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on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Honda Freed

Honda used to have a compact MPV called the Honda Mobilio which was similiar to the likes of the Grand Livina and the Toyota Passo Sette, where a B-segment monocoque car was stretched and made into a 7-seater compact vehicle. The Mobilio was based on the Honda Jazz/City platform but its styling was just too Japanese and model clinics conducted in this region resulted in not too favorable responses.

Now with the Honda Freed, there is a product that could be suitable for this region. I know alot of you have also noticed this when it was unveiled last year and many speculated that it would eventually end up on Malaysian shores, and now there is a strong possibility that might just happen! This is because Honda has announced that it will be building the Honda Freed in Indonesia at its plant in Karawang beginning June 2009, and exports to multiple Southeast Asia countries will begin by the end of the year.

Parts and components for the Indonesian-built Honda Freed will be procured from multiple ASEAN countries including Malaysia, which could be plastic components according to sources. Parts will also come from the Thailand and Philippines, making this a truly made in ASEAN car. We could see the Freed introduced in Malaysia next year or even by the end of this year, but that all depends on market conditions and the results of studies by Honda Malaysia’s product team.

In fact, if you look back not too long ago we see the Honda Stream getting a minor makeover with a small bump in price, that could be to make way for a new Honda Freed MPV inserted right below it in the product range.

With the MPV segment here so crowded and the Proton Exora and Perodua MPV all set to take a huge chunk of the segment, and combined with the recession, Honda may be entering the game too late, but in small numbers it will fulfill the niche of those who want a Honda-branded MPV and the typical associated values that Honda applies to its products.

What we know for sure is if it comes, it will be a Honda, so it won’t be cheap. Anyway please check out our previous coverage on the Honda Freed when it was first unveiled to see more photos of it including shots of the interior, or look after the jump for a few videos.

Honda Civic R Type

on Sunday, March 8, 2009

Honda in yellow color look like candy on child hand. honda civic r type really cool to have. really fast to driven. honda civic r type in yellow color you must have and drive with fastest engine your desire, rush your hour with this yellow car honda civic

New Honda Freed MPV with up to 8 seats

on Sunday, January 25, 2009

Honda Japan has added one more vehicle to its line-up, the Honda Freed MPV. Based on the Global Small Platform which underpins cars such as the Honda Fit as well as the Freed’s more boxy cousin the Honda Mobilio/Mobilio Spike, the Honda Freed is powered by the new L-Series 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine (118 PS at 6,600rpm, 144Nm at 4,800rpm) mated to a CVT gearbox with a torque converter as its start-up device. It has 3 different seating configurations: a 5-seater, a 7-seater (2,2,3 with second row captain’s seats) and an 8-seater (2,3,3).

The Fit platform’s innovative flat floor allows maximum interior space to be used (Honda claims to be able to carry a 27 inch bicycle without taking off wheels or handle bars), and Honda says the 7-seater seating layout allows any passenger in any row to exit via any door thanks to a “walk through layout”. Looking at an image of the 7-seater interior seating configuration found after the jump, they are probably right as there is a clear empty space between the front two seats as well. The 8-seater version uses a 60:40 split fold bench for the second row.

The dashboard gets Honda’s latest two-tiered design, with both speedo, RPM and multi-info display located at the top deck nearest to the windscreen for easier visibility. The lower deck hosts the air conditioning controls and the gear shifter. Smack in the middle of the two decks in a rather high position is the 2-DIN player - a high position like this could allow the rear passengers to view it easily in case an in-dash LCD screen with DVD player is installed.

The front suspension design is of the MacPherson strut layout while the rear is a H-shaped torsion beam to minimise interior intrusion of suspension components. The Honda Freed uses an Electric Power Steering system, and safety features include ISOFIX points for child seats, optional Vehicle Stability Assist, and a maximum configurable option of 8 airbags including front, side, curtain and third row side airbags. Certain models have HID headlamps, but all lenses are reflector lenses.

As Honda model offerings are regional, the Honda Freed is not likely to make its way anywhere to the ASEAN region unless the Japan office gives the green light. The Honda Fit is sold over here as the Jazz, but you could say the Jazz platform-derived Mobilio looks too boxy for regional tastes. The Honda Freed is a new execution of a Global Small Platform car that can carry more than 5 people with design cues that should be very acceptable here.

2008 Honda Civic Mugen Si - Price and Verdict - Quick Drive

on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The realization hits three seconds after hurtling out of the banking, foot to the floor. Two seconds after sucking in a breath and holding it through the blind chicane. One second after the staccato left-right-left roar of the rumble strips. It hits just after the full pucker left, a millisecond behind the flick of the steering wheel that shoots the Mugen Si through the corner and out the other side, millimeters away from the track's edge and the infield runoff beyond.

Whoa! This thing handles.

And well it should. M-Tec, the company formerly known as Mugen and Honda's unofficial motorsports arm, is largely responsible for the modifications that turn a regular Civic Si sedan into a Mugen Si.

What M-Tec has done is hardly groundbreaking. After all, what makes this limited-edition special is simply a bundle of carefully selected aftermarket parts installed at the port and served with the same Honda warranty all Civics receive. But you can't argue with the results; one fast corner demonstrates that the Mugen Si is as big an improvement over the already stellar Civic Si as that Si is over the base model. It really is that good.

Why? Suspension and tires mostly. Underhood, there are no power modifications -- just the same sweet, 2.0L, 197-hp, 7800-rpm, petrol-burning grin generator. Sure they've added a sports muffler, but all you'll notice is how nasty good it wails. Body modifications, including the redesigned front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper with integrated diffuser, and adjustable rear wing are said to improve aerodynamics, but it's difficult to tell at any speed.

