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13th September, 2011

The new Honda Civic hatch features a distinctive new dynamic, flowing exterior design which is complemented by a high quality interior finish.

The designers of the new Civic wanted to keep the sporty and advanced elements of the car’s 'character' but tailor them to express the new model’s more dynamic feel. “We have lowered the height by 20 mm and increased the width by 10 mm compared with the current car,” comments Mitsuru Kariya, Civic Development Leader.

“Defining the correct proportions was the most important challenge for the design of the new Civic,” says Kariya.“We enhanced the sporty aspect of the design while creating a clean, dynamic shape.” Sources of inspiration included a ‘blended wing body’ aeroplane in which the fuselage and wings blend into a single body for superior aerodynamic performance.

This concept was a clear break in a new direction, rather than relying on sheer strength and engine power to convey a sporty image, a ‘blended body’ with reduced resistance would demonstrate a smarter image for the new Honda Civic. An example of this new image is the new rear combination light that works as an aerodynamic spoiler, managing air flow over the top and sides of the car.

The new interior is focussed around the driver and provides a sporty ambience. “We wanted to create the feeling of a cockpit, like a racing car or an aeroplane,” explains Yukio Emi, the Design Chief of the Civic Interior.

The quality of the interior for the new Civic has also been improved without compromising the class leading space. “The key target was to increase the feeling of quality,” says Kariya. “We have changed our approach to match customer expectations and European standards. The new Civic has a high quality cabin, both in the way that it feels and the way that it looks. Offering class leading boot space with the versatile seat combinations means that it‘s the most practical yet.”

The new Honda Civic hatchback will make its public debut this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany (15th-25th September 2011).

Production of the hatch will again be undertaken in England. An early 2012 release in England is scheduled.

Stay tuned to Next Car for details on Australian specifications and release date.


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