The most important area of focus throughout the development of the new 2012 Civic was safety - not just the occupants of the car but other road users too.
"Honda has a high tech crash test facility in Tochigi, Japan. There we were able to crash the new Civic into vehicles of different weights and sizes, and at different angles and speeds. We wanted to make sure that we are offering the best ‘real world’ safety for our customers." explains Mitsuru Kariya, Civic development leader.
One of the ways that this is achieved in the new Civic is through the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. This is a front-mounted polygonal frame that is designed to prevent the cabin becoming deformed by distributing forces away from the passenger compartment.
“Just as important as technology that protects you in a crash is technology that helps you avoid an accident in the first place“ says Kariya. “This is the first time that the CMBS system has been introduced on the Civic in Europe.“
Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) monitors the distance and closing rate between your vehicle and the car directly in front of it, warning the driver when a collision is likely and helping reduce impact when a collision becomes unavoidable. The technology automatically assists with heavy braking and tightens the seat belts to reduce loading on the driver during an accident.
The new Civic also features sophisticated pedestrian protection features. “I am very proud that Honda has a leading reputation for pedestrian safety. It’s an area in the new Civic that has been constantly worked upon.” commented Julian Warren, Senior Safety Engineer.
Pedestrian protection features include windscreen wiper pivots designed to break away on impact and energy absorbing front wing mounts.