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Major Safety Upgrades on Honda Civic Sedans

March 2nd, 2009
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After three years and over 44,000 sales, the eighth-generation Honda Civic sedan has undergone significant upgrades across the entire range and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is now standard on all models.

Honda’s ongoing commitment to ‘safety for all’ extends to side airbags as standard on the VTi model and curtain airbags on the VTi-L. The Civic Sport and Hybrid models already feature six airbags as standard.

The Honda Civic currently has around seven percent of the small car segment and is Honda’s most successful vehicle in Australia. These new improvements demonstrate Honda’s commitment to providing the most advanced safety features for the Australia public.


  • Vehicle Stability Assist on all models
  • Front and side airbags available of the VTi model
  • Front, side and curtain airbags available on VTi-L, Sport and Hybrid models
  • Revised front bumper and grille
  • Revised rear lights
  • New alloy wheel design for the Sport model
  • Remote control release for the boot is standard on all models
  • Black leather interior available for the Sport model
  • New colours Crystal Black, Rallye Red and Bold Beige

As announced at the launch of the all-new Jazz in August 2008, Honda is introducing Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) across the entire model range by 2011 year models.

VSA monitors individual wheel speed, steering angle and lateral G-force. If it detects oversteering, understeering or traction loss, it can brake individual wheels and/or reduce engine speed to help keep you in constant control.

The system also features a traction control function to help minimise wheelspin during acceleration on slippery road surfaces or when the available grip differs from one side of the vehicle to the other.

Every Civic is now equipped with front and side airbags for both driver and front passenger. Honda's sophisticated dual-stage, dual-threshold system optimises the airbag deployment to match the speed and severity of a crash. It also helps to minimise injuries that can sometimes be caused by airbags themselves.

The VTi-L, Sport and Hybrid models also feature full-length curtain airbags to further protect you and your passengers in the event of a collision.


  • 1.8L, SOHC i-VTEC engine
  • 5-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • Front and side airbags
  • Front active head restraints
  • ABS with EBD and BA
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote boot release
  • 15 inch steel wheels with a full size spare
  • Single CD tuner with MP3 compatibility and auxiliary jack
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment

The same features as the VTi including:

  • Curtain airbags
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • 16 inch alloy wheels
  • In-dash 6 stack CD with MP3 compatibility and auxiliary jack
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Security alarm
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat

The same features as the VTi-L including:

  • 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC engine
  • Electric sunroof
  • Newly designed 17 inch alloy wheels with a full size spare
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Fog lights
  • Indicators in mirrors
  • Black leather interior
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifts
  • Exhaust pipe finisher

The same features as the VTi-L including:

  • 1.3L SOHC i-VTEC engine plus Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
  • CVT transmission with Grade Logic Control
  • Fuel consumption display
  • Curtain airbags
  • Space-saver spare wheel
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Front and rear spoiler
  • Two speed and intermittent wipers
  • Fog lights
  • Micro roof antenna
  • Rear seat armrest
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Indicators in mirrors
  • Exhaust pipe finisher
  • Beige cloth trim

PRICING (without on-road costs)


Price (AUD)

CIVIC - 1.8 VTI manual


CIVIC - 1.8 VTI auto


CIVIC - 1.8 VTI-L manual


CIVIC - 1.8 VTI-L auto


CIVIC - 2.0 SPORT manual


CIVIC - 2.0 SPORT auto


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