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Civic e: HEV: Honda’s answer

The Civic E: HEV is Honda’s answer. Answer to which question? What car would you build to meet the current mobility needs of a user anywhere in the world? The Civic is what the Volkswagen Golf was for the European market in the 1970s, what a modern reference car should be in terms of efficiency, safety, comfort, space, maneuverability, driving pleasure, features in a medium-compact car. Performance, connectivity and design. Honestly, with vehicles like this, this editor doesn’t understand how it’s possible that so many people are thinking of buying an SUV.

I have a soft spot for both Honda’s cars and motorcycles, even its agricultural machinery—our family tiller is fantastic—I love it. These people are distinguished by, above all, by thinking very carefully about what they are looking for, developing it to perfection and then faithfully bringing it into production, with machines fully meeting expectations. Huh.

And the new Civic e:HEV is a classic example of all this. The Japanese brand presents it as a medium five-door passenger car (4,551 m long, 1,802 m wide, 1,408 m high, 2,734 wheelbase and 410 liter trunk capacity) “with exciting and refined hybrid dynamics and performance. Elegant exterior design – with a low waist, a rear with coupe lines and careful aerodynamics – as well as a “people-focused interior that delivers quality to the touch and exceptional and comfortable space.” Its refurbished chassis, improved suspension And the steering guarantees an exciting, safe and silent drive, with more rigidity, added in a hybrid technology that “provides a high level of sophistication and efficiency in the real world”, and all with an endowment safety and connectivity of the context.

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Honda puts on sale the eleventh generation of the Civic from 32,100 euros, ‘a car for the citizens of the world’

The eleventh generation of the Civic is, in a way, the best way to celebrate 50 years of this iconic model, which has sold over 27.5 million units in 170 countries across the world. Without underestimating any other part of the vehicle, it should be recognized that the great star of the set is the E:HEV propulsion system, which consists of a newly developed two-liter direct injection Atkinson bicycle engine, two electric motors, a battery with a lithium-ion battery. And a smart power unit. According to Honda, this set guarantees, “more smoothness thanks to more reactive power transfer and a greater sense of linear acceleration, as well as providing exceptionally high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions”. Its top speed of 180 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h speed in 7.8 seconds, WLTP-approved combined consumption of 4.7 liters per 100 km or average emissions of 108 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer confirms that performance and efficiency. Join hands in this exemplary vehicle with 184 CV and 315 Nm of maximum torque, with which pleasure at all levels is more than guaranteed. Equipped with front-wheel drive and automatic transmission, it has four driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual, the last one that suits our liking.

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The Japanese firm has concentrated all its knowledge into one giant compact car to achieve an irreplaceable product

But the new Civic is much more than just an efficient, dynamic and smooth running engine. Its complete equipment, delivered in Elegance, Sport and Advanced finishes; Honda’s characteristic sophistication, with provisions such as its eleven airbags or new adaptive lights, to give just two examples; Or the excellent balance between functionality and design, which also enhances visibility with a large glass surface, a low-waist body and curved and sporty lines that draw but wide and comfortable, leading us to the best Civic in history . For sale from 32,100 euros, it’s like stopping thinking about SUVs and focusing on a car as God intended.

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