Honda has announced it will increase its factory involvement in the World Touring Car Championship in 2016, with Rob Huff and Norbert Michelisz joining Tiago Monteiro in an official three-car effort.

After three seasons competing with the same drivers, Honda was always destined to shake up its line-up following Gabriele Tarquini's exit in December, but has now confirmed Monteiro will be joined by two new team-mates for 2016.

Former champion Huff makes the move to Honda following a two-season stint with LADA, during which he gave the Russian manufacturer its first WTCC wins in 2014 before taking its new Vesta TC1 model to the podium last year.

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Michelisz, meanwhile, will step up to the factory team after several years competing in the series with the privateer Zengo Motorsport team. The Hungarian driver, a four-time WTCC race winner, has driven SEAT and BMW machinery over the years, but won last year's independents' trophy at the wheel of a TC1 Honda Civic.

Honda's increased involvement comes as main rivals Citroen - which has dominated WTCC since the move to TC1 regulations in 2014 - have reduced its factory effort to two entries for 2016 ahead of a withdrawal at the end of the year.

LADA, meanwhile, is tipped to be chasing Tarquini and Hugo Valente to join Nicky Catsburg in its line-up, while Volvo will enter this year with a pair of S60s for Thed Bjork and Fredrik Ekblom.