SEMA 2019

Honda celebrates 60 years in the U.S. with 15 builds at SEMA (including one Chevy)

Honda is celebrating its 60th year selling vehicles in the U.S. with a big display at SEMA that includes this motorcycle.

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SUVs, trucks, and powersports machines are all on display as Honda stages its enthusiast-centric display at SEMA in a bid to show that the automaker is about more than just mundane mommy-centric mobility.

Here's what Honda has brought to SEMA this year.

1968 Honda S800 Coupe “Outlaw”

1968 Honda S800 Coupe \u201cOutlaw\u201d

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Producer and actor Daniel Wu, most famous for playing Sunny in "Into the Badlands" built this custom 1968 Honda S800 Coupe "Outlaw". The vehicle is based on one of the first production cars Honda ever made. Instead of doing an engine swap, Wu had the original engine completely rebuilt, adding a custom exhaust system made by GReddy. There's a custom body kit by Pandem's Kei Miura that features custom flares, a custom air dam, and a 2-inch lower suspension. Its fender flares make the vehicle 4-inches wider and support widened wheels wrapped in Toyota R888R tires. The vehicle has a custom interior with red leather seating.

Proctor Racing Talon 1000R

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Proctor Race Group has given the Talon design and equipment touches that are meant to reflect Honda's racing routes. It as Sparco seats mounted with Jsport SXS aluminum seat mounts, Mastercraft cam-lock harnesses, a custom MPI Innovations steering wheel, KMC "Grenade" bead-lock wheels, 32-inch EFX Motohammer tires, Jsport SXS front and rear bumpers, a Jsport SXS intrusion bumper, and a strut-mounted spare tire carrier.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid “Do” Build by Jsport Performance Accessories

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The 2020 CR-V Hybrid "Do" was created for weekend warriors that need to everyday practicality that the CR-V offers but also the capability to get them to a trailhead with all their equipment. It features a 1.5-inch lift kit, side steps, and roof basket from Jsport, 17-inch KMC off-road wheels with Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires, and a Cannondale mountain bike mounted to the roof basket.

Ridgeline HFP Concept with Lifestyle Accessories

Ridgeline HFP Concept with Lifestyle Accessories

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Honda Factory Performance is exploring a more rugged Ridgeline with this build, which features a lift, widened track, and all-terrain tires on 18-inch bronze-finished HFP alloy wheels. The truck's bed holds custom Fuji mountain bikes that are standing in Thule bed bike fork mounts. There's also a Thule Xsportser bed rack and Kukenam 3 tent on the Ridgeline.

City Slicker 2019 Super Cub 125

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Steady Garage built the City Slicker Super Club, chopping and shortening its front and rear fenders, and retrofitting the front suspension with aftermarket parts designed for the Honda Ruckus. It has custom hubs with three-piece front and rear wheels. It has a custom two-tone green and off-white paint job that was done by Midnight Garage/Advance Auto Group and custom seats by Rogelio's Auto Upholstery. It gets its deep, throaty roar from the Yoshimura Magnum GP exhaust system.

Heritage Chevy Truck with Vintage Cub and CB160

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Honda has faithfully recreated a 1961 Chevrolet half-ton pickup that was used by American Honda Motor Co. Inc. shortly after the company opened for business in 1959. It's modeled after the one used in the 1961 photo that was originally in front of Honda's first office in Los Angeles. The truck features hand-painted lettering and period-correct trim. In the truck's bed are two motorcycles that played a big role in the creation of the company's U.S. presence, a 1965 Honda 50 and a 1965 Honda CB160.

2019 CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

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With this display, Honda expands the story of the CRF1000L Africa Twin to include a new family member, the CRF1000L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports. The new model is even more off-roading ready and comes equipped with features designed for camping including more off-road friendly tires and gear for sleeping under the stars.

