Civic Tourer to get adaptive rear dampers

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Honda has confirmed that a “world first” rear adaptive damper system will be introduced on the new, British-built Civic Tourer, set to be launched in early 2014.

The dynamics of the hatchback – and in particular its poor ride comfort on UK roads – were discussed in a previous edition of Vehicle Dynamics International. Now Honda is to fit the new bodystyle with an adaptive chassis that, it says, has 80% of the functionality of a four-corner system, but with only half the cost, weight and complexity.

Technical details of the setup are still unconfirmed but Honda claims that this is the first time that rear-only adaptive dampers have been applied to a production model. The system features three settings – comfort, normal and dynamic – all of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under the varying load and driving conditions that the Civic Tourer is likely to experience.

“By introducing the technology in this format, we expect many customers will be able to experience the benefits of this advanced system,” said Adrian Killham, large project leader.

The new Civic Tourer was developed and designed in Europe, allowing Honda’s European R&D team to lead the creative and technical design process. Honda says the car will demonstrate “class-leading utility, advanced technology and distinctive styling”. It is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, before being launched in early 2014.

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Graham Heeps is a regular contributor, and knows the dynamics industry well, having previously edited the title. Graham also writes regularly on automotive and motorsport subjects for other magazines from Vehicle Dynamics International’s publisher, UKi Media & Events (as well as editing Tire Technology International), and contributes to a range of online and print publications in the UK, USA and Canada.

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