Civic Type R launched Down Under

Honda has made its Civic Type R available for sale in Australia, making the nation the only region outside of Europe that will sell the car.

The first shipment of the models, which are manufactured in Swindon, arrived in Melbourne earlier this month and sales will begin on July 1st.

Owing to its "rewarding drive" and top speed of 146mph, Honda predicts that the Civic Type R will achieve sales of 1,200 units per year in Australia.

"The high-revving Type R looks set to make Oz even hotter," the automaker commented.

According to Honda, the hatchback is one of its most popular models in the UK and 12,500 versions of the car will be built in Swindon between now and April 2008.

The plant is also responsible for the production of the five-door Civic, Civic Type S, and CR-V for Europe. The manufacturer expects the hub to soon be producing 250,000 vehicles every year.


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