Honda Gear concept introduced at the Montreal Motor Show

Honda Gear concept 17.1.2013
Honda Gear concept 17.1.2013

Small and stylish

The Montreal Motor Show is mostly ignored by the press, but that hasn't stopped Honda from using the event to introduce the Gear concept.

Inspired by fixed-gear bicycles, the Gear is described as a simple and utilitarian model that is "customizable, connected and full of personality." Speaking of the latter, the concept has a wedge-shaped design which incorporates rounded surfaces and translucent accents. There's also hidden door handles, a rear diffuser and what appears to be a center-mounted four tailpipe exhaust system.

Honda declined to release powertrain details but Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas, said the Gear is "Fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car.”

Source: Honda

Honda GEAR Concept Makes Global Debut at the Montreal International Auto Show

MONTREAL (January 17, 2012) – At today’s Montreal International Auto Show, Honda Canada provided the world with its first look at the new GEAR Concept Study Model – a vehicle that demonstrates Honda’s innovative approach to providing the automotive answer for young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles.

Inspired by fixed-gear bicycles, GEAR is a concept that represents an entirely new way of looking at the sub-compact vehicle. It is simple and utilitarian, but also customizable, connected and full of personality.

“Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they’re fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer,” said Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “GEAR Concept tears down those walls – it’s practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car.”

The All-New 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP
The GEAR concept was joined by the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP -- a performance-packed vehicle exclusively available for Canadian customers. As the newest edition to the Honda Factory Performance line-up, the sporty, Accord Coupe HFP adds an extra level of limited-edition style and performance to an award-winning vehicle that has already received accolades from media and customers from coast to coast.

“Honda Factory Performance provides the next step in handling and styling,” said Dave Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “For our customers who want Honda quality, reliability, efficiency and safety, but with even more expression and personality, the Accord HFP is the product that will deliver.”

The Accord HFP builds on the award-winning 2013 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 Navi with improved handling and more aggressive styling. The enhanced exterior styling comes from a wider and lower appearance, achieved through a 10-mm suspension drop, 19-inch wheels and body kit that includes front, rear and side skirts and a rear lip spoiler. In addition, a more responsive sport suspension provides a more exhilarating driving experience with improved tire grip from Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

With the Accord’s 278-horsepower V6 engine, the result is a car meant to turn heads just long enough to see it pull ahead and disappear over the horizon. The 2013 Honda Accord HFP Coupe will be available at select Honda dealerships this spring in limited numbers. Two transmissions will be available – a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual, with black or white as the exterior colours.

Further Tribute to Honda’s Tuner Enthusiasts
Rounding out the aggressively-styled vehicles displayed in Montreal were the 2013 Honda Accord Auto Luxury VIP and 2013 Honda Civic Circuit Sports. Honda has once again partnered with Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) to push the limits of performance and expressive design. These two after-market project vehicles exemplify Honda's race-inspired DNA.

“Working with the team at PASMAG is a way for Honda to connect with enthusiasts across the country to demonstrate the tuning potential of Honda platforms,” said Gardner. “The Accord Auto Luxury VIP and Civic Circuit Sports do just that and then some.”

About 2013 Honda Civic Circuit Sports
Historically, the Civic has always been a natural choice for track enthusiasts, which inspired the PASMAG team when designing this exciting vehicle. Starting with a 2013 Honda Civic Si, the design team implemented key performance upgrades required for a track car including lightweight Enkei wheels, fully adjustable suspension, big brake kit, race seats, intake and exhaust and ECU reflash.

Modification highlights include:
• Enkei PF01 Racing wheels
• Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
• Rotora front and rear big brake kit
• Megan racing suspension
• Ultimate Racing exhaust and downpipe
• K&N air intake
• Hondata flashpro
• Bride front sport seats
• Retrofit source custom HID headlights
• Custom upgraded audio system
• 3M satin white vehicle wrap
• Custom airbrushed HJC helmet

While the vehicle is a one-of-a-kind and not available for sale, the 2013 Civic Circuit Sports will attend tuner shows and car meets this summer. More information will be available in the coming months.

2013 Honda Accord VIP Overview
Based on the luxury VIP style, this one-of-a-kind Accord sedan delivers a luxury driving experience that exceeds expectations. It began with the 2013 Accord Touring and features 20" chrome wheels, air-suspension and luxury interior trimmings.

Modification highlights include:
• VIP Modular 20" wheels
• Yokohama S-drive tires
• Air-Ride suspension system
• Custom exhaust
• K&N Air intake
• Custom diamond-stiched interior
• Custom upgraded audio system
• 3M matte black vehicle wrap

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GTurbo GTurbo
If Honda have the balls to put this Concept into Production virtually unchanged, it could end up with its first ECOTY (European Car of the Year) Award Nomination, and may even win it! The latest Civic is a major disaster!
Jan 20th, 2013 5:46am
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LucDesormeaux LucDesormeaux
Honda also said that it will never be produced. I was at the launch yesterday and they confirmed that.
Jan 18th, 2013 7:39pm
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
In its concept form, true. But lengthen the vehicle to add two rear doors and tone down the front and rear design a tad--the result might as well be the next-generation Honda Fit.
Jan 20th, 2013 7:52pm
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Reminds me of the First Honda we had in the U.S...I like this one too
Jan 18th, 2013 3:20pm
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ChrisMWorkman ChrisMWorkman
it's the new city back from 80s
Jan 18th, 2013 9:59am
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Overall very nice design but the front lights fail big time.
Jan 18th, 2013 7:13am
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memexe memexe
I would totally buy this! I'll go to the show to see it this weekend :)
Jan 18th, 2013 6:27am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Not bad at all this little car. If only Honda could bring it to production, to stack it up against the Yaris
Jan 18th, 2013 5:42am
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schizo schizo
The round inset headlights just shout the original Civic. They would be crazy not to build this. Honda's still got it...
Jan 18th, 2013 4:49am
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Could be a tease for the Next gen Fit
Jan 18th, 2013 4:05am
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
You are absolutely correct. This concept has styling cues that could end up on the new Honda Fit hatchback when it's unveiled some time this coming fall.
Jan 18th, 2013 4:17am
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RoadRunner RoadRunner
I like it, I love it, Please produce it!
Jan 18th, 2013 1:35am
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canadian canadian
This should totally be the next Honda Civic, not that crap they sent to us
Jan 17th, 2013 11:26pm
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alihijazi alihijazi
I directly remembered the Civic of the 1998!!
Jan 17th, 2013 11:06pm
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haji haji
looks nice, but youre not going to make this, are you?
Jan 17th, 2013 10:35pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
I can imagine this being a modern Civic EK. Looks fun!
Jan 17th, 2013 10:21pm
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