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The updated 2015 Honda Civic Hatch has arrived. Does it improve on the formula?

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New-gen Honda Civic turbo sedan and hatch set for Australia from mid 2016
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New-gen Honda Civic turbo sedan and hatch set for Australia from mid 2016

The next-generation, 2016 Honda Civic sedan is poised to arrive in Australia in about 12 months, and will likely be followed before the end of 2016 by an all-new hatch version made at the same plant in Thailand, rather than the current, expensive UK-made model. Both, combined, will be tasked with returning Honda to the sharp end of the small car market...


Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch cloudy
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Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch cloudy

The current Honda Civic Type-R may not launch in Australia after all, despite the company’s local arm remaining steadfast in its desire to find a way to make it happen. Now on sale in Europe after being hyped since late 2013, the hardcore 231kW/400Nm Honda hero hot hatch is the subject of huge demand and limited production capacity at the UK plant that builds them, hindering the wider rollout beyond Europe...


Honda Civic Type R can be made even faster, more powerful - report
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Honda Civic Type R can be made even faster, more powerful - report

The Honda Civic Type R can reportedly be made faster and more powerful if another company takes away its title as the fastest front-wheel drive hatch around the Nurburgring. Hisayuki Yagi, project leader for the Civic Type R, told Motor Trend that his team set out with one goal in mind: "To be the fastest front-drive hatchback around the Nürburgring Nordschleife"...


Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE
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Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE

Honda has become the third car maker to recall more than 100,000 vehicles in Australia in the past week, with the local division today joining Toyota and Nissan in confirming it needs to replace faulty Takata airbag components in its cars...


Honda Civic diesel discontinued
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Honda Civic diesel discontinued

The Honda Civic diesel has been discontinued two years after going on-sale, a result of low demand for small oil-burners in Australia. The decision comes as small surprise. Honda Australia launched its $500 pricier, but restyled and better-equipped, UK-made Civic hatch range at the start of this week — without any mention of the DTi-S variant...


Next-gen Honda Civic hatch will be almost indentical to coupe, according to UK boss
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Next-gen Honda Civic hatch will be almost indentical to coupe, according to UK boss

The company's UK arm has confirmed that the front of the next-generation Honda Civic hatchback will be nearly identical to the coupe, which was unveiled at the recent New York auto show. Philip Crossman, the boss of Honda UK, has told Autocar that only the rear third of the new Civic five-door hatch differs significantly from the Civic Coupe Concept...


2015 Honda Civic hatch pricing and specifications
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2015 Honda Civic hatch pricing and specifications

The 2015 Honda Civic hatch has arrived in Australian showrooms with fresh styling, new technology and extra equipment. The facelifted Civic hatch lands about eight months after it originally broke cover at last year’s Paris motor show. Reshaped headlights with LED daytime running lights and a restyled grille and bumper create a sharper look at the front, while new lower side mouldings muscle up the profile...


Next-generation Honda Civic sedan, coupe revealed in patent images
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Next-generation Honda Civic sedan, coupe revealed in patent images

Images that are claimed to be patent renderings of the tenth-generation Honda Civic sedan and coupe have been published on the internet. A forum user, calling him- or her-self Administrator, on CivicX.com found the images after reportedly doing a search of the American patent database. The unwatermarked renderings that you see are from Gizmag...


Next Honda Civic marks the "return of the sporty Civic" according to designer
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Next Honda Civic marks the "return of the sporty Civic" according to designer

After the unveiling of the Honda Civic Concept at the New York auto show, we spoke to the exterior design leader of the concept car, Guy Melville-Brown (left in above photo). Melville-Brown told us that, for the concept car, the design team's instructions were "basically ... to create the most charismatic, most ambitious, sportiest Civic we've ever made"...


Honda Civic Concept unveiled in New York
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Honda Civic Concept unveiled in New York

The Honda Civic Concept has debuted at the New York auto show, and it previews the look of the tenth-generation small car. Guy Melville-Brown, chief exterior designer of the Civic Concept, told Car Advice that the new Civic coupe will be longer, wider and have a lower roof line than the current car. It will also feature a shorter front overhang, and a longer rear overhang...


Honda Civic Type-R to compete in 2015 BTCC season
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Honda Civic Type-R to compete in 2015 BTCC season

The new Honda Civic Type-R hatchback will compete in this year's British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). Honda Yuasa Racing revealed the Civic Type-R in racing guise overnight via its social media feeds. The car seen here is missing its final race livery, which will be unveiled at the 2015 season's official media launch at the Donnington race track on March 24...


Honda Civic to adopt turbo engines for non-performance models - report
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Honda Civic to adopt turbo engines for non-performance models - report

The Honda Civic, at least in the US, will soon feature a turbocharged engine as standard on the base model. Honda's head of research and development, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, told Automotive News that "downsized turbocharging will be the base, even for the Civic". Yamamoto's comments are believed to relate specifically to the American market...


Honda Civic Type R hatchback revealed via Polish leak
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Honda Civic Type R hatchback revealed via Polish leak

The first official photo of the Honda Civic Type R hatchback has leaked out onto the internet a few days prior to the car's official reveal at the 2015 Geneva motor show. Placed alongside the facelifted versions of the Civic hatchback and wagon, the first official picture of the new Honda Civic Type R was published by Carscoops and seems to have come courtesy of Honda's Polish arm...


Honda Civic Type R photographed undisguised before debut
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Honda Civic Type R photographed undisguised before debut

Photos, which seem to be of a completely undisguised Honda Civic Type R, have surfaced days ahead of the car's official unveiling. The images were provided to World Car Fans by reader "DTM". They show, what seems to be, a production ready version of the new Honda Civic Type R on a hoist, in a garage full of other Civic models, and entirely without camouflage...


Honda Civic Type R can hit a top speed of 270km/h
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Honda Civic Type R can hit a top speed of 270km/h

Ahead of its public debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show, Honda has dropped a few details about, as well as a few images of, the production version of the Honda Civic Type R hot hatch. Key amongst the details is that the new front-wheel drive Civic Type R will have a top speed of 270km/h...


Honda Civic "doing it tough" but massive sales growth needed, says company
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Honda Civic "doing it tough" but massive sales growth needed, says company

Honda Australia says it must turn greater attention to the problem of how to reverse lacklustre sales of its Civic small car, expressing a desire to claw back to about 2000 monthly sales — a figure long-removed from where it sits right now...


Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA outsell Civic, Lancer and Pulsar
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Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA outsell Civic, Lancer and Pulsar

The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA twins beat out traditional volume players in the small car segment including the Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer and Nissan Pulsar in January.  We have written before about the way premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are increasingly ‘cutting the lunch’ of traditional mainstream brands with entry vehicles priced from about $35K plus on-roads, but January’s figures provide a stark reminder...


Honda Australia targets strong sales turnaround in 2015
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Honda Australia targets strong sales turnaround in 2015

Honda Australia director Stephen Collins says the company is confident 2015 will be the year it reverses its recent sales decline, setting a sales target of 40,000 vehicles — a figure the company hasn’t reached since 2010.  It’s no secret that Honda’s sales have dipped in recent times, for a wide variety of factors beyond anything related just to product, including natural disasters in Japan and Thailand in 2011 that knocked its factories for six...


2015 Honda New Cars
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2015 Honda New Cars

Details of the new and updated Honda models launching in Australia in 2015.   Honda HR-V – February One of the pioneers of the sub-compact crossover segment, the Honda HR-V, will return to Australian showrooms in February – albeit as a very different car launching into a now hugely competitive market...