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2014 Mazda3 caught in pricing war between Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic

When Mazda started selling the 2014 Mazda3 last fall, the compact received awards as the driving enthusiast's choice in the segment. It sales, however, has been dropping every month since August 2013. In fact, the Mazda3 posted a 27-percent dive in sales in the first two months of 2014.

Since the Mazda3 is being sold using Mazda’s near-premium pricing strategy, it has fallen prey to the ongoing price war between its two main rivals -- Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. While Mazda has been limiting incentives to maximize transaction prices and profits, Toyota and Honda are shoring up theirs.

According to Dennis Bulgarelli, director of the automotive practice at Millward Brown Digital, the Mazda3 has ended up as collateral damage in the Corolla-Civic battle. The 2014 Mazda3 went on sale around the same time as the 2014 Corolla.

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Honda Project P is a one-off Civic Type R pickup

The Honda Civic Type R is the fastest front wheel drive model at the Magny Cours track, while also being one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world. Yes, you read that right. The specialist from the Product Engineering department at the automaker’s UK factory in Swindon has built a one-off Civic Type R pickup truck, and it just made its debut at the SMMT Test Day in Great Britain.

To create the unique Project P Concept, the engineers had to get a pre-production prototype of the hot hatch, which was unveiled a year ago. It has two doors and two seats, as well as a flatbed at the back of the rear seats, replacing the rear bench and boot space.

The transformation made sure that it still retains the rear fixed wing. But the wings here really aren’t fixed, as it has a movable design, allowing access to the load bed of the small pickup. One of our favourite design details of the new Type R, a set of triple exhaust pipes at the back, is here as well. The exterior body is finished in a Rallye Red, one of the signature colours of the Civic Type R hatch.

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2018 Mazda3 with sparkless ignition engine technology will make its debut in Frankfurt

Every year, Mazda gives their cars upgrades in small increments, and customers definitely appreciate the changes that the Mazda3 has gotten. This year, according to Motoring, the company is stepping up its game in terms of combustion engine efficiency with the new powerplant they are releasing - with homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI). This will be launched in August at a technology conference that will take place in Frankfurt.

HCCI is a gas-powered engine that works like a diesel mill. It compresses the mixture of air and fuel in the cylinder until combustion. Apparently, the Mazda engine (a Skyactiv II engine) will use spark plugs at lower speeds, but when the car goes faster, the powerplant will switch to HCCI.

The company further added that the Skyactiv II engine is going to be more efficient by 30 percent compared to current gasoline-fueled engines. This means that the new Mazda 3 could have a fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon compared to the current 32 mpg combined.

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Newly picked-up Honda Civic Type R is wrecked on the way home from dealership

What could be a new 2017 Honda Civic Type R owner dread the most? Well, such nightmares would be a plenty, but at the top would probably be having your newly picked up Honda Civic Type R getting into a traffic collision and getting damaged.

Such was the case for a certain customer of a new Honda Civic Type R in the United States named Greg Ellingson. Just like any new owner of a new car, Ellingson would have been very happy that he was already taking home his brand new Honda Civic Type R. But his new Civic Type R never made it home, and what would have been a happy day for Ellingson turned into a gloomy event.

According to Ellingson, he encountered stop-and-go traffic on the highway going home. During one of the halts, Ellingson and the vehicle on the front had been stationary and waiting for some time. He was at least a full car length behind the driver in front of him. Then, another vehicle suddenly hit the crashed his Civic Type R, and it was so forceful that it pushed Ellingson’s new ride all the way to the tail of the car on front. The result? There was massive damage on the rear end of Ellingson’s Civic Type R. The front end, including the bonnet, of the performance version of the Civic also received considerable damage.

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Aside from fronting Honda’s annual summer tour, pop rock band OneRepublic was also given an opportunity to customize a 2017 Honda Civic Type R. The car is a one-off and was made for the “Civic Tour City Flavour” event where music fans, foodies, and car enthusiasts will gather for a pop-up food experience with a number of food trucks serving up local dishes.

As mentioned earlier, the event focuses on music, food and cars. OneRepublic was asked to customize and sign not just a Honda Civic Type R, but also a Rebel motorcycle that will be showcased throughout the Honda Civic Tour. Looking at the exterior design, the hatchback got a unique design that is inspired by the band. It indicates some modern elements in terms of the architecture, that is painted in two black finishes - glossy and matte, with bold red accents.

Honda Civic Type R is already sweet as it is, but it catches even more attention with the OneRepublic livery. Though the design may not please everybody’s taste, it is still unique in its own way, most specially because it is a one-off. This event will give people the chance to get to know the Civic Type R up close and personal.

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Not only is the 2017 Honda Civic Type R new in the North American market, it recently got labelled the fastest car with a front-wheel drive setup at the Green Hell. Now, the Civic Type R will exclusively be given a six-speed manual transmission, just because an automatic gearbox would make the car weigh too much.

