Next generation Honda Civic on the way

The ninth generation Honda Civic will arrive in Honda dealer showrooms here in time for the January 2012 market. Prices start from €20.995 for the i.4 SE petrol and from €23,995 for the SE diesel models.

The new model is lower, wider, and longer than its predecessor with additional modern styling touches.

The new Civic builds on the successes of the previous model, while addressing the criticisms, and will continue Honda’s progression towards modern premium with modern styling, excellent performance and advanced technologies that makes it eco-friendly and even more cost efficient to run.

Developed over four years, nearly all components are new to the Civic. It is available as a five-door model only and there are currently 11 models from which to choose between petrol and diesel; four different grades and three different engines.

Honda tells us the main emphasis was on suspension developments of the new Civic to improve ride and handling over the diverse demands of European roads. The designers say they also focused on maintaining the class-leading interior space of new generation Civic, while improving the overall packaging, quality of the interior, and space efficiency. This led to a new exterior design, improved aerodynamic performance, and a reduction in weight to raise the car’s overall performance.

Frank Kennedy, sales and marketing director at Honda in Ireland, told the Advertiser: “The new Civic was exclusively developed for the demanding European motoring environment. And we are certainly pleased with a range of tax A band diesel options which are such an important market in the Irish market."

He added: “We have sold more than 42,000 Civics since the launch of Honda in Ireland in 1985 and yet I cannot remember a more anticipated launch than the revolutionary ninth generation which goes on sale in January next year.”

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