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Honda Reveals Civic Type-R Prototype, Coming To The U.S.

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If there has been one piece of forbidden Honda fruit that enthusiasts have been clamoring for a few years, it has to be the Civic Type-R. The good news is that the Type-R is coming and Honda has revealed a "concept" of it at the Paris Motor Show.

Like most Honda/Acura concepts, the Civic Type-R Prototype is a thinly veiled preview of the production model. There is an aggressive body kit with new bumpers, hood scoop, wider fenders, 20-inch black wheels, and a large rear wing.

No details were given on the Type-R's powerplant, but it is expected that the new model would use the current Type-R's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. In the current Type-R, the engine produces 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Expect a bit more power for the new model. A six-speed manual will route power to the front wheels. There will be a number of upgrades to the suspension, steering, brakes, and tires to handle all of this power.

Honda will begin production of the next-generation Civic Type-R sometime next year. We'll likely have more information when Honda shows off the Civic Type-R next month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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Radical New Honda Civic Type R Prototype Debuts in Paris; Making its North American Debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
Sep 28, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.

  • New Civic Type R Prototype unveiled at 2016 Mondial de L'Automobile in Paris
  • First-ever Honda-badged Type R coming to the U.S.
  • Features wide, aggressive fascias, extended wheel arches and dramatic rear wing
  • Bespoke "brushed aluminium" wrap provides eye-catching finish

Fresh on the heels of the sales launch of the 2017 Civic Hatchback, the next-generation Civic Type R had its global debut in prototype form today at the 2016 Paris auto show. The radical new Civic Type R, with its sporty and sleek hatchback design and track-ready performance, will make its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1-4, 2016, marking the arrival of the first-ever Honda-badged Type R in the U.S.

The Civic Type R Prototype offers insight into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will be officially unveiled in 2017, joining the 10th Generation Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe and newly released Civic Hatchback, with the Civic Si variants also launching next year.

"We promised the most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever and we're delivering on that promise with each new Civic," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "For the first time ever in America, Honda fans and enthusiasts will have access to the ultimate in Civic performance in the form of the new Type R."

Based on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback, the Civic Type R Prototype is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Honda's iconic red "H" badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype's more aggressive character.

Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires. A beefy carbon fiber diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes. The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.

The next generation Civic Type R was developed by the joint efforts of Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be officially unveiled in production form next year. The 2017 Civic Type R will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon, the global manufacturing hub for the five-door hatchback.


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This will please the ricer crowd as it is a knock off of the STI look. Over all nice, nothing to blow my socks off with. The engine is also a yawner to me as I am just not impressed with high revving engines that move so little till you hit 10K rpm. To me they are totally lackluster engines, Would take a BOLT over this. I am sure the off the line punch will be better in the BOLT than this can deliver. Honda's Multi cam high reving engines have never impressed me and probably never will.

I acknowledge that it does come from growing up on American V8 motors. Why add weight and turbo's when I can get better torque and movement out of a push rod engine at lighter weight.

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Attack of the Giant Black Bumper Boxes!  dfelt... why does every single post of yours have to be a "plug" for EV's?  In every thread?  Tiresome.

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wow, talk about 'overdone'.

a buddy bought his kid like an early 2000's rsx.  The kid is already talking about some Civic hatch he's gonna buy.  Must be this thing he's talking about.

Totally a bullseye for the rice / Acura / Vtec crowd.  OMG look at those wings!

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looks like someone traced an STI five seconds before knocking off for the weekend...

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Yeah, I see zero STI in this Civic. I mean I guess you could say they both have the raised, large spoilers but that's it..

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Regardless, I would take an STI all day long over this civic.  Honda is just one more car maker that has lost their mojo methinks.

On 10/2/2016 at 0:00 PM, regfootball said:

wow, talk about 'overdone'.

a buddy bought his kid like an early 2000's rsx.  The kid is already talking about some Civic hatch he's gonna buy.  Must be this thing he's talking about.

Totally a bullseye for the rice / Acura / Vtec crowd.  OMG look at those wings!

I thought the Honda fanbois had gone the way of the DODO bird until a bunch of older Civics showed up at an autocross a couple of weeks ago.

Unreal.

