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New Honda Civic Type R on the way: report

Honda has revealed its plans for a new Honda Civic Type R to be included into the company's future line-up. The new sports model will be based on the just revealed 2012 Honda Civic hatch but it may not carry the Type R badge.
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According to a recent Autocar report, Honda initially dismissed the idea of creating a new Honda Civic Type R due to pressures in the market segment, and the focus on compact sports cars shifting to more environmentally-conscious forms.

Honda chief engineer Mitsuru Kariya has now confirmed that a new sports model will be developed for the future offering a clear sports-oriented theme, although, it may not wear the iconic Type R badge. Kariya said,

"It [the performance version] is already under discussion. We know Type R was a big success, especially in the UK market, and we are now looking for a car to be developed in that direction. Whether it will be called Type R is not certain though."

No word on when the new model will hit the showrooms yet, or what kind of specifications the hot hatch will run. We'll keep you updated.