the name remains the same, but everything
else has changed.
August 1, 2005.
Motor Europe Ltd. today announced the all-new, eighth
generation Civic for the European market. Wider and lower
than the out-going model, the Civic retains virtually all
the emotional styling characteristics of the concept car
shown at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 2005. This new
model will make its first public appearance at the
Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2005 and sales are
expected to commence in early 2006.
Launched in 1972, the Honda
Civic has undergone many
evolutionary changes to maintain its position as the most
successful automobile to be built by the brand, accounting
for roughly one-third of its total sales worldwide. The
current seventh generation Civic is built in 11 countries
and sold in 160 markets around the globe.
the Civic into a sporty, emotional, and
The forthcoming eighth generation Civic
promises to change on a revolutionary scale and will
attempt to set new standards in the highly competitive
European C-segment, particularly in the upper
The name remains the same, but
everything else has changed. For the first time Honda
presents a Civic that challenges the top end of the
compact class – a premium sports compact for this
growing sector in the C segment.
The concept car shown in Geneva already
revealed Honda’s intention of moving the Civic
into a sporty, emotional, and fun-to-drive direction. Key
to achieving these qualities is the wedge-shaped forward
cabin with lower vehicle height, wider width and shorter
The overall length is now 35 mm shorter
than its predecessor and overall height, 35 mm lower. But,
in order to create a more dynamic silhouette and a better
handling C-segment car, Honda decided to increase the
overall width by 65 mm and the front and rear tracks by 34
mm and45 mm, respectively.
design with low overall vehicle height.
has dared to be different with a bold, must-have design
that makes other competitors look last generation. The
result is a car
with a sporty drive, distinctive futuristic looks, and
advanced packaging that makes it exceedingly practical to
Key to the design are the forward
cabin, low overall vehicle height, big wheels and a unique
“face” where the headlamps blend seamlessly with a
glazed panel. A wide stance creates a feeling of great
stability and sturdiness, while the super-wedged side
profile emphasises the exciting look and hints at an
equally adventurous interior.
The dashboard showcases a dual zone
cockpit whereby all the needed information and commands
are rationally placed. All the important controls and
instruments all located within an inner zone, which is
surrounded by a secondary zone housing radio, heating and
ventilation controls and trip information. The result is a
modern, sophisticated look with the use of different
materials and textures creating a particularly high class
Despite being shorter and lower on the
outside, the new Civic is actually more spacious inside.
The interior features the“Dual Link” concept, in which
important driving information, including vehicle speed, is
displayed in the upper part of the instrument panel, while
other information is provided in the lower part. This
design allows the driver to concentrate on the road while
receiving vital information, enhancing the easy-to-operate
and fun-to-drive character of the car.
In terms of utility, the rear seats can
be tipped up to form a second storage area in the rear
passenger cabin. The rear seats also have a one-motion,
dive-down feature that instantaneously create a flat
loading space. The total volume of the luggage compartment
is quite impressive, with 485 litres, thanks to the center
positioning of the fuel tank. The cargo floor can drop
down to reveal an under-floor compartment. All this
flexibility translates into a hidden versatility not
expected in a sporty looking car.
There is a range of three different
engines to choose from: a 1339cc 61kw/83PS petrol unit, a
brand new 1798cc 103kw/140 PS petrol unit or a 2204cc
103kw/140 PS diesel unit. All of them are combined with a
6-speed manual gearbox making the new Honda Civic the
first car in the C-segment to be equipped with 6-speed
gearboxes across all of its range. The petrol units can
also be equipped with a 6-speed automated manual
All Civics are equipped with ABS and,
for optimum performance, Electronic Brake force
Distribution (EBD) which adjusts all wheel brake effort to
achieve maximum braking performance and stability. The new
Civic also features, across the range, Vehicle Stability
Assist (VSA) designed to assist the driver in maintaining
control during cornering, acceleration and sudden
manoeuvres by applying brake force to the right or left
hand wheels as necessary and managing the throttle and
Passive safety has always been
paramount at Honda. The new Civic has an innovative seat
belt reminder system for the rear passengers and both the
front seats are fitted with double pre-tensioners. The
active front headrests have a decisive role in protecting
the passengers against the dangerous whiplash injury.
The expected result for the Euro NCAP
crash test for this Civic is 5 stars for front and side
impact safety, 3 stars for pedestrian safety and 4 stars
for child protection safety, making it one of the safest
cars in its class, especially considering that it has the
shortest front overhang in the C-segment.