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Default Civic: 2008 Honda Civic Lineup Comprised of Spacious, Sporty and Efficient Sedans and Coupes; New Ci

The 2008 Honda Civic features a technologically-advanced Civic Sedan and Coupe
lineup highlighted by a Civic Hybrid, a dedicated natural gas-powered Civic
GX and a high-performance Civic Si.


New for 2008, the Civic EX-L Sedan and Coupe introduce a leather-trimmed interior
to the Civic lineup for the first time. A Civic MUGEN Si Sedan also debuts for
the 2008 model year with a high-performance suspension, forged aluminum wheels,
aerodynamic body styling and a sport-tuned exhaust system.


"Quality construction, a technologically-advanced and spacious interior,
and fun-to-drive performance put the Civic in a class of its own," said
Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The
availability of high-performance versions, a hybrid and a dedicated natural
gas vehicle also makes Civic one of the most diverse vehicles in the automotive
industry."


A sweeping roofline and a sleek windshield angle convey an advanced, one-motion
profile with a low and wide stance tailored into two distinctive sedan and coupe
body configurations. The interior focuses on sophisticated styling with a two-tier
instrument panel, comfortable seating and accommodating storage areas with room
for mobile phones, MP3 players, compact discs and more.


Available features include a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
with voice activation and a 350-Watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM® Satellite Radio Premium
Audio System with seven speakers including a subwoofer. The Civic EX-L Sedan
and Civic EX-L Coupe add heated seats and side mirrors along with leather trim
to the steering wheel, seating surfaces and center armrest to the Civic EX list
of features.


Every 2008 Civic integrates a wide array of standard safety technologies that
include the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure;
side curtain airbags; driver's and front passenger's side airbags
with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and dual-stage,
dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags (SRS). Active
front seat head restraints are designed to help reduce the severity of neck
injury in the event of a rear collision. Standard active safety features include
an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with brake assist and electronic brake distribution,
front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, and a pedestrian
injury mitigation design incorporated into the front exterior of the vehicle.
Driver and front passenger seatbelt reminders and daytime running lights are
also standard equipment.


Four engine and four transmission choices range from a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter
i-VTEC engine (Civic DX, LX, EX and EX-L), with either a 5-speed manual or an
available 5-speed automatic transmission, to a 197-horsepower, 2.0-liter i-VTEC
engine (Civic Si) with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Civic Hybrid is powered
by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gasoline-electric
hybrid technology to enhance both fuel economy and performance, and is equipped
with a continuously variable transmission. The Civic GX, having earned the distinction
of "cleanest internal combustion vehicle in the world" by virtue
of its certification, is powered by a dedicated natural gas version of the Civic's
1.8-liter i-VTEC engine - and is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Both Civic Hybrid and Civic GX are classified as Advanced Technology Partial
Zero Emissions Vehicles (AT-PZEV) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
The Civic GX is further certified by the EPA as an Inherently Low Emissions
Vehicle (ILEV).


Built on a high-rigidity unit-body platform, the Civic is designed to deliver
precise, sharp and refined handling performance with its MacPherson strut front
suspension and multi-link rear suspension.


The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System1, available on Civic EX, EX-L,
Si and Hybrid models, has a 6.5-inch motorized display that opens and closes
for access to the internal single-disc CD player and a digital audio card reader
that can play MP3 and Windows Media® Audio (WMA) files from CompactFlash®
cards (via a PC card adapter). The navigation system features more than 7 million
points of interest and the voice activation can control the navigation menus
and the audio system, along with entering city and street names.


Auxiliary audio input jacks are standard equipment on Civic LX and above trim
levels (and Civic GX for 2008) and allow for portable music device playback
through the audio system. The Civic LX Coupe has a six-speaker 160-watt audio
system with a CD player (four speakers for the LX sedan). All audio systems
feature are capable of playing MP3 and WMA formatted CDs. Standard Speed-sensitive
Volume Control (SVC) that automatically adjusts the volume based on vehicle
speed. Audio displays include CD/MP3 text readout, and all coupes (except for
the DX) plus the Civic Si Sedan provide a customizable welcome screen (exclusively
on models without the available navigation system).


Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe (1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine)


Standard features on the Civic DX include a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter SOHC
i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission (5-speed automatic available),
power windows, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, and P195/65R15 tires. The Civic
LX adds air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, 16-inch steel wheels
with covers, P205/55R16 tires, keyless entry, a 4-speaker 160-watt AM/FM Audio
System with CD Player (MP3/WMA enabled), auxiliary audio input jack, center
console with sliding armrest, progressive blue illumination instrument panel
meters, auto up and down driver's power window, and a folding rear seat.
The Civic Coupe LX adds a 6-speaker audio system.


In addition to all of the Civic LX features, the Civic EX Sedan and Coupe
adds or replaces: alloy wheels; 60/40 split folding rear seat; one-touch power
moonroof; ambient console lighting; and the availability of the Honda Satellite-Linked
Navigation System with Voice Activation, which also includes XM Satellite Radio.
The Civic EX-L adds a leather-trimmed interior, heated seats and heated door
mirrors to the Civic EX list of features. The Civic EX and EX-L Coupe exclusively
features a 7-speaker with subwoofer AM/FM Audio System with CD player (MP3/WMA
enabled).


Civic Si Sedan and Coupe (2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine)


The Civic Si Sedan and Coupe serve as the performance cornerstone for the
Civic line-up with a 197-horsepower, 16-valve, DOHC 2.0 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder
engine mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. A helical-type,
limited-slip differential enhances traction in high-performance driving situations.
The Civic Si sport suspension adds firm spring, damper and stabilizer bar tuning
along with exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tires. Exclusive
exterior features include a low-profile rear wing spoiler and Si emblems. The
sports-oriented interior adds specially-bolstered synthetic suede seats with
red fabric stitching and unique trim panels.


Civic MUGEN Si Sedan (2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine)


Built on the foundation of the Civic Si Sedan and tuned by the prestigious
racing and aftermarket performance company, MUGEN, a Honda-prepared Civic MUGEN
Si Sedan debuts for 2008 and adds a high-performance suspension, forged aluminum
18-inch lightweight alloy wheels, a full aerodynamic body kit with an adjustable
rear wing spoiler and rear diffuser, and a sport-tuned exhaust system.


Civic Hybrid (1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with IMA)


The Civic Hybrid with its advanced IMA hybrid technology achieves the highest
fuel economy of any 2008 Honda automobile with an EPA-estimated city/highway
fuel economy of 40/45 miles per gallon . The Civic Hybrid is equipped with Advanced-Technology
Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) equipment and a standard continuously
variable transmission (CVT). The Civic Hybrid can deactivate up to all four
of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain low-speed
cruising situations. Power is provided by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
and a 20 horsepower electric motor, producing a combined 110-horsepower @ 6000
rpm and combined 123 lb-ft. torque @ 1000-2500 rpm.


Civic GX (1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, dedicated natural gas vehicle)


The ultra-clean Civic GX produces near zero emissions, enables owners to become
eligible for a $4,000 federal tax credit and can refuel with an available, first-of-its-kind
"Phill" home refueling appliance by FuelMaker Corporation (available
through qualifying Honda dealers in California). The 2008 Civic GX is the only
dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in
the United States and achieves an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of
24/36 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent5. Currently, natural gas is approximately
thirty-five percent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a refueling
station, and can be more than 50 percent cheaper than gasoline when supplied
by a Phill home refueling appliance. The Civic GX is the only vehicle certified
by the EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2-Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle
(ILEV) zero evaporative emission certification standards. The Civic GX is available
to consumers at qualified Honda dealers in the states of California and New
York and is also available to fleet customers nationwide from qualified Honda
dealers.


Manufacturing


The majority of Civics are produced and assembled in the United States and
Canada using domestic and globally sourced parts. Civic Coupe and Civic Si models
are solely produced and assembled at the Honda of Canada Manufacturing plant
in Alliston, Ontario. Civic Sedan models for the U.S. are primarily produced
and assembled at the Honda of America Manufacturing plant in East Liberty, Ohio.
Civic Sedans are also produced and assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing
in Alliston, Ontario. Some Civic Sedans and all Civic Hybrid models are produced
and assembled in the Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuka, Japan, manufacturing facility.

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