Honda is set to unveil a new Civic in September at the IAA in Frankfurt specifically for the European market. The company disclosed that engineers have enhanced the ride quality of the new vehicle while maintaning the sporty handling of the model.
The company’s Japanese development team, its European colleagues as well as external experts worked together so that model could cope well with European roads, which are some of the most varied in the world with its combination of poorly surfaced country lanes and fast highways, according to Honda’s news release on Friday.
The models’ initial testing was performed at the company’s R&D facilities in Japan, prior to the development team’s transfer to Europe in order to finalize the vehicle.
Chassis development leader Kazuo Sunaoshi shared that every time they visited Europe during the vehicle’s development stages, they achieved significant improvements in the handling and ride, tuning the vehicle to meet local demands. According to Honda, the five-door hatchback will be available in showrooms in European showrooms by the early part of 2012.
The new Civic will be manufactured for Europe at the company's Swindon factory in England, along with the next-generation CR-V. On another note, the new CR-V, which is an SUV-styled crossover, will be available for sale in Europe by late 2012, which is a year after its launch in North American.
The company stated that production at Swindon will return to normal levels by the early part of September after a period of interruption in components supply following the March earthquake in Japan. According to the company, the new model’s introduction into production will stay in the plan even with the recent parts supply interruption.