Despite the huge distance that separates us from Japan, the so-called ‘land of the rising sun’ has a very important car culture and recognized globally. In addition, on the other hand, different types of vehicles are marketed that we will not see in any Western country. A clear example of this is the so-called ‘kei cars’. From time to time some of these models are sold by major auto companies. And the truth is that their shapes and designs never cease to be picturesque. The last ‘kei car’ that appeared in the Japanese market was the Honda N-Box Slash 2018. The small model of the Honda was up to date and expects to sell about 500 units per month, a figure very conservative in relation to sales volumes which generally moves the N-Box family. However, it is not less relevant. The new Honda N-Box Slash 2018, which is now available in Japanese dealers receive from other news a new range of colors for the body and that we can see in the images below. It should also be noted that it can be configured with a monochrome or two-color exterior finish with the ceiling and other elements in contrast. It is also necessary to add to the line the new wheel designs, whose maximum size is 16 inches.  In the interior there are also very striking changes, with a total of six environments that allow to create a passenger compartment according to the personality and the taste of the client. In addition, it has new standards for upholstery and certain trimmings can be configured in red, blue, brown and beige, among other colors. The Honda N-Box Slash line is comprised of seven trim levels. The mechanical supply consists of two engines, both of 660 cc, one of them turbo and another aspirated. Front and full wheel drive versions will also be available. Regardless of the chosen engine, this will be coupled to a CVT type automatic transmission. The price of the new Honda N-Box Slash in Japan will start from 1,359,720 yen, about 39,500 reais at the current exchange rate. The N-Box family is one of the most relevant sales lines for Honda in Japan. Last year a total of 218,478 units were sold. The only three models of the Japanese brand that surpassed that number were the Accord, the Civic and the CR-V – its three most successful vehicles.


The big minivans are another classic typology of the American market. Since the early 1980s, the Chrysler Voyager has rapidly expanded to virtually every brand in the market, although in recent times they have suffered a setback due to the proliferation of SUVs and crossovers. One of the last remnants is the 8-seat Honda Odyssey, which debuts its fifth generation in Detroit. On this occasion, the Odyssey is more technological than ever, debuting a 10-speed automatic transmission, nine ratios in some versions, and a whole range of security and infotainment systems. In mechanical terms it continues to have the same V6 i-VTEC 3.5-liter engine, which now produces 284 hp, 32 hp more. The introduction of the new 10-speed automatic transmission will bring driving smoothness to the large MPV, which is only of Japanese origin, since the Odyssey and its mechanics are manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama, while the new transmission is manufactured in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Inside, the Odyssey features an infotainment system equipped with a 7.0-inch TFT touch screen and Honda Sensing’s suite of safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, collision-free braking, track, etc. Also, according to the brand, the Odyssey is designed to get the highest ratings on NHTSA crash tests as well as to get the IIHS Top Safety Pick + award. Aesthetically the changes were not as substantial, however, their appearance was completely refreshed thanks to the adoption of a whole new front and several styling lines throughout their upgraded body. The front design comes with a style already seen in several of the latest models of the brand, in which the headlights and the grid have more horizontal and aligned shapes. On the side appear a series of folds that draw lines of style, with smooth curves that stylize the side view.


Honda did not want to go unnoticed in this year’s edition of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and has prepared a prototype that is attracting a lot of attention, especially from the enthusiasts of the all-terrain. Named Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept, this vehicle was manufactured by the Honda Americas R & D department and results from the combination of two production models: Honda Ridgeline and Honda Pioneer 1000. The goal of the Japanese manufacturer for this project was to create a vehicle to be driven in the open and where one could enjoy the sensations of nature, so it was mandatory to give this ‘off-road’ arguments so that he could venture into any way. This was achieved by the huge protections in the bumpers and the chassis, by the prominent and clear suspension, by the rugged all-terrain tires. The result is in sight and impresses with the Japanese brand promising strong feelings to all who sit in the four places that the Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept offers. For the time being production is out of the plans of Honda, but this did not prevent the Japanese brand to affirm that in the construction of this prototype, only components used in other models of production of the company were used.

