Concept sedan (white) tends more towards a sophisticated
look with a front grille defined by crisp lines and a
solid bar that integrates a chrome Honda emblem. The look
of the Civic Si Concept coupe (red) is rather aggressive
with a more angular front fascia.
15 January 2011: With their debut as concept
cars at the 2011 North American International Auto Show
(NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (10 to 23 January 2011), the Honda Civic Si
Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan gave the first official glimpse at
the styling direction of the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to
go on sale in North America this spring.
It is worth mentioning first Honda's indication that
the Civic of the European market will continue to be built in the UK and
is not mechanically related to either of the US models. Honda UK added
that the Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan introduction
does not influence future sales of the European hatchback.
In North America, Honda added that "the 2012 Civic
lineup intends to meet the needs of (a wider basis of) compact-vehicle
buyers. The range includes a sedan and a coupe with conventional gasoline
(petrol) engine, two sporty “Si” performance versions, along with one
hybrid and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant."
The Civic Si
Concept coupe (red) has a tapered rear roofline that flows
into the trunk, with a rear air diffuser, a center-mounted
exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid spoiler. The lower line
on both models broadens toward the rear fenders to enhance
the dynamic feeling of forward energy.
The exterior styling of both Civic concept models
showcases powerful lines with steeply raked windshields, wide stances and
pronounced character lines along the profile. The lower line on both
models broadens toward the rear fenders to enhance the dynamic feeling of
forward energy. The front fender surface treatments form a complex,
The Civic Concept sedan tends more towards a
sophisticated look with a front grille defined by crisp lines and a solid
bar that integrates a chrome Honda emblem.
The look of the Civic Si Concept coupe is rather
aggressive with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered
rear roofline that flows into the trunk.
The Civic Si Concept coupe is exclusively equipped with
a rear air diffuser, a center-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid
spoiler with dual vents. Each concept model has 19-inch machined alloy
Honda claims that the Civic’s family of engines with
“intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control
(i-VTEC) technology becomes more fuel efficient for 2012.
The upcoming Civic Hybrid offers the latest generation
of the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gasoline-electric hybrid system and
features the first application of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid.
Most upcoming Civic models receive Honda Eco Assist
technology, already available in the CR-Z and Insight hybrids. The 2012
Civic is the first U.S. Honda model to employ Eco Assist technology in a
gasoline-only powered vehicle. Eco Assist is meant to allow the new Civic
to be customized and configured by the driver according to his / her
preferences. Honda is also expanding retail sales of the natural
gas-powered Civic GX model, which is the only OEM-built, dedicated CNG
passenger car assembled in America.
On the safety side, all 2012 Civics will be equipped
with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard equipment.
The current, eighth-generation Civic is the top-selling
model for Honda, with more than 1.5 million units since the 2006 model
went on sale in late 2005. The 2006
Civic earned both the Motor Trend “Car of the Year” and the North
American Car of the Year awards. More than 95 percent of all Civics
sold in the U.S. as of calendar-year 2010 were made in North America (of
domestic and globally sourced parts) at manufacturing facilities in either
Greensburg, Indiana or Alliston, Ontario in Canada.