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Thursday
Sep172015

2016 Honda Civic

For Immediate Release

 

Honda Debuts Dynamic New 10th Generation Civic Sedan for North America: The Most Ambitious Remake of Civic Ever

 

·   Two new powertrains, including first Honda turbo engine in North America

·   Available Honda Sensing™ technologies

·   Compatible with Apple CarPlay®, the smarter, simpler way to use your iPhone in the car

·   Also supports Android Auto™

·   New styling includes significant use of LED lighting

·   New platform and package yields largest cabin in compact class

           

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2015 – Honda took to YouTube to unveil an all-new, dynamically styled 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in Canada this fall. With a more athletic stance and sportier driving position, the 2016 Civic Sedan is a new-from-the-ground-up design intended to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world’s best compact car – setting a new benchmark in the mainstream compact class for fun-to-drive and safety performances and fuel efficiency, together with a new level of refinement.

            The Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the Canadian market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic’s 43-year history.

            “This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake we’ve ever done,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of Honda Canada Inc. “It was created with the same innovative spirit that helped established Civic, back in 1973 and subsequently, as the benchmark in its class and Canada’s best-selling car for 17 consecutive years.”

            Backing up the new Civic’s dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in North America. These powerful and fuel-efficient new engines combine with a sophisticated new body and chassis design to deliver incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and top class fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Civic Sedan will be available with the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and, for the first time in a Honda, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – bringing new value to the compact segment.

Further, the 2016 Civic lineup joins the freshened 2016 Accord in offering advanced smartphone integration with a new, 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, offering tech-savvy customers a more advanced and intuitive connected-car experience.

Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

Sporty Civic Design

The dramatic and sporty new Civic design is grounded in its more athletic stance and low and wide proportions. Compared to the current model, the 2016 Civic Sedan is nearly 50mm wider and 20mm lower with a 30mm longer wheelbase, featuring a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer, more aggressively sculpted hood and fastback-style tail.

 

The taut and tidy proportions of the new Civic Sedan are complemented and accentuated by refined design details, including sleek and swept-back bodylines, a sharp and aggressive face and bulging wheel arches. The new Civic’s more premium compact sedan character is also highlighted by its available LED exterior lighting, including new Honda LED headlights (in-line type), LED daytime running lights (standard) and distinctive C-shaped LED taillights (also standard).

 

“The new Civic really is the embodiment of our global design team’s goal of styling a dramatic form that follows and speaks to the dynamic function of this ambitious redesign,” said Jarad Hall, Senior Exterior Designer and project leader of the Civic Sedan, Honda R&D Americas. “The low and wide proportions, with the wheels pushed to the outmost corners, emphasize the Civic’s dynamic handling prowess and give the car a crouched and muscular look, like a tiger ready to pounce.” 

 

Two All-new Engines

The 2016 Civic Sedan will feature two all-new, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-litre, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder – the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic – mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T and Touring trims will be powered by a 1.5-litre, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a unique CVT, delivering a new level of responsiveness in this capacity class of turbocharged engine. 

 

The new 1.5-liter powerplant is the first turbocharged engine on a Honda model and the most powerful engine ever offered on a non-Si Civic in North America.

 

Advanced and Sporty New Body and Chassis

The 2016 Civic will set a new standard for dynamic handling, steering, ride quality and cabin quietness in the compact class, courtesy of its all new platform, featuring the most rigid and tightly sealed body and the most sophisticated chassis in Civic history. 

 

Advancing the sporty character of this all-new Civic is its more sporty driving position, with a 25mm lower hip point compared to the current car. The lower hip point is enabled by the new Civic’s lower floor and engine and its all-new suspension design. The new Civic chassis features a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe.

 

Torsional rigidity of the new body is improved by 25 percent, aided in part by more intensive use of ultra-high-strength steel.  Twelve percent of the unit body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, up from 1 percent on the current model. Aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12 percent to class-leading levels, in part through the use of full underbody covers—a Civic first. Despite its larger size, the new Civic unit body is 31 kg lighter than before, while new body-sealing techniques result in a 58-percent reduction in cabin air leaks. Class-leading cabin quietness is further improved by the use of premium noise-reducing features, including a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a more tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

To achieve the Civic development team’s high targets for dynamic performance and refined ride quality, the new Civic Sedan utilizes hydraulic compliance bushings, a technology typically reserved for more expensive vehicles, aiding the isolation of road vibration. Additional new chassis technologies include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, along with the application of new Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology for more precise and agile cornering.

