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Honda to close UK plant, Civic hatchback and Type R production could come to North America

Amid a global manufacturing restructure, Honda confirmed on Tuesday that it intends to shut down its production plant in the United Kingdom. The shutdown will effectively pull Honda manufacturing from England. The plant, located in Swindon, currently builds the Honda Civic hatchback and the Civic Type R models. With current output, the plant produces 150,000 cars per year. The shutdown is planned for 2021 at the end of the current Civic’s lifecycle, and Honda hasn’t declared to where production will move. Motor Authority reached out to Honda for more information…

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Puritalia returns with 965-horsepower Berlinetta grand tourer

Niche Italian sports car marque Puritalia made a name for itself earlier this decade with the introduction of the 427 roadster, a lightweight sports car with a Ford V-8 that we imagine Carroll Shelby might have built had he grown up in the hills around Modena. Now Puritalia is back with a hard-top version of the 427 that the company has aptly named the Berlinetta. It makes its debut next month at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, but a series of teaser shots released last week leaves little to…

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New Ford Focus ST debuts with 276 horsepower, forbidden fruit status

Hot hatch fans in the United States are likely still mourning Ford’s decision last year to skip the new generation of the Focus locally, and now they’ll have to suffer fresh salt in the wounds as the Blue Oval has just unveiled the car’s sporty ST variant. The covers came off the redesigned Focus ST on Monday, with Ford confirming the car is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4, the same configuration fitted to the previous-generation Focus RS. Output in the new ST is milder to suit its front-wheel-drive layout,…

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Honoring the Class of 1994: They’re now ‘classics’

You might not yet be used to saying 2019 rather than 2018, but the new year brings with it a fresh batch of cars that are now 25 years old, That’s right, the Class of 1994 is now considered “antique” or “classic” by many jurisdictions. Here are the notable vehicles that were redesigned or debuted in 1994. 1994 Acura Integra GS-R Acura Integra Still beloved a quarter century later by Honda fans, the 1994 Integra was changed in appearance but not in size or mission. Returning as a three-door hatchback…

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