Auto News for April 24 – Type R IS very fast!

 The Civic Type R has claimed the title of world’s fastest production front-wheel-drive production car by lapping the famed Nurburging’s North Loop in 7 minutes and 48 seconds. Honda said that is over three seconds faster than the previous FWD record.  Video footage of the benchmark lap can be viewed on Honda’s YouTube channel at Honda.us/TypeRLapRecord.

 What makes its go? A high-performance 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO engine – with peak output of 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine, which makes the Type R the most powerful Honda ever sold in America, is manufactured in the U.S. at Honda’s Anna, Ohio plant. It will go on sale here in late spring, and should be an absolute blast to drive.

 Owners of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle have now racked up more than two million miles on the roads of Southern and Northern California. These fuel cell CUVs have emitted only clean water vapor, and by so doing, have replaced approximately 760 tons of CO2 emissions that would have been emitted by vehicles of similar size and capability, Hyundai said. There are roughly 140 of the fuel cell vehicles on the road.

 Could this be the case here? One in three (32%) of motorists try to avoid completing driving maneuvers for fear of getting them wrong, according to new research from Kwik-Fit. Parallel parking tops the list of most commonly avoided moves with 30% of drivers admitting to giving it a miss whenever possible.

The study, commissioned by the UK’s leading automotive servicing and repair company found that motorists’ fear of putting their car through various maneuvers peaks during their driving test but often never entirely leaves them even after many years of experience.

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