The Little Car That Could (Honda Brio Review)

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When Honda introduced the Jazz in the ASEAN region, the car received very favorable review, charting high on automotive sellout ranking in almost every country it landed on. Why shouldn’t it? It is a groundbreaking sub compact that almost redefines the category. The ULTRa seat concept that allows the rear seat to fold flat or folded up, the central mounted fuel tank, the airy cabin, the fuel sipper i-DSI engine and the CVT are all unique to the car where such technology/feature are unheard of on the competition side back then. As time goes by, raw material prices increased, and demands of Honda Jazz users are heeded, the car grew in size and becomes upscale. This leaves a conundrum, as the Jazz becomes more of an upscale solution, Honda left a void in the price range where the Jazz used to rein supreme, being replaced by entry level cars such as Nissan March and Suzuki Splash. Decision then made for Honda to roll out and take back the segment it used to lead with a brand new car, one that is slotted below the Jazz.

Honda introduced the Brio in December 2010 in Thailand, but the car was mentioned by Honda previous CEO, Takanobu Ito-san way back in 2008 as a small sub-Jazz solution. Alas, recession forced Honda to delay the introduction of said car per Autocar UK interview with the CEO and with a twisted humor that is fate, Honda Brio base of production in Thailand for ASEAN market got hit by a severe flooding and delays the introduction of Brio yet again outside Thailand. Still time heals everything, and finally the Brio landed inThailand, India and finally Indonesia in 2012.

(This review is based on the Brio entry level trim with automatic transmission)

Appreciates the smaller things

To differentiate itself from the competition, Honda Indonesia actively chose bigger engine and a complete set of safety feature as standard for the littlest Honda. Honda Indonesia offers the Brio in two trim levels, the E and the S. Which is a short hand of saying entry level and fully loaded. The message is clear, go big with the littlest Honda.

Starting from the outside, the Brio measures partly at 3.610 x 1.680 x 1.485 mm with a wheelbase of 2.345 mm, thus effectively the car is shorter in length and height than the first generation Jazz but retains about the same width. For comparison, the first generation Fit/Jazz measurements are 3.845 x 1.675 x 1.525 mm, with a wheelbase of 2.450 mm. The car is small as intended since its target countries like India excises tax for cars that are under 4.000 mm (4M) in length. Smart readers then ask, why 3.610 mm of length then? Why not make the Brio as long as first generation Fit/Jazz which is still far below India automotive tax rules? Well, the answer lies in the Brio Amaze, the sedan version of Brio, which have longer chassis that stops at the magical number of 3.990 mm.

Measurements aside, from the exterior design point of view, Honda took Brio design seriously, so serious Honda designers was sent to Europe to study all the compacts and apply it to the Brio. Designed in Milan, Italy, the car adopts the “double triangle” design that designers want people to see the car as “energetic” from all sides.  The double triangle theme is quite literal, as there are two main “triangles” that intersects the car from the rear and front of the car, giving the car a hunkered down look from all sides, be it from side profile, front or even rear. The rear especially also adopts a triangle stance giving the car a wide stance which looks very sporty which is particularly unfortunate that the car is equipped with a thin 175mm tire profile.

Being the entry level car for everything Honda on four wheels, one might suspect there will be a cost reduction measure on the car on some level and Brio is not immune to it. Thankfully, exterior wise the car does not look cheap barring the unpainted sideview mirror/door handles on the E grade and the odd unmasked side window frames. On most cars, window frames are masked with black coating/sticker to create a sense of one continuous huge window but the Brio omit this one design factor. For a small car the effect is quite huge (pardon the pun), the frames makes the small windows look compartmentalized thus making the car looks small.

Body plating is good, as there are no noticeable bending when the panels are pressed on any given point and the lower panel below the doors are covered with anti scratch paint for debris protection. Moving towards the front, the headlights are as simple as it can be, the bulbous curved housed a reflector type lighting and side blinkers, a simple solution as expected on an entry level car. The lining of the headlights doesn’t go anywhere instead the engine bay goes around it, similar to the first generation Honda Jazz albeit with smaller headlight. The headlights inner edge points toward the frontal opening logo with a “winged” chrome slats that covers the Honda logo at an angle that brings the frontal area  in the line of the double triangle theme.

From the side, the A-pillar arcs under the engine cover like the CR-Z although less pronounced, but it still makes the car looks like it has a big engine bay (hence big engine) from the side. The end result is very apparent as opening the engine bay shows a large space above the tightly packed drivetrain.

The layout is neat, all control sticks and mechanics are well laid out. From its placement, the drivetrain looks like other L series drivetrain with the same peculiarly placed intake far behind the ECU near the firewall. Unlike the Thailand and India version which has an air inlet scoop that channels cooler air straight to the intake hole like the Freed/Jazz/City, Indonesia version sadly has no said inlet scoop. In theory, the effect is detrimental, as the engine will continuously breathe hot air, which lacks oxygen molecule, which will cause inefficient fuel burn and thus reduced fuel efficiency at least in stop and go traffic. During test drive session thankfully the effect was unnoticeable if any. The air inlet scoop just directs air from the front of the car to the intake area but the car frontal area still allow air to come inside the engine bay.

From the rear, Honda employs an original solution to a long in the tooth design and technical creed with the all glass hatch. From technical point of view, it’s quite brilliant, by eliminating the metal panel, weight and cost are reduced significantly and this also comes with no loss in comfort especially noise insulation. From aesthetic point of view, the all glass hatch also works wonders visually, it made the car looks big from the rear and visibility from driver’s position is amazing. However, from safety and function point of view, it’s another different thing.

As it is, the Brio doesn’t have heating element on the glass hatch nor a wiper, as there are no latch point to attach things on the glass. The lack of heating element and the wiper are not in favor of safety riding especially in rainy part of the season. When it got cold, the rear glass might get foggy of the temperature difference, and after a heavy rain light mud will wash over the rear glass because of the difference in pressure on the rear hatch during high speed cruising. There is another thing about backing up during heavy rain which obviously will obstruct the driver’s view behind. These are minor annoyance but one that Honda with all of its safety engineering heritage should address from day one.

Thankfully though, the Brio comes standard with a huge spoiler on the rear that covers the viewable area of the rear glass at an angle, this in theory should alleviate the problem of rain water obstructing rear view. Unfortunately, I cannot test this notion as even though it’s a rainy season, my test drives with the car always was blessed with sunny day.

The overall look of the car from the rear also accentuate the whole triangle concept to the next degree, to the discerning eye, it’s mostly trapezoid, but again it supports the wide accented sporty  look of the car (minus the thin tires). The triangle taillights with the large circular brake lights and small blinkers is designed nicely flushed with the all glass hatch, you could almost mistook the car for having no rear hatch at all. Being an all glass hatch with nothing to attach to, the hatch cannot be opened from the outside except from a lever next to the driver seat and access key. The latch mechanism is located at the chassis while the latch sticks out from the inside of the glass hatch with the anchor point outside used as the handle.