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      The Lamborghini Urus ADAS systems provide a comprehensive level of safety, security and driving assistance on level 2 (SAE scale). A High Beam Assistant automatically fades headlights in and out of high beam mode as required; front and rear parking sensors and cruise control are also included as standard, as is an innovative PreCognition system preventing or mitigating collision. Optional ADAS systems include traffic management systems, top-view camera and a trailer coupling mode.
      The Lamborghini Urus features keyless start via the push 'Start' button on the center console, as long as the key is present. Access to the Urus is also granted by touching sensor panels in the doors and tailgate. Personalization settings allow the car to be configured to suit different drivers and to switch easily between up to seven different programmable profiles including seat preferences and EGO driving mode styles, and even Infotainment presetting.
      The rear tailgate is electrically operated via a switch on the driver's door, a button on the key or a manual button on the tailgate itself. An optional 'virtual pedal' allows the tailgate to be opened by a kick movement. The tailgate opening angle can be customized by the driver. Easyload Assist, standard on the Urus, allows the height at the rear of the Urus to be lowered for easy loading.
      Price and market delivery
      The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Urus in Spring 2018 at suggested retail prices as follows:
      Europe: EUR 171,429.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded) Italy: EUR 168,852.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded) UK: GBP 131,500.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded) USA: USD 200,000.00 (suggested retail price, VAT/GST excluded) China: RMB 3,130,000.00 (suggested retail price, taxes included) Japan: YEN 25,740,000.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded)
    • By William Maley
      Lamborghini has once again entered the SUV scene with the introduction of Urus at the company's headquarters in Italy tonight.
      The Urus is very much a Lamborghini in design. The overall profile is wedge-shaped and features a drastically sloping roofline, angled windows, a fair number of cutouts for cooling in the front, and flared out fenders. Inside, the Urus features a flat-bottom steering wheel and an angled center stack. The starter button is located at the bottom of the center stack. 
      Under the hood is a first for Lamborghini - a turbocharged engine. Lamborghini explains the reason they went with turbocharging is low-end torque. This should help the Urus get off the line quickly like Lamboghnini's sports cars. The 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine produces 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. This is paired up with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Torque split is 40/60 in normal conditions, but can send 70 percent of power to the front wheels to improve traction or 87 percent to the rear to improve the sporting dynamics. The Urus offers the regular driving modes found on other Lamborghini models (Strada, Sport, Corsa, and Neve (snow)), but also features Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand).
      Performance figures for the Urus:
      0-62 mph: 3.6 seconds 0-124 mph: 12.8 seconds Top Speed: 190 mph Under the Urus' shell is a heavily reworked version of the Volkswagen Group's MLB platform - underpins the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and Porsche Cayenne. The Urus will also come with air suspension and rear-wheel steering.
      Lamborghini is positioning the Urus as their entry-level model with a base price of roughly $200,000 when it arrives this spring.
      Source: Lamborghini
      Press Release is on Page 2


