At the same time, there is a new smoother appearance to the styling.
The changes to the Honda CR-V will be introduced from January 2010. They include an uprated diesel engine which now produces 150PS (up 10PS) and torque of 350Nm at 2000rpm (up 10Nm). The fuel economy and CO2 emission data is not yet available.
The diesel can be be paired with either manual transmission or a new five-speed automatic gearbox manufactured in-house by Honda. The new auto can also be ordered on petrol CR-V models.
At the same time, there's a revised look for the CR-V. This includes new front bumper and grille; revised rear bumper; new-look alloy wheels; upgraded fabrics and plastics inside; and improved sound deadening around the engine and cabin to make the CR-V quieter and more relaxing.
Pricing for the upgraded CR-V will be available closer to the car's launch.
The Volvo C30 is a two-door coupe. The Honda Type S is a sportier three-door version of the Civic.
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YOU can now work out how much your next business car is going to cost you – and what you can save by choosing a different car for your company.
You can compare the 'whole life costs' of up to five cars over a three-year period and 60,000 miles. The cost comparitor compares standard on-the-road price, CO2 emissions, fuel economy, company car tax, VED Band, insurance group and key features. The results can then be saved as a pdf document.
The comparison tool has been launched by Honda.
Honda says the tool is neutral: the information is sourced from CAP Monitor, which provides car data to much of the car industry.
Comparing a Honda Accord ES GT diesel saloon against a similar Ford Mondeo diesel saloon sees the Accord win: 0.38p per mile against the Ford's 0.43p per mile.
However, add in the cheaper but ageing VW Passat, and the cost comparitor highlights the VW as the winner: 0.37p per mile.
"We want to support customers by helping them make an informed purchase decision based on the issues that are relevant to them. The car comparator enables the customer to do this with impartial, third party data," said Tom Gardner, Honda's head of car marketing.
However, to access the comparison, you must enter a Honda model first.
When calculating the cost of a car over three years/60,000 miles, Honda's car comparator takes into account the following data from CAP Monitor:
- The initial purchase price
- Service, maintenance and repair costs
- Cost of fuel
- VED Band
- Residual values (RVs)
You can view the online tool here: www.honda.co.uk/comparator.
You can understand more about whole life costs by viewing our Advice Centre article Whole life costs - the true cost of business cars.
It compares the carbon costs of travel at the point of booking, alongside the financial cost. It can suggest less carbon intensive travel options.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has developed the calculator. CWT is a business travel management company serving small, medium and large businesses.
The calculator will be rolled out first across Defra
The new Honda Insight EX features leather, sat-nav and hands-free Bluetooth telephone preparation as part of its standard equipment tally.
The L20,215 EX price tag for the five-door hatchback hybrid might make it the most expensive in the Honda Insight range, but company car drivers can still benefit from 10% benefit in kind company car tax thanks to its petrol/electric hybrid power source.
For the remainder of this year and 2011/12 tax years, the company car tax rating is 10% (that's just L403 a year company car tax for a 20% tax payer). In 2012/13 the company car tax rate rises to 12%, increasing the company car tax payable marginally to L484 for a 20% tax payer.
In addition to the topline EX model, the rest of the Honda Hybrid range has been revamped with changes to the suspension to improve ride comfort
And the Honda Accord is the most reliable car.
The Honda Civic was the fourth most reliable car - making Honda the only manufacturer to have two cars in the top ten.
This is the third successive year Honda has placed top of both the manufacturer and car FN50 reliability surveys.
The FN50 Car Reliability Survey is conducted by leading industry magazine Fleet News.
The manufacturer survey covers 906,000 vehicles and the car model survey 708,000 vehicles. The cars are run by the UK
Six out of the top 10 cars in the What Car?/Warranty Direct used car reliability survey were made by Honda.
Toyota finished second; and Subaru in third.
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The fall, says the DfT, is 40%.
Just 1% of car drivers were observed using a hand-held mobile while driving. This compares to 1.7% last year, the August survey found.
The Honda Accord saloon goes on sale in June.
And the Accord Tourer estate follows in September.
The new Honda Accord is wider and lower than the current model. Aggressively flared wheel arches, a wider road stance and deep front spoiler give the Accord a sportier presence.
A new generation diesel engine, called i-DTEC, will be one of three engines powering the new Accord. The new i-DTEC is more powerful, while its emissions are cleaner than the current 2.2-litre diesel engine.
The other two engines are petrol units. Both the 2.0-litre i-VTEC and 2.4-litre i-VTEC engines are more powerful than the engines they replace, while also being cleaner and more fuel efficient.
A fourth diesel i-DTEC engine - said to have 'superclean' emissions - arrives in September. The first Accord diesel auto will be launched early in 2009.
Anti-skid VSA is standard on all models, while a variety of active safety features - such as CMBS Collision Mitigation Braking System - will also be available. A more user-friendly Hands-Free Telephone system is also promised.
Predicted service, maintenance and repair (SMR) costs are lower for the new model than the outgoing Accord.
Savings over three years and 60,000 miles are in excess of L260.
For example, the SMR for the old-style Honda Accord 2.0 Type S was L1578 over three years. The equivalent new Honda Accord 2.0 ES GT costs just L1315 - a L263 saving.
The savings on the new diesel Accord are less, but still worthwhile. The SMR for the old-style Honda Accord 2.2 Sport GT was L1545 over three years. The equivalent new Honda Accord 2.2 ES GT costs just L1427 - a L118 saving.
Not only have the in-life costs of the new Honda Accord improved, but the average predicted residual value (RV) across the range has increased by a massive 23%.
The Honda hybrid range will be further expanded by the addition of a sports coupe model, based on the CR-Z concept (pictured).
Honda is also promising a hybrid version of the Jazz supermini to add a third new hybrid model to the range.
The new five-door hatchback hybrid model will use a lighter and more compact battery to save space and weight.
It will go on sale in spring next year.
Honda had a reliability index rating of 85%.
Honda was closely followed into second place by Toyota (84%).
The rest of the top six were all Japanese: Daihatsu (83%); Lexus (83%); Mazda (83%); Subaru (83%); and Suzuki (83%).
Honda models won three categories: Supermini, Honda Jazz; Large Car, Honda Civic Hybrid; and MPV, Honda FR-V.
However, it was not all plain-sailing for Honda. The all-new Civic hatchback found itself at the bottom of the Medium Car chart