• Aug 10, 2010
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Honda Europe has announced that sales of the Civic Type-R throughout most of the Continent will cease by the end of 2010. The 2.0-liter, 198-horsepower hatch debuted as a production model in late 2006, and in its current form the engine doesn't meet the new Euro-V emissions standards which apply throughout the European Union.

The Type-R is only produced at Honda's Swindon factory in the UK and production will continue for other markets, including Japan, where it went on sale earlier this year after production of the Type-R sedan ended. If you're in the market for that rapidly vanishing species known as the hot Honda, you'll have to move fast.


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Honda Announces the End of Civic Type R Sales

Honda has today announced that the Civic Type R will no longer be sold in many areas of Europe from the end of 2010.

The 8000 rpm, 201 PS, 3-door made its debut in concept form at the Geneva motor show in 2006. The combination of sharp edges and aggressive styling was quite unexpected after its more conservatively styled predecessor. The production version was unveiled at the Paris 2006 Motor Show, with a look that was almost identical to that of the concept shown earlier in the year.

The decision to stop sales across most of Europe has been taken because the car does not currently meet the Euro 5 emission regulations. The introduction of Euro 5 means the Type R can only be sold up until the end of 2010 in markets where those rules apply. The exclusively UK-manufactured car will continue to be sold in markets where regulations allow it, and it will remain in production at the Swindon manufacturing plant.

The decision to stop sales across most of Europe has been taken because the car does not currently meet the Euro 5 emission regulations. The introduction of Euro 5 means the Type R can only be sold up until the end of 2010 in markets where those rules apply. The exclusively UK-manufactured car will continue to be sold in markets where regulations allow it, and it will remain in production at the Swindon manufacturing plant.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well that's goverment regs for you. Soon there will be no performance cars on sale anywhere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Burdensome safety regs have killed fun cars more than emissions have. We have heaps of horsepower today, but it is jailed inside some of the heaviest vehicles (for their size) ever. Just imagine any of the classic hot hatches equipped with even some of the lowest hp engines on the current US market!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right. $4 gas and a recession had nothing to do with it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't worry too much, European sports car manufacturers negotiated non-compliance a couple of years back (Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, etc). Tough luck for Honda though, no high revving engine meets those requirements (at least for the moment), and they lack the political backing on the EU scene to simply ignore the rules.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Odd, and Europe is just introducing the new Camaro and Mustang to the public for the first time this year. Camaro SS goes on sale in the UK this year, and Mustang later. Quite possibly it is more the way Honda is generating the data where a high revving I4 produces more emissions then a V8. Don't ask me how, but this is what they are suggesting.

        I think the bigger factor is the lack of sales. The Civic has truly fallen from it's grace which started with the 7th gen of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @txdesign ..... Uh.. Gas costs a lot more than $4 a gallon in Europe
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz

        Decades ago?. The 1980's produced hot hatches with better all round driver enjoyment and performance than today's hatches: Peugot 205 GTi, Golf mk1/2 GTi, Renault 5 Turbo, Lancia Delta Intergrale, Ford RS Cosworh, Audi Quattro to name a few.

        Granted they may not pass emissions regs of today but the mileage of those cars were not as bad as some would make out as they were much lighter.


        Still is better to sell people carriers nowadays, Or tear it up in a Chevy Volt.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree, i mean just look at USA, government killed all sporty, fast cars. I still remember the days of Camaro with 304 HP, Mustang with 305 HP, Challenger with 235 HP.............and those used to be V6's. Yes son, back in the day we really did have fast, sporty cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your company has issues when you can't meet emissions regulations with a car that makes 200hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Handsome little car. Shame it see it go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the next generation Type-R will be good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A 198hp 2.0L 4cyl can't meet emissions regs, lol. To be a long time Honda fan, they really have made it easy for me to start hating them. They are selling the same old cars from the '90s when a 200hp 4cyl was actually something to talk about. Now days we have 270hp Mazdaspeed3s running around with double the torque, and all for about the same amount of money.