2018 – HONDA S660 MODULE X

The launch of the Honda S660 made it clear that while kei cars are known to be boring and overly rational cars, brands can also bet on more passionate and sporting vehicles in that category. The acceptance of the Honda convertible was so good when it was introduced, that even brand followers in Western markets made clear their interest in the model. Unfortunately his arrival is not planned for the West. Still, Japanese citizens who want to have a small two-seat convertible in their garage may opt for the new version of Honda. Recently the Japanese manufacturer decided to improve the line of the Honda S660 with the introduction of an optional package that will further radicalize the exterior and interior image of the little Japanese. This is the package Module X. In the images below we can see the result in equipping the Honda S660 with all the elements that make up this optional pack. Some modifications go beyond the merely aesthetic plan, as there are also technical changes to improve the behavior of the convertible that circulates on the roads of Japan. Paying special attention to the front of the Honda S660 comes a new bumper that shows redesigned air intakes. The grille now has a black finish and LED daytime running lights bring a technological and urban feel to the whole. The rearview mirror housings were also painted black. Taking a closer look at the side of the Honda S660 Modulo X, along with the new side skirts that reinforce the model’s image, we must highlight the new 15-inch alloy wheels with a glossy black finish that show the larger brakes. The suspension has also been refurbished and is adjustable in five steps. The rear shows a new bumper, as well as a central exhaust outlet. The new spoiler adds the finishing touches to the outside world. You can also opt for numerous colors so that the Honda S660 with the Modulo X package can reflect the personality of the driver. In relation to the interior, there is an enveloping enclosure with a cozy environment where the bicolour leather upholstery is the usual tonic. The seats, steering wheel and dashboard feature contrast stitching. The Modulo X package also includes aluminum pedals, a specific shift lever, leather upholstered handbrake, specific emblems and unique rugs. There is no such thing as a novelty, the Honda S660 Modulo X continues to be propelled by a 660cc three-cylinder turbo engine with 65 hp and 104 Nm of maximum torque coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. Optionally it is possible to count on an automatic transmission type CVT.


Many have wondered what a ‘younger brother’ of the current Honda Civic Type-R would look like. The truth is that information has emerged in the past that indicated the development of a radical and extreme subcompact that would also adopt the Type-R emblem. However, it was always there, mere information. Now, thanks to a concept car presented in Indonesia, it is possible to have an idea of ​​what will be this small size sports car. The new Honda Small RS Concept was unveiled at the Indonesian Salon 2018 as one of Honda’s great novelties. Takehiro Watanabe, CEO of Honda Indonesia, said during the presentation of the Small RS Concept that it is a project that shows the ideal vision of what should be a sports subcompact, both visually and dynamically. Taking a look at the images below, the truth is that we are facing a model that does not hide its intentions or character. The bright black accents and LED daytime running lights quickly catch your eye. To achieve the sports image, Honda designed a body kit for it. Paying special attention to the front, there is the enormous air intake of the hood, the marked and athletic forms of the bumper, as well as the front grille with the relevant emblem of the brand. Some of these traits are typical of the Honda Civic Type-R. Looking at the side, in addition to the extended skirts, do not overlook the black alloy wheels. Finishing the exterior tour through the rear of the Honda Small RS Concept, the huge fixed roof aerofoil is undoubtedly the most eye-catching detail. Also worth mentioning is the bumper, the diffuser and the chrome friezes. From the inside little or nothing can be said, since Honda did not publish images and did not give details about it either. Honda claims that the Small RS Concept is its vision of what a small sports car might look like, but said nothing about a hypothetical production version. What can not be ruled out is that it influences future renovation of models such as the Honda Brio RS, as well as the RS version of the Honda Jazz (Fit) that is available in certain markets.


The Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 has been updated with numerous improvements but retaining the essence of the new Accord – exterior appearance and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – but now has a hybrid system capable of delivering 212 hp. It is the next generation of Honda’s hybrid propulsion system, an Atkinson four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, coupled with an electric motor, which achieves a combined fuel consumption of 20 km / l. With this data, it is above its rivals, the Ford Fusion Hybrid (with 24 hp less) and the Toyota Camry Hybrid (12 hp less powerful). This hybrid system works in three different ways. One is purely electric (EV) and works only at short distances and smooth accelerations; on the second, Hybrid Drive, the front wheels move through the electric propellant and the gasoline engine drives the generator, and the third, Engine Drive, uses a self-locking clutch that connects both engines that move the front wheels together.n In relation to its image, stand out for the specific wheels, blue LED daytime running lights and the hybrid emblem. It will be available in three trim levels: Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring. The brand is confident that the new Accord Hybrid will outperform its predecessor, and expects to double its sales of 14,000 vehicles annually.

