Pre-orders for new Honda Civic to exceed 300 in Australia
Honda Australia claims pre-orders for the new Honda Civic in Australia are “unprecedented” in the brand’s history, with plans to sell around 800/month.
THE 10TH GENERATION Honda Civic was launched in Australia yesterday and will go on-sale next month (June), with Honda Australia boss, Stephen Collins, saying more than 200 orders had already been placed for the small car. And, that by the end of this month, it was expecting more than 300 pre-orders to have been placed.
“The last time we had such strong interest from prospective customers was when we were launching the HR-V and it has now become one of the strongest competitors in the small SUV segment,” Mr. Collins said. “With the arrival of the Civic, it’s becoming clearer by the day that Honda has got its mojo back.”
“We know the Civic has really struck a chord with existing owners and prospective customers looking for premium quality in a contemporary package. Once they drive the Civic and experience the ride and handling, impressive interior and superior connectivity, we’re confident it will go straight to the top of shopping lists.”
The majority of the pre-orders have been for the top-end RS and VTi-LX models. The RS is $31,790+ORC and the VTi-LX is $33,590+ORC. “The RS is very keenly priced but more importantly, the all-new Civic has a price-point to appeal to a range of customers looking for a safe, fuel-efficient car.” The five-model line-up starts with the VTi at $22,390+ORC, topping out at $33,590+ORC for the VTi-LX.”
Headlining the all-new Civic is an all-new turbocharged 1.5-litre DOHC, direct-injected and inline 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing electrical control (VTC) and high response turbocharger with electronic waste gate, producing 127kW/220Nm. The 1.5L engine is available as standard on the VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX. The VTi and VTi-S are powered by Honda’s proven 1.8L engine which is mated to a new CVT, producing 104kW/174Nm.
In addition to the sedan, Honda will also launch a Civic hatchback in the first half of 2017 and an all-new Civic Type R towards the end of 2017.