      The new Lamborghini Urus: The world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle
      Design, performance, driving dynamics and driving emotion – pure Lamborghini DNA Suitable for everyday driving in a range of environments 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine with 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque for maximum performance Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and top speed 305 km/h 4WD system with active torque vectoring and four-wheel steering for perfect handling Carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilization for maximum safety and comfort Up to six different driving modes + EGO mode available via ‘Tamburo’ driving dynamics selector Sant'Agata Bolognese, 4 December 2017 – Automobili Lamborghini launches its third model the Lamborghini Urus, the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, and creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability.
      "The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach based on the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments," says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The Urus fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high performance car. It is the culmination of intensive development and passionate skill to create a new breed of bull: a Super SUV that transcends the boundaries of expectations and opens the door to new possibilities, for both our brand and our customers."
      The Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp.
      The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12,8 seconds and with a top speed of 305 km/h it is the fastest SUV available.
      Urus: a multi-faceted personality 
      The Lamborghini Urus is as much a luxury SUV as the most powerful, with a super sports car dynamism to be enjoyed by both driver and passengers.
      Its low-line coupé styling and commanding road position belie the very comfortable ride, higher ground clearance, and luxurious space within together with the latest technologies. The Urus provides easy driving in the city, maximum comfort during long journeys, thrilling super sports car dynamics on the road and track, and versatile off-road abilities in a range of environments. The Lamborghini Urus has a dual personality: it is multi-dimensional. It can be specified to be as sporty or as elegant as the owner wishes, and can equally be used as a daily luxury drive or provide an exhilarating super sports experience.
      Name
      As has long been the tradition at Lamborghini, the name Urus is derived from the world of bulls. The Urus, also known as Aurochs, is one of the large, wild ancestors of domestic cattle. The Spanish fighting bull, as bred for the past 500 years, is still very close to the Urus in its appearance.
      Power and Performance
      Engine
      The Lamborghini Urus sports a new front-mounted, 4.0 liter petrol V8 twin-turbo aluminum engine. The choice of a turbo engine, the first in a Lamborghini, reflects the desired usage range of the Urus. Especially in off-road conditions a high level of torque at low revs is necessary and can be guaranteed only by such an engine, providing optimal engine responsiveness and efficiency. Delivering 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 850 Nm at 2,250-4,500 rpm, the Urus has a specific power of 162.7 hp/l. With a curb weight lower than 2,200 kg the Urus is the SUV with the best weight-to-power ratio at 3.38 kg/hp.
      The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 305 km/h. Braking is no less impressive: the Urus decelerates from 100 km/h to 0 in 33,7 m.
      The compact engine optimizes the car's center of gravity through its low-mounted position. With a central turbo charger layout close to the combustion chambers, optimum engine responsiveness is assured. The twin-scroll turbochargers run in parallel, providing maximum power in full-load conditions. This reduces turbo lag and ensures maximum torque and smooth provision of power throughout the torque curve, even at low speeds. Two separate exhaust flows complement the cylinder firing sequence by eliminating cross-interference in the exhaust gas cycle. With a double overhead camshaft and variable valve timing, new cylinder-liner technology reduces weight while ensuring the highest performance from the eight-cylinder engine. Cylinder deactivation reduces fuel consumption for a perfect balance between vehicle performance and efficient engine function.
      Transmission and gearbox 
      The Urus features an automatic eight-speed gearbox. The compact and efficient electro-hydraulically controlled planetary gearbox is tuned to provide very short low gear ratios and longer high gears. A highly efficient slip-controlled converter lock-up clutch and specially-developed torque converter guarantee a highly responsive engine, with an exceptionally powerful starting ratio for exciting acceleration, and high speed at low engine revs for optimal fuel consumption and emissions. Highly efficient gear braking is also assured.
      Lamborghini four-wheel drive and torque vectoring: optimizing driving dynamics
      The Lamborghini Urus' four-wheel drive system delivers safe, highly-responsive driving dynamics on every road and surface, in all weather. A Torsen central self-locking differential provides maximum control and agility in all driving conditions, particularly off-road. Torque is split 40/60 to the independent front/rear axle as standard, with a dynamic maximum torque of 70% to the front or 87% to the rear, enhancing traction to the axle with higher ground friction.
