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September 10, 2013

Honda at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

September 10, 2013 - The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show provides the setting for Honda to publically reveal the new Civic Tourer. Developed and designed in Europe, the new Civic Tourer offers class-leading trunk volume of 624L (Rear seats up, measured up to the tonneau cover), advanced technology and distinctive styling.

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Civic Tourer

The Civic Tourer will be offered with Honda’s 1.6 i-DTEC engine which combines competitive power (120 PS) and 300 Nm of torque with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km*, offering an impressive balance of fuel economy and driving performance.

The updated Civic 5-door will also be shown for the first time. The car will benefit from a refreshed exterior design and interior refinements that give the Civic 5-door an even more distinctive, sportier appearance. Both the updated Civic 5-door and the Civic Tourer will be built at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility and will be launched in Europe from early 2014.

Both cars will also benefit from a new suite of advanced active safety systems that Honda will introduce for the first time on these models under the Advanced Driver Assist Systems name. These sensor based active safety systems use a combination of cameras and short range lidar (laser radar), and radar technologies to help avoid or mitigate accidents, delivering a high standard of safety for the driver, passengers, pedestrians and other road users in line with Honda’s philosophy of ‘Safety for Everyone’.

Also on display is the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC unveiled at Geneva earlier this year. The CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC available in two wheel drive with manual transmission offers both performance (300Nm of torque and 120 PS) and low CO2 emissions (119g/km*). Racing is in Honda’s DNA and the coming years herald a return to the brand’s sporty pedigree with the introduction of exciting new models and Honda’s return to Formula One (in a joint project with McLaren). In celebration of this and Honda’s current successes in Motorsport across the World, including Moto GP, WTCC and Dakar Rally, Honda will showcase a collection of modern and historic racing machines alongside its ultimate supercar, the NSX Concept II first shown in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in the year. As part of this display, Honda will show the McLaren Honda MP4/4 Heritage F1 Car, the Castrol Honda 2013 WTCC car,the RC213V Race Motorcycle ridden by Stefan Bradl that is currently running in the Moto GP and the 2013 Honda CRF450X Dakar Rally model.

Furthermore, Honda will have on display some of its recently launched motorcycles including the Gold Wing F6B and the NC700X equipped with Honda’s dual clutch transmission.

The Honda Press Conference will take place at 13:30hrs CET on Tuesday 10th September on the Honda stand (Hall 9: Stand B11).

Honda internal figures

Honda Civic Tourer

The new Civic Tourer was developed and designed in Europe, allowing Honda’s European R&D team to lead the creative and technical design process. The sleek and sophisticated profile of the Civic Tourer does not compromise the car’s practicality. The Civic Tourer delivers exceptional versatility and functionality with class leading interior space of 624L (trunk volume with the rear seats up, measured up to the tonneau cover).

The Civic Tourer will be offered with the new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dream’s Technology series. The engine is the lightest in its class, delivering 300 Nm of torque and CO2 emissions from just 99g/km*. The Civic Tourer will also be offered with Honda’s 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission producing from only 148g* of CO2 per km.

A brand new Adaptive Damper System will help to enhance the stability and comfort of the Civic Tourer under varying load and driving conditions and new advanced Active Safety features to deliver a high standard of safety.

Functionality & Form: No compromise on design or space

 “I am very proud of the Civic Tourer’s sporty, sleek and dynamic proportions, which somewhat hide the car’s true functionality and versatility. To achieve true utility on a compact car, you have to consider how to make the most of the space in the cabin, which generally also affects the design. Due to the clever platform of the Civic, we had freedom to optimise the package. The end result is a car that has almost a sports-car silhouette. For me, the strength of the car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and dynamic expression.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer.

The exterior design of the Civic Tourer is sophisticated and sporty, its unique style is defined by a bold line that runs continuously from the front A-pillar to the D-pillar creating the impression of a floating roof line.

The development team for the Civic Tourer spent concentrated on new ways to interpret this section of the car to deliver a feeling of premium value and character. The glass of the rear quarter window has been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar and the rear door sash has been raised by 17mm compared to the Civic 5-door to enable this bold styling line and creating an elegant look.

“At first glance it is clear that the Civic Tourer does not look like other Wagons. Recently-launched cars have tended to follow a similar style. The Civic Tourer has a different balance and appeal.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer. Behind this sophisticated and sporty design is a hidden versatility that leads to clever functionality and unrivalled practicality.

The Civic Tourer benefits from the same unique centre fuel tank layout used in the Civic 5-door. The fuel tank is located under the front seats allowing the Civic Tourer to offer unparalleled interior space and Honda’s magic seat configuration.

