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The Honda Press Conference at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show - Transcript



    The Honda Press Conference at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show - Transcript

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, March 13, 2013

LONDON, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Good afternoon to you all and thank you for joining us at the Honda stand.

The Civic Tourer Concept highlights the striking exterior design direction, of
our new Civic Tourer model.  Designed and developed here in Europe for our
European customers, the Civic Tourer will also be built in Europe at our UK
plant. The aerodynamic body creates a clean, dynamic and elegant look. The low
and wide stance gives a sporty feel whilst the rear styling will deliver class
leading cargo space. This car will be perfect for active families needing that
extra space. The C sector wagon market is growing in Europe and we are
confident this car will prove very successful when launched in early 2014. The
new Tourer model continues our strategy of strengthening the Civic range. We
recently introduced the impressive 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine to the Civic .
This is the first engine in Europe from our new Earth Dreams Technology
line-up. The combination of impressive performance and ultra-low CO2 emissions
of 94 grammes per kilometre has been really well received by both media and
customers. 2012 also saw the introduction of our new CR-V model. Since its
launch 4 months ago, CR-V sales have increased by 60% compared with the
previous year. Customers have really appreciated the style, the utility and
the efficiency of the new model. Today, I can confirm we will build on that
success with the introduction of the 1.6 diesel engine into our new CR-V. By
adding the efficient yet powerful diesel engine, we will further strengthen
the appeal of one of the most popular SUVs in the market. CO2 emissions of
only 119 grammes per kilometre will make the CR-V one of the cleanest and most
efficient SUVs available. By continuing to develop and strengthen our core
European models of Civic and CR-V, we will provide strong foundations for our
business here in Europe, despite the challenging economic conditions that
persist. These product developments in Europe, reflect our global Honda
direction of developing more fuel-efficient, safer and more fun-to-drive cars.
This is Earth Dreams Technology. Globally, the Honda business continues to
grow. This month, we will finish the year with global sales of about 4 million
units. By the end of March 2017, we aim to have global sales of 6 million
vehicles. New products and our new Earth Dreams Technology engine line-up will
be at the heart of this growth.  I now turn to my favourite part of the Honda
story. At Paris last year, I confirmed that Honda would re-introduce the Civic
Type R back into Europe. We're excited about this car and have the highest
expectations. This car will thrill and we aim to become the fastest
front-wheel drive car on the Nurburgring circuit. Development work is
progressing well. And today, I can announce that on-track testing will begin
in Europe during 2013. Our racing passion will shine strongly in this car as
we translate what we learn from our World Touring Car Championship Civic into
the development of the new Civic Type R. This car will offer true racing
excitement.  Our World Touring Car Championship adventure has started well. We
raced in the final 3 rounds of the 2012 WTCC season and were delighted to
achieve a podium finish in Macau. The first time a team has achieved this
honour during a debut season. This year, with 2 racing Civics and our
exceptional drivers, our target is simple……victory!! There is no greater sign
of Honda's commitment to sporty, exhilarating products than the NSX and we are
delighted to bring you the next evolution of the Honda NSX Concept… As you can
see, we have continued to advance and refine the styling and design of the NSX
Concept. Low, wide and sleek, this concept shows the progress we're making as
we move towards launch in only 2 years time. We also showcase one possible
direction of interior design, providing the driver with outstanding visibility
and a great driving position. Powered by a mid-mounted direct-injected V6
engine and Honda's 3 motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, the Honda NSX will
deliver a new level of supercar performance. We're excited about this car, I
hope you are too. Thank you for your attention.

Contact Honda Press Office Honda (UK) Office: +44(0)753-590193
huk.pressoffice@honda-eu.com

Contact: Contact: Ellie Ostinelli; +44(0)1753-590193; +44(0)7872-103205;
ellie.ostinelli@honda-eu.com Kate Saxton; +44(0)1753-590768;
kate.saxton@honda-eu.com.
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