New Civic Si Hatchback Headed for North America; Hot Si Model Set to Take Center Stage of Performance Scene

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

    TORRANCE, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- An all-new Hatchback version of
 the Honda Civic carrying the legendary "Si" badge will go on sale in early
 2002, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today at the New York
 International Auto Show.
     The Civic Si prototype on display in New York is based on the three-door
 hatchback recently introduced in Europe.  Under the hood is a high-output DOHC
 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine that produces 160-horsepower and 130-lbs/ft of torque,
 while attaining Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) status.  The i-VTEC engine is the
 next generation of cleaner and more powerful engines that feature Honda's
 patented VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Engine Control) technology.
     A unique, performance oriented close ratio 5-speed manual transmission is
 mounted, rally-style, on the center dashboard.  The close proximity to the
 steering wheel allows for quick shifts and a sporty feel.
     "This new model plays two relatively small but important roles in the
 Civic lineup by meeting consumer demands for a hatchback and the return of the
 Si," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda.  "The Civic
 Si Hatchback has contributed a great deal to the history and reputation Civic
 enjoys and we're looking forward to having one back in the lineup."
     The Si offers high performance with a sporty exterior package and
 performance oriented interior.  The new 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine delivers
 160 horsepower and 130-lbs/ft of torque, the most ever for a Civic.  Firmer
 dampers and springs combined with front and rear stabilizer bars and larger
 wheels and tires and standard ABS contribute to sporty handling.  Interior
 features include highly supportive sport seats, performance-oriented gauges.
 Exterior features include a mesh grille, a rear spoiler and a dual tipped
 performance exhaust.
     The heritage of legendary Si performance stretches back to 1984 when the
 first Civic S Hatchback was introduced.  In 1986 the "S" evolved into the
 Civic Si with added interior and exterior features along with suspension
 upgrades.  The 1988 to 1991 Civic Si Hatchback captured the attention of a
 growing number of sport compact car enthusiasts, just as that market was
 beginning to emerge in the U.S.  Beginning in 1992, Civic Si Hatchbacks
 incorporated Honda's famed VTEC engine technology.  After a brief hiatus, the
 Civic Si reappeared for 1999 and 2000 models in coupe form.
     The Civic Si Hatchback will be produced at Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing
 plant in Swindon, England.
 
     Additional photography and information available at www.hondanews.com
 
 

SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    TORRANCE, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- An all-new Hatchback version of
 the Honda Civic carrying the legendary "Si" badge will go on sale in early
 2002, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today at the New York
 International Auto Show.
     The Civic Si prototype on display in New York is based on the three-door
 hatchback recently introduced in Europe.  Under the hood is a high-output DOHC
 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine that produces 160-horsepower and 130-lbs/ft of torque,
 while attaining Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) status.  The i-VTEC engine is the
 next generation of cleaner and more powerful engines that feature Honda's
 patented VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Engine Control) technology.
     A unique, performance oriented close ratio 5-speed manual transmission is
 mounted, rally-style, on the center dashboard.  The close proximity to the
 steering wheel allows for quick shifts and a sporty feel.
     "This new model plays two relatively small but important roles in the
 Civic lineup by meeting consumer demands for a hatchback and the return of the
 Si," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda.  "The Civic
 Si Hatchback has contributed a great deal to the history and reputation Civic
 enjoys and we're looking forward to having one back in the lineup."
     The Si offers high performance with a sporty exterior package and
 performance oriented interior.  The new 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine delivers
 160 horsepower and 130-lbs/ft of torque, the most ever for a Civic.  Firmer
 dampers and springs combined with front and rear stabilizer bars and larger
 wheels and tires and standard ABS contribute to sporty handling.  Interior
 features include highly supportive sport seats, performance-oriented gauges.
 Exterior features include a mesh grille, a rear spoiler and a dual tipped
 performance exhaust.
     The heritage of legendary Si performance stretches back to 1984 when the
 first Civic S Hatchback was introduced.  In 1986 the "S" evolved into the
 Civic Si with added interior and exterior features along with suspension
 upgrades.  The 1988 to 1991 Civic Si Hatchback captured the attention of a
 growing number of sport compact car enthusiasts, just as that market was
 beginning to emerge in the U.S.  Beginning in 1992, Civic Si Hatchbacks
 incorporated Honda's famed VTEC engine technology.  After a brief hiatus, the
 Civic Si reappeared for 1999 and 2000 models in coupe form.
     The Civic Si Hatchback will be produced at Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing
 plant in Swindon, England.
 
     Additional photography and information available at www.hondanews.com
 
 SOURCE  American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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