Saturday, January 26, 2008

Want the sched of the Honda Civic Tour? We’ve got it

April 10 Warfield San Francisco, CA February 2

April 12 Soma San Diego, CA February 2

April 13 Mesa Amphitheatre Phoenix, AZ February 2

April 15 Brady Theatre Oklahoma City, OK February 2

April 17 Thomas Assembly Center at Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA February 16

April 18 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX February 2

April 19 Stubb's BBQ Austin, TX February 16

April 20 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Houston, TX February 2

April 22 Ruth Eckerd Hall Tampa, FL February 2

April 23 The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre Miami, FL February 2

April 24 House of Blues - Orlando Orlando, FL February 2

April 26 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA February 2

April 29 House of Blues - Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC February 16

April 30 Constitution Hall Washington, DC February 2

May 2 Alfond Arena at the University of Maine Orono, ME February 16

May 3 RPI Field House Troy, NY February 16

May 6 Gordon Fieldhouse - Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY February 16

May 7 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY February 2

May 9 Festival Pier Philadelphia, PA February 2

May 10 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT February 2

May 11 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA February 2

May 13 Metropolis Montreal, QC February 16

May 14 The Sound Academy Toronto, ON February 2

May 16 Tower City Amphitheatre Cleveland, OH February 16

May 17 PromoWest-Outdoor (LCPavilion) Columbus, OH February 16

May 18 Egyptian Room at Murat Centre Indianapolis, IN February 16

May 20 The Fillmore Theatre Detroit, MI February 2

May 23 Congress Theatre Chicago, IL February 2

May 25 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI February 16

May 27 Myth Minneapolis, MN February 2

May 30 The Pageant St. Louis, MO February 2

May 31 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha, NE February 16

June 1 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO February 16

June 3 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO February 2

June 4 Salt Air Theatre Salt Lake City, UT February 16

June 6 PNE Forum Vancouver, BC February 16

June 7 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA February 16

June 8 Portland Exposition Center Portland, OR February 16

June 13 The Pearl Las Vegas, NV February 16

June 14 The Theater at the Honda Center Anaheim, CA TBD

Source: top40

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Three more Hybrids coming up for 2011

It’s game time for Honda as they challenge their rival Toyota in the arena of Hybrid vehicles.

While Toyota’s Prius may be dominating the Hybrid market in the US, Honda is not one to be let down. Its “ambitious” plans for their fleet of Hybrid vehicles include two new hybrid-only vehicles and an upgrade of one of their hybrids in the next three years. By 2009, Honda already has set its goals of adding a new dedicated hybrid which is more affordable than the Civic hybrid. Already, they are expecting to sell 200,000 units of the new hybrid-only vehicle in its first year in the market, with 100,000 being sold in the States.

It was Honda President Takeo Fukui who said that the next-generation Civic hybrid and the recently debuted CR-Z were to be expected by 2011. The company however, did not confirm if whether or not the CR-Z will be sold in the US. Honda did not reveal any pricing details yet, but according to Fukui the new models are targeted to be more affordable than their current lineup of hybrids.

“Around 2011, all those three models are ready to go, so we’ll be achieving 400,000 to 500,000 global production of hybrids,” Fukui said in a conference, speaking through an interpreter. “These models we worked on the cost to reduce their costs because MSRP is very important to customers, so we think these vehicles will be very appealing.”

Dating back to history, it was Honda who first introduced the States to hybrid vehicles through the Insight back in 1999. But when Toyota introduced the Prius after a year, it quickly gained sales and overshadowed the Insight. Honda’s fleet was eventually phased out, as they were planning a new approach in their next generation of hybrids. President and Chief Executive of American Honda Motor Co. mused that the Insight was not practical, which made it an easy competitor of the Prius.