Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Honda EV-STER Concept

TOKYO, Japan, November 30, 2011 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will exhibit the world premiere of the EV-STER, the next-generation electric small sports concept model, at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Featuring a dynamic and innovative styling design and excellent environmental performance, the EV-STER, an electric rear-wheel-drive two-seater convertible sports car, will propose a new way to enjoy a sports type model which is unique to the electromotive mobility. The adoption of carbon materials made it possible to reduce the vehicle weight contributing to the vehicle's high driving performance and range of approximately 160km. The easy-to-operate twin-lever steering was adopted for the thorough pursuit of the joy of driving. Moreover, the new concept model enables the driver to make his/her own adjustments to some vehicle characteristics such as motor output and suspension settings, to embody the joy of maneuvering to the fullest extent.

Furthermore, the instrument panel features not only meters, but also the vehicle information display which enables the driver to enjoy driving as well as the network display used for the audio and navigation systems and also for the internet access. The well-designed layout of the meters and displays enables the driver to concentrate on driving and enjoy the comfortable space.

Honda remains committed to developing sports models beyond the expectations of its customers and offering exciting and thrilling mobility products.

Key specifications of the EV-STER
Vehicle length 3,570mm
Vehicle width 1,500mm
Vehicle height 1,100mm
Wheelbase 2,325mm
Maximum speed 160km/h
Acceleration (0-60km/h) 5.0 sec
Maximum range Approximately 160km (JC08 mode)
Battery 10kWh lithium-ion battery
Maximum battery output 58kW
Charging time 200V: under 3 hours / 100V: under 6 hours

Honda Announces "Earth Dreams Technology"

"Earth Dreams Technology" is a next generation set of technological advancements which greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency at a high level, using as its base advanced environmental technologies to pursue the joy of driving unique to Honda. It is a series of measures in which efficiency of internal combustion components including engine, and transmission, as well as electric-powered motor technology, is further improved.

Through its implementation first in the mini-vehicle N BOX and gradually onto other vehicle models, Honda aims to achieve top-of-industry fuel efficiency for every category within three years, while simultaneously setting a timeline of 2020 to reduce by 30% CO2 emissions for all products sold worldwide, relative to emission figures for 2000.

Inspiration of the "Earth Dreams Technology" name: "Earth Dreams Technology" is an expression for a set of technologies which takes into account both our need to protect the environment and our desire to provide a joy of driving.

