Honda Automobiles: 2016 Honda Civic Sedan Press Kit

The new Civic Sedan facilities a many rigid, firmly hermetic physique and aerodynamic physique pattern in Civic history, with a biggest use of high-strength steel for any Civic indication ever made, charity poignant advancements to altogether noise, quivering and rudeness (NVH), float and handling, fuel potency and collision performance.

Longer, revoke and wider, a new Civic physique is also some-more spacious, with 5.8 additional cubic feet of newcomer and bucket space. Despite a incomparable size, a new Civic Sedan’s unibody is 68 pounds lighter than before with a 25 percent boost in torsional rigidity, while a revoke height, wider position and condensed front overhang offer as a basement for a new Civic’s sportier, some-more reward demeanour and feel.

Advanced unibody construction techniques, including a use of Honda’s next-generation ACE™ physique structure and new pile-up cadence front frame, capacitate higher front, side and back crash-worthiness. Comprehensive physique sealing measures, a use of acoustic windshield potion mix with new framework technologies, such as hydraulic cessation and engine mounts, to make a 2016 Civic Sedan a quietest and many polished Civic yet.

Key Body Features

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure with new pile-up cadence front support design*^
  • 59-percent high strength steels (14 percent ultra-high strength steel)
  • B-Pillars and back support members with selectively-tempered soothing zones*^
  • 590 MPa high-strength steel building pan*
  • Narrow A-pillars for 84.3 degrees of brazen visibility
  • Acoustic-glass, flush mounted windshield
  • Acoustic fiber side under-panels
  • Acoustically hermetic unibody
  • Full underbody covering*

* First for Civic
^ First for Honda

Exterior Dimensions
Compared to a prior model, a 2016 Civic Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer for softened float comfort, softened second-row seating roominess, and softened accession and egress. The altogether length is adult 2.9 inches, improving interior roominess as good as bucket storage capacity. A 1.4-inch shorter front overhang improves both coming and aerodynamic efficiency, while a 2.9-inch longer back overhang adds to storage capacity. Fuel potency is softened in partial due to extensive aerodynamic gains via a exterior, and even underneath a vehicle.

2016 Civic vs. 2015 Civic Exterior Dimensions


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Increased Trunk Capacity
The 2016 Civic Sedan has a wider and deeper case with 15.1 cu. ft. of storage volume, 2.6 cu. ft. (or 20.8 percent) incomparable than a 12.5 cu. ft. of a prior Civic Sedan. Together with a lengthened newcomer volume, this creates a new Civic Sedan best in category in sum interior volume. (See a Interior territory for some-more information.)

A low lift-over tallness of 26.8 inches and a limit case opening breadth of 39.7 inches improves a palliate of loading or unloading massive items, as does a prosaic case floor, that measures 54.9 inches far-reaching and 40.6 inches low – all poignant improvements over a prior model. The building and case sides are carpeted to assistance strengthen bucket during transit, and also to assistance revoke highway sound entering a newcomer cabin.

The Civic Sedan’s case will accommodate 4 soothing suitcases or 4 golf bags – one some-more of any compared to a prior Civic Sedan. For long, slight equipment such as skis, a 3.5 sq-ft. case pass-through is 20.6-percent incomparable than before. A removable building row hides a proxy gangling tire, jack and wrench. A singular LED cargo-area light provides enlightenment when a case lid is open.

Key Body Specifications


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Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
As an constituent partial of a 2016 Civic structure, Honda’s exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure enhances newcomer insurance and pile-up harmony in frontal collisions. ACE utilizes a network of connected constructional elements to discharge pile-up appetite some-more uniformly via a front of a vehicle, so shortening a army eliminated to a newcomer compartment. ACE channels frontal pile-up appetite to both tip and revoke constructional elements, including a building support rails, side sills and A-pillars.

Crash Stroke
A Honda first, a ACE™ structure used on a new Civic facilities a new pile-up cadence technology, grown by Honda engineers in a company’s modernized reserve investigate laboratory in Raymond. Ohio. With a new pile-up cadence structure, in a frontal collision a revoke territory of a front car support hinges to approach a engine down and rearward, assisting approach pile-up appetite into a vehicle’s building while also minimizing cabin intrusion. This essential square of reserve engineering effectively adds 80mm (3.2 in) of additional energy-absorbing “crash stroke” to a front of a vehicle.

Besides assisting a Civic aim for a tip ratings in a severe sovereign pile-up tests, a new pile-up cadence structure enabled designers to rise a Civic’s physique pattern to underline a brief front overhang and brief hood-line for a singular and sparkling appearance, glorious external prominence and softened handling. (See a Safety and Driver Assistive territory for some-more information.)

