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RE-STYLED CIVIC FOR 2009
Honda’s British-built Civic range will get a subtle refresh this autumn, in direct response to customer feedback.

The Civic has been a resounding success in the UK since it was launched three years ago, proving critics wrong with a stylish design that still looks as good as it did at launch. Therefore only minor changes, such as premium plastics and new trim materials, have been required to bring the car bang up to date.

A new 1.4-litre engine has been introduced on both 5-door and Type S models providing a more affordable option for younger customers or those looking to downsize. For the first time a conventional automatic transmission is now available on the Civic 5-door model, while a revised i-SHIFT automated manual transmission is available across both body shapes.

The revised range will go on sale later this year.
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Low emission, frugal engine joins Civic line-up
The newest addition to the Civic engine line-up is Honda’s 1.4 i-VTEC petrol engine – an entry level, Euro 5 engine with improved CO2 emissions, fuel economy, torque and power – that will appeal to customers wanting the Civic’s stylish looks and practicality at a lower price point.

Compared to the previous i-DSI unit which produced 83 PS and 119Nm, power is up to 100PS at a slightly higher 6000rpm and torque is 127Nm at 4800rpm.

Engine improvements
As well as VTEC valve-train technology, other enhancements include an improved combustion chamber shape, drive-by-wire throttle, a composite intake manifold with resonator chamber that offers good low and mid-range torque and a narrow timing chain and tensioner that reduce weight.

Friction reducing technologies include roller-tipped rocker arms, an offset crankshaft/connecting rod design, plateau honing of the cylinders for a smoother surface and a special piston surface coating which is better at oil retention and optimised piston ring tension.

Elsewhere, high-strength con-rods, forged as one unit, and then ‘cracked’ in two, create a lighter and stronger rod with perfectly fitted bearing cap that significantly reduces the weight of moving parts for increased efficiency.


CIVIC 5-DOOR FAMILY PRACTICALITY
The futuristic yet practical Civic 5-door has been a firm family favourite since its launch in 2006 and the revised model’s subtle changes will continue this success.

As well as the option of the new 1.4-litre engine, the Civic 5-door will now be available with a newly-developed, conventional automatic gearbox and a revised i-SHIFT automated manual transmission.

Uprated exterior plastics and a new rear combination light cluster have been used to make the car’s overall appearance more premium, while changes to the grille have been made to aid cooling and accommodate the new auto ’box.

Inside, a brushed metal effect trim and matt finish, as seen in the Type R, have been applied to the instrument console. Replacing the Piano Black, these are easier to clean and maintain. New seat fabrics have also been introduced.

Rear parking sensors and iPod connectivity are now offered on higher grade models as standard – the USB port allows the iPods to be operated through the main audio system and steering wheel controls, while lower grades have iPod playback capability through the auxiliary port.

Transmission
For the first time on Civic, a conventional 6-speed automatic gearbox will be available. This has been developed exclusively for the 5-door 1.8-litre model to suit customer driving styles and preferences. The Civic 5-door will also retain the smooth 5-speed manual transmission available since launch.

Revised i-SHIFT (6-speed automated manual transmission)
Honda’s next-generation 6-speed i-SHIFT automated manual transmission can also be paired with the 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol engines, offering reduced CO2 emissions.

Improvements from the previous i-SHIFT unit include: reduced gear change times, smoother shifts and more intelligent automatic mode shift logic.

The driver can choose between either Auto Mode for a more relaxed driving style, or Manual Mode for a sportier driving experience, using the sequential gearshift or steering wheel mounted paddles – the left paddle controlling down-shifts and the right paddle for up-shifts.

Automatic Mode is selected by moving the gearshift to the left of the gate, while sequential changes in Manual Mode are made by moving the lever either forwards (up changes) or backwards (down changes) in the main gate or by using the paddles.

The shift lever requires only a short movement to select the next gear for easy and comfortable use and reverse gear is in the conventional manual position for familiarity when driving.

The conventional clutch pedal is replaced by a Transmission Central Unit that controls the clutch via an actuator with hydraulic power generated by a DC motor, meaning gear changes are quick and smooth.
Intelligent Automatic Mode
Drivers can override Automatic Mode momentarily by switching to paddle operation ­– to change down a couple of gears for added acceleration, for example – after which, the system will automatically return to Automatic Mode.