Summary of key features

1. Gasoline engine which achieves top-of-industry driving performance and fuel efficiency
  • By enhancing Honda's original VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System) technology to thoroughly improve thermal efficiency and minimize friction, a combination of high output and fuel efficiency was achieved. Further, a new engine series employing a new structure for higher expandability was developed.
  • By gradually renewing the engine starting with the mini-vehicle N BOX, Honda aims to utilize this technology to achieve top-of-industry output and fuel efficiency in every vehicle class within three years.
  • A wide range of engine classes including the 660cc, 1.3L, 1.5L, 1.8L, 2.0L, 2.4L, and 3.5L classes will feature the technology.
  • [ 660cc class engine ]
  • Employs DOHC and VTC (Variable Timing Control) to improve intake efficiency. Further, the compact combustion chamber realizes high thermal efficiency.
  • By shortening the bore pitch compared to the present engine models and reducing the thickness of the cylinder block and camshaft, engine weight is reduced by 15%*3 and fuel efficiency is improved by 10%*3.
  • [ 1.3 to 1.5L class engine ]
  • Employs VTC, direct injection technology and the Atkinson cycle using the DOHC, VTEC technologies as the base.
  • Extensive friction reduction measures are implemented.
  • [ 1.8 to 2.0L class engine ]
  • Employs direct injection technology and the Atkinson cycle using the DOHC, VTEC technologies as the base. Further, implementation of VTC and high-capacity EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) to both the intake and exhaust ports realizes significantly reduced friction.
  • For the 2.0L class hybrid vehicle engines, use of an electric water pump eliminates the need for a belt in the auxiliary device and contributes to a reduction in friction. The VTC system allows fuel-efficient driving in various driving styles.
  • [ 2.4L class engine ]
  • Based on the DOHC and VTEC technologies, it employs VTC and direct injection technology and implements extensive friction reduction measures.
  • Standalone engine features 5%*3 improvements in fuel efficiency and output as well as a 10%*3 improvement in maximum torque compared to the previous engine.
  • [ 3.5L class engine ]
  • Employs new valve train mechanisms and direct injection technology in the SOHC, VTEC, VMC systems to improve by over 10%*3 of fuel efficiency and 5%*3 of output, relative to the present standalone engine model.
2. A compact diesel engine which realizes the world's lightest body*1, top-of-class*1 acceleration performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Through optimizing engine rigidity and combustion pressure, an aluminum open deck for the cylinder block was enabled in this top-of-industry lightweight*1 1.6L class diesel engine.
  • By downsizing from the present 2.2L engine and extensively reducing mechanical friction in each section, a friction level equivalent to present gasoline engine models was achieved.
  • Optimized thermal management system thanks to improvements in the cooling system reduces CO2 output by over 15%*3.
  • Employment of a compact, high-efficiency turbocharger and weight reduction in the reciprocating sliding section realizes a sporty and nimble ride.
3. CVT which combines at a high level the fun of driving and fuel efficiency.
  • Three CVT structures for mini, compact, and mid-size vehicle classes are newly developed to be adopted for a variety of engine models.
  • Reinforced belt is used to realize a structure for which a wide ratio range can be set.
  • Implementation of analysis technology over the contact behavior between the belt and pulley, and a high-precision hydraulic control system allows for continual optimization of hydraulic pressure to the pulley under a variety of driving conditions, contributing to improved fuel efficiency.
  • Use of an electronic oil pump to realize an idle stop system with high response contributes significantly to improved usability and fuel efficiency.
  • "G-Design Shift", a new coordinated control system for shift transmission, throttle, and hydraulic control responds quickly to driver demands and realizes an exhilarating, sporty drive with superior acceleration.
  • In the mini-vehicle class, a control mechanism and innovations in axle placement to reduce the engine size lengthwise, while a reduction in parts by simplifying the transmission casing structure helps realize a lightweight and compact body.
  • For the compact and mid-size classes, in addition to the reductions in size and weight, transmission efficiency was greatly improved by expanding the ratio range to achieve fuel efficiency improvements of 5%*3 and 10%*3 compared to the conventional CVT and comparable 5ATs, respectively.
4. A two-motor hybrid system which realizes top-of-industry efficiency*1
  • A two-motor hybrid system featuring top-of-industry efficiency*1 enhancing driving performance and reduced CO2 emissions has been newly developed.
  • Special lithium-ion battery and charger is employed to enable mounting on plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • Mid-sized vehicles equipped with this system are scheduled to begin production, starting with the plug-in hybrid model in 2012 and the hybrid model in 2013.
  • Three driving modes allowing for top-of-industry efficiency*1 for various driving environments were developed; an "EV driving mode" for urban environments, a "hybrid driving mode" using electricity generated by the motor, and a "engine-connected driving mode" where the engine and tires are mechanically connected during high-speed cruising.
  • Combination with a high-output 120kW motor allows for superior environmental performance and driving enjoyment.
5. A high-efficiency, high output electric SH-AWD hybrid system which combines superior driving and environmental performance.
  • A new hybrid system, electric SH-AWD, was developed for large-sized vehicles. By combining a 3.5L, V6 engine with this hybrid system, acceleration equivalent to V8 engines, as well as fuel efficiency equal or superior to in-line 4-cylinder engines were realized.
  • An electric 4WD system with independent 20kW+ motors on both sides for the rear wheels combines a 7-speed dual clutch transmission system with a built-in 30kW+ high-efficiency motor with the engine.
  • By mounting a high-performance lithium-ion battery and optimally controlling the front and rear motors, a new hybrid system with high fuel efficiency and output was realized.
  • By mounting two independent motors in the rear and employing a newly developed bilateral torque adjustable control system, incredibly tight cornering just like driving "on-the-rail" is realized. With this mechanism, Honda strives to provide a stable ride for various driving environments.
6. A compact, high efficiency electric powertrain for EVs.
  • Thanks to the high efficiency coaxial motor, low-friction gearbox and electric servo brake system, the system realizes the highest electrical consumption capability in the world*1, meeting the required AC consumption rate of 29kWh/100mile(116MPGe) as set forth by the United States.
  • A traveling distance of 123 miles*2(LA-4mode: unadjusted) or 210km*2(JC08 mode) was achieved thanks to the mounting of a high capacity lithium-ion battery.
  • When using the 240V U.S. electric source, a full charge takes less than 3 hours. (From the time a low-charge signal is lit till full charge)
  • By offering three driving modes (SPORT, NORMAL, ECON), the driver can freely select from a number of options to meet the needs of various driving styles such as power-saving or sporty drive.
*1 Honda internal research (as of November 30, 2011)
*2 Honda calculations
*3 Compared to Honda products
Source: Honda World News

