Honda in Geneva 2017 – The Highlights
Honda took several new and stunning developments with them to Geneva this year including the NeuV concept, making its European debut and of course the bonkers new Type R.
Let’s start with the Type R. Due for release later this year, the monstrous new model is based on the all-new 10th gen Civic and like the new Civic it will be built right here in the UK.
Prices are expected to sit around £32,000 which is a slight increase on the current model, but a well justified increase indeed. With this increase Honda have aimed for vast improvements across the board with overall dynamic performance, high-speed ability and how it fares on the track all targeted for improvement.
The new model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder VTEC engine which produced 316 bhp, that’s a notable 10 more ponies in the stable over the outgoing model. This power will be fed through a six speed gear box into front wheel drive.
Honda are hoping that this engine will help to reclaim the Nurburgring lap record for a front drive production car, a record set by the previous Type R and stolen by the VW Gold Clubsport S.
Where as the new Type R adopts more of a primal attitude towards motoring with brute power, the NeuV was on show to represent what the future may hold in motoring.
The NeuV is a pure-electric concept car with a unique ownership proposition and a state-of-the-art ‘emotion engine’ that can learn about its driver. The NeuV (pronounced “new-vee”), which stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, was conceived to take advantage of the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle for 96% of the time.
The pure-electric concept car explores a financially-beneficial ownership model for enterprising customers, by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using the car. It would pick up and drop off customers at local destinations, and could also sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it‘s sitting idle, further monetising the vehicle’s down time.
NeuV has two seats with luggage space behind, which also stores the ‘Kick ’n Go’ electric scooter concept designed for ‘last mile’ transit. The scooter concept is inspired by Honda’s original scooter of the same name launched in the 1970s. The new design is powered by a detachable battery rather than a chain mechanism, and can be recharged through a connection in NeuV’s luggage space. The new ‘Kick ’n Go’ concept demonstrates that Honda is looking at all aspects of affordable electric mobility that can enrich people’s daily lives.