Την έκδοση παραγωγής του νέου Civic παρουσίασε η Honda στη Νέα Υόρκη. Η 9η γενιά του Civic είναι διαθέσιμη σε 3θυρη και 5θυρη έκδοση σε σχέση με την προηγούμενη, διαθέτει νέους προφυλακτήρες, νέα γρίλια, σκουρόχρωμα φωτιστικά σώματα και λίγο ομαλότερες γραμμές στην σχεδίαση του. Στο εσωτερικό θυμίζει αρκετά αυτό του απερχόμενου μοντέλο αλλά υπάρχει νέο τιμόνι, νέος πίνακας οργάνων και νέο ταμπλό.


Μηχανικά τώρα, κάτω από το καπό υπάρχουν 4 κινητήρες διαθέσιμοι. Βασικός κινητήρας είναι ο 1800αρης τετρακύλινδρος 142 ίππων με 173 Nm ροπής και μέση κατανάλωση 6 λίτρα/100 χλμ ενώ στην έκδοση Civic HF (High Efficiency) χάρη στις βελτιώσεις στην αεροδυναμική η κατανάλωση μειώνεται στα 5.7 λίτρα/100χλμ.

H έκδοση Civic Hybrid εφοδιάζεται με τον 1500αρη i-VTEC και με έναν μικρό ηλεκτροκινητήρα που τροφοδοτείται από μπαταρίες ιόντων λιθίου. Αποδίδει 112 άλογα με 172 Nm ροπής με μέση κατανάλωση 5.2 λίτρα/100 χλμ.

Κορυφαίος κινητήρας στην έκδοση Civic Si είναι ο 2.4 λίτρων απόδοσης 203 ίππων με 230 Nm ροπής. Συνδυάζεται με ένα νέο 6-τάχυτο χειροκίνητο κιβώτιο με μέση κατανάλωση 7.6 λίτρα/100 χλμ. Τέλος υπάρχει ο 1.800αρης κινητήρας φυσικού αερίου, στην έκδοση Civic GX.

Να σημειωθεί ότι όλες οι πληροφορίες και οι φωτογραφίες απευθύνονται για την Αμερικάνικη έκδοση. Οι τιμές στην απέναντι μεριά του Ατλαντικού κυμαίνονται από $15.605 έως $26.750. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες στις φωτογραφίες και στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

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All-New 2012 Honda Civic Emphasizes Style, Fuel Economy and Performance Two models offer 40+ mpg

02/17/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif. – Featuring the widest array of engine choices available in its class, the 2012 Civic is designed to even better meet the diverse needs of the compact-vehicle buyer when it launches this spring. The entire redesigned ninth-generation Civic lineup will become more fuel efficient with two models – the all-new Civic HF and the Civic Hybrid – each delivering fuel economy estimates of more than 40 mpg on the highway.

Built on the tradition of Honda fuel efficiency, the economical Civic HF model will be the most fuel-efficient gasoline-only powered Civic in the lineup when it launches this spring. Equipped with a 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, the Civic HF is targeted to earn EPA-estimated fuel economy1 of 41 mpg on the highway. The 2012 Civic Hybrid, which will be outfitted for the first time with a lithium-ion battery and a larger 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated city/highway combined fuel economy1 of 45 mpg, an improvement of 4 mpg compared to the current Civic Hybrid. Both the Civic HF and Civic Hybrid models will be equipped with aerodynamic components for improved efficiency and Honda ECO Assist™ technology, an innovation that can enhance efficient vehicle operation while providing feedback to promote more efficient individual driving styles.

“The Civic is the only model in the industry that can deliver on all fronts – fuel economy, sporty performance, smart packaging, alternative fuel and long-term value,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda Motor Co.,Inc. “For the ninth-generation Civic, we are emphasizing improved fuel economy across the board, from the hybrid sedan to the sporty Si model.”

In addition to the Civic HF and Civic Hybrid models, the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and Civic GX Natural Gas models are also estimated to achieve improved fuel economy compared to the current models. The Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy2 of 39 mpg on the highway, an improvement of 3 mpg when compared to the current model. The Civic Natural Gas vehicle is anticipated to earn a 7 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the current model. The Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and Civic Natural Gas models will all be equipped with the Honda ECO Assist technology.

