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The week's top news stories, April 15

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks...

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2018 Honda Civic VTi-S Luxe arrives from $26,490 - UPDATE
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2018 Honda Civic VTi-S Luxe arrives from $26,490 - UPDATE

Update (11/4): Honda Australia has confirmed 180 examples of the Civic VTi-S Luxe will be available locally. The limited-edition Honda Civic VTi-S Luxe is now on sale in Australia, priced from $26,490 before on-road costs. Based on the VTi-S grade, which is one rung up from the base level, the Luxe gets several luxury and convenience items for an extra $2000 over the standard variant...


Around the Tracks: Ford logos, Honda performance and off-road Suzukis
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Around the Tracks: Ford logos, Honda performance and off-road Suzukis

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the articles, videos and social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand-new, others have been online for a while...


Honda pits virtual Civic Type R against the real deal - VIDEO
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Honda pits virtual Civic Type R against the real deal - VIDEO

Honda has teamed with Turn 10 Studios to see if a real driver, on a real track, is faster than a professional gamer playing Forza Motorsport 7.  IndyCar driver, Graham Rahal, piloted the real Honda Civic Type R around Road Atlanta, while Peter Jeakins handled the virtual laps...


Honda Australia leaps into 2018, up 32 per cent
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Honda Australia leaps into 2018, up 32 per cent

We’re only one sales month into 2018, but if the most-improved brand award were to be dished out now, then a revitalised Honda would be the runaway winner. The company’s sales grew 32 per cent for the month compared to January 2017’s tally, a growth rate eight-times the market average. Sticking on that theme, it finished eighth overall in-market, between Nissan and Kia...


2018 Honda Civic Type R review: road test
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2018 Honda Civic Type R review: road test

We loved the bewinged, turbocharged Civic Type R at the track, but is this hot Honda easier to live with than its predecessor?


Dodge Hellcat V8, Honda Civic Type R motors now available as crate engines
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Dodge Hellcat V8, Honda Civic Type R motors now available as crate engines

The 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8 used by Dodge and Jeep, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder from the latest Honda Civic Type R can now be bought as crate engines from their respective manufacturers. Hellcats for everyone Fiat Chrysler will debut the new "Hellcrate" engine at the SEMA 2017, which kicks off shortly in Las Vegas...


2018 Honda Civic Type R review
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2018 Honda Civic Type R review

The Honda Civic Type R has arrived in Oz to try and nab the crown as King Of The Reasonably Priced Fun Cars. But first, we see if the front-drive Nurburgring lap record holder's hotness translates to local roads and track.


Honda: Affordable sports car "very desirable", more RS models on the way
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Honda: Affordable sports car "very desirable", more RS models on the way

Honda’s local boss says an affordable, compact sports car to support the Civic Type R would be “very desirable” for the brand. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Australian launch of the Civic Type R, Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia, said the company is looking to make its line-up sportier...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report six: farewell
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report six: farewell

Our three months in the 2017 Honda Civic RS flew by, and now Matt Campbell doesn't want to give it back.


Honda Civic Red Edition on sale in Australia
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Honda Civic Red Edition on sale in Australia

The Honda Civic Red Edition has been announced this week to celebrate the arrival of the Civic Type R hot hatch, bringing a sportier look to regular versions of the Japanese hatchback. Available across four trim levels; VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L and VTi-LX, the Red Edition package costs an additional $2498 and will be limited to 228 vehicles - the same number as the Civic Type R's power output...


2017 Honda Civic VTi hatch review
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2017 Honda Civic VTi hatch review

The Honda Civic has received rave reviews for refinement and drivability, but how does the entry-level 1.8-litre perform? Paul Maric finds out.


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report five: country driving
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report five: country driving

For this long-term update on the 2017 Honda Civic RS hatch, we handed the keys to Sam Rawlings, our video production co-ordinator. Here's what he thought of it. The long weekend was ahead; I was swapping the misery of Sydney for the peacefulness of my hometown of Orange and I needed a car thanks to my own being out of action...


Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept
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Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept

'Reborn' Civic? The Civic never died! True enough. Honda's global small car is now into its 10th generation, making it one of the longest-running nameplates on the market. But, like most cars that claim decades-old lineage, the Civic has more than a few times come out of its cocoon bigger than before and with an all-new look...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report four: urban driving
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report four: urban driving

Let's be honest, there's a big perception problem around the 2017 Honda Civic RS hatch. People in the office who ended up taking it for a spin, got into it thinking – because of the RS badge and the aggressive/outspoken styling –that it was going to be a hot hatch. Or, at least a warm hatch...


2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one
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2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one

As part of Honda celebrating 25 years of two of its most iconic nameplates – Fireblade and Type R – the Japanese brand has revealed two fully-functioning special-edition ‘prototypes’ of its robotic lawnmower known as Miimo...


2018 Honda Civic Type R docks in Australia
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2018 Honda Civic Type R docks in Australia

The first 2018 Honda Civic Type R examples destined for Australian garages have arrived on our shores, with an initial shipment docking in Melbourne this week. Some 400 vehicles are scheduled to arrive before the year's end, with more shipments bound for Australia in the coming weeks...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report three: infotainment
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report three: infotainment

I don’t know why you’d need a calculator to be a function of your car's infotainment system, but that’s one of the inclusions in the new-generation Honda Civic hatch. It’s even more baffling when you think about the lack of satellite navigation in anything but the top-spec VTi-LX model – but Honda argues buyers of the rest of the models in the range, like our RS hatch, will more likely use their phone for mapping...


The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres
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The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report two: interior
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch long-term review, report two: interior

If there’s a brand known for cockpit practicality, it’s this one. And up until this generation, the Honda Civic hatch was the standard bearer in the small car segment. But that’s no longer the case, as the 2017 Honda Civic hatch has done away with its brilliant Magic Seat system that allowed you to store anything from pot plants to pushbikes in the back seat area...