Words and photos by Christopher Kho
Five months ago, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) gave us the all-new 2012 Civic. It was every bit as beautiful as we expected and sold like hotcakes the moment it hit the showroom. But despite everything that it had to offer, something was missing from the picture that made it fall short from being perfect.
Due to a supply shortage caused by a flood-hit plant in Thailand, HCPI had to temporarily source their units from Japan. This Japan-built Civic came with all the bells and whistles such as cruise control, a backup camera, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and Bluetooth handsfree connectivity. The only problem is, it came with only one engine option, in automatic, at a price of P1,074,000.
Now that the supply lines are back up and running, HCPI is finally able to present to us the full line up of their all-new 2012 Civic - available with a manual transmission and a 2.0L engine option.