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1st March, 2012

The all-new 2012 Civic sedan represents the ninth-generation of one of Honda’s most popular and globally recognised products. Having earned a reputation for being fun-to-drive and at the same time fuel efficient, sporty, stylish and durable, the Civic has become a relied-upon member of the worldwide transportation 'family'.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of production of the Civic. It has sold over 20 million units world-wide since it was launched in Japan in 1972. Over 200,000 Civics have been sold in Australia since production began.

With each generation, the Civic has improved with a specific development theme in mind. The 2012 Civic embraces the fundamental concept of a futuristic and distinctive compact car, a direction that introduces new values that reach ahead of present-day needs and elevates the experience that Civic represents.

The all-new Honda Civic has been refined. It features enhancements to performance, ride and interior packaging along with increased fuel economy and the addition of interactive technologies for personalisation and convenience.

There are three variants available: VTi-L, Sport and Hybrid. Features of the all-new Civic sedan range include:
• Advanced safety systems including the Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility
• A long list of standard safety equipment including front, side and full-length curtain airbags, next-generation Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and anti-lock braking
• Streamlined, expressive ‘mono-form’ exterior styling with clean, flowing lines
• Roomier interior that delivers more style and convenience for class-leading space
• New technology features including intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), USB Audio Interface and Bluetooth connectivity
• New powertrain technologies including re-engineered 1.8-litre and 2-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC engines with enhanced fuel economy
• The Civic Hybrid receives a new 1.5-litre petrol engine, electric motor and lithium-ion battery

Beneath the aerodynamic skin of the ninth-generation Civic is Honda’s commitment to safety, fun-to-drive performance, style, comfort, convenience, durability, quality and refinement.


Advanced safety systems include Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and a long list of standard safety equipment including six airbags, next-generation Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brake Assist and a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering. The all-new Civic has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Fun to Drive

The Honda Civic sedan is designed to be fun to drive, with MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension and front and rear stabiliser bars. New for the ninth-generation, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) improves steering response at low speeds while rewarding the driver with outstanding feel at higher speeds. In addition, with EPS there is no power drain to the engine as is common with a traditional hydraulically boosted steering system. This benefits power output, fuel economy and exhaust emissions.

Distinctive, Aerodynamic Styling

As a new interpretation of the current Civic’s iconic ‘one-motion’ mono-form shape, the ninth-generation Civic is designed to convey an even more substantial, high-energy appearance. The exterior styling of Civic showcases the clean yet powerful body lines with a sleekly angled windscreen, wide stance and pronounced character lines along the profile. Hidden aerodynamic features such as flat-bottom unit-body construction, precisely placed aero strakes and other features work together to help the Civic achieve excellent fuel economy.

Comfort, Convenience and Personalisation

Smart and driver focused, the new Honda Civic’s five-person interior is a careful blend of form and function, with an advanced instrument lay out that is unique in its class. A ‘smart interface’ approach divides the interior into different areas, with key instrument displays located above the steering wheel. Secondary information is located lower in the area, while a third area to the driver’s left, groups controls that are not essential to driving.

New for 2012, the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) provides a five-inch colour monitor for the display of vehicle and audio information. Along with vehicle settings that can be customised, the i-MID includes the ability to upload personal wallpaper backgrounds. The Civic also features, as standard, the Eco Assist function.

Powertrain: Civic VTi-L and Sport

Honda has long been known for its world-class engine technology and a continuous process of innovation and improvement. At the core of Honda’s powertrain engineering is the ongoing pursuit of greater performance, enhanced fuel economy and low emissions.

The Civic VTi-L has an advanced 104 kW, 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine that produces 174 Nm of torque. The engine has been updated and refined from the previous generation Civic. The new engine has extensive changes that reduce friction, improve emissions and increase fuel economy. The engine is a Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) inline four-cylinder design with 16 valves and a dual-stage intake manifold.

Fuel economy has been improved, with the all-new Civic using 6.8 l/100 kms with CO2 emissions of 161 g/km for the manual transmission (combined cycle). The automatic uses 6.7 l/100 kms and CO2 emissions of 158 g/km (combined cycle).

The Civic Sport’s 2-litre i-VTEC engine has also been refined. It produces 114 kW and 190 Nm of torque. Fuel economy figures for the automatic transmission are 7.5 l/100 kms with CO2 emissions of 178 g/km (combined cycle).

The VT-L is available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The Sport is only available with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Powertrain: Civic Hybrid

The newest-generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system fitted to the Civic Hybrid uses a petrol engine as the primary source of power, while an electric motor provides additional power and electricity regeneration capability. The new IMA system consists of a larger 1.5-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine connected to a larger, more powerful electric motor and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A new Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the upgraded 17 kW electric motor. The new Lithium-Ion battery is lighter while being more powerful and compact than the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery it replaced.

Together, the petrol engine and electric motor produce 82 kW at 5,500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 1,000-3,500 rpm.

Compared to the previous generation, the new Honda Civic Hybrid has similar peak power but achieves it at 500 fewer rpm. It has gained 2 Nm of torque spread over a wider rpm range (between 1,000 rpm to 3,500 rpm) for improved performance during normal city driving.

During acceleration, the engine or the engine and electric motor propel the vehicle. During sustained cruising, the petrol engine and/or the electric motor can individually propel the vehicle. During braking, the petrol engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as a generator to replenish the Li-Ion battery pack. When the vehicle is at a stop, the engine can enter an idle-stop mode to conserve fuel and reduce emissions. The engine remains off until the brake pedal is released.

Compared to the previous Civic Hybrid, the fifth-generation Honda Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) powertrain provides improved acceleration at highway speeds while simultaneously delivering 4.4 l/100 kms and 104 g/km CO2 (combined cycle).

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Main features of Civic Hybrid petrol engine
• 1.5-litre inline four-cylinder
• Aluminium cylinder block with CCS (Cooling Control Spacer)
• Two-stage i-VTEC valve-control system
• i-VTEC-controlled Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
• ‘Intelligent’ Dual and Sequential Ignition with two spark plugs per cylinder
• ECON mode

Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
• 17kW ultra-thin DC brushless motor
• Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) with Integrated Cooling Unit
• High-power Lithium-Ion battery
• Automatic Idle Stop
• Cooperative regenerative braking system Continuously Variable Transmission
• Wide drive ratio for good acceleration and low rpm cruising

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NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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