2012 Honda Civic gets the Top Safety Pick award from IIHS

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 31, 2011

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. revealed that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the highest safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK to the 2012 Honda Civic sedan models. The IIHS had tested the car under its stricter guidelines imposed this year. The IIHS awards vehicles that are the best at protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, as well those that have excellent rollover performance.

The IIHS requires that all TOP SAFETY PICK vehicles have a standard electronic stability control system. The Civic scored GOOD in all the four ratings (one of which is the roof-strength test). The redesigned 2012 Civic, which started selling on April 20, features the very economic i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine technologies and advanced standard safety features. All 2012 Civic vehicles make use of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.

It improves occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. Its exclusive design uses a network of structural elements that evenly distributes crash energy throughout the front of the vehicle.

As a result, the forces transferred to the passenger compartment are reduced. The 2012 Civic has been fitted with the following safety equipment as standard: Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; side curtain airbags; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); a driver's front side airbag; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and a front passenger's side airbag fitted with an occupant position detection system.

The new Honda Civic for the 2012 model year is basically the ninth generation of the Japanese carmaker’s world renowned vehicle. Since the launch of the Civic as a 1973 model, Honda has already sold over 8.8 million units in the United States through 2010. This is a powerful and solid testament to the Civic’s reputation as a fun-to-drive, fuel efficient, stylish and durable compact. Each of the nine generations of the Honda Civic has its own development theme.

For the latest generation, the theme was to create a "futuristic and distinctive compact," which entails the introduction of new values that should go beyond what is presently needed while elevating the experience that the Honda Civic could offer. Thus, the 2012 Honda Civic is laden with a number of improvements in terms of refinement, fuel economy and interactive technologies as well as in terms of performance, ride and interior packaging.

The appeal of the Honda Civic has allowed it to attract customers from different walks of life. A Honda Civic on the road may be driven by young adults -- high school graduates and college students – or by schoolteachers and professors.

Civic may be driven by families with small kids, soccer parents, Generation Y, baby boomers or retirees. Moreover, that driver could be a person longing for performance or someone who has deep concern for the environment. Drivers of the Honda Civic also come from different states or cities.

This means that no matter where or who the customers are, they drive the Civic because they are young at heart. They also drive the Civic because aside from its economy, durability, safety, style and comfort, it is fun to do so. In the past decade, there has been an increasing patronage of vehicles that are not only affordable, but are also fuel efficient and are low emitters of harmful pollutants. Since the Honda Civic practically has these attributes, it has been a hit with the driving public.

For the 2012 model year, the Civic comes in six different variants, each having its special attributes like high performance or high efficiency. These variants are: Civic Sedan (Civic DX, Civic LX, Civic EX and Civic EX-L); Civic Coupe (Civic DX, Civic LX, Civic EX and Civic EX-L); Civic Si Sedan and Civic Si Coupe (high performance); Civic Hybrid with new Lithium-Ion batteries (ultra-efficient); Civic Natural Gas (ultra-clean); and Civic HF (high efficiency and value-oriented).

The newest of these variants is the new Honda Civic HF, a very affordable and very efficient version that has been aerodynamically enhanced to achieve an estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg on the highway. This means that the Civic HF could travel two more miles on a gallon of gasoline than a typical regular Civic Sedan. This also means that the Civic HF is the most fuel efficient gasoline-only automatic compact sedan in the United States.

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