Along with improved fuel economy, the new Civic lineup also delivers more performance, particularly with the Civic Si. The Civic Si sedan and coupe models will be equipped with a larger, more powerful 2.4-liter engine as well as a new 6-speed manual transmission. The new engine is anticipated to deliver 200 horsepower with 170 ft-lb of torque. Even with the larger engine and a 22 percent increase in torque, Civic Si is targeted to achieve an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy1 of 31 mpg; an increase of 2 mpg when compared to the current model.

The 2012 Civic lineup includes a sedan and a coupe with conventional gasoline models, a new “HF” high fuel economy version, two sporty “Si” performance versions, along with one hybrid and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant. Additional information on the new 2012 Civic will be announced closer to the on-sale date. For more information on the current Civic and other Honda models, please visit www.hondanews.com.

Civic HF, Sedan, Coupe and Natural Gas Specifications

* 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine * 5-speed automatic transmission * ECO Assist technology * EPA-estimated Civic HF highway fuel economy: 41 mpg * EPA-estimated Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe highway fuel economy: 39 mpg

Civic Hybrid Specifications

* 110 horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine (combined gasoline + electric) * Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) * Lithium-ion battery * ECO Assist technology * EPA-estimated Civic Hybrid city/highway combined fuel economy: 45 mpg

Civic Si Specifications

* 200 horsepower and 170 lb-ft, 2.4-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine * 6-speed manual transmission * EPA-estimated Civic Si highway fuel economy: 31 mpg

1Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

All-New, More-Refined 2012 Honda Civic Improves with Purposeful Technology for Personalization, Safety and Efficiency

The all-new, ninth-generation 2012 Honda Civic, arriving at dealers nationwide starting on April 20, debuts with a new, sleek style and a fuel-efficient, technologically advanced lineup.

“The all-new Civic builds on the tremendous popularity of the previous generation with a complete technology makeover and a higher level of refinement and style,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Only the Civic provides the most diverse car lineup in the industry to best meet the needs and preferences of individual customers.”

The Civic range consists of sedans and coupes powered by conventional gasoline, high-performance, hybrid, and compressed natural gas engine choices. Technology and features new to the Civic include an available “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID), an available Eco AssistTM system and a new Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system that works in conjunction with Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®), included as standard equipment on all models. All Civic models achieve higher EPA fuel economy ratings1 compared to the 2011 models, up by as much as 8 percent on the highway in Civic Sedans and Coupes equipped with automatic transmissions.

For 2012, the Civic Sedan and Coupe continue to be available in trim level choices of Civic DX (basic features), LX (popular features), EX (full features) and EX-L (luxury features). The new i-MID on Civic LX-and-above models provides a convenient platform for integration of vehicle information and compatible personal electronics with a driver-oriented 5-inch color LCD display and intuitive steering wheel controls. All 2012 Civic models, except the Civic Si, receive Eco AssistTM technology, an innovation that can enhance efficient vehicle operation at the touch of a button while also providing visual feedback to promote or confirm an efficient driving style.

With the best city, highway and combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating1 for any currently available sedan (44 mpg), the Civic Hybrid introduces the latest generation of the fuel-efficient Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) system – now with a lithium-ion battery for the first time on a Honda hybrid vehicle. Plus, an entirely new model, the Civic HF, debuts as a value-oriented, high fuel-economy sedan with the best highway fuel economy rating1 (41 mpg) for a conventional, gasoline-only powered vehicle with an automatic transmission. The Civic Natural Gas (previously named Civic GX) remains the only manufacturer-built, natural gas-powered car currently available in the United States and is now available with a navigation system that includes public refueling stations for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The performance enthusiast-inspired Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan, each with a larger 2.4-liter engine with 201 horsepower and 22 percent more peak torque than before, debut as the most powerful production Civic Si models ever introduced.

The 2012 Civic represents another important milestone for Honda’s best-selling compact vehicle, and reconfirms the company’s commitment to excellence with efficient i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine technologies for economy and performance, along with an engaging driving experience and advanced standard safety features. Notable traits include its distinctive “one-motion” aerodynamic exterior styling from front to rear bumper and a functional, spacious interior.

The i-MID provides access to multiple information screens and customizable features. Compatible music players attached through a USB audio interface can display available track information and artwork on the i-MID, with album and track selection possible through steering wheel controls.