Noticing about the beauty/peculiarity of the all glass hatch, one cannot just gaze into the hollow of the cargo bay of the car. Yes, out of the box the car does not have a cargo cover or tonneau cover and the big glass hatch despite having the lower area blacked out still have high visibility to your cargo bay. Honda sales team was instructed to mention about applying thick black film coating over it but earnestly, rear view should be as clear as possible. This car should have a cargo cover as standard and not as an option (which is available).

On a side note: In terms of safety, the all glass hatch according to Honda sales team is up to 30 something times stronger than “regular glass”, maybe they’re comparing to the glasses used on the Brio, but the bottom line is that it’s quite thick. I’ve described that sound insulation is quite good above, that means the glass is as claimed, but 30 times might be slightly overcompensating.  For those who worry that any low impact from the rear might hit and shatter the glass, do not worry at all. Brio chassis actually extends well after the all glass hatch ends which means low impacts will hit the steel chassis first. This is unique because usually a car chassis is mostly square in shape and the rear portion ends well before the bumpers outer edge.

Going back to basic and functional

From the inside, the Brio is quite spacious thanks to thin door liners, compact dashboard with a conservative design and clever choice of light color materials. The dashboard area is covered in three different colors, beige for the glove compartment, dark grey for the upper dash area and some lightly gun metal colored dash for the audio and driver’s instrument panel which is easily removable to support a personal styling from the car’s owner. The center console housed the A/C controls with the least function ever found on a Honda; The usual 4 speed blower fan is there, but no heating control and only two vent option, the regular front vent and low/front vent, a clear cost cutting measure by any choice of words.

On a side note: the cost cutting measure for the A/C controls are actually very valid. In this tropical climate, I’ve never used the heater on any car whatsoever. By eliminating the heating element, Honda is saving the cost for the car as intended, removing the least used feature of a car in country where heat is everywhere and the coldest area driveable by a city car like the Brio is just a tad cooler than the average national climate.

Luckily Honda did not skimp on the instrument panel, two analog tachometer and speedometer , gear selection display on the automatic version, digital odometer, regular template of warning indicators, real time average fuel consumption indicator and the ECO light indicator. Unlike other modern cars with real time fuel consumption indicator, the Brio only shows the average consumption and the optimal fuel consumption indicator is the ECO light. For the ECO light to activate, the ECU will signal when you’re driving in the most efficient manner which I’ve been able to trigger it most of the time with an efficient driving technique on the automatic model which I test drove.

Some omissions are there on the E grade, no vanity mirror on the passenger side and no backseat pocket are minors. However, things like pocket door liner which are left uncovered exposing the door sheet metals front and back, no grab rails and wind up window on the rear are glaring. The grab rail is safety function, on a small and low car like this, old folks needs something to hold onto exiting the car. The wind up window is dangerous for kids, as there are no way to lock the handles and they can just roll it away without supervision.  Finally the exposed door sheet metal, it’s not so much as a function than cosmetics as some hate it but funny enough some love it. For years, interior modders are matching the interior color of a car with its exterior, now the Brio E grade exposed sheet metal are making things easier to match the tone albeit under the ruse of making things cheaper.

Seating configuration on the car is best summarized as “efficient”. The two front seats at first glance looks thin, because it is, however the padding is certifiably thick and seating on both front seats, I don’t feel any discomfort from its thinness, in fact the seat is nicely curved to my body and the bolster support is very nice. Foot area for rear passenger is generous and I can sit adequately comfortable behind the driver’s seat where I set the driver’s seat position to suit my 1,82 Meter tall stature thanks to the curved back of the front seats.  Back seat support for the rear passenger is acceptable, not ideal for long travel, but the padding is sufficient enough to be comfortable on short to medium trips.

In terms of utilities, the Brio breaks Honda mantra of usefulness. The first generation Jazz has it all, multi configurable seats, spacious cargo and 60:40 split seats, sadly the Brio has none. Most Honda to date excels at utilities; the Stream fold flat third row, the Freed fold up seats, the City class leading trunk space (and reclining seats at top trim), don’t have to mention the new Jazz utilities, and so many other examples from Honda automotive products… The Brio simply has none.

The cargo bay is small, about the same size as the average city car. With the seat up, it can only hold objects up to 350 mm in width or about small 14″ laptop bag from trunk lid to the back of the rear seat. Off course the rear passenger seat can be folded forward to give way for bigger cargo space but with no split seat, you lose rear seating for oversize cargo.

Brio’s lack of split fold seat is quite the drawback for this car. A small cargo bay on hatchbacks usually warrants a split fold seat whereby one seat is folded leaving one side still be able to seat a person (or two). Honda goal with the omission of the split folding seat is definitely for cost saving measure, however this is not warranted as the car loses its appeal on the utility side big time. As is, the Brio is a runabout car in terms of utility, best suited only to move people from point A to point B or well suited to two person only if wanting to carry oversize items. In Honda defense, all the car in the category has no split rear seat, but I expect Honda to be better, oh well, can’t win them all.

One interesting aspect and can be considered safety feature of the car on the cargo bay is the hidden space just below the hatch latch mechanism. From the side profile and the rear, the car doesn’t look it has a “butt” or the usual protruding bumper, but actually, the chassis extends well over the hatch like I mention above. This hidden space houses the car jack and provide physical barrier for the glass hatch above it. I’d prefer Honda give the hidden space a hatch or something proper, the car jack as of this writing is just covered in the carpet liner which looks like an after thought.

Made for fuel efficiency

When the Brio was designed, it’s not intended only as an affordable entry level car, it was also designed to push the boundary of fuel efficiency achieved using conventional technologies at affordable price. Mild hybrids, with automatic start stop engine tech sounds simple but it also means more moving parts. Full hybrids cannot come cheap yet with the electric motor and engine management system. Small diesel have to cope with good quality diesel fuel which is lacking in terms of infrastructure especially in Indonesia. Other cars in the category resort to running 3 cylinders at the expense of power, and some only comes with manual transmission to not rob the engine of power.

On a side note: Manuals are inherently more fuel efficient than conventional automatic because of manual’s mechanical linkage where the automatic doesn’t have one. Automatics are called slushbox because it is, there are no mechanical connection from the engine to the driving wheel, instead connection are through a device called torque converter that runs on fluid. Modern automatics achieves good fuel efficiency by using tall gearing which Honda also used on the Brio. This way an automatic car can use higher gear to offset the robbing effect of the torque converters.

