2012 Honda Civic test-driven in Lagos
By Agency Reporter
Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011
The 2012 edition of Honda Civic is in Nigeria. It has also been test-driven by automobile writers.
This is coming 39 years after Honda Motors Company introduced the first Civic to the automobile industry.
According to the auto company, the car has remained a strong contender in the compact car category, offering unbeatable package for fun driving, utility and affordability.
“Now in its ninth generation, the all new 2012 Honda Civic offers more style, performance and technologies,” the firm said.
Some of these new highlights include mild styling updates, improved fuel economy and more power, especially for the Si model.
The Marketing Director, the Honda Place, Mr. Deepak Daryanani, said at the presentation of the new vehicle in Lagos, “The line-up of Honda Civic has got better with each update, posing knotty challenge for competitions in its class.”
He said the new Civic like every other Honda models was designed to deliver unassailable value and eminence that could give the car an edge in the competitive marketplace.
Deepak listed some of the new features as stability control, which is now standard throughout the model line-up and frugal fuel consumption.
According to him, other upgrades for the 2012 model are more interior room (three inches of additional shoulder room up front and another 1.6 inches of rear legroom), and a few new technology features such as a five-inch information display, increased availability of iPod connectivity and an economy mode for maximum fuel management.
“The ECON mode delivers enhanced fuel economy by automatically adjusting the function of the engine, air conditioning and other key systems that affect fuel efficiency,” he said.
These improvements, Deepak reiterated, would make the 2012 Honda Civic a solid pick in the compact cars’ category.
The car is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that churns out 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque.
The front-wheel-drive 2012 Honda Civic comes in both manual and automatic five-speed transmission.
This combination returns fuel economy estimates ranging from a low of 45kmpg city/55kmpg highway.
A statement by the company also gave some of the special features of the cars as 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, auto-on/off headlights, a sunroof, variable intermittent windshield wipers, 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, an outside temperature display, Bluetooth and a premium seven-speaker sound system.
The VTi model adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Its navigation system with voice controls, satellite radio and real-time traffic updates are offered as optional.
Its headlights are incorporated with fog lights, while the door mirrors have add-in turn signals with extra style.
It said, “The Civic futuristic cockpit is similarly arranged to give the driver total control of important displays and controls which are located within reach – directly in front.
“Talking safety, the 2012 Honda Civic comes with standard safety features that include stability control, antilock brakes, front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.”