This was explained by the company during an interview between Yuji Matsumochi, Assistant Large Project Leader of the Civic Powertrain, and Australian publication Car Advice. So the Civic will come standard with the manual, with no option to get an automatic variant. This is because the Type R now weighs at 62.5 percent to 37.5 (that's front to rear axle). So a dual-clutch transmission will only make it much heavier, with its 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), which will definitely affect the car's performance.

Matsumochi explained that a front wheel drive will naturally need a lighter powertrain, and since the Type R already has a heavier engine, it will only work with a lightweight transmission. Thus, only the manual will work.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Type R gets exclusive 6-speed manual transmission, no automatic option

Honda is currently on fire! After releasing the Civic Type R in the United States last week, the Japanese company is already thinking of ways to keep sales at a high and steady level. And what is the solution to this, you ask?

Well, Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer of the Civic model range said in an interview with Automotive News that he plans to do more than just one Civic Type R. So we’re assuming that maybe he means that there will be more versions of the front-wheel-drive Nürburgring record holder.

So anyway, what he really meant was that he wants to produce a more potent version of the current Type R that produces 306 horsepower. Of course, more versions mean better options. Apart from that, he also plans to engineer an all-wheel-drive option to go hand in hand with the Ford Focus RS, and the VW Golf R. And that’s not all, Matsumoto added that he would like to develop a Civic Type R that is more “focused on the grand touring aspect”, so that would mean a softer suspension setup, and some more tweaks here and there to make it more comfortable for the driver and its passengers on long journeys.

Read the entire article Looks like there will be more versions of the Honda Civic Type R soon

How much do you reckon someone would pay to own the first ever 2017 Honda Civic Type R? Last week, Honda collaborated with an online auction site, Bring a Trailer to sell its very first US spec Civic Type R. It came out wearing an Aegean Blue Metallic paint paired with black wheels, and covered in red details, with a VIN number 01. T Eight days later, on 15th of June, the Civic Type R has finally been awarded to someone.

The said model had a going price of $200,000, and by far is the new most expensive Honda Civic ever auctioned. As you know, Honda has been supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation since 1991, and all the proceeds from this particular sale will go to charity.

Senior Vice President of American Honda Motor Co, Jeff Conrad talked about how much fun the company thought it would have to give one very lucky customer the first of its kind vehicle in the U.S. while aiding the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which was created to find a cure for brain tumors in children.

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The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be the first ever Civic Type R that will be offered to U.S. consumers. Now it is only fitting that the very first of these Type Rs made as a US-spec model will go under the auction hammer for charity. This auction at the Bring a Trailer website will last for 8 days and will end on June 15. The clock is ticking; so have a go at it, bidders.

Loyal followers of the Honda Civic Type R have been waiting a long time to get their hands on the hot hatch since it was revealed for the United States around 2015. Like any dynamic automobiles that is on high demand, the Japanese automaker channeled their inner benevolence by offering their first Civic Type R at the Bring A Trailer website.

Bearing the VIN number 01, the Civic Type R will be set on a bidding war starting June 07 of this year with all the final proceeds benefiting the organization that the Japanese automaker has been supporting since 1991- the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The said auction will be held for 8 days. Jeff Conrad, Vice President at American Honda Motor Co., said that the Civic Type R has long been seen as the desired object for car enthusiasts in the U.S., and they planned that it would be fun to offer one lucky customer a chance of bringing home the first of its kind Civic R in the US.

Read the entire article First US-bound 2017 Honda Civic Type R is up for grabs at ‘Bring A Trailer’ auction

2017 Civic Type R is currently Honda’s hottest and most trending model, and fans are eagerly waiting for its arrival. For the past few months, people have been waiting patiently for information regarding the price of this Japanese rocket. And recently, folks from CivicX.com have released a photo of what seems to be a legitimate window sticker showing the Type R’s base price – a whopping $33,900.

The photo sure looks like the real deal and it shows that there are no optional items (just like the previous Honda Civic Type R models) for the Type R but specifies a $875 “destination and handling” charge as the only additional fee. Buyers will have to pay a total of $34,775 to get a hold of this Japanese rocket. It’s like paying an additional $10,000 premium over the Honda Civic Si.

While the amount falls on the estimated mid-$30,000 range, there are still some who find that this amount is too much for a Honda Civic, regardless of it being a powerful Type R. For the said amount, you can actually get a two-year old BMW M235 coupe complete with its factory warranty except that it can’t get you your dose of adrenaline rush at the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 43 seconds – the current track record of Type R front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Read the entire article Leaked: 2017 Honda Civic Type R starting price is set at $33,900

Honda just released the new and affordable 2017 Civic Si, available as a coupe or a sedan. The best part is that it is already out in the market since May 13, and Honda just announced it a day before it went on sale.

