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Honda Civic (Japan, 2011-present)

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Facelift 2012

The reaction to the ninth generation HondaHondaHondaJapan, 1948 > present100 models
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CivicCivicHonda CivicJapan, 1972 > present10 series
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in North America was not positive. Critics said that it looked too much like the previous generationCivic Gen.8Honda Civic Gen.8Japan, 2005 > 201182 versions
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, and that the interior appeared cheaper than before. To react to all of the negative press, Honda debuted a refresh to the ninth generation CivicCivic Gen.9Honda Civic Gen.9Japan, 2011 > present100 versions
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just one year after it debuted. The new design debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29, 2012.

The new design attempts to make the ninth generation Civic appear more luxurious than the initial styling and differentiates the car more from its predecessor. The redesign features an open lower bumper with chrome accents and black honeycomb grill. The headlights have the same design but with clear side marker lights instead of amber lights. The creases on the hood are deeper than before. At the rear, the bumper has a more sculpted design that is more complicated than the very simple design on the 2012 car. The taillights have been redesigned to wrap into the trunk. There is also a simulated rear diffuser on the new car. 

 

 



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The redesigned 2012 European Civic continues to be a five-door hatchback, but the styling is toned down compared to the relatively avant-garde previous version. The new Civic is also 2cm lower and 1cm wider than the predecessor.

The car is available with three engines at launch: a 1.4 liter petrol engine with 100PS, a 1.8 liter petrol engine with 142PS and a 2.2 liter diesel with 150PS. Both engines have improved emissions scores compared to the previous generation with the petrol 1.8 liter 10% better and the diesel 20% better.

 



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Civic Tourer

The Civic Tourer was presented in 2013 and debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Forward of the B-pillar, the new car is identical to the basic Civic, but behind it, Honda has done a lot of work. The roof flows all the way to the rear in a gentle arc, and the sides are punctuated by a complex series of windows. The rear door windows are 17mm higher and have a five-side irregular shape, and the window for the cargo area is made of an arc on top and two sharp lines on the bottom. At the rear, the cargo load point has been lowered 137mm. It gives the car a complicated, almost old Citroën look.

The added room gives the car 624 liters of rear cargo room with the rear seats up and the tonneau cover closed or 1,668 liters with the rear seats down and tonneau cover open. Honda claims that the interior will hold two mountain bikes or three full-size suitcases. There is also further under floor storage. The Tourer has 147 liters more storage with the seats up and 290 liters more with the seats down.

The Civic Tourer is available with either the 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel or 1.8-liter i-VTEC petrol engine. Both are available with either a manual or automatic transmission.

The Tourer also introduces Honda’s new Adaptive Damper System on the rear suspension. It offers comfort, normal and dynamic modes that allows drivers to soften the suspension when cruising or tighten it during sporty driving.



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