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Honda spices up Civic for 2009


Honda’s Civic gets a sportier and more aggressive look for 2009 with a makeover of the eighth generation car, launched locally in 2006.

The three models – 1.8S, 2.0S and Hybrid – have Honda’s new signature grille, and the rear end has been restyled and features new-look taillights. The 2.OS.gets new-design 17-inch alloy wheels.

Honda sells the Civic only as a four-door sedan in New Zealand. No hatchback is in the range.

Honda is offering two petrol engines, the 103kW/177Nm 1.8-litre, and a 2.0-litre based on the Accord Euro motor, and developing maximum power of 114kW and 188Nm of peak torque. The Hybrid powertrain produces outputs equivalent to the 1.8.

All three engine have i-Vtec engine management that uses valve control systems to either vary valve lift, vary the timing of valve opening or, in the hybrid, completely deactivate cylinders by closing the valves.

Honda engineers have reprogrammed the gearshift paddles on the 1.8S and 2.0S so that the Sports Shift is live all the time, not just when S mode is selected.

All Civics have front, side and curtain airbags and ABS anti-lock braking with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist which boosts pedal pressure in panic stops.

The re-designed dashboard splits the instruments into two areas: less frequently used items are in the traditional position but the critical items – like the speedometer – are closer to the screen and in the driver’s peripheral vision when looking at the road.

Standard equipment includes Cruise Control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, climate-control air-conditioning, a CD player with auxiliary audio input, alarm and immobiliser, active headrests and alloy wheels.

The 2009 Honda Civic is available in Taffeta White, Obsidian, Neutron Blue, New Cherry Red, Quick Silver and Sparkle Grey paint finishes.

The 1.8S is priced from $28,900, the 2.0S from $35,200 and the Hybrid from $37,000.


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