The 2012 Honda Civic has already launched here in the United States, but the party is just about to start for our friends in Europe. Across the pond, the Civic has always been quite different from the model we receive in North America, and for the new model year, that tradition will carry on. How can we tell? The first bit of information Honda chose to release about its new five-door European Civic concerns ride and handling, not fuel economy or interior comfort or how many different paint colors will be available.

Initial development of the Euro Civic started in Japan, but when it came time to tune the suspension, the project was handed over to the company's European division. "Every time we visited Europe during the development of the car, we achieved significant improvements in the ride and handling, tuning the car for the local demands," states the Civic's chassis development leader, Kazuo Sunaoshi. The European Civic will retain its torsion beam rear suspension setup from the current car, though Honda has increased the wall thickness of the beam and fitted a larger-diameter stabilizer bar.

The new Civic will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with only the five-door hatchback configuration being offered. Like the previous Civic, we can expect a range of gasoline and diesel powerplants for European markets, and who knows, maybe a too-hot Type R model will be in the works, too. Follow the jump for Honda Europe's official release, as well as a video of the Civic's ride and handling undergoing testing.



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HONDA TO LAUNCH NEW CIVIC AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

Honda will launch the new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Developed specifically for the European market, the Civic will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment. It will reach European showrooms in early 2012.

In the build-up to the reveal of the new Civic, Honda is releasing a series of short form films detailing its development. The first of these focuses on ride & handling.

NEW HONDA CIVIC: RIDE & HANDLING - TWO GENERATIONS AHEAD

The ride and handling of the new Honda Civic has been developed in Europe. Working closely with European colleagues and external experts, the Japanese development team analysed the current Civic's performance. This led to a focus on improving the ride quality of the new Civic, while retaining the sporty handling of the current model.

Honda's engineers were conscious that European roads are some of the most varied in the world, mixing fast highways with poorly surfaced country lanes. Initial testing was carried out at the Research and Development facilities in Japan, before the development team transferred to Europe to finalise the car.

"Every time we visited Europe during the development of the car, we achieved significant improvements in the ride and handling, tuning the car for the local demands," says Kazuo Sunaoshi, Development Leader - Chassis. "The new Civic is not just an evolution. In terms of ride quality, we have taken a major step forwards, equivalent to two generations of development."

The new Civic retains the largest cabin space within the C-segment by utilising the compact torsion beam rear suspension from the current Civic. To further improve body control and stability at high speeds, the wall thickness of the torsion beam and the diameter of the stabiliser bar have been increased. In addition, overall ride comfort and handling have been developed through the introduction of new fluid-filled compliance bushings to the rear suspension system.


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      rllama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone should sell those body panel camo pieces to the general public so we can all bolt them onto our cars and make everyone think we're driving some new top secret prototype or mule. Or just because it would be fun to mess with spy shot photographers. (Presumably they'd be easily removable)
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      5-door Civic + diesel + multilink rear suspension. PLEASE?
      ccweems
      • 3 Years Ago
      From the video it is clear that the 5dr Civic will have the Magic Seat found in the Fit. This mean that the fuel tank is under the front seats which allows room for the "magic". The video shows the seat bottom cushions folded up next to the seat backs. This allows very tall and wide objects into the back seat area. I once put a 46" Plasma in the box into the back seat area of a Honda Fit much to the amusement of several disbelieving bystanders. I expect that the next step of the Magic Seat process will also be retained'; the seat back and bottom cushions assembly will fold forward and largely to be accommodated in rear foot wells. This feature coupled with a low load floor in the hatch area will result in a substantial storage advantage over other hatchbacks. Now that premium hatchbacks are selling well it is time for economical hatchbacks to find favor. I proffer that it was poor quality of 70's American hatchbacks and early Korean (certainly not applicable now) ones which soured the American consumer, with those days behind us perhaps we can embrace the utility and style of the hatchbacks as our European friends have always done.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ccweems
        Actually, the Euro-market Civic hatch always had the "Magic Seats", and had them first, before the Fit even came out, so yes, you are correct otherwise.
      P_J
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those speaking about the rear beam suspension, have you ever driven the european Civic with it? If you did, well, go ahead and speak, but if you didn't let me tell you. It is good to drive. It's balanced and sporty... Actually, it can be... fun!! And... believe me, I know what I'm talking about! Cheers.... PS: Moody's is junk!!
      Gordy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'll prefer the mule, kinda budget tumbler ^_^
      Falgaroth
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a current owner of a 2007 Civic diesel I sure hope the will bring back the diesel engine to the new Civic because that combo is just right.. good fuel economy and excellent drive-ability and performance :D And I will properly need to change cars around summer next year ;)
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too sporty (aerodynamic and out of control fast) looking for any timid Inspire or CRV-driving parent co-signing an auto loan (lease) for their high school kid. Not to mention the "safety buffer" sedan's trunk provides.
      Joey Lopez
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a feeling the type r hatch is once again going to be a million times better than what we got here :(
        Joey Lopez
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joey Lopez
        Bring the type r hatch here! signed- a potential customer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joey Lopez
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      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a feeling it's going to be a lot nicer than what North Americans get. The current Euro civic was such a looker.....it's such a shame that Honda didn't bring that over here as the "new" civic. I don't care if it's older, it still looks a lot better than any other Honda we have.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please new Acura CSX please and the Type-S (R)
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prius + Aztec?
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also.. Torsion beams make baby jesus cry. Why does Honda hate baby jesus?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
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