Even though your Used Honda Accord might be running like clockwork, if it is older than three years old you will at some point have to arrange an MOT test for it. This can be a right pain in the neck and the only pricing information you can go on is the fact that they can only charge up to £55 for an MOT test, and you have no idea what a Honda MOT Cost should be.
Now however, the MOT and Servicing market is about to get a whole lot more transparent, thanks to a revolutionary automotive service CarSite are putting into place. Their service basically allows you to browse through the pricing information for MOT and Servicing bookings with regards to your particular Honda (it works for other brands too). The prices will also be made specific to your region, so prices from garages in your local area will be the only ones shown.
It takes a matter of seconds and you stand to find some great bargains, as we all know, transparency means competitive pricing; this applies to everything, even MOT and Service costs.
BuyYourCar can also give you access to Car Parts & Spares that are for sale all over the country, should your car need any repair work following its MOT check.
Remember the Honda S2000? Well it’s coming back and I for one am pleased to hear it.
Four years after production of the model ended, Modulo (Honda’s official aftermarket parts and accessories) have been given permission to give the S2000 a facelift which features “cutting-edge aeroform design and a chic interior.”
S2000 Modulo Climax
The modifications seem to stop with the body kit however, as mechanically the S2000 hasn’t changed, with the S2000 keeping its old 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine. This came as a bit of a disappointment though hopefully it will change in the future, if there is one.
I have only recently purchased a bunch of Honda S2000 Car Parts for my old model, so I probably won’t be looking to buy the new model. Still though we are interested to see how this story develops, especially after being a fan of the original S2000. Find some pictures of the New Honda S2000 below.
Second generation S2000
If you have forgotten about the Honda Micro Commuter, let us refresh your memory. The Honda Micro Commuter first arrived on the scene back in 2011 at the Tokyo Motor Show as a concept car. It has been billed as direct competition for the Renault Twizy, which is hardly surprising given its looks. Obviously then, the Micro Commuter is a tiny electric vehicle, it can seat the driver and one adult passenger or two child passengers.
Original Concept Model <<
The Micro Commuter is lighter than its Renault rival and Honda has stated that it will reach speeds of 50mph and have a range of 37 miles. There are some solar panels on the roof, unfortunately however, these will not contribute to powering the vehicle, buy rather, they will generate power for the tablet device which features the speed dials etc. and doubles as a rear view mirror.
The Micro Commuter will undergo a variety of tests in the New Year, before Honda decides on whether or not to produce the Micro Commuter for consumption.
The Honda Civic will be introducing a new model to the family in 2013. It shall be the more environmentally conscious of its brothers and sisters, running off diesel fuel, doing 78.5mpg and emitting 94g/km of CO2. This makes the diesel model very eco-friendly, and it also means that you will avoid congestion charge as well as qualifying for free road tax.
The diesel model promises to be impressive, and should secure its place as one of the cleanest and most frugal cars in its class.
It seems like only yesterday that we were getting excited about the unveiling of the performance version of the CR-Z and now we are hearing that it will be on sale in the UK as early as February 2013.
If you didn’t know already, the Mugen will use the same 1.5 litre hybrid engine as the standard CR-Z but it comes with a supercharger which means one thing…. More power! In turn the Mugen will produce 154bhp, that’s 42 more horses than the standard model. Including the electric motor, the Mugen will produce around 180bhp. Mugen have also made adjustments to the track, fitted stiffer springs and made some changes to the ECU.
The Mugen also gets a new body kit, grille, rear diffuser, deeper side skirts and roof spoiler, giving it a more aggressive sportier look.
It is expected to be priced from £23,000.
The production version of the Nissan NSX SuperCar has been confirmed, and Hondalicious is massively excited! We don’t have to wait too long for more details either, as the NSX is going to make its world debut in the coming January 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. Great way to start the New Year!
It is expected to be identical to the show car which is currently doing the rounds in Sao Paulo. Details on when the NSX will be available to the public are sketchy, but we reckon the 2015 predictions sound about right.
Most of the speculation on the internet is pointing towards the NSX using a variant of the SH-AWD system, whilst featuring a mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 VTEC engine as well as two electric motors, which will work together to develop around 400bhp.
Find images of the Concept NSX below.
Not all news is good news: A fault has been discovered in the Honda CR-V which has led to thousands of recalls across America and Europe. The fault involves the possibility of the driver’s door catching fire. Unfortunately this is not an innovative way of heating the cabin, and it could be dangerous.
The fault is present in CR-Vs which were produced between 2002 and 2006, if this applies to you, get on the phone to your local dealer and they should be helpful. Around 80,000 models have been affected in the UK and Honda is working on contacting the owners in due course.
The fault itself is caused by a problem with the window switch, which in turn allows water to get into the electrics causing further problems.
As if the Civic Type R wasn’t enough, Honda has confirmed that there will be a concept version of a Civic estate released to the public next year. The news came today in an announcement from Manabu Nishimae (Honda’s European President) at the Paris Motor Show.
As of now there isn’t much information available regarding Civic estate and it looks like we will have to wait until 2013 to find out more. You can expect the next instalment of information at one of the 2013 Motor Shows. We’ll keep you posted!
Honda has invested £267 million into the Swindon factory, which is the largest investment from Honda into a UK plant for a good 10 years. The investment comes alongside the Honda CR-V becoming available in the UK.
This expansion has meant the creation of over 500 jobs and they hope the plant will turn over 183,000 cars this year and 250,000 in 2013.
Honda has announced that there is a Civic Type R on the horizon, though it is pretty distant, and not expected until 2015. Honda has claimed that they intend to break the mould in terms of performance and handling, which is of course, music to our ears.
The Type R is apparently being built with the European market in mind, and will draw on Honda’s involvement in the World Touring Car Championship for inspiration. Furthermore, they are expecting the Honda Civic Type R to lap the Nurburgring in record time (for a front-wheel drive car), a record previously held by the Renault Megane RS Trophy.
This all sounds very promising and its 2015 eta has got us wishing away the years!