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  1. 1. I S S U E 4 • D E C E M B E R 09 A WORLD OF WHEELS MESSAGE FROM MR YOSHIAKI NAKAMURA This month’s issue of Dreams again provides an insight into the varied and PRESIDENT – HONDA SOUTH AFRICA wonderful world of Honda. Time to relax On our news pages, you’ll find information about a new, auto-transmission version of the highly popular five-door Civic hatchback – and the pearl white – for some! colour it can be ordered in. It seems that compact, auto-gearbox cars are becoming increasingly popular. Honda already offers the compact and versatile Jazz with an automatic gearbox, and the launch of the self-shifting Civic should add a further boost to December heralds the start of the festive season, the hatchback’s appeal. with the minds of most South Africans occupied We also report on the Honda CR-V training course conducted by the with where to go or what to do during the end of Honda Adventure Academy. This course is offered free to all buyers of a year break. new Honda CR-V, and is certainly worth attending. For some, it will mean a breakaway to an exotic On our motorcycle pages, you can read all about the escapades of a British location, or a trip to the coast. Others may prefer couple who dared to ride from the UK to South Africa – on a delivery motorcycle. to avoid the Christmas rush, and simply stay at Naturally, it was a Honda, and it completed the 22 000 km journey without any home. But not everyone will be on leave over problems. Now that’s reliability! December. Honda’s Accord Tourer must be one of the ultimate vehicles for holiday travel, Shops are open even longer than usual. Banks thanks to its mix of space, style and sporty dynamics. Which is why it takes operate throughout, except for actual holidays. pride of place on our passenger car page this month. Filling station forecourts trade 24/7. Hotels and Finally, the motorsport season is over, and Honda has wrapped up 2009 with restaurants will be flat out. And our medical and great success, both locally and internationally. We look at some of the highlights, emergency services are likely to be busier during including the SA Superbike Series, the US-based ALMS, and the thrilling action this month than any other period during the year. that is MotoGP. So, while some of us will be fortunate enough to We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a safe and relaxing lock our office doors and head for the beach, let’s festive season, and a very prosperous 2010. spare a thought for those who have to keep the wheels of the country rolling ... Of course, our Honda dealerships will also 2 HONDANEWS be open to ensure that customers have the Auto five-door Civic arrives, CR-V training opportunity to view and experience our extensive product range. From passenger cars to SUVs, 3 HONDACARS from scooters to superbikes, from boats and The sleek and stylish Honda Accord Tourer is perfect for holidays marine engines to generators and other power products, the world of Honda is vast, and varied. 4 HONDAMOTORCYCLES Indeed, Honda continues to offer its customers From the UK to South Africa – on a delivery bike? Yes – and it’s a Honda! an incomparable variety of products, many of 5 HONDASAFETY which are centred around the need for mobility. Honda SA supports road safety with two response vehicles used along And as our Tokyo Motor Show report in the holiday routes previous issue of Dreams Magazine indicated, the mobility solutions of the future will become 6 HONDARACING increasingly innovative, advanced, and fun to use. Fast news from the fast lane: ALMS, IRC Rally and SA Superbikes As this year draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone linked to the world of Honda in SUBSCRIBE NOW! South Africa - our staff and dealers, our suppliers, but especially our customers – for their continued loyalty and support. While 2009 has been challenging, all indications are that 2010 will ‘Honda South Africa is committed to developing and implementing environmentally sound practices and products, and enhancing its environmental conservation activities throughout its scope of business. be a humdinger year. Ultimately, the greatest payoff will come in the form of new and innovative products to our customers.’