Futuristic “One-Motion” Profile

Designed with a sleek windshield rake, a sweeping roofline and a new interpretation of the previous generation’s “one-motion” profile, the lines of the 2012 Civic Sedan suggest a sophisticated and athletic appearance. The Civic Coupe with its shorter length and unique front and rear styling result in a more aggressive and dramatic styling demeanor. Both vehicles feature a low and wide stance that contributes to a distinctive visual presence, while thinner A-pillars stretch further toward the front of the vehicle than before to improve visibility and the perception of interior space. The C-pillars also stretch further toward the rear of the vehicle compared to the previous generation to better complete the flowing one-motion appearance.

The 2012 Civic embraces Honda’s tradition of making its vehicles fun to drive by continuing to use a fully independent suspension design, a premium and exceptional feature in the entry compact segment. The front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspensions are tuned for sporty driving fun, yet provide refined ride comfort. Ride and handling improvements are made possible by a 10-percent more rigid unit-body structure resulting from enhanced structural designs and increased use of high-strength steel (55 percent on the sedan compared to 50 percent on the previous model).

For safety, a wide variety of standard equipment includes Honda’s exclusive Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure for enhanced frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash compatibility. ACE enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing structures in the front of the vehicle. Standard safety equipment includes VSA that integrates with the new Motion Adaptive EPS system; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with occupant position detection system (OPDS); side curtain airbags; and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The Civic’s hood and front fender areas are designed to deform if contacted by the head of a pedestrian in a frontal collision.

Advanced Interior Design

The Civic’s 5-passenger interior is a careful blend of form and function, with an intuitive “two-tier” layout that prioritizes frequently referenced instruments like the speedometer up high in the driver’s line of sight with less frequently referenced information positioned down lower. A “smart interface” approach divides the vehicle controls into smartly grouped zones for audio, air conditioning and vehicle controls. Ergonomically shaped dials, buttons and the gear shifter operate with solid precision and have a tactile feel. Building on the successful packaging of the previous generation, the 2012 Civic Sedan passenger volume of 94.7 cubic feet (Civic LX Sedan) increases by 3.7 cubic feet, and gains have also been made in front shoulder room (+2.9 inches) and rear legroom (+1.6 inches).

Civic LX and above models are equipped with audio systems that range from a 160-watt AM/FM/CD unit (Civic LX, EX Sedan, EX-L Sedan, HF and Hybrid) to a 360-watt AM/FM/CD unit with a subwoofer (Civic EX Coupe, EX-L Coupe, Si). Standard audio features include WMA and MP3 audio file capability, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), an audio input jack and a USB audio interface. The Civic EX and above models add Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and audio streaming, front tweeters, and the availability of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM with voice activation and a 6.5-inch TFT color touch display. The navigation system can now overlay FM Traffic data on its maps, a free public resource available in participating major metropolitan areas for freeway congestion, collisons and construction zones.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System debuting on the 2012 Civic features 16 GB of flash memory in place of the DVD-based system used previously. Like other Honda navigation systems, this new system allows simple, intuitive operation and has an extensive on-board database. The system features more than 10 million points of interest and the voice activation is capable of recognizing numbers, street names and cities. For ease-of-reference, the i-MID can display turn-by-turn directions in conjunction with the navigation screen.

Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe

The Civic Sedan and Coupe models are designed to provide an optimal balance of comfort, value and performance. The Civic Coupe with its 1.9-inch-shorter wheelbase than the Civic Sedan offers a more sporty character, although both share nearly identical chassis construction. The Civic Sedan and Coupe models are powered by a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with a 16-valve i-VTEC valvetrain and a dual-stage intake manifold. The engine produces 140 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 128 lb-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. Both models receive an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating1 of 28/39/32 miles per gallon when equipped with an automatic transmission (standard on Civic EX Sedan and all EX-L models). A manual transmission is standard on the Civic DX and LX (automatic transmission available).

