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2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda’s first electrified crossover for Europe

Honda’s first electrified crossover for the European market is the new CR-V hybrid which it introduced at the 2018 Paris motor show. It is the second powertrain option that Honda offers on the Old Continent, after the 1.5-liter turbo shown at the Geneva motor show, and it promises decent performance with excellent economy thanks to its combination of a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and two electric motors - it also does away with a conventional gearbox.

Instead, it uses a single fixed-gear ratio that sounds quite similar to what the Koenigsegg Regera uses, albeit in a less fancy package - one gear and plenty of electric boost at lower speeds before the engine starts to pick up. Honda offers the CR-V hybrid in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations with the latter only incurring a minimal fuel efficiency penalty.

The North American version of the vehicle will be nearly identical in terms of specs and look to the one revealed in Paris.

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The Euro-Spec 2019 Honda HR-V Shows Up in Paris with Minor Updates, Turbo V-Tec

The Euro-Spec 2019 Honda HR-V Shows Up in Paris with Minor Updates, Turbo V-Tec

Diesel engine coming too

Revived in 2015 after a nine-year hiatus, the Honda HR-V just went through a mid-cycle update and was brought to the 2018 Paris Motor Show for its European debut. Changes are mild, but keep the crossover fresh for a couple more years.

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2016 Honda Civic Type R Concept

2016 Honda Civic Type R Concept

The best look concept we’ve seen from Honda in years

When you go to an event like the Paris Auto Show, you expect some crazy exotic or some new luxury car to steal the spotlight, but at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, it was a Honda that was in the limelight. Specifically, it was this Honda Civic Type R Concept, which serves as a preview of the upcoming production model. This concept is all about looks, but it’s widely believed that there’s an uprated 2.0-liter, turbocharged, VTEC hidden away under the hood – the same engine that will eventually make it into the road-going Type R. And, that engine could produce upward of 350 horsepower.

It’s hard to believe that a concept car from Honda is getting such a following, but Honda has finally tapped back into the hot hatch market in a big way with the new Civic Hatchback. Mainly because the new Civic Hatch is built on a global platform, which means we’ll finally get it, and the Type R all of us tuners have been dying to have, here in the U.S. With the aggressive styling seen on this concept from the gnarly front bumper all the way back to that meticulously designed spoiler, this concept proves that Honda is finally listening to its fan base again.

So, with that said, let’s dive on into the best Civic we’ve seen from Honda in a long time and go over the details that make this Type R concept one of the coolest cars to roll into the Paris Auto Show.

Updated 11/21/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the Type R made a brief appearance next to the Civic SI.

Continue reading to learn more about the Honda Civic Type R Concept.

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This Is The Honda Civic Type R We've All Been Waiting For

This Is The Honda Civic Type R We’ve All Been Waiting For

Get ready, America!

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The long-awaited, U.S.-bound Honda Civic Type R has finally arrived. Okay, so this is a prototype version if we’re going to be technical about it. But, by and large, we can at least expect the production Type R to look a lot like this prototype, albeit with some tweaks here and there and the fact that the production model will come in hot hatchback form.

There’s obviously plenty to pore through here but the Civic Type R prototype’s striking appearance takes precedence over anything else. It’s still largely based on the 2017 Honda Civic, which isn’t a surprise. But Honda also delivered on its promise in making the new Civic Type R the sportiest and most aggressive iteration of the Civic that it’s ever made to the point that it has a little bit of the Subaru WRX STI feel to it. The hood scoop is less pronounced, but it’s still noticeable on the Type R. The fenders are enormous, as are the air vents.

The smoked LED headlights are nice touches and the wheel arches are flared, which isn’t at all a surprise given Honda’s goal of driving the car’s sportiness to another level. And let’s not forget those carbon fiber skirts, the three exhaust outlets, and that massive fixed rear spoiler. All these elements combine to make a car that’s definitely going to get its share of attention when it arrives in the U.S. in the early part of 2017.