  2. 2. HONDANEWS I S S U E 4 • D E C E M B E R 09 NEW MODELS Automatic choice for Civic Hatchback Honda South Africa has added an automatic-transmission model to its five-door Civic Hatchback range. At the same time, the newcomer has also undergone a series of subtle visual updates to further enhance its appeal. The new Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC VXi AT not only benefits from the new, slick-shifting five-speed automatic transmission, but 17-inch alloy wheels, shod with 225/45 R17 same, advanced powerplant as the manual is also equipped with a number of new tyres. model. The sophisticated 1 799 cc four- features. The advent of the automatic Civic 1.8 cylinder unit delivers 103 kW of maximum These include a standard iPod USB i-VTEC also marks the availability of a new, power and a 174 Nm torque peak, connection, and an auxiliary input socket striking colour: Premium White Pearl. The propelling the car from zero to 100 km/h in for other MP3 and music players. The sound new hue will add further lustre and appeal only 8,9 second. Top speed is 205 km/h. system also features six loudspeakers. to this latest five-door Civic. The special Combined-cycle fuel consumption is a Rain-sensing automatic windscreen white colour is joined by Deep Sapphire frugal 7,2 litres/100 km, while the CO2 wipers have been included in the package, Blue Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, and emissions rating comes to 172 g/km. as have automatically actuated headlights. Crystal Black Pearl. Still on offer are The decision to add an automatic gearbox An auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a tyre Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal derivative to the Civic 5-Door hatchback deflation warning system, and rear parking Metallic, and Milano Red. range comes in the wake of increasing sensors are standard, too. Inside, the interior finishes feature a new demand for an automatic model in the highly Furthermore, the extras associated with the gunmetal hue, while the newcomer offers competitive C-segment hatchback market. Civic 5-Door Automatic include an impact- the luxury of full leather upholstery, heated The new Honda Civic Hatch 1.8 VXi sensing door unlocking system, and a sec- front seats, climate control, a leather- 5-Door is available in manual and auto ond 12-volt power socket in the console box. trimmed multi-function steering wheel, models from all Honda dealers. Retail prices Exterior changes comprise a revised front and cruise control. are R267 900 and R279 900 respectively, grille, redesigned front bumper, and a new Front, side and curtain airbags, as well as including a three-year/100 000 km warranty light cluster integrated into the rear spoiler. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), are standard. and a five-year/90 000 km service plan. The handsome hatchback runs on new The automatic Civic hatch employs the Service intervals are every 15 000 km. ACADEMY NEWS split into groups and led by the other instructors “Valley of the Waves” is a series of alternating and Honda CR-V wows at Gerotek to various locations at Gerotek, for some opposing concrete humps, simulating a rock-crawl practical implementation of the knowledge scenario. It demonstrates how VSA will prevent The Gerotek vehicle testing and training facility gained during the lecture. a wheel that’s free of the ground from spinning. near Hartebeespoort Dam is where the The first port of call is the gradient simulation. From there an ABS test and 38 degree Honda Adventure Academy affords Honda CR-Vs are put through their paces on concrete side-gradient path allow owners to experience CR-V owners the opportunity to learn more inclines of varying degrees, from a mild an ABS-inducing emergency stop, as well as about their vehicles, as well as exploring the 18 degree slope, to the mammoth 30 degree the Honda’s very low propensity to roll. CR-V’s amazing off-road capabilities. slope. It’s amazing to see how the CR-V’s The last port of call for the day is the off-road The course is offered free of charge with 2.4 i-VTEC petrol and 2.2 i-CTDi diesel engines trail, and this is where the mud flies and the every new CR-V sold, and really opens one’s lug the SUVs up the inclines, and how the CR-V shines as a hugely capable off-roader! eyes to the true nature of the CR-V. four-wheel-drive system adjusts power distribu- From mud pools, wooden plank bridges and It kicks off with a technical briefing by lead tion between the wheels to eliminate