Watch: The Honda City Turbo II was a hatchback ahead of its time

Together with the Motocompo, it became a real last-mile solution in the ’80s
by Leandre Grecia | Apr 13, 2021
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Suffice to say that the idea of last-mile solutions in the context of urban and alternative mobility has been talked about more than ever these days. And even giants in the automotive industry have started to take part in the discussions. The future of mobility looks exciting, doesn’t it?

But before all the commotion, there was already one Japanese carmaker that mulled over the idea: Honda. Several decades ago, Honda gave birth to the City Turbo II, a pocket rocket of a hatchback that had a little secret in the trunk. No extra cargo space, no hidden compartments—rather, the boot was designed specifically to fit the Motocompo.

The Motocompo is Honda’s foldable scooter from the ’80s, and together with the small City hatch, it was truly ahead of its time. As Top Gear’s Jack Rix puts it: “It was the ultimate urban mobility solution, 40 years before anyone really talked about urban mobility solutions.”

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But now, there’s a new tiny Honda hatch in town—we’re talking about the electrified Honda e, of course—so is there a new small car + small scooter combination on the horizon? Well, there might be.

On this episode of Top Gear RETROspective, Rix takes the City Turbo II, the Motocompo, and the e for a spin and talks a little about what the future holds for Honda and its last-mile solutions. You can watch the full video below for a better look. Spoiler alert, there’s some golden bonus content at the end of the clip waiting. Enjoy.

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