The Brio resorts to Honda old trick, why change what’s good already. The Brio comes with a small engine, but it’s more of a carry over engine than a purpose built one. The L13 is derived from second generation of the L15 series engine that is used on the JDM FIT GE6, or second generation Fit/Jazz. The engine is the same at least spec wise:

  • SOHC 16 valve i-VTEC
  • Displacement: 1,339 cc (81.7 cu in)
  • Bore x Stroke: 73.0 mm × 80.0 mm (2.87 × 3.15 in)
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Horsepower (Brio)  : 73 kW (100 PS) / 6,000 RPM
  • Horsepower (FIT)     : 73 kW (99 PS) / 6,000 RPM
  • Torque: 127 N·m (94 lb·ft) / 4,800 rpm

One thing to note is that the 73 kW of power converted to PS is confusing, due to imperial and metric measurement difference. Some online measurements measured 73 kW as 100 PS others as 99 PS. 1 PS or one pferdestärke (German for horse power) difference is big especially in a car this light and I couldn’t get any objective measurement on this scale. Suffice to say that the Brio engine is a lot of fun be it 1 more or less horse power. Speaking of weight, the Brio weighs healthily under 1 ton. Honda Indonesia did not state the weight of the Brio, but the India market Brio automatic weighs in at 950 Kg. Given that as far as I can see the difference between the Indonesia and India market Brio is on the omission of the air inlet scoop, 950 Kg is a safe number to bet on, with any deviation not exceeding 1 Ton. For comparison, the similarly equipped L13A FIT GE6 weighs in at 1080 Kg.

In Japan, the L13A powered FIT GE6 is mated to a CVT unit while the Brio sans for the Thailand market all got a 5 speed automatic  with the standard 5 speed manual. The Fit returns 19.5 Km/L with the manual gearbox using the new more stringent JC-08 government sanctioned fuel consumption test. With the Brio lighter weight and same internals, in theory by 99% level of confidence, the car should break the magical 20 Km/L barrier in mixed driving.

The Brio is available in 5 speed automatic and the usual 5 speed manual gearbox. The use of the 5 speed automatic can still be considered class leading since the competitors all still use 4 speed. In theory, this allows the car to have better acceleration with better fuel consumption on long straight than its competitors. Cars that are equipped with a 4 speed automatic gearbox needs to trade off between acceleration and fuel efficiency since too short gearing for better acceleration means high RPM at high speed, thus more fuel spent. Too long gearing for leisurely cruise and fuel saving means losing acceleration during back to back traffic. Honda Brio 5 gear automatics allows for an extra gear that is suited to cruising, allowing the engine to engage  speed with low engine rotation (less fuel). Not stopping there, the Brio automatic also has Honda’s Grade Logic Control that smoothly detects upshift and downshift on inclinations.

The magic of aerodynamics

Honda tackles Brio fuel efficiency in a very different way of the other automotive brands. The use of a carryover “big” engine and available 5 speed automatics seems making the Brio not so serious in the fuel efficiency department. Well, the fact that L13A is already fuel efficient is a different story, but Honda engineers sought a remarkable way for the car to achieve fuel efficiency via aerodynamics.

Honda engineers employs several trick that showcases extreme ingenuity in a stale world of simple automotive engineering. Below the front bumper, Honda employs an air dam. It’s something simple like a piece of black plastic that runs along below the bumper that diverts airflow away from below the underbelly of the car. As in a shape of wing, a car has (relatively) flat underbody and curved upper body (the cabs), this in turn makes Bernoulli’s principle applied to a car as well, the faster a car goes, the more lift it will generate. The bigger the lift force is, the less contact tires applied to roads for light vehicles and it will cause even the most experienced driver to lose control of a car. The goal of the air dam is simply to obstruct as much air as possible to the underbody, minimizing the effect of lift, increasing safety in faster speed and reduce drag.  Well, the thing is, it also reduce the bumper’s ground clearance, so do mind the clearance when parking head first with the car.

On the bottom side of the car Honda engineers slides (yes, pun intended) in something unexpected. The car’s underside is covered with plastic cladding to improve airflow during medium to high speed cruising. In theory the smooth underbody minimize the amount of air turbulence and increase fuel efficiency. On normal car without underbody cladding, there are all sort of hanging bits and bolts like fuel tank, suspension setup, exhaust system and for rear wheel drive cars, the rear axle. These items have different shapes and size, and airflow will be obstructed which creates turbulence and drag and therefore lessen the fuel economy of the car at speed. The inclusion of the plastic cladding is a very nice surprise for this car as even car double its price might not even have it.

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Speaking of aerodynamics, I always mock the use of thin profile tires on the Brio, but it does have its engineering intent. Thinner tires means less mass to move by the engine, and also less drag especially at speed. The Bernoulli effect comes back to haunt us as the faster the tire spins, the more lift it will create, and with bigger surface area the lift will be more pronounced especially on a light car. The use of a wider profile tires will necessitate the car to go lower than it is, which is not advisable without stiffening the suspension and/or living in a country like Indonesia where potholes are more abundant than honest politician.

The Drive

Seating on the driver’s seat, I was expecting a low slung driving position but it’s not the case as the seat is adequately high even though there are no height adjuster. Seating is comfortable, the instrument panels are easy to read and the controls are all in hand reach. Visibility all around is good thanks to the heightened seat position and the thin A-pillar improves forward viewing area. The car comes with a powerful and class leading powertrain in the category at 100PS, while the competitors are hardly able to reach 90% of it (Kia Picanto edges closest at 87PS) and in automatic trim it carries a 5 speed automatic while the competitors uses 4 speed automatic.

Even with the most powerful engine in its class, the Brio is first an economy car and in its automatic trim has quite tall gearings. Gear changes are fast, I can feel that on city cruising speed (50 KpH), the gear changes before 2000RPM, and holding speed at city cruising limit the car’s engine only spins  below 2000RPM. Maneuverability at leisurely speed or around tight corners is very good thanks to good weighted steering feel and short wheelbase.

At leisurely drive, the tall gear hunts its way to fifth as soon as possible, and with 1-step gear changes, kickdowns at leisurely drive is literal, the car feels lazy to support its runabout nature. Not feeling that Honda spirit, I change the gear lever to D3, and suddenly the car comes alive. Gear changes are just a press of a pedal, acceleration is brisk and I can feel the urgency of the engine hitting peak torque and horsepower in high RPM. Unlike some of its competitors that are only powered by a 3 cylinder engine, the Brio’s 4 cylinder develops power fast and consistently in all RPM range as the car feels fast but one to be careful driving it at full tilt because of the lighter side of the steering feel at speed.

