Auto News for Sept. 29

Honda Civic R Type

Honda has released more information on a Civic Type R that just may be the fastest Civic ever made. A 2.0-liter four will crank out up to 320 horsepower and the only tranny to be offered on the front drive car will be a six-speed manual with a 7,000 rpm redline. A concept car will be unveiled this week at the Paris Show. Sadly, it appears the R-Type will not be offered on these shores.

Just a note for those of you on the road. The Detroit News said many upscale hotels are now charging guests if they even touch an item on a snack tray in their room, or pull something out of the minibar to check ingredients. In short, you might be charged for the $7 candy car even if you didn’t eat it. Sensors indicate when an item is moved and there may or may not be a note warning you of all this.

Ford is recalling 2013-14 Lincoln MXZ, C-Max, Fusion and Escape models to fix a problem that could prevent the air bags from working in a crash. It cited a possible short circuit in a control module. The automaker said it was not aware of any accidents related to the air bag problem. A total of 850,000 vehicles are included in the recall.

The Lexus RX 450h, ES 350, and RX 350 top list of the most worry-free cars to own. The Acura TL is fourth followed by the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Rounding out the top ten are the Toyota Avalon and Tundra, GMC Yukon, Toyota Sienna and the Honda Ridgeline.



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