Honda Automobiles: New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Receives Li-Ion Battery Technology

Posted on 20. Apr, 2011 by in Honda Canada

The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid combines a sophistication of a Civic Sedan with a latest chronicle of a Honda Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid drivetrain.

Now with total features, new record and a best EPA-estimated fuel economy of any sedan in a United States, a 2012 Civic Hybrid offers a aloft fuel economy rating of 44/44/44 mpg1 city/highway/combined, adult from 40/43/41 in a 2011 Civic Hybrid. Like other members of a Civic family, a 2012 Civic Hybrid gains new facilities and sleeker styling. Exclusive styling includes a front grill, headlights, taillights, wheels and side mirrors. The dual accessible models are a Civic Hybrid with cloth seats and a Civic Hybrid with leather seating surfaces. Either chronicle can be versed with a navigation system.

“The Civic Hybrid provides a advantages of hybrid record while progressing a demeanour and feel of a informed sedan,” pronounced John Mendel, executive clamp boss of sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The car’s fuel economy rating can be summed adult utterly simply 44 miles per gallon says it all.”

For 2012, a Honda IMA complement uses lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, replacing a nickel-metal hydride batteries used in a prior dual generations of Civic Hybrid. The gasoline engine is a primary source of appetite and a electric motor, positioned in-line between a engine and transmission, provides additional appetite and electricity metamorphosis capability.

The 2012 Civic Hybrid uses a incomparable 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, adult from 1.3 liters for softened mid-range torque, that incorporates endless friction-reducing technologies for incomparable efficiency. It is connected to a lighter, incomparable and some-more absolute electric engine that provides adult to 23 horsepower. Total total horsepower for a gasoline engine and electric engine is 110 during 5500 rpm and torque is rated during 127 lb-ft. during 1000-3500 rpm.

During acceleration, a engine or a engine and electric engine together propel a vehicle. During cruising, a gasoline engine and/or a electric engine can propel a vehicle. During braking, a gasoline engine deactivates and a electric engine acts as a generator to feed a battery pack. At a stop, a engine can tighten off to save fuel and revoke emissions. The engine restarts a impulse a stop pedal is released.

The battery pack, located behind a back seatback, is used to constraint and store electricity for a electric motor. The 20-kW lithium-ion battery is some-more absolute by 5 kW and lighter than a prior generation’s battery. The IMA system’s incomparable appetite and a battery’s 35-percent boost in potency concede a Civic Hybrid to work some-more frequently on a electric motor’s appetite alone in certain low-speed cruising situations. A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) helps say engine rpm for optimal potency while expelling a “stepped” rigging transitions compared with required transmissions.

Along with a rest of 2012 Civic line, a Civic Hybrid offers a new interpretation of a stream Civic’s “one-motion” mono-form shape. A sleekly raked windshield, far-reaching position and disdainful styling facilities give a Civic Hybrid a sophisticated, high-tech presence. In front, there is a singular hybrid grille pattern with blue accents, and within a neat headlight assemblies are blue tuber covers that yield additional distinction. Special five-spoke amalgamate wheels, a decklid spoiler and LED stop lights serve compute a Civic Hybrid from other Civic models.

The Civic Hybrid’s interior facilities a uninformed take on a previous-generation Civic’s rarely organic two-tier instrument layout. The pattern puts a many frequently referenced information adult high and tighten to a driver’s line of sight. The new intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) is positioned in a top tier and can benefaction audio complement information including manuscript artwork. It can also arrangement personal wallpaper backgrounds uploaded around a customary USB port. A singular underline of a Civic Hybrid’s i-MID is a driver-feedback Eco Guide shade that monitors pushing character and displays how it affects fuel efficiency. Together with a blue/green Eco Assist indicators located to a sides of a digital speedometer, a displays assistance drivers build approval of and endorse fuel-efficient pushing styles. The Civic Hybrid’s i-MID contains an disdainful hybrid power-flow scale arrangement in further to a customary information screens.

The interior of a Civic Hybrid uses disdainful chair fabric and singular doorway row covers for a particular coming and feel. As with all Civics, high-quality materials are used via a cabin. Available leather-trimmed models embody a leather-wrapped steering circle and rigging change lever. Automatic meridian control is customary on a Civic Hybrid, and a hybrid-style atmosphere conditioning compressor can continue to duty on electric appetite when a engine is in idle-stop mode.

The Civic Hybrid offers a operation of customary and accessible audio and navigation technologies. A 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio complement with 6 speakers is customary and Civic Hybrid models versed with a navigation complement embody XM Radio. The accessible Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System2 with voice approval has a 6.5-inch hold shade within strech of both a motorist and passenger. Turn-by-turn instruction information appears on both a navigation shade and a i-MID, where it’s available for a motorist to see. The complement facilities a new 16 GB peep memory database for quicker response time and has FM traffic. FM trade is a no-fee use that shows turnpike trade information and occurrence information on a map arrangement in participating civil areas.

The customary Bluetooth HandsFreeLink complement enables Civic Hybrid owners to make and accept mobile phone calls regulating a vehicle’s audio complement and a concordant mobile phone. Audio streaming is also upheld with concordant devices.

The Civic Hybrid embraces Honda’s tradition of creation a vehicles fun to expostulate by stability to use a entirely eccentric cessation design, a reward and well-developed underline in a entrance compress segment. The front MacPherson strut and back multi-link cessation is tuned for sporty pushing fun, nonetheless provides polished float comfort. Ride and doing improvements are upheld by a 10-percent some-more firm unit-body structure ensuing from extended constructional designs and increasing use of high-strength steel (55 percent compared to 50 percent on a prior model).

For safety, a far-reaching accumulation of customary apparatus includes Honda’s disdainful Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) physique structure for extended frontal collision appetite government and vehicle-to-vehicle pile-up compatibility. ACE enhances frontal collision appetite government by a network of bucket temperament structures in a front of a vehicle. Standard reserve apparatus includes VSA that integrates with a new Motion Adaptive EPS system; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with passenger position showing complement (OPDS); side screen airbags; and a 4-channel anti-lock braking complement (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

All Civic Hybrid models are constructed and fabricated in a Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuka, Japan production facility. The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is lonesome by a 3-year/36,000-mile new automobile singular warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain singular warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile gnawing singular warranty.


1 Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison functions only. Do not review to models before 2008. Your tangible mileage will change depending on how we expostulate and say your vehicle.

2 Third-party trademarks: The Bluetooth word symbol and logos are owned by a Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such outlines by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is underneath license.

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