slippage. steep ascents and descents, with rocks and instructor Heine Engelbrecht, explaining the From there, the sand tunnel beckons. The loose gravel thrown in for good measure, CR-V CR-V’s inner workings and finer details with vehicles are driven through authentic desert sand, owners come away thoroughly impressed by graphic presentations. The CR-V’s Real-time with a stopping point mid-way. The CR-V handles their new vehicles. A certificate of attendance 4-wheel-drive system is explained in depth. the sand brilliantly, and without breaking a sweat! gives them something to show for their muddy Next, it’s off into the sunshine – the cars are After lunch it’s back to the rough stuff. The wheels and dusty windows. - BRENT ELLIS FEEDBACK All that – in a Jazz! Here are some images sent to us by Honda Jazz owner Bob Kelly, who recently took his Jazz 1.4 on a camping trip around South Africa. “Wherever we went, people did not believe that we could fit all of our equipment into our little Jazz,” Bob enthuses. With the rear seat down, the Honda managed to swallow all the required gear for the trip, including the tent! DREAMS • DECEMBER 09 2
  3. 3. HONDACARS NEW MODELS HONDA ACCORD TOURER 2.4 i-VTEC Tourer-de-force! electric windows, a six-disc CD sound system with USB and auxiliary inputs, dual-zone stability. The Accord’s dynamic ability is linked to a comprehen- sive portfolio of safety systems. The Honda Accord’s blend of quality, refine- climate control are only some Behind the be-chromed grille of of the key features. Everything the Accord, Honda’s acclaimed ment, dynamic ability, value and performance feels like it has been built to last. 2,4-litre four cylinder VTEC helped it lift the SA Car of the Year crown While style and aesthetics are powerplant delivers an output highlights, the Tourer’s luggage relative to capacity that puts most in 2009. But while the handsome sedan may capacity is one of the best in rivals in the shade. It’s the strong the sport wagon category. In and silent type, coping equally have hogged the limelight, its even more practical terms, it comfortably well with steep mountain passes spacious Tourer stablemate adds a further accommodates four golf bags, and open stretches of tarmac. or four large suitcases. The easy Inside, the cabin offers an dimension to practical, classy motoring. to use, single-motion rear seats ambience of luxury and sophisti- can be collapsed in a single cation. The modern finishes With four doors and a hatch action to create an even larger, have been executed with flawless rather than a boot, the wagon virtually flat load space. quality. The leather seats are offers significantly increased Wagons can be noisy because cosseting and expansive and you luggage volume. The good of their large interior volume, but can heat the electrically-adjusted news is that as far as the driving the Accord Tourer soothes on front seats if you so desire. experience goes, everything else the open road, with its 18-inch A standard sunroof allows the stays the same. rubber on handsome alloys sunshine in at the touch of button. The Tourer retains the sense flattening out undulations. In terms of practicality, the of composure and integrity that The sophisticated double wish- Tourer benefits from a retractable validates Honda’s premium bone front and multi-link rear sus- tonneau cover, while a vertical positioning, and there’s an pensions have been fine-tuned cargo net can be positioned impression of engineering to take into account the Tourer’s behind either the front or rear excellence in every man/machine higher load-carrying ability, but seats. A number of accessories to interface. It’s a pleasure to drive with the same generous track organise luggage and protect the whether faced with stop/start width and low centre of gravity. boot interior are also available. traffic or an open road. As a result, the handling is Honda’s Accord Tourer really The same sense of precision gracious – but with a surprisingly is a tour de force. is evident in the controls and the sporty character. It makes ADRIAN BURFORD switchgear, while highlighting for effortless high-speed cruising Adapted from an article originally the Accord’s luxury status: and the reassuring directional published in AA Traveller, Spring 2009 SPECIFICATION BOX Engine 2 354 cc four-cylinder, i-VTEC Power 148 kW @ 7 000 r/min Torque 234 Nm @ 4 500 r/min Acceleration 7,8 sec (0-100 km/h) Top speed 222 km/h Fuel consumption 9,3 l/100 km (combined cycle) CO2 emissions 212 g/km Price R357 900 Service plan Five-year/90 000 km Warranty Three-year/100 000 km DREAMS • DECEMBER 09 3
