Published on July 5th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro2
New Honda Kei Car Gets Retro-Like Design
Cute But Capable
The Honda EV-N concept debuted in 2009 to a lot of accolades, and Honda followed it up with the N Concept 4 last year. Drawing on the design of the old Honda N360/600, this retro-looking design is easy on the eyes without going overboard on the old school. While I much prefer the looks of the coupe, these recent patent filings indicate that Honda is more obliged to build a sedan, which is a more versatile vehicle when all is said and done.
The original Honda N600 could deliver over 30 mpg in an age where most cars barely broke 15. The new N600 however will utilize a 660 cc 4-cylinder VTEC engine that will deliver 64 horsepower and probably over 40 mpg. Alas, this is likely a Japanese market only vehicle, as kei cars are too tiny and slow for motorways in America. Then again, the rate at which Americans have embraced small cars could mean a niche vehicle like the N6000 might find a home in more crowded metro marketplaces like New York City or Los Angeles.
Are we feeling the retro flair from Honda’s new design?
Source: LeftLane News