According to Honda, its Sports 4 Concept brings "the thrill of total control to all." In other words, Honda claims that the Sports 4 conveys the sensations and pleasures of driving a sports sedan to each of its four occupants. To accomplish this goal, Honda has equipped the Sports 4 with four individual bucket seats, a glass roof that features four independent shades, and its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, whose power allocation is displayed via a dash monitor that is visible from every seat.

Inside, the Sports 4 utilizes metal, wood, and leather trim stylishly arranged in Honda's next-generation cockpit design, which is ideal for "at-a-glance recognition and intuitive control." Look for a similarly styled cockpit, as well as hints of the Sports 4's sharp, dynamic exterior lines, in the next-generation Accord family.

HONDA Cyvic Euro

Honda has released pics of its new eighth-generation Civic that will be begin selling in Europe in the early part of 2006. The design is described as being a "wedge-shaped forward cabin" that we think probably wouldn't fly here in North America though is most likely suitable for European tastes. There's a lot of hidden utility built into Europe's version of the Civic, with the hatch sporting rear seats that can be tipped up to form a second storage area or dive down to create a flat floor.

Rally Fighter, Designed by Sangho Kim, with the Local Motors Community

Sangho Kim is a 2010 graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has been a member of Local Motors since 2008, and has since won the Miami Road Racer Competition. In addition to earning $20,000 in prize money in a short 4-month period, Sangho earned the greatest prize: to see his vehicle, the Rally Fighter, brought to life. His name will forever live on the side of every Rally Fighter.

Sangho penned the Rally Fighter design in 2008, and posted it to the Local Motors community for review and critique. Community feedback was immediately positive, and many demanded the car be built. Together with the community and Local Motors design team Sangho Kim designed his first production vehicle, the Rally Fighter.

The cost of the Rally Fighter is estimated to be around $50,000 USD, with Local Motors claiming that it has already secured 22 orders for the vehicle. The truth is that we’re happy to see the powerful and efficient BMW engines featured in all sort of prototypes or production cars.

Rally Fighter

Designer Bora Kim didn’t just want one car. Thustly, there are two. This Jeckyll and Hyde concept goes along the lines of what Kim predicts will be the next wave of high-class cars – “Eco Luxury.” That being conscious of how what you’re purchasing is effecting the environment you’re going to drive it in. It’s just smart, yes?

The Jeckyll and Hyde differentiates itself from the eco-car movement a slight bit because it is meant to be “luxury.” Thus it aims to combine Art and Philosophy. This is meant to come out in the aesthetics of the car. The waves, the whooshes, the loveliness.

The car’s working bits! They are this: power generated from solar, wind, and electric sources. A moving surface which, like a sunflower, aims itself toward the largest sunlight source. When wind power is easier to access, it turns to that. The technology isn’t quite all there yet, but the idea in this concept is to change the minds of those with the cash first. Investing in technological breakthroughs in ecological safety methods is the new black.

Investing in intelligence, not size and material.

Be you a lover of the darkness or of the light, all your green functions are yours to ride with. Both Jeckyl AND Hyde save the world with their wind power generators and flexible solar panels, for they are one, and when the root of all evil (cash money) is turned into planet-helping functions, the good shines through.


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