Civic HF

The Civic HF is a value-conscious “high fuel-economy” sedan positioned between the Civic LX and Civic EX. It is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, exclusive 15-inch lightweight alloy wheels and aerodynamic enhancements under the body and an exclusive rear spoiler. The Civic HF Sedan is EPA rated for 41 miles per gallon2 on the highway – an additional 5 percent above a similarly equipped Civic Sedan’s 39 miles per gallon.1

Civic Si

The Civic Si Coupe and Sedan models prioritize handling and performance with a sport-tuned suspension and a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. More powerful than the 2.0-liter engine in the previous generation, the new engine produces 201 horsepower @ 7000 rpm and 170 lb-ft. torque @ 4400 rpm, an improvement of 4 peak horsepower and 31 lb-ft. of peak torque compared to the previous model. A sport-minded 6-speed manual transmission with a helical-type limited-slip differential (LSD) is standard. The LSD helps the Civic Si accelerate powerfully when exiting corners as both wheels can deliver more equal torque distribution to the road compared to a conventional open differential. The tall sixth-gear ratio allows for relaxed highway cruising. Unique Civic Si exterior features include fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45R17 tires (summer tires available), a body-color deck lid spoiler with an LED center brake light, and a chrome exhaust finisher. Inside is an exclusive aluminum shift knob with leather, textured aluminum pedals, and firmly bolstered perforated cloth sport seats with suede-like trim and red stitching. The steering wheel is leather-trimmed with red stitching. The i-MID on the Civic Si includes a new Sequential Rev-limit Indicator and Power Monitor.

Civic Hybrid

The 2012 Civic Hybrid uses the latest version of the company’s IMA parallel hybrid system to increase efficiency using an electric motor placed inline between the engine and transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard equipment. For 2012, a larger 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, up from 1.3 liters in the previous generation, provides a broadened mid-range power band and the switch to lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries from nickel-metal hydride results in enhanced IMA electrical power assist. The Civic Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating1 of 44/44/44 miles per gallon. Compared to a 2012 Civic Sedan with an automatic transmission, the EPA fuel economy rating represents a city increase of approximately 57 percent and a highway increase of approximately 13 percent.

Combined, the engine and IMA produce 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft. torque. The Civic Hybrid is available as an Advanced-Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).

Civic Natural Gas

Available nationally to qualifying Honda dealers, the Civic Natural Gas is powered by a dedicated natural gas variant of the 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine similar to the one used in the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe. The Civic Natural Gas engine produces 110 horsepower and 106 lb-ft. of torque. Compared to the previous generation, torque output below 4000 rpm has been increased for greater drivability. The Civic Natural Gas has an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating2 of 27/38/31 miles per gallon and is equipped with an automatic transmission as standard equipment. The Civic Natural Gas is the only OEM-built, dedicated CNG passenger car assembled3 in America and the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2 Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emission certification standards. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas will become available at the retail level in significantly more states than the current four (California, New York, Nevada and Utah) when it goes on sale in the fall. The increased availability of the Civic Natural Gas helps bring inherently clean-burning natural gas technology to an even broader audience while also supporting diversity in transportation energy resources.

All-New 2012 Honda Civic Si Adds Power and Features

Civic Si Coupe and Sedan models increase peak torque by 22 percent

The all-new 2012 Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan prioritize the performance potential of the Civic platform with a 201-horsepower i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine, a sport-tuned suspension and exclusive features for the enthusiast driver.

“The Civic Si represents the sporty flagship of the Civic series,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The broadened torque band of the 2012 model increases its appeal as a daily driver while adding a new dimension of mid-range performance.”

More powerful than the 2.0-liter engine in the previous generation Civic Si, the new 2.4-liter engine produces 201 horsepower @ 7000 rpm and 170 lb-ft. torque @ 4300 rpm, an improvement of 4 horsepower and 31 lb-ft. of torque compared to the previous model. A sport-oriented six-speed manual transmission sends power to a helical-type limited-slip differential (LSD). The LSD helps the Civic Si accelerate powerfully and confidently when exiting corners as both wheels can deliver more equal torque distribution to the road compared to a conventional open-type differential.

Exclusive Civic Si exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45R17 tires (summer tires available on the coupe), a body-color deck lid spoiler with an LED center brake light, fog lights and a chrome exhaust finisher. Inside is an exclusive aluminum shift knob with leather, textured aluminum pedals and firmly bolstered perforated cloth sport seats with suede-like trim and red stitching. The steering wheel is leather-trimmed with red stitching. The new “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) on the Civic Si includes an exclusive Power Monitor (as one of its screens) that can indicate the percentage of total horsepower generated by the engine. In addition, a Sequential Rev-limit Indicator located on the upper instrument panel can show when the i-VTEC high-lift camshaft profile is engaged and incrementally when the engine redline is approached and reached.