Is it safe to say that the hype and anticipation surrounding the Honda Civic Type R’s entry into the US market is going to be at a fever pitch after the prototype’s official debut at the Paris Motor Show? To that question, my answer is a resounding yes!.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

Finally – the Civic hatchback is coming back to the U.S.

When Honda released the revamped tenth-generation Civic earlier this year, it looked like the H Badge had redeemed itself for the lackluster ninth-generation vehicle that came before, blessing the ubiquitous compact nameplate with fresh underpinnings, an updated cabin, and new powerplant options. Now, there’s a five-door hatchback on the way, and thankfully, it offers all that good stuff, plus the option for a true-blue six-speed manual transmission to mate with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger. Best of all, it’s coming to the U.S.

Most performance enthusiasts will want to wait until they can get their hands on the 168-mph Civic Type-R, but if waiting just isn’t an option (or 168 mph seems a bit unnecessary), then the plain-Jane hatch could be a viable alternative. It’s got the same platform as the R, but doesn’t bash the sensibilities like the top-spec boy-racer special.

Thing is, U.S. consumers usually go for crossovers, not hatchbacks. Can the tenth-gen Civic be the exception to the rule?

Update 09-16-2016: Honda has finally announced the details about the all-new Honda Civic Hatchback. Check out our updated review below to learn all about it.

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2014 Honda Civic Type R Concept II

2014 Honda Civic Type R Concept II

Honda gave us a taste of the Civic Type R Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Not content on dropping just one concept, the Japanese automaker is following that up with the unveiling of the Civic Type R Concept II at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 2.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of changes to the exterior of the second concept other than the colors changing and the addition of body graphics. Otherwise, the two concepts look relatively similar.

But there are plenty of changes to talk about. New technology in the Civic Type R Concept II is the real highlight of this new concept, none more than the newly developed "+R" system that instantaneously turns the Civic Type R Concept II into a veritable pocket rocket at the push of the "+R" button.

Honda is scheduled to unveil the Civic Type R Concept II on October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show.

Updating 10/03/2014: While we were all waiting for the production version to finally arrive, Honda decided to tease us one more time with a new concept version for its future Civic Type R. Check the pictured from the unveiling in the "Photos" tab to see what the new concept version brings new.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Type R Concept II.

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2015 Honda Civic Sport

2015 Honda Civic Sport

If you’ve been following TopSpeed the past few months, then you already know the 2014 Paris Motor Show is mostly about concept cars and cool sports cars. The Toyota C-HR concept, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, the Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider, the Mercedes AMG GT and the new-generation Mazda Miata are all set to make their global debut on French soil. But Paris is also about regular cars, and, more importantly, about vehicles that we’re not likely to get here in North America. One of them is the updated version of the Euro-spec Honda Civic, which the old continent gets in both hatchback and wagon styles. What’s more, the folks across the pond are also receiving a brand-new trim with their Civic hatch, namely the Civic Sport.

Don’t worry though, Honda isn’t launching a souped-up version of the Civic just yet. That honor is still reserved for the Type R moniker. The Sport model is just the Japanese company’s way of saying "here, have sportier looking Civic until we come up with a brand-new Type R." Nevertheless, we’d still like for Honda to start selling the Civic hatch in the U.S. as well. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the newly introduced Sport version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Civic Sport.

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2013 Honda CR-Z

2013 Honda CR-Z

Honda unveiled the CR-Z back in 2010, but it looks like the little sports coupe is going to receive its first facelift treatment a little earlier than anticipated. The new CR-Z made its official debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and will go on sale in January 2013.

The updated CR-Z has received subtle revisions to the exterior and interior, with the biggest changes being made under the hood. The 1.5-liter petrol engine has been tweaked to deliver an extra 7 horsepower and the electric motor an extra 6 horsepower. With a total of 137 horsepower, the CR-Z will now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds (down from 9.7 seconds).