      The Urus features active torque vectoring via a rear differential, enabling propulsive power to be instantly distributed to each individual wheel for enhanced traction, depending on the driving mode, driving style and the road grip. Torque vectoring also provides additional steering control: less steering effort is required, with enhanced agility allowing higher cornering speeds and a more sporty drive. Yaw motion is controlled, avoiding understeer into corners and tire slip during acceleration. In the driving modes STRADA, TERRA (off-road) and NEVE (snow) torque vectoring reduces understeer for safe and simple driving. In SPORT and CORSA torque vectoring allows the Urus to become more agile with a greater oversteer character: interaction between the four-wheel drive system and ESC manages oversteer to enable a precise and fun drive. In SABBIA (sand) mode, the system is calibrated to guarantee agility and precision on terrains with reduced grip such as on gravel or sand dunes, making it the ideal mode for off-road fun.
      Rear-wheel steering
      The Lamborghini Urus adopts the rear-wheel steering introduced in the Aventador S over the whole speed range. The rear steering angle varies up to +/- 3.0 degrees, according to vehicle speed and driving mode selected: at low speeds the rear-axle steering angle is opposite to that of the front wheels (counter-phase steering), effectively shortening the wheelbase up to 600 mm for increased agility and a reduced turning circle for increased maneuverability. At high speeds the rear axle steering angle is in the same direction as the front wheels (in-phase steering), elongating the wheelbase up to 600 mm for increased stability and ride comfort as well as optimum driving dynamics.
      Lamborghini DNA
      The emotive Lamborghini sound and feel
      A 360-degree approach to engine, exhaust system and chassis ensures daily usability with the reduction of unwanted mechanical noise, while maintaining the emotive Lamborghini driving experience and inimitable Lamborghini sound.
      Depending on the driving mode selected via the Tamburo, the V8 engine has been calibrated to vary the sound and feel of the Urus, from the quietest and most comfortable low-frequency sounds in STRADA mode, to a sportier and more exciting Lamborghini sound and feedback in CORSA. A specially-developed exhaust system also customizes the sound output dependent on engine speed: at high acceleration, the Urus produces a more guttural, sporty sound and chassis feedback.
      The Tamburo – Lamborghini driving dynamics control
      The Tamburo driving mode selector on the center console controls all dynamic vehicle systems and allows the selection of driving dynamics according to surface conditions or drivers' preference, via STRADA, SPORT and CORSA as well the additional NEVE (snow) mode. As an option, two further off-road settings are offered: TERRA (off-road) and SABBIA (sand).
      In STRADA mode the height adapts according to speed to enhance comfort, while in SPORT the Urus lowers to ensure stability and precision at all speeds. In CORSA the vehicle is even more precise and performance oriented with roll at a minimum. In the three off-road modes, NEVE , TERRA and SABBIA higher ground clearance allows obstacles to be safely overcome, with anti-roll bars providing independent asymmetric movement during cornering to ensure optimal traction.
      The electromechanical active roll stabilization system is being used for the first time in a Lamborghini. The stabilization system ensures maximum reduction of the roll angle on bumpy roads in both a straight line and around corners through active decoupling of the stabilizer halves, while ensuring the most agile drive and responsive steering.
      The Urus' specially-tuned damping system incorporates new damper valves, continually adjusting to different driving conditions: harder when cornering and softer in a straight line. The adaptive damper concept is automatically adjusted to different driving modes through ANIMA, or can be fully customized by the driver via the EGO mode, choosing the required rigidity for a very comfortable ride to an extremely sporty, aggressive setting dependent on driving style and road conditions.
      Exterior design
      The Urus is undoubtedly a Lamborghini, taking cues from the LM002 as well as the super sports cars that are fundamental to Lamborghini heritage: the Urus has outstanding proportions, adopting the two-thirds body, one-third window ratio of Lamborghini super sports cars.
      The Urus is a Lamborghini with luxurious space for up to five occupants. Its short overhangs communicate its strength, muscularity, dynamically assertive character and commanding road position.
      The imposing front of the Urus clearly identifies the location of the front-engined power plant within the peaked mound of the bonnet, reminiscent of the Miura and Aventador, and accented by diagonal hood lines, found for the first time on the Countach, that are such a dynamic Lamborghini characteristic. The proud, low front is underlined by the substantial front fender: the Urus is the most powerful SUV available. Large air intakes sporting the hexagonal theme are linked by a low-level front spoiler, further emphasizing the car's aerodynamic efficiency and exceptional performance. The front lights are sleek, slim and very sporty, set in a horizontal position and with LED headlights in the familiar Lamborghini Y shape.
      Its distinctive single-line silhouette features a dynamic coupé-style fly line, accented by the frameless doors and emphasizing the typical Lamborghini characteristic of a lower front end. The powerful character line lips upwards around the rear glass windows, dynamically connecting front and rear and emphasizing the cohesive design impression of creation from a single piece. The Y-shaped front air intakes, also a feature of the LM002, are detailed with the Italian flag: the Urus is born and made in Italy.
      The low roofline and position of the frameless windows allude to the seating position of driver and passengers low within the car. The sharply-inclined windshield and strongly-angled rear windows with glass-on-glass replacing the C-pillar, are emotive of Lamborghini models including the Huracán and accent the Urus' super sports silhouette. The hexagonal wheel arches at both front and rear are a significant design detail from the LM002 and Countach, housing wheels from 21" to 23": the largest in the segment.
