2,320 mm (91 in) (1st gen) 2,450 mm (96 in) (2nd gen)
4,095 mm (161 in) (1st gen) 4,160 mm (164 in) (2nd gen)
1,600 mm (63 in) (1st gen) 1,630 mm (64 in) (2nd gen)
1,345 mm (53 in) (1st gen) 1,385 mm (55 in) (2nd gen)
Honda Concerto (sedan)
The Honda Ballade was a subcompactautomobile built by Honda of Japan. It began as a fourdoor higher equipment content version of the Civic in 1980. The Ballade was developed at the same time the Honda Vigor appeared, which was a higher contentHonda Accord. The Ballade was sold exclusively in Japan at Honda Vernodealerships alongside the Vigor, Prelude,CR-X, and Quint. In the UK it was launched at the same time as the very similar Triumph Acclaim with which it shared a Honda built engine. The name of the car was taken from "ballade", the French word for a ballad. Due to the fact that both the four-door Ballade sedan, and the five-door hatchback Quintet were both high luxury content vehicles derived from the Honda Civic, the Ballade represented a type of music, and the Quintet represented a musical group. The Ballade competed in Japan with the Toyota Sprinter , and the Nissan Laurel Spirit as the Civic competed with the Corolla, and the Sunny.
After 1984, the Ballade shared most of its body panels with the Civic, except for a sportier front end, and formed the basis of the CR-Xsports car and the original Rover 200. Of this second generation Ballade the top model - EX-i - featured a 1.5L naturally aspirated 12 valve allaluminium engine with multi-point fuel injection (using Honda's PGM-FI system) developing 100 brake horsepower (75 kW), the same engine was used on the first generation Civic CRX. Other features of the EX-i included electric windows all-round, electric and heated wing mirrors, metallic paint, vented front disc brakes and hydraulic power-assisted steering. Lower specification models featured the same 1.5L engine but with f uelling provided via a carburretor, giving 85 brake horsepower (63 kW). In keeping with the styling trend shared with other Honda Vernoproducts, the second generation car adopted partially concealled headlights starting in 1983, shared with the Vigor, Quint Integra, Ballade Sports CR-X, and the Prelude. The Ballade in Japan was replaced in September 1987, with the Honda Concerto 5-door hatchback and sedan as the luxury Civic offering at newly establishedHonda Clio dealerships in Japan. As the Ballade was essentially a luxury version of the Civic sedan, Honda repositioned the Ballade from Honda Verno, first with the Concerto name, then renamed again as the Honda Domani at Honda Clio, and introduced it with the Honda Accord, theHonda Inspire, and the Honda Legend in 1992, with the Civic now headlining at Honda Primostores. The sportoriented version of the Civic loosely held by the Ballade evolved into theHonda Integra, and assumed the market position originally held by the Ballade at Honda Verno dealership locations. In South Africa, the name plate is revived in 2011 for Honda City sold in other markets. Contents
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1980-1983 1300 Twin carb, 5 speed manual or 3speed auto E-series engine Built in South Africa under license by Mercedes Benz of SA.
1984-1987 Known in South Africa as the SC9, or informally as the "popup" as to not confuse it with the SH4. This particular model had motorised eyelids which popped up when the main head light were switched on. Engines included 1.3 12 valve EV, 1.5 12 valve EW, 1.5 12 valve PGMFI EW and ZC (first gen) D-series.
1988-1991 Also known as the Honda Civic series EF (internationally), the Civic Sedan, or the Ballade series SH4 (South Africa). Known on the streets of South Africa as "DOHC" or "DOHC shape" as not to confuse it with the SC9 or SR4 Engines includes: D15B3 D16A7 D16A9 D-series engines
1996-2000 In 1996 the Ballade and Civic got a facelift with a total of 12 changes. Honda/Colt Division of Mercedes-Benz of South Africa marketing manager Guy Franken says: "With a total 12 derivatives in the range we believe that we have the entire small/intermediate car market covered  and offer value in performance, specification, safety and affordability." These changes include:
A beverage holder The velour colour of the bolsters in the Luxline has been changed to a more modern blue/grey.
A more pronounced grooved styling line in the bonnet.
A larger H-emblem on the grille.
Redesigned bumpers with no inserts.
A Becker A7 radio/tape is fitted in all Luxline mode
An anti-shock gearbox on the Ballade 180i Luxline Automatic
lightweight alloy wheels on the 180i and VTEC models and full wheel covers on the others.
The engines available: D15Z4 D16Y9 B18B4 103kw B16A6 D-series engines and B-series engines
Honda Ballade (South Africa) reintroduction  – present). For the 2011 Honda Ballade, see Honda City#Fifth generation (2008 The Ballade name continued to be used for a Civic-based model in South Africa, where it was used instead of Civic on locally produced versions until 2001. South African Ballades were assembled by the local subsidiary of Daimler-Benz, which wanted to market a smaller and cheaper car in addition to its Mercedes-Benz models. The Ballade name was adopted because it was perceived to have more luxury and upmarket connotations than the Civic name. This was important because the Ballade was sold through the Mercedes-Benz dealership channel. In  March 2011, the Honda City is launched as Honda Ballade in South Africa