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New Civic Tourer Commences Mass Production at
Honda's UK Plant
LONDON - Associates at Honda's UK manufacturing plant in Swindon have
today come together to celebrate the first production models of the new
Civic Tourer rolling off the production line. The ceremony was hosted by
senior management to congratulate the Associates at the plant, those in
its European R&D team and Honda's suppliers for their hard work in the
creation of this bespoke European model.
Honda's European President and COO, Manabu Nishimae, said: "More than
any other product, the Civic Tourer highlights the ambition, energy,
skill and tenacity of our Associates. Developed, designed, tested and
produced here in Europe, the Civic Tourer demonstrates what can be
achieved by our European teams."
Adrian Killham, Chief Engineer for the new
model, said: "The new Civic Tourer delivers the biggest boot volume in
its class, CO2 emissions of 99g/km and a unique, distinctive style which
has been highly complemented in the media ever since being revealed as a
concept at the Geneva Show in March this year."
The Civic Tourer will arrive in UK dealerships in early 2014. It comes
with the choice of two engines; the 1.8 i-VTEC petrol and the new 1.6
i-DTEC diesel. The diesel engine is the first in Europe from Honda's
next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series and delivers incredible
fuel economy without compromising power and performance. The light
weight engine provides a competitive 120 PS of power and 300 Nm of
torque with an acceleration time of 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds, yet still
delivers 74.33mpg on the combined cycle, giving a range of 817 miles on
one tank of fuel and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
Despite being the lowest and most compact estate in its segment, the new
Tourer offers a class-leading 624 litres of boot space (up to the
tonneau cover with rear seats up). Utilising Honda's unique Magic Seat
system, the rear seats can be pulled down to create a completely flat
load area with 1,668 litres of capacity up to the roof lining.
(December 13, 2013)