      The rear of the Urus sports the complex, powerful lines typical of a Lamborghini, reinforcing the strong, planted character of the car. The roof line broadens at the base of the roof panel in the style of Lamborghini models including the Countach and Murciélago. The substantial rear shoulders support the strongly inclined rear windows, with the entire rear connected by the fender and concurrent black panel housing the air grilles, Lamborghini logo and the Y-shaped taillights. The rear diffuser is inspired by Lamborghini race cars, with integrated double round exhaust pipes.
      When viewed from above, the Urus' pronounced front and rear fenders are set off by the slimmer middle of the car, its curvaceous lines referencing a planted physicality redolent of Lamborghini super sports cars. The rear door lines incorporate both concave and convex lines, giving the Urus its pinched waist before dynamic expansion out to its broad, muscular rear.
      Aerodynamic optimization
      Every surface of the Urus clearly contributes to the car's aerodynamic prowess and its Lamborghini super sports car personality. Form and function work hand in hand within the Lamborghini design: each panel contributes to the car's overall drag coefficient.
      The front splitter and very large air intakes ensure optimal air flow in conjunction with the extensive covered areas of the aerodynamically efficient underbody. Aerodynamic blades feature on the outer edges of the rear window, and the floating rear wing, integrated rear spoiler and spoiler lip reduce aerodynamic resistance. An advanced wheelhouse aerodynamic solution with Naca cooling improves and augments front brake cooling to enhance driving dynamics.
      Efficient aerodynamics also contribute to the Urus' internal acoustics, improving ride comfort, reducing fuel consumption and emissions while a high downforce increases stability, safety and driving dynamics.
      Chassis and suspension
      The Urus is the new benchmark for a Super SUV and a true Lamborghini: it delivers best-in-class lightweight technologies and weight-to-power ratio, with innovation in design and engineering to ensure the best possible driving dynamics as well as overall efficiency.
      At a curb weight of less than 2,200 kg, Lamborghini's team of designers and R&D engineers focused on weight reduction throughout the car's chassis, with an intelligent materials mix to ensure maximum stiffness for the best possible comfort and handling as well as lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The chassis is a blend of aluminum and steel, with frameless aluminum doors, torsional beams replacing a C-pillar, and cross-members in aluminum contributing to the lightweight Urus, as does the chassis floor in a high-strength steel material. Seats are designed and constructed for lightweight comfort and rims are in forged aluminum.
      The front axle with aluminum subframe and suspension-strut support includes specially-designed pivot bearings and wishbone structure. A rear axle with optimized subframe features an aluminum and steel hybrid construction cell. The powertrain mount system has been devised to reduce the effect of engine movement on the chassis, removing uncomfortable chassis vibrations while still delivering a highly sporty feeling through an extremely rigid chassis: a true Lamborghini characteristic. The adaptive air suspension system enables the vehicle to be raised or lowered according to road and driving conditions, with ride height further customizable by the driver via the settings of a Urus-specific controller in the center console: the Tamburo (Drum).
      Brakes and wheels
      The Urus' braking system is commensurate with its super sports car performance, ensuring high thermal resistance and accommodating frequent and heavy braking, even from high speeds and in extreme conditions such as on track or at high altitude. Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB) as standard, are the largest and most powerful available, measuring 440 x 40 mm at the front and 370 x 30 mm at the rear. With virtually no brake fade the system optimizes pedal feel, assuring performance and safety in all conditions and environments.
      Wheel options range from 21" to 23", fitted with a range of summer, winter, all-season, all-terrain and sport tires, all especially developed by Pirelli for the Lamborghini Urus and with widths varying between front and rear to enhance stability and sportive driving behavior.
      Versatility and usability
      The Urus interior
      The Urus is as much a luxury SUV as the most powerful, with a super sports car dynamism to be enjoyed by both driver and passengers. The interior's design and finish echoes that of the exterior in terms of unmistakable Lamborghini design, colorways and individuality. Inside, the Urus is as clearly a Lamborghini as it is from outside, with a sporty yet luxurious design and finish.
      The Urus embodies the Lamborghini principal that a car's design, power and dynamic capabilities means every driver should feel like a pilot. The Lamborghini Urus is technologically advanced, yet intuitively operable. The driver and passengers are all afforded a low but extremely comfortable super sports car seat position, firmly integrated within the cabin and for the driver, every cockpit control within easy reach. Oriented around the driver, the slim Y design of the dashboard, like double silver wings and connected to the climbing center console, is inspired by the LM002 as well as by current Lamborghini super sports cars. The Lamborghini hexagonal theme echoes throughout the interior, in elements such as air vents and door handles, and even in items such as the cup holders and air bag modules. A multi-function, three-spoke steering wheel incorporates a vibration damper to enhance comfort in all driving conditions. Multifunction switches are intuitively located on the steering wheel to control the Lamborghini Infotainment System (LIS), including car set-up, media, telephone and navigation.
