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Honda announces Europe-only Civic Tourer

Honda has announced the reintroduction of a compact estate car to its range after a gap of more than 10 years. As a result, the next Type-R hot hatch is being delayed until 2015 so that the Civic Tourer can be launched towards the end of this year.
The Europe-only Civic Tourer will be offered with the new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, with a six-speed manual transmission. This engine is the first from the Earth Dreams Technology series to be introduced in Europe. The engine is also offered in the CR-V and Civic and is the lightest in its class, delivering 120ps and 300Nm of torque and in the Civic Tourer, CO² emissions from 99g/km.
Capable of achieving 3.802 liters/km (74.3mpg), the 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine is comprised of an aluminum cylinder head joined to an open deck aluminum block and is the lightest diesel engine in its class. The mechanical friction has been reduced to the level equivalent of a gasoline engine and all the rotating parts have been optimized to reduce their friction.
The 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine was designed specifically for the European market and is built at Honda’s UK Manufacturing plant in Swindon, where the Civic Tourer will also be built. The Civic Tourer will also be offered with Honda’s 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission producing from 148g of CO² per km.
The decision to put the Tourer ahead of the Type-R was described by Honda as "a risk" for a while, however, Jean-Marc Streng, the company's European general manager for car sales, says Honda is “seeing an increasing focus on cars like the Tourer”, with Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal expected to be keenest markets.

13 September 2013


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