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Honda Civic Si Released

Honda Civic Si (copyright image)

The Honda Civic Si hatchback
is made in England.

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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.

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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.


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