THE mean and moody-looking new Honda Civic Type R will be unveiled in final production form at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next month.
Developed in parallel with the new Civic hatchback the new, British-built Type R will feature Honda's latest two-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine.
Production of the will start in the summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, and the car will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.
In addition to revealing the latest version of its now legendary hot hatch, Honda will be showcasing a range of its advanced vehicle and powertrain technologies at the Geneva Show including a fully electric concept car which Honda says can "read the driver's emotions" - and make money for its' owner.
Called the NeuV it is claimed to have a state-of-the-art ‘emotion engine' that can learn about its driver by detecting the emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver's past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.
According to Honda it can even make money for its "enterprising" owner by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using it, picking up and dropping off customers at local destinations. It could also sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it‘s sitting idle, earning more cash by optimising the vehicle's down time.
Also on show at Geneva will be Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle which the company claims is the world's most advanced fuel cell vehicle delivering a class-leading maximum range of 385 miles.