Improved Body Rigidity
Compared to a prior Civic generation, a new 2016 Civic Sedan body’s tellurian tortuous acerbity increases 19 percent and a torsional acerbity increases 23 percent. The advantages of this augmenting acerbity are numerous, including a ability to balance a cessation for higher float and doing performance. The some-more firm physique structure also directly formula in a quieter and some-more gentle float knowledge for a passengers, with rebate NVH felt over a far-reaching operation of pushing conditions. Some pivotal advancements in physique structure include:

Under a Hood

  • A revoke stiffener, located behind a engine on a front bulkhead, improves handling

In a Unibody

  • Certain tie areas where a A-pillars accommodate a building sills, and a B-pillars accommodate both a building sills and roof rails, revoke idle quivering and booming
  • Large physique panels are done regulating mechanism aided engineering (CAE) to revoke booming
  • Gussets positioned inside a back entertain areas of a unibody revoke highway noise
  • An middle back constructional ring stiffens a unibody for softened handling
  • Short-pitch welding places mark welds 20mm (0.8 in) detached in vicious areas of a unibody, compared to 40mm to 45mm (1.6 in to 1.8 in) normal spacing, augmenting acerbity and durability

Underneath a Vehicle

  • The Civic’s building vessel is done of 590-MPa high-strength steel to yield a lighter nonetheless stronger altogether structure
  • Floor cross-members positioned underneath a motorist and front passenger’s seating area urge float comfort
  • A parallel cross-member and check structure, located between a back wheels, improves handling
  • A cross-car brace, located during a front of a vehicle, improves handling

The Civic was designed to have class-leading aerodynamic opening – including 12-percent rebate drag than a prior Civic era – that helps urge both fuel potency and interior quietness. Computational liquid dynamics (CFD) was used to magnitude a car’s potency during a pattern phase, followed by scale-model breeze hovel contrast and finally by full-scale wind-tunnel testing. Two vicious gains from this routine embody a 15-percent rebate in drag (CdA) by a government of underbody and engine-room airflow, and another 4-percent CdA rebate by circle design.

Specially done components during a front of a car lamp airflow by a radiator and into a engine’s cold-air intake, while channeling a remaining airflow over, around and underneath a vehicle. Along with narrower a A-pillars and flush-mounted glass, these minister to a Civic’s fit thoroughfare by a air. The loose slope of a back roofline and back window serve improves aerodynamic efficiency.

The new Civic facilities a flattest underbody of any gasoline-powered Honda prolongation vehicle. A molded under-panel is positioned directly underneath a front fascia, starting a rearward upsurge of atmosphere underneath a car in a well-spoken manner. An aluminum under-tray is positioned underneath a engine and delivery and facilities a cooling channel that allows ambient airflow to a hydraulic engine mount. Dual side under-panels (molded cosmetic on LX, acoustic fiber on EX and above trims) extend from behind a front wheels to only brazen of a back wheels, serve smoothing a airflow as it travels rearward, while also shortening breeze sound in a newcomer cabin.

Lateral strakes located brazen of any circle and tire (8.5 inches far-reaching in front, and 3.5 inches far-reaching in a rear) assistance inhibit airflow around a tires for additional aerodynamic potency gains. Even a hammered steel empty silencers are aerodynamically shaped, expelling a need for an under-cover during a back of a vehicle. This reduces tools count, complexity and weight while assisting to safeguard optimal aerodynamic efficiency.

In-Die Softzone
In a initial for Honda, a Civic employs selectively-tempered “soft zone” technology. This special combining technique allows a origination of privately gradual areas, or soothing zones, within an ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel part. As a result, simpler, lighter components can yield a suitable appetite pathways required to catch pile-up forces. The routine minimizes both tools count and weight. In a 2016 Civic Sedan, this technology, practical to a B-pillars and back support rails, saves 15.6 pounds compared to a previous-generation Civic.

The routine involves heating a piece steel to 930-degrees Centigrade before concurrently stamping and cooling pivotal areas of a part. A laser slicing pleat routine afterwards completes a component.

Side pile-up area
Located where a B-pillar joins a revoke sill, a new built-in soothing territory is designed to hook during a side collision, channeling pile-up army divided from a newcomer cell and into a B-pillar and revoke sill. The soothing zone’s rated element strength is 550-650 MPa modernized high-strength steel, compared to a most stronger 1500 MPa hot-stamp steel of a altogether B-pillar and revoke sill. Using a record in a B-pillars saved 6.8 pounds.

Rear pile-up area
The rearward ends of a dual back unibody support rails any enclose a span of soothing zones designed to overlay in a controlled, three-bend demeanour in a eventuality of a back impact, assisting to draw pile-up energy. The rated element strength of these soothing zones is 700-800 MPa high-strength steel, compared to a most stronger 1500 MPa hot-stamp steel of a altogether back support rail. Using a record in a back support rails saves 8.8 pounds. 

