New Honda Civic 2012

The 2012 all-new, ninth-generation Honda Civic has been officially unveiled, ahead of a launch across the U.S. in the second quarter of 2011. That the all-new Civic has turned out to be so mildly different—outside and inside—from the current Civic is hardly surprising, as the Honda Civic Concept and these spy shots had provided a pretty good preview of the hugely popular Honda mid-size car.
The upcoming Civic lineup consists of the following: the standard Sedan and Coupe variants; the new HF fuel-efficient sedan variant; the Si performance sedan and coupe variants; and hybrid and natural gas sedan variants. Honda says that a key feature of the all-new Civic is its improved fuel economy across the range.
Equipped with Honda’s IMA system, a lithium-ion battery pack, a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine and a CVT, the Civic Hybrid gets 110 hp and 19.1 km/litre (45 mpg) fuel economy, an improvement of 1.7 km/litre (4 mpg) over the current Civic Hybrid. Also standard on the Civic Hybrid is the Honda Eco Assist system, a feature that is similarly present on the Sedan, Coupe, HF and natural gas Civic variants.
A 140 hp 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine, paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, powers the Sedan, Coupe, HF and natural gas Civic variants. Honda lists the Sedan and Coupe’s fuel economy as 16.6 km/litre (39 mpg), and the HF’s as 17.4 km/litre (41 mpg). The natural gas variant returns a seven percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
The performance-oriented Si sedan and coupe variants use a 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine that generates 200 hp and 230 Nm, along with a six-speed manual transmission. Despite the larger engine capacity with a 22 percent accompanying increase in torque, the Si’s fuel economy is expected to improve by 0.9 km/litre (2 mpg) to 13.2 km/litre (31 mpg).

