The Euro-spec Honda Civic has received a refresh for its 2015 model year, gaining a few noticeable design and technological updates, as well as a new Type R-inspired ‘Sport’ trim.
For Europe only, the Civic hatchback and Civic Tourer benefit from a revised front fascia with new headlamps integrating daytime running lights and a new sleek front bumper. Also new are the rear bumper, side skirts, black rear spoiler, and LED rear combination lamps.
The specification upgrades inside include new seat fabrics and stitching on the headrests, new door trims with chrome door handles, and a metallic black finish on the control panel. The main highlight, however, is the introduction of Honda’s new Android 4.0.4-powered Connect in-car audio and information system with pinch, swipe and tap functionality. Operated via the car’s seven-inch display screen, it offers such modern-day amenities as DAB and Internet Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, satellite navigation and rear-view parking camera.
Unfortunately, there were no changes made under the hood, so power is still provided by a 120PS (118 hp) 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel and 142PS (140hp) and 1.8-liter petrol engine. A new automatic low-speed braking system called City- Brake Active (CTBA) is now standard across the board.
In fact, while the new Civic Sport variant mentioned and pictured above could be mistaken for a milder Civic Type R, it has no performance upgrades. But Honda does say it provides “visual links to forthcoming Type R” with its mesh grille, revised bumper design, color-coded rear spoiler and unique 17-inch alloy wheels finished in black.
The updated Honda Civic and new Civic Sport make their European debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Toyota Kills The Prius C, Replaces It With Corolla Hybrid
Buyers are encouraged to go for the new Corolla Hybrid instead.
Now that there is a hybrid version of the popular Corolla, Toyota figures it has one too many small hybrid vehicles in its lineup. It has quietly killed off the Prius C hybrid to give more breathing room for both the regular Prius and Corolla hybrid.
The Prius C debuted in 2011 as a smaller alternative to the Prius Liftback, but the Corolla Hybrid is bigger and more efficient, matching the standard Prius’s 52-mpg combined rating in the United States compared to the Prius C’s 46-mpg combined rating.
“You’re probably not going to see Prius C for long,” Toyota marketing vice president Ed Laukes told . “The Prius C has served its purpose well.”
The fuel-sipping Corolla is intended to maximize sales of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain platform by appealing to a broader group of customers who may be put off by the Prius’ polarizing looks but still want extremely good fuel efficiency.
New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range
Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.
The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).
In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.
Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.
The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.
Honda Civic Type R, NSX Supercar Turn Gold For Australia
The 50th Anniversary collection also features a golden lawnmower and power generator.
Honda has turned 50 years old in Australia, and to celebrate the milestone, designers wrapped a Civic Type R and NSX supercar in gold, along with its fleet of most notable motorcycles and power equipment.
The steadfast Japanese automaker officially entered the Australian market on February 4, 1969, and has since earned the respect of Australians of all ages for its undying pursuit of quality and reliability. Civic Type R and NSX aside, the celebratory vehicles include a golden CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle, CRF450L enduro, and CRF50F kids’ bike, as well as a golden lawnmower and power generator.
“Achieving 50 years of longevity and continuity in business is a significant milestone, but none of this would be possible without our people,” said Hiroyuki Shimizu, head of Honda Australia. “Most importantly… Honda would be nothing without our customers — both long-term customers and new customers all contribute to making this brand what it is today… I am incredibly grateful to all our customers for their ongoing loyalty, trust and belief in the Honda name.”
Whatever you need, Honda clearly has you covered. I mean, how many other automaker do you know that, in addition to cars, make lawnmowers?
Unfortunately, these gold Hondas are one-offs specifically intended for show and not for sale. Their gold vinyl wraps are made up of a gold chrome film as the first layer, topped with a clear satin laminate that helps disperse reflections.