Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype makes ASEAN debut at Indonesia International Auto Show. But is it coming to the Philippines?

Honda has revealed for the first time in the ASEAN market the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype at the ongoing Gaikindo International Auto Show in Jakarta, Indonesia before the production model goes on sale in the country "in the first half of 2017."

"The Civic is a Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate and a unique car which much-admired by customers worldwide," said Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer for Regional Operations (Asia and Oceania) of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. "To expand Civic's line-up to meet various lifestyle and needs of Indonesian customers, we proudly present the all-new Civic Hatchback Prototype for the first time in the Asia and Oceania region. The Civic Hatchback will also be equipped with the environmentally-friendly VTEC TURBO engine, and is coming to Indonesia in the first half of 2017."

The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype was first introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and shares the same platform as the recently-launched and current-generation Honda Civic sedan. Thus, it shares the same exterior, from the large air intakes and LED headlights and daytime running lights to the swage line that runs through the front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED taillights.

Like the sedan, the Honda Civic hatchback will go on sale with the Japanese carmaker's 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine, which is good for 171hp and 216Nm of torque. And together with its more compact and aerodynamic body, the five-door Honda Civic hatchback will be the most sporty Civic model ever--short of the Type R, of course.

"We understand that a hatchback is one of the most popular segments in Indonesia, especially for youngsters,"  added Tomoki Uchida, President and Director of Honda's Indonesian partner, PT Honda Prospect Motor . "We are certain that the Civic Hatchback with 1.5L VTEC TURBO engine will become the hottest hatchback in the Indonesian market, offering sport performance and advanced features as its sedan version," of which it supposedly commands 40% of the compact sedan segment.

Now, the big question is if the Honda Civic hatchback will also make its way to the Philippines? We certainly hope so since it gives car buyers another option, not to mention a competitor for the Mazda 3 and Kia Forte hatchbacks.

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