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The Honda Civic Type-R Concept at Geneva

The Honda Civic Type-R Concept at Geneva image

Text: / Photos: | posted March 07, 2006 00:00

The iconic and hugely popular Honda Civic Type R owed its success to an unbeatable combination of high performance and affordability that instantly captured the hearts and minds of driving enthusiasts. At the 76th Geneva Motor Show Honda will be presenting the world debut of the Civic Type R Concept, which forms the basis of its successor.

Based on the new Civic 3-door which will appear in Europe later this year, the Civic Type R Concept adopts the bold and emotional styling of the widely acclaimed 5-door hatchback. The power comes from Honda's 200 PS 2.0-liter, DOHC i-VTEC unit, the same competition-proven, high-rev pedigree engine as used in the out-going model. That means it will be as exciting to look at as it will be to drive.

The production version, like its predecessor, will be built at Honda's Swindon, UK, plant and is due to go on sale in early 2007.

As part of its environmental responsibility, the carmarker also displayed its new Home Energy Station III. The refuelling infrastructure will be a key issue in the progress of fuel cell vehicles and, as well as pioneering fuel cell developments, Honda is intensively researching home refuelling systems. The Home Energy Station III, which will be displayed at the Show, is a comprehensive system designed to not only supply hydrogen fuel for vehicles, but also meet home energy needs by supplying electricity, heat and hot water.

Generating hydrogen from natural gas supplied for residential use, the HES III system is equipped with fuel cells that generate and supply electricity to the home, and is configured to recover the heat produced during power generation for domestic water heating. In addition to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by some 40%, the HES III system is expected to lower the total running cost of household electricity, gas and vehicle fuel by 50%.