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Honda Civic Hatchback, Type R Get Upgrades For 2019

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2019 Honda Civic Type-R, red

The updates consist mostly of interior improvements.

As with the 2019 Civic Coupe and Sedan, Honda has given the Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R a number of interior upgrades for the 2019 model year.

The two models gain a new and improved Display Audio system with physical buttons and a volume knob instead of a slider, as well as improved voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls for greater ease of use.

Other interior changes for the 2019 model year include an indicator light for the electronic parking brake, a USB sub-cord, larger cupholders, and physical buttons for fan speed on models equipped with dual-zone climate control. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is now standard on EX trim levels and above.

All trim levels of the Civic Hatchback are now available with the Honda Sensing safety suite, which includes features like adaptive cruise control and emergency braking, and 2019 Civic Type R buyers have access to a new Sonic Gray Pearl exterior color.

The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback has a base MSRP of $21,450 in the United States, while the high-performance 2019 Civic Type R starts at $35,700. Both prices do not a mandatory $895 destination charge.

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

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.

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Honda Civic Type R, NSX Supercar Turn Gold For Australia

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Gold Honda Civic Type R and NSX Supercar, 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.

Gold Honda Vehicles

“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.

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Honda Teases Its First Electric Car For Europe

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New Honda Electric Vehicle-prototype

The Japanese automaker is gearing up to electrify its European lineup.

Honda has released a teaser of its first electric vehicle for Europe.

Previewed by the well-received, retro-inspired Urban EV concept that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new electric car will be a relatively boxy small hatchback that will borrow some styling cues from the concept, including its round headlights.

The Urban EV also had a striking yet simple interior with a massive touchscreen infotainment display, but we don’t expect the production car to have one quite as large.

We don’t know a lot about performance specifications, but a source at Honda has indicated that it will have a relatively short range of around 150 to 200 miles (241-322 km) on a full charge, which places it in the same playing field as the latest Nissan Leaf.

Honda’s new electric car is expected to go sale in Europe by the end of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It is part of the company’s commitment to have two thirds of its models in Europe be electrified by 2025.

Honda hasn’t said anything about bringing it to North America.

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