Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of a special book along with the announcement that they will be unveiling two new cars on October 22, 2020. The company also used this opportunity to formally introduce its new president, Mr. Masahiko Nakamura.
Mr. Masahiko Nakamura became officially part of HCPI last April 1, 2020. Since 2016, Mr. Nakamura has held deputy general manager positions in various divisions at the Honda Motor Co., Ltd. headquarters in Japan, gaining expertise in sales, business strategy, and marketing. Overall, Mr. Nakamura has more than 30 years of experience in Honda automobile operations. The new HCPI top executive looks forward to sharing his expertise with the local team as he hopes to steer Honda’s automobile business through a challenging local and global automotive landscape.
Now, as for the brand’s upcoming car launch, no clues or indicators have been given as to which models these would be. Considering that most of our Hondas are sourced from Thailand, it’s safe to say that these two new cars could possibly be the all-new Honda City and the facelifted CR-V.
Unveiled in late 2019 as an all-new model, the 2021 Honda City is a careful evolution of the current model. In Thailand, the City is powered by a 1.0-liter inline-3 turbocharged and direct-injected petrol engine, producing 122 hp and 173 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT.
On the other hand, the facelifted CR-V gets a host of aesthetic upgrades, including a new front bumper, new LED headlights with sweeping LED turn signals, new alloy wheels, and a new rear bumper. Interior changes are much more modest since these are limited to a new wireless phone charger, hands-free power liftgate, and a revised center storage layout for better flexibility.
The Thai-market CR-V gets a 2.4-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine producing 173 hp and 224 Nm of torque. A CVT is standard and AWD is optional. The 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine also remains–but just like before, Thais gets the more powerful unit with the twin-stage turbo. It produces 160 hp and 350 Nm of torque, sending power to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic. In the Philippines, the Honda CR-V comes with a 2.0-liter i-VTEC inline-4 petrol engine on the base variant and a lower-powered version of the diesel engine that Thais get.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is certainly a huge challenge for Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. However, the Japanese automaker remains optimistic in the years to come and is looking forward to its next 30 years in the Philippines.