New Generation Honda Civic to Debut in Frankfurt

It looks like the new CR-V is not the only goodie that Honda is set to bring at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show this September. The manufacturer’s booth will also witness the debut of the ninth-generation Honda Civic, a hatchback that has been exclusively designed for European markets.

The focus in developing the new Civic was mainly placed on the vehicle’s visual appearance and interior space, and also on a low fuel consumption.

Designed with the European roads an drivers in mind, the new Civic will offer improved comfort levels, as well as enhanced ride quality and handling. In fact, Honda engineers in charge with the project claim they have enhanced both comfort and body control through significant changes to the suspension setup.

Scheduled to go on sale sometime during 2012, the new Civic will reportedly offer customers the biggest cabin and boot space in the C-sector. The new generations retains a rear torsion beam suspension system – but the latest setup uses clever fluid-filled compliance bushes to improve overall ride performance and handling. It has also been strengthened to give better stability, particularly at high speeds.

"It's not just an evolution... we have made a step equivalent to two generations of development," stated Kazuo Sunaoshi, Chassis Development Leader.

But while we still have to wait until de Swiss venue opens its gates this fall to see the new Civic in all its glory, Honda decided to give us a short film to see what the engineers have achieved so far:

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.
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