One thing to dislike about the ride on the car is the peculiarly soft suspension. I can’t press this enough that the car engine and automatic gearbox are the jewel of the car, however the suspension is not able to cope with the demand of spirited driving as body roll is a problem in spirited driving. In a more leisurely drive, the car behaves nicely as intended; the soft suspension is kind to my back on undulating surface and pothole impacts are absorbed nicely. However, one have to drive at constant speed as the suspension feels different during acceleration, it feels as the dampers could not keep up with the spring and even though problems are non existent during city driving, one might want to upgrade the suspension on the Brio to enjoy the wonderfully engineered engine and gearbox.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the nature of test drives session are inherently random at best. Be that as it may, my test drive session revolves a 15 minutes back to back traffic and 10 minutes of smooth sailing. The return is a consistent 1L for 12 Km for a back to back traffic with moderate acceleration, and at long straight the onboard mileage computer easily reaches 1L for 17Km like it was nothing. With careful driving, I believe I can break through the 1L/20Km barrier mark with the car and with hypermiling thrown in, getting past the 1L/25Km should be achievable (I can get 1L/24Km with my Freed on highway with hypermiling).

What is Honda if not showing the green aspect of its products, while the Brio has no ECON function, it features a light up ECO notification whenever the ECU deems that the driver is driving efficiently. There are no specific rule to activate the ECO light, but the most consistent way to activate it is simply to lightly press the pedal at constant speed.

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The evenly lit notification is not just for show though, at first I personally thought that the function is gimmicky, that it will light up only at specific condition like coasting or cruising. However, on slower speed like back to back traffic, slow acceleration grants the driver with the ECO light too, and even between gear shifts. This means that the ECO light can also coach the driver to driving efficiently, granted that the notification light is situated near the edge of the tachometer and can be glanced easily while driving.

In the end: Is it worth it?

Buying city car today is a very tough decision, it’s a very crowded market with  plenty of amazing products from all the competing brands in Indonesia. Honda Indonesia decision to bring ABS and airbag as standard on the Brio is commendable to leverage the notion of safety, and the most powerful engine combined with 5 speed automatic gearbox set it apart from the competition technicality wise. However, the car does not bring the accolade of utilities Honda so very well known for and just aims for mediocrity to be on the same level as the competition. Small cargo bay and no split fold seats makes the car just another city car in the mix in terms of utilities.

The car is aimed at the young and young at heart demographics, complete with the easily replaceable panel for easy personalization, but what is the real catch for this car? A fast runabout? Surely Honda does not want to put this car as the midnight boy racer image…

No. This car is about safety and fuel efficiency.

Even though Honda struggles to differentiate the Brio and the Jazz, the truth is small cars are dangerous to drive because it’s a small car which usually powered by a small engine. Honda should leverage on the technical prowess of the car as a safety feature. The powerful 100PS engine should make it easier for a car the size of Brio to merge in highway at speed with the other cars. Overtaking on speed will be swift and safe from speeding car on the fast lane. Finally, the smart automatic gearbox is very efficient at returning mileage while providing the car with much needed power on tap (on D3).

Even though the Brio is far off as the first car for a small family (that place is reserved for the Brio MPV), it is a nice second car that begs to be personally modified with features that are all related to safety including the powerful engine.

Edit: 26/06/2013: First post, need some pictures and some edits.

Penampakan Honda CR-V Generasi Ke-4 (2012)

Honda Amerika telah melansir foto prototipe Honda CR-V generasi ke-4 yang siap diluncurkan di akhir tahun (di Amerika Serikat). Berita dilansir oleh Hondanews.com, silahkan kunjungi link tersebut untuk informasi lebih lengkap.

Seperti semua foto prototipe Honda Amerika, Honda CR-V ini jelas akan menerima sedikit perubahan minor ketika sampai di tangan para dealer. Salah satu fitur yang pasti hilang adalah lampu depan berkelir hitam, body kit yang lebih sederhana dan kaca spion yang lebih besar, sesuai dengan foto spyshot yang sudah beredar di Internet. Selain perubahan minor tersebut, sebagian besar bentuk Honda CR-V akan tetap sama.

Sesuai dengan kredo hijau Honda, untuk meningkatkan efisiensi konsumsi bahan bakar, Honda CR-V akan menggunakan mesin yang lebih efisien dipadukan dengan bobot total yang dikurangi dari CR-V generasi ke-3 (sekarang). Perubahan interior dan fitur ruang kargo yang lebih lapang dengan lantai rendah akan membuat CR-V generasi ke-4, CR-V terbaik yang pernah Honda buat.

Sumber:
Hondanews.com: 2012 CR-V prototype unveiled

Driving The Hotness – Honda Freed 3258 Km Later

*photos coming next

Driving the Freed is very nice, but emphasis on the word nice. It’s not great, the seat could use more bolster, the steer only tilts not telescopic and the driver seat only has reclining and sliding adjustment, no seat height adjustment. At first I thought it’s going to be hell for me to find perfect seat position… In fact, I was ready to visit my masseur on monthly basis… But I was wrong dead period. The seat is already raised and the steering wheel already extended nicely towards the driver. During my time driving, I can slide my seat back and forth without compromising too much of my comfort, especially during all seat occupied scenario and some tall guy seats behind me (the driver). So yeah, love the seat even though I can’t tell for every person out thfere since the seat perfect for me but maybe not for the fickle who wanted to get a low driving position.

The Freed has a commanding view of the road thanks to its raised seat position, as such, view of the road is great and the slanted angle front windshield makes turning view less obstructed than a car with high angle a-pillar *cough*SX-4*cough*. 3258 Kilometers later, my love for the driving position is reminded over and over again every time I drive this car. The a-pillar angle is very slanted thus view angle through the a-pillar is satisfying as the port windshield is large enough while the thickness of the frame is acceptable. Rear view is acceptable as the rear window frame is quite thick, but changing lane is still good since you can take a look through the rear passenger window which is quite big.

Driving the car, I don’t feel that the Freed is big and lumbering, in fact I found it a little bit nimble, too nimble even. The steering ratio is a bit low making the steer a tad light, so any movement is translated in gusto to wheel movement, making the car easy to maneuver in tight spot and making less than buff driver able to steer the car effortlessly.

Power came from a revised 1.5L i-VTEC engine from the famous L-series that powers the millions of Honda Jazz/Fit around the world (2 millions since last counted by Honda in 2007) which now powers the second generation Jazz/Fit and the new City. The car has a high strung characteristic as it achieves its maximum power of 118ps at 6600 RPM, something that is not liked for the majority of family hauler buyers. In my daily drives, I indeed need to wind the engine up to about 4000 RPM to get significant push when trying to overtake on highway or city driving. But this is the characteristic of the engine; Honda engines needs to be pushed to its limit because it can, and because it likes it (naughty wink). Coupled that with eager to downshift automatic gearbox, I generally do not have any problem with how the engine delivers it powers.

