Honda Cars Philippines Inc. recently launched the update to its Civic model for 2004, designed to cater to the growing demand of customers who prefer a more luxurious and powerful sedan.

The new look of the Civic is perfect harmony of peerless power, class-above features and aggressive styling. A newly designed front grille, fog lamps and smoked headlights transcends a sporty yet elegant look for the front end as high contrast smoked multi-reflector tail lamps and rear skirts add to the progressive look. A new 5-spoke 15-inch wheel design wrapped with Yokohama Advan tires cap off the stylish and functional exterior features.

New under the hood is a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine which employs Honda's VTEC technology combined with VTC churning out a maximum power rating of 155ps and pulls of torque. The engine is mated to a first in class 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control System. To enhance the driving feel of this powerhouse, a highly advanced Electric Power Steering (EPS) system provides speed-based steering assistance which is found in the City and the Accord.

A rich and sporty interior feel for the premium trim which features stylish black interior color complemented by the luxury of supple black leather upholstery and black leather-bound steering wheel. A new 2-DIN MP3/WMA capable stereo system provides first-rate audio entertainment. With these features and ergonomically designed controls coupled with a quiet cabin interior and extremely low noise and vibration, the new Civic promises to provide ultimate driving pleasure.

Safety features include 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and EBD, Dual SRS airbags as well as pedestrian-protecting design that augment the car's excellent overall safety performance. All these features are housed in a G-CON technology body.

The new Civic comes in 8 different colors, Pearl White Mica, Night Hawk Black Pearl, Silverstone Metallic, Dark Emerald Green, Tafetta White, Satin Silver, Zircon Blue, and Red Rock Pearl. There are also 8 different trims with their corresponding pricetags as follows: 1.6VTi M/T Php730,000; 1.6VTi A/T Php765,000; 1.6VTi-S M/T Php780,000; 1.6VTi-S A/T Php815,000; 2.0 i-VTEC A/T (Moquette) Php900,000; 2.0 i-VTEC A/T (Leather) Php950,000; 2.0 i-VTEC A/T (Moquette, Pearl White Mica) Php900,000; 2.0 i-VTEC A/T (Leather, Pearl White Mica) Php950,000.