Honda is showcasing the all-new Civic Type R and NeuV pure-electric concept car for the Geneva Motor Show. The new Civic Type R comes out before its European launch in the second quarter.
The new Civic Type R builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment’s ultimate expression of dynamic purity. Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment.
The 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO ‘heart’ of the multi-award-winning previous generation Type R has been optimized and refined and now produces 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm. Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimized engine control settings. Paired to a six-speed manual transmission with a rev match control system, the new Civic Type R’s thrilling experience is ensured with the known attributes like exhilaration, rewarding connection with the driver.
Furthermore, the new Type R takes the lighter, more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback and adds further use of adhesive in key areas. Compared to the previous Type R, torsional rigidity is further improved by 38%. The front Macpherson strut suspension of the standard hatchback is revised with new geometry to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling. At the rear, the new independent multi-link system of the standard car is improved with the use of unique high rigidity suspension arms.
Drive modes and a refined aerodynamics play major roles in the performance of the new Civic Type R. Drive modes available are ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’. Meantime, the aero. package is more comprehensive the before with the addition of a smoother underbody, front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line.
The new Civic Type R starts production in the second quarter, followed by global distribution to worldwide markets.
Honda NeuV, electric concept car
Making its European show debut in Geneva, the Honda NeuV is a pure-electric concept car with a unique ownership proposition and a state-of-the-art ‘emotion engine’ that can learn about its driver. The NeuV (pronounced “new-vee”), which stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, was conceived to take advantage of the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle for 96% of the time.
The pure-electric concept car explores a financially-beneficial ownership model for enterprising customers, by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using the car. It would pick up and drop off customers at local destinations, and could also sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it‘s sitting idle, further monetising the vehicle’s down time.
NeuV also functions as a thoughtful and helpful AI assistant utilizing an ‘emotion engine’ called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant), which learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver’s past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.