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

iPhone Apps by Acura

  1. My Acura 2010 How-To Video - This useful app features how-to videos on a variety of sophisticated technologies for the complete 2010 Acura lineup. Whether you have an RL, TL, TSX, ZDX, MDX or RDX, you’ll be privy to a wealth of handy information designed to enhance and simplify your life on the road. It not only lets you retrieve your radio or navigation code, you’ll learn about a wide variety of features, from the Acura Navigation System and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
  2. AcuraLink Roadside Assistance - Acura extends AcuraLink® to new Digital Services with the introduction of the all-new AcuraLink® Roadside App featuring support for Acura Roadside Assistance* program. This program allows users to quickly and easily request roadside and towing services, lock-out assistance, tire changes, fuel delivery and more. The app can easily deliver a GPS location to dispatched support and provide ongoing status updates for the user during an event.

    Towing and roadside assistance services are performed by and/or through Cross Country Motor Club, Inc., except in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming, where services are performed by and/or through Cross Country Motor Club of California, Inc.

    • Works with all iPhones running version 4.0 software or later
    • Not functional on an iPod Touch

    * Roadside Assistance no-cost benefits apply during warranty period only. See your program details for specific warranty coverages. Beyond warranty coverage, AcuraLink may still be used for non-covered services requiring a separate payment at the time of service.

[Rumors] New 2013 Acura NSX?

  1. Known internally as the "Super Sports."
  2. Honda’s long-awaited NSX successor will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January.
  3. Will be a hybrid: likely to feature an electric motor as well as conventional power. 
  4. Will probably have SH-AWD.
  5. Likely to go on sale by 2013.
  6. Yoshikazu Kigoshi, R&D boss, said: "It will define the new face of Acura (Honda’s premium US brand)."
  7. The car is set to go on sale worldwide, and it will wear the Honda badge in Europe and possibly even resurrect the revered NSX name.
  8. Some are speculating that the new Acura Tony Starks is driving will be the new Acura NSX.
Source: AutoExpress

Thanks Anonymous for the tip!

Monday, November 28, 2011

[Rumors] Acura AX2?

I got an Anonymous tip that the spied sub-TSX sedan will be the Acura AX2.

By: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Automobiles and structural parts therefor

Perfect for these industries

Words that describe this logo

  • Vehicles and Products for locomotion by land, air or water
automobiles   structural   parts   therefor  
This is a brand page for the ACURA AX2 trademark by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, , 107-8556. Write a review about a product or service associated with this ACURA AX2 trademark. Or, contact the owner Honda Motor Co., Ltd. of the ACURA AX2 trademark by filing a request to communicate with the Legal Correspondent for licensing, use, and/or questions related to the ACURA AX2 trademark.
On Friday, April 08, 2011, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for ACURA AX2 by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Tokyo 107-8556. The USPTO has given the ACURA AX2 trademark serial number of 85290733. The current federal status of this trademark filing is NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE - ISSUED. The correspondent listed for ACURA AX2 is ANTHONY L. FLETCHER of FISH & RICHARDSON P.C., PO BOX 1022, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55440-1022 . The ACURA AX2 trademark is filed in the category of Vehicles and Products for locomotion by land, air or water . The description provided to the USPTO for ACURA AX2 is Automobiles and structural parts therefor.
Word Mark: ACURA AX2
Status Date:
Serial Number: 85290733
Filing Date: 4/8/2011
Registration Number: NOT AVAILABLE
Registration Date: NOT AVAILABLE
Goods and Services: Automobiles and structural parts therefor
Mark Description: NOT AVAILABLE
Type Of Mark: TradeMark
Published For Opposition Date: 8/23/2011
Last Applicant/Owner: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Tokyo 107-8556

Mark Drawing Code: Standard Character Mark
Design Search: (NO DATA)
Register Type: Principal
Disclaimer: (NOT AVAILABLE)
PO BOX 1022
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55440-1022
Classification Information
International Class Code(s): 012
US Class Code(s): 019, 021, 023, 031, 035, 044
Primary Class: Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air, or water.
Class(es) Status: Active
First Use Anywhere: NOT PROVIDED
First Use In Commerce: NOT PROVIDED


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