05 Mar 2019 ID: 162328

Geneva International Motor Show 2019

Geneva International Motor Show 2019

Contents

1. Honda at Geneva International Motor Show 2019

2. Introducing the Honda e Prototype

3. Honda to develop energy management business for Europe

4. New variants of popular production cars

5. At the pinnacle of modern motorsport

6. Honda Accessories

 

1. Honda at Geneva International Motor Show 2019

Featuring the world premiere of the Honda e Prototype, Honda will showcase a range of its latest and most exciting products at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.

In addition, Honda took to the stage at Geneva to announce the further acceleration of its electrification ambitions. The company announced its intention to move 100 per cent of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025. This new ambition builds on the brand’s 2017 aim of two-thirds of its sales to be electrified by 2025, and places it firmly at the forefront of Honda’s global electrification shift announced as part of its 2030 vision. 

Honda e Prototype unveiled

Further proof of Honda’s electrification ambition is seen in the shape of the Honda e Prototype. Unveiled for the first time at Geneva, the car previews Honda’s first production battery electric vehicle for the European market.

Further roll out of full hybrid technology

Early in 2019, Honda successfully launched the all-new CR-V Hybrid, featuring its two-motor i-MMD full hybrid technology. Honda expects full hybrid technology to play a key role in meeting its aims of 100% electrification by 2025.

Honda to develop energy management business for Europe

Honda took the opportunity of its Geneva press conference to share the first details of its developing energy management solutions business for Europe. This announcement builds on the Power Manager bi-directional charging concept first shown at Frankfurt motor show in 2017.

Honda intends to build a portfolio of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.

Additional show highlights

Other product highlights on the Honda stand include the all-new CR-V Hybrid and a new HR-V Sport variant. A broad range of Honda motorcycles will also be displayed, alongside a dedicated motorsport area that accommodates two Honda-engined FIA Formula One racing cars.

 

2. Introducing the Honda e Prototype

Making its global debut the Honda e Prototype previews the new compact electric vehicle. Designed to meet the needs of the modern lifestyle, the Honda e Prototype combines unique design, advanced functionality and engaging driving dynamics. The vehicle delivers a package perfect for the urban environment. 

Developed with a focus on simplicity in design and usability, and evolved from the 2017 Urban EV Concept, the Honda e Prototype will seamlessly integrate with modern urban lifestyles through advanced functionality and sophisticated, easy-to-use connected technology. Clean external lines are facilitated by a Camera Mirror System and flush pop-out door handles. The smooth body contours lead from the bonnet to the panoramic windscreen and stepless A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass. Inside, a next-generation dual screen horizontal display and connected infotainment system are incorporated within a relaxing and modern minimalist lounge-style passenger cabin that utilises tactile, contemporary materials.

The first compact Honda car on a dedicated EV platform delivers a blend of efficiency, performance and usability that is perfect for urban environments. The Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality of 80% battery charge in 30 minutes, making it ideal for everyday commuting. On the road, the driving dynamics focus on delivering a fun and emotive experience, with the powerful electric motor driven through rear wheels for next-generation small-car performance.

Official reservations for the Honda e Prototype will open in selected markets across Europe in early summer 2019. Customers can register for updates on the Honda website now, and will be able to place a reservation for the car in selected European markets in early summer. To date Honda has received 15,000 registrations of interest for the Honda e Prototype. 

 

3. Honda to develop energy management business for Europe

Honda took the opportunity of its Geneva press conference to share the first details of its developing energy management solutions business for Europe. This announcement builds on the Power Manager bi-directional charging concept first shown at Frankfurt motor show in 2017.

Honda intends to build a portfolio of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.

Honda has been working with EVTEC to further develop its bi-directional Honda Power Manager technology (compatible with battery-electric vehicles, such as the Honda e Prototype) and will plan to offer a commercial version in the coming years.

