Saturday, June 30, 2007

Honda Civic Drivers: Take Extra Precautions

It has been a mind-boggling fact that a series of car theft has recorded a disturbing number of Honda Civic cars being stolen. Well I...I'm not sure if that is because of lack of security, or if it is because it's a Honda Civic. I mean, come on. It is a car that is bound to last. Yes, i am turning this catastrophic news into a light and witty feature on how lovely the Honda Civic is. But I also want to warn owners out there to take the necessary precautions to take care of your precious cars, no matter how old they are.

Here's the report: A 1996 Honda Accord was reported stolen June 23 from the 100 block of Sherris Way in Smithsburg and was recovered Wednesday in Smithsburg, stripped of its rims, tires and other parts, deputies said. A 1994 Honda Civic was reported stolen Wednesday from the 18000 block of Bloomfield Court in Hagerstown and also was recovered Wednesday in Smithsburg, about half a mile from the other recovered vehicle. It also was stripped of its rims and tires. Three other vehicles - a 1994 Honda Civic DelSol, a 1992 Honda Civic and a 1995 Acura---were reported stolen Wednesday from three different areas in Hagerstown.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Look Out! The Honda Civic Mugen Type RR is Ready to Hit Japan!

For all Type R fans out there, your favorite ride just got hotter. It has been confirmed that Honda will be releasing a new Type R in Japan by the 13th of September! But what's even better is that this new ride will also be wearing the Mugen patch! Hence, let us all rise for the new Honda Civic Type RR Mugen.

This was said to be an exclusive model due to a limited 300-unit production only. So for those who would want to grab the ultimate car that is twice the Type R with Mugen, you guys better fly off to Japan now. (I know I want one.) The modifications made shows an increased width (+20mm: 1790mm), a lowered (-15mm) but also lighter body(-30kg: 1240kg) and a more powerful motor (from 225PS to 240PS @ 8.000rpm and 22.2kg-m of torque instead of 21.9). So, is this ride gonna be hitting auto stores worldwide? We don't know yet, but for the mean time, you can drool over these pics first courtesy of the AutoBlog.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Team Halfords Honda Civic Wins at the BTCC!

Let us give a round of applause for Gordon “Flash”/”Super Shedden” Shedden as he led the Team Halfords Honda Civic to victory in the recently concluded 2007 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. His teammate Matt Neal has also garnered an impressive two fourth place finishes, which means that both Shedden and Neal have won this season with Team Halfords' first Super 2000 entry.
Check out these cool pics I snagged from, to see how Colin Turkington's BMW had the lead, only to come out short in the end for Shedden's first win with the Honda Civic. However, a fall-out clouded the team's victory during the second (Flash was taken out on the opening, but Neal finished his second fourth place victory for the day) and third (Neal was taken out this time, but Shedden retained the fourth place finish for the team) race. But in the end, it was still Team Halfords Honda Civic who took home the trophy.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Meet the Honda Civic's Sister, the Acura CSX

Due to the rise of the Honda Civic, its sister company, Acura, has created a new addition to the line of its luxury cars. Despite of its kinship and similarities to the Honda Civic, it still boasts of its own uniqueness. Perhaps the biggest would be its engine, the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mill found in Acura's sporty RSX coupe. The lightweight, aluminum engine delivers 155 hp---15 more ponies than the 1.8-liter unit found in the Civic. This baby was begot in Honda's assembly plot in Alliston, Canada. Check this sister out and spot its likeness to the loved Honda Civic. surely, it will receive good love from the people too.

Oh by the way, Acura is the sister company of Honda. So this kinship between the Honda Civic and the Acura CSX---totally legal. The only difference is Acura is aimed to the higher masses, whereas Honda is for everybody. For after all, how can you keep a Honda Civic from anybody who wants to own one?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Small Cars are not only in, they're safe too!

Despite the growing trend of driving SUVs and huge trucks, people have started to raise the sales of small cars. According to Honda, the month of May has the most sales of the Civic ever. “Small is big right now,” notes Dick Colliver, executive vice president of Honda’s American operations. Aside from gas issues, many motorists have found that driving small cars could lead as well to the new revolution of driving green.

