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Honda Civic (1987–91)
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Honda Civic/Honda Ballade (ED/EE/EF). 1987–91 (prod. n/a). 3- and 4-door sedan, 5-door wagon. F/F, F/A, 1187, 1343, 1396, 1493, 1590 cm³ (I4 OHC), 1590, 1595 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Sleeker development of AG, with rounder shape and larger in most dimensions, and nicknamed ‘Grand Civic’ in Japan. Wagon still named Shuttle. Design inspired by a flounder—Japanese designers, at this time, used a lot of natural forms as their bases. Large range: sports, luxury and 4WD models. Four valves per cylinder in engines; double wishbone suspension system from Accord and Prelude adopted for this generation. Minor mid-term changes 1989, with VTEC engine following for SiR model, identifiable with bonnet bulge, and quite the hot hatch at the time. Also built in South Africa, with Ballade badge.

Manufacturing locations: Suzuka, Japan; East Liberty, Ohio, USA; East London, South Africa

Marque: Honda | Models: Honda Civic, Honda Ballade | Predecessor: Honda Civic (1983–7) | Successor: Honda Civic (1991–5)

q.v. Honda CR-X (EF6)


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