It’s Official – New Civic is the Best Value Car on the Road
• New Civic tops the medium hatchback category and beats all competitors to be named the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards 2012 overall winner
• Jazz Hybrid takes the top spot in the Eco Car category for the second year in a row
The new British built Honda Civic 1.4 i-VTEC SE has been recognised as representing the best value for money in the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards, 2012. It not only came out on top in the competitive Medium Hatchback category on the basis that it offered better value than any of its competitors over a three year period, but it was also named as the overall Awards winner.
The new Civic which has only been in dealerships since February held off fierce competition to be given the number one spot based on figures collated by Parkers’ Cost of Motoring tool. This innovative tool calculates the true “hidden costs” associated with owning and running a new car, including fuel consumption, depreciation, servicing, breakdown cover and road tax over a three year period. In a further boost to the Honda range, the Jazz 1.3 IMA HE Hybrid was awarded the Eco Car category title for the second year running.
Kieren Puffett, Editor of Parkers, commented; The Medium Hatchback category is a hugely competitive market so to have a winner here is truly a tremendous achievement and that is why we are not only delighted to announce that the Honda Civic Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC SE five door wins the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards for the Medium Hatchback category, but is also the overall winner.
“The statistics for the Civic tell us it is great value for money and Honda should feel rightly proud, because the Parkers awards are based on statistical analysis of every new cars’ running costs, rather than opinion. But it doesn’t end there. The icing on the cake is that the Honda Jazz 1.3 IMA HE Hybrid wins for a second year in a row the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards Eco Car category. It’s an outstanding performance by Honda all round.”
Commenting on Parkers announcing the Honda Civic as the overall winner in the Cost of Motoring New Car Awards 2012, Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK), said: “This is a fantastic result for the new Civic. It has only been in dealerships since February and to have received this accolade so soon is a great achievement. What makes the award even more special is that it is based on fact. Thanks to Parkers’ very clever cost of motoring tool, we can officially say that the new Civic is the best value new car out there!"
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HONDA IS THE MOST RELIABLE CAR MAKER IN THE UK – FACT
- Six years at top of What Car?/Warranty Direct survey
- Most Reliable Brand in Which? Car survey
- Highest-placed volume maker in JD Power survey
Honda has been rated the UK’s most reliable manufacturer in the latest What Car? and Warranty Direct reliability study for an unprecedented sixth year in a row. The 2011 survey result reinforces Honda’s reputation for building rock-solid, dependable cars you can trust.
Honda beat rivals to the top of the What Car? league table thanks to an impressively-low 9 per cent failure rate in the first 12 months. Honda dominated the top of the SUV table with the HR-V and CR-V at number one and two.
Jazz and Accord both come fifth in their respective classes while Civic came third in the small hatchback category.
“The success of Honda in this years’ reliability study is very impressive, especially as this is Honda’s sixth overall win as the UK’s most reliable car maker. Reliability is key for car buyers. The car makers at the bottom of the study have a lot of work to do to catch up with Honda,” commented What Car? Editor In Chief, Chas Hallett.
If you wanted more proof What Car? isn’t the only title to recognise Honda’s bullet-proof reliability. The 2011 Which? Car survey last week named Honda as the Most Reliable Brand and the 2011 JD Power Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study saw Honda retain the number two spot in the overall league table – the highest-placed volume manufacturer. The JD Power Survey also awarded Jazz its eighth consecutive win in the Supermini class and for the second year running Accord topped the chart in the family car category, while both Civic and CR-V were ranked second in their own respective classes.
Honda also currently holds the top spot as Britain’s most reliable car manufacturer in the influential FN50 survey.
Honda beat off rivals in this annual survey which is published by industry-leading publication Fleet News. The report covers 1.5 million vehicles owned or managed by the country's 50 largest contract hire companies. Honda also featured highly in the top ten most reliable cars with the Accord and British-built Civic in second and ninth place respectively.
Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director, Honda (UK), commented; “We strive to make every second of Honda ownership an enjoyable experience, and that means looking after our drivers throughout their use of our cars.
This all starts with building reliable and high quality cars that are affordable to run and maintain, but continues with service at our dealers that exceeds expectation.” Why are Honda products so reliable? At the heart of Honda's approach is understanding and meeting customer requirements. Honda takes a complete approach to build quality and vehicle reliability. Reliability isn't just a focus during the manufacturing process but also at the research and development stage, during the parts procurement process and is a key part of the work Honda carries out with suppliers. Only by focussing on vehicle quality throughout the design and build process can Honda deliver such a strong record for cars that just don’t go wrong.
Since 2004/05, Honda has had a uniform manufacturing process across the world, meaning that the same models, built in different manufacturing plants, are assembled in an identical fashion. This helps to deliver consistency in manufacturing activity and output.
Over 80 per cent of the cars Honda sells in the UK are built at its manufacturing facility in Swindon, so the recent reliability survey results reflect the high standards and engineering expertise of the associates at the plant.
“Success in reliability studies further proves the dedication, skill and passion of our engineers, both at the development and manufacturing stages, and we are incredibly proud to be the most reliable manufacturer in the industry – yet again,” added Dave Hodgetts.
Honda now has four Hybrid equipped models in its range and they really do seem to be the car of the moment. They certainly help stretch those miles per gallon and reduce the overall running costs with low or free road tax with no increase in servicing charges. We have the Civic four door saloon Hybrid, the Honda Insight Hybrid, the Sports Coupe CR-Z Hybrid and most recently the Honda Jazz CVT Automatic with Hybrid.
The Jazz model was launched in February and has been very well received. We sold four full specification Honda Jazz HX models from the launch and the HE model (from £15,995 otr) is proving to be a steady model too. I guess with free road tax and 23% more fuel economy (over impressive fuel consumption already) it’s worth that little extra on paper let alone the facts of great specification and super smooth CVT Automatic drive.
Are you Hybrid curious?
We come across many customers who have heard about it/them but are either not sure what it means or at least a little sceptical. We have a full complement of demonstrators so why don’t you come and have a drive in a Hybrid? We know that you will be quite surprised in how well they drive. Once you’ve had a go you’ll see just why Honda are expanding the range of Hybrid equipped vehicles and you’ll see that there are no concessions to having a hybrid Honda over a traditionally powered one, in fact, there are advantages to buying one!
Fact...did you know we sold our first Honda Hybrid in 1999?
That's right, we have been selling the technology for over a decade and it’s only now that the benefits of running a Hybrid are becoming common knowledge.
If you’d like to have a try contact firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us when you think you could spare 30mins and we’ll fit you in.
(Hybrid in short means dual power source. In a Honda it is a combination of an economical petrol engine and a battery powered motor driving a single gearbox and generating its own electricity when the car slows down which means no independent charging up!)