Dealers Have Mislead the Public Regarding 2016 Civic Since Reservations!

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So Civic is finally here, while build quality has raised some eyebrows, there is yet another point of concern which has long been overlooked by Honda Atlas. If you have followed PakWheels Blog, you probably know that 2016 Honda Civic has long been coming. If you don’t know already here’s a little heads up, Honda Atlas started booking the 2016 Civic back in the first week of June about a couple of weeks after I released the spy shots of Civic’s Test Mule.

Also Read: 2016 Honda Civic in Pakistan and its Questionable Exterior Build Quality

Since the booking process started without a reveal of the car itself or of a specification sheet which outlined the equipment it will come installed with, all we knew were its “tentative pricing” (which too were announced a week after pre-booking started on a 50% partial payment of the overall price).

A lack of information, in fact, zero information, lead to a sense of total unpredictability around PKDM Civic, this meant, dealerships were to make guesses regarding Civic’s features to claim bookings which meant misleading the public. Now as final pricing and spec sheet have been officially released by Honda Atlas, we know the extent of the false information which was circulated by dealers.

Have a Look: Pakistan’s 2016 Honda Civic Officially Launched in a One of a Kind Way!

Here Are The Errors Made by Dealers Regarding 2016 Honda Civic Since Pre-booking went underway;

Rear Entertainment System – Standard OR Optional?

Multiple Spec-sheets which were made by dealerships merely by rumors mentioned that Rear Entertainment System would come as an optional feature for the VTEC Turbo variant of 2016 Honda Civic. While now as Civic hits the showroom floors after seeing a PKR 100,000 increase in its tentative pricing has the Rear Entertainment System as standard which is also a feature primarily responsible for the rather ugly “U” shaped press on VTEC Turbo‘s center console made to accommodate this system!

A dealership spec-sheet suggesting Rear Entertainment System as an option on VTEC Turbo Civic

A dealership spec-sheet suggesting Rear Entertainment System as an option on VTEC Turbo Civic

While wrongly mentioning Rear Entertainment System as optional, this dealer also forgot the spelling of the color Taffeta White

While wrongly mentioning Rear Entertainment System as optional, this dealer also forgets the spelling of the color Taffeta White

The "U" Shaped Bend on VTEC Turbo's Center Console to make room for the Rear Entertainment System

The “U” Shaped Bend on VTEC Turbo’s Center Console to make room for the Rear Entertainment System

Rear Entertainment System - A standard feature on PKDM Civic

Rear Entertainment System – A standard feature on PKDM Civic

LED Fog lights?

LED Fog lights a feature mentioned by many dealerships on their specification sheet when pre-booking is something missing from the new Civic. What I think though is that maybe, dealers who had no knowledge about the to be released Civic at the time booking started, mistook the LED daylight running lamps (DRLs) as LED fog lights. Which may sound foolish on dealers part but provided the lack of information they had regarding the new Civic, it’s not a long shot to think this as an explanation.

Headlamps with LED Day-Time Running Lamps (DRLs)

Headlamps with LED Day-Time Running Lamps (DRLs)

Dual Auto Air-condition meant what? – Rear ventilation ducts or Dual zone climate control? (This dealer thought both!)

This particular dealership who mentioned LED fog lights as a featured seemed to be confused themselves on what rear air conditioning vents mean. In the specification sheet both rear ventilation ducts and dual auto air condition (climate control) are stated. Out of these two, one attribute made way to the final product that is the rear air A/C vents while the alleged dual auto air-condition which to me suggests a dual climate zone air conditioning remains absent.

This dealership also mixed up the features of both 1.8 and 1.5 Honda Civic

This dealership also mixed up the features of both 1.8 and 1.5 Honda Civic

Read More: The Fragmented Lineup Of 2016 Honda Civic In Pakistan – Explained!

Prosmatec or CV-T transmission?

This particular tid-bit generated a great deal of confusion on the internet as to what sort of transmission would come inside the new Civic as CV-T is available in other regions. Now since the car is before us, we can confirm that the transmission to our relief is CV-T instead of age-ing Prosmatec.

Multiplex Speedometer or Information Display or Driver Information Display?

A couple of dealers mentioned Civic’s speedometer as a “Multiplex Digital Speedometer” again something unheard off since worldwide there are two types of speedometers available on 2016 Honda Civic i.e. either Driver Information Display (which is the full-colored display) or Information Display (the which has made way to our PKDM Civic).

Dealer's alleged feature set misinterpreting Prosmatec Transmission and Multi-Plex Meter

Dealer’s alleged feature set misinterpreting Prosmatec Transmission and Multi-Plex Meter

Another dealer spec-sheet suggesting a multi-plex speedometer

Another dealer spec-sheet suggesting a multi-plex speedometer

All New Honda Civic 1.8-liter VTI Oriel in Pakistan

PKDM 2016 Honda Civic Speedometer

This specific dealer spec-sheet came up with the most accurate set of alleged feature set!

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However, despite all the confusions surrounding 2016 Honda Civic, booking response remain positive. What do you think of the new Civic?

 

Adan Ali

Adan is a Tribe Leader at Drive Tribe, who writes to share his passion for cars, culture and gadgetry through words. So far his writings and contributions have been able to make their way to media outlets like PakWheels and Dawn. Reach out to him by tweeting @adanali12

  • Yasir

    Rotay he rehna bus tum log.

  • Guest

    Must say this article is pertinent. The launch was royally botched in classic Pakistani style which is part of our national culture. FUD was allowed to perpetuate through official channels and dissemination of proper information through proper channel was not given any importance.

    Given our national appetite for rumours & tales and news-consuming frenzy, this was sort of what the nation is already used to, crowds responded in kind and booked lots of Civics so much so that now there is a long waiting time. It takes an adventurous or desperate mind to take leaps of faith like this, investing blindly into something you have no certain details about.

  • Usman Haider Sheikh

    3 million khud kama k lagao tw phir bolna. ek khud kuch karna ne, agar koi kuch karta ha tw usy discourage karty ho. :p

  • Yasir

    Bhai If you get delivery with these issues, honda force kar ra to receive it? Aur doosri baat khud kama k laini wali to I am buying it myself which is why I said that. Tumari shakal to Qmobile bi khud lainay wali nae ja k kaam kar apna.

  • Imran Baloch

    baap k paisy pr ayashi 😛

  • Qasim Jan Khattak

    In some case at the time of pre-booking there was no mention of 1 Million being non refundable nor there was any mention of 91 RON as mandatory fuel. Now if someone wants to get a refund, there is a negative from HONDA.

  • Qasim Jan Khattak

    Dear Brothers;

    Actually the matter is non other than the irresponsible way HONDA has handled its customers. Or we can put it like, although HONDA being a Japanese company, with Japanese to always entertain its queries seriously world over but in Pakistan they can take their customers for a ride of a lifetime thanks to their local sales and marketing team. They just exploited their customers.

  • Qasim Jan Khattak

    The credit for HONDA’s success in their launch also goes to our Dearest and purest governmental agencies that allows built up of such speculative market built up by foreign investors in the name of foreign investments.

  • ABCXYZ

    Auqaat dikha di tumnay apni.
    So what if you’re buying an overpriced Civic? You don’t get to talk like this.
    Not everybody’s a fool like you to buy a car just like that. If Pak Wheels is doing good for the masses, let it be.
    Go whine somewhere, Yasir.

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