New Civic will be one of the safest cars in its class. With its new body structure and subframes, recessed pedals, double pretensioners on the front seatbelts and side curtain airbags, it is expected to achieve a Euro NCAP 5 star result for front and side impact safety, 3 stars for pedestrian safety and 4 stars for child protection safety.
There is a range of three different engines to choose from: a 1.4-litre 61kW/83 PS petrol unit, a 1.8-litre 103kW/140 PS petrol unit or a 2.2-litre 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. Both 1.8 petrol and 2.2 diesel will be assembled at the UK (Swindon plant), while the 1.4 engine is built in Japan (at the Suzuka plant).
Honda was determined that new Civic would drive as well as it looks, and has sought to make the car easy to drive for the novice yet fun for the enthusiast. The challenge was to provide responsive handling, while preserving a supple but well-damped ride. An extended wheelbase that ‘pushes’ the wheels further out towards the body extremities is just part of the story. Both steering and suspension systems have been completely redesigned (with a quick EPS Electric Power Steering rack, MacPherson struts up front and a compact torsion beam arrangement behind), while all Civic models get the benefit of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering.
Currently, Civic is produced in 11 countries and sold in approximately 160 countries. The new eighth generation model will be built at Honda’s European car plant, in Swindon, Wiltshire - with the 5-door exclusive to Europe. Civic currently accounts for roughly one-third of all Honda sales worldwide.Published 1 August 2005