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    Geneva Motor Show: Honda Civic Tourer



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    March 5, 2013

    File this under the ‘wagons the the U.S. will never see’; Honda showed off the new Civic Wagon Concept at the Geneva Motor Show today. The Civic Wagon Concept takes the European Civic hatchback and adds a bit of length and height. Other design cues include embellished front and rear fenders, rear door handles mounted in the window frame, and sloping roofline.

    Honda will show the production version of the Civic wagon later this year.

    Source: Honda

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    British Built Honda Civic Range Expanding with New Tourer and Type R Variants

    5 March 2013

    - Wraps Taken Off Honda Civic Tourer Concept

    - Civic Type R Nurburgring testing to begin in 2013

    Honda has taken the wraps off the Civic Tourer Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. This Concept provides strong hints to the exterior design of the Civic Tourer production model which will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Honda has also confirmed that track testing of the new Civic Type R will start at the Nurburgring in 2013.

    Civic Tourer Concept Unveiled

    The Civic Tourer Concept shares many of the same features as the ninth generation Civic hatchback model which was launched in late 2011. It has a sophisticated, aerodynamic body that creates a clean, dynamic look.

    With a distinctive profile amongst its competitors, the Civic Tourer Concept has a low and wide stance giving it a sporty appearance which is complemented by a sleek cabin style also found on the Civic hatchback.

    The Civic Tourer Concept continues the same design direction as previous Honda Tourer derivatives such as the Accord Tourer and Civic Aero deck which sought to offer smooth design combined with practical and class leading cargo space.

    The production version of the Civic Tourer will be in dealerships in early 2014 and will be built alongside the hatchback model in Honda’s production facility in Swindon, Wiltshire.

    Nurburgring testing for new Civic Type R

    Last year, Honda confirmed the introduction of an all-new Civic Type R for Europe. With the application of technologies from Honda’s World Touring Car Championship Civic, development is progressing well and Honda has now announced that testing at the Nurburgring will begin in Europe during 2013. The Type R model will be built in Swindon alongside the rest of the Civic range.

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    Interesting as a concept car: the extra length disguises the 'alien spaceship' looks of the 5-door hatchback. :AH-HA: Wonder how well it will translate into a production model...