One thing to note about the gearbox is that although it has 5 gears, when the gear downshifts it only selects one gear down from the highest selected gear. So when you’re on the 5th gear and hit the pedal, you’ll get 4th gear and slight hum from the engine, quite annoying on high speed. If you still want to force the gearbox to shift two gears down, you need to press on the gas pedal for about 3 seconds or so. You will feel the gearbox selects lower gear by the higher RPMs and then it will selects yet a lower gear when you wait enough. So for whatever reason you need to go fast and furious, you want to press the D3 button (at whatever speed) and hit the gas from there to downshift. Still, Honda designs this car for efficiency so driving fast and furious is out of the question.

Talking about efficiency, the Freed has plenty of it. The significant contributor for Freed’s efficiency is definitely its 5 speed automatic gearbox. The fifth gear on the car allows for a second overdrive gear which allows the wheels spun much faster than the engine, increasing its efficiency… It’s funny when people still thinks that overdrive is some kind of a term to make the car goes faster.

How efficient the car can go? Driving alone I once hit 21.9 Kilometers per liter or 51.5 MPG (US) on highway at average speed of 60 Kilometers per hour… Well, I might violate the minimum speed which is 70 KpH, and I employ slight hypermiling techniques (tip toeing and coasting, a/c on though) but I get 21.9 KpL, so shove it government, you and your crazy tax for hybrids. Still, it’’s a bit cheating, and generally I get about 15-16 KpL or 35 MPG (US) on the highway with speeds ranging from 90 KpH to 100 KpH, with about 4 adults cut that by half a Kilometer per Liter.  Still a respectable number.

On inner city traffic… Well, it’s a different story… My trips around the city involves mad traffic, and when I say mad, I mean 50% of the time I’m on the road, the car doesn’t move and average speed is about 20 KpH. So at best, I can only managed 8.5 KpL or 19.9 MPG (US) for inner city driving. I can push it up a notch or two to 8.7 KpL or 9.0 KpL by turning off the A/C, but in this weather… You’ll smell funny before you hit 9.0 KpL. Off course there’s the occasional sane traffic where I can get up to 11-12 KpL average, but it’s few and far between the crazy traffic, and that number was achieved averaging the time I got stuck in crazy traffic, could get better but it’s not the norm.

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Coming up next, comfort and utility write up

Honda Freed 3258 Kilometers Later (prologue)

I never imagined the day that I will be tied down, let alone the idea of having a beautiful baby daughter. But that’s cycle of life I guess, where I’ve reached “that” time where sports coupe and massive wings are as dead as dinosaurs in everything four wheels.  I’ve been eyeing the Freed for quite sometimes and finally braved myself to take the plunge to a family hauler since necessity dictates that I need to carry baby’s essential which alone already took considerable space on my old Suzuki SX4 Type-S.

It’s a no brainer really when I put Honda Freed on top of my shop list. Whenever my family has a gathering, wherever that is will be an instant Honda dealer lot as all Honda all shape and model year parked in front. My previous Suzuki SX-4 is just me overcompensates my inability to purchase Honda CR-V, a fluke although I don’t have any complaint from owning the car. So anyway, I did my homework and researched the entire family hauler in Indonesia and short list either Honda Freed or Nissan Grand Livina as a final purchase. I finally chose Honda Freed for roomy cabin, captain seat, okay leg rooms, the whole shebang of i-VTEC, 5 speed auto, awesome dash and definitely for that fancy automatic sliding door.

My first impression is already covered in my many odd reviews of the car, this post supposed to cover my experience with the car on many driving scenarios. So there will be some repetition but it will also be backed up by some clarifications. So buckle up your seatbelts and prepare some snacks, because this will be long… In fact so long I decided to split the post into several bite sizes…

I actually wanted to do a write up with a catchy title like “a journey of 10000 Kilometers starts with a single step” telling my experience with the car across service schedules and trips. However, since my work is basically within walking distance, it’s over half a year now and I barely crack 5000 Kilometers with the car… Thank God though since fuel price is over US$1 per liter now, and I could use some savings… So 3258 Kilometers has passed, is the Freed lived up to my expectations? I can only start it with the word “preeminent” (come on, don’t be lazy, bing/google it… hint for google search, type define:preeminent).

Honda Lakukan Program Penggantian Komponen Freed, Jazz dan City Indonesia

Resmi pada tanggal 18 Februari 2011, Honda Indonesia melakukan program penggantian komponen atau recall untuk tiga model favoritnya: Freed, Jazz dan City. Terdapat masalah dengan komponen pegas mekanisme mesin yang dapat menyebabkan mesin mogok pada kondisi ekstrim. Hal ini selaras dengan program penggantian komponen global yang memengaruhi mesin Honda Freed, Jazz dan City.

Menurut situs Honda-Indonesia.com, Honda Freed, City dan Jazz yang termasuk dalam program penarikan ini tidak semua yang terjual di Indonesia, hanya 30.252 unit saja dengan waktu produksi tertentu. Berikut adalah daftar rangka mobil yang terkena program ini:

Tanda “~” menandakan “sampai dengan”.

City (3,360 unit)
Produksi Okt 2008 – Jan 2010
MRHGM2***8P920003 ~ 920212
MRHGM2***9P920123 ~ 921323
MRHGM2***AP020001 ~ 020120

Jazz
(16,300 unit)
Produksi Jun 2008 – Mar 2010
MHRGE8***8J900003 ~ 903906
MHRGE8***9J900001 ~ 903341
MHRGE8***AJ000001 ~ 000540
MHRGE8***AJ900001 ~ 900198

Freed
(10,592 unit)
Produksi May 2009 – Feb 2010
MHRGB3***9J000006 ~ 007186
MHRGB3***AJ000001 ~ 001229

Silahkan cek masing – masing STNK dan melihat nomor rangka/NIK/VIN, apakah mobil Anda termasuk dalam daftar yang masuk dalam program penggantian komponen Freed, Jazz dan City.

Sebagai contoh, Freed saya memiliki nomor rangka MHRGB3***AJ102*** (dibeli pada bulan November 2011), karena Freed dengan nomor rangka AJ000001 sampai dengan 001229, maka mobil saya tidak masuk dalam program penggantian komponen ini karena sudah lewat dari AJ001229.

Untuk lebih jelasnya dapat langsung menuju pranala/link sumber yang tersedia dibawah ini.

Sumber:

Informasi resmi program penggantian komponen Honda-Indonesia.com

Honda Hotness Is Coming Back?

