A member of a civic group who filed a criminal complaint against three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company for professional negligence says that she never thought the court would find them not guilty.
Saeko Uno is a former Fukushima resident. She has been living in Kyoto since the 2011 nuclear accident.
The 2020 Honda Civic Si is getting an update that comes with fresher styling and more safety features. It also gets a shorter final drive gear ratio to help its 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque deliver quicker acceleration. Unfortunately, the change also appears to have sacrificed fuel economy. The EPA just released the numbers on the new Civic Si, and fuel economy has dropped by 2 mpg in all driving scenarios for 26 in the city, 36 on the highway and 30 combined. The reason for the drop is likely because the shorter final gear ratio means the engine will be running at higher rpm for any given speed, and thus be using more fuel at any given speed. Despite the dip in fuel economy, the Civic Si is still about the most efficient sporty compact with a manual (the Si's only transmission) on the market. Among similarly priced and powered small cars, the Fiat 500 Abarth ties the Civic's combined fuel economy of 30 mpg, but with better city fuel economy at 28 and worse highway mileage at 33. The Veloster Turbo with a manual gets 29 mpg combined followed by the Jetta GLI at 28, the GTI at 27, and the Mini Cooper S at 26.
Honda is giving the 2020 Civic Si some upgrades to its exterior styling and a slight boost to its acceleration giddyup. The coupe and sedan versions go on sale Sept. 6.
First, the stying changes. The lower-bumper fog lights, now LEDs, are now encased in gloss-black surrounds and feature a body-color crossbar. The "wing" grille crossbar is also updated, appearing slightly narrower than before, while both the Si Coupe and Sedan get upgraded to LED headlights with wider and longer light beams.
In back, the Si sedan gets fresh body-color inserts at the sides of the bumper. Both the Sedan and Coupe models now ride on matte black 18-inch allow wheels with all-season tires. There are also updated sport seats with red accents on the seat bottoms and backs, plus new red trim highlighting the instrument panel. They add to the interior upgrades made for 2019 that included an updated display audio system with physical buttons and a volume knob and larger cupholders.
The 2020 Civic Si sticks with the same 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine as the 2018 version, which makes 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, and the same six-speed manual transmission. But new for 2020 is a final-drive ratio that is shorter by 6%, helping to give a nudge to acceleration.
All trim levels of the Si Sedan and Coupe get standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies that include new automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation braking. They also get Active Sound Control, which uses the audio system to amplify the engine sound during aggressive driving.
Both the Civic Si Coupe and the Si Sedan will start at $25,930 including destination, which is a $700 increase over 2019.