All-New 2012 Honda Civic Emphasizes Style, Fuel Efficiency and Performance

TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The all-new 2012 Civic is designed to better meet the diverse needs of the compact car buyer when it launches this spring.

The Civic Hybrid 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 Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of sales for Honda Canada 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 Hybrid, the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe are also estimated to achieve improved fuel economy compared to the current models. For example, the 2012 Civic Sedan will have an estimated fuel economy rating of 7.2/5.0 L/100km (city/highway), a 12 per cent improvement over the current Civic Sedan.  Both the Sedan and Coupe will all be equipped with the Honda ECO Assist technology for enhanced fuel economy.

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-litre 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 estimated two per cent improvement in fuel economy.

The 2012 Civic lineup includes a sedan and a coupe with conventional gasoline models, two sporty "Si" performance versions, along with a gasoline-electric hybrid.

Additional information on the new 2012 Civic will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

2012 Civic Sedan and Coupe Specifications

  • 140 horsepower, 1.8-litre i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine
  • ECO Assist technology

2012 Civic Hybrid Specifications

  • 110-horsepower, 1.5-litre i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine (combined gasoline + electric)
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • ECO Assist technology

2012 Civic Si Specifications

  • 200 horsepower and 170 lb-ft, 2.4-litre i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission

About Honda Canada

Now in its 42nd year of operation in Canada, Honda Canada Inc. has sold more than 3,400,000 Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.  Since 1986, Honda Canada has built more than 5 million cars and trucks at its two assembly facilities in Alliston, Ontario.

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SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.

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