Rally Passport

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This model was built by Honda R&D as a private, after-hours showcase of the off-roading potential of the 2019 Honda Passport. It is designed to compete in a stage rally competition in the Limited 4WD class of the American Rally Association. The vehicle placed second in its class and 12th overall out of 75 competitors in the Southern Ohio Forest Rally. Modifications made to the model for the rave include a roll cage and safety equipment, Maxxis RAZR MT Tires on Braid Wheels, Carbotech brake pads, front and rear skid plates, and a hand-operated hydraulic brake.

Honda Super Tuner Legends Series Winner: N600

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This head-turner was built by Dean Williams and is now owned by Stephen Mines. If features a Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine under its hood, which drives the rear wheels on a modified Mazda MX-5 Miata suspension system. It has a 12,000 RPM redline and a deep growl coming from the exhaust. The hot rod came out on top at the Honda Super Tuner Legends Series competition this year.

2020 CR-V “Dream” Build by Jsport Performance Accessories

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The "Dream" kicks it up a notch from the "Do." The model was designed for overlanding adventurers who don't need a high level of capability but still want a properly equipped vehicle for their journey. The mods list for the CR-V is extensive and includes a 1.5-inch lift kit, side steps, front bumper, rear tire gate, and Plateau modular roof rack from Jsport, 17-inch KMC off-road wheels with Nitto Ridge Grappler all-terrain tires, and a Roofnest Falcon clamshell-style rooftop tent. An organization cabinet and a slide-out refrigerator are located in the CR-V's cavernous cargo area.

Honda Tuning 2018 Civic Si Project by Super Street Magazine

Honda Tuning 2018 Civic Si Project by Super Street Magazine

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This Civic Si was designed to test multiple aftermarket products and put the Civic Si through its performance paces. Modifications include an intake and intercooler kit, an ECU re-flash, complete front-to-rear exhaust system, a complete turbo kit with a new downpipe, lower-positioned seats with more pronounced thigh and side bolsters, an adjustable length and height shifter, and adjustable gas pedal spacer. All the mods are completely reversible.

Jeanneret Racing and Olson Kustom Works Civic Si Drift Car

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The modifications to this Civic Si change it from sporty commuter to a full blown drift car. It has extensive chassis modifications that change it from a front-wheel drive car to a rear-wheel drive one and engine transformations that reorient the K24 engine and bring its ability up to a competition-spec 926 horsepower. Chassis, engine and body modifications to the Formula Drift vehicle were performed in-house in conjunction with Jeanneret Racing and Olson Kustom Works.

Super Street 2000 Civic Si Challenge Winner

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In 2000, this 1999 Honda Civic Si was modified by Super Street magazine then preserved by American Honda as a showpiece of early 21st century innovation. All of its modifications were completed with just a $10,000 budget. After winning, the Super Street Honda Civic Si was duplicated by Mattel as a 1:18-scale model.

2019 Monkey 125 “SARU with Love”

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This model, built by Arthur Yang, features a whopping 125 aftermarket enhancements including forged aluminum wheels, a titanium exhaust system, aluminum swing arm, CNC side-plate covers, and an Over Racing handlebar system. Over Racing has given the vehicle a refitted suspension using Ohilns components with a Chimera Engineering ram intake. There's also a Kitaco seat and an Asia-spec light conversion.

Custom CRF450L “Grey Area”

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If you've tuned in to see Honda Supercross and Motocross racer Cole Seely's vlogs, you know that he's outfitted this Custom CRF450L "Grey Area" with a number of modifications. Working with Bleach Design Werks, Seely added black Dubya wheels and Throttle Jockey helped design the vehicle's graphics. Its suspension has been upgraded for supercross duty.

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The Honda-GM agreement will allow for collaboration on a number of fronts.

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On the heels of successful collaboration regarding the implementation of electric vehicle technologies, General Motors and Honda have announced the signing of a non-binding memorandum of understanding that will increase the level of partnership between the two companies.

This isn't the first time that Honda and GM are collaborating. They have been working together on a variety of projects for over 20 years, including the Cruise Origin.

