Category Archives: Safety Technology

The 2016 Honda Civic Concept We’re All Excited About

At this year’s New York International Auto Show, Honda unveiled a new concept model of the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe. The model lacked an engine and an interior, but the redesigned exterior got Honda enthusiasts very excited about what was to come for the 10th generation Civic.

Over the weekend the design patent drawings were revealed giving even more insight into the 2016 Honda Civic. Here’s what we know so far about Honda’s new ultra-sporty Civic.

Green 2016 Honda Civic Concept Coupe Exterior View

5 Door Hatchback

The 2016 Honda Civic will come in both the traditional coupe and sedan form, but the 2016 version will also be available in an all-new 5-door hatchback which has never been offered in North America before. No matter which model you choose, you’ll get a stylish and sleek body that you’ve never seen on a Civic until now.

Performance Versions

For those that look for performance in their vehicle, the 2016 Honda Civic will come in both SI and Type-R versions. Type-R has never been available to North American markets until now.

New Engines

The 2016 Civic will be the first Honda to apply VTEC Turbo engines in North America. Under the hood will be a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine with direct injection. This engine is powerful, but efficient and with lower emissions. Available on other models will be a larger 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine.

Green 2016 Honda Civic Concept Coupe Rear View

High Tech Safety Features

Today’s vehicles don’t just protect you in the event of an accident, they actually work to prevent accidents from occurring. The 2016 Civic will house many driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, Honda LaneWatch and more!

American Made

The 2016 Honda Civic was designed right here in Los Angeles, California and developed in Raymond, Ohio. Many of the engines and models will be produced on American soil as well.

According to John Mendel, executive Vice President, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc, “the new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made.”

Green 2016 Honda Civic Concept Coupe Side View

Everyone here at Airport Marina Honda is more than excited for its arrival. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a little longer since the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe isn’t expected to start launching until fall, followed by the Sedan. The SI and Type-R will come later, and the Hatchback will be the last model available. So make sure you check back for more info on the 2016 Honda Civic, and don’t forget to browse our inventory of all-new Hondas available now!

Read more about the 2016 Honda Civic Concept here.

Honda Safety : Real World Research


Honda continues to show its dedication to making the safest cars possible, as well as staying on the cutting edge of the latest automotive safety technology. Although all automakers must pass there vehicles through federal safety regulations, Honda’s commitment goes beyond that, as they focus on safety in real world situations.

In 2000, Honda opened the world’s first indoor multi-directional crash test safety facility, located their  major R&D center in Japan. In 2003, they added a new Automotive Safety Research Facility to our R&D center in Ohio. Two of the world’s most advanced indoor crash safety research facilities, these centers conduct a variety of tests to provide Honda with a deeper understanding of what happens in real world collisions as the basis for new technologies that advance safety.

Honda’s indoor crash test safety facility in Japan is as large as a major league baseball field. This enables Honda to conduct crash tests from a variety of directions, at varying speeds, and between vehicles of different sizes. It took Honda three years to create the world’s first “pitching sled test” at the new Automotive Safety Research Facility in Ohio. By simulating how a vehicle’s rear end lifts up in a frontal collision, they can better measure the real world performance of safety systems as a means to help minimize the danger of such collisions.

Honda’s safety research facilities are playing a critical role in our better understanding of collision dynamics and the development of new technologies that improve safety in the real world.  Aren’t you glad you drive a Honda?

Honda Leads Airbag Safety

In 1980, Honda made its first vehicle with an airbag available. This first front passenger air bag utilized a unique design mounted to the top of the dashboard, which deployed upward rather than directly at the passenger.

Honda also introduced the first system to sense when a child or small-statured adult in the front passenger seat is in the path of deployment of the side airbag, and to stop the airbag’s deployment until the occupant returns to a desirable position. Every Honda and Acura vehicle with front side airbags includes a standard Occupant Position Detection System for the passenger side to stop deployment of the airbag when a child or small-statured adult is in the path of deployment. This is not required by any regulation and is not even available on other automobiles.

Honda, today, continues to expand on the latest safety technologies by continually working to improve its airbags; Honda has created advanced airbags that offer high levels of occupant protection, just another way this automaker is making sure it can do its best when it comes to its occupants safety.

2012 Civic Named Top Safety Pick!

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2012 Civic Sedan a “2011 Top Safety Pick,” based on more stringent standards implemented in 2010. The Civic Sedan received top ratings in each category including frontal offset, side impact and rear impact crash safety tests and the new roof-strength test.

All 2012 Civic vehicles utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. Standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; a driver’s front side airbag; and a front passenger’s side airbag with an occupant position detection system.