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Honda to unveil Civic Type R, Legend at Geneva

Honda has announced details of its presence at this year's Geneva Motor Show, which includes the unveiling of the new Civic Type R.

Based on the new Civic three-door that will go on sale in Europe later this year, the Civic Type R Concept adopts the styling of the widely acclaimed 5-door hatchback. The power comes from Honda's 197bhp 2.0-litre, DOHC i-VTEC unit, the same one used in the outgoing model.

The production version, like its predecessor, will be built at Honda's Swindon, UK, plant and is due to go on sale in early 2007.

Honda will also be showcasing the new European-specification Legend, powered by a 3.5-litre, 24-valve, V6, all-aluminium VTEC engine that generates 290bhp at 6,000 rpm and 260lb-ft of torque at 5,000rpm.

The Legend also has an array of safety-enhancing driving aids, including Honda's Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system (SH-AWD), dual stage front airbags, and side and curtain airbags. Other features include a Bose premium audio system; AudioPilot active noise cancellation, which neutralises road, wind and other intrusive noises by sending out an opposite phase signal through the audio system; Active Front Lighting System (AFS) featuring directional lighting; keyless entry; satellite navigation with a voice recognition function; and a rear view camera to assist parking. The Legend's pedestrian protection measures include a standard pop-up bonnet, one of the first of its kind on the market. Activation by a pyrotechnic device, in the event of an impact, occurs in milliseconds and its effect is to help cushion the pedestrian's body.

The optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is supplemented with the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), which predicts potential collision situations and reacts to reduce the impact on occupants and vehicle damage by activating driver warnings, initiating braking and, via E-Pretensioners, retracting seatbelts in readiness.

In addition, right-hand drive models can also be specified with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), another device already seen on the new Accord. This system uses a camera mounted behind the top of the windscreen to identify the lane in which the vehicle is travelling and to correct any deviation via an appropriate input to the steering.

The Honda FCX Concept fuel cell vehicle, first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, also makes its European debut, along with the Home Energy Station III, a system designed to supply hydrogen fuel for vehicles and supply electricity, heat and hot water to the home.

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Honda to unveil Civic Type R, Legend at Geneva
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