Following on from the launch of the impressive new Civic, Honda will give the world a forward look at the future of the brand. At the Geneva Motor Show, March 9-19, they plan to show three new vehicles which will demonstrate how their model range will evolve.
Power-hungry drivers will be delighted to learn the company plans to unveil the all-new Civic Type R, which, they say, has been engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch sector. The Type R was developed in parallel with the new mainstream Civic hatchback, with mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both vehicles.
Type R will feature Honda's latest 2.0-liter VTEC turbo-petrol engine and production will start in Summer 2017 at the company's UK Manufacturing hub in Swindon. The new 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.
Such is the interest in alternative fuels, Honda will also show the Clarity Fuel Cell, following the arrival of the first cars in Europe at the end of last year. The all-new Clarity is the world's most advanced fuel cell vehicle and delivers a class-leading maximum range of 620km (385 miles).
The arrival of the new Clarity in Europe as part of the Europe-wide HyFIVE (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles) initiative reinforces Honda's continued efforts to drive increased adoption of fuel cell vehicles and the creation of a viable hydrogen refueling infrastructure across the region.
Taking a bow at the Geneva show, the all-electric Honda NeuV concept comes with a unique ownership proposition and a state-of-the-art ‘emotion engine' that can apparently learn about its driver.
The NeuV 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 is sitting idle, monetizing the vehicle's down time.
NeuV also functions as a thoughtful and helpful artificial intelligence assistant utilizing an ‘emotion engine', which learns from the driver by detecting the emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learned from the driver's past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.