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Honda Ireland has announced that the new Civic hatchback will cost from €23,750 when it goes on sale in March. It will initially launch with two turbocharged petrol engines - a 127hp 1.0-litre and a 180hp 1.5-litre. A 1.6-litre iDTEC diesel model will follow on later.
The Civic will come as standard with Honda's new 'Honda Sensing' safety pack, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System which helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable; Lane Departure Warning which will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated; Road Departure Mitigation: uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering off the road. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force; Lane Keeping Assist System which helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings and making small steering adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines; Adaptive Cruise Control; Traffic Sign Recognition which detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the car's instrument binnacle; Intelligent Speed Assistance: combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign and Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC): Predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles 'cutting-in' on multi-lane highways.