Honda spruce up Civic for 2009

Honda spruce up Civic for 2009

Honda Civic 2009 fq

Honda has given its 2009 Civic a makeover and some mild performance enhancements. The 2009 Honda Civic builds on the success of the redesigned 8th version, released in 2006.

The exterior makeover includes a new more aggressive and sporty shape, new front grill and bumper and redesigned rear grill and tail lights for all three models (the 1.8S, 2.0S and Hybrid), plus new design 17″ alloy wheels as standard on the 2.OS.

Changes to the gear shift paddles enable the Sports Shift to be live all the time on the 1.8S and 2.0S models, not just when in S mode as it was previously. By activating Sports Shift the driver essentially transforms the vehicle into a manual car, and is able to move through the gears using the steering wheel-mounted paddle switches. Allowing for driver activated engine braking, as well as more aggressive acceleration.

Under the bonnet the 1.8L engine produces power and torque (103kW and 177Nm respectively). Meanwhile the 2.0L engine (derived from the Award winning Accord Euro and tuned for the Civic) produces 114kW power and 188Nm of torque. The 2009 Civic Hybrid retains its Integrated Motor Assist powertrain that produces outputs equivalent to the 1.8L engine.

All three engine feature i-Vtec engine management systems that use valve control systems that provide either variable lift control of vales, variable timing of valve opening or in the case of the hybrid complete cylinder deactivation by valve closure to assist fuel efficiency and/or power delivery.

Safety is ensured with the continued inclusion of front, side and curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, Emergency Brake Assist and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that reduces potential vehicle body misalignment in a collision.

The Civic’s instrument panel is designed for comfort and to reduce fatigue. The instruments are split into two areas: less used items are in the traditional position while the critical items are closer to the screen and also in the driver’s peripheral vision when looking at the road so they can read the speed without having to significantly adjust their focal point away from the road.

“The 2009 Honda Civic builds even further on the success of the 2006 model. We expect that the 2009 Honda Civic, which combines everything that was great about the 2006 version with an attractive facelift and the inclusion of even more innovative features, it will continue in its popularity with New Zealand drivers,” says Honda New Zealand Managing Director Graeme Seymour.

The 2009 Honda Civic is available now and priced from $28,900 for the 1.8S, $35,200 for the 2.OS and $37,000 for the Hybrid (plus on-road costs).

Honda Civic 2009 fq

Honda has given its 2009 Civic a makeover and some mild performance enhancements. The 2009 Honda Civic builds on the success of the redesigned 8th version, released in 2006.

The exterior makeover includes a new more aggressive and sporty shape, new front grill and bumper and redesigned rear grill and tail lights for all three models (the 1.8S, 2.0S and Hybrid), plus new design 17″ alloy wheels as standard on the 2.OS.

Changes to the gear shift paddles enable the Sports Shift to be live all the time on the 1.8S and 2.0S models, not just when in S mode as it was previously. By activating Sports Shift the driver essentially transforms the vehicle into a manual car, and is able to move through the gears using the steering wheel-mounted paddle switches. Allowing for driver activated engine braking, as well as more aggressive acceleration.

Under the bonnet the 1.8L engine produces power and torque (103kW and 177Nm respectively). Meanwhile the 2.0L engine (derived from the Award winning Accord Euro and tuned for the Civic) produces 114kW power and 188Nm of torque. The 2009 Civic Hybrid retains its Integrated Motor Assist powertrain that produces outputs equivalent to the 1.8L engine.

All three engine feature i-Vtec engine management systems that use valve control systems that provide either variable lift control of vales, variable timing of valve opening or in the case of the hybrid complete cylinder deactivation by valve closure to assist fuel efficiency and/or power delivery.

Safety is ensured with the continued inclusion of front, side and curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, Emergency Brake Assist and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that reduces potential vehicle body misalignment in a collision.

The Civic’s instrument panel is designed for comfort and to reduce fatigue. The instruments are split into two areas: less used items are in the traditional position while the critical items are closer to the screen and also in the driver’s peripheral vision when looking at the road so they can read the speed without having to significantly adjust their focal point away from the road.

“The 2009 Honda Civic builds even further on the success of the 2006 model. We expect that the 2009 Honda Civic, which combines everything that was great about the 2006 version with an attractive facelift and the inclusion of even more innovative features, it will continue in its popularity with New Zealand drivers,” says Honda New Zealand Managing Director Graeme Seymour.

The 2009 Honda Civic is available now and priced from $28,900 for the 1.8S, $35,200 for the 2.OS and $37,000 for the Hybrid (plus on-road costs).

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