But more so, the advent of the small cars success has also proven that safety does not only come in big cars. Road accidents have decreased and a lot of safety features of the car have evolved. Significantly, most compact cars like the Civic approach the 3,000-pound mark that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has identified as the weight that provides good crash protection on highways populated with many big trucks and SUVs! Can you just imagine how great (and safe) it must be to live the Honda Civic Life? *wink

Monday, June 18, 2007

Honda Civic Type R is all set for the IRC 2007 in Ypres Rally Belgium!

The Honda Civic Type R is all set for the new round in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), the Ypres Rally Belgium, which will be held on Friday, June 22nd. The Civic Type R may have fared well in the previous rounds of the race, but they are up for a tougher challenge this time. The round three of the IRC is the asphalt challenge.

Drivers Dani Sola and Luca Betti made a promising debut with the car on the all-gravel Rally of Turkey last month, but the specialist asphalt roads of Belgium will mark another chapter in the new car’s development---particularly as the Honda drivers will be up against a wide variety of well-known local experts,” according to The Civic Type R's high-revving V-Tec engine is expected to carry them to the round with only the best results. "We hope to showcase our Civic Type R in the best possible way in Belgium. So far, the potential has been extremely encouraging, and our aim now is to continue this upwards learning curve in order to provide our customers with the best possible package to live out their passion, with a high level of satisfaction,” William de Braekeleer, honda Europe's Motorsport Manager concluded.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Civic Hybrid Goes to China!

Honda Motor Co. announced at the Shanghai Daily that they will be testing the Civic Hybrid in their market for three months. “It would be a trial operation to test the market response before localized production begins,” said one of their representatives. They also said that the Civic Hybrid will have a price advantage over its competitor, the Toyota Prius.

The arrival of Hybrids in Asia should be as rampant as their growing technological advancement. This shows how Honda Civic is trying to reach out across the globe to spread their concern for the environment. And just the same, it wouldn't be so hard to imagine just how great it must be to live the Honda Civic Life.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The 2007 Honda Civic GX NGV---Driving for a Greener Place

The 2007 Honda Civic GX NGV may be an adapted version of Honda's 2006, but the NGV label makes a whole new difference. The Natural Gas Vehicle technology completely turns the world green. They run far cleaner than gasoline or diesel vehicles, their fuel costs about 33% less and most of the stuff is natural gas produced in the US, helping reduce dependency on foreign oil. With the rise of these cars, especially the fuel-efficient and high-performing Honda Civic GX NGV, there would be no excuse to drive green.

Or so we think.

But alas, there aren't enough publicly available CNG filling stations outside California, because this sunny state has about 100 such locations, including 60 within 100 miles of downtown Los Angeles. Many of them, however, require a special key card for admittance, so CNG vehicle drivers can't just drop in. what a shame right? Honda has done their part in creating a greener world, so others must follow suit. And just imagine how great it must be, to live the Honda Civic Life.

Honda Civic ties up with Ikea!

Fresh news from Honda UK! Ikea, everybody's most loved home store, has 15 stores in the UK as well. And they have chosen to switch to the Honda Civic Hybrid to be the flagship of their company cars. They have aimed to cut carbon emissions by 9% as well by 2010, so they opted for the only reasonable choice---the Honda Civic Hybrid!

"Ikea's commitment to replace its entire fleet with Civic Hybrids is a real-life endorsement of the car and the excellent benefits it offers. In terms of cost, fuel efficiency and low emission driving the Civic Hybrid really stacks up," John Kingston, Environment Manager of Honda UK said in an interview. It isn't surprising that Ikea finally came to their senses and use the Civic Hybrid. For after all, it's just so great to live the Honda Civic Life!

Friday, June 8, 2007

The new Honda Civic Type R has reached Australia!

Australia, the long wait is over. After announcing in this blog that Honda Civic will soon be releasing the new Civic Type R in the market, I'm sure that everybody became restless and quite anxious to get their hands on this sporty baby. But, lucky for the people down under, because the first shipment of the Civic Type R has arrived from Britain.