The Civic Tourer offers class leading trunk space across both the C and D segments. The cargo area will accommodate 3 large-sized Samsonite cases with the tonneau cover pulled over to conceal the cases.

  • 624L* trunk volume (Rear seats up, up to tonneau cover)
  • 1668L* trunk volume (Rear seats down, up to roof lining)

There is a small compartment suitable for storing the tonneau cover so that it can be detached and stored out the way when it is not needed.

Furthermore, there is additional under floor storage in the boot which makes carrying tall objects in the boot easy and the height of the loading lip has been reduced by 137mm* compared to the Civic 5-door to facilitate effortless loading.

Honda’s unique Magic Seats deliver further practicality and space within the Civic Tourer, enabling a range of seating configurations for maximum versatility.The rear seats assembly folds down in one easy movement, and the interior trunk floor of the Civic Tourer has been raised compared to the 5-door to create a completely flat area when the seats are folded down. The rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor space for carrying tall objects. A 60:40 split in the seat base offers even more options for carrying both people and cargo and provides an alternative load area if access via the tailgate is limited.

Driving Performance: Advanced and Efficient Technology

The Civic Tourer will be offered with the new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series (manual transmission). This engine is the first from the Earth Dreams Technology series to be introduced in Europe. The 1.6 i-DTEC engine is also offered in the CR-V and Civic 5-door and is the lightest in its class, delivering 300 Nm of torque and in the Civic Tourer, CO2 emissions from just 99g/km*.

The philosophy behind Earth Dreams Technology is to deliver an impressive balance between fuel economy and driving performance and this is certainly the case in the Civic Tourer, also delivering low running costs for customers.

The 1.6 i-DTEC engine is comprised of an aluminium cylinder head joined to an open deck aluminium block and is the lightest diesel engine in its class. The mechanical friction has been reduced to the level equivalent of a petrol engine. All the rotating parts have been carefully optimised to reduce their friction, helping to provide excellent fuel economy whilst making sure the new Civic Tourer is fun to drive.

The 1.6 i-DTEC engine was designed specifically for the European Market and is built at Honda’s UK Manufacturing plant (where the Civic Tourer will also be built). The Civic Tourer will also be offered with Honda’s 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission producing from only 148g* of CO2 per km.

Adaptive Damper System

The Civic Tourer will feature an innovative rear Adaptive Damper System, a first for a production car. The system has three settings - comfort, normal and dynamic - all of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions. This allows the Civic Tourer to remain comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is required.

“By introducing the technology in this format, we expect many customers will be able to experience the benefits of this advanced system.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader.


As with all Honda cars, safety was at the forefront of the development team’s mind when designing the Civic Tourer, particularly the integration of active safety systems known as Advanced Driver Assist Systems.

Honda has introduced a new suite of sensor based active safety systems that use a combination of cameras, short range lidar (Laser Radar) and radar technologies. The Civic Tourer and the updated Civic 5-door will both utilise these technologies and many other advanced safety features to deliver a high standard of safety for the driver, passengers, pedestrians and other road users in line with Honda’s philosophy of ‘Safety for Everyone’.

For details of Advanced Driver Assist Systems fitted to the Civic Tourer please see “Safety for Everyone” section below.


(*Honda internal figures)

Comparison table (Civic 5-door/ Civic Tourer)

Dimensions (LxWxH: mm) 4285/1770/1440 4520/1770/1440*
Volume Luggage space (Seats up, up to window) Liters 477 624*
Luggage Space (Seats down, up to roof lining) Liters 1378 1668*
  Load height (mm) 702 565*
(*Honda internal figures)

Honda Civic 2014

Refreshed and Refined

Honda will show the updated Civic 5-door for the first time at Frankfurt Motor Show. The car will benefit from a refreshed exterior design and interior refinements that give the Civic 5-door a more distinctive, sportier appearance. The refreshed exterior styling of the Civic focuses on the rear of the car with the introduction of privacy glass to the rear window and the exterior window . In addition, smoke coloured rear combination lights have also been introduced. A license plate garnish, tailgate garnish and a new lower bumper garnish all finished in black have been added. The updated Civic 5-door also features a new front bumper garnish finished in black, darker wheel arch garnish and new 17” Aluminum wheels finished in silver and black.

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Civic 5-door

Subtle cosmetic changes to the interior further emphasise the interior quality and sporty appearance of the updated Civic 5-door. These styling changes include new white stitching detail that has been applied to the steering wheel, seat and knee pad and black buttons on the audio panel and steering wheel switches.

The updated Civic 5-door has also undergone small adjustments to the front and rear suspension and steering in order to optimise linearity, stability and the ride comfort particularly at high speeds. More information will be provided at the European Media Test drive later this year.

