First Glimpse of the New Honda Civic Tourer

First Glimpse of the New Honda Civic Tourer 
Tokyo, Aug 11, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Honda has provided more information
about the new Civic Tourer ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt
Motor Show in September 2013. 
The new Civic Tourer was developed and designed in Europe, allowing
Honda's European R&D team to lead the creative and technical design
process. The sleek and sophisticated profile of the Civic Tourer does not
compromise the car's practicality. The Civic Tourer delivers exceptional
versatility and functionality with class leading interior space of 624L (trunk
volume with the rear seats up, measured up to the tonneau cover). 
The Civic Tourer will feature either the 1.6 i-DTEC engine from the Earth
Dreams Technology series or the 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic
transmission.  A brand new Adaptive Damper System (ADS) will help to enhance
stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions. 
The Civic Tourer will be built at Honda's UK manufacturing facility and
will be launched in Europe from early 2014. 
Functionality & Form: No compromise on design or space 
"I am very proud of the Civic Tourer's sporty, sleek and dynamic
proportions, which somewhat hide the car's true functionality and
versatility. To achieve true utility on a compact car, you have to consider how
to make the most of the space in the cabin, which generally also affects the
design. Due to the clever platform of the Civic, we had freedom to optimize the
package. The end result is a car that has almost a sports-car silhouette. For
me, the strength of the car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and
dynamic expression," Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer. 
The exterior design of the Civic Tourer is sophisticated and sporty, its
unique style is defined by a bold line that runs continuously from the front
A-pillar to the D-pillar creating the impression of a floating roof line. 
The development team for the Civic Tourer spent much time working on new ways
to interpret this section of the car to deliver a feeling of premium value and
character. The glass of the rear quarter window has been extended to cover the
body work of the D-pillar and the rear door sash has been raised by 17mm
compared to the Civic 5-door to enable this bold styling line and creating an
elegant look. 
"At first glance it is clear that the Civic Tourer does not look like
other Wagons.  Recently-launched cars have tended to follow a similar style.
The Civic Tourer has a different balance and appeal."  Adrian Killham,
Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer. 
Behind this sophisticated and sporty design is a hidden versatility that leads
to clever functionality and unrivalled practicality. 
The Civic Tourer benefits from the same unique center fuel tank layout used in
the Civic 5-door. The fuel tank is located under the front seats allowing the
Civic Tourer to offer unparalleled interior space and Honda's magic seat
configuration. 
The Civic Tourer offers class leading trunk space across both the C and D
segments. The cargo area will accommodate 3 large-sized Samsonite cases with
the tonneau cover pulled over to conceal the cases. 
624L* trunk volume (Rear seats up, up to window) 
1,668L* trunk volume (Rear seats down, up to roof lining) 
There is a small compartment suitable for storing the tonneau cover so that it
can be detached and stored out the way when it is not needed. 
Furthermore, there is additional under floor storage in the boot which makes
carrying tall objects in the boot easy and the height of the loading lip has
been reduced by 137mm* compared to the Civic 5-door to facilitate effortless
loading. 
Honda's unique Magic Seats deliver further practicality and space within
the Civic Tourer, enabling a range of seating configurations for maximum
versatility. The rear seats assembly folds down in one easy movement, and the
interior trunk floor of the Civic Tourer has been raised compared to the 5-door
to create a completely flat area when the seats are folded down. 
The rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor space for
carrying tall objects. A 60:40 split in the seat base offers even more options
for carrying both people and cargo and provides an alternative load area if
access via the tailgate is limited. 
Driving Performance: Advanced and Efficient Technology 
The Civic Tourer will feature either the 1.6 i-DTEC engine from the Earth
Dreams Technology series or the 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic
transmission. 
1.6 i-DTEC 
The 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine was first applied to the Civic 5-door and
subsequently to the new CR-V. The engine is the first of Honda's Earth
Dreams Technology series to be introduced in Europe. 
The philosophy behind Earth Dreams Technology is to deliver an impressive
balance between fuel economy and driving performance and this is certainly the
case in the Civic Tourer. 
The 1.6 i-DTEC engine is comprised of an aluminium cylinder head joined to an
open deck aluminium block and is the lightest diesel engine in its class. The
mechanical friction has been reduced to the level equivalent of a petrol
engine. All the rotating parts have been carefully optimized to reduce their
friction, helping to provide excellent fuel economy whilst making sure the new
Civic Tourer is fun to drive. 
The 1.6 i-DTEC engine was designed specifically for the European Market and is
built at Honda's UK Manufacturing plant (where the Civic Tourer will also
be built). 
Adaptive Damper System 
The Civic Tourer also features an innovative Adaptive Damper System. This is
the first time that a rear adaptive damper system has been introduced on a
production car and it features three settings - comfort, normal and dynamic -
all of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying
load and driving conditions. This allows the Civic Tourer to remain comfortable
during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is
required. 
"By introducing the technology in this format, we expect many customers
will be able to experience the benefits of this advanced system." Adrian
Killham, Large Project Leader. 
Safety 
As with all Honda cars, safety was at the forefront of the development
team's mind when designing the Civic Tourer, particularly the integration
of advanced active safety systems. The Civic Tourer will deliver a high
standard of safety for the driver, passengers, pedestrians and other road users
in line with Honda's philosophy of 'Safety for Everyone'. 
About Honda 
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (TSE:7267/NYSE:HMC/LSE:HNDA.L) is one of the leading
manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of
motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine
satisfaction to people worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing
facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products,
including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden
equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 19
million customers annually. For more information, please visit
http://world.honda.com. 
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