But hold your horses Aussies, because the Civic Type R would not be on sale until July. For the mean time, you can drool at its gorgeous three-door hatchback design, and imagine yourself reaching 100 kph within 6.6 seconds. This masterpiece has met the perfect mix of beauty and sport precision, thus, its engineers are proud to boast its sporting cruise control, dual-zone climate control, automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers, auto on/off headlights, a CD-player with MP3 and WMA capabilities, and a leather-bound tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel. Aussies, can you just imagine how great it must be to live the Honda Civic Life?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Breaking News! Honda Civic is number one for the teens!

It is with great pleasure that I announce in this blog the good news---Honda Civic is the number one car for teenagers!

Quality Planning Corporation (QPC), a company that “that helps auto insurers verify the integrity of their policyholder records” conducted a study about which car does parents buy for their children nowadays. It turned out that the Honda Civic tops the top 10 list of vehicles actually driven by teenagers. "We found that the time-honored battle between teenage desires and parental practicality is alive and well. The Honda Civic appears to strike an acceptable balance for both parties," said Ted Harris, manager of research development of QPC.

Even teenagers and parents are getting smarter with their car choice! Can you just imagine how great it is to live the Honda Civic life? Unimaginable.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Honda Civic 1.8V conquers India!

Honda Siel Cars India will be releasing the new Honda Civic 1.8V for the sake of Civic patrons in the most populous liberal democracy country, India. The new Civic features leather seats, front fog lamps and turn indicators integrated into outside rear-view mirrors. The new variant will also be offered with two new colors---Mystic Violet and Carbon Bronze Pearl.

The launch of the new Civic was said to celebrate its “unprecedented success in India”. In the picture you will see the president and CEO of Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) posing with the new Civic. HSCI has reportedly sold nearly 20,000 units of the Civic in less than a year of its launch, which is an exceptional achievement for the lower D segment in India. The tremendous success of Civic is spreading across the globe. And with all the niceties under the Civic's rise, just imagine what it would be like to live the Honda Civic Life.

(images courtesy of The Hindu)

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Honda Civic Hybrid to be replaced by 2009?

Honda Cars America has announced that they will be replacing the Civic Hybrid for the year 2009 with a cheaper car, which comes in the form of the Honda Fit.

I KNOW, RIGHT? Like, what were they thinking? However, Honda seemed to be reasonable in doing this, most specifically to cater to a wider market. "We believe hybridization is optimally applied to smaller vehicles," explained Ben Knight, Vice President of Honda America. "We are developing an all-new, purpose-built hybrid vehicle, scheduled for introduction later this decade that will meet the needs of a family at a price beneath the Civic Hybrid," he added.

But do not fret, this does not mean that our beloved Civic has been disappointing in performing its role as the Hybrid. This only means that they are giving more people the opportunity to own a Hybrid which costs less. (For how can we expect a perfect car as Civic to “cost less”?) I am not sure yet if they will still be producing Civic Hybrids or not, so for all of you lucky owners of the Civic Hybrid, hold on to your babies. They are rarity already. (I'll just keep you guys posted on this news okay?)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Presenting, the Honda Civic Choir

Have you seen the TV ad for the Honda Civic? Of course you have, and you are probably thinking, “which one?” Well, the one with the Honda Civic Choir, of course. The one made by Honda UK. This particular TV ad fascinates me because it was able to capture the “human touch” of the Honda Civic.

Imagine a choir singing the tunes of a Honda Civic. Yes, tunes. Not sounds. Cars make sounds, but Honda Civic only makes tunes. Anyway, the choir hums at first to illustrate the smoothness of the Civic's machine. They all make the tunes that the Honda Civic makes as it drives along---wipers sloshing the windshield, power windows rolled up, the friendly screeches of the brakes, the friendly road that bows down to the passing Civic. This particular song has summed up the beautiful sounds that words could not describe when driving a Civic. Of course the beautiful shots of every frame were an added bonus. (*wink) Just imagine how great it must be to live the Honda Civic Life. (for video clips of the ad, check