It’s been a bit Honda centric here at MotorMartin Towers recently, what with Blacktopmedia‘s #HondaHappening week, the Civic and Jazz winning awards and the rather excellent feedback that the current Civic Type R is receiving from all areas of print and digital media. And now the Honda theme is set to continue as MotorMartin has been informed that the British-built Honda Civic Type R has been shortlisted for the coveted What Car? reader award and is among the most eagerly anticipated car launches of 2017.

Made in Swindon and expected in showrooms in the latter half of 2017, Honda have confirmed to MotorMartin that the next generation Civic Type R will arrive hot on the heels of the current car, which was launched in summer 2015 and was debuted as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show back in September with the mass production version expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year.

With over 10,000 readers expected to vote on a list of 2017 car launches compiled by the experts at What Car?, the competition is fierce as the award is a valuable indication of sentiment towards cars being brought to market in the next year and as such, Honda most definitely want to win.

Honda have explained to MotorMartin that they last won the award in 2015 when their HR-V claimed a massive 25% of the 10,000 votes, and came a close second in 2016 with the NSX. Impressive.

To vote in the awards, MotorMartin suggests that you head on over to and click on the Civic Type R.

Philip Crossman, managing director of Honda UK, commented to MotorMartin that: “The next generation Civic Type R will be the fastest and most extreme version of the Civic to wear the famed red badge in Honda’s history. Kicking off the year with a win for this car at the most prestigious automotive award ceremony would be a fantastic achievement. We are incredibly keen to win this award and are asking all Honda fans, customers and lovers of the Type R to get voting!”  

MotorMartin will certainly be voting.

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