The selected gear in both automatic and manual shift modes is shown in a display located within the fuel gauge dial, with the letter ‘A’ next to the gear number when Automatic Mode is selected.

The i-SHIFT gearbox is designed to adapt to different driving conditions by using a series of shift maps. For example, when driving downhill, the system will shift down to provide engine braking. On the latest system a yaw rate sensor detects cornering and holds the present gear, rather than shifting to avoid upsetting the car’s balance or causing hesitation, allowing the Civic to accelerate smoothly out of the corner. In addition, after starting the engine with the lever in neutral, the system defaults to Automatic Mode or when the car stops in fourth gear, the intelligent system will automatically shift back to first in both modes.

The intelligent system also safeguards the engine. For instance, at low rpm the system will not shift up, even if instructed to do so, to prevent malfunction and engine knocking, and it will automatically shift up just before the red line in order to avoid damaging the engine by over-revving.

Hill Start Assist
All i-SHIFT Civic models are now equipped with Hill Start Assist, which when pulling away from standstill on an incline, continues to apply the brakes for a moment as the driver moves their foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator, preventing the car from rolling back.

Shift Indicator Light (SIL)
All manual transmission Civics now feature a SIL (Shift Indicator Light) within the centre of the rev counter (as found on the latest Accord) that detects whether there is surplus, or a shortage of torque and provides the driver with a visual prompt of the best point to change gear and maximise economy.

CIVIC TYPE S
Revisions to the latest Civic Type S have been modelled on its sporty Type R counterpart to offer younger customers a ‘baby brother’ to the Type R at a more affordable price.

Changes include body coloured bumpers and skirts derived from the Type R, a mesh grille and clear rear combination lamp that distinguish it from the 5-door version. Uprated interior plastics with brushed and matt finish for the centre console have also been carried over from the Type R and the sporty Alcantara seats have been retained.

Like the 5-door, higher grade Type S models are now fitted with iPod connectivity and rear parking sensors.

Type S transmissions
The revised i-SHIFT automated manual transmission will also be available on Type S petrol models and benefits from quicker, smoother gear changes and improved shift logic. However, for more enthusiastic drivers, the 1.8-litre engine Type S models will have an additional ‘Sports’ button allowing longer revving before shifting up to the next gear. The i-SHIFT will also be equipped with Hill Start Assist.

The 5-speed manual transmission remains on all petrol and diesel models as standard and features a SIL (Shift Indicator Light).
CHAMPIONSHIP WHITE CIVIC TYPE R
The crowning glory in the Civic range is a long-awaited, higher specification Type R GT in Championship White.

Fans of the ‘Red H’ have been eager to get a Civic Type R in white since the latest body shape was introduced in 2007 and now their calls have been answered. This car will be available to order from the end of the year with all models built at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon.

As well as the distinctive Championship White paint finish that evokes memories of Honda’s first F1 car in 1963, this Type R gets 18” white alloy wheels, a contrasting smoke chrome finish on the badges, door handles, fuel lid and front grille and exclusive Type R plaque.

And there’s more. The powerful 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine, which produces 200PS at a spine tingling 8000rpm is now mated with a Limited Slip Differential that sharpens the car’s handling and driving dynamics even further. Around our test track in Tsukaba, Japan, the ‘white hot’ Type R shaves 1.44 seconds off the standard car’s time.

The History of Type R

February 1992: Honda engineers, with the invaluable advice of Ayrton Senna, set about developing the race performance of the NSX. The NSX-R is thus born. Major changes include a more aggressive suspension and an extensive weight reduction (removing audio, electric windows, and air conditioning) to 1230kg from the normal NSX weight of 1350kg.

In addition, race spec titanium con rods are placed into the original VTEC engine, allowing it to withstand the stresses of racing. It is finished in Championship White paint and the Red H emblem of the RA 272, the first Honda Formula 1 car to win a Grand Prix. Production is limited to 1,995 units.

