Honda Clarity FCV & NSX; Suzuki compact cars, Ignis & Baleno

Honda and Suzuki exhibit cars and technologies at Tokyo Motor Show 2015

2015/11/30

Summary

 This report summarizes the vehicles and technologies that were exhibited by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corporation at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015.

 Honda exhibited the Clarity Fuel Cell, a production fuel cell vehicle (FCV), and the new NSX super sports car, which are slated for launch in 2016. Honda also exhibited the S660 (launched in April 2015) as well as the Civic Type R and Odyssey Hybrid, which are slated for release soon.

 Suzuki exhibited four concept cars: the Air Triser, Mighty Deck, Ignis, and Ignis-Trail Concept. These models were designed for use in urban areas, leisure and other situations. Among the planned production models, Suzuki exhibited the Baleno, which is to be exported from India, and the new Escudo compact SUV, which is to be exported from Hungary. Suzuki also introduced a cutaway of a new hybrid system. The new hybrid system, which is under development, allows electric-only propulsion.

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Honda: exhibits Clarity Fuel Cell, new NSX and other soon-to-be-released new models

 Honda exhibited the Clarity Fuel Cell, which is slated for launch in March 2016. The Clarity Fuel Cell inherited its name from the Clarity, which was launched for lease sales in Japan and the U.S. in 2008. The new NSX super sports car is slated for launch in 2016. The new Civic Type R will go on sale in December 2015. This Civic Type R was developed with a goal to create the fastest vehicle among the front-wheel-drive production models.

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CLARITY FUEL CELL CLARITY FUEL CELL CLARITY FUEL CELL
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Cabin of the Clarity Fuel Cell can comfortably seat five adults (Source: Honda) Conceptual diagram of the Clarity Fuel Cell: powertrain is mounted under the hood, battery is placed under the front seats, and hydrogen storage tanks are placed under and behind the rear seats (Source: Honda)

 

Honda's planned production model: Clarity Fuel Cell

Model Launched in Description
CLARITY FUEL CELL March 2016  The new Clarity Fuel Cell sedan made a world premiere at the motor show. This new FCV fuses the ease of use of a gasoline-powered vehicle and values that are unique to a FCV at a high level. The new Clarity Fuel Cell features a fuel cell powertrain that is as compact as a V6 engine. This powertrain is the world's first fuel cell powertrain that is mounted under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle. This powertrain layout enables a full cabin package that comfortably seats five adults.
 The new Clarity Fuel Cell is fitted with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that allows a cruising range of over 700 km per filling under the JC08 testing standard. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes under an ambient temperature of 20oC. The fuel cell stack for this new model generates a maximum output of more than 100 kW. The new Clarity Fuel Cell comes standard with the Honda Sensing driver-assistive system. The new model is 4,895 mm in length, 1,875 mm in width, and 1,475 mm in height.
 When combined with the Power Exporter 9000 (sold separately), the new Clarity Fuel Cell will function as a "power plant on wheels" that can supply electricity to households and public facilities in times of disasters. The new FCV can cover the amount of electric power consumed by an average household for about seven days.
 Honda will begin lease sales of the new FCV in Japan in March 2016 to local governments and companies. The new model will be available only by lease for the time being; however, the automaker will eventually begin selling the vehicle to individual customers. The new Clarity Fuel Cell will be priced at JPY 7.66 million, including consumption tax.

