Fit (Jazz) (Honda)

Apr 03, 2019

Musashi Seimitsu Corporation announced the formation of the Musashi AI consortium in collaboration with Israeli technology pioneer and founder of Poliakine Innovation, Ran Poliakine, and SixEye Interactive. The new consortium convenes the brightest technological minds in the area of artificial intelligence, software engineering, hardware engineering, mathematics and physics to promote its global vision. At this year’s AI Expo Tokyo, Musashi AI will demonstrate two new AI-powered prototypes enabling Smart Factory transformation. Based on artificial intelligence and cutting-edge optics, the Automatic Inspection System (AIS) is able to trace and replace people in quality control positions. Fully Self-Driving Automated Forklift (FAF) navigates on its own, performing a variety of functions that previously required human interaction, with unparalleled efficiency and safety standards aimed at preventing injuries to work staff on the warehouse floor. The benefits that artificial intelligence brings to the manufacturing industry are clear, but it takes collaboration, commitment and focus to make the promise of the Industry 4.0 revolution a reality. (From a press release on April 3, 2019)

Mar 29, 2019

On March 27, Honda Automóveis do Brasil officially inaugurated its second plant in the country in Itirapina, Brazil.
Located approximately 100 km from the Sumaré car plant, the Itirapina plant started production of the Fit on February 27, at a daily production rate of 90 units, and will gradually add other models.
Honda announced in April 2018, the plan to restructure its automotive production system in the country, by completely transferring the production of automobiles from the Sumaré plant to the new plant by 2021.
With a total investment of approximately BRL 1 billion, the Itirapina plant has a nominal capacity of 120,000 units per year, in two shifts, with approximately 2,000 employees.
The Sumaré plant has received investments for engine production, including casting and machining, plastic injection, tooling, quality engineering, industrial planning and logistics.
The headquarters of Honda South America, the Automotive Research and Development Center, the Parts Division and the Technical Training Center for dealerships will remain in Sumaré.
The Itirapina is designed to be more efficient than the Sumaré plant, with a sequential stamping process consisting of only 3 presses and a welding process in which 100% of the components are added in a single work station.

(Honda press release on March 27, 2019)

Mar 26, 2019

On March 25, Honda informed that the new Honda HR-V is introduced in Europe.
Sportier exterior styling is complemented by upgrades to the interior design and materials, as well as a broader range of advanced technologies.
Inside, the 2019 HR-V offers impressive interior space and due to innovative features like Honda’s Magic Seat system – high levels of versatility.
The new 2019 HR-V offers buyers a choice of powerful and efficient engines. Production of the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol variants commenced in late 2018, while the higher-performance 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine is available from Spring 2019. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine is also available in selected markets. All engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the petrol engines are also offered with an automatic CVT.
Available as an option for the two 1.5-litre petrol engines, Honda’s popular CVT offers a natural ‘multi-gear’ feel through the use of control software – exclusive to Europe – which simulates seven speeds, and provides optimised gear change mapping.
HR-V buyers in Europe will benefit from Honda’s Synaptic Damping Control (SDC) system, which was introduced for the first time in the 2015 HR-V.
Honda Europe Press Release