The History of the Honda Civic

I’m not going to admit to being the biggest car lover in the world but having just upgraded my own car to something a little bit more modern, it’s made me more aware of all the great car makes out there.

When I was contacted to feature the history of the Honda Civic from the Vertu Honda site, I was more than happy to read about it and share it with my readers. My fiancé has owned a Honda Civic Sport for the last few years and thoroughly enjoyed the car so it was interesting to read the car’s full history.

Honda are now launching the 10th generation Civic hence the delve into the past to see its history.

The Civic launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1972 and not many people anticipated what Honda would actually bring to the table. Today, due to the Civics’ popularity, it has turned Honda into one of the most recognisable on the road.

Here’s a picture of the first ever Civic:

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To this:

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A little bit of difference you would say but it is a great car and definitely a brand I had heard of before I started looking at cars in recent years. Well done Honda on a truly innovative car and a beauty in the latest model!

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post, all content is my own and photo credit has been given*

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That time I fell in love with a car

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to borrow the brand new Toyota CHR for the weekend and boy was Bobby pleased with the prospect of trying this baby out. I have been a Toyota fan since learning to drive in a Yaris 8 years ago and subsequently bought myself one several years later when I’d saved up enough money. Fast forward to this year and I can’t believe that my blog has given me the chance to borrow an incredible car for a whole weekend.

So here’s some facts about the car:

It’s a Hybrid meaning it runs on both electric and petrol making it a very economical vehicle.

It comes in both Automatic and Petrol as well as 2-wheel and 4-wheel drives.

It has a super quiet start-up when you switch on the engine – it was eerie to get used to at first.

We borrowed the car on the Friday evening after work and left my trusty Yaris in the care of the dealership as it was due its service the following day anyway. When we went to the dealership the lovely Manager Ian welcomed us before Mark showed us what the car could do and how to use it to the best of its capabilities. Once that was done, it was time to cruise home in the smoothest ride and show off the car in all its glory.

Some of my favourite things in the car were the reversing cameras to assist with parking and pulling off our driveway, the heated leather seats which were a dream, the sat nav which is easy to use and the media screen was simple to navigate. I also really loved driving an Automatic car which I was dreading to begin with but now I’m sad I have to drive my manual car again : ( The camera assists really makes driving a lot less stressful and can be a nice help when parking the CHR.

We decided to drive mainly around York on the Saturday and boy did it catch people’s attention! The car really is eye-catching and looks incredible so I’m not surprised as I loved walking up to the car and getting into it. On the Sunday we drove round the Yorkshire Moors showing how well this car really can handle itself on the single track lanes and muddy slopes that we drove down. It was ideal for a bit of countryside driving as well as driving in the city.

Another feature of the car that I loved was having the key in my pocket and being able to open the car without pressing anything. Even if I walked up to the car in the dark, it lit up inside and even projected the car’s name onto the floor from the wing mirrors! I mean how amazing is that?

In a nutshell; this car is incredible. Both Bobby and I loved driving it and neither of us had a negative thing to say about it. It is really quiet to drive, has all the tech if you go for one of the higher spec models and has a huge boot for shopping.

Would I buy one?

Absolutely and we have contemplated it as we are in the market for a new car anyway. This particular model was circa £28k as it had pretty much everything on it but the entry-level versions start from £20k so a more affordable option for some people.

Safety

The safety features of the car included braking itself when it felt you weren’t quick enough on the pedal, auto sensors that beeped when you drifted over the lines on the road and even technology that read speed limits to alert you to a change in speed limit in case you had missed the sign yourself. When thinking about these features, it’s important to remember when your MOT and service are due. If you are ever unsure, you can use this handy MOT Checking tool which requires you knowing the vehicle registration, inputting then receiving the date your MOT is due. As easy as that.

Laura x

*Thanks to Vantage Toyota York for lending us this amazing car for the weekend. No payment has been received for this post*

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Out on the Roads

Amazingly this year I celebrate my 7th year of driving. I never even thought I would pass my test shockingly but I did with only a few minors to my name, and I’m still driving on the road to date! I was contacted by the people at Point S to share some of my driving experience’s that have been related to my tyres and also some top tips for ensuring your safety on the road.

I thought I would start by sharing some pictures of my vehicles over time. I haven’t actually taken photos of my cars but just found them on the web but I will post photo credit on here as well.

1st Car – Perodua Nippa

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2nd Car – Toyota Yaris 

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My most horrifying tyre related situation was when I was starting to work for the company I am with now and had decided to go stay at my boyfriend’s house and then drive to the train station in the morning. I set off from his house and thought my car wasn’t quite feeling right and kept going slower rather than speeding up with the accelerator. I pulled over at the closest car park and rang my boyfriend to say my car was broken! How stupid did I feel when he turned up and realised that the tyre had gone flat on the front passenger side, hence why it was pulling and going slow. This was september time so I was just grateful that it wasn’t winter and the weather was rubbish.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is the importance of looking after your tyres. I had only been driving for about 18months when this happened so I am grateful I never blew a tyre and the situation wasn’t worse. Nowadays I am so careful about checking my tyres and keeping an eye on the tread especially in the winter. I always make sure to ask the garage to check as well just to make sure I haven’t had a stupid moment. Point S are one of many companies out there specialising in tyres and preventing us non-car folk from having accidents. You can search online for tyres, prices and even local centres that fit them for you.

I hope you found this post useful and it reminds you to check your tyres every so often. Stay Road Safe!

Laura x

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