The new CR-Z has also received a Plus Sport (S+) boost system that delivers increased acceleration for up to ten seconds when the battery is more than 50% charged.

UPDATE 11/19/2012: Honda U.S.A. has announced prices for the 2013 CR-Z that will go on sale November 21, 2012. Prices will start from $19,975 for the standard version and from $21,655 for the EX version.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Honda CR-Z.

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Honda Civic Type-R to be confirmed at the Paris Motor Show with debut set for Geneva in 2013

Honda Civic Type-R to be confirmed at the Paris Motor Show with debut set for Geneva in 2013

Lotus’ withdrawal from the Paris Motor Show was disappointing, to say the least, but all’s not lost, especially if you’re the optimistic type.

Despite the lack of Lotus’ presence, we now know that one automaker will be making an official announcement regarding the state of one of its own cars in Paris. We’re talking, of course, about Honda and the 2013 Civic Type-R.

Spy photos of the 2013 Civic Type-R around the Nurburgring have been taken in the past months, but it’s only now that information has come from Honda insiders, who told Autocar of the Civic Type-R’s confirmation notice in Paris and subsequent preview at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. These same insiders didn’t divulge any further details surrounding the car, which of course brings back speculation on what kind of engine the new Civic Type-R will carry under its hood.

We’ve made our guesses that the Civic Type-R could carry an output of about 220-230 horsepower, alluding to our opinion that the car’s track-oriented focus will most likely lead to Honda giving full attention to the car’s chassis, handling, and engine specs.

None of this is confirmed, but we’re nevertheless ecstatic to find out that the 2013 Civic Type-R will be officially announced at the Paris Motor Show with the preview set to take place at Geneva next year.

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Honda Civic Hybrid facelift will be revealed in Paris

Honda Civic Hybrid facelift will be revealed in Paris

Next to the Insight Concept, Honda will also unveil at the Paris Auto Show a revised look to the Civic Hybrid. The facelifted Civic features restyled front and rear lights, a more aggressive bumper and a newly designed alloy wheels.

Also in Honda news, in Europe, Honda will offer the new 2.2-liter i-DTEC turbodiesel engine.

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Honda Insight Hybrid on sale in USA in April 2009

Honda Insight Hybrid on sale in USA in April 2009

As officially announced few days ago Honda will unveil the Insight Hybrid Concept at the Paris Auto Show. The production version will go on sale on the U.S. showrooms in April.

Like the Prius, the new Insight will be a five-door, five-passenger hatchback. Honda will price it significantly below hybrids available today. From this unique position in the marketplace, the Insight will advance the affordability and accessibility of hybrid technology to a new generation of buyers.

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2008 Honda Insight Concept

2008 Honda Insight Concept

It’s official; Honda will call its Prius fighter the Insight. The company revealed the first official images of its new gas/electric hybrid ahead of its October 2nd debut at the Paris Auto Show. Sales of the production Insight should begin in the U.S. by the spring.

The design of the five-passenger hatchback seems to share a bloodline with the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as well as the CR-Z concept hybrid. All three of these cars could possibly show the future of Honda’s design. Although Honda is still keeping the exact pricing a secret, the company says the Insight will come to market at a price significantly below hybrids available today.

Honda will follow-up the launch of the Insight with the introduction of the CR-Z. This is all part of Honda’s plan to make hybrid vehicles 10 percent of its total global sales. The goal is ambitious considering that Toyota’s new Prius and Chevrolet’s Volt will both be fighting for this same market within two years.

Press release after the jump.

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Honda's Prius fighter will be revealed on September 4

Honda’s Prius fighter will be revealed on September 4

The official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show, but Honda will give us a first preview at its Prius fighter the day after tomorrow (September 4th). The production version will be revealed in 2009 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Honda UK’s environmental manager John Kingston said that the new standalone hybrid model will play a very important role in the company’s future. "It is a very important car for Honda and our future direction. This is a car that will change customer perception of hybrids."