T-Direction Welding
Applied to a brazen corner of a front doorway hinge pillars, only behind a front circle openings, a new “T-direction welding” technique is expected to assistance a 2016 Civic acquire tip ratings in a severe IIHS slight equivalent frontal collision test, formed on Honda middle testing. Instead of regulating parallel overlapping welded joints on a hinge pillars, that would be negatively influenced by a circle relocating rearward and distinguished a post in an equivalent frontal collision, a hinge pillars instead use a longitudinal welded join designed to withstand perfect army generated in such a collision.

Class-leading Forward Visibility
The A-pillar territory on a 2016 Civic is 18mm (0.7 in) narrower than on a previous-generation Civic, shortening a blocked area by 11.6-percent, and ensuing in a 7.9-degree alleviation in brazen visibility. As a result, a new Civic offers a class-leading 84.3 degrees of brazen prominence (the angle done by sketch lines from a driver’s eye indicate to a outboard edges of a A pillars). Safety is confirmed by a pillars’ shape, a accurate pattern of bucket pathways during a frontal collision or rollover, and a use of 1500 MPa hot-stamped ultra-high-strength steel for a A-pillars.

High-Strength Steel
Multiple steel grades are used in a Civic’s physique construction to assistance grasp glorious altogether car dynamics, optimize reserve performance, and revoke NVH. Materials operation from 5 opposite grades of steel, including reward hot-stamp steel and ultra-high-strength steel used in a unibody, to aluminum for a front buffer beam. All were selected to grasp a best multiple of strength, rigidity, energetic opening and light weight. Fully 59 percent of a physique structure is stoical of high-strength steel, adult 7.3 percent compared to 55 percent for a prior Civic Sedan. In addition, a use of hot-stamp ultra-high strength steel increases to 14 percent from 1 percent in a previous-generation Civic.

Lighter Weight
The augmenting use of high-strength steel contributes to a 68-pound rebate in weight for a 2016 Civic Sedan’s unibody compared to a prior Civic generation.

Body Materials

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Countermeasures
The new Civic takes noise, quivering and rudeness (NVH) countermeasures to a subsequent level, positioning it during a tip of a rival set. All Civic trims underline strategically placed physique sealants (see below). Additional NVH enhancements on all models embody acoustic separators inside a A-, B- and C-pillars, while a sound-insulating acoustic windshield (see below) serve aids altogether cabin quietness.

Engine Compartment Isolation
Measures to besiege sound and feverishness emanating from within a engine cell embody dedicated front, side and back hood seals, strategically placed feverishness baffles, a hood insulator panel, an engine under-cover, and dedicated insulation within a instrument panel. Inside a vehicle, a one-piece molded insulated runner ship adds serve to well-developed feverishness siege and sound rebate for a 2016 Civic.

Acoustic Windshield
Special laminated acoustic potion is used for a Civic windshield to assistance revoke sound entering a cabin. Tuned privately to draw wind-noise frequencies, a windshield potion uses an outdoor covering of 2.0mm reserve glass, a 0.7mm thick core covering of acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and a 1.8mm safety-glass middle covering for a sum density of 4.5mm. This helps a Civic place during a tip of a category in wind-noise performance. The windshield also incorporates UV light-absorbing technology. In addition, a Civic Sedan has 4.0mm gradual front doorway potion and 3.5mm gradual back doorway glass. The accessible one-touch energy moonroof with lean underline uses 3.5mm coloured and gradual glass.

Sound-absorbing Undercovers
Underneath a Civic, along both sides of a newcomer cabin, are absorptive undercovers (fiber on a LX and EX, and molded cosmetic on a EX-T and above trims) that lessen highway and breeze noise. A special perplex image located underneath a core of a building pan, and felt buffer middle liners on EX and above trims, serve draw breeze and highway noise.

Body Sealing
The 2016 Civic Sedan has an rare turn of physique sealing to dramatically revoke a levels of sound inside a car – a 58-percent altogether trickle rebate compared to a previous-generation Civic. Throughout a unibody are 9.3 sq. in. of coupling seals and other sealers to revoke quivering and a delivery of noise.

Additional measures include:

  • Pillar separators sign a vale A-, B- and C-pillars to revoke a delivery of sound from a building area into a newcomer cabin.
  • Triple doorway sealing utilizes 360-degree molded doorway seals to revoke breeze sound and urge isolation.
  • New doorway opening seals during a back edges of a doors are a initial for Civic. They join a triple hermetic doorway openings and revoke door-edge seals in gripping breeze sound from entering a cabin.
  • A sum of 8 new atmosphere trickle rebate moldings and clips are used during pivotal locations where a side windows slip into a Sedan’s 4 doors, shortening a probability of heard atmosphere leaks occurring in these locations.

Along with middle bracing, acoustic hole seals fill open areas inside a doorway structures, significantly shortening a volume of breeze and highway sound and quivering that can strech a cabin. The same Thinsulate™ element that is used in a doors is also used to revoke sound delivery by a roof, a physique A- and C-pillars, and a back tray.


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