The Women’s World Car of the Year is the only awards voted for entirely by women, the New Civic Type R is made in Swindon and exported worldwide. This thrilling hot hatch adds to Hondas' collection of awards since their global launch.
The ‘Best Performance Car’ category in the acclaimed Women’s World Car of the Year Awards has been awarded to the New Honda Civic Type R. These unique international car awards have a judging panel comprised entirely of women.
The Civic Type R’s most recent award stands alongside the plethora of accolades Honda has already received in 2017, crowned as ‘Best Hot Hatch’ by Auto Express in June, in addition to scooping the ‘Best Import Compact Sports Car’ from Sport Auto magazine last month.
Fundamentally the same as the Civic hatchback, the all-new Type R delivers the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment – both on road and the race track. The new optimisation and refinement of the 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO the ‘heart’ of the multi-award-winning previous-generation Type R now produces 320 PS, ample enough to propel the car from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 169 mph.
25 female motoring writers from 20 different countries decided the vote for this year’s winners of Women’s World Car of the Year. 420 nominee cars were quickly whittled down to a top-60 shortlist, a secret ballot then decided the winners in each category.
“Women account for more than half of new car buyers, and have a significant influence over car-buying decisions, so it’s a fantastic achievement for Civic Type R to have been recognised in this way,” said Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe. “The new Type R has blistering performance, but it also retains its position as the most practical and versatile of high-performance hatchbacks – which was a key factor in the judging for this award.”
The Civic Type R production began in the summer 2017 at Honda UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – now the global manufacturing hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback. The Type R is exported across Europe and around world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.