AD #1562 – Honda Pushes Out Ito, New Evoque Revealed, More Nations Adopt U.S. MPG Standards

February 23rd, 2015 at 11:57am

Runtime: 7:28

- Takata Slapped With Fine
- Honda Pushes Out Ito
- Nissan’s Mr. K Passes Away
- F-150 Demand Stronger Than Anticipated
- New Range Rover Evoque Revealed
- More Countries Adopting U.S. Fuel Economy Standards

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31 Comments to “AD #1562 – Honda Pushes Out Ito, New Evoque Revealed, More Nations Adopt U.S. MPG Standards”

  1. Brett Says:

    Congrats, Pedro!

  2. Frank Nelson Says:

    I’m not surprised with Ito being pushed out. This is fairly common at large Japanese companies. Between the Takata airbag recall, the numerous Mexican Fit recall, it was too much to bear. Honda seems to have lost it’s way for the last several years. The new Insight, CR-Z, Crosstour, and to a less extent, the Ridgeline truck were answers to questions no one had asked. Same with the Acura ZD-X. They were the company that would take the path less-traveled, more risky. Now they seem to have become more like their contemporaries. The NSX while very nice, doesn’t have the chutzpah the first one did. I hope whomever inherits the chairman’s job will have more of the challenging spirit so needed to get Honda back to being Honda.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    Pedro- now you have to buy the truck to match, it’s like when you paint the walls- you then have to get new flooring and furniture.

  4. HtG Says:

    1,3 Someone fill me in. What’s up with Pedro? New ride?

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    Frank- lately some of Honda’s motorcycles have been .. um different shall we say.

  6. Marshall Says:

    Good going Pedro. Thumbs up!

  7. Marshall Says:

    Sending my regards to Mr. K. and family. Growing up I always had my eye on the Datsun Z. Just last week I was watching some repeats of the game show ‘Sale Of The Century’ and the big prize was a Datsun 300Zx. Nice!

  8. pedro fernandez Says:

    Actually that truck is in better shape than my Crapolla/Vibrolla thingy. Don’t know how I got it, I was thinking Internationally I guess. Yes that would be a very nice gesture on your part, I will happily accept your gift and wear it proudly as a regular Autoline participant. My email is

  9. pedro fernandez Says:

    Why is Ito being punished because of the Takata air bag fiasco? Seems unfair to me.

  10. HtG Says:

    8 Oh, I see. Nice win there, Pedro. (I guess it doesn’t pay to skip parts of the transcript. It happens ;) )

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    I will try the lotto today as well, just in case!

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Nice going Pedro…..don’t buy the truck,lol unless you own a gas station ;}>

  13. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Kudos Pedro; nice to see one of us regulars getting some ‘gear’.

    Surprised nothing on the CT6 (peek) from Cadillac; new ‘Dare’ commercial last night at the Oscars and on the internet. Perhaps tomorrow.

  14. cwolf Says:

    Good going pedro and the Toyo gift is right up your alley! The ability of AL to offer watches is an indication of moving up in the world! AL 18K gold rings next?

  15. cwolf Says:

    pedro cont: don’t become alarmed if you become notified of a recall on your watch! :>)

  16. pedro fernandez Says:

    That is a good one, C Wolf!

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Congrats, Pedro. I’ve been visiting friends, and didn’t see the show until just now.

  18. pedro fernandez Says:

    Thanks, guys. Can’t recall winning anything, ever!

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 I don’t know if Ito had much to do with it, but the second generation Insight was the most disappointing car Honda has ever sold. The Insight hit the market about the same time as the third generation Prius, with the Prius as the obvious competitor. I checked out both, at a dealer that sells both Toyota and Honda. There was no comparison. The Insight is slower, thirstier, noisier, less roomy, and probably rides worse. The only area where the Insight might be a little better is handling, and only a little better. It is a mystery to me that Honda would have put the Insight on the market, when it was so much worse that its obvious competition.

  20. dcars Says:

    I’m I too cynical? Isn’t the reason that more countries are adopting the the US fuel usage standards is because they are more accurate?

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 That’s what I thought. Before hearing the video version of the show, I assumed that the US ratings were being adopted because they are closer to what people actually acheive. The numbers on the stickers being downwardly adjusted from the actual test results is largely responsible for the US ratings being closer to reality than Euro ratings.

  22. C-Tech Says:

    Congratulations Pedro.

  23. Chuck Grenci Says:

    While the rest of the world is adapting the U.S. fuel standard as far as mpg ratings they are also adapting the emissions rating as well (that ‘s the big deal about it). And even if they didn’t adapt the U.S. specifications, in whole, it would (and is) a good idea to have standardized ‘numbers’ for the world.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 I’d like to see commonality of all standards, including lighting, crashworthiness, etc. in addition to fuel economy and emissions standards. Then, we Americans might have a decent choice of vehicles of types other than SUV’s and 4 door sedans.

    If all standards were the same in the U.S. and, say, Germany, it would be economically feasible for M-B to sell manual transmission C-Class wagons in the U.S., even though few would be sold, and it might even be feasible to sell cars like Citroen C4, VW Polo, and many other European hatchbacks that we don’t get.

  25. HtG Says:

    23,24 The harmonization of regulations is one of the main points of the current trade negotiations with the pacific rim and europe. Autos are one category. I think this summer is when the talks are supposed to wrap up and then face ratification processes in the member nations.

  26. C-Tech Says:

    Will the adoption of U.S. fuel, emission, and safety standards mean the elimination of certain vehicles sold in other countries like the kei cars in Japan?

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    26 I suspect Japan will keep their kei car formula. It has been successful in selling the very small cars in a country where space is at a premium. I wouldn’t expect to see them sold in North America any time soon.

  28. dcars Says:

    I don’t think the Europeans would agree to adopting US Standards, that would be too hard for them to swallow.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    28 Are the US standards not strict enough for the Europeans?

  30. Chuck Grenci Says:

    The U.S. standards are more stringent than Europe and that is the argument Oliver Schmidt was making (on Autoline After Hours). This guy is really smart and he is heading back to Germany to co-ordinate emissions for Volkswagen (Group) I think.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The US standards are more stringent is some ways, and less stringent in others. The US requires better protection for unbelted occupants, which means more powerful air bags, among other things. The EU requires better protection for pedestrians hit by cars. Also, the EU requires only amber rear turn signals, while the US and Canada allow either red or amber. There are other differences, but more more in being different, than more or less stringent.