[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
2018 Acura RLX Arrives in Showrooms with Striking Redesign
More.......................
American Honda Reports Sales Figures for October 2017
More.......................
Second-Generation NSX “Dream Project” by ScienceofSpeed to Debut at SEMA
More.......................
Honda Reveals their Sports EV Concept
More.......................
Watch Live: Honda Reveals their Sports EV Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
American Honda reports strong sales numbers for September 2017
More.......................
Honda will be showing a Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
The 1.5T in the 2018 Accord has VTEC!
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: Why is Acura being so quiet?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Proud new owner of...
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Mazda confirms turbo for the 2018 Mazda 6
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: New Tesla Roadster will go from 0-60mph in 1.9s
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: G70: Korean Entry-level Luxury domination on the rise?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: First independent review of Tesla Model 3: Doug DeMuro
Join Discussion......
TSX --> Re: Still a looker!
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: How Honda reinvented the compact Hybrid
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: TLX-L mini-site up
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Does Honda = Sony and Kia = Samsung
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Kia Stinger Review
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Tablet + iphone on wheel
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Autoblog CTR Driver's Notes
Join Discussion......
TSX --> Re: 2nd Gen TSX OEM Floor Mats
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: 2018 Accord Sport - Sport Mode on CVT but not 6MT?
Join Discussion......
Spied Testing in USA: New "Global Small Hybrid", Cloaked as Airwave+Fit
 Date: September 12, 2007 07:56
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: Brenda Priddy & Company
 Credibility Rating: Not Specified


We received a batch of pics and the following text from Brenda Priddy overnight.
Developmental Test Mule

A first glance this may look like Honda’s “Airwave” – a small Asian-market people-mover or wagon. The “Airwave” badge is covered with a small piece of electrical tape, as are the Honda badges. With an expected facelift on the Airwave for the 2009 model year, it would have been easy to assume that this was just a freshening. Although it did seem odd to see two left-hand-drive versions of the Asia-only Honda.

It was difficult to see the body-colored panels welded on from afar, but getting a close-up look at this “Airwave” - we quickly noticed the front clip and headlamps were right off the Japanese version of the Jazz/Fit. In addition – the dash and all the gauges were right off the Fit. This was NO Airwave! Nor was this a Fit!

This is actually a developmental test mule for the much-publicized 2010 “Global Small Hybrid”. And this isn’t speculation!

Because styling details aren’t visible, sources were willing to divulge a few details about these very vehicles, and we were able to CONFIRM that these are in fact engineering mules for Honda’s Prius-fighting Hybrid.

Honda’s all-new hybrid, which will debut in 2009, is expected to exceed the current Prius’ miles-per-gallon rating – as well as offering the vehicle at a lower base price. Worldwide, sales are estimated at 200,000 units annually, with 100,000 – or half of the cars sold – to be here in the States.
The new hybrid will be built in Suzuka, Japan, and will offer an all-new and dedicated hybrid powertrain.

Brenda Priddy & Company


Here are two pics of the "mule".




Last edited by JeffX on September 12, 2007 08:00

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  This ISN'T the actual car!
Vader 0
  It's Clear....
HONDA AFVM 34
  A winner -
Obsessed 0
  Prius Delay ??
Jrsarchy 1
  Just some trivial corrections
WongKN 12
  Hybrid vs Diesel
Vader 12
  About photos..
Mr.Lude 2
  Front End
Rooster1 0
  Civic Wagovan is that you?
revvin 3
  Additional "Global Small Hybrid" Pics
SB2 0
  Motor Trend has two more different photos
aznstuart 0
  "all-new and dedicated hybrid powertrain"
Honda-D 5
2018 Acura RLX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 1.5T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy