Skip advert
Advertisement

“New Type R (at long last) kicks off 2015 as Honda’s big year”

2015 is the year things really kick off for one of Japan's most intriguing brands, says Steve Fowler

Honda Opinion

It’s got to be three-and-a-half years or more that we’ve been teased by Honda with the prospect of a new Civic Type R. Three-and-a-half years during which time Honda’s model line-up has been looking increasingly tired and dull. Sadly, teasing doesn’t sell cars, real metal does, as Honda’s declining sales figures during a bouyant 2014 prove – most car makers were up.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Honda Civic Type R races into 2015 Geneva Motor Show

But someone, somewhere at Honda HQ has had a big red circle around 2015 for some time, because this is the year it really kicks off for what remains one of Japan’s most intriguing brands. 

Honda Civic Type R - Geneva 2015

Honda’s engineering focus is apparent the more you learn about the new Type R – a car so advanced it shares little more than a look with the hatch on which it’s based. It’s a good job somebody thought to produce a Civic Sport to bridge an otherwise chasmic gap in the Civic line-up.

If you’ve been waiting a long time for the Civic Type R, what about the wait for the new NSX? This has been an open goal for Honda for years when the company hasn’t even been on the pitch. But again, 2015 is the year it arrives with another incredible technology story to tell.

In spite of us reminding you how reliable the Honda Jazz is, it’s so old it could have its own lifetime achievement award. The new model – unveiled at this week’s Geneva Motor Show – is another 2015 arrival for Honda.

As is the HR-V – one of this year’s most exciting new small SUVs. Better late than never. The same could be said of Honda’s return to Formula One. Testing hasn’t gone well, but for the sake of the Type R, NSX, HR-V and Jazz – cars for car fans – let’s hope Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button can make 2015 a year to remember for Honda.

Do you think 2015 could be Honda's year? Let us know what you think in the comments below...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Editor-in-chief

Steve Fowler has been editor-in-chief of Auto Express since 2011 and is responsible for all editorial content across the website and magazine. He has previously edited What Car?, Autocar and What Hi-Fi? and has been writing about cars for the best part of 30 years. 

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'
Mike Rutherford opinion - Skoda Enyaq tracking shot
Opinion

'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'

Mike Rutherford thinks the prices of electric cars is the number one thing deterring consumers from making the switch
14 Apr 2024
Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle
Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio E-Tech - front tracking
Car group tests

Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle

With more and more electrified rivals arriving, Toyota has given its hybrid-only Yaris a facelift. We put it up against Renault’s class-leading Clio.
13 Apr 2024
New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April
Facelifted Volkswagen Golf - front static
News

New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April

The eighth-generation Golf has been given a mid-life refresh - just in time for the model’s 50th birthday
9 Apr 2024