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Honda GEAR Concept makes World Debut at Montreal Auto Show 2013

Posted Jan 17th 2013 6:45PM


In an interesting attempt to get back into the North American city-car game, Honda is rolling out their GEAR concept at the Montreal International Auto Show 2013 (Salon International de l'Auto de Montréal). With its minimal styling and proclaimed ability to be heavily optioned as requested it is pretty clear that Honda has seen how Scion's game has worked and are following suit.

Though it is pretty slick to look at, we have to say we are a bit surprised at Honda's blatant clawing at the Hipster market. With phrasing like "Inspired by fixed-gear bicycles" and "Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car" it's hard not to see the push by Honda to make the GEAR concept into the next latest-and-greatest thing that no one has heard of yet.

Putting the vernacular aside for a moment, we are still happy to see Honda throwing themselves back in the ring. If nothing else the GEAR concept may do an excellent job filling in where the CR-Z Hybrid fell flat. Or even getting back to Civic 3-door basics that essentially built the H-badge.

Click here to see our for a full gallery of the Honda GEAR Concept and click here to read the press release from Honda Canada.

Related GalleryHonda GEAR Concept

MONTREAL (January 17, 2012) – At today's Montreal International Auto Show, Honda Canada provided the world with its first look at the new GEAR Concept Study Model – a vehicle that demonstrates Honda's innovative approach to providing the automotive answer for young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles.

Inspired by fixed-gear bicycles, GEAR is a concept that represents an entirely new way of looking at the sub-compact vehicle. It is simple and utilitarian, but also customizable, connected and full of personality.

"Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they're fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer," said Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "GEAR Concept tears down those walls – it's practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car."

The All-New 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP
The GEAR concept was joined by the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP -- a performance-packed vehicle exclusively available for Canadian customers. As the newest edition to the Honda Factory Performance line-up, the sporty, Accord Coupe HFP adds an extra level of limited-edition style and performance to an award-winning vehicle that has already received accolades from media and customers from coast to coast.
"Honda Factory Performance provides the next step in handling and styling," said Dave Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. "For our customers who want Honda quality, reliability, efficiency and safety, but with even more expression and personality, the Accord HFP is the product that will deliver."

The Accord HFP builds on the award-winning 2013 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 Navi with improved handling and more aggressive styling. The enhanced exterior styling comes from a wider and lower appearance, achieved through a 10-mm suspension drop, 19-inch wheels and body kit that includes front, rear and side skirts and a rear lip spoiler. In addition, a more responsive sport suspension provides a more exhilarating driving experience with improved tire grip from Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

With the Accord's 278-horsepower V6 engine, the result is a car meant to turn heads just long enough to see it pull ahead and disappear over the horizon. The 2013 Honda Accord HFP Coupe will be available at select Honda dealerships this spring in limited numbers. Two transmissions will be available – a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual, with black or white as the exterior colours.

Further Tribute to Honda's Tuner Enthusiasts
Rounding out the aggressively-styled vehicles displayed in Montreal were the 2013 Honda Accord Auto Luxury VIP and 2013 Honda Civic Circuit Sports. Honda has once again partnered with Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) to push the limits of performance and expressive design. These two after-market project vehicles exemplify Honda's race-inspired DNA.

"Working with the team at PASMAG is a way for Honda to connect with enthusiasts across the country to demonstrate the tuning potential of Honda platforms," said Gardner. "The Accord Auto Luxury VIP and Civic Circuit Sports do just that and then some."

About 2013 Honda Civic Circuit Sports
Historically, the Civic has always been a natural choice for track enthusiasts, which inspired the PASMAG team when designing this exciting vehicle. Starting with a 2013 Honda Civic Si, the design team implemented key performance upgrades required for a track car including lightweight Enkei wheels, fully adjustable suspension, big brake kit, race seats, intake and exhaust and ECU reflash.

Modification highlights include:
• Enkei PF01 Racing wheels
• Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
• Rotora front and rear big brake kit
• Megan racing suspension
• Ultimate Racing exhaust and downpipe
• K&N air intake
• Hondata flashpro
• Bride front sport seats
• Retrofit source custom HID headlights
• Custom upgraded audio system
• 3M satin white vehicle wrap
• Custom airbrushed HJC helmet

While the vehicle is a one-of-a-kind and not available for sale, the 2013 Civic Circuit Sports will attend tuner shows and car meets this summer. More information will be available in the coming months.

2013 Honda Accord VIP Overview
Based on the luxury VIP style, this one-of-a-kind Accord sedan delivers a luxury driving experience that exceeds expectations. It began with the 2013 Accord Touring and features 20" chrome wheels, air-suspension and luxury interior trimmings.

Modification highlights include:
• VIP Modular 20" wheels
• Yokohama S-drive tires
• Air-Ride suspension system
• Custom exhaust
• K&N Air intake
• Custom diamond-stiched interior
• Custom upgraded audio system
• 3M matte black vehicle wrap

Further information is available upon request or by visiting

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About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 6 million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario, where the Honda Civic and CR-V, Acura MDX and ZDX models are manufactured. Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.7 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and trucks in Canada.


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say BYE BYE to those juicy rear (larger, deeper) offset wheels when concept turns into reality.

January 18 2013 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rafael Rossetti

So, this is basicly an old '80s 3-door CRX revisited.


January 17 2013 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Autoblog, why don't you cover any of the Canadian auto shows on the US Autoblog page? All of the other International auto shows are good enough for that page, but not the Canadian ones for some reason... This car was posted there but with different pictures (not the live shots from the auto show). The new Mitsubishi made it's North American debut in Montreal, but it isn't posted on the Autoblog USA page. Doesn't make sense to me.... It is like a few years ago when I think it was the new Hyundai Accent that had it's North American debut in Montreal and that was posted on the Canadian Autoblog page, but then a few months later it was posted on the USA Autoblog page that it had it's North American Debut at the New York Auto Show.....

January 17 2013 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I think Honda has finally decided to go back to their roots and design fun to drive, inexpensive to buy and maintain cars that made them the auto maker they are today. I like the design as it does remind me of the very original CVCC with the pronounced round headlamps in square bezels. Hopefully Honda will not soften the design.

I wish Honda all the best and yes the CR-Z certainly wasn't a CRX. The CRX is in my book one of the best cars ever produced along side the Datsun 510, 240-280Z, BMW 2002Tii and Celica/Supra.

January 17 2013 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Its about Product

headlights inspired by the camaro and low front valence by VW, but otherwise looks original which is not common for Honda. its the first honda design that actually looks attractive to me. would be nice to see it in non-hot rod trim. a good car for europe but it won't sell in n/a in any profitable form. i'd like to see a head to head between the production version and the Up!

January 17 2013 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alex Koast

Actually headlights are inspired by the 1975 honda civic

January 20 2013 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply