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After their debut as concept cars at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit
Ninth-
generation Honda Civic coupe and sedan
In the North American markets from this spring

Honda Civic Si Coupe concept, front view.

Honda Civic Concept sedan concept, front view.

The Civic 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."

Honda Civic Si Coupe concept, rear view.

Honda Civic Concept sedan concept, rear view.

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, three-dimensional look.

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 wheels.

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.

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