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      Honda
      Honda Division's August sales almost matched the same period last year without one of the biggest holiday sales weekends of the year. Despite the handicap, CR-V continued its record-setting ways for the second straight month while all three of the brand's best-selling models (Accord, Civic and CR-V) topped 30,000 units apiece and Honda's compact HR-V and Fit posted major gains. Honda trucks posted a new August record supported by brisk sales of CR-V, HR-V and Ridgeline, while Civic and Fit drove car sales for the brand.      
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            Month-to-Date
      Year-to-Date
            August 2016
      August 2015
      DSR** % Change
      MoM % Change
      August 2016
      August 2015
      DSR** % Change
      YoY % Change
          American Honda Total
      149,571
      155,491
      -3.8%
      -3.8%
      1,094,725
      1,054,816
      3.8%
      3.8%
          Total Car Sales
      73,431
      82,483
      -11.0%
      -11.0%
      564,425
      542,210
      4.1%
      4.1%
          Total Truck Sales
      76,140
      73,008
      4.3%
      4.3%
      530,300
      512,606
      3.5%
      3.5%
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      68,523
      76,281
      -10.2%
      -10.2%
      526,962
      498,695
      5.7%
      5.7%
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      66,802
      63,897
      4.5%
      4.5%
      460,849
      438,806
      5.0%
      5.0%
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      4,908
      6,202
      -20.9%
      -20.9%
      37,463
      43,515
      -13.9%
      -13.9%
          Acura Total Truck Sales
      9,338
      9,111
      2.5%
      2.5%
      69,451
      73,800
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
          Total Domestic Car Sales
      67,054
      81,873
      -18.1%
      -18.1%
      524,739
      537,277
      -2.3%
      -2.3%
            Honda Division
      62,265
      75,859
      -17.9%
      -17.9%
      488,231
      495,393
      -1.4%
      -1.4%
            Acura Division
      4,789
      6,014
      -20.4%
      -20.4%
      36,508
      41,884
      -12.8%
      -12.8%
          Total Domestic Truck Sales
      76,140
      73,008
      4.3%
      4.3%
      530,300
      512,601
      3.5%
      3.5%
            Honda Division
      66,802
      63,897
      4.5%
      4.5%
      460,849
      438,801
      5.0%
      5.0%
            Acura Division
      9,338
      9,111
      2.5%
      2.5%
      69,451
      73,800
      -5.9%
      -5.9%
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      6,377
      610
      945.4%
      945.4%
      39,686
      4,933
      704.5%
      704.5%
            Honda Division
      6,258
      422
      1,382.9%
      1,382.9%
      38,731
      3,302
      1,073.0%
      1,073.0%
            Acura Division
      119
      188
      -36.7%
      -36.7%
      955
      1,631
      -41.4%
      -41.4%
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      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      5
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
            Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      5
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
            Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
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      135,325
      140,178
      -3.5%
      -3.5%
      987,811
      937,501
      5.4%
      5.4%
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      30,115
      40,931
      -26.4%
      -26.4%
      231,415
      231,173
      0.1%
      0.1%
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      32,807
      32,031
      2.4%
      2.4%
      255,599
      221,471
      15.4%
      15.4%
              CR-Z
      222
      333
      -33.3%
      -33.3%
      1,699
      1,895
      -10.3%
      -10.3%
            * FIT
      5,370
      2,901
      85.1%
      85.1%
      38,187
      42,867
      -10.9%
      -10.9%
              INSIGHT
      9
      85
      -89.4%
      -89.4%
      62
      1,289
      -95.2%
      -95.2%
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      7
      930
      -99.2%
      -99.2%
      720
      6,450
      -88.8%
      -88.8%
            * CR-V
      36,517
      34,771
      5.0%
      5.0%
      231,609
      229,574
      0.9%
      0.9%
              HR-V
      7,580
      4,567
      66.0%
      66.0%
      51,417
      24,617
      108.9%
      108.9%
              ODYSSEY
      9,992
      13,423
      -25.6%
      -25.6%
      85,881
      88,910
      -3.4%
      -3.4%
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      9,269
      10,202
      -9.1%
      -9.1%
      81,793
      88,742
      -7.8%
      -7.8%
              RIDGELINE
      3,437
      4
      85,825.0%
      85,825.0%
      9,429
      513
      1,738.0%
      1,738.0%
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      890
      1,369
      -35.0%
      -35.0%
      1,720
      9,257
      -81.4%
      -81.4%
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      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      62
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              Memo: Civic Hybrid
      50
      590
      -91.5%
      -91.5%
      817
      3,317
      -75.4%
      -75.4%
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      14,246
      15,313
      -7.0%
      -7.0%
      106,914
      117,315
      -8.9%
      -8.9%
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      1,172
      1,660
      -29.4%
      -29.4%
      10,831
      11,744
      -7.8%
      -7.8%
              NSX
      22
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      45
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              RLX / RL
      118
      187
      -36.9%
      -36.9%
      951
      1,600
      -40.6%
      -40.6%
              TL
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      85
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              TLX
      3,595
      4,353
      -17.4%
      -17.4%
      25,632
      30,055
      -14.7%
      -14.7%
              TSX
      1
      1
      0.0%
      0.0%
      4
      31
      -87.1%
      -87.1%
                                      MDX
      5,131
      4,747
      8.1%
      8.1%
      34,648
      39,144
      -11.5%
      -11.5%
              RDX
      4,207
      4,364
      -3.6%
      -3.6%
      34,803
      34,654
      0.4%
      0.4%
              ZDX
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
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      Memo: ILX Hybrid
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      1
      20
      -95.0%
      -95.0%
              Memo: RLX Hybrid
      19
      34
      -44.1%
      -44.1%
      134
      181
      -26.0%
      -26.0%
              Memo: TSX Wagon
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
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      26
      26
          204
      204
                **** Hybrid
      1,212
      2,414
      -49.8%
      -49.8%
      4,478
      16,021
      -72.0%
      -72.0%
               
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          **   Daily Selling Rate
          ***  Memo line items are included in the respective model total
          **** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid and NSX
       
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      Make: Volkswagen
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      Horsepower @ RPM: 170 @ 4,500
      Torque @ RPM: 199 @ 1,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 25/35/29
      Curb Weight: 3,120 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Puebla, Mexico
      Base Price: $27,025
      As Tested Price: $30,335 (Includes $820.00 Destination Charge)
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    • By William Maley
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      The dark cloud of the diesel emission scandal still lingers over Volkswagen. Whether or not the company can turn back their fortunes in the U.S. remains to be seen. But if I was Volkswagen, I would be putting the likes of the Golf SportWagen in the spotlight. Yes, it is one of the vehicles affected in the diesel emission mess. But take the diesel out of the equation for a moment and you still have a strong vehicle. From increased practicality for both passengers and cargo to the right balance of comfort and support in the ride, the Golf SportWagen is an interesting alternative to growing segment of compact crossovers. 
      Disclaimer: Volkswagen Provided the Golf SportWagen, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2016
      Make: Volkswagen
      Model: Golf SportWagen
      Trim: SE
      Engine: Turbocharged 1.8L TSI DOHC Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Six-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 170 @ 4,500
      Torque @ RPM: 199 @ 1,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 25/35/29
      Curb Weight: 3,120 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Puebla, Mexico
      Base Price: $27,025
      As Tested Price: $30,335 (Includes $820.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Driver Assistance Package - $1,495.00
      Lighting Package - $995.00
    • By William Maley
      Honda has finally pulled the curtain back on the 2017 Civic Hatchback that will be arriving this fall in the U.S.
       
