February 5, 2014 |
The scooter market is an increasingly crowded and competitive segment of the U.S. motorcycle business. Going after the urban commuter dollar are everything from inexpensive rides like the Kymco Like to high-powered freeway fliers like the Suzuki Burgman to super deluxe $10,000 models like the Vespa 946. Honda is splitting the difference and aiming for the middle of the target with its 2014 Forza. LANE-SPLITTING CONTROVERSY: Guidelines from the CHP Sharing some genetic material with Honda's earlier Helix and Reflex scooter lines, the Forza is a sleek, smart-looking 300cc unit that features smooth power, a liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine, an optional anti-lock ABS braking system and capacious storage.
February 4, 2014 |
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a probe looking whether airbags are deploying unexpectedly when a door is shut in the 2008 Honda Accord. Federal safety regulators say they have heard from 28 drivers reporting the problem. In two cases people received injuries when airbags deployed unexpectedly. The investigation includes about 363,000 Accords. Honda said it is aware of a “small number of complaints regarding the side airbags and side curtain airbags.” It said it will cooperate with investigators and is also conducting its own review.
January 29, 2014 |
Ayrton Senna fans looking to pick up a piece of the famed Formula One driver's history will be able to do so in a big way in February. A 1992 Honda NSX purchased as a gift for the late racer by his manager will be one of hundreds of cars sold at auction by Silverstone Auctions on Feb. 22 and 23. “Very rarely does a car with such pedigree and provenance come to market, especially with such a powerful and personal link to arguably the...
January 28, 2014 |
Will the Dodger Stadium hangover merely be a 72-hour condition or can the Ducks manage to shake the malaise before it lingers? The Ducks started slowly, and sloppily, not showing the necessary urgency until falling behind by three goals in the third period. Their offensive verve eventually showed up - as expected - but it was that age-old story of a too late arrival. The Wild protected the lead and held on to beat Anaheim, 4-2, on Tuesday night at Honda Center. It was only the second time the Ducks have lost in regulation at home this season, the first time was a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Jan 21. Minnesota star Zach Parise, playing in his third game since returning from a foot injury, had a hand in three of the four goals, recording two assists and scoring on a nifty deflection to make it 3-1 at 6:35 of the third period.
January 13, 2014 |
Honda Motor Co. hopes the redesigned Fit hatchback it introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will finally match the sales of more popular subcompact car rivals. The Fit has been a sales conundrum for Honda. It gets rave reviews, yet its sales trail competitors by a significant margin. Honda sold about 52,000 Fits last year, while Nissan sold 117,000 Versas. Chevrolet, not known for its small cars, sold almost 86,000 Sonics while Ford sold more than 71,000 Fiestas.
December 13, 2013 |
Honda Motor Co. will recall 19,197 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles equipped with all-wheel-drive to tighten bolts in the drive system. All of the vehicles were recently built and from the 2014 model year. Honda said it wants owners to bring the cars back to dealers so that mechanics can inspect the upscale SUVs to see if they need to tighten or replace bolts used to secure the propeller shaft, a component of the AWD system. During assembly, it is possible that one or more of the four bolts that attach a propeller shaft to a universal joint were not tightened properly.