September 1995: Honda announces the launch of the DC2 Integra Type-R. The Integra Type-R is powered by the B18C 1.8-litre DOHC VTEC engine, specifically developed for the Integra Type-R, with 200bhp at 8,000rpm.

Fumiyasu Suga, the assistant chief engineer for Type R, declares that in order to make a true race engine, some parts must be built and finished by hand; in particular, the assembly of the engine, balancing parts, porting and polishing.

Honda engineers buff the cylinders by hand to remove any slight imperfections, resulting in an increase in performance of 10bhp.

Standard equipment includes a helical LSD, sports suspension, a front lip spoiler, a rear spoiler, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, Recaro seats, and a titanium gearshift knob.

August 1997: The EK9 Civic Type-R is launched in Japan. It is powered by an exclusively-developed 1.6-litre DOHC VTEC B16B engine that makes 185bhp at 8,200rpm. The lightweight B16B engine features a new valve system allowing higher engine speeds, reduced engine friction, improved breathing, and increased compression ratio.

Main improvements to handling include increased body rigidity, reduced weight, sports suspension, torque-sensitive helical LSD, sports-tuned ABS, and Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tyres.

January 1998: The Accord Type-R goes on sale in the UK, with a tweaked H22A 2.2-litre VTEC engine on board. In addition, the Accord Type-R boasts a limited-slip-diff, 17-inch alloy wheels, Recaro seats and a stiffer chassis.

July 2001: An updated version of the Integra Type-R (DC5) is launched for sale in Japan and USA. The special colour of Championship White celebrates Honda’s first victory in F1. The DC5 Integra Type-R is powered by the K20A 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine with 220bhp and a new 6-speed manual gearbox. The suspension adopts clever front suspension and reactive-link double wishbone rear suspension. The Integra Type-R is also equipped with Recaro front seats, a leather wrapped Momo steering wheel, aluminium pedals, aluminium shift knob, exclusive aero parts and Brembo front brakes.

October 2001: A Type-R version of the seventh generation Civic is announced. It is built at Honda in the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, Wiltshire. The CTR – as it becomes known by enthusiasts – is powered by a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine that produces 197bhp at 7,400rpm. The Civic Type-R goes on to sell over 35,000 units and pick up numerous awards.

February 2006: The Civic Type R Concept, based on a three-door version of the 2006 Civic is unveiled at Geneva Motor Show.

September 2006: Honda unveils the production version of the 2007 Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show. The latest Civic to wear the Red H badge is more refined, easier to use everyday and features a reworked version of the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine. Power is marginally increased to 201PS, but suspension is tuned to give crisp handling and sharper steering response.

October 2008: Championship White Type R GT debuts at Paris Motor Show, answering the cries of ‘Red H’ fans across the UK.


 

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2009 Civic



Revised Civic family


Honda’s British-built Civic range will get a refresh this autumn, and is on show for the first time at Paris. The changes include a new 1.4-litre engine, conventional automatic transmission and subtle exterior and interior changes that will enhance the Civic’s popular styling.

Long-awaited Championship White Type R

Fans of the ‘Red H’ badge have been eagerly awaiting a white Type R since the high-revving model was launched in 2007. Now their calls have been answered with the launch of a higher specification, Championship White model, which makes its European debut at the Paris Motor Show.

New-look Civic Hybrid

Honda’s 4-door hybrid saloon has been given a facelift and is on show for the first time at Paris. Cosmetic changes, including tweaked front and rear lights, a more aggressive bumper and a new design of alloy wheel improve the overall appearance of the car.


RE-STYLED CIVIC FOR 2009

Honda’s British-built Civic range will get a subtle refresh this autumn, in direct response to customer feedback.

The Civic has been a resounding success in the UK since it was launched three years ago, proving critics wrong with a stylish design that still looks as good as it did at launch. Therefore only minor changes, such as premium plastics and new trim materials, have been required to bring the car bang up to date.

A new 1.4-litre engine has been introduced on both 5-door and Type S models providing a more affordable option for younger customers or those looking to downsize. For the first time a conventional automatic transmission is now available on the Civic 5-door model, while a revised i-SHIFT automated manual transmission is available across both body shapes.

The revised range will go on sale later this year.