Honda has also announced an agreement with two external partners:

- Moixa, a company who specialise in ‘resource aggregator‘ technology, allowing customers to benefit from sharing the control and capacity of their EV battery

- Ubitricity, a leading supplier of charging solutions, including an innovative approach to on-street charging in urban areas

The next step is to embark upon feasibility studies for its technologies in London, UK and Offenbach, Germany. Further developments are expected to be announced later this year.

 

4. All-new variants of popular production cars

The all-new CR-V featuring advanced hybrid powertrain technology is on display. This is the first Honda SUV available as a hybrid in Europe, and features improved comfort, convenience and connectivity, as well as additional space and versatility.

The Honda Hybrid Performance system features intelligent Multi-Mode Drive technology (i-MMD) comprising two electric motors, an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and an innovative fixed-gear transmission. Three intelligent driving modes deliver high levels of real-world refinement, responsiveness and efficiency.

Honda also display’s the new HR-V Sport variant for the first time at a major international show. The new grade introduces the 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine to the HR-V range, along with new advanced ‘Performance Damper’ technology, bespoke exterior styling and interior upgrades.

Other Honda models on show include the new seven-seater CR-V, the Honda Civic 1.0T Sportline and the Honda Jazz.

 

5. At the pinnacle of modern motorsport

For the first time in the hybrid-power era Honda is partnering with two teams in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The brand’s show stand in Geneva will proudly display the Honda-powered racers from the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso teams. The Formula One season starts in Melbourne on 17 March.

The latest example of the Civic Type R TCR, which has taken seven major titles and 41 race wins globally since its race debut last January, will be displayed alongside the production Civic Type R. Four cars will take on TCR’s premier series; the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup, with customer teams in 2019. Esteban Guerrieri and Nestor Girolami represent ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport while fellow Honda Racing drivers Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi compete for the KCMG team.

The ground-breaking 2019 Honda NSX will also be on display at the show.

Two-wheel stars

The 2018 title-winning Honda RC213V, ridden by Marc Marquez, from the Repsol Honda Team will attract fans of two-wheel racing to Honda’s Geneva stand.

The race machine will feature alongside iconic production bikes, including the ‘Neo Sports Café’ styled CB1000R naked machine, epic 1800cc Goldwing luxury tourer, and the modern re-imagining of the classic mini-bike, the Honda Monkey.

 

6. Honda Accessories

Honda is show casing new accessories and packs for a range of models at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, giving customers the ability to enhance and customise their Honda.

Honda CR-V

  • Style Pack: enhanced body-colour finish for the lower front and rear bumpers and side sills, giving the CR-V a robust, muscular appearance and enhancing its premium look.
  • Silver interior panels: subtly textured silver inserts for the dashboard, centre console and front and rear door panels.
  • Aero Pack: a number of exterior enhancements that add a dynamic and refined design flourish; includes a body-colour front ‘aero‘ bumper, and a rear ‘aero‘ bumper with body colour and Alabaster Silver finish. Sleek aluminium running boards integrate with the CR-V’s side profile and incorporate black detailing, while also delivering additional practicality. A tailgate spoiler adds an extra sporty edge to the back of the car.

 

Honda HR-V

  • Aero Pack: a sophisticated enhancement for the HR-V to provide even more dynamic styling. The front and rear ‘aero‘ bumpers feature a stylish black chrome accent, while the running boards add practicality and sleekness. A body-colour tailgate spoiler adds a sporty touch.

 

Honda Civic Type R:

  • Carbon Exterior Pack: a performance-oriented carbon fibre finish to the door mirror caps, B-pillar trim, rear wing spoiler and rear diffuser. Unique red element highlights are embedded in the carbon fibre weave pattern to accentuate the Type R’s aerodynamic detailing.
  • Carbon Interior Pack: additional performance-focused carbon fibre accents for the dash, centre console and door sills that enhance the Type R’s sporty interior ambience.

-Ends-

Customers can register for updates on the Honda website now, and will be able to place a reservation for the car in selected European markets in early summer.

To date Honda have received 15,000 registrations of interest for the Honda e Prototype.

 

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