2008 was a great year for Honda fans and maybe even for automotive scene in general. Just imagine this, Honda, a conservative company who swears on sensibility and quality is throwing those notions away for a V8 rear wheel luxury sedan and a V10 powered super car. The automotive scene roars with high expectations. Spy photos of the rear wheel sedan test car is everywhere and the super car already making runs on a race track. Alas, comes 2009 and demand for automotive products dwindles as most sought after cars are econoboxes. Honda new President, Takanobu Ito back then changed his tune about the new cars and tells the fans and the scene to go “enjoy yourself” (there’s a new profanity filter in effect). So everything was scrapped, and all hopes out the window.

Denied luxury: The canceled mule of the FR Luxury Sedan

Rumors from inside automotive industry said that the V8 rear wheel luxury sedan which was destined to go to Acura division was a great car one that should put Honda luxury division on par with tier 1 luxury marque. While the super car lives on as a special fielded race car on Japan’s most prestigious racing event, the Super GT and won it. So as you can read, it’s very unfortunate for Honda to cancels both of these cars altogether.

Denied performance: Reportedly, this car doesn’t even consider GT-R and LF-A as competition

But this morning, birds are chirping beautifully on my front porch, the wind blows softly and the sun rose with a hint of blue and orange altogether. While I browsed Autoblog and Temple of VTEC the next minute, I was shocked out of my pants that Takanobu Ito in a way hints a little hope of a super car comeback after Honda discontinued the NSX. Apparently, Takanobu Ito was interviewed in Japan and some reporters asked if Honda would make a road going version of the super car that won the Super GT.

Ito’s answer for the question was “I have something in mind”. Now for those who don’t know Takanobu Ito, this guy is all straight as an arrow kind of leader. He always answers question in a definite way, yes or no and that’s that. For Ito to answer “having something in mind” well, it’s still ambiguous but having something is better than nothing right?

Such a tease: “I have something in mind”

Okay, so the news came from a French auto news site, which might make some little mistranslation (from Japanese to French to English). However, according to Temple of VTEC news section;Yahoo Japan and Asahi Shimbun also confirms and clearly stated that Takanobu Ito greenlight the project once again. Asahi Shimbun which post the news in English also mentions that Ito hints at making two sports car, the affordable and high performance… *faints*…

For those who don’t know, this is actually earth shattering news. Honda currently has no true performance sports car in its lineup, well, sure there’s the Civic Type R, but it’s more of a pedestrian car with souped up engine. Honda Prelude ends its production in 2001, Honda NSX ended in 2005, Honda Integra ended in 2007 and finally Honda S2000 ended in 2009. What came from the demise of those cars? Hybrids and lots of it. Civic Hybrid, Insight 2.0, CR-Z, and Fit Hybrid, not to mention Freed Hybrid and next generation Accord with Honda next generation hybrid system.

The shift from hardcore to green for some was considered too rough as there are no transition product in between. It’s quite understandable actually, as technology to produce performance with fuel economy wasn’t available yet. The  2010 CR-Z was Honda answer to this and although the blend of performance and fuel economy is good enough, as usual,  some consumers demand more… Well, to be fair… This particular consumer is too accustomed to huge ass performance gas guzzler 2 door sports car that’s bigger than a Honda Fit. Still, the CR-Z receives acclaims and accolades in a place where sensibility is praised.

But remember folks, Honda has set its sight straight in the green line and we’re not talking about money. Ever since the green revolution in the late 00′ Honda has been making fuel sipper as priority. So when you think about Takanobu Ito statement, don’t forget to add the green juice. Honda has fielded NSX with KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a form of hardcore hybrid system for racing) as a test bed for SuperGT 2012 rule change that mandates smaller engine and a hybrid system. It’s unclear whether this will be applied to Honda super car but you can be sure Honda will put every single piece of technology in its super car.

Front engine – KERS NSX test car: notice the exhaust tip on the side skirt?

Whatever it is Honda… We are awaiting with arms wide open, but until this car shows up in the real world, I’m putting a question mark on the title. We’ve been burned before Ito-san, and I won’t let my heart be broken the fourth time.

Source:

Temple of VTEC: Ito san changing his tune about NSX/HSV

Yahoo Japan: NSX development to resume (Japanese)

Asahi Shimbun: Honda to develop high performance sports car

SuperGT: 2012 KERS rule

Honda Brio: Kendaraan Ekonomis ala Honda

Honda secara resmi meluncurkan mobil kompak dengan harga ekonomis yang diberi nama Brio di Thailand. Mobil kompak ini secara resmi hanya baru dijual di Thailand dan India saja tanpa detil mengenai peluncuran mobil ini di negara lain.

Berikut adalah spesifikasi resmi yang dilansir oleh Honda:

  • Panjang 3610mm, Lebar 1680mm, Tinggi 1475 mm.
  • Konsumsi bensin 5L/100 Km atau 1L/19,98 Km *estimasi Honda.
  • Harga di Thailand 400 ribu Baht atau Rp 119 Juta.

Berikut informasi yang masih bersifat rumor atau tebakan semata mengenai Brio:

  • Menggunakan mesin 1200 cc.
  • Tersedia dengan pilihan transmisi otomatis (berdasarkan foto interior Brio resmi).

Meskipun baru resmi diumumkan untuk dijual di Thailand dan India saja, CEO Honda yaitu Takanobu Ito dalam pidatonya menyatakan bahwa Brio juga akan tersedia negara di Asia lainnya mengingat pengalaman Honda berbisnis motor di negara tersebut… Mengingat Indonesia adalah salah satu negara konsumen motor terbesar Honda, perlukah kita beroptimis ria menunggu hadirnya Brio?

Dimensi Honda Brio tidaklah terlalu kecil mengingat panjang kakaknya yaitu Honda Jazz adalah 3900 mm dengan lebar 1695 mm. Alhasil, mobil ini sudah cukup untuk mengakomodasi keluarga muda.

Satu hal yang perlu diingat adalah, Brio masih dalam tahap prototipe, sehingga produk akhir biasanya lebih sederhana dibandingkan dengan yang tertampil disini. Bemper depan, side skirt dan bemper belakang sudah pasti akan terlihat lebih sederhana, begitu juga dengan lampu dan pegangan pintu berbalut krom yang nantinya akan terlihat lebih sederhana. Meskipun begitu, sudah bisa dipastikan inilah Brio, sebuah mobil terjangkau persembahan Honda.

Sumber:

Situs resmi World.Honda.com: Peluncuran Brio di Thailand

Tanggal 30 November, Mobil Kecil Honda Meluncur di Thailand

Pada acara Thailand International Motor Expo 2010 yang akan diselenggarakan pada tanggal 30 November ini, Honda akan meluncurkan sebuah mobil kecil dibawah Honda Jazz yang akan dibanderol dengan harga super menarik untuk negara – negara berkembang. Secara resmi, Indonesia tidak termasuk dalam rencana peluncuran mobil kecil ini, hanya India dan Thailand akan mendapatkan jatah penjualan di 2011. Namun mengingat pasar mobil Indonesia yang sedang berkembang dengan sehatnya, terutama dengan masuknya Nissan March, saya rasa Honda sedang “menunggu” data penjualan Nissan untuk menjual mobil yang serupa.