2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder Engine and 6-Speed Manual Transmission

The Civic Si engine is designed to provide spirited acceleration with low exhaust emissions and good fuel economy for a compact vehicle. The 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine is constructed of lightweight aluminum and features a valvetrain system that incorporates dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder (16 valves total). A performance version of Honda’s i-VTEC system pairs Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) with Variable Timing ControlTM (VTCTM). The Civic Si i-VTEC system allows for the production of both low-rpm torque and high-rpm horsepower, which can be a distinct benefit compared to conventional engine designs with fixed valve timing. A high-volume intake manifold and a high-flow, low-backpressure exhaust system elevates the sporty demeanor and aggressive sound of the Civic Si. Dual balance shafts provide exceptional smoothness for a 4-cylinder engine.

Compared to the previous generation, the 20-percent-larger engine displacement contributes to peak power production at 7000 rpm instead of the previous engine’s 7800 rpm peak. The increased displacement also contributes to a substantial 22-percent increase in peak torque, now occurring at 4400 rpm, a substantial 1700 rpm lower than the previous engine’s 6100 rpm. The result is stronger and more immediate acceleration in a typical city driving environment.

The EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating1 of 22/31/25 miles per gallon is 1 mpg higher in the city and 2 mpg higher on the highway compared to the 2011 model. The Civic Si engine also meets stringent Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) tailpipe emissions standards.

In keeping with the performance enthusiast mission of the vehicle, a 6-speed manual with a short-throw shifter is the only transmission available. Compact and lightweight, the transmission provides firm and direct shift action. The Civic Si also has a lightweight, high-capacity clutch utilizing a pedal assembly optimized for both low-effort actuation and a broad, smooth engagement band.

Coupe and Sedan Body Styles

Designed with a sleek windshield rake, a sweeping roofline and a new interpretation of the previous model’s “one-motion” profile, the lines of the 2012 Civic Sedan suggest a sophisticated and athletic appearance. The Civic Coupe with its shorter length and unique front and rear styling result in a more aggressive and dramatic styling demeanor. Both vehicles feature a low and wide stance that contributes to a distinctive visual presence, while thinner A-pillars stretch further toward the front of the vehicle than before to improve visibility and the perception of interior space. The C-pillars also stretch further toward the rear of the vehicle compared to the previous generation to better complete the flowing one-motion appearance. Adding to the extensive 2012 Civic color palette, the Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan models add the availability of a new Sunburst Orange Pearl paint color that change in appearance depending on sunlight conditions, further amplifying the dramatic bodylines.

The 2012 Civic embraces Honda’s tradition of making its vehicles fun to drive by continuing to use a fully independent suspension design, a premium and exceptional feature in the entry compact segment. The front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspensions are tuned for sporty driving fun, yet provide refined ride comfort. Ride and handling improvements are made possible by a 10-percent more rigid unit-body structure resulting from enhanced structural designs and increased use of high-strength steel (55 percent on the sedan compared to 50 percent on the previous model).

The Civic Si receives exclusive suspension tuning compared to the Civic Sedan and Coupe. Front and rear spring rates are increased, sport-tuned damper settings are used front and rear, and Civic Si models have a 0.4-inch lower ride height. Front and rear stabilizer bars are larger, measuring 18 mm in the front and 15 mm in the rear. The Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan have a 17.7:1 steering ratio, identical to the other 2012 Civic models. The Civic Si has 4-wheel disc brakes with11.8-inch vented front rotors (up from 10.3 inches on all other Civic models) and 10.2-inch solid rear rotors.

Safety

For safety, a wide variety of standard equipment includes Honda’s exclusive Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure for enhanced frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility. ACE enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing structures in the front of the vehicle. Standard safety equipment includes VSA that integrates with the new Motion Adaptive EPS system; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with occupant position detection system (OPDS); side curtain airbags; and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

Driver-Oriented Interior with Advanced Technology Features

Exclusive driver-oriented Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan interior features include firmly bolstered front sport seats and a special Civic Si interior color scheme with red ambient interior lighting. The front seats increase lateral support with firmer side bolsters compared to the other models. As with other Civic models, both of the Civic Si front seats manually recline, and the driver’s seat features a manual height adjustment control. Both Civic Si models likewise offer versatile 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks, which allow multiple configurations for passenger seating and cargo storage. A rear-seat center armrest with two beverage holders is included on the Civic Si.

