Honda Civic Si Released
The Honda Civic Si hatchback
is made in England.
21st April, 2009
Globally, Civic is Honda’s best selling model with over 19 million units of
this well known nameplate having been manufactured and sold around the world during the past 37 years - 30 per cent of all
Honda sales globally. Civic has frequently served as the vehicle for the latest Honda technology and this model is no
exception. Currently, the Civic range is manufactured in 13 countries and sold in approximately 160 world markets.
The development of the Civic Si has perfectly mirrored Honda’s global theme - The Power of Dreams - which means not
only coming up with new ideas but also having the determination to turn those ideas into reality.
“I remember sitting down to think about my own dream for Civic” explains Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, the Large Project
Leader of the new Civic, “We set out to create a revolution for the European market that would excite our customers
and that our competitors would have to follow. Importantly, we also wanted this revolution of one car to continue the
revolution of Honda’s business in Europe. This was our dream when we began the development of the all-new Civic”.
In Australia, Honda expects the new Civic to be popular with customers in their mid-30s to mid-40s, mainly female,
single or double income with no kids, or young families. The Civic Si appeals to forward thinkers both in work and in
their private lives. Honda believes Civic drivers enjoy expressing a special status, have a strong interest in career
development, enjoy new technology and recognise value in functionality that can benefit their personal lives. They
demonstrate social responsibility without giving up the pursuit of their own enjoyment.
The Civic has often been a car to lead in new directions, to provide new standards and value for the customer. At a
time when some cars are growing increasingly similar, this model has introduced a new approach to the small car.
The Civic Si hatch is powered by a Euro4 compliant, SOHC 1.8 litre i-VTEC engine developing 103 kW on 91RON fuel that
is matched to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional 5-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.8 litre i-VTEC engine made its debut in the 8th generation Civic sedan in 2006 as a completely new engine. It
provides levels of driveability, fuel efficiency, emissions and performance that confirm Honda’s reputation for engine
technology and its position as the world’s largest engine manufacturer.
The 1.8-litre engine is significant because it marked the debut of a further advance in Honda’s i-VTEC system that is
designed to reduce pumping losses and therefore improve fuel economy.
The main priorities behind the 1.8-litre engine’s development were to provide a power unit that would perform well at
mid and low revs, yet remain responsive in all scenarios. On the other hand, it had to be a quiet engine with a refined
feel to the sound quality, essential in a car that will compete at the higher end of small hatches. It also had to fit
within the limited space under the bonnet without interfering with either the overall design or handling characteristics.
Last but certainly not least, it had to achieve good fuel economy and low emissions and that was where the VTEC
technology was instrumental in meeting these objectives.
Honda Civic Si prices (RRP)
manual $38,990 ..... automatic $41,290.