Honda Civic Si Concept Coupe Makes Canadian Debut at Canadian International Auto Show

New, Canadian-Made, Civic Going on Sale Spring 2011

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TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The Honda Civic Si Concept Coupe made its Canadian debut at the Canadian International Auto Show today, providing a glimpse at the styling direction of the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to go on sale this spring.

"The 2012 Civic is everything the Civic brand is renowned for: a fun-to-drive character, outstanding fuel economy, class-leading safety, high value, and more," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc. "The new Civic was specifically designed to build on this great legacy that has made it the top-selling car in Canada for 13 years, and promises to be the best Civic yet."

The new 2012 Civic lineup will meet the diverse needs of compact-vehicle buyers in Canada - from those making their first vehicle purchase to those looking for great value and fuel economy to those looking for a sporty, performance-oriented ride. In this way, the 2012 Civic lineup embraces the company's vision as a "Civic for all people" - a phrase originally expressed by Honda founder Soichiro Honda in defining the goal of the first-generation Civic.

This diverse vehicle range includes a sedan and coupe with conventional gasoline models, two sporty "Si" performance versions (sedan and coupe), and a third-generation gasoline-electric hybrid. The depth of the Civic model lineup offers a balance between three things Canadians value - fuel economy, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance.

Revised Exterior Styling

As a new interpretation of the current Civic's iconic "one-motion" mono-form shape, the new ninth-generation Civic conveys a more substantial, high-energy appearance and aggressive demeanor with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered rear roofline that flows smoothly into the trunk.

The exterior highlights clean, yet powerful, lines with a steeply raked windshield, wide stance and character lines along the side profile. The lower character line broadens toward the rear fenders to enhance the dynamic feeling of forward energy while the front fender surface treatments form a complex, three-dimensional look to further enhance the image of sophistication and structural depth against the deeply set headlights.

The Civic Si Concept Coupe is exclusively equipped with a rear air diffuser, a centre-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid spoiler with dual vents. It also features 19-inch machined alloy wheels.

Improved Fuel Efficiency

The Civic becomes even more fuel efficient for 2012 with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®) technology. The upcoming Civic Hybrid will also offer the latest generation of the compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist™ (IMA™) gasoline-electric hybrid system and features the first application of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid vehicle.

Building on its emphasis on fuel economy, most upcoming Civic models will receive the Honda Eco Assist™ technology, already available in the CR-Z and Insight hybrids. The 2012 Civic is the first North American Honda model to employ Eco Assist™ technology in a gasoline-only powered vehicle. Eco Assist is just one example of how the new Civic can be customized and configured by the drivers to suit individual preferences.

Continued Safety

The 2012 Civic continues to emphasize safety and is expected to score well in both the U.S. government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) vehicle evaluations.

All 2012 Civics will be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) as standard equipment as well as a full complement of standard safety features. Additionally, the ninth-generation Civic continues to provide Honda's exclusive and innovative Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for frontal collision energy management.

More than 1.6 million Civics have been sold in Canada since its introduction in 1973, and more than 930,000 remain on the road today. With the exception of the Civic Hybrid, all Civics sold in Canada last year were made at the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants in Alliston, Ontario. Civic represents approximately half of all Honda vehicles sold in Canada annually.

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, including more than 3 million Civic sedans and coupes.

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