume seller in the company's line-up, both the sedan and the coupe body-styles needed bringing up to speed with the latest technology like Android Auto and CarPlay, but with minimal damage to the sticker price along the way. Refinement on a budget isn't easy, so the question remains: does Honda still make the car for the everyman?
In May, Honda revealed plans to launch an updated CRF1000L Africa Twin motorcycle built upon the foundation laid by the original model. This week it made good on its promise, unveiling a better look at the upcoming motorcycle alongside additional technical details. Honda plans to show off the new Africa Twin later on this year sometime in Europe. Per Honda's original announcement, the bike will be launching in Europe first this autumn. “Several versions” of the model will be available, as well as four color options. Price will start at €12,100.
You're nobody in automotive these days without a flashy R&D center in Silicon Valley, and Honda is stepping up its game as it cooks up new semi-autonomous driving, green engine, and smart car technologies. While it's not Honda's first footprint in the Valley - that happened back in 2000 - it's certainly the biggest play from the firm, with the new facility the company's largest research & development site outside of Japan. The fruits of the new center will eventually trickle down to production cars, but Honda gave us a sneak peek of what it's been working on.
Honda will launch Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the 2016 Accord, the upcoming refresh of its full-sized sedan. The iPhone and Android connectivity systems will be an option with Honda's 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system, offered on EX trim cars and above. As we've seen with other so-equipped head units, Honda's implementation will allow Android and iOS devices to take over the dashboard display for apps, streaming media, and navigation. However, Honda says that we can expect a bigger-than-average impact from its involvement.