We do know that coupes usually cost more than sedans, but for the Civic Si, that is not the case. Both models have a price tag of $24,775 for the base version, inclusive of the $875 destination fee. And if customers opt for performance tires, that will be a total of $24,975. Still very affordable, I would say.

Though it may not be as powerful as its main competitors, the Civic Si is still a very good choice, perhaps for first-time car owners. Either the sedan or the coupe will come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 205 horsepower (153 kilowatts) and 192 pound-feet (260 Newton-metres) of torque. The front wheel drive is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, and there is a limited-slip differential to maximize traction.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has released its ratings for Honda’s Civic Type R. City mileage rating has been estimated at 22 mpg with highway rated at 28 mpg. Combined fuel efficiency rating meanwhile is pegged at 25 mpg. It’s not that surprising for many people though considering that the turbocharged engine inside can offer 306 hp.

But when compared to the usual Civic sedan, the fuel economy figures on the Civic Type R are still better. The sedan version for example has a city rating of 31 mpg with a highway rating of 40 mpg. Compared to other models, the values of the Civic Type R are similar to the Volkswagen Golf R though the latter is better when it comes to highway rating. One model that is better than the Type R though is the Ford Focus RS with city rating of 19 mpg, highway at 25 mpg, and combined rating of 22 mpg.

Even with these fuel efficiency ratings, customers will not likely be deterred. One reason is that even if the Type R does have a front-wheel drive, the performance remains to be excellent whether it’s running in a straight line or going on corners. This is remarkable, considering that in running the Nurburgring lap, it only took the Type R a total of 7 minutes and 43 seconds. This meant that this model is able to beat other notable vehicles like the M2 from BMW or the C5 version of the 2004 Corvette Z06 from Chevrolet. It is even better than the Ford Focus RS and the Porsche Cayenne S with its 507 hp.

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When the Japanese automaker Honda debuted the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, global consumers then asked a very important question – how much will this majestic Civic cost? Honda has revealed the price tag of this recent release, but so far, only the official UK pricing info is available.

Honda Civic Type R recently set a new record for the fastest front wheel drive production car on the Nurbugring, clocking in a record setting lap time of 7:50.63. This swanky hatchback is scheduled to be rolled out to U.K dealers possibly in July. Produced in Britain specifically at the Swindon factory, the 2017 Civic Type R was displayed in March this year in production disguise at the Geneva Motor Show. It is targeted at providing the most rewarding cruise in its tier, regardless if you are driving on a public road or on a track.

The standard Civic Type R bears a price tag of £30,995, and its higher tier GT will require an additional £2,000 premium. You might be asking what would be the novelties that come with the additional cost. The Japanese automaker revealed that it will come with added standard goodies such as dual zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, improved sound system and LED front fog lights. However, the goodies don't end there, as the more expensive Civic GT variant also boasts of Honda Connect with Garmin Navigation and an auto dimming rear view mirror and cross traffic monitor.

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It seems like a never-ending battle between the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S when it comes to owning the Nürburging record.

This story began all the way back in May 2015, when the Honda Civic Type R took the crown for the fastest four-wheel-drive production car around Nurburging, finishing at 7:50.63. Later on, Volkswagen took their GTI Clubsport S to the same course and it crossed the finish line, just by a little more than a one second difference, at exactly 7:49.21. Since then, VW has held the crown for that record. In fact, VW recently went back to beat its own record by a few milliseconds, that is now at 7:49.19.

But the story does not end there, on April 3, 2017, the newest Civic Type R went back and did a “time-attack attempt” at the Green Hell, and crossed the finish line with a time of 7:43.8 – beating the record of the GTI Clubsport S. That was over three seconds faster than VW’s record, and almost seven seconds faster than the older Type R model. This event took place during the last stage of development, which explains why they mentioned that it was a development car they used.

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Just recently, Honda released the new 2017 Civic Si but it seems like the updates are a bit underwhelming for the fans. It has been a while since it was reported that the Si will be powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged engine used in the Civic line. Everyone began to expect that it will be the “fastest, most powerful Si” (as per Honda’s claim) – but think again. If you’re thinking that powerful is synonymous to super-powered Si, then you better not get your hopes up just yet.

So, what did Honda mean when they said “most powerful”? It is actually a reference to the engine’s capability of producing a maximum of 192 lb.-ft. of torque, much more than the usual Si’s peak torque (i.e. the last Si’s 174 lb.-ft.) but with only 205 horsepower. This may be quite disappointing for the Civic Si, but at least peak power is achieved at 5,700 rpm or 1,200 revs more than the outgoing model, while maximum torque comes in at 2,100 rpm ‘til around 5,000 rpm – which is actually quite decent, considering it is 70 percent of the engine’s rev range. The 2017 Civic Si only comes with a six-speed manual transmission, but in theory, it seems like it will take “less rowing” to keep the driving experience quite exciting.

