2012 Honda Civic Euro-spec to offer a more refined and quieter driving experience

Article by Christian A., on September 8, 2011

New 2012 Honda Civic promises to provide a more refined and quieter driving experience, ensuring comfortable journeys on any road condition. The development team has worked diligently to sharpen every detail of the vehicle’s build, design and aerodynamics in order to optimize the interior refinement in the new model.

The engineers have ensured that that the new Civic is suitable on various road conditions by testing it in Europe. In addition, they made good use of Honda’s anechoic (echo-free) chamber in its Swindon R&D facility in order to fine-tune the cabin insulation.

In the anechoic chamber, the automaker was able to modify the construction and design of the roof lining as well as how it interacts with the bodywork.

The aerodynamic efficiency of the new Civic also played a vital role in maximizing its refinement. Several development team members tapped on their Formula One experience in order to help produce a vehicle that integrates excellent high-speed stability and a low coefficient of drag.

The meticulous work on the Honda wind tunnel has enhanced performance, produced an exceptionally quiet interior and reduced fuel consumption.

According to Kazuo Sunaoshi, Development Leader – Chassis, improvement on the refinement and noise of the new Civic was not just done through one method, but an accumulation of various minute details. He added that his major challenge was to achieve the same vibration levels and noise as those of its European competitors, a goal that he was able to accomplish.

Since its initial unveiling in 2006, the present Honda Civic has implemented a change in its layout design based on a unique platform utilizing a “center tank” layout. Developed for the European market, this type of layout produced a larger cabin space which appealed to the wants of Europe’s “C” class patrons. Numerous positive feedbacks were obtained with regards to the versatile flexibility and practicality of the current Civic’s design, which gives the car its appealing ‘road presence’ and impressive ‘futuristic looks’. Furthermore, the current Civic is deemed as a ‘multi-purpose’ vehicle due to its spacious trunk space and an array of seating arrangement options made possible by the ‘magic seats’.

The design team for the new Honda Civic took note of the significant achievements of the current Civic and decided to come up with an enhanced design version of the car while maintaining its well-loved features. With the objective of coming up with an emotionally-appealing design similar to that of the current Civic, the new Civic design team focused on sensible, doable features such as a spacious cabin and other practical yet desirable features. At the same time, the engineers also focused on design improvements that will improve the driver’s visibility and field of vision for a more enjoyable and safer driving experience.

Since the current Honda Civic’s marked advantages of spacious interior cabin and generous trunk capacity were already among the best in its category, design engineers ensured that these well-loved features were maintained. At the same time, a further objective of the team was to refine and enhance the car’s overall layout and space allotment. This objective aims to improve the aerodynamic features of its exterior and reduce overall weight that will boost the car’s performance and increase the new Civic’s overall efficiency.

Extensive research was done to establish the up-to-date, key preferences of the European car market. Afterwards, and as part of the design development process, European and Japanese design engineers meticulously analyzed, interpreted and converted research data into a working prototype design for the new Civic. Tests for the prototype were done initially in Japan and later on in Europe, in the process infusing further enhancements to meet the discriminating taste of the C-segment buyers.

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