The two-tier instrument panel in the Civic Si exclusively has red-backlit instrumentation. The new Sequential Rev-limit Indicator is located to the left of the speedometer display close to the driver’s line of sight, and also includes an i-VTEC indicator. The i-VTEC indicator illuminates when the VTEC system shifts from low to high-rpm cam profiles, and the rev-limit indicator’s array of six lights illuminate sequentially as engine speed rises. The first four lights are orange, and the last two are red. The engine is producing maximum power when the second of the two red lights illuminates. The second red light indicates that the maximum rpm of the engine has been reached. An additional feature within the i-MID is the Power Monitor screen, which displays a graphic of the engine and its power output as a percentage ranging between 0 and 100 percent. An instant fuel-mileage indicator also lets drivers keep tabs on fuel economy on a real-time basis.

Both Civic Si models include an AM/FM/CD Premium Audio system with 360 watts total of power and seven speakers, including a pair of front tweeters and an 8-inch subwoofer located in the rear window shelf. The system includes WMA/MP3 audio-file reading capability, on-screen CD and album information, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), XM® Radio capability, an auxiliary input jack, a USB audio interface for compatible devices and Bluetooth® audio streaming. In addition, the standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink® telephone interface is designed to work with compatible mobile phones. Mobile phone audio files can also be streamed wirelessly.

The available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System has a 6.5-inch display and 16 GB of flash memory in place of the DVD-based system used in the previous generation. The new system allows for simple, intuitive operation and provides more than 10 million points of interest. The navigation system can now overlay FM Traffic data on its maps, a free public resource available in participating major metropolitan areas for traffic congestion, incidents and construction zones.

The voice activation is capable of recognizing numbers, street names and city names, and it can control the audio system.

New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Receives Li-Ion Battery Technology

The most fuel-efficient sedan available in the U.S. takes style, comfort and technology to a higher level

The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid combines the sophistication of the Civic Sedan with the latest version of the Honda Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) hybrid drivetrain.

Now with added features, new technology and the best EPA-estimated fuel economy of any sedan in the United States, the 2012 Civic Hybrid offers a higher fuel economy rating of 44/44/44 mpg1 city/highway/combined, up from 40/43/41 in the 2011 Civic Hybrid. Like other members of the Civic family, the 2012 Civic Hybrid gains new features and sleeker styling. Exclusive styling includes the front grill, headlights, taillights, wheels and side mirrors. The two available models are the Civic Hybrid with cloth seats and a Civic Hybrid with leather seating surfaces. Either version can be equipped with a navigation system.

“The Civic Hybrid provides the advantages of hybrid technology while maintaining the look and feel of a familiar sedan,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The car’s fuel economy rating can be summed up quite easily – 44 miles per gallon says it all.”

For 2012, the Honda IMA system uses lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, replacing the nickel-metal hydride batteries used in the previous two generations of Civic Hybrid. The gasoline engine is the primary source of power and the electric motor, positioned in-line between the engine and transmission, provides additional power and electricity regeneration capability.

The 2012 Civic Hybrid uses a larger 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, up from 1.3 liters for improved mid-range torque, which incorporates extensive friction-reducing technologies for greater efficiency. It is connected to a lighter, larger and more powerful electric motor that provides up to 23 horsepower. Total combined horsepower for the gasoline engine and electric motor is 110 at 5500 rpm and torque is rated at 127 lb-ft. at 1000-3500 rpm.

During acceleration, the engine or the engine and electric motor together propel the vehicle. During cruising, the gasoline engine and/or the electric motor can propel the vehicle. During braking, the gasoline engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as a generator to replenish the battery pack. At a stop, the engine can shut off to save fuel and reduce emissions. The engine restarts the moment the brake pedal is released.

The battery pack, located behind the rear seatback, is used to capture and store electricity for the electric motor. The 20-kW lithium-ion battery is more powerful by 5 kW and lighter than the previous generation’s battery. The IMA system’s greater power and the battery’s 35-percent increase in efficiency allow the Civic Hybrid to operate more frequently on the electric motor’s power alone in certain low-speed cruising situations. A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) helps maintain engine rpm for optimal efficiency while eliminating the “stepped” gear transitions associated with conventional transmissions.