1.4 - Low emission, frugal engine joins Civic line-up

The newest addition to the Civic engine line-up is Honda’s 1.4 i-VTEC petrol engine – an entry level, Euro 5 engine with improved CO2 emissions, fuel economy, torque and power – that will appeal to customers wanting the Civic’s stylish looks and practicality at a lower price point.

Compared to the previous i-DSI unit which produced 83 PS and 119Nm, power is up to 100PS at a slightly higher 6000rpm and torque is 127Nm at 4800rpm.

Engine improvements

As well as VTEC valve-train technology, other enhancements include an improved combustion chamber shape, drive-by-wire throttle, a composite intake manifold with resonator chamber that offers good low and mid-range torque and a narrow timing chain and tensioner that reduce weight.

Friction reducing technologies include roller-tipped rocker arms, an offset crankshaft/connecting rod design, plateau honing of the cylinders for a smoother surface and a special piston surface coating which is better at oil retention and optimised piston ring tension.

Elsewhere, high-strength con-rods, forged as one unit, and then ‘cracked’ in two, create a lighter and stronger rod with perfectly fitted bearing cap that significantly reduces the weight of moving parts for increased efficiency.

CIVIC 5-DOOR FAMILY PRACTICALITY

The futuristic yet practical Civic 5-door has been a firm family favourite since its launch in 2006 and the revised model’s subtle changes will continue this success.

As well as the option of the new 1.4-litre engine, the Civic 5-door will now be available with a newly-developed, conventional automatic gearbox and a revised i-SHIFT automated manual transmission.

Uprated exterior plastics and a new rear combination light cluster have been used to make the car’s overall appearance more premium, while changes to the grille have been made to aid cooling and accommodate the new auto ’box.

Inside, a brushed metal effect trim and matt finish, as seen in the Type R, have been applied to the instrument console. Replacing the Piano Black, these are easier to clean and maintain. New seat fabrics have also been introduced.

Rear parking sensors and iPod connectivity are now offered on higher grade models as standard – the USB port allows the iPods to be operated through the main audio system and steering wheel controls, while lower grades have iPod playback capability through the auxiliary port.

Transmission

For the first time on Civic, a conventional 6-speed automatic gearbox will be available. This has been developed exclusively for the 5-door 1.8-litre model to suit customer driving styles and preferences. The Civic 5-door will also retain the smooth 5-speed manual transmission available since launch.

Revised i-SHIFT (6-speed automated manual transmission)

Honda’s next-generation 6-speed i-SHIFT automated manual transmission can also be paired with the 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol engines, offering reduced CO2 emissions.

Improvements from the previous i-SHIFT unit include: reduced gear change times, smoother shifts and more intelligent automatic mode shift logic.

The driver can choose between either Auto Mode for a more relaxed driving style, or Manual Mode for a sportier driving experience, using the sequential gearshift or steering wheel mounted paddles – the left paddle controlling down-shifts and the right paddle for up-shifts.

Automatic Mode is selected by moving the gearshift to the left of the gate, while sequential changes in Manual Mode are made by moving the lever either forwards (up changes) or backwards (down changes) in the main gate or by using the paddles.

The shift lever requires only a short movement to select the next gear for easy and comfortable use and reverse gear is in the conventional manual position for familiarity when driving.

The conventional clutch pedal is replaced by a Transmission Central Unit that controls the clutch via an actuator with hydraulic power generated by a DC motor, meaning gear changes are quick and smooth.

Intelligent Automatic Mode

Drivers can override Automatic Mode momentarily by switching to paddle operation *– to change down a couple of gears for added acceleration, for example – after which, the system will automatically return to Automatic Mode.

The selected gear in both automatic and manual shift modes is shown in a display located within the fuel gauge dial, with the letter ‘A’ next to the gear number when Automatic Mode is selected.

The i-SHIFT gearbox is designed to adapt to different driving conditions by using a series of shift maps. For example, when driving downhill, the system will shift down to provide engine braking. On the latest system a yaw rate sensor detects cornering and holds the present gear, rather than shifting to avoid upsetting the car’s balance or causing hesitation, allowing the Civic to accelerate smoothly out of the corner. In addition, after starting the engine with the lever in neutral, the system defaults to Automatic Mode or when the car stops in fourth gear, the intelligent system will automatically shift back to first in both modes.

