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Honda to launch fleet-only low-cost Civic

Honda is to launch a model line that will be sold only to fleets and will have its P11D price cut to the bone.

The new CI grade will be launched on the Civic and will see the un-badged car have specification levels equivalent to a SI model with integrated HFT (hands-free telephone) as standard.

There will be a T grade variant that includes satellite navigation.

The list price will be cut by up to £3,500.

Only fleet customers will have access to this price, with no models available in showrooms and no prices published outside of direct corporate marketing.

The idea of cutting the list price of the car is to attract user chooser drivers looking to reduce their Benefit-in-Kind tax bill.

For example the current 1.4-litre Civic SI costs £16,720 leading to a 40% tax payer being faced with an annual £1,071 BIK bill. By slashing the list price to £13,600, the driver’s BIK tax bill falls to £871.

Whole life costs have also fallen.

“The Civic CI is targeted at end-user tax-efficient drivers,” explains Graham Avent manager of Honda corporate operations.

“We know the market is being driven toward tax-efficient and that is driven by the combination of P11D and CO2.”

Avent wouldn’t confirm when or if a lower CO2 emitting Civic will arrive.

The current 1.4 petrol Civic emits 135g/km, while the 1.8-litre petrol emits 155g/km. The 2.2-litre diesel emits 139g/km.

This compares to benchmark cars like the Efficient Dynamics 3-Series BMW, which has emissions as low as 109g/km or the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion at 99g/km.

Typically, many Civic competitors are now below 120g/km.

Depending on the success of the new fleet-only model, Honda will make a decision as to whether to roll it out across the range.
 


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Comments

  • es - 29/06/2010 09:48

    Pointless, totally pointless. Unless Honda slot a fuel efficient 1.6,1.7 CDTi in the Civic under 110g/km fleets will stay a million miles from this model. Everyone knows the hybrids get no-where near the claimed fuel economy. Honda have shot themselves in the foot for a few years now by sticking only the the 2.2cdti.

  • es - 29/06/2010 09:48

    Pointless, totally pointless. Unless Honda slot a fuel efficient 1.6,1.7 CDTi in the Civic under 110g/km fleets will stay a million miles from this model. Everyone knows the hybrids get no-where near the claimed fuel economy. Honda have shot themselves in the foot for a few years now by sticking only the the 2.2cdti.

  • es - 29/06/2010 09:53

    sorry for the double post. I'd be interested to know how many 40% tax payers will be opting for a 1.4 petrol powered Civic? BTW, a 40% tax payer would pay only £2.70 per week to be in an Audi A3 1.6Tdi sportback. What car do you think a 40% tax payer is going to have parked on the driver for that paltry amount? Honda need to wake up here....

  • es - 29/06/2010 09:55

    And the Honda is at least 20mpg inferior....hmmmm. oh and btw, I run a 2.2CDTi Civic sport.

  • richardsiney7762 - 29/06/2010 13:13

    Great News for Civic fans, the lower list price creates a much more competitive tax position for the driver whilst still providing everything else that you would expect from a quality C sector car.

  • es - 29/06/2010 16:06

    Drop the Diesel by £3,500 and it would make sense.

  • Mr Honda - 29/06/2010 21:27

    It's not just the 1.4 that gets the improved P11d!!!! The 1.8 and 2.2 also benefit from an improved P11d reduction of £3255 - saving 40% drivers up to £260 (19%) pounds a year.I think the blogger below assumed this was only applicable to the 1.4. Though if he'd tried the peppy little engine he wouldn't be making the comment!

  • es - 30/06/2010 15:43

    Mr Honda, are you really saying a 0-60 time of 15 seconds dead is peppy? you need to road test a few more cars my friend..

  • es - 30/06/2010 16:09

    I have read this news on several sites and no indication has been given that it is applied to the 2.2. If it were, then yes, good news indeed. I hold my breath....

  • es - 02/07/2010 13:27

    Also, while this may help the driver it does nothing to allow the company who purchases the cars to gain maximum 100% 1st year capital allowance write downs. A step in the right direction but Honda can do better than this.

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