Along with the rest of 2012 Civic line, the Civic Hybrid offers a new interpretation of the current Civic’s “one-motion” mono-form shape. A sleekly raked windshield, wide stance and exclusive styling features give the Civic Hybrid a sophisticated, high-tech presence. In front, there is a unique hybrid grille design with blue accents, and within the sleek headlight assemblies are blue bulb covers that provide additional distinction. Special five-spoke alloy wheels, a decklid spoiler and LED brake lights further differentiate the Civic Hybrid from other Civic models.

The Civic Hybrid’s interior features a fresh take on the previous-generation Civic’s highly functional two-tier instrument layout. The design puts the most frequently referenced information up high and close to the driver’s line of sight. The new intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) is positioned in the upper tier and can present audio system information including album artwork. It can also display personal wallpaper backgrounds uploaded via the standard USB port. A unique feature of the Civic Hybrid’s i-MID is a driver-feedback Eco Guide screen that monitors driving style and displays how it affects fuel efficiency. Together with the blue/green Eco Assist indicators located to the sides of the digital speedometer, the displays help drivers build awareness of and confirm fuel-efficient driving styles. The Civic Hybrid’s i-MID contains an exclusive hybrid power-flow meter display in addition to the standard information screens.

The interior of the Civic Hybrid uses exclusive seat fabric and unique door panel covers for a distinctive appearance and feel. As with all Civics, high-quality materials are used throughout the cabin. Available leather-trimmed models include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift lever. Automatic climate control is standard on the Civic Hybrid, and the hybrid-style air conditioning compressor can continue to function on electric power when the engine is in idle-stop mode.

The Civic Hybrid offers a range of standard and available audio and navigation technologies. A 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers is standard and Civic Hybrid models equipped with the navigation system include XM Radio. The available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM2 with voice recognition has a 6.5-inch touch screen within reach of both the driver and passenger. Turn-by-turn direction information appears on both the navigation screen and the i-MID, where it’s convenient for the driver to see. The system features a new 16 GB flash memory database for quicker response time and has FM traffic. FM traffic is a no-fee service that shows freeway traffic information and incident data on the map display in participating metropolitan areas.

The standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system enables Civic Hybrid owners to make and receive mobile phone calls using the vehicle’s audio system and a compatible mobile phone. Audio streaming is also supported with compatible devices.

The Civic Hybrid embraces Honda’s tradition of making its vehicles fun to drive by continuing to use a fully independent suspension design, a premium and exceptional feature in the entry compact segment. The front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension is tuned for sporty driving fun, yet provides refined ride comfort. Ride and handling improvements are supported by a 10-percent more rigid unit-body structure resulting from enhanced structural designs and increased use of high-strength steel (55 percent compared to 50 percent on the previous model).

For safety, a wide variety of standard equipment includes Honda’s exclusive Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure for enhanced frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility. ACE enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing structures in the front of the vehicle. Standard safety equipment includes VSA that integrates with the new Motion Adaptive EPS system; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with occupant position detection system (OPDS); side curtain airbags; and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

All Civic Hybrid models are produced and assembled in the Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuka, Japan manufacturing facility. The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas Represents Proven Alternative

America’s only manufacturer-built natural gas passenger car provides a stylish and viable alternative to gasoline and electric vehicles

The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas leverages the style and refinement of the Civic Sedan with the wide-ranging environmental and historical operational cost advantages of a vehicle run exclusively on compressed natural gas (CNG).

“The Civic Natural Gas builds on the company’s 15-year legacy of offering viable, alternative fuel-powered vehicles by adding popular features and expanding its retail availability,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Inherently clean-burning natural gas has a proven track record as an extremely low-emission, domestically produced transportation fuel. The new Civic Natural Gas makes it even more convenient to tap into this desirable and abundant resource.”

The Civic Natural Gas (formerly named Civic GX) has been offered to fleet customers nationwide since the 1998 model year. Since 2005 it has also been marketed to retail customers starting in California, and then later in New York, Utah and Oklahoma. For 2012, the Civic Natural Gas is poised to broaden retail access as it becomes available nationwide1 through qualified Honda dealers.