      A fully-digital TFT display shows the Urus' main information in an animated 3D representation and is customizable by the driver.
      Seating
      Its long wheelbase of 3,003 mm and the low seating position of the occupants creates a comfortable and extremely spacious feel. The Urus ensures luxury and roominess for each of its occupants in seats designed specifically for the Urus Super SUV.
      The standard front DNA memory sport seats are fully electric, heated and 12-way adjustable. More luxurious, 18-way fully-electric front seats are available as an option, including features such as ventilation and massage. The rear bench seat as standard comes with a movable and folding seat back and ISOFIX fixings. Providing an extremely comfortable five-seat configuration, the ability to fold and move the rear seat offers maximum versatility and increased luggage capacity for daily use. The rear bench seat can be lowered to substantially extend the trunk space from 616 liters to 1.596 liters. As an option in conjunction with the fully-electric front seats, a more exclusive two-seat rear layout can be specified providing exceptional rear passenger comfort while reflecting the Urus' sporty character.
      Color and trim
      Luxury Italian style and craftsmanship resonate through the Urus. Its ergonomic cabin is replete with high quality materials including the finest leather, Alcantara, aluminum, carbon fiber and wood.
      Internally the Urus is specified with a Unicolor leather and trim in either Nero Ade or Grigio Octans and five additional optional colors. Dual-color Bicolor Elegante and Bicolor Sportivo specifications with options of both leather and Alcantara are also available. Stitching options and complementary seat belt, floor mat and carpet colors allow clients to customize their Urus in a more sporty or elegant style as required. The dashboard trim is finished in Piano Black and Brushed Aluminum as standard. Optional finishes are offered in Open Pore wood including a combination with aluminum, and a carbon fiber alternative.
      An optional Off-Road Package incorporating the TERRA and SABBIA driving modes, includes specific metal-reinforced bumpers and additional underfloor protection for off-roading in snow, forest or even dune surfing.
      Lamborghini Infotainment System III (LIS) and connectivity
      The Lamborghini Urus infotainment system reflects its luxurious and daily usability, and comes with advanced connectivity features. Included as standard is an LIS touchscreen infotainment display across two screens, perfectly integrated within the Urus' interior above the center 'Tamburo'. The upper screen is the key interface for entertainment, managing functions such as media, navigation, telephone and car status information. The lower screen provides a keyboard and hand-writing-compatible screen for inputting information and controlling functions such as climate control and seat heating.
      The LIS III integrates innovative connected voice control, able to recognize natural-dialogue voice commands to manage functions such as music, telephone calls or send text messages. Included as standard is a phone holder compartment with wireless charging and voice control; a personal memory profile, USB connections, Bluetooth media streaming, DVD player and a sound system. Other optional features include a TV tuner, DAB and CI card reader, head-up display, a Lamborghini smartphone interface and a smart display for rear seat entertainment. Lamborghini Connect is also offered.
      The Lamborghini Smartphone Interface (LSI) allows fully integrated connection of iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) smartphones, supporting the Apple CarPlay TM, Android Auto (90% smartphone market coverage) and Baidu-Carlife (China) as standard.
      A sound system featuring eight speakers, driven by four channels comes as standard. A high-end Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound and 1,700 watt output can be specified, with 21 fully active speakers. Produced through close collaboration between Lamborghini, Fraunhofer IIS, and HARMAN, the system creates an immersive, natural 3D sound experience for all Urus occupants, front and rear.
      Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
      The Lamborghini Urus ADAS systems provide a comprehensive level of safety, security and driving assistance on level 2 (SAE scale). A High Beam Assistant automatically fades headlights in and out of high beam mode as required; front and rear parking sensors and cruise control are also included as standard, as is an innovative PreCognition system preventing or mitigating collision. Optional ADAS systems include traffic management systems, top-view camera and a trailer coupling mode.
      The Lamborghini Urus features keyless start via the push 'Start' button on the center console, as long as the key is present. Access to the Urus is also granted by touching sensor panels in the doors and tailgate. Personalization settings allow the car to be configured to suit different drivers and to switch easily between up to seven different programmable profiles including seat preferences and EGO driving mode styles, and even Infotainment presetting.
      The rear tailgate is electrically operated via a switch on the driver's door, a button on the key or a manual button on the tailgate itself. An optional 'virtual pedal' allows the tailgate to be opened by a kick movement. The tailgate opening angle can be customized by the driver. Easyload Assist, standard on the Urus, allows the height at the rear of the Urus to be lowered for easy loading.
