Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Named Green Tow Car of the Year

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Honda's new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine has won another award. Rated at 120 hp and more importantly 300 Nm of torque, this family hatch is aimed both at the eco crowd with emissions below 100 grams per km, and also at those who want to save on fuel costs.
But that's not all it can do. The Civic diesel also makes a good towing car, as the Swindon-built hatch received the Green Award at the 2013 Tow Car Awards.

The Civic was tested with a Swift caravan weighted to 85 per cent of its kerbweight - the maximum weight recommended for secure and stable towing. The Cvic managed to pull itself and the boxy cargo behind it from 30 to 60 mph in 18.7 seconds and performed well in a hill start scenario.

“Some cars get nowhere near their official fuel economy figures in normal driving, but in independent testing by the What Car? True MPG team the Civic 1.6 i-DTEC achieved 66.4mpg. That makes it the most fuel-efficient car in this year’s tests,” said David Motton, tow car editor, Practical Caravan, commented.

Phil Crossman, Managing Director at Honda (UK) added: “This award once again confirms the new Civic’s status as a fantastic package of power, performance and efficiency. It might be one of the smallest cars which took part in the judging but it’s proved to be more than capable at towing while maintaining excellent fuel economy.”
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