Concept Cars at Detroit Auto Show: The Good, the Efficient and Just Plain Spacey.
Digging Infiniti’s Cool Cat Concept:
Infiniti has finally released it’s final edition for it’s Q60 Concept, and damn, she’s got some curves! Under the hood you’ll find a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 and a seven-speed automatic. The outside is a mix of Alcantra and carbon fiber while the inside we have some pretty snazzy leather sports seating.
Mercedes-Benz - Race for Space:
Next is the Mercedes F015 Luxury in Motion… just a little confused by this. It resembles a space car or something to the effect you’d see right out of a sci-fi film and we sort of had to ask ourselves - is this what the future of technology is going to… or is this what they think we actually want it to look like? No specs released on this spacey concept rumored to be capable of housing both electric and gas motors, it does have luxuries galore. The car’s swivel chairs and interior are completely lined with lights, touch screens and technology… suffice to say the interior of the car looks like a futuristic disco. And the windshield... well, its huge. Its like a windshield moon roof combo that pretty much spans the entire roof of the car. Great for star gazing and navigating the asteriod fields once this baby takes off. The one cool thing about it is that they can all turn around to face each other and have dinner and the side “barn doors” allow easy access in and out of the night club….er we mean vehicle. Ok… ok… you got us - its sort of cool in an “I love Star Trek” kind of way, so it will probably grow on us. But maybe for now, we’re happy this concept car stays in the future… the distant future.
Honda’s Concepts - Energized for the Future:
Honda hit the show room full of energy… energy efficient promises that is… They were boasting promises of a new battery-electric vehicle and new plug-in hybrid model by 2018 and further application of two- and three-motor hybrid systems to join Honda’s U.S. lineup bringing them surging ahead in the competitive future of alternative-fuels vehicle manufacturing.
On the show room floor was Honda’s FCV Concept showcasing the style and sophistication they want to bring to fuel-cell vehicles by 2016. Downsized is the size of the fuel-cell by 33 % and up is the power by 60%. The car is estimated with a driving range of 300 miles and is believed to fuel up in 3 minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa. Honda plans to provide First Element Fuel with $13.8 million in financial assistance to build additional hydrogen refueling satins throughout the state of California. Maybe its time to move to the west coast… you guys are getting ll the cool toys first.
Honda to Launch Next Generation Advanced Powertrain Vehicles by 2018, Honda FCV Concept Makes North American Debut
New battery-electric vehicle and new plug-in hybrid model by 2018 and further application of two- and three-motor hybrid systems, to join Honda's U.S. lineup enabling Honda to continue to be a strong competitor in the alternative-fuels vehicle market
Together, these vehicles will offer significant volume enabling Honda to bring ultra-low carbon transportation to consumers in the U.S.
Honda FCV Concept demonstrates the styling evolution of the next-generation Honda fuel-cell vehicle, launching in 2016
New VTEC® Turbo engines to be built in Ohio, will launch in 2015
DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2015 – The Honda FCV Concept makes its North American debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show with U.S. availability of the production vehicle in 2016. In an effort to ensure Honda's environmental vehicles remain strong competitors and provide a new sales-volume pillar, the company will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including a new battery-electric model and plug-in hybrid model by 2018. Additionally, the company plans further application of its two- and three-motor hybrid systems in the years to come. Together, these vehicles will offer significant volume enabling Honda to bring ultra-low carbon transportation to consumers in the U.S. Honda also announced plans to introduce new VTEC® Turbo engines to be built in Ohio and debut later in 2015.
Honda FCV Concept
The Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of Honda's next fuel-cell vehicle, anticipated to launch in the U.S. following its March 2016 introduction in Japan. The new Honda fuel-cell car will feature a spacious cabin with seating for five-passengers, a driving range estimated to be in excess of 300 miles, and an anticipated refueling time of approximately 3 minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa. Its fuel cell stack, which fits entirely within under the hood, is 33 percent smaller with a 60 percent increase in power density compared to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity.
As the next progression in Honda's dynamic FCV styling, the Honda FCV Concept features a low, wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines. The interior strives to achieve harmony between man and machine by taking advantage of new powertrain packaging efficiencies delivering even greater passenger space than its predecessor, the 4-passenger Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle. The Honda FCV Concept made its world debut in Japan on Nov. 17, 2014, followed by an announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show that Honda will provide FirstElement Fuel with $13.8 million in financial assistance to build additional hydrogen refueling stations throughout the state of California in an effort to support the wider introduction of fuel-cell vehicles.
Next-Generation Advanced Powertrain Vehicles
In addition to the all-new fuel-cell vehicle, by 2018 Honda will introduce several next-generation advanced powertrain vehicles that will leverage new Honda Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrains.
In addition to the all-new fuel-cell vehicle, by 2018 Honda will introduce several next-generation advanced powertrain vehicles that will leverage new Honda Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrains. These next-generation vehicles will build on Honda's longstanding portfolio approach to advancing ultra-low carbon technologies for mobility and will include:
An all-new Honda plug-in hybrid model (PHEV);
An all-new Honda battery-electric vehicle (BEV); and
Further application of our two- and three-motor hybrid systems to contribute to significant sales volume growth for Honda's U.S. hybrid vehicle lineup.
New VTEC® Turbo Engines
Before the end of the year, Honda will begin to introduce our new 4-cylinder VTEC® Turbo engines – an extension of its Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrain lineup – that will deliver fun-to-drive performance while supporting fuel efficiency at a very high level. Production of the new VTEC® Turbo engines will begin later this year at Honda's Anna, Ohio, engine plant, the largest automobile engine plant in Honda's global production network1. Honda is investing $340 million at the Anna Engine Plant to produce the VTEC® Turbo 4-cylinder engines using domestic and globally sourced parts, including the addition of a third assembly line for production of 4-cylinder engines and additional manufacturing innovations.
Honda Environmental Leadership
Based on its vision of "Blue Skies for our Children," Honda is taking a portfolio approach to reducing the environmental impact of its products, advancing fuel efficiency, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance with new powertrain technologies from its Earth Dreams Technology™ lineup, which includes more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and advanced electromotive technologies. Honda's alternative-fuel vehicle lineup includes the Fit EV, Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas, the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe and the Accord Hybrid.
1 Honda engines are built using domestic and globally sourced parts.