2006 Honda Civic Press Information

An Extreme Transformation of Design and Dynamics

8/31/2005 6:35:11 PM

Civic Hybrid and Civic Sedan Overview

The Civic Hybrid provides the ultimate in clean and efficient technology with the highest fuel economy and lowest emissions of any Civic. A new generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology helps the Civic achieve an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 50/50 miles per gallon and achieve Advanced-Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in all 50 states. Equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard equipment for 2006, fuel economy increases by 6 percent in the city and 4 percent on the highway (compared to the 2005 Civic Hybrid with CVT and AT-PZEV certification). The Civic Hybrid can now deactivate all four of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain steady-state cruising situations. Compared to the 2006 Civic Sedan with an automatic transmission, the Civic Hybrid provides a city fuel economy increase of approximately 66 percent and a highway fuel economy increase of 25 percent.

Civic Hybrid Specifications: 2006 vs. 2005

Feature/Spec
2006 2005 Change
Vehicle Type Sedan Sedan Same
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3 103.1 +3.2
Length (in.) 176.7 175.4 +1.3
Width (in.) 68.9 67.5 +1.4
Height (in.) 56.5 56.3 -0.2
Engine 1.3-liter i-VTEC SOHC 1.3-liter VTEC SOHC + i-VTEC
Electric Motor hp @ rpm 20 @ 2000 13 @ 4000 +4 / + 7
Cylinder Deactivation 4-cylinder 3-cylinder Full Engine Deactivation
Horsepower @ rpm (total) 110 @ 60008 (3) 93 @ 5700 + 17 hp
Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm (total) 123 @ 1000-25008 (3) 105 @ 3000 (CVT) + 18 @ - 500
Transmission CVT CVT or MT CVT standard
Tire Size P195/65 15 P185/70 15 Larger tire
Fuel Economy city/hwy mpg 50 / 50 47 / 48 (CVT AT-PZEV) + 3 / +2
Weight 2875 2740 + 135
Emissions AT-PZEV (50 State) AT-PZEV (CA +) 50-State AT-PZEV
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 90.9 91.4 -0.5
Front/Rear Leg Room (in.) 42.2 / 34.6 42.2 / 36.0 0/-1.4
Front Hip Room (in.) 51.8 / 51.0 51.3/ 49.8 +0.5/+1.2

(3) Fuel economy values determined from manufacturer test results. Official 2006 EPA mileage estimates not available at time of printing. Mileage figures shown for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.

Refinement with sophistication and safety summarize the Civic Sedan's sales volume-leading position as it brings together a balanced demeanor between performance and economy derived from the Si and Hybrid. Rich with features, the Civic Sedan boasts more standard equipment across its entire trim level range with higher quality audio systems, ergonomics and storage functionality. Innovation has been a hallmark of each new Civic; the 2006 Civic is no exception. New powertrain technology centers on a 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine with the next generation of i-VTEC technology that uses variable valve timing to reduce pumping losses to the benefit of fuel economy, lower emissions and performance. The new engine represents a significant milestone in engine technology and helps the 1.8-liter Civic deliver performance similar to a 2.0-liter engine at lower rpm ranges and fuel economy similar to a 1.5-liter during cruising (140 horsepower and an estimated 40 mpg highway, automatic transmission - up 2mpg from the already top-of-class 2005 Civic Sedan).

Civic Sedan Specifications: 2006 vs. 2005

Feature/Spec
2006 2005 Change
Vehicle Type Sedan Sedan Same
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3 103.1 +3.2
Length (in.) 176.7 175.4 +1.3
Width (in.) 68.9 67.5 +1.4
Height (in.) 56.5 56.3 Verify
Engine 1.8-liter i-VTEC SOHC 1.7-liter VTEC SOHC +0.1 L, + i-VTEC
Horsepower @ rpm 140 @ 6300 (2) (DX, LX, EX)

127 @ 6300 (EX)
115 @ 6100 (DX, LX)

+13 @ 0
+25 @ +200

Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm 128 @ 4300 (2) (DX, LX, EX)

114 @ 4800 (EX)
110 @ 4500 (DX, LX)

+14 @ -500
+18 @ -200

Transmissions 5 MT (standard) or 5 AT 5 MT (standard) or 4 AT 5 MT same, +1 gear AT
Weight (lbs.)

