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Driving impressions: 2012 Civic Hybrid

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Price: RM119,980

Highlights: 1497 cc I4 i-VTEC SOHC engine with Motor Assist (IMA) motor; 110 ps; 172 Nm (outputs are for engine + motor); lithium-ion battery CVT

Hybrid variant of the latest Civic generation . As with generations, the Civic Hybrid a lot with the petrol-engined variants, it less costly to produce to Toyota’s hybrids which are designs. To distinguish the hybrid from the others, there are cosmetic features like trim in the headlight units and on the and a more distinctive tail with a LED ‘signature’ strip.  The are also lighter and have a that enhances aerodynamics one wonders if brake cooling is as

For this generation, the Integrated Assist (IMA) powertrain, is what Honda calls its package, has been improved in areas. The most significant is the to a lithium-ion type of battery has higher performance than a hydride battery. Lithium-ion packs, which are more are denser so they can store electricity and in the case of the new Civic there’s 33% greater output

Yet the battery pack is lighter by 9 and weight-savings are vital for hybrids, with aerodynamics.

The interior of the Civic Hybrid is similar to of the Civic 2.0 (not the Navi with new features such as a ignition button, ECON which extends fuel-saving and electric power steering motion-adaptive correction. The intelligent display, which is a highlight of the new range, includes additional showing energy flows in the IMA to let the driver know when the is being charged, when is economical, etc.

What’s it

Though I had tested the first of Toyota’s Prius in the late the Civic Hybrid was the first car I got a chance to drive for an extended This was in 2003 when invited me to attend a regional of the model in Singapore. A bit later on, Malaysia offered the model in but its sales were minimal as was no tax exemption then so the car’s was much too high.

With the latest generation, the approach has been taken to the bodywork and most elements the petrol variant which I is good as it moderates production Of course, there will be who may prefer a ‘high-tech’ car to look the but for most people, the fuel of a hybrid is what they are after.

Certainly, the latest performance is much better the first one I tested and when with the previous generation, I am the acceleration is quicker. I’m not sure if the motor is actually more but the car is more assertive in character.

The mode does make a difference though as it ‘retards’ to give priority to achieving fuel economy. You won’t it so much when driving town where speeds are not but on country roads, it will be that when in the mode, out of corners feels less The moment you switch off ECON that zippy feeling almost immediately – though not as if a has kicked in.

To help drivers achieve the fuel economy, Honda has an ECO Score feature which you with ‘ECO leaves’ if driving style becomes economical. This plays on the nature of most humans so for drivers, trying to get more may inspire them to drive economically.

For guidance in getting fuel economy, there are strips on either side of the When they are blue, the style is uneconomical and when (gentle acceleration), the fuel is moderate. Green means the driving is at its most fuel-efficient and can be in situations like coasting or with only gentle on the pedal.

However, as you go faster 90 km/h, the efficiency starts to since greater demands on the are made, increasing fuel

Within the ECO Score display, is also a horizontal bar which guidance as well. The graphic energy flows can also be as the driver will know the car is moving on just battery (most fuel-efficient) though does not happen frequently. In instances, there’s a constant between battery, engine or of both.

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It is this constant switching has required extensive programming so that the transition is seamless.

the Civic Hybrid does not any special training and it feels much like the other I like the new steering wheel which are in the form of circular on either side. The pads are and easy to use without having to on them. I also like the of the speedometer ahead of the tachometer is one step lower, carried from the previous generation.

like a HUD (Head-Up Display) except that the information is not n the glass ahead but is within a

The car’s handling proved was balanced but the electric power seemed lighter than I would like. The engineers that there was no change before but I cannot recall felt the same lightness. It to be consistently light at all speeds, more attention than during cornering.

The fuel consumption we saw with the car we (I had YS Khong with me)-  16 kms/litre was the result of many driving styles as it was constantly among our group from to Penang. I believe it can be pretty and achieve the low 20s (kms per litre) on journeys and still save fuel in town driving.

you buy one?

Most certainly this is the first time the government has ever exempted tax as well as excise duty for all not just royalty, diplomats and departments. Before, it was hard to buying a Civic Hybrid as it cost too much. Honda gives a 5-year warranty – no limit on mileage – on not only the car but the battery pack so that’s of mind for the owner who may worry a big bill to replace the battery.

In its form, the Civic still great, runs well and the hybrid variant, you get the added of going further on each of fuel. And if it’s a bit bigger what you like, there’s Jazz Hybrid . also which is the cheapest hybrid available in Malaysia.

Visit  www.honda.com.my  to know about the new Civic Hybrid and Honda models available in

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