European version of 2012 Honda Civic to get a cleaner and more powerful engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 13, 2011

The new 2012 Honda Civic will be offered with the cleaner, more economical and powerful diesel engine that provides lower running costs for owners. With improvements to Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine and a low-drag body design, the new 2012 Civic emits 110 g/km of CO2 while delivering a powerful 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque.

This lower CO2 emission signals a drop of 29g/km over the outgoing model, allowing the customers to benefit from free road tax for the first year (and only £20 per year from then on) and cheaper fuel bills.

On the other hand, company drivers will be able to take advantage of BIK tax rates among the lowest for a small family car. The enhanced engine also signals that customers can have both power and better economy, with the 2.2 diesel delivering a 10 PS boost over the old engine.

The advanced i-DTEC engine of Honda received a number of enhancements in the quest for lower emissions. To reduce circulation loss, the oil flow through the engine has been carefully managed.

Also, to reduce friction, engine materials and components have been revised. A reduction in CO2 of five g/km was also obtained with the addition of Idle Stop (start/stop) technology. Extensive wind tunnel testing was carried out to enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics, refine high speed stability and reduce drag, all of which aid in lowering emissions.

The Honda Civic was first launched in 2006. In its present form, the car has seen a remodelling of its layout, with the development of a one of a kind platform that has a "centre tank" layout. This gives you a larger cabin space enough to meet the C category buyers in Europe, as well as other practical benefits.

The Honda Civic was designed and developed with the European market in mind, but it has received positive feedback in areas such as practicality, versatility and design. All of which helped establish the current Civic for its road presence and futuristic looks, as well as a multi-use vehicle that can accommodate different seat arrangements and has huge boot space.

As research begins, the development team focused on these milestones that they have achieved with the current Civic. The team then just focused on improving the qualities of the current Civic while also wanting to create a new emotional design that is both surprising and unexpected because of the spaciousness and other pragmatic features. The team also worked to enhance the visibility and field of vision to provide a better ownership experience.

The current Civic already has outstanding interior space as well as trunk space, especially when compared to competitors. The trick was to maintain this interior space while also improving space efficiency and overall packaging.

All these necessitated a new design for the exterior, improving the aerodynamics and also making the car much lighter, helping the car’s overall performance.

Dedicated research was done to find out what the European market wanted. Japanese and European engineers and designers worked together all throughout the development process. Tests were conducted in Japan first, and then in Europe to make sure that the new design was suitable for the most demanding C-segment buyers in the world.

Honda’s large project leader Mitsuru Kariya says that the car had to be easy to handle and safe, as well as affordable. It was built with a goal of striking a balance between affordability and performance.

The team also consulted dealers, the media and drivers to better evaluate the existing Honda Civic and determine the “must keep” qualities and features, as well as pinpoint new priorities for the new design.

Drivers liked the distinct form and styling of the car due to its practicality and futuristic appearance. But drivers also wanted a more sophisticated rear design with better rear view visibility. For the interiors, the spacious cabin, the magic seats and the easy to use and modern cockpit scored points. However users wanted the carmaker to use top quality materials. Users were also very satisfied with the driving experience, but hoped for a reduction in noise and more ride comfort.

Their research also revealed that the average Honda Civic driver wants a unique and new design combined with advanced technologies and a sporty performance. The low emissions and fuel efficiency were also identified as top priorities.

Press Release

CLEANER AND MORE POWERFUL ENGINE FOR 2012 HONDA CIVIC

The new 2012 Honda Civic will feature a cleaner, more powerful and economical diesel engine to deliver lower running costs for owners.

Improvements to Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, coupled with a low-drag body design, mean the new 2012 Civic emits only 110 g/km* of CO2 – while producing a powerful 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque.

This new lower CO2 figure signals a drop of 29g/km over the outgoing model and will enable customers to benefit from free road tax for the first year (and only £20 per year from then on), as well as cheaper fuel bills. Meanwhile, company car drivers will be able to take advantage of BIK tax rates among the lowest for a small family car.

The improved engine also shows that customers do not need to sacrifice on power to achieve better economy – the 2.2 diesel delivers a 10 PS boost over the outgoing engine.

Honda’s advanced i-DTEC engine received a number of enhancements in the quest for lower emissions. The oil flow through the engine has been carefully managed to reduce circulation loss, while engine materials and components have been revised to reduce friction. A five g/km reduction in CO2 was also achieved with the addition of Idle Stop (start/stop) technology.

Extensive wind tunnel testing was carried out to improve the car’s aerodynamics, reduce drag and refine high speed stability, all of which contribute towards lowering emissions.

“To achieve a good CO2 figure, you need to optimise every aspect of the car,” says Katsushi Watanabe, Development Leader for the engine. “Reducing the emissions was our key target and we’re proud to say that we have achieved this without compromising the high performance character of the engine. We want our customers to have fun when they drive this car.”

The second of five films on the development of the new Civic features Honda engineers discussing the i-DTEC engine and the Civic’s low emission technology. The video can be viewed at www.honda.co.uk/newcivic

The new Honda Civic that’s more confident, clever and versatile makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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