The new model will be built on a totally new platform and will feature a revised version of the Civic IMA’s mild-hybrid powertrain.

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Honda's Prius fighter will look like this?

Honda’s Prius fighter will look like this?

For the last few months we’ve been writing that Honda will unveil a new hybrid model set to compete with Toyota Prius at the Paris Auto Show. Now we have a full rendering from the Japanese magazine Best Car. The picture above seems to be inspired by the hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity sedan.

Honda’s future hybrid model will be powered by a revised version of the Civic Hybrid’s 1.3-liter Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system with the updated nickel-metal-hybrid batteries stored under the trunk floor. The new model will be competitively priced at around the $18,000 -$19,000 range.

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Honda To Unveil Prius fighter at the Paris Auto Show

Honda To Unveil Prius fighter at the Paris Auto Show

Honda will unveil a new compact five-door hybrid hatchback priced from under $20,000 this October at the Paris Auto Show. The car has yet to be named, but it is known inside the company as the New Dedicated Hybrid Vehicle, or simply the "small hybrid."

The small hybrid is one of four new gas-electric models that Honda plans to roll out over the next four years, as part of a broad global strategy to boost hybrid sales to 500,000 units by 2012 — about 10 percent of its total sales volume.

Honda will also unveil a production version of the sporty CR-Z hybrid coupe that debuted as a concept at last year’s Tokyo show and is now due to arrive in early 2010; a replacement for the current Civic Hybrid, in late 2010; and a new hybrid edition of the subcompact Fit in 2012.

The future Honda hybrid will be powered by smaller, lighter version of the 1.3-liter IMA system that is fitted to the Civic Hybrid, along with a continuously variable transmission. It will be a five-passenger car with same dimensions as the Toyota Prius and styling cues said to be inspired by Honda’s new FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle.

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Honda to Take Toyota's Prius Head-On

Honda to Take Toyota’s Prius Head-On

Here’s the latest spy shot of Honda’s plan for a new gas/electric vehicle. The finished vehicle is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show and is reported to share styling with Honda’s FCX hydrogen-powered sedan. From the photo it looks like Honda is also taking styling cues from Toyota. The Honda-Prius connection may pure coincidence considering that a round-faced hatchback gives little wind resistance. Then again, the car’s look may be very intentional, as Honda wants to copy a winning strategy. After all, Honda is not used to losing, and this is its second attempt at an original gas/electric hybrid vehicle—anyone remember the unloved Insight?

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Honda will unveil small global hybrid concept in Paris

Honda will unveil small global hybrid concept in Paris

Honda will unveil in September at the Paris Motor Show a concept version of its forthcoming small global hybrid. Production version will follow in spring 2009. The new model will be smaller than both the Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius and, at an estimated sticker price of €16,000 to €20,000, will beat both on cost.

Honda has said the still-unnamed model was designed and engineered as a hybrid from the ground up. As such, the company says, it will be better packaged and more efficient than vehicles that have been re-engineered to incorporate hybrid elements.

Honda is planning initial production of 200,000 units a year, half of which will go to North America. About 50,000 are likely to come to Europe, where hybrids have been a tough sell.

The new Honda will use an updated version of the automaker’s Intelligent Motor Assist system, which powers the Civic Hybrid. This so-called " mild" hybrid system has an electric motor that assists the gasoline engine with acceleration and provides regenerative braking to recharge the batteries.

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Honda Type R coming at Paris Motor Show

Honda Type R coming at Paris Motor Show

Honda will unveil the production version of the Civic Type R concept and the new CR-V compact SUV at Paris Motor Show.
The new CR-V combines SUV practicality with saloon car-like driving dynamics, sophisticated styling and an upmarket, well-equipped interior that help take the car into the upper tiers of the SUV market. It will also be available with the advanced Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), two unique and cutting-edge technologies that (...)

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