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  • Mar 10, 2014
Never mind what the executives say – we've had a sneaking suspicion all along that the upcoming Honda Civic Type R won't be coming to North America. And with good reason: both the prototype we drove in Japan and the concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last week were based on the European-spec Civic hatchback – not to mention that some of the best hot hatches remain out of our reach.

Well it turns out we're not the only ones with that concern. There are legions of Honda hot hatch enthusiasts right here in the good old U S of A who want to see the new Civic Type R ripping up the Great American Road. And many of them are taking to the cyberclouds demanding that Honda bring it Stateside, post haste.

As of the time of writing, this online petition has gotten over 6,000 digital signatures, needing less than 1,500 more to get to the author's target of 7,500 votes. Of course, if and when the petition reaches its target, that still won't mean that Honda will bring it over, but it could mean that extra bit of encouragement the Japanese automaker's executives would need to tip the scales in our favor.


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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Unless the signatures on the petition include a deposit for ownership, I doubt Honda really gives a damn.
      Scooter
      • 9 Months Ago
      My thinking is that most people that care enough to give this any consideration most likely won't buy the vehicle. It would cost well into the $30k's. Just like the people clamoring for wagons and Europe's many hatches, a few fans that like the look of a car hardly justifies production.
        Phontsolo
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        I don't understand your point? Your saying that $30K isn't worth it for a Honda Civic Type R? That's what your saying? Why? Because it's a Honda? Because it's a hatchback? If it performance, has a quality interior and exterior and a we all know Honda has a great reliability record, then what's wrong with a $30k Honda Civic Type R? We buy a $35k WW R32.
        Ryan Andrew Martin
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        Exactly.
      Eclypse
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm tired of the watered down cars from Honda. Whether it's this car or something else, they very much need to fill in the gap between the Civic SI (been there done that) and the upcoming NSX (too outta reach for most peeps). Maybe this petition will be the catalyst to get things moving for a $30-40k performance vehicle stateside.
      Feurig
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't want to disappoint anyone, but an online forum post is probably not going to sway Honda to bring it over.
      dohc73
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'll sign the petition. I'd like to see the option to buy one of these. Realistically though, I probably wouldn't. Just like the other 5997 people who've signed up already.
        dohc73
        • 9 Months Ago
        @dohc73
        Plus, it looks too much like a Hyundai Elantra GT, and THAT's why American's don't like hatchbacks. They identify them as "economy cars" no matter how capable, how quick, how versatile, how well engineered they are.
          Phontsolo
          • 9 Months Ago
          @dohc73
          And those people are idiots because they are assuming and are not making educated decisions on their own. Too many people buy cars with zero knowledge of what it is or how is performs. Sad.
      WhoMeWhere
      • 9 Months Ago
      While I agree with most of you that this is not the right car for the US; I do find it a bit confusing to hear how the US/North American Market is one of the best and yet a market that Japanese and German Auto makers seem very hesitant to release many of their products here. Wouldn't these companies want more to offer in this market, not less
        WhoMeWhere
        • 9 Months Ago
        @WhoMeWhere
        * I meant to say biggest, but best gets the same point across
      SpikedLemon
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'd sign the petition if we just got the basic Civic hatchback. I could care less of the Type-R; it's out of my price range.
        Hedo D
        • 9 Months Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Yeah I was just thinking about that. It really doesn't make sense why Honda abandoned 5 door or 3 door from Civic line up. I wanted a 5-door Civic so I don't have to look for a CR-V.
      Hoale
      • 9 Months Ago
      They should at least bring over that engine and put it in the Si and ILX but I would think if Ford can make their Focus ST sell then honda should be able to sell the Si?
      Phontsolo
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's nice to see that there are plenty of hatchback lovers in the United States and that automobile manufacturers might be very wrong in their assumptions that American's aren't into hatchbacks.
      Phontsolo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Didn't Audi reach out to people online to gauge interest in the Audi TTRS? It worked for that car and it's fans.
      ihatemacs9
      • 9 Months Ago
      remember when the Mugen civic came to US shores? and people didn't want to spend $30k on a civic? i respect its origins, but one hopes honda learned its lesson already.
        GVIrish
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ihatemacs9
        The lesson there for Honda shouldn't be that people won't pay $30k for a Civic Si. It's that performance customers are very sophisticated and they know a crappy deal when they see one. $30k for a Civic Si with a body kit, wheels, and aftermarket suspension simply is not a good value. Honda ran into the same problem with the S2000 CR. What Honda fans want is a Civic with more power, less weight, better brakes, and better suspension from the factory, not a car with some pricey aftermarket parts they could easily purchase themselves. Put another way, how many people would've bought STI's if it was just a WRX with a body kit, suspension, and wheels?
      c!to
      • 9 Months Ago
      I would love to own one plus it looks way cooler than the current civic in North America
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