Thursday, March 08, 2012

Acura NSX to be Sold in Europe as a Honda


Manabu Nishimae, President of Honda Europe, announced the automaker’s plans for the European automotive market at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this week, and dropped a few other tidbits of the company’s future engine plans that could make their way Stateside as well.

The major jaw-dropping news is the Acura NSX will be coming to the European market. The all-new supercar, which made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, will go on sale in the North American market by 2015 and built in the U.S. state of Ohio. Nishimae states the NSX will be introduced to Europe but under the Honda brand. “New NSX is set to define a new standard in Super Sport” said Nishimae during a presentation.

Other vehicles making their debut at the Geneva Motor Show include the Honda EV-Ster electric car concept and the Honda CR-V concept. Already on sale in the U.S., the production version of the European CR-V is scheduled to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year. Honda Europe also discussed plans to expand its Honda Civic production starting at its UK plant which will also build the Honda CR-V. Nishimae also covered “Earth Dreams Technology”, or Honda’s lineup of new, clean, fuel-efficient engines. A European-exclusive 1.6-liter diesel from the lineup will be first introduced in that market’s upcoming Honda Civic.

Finally, Nishimae discussed Honda’s plans to enter the upcoming FIA World Touring Car Championship with a custom Civic to mark the compact’s 40th anniversary. While the series doesn’t get a lot of airtime in the United States, it’s huge in Europe and the rest of the world, and a chance for automakers to showcase new technology. Case in point: The new 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that Honda is developing for the series. We can’t say for certain whether the engine will show up under the hoods of production cars in the future—of if it’ll even be available in the U.S.—but with turbocharging and high-tech fuel injection taking center stage in everyone else’s lineup, it’d be surprising if the same thing didn’t happen under Honda hoods as well.