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Old 24 Sep 2012, 03:18 pm
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Default Honda CEO confirms return of Civic Type R, announces new Fit-based SUV

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21.09.2012

Honda CEO Ito announces new Civic Type R and new Compact SUV model

-New Civic Type R for Europe in 2015
-All new compact SUV model
-3 new hybrid technologies announced
-Honda to launch all new fuel cell electric model in Japan, US and
Europe in 2015
-Total annual global customers forecasted at 39 million per year by
2017
-New supers sports motorcycle based on MotoGP machines

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito today outlined the product, technology and
business developments that would drive a growth in Honda's total
annual new customers to 39 million by fiscal year 2017.

The announcements made by CEO Ito will see the introduction of
exciting new products and technologies to the European market.
Following the recent introductions of new Civic and new CR-V, these
new models will further strengthen Honda's customer offering in
Europe.

New Civic Type R for Europe

Thrilling, sporty products are part of Honda's DNA. In addition to the
introduction of a new NSX, Honda can confirm the development of an
all-new Civic Type R for Europe. The Type R brand has a passionate
following from Honda customers and the new model will again aim to set
new standards in performance and handling. Developed specifically for
the European market and with the application of technologies developed
through Honda's participation in the World Touring Car Championships
(WTCC), the all-new Type R will aim to become the fastest
front-wheel-drive vehicle on the Nurburgring race course. This new
model is scheduled for introduction in 2015.

New Compact SUV model

Honda will strengthen its model line-up in Europe with the
introduction of a new compact SUV model. Based on the platform of a
next generation Jazz model, this new model will compete in the rapidly
growing small SUV sector.

New range of hybrid technologies

Honda firmly believes hybrid technology will play a critical role in
the reduction of CO2 emissions. Honda will build on its hybrid
expertise to introduce three new hybrid systems. Each system will
possess unique characteristics and their deployment will reflect
varying customer needs.
Firstly, Honda will further develop its lightweight and compact
one-motor hybrid system with the aim of achieving No1 fuel economy
among all hybrid vehicles. Improvements in motor output and battery
performance and a newly developed transmission will help to extend the
zero emission electric driving range.
Honda is also developing a new more powerful two-motor hybrid system
for mid-size vehicles.

Finally, a highly efficient and high output 3-motor hybrid system, the
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) will focus on
driving performance. This technology will be applied to the new NSX.

Honda believes this range of new hybrid technologies will deliver
unrivalled driving performance and fuel economy.

Next generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle for Europe

Honda considers fuel cell electric vehicles to be the ultimate
environmentally-responsible technology and as such, has attempted to
lead the industry in R&D and sales activity. The introduction of
the FCX Clarity in 2008, demonstrated Honda's progress in this field.
Starting in 2015, Honda will launch an all-new fuel cell electric
model which will showcase the significant technological advancements
and cost reductions that Honda has accomplished since the launch of
the FCX Clarity in 2008. This model will be introduced to Japan, USA
and Europe.

Super sports motorcycle

Honda is developing a new super sports motorcycle. Technologies from
Honda's MotoGP machines will be applied to this model. This bike will
seek to deliver the same passion and excitement that the RC30
(VFR750R) super sports bike created when first introduced in 1987.

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