Not so with the upgraded tires; summer spec BFGoodrich g-Force KDW tires replace the Michelin Pilot Exaltos found on regular Si. At size 215/40ZR18, these tires have less sidewall and a wider sweet spot. What's more, they come mounted on forged alloy wheels that are 27% lighter, 1.0 in. larger in diameter, and a half inch wider than the 17x7-in. cast alloys they replace.

Stock Civic Sis, like many Hondas, are under-tired considering their performance potential, so hard driving often devolves into a fit of howling rubber and frenzied understeer. Not so with the BFG-shod Mugen Si; when pushed to the limit, the KDWs break away predictably and progressively with only a bit of squeal. Consequently, probing these outer limits in the Mugen is much easier and drama free than in the Si

Additional confidence comes from the revised suspension. The tuning is light -- lower, stiffer springs and re-valved dampers -- but the results are significant. Ride is 0.6 in. lower. Front and rear bump and rebound, both have been increased between 8- and 24%.

Behind the wheel this translates to tighter turn-in and greater clarity while cornering. The rear wheels seem to follow the fronts more closely; there is no slop or wobble in quick esses, no instability in high-g sweepers, just pure carving precision and the heady feeling of being able to chuck the Mugen into every corner and pull it clean on the other side.
So what's the problem then? Why does Honda still have Mugen Si's sitting unloved on dealer lots, despite a limited run of only 1000?

The price. With an MSRP $29,500, the Mugen Si is over $8000 more than regular Si. But let's ignore for a moment the competition that can be had for roughly $30,000 and dig a bit deeper. Is the Mugen Si really that expensive? A brief search on the interwebs and finds the following:

* Four 18-in. Mugen GP wheels -- $1899.00
* Four 215/40ZR18 BF Goodrich g-Force KDW tires -- $995.96
* Mugen Exhaust (for the Civic Type R) -- $1449

And that's about it. Little else can be found on the Web that would enable building a replica Mugen Si because M-Tec doesn't part out Mugen Si parts, and your local Honda dealership isn't supposed to, either. So not only can you not build one yourself, you can't build it on the cheap.

Even if it were possible, the numbers don't make sense. Without the five-piece body kit, shift knob, Mugen name-plates, and labor to put all this stuff on -- the bill is already $4343.96. And that's not counting the limited-edition Fiji Blue Pearl paint job -- the only color available for the Mugen Si.

Of course, this doesn't automatically mean the Mugen Si is worth it. Set aside the exotic JDM hardware and limited-edition cache and reconsider how much car $30,000 buys and it's, well, a lot. More powerful, all-wheel-drive competition like the Subaru WRX and all-new Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart can be had for cheaper -- though it's debatable if the experience is any better.

The better question is why Honda, when facing such a competitive segment, didn't ship over its other limited-run Civic -- the Japanese market only, 225-hp Civic Type R.

Yes, this Mugen Si is good -- the chassis tuning is about as good as it gets for any front-drive car -- but all it seems to do is remind us about what it could have been had Honda decided to resurrect the Type R badge one more time.

Still, if you dig fast front-drivers, appreciate the myth and lore of Mugen, and want your own slice of Honda history -- for the Pete's sake, save your pennies and pick up a Mugen Si. If you don't, you can be assured that when Honda's first Mugen special-edition vehicle finally sells out, it will be the company's last.


Honda Freed

on Friday, January 9, 2009

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Honda Freed is a Mini MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Honda for its domestic market since 2008 and is a replacement for the Honda Mobilio. The Freed is based on the Fit platform. Three different versions of the Freed are offered: a seven-passenger version featuring captain’s seats in the second row; an eight-passenger version; and a five-passenger version which offers a large cargo space. Honda has also stated that a wheelchair-accessible model is offered in addition to versions with a side lift-up seat and passenger lift-up seat.

8-Tips for Packing and Traveling Lite

Written by: Holly Bentz

How-to Pack and Travel Lite

In this day and age of traveling cephalalgia, there are a few packing tactics to employ. To cut out an extra thirty to forty minutes at the arriving airport, start with packing small luggage. Since carry-ons can not exceed a linear dimension of 45 inches, you can escape the fiasco of the baggage terminal by simply packing and traveling light. To learn how to pack all your needs into one suitcase, read more.

Use the following pithy packing tips to make your travel light:

Make a list. Compose a pack list. Be sure to coordinate shirts and blouses with bottoms. To maximize your traveling wardrobe fashion savoir faire, stick with solids and versatile basics. Rule-out any clothes that do not match other items.

Roll ‘em up please. The best way to fit all your clothes is by rolling pants and shirts. First fold each item in half. Then simply roll. To try to maintain any creases, start on the bulkiest end of the article of clothing.

Gear up. How to make an awe-inspiring impression out of a basic or mundane outfit? For the most glam appeal, accessorize with a vibrant tie (for him) or a florid scarf (for her). Multihued accessories can liven up just about any attire.

Minimize bulk. After you check for space, edit outfits – ruthlessly. Try to pack microfibers with wrinkle and stain free comfort. With most of your attire, stay in the same color scheme – in case you have to layer up for warmth.... more reading at

Menjadi Guru

on Monday, January 5, 2009

di tempat itu aku dipanggil pak guru. guru macam apa aku ini, tak pernah belajar apa pun. Memang aku akui, aku ini senang bicara dan senang menemukan motif seseorang untuk bangkit dari kondisi apa pun.
dan ini adalah mobil yang hebat, honda freed yang akan saya miliki karena saya menjadi guru.