      Price and market delivery
      The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Urus in Spring 2018 at suggested retail prices as follows:
      Europe: EUR 171,429.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded) Italy: EUR 168,852.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded) UK: GBP 131,500.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded) USA: USD 200,000.00 (suggested retail price, VAT/GST excluded) China: RMB 3,130,000.00 (suggested retail price, taxes included) Japan: YEN 25,740,000.00 (suggested retail price, taxes excluded)
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    • By William Maley
      New Sales Records Set as Honda and Acura Make Substantial Gains in November
      Dec 1, 2017 - TORRANCE, Calif.
      Total American Honda sales rise 8.3% for a new November record; trucks also set record with 14.9% gain Honda Division sets new November sales mark, gaining 8.2% Honda Trucks have best-ever November sales with 15.8% increase Honda Civic nets new November record as sales jump 23.2% Honda Pilot with increased supply smashes previous November best with 57.2% gain Acura Division sales rise a robust 9.5% for the month, as both cars & trucks gain Acura RDX gets new record with all-time best November  Acura TLX sales climb 12.4% in November American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported November sales of 133,156 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 8.3 percent over November 2016 and a new November record for the company. Honda Division reported an increase of 8.2 percent on total sales of 120,440 for a best-ever November, with cars rising 0.9 percent on sales of 57,459, and Honda trucks up 15.8 percent on sales of 62,981 for yet another new record. Acura Division sales climbed 9.5 percent in November, with cars gaining 11 percent on sales of 3,600 and trucks rising 8.9 percent on sales of 9,116 units.
      Honda
      With major competitors clinging to heavy incentives and financing deals to compete, Honda Division gained again in November with a balanced portfolio of strong-performing vehicles. Civic and CR-V each gained more than 23 percent, while Pilot jumped 57.2 percent as higher production volume continues to improve model availability. Accord sales remained strong at nearly 23,000 units, even as supplies of the all-new 2018 model continue to ramp up and reach dealerships nationwide. The all-new Accord received numerous accolades earlier in the week at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, securing a spot on Car and Driver magazine's 10Best list an unprecedented 32nd time, as well as being named a finalist for the 2017 North American Car of the Year award.
      Honda brand sales gained 8.2 percent on sales of 120,440 units for a new November record. Honda trucks also set a new record, rising 15.8 percent on sales of 62,981 Motor Trend magazine's SUV of the year, the CR-V recorded a 25 percent gain on sales of 32,206 vehicles. Civic also gained substantially, setting a new November sales record of 31,181 vehicles, up 23.2 percent for the month. With production of an entire assembly line now dedicated to Pilot, the mid-size SUV broke through with a 57.2 percent leap on sales of 14,189, also a new November mark. "We remain committed to our long-term strategic plans built around steady and sustainable growth," said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division & general manager of Honda Sales. "Honda is committed to competing with a focus on creating value for the customer through outstanding products and sales practices that protect the investment they make in the Honda brand."   
      Acura
      Rising across virtually the entire lineup, Acura sales gained a solid 9.5 percent in November. MDX sales were up substantially with the move to the East Liberty, Ohio plant alongside stablemate RDX.  NSX made big strides, while TLX gained 12.4 percent over November 2016.
      MDX sales gained 15.6 percent for the month, with 5,341 units sold. RDX set a new November record, rising 0.7 percent on sales of 3,775 vehicles. NSX notched sales of 83 units, a gain of 62.7 percent over November 2016. TLX sales were up 12.4 percent on sales of 2,564 in November. "The Acura brand continued its market resurgence at a steady pace benefitting from product, marketing and sales efforts, all aligned behind our Precision Crafted Performance brand direction," said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura Sales. "Our focus for the remainder of the year is to continue to build momentum we can take into 2018."
        American Honda Vehicle Sales for November 2017
            Month-to-Date
      Year-to-Date
            November 
      2017
      November 
      2016
      DSR** % 
      Change
      MoM % 
      Change
      November 
      2017
      November 
      2016
      DSR** % 
      Change
      YoY % 
      Change
          American Honda Total
      133,156
      122,924
      8.3%
      8.3%
      1,492,112
      1,477,465
      1.0%
      1.0%
          Total Car Sales
      61,059
      60,187
      1.4%
      1.4%
      738,402
      749,790
      -1.5%
      -1.5%
          Total Truck Sales
      72,097
      62,737
      14.9%
      14.9%
      753,710
      727,675
      3.6%
      3.6%
          Honda Total Car Sales
      57,459
      56,943
      0.9%
      0.9%
      694,159
      701,246
      -1.0%
      -1.0%
          Honda Total Truck Sales
      62,981
      54,365
      15.8%
      15.8%
      658,413
      632,007
      4.2%
      4.2%
          Acura Total Car Sales
      3,600
      3,244
      11.0%
      11.0%
      44,243
      48,544
      -8.9%
      -8.9%
          Acura Total Truck Sales
      9,116
      8,372
      8.9%
      8.9%
      95,297
      95,668
      -0.4%
      -0.4%
          Total Domestic Car Sales
      55,033
      50,531
      8.9%
      8.9%
      627,661
      686,399
      -8.6%
      -8.6%
           