"This alliance will help both companies accelerate investment in future mobility innovation by freeing up additional resources. Given our strong track record of collaboration, the companies would realize significant synergies in the development of today's vehicle portfolio," said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors.

The agreement is seen as a step toward creating a North American automotive alliance in a vein similar vein to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. In that alliance, the three companies share a portion of the development, engineering, and production costs of vehicles and future technology. The scope of the proposed alliance includes vehicles that will be sold under each company's distinct brands as well as cooperation in purchasing, research and development, and connected services.

This proposed alliance would allow Honda and GM to collaborate on a variety of segments in North America that would share vehicle platforms and electrified and internal combustion propulsion systems. This could mean that we see a full-size Honda truck or a Chevrolet car with a Civic engine in the future.

Additionally, the alliance would allow for better market positioning for materials purchasing negotiations, logistics, and localization strategies.

"Through this new alliance with GM, we can achieve substantial cost efficiencies in North America that will enable us to invest in future mobility technology, while maintaining our own distinct and competitive product offerings. Combining the strengths of each company, and by carefully determining what we will do on our own and what we will do in collaboration, we will strive to build a win-win relationship to create new value for our customers. In this way, Honda will continue making steady progress in solidifying our existing business by realizing strong products, strong manufacturing capability and a strong business structure," said Seiji Kuraishi, executive vice president of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Co-development planning discussions will begin immediately, with engineering work beginning in early 2021.

The agreement builds on the electric vehicle platform sharing agreement the two automakers signed in April. In that agreement, Honda will work with GM to develop two new electric vehicles based on GM's global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries.

GM is already part of the Materials Marketplace, an initiative of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development that works to identify ways to reuse or exchange undervalued materials through an online database and establish circular supply chains. This is designed to lengthen product life cycles and lower the environmental impact of many stages of the manufacturing and design process.

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The Grand Wagoneer Concept appears to be pretty close to what we'll see IRL from the model when it arrives next year.

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The Grand Wagoneer is back! Well, almost. Before the production-ready version of the SUV makes its way to showrooms across the U.S., Jeep is showing off the Grand Wagoneer Concept.

If you were hoping for a completely retro style throwback, prepare to be disappointed. However, there are design nods to the nameplate's heritage throughout the concept that, with any luck, will make it into production.

Born in America in 1962, Wagoneer evolved to Grand Wagoneer in 1984. It left the Jeep lineup in 1991 but has become a hot commodity as buyers appear willing to pay upwards of $100,000 for a used model.

2020 Grand Wagoneer Concept The model features a familiar rectangular backPhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

"Our new Grand Wagoneer Concept marks the first step in the rebirth of Wagoneer – a true and rare premium American icon," said Christian Meunier, Global President of the Jeep brand – FCA. "With the electrification of each Jeep nameplate coming in the next few years, and the reintroduction of Wagoneer, we are quickly expanding into new segments and more premium space.

Jeep has given the concept a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain and 4x4 off-road system. Though it's just a concept, Jeep has confirmed that the model will get a Quadra-Lift air suspension, an independent front and rear suspension, "unmatched towing capability", and "powerful performance".

To achieve the "unmatched towing capability", it is likely that the model will have to be able to tow over the 8,500-pound high water mark that the Nissan Armada has set for three-row SUVs.

As shown, the SUV wears an Artic Ice exterior paint color.

2020 Grand Wagoneer Concept - Exterior

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The exterior of the concept is just as luxe as the interior, taking Jeep design in a direction it's never gone. There are Obsidian Black accents across the exterior including the Obsidian Black-accented grille that features the brand's iconic seven slots. Each slot has lightweight latticework. The space above and below each is lit creating a new signature LED design.

The grille is flanked by bi-function LED projector headlamps that are also seen on the current Jeep Grand Cherokee. The lamps are housed in teak wood. Below are LED fog lights and an Obsidian Black aluminum front skid plate and two tow hooks.

