Recent Event Highlights: End of the Honda Sports Cars?, Honda Cancels Research and Development on the NSX, Honda s2000 is the 10th Most Stolen Car in the US, and 14 more...
Created by imacca on Jan 27, 2009
Last updated: 08/25/09 at 09:03 AM
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I’ve always disliked the amber side markers and finally got around to replacing them on my s2000. I bought Honda OEM markers for about $20 for the pair. Part numbers 33851-s2a-j02 and 33801-s2a-j02. They’re actually the same except the orientation that the socket is cut leaves the wires pointing up or down; either marker will actually fit on either side… it’s just cleaner if on both sides the wires are pointing down.
I also bought amber LED lights for the side markers. I was afraid that the lower voltage of the LEDs might trip the system into thinking that a bulb was dead, and cause the system to blink quickly, however the blinking is normal, and the markers and amber bulbs (which are clear when not on) look very cool.
or my s2000’s twin i mean.
Honda has announced its intention to establish a research and development facility in the Chiba prefecture of Japan that will enable the company to work towards establishing practical used of bio-ethanol fuels and the production technology of non-edible cellulostic material such as plant leaves and stems.
The planned facility will be build at Kausa Akademia Park in Chiba in a 1000+ square meter building and a 5000 square meter testing facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in April of this year with a planned completion date of November 2009.
Honda began its research on bio-ethanol fuels, in collaboration with the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in 2006. The new plant will be required for large-scale testing and experimentation of the data and research already conducted.
Yesterday, Honda released sales and production data for the month of January. Domestic production decreased for the third consecutive month and production for overseas sales decreased fro the fourth consecutive month. Similarly domestic (Japan) sales decreased for the third consecutive month, and exports decreased for the fourth consecutive month.
The full production and sales report is available on Honda’s website.
Last week, Honda rolled out it’s 20 millionth produced vehicle in North America. The Japanese car company started production locally in the US in 1982 in it’s Marysville Ohio plant.
President & CEO of Honda America Manufacturing, Tsuneo Tanai:
The production of 20 million cars and light trucks in North America was achieved through the ultimate in teamwork by our suppliers, business partners and dealers working together with Honda associates to create joy for our customers. Most importantly, we owe our deepest appreciation to our customers, as none of our accomplishments would be possible without the loyalty they have shown to their Honda and Acura products.”
Honda is committed to producing its vehicles as close to the customer as possible. Last year, 77% of the cars sold in the US were produced locally in North America. Ten of Honda’s models are produced exclusively in the US, including the Accord and Civic coupe/Si/GX, the Odyssey, Pilot, Element, Ridgeline, and the Acura TL, MDX, RDX. This year represents the 50th year that Honda has been producing cars in the United States, it’s first subsidary production outside of Japan.
The weather here on the west coast has been a bit lousy the last couple of weeks, but my buddy and our wives decided to take a roadtrip up to Santa Barbara anyway. On Friday night the rain was just too heavy so we just blasted up the 101, but on Sunday morning, it was pretty clear for the most part so we took PCH from Ventura down to Santa Monica. That’s probably one of my favorite drives, and although the wives were with us, so we weren’t driving as spiritedly as we sometimes do, it was still a great way to break the stress of the week.
Yesterday, Honda officially announced that it will stop production of the Honda s2000 roadster at the end of the 2009 production run. Honda had already announced it would stop R&D on the s2000 and NSX successors, so this marks a (hopefully temporary) end to Honda sports cars.
10 years is a really long run for a car that’s remained largely unchanged since its debut. Since 1999, there’s only been a few changes, most notably the 2.2L engine and front/rear bumpers in the 2004 AP2, and the Club Racer version in 2008. But other than that and a few dash, wheel and control changes, the s2000 stayed the same for longer than most, and I think the descision to end the run is justified. Not to mention, the end of production will help make the car a bit more special. Only about 65,000 were sold over the past 10 years in the United States (110,000 worldwide).
Hopefully when the economy kicks back up and people are looking to spend money on sports cars again, Honda will introduce another s2k-like car and stay true to its racing heritage.
With the recent news that Honda has ended R&D on the V8 NSX revision, comes more news from a British magazine, that Honda is also cancelling its work on the CR-Z convertible and not going to persue replacing the Honda s2000 in the near future.
The s2000 has never been a money maker for Honda, but it’s remained in the lineup as an example of fine craftsmanship from the company and a tribute to its long racing heritage. However, with a sliding economy that is hurting not only domestic, but foreign auto manufacturers alike, Honda is scaling back R&D for its sports cars in favor of fuel efficient and hybrid models that will be marketable for people looking to save, not splurge.
I for one wouldn’t mind much if Honda didn’t succeed the s2000, simply because it would make the car more of a instead of just being an older model that I would be reminded of every time I saw the new one. I’m sure if this rumor is true and Honda really is stopping R&D on these cars, that they will pick it back up sometime down the line. After all, it’s in their blood.
