Honda CEO Takanobu Ito already confirmed that the Civic Type R will be making a return in 2015, and today at the Paris Motor Show, Honda's European president, Manabu Nishimae, announced another new Civic variant is being added into the mix with a new wagon-style model. Throughout the press release, Honda puts quotation marks over the word wagon, but based on the design sketch, it will indeed have more of a station wagon look to it compared to the current Euro-spec Civic hatchback.

Just going off what we can see in Honda's teaser image, the biggest change appears to be the longer, flatter roofline and the more upright D-pillar. Most of the sketch matches up with the current Civic on sale in Europe from the short, sloped hood to the hidden rear door handles, but behind the rear doors is where all the changes will be made. Honda says this sketch is a glimpse at a concept car that we will be seeing at some point next year.

The Civic hasn't offered a station wagon body style in the U.S. since its fourth generation (1987 through 1991 model years), but just like the Type R, the Civic Wagon will be a Europe-only affair.
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Honda's European President announces new additions to Civic range

-New Civic 'wagon'- style model for Europe

-New Civic Type R for Europe in 2015

-1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine to be introduced on new European CR-V

-Civic with 1.6 i-DTEC engine to deliver CO2 emissions of 94g/km

-Honda to participate in WTCC with racing Civic from Suzuka round in October 2012

-3 new hybrid technologies in development

-Honda to launch all new fuel cell electric model in Japan, US and Europe in 2015

Today, at his Paris Motor Show Press Conference, Honda's European President, Manabu Nishimae announced the addition of an all-new Civic 'wagon'-style model to the Honda range and
confirmed the introduction of a new Civic Type R, for Europe, in 2015.

New Civic 'Wagon'

A new derivative of Honda's European Civic will be introduced in the form of a Civic 'wagon' model. A concept model will be shown next year.

Civic Type R for Europe

Thrilling, sporty products are part of Honda's DNA. In addition to the introduction of a new NSX, Honda has confirmed the development of an all-new Civic Type R for Europe. The Type R brand has a passionate following from Honda customers and the new model will again aim to set new standards in performance and handling. Developed specifically for the European market and with the application of technologies developed through Honda's participation in the World Touring Car Championships (WTCC), the all-new Type R will aim to become the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle on the Nurburgring race course. This new model is scheduled for introduction in 2015.

1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine added to new European CR-V and Civic

Nishimae today announced that Honda's new 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine will be added to the recently launched European CR-V. This model will be introduced during 2013.

By the end of 2012, the 1.6 i-DTEC engine will be available on Honda's Civic model. Delivering class-leading CO2 emissions of 94g/km, the engine will enable the Civic to offer an exceptional balance of performance and economy. The lightest engine in its class and delivering 300 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm, the Civic will deliver an exceptional mix of sprightly performance, agile handling and low emissions.

This engine is the first from Honda's Earth Dreams Technology series which will see Honda renew all existing engines in Europe over the next 3 years.


European Civic races in WTCC from October 2012

The Civic WTCC car developed by Honda Racing Team JAS will make its debut at the Suzuka round in October. The racing machine has been tested by Gabriele Tarquini and will be driven by Tiago Monteiro. Honda are excited about our return to racing and will race the full season in 2013 with both the drivers.

New range of hybrid technologies

Honda firmly believes hybrid technology will play a critical role in the reduction of CO2 emissions. Honda will build on its hybrid expertise to introduce three new hybrid systems. Each system will possess unique characteristics and their deployment will reflect varying customer needs.

Firstly, Honda will further develop its lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system with the aim of achieving No1 fuel economy among all hybrid vehicles. Improvements in motor output and battery performance and a newly developed transmission will help to extend the zero emission electric driving range.

Honda is also developing a new more powerful two-motor hybrid system for mid-size vehicles.

Finally, a highly efficient and high output 3-motor hybrid system, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) will focus on driving performance. This technology will be applied to the new NSX.

Honda believes this range of new hybrid technologies will deliver unrivalled driving performance and fuel economy.

Next generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle for Europe

Honda considers fuel cell electric vehicles to be the ultimate environmentally-responsible technology and as such, has attempted to lead the industry in R&D and sales activity. The introduction of the FCX Clarity in 2008, demonstrated Honda's progress in this field. Starting in 2015, Honda will launch an all-new fuel cell electric model which will showcase the significant technological advancements and cost reductions that Honda has accomplished since the launch of the FCX Clarity in 2008. This model will be introduced to Japan, USA and Europe.


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      Hondata
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will take mine in Si trim, please. This with the 200hp K24, 6-speed manual and LSD would be just about perfect!
      Matt C
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hot damn that is a beautiful profile! (Maybe with the exception of that little snout beneath and forward of the headlights) This shape actually reminds me slightly of the Subaru Advanced Tourer concept from a little while back (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/18/next-subaru-wrx-previewed-by-advanced-tourer-concept/) Please bring to North America! Or make a jacked up version of it with beefier suspension, call it the Civic Allroad, and bring THAT here! I feel like part of the reason these cool wagons and small trucks don't make it here is because the foreign automakers water down or aggregate what North Americans will actually buy. This continent is a big place with a ton of social, cultural, geographic and other sorts of diversity. Here in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, BC, arguably Northern California, etc) well-maintained examples of Toyota's older smaller Tacomas and various beefy wagons are some of the post coveted rides. Heck I see old old Civic and Tercel hatchback/wagons cruising around and the owners love them. People pay a premium for these older vehicles with tons of utility because it's so hard to find a new vehicle that compares.
      Hondata
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will take mine in Si trim, please. This with the 200hp K24, 6-speed manual and LSD would be just about perfect!
      KelperFoxWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's hope its design resembles the legendary Honda Aerodecks and Shuttles from the 80's...
      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking very swoopy in the side, like the Elantra, and nothing like the current Civic - good thing.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh. It will probably have the same torsion beam rear suspension as the Type R. Pathetic.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Someone voted this guy down to -11? The usual Honda cheerleaders have shown up
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          That and they REALLY don't like me. However, they aren't exactly on my Christmas card list either, so it kind of balances out.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          [blocked]
          Spies1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Look, yomama6500, yomama6501, yomama6502, yomama6503, yomama6504....showed up.
      Pinhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just feel like Honda hates the US.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I stopped considering a Civic as soon as they dropped the hatch/wagon format. I'll start considering it again as soon as they bring back a hatch/wagon format. Pretty simple.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        And nobody cares. Honda seems to have done quite well by getting rid of wagons.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        And nobody cares. Honda seems to have done quite well by getting rid of wagons.
        Evan Hayden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Me too. I used to be a huge Civic hatchback fan, and since they stopped bringing those to the states, I went to Mazda.
          Lynchenstein
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Evan Hayden
          The Fit is a hatch, is it not? It's about the same size as the previous generation Civic hatch too.
      drbyers
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sexy silhouette. Hope they don't Crosstour the lower half. lol.
      2o6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even though I think the EU hatch is hideous (and the US sedan sinfully bland), I think that's a very interesting silhouette.....I wonder how close this sketch is to the actual wagon.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2o6
        Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, and tastes very much differ between the US and Europe. The Civic hatch was designed in Europe primarily for Europe, and I find the car attractive. But I personally don't like bland, conservative design.
          2o6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I don't think either one looks particularly good; the old model EU hatch and US sedan looked better. However, I do find this wagon rendering to be oddly attractive.
      Lynchenstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Repeat after me, everyone: Bring it here! Bring it here! Bring it here! Bring it here! Bring it here! ...
      timber
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well done Honda. This announcement combined with the about to arrrive 1.6 diesel means that this time you are taking this segment seriously in Europe.
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