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Honda reveals its European Civic

Honda Civic 2006 - European version, front side view

Civic: the name remains the same, but everything else has changed.

APN, PR,
August 1, 2005.

Honda 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.

Honda Civic 2006 - European version, back side view

Moving the Civic into a sporty, emotional, and fun-to-drive direction.

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 quality/premium sector.

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 length

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.

Honda Civic 2006 - European version, side view

Cab-forward design with low overall vehicle height.

Honda 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 live with.

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 finish.

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.

Honda Civic 2006 - European version, dashboard

"Dual Link" concept.

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 transmission.

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 brake systems.

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.

 

Technical Specifications

MODEL

1.4

1.8

2.2

Comfort/Sport

Comfort/Sport/Executive

Comfort/Sport/Executive

ENGINE

SOHC i-DSI

SOHC i-VTEC

i-CTDi

Bore × stroke (mm)

Capacity (cc)

Compression ratio

Max. power kW/PS

@ rpm

Max. torque Nm

@ rpm

 

73 × 80

1339

10.8

61/83

5,700

119

2,800

 

81 × 87.3

1798

10.5

103/140

6,300

174

4,300

 

85 × 97.1

2204

16.7

103/140

4,000

340

2,000

 

TRANSMISSION

6-speed manual /
6-speed automated-manual

6-speed manual

Front Wheel Drive

SUSPENSION

Front

MacPherson strut, coil spring, gas pressurised shock absorber, anti-roll bar
Torsion beam, coil spring, gas pressurised shock absorber

Rear

BRAKES

ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD)
Vehicle stability assist(VSA) and Brake Assist

 

WHEELS AND TYRES

Wheels

 

 

Tyres

 

16 × 6.5J

 

 

205/55R16

 

16 × 6.5JJ

Sport/Exec.17 × 7.0JJ

 

205/55R16

Sport/Exec. 225/45R17

16 × 6.5JJ

Sport/Exec.17 × 7.0JJ

 

205/55R16

Sport/Exec. 225/45R17

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS, CAPACITIES

Overall length (mm)

Overall width (mm)

Overall height (mm)

Wheelbase (mm)

Front track (mm)

Rear track (mm)

Ground clearance (mm)

Luggage space VDA (ltr)

Kerb weight (kg)

Max permitted weight(kg)

Fuel tank (litres)

4250

1760

1460

2635

1504

1510

150

415 – 485

1170 – 1230

1670

50

4250

1760

1460

2635

1504

1510

150

415 – 485

1200 – 1310

1750

50

4250

1760

1460

2635

1504

1510

150

415 – 485

1350 – 1450

1900

50

PERFORMANCE

Max speed (km/h)

Accel. 0-100 km/h (sec)

171

14.2

207

8.6

205

8.4

FUEL CONSUMPTION (1999/100/EC)

Litres
/100 km

Urban

Extra Urban

Combined

7.8

5.1

6.1

8.4

5.2

6.4

6.6

4.3

5.1

CO2 emissions g/km

143

149

135

 

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