2804(EX 5AT)
2628 (DX 5MT)

2652 (EX 4AT)
2449 (DX 5MT)

+152
+179

Tire Size

P205/55 R16 (LX, EX)
P195/65 R15 (DX)

P195/60 R15 (LX, EX)
P185/70 R14 (DX)

Plus 1 Larger wheels and tires
Fuel Economy City/Hwy mpg 30/40 (DX, LX, EX 5AT)

31/38 (EX 4AT)
29 / 38 (DX, LX 4AT)

-1 / +2

+1/+2

Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)

88.4 (EX)

90.9 (LX, DX)

88.1 (EX)
91.4 (LX, DX)

+0.3

-0.5

Emissions ULEV-2 ULEV-1 Lower emissions
Front/Rear Leg Room (in.) 42.2 / 34.6 42.2 / 36.0 0/-1.4
Hip Room Front/Rear (in.) 51.9 / 51.0 51.3/ 49.8 +0.6/+1.2

(2) Horsepower and torque calculations reflect new SAE J1349 procedures revised August, 2004.

Safety for Everyone

Honda makes choosing a safe car simple by including a high level of standard safety equipment in every Civic. Honda's strategy contrasts the common industry practice of bundling safety equipment such as anti-lock brakes, side airbags and side curtain airbags with unrelated comfort and convenience option packages.

The 2006 Civic integrates Honda's most advanced safety technology with the revolutionary ACE Body Structure, active front head restraints and segment-exclusive standard side curtain airbags and front side airbags in every model and trim level. The ACE Body Structure enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing front frame structures that provides an increased opportunity for two vehicles - including larger and smaller vehicles with differing bumper heights - to properly connect during a collision. A first-of-its-kind in the industry, the ACE Body Structure elevates real-world safety to a new level by better utilizing the crumple zones between two vehicles and dispersing energy away from the passenger area through more load-bearing channels.

Inside, every Civic incorporates side curtain airbags and front side airbags as standard equipment, along with Honda's first-ever active head restraints that are designed to reduce the chance of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. Additional standard safety features include dual-stage dual-threshold front airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), anti-lock brakes (ABS), front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and a pedestrian safety design in the front of the vehicle. Passenger-side seatbelt reminders and daytime running lights are also new for the 2006 Civic.

"Some consumers may not fully realize the importance of safety equipment when purchasing a vehicle," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "For that reason, Honda is dedicated to make choosing a safe car simple for everyone as demonstrated by the high level of standard safety equipment on every 2006 Civic."

The previous generation Civic (2001 - 2005) set a new standard for small car safety when the 2001 Civic Coupe with side airbags became one of the first two passenger cars ever to earn the federal government's top Five Star safety rating for the driver and front passenger and rear seat passengers in both frontal and side impact crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2006 Civic builds on Honda's industry-leading emphasis on safety and outdistances the competition by implementing new technology and features that go beyond mandated standards and traditional safety protocols.

Powertrains for All: i-VTEC 2.0-Liter, 1.3-Liter, 1.8-Liter / 6MT, 5AT, 5MT, CVT

The Civic is available with three unique powertrains that include a 197-horsepower 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine in the Civic Si, the 110-horsepower and ultra-efficient 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist in the Civic Hybrid and an innovative 140-horsepower 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine in the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe that achieves performance similar to a larger engine and fuel economy similar a smaller engine. (A fourth powertrain that uses natural gas will be available in early 2006 in the Civic GX; details will be available near its launch date.)

Each Civic powertrain engages a further-evolved "intelligent" application of Honda's exclusive Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) technology known as i-VTEC. In the U.S., Honda's original VTEC valvetrain technology first appeared in 1990 and was subsequently adapted to a wide variety of engines for its ability to extract powerful performance from smaller and more efficient engines. When the letter "i" is used with VTEC, it symbolizes an advanced form of variable valve timing that simultaneously raises performance and fuel economy while lowering emissions. The world of i-VTEC performance encompasses multiple technology applications including Variable Timing Control* that advances or delays the rotation of a camshaft, or Variable Cylinder Management that deactivates some of the cylinders**, or all of the cylinders***. In the 2006 Civic Sedan and Coupe, i-VTEC relates to an innovative new way to reduce pumping losses inside the engine****.

* Honda Accord 4-cylinder, Civic Si, CR-V, Element, Acura RS-X and TSX each employ Variable Timing Control (VTC)

** Honda Accord Hybrid and Odyssey employ Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to deactivate three of its six cylinders

*** The 2006 Civic Hybrid can de-activate all four of its cylinders through VCM

**** The new 2006 Civic Sedan and Coupe employ the next generation of i-VTEC that reduces fuel consumption and enhances performance

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