It seems Honda didn’t think too much of this little concept car. They showed it at the Montreal Motor Show in 2013, at the same time the Detroit Motor Show was being held.
To be honest, I found this by accident. In 1992 or 1993 Honda showed a small concept car with a feature that has become a very common, the false reverse-raked c-pillar. I wanted to see the originator of this idea and then show a few of the cars that have used it these last 20 years: Mercedes A-Class, Peugeot 407 SW and the Toyota Picnic among several others.
I haven’t found that car yet but I found the 2013 Gear which Honda say is aimed at young people in the Generation Y bracket. What attracted my attention were the distinctive graphics of the grille and lamps and the very simple, sheer surfacing, almost done to suggest the last 10 years of swoops, swages, grooves and bone lines hadn’t happened. Honda do this from time to time, a show car that is actually quite unlike anything else in the show car class of the given moment.
I suppose I ought to come clean and also say that in idle moments I have drawn small cars pretty much like this. The Honda Gear is what I would produce if left alone with a CAD programme, some modellers and €300.000 of development costs. It’s my kind of small car though I might add some more chrome. Particularly attractive is the way the surfaces from the wheel arch cut-outs are handled; I also approve of the transition from the bonnet to the side of the front wing. Perhaps the rear is not so nice but it’s at least as acceptable as many other cars while also looking like it belongs to the same car as the front.
Honda have no plans to produce anything like this car at all.