Automobile Center (Tochigi)

Creating cutting-edge cars to bring joy to the customer

Automobile Center (Tochigi)

As Honda's comprehensive automobile research center, the Automobile Center (Tochigi) houses state-of-the-art research equipment in a highly efficient building layout. With the Tochigi Proving Ground next door, the R&D Center is ideally located for the rapid feedback of test drive results to be used in research and development.

By implementing unique R&D systems to fully utilize the talents and passions of its engineers, Tochigi strives to both fulfill its social responsibilities as an automaker with respect to environmental conservation and safety and quality assurance, while placing priority on the customer’s viewpoint to develop cutting-edge automobiles that bring joy to the customer.

Automobile Center (Tochigi)
Engine Performance Testing Room

Engine Performance Testing Room

Indoor Omnidirectional Car-to-Car Crash Test Facility

Indoor Omnidirectional Car-to-Car Crash Test Facility

High-Precision 5-Axis NC Machine

High-Precision 5-Axis NC Machine

Full-Scale Wind Tunnel

Full-Scale Wind Tunnel

Environmental Protection Research Laboratory

Environmental Protection Research Laboratory

Design Studio

Design Studio

Electromagnetic Environmental Testing Room

Electromagnetic Environmental Testing Room

Innovative Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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By combining a unique 2-motor hybrid system with a high-capacity lithium ion battery, Honda has newly developed “Sport Hybrid i-MMD Plug-In,” a system that realizes driving without the engine running for range of around 37.6km*.

For short-range driving, “battery EV” driving, motor-powered by its high-capacity battery, significantly reduces CO2 emitted during everyday driving. For long-range driving, shifting modes between EV mode, Hybrid mode and Engine mode, similarly to the Accord Hybrid, realizes highly efficient long-range driving without worrying about charging station availability.

*JCO8 Mode Driving (Plug-in Range, MLIT standard specifications)