Along with Honda's announcement of the Honda E electric city car's production name, CEO Takahiro Hachigo today revealed a smattering of other initiatives and plans for Honda's future. Perhaps the most intriguing is a new vehicle platform to be announced next year with a "global model." It will be called Honda Architecture, and Honda says it's going to increase development efficiency and expand parts-sharing between models built on the platform. What Honda didn't tell us was what model we'll see on the platform first. Since the vehicle will be introduced next year, we expect it to be for the 2021 model year. It's tough to say which vehicle will be getting this platform first, as Honda has many global models: Civic, Accord, CR-V, Fit and HR-V.
The Accord and CR-V are both already loosely based on the Civic's platform, so where that car goes, the others will follow and vice-versa. The HR-V is a Fit-based crossover, but the new Fit was announced to be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall — this means it can't be the car using the new platform, since Honda says the "Honda Architecture" is coming to a model announced in 2020. Honda also said this new Fit will be getting a next-generation version of its i-MMD hybrid system. We expect absolutely stellar fuel economy from a hybridized Fit — you can check out the next-gen Fit in spy photos here.
Lexus plans to add more variants to the LC lineup, including a convertible and a high-performance F model.
According to a report from Auto Express, citing an inside source, the Lexus LC Convertible has received the green light, and an LC F model is nearing approval. Expect to see the LC Convertible to be introduced within 18 months to two years, with the F variant coming afterwards.
We’d already seen the 2018 Toyota Camry – but that vehicle was the one developed for the North American market. Here you see the 2018 Toyota Camry in Japanese domestic market spec: in other words, the version that’ll be sold here from late this year.
There are minor visual changes between the model seen here and the North American version, including different front bumpers and headlight inlays (with clear indicator lenses rather than the amber tinted ones on the US models), and tail-lights with marginally different lenses.
The expansion of the CT family is only part of a larger product push for Lexus, which reportedly plans nine new or significantly updated models before the end of this year.