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Save Big Money on Used Cars

So you’re thinking about buying a new car. Times are tough! So you don’t want to spend all your money. Just imagine what would happen if, God forbid, you or your wife were laid off. It’s happened to other people you know. No one’s immune! So what’s the alternative? Buying a used car can save you thousands of dollars and still leave you with an excellent vehicle 2009 challenger car cover and even with a manufacturer’s warranty. When you buy a new car several things happen backstage that no one really thinks about. Let’s start with depreciation. Accountants call it straight-line depreciation. Here’s how it works. Every year that goes by your car loses value by a fixed percentage… usually 20%. When does it start? The minute your new car touches the road! That’s right! Let’s say you buy a $30,000 car. The minute it touches the pavement it’s worth $24,000. During the second year its value goes down another 20%. Now it’s worth $19,200. Three years down the road you’re driving a $15,360 car. In many cases it’s still under warranty, but it’s worth half the money. Insurance is another factor. Insurance for a new car is generally more expensive than for a used one. And what are you really insuring? If you laid down a small down payment or no down payment at all -which is actually the smart move- you’ll be insuring someone else’s property. Think about it! I could go on, but I don’t want to depress you. Buying a used car -especially in tough times like these- can actually be your smartest move. Why? There are dozens of reasons. But I’ll just add three more to what we’ve discussed so far. Car manufacturers are struggling to keep their heads above water. One of the many tricks they’re using to entice new buyers is a longer warranty. Many vehicles today are covered by 5-year warranties, 100,000-mile warranties and many other sweet deals of the sort. That $30,000 car will cost you between $19,200 and $24,000 two years down the road and it will probably still be covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty. The same thing is true for models manufactured 2-3 years ago.

Better still; let’s suppose you buy a two-year-old car for $22,000… Just to use our original figures as an example. Your depreciation after the first year will only be $4,400. That’s close to a third less than what you would’ve paid on a new car. Plus your insurance will also be lower. Used cars also have a track record. What does this mean? It means that whatever factory defect they might have come with will have probably been discovered and corrected already. From a safety standpoint alone this is a great benefit. Finally, you can usually find better deals on used cars than on new ones. Why? Because new car prices are pretty much fixed. Manufacturers set a factory price. Then dealers add their expenses and profit margins to arrive at a sticker price. That’s it. There isn’t much room for bargaining. On the other hand, the used car market is a haggler’s hunting ground. And I’m not talking about auto dealers alone. There’s a world of opportunity waiting in the “for sale by owner” market as well. People sell their cars for a myriad of reasons and it isn’t always because the vehicle is giving them a hard time. Couples divorce every day. And what happens? Many times they sell everything. People die every day. And what happens? Pretty much the same thing; their heirs sell all their belongings and split the money. People are fired ever day. And what happens? Well, you get the idea. If you want to save big money on used cars keep in mind that it’s a game of patience. If you are one of those guys that want a new car and want it NOW forget about used cars. You’ll probably end up with a lemon. But if you dedicate the time to look at many vehicles, take them for a test drive and bargain, bargain, bargain; you’ll probably end up with a great car and thousands of dollars to spare in your bank account!

You may have no choice but to rent straight from the airport, but you will usually pay a higher fee to do this. You will want to look at the “extras” that you are charged along with the advertised daily rate. Sometimes that advertised price doubles once the add-ons are figured in. If you are staying at a hotel fairly close to the airport, you can likely take a shuttle for free right to your accommodations. Then, you can rent a car from a city car rental location, which will usually be less expensive. Book a small car. While this may not work in Europe, where smaller cars are very common, it usually works in the United States. IF you book the economy size car and the agency does not have any available (they often don’t because they do not keep many around), they will be forced to upgrade you for free. Avoid the extra rental car insurance that these agencies offer. This is, of course, after you confirm that your personal auto insurance or credit card covers rental cars. Almost every person has this coverage already, so you generally do not need to “double dip” on this. You will surely get a good sales pitch by the car hire agency, but stand your ground if you know you are already covered. Do your research. Plan your trip and book your car ahead of time if at all possible. This way you can compare rates, car styles, and options without the pressure of a last minute transaction. Using an agency online that will find you the best deal is definitely something to consider. Just watch that too, to be sure you are truly getting the best deal for your needs. Renting a car does not have to be difficult or overly expensive. You just need to take a little time to make a plan and stick to your guns. If you do that, you will have a reliable car at a great price while you are visiting most any place in the world.

