Honda is to build a stretch of UK-style road at its test centre in Japan to help car development

Honda is to build a stretch of UK-style road at its test centre in Japan in a bid to help improve its cars on what it considers Europe’s worst road surfaces.

Speaking at the launch of the new Honda Civic, which has undergone more development in Europe than any previous Honda, including extensive stints on UK roads, project leader Mitsuru Kariya said: “The biggest problem we have experienced on UK roads is road noise. It is especially bad on UK road surfaces."

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Kariya continued: “As a result we are trying to reproduce a typical UK road surface at our test track in Japan, so we can at least set the right development direction for the cars before we begin the costly testing on the actual roads.

“Dynamicaly we still believe German roads are the most challenging, because of the higher average speeds, but it is true that the UK road surface is the worst, and that presents its own problems.”

Jim Holder

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