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More Troubles for Honda: 2.5 Million Recalls

August 10th, 2011

2012 Honda Civic

Even before the terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan, Honda seemed to be losing its way. I wrote a story in May of last year about that.

More recently our estimable tgriffith told you about Consumer Reports’ slam of the new Civic (above)—for bad brakes and handling, a choppy ride and, yes, an inferior interior. CR rated the Civic 11th out of 12 small sedans, and that made big news in the car world.

Now the company is getting slammed again, this time with a recall of 1.5 million U.S. cars and another million in China and Canada for an automatic transmission problem affecting 2005-2010 Accords, Elements and CR-Vs.

The UK’s Financial Times (subscription required) noted it was one of Honda’s largest recalls ever, “equivalent in size to 70 per cent of the 3.5m vehicles that Honda sold last year.”

Why is this happening to the “once proud” leader in small cars? For years, Honda (and the Civic in particular) was the one to beat, the best-engineered, best-made, best-selling. Now it’s being seriously challenged by, of all companies, Hyundai, formerly producer of some of the world’s worst-made cars.

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Next Honda CR-V Loses Underbite, Gets Big-Boy Face

July 26th, 2011

2012 Honda CR-V

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the 2012 Honda CR-V.

Well, the concept version anyway, which Honda confirms will debut at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, Calif., in September 2011.

The current CR-V, which debuted in showrooms in 2007, looks a lot like any other CR-V, except it developed a severe underbite and lost its rear-mounted spare tire. The current double grille looks like a Shih Tzu I once owned: exceptionally ugly but somehow kind of endearing with its lower jaw protruding out well beyond the upper.

Eventually though, the look gets irritating, and like the Shih Tzu, you just kind of hope you’ll wake up one morning and it will be gone.

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Honda Getting Its Groove Back

June 22nd, 2011

2012 Honda Civic

About a year ago we posted a story expressing concern that Honda was losing its way. Our writer jgoods commented that the company was drifting on several fronts, saying,

This won’t be news to you car gurus who follow such things, but for a company that’s been on top so long to be sagging in product development, engineering, marketing, and sales—while losing market share to Ford, Hyundai, and Kia—signifies big trouble.

He was absolutely right at the time. The monstrosity that is the Accord CrossTour was newly introduced, the disappointing Insight sales numbers were becoming clear, and the hotly anticipated CR-Z was underpowered and uninspired.

Just over a year later, things seem back on track.

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