Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC places third in 367-mile MPG Marathon

Article by Anita Panait, on October 25, 2013

The new Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC secured third place in the ‘MPG Marathon,’ underscoring the vehicle’s impressive fuel efficiency.  After a drive that covers over 367 miles, the Civic recorded an excellent overall mpg of 84.87mpg, just 4mpg behind eventual winner Ford Fiesta ECOnetic. At second place is Renault Clio Dynamique.

However, the Civic is much bigger than the Fiesta ECOnetic and the Clio Dynamique. The Civic surpassed its official combined figure by around 8.12 per cent, allowing to secured the third place overall in percentage improvement on quoted mpg figures. 

The Civic likewise logged the third lowest carbon dioxide emissions of the models on test at 94g/km. ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG is organized by Fleet World magazine and was held on October 9, 2013 from Tankersley Manor, near Sheffield

This year’s edition of the MPG Marathon is touted as the toughest yet, no thanks to strong winds, long hill climbs and heavy traffic. The 1.6 diesel Civic was piloted by Mark Armstrong-Read of Derbyshire NHS Trust, proving its performance and efficiency.  

Lee Wheeler, Manager-Corporate Operations at Honda (UK), remarked that the third-place finish of the 1.6 i-DTEC-powered Civic five-door in the MPG Marathon illustrates the key benefit brought by Honda’s new Earth Dreams Technology – “less trips to the filling station than many similar sized competitor models.” Wheeler remarked that Earth Dreams Technology is now available in the Civic five-door hatchback and CR-V, and soon in Civic Tourer.

The design team at Honda wanted the 5-door design of the new Civic to have a more athletic appearance and give it that sporty quality typically observed in 3-door vehicles. Their research led to the Civic having a cab forward design highlighted by reducing the amount of the side glass in relation to the side body’s surface. This was made possible by lowering the glass area in the rear window.

Thus, compared to the standard 5-door models that are part of the C-segment in Europe, the new Civic looks as if it has a small sleek cabin. In addition, the designers also wanted this new model to retain its futuristic and sporty qualities but still have the ability to customize these in order to show that this new Civic does have a futuristic yet more elegant feel.

To make this concept possible, Honda lowered the height by 20 mm and made it wider by 10 mm when compared to the current version. The overall design meanwhile now shows it is full of practicality with the style being able to emphasize the futuristic elegance and its athleticism. Helping highlight the planted and low appearance is how the body lines have been styled for this new model.

In many models, the peak point of the vehicle’s side body lines is typically in parallel with the handle of the door. With the new Civic, this is lower and specifically just around the door panel’s middle height. Because of this approach, there is a continuous and low line which begins at the front bumper, goes across the whole side before ending on the rear bumper.

It even gives the new Civic an impression of having a low center of gravity. Meanwhile the upper region of the body side makes use of what can be described as a plain design. This was done to serve as contrast to the lower portion and its sturdy appearance. Combined though, and adding in the side sills, it is able to catch the light and thus put more focus on the solidly planted look.

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