 

New Honda NSX Driver's seat of the new NSX New Civic Type R
New Honda NSX Driver's seat of the new NSX (left-hand drive) (Source: Honda) New Civic Type R

 

Honda's planned production models: New NSX and Civic Type R

NSX 2016  The new NSX made its debut in Japan at the motor show. The new NSX features a newly developed direct-injection 3.5-liter V-type 6-cylinder twin turbo engine, which is longitudinally mounted on a lightweight vehicle body in a mid-ship layout. The new NSX is powered by a 3-motor hybrid system, SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD (Super Handling-All Wheel Drive). The new model is 4,470 mm long, 1,940 mm wide, and 1,215 mm high. It will go on sale in 2016.
 The engine teams up with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission that incorporates a highly efficient electric motor to drive the rear wheels. The front wheels are driven by two respective independent motors. Using torque vectoring (a mechanism and control system for distributing drive power between the left and right drive wheels), the SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD distributes drive power freely to the four wheels.
CIVIC TYPE R December 2015  This new model was developed with a goal to create the fastest vehicle among the front-wheel-drive production models. The new Civic Type R offers an outstanding driving feel on the circuit and public road alike. The new Civic Type R is the first model to carry Honda's newly developed 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine. The new engine generates a maximum output of 228 kW (310 PS) and a maximum torque of 400 Nm to achieve the highest performance among the successive Civic Type R models. The new engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission to offer a high level of driving performance.
 The new Civic Type R made its debut in Japan at the motor show. It will go on sale in Japan in December 2015. The number of vehicles to be sold will be limited to 750 units. A lottery will be held if the number of orders exceeds the number of vehicles available. The new model is priced at JPY 4.28 million, including 8% consumption tax. The new Civic Type R is 4,390 mm in length, 1,880 mm in width, and 1,460 mm in height.

 In addition to the three models above, Honda exhibited the S660 special edition that was tailored for the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 and the new Odyssey Hybrid, which is to be released soon.

 

S660 Motor Show Special Collection ODYSSEY HYBRID
S660 Motor Show Special Collection Odyssey Hybrid fitted with 2-motor hybrid system

 

Honda's planned production models: S660 and Odyssey Hybrid

S660 April 2015  The S660 two-seater open-top sports car went on sale in April 2015. The S660 was developed with a goal to create a full-fledged sports car that offers a heart-throbbing experience. The S660 is 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width, and 1,180 mm in height. The S660 Motor Show Special Collection made a world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015.
ODYSSEY HYBRID Coming soon  The new Odyssey Hybrid made a world premiere at the motor show. The new Odyssey Hybrid is powered by the Sport Hybrid i-MMD, a 2-motor hybrid system as found on the Accord Hybrid. Thus, the new model achieves both excellent environmental performance and dynamic acceleration that is unique to electric motors. The new Odyssey Hybrid is Honda's first model that incorporates the Intelligent Power Unit (a control unit integrated with a battery) beneath the first-row seats. As a result, the new model provides a spacious cabin on a par with that of a gasoline-powered vehicle. The new Odyssey Hybrid is 4,830 mm in length, 1,820 mm in width, and 1,685 mm in height.

 

Honda: exhibits Wander (wander around freely) concept cars

 Honda exhibited the two-seater Wander Stand Concept and the single-seater Wander Walker Concept, which were designed under the concept of "wander" (wander around freely).

 

WANDER STAND CONCEPT Driver's seat of the Wander Stand Concept WANDER WALKER CONCEPT
Two-seater Wander Stand Concept Driver's seat of the Wander Stand Concept: Matching the individual taste of the driver, the display offers a wide range of information (Source: Honda) Wander Walker Concept with steering system for short-radius turns (Source: Honda)

 