I came across these cool pictures from a couple of years ago where one of the first test platforms for the now canceled 2009 NSX used some stretched out AP2 s2000 body panels. Again, I know these are old, but yeh, this is what our s2ks might have looked like if they put a v10 in ‘em.
You can read the entire article (including a video) from 2007 on the now defunct 2009 NSX Prototype here:
I know is an s2000 blog, and while the NSX is a quite different car than the s2k, it has a similar following and set of enthusiasts. The NSX, which was in production for 15 years ended its long run in 2005 and since then, Honda has been doing R&D on a possible NSX successor. However, with the worldwide car industry facing difficult times, Honda last week announced that the V-10 NSX that it had been working on to replace the NSX will be canceled, and all of the research funds dedicated to the project will be diverted to other Honda projects such as it’s Hybrid cars.
While Honda has faired better than the US automakers during this recession, they’re still being hit pretty hard with fewer people buying new cars in all markets. Honda has announced that it will cut production by 119,000 cars in the first quarter of 2009 over the same period last year.
Earlier this week, the list of the most stolen cars in 2007 was released. According to the study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2005-2007 Honda s2000 was the 10th most stolen car. No wonder my insurance bill is so high! The IIHS uses insurance claim data and the number of insured vehicles to calculate the top 10 list based on the number of vehicles stolen per 1000. The 2005-2007 s2000 had an average loss of 8.1 per 1000 insured vehicles, bringing it’s stolen rate close to 1%. The average loss claim was $13,624, likely a mix of total loss and recovered vehicles.
While the report only includes data for the 2005-2007 models, I imagine the likelihood of all s2000 models are pretty similar. The majority of the other vehicles on the top 10 list are SUVs and large trucks.
You can check out the entire top 10 list here:http://autos.yahoo.com/articles/autos_content_landing_pages/774/americas-mostand-least-stolen-cars
This isn’t as much about s2000’s as it is about old drivers, but since it involved the death of a fellow s2000 owner, I thought it appropriate. A member on honda-acura.net was killed a few weeks ago while riding his motorcycle down the street in broad daylight. An 87 year old woman made an illegal left turn in front of him and he hit the car’s passenger side door and went over the car. When asked by police what had happened, she apparently had no what she had done.
Link to the original article:
Now I understand that in this day and age, everything is about not restricting rights to certain individuals, but I think something needs to be done about senile drivers that pose a danger to other motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, etc. It just doesn’t make sense, when old people are killing or injuring young people and they aren’t being stopped because AARP and other organizations have such strong lobbyists to prevent restrictions. Now I don’t necessarily think that a certain age should mean that a license is taken away, but I think age should trigger some mandatory testing, to make sure that these people are still safe to be on the road. An annual vision and driver’s test past 70 for instance would likely revoke the license of many dangerous drivers and allow those who are still good drivers to keep driving. Unfortunately, aside from strong lobbyists, the majority of law makers are approaching older age and are reluctant to make laws that will restrict them personally.
For the 9th year in a row, the LA auto show has had the Honda s2000 at the Honda display. Last year they had a Club Racer, and this year they had a standard Spa Yellow one with Club Racer wheels. It was getting as much if not more attention than the other Hondas on display (including some pretty wild concept cars), which is nice seeing that it’s a 9 year old body style. Still no word on an official replacement, or any concrete concepts for a new body revision.
And here are some other concepts, the Honda CR-Z:
Honda FC Sport Concept:
Overall it was a pretty good show. The new Nissan 370z is pretty hot, and I’ve been a fan of the Nissan Cube for quite a while… not sure why they waited so long to bring it to the states.
Not quite, but close!
Among all of the great iPhone apps that are out there now that developers are starting to churn out programs for everything is Gas Cubby, a car maintenance tracking tool for iPhone. It’s reasonably priced at five bucks, and helps keep your car in top shape by tracking and graphing your gasoline fill-ups, service tracking like tire rotation and filter replacement and data (insurance, VIN) storage. Of course you’re supposed to keep all of this information in your car anyway, but it’s nice to have an easily accessible copy on your phone that you always carry with you.
I ran across Sean Kenny’s site who builds custom Lego sculptures for clients.
This car was comissioned by a woman as a gift for her boyfriend, who owns a Honda S2000. To be true to his car, she requested it be created with a special light-blue exterior and dark blue interior. There aren’t a lot of LEGO elements in these rare colors, so Sean had to design the model with a somewhat limited palette of parts.
Check out all of the pictures and you can even purchase the car here.
Dedicated to the premiere roadster out of Japan, this blog will be about my love for the Honda s2000. Upgrades, maintenance, audio and whatever else I’m working on or comes up with my car, and relevant news as the model is bound to change here pretty soon. Stay tuned, and welcome to the site.