Ketika diluncurkan pada acara Thailand International Motor Expo, mobil kecil Honda akan mengusung dua varian yaitu varian Thailand yang mendukung standar konsumsi bahan bakar dan polusi di Thailand serta varian India yang diciptakan khusus untuk kebutuhan negara yang sedang berkembang. Cukup aman untuk memprediksi bahwa varian Thailand akan hadir dalam bentuk dan harga yang lebih premium dibandingkan versi India.

Selama ini Honda sudah menunjukkan prototipe mobil kecil yang akan diluncurkan di Thailand ini. Sayangnya, prototipe ini hanyalah sebuah studi ke arah mobil kecil yang sebenarnya, sehingga apa yang Anda lihat hingga kini bukanlah mobil kecil Honda yang akan dijual di Thailand dan India. Namun pada tanggal 30 November mendatang, Honda akan menunjukan prototipe mobil kecilnya yang sudah siap diproduksi.

Sumber:

Honda meluncurkan mobil kecil di acara TIME 2010

Informasi Resmi Honda CBR 250R

Pada tanggal 27 Oktober lalu, Honda meluncurkan website yang didekasikan untuk motor terbarunya yaitu CBR 250R. Informasi yang tercantum didalamnya sangatlah banyak, dan saya merekomendasikan Anda untuk mengunjungi website tersebut. Untuk blog ini saya hanya akan menyadur informasi yang saya anggap penting.

Mendunia adalah konsep yang digunakan oleh Honda untuk CBR 250R karena motor ini adalah motor pertama yang diciptakan Honda untuk pasar global. Dari Amerika hingga Thailand, Argentina hingga Jepang, Indonesia hingga Portugal, CBR 250R hadir dengan konsep “Sport Quarter for One World” atau kalau boleh saya terjemahkan menjadi “motor 250cc untuk satu dunia”. Dikarenakan motor ini ditujukan untuk satu dunia, insinyur Honda melakukan pendekatan satu untuk semua dimana pengendara baik pemula dan tingkat lanjut dapat menikmati kelincahan motor sport tanpa halangan. Adapun juga pendekatan satu untuk semua ini digunakan untuk mendapatkan motor yang nyaman untuk digunakan sehari – hari baik dari segi konsumsi bensin maupun tenaga yang dihasilkan.

Indahnya kombinasi pendekatan satu dunia ini terletak dari kemampuan insinyur Honda menggabungkan sebuah mesin yang benar – benar baru tanpa ada satu komponen pun yang diambil dari motor Honda lainnya (kecuali teknologi yang mendasarinya) dan casis yang diciptakan untuk semua orang di seluruh dunia ini. Berbicara soal mesin, mesin 250cc yang digunakan pada CBR 250R adalah mesin satu silinder 4-tak berpendingin cairan dengan tenaga sekitar 25-26 pk (estimasi dari gosip yang beredar di Internet) dan mengusung uji emisi Euro – 3. Berikut adalah spesifikasi CBR 250R resmi dari Honda:

Total panjang × Total lebar × Total tinggi (m) 2.035 × 0.720 × 1.125
Jarak roda (m) 1.370
Jarak kolong kendaraan (m) 0.145
Tinggi bangku (m) 0.780
Berat (kg) 161 (STD) 165 (ABS)
Kapasitas penumpang 2
Jarak putar minimum (m) 2.5
Tipe mesin CS250RE, satu silinder DOHC 4 tak berpendingin air
Kapasitas mesin(cm³) 249
Dimensi × Langkah piston (mm) 76.0 × 55.0
Rasio kompresi 10.7
Sistem bahan bakar Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Tipe starter Self-starter
Tipe pengapian Pengapian baterai transistor
Tipe lubrikasi Wet sump
Kapasitas tangki bensin (L) 13
Clutch type Wet multiplate with coil springs
Transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Rasio gigi transmisi 1-speed 3.333
2-speed 2.118
3-speed 1.571
4-speed 1.304
5-speed 1.115
6-speed 0.963
Reduction gear ratio (primary, secondary) 2.808 / 2.714
Caster angle/Trail (mm) 25º00´/ 95
Ukuran ban Front 110/70-17M/C
Rear 140/70-17M/C
Tipe rem Front Hydraulic disk
Rear Hydraulic disk
Tipe suspensi Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system)
Tipe rangka Diamond

Cara insinyur Honda menjawab kompatibilitas motor ini hingga lolos uji emisi Euro – 3 namun tetap menghasilkan tenaga sangatlah sederhana. Kombinasi mesin satu silinder dengan langkah piston yang pendek mengijinkan mesin CS250RE berputar hingga RPM tinggi dengan pembagian torsi yang melimpah. Namun kombinasi konverter katalitik beserta sensor oksigen dengan sistem induksi udara memastikan bahwa mesin CBR 250R bertenaga dan tetap ramah lingkungan.

Harapan penggemar dunia motor agar CBR 250R menggunakan mesin dua silinder seperti kompetitornya memang tidak dijawab, namun Honda menggunakan mesin satu silinder untuk alasan – alasan yang masuk akal:

  1. Mesin satu silinder mencapai tenaga maksimal dalam satu revolusi (satu piston), oleh sebab itu torsi berlimpah sudah diperoleh pada putaran mesin rendah.
  2. Dengan satu kepala silinder, perbaikan mesin tipe ini lebih mudah dan cepat.
  3. Mesin satu silinder umumnya ringan, memberikan rasio bobot per tenaga kuda yang lebih baik.

Adapun kekurangan mesin satu silinder adalah ketidakmampuannya untuk menghasilkan tenaga pada putaran mesin tinggi dan mesin memiliki potensi getaran yang lebih tinggi dibandingkan mesin dua silinder. Untuk menjawab masalah getaran mesin, mesin CS250RE menggunakan sebuah sistem penyeimbang (balancer) untuk meminimalkan getaran. Meskipun begitu, Honda tidak melakukan apapun untuk mengatasi karakteristik mesin satu silinder yang lemah menghasilkan tenaga di putaran atas. Tentunya, kredo CBR 250R satu untuk semua tidak berlaku untuk pembalap jalanan yang hanya mementingkan trek lurus saja. Insinyur Honda menghadirkan CBR 250R sebagai solusi motor sport dengan kenikmatan bermanuver sebagaimana layaknya motor sport.