The intelligent system also safeguards the engine. For instance, at low rpm the system will not shift up, even if instructed to do so, to prevent malfunction and engine knocking, and it will automatically shift up just before the red line in order to avoid damaging the engine by over-revving.

Hill Start Assist

All i-SHIFT Civic models are now equipped with Hill Start Assist, which when pulling away from standstill on an incline, continues to apply the brakes for a moment as the driver moves their foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator, preventing the car from rolling back.

Shift Indicator Light (SIL)

All manual transmission Civics now feature a SIL (Shift Indicator Light) within the centre of the rev counter (as found on the latest Accord) that detects whether there is surplus, or a shortage of torque and provides the driver with a visual prompt of the best point to change gear and maximise economy.

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CIVIC TYPE S

Revisions to the latest Civic Type S have been modelled on its sporty Type R counterpart to offer younger customers a ‘baby brother’ to the Type R at a more affordable price.

Changes include body coloured bumpers and skirts derived from the Type R, a mesh grille and clear rear combination lamp that distinguish it from the 5-door version. Uprated interior plastics with brushed and matt finish for the centre console have also been carried over from the Type R and the sporty Alcantara seats have been retained.

Like the 5-door, higher grade Type S models are now fitted with iPod connectivity and rear parking sensors.

Type S transmissions

The revised i-SHIFT automated manual transmission will also be available on Type S petrol models and benefits from quicker, smoother gear changes and improved shift logic. However, for more enthusiastic drivers, the 1.8-litre engine Type S models will have an additional ‘Sports’ button allowing longer revving before shifting up to the next gear. The i-SHIFT will also be equipped with Hill Start Assist.

The 5-speed manual transmission remains on all petrol and diesel models as standard and features a SIL (Shift Indicator Light).

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CHAMPIONSHIP WHITE CIVIC TYPE R

The crowning glory in the Civic range is a long-awaited, higher specification Type R GT in Championship White.

Fans of the ‘Red H’ have been eager to get a Civic Type R in white since the latest body shape was introduced in 2007 and now their calls have been answered. This car will be available to order from the end of the year with all models built at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon.

As well as the distinctive Championship White paint finish that evokes memories of Honda’s first F1 car in 1963, this Type R gets 18” white alloy wheels, a contrasting smoke chrome finish on the badges, door handles, fuel lid and front grille and exclusive Type R plaque.

And there’s more. The powerful 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine, which produces 200PS at a spine tingling 8000rpm is now mated with a Limited Slip Differential that sharpens the car’s handling and driving dynamics even further. Around our test track in Tsukaba, Japan, the ‘white hot’ Type R shaves 1.44 seconds off the standard car’s time.

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I aint sure about that 5 door grill but i am very happy that the CTR hasnt been changed hardly at all, bar lsd which is one white and I dont like white.
 

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I agree with you about the 5 door grill!!!!! They have finally got rid of the look at them and they scratch interior plastics on the non type R models. The rear lights look classier as well.
 

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The new grill is NOT good. The only colour I think that will work with is NHB.
 

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Its a very minor facelift but if it aint broke etc etc etc I like how they say interior plastics have been improved on the normal civic to bring it inline with the type r. So the only interior change is using the type r surround???
 

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The new grill totally ruins the car for me, its soooo ugly. Won't be buying one if they're still like that in three years time.

Why change one of the most unique features on the car?

Honda, you are barking mad!!
 

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I think the new grill gives it an 'inflamed nostril' look.... :(

Not very spaceship...
 

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The 58 plate club will be pleased!!!
 

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Another good thing is re-sale values as the facelift is so minor that you dont have to say you have a pre facelift model IMO.
 

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That's one of the ugliest front end arrangements ever seen in the history of motoring!

The Chevrolet Tacuma has lost its crown of worlds daftest looking car!
It is still not as bad as the Scorpio 'frog face!!'
 

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There is no mention of HIDs on the champ CTR. Can you confirm this Pottsy?
 
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