New Honda Civic main character at Fuori Salone in Milan

MILAN (ITALPRESS) – To celebrate its European debut, the new Honda Civic e: HEV will be presented at the Social Garden of Vanity Fair, taking place at the Fuori Salone in Milan during Design Week. “Vanity Fair always tries to see a step forward, with curiosity and revolutionary spirit: on the occasion of this Design Week, we are pleased to host our VF Social Garden for creative and dynamic minds, whose contribution improves our quality of life and simplifies it., being careful not to neglect the environmental impact of what they create, ”explains Vanity Fair co-director Cristina Lucchini. “We are pleased to be able to preview the new Civic Full Hybrid to the Italian public. The car has received an extraordinary response, and hosting it at Design Week is a unique opportunity for us to involve a wide and cross-cutting audience in an environment , which fully reflects Honda’s future projection “, says General Manager of the Auto Division of Honda Motor Europe Italy Simone Mattogno. With the eleventh generation of the Civic, Honda engineers have focused on the synergy between interior and exterior to create a more comfortable and original experience. The Civic was first produced in 1972 as a “car for the people of the world”, and has become the benchmark for Honda’s “Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum” (M / M) principle. Now used across the entire range of Honda products, this principle stems from the idea of ​​bringing technology and design together with the sole purpose of satisfying drivers and passengers. The new version of the Civic has an interior that is able to offer unprecedented levels of comfort, visibility and spaciousness, as well as improved safety technologies and an incredible involvement of the driver. Honda’s “encouraging” approach to development has been translated into a modern development of the Civic design that repeats the sporty and elegant direction of the house’s latest models. The new Civic has a streamlined roofline and a lower waistline, which significantly improves visibility and restores the same feeling of space as the original model. The characteristics are those of a true sports coupe. The wheelbase is 35 mm longer than the previous generation, while the rear overhang is reduced by 20 mm, and the overall height is reduced. The highest point of the roof line is moved forward, with a slight slope towards the tailgate, emphasizing the car’s elegance. “The key element of this project is the rear roof design. We have evaluated and considered several models,” explains Hitomaro Asano, Civic Exterior Designer. “We considered an extra window with two glass panels and the so-called hatchback style. The design should have made people feel positive or excited the moment they saw the car. The design should not have been a weak point, but it should look as made with a single blow “. The resin tailgate, developed with the new production technology, weighs 20% less than the previous model and is an essential element in expressing the elegance of the design. The new approach to design is also evident in the front, where both the bonnet and the fenders are lower by 25 mm compared to the previous generation, and the columns 50 mm back to offer the driver an impressive view. This streamlining process also has the effect of making the wheels appear larger, which together with the wider rear track and wheel arch edge creates a lower and more crucial stance by increasing the car’s dynamic sense. “We wanted to give the new Civic a young and sporty look, which is the basis of the model,” explains Asano. “So we tried to create a very strong look while keeping the top as thin as possible,” he adds. “This is also a story that spans several generations, and as the Civic’s face has changed over time, I researched and found a common element. All models had a profile with the top grille slightly lowered and the headlights slightly raised. So we have tried to integrate them in the same way as in the very first generations “. Inside the cockpit, Honda’s M / M development principle is expressed by shapes tailored to the individual, aimed at ensuring high levels of sophistication and spaciousness. The visibility and airiness have been improved thanks to the low and horizontal dashboard, the placement of the side mirrors and the large panes. “When we found out that the key word behind the design concept should be ‘uplifting’, we thought about how we should apply it to the interior and what would have happened if, for example, we had considered a temporal perspective,” says Yasunori Ogawa . , Civic Interior Designer. “When we wake up in the morning with a feeling of well-being and pleasure, we feel good all day. Of course, it is difficult to maintain this feeling of well-being until the end of the day, but if you focus on the morning. You are on the right track. Following this idea, three key concepts emerged from our research: clean lines, harmony and intuition and involvement, resulting in an interior design that embodies the same clean, modern design philosophy as the exterior, with a clear, human-centered layout of high-quality materials. quality and touch points that enhance the driver and passenger experience.Despite the lowered roofline, the spaciousness of the cabin remains the same as the previous model, thanks to an intelligent placement of the hybrid components in the chassis and engine compartment.The generous cargo space in the new Civic has the same load capacity as before, one of the largest in its segment, but with a wider tailgate opening for improved usability.The result is a car with pla ds and features that make it a viable alternative to larger vehicles such as SUVs. “The tailgate hinges are located behind the head of the rear passengers, which inevitably creates a problem with lowering the roofline,” adds Asano. “There are obviously ways to make design work at the expense of packaging, but neither Civic nor Honda intended to sacrifice this. We made sure this concept was shared by all interior, exterior and packaging designers, and then start studying a solution – he explains – we first moved the hinges out of the post.As for the cutting line, if we had put it in the middle of the back post, for example, it would have ruined everything.We would not break the line from the front it swings backwards, so we decided to reach over the triangular glass, an idea that everyone liked, including designers “. The same attention to detail is always reflected in the interior with the innovative ventilation openings located around the cabin, to offer a more consistent but less intrusive airflow. The aesthetics, on the other hand, are sublimated by a full-width honeycomb grill on the dashboard – Honda’s press office photo – (ITALPRESS). Sat / dk 09-Jun-22 12:04

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