Auto News for May 25
The column will take some time off over the long holiday weekend and resume on May 29. Please take some time over this period to pay your respects to those who have died in our nation’s wars.
Perhaps take a trip to your local cemetery, find the grave site of just one fallen soldier, and put your hand on the headstone and say, “Thank you.”
Motor Trend, quoting a Japanese newspaper, said Honda is working on an all-electric version of the Fit. Whether it will ever make to its way to the U.S. is not known at this juncture. The goal is to introduce it in China during the first half of 2020.
Wilder than that, set your sights on a Honda Civic Type R pickup truck!!! It was created by a team at the Honda plant in the UK.
To create the Project P concept, the team used a pre-production version and adapted the design rearwards from the B-pillars of the car, with sweeping lines from the roofline to the back hiding a flatbed loading area in the center of the car where the rear seats and storage space would normally be.
(Shades of the old Subaru Brat!!!)
Finished in Rally Red, the concept retains the iconic rear wing associated with both the FK2 and FK8 Civic Type R, which is movable to allow unfettered access to the rear of the truck.
Using the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox as the Type R, it is estimated Project P will complete the 0- 62 mph sprint in under six seconds and reach a top speed of over 165 mph. It also possesses the same driving modes of comfort, Sport and +R, Project P offering both ride comfort as well as a unique racing capability on track.
Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK, added: “This Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept by the special team at our Swindon-based plant demonstrates the passion and commitment of the team there – going above and beyond outside working hours to deliver the final product. There are no plans to put this in to production but we will be using it to transport our lawn and garden products as and when required!”
Subaru announced its 2019 WRX will carry a starting price of $28,000 including delivery. The WRX STI will start at $37,480. That compares to 2018 model prices of $27,855 and $36,955. The STI will gain five more horsepower for the New Year to 310.
Instead of moving out, this car company is moving back into Detroit. Ford is moving its electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle business teams into a refurbished former factory in the Corktown neighborhood of the Motor City.
Talks are continuing on a more extensive redevelopment plan involving Ford acquiring a long abandoned Michigan Central railroad station in the neighborhood. The Detroit News reported an announcement on that one is expected in mid-June if the acquisition talks are successful.