New 'No-compromise' Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Scoops Gold for Green in Tow Car Awards

 New 'No-compromise' Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Scoops Gold for Green in Tow Car

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, June 14, 2013

LONDON, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Honda's new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES has scooped the Green Award at the 2013 Tow
Car Awards; as well as beating off stiff competition to be crowned the most
fuel efficient model in this year's judging.

The Green Award is based on a combination of fuel efficiency, low emissions
and towing ability. The Civic was independently tested towing a Swift caravan
- weighted to 85 per cent of its kerbweight - the maximum weight recommended
for secure and stable towing. The no-compromise frugal Civic capably carried
out its duties pulling its caravan from 30-60mph in a very respectable 18.7

The Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between Practical Caravan, What Car? and
The Camping and Caravanning Club, with caravans and technical support supplied
by the Swift Group. Each car goes through a series of towing tests at the MIRA
proving ground, including 30-60mph acceleration, 30-0mph braking, a hill start
and an emergency lane-change test.

The judges particularly singled out the Civic for its true MPG performance.
David Motton, tow car editor, Practical Caravan, commented: "Some cars get
nowhere near their official fuel economy figures in normal driving, but in
independent testing by the What Car? True MPG team the Civic 1.6 i-DTEC
achieved 66.4mpg. That makes it the most fuel-efficient car in this year's

Phil Crossman, Managing Director at Honda (UK) added: "This award once again
confirms the new Civic's status as a fantastic package of power, performance
and efficiency. It might be one of the smallest cars which took part in the
judging but it's proved to be more than capable at towing while maintaining
excellent fuel economy."

David Motton, tow car editor, Practical Caravan concludes: "The Civic is the
car to choose if you want excellent fuel economy and stable towing. It's a
worthy winner of this year's Green Award."

Judges of the Tow Car Awards include the editor of Practical Caravan magazine,
the tow car editor of Practical Caravan, the deputy road test editor of What
Car?, and the technical department at The Camping and Caravanning Club.

Cars aren't just rated for their towing ability. What Car?'s expert road test
team score each car for regular driving, safety, running costs and value for
money. The Camping and Caravanning Club's technical team check practical
details such as boot space, how easily extension mirrors can be fitted, and
whether the spare wheel provision is suitable for towing. Forty six cars were
tested as part of this year's awards, with the aim of finding cars which are
great to tow with, good value and easy to live with in everyday driving.

The new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC offers a class-leading combination of fuel economy
and performance - emitting only 94 g/km of CO [2] with a powerful 120PS. The
debut of the new small diesel engine on the British-built Civic marks an
exciting new chapter in the history of Honda diesels. The engine is the first
to be launched in Europe under Honda's flagship Earth Dreams Technology
environmental programme; offering customers an outstanding balance of high
fuel economy, low emissions and exciting performance.

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Civic range.

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