      Honda Division
      51,562
      47,427
      8.7%
      8.7%
      584,469
      639,145
      -8.6%
      -8.6%
          Acura Division
      3,471
      3,104
      11.8%
      11.8%
      43,192
      47,254
      -8.6%
      -8.6%
          Total Domestic Truck Sales
      72,097
      62,737
      14.9%
      14.9%
      753,710
      727,675
      3.6%
      3.6%
          Honda Division
      62,981
      54,365
      15.8%
      15.8%
      658,413
      632,007
      4.2%
      4.2%
          Acura Division
      9,116
      8,372
      8.9%
      8.9%
      95,297
      95,668
      -0.4%
      -0.4%
          Total Import Car Sales
      6,026
      9,656
      -37.6%
      -37.6%
      110,741
      63,391
      74.7%
      74.7%
          Honda Division
      5,897
      9,516
      -38.0%
      -38.0%
      109,690
      62,101
      76.6%
      76.6%
          Acura Division
      129
      140
      -7.9%
      -7.9%
      1,051
      1,290
      -18.5%
      -18.5%
          Total Import Truck Sales
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
          Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
          Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
           MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION
        Honda Division Total
      120,440
      111,308
      8.2%
      8.2%
      1,352,572
      1,333,253
      1.4%
      1.4%
          * ACCORD
      22,998
      27,182
      -15.4%
      -15.4%
      300,540
      311,352
      -3.5%
      -3.5%
          * CIVIC
      31,181
      25,303
      23.2%
      23.2%
      345,880
      335,445
      3.1%
      3.1%
            CLARITY
      464
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      1,030
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
            CR-Z
      17
      146
      -88.4%
      -88.4%
      686
      2,178
      -68.5%
      -68.5%
          * FIT
      2,799
      4,309
      -35.0%
      -35.0%
      46,020
      52,205
      -11.8%
      -11.8%
            INSIGHT
      0
      3
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      3
      66
      -95.5%
      -95.5%
                                  CROSSTOUR
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      5
      726
      -99.3%
      -99.3%
          * CR-V
      32,206
      25,758
      25.0%
      25.0%
      340,912
      319,557
      6.7%
      6.7%
            HR-V
      6,153
      8,141
      -24.4%
      -24.4%
      86,491
      73,007
      18.5%
      18.5%
            ODYSSEY
      7,823
      7,978
      -1.9%
      -1.9%
      90,433
      110,435
      -18.1%
      -18.1%
            PILOT
      14,189
      9,024
      57.2%
      57.2%
      108,677
      108,700
      -0.0%
      -0.0%
            RIDGELINE
      2,610
      3,464
      -24.7%
      -24.7%
      31,895
      19,582
      62.9%
      62.9%
                                *** Memo: Accord FHEV
      1,586
      1,879
      -15.6%
      -15.6%
      20,848
      6,055
      244.3%
      244.3%
               Memo: Civic Hybrid
      1
      15
      -93.3%
      -93.3%
      63
      884
      -92.9%
      -92.9%
          Acura Division Total
      12,716
      11,616
      9.5%
      9.5%
      139,540
      144,212
      -3.2%
      -3.2%
            ILX
      824
      772
      6.7%
      6.7%
      10,922
      13,518
      -19.2%
      -19.2%
            NSX
      83
      51
      62.7%
      62.7%
      525
      201
      161.2%
      161.2%
            RLX / RL
      129
      140
      -7.9%
      -7.9%
      1,051
      1,286
      -18.3%
      -18.3%
            TLX
      2,564
      2,281
      12.4%
      12.4%
      31,745
      33,535
      -5.3%
      -5.3%
            TSX
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      4
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                                  MDX
      5,341
      4,622
      15.6%
      15.6%
      48,810
      49,252
      -0.9%
      -0.9%
            RDX
      3,775
      3,750
      0.7%
      0.7%
      46,487
      46,416
      0.2%
      0.2%
                                *** Memo: ILX Hybrid
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
               Memo: RLX Hybrid
      36
      33
      9.1%
      9.1%
      223
      204
      9.3%
      9.3%
               Memo: TSX Wagon
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
               Memo: MDX Hybrid
      301
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      1,579
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
          Selling Days
      25
      25
          280
      280
                **** Hybrid
      2,024
      2,127
      -4.8%
      -4.8%
      23,927
      9,589
      149.5%
      149.5%
               
       
        *    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
        **   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, MDX Sport Hybrid and NSX
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