Honda Civic

In 1972, when the Honda Civic first launched, it was introduced as a subcompact car for the 1973 model year. With the Honda Accord and Honda Prelude, the Honda Civic became part of the model lineup of cars sold within North America. It remained a North American Honda car until the 1990s when Honda expanded the model to other countries around the world.

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Honda Civic Origins

The first cars to hit the road were two-door coupes, followed by a three-door hatchback. Over time, and with each new generation of the Honda Civic, the car grows larger and appeals to a more upmarket crowd. With the unveiling of the seventh generation for the 2001 model year lineup, the Honda Civic became large enough to move into the compact car category. Honda launched the ninth generation of the Civic for the 2012 model year. This model represents the current generation of the car.

About the Honda Civic

During the 1970s, the demand for cars with excellent gas mileage grew due to the inflated fuel prices caused by the Arab oil embargo. Honda designed the Civic to meet this need. Although the first generations only offer small cars, their designs allow for optimal interior space and comfort. The first generations of the Honda Civic built up the car's reputation as a reliable and environmentally friendly vehicle that provides excellent fuel economy. With later modifications and newer generations, the Honda Civic also gained notice for its performance and sportiness.

Honda Civic Features

In January, 2011, the ninth and latest generation of the Honda Civic was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show. The current generation went on sale in April of the same year. Honda offers several trim levels of the Civic sedan, but all versions come equipped with a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. Anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability system, and electronic brake distribution come as standard features. The models also include Honda's Eco-Assist technology. The information provided by the system helps the driver adopt a driving style that improves gas mileage. Both a conventional and a hybrid version of the latest Honda Civic sedan are available.

Honda Civic Evolution

Honda produced the first generation of the Civic from 1973 to 1979. Its engine runs on either leaded or unleaded fuel, providing flexibility of choice for drivers. Consumers will not find this feature in many vehicles. The model can be purchased as a two-door coupe, a three-door hatchback, or a five-door hatchback or station wagon. In 1976, the platform of the three-door hatchback expanded to create the Honda Accord.

When the second generation of the Honda Civic launched in 1980, it presented a larger, more angular body shape and a more powerful engine than the first generation. It offers three different transmission options, including a four-speed manual transmission found on the base models, a five-speed manual transmission, or a two-speed semi-automatic transmission.

In 1984, the third generation of the Honda Civic was unveiled as a three-door hatchback or a four-door shuttle wagon called the Honda Civic Shuttle. The two-door coupe, called the CRX, also launched the same year. A more powerful, high-performance version of both the Honda Civic and the CRX launched in 1984, designated by the letters Si. A real time four-wheel drive option is also available, where all-wheel drive can be turned on and off during driving with the push of a button.

The unveiling of the fourth generation in 1988 introduced a Honda Civic with increased dimensions and a lower hood line. Several different models and trim lines sell in different markets around the world. The overall dimensions of the Honda Civic increased once again for the launch of the fifth generation in 1992. The larger body also flaunts a more aerodynamic restyle. The sixth generation, introduced in 1996, shows a restyle but with nowhere near the significance of the previous generations.

The 2001, seventh generation, of the Honda Civic has the same overall dimensions as the previous generation, but the flat floor increases the interior space. This change in space moves the Civic from the subcompact to the compact car category. It comes as a coupe or a sedan, but only the three-door hatchback offers the Si version. The seventh generation also includes the first Honda Civic hybrid.

One of the most significant changes for the 2006, eighth generation, of the vehicle is Honda's decision to create two Civics, based on different platforms. One version of the Honda Civic caters to the North American and home market, while the other focuses on the European market. The North American version comes as a sedan or coupe, while the European model shows significant style changes and can only be purchased as a three- or five-door hatchback.

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