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Honda donates 90 acres of land to The Nature Conservancy to protect cold water springs

Honda's donation will help protect the drinking water for tens of thousands of Ohioans.

Photo courtesy of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Honda is donating 90 acres of land in Ohio valued at over $280,000 to The Nature Conservancy to help protect the environmentally fragile headwaters of the Big Darby Creek watershed. This donation is the latest in a 30-year partnership between Honda and The Nature Conservancy to preserve this watershed, which is one of the Midwest's most biologically diverse aquatic systems.

"As citizens of this watershed, it's imperative we do our part to protect it," said Tom Shoupe, executive vice president of Honda of America. "Honda understands the significance of this property and will continue to protect and preserve the Big Darby Creek watershed."

"We want to thank Honda for the nearly $1 million in philanthropic grants we've received since this partnership began which have been invaluable in advancing our conservation and volunteer program efforts, especially here in Central Ohio," said Bill Stanley, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. "We thank Honda for this generous donation of land, which adds a critical piece to the conservation puzzle and grows our Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve to more than 1,000 acres."

According to Honda, "the Big Darby Headwaters preserve protects the cold water springs and streams that combine to form the headwaters of Big Darby Creek. Big and Little Darby Creeks are noted nationally for their tremendous diversity and abundance of both aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. They are home to 86 species of fish, five of which are endangered in Ohio. Forty-one species of freshwater mollusk live in these waters, eight of which are on the Ohio endangered list."

The Big Darby Creek is a tributary to the Scioto River, which provides drinking water for tens of thousands of Ohioans.

Honda began manufacturing vehicles at their Marysville, Ohio plant in 1982. Two years later, Big Darby Creek was designated a state scenic river. In 1991, Honda began their partnership with The Nature Conservancy with a $100,000 contribution for watershed support. Donations have periodically followed, including 2006 and 2010 donations totaling $500,000 for the restoration of Big Darby Creek.

Honda isn't the only company donating land to help preserve it. Earlier this year, Volkswagen gave The Conservation Fund $1.25 million to purchase land in East Tennessee.

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The new Si gets many improvements over the standard Civic.

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The 2022 Civic and Civic Hatchback are just starting to hit our streets, but Honda's already moved on to higher performance versions of the car. The automaker just announced the Civic Si, which lands between the standard cars and the red-hot Type R in the Civic lineup.

2022 Honda Civic Si The Si's manual transmission gets rev-matching from the Civic Type R.Honda

The 2022 Civic Si gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The VTEC unit has been updated with broader power curves and better output at the top of the rev range. It's paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that features the handy rev-matching feature from the Civic Type R. The system can detect downshifts and blips the throttle to perfectly align engine revs with the shift.

Honda tightened up the new Si's body with an 8 percent bump in torsional rigidity and a 13 percent increase in bending rigidity over the previous model. The 2022 Civic Si also rides on a longer wheelbase and has a wider rear track for better stability. Honda says that at 107.7 inches, the Si has the longest wheelbase in its class, which should give the car a stable and comfortable ride.

2022 Honda Civic Si The 2022 Civic Si's interior is clean and sporty. Honda

The Si's cabin borrows heavily from the standard Civic, but the sporty car gets more aggressive front sport seats with stronger bolstering and better thigh and shoulder supports. Honda raised the seats' bottom cushion by half an inch at the front for better thigh support. A 9-inch touchscreen display is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12-speaker Bose stereo with Centerpoint 2 tech and SurroundStage digital signal processing are also standard.

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The Passport was lightly modified for competition.

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Honda recently announced a line of off-road-oriented trims and packages for its vehicles. Called TrailSport, the trim brings rugged appearance upgrades to the Honda Passport and will eventually offer more performance upgrades for other vehicles in the automaker's catalog. To further prove its mettle in the off-road space, Honda built a 2022 Passport rally truck to compete in the American Rally Association race series. The truck debuted over the weekend in Michigan and had a reasonably successful run for its first time out.

2022 Honda Passport Two Honda engineers handled driving duties.Honda

Importantly, the Passport's drivetrain and suspension were left untouched for the rally. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and suspension in the rally vehicle are the same components that you or I would see if we bought a new Passport today. Honda did add a transmission fluid cooler, but even then, it's the unit that everyday buyers can get with the available towing package. The SUV's interior was stripped and modified for safety and performance.

2022 Honda Passport Honda is pushing deeper into the off-road with its TrailSport trims.Honda

Honda did upgrade the Passport's wheels and tires for the event by fitting 17-inch BRAID Winrace T rally wheels and Maxxis RAZR M/T or A/T tires. The automaker also made modifications to the SUV's underside with custom 1/8-inch thick aluminum oil pan and rear differential skid plates. High-density panels protect the fuel tank and other sensitive components, while Carbontech XP12 brake pads and high-temp racing brake fluid slow things down.

2022 Honda Passport The Passport's interior had to be stripped and modified for the event.Honda

The ARA National and Regional Championship Series events feature modified street vehicles that travel at speeds well in excess of 100 mph. The courses include gravel, dirt, mud, and snow, and cover hundreds of miles. The Honda Passport rally vehicle was first driven by two Honda engineers and ran in the top ten out of 42 teams. Honda says that a tire de-bead eventually slowed the team, leading to a delayed finish.

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