The updated Civic 5-door will feature the same suite of new sensor based active safety systems that use a combination of cameras and short range lidar technologies that are being introduced on the Civic Tourer. For details of Advanced Driver Assist Systems fitted to the Civic Tourer please see “Safety for Everyone” section below.

The updated Civic 5-door will be built at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility and will be launched in Europe from early 2014.

Safety For Everyone

Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone’; safety for drivers, but also safety for passengers, pedestrians and occupants of all vehicles. Honda’s car-to-car crash test facility at the Tochigi R&D plant analyses impacts between models of different sizes and weights and develops solutions to mitigate injuries for both passengers and pedestrians.

As with all Honda cars, safety was at the forefront of the development team’s mind when designing the updated Civic 5-door and the Civic Tourer. Particularly important was the integration of advanced active safety systems known as Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This suite of sensor based active safety systems will be using a combination of cameras and short range lidar and radar technologies:

Advanced Driver Assist Systems available on the Civic and Civic Tourer will include*;

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning detects road markings and if the car deviates from your current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts you with audible and visual warnings.

Traffic Sign Recognition

Traffic Sign Recognition has the ability to automatically recognise road signs and display them via the intelligent Multi Information Display. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time.

Blind Spot Information

Blind Spot Information is a Honda-first radar technology which can automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warns of potential dangers.

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision Warning detects risk of collision by recognising the vehicle directly infront using a camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15km/h and above. The system offers visible and audible warnings.

High-beam Support System

This system detects oncoming vehicles, bicycles and environmental brightness and automatically applies the High beam on/off when necessary. This system can be switched on or off by the driver.

Cross Traffic Monitor

Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system warns the driver when reversing of approaching vehicles using rear side radar sensors that are located in the rear bumper of the car. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the i-Mid display.

City-Brake Active System **

Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents. CTBA is a laser radar system that scans the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system operates at low speeds (30km/h and below).

Adaptive Cruise Control

This system allows you to choose both your speed and distance from the vehicle ahead. If this falls below the set level, the system instantly decelerates the vehicle. Where quicker deceleration is required ACC will alert the driver to apply the brakes.

Collision Mitigation Braking System**

This system monitors the following distance and closing rate between your vehicle and the car directly in front of it, warning the driver when a collision is likely and helping reduce impact speed when a collision becomes unavoidable.

Available on selected Grades
City-Brake Active System and Collision Mitigation Braking System/ Adaptive Cruise Control are not available in conjunction with each other.


The Honda NSX Concept II showcases the evolution of the next generation supercar’s styling and design and was first shown in Europe at the Geneva Motor show earlier this year, it also provides a look at the possible direction for the interior design.

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NSX Concept II

The exterior design stays remarkably true to the original concept styling, maintaining its low and wide stance with the dynamic and alluring proportions that are highlighted by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and edgy details that communicate supercar attitude and a high-tech feel.

The NSX Concept offers a glimpse at a potential direction for the next-generation NSX’s interior design. The interior package boasts outstanding visibility, a strong driving position, and an intuitive “Simple Sports Interface” that minimises interior clutter, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience. Consistent with the spirit of the original NSX, Honda’s designers have strived to deliver synergy between man and machine.

With the aim of delivering a new sports car experience that combines supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, the NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system which is part of Earth Dreams Technology series and maximises the overall drive train efficiency, reaffirming Honda’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions.

As previously announced, the new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. located in Los Angeles, California, and Raymond, Ohio headed by Chief Engineer, Ted Klaus. The new NSX will be manufactured at a new production facility in central Ohio.

In August this year, the Honda NSX prototype made its first public appearance at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, showcasing the steady progress being made toward the planned 2015 launch.

NSX Concept

NSX Concept

Mclaren Honda MP4/4 Heritage F1 Car

Powered by a 1500cc V6 twin-turbo engine, this iconic machine dominated the 1988 F1 series, winning 15 of 16 GPs. It set the record for the number of GP wins in a season and won both the Constructor's and Driver's championships. Honda will return to F1 in 2015 under a joint project with McLaren.


Honda is competing in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship with drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro and Honda will be displaying the 2013 car at Frankfurt 2013. The Civic WTCC car utilises the HR412E engine, a completely bespoke 1.6 liter 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine, fully conforming to FIA regulations for the WTCC.

LCR Honda MotoGp, Stefan Bradl

Honda will also display the RC213V Race Motorcycle ridden by Stefan Bradl that is currently running in the Moto GP for the LCR Honda MotoGP team, further demonstrating Honda’s passion and pedigree in the world of Motorsport.


