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2002 Honda Civic SiCIVIC LESSON. Honda’s not forgotten its most rabid fans.
Even if it’s not called a CRX, the latest edition of the Honda Civic Si should
be enough to appease the most discerning of zealots. The ’02 Si is a
British-built Civic three-door with “European styling, hatchback utility, and SI
performance,” according to Honda execs. Its 2.0-liter I-VTEC four-cylinder spins
out 160 hp. Aside from the hatch styling – it’s now the only three-door Civic
you can buy in the States -- you
can also spot the Si by its mesh grille, sport seats, and silver-faced gauges. A
nifty console-mounted gearshift is said to be inspired by rally racing. Honda is
pegging 0-60 mph runs at 7.5 seconds, is predicting five-star safety ratings,
and will make side airbags optional for the as-yet-unpriced Civic Si.
2002 Honda Civic SiEnlarge Photo
Carlos Ghosn 2001 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
2002 Nissan Altima’02 ALTIMA BOWS.
Nissan has seen the light when it comes to true midsize sedans: the
’02 Altima is growing bigger and frankly, more interesting to look at. To build
the attractive new Altima, Nissan grew the car’s wheelbase to 110.2 inches, and
stretched it to 191.5 inches long. They say it’s bigger than the current Camry
and Accord inside, and by pegging the Audi A4 and VW Passat as some handling
benchmarks, have refashioned the anonymous compact into more of a driver’s car.
Two engines will be available: a 180-hp four-cylinder and a 240-hp six-cylinder
based on the current Maxima engine. A five-speed manual or a four-speed
automatic can be had. Four-wheel disc
brakes on all models and a V-6-equipped SE model with 215/55 rear tires tops the
model range. We’ll have a full report on the new Altima later this
2002 Nissan AltimaEnlarge Photo
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z RallyEnlarge Photo