IN THE WORLD OF MOTORS
Leading column Mikhail GZOVSKY
Until recently, this brisk city car could only be bought in its homeland, Japan: a compact car was designed with an eye on the domestic market. However, the rapid development of the small class in Europe and the active offensive of competitors - Toyota with the Yaris model or, for example, Daikhatsu with the Sirion car - forced the Honda leadership to urgently rethink the strategy. And at the last year's Geneva Motor Show, the J-BX concept car was presented to the public, and only a few months later, already in Paris, the premiere of the serial “Logo” took place.
Despite the common name with the Japanese version, the European version has been radically redesigned: buyers from the continent have different tastes and requests. So, only a three-door modification will go on sale here. Other changes in the appearance of the car are the appearance of new parts that are characteristic of other Honda models. These are the characteristic chrome-plated radiator grille, embossed bonnet and the easily recognizable “eye cut”. With a length of less than four meters, the “Logo” can accommodate five people if necessary, while in the trunk of 227 liters you can still transport “a basket, cardboard and a small dog”. Access to the car is convenient thanks to large doors, and a sufficiently wide and high body made it possible to increase the space above the head and at the level of the shoulders of the driver and passengers, which creates a feeling of additional space.
Nevertheless, the buyer primarily expects from a modern city car profitability and agility in a dense traffic flow. Power steering (standard equipment) and good visibility will help the driver in this. And the “elastic” four-cylinder gasoline engine, 80% of the maximum torque of which falls on a very wide speed range, will allow you to move quite actively. Naturally, the engine with a margin fits not only into modern toxicity standards, but also satisfies the EU2000 standard, which should come into force in two years. An option with an automatic hydromechanical gearbox is not provided, but the car can also be purchased with a CVT CVT transmission, which offers two driving modes - sports and regular. A transmission of this type is already used on "adult" Honda models, more about it in ZR, 1999, No. 2.