Highly acclaimed Civic Type R reaps Automotive Awards

•    The overall “AMI NZ AutoCar of the Year” adds more awards to its resume
•    Scott Dixon confirmed to race the Type R up the hill at the 2018 Leadfoot Festival
•    More unsold Type R stock secured for NZ, arriving in June

TR AWARDS19 December 2017 – The Honda Civic Type R has been awarded the New Zealand Performance Car Category Awards across multiple automotive and press publications.

In a hotly contested year for new models to the market it is true recognition of the Type R’s hot hatch credentials to win the overall “Car of the Year” award from AMI NZ AutoCar.

“The Type R’s overall score… made it a clear winner on the day. Judges praised the Honda’s handling and ultimate grip levels, and that its performance was easy to extract.

It was one of the most exciting cars we drove all year. The latest Type R delivers blistering performance and soulful driver interaction” NZ AutoCar

The local awards include:
Car of the Year – AMI NZ AutoCar
Performance Car of the Year - AMI NZ AutoCar
Finalist Car of the Year – AA Motoring Writers Guild
Top Performance Car of the Year – stuff.co.nz
Finalist Car of the Year – Driven
Lotto Winner’s Choice (Performance Vehicles) - Driven

The global awards list for the Type R continues to grow, including the prestigious Car of the Year - BBC Top Gear's Magazine, Hot Hatch of the Year - BBC Top Gear’s Magazine, International Editors’ Car of the Year - BBC Top Gear’s Magazine, Best Performance Car - Women’s World Car of the Year, Hot Hatch of the Year - Auto Express UK and Best Car of the Year - www.digitaltrends.com

Global demand for the new Type R has surpassed Honda’s expectations with over 10,000 global back orders. Production capacity is being ramped up to meet the overwhelming customer demand.

In NZ orders have exceeded our first half year’s target of 30 with 85 secured to date. Twenty-seven customers have taken home their new Type R, with the balance of current back orders to be delivered between now and June 2018 as more cars arrive in NZ each month.

Additional unsold Type R stock has been secured for NZ with 37 arriving in June 2018.

Two new colours are being added to the line-up offering customers six colours to choose from. Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic and a modern Sonic Grey are being added to the heritage Type R

Championship White, Polished Metal, Crystal Black and Rallye Red colours that were available since launch.

Honda New Zealand Ambassador, the world famous Indy Car Champion, Scott Dixon is coming home early next year to put the new Civic Type R through its paces and share his thoughts on the new Type R with NZ. Scott Dixon will be a Honda VIP guest at the Leadfoot Festival on the 3rd & 4th February and will be racing the Type R up the renowned hill climb.

Honda Civic Type R are available for viewing and test drives at a number of Honda Dealerships throughout the country including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Contact your local Honda dealer for availability and more information.

Civic Type R $59,900+ORC
Delivery for new Type R orders is now confirmed for June 2018

For media information contact:
Nadine Bell
General Manager Marketing
Honda New Zealand Ltd
P: (09) 890 9000 M: (021) 2244672
E: [email protected]