Wander (wander around freely) concept cars debut

WANDER STAND CONCEPT  This concept car, designed under the concept of "wander" (wander around freely), is Honda's proposal for mobility. The Wander Stand Concept is driven by an omnidirectional drive wheel mechanism to which the Honda Omni Traction Drive System is applied. This mechanism includes large-diameter wheels. The large-diameter wheels each have small-diameter wheels that are joined in a string. The Wander Stand Concept travels backward or forward by moving the large-diameter wheels, and travels laterally by moving the small-diameter wheels. The concept car can also travel diagonally by moving both the large- and small-diameter wheels.
 The Wander Stand Concept made a world premiere at the motor show. This new mobility concept can readily enter narrow roads and move freely. In its compact body, two adults can ride side-by-side, experiencing a completely new way to drive. The new concept car can also switch to autonomous driving mode. The Wander Stand Concept is 2,000 mm in length, 1,250 mm in width, and 1,850 mm in height.
WANDER WALKER CONCEPT  The Wander Walker Concept made a world premiere at the motor show. This near-future personal mobility (for one) gives the rider free access to the city of the near future, in which people move about in complete freedom. It has a turning radius of only 1 m and is 540 mm wide, narrow enough to pass through automatic train turnstiles in Japan. The new concept car supports V2X real-time communication using Wi-Fi. This enables riders' family members to locate the riders' whereabouts with their smart phones. The Wander Walker Concept is 1,080 mm in length, 540 mm in width, and 1,000 mm in height. It has a maximum speed of 6 km/h.

 

 



Suzuki: exhibits the Ignis and other three concept cars

 Suzuki exhibited four concept cars that offer rich versatility for daily life and leisure: Air Triser, Mighty Deck, Ignis, and Ignis-Trail Concept.

 

Air Triser Concept Seat arrangement example of the Air Triser MITHY DECKコンセプト
Air Triser Concept, a new-concept three-row compact minivan Seat arrangement example of the Air Triser (Source: Suzuki) Mighty Deck Concept

 

Suzuki's concept cars: Air Triser and Mighty Deck

AIR TRISER  The Air Triser concept car made a world premiere at the motor show. This new-concept three-row compact minivan was designed under the concept of a private lounge within manageable body dimensions. The three-row seats can be configured in a relaxation mode (where the seats face each other to provide a relaxed atmosphere) or in a lounge mode (where the seats form a U-shape sofa). The Air Triser is equipped with a multi-use display that allows users to listen to music, view photographs and enjoy other media content by connecting with a smartphone.
 The new concept car is 4,200 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, and 1,815 mm in height. It is powered by a 1,372 cc four-cylinder Dualjet engine and hybrid system (which allows electric-only propulsion). The powertrain also includes a five-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS: Suzuki's automated manual transmission).
MIGHTY DECK  The Mighty Deck concept car made a world premiere at the motor show. This new, fun-oriented minicar is fitted with a canvas top and an open load deck that can be repositioned for diverse purposes. The Mighty Deck was designed based on an "urban/outdoor" concept that people can freely move between contrasting situations and mindsets, such as "city and nature" and "relaxed and playful."
 The Mighty Deck has a belt-like panel spreading through the bottom of the windshield. The belt-like panel presents graphical displays of map information, weather, vehicle information and such. It also provides a connection to social networking services, letting users exchange messages with friends. The new concept car comes with a 658 cc turbo engine and Suzuki's S-ene charge mild hybrid system. The car is 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width, and 1,540 mm in height.

 

Ignis Concept IGNIS-Trail Concept
Ignis Concept for daily life and leisure Ignis-Trail Concept with emphasized outdoor attributes of the Ignis

 

Suzuki's concept cars: Ignis and Ignis-Trail Concept

IGNIS  The Ignis concept car made a world premiere at the motor show. In the early 2000s, the first-generation Swift was marketed as the Ignis outside Japan. Suzuki has brought back the Ignis as a compact crossover that offers the versatility of use for both daily life and on rough roads. The new concept car features a high view and plenty of road clearance. Suzuki plans to produce the new compact crossover first in Japan and then market it globally. It comes with a 1,242 cc Dualjet engine and mild hybrid system. The Ignis concept car is 3,700 mm in length, 1,660 mm in width, and 1,595 mm in height.
IGNIS-Trail Concept  This compact-crossover concept model made a world premiere at the motor show. The Ignis-Trail Concept expands upon the Ignis concept of urban and outdoor versatility by offering even greater rough-road ruggedness. The Ignis-Trail Concept is fitted with big-diameter wheels and wheel-arch moldings that emphasize its outdoor attributes. This design package further heightens the Ignis enjoyment. It comes with a 1,242 cc Dualjet engine and mild hybrid system. The Ignis-Trail Concept is 3,700 mm in length, 1,690 mm in width, and 1,620 mm in height.

