HONDA KICKS OFF CIVIC PRODUCTION
It’s a big week for Honda as the automaker kicks off production of its 10th-generation Civic Sedan. It’s the biggest makeover of the sedan in its 43 year history and the automaker hopes the redesigned model can breathe new excitement into the brand. Add to that, this week new EPA figures put all models at 40mph or better on the highway.
“This 10th-generation Civic will set a new benchmark in the compact class with fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency and safety performance, together with a new level of refinement,” said Dan Smith, president of Honda of Canada Mfg. “Our team also set a new benchmark, taking on the incredible challenge of being the lead plant for the global launch of this new Civic, and we’re committed to delivering world-class Civic quality for our customers here in North America and around the world.”
The Civic sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the North American market.
The sedan goes on sale in November.
CHEVY TEAMS UP WITH LG TO BUILD BOLT EV
LG will provide nearly all of the powertrain components for the EV, including the battery. Chevy says the partnership will allow it to speed up development and production of the model, which should go on sale at the end of 2016.
“By taking the best of our in-house engineering prowess established with the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, and combining the experience of the LG Group, we’re able to transform the concept of the industry’s first long range, affordable EV into reality,” Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, said in a press release. LG, for its part, added that helping GM with the Chevy Bolt is “indicative of exactly the type of contributions that traditional tech companies can make in the automotive space.”
The Bolt is expected to trek over 200 miles on a single charge.