The peak numbers may not be that impressive as we all expected it to be. On a positive note, the low and mid-range power levels, where majority of drivers spend their motoring time, will now become livelier. The new Civic Si has a more rigid body featuring dual-pinion adaptive electric power steering, sport-tuned suspension, an adaptive damper system, 12.3-inch front brakes, and 235/40 R18 rubber wheels with optional performance tires. Despite this, the new Civic Si is significantly lighter than the outgoing model. To cope with both power and steering duties, the front tires is aided by a helical limited-slip differential.

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Just a few days after Toyota announced their limited edition GT86 Tiger that’s going to be released soon, it is Honda’s time to shine. After its global debut at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Honda confirmed that the first ever Civic Type R will go on sale in late spring in the United States. This was dubbed as “one of the most anticipated models” for good reason.

This model is the first ever Type R-badge Honda to be sold in the US, with a manual transmission, 2.0 liter turbocharged unit. The car is rated at 206 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters) of torque. Foreign specifications, however, will have a bit more power with 315 horsepower (235kW).

What we love about this model is the fact that it did not veer away from its prototype. It still looks pretty cool and has astounding visuals. To start with, it has a huge rear wing, and three exhaust pipes sticking out of the middle part of its rear end, LED lights at all four corners, and the 20-inch lightweight wheels in 245/30 series ContiSport Contact tires. It is the perfect cross between a sporty and a masculine car. And its interior is simply dreamy, with a matte black finish with red accents all over the dashboard and around the steering wheel, complemented with two-tone seats.

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Folks, we bet this is one car you’ve been waiting to get your hands on. Earlier this week, Honda unveiled the 2017 Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, before it becomes available at the US dealerships this spring. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the production-ready Civic Type R packs an impressive 306 hp and 295lb-ft of torque.

Honda made a series of modifications under the body to provide the new Civic with the most fitting performance credentials it is entitled to. The new suspensions will enhance steering feel while keeping the torque steer in moderation.

The powerful engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential to keep the Civic’s front wheel drive under control. In addition, the Type-R specific hatchback comes with dual-axis front suspension as well as multi-link rear suspension setup with adaptive dampers.

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Recently, it appears as if the Civic has been hogging the news. In a way, this is not unexpected considering that Honda is on the verge of officially launching its five-door Type R. However, the brand is also coming out with the Si version of the tenth-generation Civic and will be displaying the prototype during the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Both the 2017 Civic Si Sedan and 2017 Civic Si Coupe will be equipped with the turbocharged DOHC direct-injected in-line 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that also has dual variable cam timing. This high performance and high torque engine is paired to the manual 6-speed short-shifting transmission. The engine is not the only one that is tasked with performance as there are a number of improvements done to the Si that help with this as well. Examples of this include the active steering system, active damper system, and the limited-slip differential. Honda is also offering the high-performance tires.

In terms of the interior, the Civic Si Prototype reveals what the production model is expected to look. Features include the sports seats in the front that have red stitching. As proof that this is indeed exclusive for the Si, it has Si logos stitched to it. This same red sport stitching can also be seen in the steering wheel and the doors. It is even in the leather shift boot that has the aluminum shift knob. Further, both the illumination of the audio system and the TFT meter are in red, as well as the aluminum sport pedal and the instrument panel trim, the latter of which is in Dry Metal Carbon.

Read the entire article Honda unveils Civic Si prototype, its fastest and most powerful Si model to date

In September, Honda unveiled the concept form of the new Honda Civic Type R at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Halfway around the world and around two months later, Honda will be providing a glimpse of the new 2017 Honda Civic Si to the North American public at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Well, the 2017 Honda Civic Si is considered as the sporty version of the perennial car from the Japanese carmaker. But compared to the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, the 2017 Honda Civic Si could be considered as a watered down version.

Thus, many expect the 2017 Honda Civic Si to have a more aggressive styling than the base Civic, although it would be more diluted than the angry and mean appearance of the Type R concept unveiled in Paris in September. The latest iteration of the Honda Civic Si might as well as serve as the missing link between the Type R and the conventional model.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Si set to debut at 2016 LA Auto Show

Want to have a preview of the looks of the next-generation Civic Type R that will be unveiled in 2017? Then, take a good look at the new Honda Civic Type R Prototype launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Honda engineered the next-generation Type R under the same development program as other members of the Civic family. Production will be done at Honda’s UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon and sales will commence in Europe during the second half of 2017.

Interestingly, the new Civic Type R will also be sold in the United States – as well as other global markets – which would be the first time that a Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in North America.

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