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Honda prepares a Civic wagon

2012-09-28 10:03

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito may have revealed a fair amount of detail on the brand's plans for the next five years - including confirmation of the Civic Type R and more details on the next NSX - but the 2012 Paris show gave the automaker an opportunity to show what it has up its sleeve.

Honda’s European president Manabu Nishimae announced the addition of an all-new Civic "wagon" to the range as part of the model’s 40th anniversary and that a concept of the latest addition to the ninth-generation Civic range will be shown in 2013.

HEAVY-HITTING 1.6 DIESEL


More big news at the Paris show revolved around the introduction of a 1.6 i-DTec diesel engine to the CR-V SUV (to be launched in South Africa shortly) and the Civic range launched here earlier in 2012.

The new smaller diesel engine is the first in a series under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology banner. It uses a new high-strength material in the cylinder head and, according to Honda, is the lightest aluminium open-deck 1.6-litre diesel engine in its class. It is 58kg lighter than the current 2.2-litre i-DTec engine, Honda said.

CO2 emissions of 94g/km are noted for the engine that delivers 88kW/300Nm at 4000 and 2000rpm, respectively. Honda quotes a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.6 litres/100km.

Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series will apparently be rolled out to replace existing engines (in Europe) over the next three years.

Honda has also shown off revisions to its CR-Z hybrid which includes changes to the interior and exterior styling and a combined power increase.

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