HONDA is getting in early with its next-generation Civic, announcing prices before the model's March launch.
Civic sales were down 38 per cent last year, so the new model won't come soon enough.
Prices are down on the volume models and Honda is claiming improved value for money, advanced technology, sharper dynamics and lower fuel use.
The ninth-generation Civic will be available in three models, the VTi-L at $20,990 (auto $23,990), the Sport automatic at $27,990 and the Hybrid CVT at $35,990. This makes the VTi-L $3700 cheaper than its predecessor, the Sport $4300 cheaper, but the Hybrid $1500 more expensive.
The VTi-L has a 1.8 litre engine producing 104 kW and 174 Nm. The Sport has a 2.0-litre engine producing 114 kW and 190 Nm.
Changes to the Hybrid petrol-electric drive deliver more power under acceleration and recharge the new lithium-ion battery through the engine and the regenerated brake system.
Standard features include a five-star crash rating, six airbags, the latest stability control, adaptive electric power steering, automatic climate, a multi-function display, cruise control and bluetooth with audio streaming, iPod connection and steering wheel-mounted controls.
The Sport adds leather seats, a sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic wipers.
The hatch version of the new Civic is due in the second quarter of this year.