Multiple benefits exist to using natural gas as a vehicle fuel. From a value standpoint, natural gas has historically cost about 30-percent less per gasoline-gallon-equivalent compared to gasoline when purchased at public fueling stations. As an alternative fuel vehicle with extremely low smog-forming emissions, the Civic Natural Gas currently qualifies for a state-issued decal allowing single-occupant access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) “carpool” lanes in California and several other states.

For 2012, the Civic Natural Gas receives enhanced feature content found in the other all-new Civic models. The new “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) provides a convenient platform for integration of vehicle information and compatible personal electronics with a driver-oriented 5-inch color LCD display and intuitive steering wheel controls. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® for compatible mobile phones and a USB audio interface for compatible music players are also standard.

For the first time ever, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation with voice recognition and FM Traffic is available in the Civic Natural Gas. The navigation system database uniquely includes retail fueling locations for CNG.

A CNG-version of the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the Civic Sedan and Coupe models powers the Civic Natural Gas. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. The Civic Natural Gas has a Honda-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating2 of 27/38/31 miles per gallon (gasoline-gallon equivalent). Compared to the 2011 model, city fuel economy improves by 12.5 percent, and highway fuel economy is up by 5.5 percent. The Civic Natural Gas includes Honda’s ECO AssistTM technology, an innovation that can enhance efficient vehicle operation at the touch of a button while also providing visual feedback to promote and confirm an efficient driving style.

The Civic Natural Gas engine incorporates unique features to operate exclusively on CNG. The compression ratio increases to 12.7:1, compared to 10.6:1 in the Civci Sedan’s gasoline-powered engine. Exclusive fuel injectors, intake and exhaust valves, and valve seats accommodate the unique properties of natural gas. Stronger connecting rods and special pistons are used in consideration of the higher compression ratio.

The Civic Natural Gas has its 3600 p.s.i. fuel tank located between the rear wheels. The safety-engineered aluminum-lined composite fuel tank can contain the gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE) of 7.8 gallons of gasoline when filled to 3600 p.s.i. with CNG.

Designed with a sleek windshield rake, a sweeping roofline and a new interpretation of the previous model’s “one-motion” profile, the lines of the 2012 Civic Natural Gas suggest a sophisticated and athletic appearance. A low and wide stance contributes to a distinctive visual presence, while thinner A-pillars stretch further toward the front of the vehicle than before to improve visibility and the perception of interior space. The C-pillars also stretch further toward the rear of the vehicle compared to the previous generation to better complete the flowing one-motion appearance. Aerodynamic features such as flat under-body construction and functional aerodynamic strakes in front of the tires help to increase fuel-efficiency.

The redesigned interior offers more style with new functionality and new features. An intuitive “two-tier” layout prioritizes frequently referenced instruments like the speedometer up high in the driver’s line of sight with less frequently referenced information positioned down lower. The i-MID can present audio information including album artwork, custom vehicle settings, and personal wallpaper backgrounds. A four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system is standard, and it can stream music wirelessly via a Bluetooth connection with a compatible player, or via a wired USB connection. A Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system offers convenient device pairing and lets the driver make calls using pre-assigned voice tags and steering wheel controls.

Building on the successful packaging of the previous generation, the passenger volume of 94.7 cubic feet increases by 3.7 cubic feet, and gains have also been made in front shoulder room (+2.9 inches).

The 2012 Civic embraces Honda’s tradition of making its vehicles fun to drive by continuing to use a fully independent suspension design, a premium and exceptional feature in the entry compact segment. The front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspensions are tuned for sporty driving fun, yet provide refined ride comfort.

For safety, a wide variety of standard equipment includes Honda’s exclusive Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure for enhanced frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility. ACE enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing structures in the front of the vehicle. Standard safety equipment includes VSA that integrates with the new Motion-Adaptive EPS system; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with occupant position detection system (OPDS); side curtain airbags; and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

The Civic Natural Gas engine produces almost zero smog-forming emissions and is the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle certified by the EPA (Tier-II, Bin-2 and ILEV certification as of August 2010). It is also recognized by the state of California as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) by meeting SULEV standards and maintaining its emissions durability for at least 150,000 miles or 15 Years. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named the 2011 Civic GX “America’s Greenest Vehicle” for the eighth time in its Green Book® ranking of environmentally responsible vehicles.

All Civic Natural Gas models are produced at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) from domestic and globally sourced parts. The 2012 Honda Civic is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new car limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.