| 26th August 2011
The UK-built Honda Civic has been specially designed for British roads, the Japanese car maker has confirmed.
This, says Honda, means the new 2012 Civic will be able to cope with the UK's infamous potholes better than ever before.
Honda says the new 2012 Honda Civic will be 'a quieter and more refined driving experience' than previous versions of the Swindon-built hatchback.
"We did not improve the noise and refinement of the new Civic through just one technique," commented Kazuo Sunaoshi, Development Leader - Chassis. "It was the accumulation of lots of little details. My big challenge was to match the noise and vibration levels of our European competitors. I am proud to say that we have achieved our goals."
Work in wind tunnels has also helped to shape the new Honda Civic, making it more aerodynamic and fuel efficient.
This is helped by the 2.2-litre diesel engine available with the new Civic. Despite retaining the size and power of previous versions, the Honda Civic will boast CO2 emissions of just 110g/km - meaning free first year road tax.
This represents a cut in CO2 emissions of 29g/km over the current model and brings the Civic in line with its key rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
Details of the design of the new model were revealed by Honda in the form of a concept car at the start of the year, but the full production car will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
It will then be launched in the UK in 2012, updating one of the longest-running and most popular Honda models in the UK.
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