The first rear Adaptive Damper System in the world will be equipped in the new Honda Civic Tourer, which will be introduced in the United Kingdom in early 2014. This will the first time a rear Adaptive Damper System has been applied to a production model. The rear Adaptive Damper System features three settings -- comfort, normal and dynamic.
All of these settings were developed to improve stability and enhance comfort on different load and driving conditions that the new Civic Tourer may undergo. Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader at Honda, remarked that by introducing the technology in this format, they expect many customers to experience the benefits of this advanced rear Adaptive Damper System.
Honda developed and designed the new Civic Tourer in Europe, enabling the carmaker’s European R&D team to lead the creative and technical design process. The team banked on their experience of the demands as well as expectations of customers in Europe.
They even tested the new Civic Tourer in some of the harshest and most diverse driving conditions in Europe. The Japanese carmaker will build the new Civic Tourer at its Swindon manufacturing site in the UK. Honda will unveil the new Civic Tourer at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.
Being a Wagon-body-type veteran, the Honda Civic Tourer development team is well known for having produced the three door Accord derived AeroDeck back in 1986. This was followed by the 1991 Accord Wagon offered exclusively in the EU market. The team developed more Accord Wagon models before the first Accord Tourer came out in 2002.
The development team further pursued their commitment in the Wagon-body-type, to combine style and their proven practicality with remarkable levels of performance. The goal was to open the wagon-body-type to the more stylish drivers. The mindset gave birth to the first Civic Aero deck back in 1998 exclusively for the Europe audience. The Civic Aero deck was also the third car to be built in Swindon, UK at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM). This marked a steady positive growth to attain 16% of the C-segment for their Wagon sales across Europe at the time.
With the team’s exemplary background, the Civic Aero deck continuously set new standards of practicality and innovation with the qualities of the driver’s experience, comfort, and elegance. This commitment created a car that exceeded the expectations of many customers delivering class leading space and giving birth to the world’s first rear Adaptive Damper System.