Engine TypeIn-Line 4-Cylinder In-Line 4-Cylinder In-Line 4-Cylinder
Engine Block/Cylinder HeadAluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement (cc)1798 1798 1798
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)140 @ 6500 140 @ 6500 140 @ 6500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)128 @ 4300 128 @ 4300 128 @ 4300
Redline (rpm)6700 6700 6700
Bore and Stroke (mm)81 x 87.3 81 x 87.3 81 x 87.3
Compression Ratio10.6:1 10.6:1 10.6:1
Valve Train16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® 16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® 16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®
Multi-Point Fuel InjectionStandard Standard Standard
Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle SystemStandard Standard Standard
Front-Wheel DriveStandard Standard Standard
Eco Assist™ System[1] Standard Standard Standard
CARB Emissions RatingULEV-2/PZEV[2]  ULEV-2/PZEV[2]  ULEV-2/PZEV[2] 
Direct Ignition System with ImmobilizerStandard Standard Standard
100K +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups[3] Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Transmission Standard Standard  
Gear Ratios: 1st: 3.143, 2nd: 1.870, 3rd: 1.235, 4th: 0.949, 5th: 0.727, Reverse: 3.308, Final Drive: 4.29     
Compact 5-Speed Automatic TransmissionAvailable Available Standard
Gear Ratios: 1st: 2.666, 2nd: 1.534, 3rd: 1.022, 4th: 0.721, 5th: 0.525, Reverse: 1.957, Final Drive: 4.44     
Unit-Body ConstructionStandard Standard Standard
MacPherson Strut Front SuspensionStandard Standard Standard
Multi-Link Rear SuspensionStandard Standard Standard
Stabilizer Bar (mm, front/rear) 17.0 / 11.0 17.0 / 11.0 17.0 / 11.0
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock3.1 3.1 3.1
Steering Ratio16.1 16.1 16.1
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft)35.4 35.4 35.4
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes (in, front/rear)10.3 / 7.9 10.3 / 7.9  
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes (in, front/rear)    10.3 / 10.2
Wheels15" with Full Covers 15" with Full Covers 16" Alloys
All-Season TiresP195 / 65 R15 89H P195 / 65 R15 89H P205 / 55 R16 89H
Compact Spare TireT135 / 80 D15 99M T135 / 80 D15 99M T135 / 80 D15 99M
Exterior Measurements
Wheelbase (in)105.1 105.1 105.1
Length (in)177.3 177.3 177.3
Height (in)56.5 56.5 56.5
Width (in)69.0 69.0 69.0
Track (in, front/rear) 59.0 / 59.9 59.0 / 59.9 59.0 / 59.9
Curb Weight (lbs, MT/AT) 2608 / 2672 2641 / 2705 NA / 2765 (EX) NA / 2787 (EX w/Navi) NA / 2773 (EX-L) NA / 2795 (EX-L w/Navi)
Weight Distribution
(%, front/rear, MT)
60 / 40 60 / 40  
Weight Distribution
(%, front/rear, AT)
61 / 39 61 / 39 61 / 39
Interior Measurements
Headroom (in, front/rear) 39.0 / 37.1 39.0 / 37.1 37.9 / 36.2
Legroom (in, front/rear)42.0 / 36.2 42.0 / 36.2 42.0 / 36.2
Shoulder Room (in, front/rear)56.6 / 53.3 56.6 / 53.3 56.6 / 53.3
Hiproom (in, front/rear)50.5 / 51.4 50.5 / 51.4 50.5 / 51.4
Cargo Volume (cu ft)12.5 12.5 12.5 (EX) 12.1 (EX-L)
Passenger Volume (cu ft)94.6 94.6 92.1
Seating Capacity5 5 5
EPA Mileage Estimates[4] / Fuel
5-Speed Manual (City/Highway/Combined)28 / 36 / 31 28 / 36 / 31  
5-Speed Automatic (City/Highway/Combined)28 / 39 / 32 28 / 39 / 32 28 / 39 / 32
Fuel (gal)13.2 13.2 13.2
Required FuelRegular Unleaded Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded
3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating PositionsStandard Standard Standard
Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning SystemStandard Standard Standard
Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat Belt ReminderStandard Standard Standard
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)Standard Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags with Passenger-Side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)Standard Standard Standard
Side Curtain AirbagsStandard Standard Standard
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body StructureStandard Standard Standard
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control[5] Standard Standard Standard
Brake AssistStandard Standard Standard
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)[6] Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)Standard Standard Standard
Side-Impact Door BeamsStandard Standard Standard
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)Standard Standard Standard
Child-Proof Rear Door LocksStandard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk ReleaseStandard Standard Standard
Exterior Features
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature    Standard
Integrated Rear-Window AntennaStandard Standard Standard
Security System with Remote Entry  with Trunk Release with Trunk Release
Manually Operated Side MirrorsBlack    
Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors  Standard Heated (EX-L)
2-Speed/Intermittent Windshield WipersStandard Standard  
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers    Standard
Impact-Absorbing Body-Colored BumpersStandard Standard Standard
Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto OffStandard Standard with Auto-On/Off (EX-L)
Body-Colored Door HandlesBlack Standard Standard
Comfort & Convenience
Air Conditioning with Air-Filtration System  Standard Standard
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic[7]     Available
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®[8]     Standard
Power WindowsStandard    
Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver's Window  Standard Standard
Power Door Locks with Auto-Lock Feature  Standard Standard
Illuminated Driver's Window and Door Lock Controls  Standard Standard
Cruise Control  Standard Standard
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel    EX-L
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls  Cruise / Audio / i-MID Cruise / Audio / Phone / i-MID / Navi (available)
Tilt and Telescopic Steering ColumnStandard Standard Standard
Beverage HoldersFront Front Front and Rear
Center Console with Armrest and Storage CompartmentStandard Standard Standard
Door-Pocket Storage Bins (front/rear)Standard Standard Standard
Passenger-Side Seatback Pocket    Standard
Coin TrayStandard Standard Standard
Remote Fuel Filler Door ReleaseStandard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release with LockStandard Standard Standard
Headlights-On ReminderStandard Standard Standard
Driver's and Front Passenger's Vanity MirrorsStandard Standard Standard
Map Lights  Standard Standard
Rear-Seat Armrest    Standard
Rear-Seat Heater DuctsStandard Standard Standard
Floor Mats  Standard Standard
Driver's FootrestStandard Standard Standard
12-Volt Power OutletFront Front Front and Center Console
Rear Window Defroster with TimerStandard Standard Standard
Cargo Area LightStandard Standard Standard
Leather-Trimmed Interior    EX-L
Heated Front Seats    EX-L
Driver's Seat with Manual Height AdjustmentStandard Standard Standard
Adjustable Front Seat-Belt AnchorsStandard Standard Standard
Reclining Front SeatbacksStandard Standard Standard
Adjustable Head RestraintsStandard Standard Standard
Fold-Down Rear SeatbackStandard Standard 60/40 Split
Audio Systems
160-Watt AM/FM//CD Audio System with 4 Speakers  Standard  
160-Watt AM/FM//CD Audio System with 6 Speakers    Standard
XM® Radio[9]     with Navigation
USB Audio Interface[10]   Standard Standard
MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack  Standard Standard
MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) Playback Capability[11]   Standard Standard
Radio Data System (RDS)  Standard Standard
Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC)  Standard Standard
12-Volt Battery Charging System IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
ABS IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Airbag System IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Blue Backlit GaugesStandard Standard Standard
Brake System IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Coolant Temperature IndicatorsStandard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Indicators  Standard Standard
Digital SpeedometerStandard Standard Standard
Door and Trunk Open IndicatorsStandard Standard Standard
DRL IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
ECON ButtonStandard Standard Standard
ECON Mode IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Electric Power Steering (EPS) IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Fuel Level IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Headlight-On IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
High-Beam IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Immobilizer System IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Instant Fuel Economy IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Low Tire-Pressure IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Low-Fuel IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Low-Oil Pressure IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Maintenance Minder IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Malfunction IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Passenger-Side Side Airbag-Off IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Seat Belt Reminder IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Security System Indicator  Standard Standard
Shift Lever Position Indicator5AT 5AT 5AT
System Message Indicator  Standard Standard
TachometerStandard Standard Standard
TPMS IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Turn Signal/Hazard IndicatorsStandard Standard Standard
Two-Tier Instrument PanelStandard Standard Standard
VSA System and Off IndicatorsStandard Standard Standard
Washer Fluid Level IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
Average Fuel Economy IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Average Speed Indicator  Standard Standard
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®[8]     Standard
ClockStandard Standard Standard
Customizable Door Lock Settings  Standard Standard
Customizable Interior Light Settings  Standard Standard
Customizable Language Settings  Standard Standard
Customizable Screen Color Settings  Standard Standard
Customizable Wallpaper Settings  Standard Standard
Digital Fuel-Mileage Indicators  Standard Standard
Digital Odometer and Digital Trip Meters (2)Standard Standard Standard
Elapsed Time Indicator  Standard Standard
Exterior Temperature Indicator    Standard
FM Traffic    with Navigation
Maintenance Minder™ SystemStandard Standard Standard
Miles-to-Empty IndicatorStandard Standard Standard
Turn-By-Turn Directions    with Navigation
Welcome Screen  Standard Standard

