2016-07-08

Honda Civic Concept Hatch Picks Up Coveted Auto Express Magazine Design Award in UK

 

The concept version of the 10th generation Honda Civic hatch, due in European showrooms in 2017, has won its first UK gong at the 2016 Auto Express Awards.

Civic Hatch

Picking up the coveted Design Award, which was voted for by readers of www.autoexpress.co.uk, the Civic Hatch Concept fended off 14 competitors, some of them high-end European contenders, to secure top spot.

With the production version set for global unveil at the Paris Motor Show in September; the concept was unveiled at March’s Geneva Motor Show to critical acclaim.

UK versions will be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, the car will be exported to global markets, including the US.

Australian versions will come from the same Thai plant that builds the just-launched sedan.

The Civic Hatch Concept design heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model, focusing on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.

The all-new Civic Hatch will be around 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation hatch.

On the Civic Concept, new larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

For Europe, the all-new Civic Hatch will feature a range of three powertrain options: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engines, and a revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. Civic will be the first European model to feature the two all-new petrol engines.

Australian Civic hatch models will feature the same a 1.8-litre petrol engine or 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine as the sedan.

The Head of Cars at Honda UK, Phil Webb, said: “This time last year we were starting to refresh the range. Since then, we have significantly increased our market share, expanded our offering and started to win awards again. 

“This Design Award for the next-generation Civic is all the more significant because it is voted for by readers. It’s a sign of things to come and we expect big things for this car.”