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Honda targets Tesla with new rear-drive EV platform that puts driving fun first: reports


Honda's plans to target Tesla with a range of sporty, rear-drive electric vehicles appears to be taking shape, with company executives confirming a dedicated EV platform will underpin a range of vehicles due to begin arriving in 2025.

That's the word from Honda's power unit development boss, Ayumu Matsuo, who has told media the new BEV platform will be modular, rear-powered, and will underpin C and D-segment cars. 

"This new architecture is designed to achieve smooth driving and highly efficient packaging," Matsuo told US outlet Automotive News. "We believe it will meet the needs of customers who like our C-segment and D-segment models."

The news came as part of a future-facing briefing from the company, with Honda confirming the platform would be used for sedans and SUVs, and would feature rear-mounted motors. And thanks to the brand's push for better driving dynamics, a 50:50 weight distribution will also be a staple of its new EVs, as will a 'skateboard' style battery and motor layout.

Today's news follows patents recently filed by Honda that appeared to be a dealership-ready version of the brand's Sports EV prototype, first shown at the Tokyo motor show in 2017.

Those patents shows a sport-focused coupe design; a vehicle that looked a little like a shrunken version of the Honda NSX supercar.

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