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All-New 2012 Honda Civic Arrives at Canadian Dealerships with Enhanced Technology, Improved Fuel Economy and Added Value

TORONTO4/20/2011

TORONTO (April 20, 2011) – The all-new, ninth-generation 2012 Honda Civic arrives at Canadian dealerships today with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $14,990.  As the best-selling passenger vehicle in Canada for the past 13 consecutive years, the 2012 Honda Civic comes to market with a new sleek style and a fuel-efficient, technologically advanced lineup.

 

“The all-new Civic has evolved with the changing needs of our customers by adding the green, safe and fun features they asked for,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc.  “An exceptional value package has been created for Canadian consumers, by combining added standard equipment and a price reduction for the all-new Civic.   Built for Canadians, by Canadians, Civic offers the most diverse line-up in the industry to best meet the needs and preferences of individual Canadians.”

 

The Civic family consists of sedans and coupes powered by conventional gasoline, high-performance and hybrid engine choices.  For 2012, the Civic Sedan and Coupe continue to be available in trim level choices of Civic DX (safety features – Sedan only), LX (popular features), EX (full features) and EX-L (premium features).

 

For 2012, the all-new Civic introduces a host of features and technologies, designed to enhance the driving experience, including:
• New available technology features such as Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, and a Satellite-Linked Navigation System with bilingual voice recognition (standard on EX-L, Si and Hybrid models)
• Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
• Intelligent Multi-Information Display , or “i-MID” – a 5” display screen which provides the driver with the ability to control their Bluetooth enabled phone, Bluetooth Audio, iPOD, Radio, and other personalized settings all within the controls on the steering wheel.  (all except Civic DX models)
• Eco Assist™ driver feedback system (all except Si models)
• Next-generation Vehicle Stability Assist™ with traction control.

 

Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe
The Civic Sedan and Coupe models are designed to provide an optimal balance of comfort, value and performance. The Civic Coupe with its 50-mm shorter wheelbase than the Civic Sedan offers a more sporty character, although both share nearly identical chassis construction. The Civic Sedan and Coupe models are powered by a 1.8-litre in-line 4-cylinder engine with a 16-valve i-VTEC valvetrain and a dual-stage intake manifold. The engine produces 140 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. Both models receive an estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 7.2/5.0/6.2 L/100km when equipped with an automatic transmission (standard on Civic EX-L models). A manual transmission is standard on the Civic DX, LX and EX trims.

 

Civic Si
The Civic Si Coupe and Sedan models prioritize handling and performance with a sport-tuned suspension and a 2.4-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. More powerful than the 2.0-litre engine in the previous generation, the new engine produces 201 horsepower @ 7000 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. torque @ 4400 rpm, an improvement of 4 peak horsepower and 31 lb.-ft. of peak torque (22 per cent) compared to the previous model.

 

A sport-minded 6-speed manual transmission with a helical-type limited-slip differential (LSD) is standard. Unique Civic Si exterior features include fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45R17 tires, sport-tuned suspension, a body-coloured deck lid spoiler with an LED centre brake light, and a chrome exhaust finisher. Inside is an exclusive aluminum shift knob with leather, textured aluminum pedals, firmly bolstered cloth sport seats with suede-like trim and red stitching. The steering wheel is leather-trimmed with red stitching.  The i-MID on the Civic Si includes a new Sequential Rev-limit Indicator and Power Monitor.

 

Civic Hybrid
The 2012 Civic Hybrid uses the latest version of the company’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) parallel hybrid system to increase efficiency using an electric motor placed inline between the engine and transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard equipment. 
For 2012, a larger 1.5-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, up from 1.3 litres in the previous generation, provides a broadened mid-range power band and the switch to lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries from nickel-metal hydride results in enhanced IMA electrical power assist. The Civic Hybrid achieves an estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 4.4/4.2/4.3 L/100km, making it the most efficient compact car in the industry.  Combined, the engine and IMA produce 110 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. torque.

 

Safety
For safety, a wide variety of standard equipment includes Honda’s exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for enhanced frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash compatibility. ACE enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing structures in the front of the vehicle. Standard safety equipment includes VSA that integrates with the new Motion Adaptive EPS system; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with occupant position detection system (OPDS); side curtain airbags; and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The Civic’s hood and front fender areas are designed to deform if contacted by the head of a pedestrian in a frontal collision.

 

2012 Civic Pricing
MODELS Suggested Retail Price (excl. taxes)
CIVIC 4D DX 5MT  $14,990
CIVIC 4D LX 5MT  $17,490
CIVIC 4D LX 5 AT  $18,690
CIVIC 4D EX 5MT  $19,490
CIVIC 4D EX 5 AT  $20,690
CIVIC 4D EXL 5AT  $24,390
CIVIC 4D SI 6MT  $25,990
 
CIVIC 2D LX 5MT  $17,990
CIVIC 2D LX 5 AT  $19,190
CIVIC 2D EX 5MT  $19,990
CIVIC 2D EX 5AT  $21,190
CIVIC 2D EX-L5AT  $24,890
CIVIC 2D SI 6MT  $25,990

 


About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969 and currently employs more than 15,000 people across the country. Honda Canada has produced more than 5 million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two assembly facilities in Alliston, Ontario, including the popular Civic Coupe, Sedan and Si models.  Specifically, since the Civic was first launched in 1973, Canadians have purchased more than 1.6 million Civics nationally, 930,000 of which are still on the road today.

 

Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.4 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.

 

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