November 29, 2014

Honda planning new Civic Type-R, Compact SUV, Hydrogen & more for 2015

Honda boss, Takanobu Ito, has revealed plans for a new Civic Type-R, new compact SUV, new hydrogen car and more by 2015.

Photo of Honda Civic Type-R logo

Could it be that Honda are starting to come out of the beige doldrums?

Although there’s little doubt that Honda makes a very good car, it’s seemed to have been very cautious and chosen follow more than lead in recent years. But now, with new plans revealed by Honda boss Takanobu Ito – and his comment that “Honda will proactively introduce dream-inspiring and edgy products as well as exciting and fun products” – Honda could get more interesting agin.

We already know the new NSX is on its way with its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) with three electric motors promising proper supercar credentials and a green halo.

But Honda are also promising two other hybrid platforms in addition to the three electric motor version in the NSX; a two motor setup for mid-size vehicles and a single electric motor version for more compact cars which will, hopefully, be better than the setup in the Insight.

New cars promised include a Honda Civic Type-R in 2015 with a new 1.6-litre turbo motor developed for its new WTCC World Touring Car entry and likely to offer around 300bhp, a new compact SUV (which will probably be based on the Civic), a hydrogen fuel call car in production by 2015 and a new super sports motorcycle based on MotoGP machines.

It all sounds quite promising.

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