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Honda Civic

Honda Civic (Japan, 1979-1983)

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History, development and general characteristics

Honda entered the second generation Civic model in the market in 1980, replacing the previous model. The new Civic received more powerful engines and available in base and DX trim levels. A sports variant called Civic S was introduced in 1983.

For the 2nd generation, the Civic cars were assembled in more then just one powerplant, both at Honda’s homeland Japan and at Mercedes-Benz’s facility in East London, South Africa. Production stopped at the end of a three-year lifespan, opening the doors for the 3rd generation to replace it.



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Engine and Transmission

The 2nd generation Honda Civic has a front engine, front-wheel drive layout on all trim level variants. The available engine option range consists of a 1.3-liter unit with 55 hp and a 1.5-liter engine with 67 hp.
The base Civic model received a standard 4-speed manual transmission, while the other variants received a 5-speed manual unit. There was also an optional 2-speed automatic transmission available, which was replaced in 1980 for the 3-speed automatic unit.



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Body and Design

The second generation Honda Civic could be seen in three different body styles: as a 3- or 5-door hatchback, a 4-door sedan or a 5-door station wagon. This car’s shape was sleeker and more square-angled than the previous generation Civic and its overall dimensions were a bit larger as well.



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