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Don't hold your breath for the Civic Type R
Apr 10, 2015 - 8:22 AM - by

Honda has a recent history of ignoring fans who’ve been begging for performance models, but that’s about to change when the new Civic Type R arrives in the U.S. But exactly when is that?

The bad news is, it’s not soon.

After announcing at the New York Auto Show that the new Type R would in fact come to the U.S., American Honda Motor Co. Executive Vice President John Mendel confirmed during a round-table discussion that it won’t be a 2016 model.

Will it be a 2017? “It could be an ’18 by the time it gets here,” admitted Mendel, though he said he hopes not.

“You can’t say we never listen. We almost never listen,” joked Mendel.

Rumors have suggested that the US-spec Civic Type R could be different car from the European one. That seems unlikely, especially as Honda has confirmed the European-market Civic 5-door hatchback (the basis for the Type R) is already headed to our shores.

Honda-Civic-Type-RWe put that question to Mendel and asked if the model that eventually makes its way to US shores will be significantly different from the European one. “No,” he said. “You’re looking at the same concept that the Civic Type R has always been.”

“As you go to global development processes, the differences from market to market in terms of crash and requirements start to converge,” said Mendel. “So you don’t have a vehicle developed for one market that doesn’t meet the standards of another market. As you are able to commonize all those things around the world, and a US-led development for this vehicle (the 2016 Honda Civic), we kind of spec’d through the higher standards.”

Pricing isn’t something Mendel was willing to discuss yet but he indicated that a major factor will have to do with the British Pound vs U.S. Dollar exchange rate at the time, with the new Type R being manufactured in the UK.

“I’d hope we could sell a couple thousand a month,” he said, promising not to put a cap on sales.

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Honda Civic Type R Confirmed for America
Apr 01, 2015 - 12:30 PM - by

The compact car segment in North America is about to get a lot hotter.

That’s because Honda will bring its new Civic Type R to the U.S. in the near future.

Speaking at the debut of the 2015 Honda Civic Coupe concept today at the New York International Auto Show, American Honda Motor Co. Executive Vice President John Mendel asked the gathered media if they thought the new European-market Civic Type R should be sold in North America.
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2016 Honda Civic gets VTEC Turbo, Hatchback Bodystyle
Apr 01, 2015 - 12:16 PM - by

Surprising the automotive industry, Honda revealed a new Civic at the New York Auto Show today. This so-called concept strongly hints at what the 10th-generation car will look like when it goes on this fall.

The biggest news of this sneak reveal is that Honda has confirmed the upcoming Civic will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter VTEC engine. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual and one of Honda’s continuously variable transmissions.

Beyond this exciting powertrain news the car will be sold as a hatchback in the U.S. once again. For the first time ever Honda is offering a five-door model in the American market. This body-style will be sold alongside sedan, coupe and Si models.

All variants share the same basic architecture — an all-new platform — one that’s larger and safer than ever. The 10th generation Civic was developed in America and designed at Honda’s studio in Los Angeles. It will be built in North America as well.

Worldwide more than 20 million Honda Civics have been sold since the car was introduced back in the early 1970s. The new model should excite exiting customers and attract new buyers.

The sedan model is expected to land on the market first, followed by the coupe and finally the hatchack. Look for the all-hew Honda Civic at dealers this autumn. Further enticing enthusiasts Honda officially announced that they will bring the Civic Type R to the American market.
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2015 New York Auto Show
Mar 31, 2015 - 8:12 AM - by

It’s time to head to the big apple to get the juiciest new car news from the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Confirmed debuts include Cadillac’s new CT6 flagship sedan and a production version of the Scion iM compact hatchback as well as the Scion iA small sedan. Expect an updated Lexus RX, Lincoln Continental Concept, 2016 Kia Optima and a production version of the 2016 Jaguar XF, as well as the exciting new McLaren 570S.

Be sure to check in with AutoGuide for all the latest 2015 New York Auto Show news, and the best auto show video coverage on the net.
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Top 10 Most Anticipated 2015 New York Auto Show Debuts
Mar 27, 2015 - 9:15 AM - by

Once again we’re headed to the Manzana Grande in search of new cars, pizza and the highest concentration of angry taxi drivers in North America.

This year the Javits Center will host debuts for McLaren, Cadillac and Nissan among many others. Keep on scrolling to see the top 10 cars we’re looking forward to most.
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