 

Spacious, Sophisticated and Advanced Cabin

The new Civic interior is designed to offer the most comfortable, sophisticated and premium-feeling cabin in the compact class. An additional 91L of interior volume translates into the largest cabin in the compact segment with 31mm of added rear-seat legroom versus the outgoing model. In front, new ultra-thin front roof pillars enable class-leading forward visibility; and at the rear, trunk space has been increased by 75L with a lower liftover height, larger opening and wider and taller cargo area. Civic Sedan LX and above trims will feature a 60/40 split and folding rear seat.

 

The 2016 Civic Sedan offers customers more features than ever before. New  equipment includes automatic climate control on LX – dual-zone on EX and higher trims; auto-up/down front power windows; an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold; Walk-Away auto door locks and an adjustable driver’s seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt. All Civic Sedan models also feature a larger, reconfigurable new centre console with up to 7.2 litres of secure storage space, approaching SUV levels of console utility.

 

The new Civic interior strikes a more premium tone with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrumental panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; a new full-color TFT centre meter (LX and above trims); a  centre console with piano black finish and high-contrast sliver bezel; door inserts with live stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift boot. Upper grades offer even more premium features, including an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way power front passenger’s seat as well as heated rear seats heated front seats are on LX and above trims, while heated mirrors are standard on all grades. 

 

Civic Manufacturing

Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company’s Alliston, Ontario and Greensburg, Indiana auto plants. The Alliston plant has been designated as a global lead plant for the Civic sedan production. The new Civic’s 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo engines will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio, and the vehicle’s two automatic transmissions (CVTs) will be sourced from Honda plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Celaya, Mexico. 

 

The new Civic utilizes numerous new manufacturing processes and technologies to advance quality, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance – the result of new investment in Honda automobile and engine plants in North America. This includes the addition of the company’s innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. This new general weld system creates a more lightweight, rigid and strong body structure that helps enable the Civic’s top class fuel efficiency, outstanding safety performance and fun-to-drive experience. 

 

About Civic

Civic is Honda’s best-selling car globally, Canada’s best-selling passenger car in for  the last 17 consecutive years. The first-generation Civic debuted in Canada in 1973, and Civic has played a leading role in advancing fuel efficiency, small-car safety performance, design, technology and fun-to-drive performance for nine generations. Canadian car buyers have purchased more than 1.8 million Civics throughout its 43 years in the Canadian market, and Civic has been manufactured in North America since 1986, with cumulative production in North America exceeding nine million Civics.

 

About Honda Canada

Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than seven million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario.  Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and currently build Honda Civic and CR-V models.  Honda Canada has invested more than $3.9 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than four million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.

 

 

Thursday
Jul102014

1975 Honda CB750

A cool modified Honda CB750...from Gasser Customs.

 

Thursday
Jul182013

Honda "Hands"

You are certainly familiar with Honda, and probably remember most of the products Honda makes. Cool video on the history of Honda, and the various products.

 

Thursday
May232013

McLaren MP4/4 

As Honda rejoins the F1 racing with McLaren in 2015, informative drive and conversation with Lewis Hamilton...

Quotes from the Honda press release...

Commenting on this exciting development, Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said:

“Ever since its establishment, Honda has been a company which grows by taking on challenges in racing. Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series. The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1. 

Also, Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Group Limited said:

“The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula One, and, for everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies heavily on our shoulders. But it's a mark of the ambition and resolve we both share that we want once again to take McLaren Honda to the very pinnacle of Formula One success. Together we have a great legacy – and we’re utterly committed to maintaining it.”

 

Jean Todt, president of FIA said:

"I am very happy to hear about Honda’s important decision to return to Formula One with McLaren from 2015.The introduction of the new power train next year, in the form of a 1.6 litre, 6 cylinder engine with direct injection and energy recovery, is a very exciting challenge and demonstrates a vision for the future of the sport. I am sure that Honda will become a strong contender in the years to come. ”

 

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One Group said:

"It is a great pleasure to see Honda back in Formula One. Their engine technology and passion for motor sports make them a natural Formula One contender.”

