LA Auto Show: Honda Accord And Civic Take Center Stage, But EV-STER Steals The Show

I’m sorry, I can’t hear you talking about how efficient, reliable and safe your Accords and Civics are over the deafening hotness of this concept car you’ll probably never bring to market.  No Honda EV-STER for you, America!

Honda employs designers, so why don’t they let them do any actual design work on the cars they actually sell? Granted, most people have no taste or sense of style, but do their cars actually have to reflect this? Working in the world of high-end fashion design most of my career, with some stints in the mass market, I know it doesn’t cost any more to simply finesse the silhouette to make it more attractive, sexier.

Having friends who play with carbon fiber and sheet metal I know the same goes for these materials. Clearly Honda’s designers know how to design sexy cars, as evinced this season with the EV-Ster (above) which would do a stellar job of filling the void left by the discontinued Tesla roadster. Honda’s other fun little car, the S2000 was so fun to drive I’ve met fellow motorcycle racers who loved it so much they were even willing to give up their street bike.

So while Honda tells us the Civic is fun to drive, this motorcyclist is skeptical. Or was it the Accord? They’re interchangeable to me like their Goldwing and CBR1000RR are to most of you.

photo courtesy of Katherine Tessier http://ktessier.com

Having had the pleasure of giving the Honda Fit EV a proper test drive, I know they know how to make cars that are fun to drive. And the Fit at least has some personality. But I think it’s time the major OEM’s, especially Honda, take note of the rapid sales growth of the more stylish cars coming to the market like the Fiat 500 and the Mini. Honda proudly displayed this wall of trophies, none of which are in design.

So, about that Accord Plug-in Hybrid… For Model Year 2014, Honda has announced a PHEV Accord with 115MPGe, which is higher than any in the mid-size class. The Accord PHEV will go on sale in New York and California January 15th with an MSRP of  $39,780.That’s before tax incentives.

The Accord has 47/46/46 mpg (city/hwy/combined) and is the first production car in America to meet the more stringent new LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard. It will also qualify for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California. But it most certainly won’t get you laid. Even if you’re Brad Pitt.

 

 

Susanna Schick

Susanna is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it's only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in Los Angeles for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles' streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she's converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.