The new Honda Civic will be the 10th generation of the iconic model, and it has already begun grabbing the limelight by picking up its first award at the Auto Express Awards.
Triumphantly, the Civic pipped 14 other nominees to grab the award for best design, as voted for by the Auto Express readers. Despite the number of other nominees, the Civic won at a canter, getting almost one-fifth of the entire vote.
This new model civic is much anticipated and winning awards like this, in this manner is only adding to that.
The new production version of the 10th generation Honda Civic is set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September, with the initial concept being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show back in March.
Phil Webb is Head of Cars at Honda UK and said following the awards “this time last year we starting to refresh the range. Since then, we have significantly increased our market share, expanded our offering and started to win awards again.”
He continued, saying “this design award for the next generation Civic is all the more significant because it is voted for by readers. It’s a sign of things to come and we expect big things for this car.”
While the new Civic won’t hit UK forecourts until 2017, it is being produced here. The Honda factory in Swindon will be the main base of production and then it will be exported to all of the other major markets, namely the US.
There are a number of changes in the new model. The Civic hatchback is 3mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer than the 9th generation model. It is further beefed up with wider wheels, giving the driver more assurance of control on the road.
Other changes to the new model include the offering of 3 powertrain options: 1.0 litre and 1.5 VTEC TURBO petrol engines and a revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.
It has been a successful year so far for Honda’s latest releases, with the fantastic HR-V picking up both the AM Car of the Year and most recently the top prize in the ‘up to 1,400kg’ category at the Tow Car Awards.