 

History of Honda Participation in F1 Racing:

1964 - 1968: Participated as an “all Honda” team including both the engine and chassis

1983 – 1992: Participated as an engine supplier (Won both the driver’s and constructors’ championship titles for four consecutive years from 1988 through 1991)

2000-2005: Participated as an engine supplier and joint developer of the chassis

2006-2008: Participated as an “all Honda” team including both the engine and chassis


 

 

Tuesday
Jan222013

1981 Honda CBX

Cool 6 cylinder motorcycle...agreed Jay Leno still likes his bike.

 

Wednesday
Oct242012

A Bike at 265 MPH

A bike, salt, huge amounts of adrenalin...

 

 

Friday
Jul062012

Backstage at the Honda Indy Toronto

Honda was gracious in inviting us to an interesting, and informative backstage event for the Honda Indy Toronto. Usually backstage events are a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with various individuals that are participants at the Honda Indy Toronto. 

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, lets get going.

We arrive downtown Toronto...

The track...yes we are "racing junkies"... 

It starts with a press conference...

At the Allstream Centre...

In case you don't know this guy...yes Reubens Barichello...very laid back!

Reubens Barichello

"Indy Racing is more complex than F1, very different car to drive, no tire warmers, love being called a rookie, mekes me feel younger, anxious to use push to pass"

"All I want is a powerful engine, and a steering wheel"

Helio Castroneve...

Helio Castroneve

Takuma Sato...

Takuma Sato

The press conference table...

Getting the pit area ready for the race...

Indy car on Ashley tea cups...

 

Close up of the tea cup...

Target Racing garage area...

 

Target Racing garage area...

 

Brake...what else its Brembo...

Penske Racing...these guys run "Bowtie Power"...

Penske Racing...

 

A Civic...the best selling car in Canada...

Refueling Station...

Firestone tires...

Firestone 

Garage area...

Its all in the steering wheel...

Up close...

The fellow behind the steering wheel...

 

Here he is...Alex Tagliani...

Alex Tagliani

Honda Power...

Indy Car...

More Indy cars...

Transporters...the tractors pulling the trailers...Freightliners

Garages...

A smaller version...

Target Racing...

 

More Brembo brakes...

Honda...sport bike the little guy with the Repsol paint scheme...

The iconic Shadows...yes we have one of those...

 

Jerry Chenkin of Honda perusing the display...

Honda...Accords

Marvel Avengers...

Sticky tire...

The pits...

"The Bachelorette was good publicity for my son" 

Arie Luyendik

The track...

MDX...

 

Honda Race Engines...

Honda 2012 Indy Engine...

The specs of the V6 Turbo for 2012...

Princess Gate...

The track...

Refueling cart...

Penske race control in the pits...

Words of wisdom from Soichiro...

Soichiro Honda

RGR

Tuesday
Jan102012

Superbike Pit Action

Its cool...enjoy a different perspective.

 

Friday
Jan062012

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

U Boat Watches - Click on watchThe first Vroom Room of the year, and 2012 is a leap year...

Come in make yourself comfortable, we have cappuccino...this morning! 

Most folks become reflective, looking back, and looking ahead as a new year approaches. Its timeless, and appropriate "How Will You Measure Your Life?"...here. Take a moment, store it on your cloud, its a compelling reminder of what life is all about....

All the talk of indebted Canadians using their weapon of choice (credit card) during Christmas. Here is the deal, its Christmas there is an intrinsic human trait to giving gifts. If purchases were up by 2 or 3%, inflation is up by an almost comparable percentage. If Boxing Day was strong, perhaps all the folks that received mall gift cards were out to maximise the value of the card. 

Obvious that you were not surprised to learn that the Honda Civic kept its crown as Canada's best selling car for countless years now. Nice push on the part of Honda during the last 2 months of the year.

Fascinating when folks give their "spin" to sales results, in 2011 BMW delivered 29,773 BMW branded cars and CUV/SUV in Canada, while Mercedes-Benz delivered 28,584 comparably branded vehicles. Both are claiming a piece of the #1 position, you be the judge...

Yes...next week the annual auto show circuit begins in Detroit. 

Starting today there is the Motorcycle Super Show at the International Center, if you appreciate custom bikes make it a point to visit the chopper display which is always spectacular.

Want to get into the mood of warmer temperatures, spend a few moments perusing the Ralph Lauren catalogue...here.

Our usual old race cars...here.