National Geographic : 1980 Nov
The world has changed a lot over the past nine years. So have our Honda Civics. They're still built on the same simple philosophy of course: Simple to own. Simple to drive. And simple to maintain. But the 1981 Honda Civic DX Hatchback gleaming in our picture is a very different car from the Civic we introduced back in 1973. INSIDE. SIMPLE BUT CERTAINLY NOT PLAIN. Some people thought our early Civics were a little plain inside. Well, the 1981 Civic DX isjust plain luxurious. With velvet-like seat fabric, deep pile carpeting, remote hood and hatch release, glove box and tinted glass. While on the Civic 1500 DX, a rear window wiper and washer help you see where you've been as well as where you're going. SOME SIMPLE ENGINEERING FACTS. The 1981 Civic DX features front wheel drive and a transverse-mounted CVCC®engine.1335cc or 1488cc. Four-wheel independent suspen sion, rack and pinion steering, a 5-speed transmission and steel-belted radials come as standard. New for this year, is the optional 3-speed automatic transmission. DURABILITY IS ALSO PART OF OUR PHILOSOPHY. We're not trying to say our cars are immortal. But they are built to last a long time. We hope it won't be long before you test drive a Honda Civic DX. Because if you buy our simple philosophy,you're sure to buy our car We make it simple. ©1980AmericanHonda MotorCo., Inc.