Enak/tidaknya sebuah motor tidak hanya bergantung kepada kekuatan mesin saja. Karakteristik casis, suspensi dan posisi duduk juga menjadi pemikiran yang penting oleh insinyur Honda untuk CBR 250R. Tema kreasi CBR 250R oleh Honda adalah motor dengan potensi manuver tinggi yang bisa digunakan untuk sehari – hari, untuk perjalanan panjang maupun untuk dibawa ke trek balap. Menemukan titik tengah diantaranya adalah pekerjaan rumah yang secara sukses dituntaskan oleh insinyur Honda.

Lima poin yang dituntaskan oleh insinyur Honda mengenai casis CBR 250R adalah:

  1. Posisi duduk: Honda CBR 250R diciptakan untuk satu dunia, yang berarti tinggi rendah pengendara dan kondisi jalanan satu dunia menjadi fokus insinyur Honda mencari posisi duduk yang paling ideal. Honda menemukan panjang kaki rata – rata 78 Cm adalah panjang ideal yang mengijinkan pengendara motor CBR 250R dapat dengan nyaman menapakkan kakinya ke jalanan ketika motor sedang berhenti.
  2. Titik gravitasi: Pemosisian massa terberat (mesin) yang rendah dan menjorok ke depan menghasilkan keseimbangan berkendara yang baik di setiap kecepatan.
  3. Suspensi pro-link: Penggunaan suspensi pro-link untuk ban belakang menghasilkan kestabilan berkendara yang baik dengan sistem suspensi progresif yang berubah secara perlahan sesuai dengan kondisi jalan. Adapun suspensi pro-link pada CBR 250R memiliki 5 opsi preset yang dapat disesuaikan ketika berkendara dengan penumpang, membawa barang dan kebutuhan lainnya tergantung selera pengendaranya.
  4. Rem cakram ganda dengan kompon baru: CBR 250R menggunakan kompon kampas rem berbasis resin dengan kekuatan sintered. Alhasil, kinerja rem yang baik dengan harga yang masuk akal.
  5. Rem ABS: Untuk negara tertentu, CBR 250R hadir dengan opsi ABS untuk keamanan. Dengan sistem ini, rem mendadak tidak lagi mengunci roda dan dapat membuat Anda terpelanting dari motor ataupun tergelincir di jalanan yang basah.

Adapun di Indonesia belum ada kepastian mengenai tanggal resmi peluncuran CBR 250R. Akan tetapi bisa dipastikan bahwa Honda akan memboyong motor ini di acara Jakarta Motorcycle Show yang berlangsung dari tanggal 3 November hingga 7 November. Isu yang berhembus saat ini adalah Honda CBR 250R akan dibanderol dengan harga 45 – 50 Juta Rupiah.

Dengan diluncurkannya CBR 250R ini, Honda seakan menabuh genderang perang kepada Kawasaki. Namun apakah ini sebuah tindakan reaktif dari Honda? Tentu tidak. Sebagaimana kita tahu, perencanaan produk membutuhkan waktu bertahun – tahun, terlebih lagi Honda meluncurkan produk ini secara global di 22 negara termasuk Indonesia. Produksi akan dimulai di Thailand dan India untuk diekspor ke negara – negara tujuan, oleh sebab itu lah mengapa Honda CBR 250R diluncurkan di kedua negara tersebut.

Honda CBR 250R mengusung sebuah era baru dalam dunia sepeda motor. Sebuah motor yang dirancang untuk memenuhi semua kebutuhan pengendaranya di dunia, dengan memperhitungkan semua kondisi jalan buruk dan baik, dengan memperhitungkan posisi berkendara yang optimal untuk pengendaranya dan dengan memperhitungkan kombinasi tenaga dan kepedulian Honda terhadap lingkungan.

Indonesia dengan potensi pasar sepeda motor yang besar sudah siap untuk menerima CBR 250R dalam bentuk apapun. Desain yang menarik dipadukan dengan citra merek Honda yang berkibar jaya di negeri tercinta seakan menjadi bumbu pelengkap saja karena Anda dapat melihat sendiri di jalan raya Kawasaki Ninja 250 berlalulalang tanpa tandingan.

Inikah motor pertama saya? Bisa jadi… Dengan dukungan gubernur Jakarta untuk menaikkan tarif parkir menjadi Rp. terserah perjam untuk mobil dan tidak adanya rencana untuk memperbaiki kondisi transportasi umum, sudah pasti industri motor Indonesia akan tumbuh pesat. Terimakasih pak gubernur untuk membulatkan keputusan saya membeli motor.

Sumber:

Situs CBR 250R resmi world.Honda.com

Kelemahan mesin satu silinder

Foke u setujui kenaikan tarif parkir

Debut Honda HSV Memenangkan Balapan Super GT

Pada debut balapan perdana, Honda dengan mobil HSV-nya langsung menyabet gelar pemenang melalui tim Weider setelah pertempuran yang sengit dengan tim Lexus Petronas Tom’s SC430 selama seri berlangsung tahun ini.

Honda HSV (Honda Sport Velocity) adalah mobil yang seharusnya diluncurkan untuk bertanding dengan Nissan GT-R dan Lexus LF-A. Namun dikarenakan kondisi ekonomi dunia yang sedang menurun beberapa tahun lalu dan perpindahan fokus Honda ke arah ramah lingkungan, Honda HSV menemui ajalnya bahkan sebelum diluncurkan. Meskipun begitu, prototipe yang secara notabene sudah selesai dimanfaatkan oleh Honda untuk berpartisipasi di ajang balapan paling bergengsi di Jepang yaitu Super GT. Honda sendiri memanfaatkan lubang didalam aturan Super GT karena ajang balapan bergengsi ini hanya mengijinkan partisipasi melalui produk mobil yang beredar di pasaran.

Honda HSV adalah mobil pertama Honda yang akan menggunakan mesin V10 berkapasitas 5000 cc dengan target tenaga kuda hingga 500 ps/pk dan menggunakan sistem penggerak 4 roda yang mampu memindahkan tenaga tak hanya untuk roda depan dan belakang namun juga kiri dan kanan. Rencananya, Honda akan menggunakan merek Acura untuk meluncurkan mobil ini di Amerika dan merek Honda sendiri untuk di Jepang.

Spesial untuk balapan Super GT ini, Honda menggunakan mesin V8 berkapasitas3400 cc dengan tenaga kuda 500 ps/pk. Mesin ini adalah mesin yang sama digunakan oleh Honda untuk balapan Formula Nippon.

Selamat untuk Honda dan tim Weider! Semoga dengan kemenangan ini, keputusan untuk menjual HSV dalam bentuk produk produksi dapat dilaksanakan. Hal ini sangat sesuai untuk menciptakan sebuah produk “Halo” untuk menampilkan kemampuan insinyur Honda menciptakan sebuah kendaraan 4 roda yang dapat bersaing dengan Ferrari dan Lamborghini.

Sumber:

SuperGT.net: Halaman tim Weider