      There aren't many changes with the transition from concept to production model. There is a sloping roofline and a upswept beltline. The model shown here - Sport Touring - features side skirts, intergrated rear wing, and center mounted exhaust.
       
      The Civic Hatchback will only be available with the turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder. The LX, EX, and EX-L get 174 horsepower, while the Sport and Sport Touring feature 180. Both tunes of the turbo 1.5 will feature the same amount of torque - 162. One exciting bit of news is that the hatchback (along with the Civic coupe and sedan equipped with the turbo engine) will have a manual transmission as standard equipment for the LX, Sport, and EX trims. A CVT will be available on those trims and standard on the EX-L and Sport Touring.
       
      Honda says the Civic Hatchback provides best-in-class rear legroom (36 inches) and cargo space (no measurement is listed for it).
       
      More importantly, the hatchback will be the basis for the next Civic Type R, due out next year.
       
      Honda's Swindon plant in the UK will handle the worldwide production of the Civic Hatchback. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
       
      Source: Honda
       

       
      Press Release is on Page 2


       
      All-New 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Arrives This Fall in North America
       
      Aug 15, 2016
      First 5-door Hatchback for Civic lineup in the U.S. Civic Hatchback combines Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility All models powered by 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo engine Civic Hatchback will serve as the basis for radical new Civic Type-R

       

      TORRANCE – Arriving this fall in North America, the 2017 Civic Hatchback is the latest addition to the much-heralded 10th-generation Honda Civic lineup, joining the 2016 North American Car of the Year – the Civic Sedan, and the Civic Coupe that launched earlier this year. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback combines striking, Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility with the Civic's world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. The Civic Hatchback, scheduled to arrive this fall at Honda dealers nationwide, also will serve as the basis for the radical new Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.
       
      "The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Now, we're bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model."
       
      Built on the same world-class platform as the 10th-generation Civic Sedan and Coupe, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback offers an appealing combination of sporty styling, efficiency, interior utility and premium features. The Civic Hatchback will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims, and will feature a single engine for the U.S. market: a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder with peak output of 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in LX, EX and EX-L trims and 180 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in the Sport and an all-new Sport Touring grade, which feature a high-flow center-mounted exhaust.
       
      The turbocharged engine will be offered with either a sporty CVT (all trims) or a performance-inspired 6-speed manual transmission (LX, Sport, and EX trims). Anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 31/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined) for CVT-equipped models, based on the newer, more stringent model year 2017 EPA ratings requirements, put the 5-door Honda Civic Hatchback at the top of its class.
       
      Working in concert with the Honda turbocharged powertrain is the Civic's more rigid and lightweight body and sophisticated chassis design, featuring a fully independent suspension system with liquid filled bushings, front and rear; sport-tuned electronic power steering with variable gear ratios; and powerful 4-channel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Hill Start Assist.
       
      The interior of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, with high-grade materials and finishes applied liberally throughout. In terms of packaging, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback delivers class-leading volume and cargo capacity, including a roomy interior (122.9 cu. ft.), best rear seat legroom (36.0 inches) and largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set.
       
      Available on most trims (and standard on Sport Touring) will be the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning integrated with RDM and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. Other available features include Honda Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (EX and above trims), heated front seats and heated side mirrors, power driver and front-passenger seats, remote engine start and more.
       
      The Civic Hatchback's all-new Sport Touring grade makes Honda Sensing™, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and LED headlights as standard equipment, while adding heated rear seats and other features.
       
      The Civic Hatchback will target top-class safety ratings – an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating with a GOOD rating in all crash test modes and a SUPERIOR rating in frontal crash prevention, when equipped with Honda Sensing.
       
      The 2017 Civic Hatchback was developed jointly by Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be manufactured exclusively by Honda of the UK Manufacturing in its Swindon, UK plant.
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