Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

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    Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Honda Motor Co., the third-largest Japanese automaker, has decided not to build an eight-cylinder engine because high fuel prices are pushing buyers to more efficient motors. The company will focus instead on expanding diesel and gasoline-electric engine output.

    "It's not the time to make a V-8," Honda Chief Executive Takeo Fukui said at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany. "We need to focus on diesels and hybrids first."

    Honda this year expects to build 70,000 diesel motors, for models in Europe, and 30,000 gasoline-electric hybrid motors, which will mainly be sold in U.S. cars. The company plans to boost diesel output to 100,000 motors in two years and hybrid production to as many as 50,000 a year by 2007.

    Honda also plans to boost its ability to design new cars and trucks for the U.S. with a second studio in California. The Pasadena facility will help develop "advanced" models for Honda's biggest market.



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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    This is why Honda is successful - they aren't sure a V8 will add profitabiltiy - so they aren't doing it. They undeerstand focus and profit is more important than marketshare. Instead, the next RL will be a 280hp / 230lb ft V6 with a 75hp/120lbft electric motor, and the Ridgejob will have a second electric motor on the front, and will be RWD, making a combined 300lbft. By then gas will be expensive enough that the 3K extra will be OK if it gets 5mpg better than the Northstar V8.

    Don't get me wrong - I still hate Honda with a passion

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    I still say that's it's their loss, everyone else,s (but especially the big three's) gain
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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Quote Originally Posted by goblue
    This is why Honda is successful - they aren't sure a V8 will add profitabiltiy - so they aren't doing it. They undeerstand focus and profit is more important than marketshare. Instead, the next RL will be a 280hp / 230lb ft V6 with a 75hp/120lbft electric motor, and the Ridgejob will have a second electric motor on the front, and will be RWD, making a combined 300lbft. By then gas will be expensive enough that the 3K extra will be OK if it gets 5mpg better than the Northstar V8.

    Don't get me wrong - I still hate Honda with a passion
    Honda is "successful" with other Hondlians.
    CR ripped the new RL.
    The new Civic is terrible,inside and out.
    The newest Accord is not attractive either.

    Honda will not build what they "cannot succeed in."
    And when they do build a failure,they will drop/change it (DelSol.Prelude.NSX)

    I bet the FridgeLine disappears before too long.
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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    It doesn't say anything about V-10s. Didn't they recently confirm a V-10 for the new NSX? I thought I read that in MT.
    Last edited by Arizona Slim; 09-14-2005 at 07:58 PM.

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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Color me surprised

    Honda doesn't need a V8 unless they continue their push into larger vehicles. They always seem to do things their own way, and I guess that's worked for them.

    Toyota seems to do things in the same manner of the domestics (V8s, BoF trucks, RWD Luxury cars). That's the distinction between the two companies. Honda is anti-domestic, while Toyota is their own interpretation of what the domestics are trying to be.

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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Well their reasoning may be true but if they want to expand into more markets they are going to have to make one eventually.

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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Quote Originally Posted by TorchRedCorvette
    Honda is "successful" with other Hondlians.
    CR ripped the new RL.
    The new Civic is terrible,inside and out.
    The newest Accord is not attractive either.

    Honda will not build what they "cannot succeed in."
    And when they do build a failure,they will drop/change it (DelSol.Prelude.NSX)

    I bet the FridgeLine disappears before too long.
    When they start losing marketshare as a corporation - let me know. Their financial position is the envy of the automotive world, save one company.

    I hope they implode as well, and the Ridjejob is cancelled - but I wouldn't bet on it. They'll improve it, style it better - thats whats holding it back IMO

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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    They won't build a V8 but yet it is rumored a V10 is coming for the NSX??

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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Yet another weird decision from the Good-ole boys at Honda Motors.

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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Quote Originally Posted by goblue
    When they start losing marketshare as a corporation - let me know. Their financial position is the envy of the automotive world, save one company.

    I hope they implode as well, and the Ridjejob is cancelled - but I wouldn't bet on it. They'll improve it, style it better - thats whats holding it back IMO
    You will know.
    They keep designing like they have and it will not be long.
    The reliability issue has become a non-issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TorchRedCorvette
    You will know.
    They keep designing like they have and it will not be long.
    The reliability issue has become a non-issue.
    new name.... HYawnDa.
    I like it.
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    Re: Honda Won't Build V-8 Engines

    Quote Originally Posted by TorchRedCorvette
    new name.... HYawnDa.
    I like it.
    Yeah - me too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TorchRedCorvette
    new name.... HYawnDa.
    I like it.
    Nice. Haven't seen that anywhere else before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goblue
    When they start losing marketshare as a corporation - let me know. Their financial position is the envy of the automotive world, save one company.

    I hope they implode as well, and the Ridjejob is cancelled - but I wouldn't bet on it. They'll improve it, style it better - thats whats holding it back IMO
    the ridgelame wont be cancelled, because honda rarely discontinues cars, if it doesnt sell they'd probably improve on it and release it again (i bet they are already working on that), honda understands that a good rep for a car name such as the ridgeline is developed overtime, and cancelling and introducing an new one under a new name wont do any good, part of why i feel ford should have kept the taurus name, and with the styling and attributes of the fusion, could have made it a smash hit.

    As for the V8 topic, well, they're doing fine without one, plus they also build on a reputation as a green company, one that as our environment keeps getting depleted, will go down well with the families who mainly purchase their vehicles from honda.

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