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Round-Up: Civic facelift, Ford EV SUV to carry Mustang name, EVs ‘should sound like petrol cars’

Honda Civic facelift

Honda Civic2020

Honda has revealed a number of upgrades for its 2020 Civic model, including exterior styling enhancements and improvements to the infotainment system.

Styling tweaks include a new symmetrical lower front grille around the fog lights, with smoothed surfaces and styling blades, while the car now has full LED headlight clusters, and redesigned LED daytime running lights that follow the lines of the styling blades.

The infotainment system connects the driver with the car and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and Honda said it has enhanced usability by adding physical buttons and dials for the infotainment and climate controls, in response to customer demand.

Deliveries are due to commence in January, however prices have not been confirmed at this stage.

Electric Ford SUV to carry Mustang name

Mustang Mach-E Pony White Stripe

Ford has confirmed its ‘Mustang-inspired electric SUV’ will carry the pony badge and the name Mustang Mach-E with pre-orders opening for the vehicle open after it is revealed on Monday.

Ford previously said the all-new vehicle will have a targeted pure-electric driving range of 370 miles under WLTP regulations.

The car maker has not confirmed prices for the vehicle at this stage.

Drivers want EVs to sound like petrol or diesel cars

UK road users simply want electric vehicles to sound like petrol or diesel cars to protect  pedestrians, according to a survey by Venson Automotive Solutions.

When asked about a standardised noise of an electric vehicle, 43% said they would like to hear a noise that mimics diesel or petrol car engines, 23% said they would prefer a continuous low decibel sound and only 6% said theywould choose something completely different, such as classical music, whale song or ocean waves.

“With over 100 years of petrol and diesel engine sounding vehicles on our roads, people naturally react to the sound of an approaching vehicle. Keeping sounds we are used to hearing on UK roads makes the most sense when it comes to road safety and saving lives,” said Alison Bell, Venson’s marketing director.