Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone’ which means safety for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and all road users. This was at the forefront of the minds of the designers of the new Civic, unveiled in September. One of the ways that this is achieved in the new Civic is through the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, a front-mounted polygonal frame that is designed to prevent the cabin becoming deformed by distributing forces away from the passenger compartment. The new Civic also provides sophisticated pedestrian protection features, including windscreen wiper pivots designed to break away on impact and energy absorbing front wing mounts. The new Civic, developed specifically for the European market, will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment. It will reach European showrooms in early 2012.