Consumer Guide to Choose Car Rental Services

When it comes to renting a car, each consumer prefers getting the best deal. As much as this is possible, you may find it hard to get the best company to offer you the services that you need. There are certain considerations that you have to factor when looking for car rental services. You need to know how long you will need the services and the distance that you intent to cover with it. This is significant in that you will be able to know how much it will cost. You need to know that price will be determined by how long you will use the car. If you stay with the car for long, you will definitely pay more.  In order to get the best car rental in Israel, it is recommended that you visit various companies. You can be able carry out this online or with the help of friends. When using the online method, you have to visit various car rental companies’ websites so as to look at the services, rates and types of cars that they have for this function. When looking for car rental in Israel, you have to be aware of the car that you need. This is because there are different types of cars in these companies thus if you have the information on the type of car that you need, you will be able to easily find a rental company. There are also companies that specialize in only one type vehicle thus if you are aware of the vehicle that you prefer, you may get quick access to the service provider. You also need to be in the limelight about different charges for different vehicles. This is reached at by the service provider in a way that there are types of vehicles considered unique and for dignitaries. If you need these types of vehicles, you must be ready to pay a little more than the normal vehicles.

Car Sun Shades

If you happen to require something that can help you preserve the accessories that your car has, then buying car sun shades will help you. What these shades do is that they protect the interior of your car from the harshness of the sun. These also helps maintain your car’s interior cool, so you could go in and stay inside without feeling too hot. Car sun shades are accessories for your car that get installed inside the driver and passenger sides respectively. As simple as these accessories function, they can really help since they not only protect your car from the harsh sunlight, they also provide protection to your car’s seats, seat covers as well as the electronics inside.

The following are what car sun shades can do to your car’s interior:

  1. protects the car’s interior from harmful rays coming from the sun – Harmful rays, like ultra violet or UV, become more concentrated as they enter the earth’s atmosphere. Not only are UV rays harmful to the skin, they can also be harmful to surfaces that are laid open to them for certain lengths of time. For example, if your dashboard and your car’s seat are constantly exposed to UV rays. They can also make your car’s seat covers fade. When you install some car shades, you can prolong the life of your car’s interior by a significant amount.
  2. Dramatically lower the heat that builds up inside your car – Car sun shades function by blocking as well as reflecting the sun’s harmful rays in order for the car’s interior not to become too hot especially when you go in. These also make sure that the steering wheel doesn’t get too hot since the heat can burn the palms of your hands.
  3. Protects your car’s electronics – Leaving a speaker system exposed to the harsh light of day can damage it. At times, it can damage your car’s electronics so badly that they will no longer be able to work. So it can be a good thing for you to have car sun shades to prevent your car’s electronics from getting worn out.

Car sun shades won’t cost you much. They are available from any nearby auto supplier. There are also some available to order online. However, when you search for some of these accessories while on the Net, be sure to only make deals with a reputable and reliable site in order to not be a victim of some shady deal. After you finally get your car sun shades installed, you’ll be glad to know that your cars interior will no longer have to suffer from the onslaught of the sun.

Cut Vacation Costs: Save on Your Next Car Rental

If you have ever traveled, you know first-hand how expensive it can be when you add up flights, hotel costs, activities, food and the cost of renting a car. In today’s economy, we are trying to save wherever we can manage to do so. Saving on your rental car is easier than you think, but you must be prepared. It is difficult to save if you wait until the last minute to find your rental. You must do your research and know your stuff before you reach your destination. Start out your research with your insurance company. If your personal insurance covers you on rentals, then you do not need insurance through the rental company. Another way to ensure your savings on your next rental is to check your travel schedule and destination. Let’s say you are traveling to a big city but there are things that you wish to see outside of the city limits. While you are staying in the city, you may not need a car to get around. You only need a car to get outside of the city limits to go and see the sights. If this is the case, you would only need your rental car for a certain amount of days, but not for your whole trip. Realizing this can save you rental fees on days you may not even get behind the wheel! Sometimes you can save on your car rental just by going to an agency that is located away from the airport. Be careful, though. If you find an off-airport agency that is cheaper, you may end up spending more money just trying to get there from the airport.

Make sure you know what your total cost will be before you pick up your car. Many times, travelers are surprised by “hidden” fees that they were unaware of. These can include gas fees, drop off fees, additional driver fees and airport fees. In many places you can choose to pay a flat rate and not have to fill the car up with gas before bringing it back. Weigh the numbers and decide what is best for you. Check to make sure that you are able to drop the car back off in the same location to avoid fees. Very few places will allow you to drop it off at a different location without being charged extra. You can always get better rates on your rental car if you book your reservation before you arrive at the agency. Many companies will offer special online deals that you may miss out on if you choose to wait until you reach your destination. Finally, when choosing your rental car, choose one that will suit your needs. If it is just you traveling, chances are you will not need an eight passenger mini-van. A small car costs the least to rent, so take advantage of this if you are able. If you have a lot of people traveling with you, try and go with the bigger car that has better gas mileage or one that is cheaper.

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