      Nice job on killing off the NSX, S2000, and now this one, Honda. You sure do have a nice minivan though, ahahaha.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if Honda offered this car with front Carbon Fiber hood and a few other CB parts. That would reduce the weight and improve the emissions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No replacing the VTAK fluids adds 25rwhp
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget to use yellow plug wires, yellow wiperarms, and yellow stickers all over the outside.

        Yellow = fast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not to mention it would add 25 rwhp...
      • 4 Years Ago
      need to ease up on my death grip..oops
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soooo since it's being killed off in Europe, how about bringing it over to the US?? Yes?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the Civic Si in the USA has more technology and a better suspension. Why would you want a lesser Euro Type-R?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I remember correctly, the US standards were more stringent than the EU ones, that is until Euro V came online. I think they are much closer now.

        I researched it again and the info I found is below.

        I converted the US standards to g/km because that's how the EU standards are written. Info I used for the standards is found in these 2 links,
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_emission_standards
        http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/detailedchart .pdf (you have to add the .pdf, for some reason AB's comment system kills your comment if you link to a pdf file).

        I compared the 3 measurements that are the same between the two standards(CO NOx, and PM). They both also measure similar other pollutants, but they aren't directly comparable. For instance, the Euro standard measures Non-Methane Hydrocarbons as well as Total Hydrocarbons while the US regs(Tier 2) measure only non-Methane Organic Compounds(which they differentiate from NMHC).

        So, that said, here's what I came up with

        Euro 5 vs.Tier2Bin5(the lowest standard for all 50 states, equiv. to LEV II in CARB states)

        CO - 1.0g/km vs. 2.6g/km(1.3g/km for Bin4-2)
        NOx - 0.060 g/km vs. 0.043g/km(also lower for lower Bins)
        PM - 0.005g/km vs. 0.006g/km(same for Bins 2-6)

        End result is that the Euro standards are tougher on CO and PM, but not quite as tough on NOx.

        These are actually almost identical to the Euro 4 standards except that PM changed from 0.08 to 0.06 for Euro 5. The diesel Euro 5 standard got quite a bit more stringent though(especially in the PM realm). Diesel regulations in the US remain tougher than the Euro 5 diesel standards though since diesels here have to conform to T2B5 as well, while they have a separate, less stringent diesel standard in Europe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jason,

        you have it already. Well, slightly different body, but it is very close to the Civic Si engine-wise.

        So much btw. for the ohhh so much more stringent emissions standards in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its the engine specifically that failed, doesn't matter what car it gets put in

      i'm hoping the new regs will see a 1600 turbo civic type-r

      it has to do something really, the competition has left it behind, the focus st, megane renaultsport, golf gti almost all have at least 30 odd hp on it
      either its got to drop down a level, or seriously up its game, as every other hot hatch has done recently
      not hopeful though, Honda have almost got as boring as Toyota atm. all the good hot hatches are european atm bar the fords and vauxhalls
      • 4 Years Ago
      New regulations are killing off fun cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you kidding me?
        1. SO, now that Honda has to put a cleaner engine in this car, there are no more fun cars left?
        2. Honda built it's success in the 70's specifically by responding to tighter emissions regulations better and faster than the competition. CVCC anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda are LUCKY there going to make 30-40 limited Mugen Civic Type R's LoL because if the current Type R doesnt meet the standards the Mugen which has the extra 40BHP will deffinetly not meet the EU standards! (who knows how many have been sold)

      I Seriously cant beleive the famous K20 is coming to extintion!!!

      Honda what happened to you?!?!?! you used to be ontop of your game and now your producing Tofu on wheels :(

      Sad Sad Times!
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmm... isn't the RDX built on the civic chassis? Is it just a packaging issue to take that 240 hp turbo awd drivetrain and wrap the civic body around it?
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