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The Honda Civic Type R Euro has been a solid hit in Japan. The UK-built hatchback packs 201 horsepower, love-it-or-leave-it styling and a suspension that has been honed on the lunging tarmac of Europe. No, it may not be as fast as its predecessors, but that hasn't stopped Japanese buyers from snapping them up in troves. Honda says that since the car went on sale in November, the company has sold 1,850 units on its home turf.

To celebrate, Honda is turning out a special edition version of the Civic Type R Euro three-door. Don't expect anything too radical, though. The car is basically a styling update and not much else. The bodywork gets a slight redesign for the 2010 model year. If Honda's planning anything spectacular, the company is keeping its secrets to itself.

For those of you still holding onto the hope that we may finally see a hatchback version of the Civic here in the States once again, keep dreaming. Hit the jump for the press release.

[Source: Honda]

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Honda to Release Limited Edition 3-Door 2010 Civic Type R Euro in Japan in Autumn 2010

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced it will begin sales of a limited edition of the Civic Type R Euro, in Japan this Autumn. It will feature an updated exterior design for the 2010 model year. Produced in Europe, the premium 3-door sports car will build on the original styling and refined performance of its well-received predecessors.

Thanks to its combination of sophisticated design, outstanding performance and practical utility, the 2009 Civic Type R Euro has been a hit, exceeding sales of 1,850 units*1 in Japan since its release in November of last year. The Civic Type R Euro has been especially well-received by buyers in their thirties to forties, who value a sports car as part of an upscale lifestyle.

Designed for fun and exciting driving, both on and off the track, the Civic Type R Euro offers vehicle dynamics tested in a wide variety of European environments. It will continue to be produced by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing Ltd.*2 in Swindon, United Kingdom.

*1 As of March 31, 2010. Source: Japan Automobile Dealers Association.
*2 Established in Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K., in 1985.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the ugliest CIvic i've ever laid eyes on...someone should be shot. CIvics are economy cheap throw away cars...not performance cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Double deck wing...haha...maybe the marketing guys from Gillette thought this one up...
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is the most ridiculous spoiler i've ever seen on a production car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the sturdy bookshelf. Just the ticket for Encyclopaedia Britanicca.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have just kept the Type-R sedan. Looks better, and I'm fairly certain faster as well. RIP Type-R sedan
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, I didn't know you could buy one of these in troves.

      I always figured that buying them in droves was much more customary. But what do I know?

      Main Entry: drove
      Pronunciation: ˈdrōv
      Function: noun
      Etymology: Middle English, from Old English drāf, from drīfan to drive — more at drive
      Date: before 12th century
      1 : a group of animals driven or moving in a body
      2 : a large number : crowd —usually used in plural especially with in
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like what SMART's doing with their cars.. instead of updating the outdated powertrain, they just add more funny looking exterior parts.

        The Civic is overdue for a refresh... what gives?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, c'mon. It's a Honda!

        Huge wing & bodykit should be standard on their Civics.

        The only oddity is that the wing & kit are actually painted instead of primer grey or bare & bondo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Don't tart her up." -- Jud Crandal

        I have more interest in a gaping sphinter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should give the Type-R treatment to the CrossTour and Insight
      • 5 Years Ago
      Overall OK looking. The double wing needs to be killed and the single looks off, but 200hp is not too bad.

      Would rather Chevy get a pair and produce a toned-down version of the WRCC concept hatch. With the 300hp 2L.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Forget toning it down, GM needs to just build the WRCC Ultra! It would seriously rock. They have already toned it down to the pos Chevy Spark.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Drop the wing and bring that Civic to the US please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As an Acura perhaps?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Double decker wing. Wow. How can you not laugh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it's sad, really. This car needs at least 3 wings to garner any real respect in the tuner world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha, 200hp. Let's see, Preludes made 190hp in what, 1992? Way to step up your game, Honda. It is quite possible that Toyota and Honda could kill people with boredom if this continues. My '97 Accord is old, and slow, but no slower than what they are making now. Just sad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, I'll have you know this makes my TDI look good.

        More boredome please Honda!
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