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Honda Civic Ti, Accord Facelift (2011) at Geneva

Wed, 16 Feb 2011

The Honda Civic Type R might have died, but Honda today released pictures of its stylistic equal: the race-inspired but humdrum-powered Civic Ti. Honda says the new Civic Ti takes design cues from the Honda touring car and adds more than £3700 of extras to the 1.4 and 1.8 i-VTEC SE models.

The five-door Civic is fitted with 17-inch 'Pro race' matt black wheels from Honda's BTCC racing partner, Team Dynamics. The broody black bodykit includes front spoiler, rear spoiler side inserts and rear body skirts - all contrasting the white pearl paintjob.

The Civic is nearing the end of its life - the new one lands at the end of 2011 - so it should come as no surprise there are goodies galore: there's a Pioneer navigation multimedia system covering 44 countries, a 3D touchscreen and hands-free telephone system. The entertainment system plays CDs, DVDs, iPods, iPhone and all USB devices.   

Only 500 Honda Civic Ti's will go on sale in March 2011, with prices starting at £15,995 for the 1.4 i-VTEC and £16,995 for the 1.8 variant.

Cementing Honda's green car credentials is the Honda EV concept first unveiled at the LA motor show in November 2010. It'll sit alongside the Jazz Hybrid, Insight et al.

There's also a facelifted Accord saloon and Tourer models, pepped up by fuel economy improvements and minor design tweaks. The i-DTEC diesel engine has been tuned to drop CO2 by 9g/km in order to acheive a sub 140 g/km CO2 figure. That's with the six-speed manual (the auto tumbles by 11g/km of CO2). That's important for company car drivers, where the 140g/km threhold will open doors. 

Spot the new 2011 Accord by the subtlest of design refreshes. Top-end models get bi-xenon lights with active cornering and dipping, the grille is finished in different chrome (are we clutching at straws here?) and 17-inch alloys are a complimentry upgrade on the ES and ES-GT models.

By Sarah-Jayne Harrison