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眾所期待的第九代Civic終於在美國先行問世,然而各界對這款世界車卻褒貶不一,其中美國相當具權威的Consumer Reports,新Civic不僅在各項評選項目中墊底,甚至未出現在推薦名單中,這下可讓HONDA直接槓上Consumer Reports!

向來在美國市場無往不利的HONDA Civic,這回可栽在Consumer Reports手裡,因為新一代Civic LX在Consumer Reports雜誌最新評選中排名幾乎墊底,並被該雜誌從推薦名單中除名。上一代Civic在Consumer Reports的評選中獲得「極佳」成績,然而這次在所有12款參加評選的小型車中,新Civic卻排名倒數第二,僅高於VW Jetta。據了解Consumer Reports批評新Civic行駛不平穩,且噪音過大;不過新Civic在省油方面排名第二,僅次於TOYOTA Corolla。

根據Consumer Reports汽車測試中心資深主管David Champion表示:「其它品牌車款如HYUNDAI Elantra,在重新設計後性能優越,甚至成為12款車中首選,然而新Civic的品質卻大幅下降。」對此HONDA美國分公司卻深表不滿,並在一份聲明中表示不同意Consumer Reports的結論:「無論在任何方面,全新設計的2012年式新Civic都有重大進步,且在小型車領域消費者關心的每一個領域都卓越領先。」

當然Consumer Reports也不甘示弱發了一份聲明稿表示,在各廠推出新車款後,小型車領域的競爭變得更加激烈。其它名列「極好」的車款包括FORD Focus和KIA Forte。雖然CHEVROLET Cruze也獲得諸多好評,但在油耗方面則受到批評。此外該雜誌還表示,一些舊車款,如非常高效能的TOYOTA Corolla,寬敞和安靜的NISSAN Sentra及動感十足的Mazda3仍極有競爭力。

這下HONDA與Consumer Reports真的卯上,然而就專業角度來看,或許Consumer Reports車輛測試人員認為新Civic進步不大,但對HONDA來說這可是費盡心思的力作,至於到底誰是誰非,就端賴消費市場買帳與否!

看来HONDA真的要好好检讨但至于本地消費市場(品牌大过天)我们就不会像美国消費者那么理智所以第九代Honda Civic在Malaysia销售恐怕还是会理想。