  4. 4. HONDAMOTORCYCLES Take one 1982 Honda CHARITY CG125, two adventurers Honda supports and 22 000 km, and you Enduro Africa have the makings of an Honda South Africa incredible voyage. Joel has again supported the Enduro Africa and Hannah Burdall proved charity event, 16-day that Honda really does off-road motorcycling experience into the have the Power of Dreams heart of the Transkei. when they completed The event aims to their epic journey from improve the lives of children in remote London to Cape Town. villages, by raising Joel takes up the story ... funds for contribu- tions, providing them ADVENTURE with basic education- al tools such as desks London to Cape Town – on a Honda and chairs, as well as facilitating communi- cation throughout the “We left on our grand adventure in We left England on the original sun-washed and dust-packed rural community. April of this year, and arrived in tyres, sprockets and plug. deserts, equatorial downpours, Honda’s tough and Cape Town in September. Our “Almost six months later, we talcum-fine sand, washboard durable CRF230F was used for the 2 000 km route took us through Spain, arrived in South Africa, after a corrugations, and cracked up event, with Honda SA France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, single change of tyres and crazy paving concrete like broken and Eco-Nation Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, sprockets, but with the original plug ice on a puddle. providing technical Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, still sparking. We didn’t encounter “We also dealt with rocks the and service support. Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and a single major mechanical problem. shape and size of razor-edged Honda SA managing Mozambique to South Africa. A chain tensioner snapped, and rugby balls, rubble roads to director, Yoshiaki “The Honda CG125 was the only the head and rear wheel bearings nowhere, far more rubble than road, Nakamura, attended choice for us. I quit the British Army were both replaced, for pennies, stream crossings deep enough to part of the event this last year, but still needed some by locals at the roadside. flood the engine, and fiery wastes year, and also handed excitement in my life – so I rode “Twice we lost our sump plug hot enough to boil the oil. over a Honda genera- to Senegal on a Honda C90. as a result of bouncing rocks “When we left England, it was tor for use at a rural When I came back, my girlfriend battering the sump. Both times we -5 deg C. In Sudan, the mercury school. Participating had caught the bug and wanted were completely unaware that our rose to 55 deg C. The conditions riders also erected a jungle gym, painted to come along on the next one. oil had drained out until the bike varied from 600 km of highways the walls, and “I would have used a C90 again, seized. Both times we were sorted to 60 km of hub-deep sand repaired desks and but needed something ‘big,’ out by locals providing a makeshift – and everything in between. chairs at the school. relatively speaking. It also had to bung and a fill of diesel oil. And The CG has taken it all in its stride, Nakamura-san be tough, cheap, foolproof, and both times we were back on the succeeded and survived where thanked Red Cherry easy to find spares for. Besides, road within 15 minutes. many modern and expensive bikes Adventures, who Hannah demanded it should “The bike ran fine on diesel would have failed. organised the event, be pretty. Our choice was a oil, as it has done on synthetic, “It deserves to be put in a as well as Eco no-brainer: the CG125. semi-synthetic, and mineral oil museum after all it has been Nation’s team of “We bought a clean-looking 1982 – and sometimes all at once! through – but instead, we want to technicians, and the model on-line. It was essentially There hasn’t been a single take her from Alaska to Argentina.” participating riders. sound, but needed some TLC murmur of dissent from the Burdall says that their journey on “You have made a to bring it back to its former glory. engine, which still starts first the 27-year-old Honda commuter huge difference in the lives of these So – we gave it none whatsoever, kick, and purrs, with just a touch has inadvertently become a young children, and and took it to Africa. Our grand of twenty-a-day throatiness. powerful advert for the reliability Honda is proud to plans and good intentions of “In between those two end of the Honda brand. He plans to be involved with modifications and services added points, the little Honda faced write a book about their adventure this worthy cause,” up to no more than some chain things a geriatric pizza bike should – and yes, the Honda CG125 will he said. lube and an extended tank. never have to be put through: be the hero ... DREAMS • DECEMBER 09 4
