Both manufacturers and drivers appear to be more focused on fuel economy these days. Manufacturers want to offer vehicles with the best fuel efficiency ratings and drivers are looking for ways to drive their vehicles in a way that leads to less fuel consumption. The Honda Civic 2012 is a good example of this. It comes from a manufacturer who is concerned about producing fuel efficient vehicles and it has an Eco Assist System that allows the driver to select different drive modes that improve fuel economy. Honda asserts that the car will achieve fuel efficiency ratings of 30 mpg. The car also includes Vehicle Stability Assist standard.
The 2012 Civic will be available in a sedan and coupe silhouette with conventional gas engines, two Si performance versions, a hybrid and a natural gas models. The hybrid will be energized by lithium-ion batteries. It marks the first time that the Japanese auto maker has used this type of battery in a hybrid model.
The Civic will compete against the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic and a new Hyundai Elantra.
It is expected that the 2012 Civic will be in Honda dealerships in the U.S. by this spring. A manufacturers suggested retail price has not been announced.