It’s amazing how far off base highly trusted “industry pundits” can be when they “prognosticate” what is to come from an automaker in regards to their future plans. It makes you wonder, where do they get their information if they themselves are not present in the engineering and design departments of an automaker? Do they have psychic powers or are they, as we suspect, making educated guesses?
In some places, this is also known as “making stuff up,” so when we were invited by Honda to fly all the way to Japan to their Motegi Race Track facility we figured something rather important was happening. Or maybe they just wanted to give us more frequent flier miles. As far as trying to get anyone from Honda to spill the beans before the trip as to what was to be seen, they were so tight lipped that the whole frequent flier theory could have easily been our best “educated guess.”
Essentially what we found when we got to Honda’s Motegi Race Track was a company that had opened its proverbial toy chest to the assembled auto journalists with time set aside to drive cars equipped with their new engines, transmissions, alternative fuel technology and even the next generation update to the SH-AWD system which was simply amazing. But more on that later.