Honda 0 Series: A thinner, lighter EV?

By J.A. Ackley
Jan 9, 2024 | Honda, CES, Honda 0 Series, Honda 0 Series Saloon

Photography Courtesy Honda

When Honda debuted the Honda 0 Series Saloon concept at CES 2024, it said it “developed the vehicle with a new approach–thin, light and wise.”

Okay, what does that mean?

Basically, they want to make an EV that’s not thick and heavy like many of today's offerings.

How much lighter, though, is the 0 Series Saloon? Those details remain scant, but the goal for Honda is clear: they want to make this car available to the public in 2026.

It also comes with a new H mark, which will be featured on Honda's line of next-generation EVs.

What are your thoughts? Would you trade your current car in for this?

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GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/9/24 3:49 p.m.

It looks good and could be light but as for thin...maybe in height. It looks kind of like a cyberpunk-styled Pontiac Trans Sport with a roof chop, but the rear end is also reminiscent of the Honda Aerodeck.

Would I trade in my current car for it? Not without knowing any specs cheeky I do like the forged CF wheels and aero bits though.

Oapfu GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/9/24 4:03 p.m.

What are your thoughts? Would you trade your current car in for this?

Nope.  Saloon is not a hatchback.

(IDK if Saloon is even a saloon.)

Honda seems to be implying that thin in the Z direction is somehow a unique idea.  I'd be more interested if it was thin in the Y direction (tandem 2-seater).


Is this just really weird wording, or not even grammatically correct?

Chris_V UberDork
1/9/24 4:30 p.m.

My first thought went straight to the Bizzarini Manta:

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
1/9/24 4:33 p.m.

I was thinking it took some design cues from a Pontiac Trans Sport, but the Manta is a convincing argument.

The Trans Sport always reminded me of the Dustbuster, though.

CrustyRedXpress GRM+ Memberand Dork
1/9/24 7:12 p.m.

Weird Honda is best Honda. Keep in mind the NSX started out looking like this:


brandonsmash GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/9/24 7:23 p.m.

It gets worse: Have you seen the Space Hub concept?



As we all know, putting your name in illuminated lettering on the back of a vehicle never gets old. For reference, drive behind any Sunfire that shouts PONTIAC at you every time the driver hits the brakes. 

EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/9/24 7:38 p.m.

I was hoping this would be way thinner, like a Honda Trail or Cub electric motorcycle.

CyberEric SuperDork
1/9/24 10:50 p.m.

I like where their heads are at. A smaller, lighter EV. Yes please.

I like the looks too.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/9/24 11:27 p.m.

Cars this ugly make me want to see how many citations of the verbal morality statute I can get.

jerel77494 New Reader
1/10/24 2:25 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) :

Looks like something from Demolition Man.

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