As Featured On EzineArticles.comThe King Motorsports / Mugen Civic Si made its debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) convention in Las Vegas. The car showed off its K20 DC5R engine which has a limited slip differential and a 6-speed transmission. The engine had been modified to produce 240hp. The K20 represents Honda’s next generation engine. It does not run on a timing rubber belt. It runs by a timing chain. The engine heads are reversed so that intake and exhaust swap position. Three additional versions of the K20 (K20A, K20B, K20C) engine are available; each sporting subtle variations in their power train assembly.

The new Honda Insight has improved immeasurably since it was first launched back in 1999. Today’s difficult economic times makes the Insight the right answer for the customer on a budget. There has been an obvious slowdown in car sales which is the first reason why the Insight could be the next big thing. The Insight’s base sticker price is significantly lower than any competitor model with similar features. Even if a buyer splurges for a fully loaded Insight, it won’t cost much more than a base model competitor.

Auto makers are making considerable improvements in hybrid engine technology. It now looks as though hybrid is the way of the future and more consumers are turning to these cars to help save them money. Hybrids not only save consumers money at the gas tank but at tax time as well. Depending on the Hybrid, consumers could see up to a $3000 tax credit, and who doesn’t like a break from the government?

Honda’s release of the CR-Z concept car pushes the limits on the marriage of a true sports car to the latest in technology. The new class of vehicle is ready to move Honda even further from its competition in the market for hybrid engines. Honda even calls the CR-Z its lightweight sports car; an indication of Honda’s confidence in the CR-Z’s ability to match its performance to its sporty good looks. The look and feel of a Sporty Hi-Tech vehicle is all that can be said about the CR-Z interior design.

Finally, production of the stimulating “green” cars has been confirmed by Honda. The hydrogen fuel cell based FCX car along with a low weight hybrid sports car will both go into production. This now makes its debut in the near future a reality. Then, the FCX concept will be used in the all new FCV being marketed to both retail and fleet customers in Japan and the U.S.A. The FCV provides the safety comforts which everyone expects from Honda vehicles.

Specifications for the Honda V Flow fuel cell have not yet been provided. However, Honda assures us that the fuel cell stack provides performance equal to almost all current sedans. At the same time, zero emissions are produced except for heat and water.

It’s obvious; customers have a lot to look forward to as Honda continues to look far into the future of hybrid vehicle engineering in support of an entirely new generation.

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