 

Suzuki's production models: Baleno and Escudo compact SUV

 Suzuki exhibited the new Baleno, which is the company's strategic vehicle that was launched in India in October 2015, at the motor show. The company will annually produce around 150,000 units in India and export the vehicles to 100 countries worldwide, including Japan. Suzuki also exhibited the new Escudo compact SUV, which is built at Suzuki's plant in Hungary and exported to and sold in other markets.

 Moreover, Suzuki exhibited the Solio Hybrid that combines the new Solio, which went on sale in August 2015, with a new hybrid system that is under development and allows electric-only propulsion.

 Suzuki's electrified vehicles come with the "ene-Charge" and the "S-ene charge" systems. The S-ene charge system, an advanced version of the former, has a motor assist function. (The Solio and Suzuki's other compact cars come with a mild hybrid system that uses a mechanism similar to that of the S-ene charge system.) With the addition of the new hybrid system (with two motors and allows electric-only propulsion) that was presented at the motor show, Suzuki will have three types of electrified vehicles.

 

Baleno New Escudo Cutaway of new hybrid system
Baleno, built in India and to be exported to Japan and other markets New Escudo, launched in October 2015 (Source: Suzuki) Cutaway of new hybrid system that allows electric-only propulsion (under development)

 

Suzuki exhibits planned production models

Baleno  The new Baleno compact hatchback made its debut in Japan at the motor show. The new model went on sale in India in October 2015. This new compact hatchback is built in India and will be supplied to the global market. The new Baleno has plenty of space for four adult passengers and luggage; therefore, passengers can enjoy long rides in comfort. In Europe, Suzuki vehicles have been so far targeted at niche markets. However, this new hatchback is designed to go head-to-head with B-segment models, such as the Volkswagen Polo and Renault Clio.
 The new Baleno will also go on sale in Japan in the spring of 2016. The new model will be imported from India to Japan. It is 3,995 mm in length, 1,745 mm in width, and 1,470 mm in height. The new Baleno comes with either a newly developed 1.0-liter Boosterjet direct-injection turbocharged engine or 1.2-liter Dualjet engine.
New compact SUV ESCUDO  The new Escudo compact SUV went on sale in Japan in October 2015. The new Escudo is equipped with Suzuki's AllGrip four-wheel-drive system that offers a selection of four driving modes: Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock (see Note). The new compact SUV is powered by a 1,586 cc gasoline engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The new Escudo is 4,175 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width, and 1,610 mm in height. (Note: In Lock mode, the system applies brakes more strongly to the slipping tires while transmitting strong driving force to the gripping tires.)
 The new Escudo is built in Hungary, and exported to and sold in other markets. The current Escudo, which is fitted with a 2,400 cc engine and is 4,300 mm long (larger than the new Escudo), is being sold under another name, Escudo 2.4.

 

Suzuki develops new hybrid system that allows electric-only propulsion; fits system on new Solio and exhibits

 Suzuki presented a new hybrid system (under development), which allows electric-only propulsion. The new hybrid system has a motor for driving and charging. In addition, the system has an integrated starter generator (ISG), which is commonly used in Suzuki's traditional mild hybrid system. The new hybrid system is combined with Suzuki's AGS transmission. Its motor-assist function reduces torque variation, which occurs at the change of vehicle speed through the AGS to achieve a slick gearshift. Suzuki did not disclose specific performance figures of the system this time.
 Suzuki exhibited the Solio Hybrid that combines the new Solio with the new hybrid system. The new Solio went on sale in August 2015. The new hybrid system is mated with a 1,242 cc Dualjet engine and a five-speed AGS. The Solio Hybrid is a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

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