  5. 5. HONDAROADSAFETY Honda’s helping hand Honda South Africa has been assisting the Road Safety Foundation by providing the organisation with much-needed vehicles for some time now. The two vehicles currently in use by the Foundation are a Honda Accord 2.0 i-VTEC AT sedan, and a diesel-powered Accord Tourer 2.2 i-DTEC The Road Safety Foundation is The organisation operates from an organisation closely involved a rustic control centre on the with the promotion of road safe- pass for up to 65 days every ty issues in South Africa, as well year, offering medical response as the development of projects services and other assistance to address these issues. to motorists. The two Hondas Philip Hull, co-director of the currently in service with the Foundation, says the intention foundation have played an is to co-operate with existing invaluable role at Van Reenens road safety entities (Arrive Alive, and elsewhere thus far. CARS, Drive Alive, GRSP, Philip says the Honda Accord SADD, for instance) to enhance 2.0 AT Sedan has been in part the effectiveness of road-safety of the foundation’s fleet for the activities. best part of a year now, and A further objective is to has covered in excess of collaborate with international 30 000 km during that time. road-safety role-players to “The Accord has been superb bring research and experience thus far, offering swift and to South Africa. responsive road manners, while “The challenge facing the road returning an exceptional fuel safety industry is enormous,” consumption figure of 7,7 says Philip. “There are no quick litres/100 km,” he says. solutions and it will take long- Foundation co-director Petro video cameras in these vehicles “The Accords have term, focused and sustainable Wessels uses the Accord Tourer has also become a reality. activity to change the road safe- 2.2 i-DTEC, after taking “The combination of space, been superb thus far, ty situation in SA. It requires co- delivery of the vehicle some performance, road handling, offering swift and operation between teachers, four months ago. Current features and quite honestly pure policy makers, law enforcers mileage is about 20 000 km, drivability, has made the Hondas responsive road manners, and engineers.” with an average consumption an absolute dream to use in while returning exceptional Hull says that where a project of 7,1 litres/100 km. the various components of our needs the resources of multiple “One needs to bear in mind business,” Philip concluded. fuel consumption.” partners, The Road Safety that both vehicles continuously Foundation will co-ordinate carry in excess of 40 kg of co-operation between those medical equipment, and that SPECIFICATION BOX involved to maximise the effect they are aerodynamically HONDA ACCORD 2.0 i-VTEC of the project. “If our efforts prejudiced by the emergency Engine 1 997 cc four-cylinder save the life of even one person bar lights on the roof,” says Power/torque 115 kW/192 Nm our hard work will have been Philip. “Also, consumption Gearbox Five-speed auto worthwhile.” increases dramatically when Acceleration 9,3 sec (0-100 km/h) While the foundation is responding to accidents.” Top speed 215 km/h involved in a large number of When the Hondas aren’t used Consumption 7,7 litres/100 km (average) projects, one of its most visible for medical response services, activities is the medical response they get Philip and Petro to HONDA ACCORD TOURER 2.2 i-DTEC and assistance services it their various meetings on behalf Engine 2 199 cc four-cylinder turbodiesel provides on the notorious of the Road Safety Foundation, Power/torque 110 kW/350 Nm Van Reenens Pass section of which they are founder Gearbox Six-speed manual the N3 national road between members of. Researching road Acceleration 9,8 sec (0-100 km/h) Johannesburg and Durban. behavior by randomly mounting Top speed 207 km/h Consumption 7,1 litres/100 km (average) DREAMS • DECEMBER 09 5
