Honda Civic Type-R kicked out of Europe

Honda Civic Type-R kicked out of Europe

It’s the end of the road for the current generation Civic Type R in Europe as Honda recently announced its hot hatch will no longer be sold in most parts of the continent from the end of 2010. The 2.0-litre, 198-horsepower hatch debuted as a production model in late 2006, and in its current form the engine doesn’t meet the new Euro-V emissions standards which now apply throughout the European Union.

“The introduction of Euro 5 means the Type R can only be sold up until the end of 2010 in markets where those rules apply,” the Japanese maker said in an official statement.

Production of the exclusively UK-manufactured 3-door Civic Type R is set to continue to supply market where regulations allow it, including Australia and South Africa.

Since its market debut back in January 2007, Honda has sold over 12,000 examples of this generation model in the UK alone. The next generation of the Civic is due to make its debut in 2011, with a Type R model expected (but not confirmed) to be in development.

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