Honda Accord Tourer

The Honda Accord Tourer is a practical and versatile estate that manages to look good and be family friendly. Honda’s designers were given a brief to come up with a sleeker profile and they’ve succeeded with a classy looking tourer with a purposeful face and a tapering rear end.

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Honda Accord Tourer Car Review Summary

The latest Honda Accord Tourer marks a change of direction with style joining substance at the top of the list of priorities for the Japanese company’s designers. They have managed to achieve this without losing the practicality that was one of the previous model’s main virtues. There are four powerplants to choose from – 154bhp 2.0-litre and 198bhp 2.4-litre petrols, as well as the 148bhp and 177bhp 2.2-litre diesels. They are all smooth and strong linked to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic optional with either of the petrol engines or the less powerful diesel. The diesel engines in particular pull like a train and are pretty nippy away from the traffic lights.

Practicality

Most of the elements that made the previous Honda Accord Tourer such an easy-to-live with motor – such as the vertical tailgate operated at the touch of a button – have been retained so the estate remains a practical option for family motoring. The cabin is a pleasant place to spend a long journey with the coupe-like shape not impinging on headroom. There is an effect on the amount of luggage space however as the Accord Tourer can’t match the huge boots of some rivals.
The dashboard looks and feels solid but the blizzard of buttons on the centre console means it takes a little while to remember where everything is.
Visibility is good thanks to slim pillars while the comfortable seats are fully adjustable ensuring a decent position can be achieved behind the steering wheel.
The Accord Tourer is a reliable beast maintaining a reputation for trouble-free ownership that Honda has nurtured over the years. Indeed various surveys have shown that Accords by and large don’t break down or start to fall apart as the miles mount.

Life Style

The Honda Accord Tourer builds on the aggressive shape of the saloon with an athletic stance that owes a lot to its defined haunches while sleek headlights and cleverly integrated tail-lights complete the look.
The Tourer is a large car but is still suitable for a jaunt into town as the steering is light, thanks to electronic power assistance, which helps when it comes to squeezing into that last city centre parking space. It is equally at home cruising on the motorway – where Honda reckons Accord owners will spend a lot of their time – or tackling country lanes thanks to a suspension that gives the estate excellent handling characteristics making it an agile beast. The ride is smooth and relaxing as Honda have achieved a decent trade off between comfort and driveability.
Inside you get the same good-looking dashboard as the saloon and the components have a solid feel to them.
The Honda Accord Tourer is an easy place to spend a lot of time as it is a refined beast with an impressive absence of road and wind noise so long journeys are no chore for driver and passengers.

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Security and Safety

The Honda Accord Tourer comes with an alarm, immobiliser, deadlocks, central locking, remote locking, unique fit stereo, marked parts, locking wheel nuts and visible VIN to deter the criminal element.
Safety is covered by driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, curtain airbag, anti-lock brakes, side impact bars, traction control and electronic stability programme. There’s also anti-whiplash front headrests as you go up the range plus the option of a lane-change warning system and cruise control that brakes the car in emergencies.

The Finishing Touches

The Honda Accord Tourer gets a raft of kit including powered and heated folding door mirrors, electric windows, climate control, power steering, a radio/CD player plus MP3/iPod connection, alloy wheels, Bluetooth hands-free phone kit. Step up to the EX version and satellite navigation plus a powered tailgate are thrown into the mix. The GT model adds a sporty bodykit.

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Honda got its start when the company released its first product in 1947. The Honda A-Type was a small motor bike with an original motor mounted to the frame. The company, foreseeing future greatness, opened a small manufacturing plant.

The tiny, less-than-effective assembly line was the seed of Honda’s success. In just seven years Honda was ready to go international, sending several of its motorbike models to America. By the mid-1960s the company was ready to start auto marketing. They separated production into three categories: passenger cars, luxury and sports cars, and the third being mini-cars.

In 1973 Honda and Fujisawa retired and turned the company over to Kawashima. In 1980 Honda began manufacturing in America ensuring that the company could continue international trade. Continuing in innovation Honda created the world’s first four-wheel-steering system in 1987.

Less than a decade later, the Honda Corporation released a prototype for a humanoid robot, pushing the limits of technology. 2003 saw the first test flights of the Honda Jet. Honda’s roots as the leading motorcycle producer is re-enforced by the first, mass-produced motorcycle with airbags in 2005.

Honda MOT and Servicing

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.mot

Now however, the MOT and Servicing market is about to get a whole lot more transparent, thanks to a revolutionary automotive service BuyYourCar 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.honda

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.

Visit BuyYourCar for more information on their new service.

Honda S2000 set for comeback?

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.”

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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.

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Second generation S2000

For more information on the history of the Honda s2000 visit its wiki

Honda Micro Commuter prototype

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.

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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.

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Prototype Model

The Honda Civic gets diesel treatment

dieselThe 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.

Honda CR-Z Mugen to come to the UK in 2013: pricing details & extra information

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 Mugencrzz 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.

Production NSX SuperCar confirmed!

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!

conceptIt 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. concept 1

CR-Vs recalled over fire concerns

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.crv

Honda Civic estate on the cards

As if the Civic Type R wasn’t encivic estateough, 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!