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Automobile Center (Tochigi)
Creating cutting-edge cars to bring joy to the customer
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.
Engine Performance Testing Room
Indoor Omnidirectional Car-to-Car Crash Test Facility
High-Precision 5-Axis NC Machine
Full-Scale Wind Tunnel
Environmental Protection Research Laboratory
Electromagnetic Environmental Testing Room
Innovative Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
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)