A Civic state of affairs

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Honda Civic drivers are a devoted crew. They swear by the car’s comfort, low running costs and stylish look.

Honda Civic drivers are a devoted crew. They swear by the car’s comfort, low running costs and stylish look.

But now the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC has scooped the ward for ‘Best SME Company Car to Buy’ at the second annual Business Car Manager ‘SME Company Car of the Year Awards’.

The awards set out to recognise how well car manufacturers are meeting the needs of small businesses and SME small fleets with low emission cars, bespoke dealer programmes and after sales service. This year saw 47 vehicles and small business programmes enter.

The Civic triumphed in the category with judges praising the Honda Civic for its low purchase price, whole life costs, BIK costs and driver appeal. They also noted that the Civic is comfortable, refined and features a three-year, 100,000-km warranty, along with Honda’s reputation for great reliability – just what any SME small fleet needs.

Ralph Morton, Editorial Director of Business Car Manager comments: “Full marks to Honda for winning this one. If you haven’t driven the new Honda Civic diesel, do yourself a favour and try it. It’s not only great to drive fast or slow, the fuel economy is astonishing – try getting it under 50mpg. No wonder th e judges marked it out as a winner.”

Adrian Cole, Managing Director of Universal Honda Ltd commented, “The Civic 1.6 i-DTEC is fast becoming a real favourite for both companies and their employees and we’re delighted with this recognition from such a leading authority as Business Car Manager.”

The new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC offers a class-leading combination of fuel economy and performance – emitting only 94 g/km of CO2 with a powerful 120PS. The engine is the first to be launched in Europe under Honda’s flagship Earth Dreams Technology environmental programm.