A look at new Honda Civic, Jazz

By Iñigo S. Roces

Posted at Feb 19 2012 03:32 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2012 07:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines –Bouncing back from natural calamities in Thailand and Japan that adversely affected its supply chain the previous year, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) launched last week the all-new Honda Civic at the Honda Mania tent in Fort Bonifacio Global City.

Now on its ninth generation, the all-new Civic hopes to draw in potential buyers with its new fuel-efficiency features as well as Smart Technology interface.

Coaching the driver to more fuel efficient driving is the new Eco Assist system, formerly exclusive to Honda’s hybrid models abroad. The Eco Assist technology consists of the ECON mode and the Eco coaching ambient meter. Engaging the ECON mode adjusts the engine, drive-by-wire, transmission, and air-conditioner to further reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption.

An Eco coaching ambient meter, on the other hand, guides the driver to become more fuel efficient by measuring throttle input and displaying a blue light in the instrument panel if he is driving aggressively and a green light when driving in a more fuel-efficient manner.

The Civic’s Smart Technology interface is composed of a five-inch color LCD multi-information display, or i-MID. This screen shows audio and fuel consumption information and also allows the driver to customize the vehicle light settings. Cycling through the displays is done with easy-to-operate controls at the steering wheel.

The exterior of the Civic shows a more streamlined design built with crash compatibility against larger vehicles and a variety of collision directions in mind. Underneath the body is chassis made of more rigid construction, less weight and a revised suspension system to further enhance driving pleasure.

The vehicle comes a 1.8-liter engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission and 16-inch alloy wheels. Safety features like dual SRS airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Vehicle Stability Assist also come as standard. Its suggested retail price is P1,074,000.

Jazz Special Edition

In addition to the new Civc, HCPI also took the opportunity to launch its Jazz Special Edition. The unique model from Japan features redesigned front and rear bumpers, special colors and additional convenience features.

Among the additional convenience features are the manually adjustable headlight leveling switch and an upper glove box compartment with A/C link for cooling drinks.

The Jazz Special Edition will be powered by the standard 1.5 liter i-VTEC and comes with many of the other features already present in the top-of-the-line Jazz i-VTEC. This variant is expected to retail for P899,000.

Those interested in test driving the all-new Civic or Jazz special edition can find them at the Honda Mania event. The exhibit and test drive event will be held until February 19 and is located in a tent at a Bonifacio Global City Lot along 30th Street in front of One Serendra. In addition, test drive vehicles of the Accord and City will be available. Visitors will also be able to purchase Honda Genuine Accessories and merchandise or avail of the free 18-point vehicle check-up for Honda vehicles. Free food and refreshments, and a kiddie area will be provided for visitors.

To further reassure customers of continued vehicle and parts supplies. HCPI announced that vehicles and parts will be imported from manufacturing plants in Japan while its supply chain in Thailand continues to recuperate from the calamity.