Honda launched the new Civic at
the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show
Frankfurt - Honda has launched the
new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Developed
specifically for the European market, the Civic will be offered
exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the
C-segment, the heart of the European Car market. It will reach
European showrooms in early 2012.
The designers of the new Civic
wanted to keep the sporty and advanced elements of the car's
character but tailor them to express the new model's even more
elegant yet dynamic feel. "We have lowered the height by 20mm
and increased the width by 10mm compared with the current car,"
comments Mitsuru Kariya, Civic Development Leader.
"Defining the correct proportions
was the most important challenge for the design of the new
Civic," says Kariya. "We enhanced the sporty aspect of the
design while creating a clean, dynamic shape." Sources of
inspiration included a 'blended wing body' aeroplane* in which
the fuselage and wings blend into a single body for superior
aerodynamic performance, quietness and habitability.