The design team created a custom-made font for all of the Concept's exterior lettering. It spells out Wagoneer on the front of the SUV, with the letters glowing in darkness thanks to subtle illumination. Raised aluminum letters with copper-side accents spell out "Grand Wagoneer" on the lower third of each front door. An American flag flanks the aluminum letters.

The Wagoneer has the common profile of a three-row SUV, but with a Jeep design twist at the front and rear. The concept rides on 24-inch multi-spoke Obsidian-finished aluminum wheels featuring 3-D printed elements. A three-piece wheel cap features the Wagoneer logo suspended in acrylic.

At the rear are LED taillamps that wrap around the body of the SUV. A rear diffuser sits below the SUV's power tailgate. At the rear, the concept has a back window reminiscent of that in the original iterations of the Grand Wagoneer, as well as a classic-ish stance.

The concept's taillights are designed to work together to create a welcome sequence illumination that engages when activated via remote.

As a nod to its manufacturing home and the Brand's headquarters, the Grand Wagoneer Concept's full-pane glass roof houses a map showcasing Detroit and the surrounding area. Though this likely won't make it into production, the inclusion in the concept is a fun nod to the Easer eggs in design Jeep has become known for. Flanking the roof are four tie-down hooks, each outlined in teak wood.

"The original Grand Wagoneer was the first premium SUV, and its timeless design combined with the soul of Americana helped it achieve an iconic place in many hearts," said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design – FCA.

2020 Grand Wagoneer Concept - Details

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"The Grand Wagoneer Concept's interior is spacious and features premium materials that accentuate our team's obsession to detail and celebrates American craftsmanship," Gilles added. "A full digital cockpit takes advantage of leading technologies that are beautifully presented with expansive and easy-to-use screens and limited buttons, allowing the focus to be placed on a pleasant and intuitive experience for the driver and passengers."

This concept design marks the first time Jeep has installed a third row in the Grand Wagoneer. It seats seven with captain's chairs in the first and second rows.

The interior of the model features sustainable materials, helping to further advance FCA's continued work to make their models, manufacturing, and design process more sustainable. An onyx glass mid-bolster runs the length of the instrument panel. The glass is a fully recyclable material that is made of an abundant natural raw material.

It appears to float as the eye moves halfway down the console thanks to a bolster made of raw aluminum, which was also chosen as the key material for creating the door speakers, shift knob, and vent surroundings.

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept Interior Seats

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Additionally, the SUV's headliner is made of Dinamica — a recyclable premium microfiber suede. The concept's carpets are made from Thrive fiber, which is comprised of recycled content using pre- and post-consumer materials. PUR, a sustainable synthetic material, was chosen to upholster all of the seating, console, door and instrument panel surfaces.

Many of the interior elements were designed to bring back memories of the Grand Wagoneer of yesteryear. The two-spoke steering wheel and "EST. 1963" inscription on the outer edge of the instrument panel just inside the front driver's-side door are two such elements.

Customizable ambient lighting enhances the SUV's interior.

Wood abounds in the cabin. The instrument panel features heat-treated lacewood while the entire panel features a raw edge design.

In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch driver's information screen. In the center of the vehicle is a 12.1-inch horizontal infotainment touch screen with a 10.25-inch horizontal comfort control touch screen below. The concept features a 10.25-innch screen in front of the passenger as well as twin 10.1-inch entertainment screens on the front seatbacks for second-row occupants to enjoy.

2020 Grand Wagoneer Concept - Interior

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The infotainment system runs on FCA"s latest version of Uconnect – Uconnect5

The Grand Wagoneer Concept is the only vehicle audio system in the world powered by McIntosh. The system features 23 custom-designed speakers connected to a 24-channel amplifier. Audio elements are designed in aluminum and Gloss Black.

Jeep's plans for the Wagoneer don't end with just one model. The company plans to deliver Wagoneer as a portfolio of products that they say "redefines 'American Premium' and delivers a unique customer experience".

Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer production vehicles to be built in Warren, Michigan next year.

Expect to hear more from Jeep regarding the Wagoneer brand soon.

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