Civic Tourer Packs & Single Options

Honda has launched a range of accessories for the Civic Tourer. Customers can choose from a wide variety of accessory packs and single options to personalise their car to suit their style.

Sports Pack

The Sports Pack offers a combination of accessories to give the Civic Tourer a more focused, road-holding look. The front, side and rear skirts all come in a carbon-inspired finish to give an extra edge to the car’s dynamic profile. To complete the look, customers can select a set of optional 18” Hydrogen alloys. These diamond cut wheels are finished in a matte clear coat and feature Rombo Silver windows.

Cargo Pack

If you need to frequently transport luggage or specialised equipment for work or leisure, you may opt for the Cargo Pack. This pack offers a unique combination of storage solutions including a separation net, cargo room garnish, a side pocket net and a boot tray with dividers. Whether it’s just a laptop or suitcases, this option boosts the Civic Tourer’s class-leading load area.

Convenience Pack

For buyers keen to keep their Civic looking great for longer, the Convenience Pack provides a bespoke collection of accessories designed to protect the car from weathering and surface wear and tear. The doorstep garnishes, mudguards and body-coloured side body trims will protect against scrapes, mud and sand and can be combined with optional 17” Cobalt alloy wheels.

Aero Pack

The Aero Pack offers a blend of aesthetic and practical benefits. Its front Aero bumper reflects the car’s sporty look, whilst the rear skirt complements the front bumper perfectly. The finishing touches are provided by a choice of optional 17" or 18" Argon alloy wheels. Both 5-spoke designs come in a diamond cut surface with a matte clear coat and are contrasted by Gun Powder Black windows.

Design Pack

The Design Pack provides a wide range of stylish design details you can use to personalise your car. These include a sports tank lid, door mirror covers, air intake garnishes and a front sports grille, all in a matte metallic finish. Optional 18” Krypton alloy wheels complete the picture.

Single Options

Civic Tourer customers also have the choice of single options, such as Honda SD navigation. Working through a 6.1-inch WVGA touchscreen, the system offers full functional navigation with voice commands and menus in 12 different languages. The multi-sensor navigation system accurately pinpoints your position, whilst the maps cover 34 different EU countries and can be updated via SD card. The system features Bluetooth HFT connectivity with integrated microphone and audio streaming.

Civic owners can also select a fixed or detachable trailer hitch designed to match the bodywork, performance and towing capacity of the car. The detachable version has a foldable socket plate so it becomes invisible when not in use.

You can choose from a total of six exciting alloy wheel designs. The Argon design comes in both 17-inch and 18-inch sizes and features a Diamond cut A surface, matte clear coat and Gun Powder Black windows. The 17-inch Cobalt features a full coat Chrome Shadow with a clear coat, whilst the 17-inch Radium combines a Diamond cut A surface with a clear coat and Rombo Silver windows. The 18-inch Hydrogen comes in Rombo Silver Windows and completes the look with a carbon-look centre cap. The 18-inch Krypton has a Diamond cut A surface with a clear coat, black pearl windows and a carbon-look centre cap.

To make parking safe and effortless you have the option of adding front and rear parking sensors to the vehicle.

For an additional aesthetic touch, a tailgate decoration (available in two finishes, black or matte metallic silver) fits under the lower rear window and partly covers the car’s tailgate.

Drivers wishing to expand the car’s carrying capacity may be interested in the utility accessories. Fitting cross bars together with a choice of attachments allows you to carry everything from skis to bicycles and extra luggage, creating more space and comfort for passengers within the car.

The dog guard will keep luggage and pets safe and secure within the boot area of the car. It can be easily fitted and removed and is made from powder-coated durable steel.

CR-V Black Edition

Honda has created a Black Edition option pack that has been designed for black CR-V’s. This pack extends the black theme by complementing the Crystal Black bodywork and includes a front grille, tailgate spoiler, running boards, front and rear skid plates, and alloy wheels.


Like all of Honda’s accessories packs, every part has been engineered for a perfect fit with the lines and curves of the CR-V.

The front grille features a honeycombed pattern with shiny black surround, matching the car’s bodywork.

To top the tail, the tailgate spoiler seamlessly extends the roof lines over the rear window. It lends an aerodynamic and sporty touch.

Stylish running boards are smoothly integrated and make it easier to step in or out of your CR-V.

Front and rear skid plates in shiny black garnish add elegant protection to the underside of the CR-V.

Both in Gunpowder Black finish, 2 possible alloy wheel designs – 18” Taurus or 19” Orion – complete the Black Edition look. Next to the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC, the Black Edition option pack fits to all CR-V grades and is set to go on sale in autumn 2013.

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