Shhh... the 2012 Honda Civic Is Coming [Video]
The latest such release centers around the quieter and more refined drive the new 2012 Honda Civic is set to offer.
According to Honda, the team focused on every detail of the design, build and aerodynamics, to optimise the interior refinement in the new Civic. The engineers spent time testing the car in Europe to tune the new Civic to suit the varying road conditions.
They also used Honda’s anechoic (echo-free) chamber in its R&D facility in Swindon to fine-tune the cabin insulation. One of the results of the work in the anechoic chamber was to modify the design and construction of the roof lining, and how it interacts with the bodywork.
As for the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, the specialists made sure the vehicle combines a low coefficient of drag with excellent high-speed stability. The hours they spent in the Honda wind tunnel have helped improving performance, reducing fuel consumption and resulted in what they claim to be an exceptionally quiet interior.
“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.”
autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.