Honda Civic celebrates its fiftieth anniversary

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The Japanese brand Honda is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its first Civic model this year, which was developed to be a “car for the whole world”. More than 27.5 million Civic cars have been sold in 170 countries to date. Entering its sixth decade and introducing the eleventh generation of cars, Civic continues to shine by introducing distinctive standards that exceed customer expectations.

The Civic’s popularity is a testament to the pioneering work of Honda’s engineers over the past five decades, with each generation developing advanced designs and technologies and improving the Civic’s performance while staying true to its primary goal of providing a spacious , delivering a compact car and cultivating driving pleasure.

The Honda Civic was developed as a “car for the world” that fits all markets and offers an exceptional daily driving experience. It was one of the first Honda cars to be sold worldwide, and was well received by people due to its compact design, fuel efficiency and ease of use. The Civic was one of the first cars equipped with the CVCC combustion engine, which met the world’s most stringent emissions standards at the time and the 1970 California Clean Air Act that set standards for future emissions targets across the global auto industry. The first generation Civic was first produced at the Suzuka plant in Japan. The cumulative production volume reached one million cars during the first four years.

The second generation of the Civic model was born in 1979, when it was equipped with a 1.3-liter CVCC-II engine, which provides power in a smoother way and ensures higher efficiency. Five-speed manual transmission. Honda presented this model with a new and distinctive design consisting of two boxes with a grille and angular headlights, but this form did not last long, as the popularity of the Civic increased, so new models had to be developed to meet consumer demand for larger cars. .

The third generation Civic was introduced in 1983 with minor differences with a wider wheelbase and angular design, and a new approach to development was adopted, “maximum man and minimum machine” focusing on people in design and ensuring that technology and design was put at the service of drivers and passengers, and it still is The approach to date helps to define and develop all Honda models, ensuring the space and ease of use that drivers expect.

With the dawn of the 1990s and the technological revolution in the automotive world approaching, Honda introduced the fourth generation of the Civic model, backed by a new 1.6 liter engine with two carbs and a 1.5 -liter fuel injection model (in some countries) ). The “Hot Hatch” race began, with climbing courses for the ultimate “driving pleasure”.

By 1991, the Honda Civic introduced the fifth generation with a slimmer, more dynamic and streamlined design to ensure a sporty appeal and preserve the everyday functionality that had become so typical of the car, and the split tailgate was ‘ brought a new dimension to the car. Civic’s functionality. The model is powered by Honda’s renowned VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system that revolutionizes engine technology by providing better performance at high revs and improved fuel economy at low revs, and the Civic has won numerous awards with this system won.

The sixth generation of the Civic has been developed to create added value in its segment, including improvements in fuel consumption and more significant environmental measures. This model had a 1.5 liter engine. The Civic’s SiR grade with DOHC VTEC mated to a manual transmission took the GCC market by storm.

The seventh generation of Honda Civic was introduced in the year 2000, when hybrid technology was introduced to the world for the first time. In the Middle East and North Africa region, the 1.6-litre i-VTEC was introduced, and the Civic was rated as the most fuel-efficient five-seater petrol car in the world with an economy of 29.5 km/l.

In 2006, the eighth generation of the Civic entered the GCC after Honda reset the rules for the compact sedan, improved fuel efficiency, as well as other features, technologies and luxuries that improve comfort and the 1.8-liter i-VTEC SOHC engine, is the R-Class introduced. Superlative performance that still catches the eye.

The ninth generation of the Civic has been further improved in efficiency and performance as it is equipped with a 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine with a digital speedometer, a dual-screen entertainment system and improved safety features that enhance its competitiveness. This model has set unique new standards in futuristic exterior design, advanced technology and outstanding performance.

The tenth generation of the completely redesigned Civic arrived in 2016 and set higher standards in compact car style and performance. With sleek, sporty lines and an improved power-to-weight ratio, Honda enhances driving pleasure and delivers an attractive, spacious and elegant vehicle. The car is equipped with two fuel-efficient 2.0-liter engines with the LXi and EXi grades and a powerful 1.5-liter DOHC direct injection VTEC Turbo engine with the RS grade. The tenth generation of the Civic won the “Best Car in the Middle East 2017” award in the “Best Compact Car” category.

In 2018, the product range for the GCC was strengthened with a 1.6-litre engine, with the DX, LX and LX Sport trims, as the range’s additional grades ensured that more options were available to meet the needs of compact car customers. to provide, such as the Civic’s 1.6-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine which produces maximum horsepower of 123 at 6500 rpm and torque of 152 Nm at 4300 rpm.

Building on the legacy built over the past five decades, Honda will launch the eleventh generation of the Civic in the GCC in 2022, combining powerful performance, efficiency, high comfort standards, visual appeal and ease of use. This generation features a modern and luxurious interior design that includes a high-tech, human-centric interior equipped with advanced active and passive safety systems. The all-new Honda Civic is built with a sporty suspension and a 1.5-liter engine with a continuously variable transmission that produces 180 HP and 6000 rpm. This new model reflects Honda’s design innovation and class-leading driving dynamics, which together helped earn the all-new Civic the 2022 North American Car of the Year title.

In addition to the launch of the eleventh generation, Honda will launch the all-new Model R in this region early next year. The next-generation Honda Civic R-Class set a new front-wheel drive race record at the world-famous Suzuka circuit in Japan, completing 5.8 km in 2 minutes 23 seconds and 0.873 seconds faster than its predecessor, the 2021 Honda Civic Limited Edition R- class.

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