Honda Australia is set to introduce a new variant and update its British-built Civic models to be more competitive in the local market.
To give you an idea, Honda Australia sold 10,457 Civics in 2010, capturing 4.5 percent of the small car market. In comparison, Toyota sold 41,632 Corollas and Mazda sold 39,003 Mazda3s during the same period. Despite being one of the world’s best recognised models, Civic sales have consistently fallen short of its Japanese rivals in the Australian market.
To help boost sales, Honda Australia has equipped its British sourced hatches with better technology, stronger warranty and minor exterior changes.
New Honda Civic Si models now come with a five year or 140,000km warranty and adopt a Civic Type R like mesh grille (in favour of the plastic grille).
Other changes include the standardisation of Bluetooth technology plus there is now the option of having either cloth or leather trim.
The Honda Civic Si range is available in four colours and starts from $29,990 for the cloth trim six-speed manual. All Si variants make use of a 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with 103kW and 174Nm of torque with a fuel economy of 6.9L/100km (combined cycle).
Honda Civics that arrive in Australia are sourced from Thailand (sedans), the United Kingdom (hatch and Type-R) and Japan (hybrid). In comparison, all Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 models are made in Japan.