Launch of the new Honda Civic

Photos by Honda
28 Jan 2012

Kah Motor finally launches the new ninth generation Honda Civic recently with an event at its Alexandra showroom.

Civic duties

On the 13th January, Honda authorised distributor Kah Motor finally launched the long awaited ninth generation Civic after delays due to last year's Japan tsunami among other reasons. Built in Suzuka, Japan, this new model continues the innovative Civic lineage with a new level of user friendliness and eco-consciousness.

The Honda Civic is a cornerstone model of the Honda line-up. Since its launch in 1972, it has earned recognition and acclaim as an icon in the automotive industry. Cumulatively, Honda Civic has reached almost 21 million customers globally.

As the Honda Civic has been re-invented throughout its previous eight generations, each new model has consistently set new standards with its innovative packaging, attractive styling, high fuel economy, low emissions, fun-to-drive performance, reliability and safety. The 8th generation amplifies the defining character of the Civic with a long list of Honda technology and engineering innovations, resulting in a vehicle that is pure Civic, exclusively from Honda.

Highlights of the new model include its new 'mono-form' exterior styling, a brand new interior, an enhanced new chassis, new features like the Intelligent Multi-information Display System, Eco Assist,  Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA, except Civic 1.6), Smart Entry System and so on.

“The 8th Generation Honda Civic was the most successful Civic model in Singapore. In its model life, Kah Motor sold almost 17,000 units,” says Mr Nicholas Wong, General Manager of Kah Motor. “The all new 9th generation builds on this tremendous success, offering new technologies and a higher level of style and refinement.”

“The new 9th Generation Honda Civic sets a new standard in user friendliness,” says Mr Vincent Ng, Product Manager of Kah Motor. “All models are equipped with an intelligent Multi-information Display featuring a 5-inch TFT display and Honda’s
innovative Eco AssistTM. To best meet the individual needs of our customers, we will continue to offer a diverse Civic line-up with 4 i-VTEC engines to choose from.”

The Civic range offers 4 i-VTEC engine choices – 1.5L hybrid, 1.6L, 1.8L and 2.0L. Technology and features new to the Civic include an "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Ecological Drive AssistTM (Eco Assist) system, a new Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system that works in conjunction with Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) and a smart key access system is available on all models except the Civic 1.6L. All Civic models especially the new Civic hybrid achieve better fuel economy ratings compared to 2011 models.

All Civic models feature a new intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The new 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. All 2012 Civic models are equipped with Eco AssistTM, an innovation that can enhance fuel efficiency at the touch of a button while providing visual cues to promote or confirm a fuel efficient driving style.
With a combined fuel economy rating (tested under NEA’s FEL guidelines) of 4.4L/100km, the Civic Hybrid introduces Honda’s latest generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) system – now with a lithium-ion battery for the first time on a Honda hybrid vehicle.

Built in Suzuka , Japan, 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.

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 clean and athletic appearance. 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 G- ControlTM (G-CONTM) body structure for enhanced frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash compatibility. G-CON 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.

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 logical 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 passenger volume increases marginally over the 2011 model, and gains have also been made in front shoulder room and rear legroom. The Civic 1.6 features a standard audio that features WMA and MP3 audio file capability, Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), an audio input jack and a USB audio interface.

The Civic hybrid, Civic 1.8 and Civic 2.0 add Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® front tweeters, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM and a 6.2-inch TFT color touch display. The navigation system features the popular GarminTM system. A reverse camera system is also standard.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System debuting on the 2012 Civic features map data stored in a 2GB SD memory card. Unlike other Honda navigation systems, this new system allows simple, intuitive operation through its touch-screen operation. The system features improved location accuracy through its built-in gyroscope and the vehicle’s speed sensor. For ease-of-reference, the i-MID can display turn-by-turn directions in conjunction with the navigation screen.

Civic 1.6
All Civic models including the entry Civic 1.6 are designed to provide an optimal balance of comfort, value and performance. The Civic 1.6 is powered by a 1.6-litre inline 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine with 16 valves and a dual-stage intake manifold. The engine produces 125 horsepower at 6500rpm and 151Nm of torque at 4300rpm. The NEA FEL ratings are 9.3/5.4/6.8 L/100km (urban/extra-urban/combined). The advanced 5-speed automatic transmission features steering mounted paddle shifters for even greater driving pleasure.

Civic 1.8
The Civic 1.8 is powered by a 1.8-litre inline 4-cylinder engine with a 16-valve i- VTEC valve-train and a dual-stage intake manifold. The engine produces 140bhp at 6500rpm and 174Nm of torque at 4300rpm. The NEA FEL ratings are 9.1/5.3/6.7 L/100km (urban/etra-urban/combined). The advanced 5-speed automatic transmission features steering mounted paddle shifters for even greater driving pleasure. Unique 16” alloy wheels, VSA, Honda’s smart entry system, front fog lights, Xenon headlights and Honda Navigation System are added to its comprehensive equipment list.

Civic 2.0
The Civic 2.0 is powered by a 2.0-litre inline 4-cylinder engine with a 16-valve i- VTEC valve-train and a dual-stage intake manifold. The engine produces 155 horsepower at 6500rpm and 190Nm of torque at 4300rpm. We will make NEA fuel consumption figures available at a later stage. The advanced 5-speed automatic transmission features steering mounted paddle shifters for even greater driving pleasure. 17” alloy wheels, VSA, Honda’s smart entry system, front fog lights, Xenon headlights, sunroof and Honda Navigation System are added to its comprehensive equipment list. Front side SRS and side curtain airbags are also standard on the Civic 2.0.

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-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, up from 1.3 liters in the previous model, provides a wider 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 NEA FEL ratings are 4.9/4.1/4.4 L/100km (urban/extra- urban/combined).
Combined, the engine and IMA produce 110bhp and 174Nm of torque.

The 2012 Honda Civic is covered by a 5-year/Unlimited-mileage warranty, offered exclusively by Kah Motor. Look out for reviews of the Civic models on really soon.

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