It’s hard to believe but the Honda S2000 is 20 years old (For reference, when JNC started the AE86 was 21 years old, and it felt ancient). At the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon in January, Honda will be revealing a 20th Anniversary Prototype to honor the milestone. The car will come with a newly styled aero kit, suspension, and audio lid. Only one image has been released so far, but it’s a handsome, fresh take that is thankfully subtle enough to complement the S2000’s simple and purposeful design. Beyond the S2000, Honda is also going back to its 90s well with a modified EK9 Civic Type R.
That car comes with a somewhat ambitious name: the Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser. We have just a rendering in this case, but according to Honda the goal is to appeal to “modern youth,” whatever that means. Furthermore, according to a translated version of Honda’s description, “The model has been modernized to reflect neo-Japan, where the near future and underground are disturbed, while retaining the hatchback silhouette and familiar presence of the past Civic. We moved from the hot race scene and changed the image to that of the night city to run cool.” But hey, if it connects with a new generation of enthusiasts, then we’re all for it.
Typically, the Auto Salon is a venue for carmakers to showcase customization options for its latest models, so it’s a somewhat unusual move for Honda to prominently feature a pair of 20-year-old models. But, its new ones didn’t get left out.
Another vehicle seeking to bridge generations is the Kachatto-Wagon, based on the latest Honda StepWgn. Kachatto, from what we can gather, is Japanese for “chat.” It comes with a rear ramp for easy access for wheeled vehicles, and Honda says it will connect three generations of gearheads. Presumably, a parent in the driver’s seat, grandparent in the wheelchair, and child with dirtbike in the second row.
Lastly, there’s the Aibou, which is basically like a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe for kids. There’s not much information supplied, except for the fact that it’s billed as “your first Honda.” The Jetsonian bubble car presumably allows children to enjoy a connection to cars from a young age.
There will be more information on all of these cars as the Auto Salon approaches, and there will almost certainly be more cars from Honda’s current lineup shown as well. With this set, though, it seems Honda is really looking to stoke auto enthusiasm across the board.