  6. 6. HONDAMOTORSPORT I S S U E 4 • D E C E M B E R 09 DAVID BRABHAM ALMS De Ferran retires with a win Gil de Ferran’s storybook retire- The two swapped the lead in 2009. The team also collected ment win, Patrón Highcroft several times before the Brazilian the Michelin Green X Challenge Racing’s LMP1 championship star held off the Mexican by just prototype win, as well as the Sharp the LMP1 driver crown and Lowe’s Fernandez Racing’s 0,662 seconds at the finish. Green X series championship and Patrón Highcroft Racing the record-tying eighth 2009 win The win was the fifth of the Third overall at Laguna Seca LMP1 team title. Brabham and were just some of the highlights year for De Ferran Motorsports was the Patrón Highcroft Racing Scott recorded three overall at Laguna Seca Raceway, host and gave Gil a spectacular send- pair of David Brabham and Scott wins this year in team owner to the Le Mans Series finale. off after a stellar racing career.. Sharp in their Acura ARX-02a. Duncan Dayton’s first ALMS De Ferran, co-driving an Acura The Acura 1-2-3 overall sweep The finish gave Brabham and point championship year. ARX-02a with Simon Pagenaud, was the fifth of the season for hung up his racing helmet in the auto manufacturer in the dramatic fashion with a sensa- ten-race ALMS campaign that tional overall win in the four- saw Acura become the first car hour Monterey Sports Car marque to win LMP1 and LMP2 Championships on the famed driver, team and manufacturer 2.238-mile road circuit.. championships in the same But it wasn’t easy for de year. Acura is the luxury car arm Ferran. He was pressured by of Honda in the US. the Lowe’s Fernandez Acura The Lowe’s Fernandez team, ARX-01b LMP2 machine of with drivers Fernandez and Luis Adrian Fernandez for the last Diaz, finished second overall but GIL DE FERRAN hour in wheel-to-wheel action. took its eighth LMP2 class victory SA SUPERBIKES RALLYING Honda wraps up strong 2009 season Fine finale for Honda in Scotland A strong finish to the season at the last race In the SuperSport category, PS Honda’s riders of the year saw the PS Honda team take the ended the season in high spirits with three of its Upcoming rally star Kaspar overall runner-up slots in both the Superbike four riders finishing inside the top 10 in the final Koitla drove his Honda and the SuperSport categories for 2009. race of the season. Jacques Peskens challenged Civic Type R to a superb Kyalami hosted the season-ender, and PS for the top position in a wet second heat before victory in the Two-Wheel Honda’s Lance Isaacs was right on the button settling for second and an overall 4th for the day, Drive Cup division of the in practice, setting the overall fastest lap time. but he secured second place in the championship IRC Rally of Scotland to But come race day, and cooler weather didn’t in the process.. finish third in the 2009 suit the CBR1000RR’s set-up, with front-end grip James Egan had a good start, but ran wide in championship. Koitla eventually costing Isaacs a win. turn three losing valuable track positions to finish also finished a remarkable When torrential rain forced the cancellation of in 9th in heat one and 7th in the wet heat two. fifth overall in the event. the second heat, any chance of a win and the Janine Mitchell ended the season as the top lady The young Estonian’s championship title was lost, with Sheridan Morais rider in the SA National 600 series. giant-killing performance crowned champion. Isaacs still finished second “I would really have liked to have been on moved Honda up into the place overall in the championship. the podium to celebrate second place in the runner-up spot in the man- “I obviously wish I could have been on the top championship in style, but it was not to be,” said ufacturer’s championship, step of the podium and win the series,” said Peskens.” However to finish second in the SA only nine points behind Isaacs. “We’ve been so close so many times, Champs is my best championship result ever. Peugeot and 16 points but this result was definitely a win in our eyes. Now I know I can win, I can’t wait for 2010.” clear of Fiat Abarth. At the beginning of the season, nobody would PS Honda also assisted Honda in winning the The victory in Scotland have believed that we would be in contention overall SA Motorcycle Manufacturers title - the first was the second success for the title by year end.” time Honda has been able to secure the award. for Koitla and co-driver Andres Ots, after the duo LANCE ISSACS JACQUES PESKENS also took the two-wheel drive honours, and eighth place overall, in Russia in July. Their Honda Civic Type R is prepared by the Italian AS Motorsport team. Koitla is hoping to find sponsorship for more IRC outings in 2010. DREAMS • DECEMBER 09 6