Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype World Premiere Held At Geneva Motor Show

Posted: Mar 4 2016, 4:41am CST | by , Updated: Mar 5 2016, 12:50pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype World Premiere held at Geneva Motor Show

The next-generation Civic hatchback is the sportiest model ever with lower and wider proportions.

The prototype form of the Civic hatchback made its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The prototype’s design shows a change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model.

The new Civic hatchback is 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer. The all-new hatchback also features new larger and wider wheels. The front of the Civic retains the sharp and aggressive Honda family face. The new design lines continue from the front to the back of the Civic hatchback.

Daisuke Tsutamori is the Project Leader for the 10th generation Civic. According to Tsutmaori, they needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design.

The design would have to challenge conventional European compact styling. But at the same time the design was supposed to stay true to Civic’s original core values.

Jean-Marc Streng, General Manager of Honda Motor Europe, Automobiles Division, commented: “The Civic is a core model for Europe with a strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region.

For many European customers, Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand. The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and we hope will continue to be a key volume pillar for the European business. We are excited to be developing this next generation model and look forward to its introduction in early 2017.”

The new Civic will feature three powertrain options. The options include a 1.0-litre and a 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine version. Similarly the all-new Civic will also offer a revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.

This will make Civic the first European model to feature two all-new petrol engines. The latest engines are part of Honda’s growing Earth Dreams Technology range.

The Civic Hatchback will be manufactured at Honda’s European production facility. The Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) will produce the 10th generation Civic hatchback. This way Honda is demonstrating its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

Jason Smith, Director of HUM, commented, “By establishing HUM as a global production facility for the all-new Civic hatchback, Honda is demonstrating its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

This is incredibly important for HUM and is a reward for the commitment and effort put in by Honda associates in recent years. As a global production facility for the Civic hatchback we look forward to making the most of the opportunity to export this model not only to our European customers, but also to key global markets.”

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