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I quite like the look especially the rear. There are some gorgeous lines in the bumper and tailgate that diffrentiate it from the bland looking Toyotas. This is not very much visible above because of the colours.

Also essential Honda elements of continuity can be seen here. The line from top of headlight merges with the windows and the line from middle of taillight merges almost faintly with the line from bottom of headlights.

Also look at the crease emerge from top of the rear bumper and continue to the gates.

Yes the design is  quite similar to Civic but that shoudnt be much of  aproblem as these lines are what defines and differentiate Civic from City.

Also at a time when competitors are slugging out with extremely radical designs this one manages to tread a line between conventional and radical without looking awkward.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this is to be sold mainly in US. In US Civic and Accord are to Honda what what City is to in India. These countries dont get the City.  There it competes with  mainly and to some extent Jetta.

And, mind you 2011 Corolla is one wierdo with ugly lights and a bland design for the rest of the cars.

Even in India Altis is not the best designed car. All Honda has to do is launch this car with a good price tag and it will be back at top once again.

Netcar doesn't allow hotlinking, one way to do this download the image and then upload it.: DD. So have removed images .

Durango Dude2011-02-09 11:42:43

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@Rahul1810 - We think all the same bro! I was having a look at the 2011 Corolla and my first expression was "Not Good". And yes, you have rightly mentioned here that the gorgeous lines in the bumper are not visible here because of the color of the car shown and also the angle of the pic. A good 360 degree view would be a feast for all. And I bet, this is going to be better than the City !

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To me its design is somewhat matured now, than Previous's fighter-jet based Rear design. I've gone more Matured than Interesting now. 

Also, Does anybody noted Something special here !

-It've got the better Fully-Independent Rear Suspension layout here, instead of current's Torsion Beam setup.


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First Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Apr 20th 2011 at 9:59AM swipe-featured.gifswipe-first-drive.gif

Compact King Stays The Course


2012 Honda Civic - Click above for high-res image gallery

Regardless of her stance on baked goods, Marie Antoinette didn't quite

grasp the severity of country's condition until the French Revolution

was in full swing and her husband was conspicuously absent of his head.

Just as General Armstrong Custer dismissed the might of the Northern

Cheyenne and Captain Edward John Smith failed to accurately read the

waters of the North Atlantic, human history is filled to the brim with

figures who didn't discover the danger they were in until it was much

too late.

When Honda unveiled the 2012 Civic at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, many critics were quick to put Honda in the same illustrious company. With an army of all-new compacts from automakers like Ford, Chevrolet and Hyundai

all set to kick down the Honda gates, fans were thirsty to see a

vehicle that was as innovative in design as it was in engineering.

Instead, the Japanese manufacturer unveiled a compact car that looked

startlingly similar to its eighth-generation predecessor.

We shouldn't have been surprised. Since the Civic first hit the market

38 years ago, Honda has stuck to a tried-and-true update regimen for its

star model. Every other generation has delivered a mild revision of the

preceding design, and the ninth take on the vehicle is no different.

With a tweaked body, slightly adjusted interior and nudges to the

suspension and drivetrain, the 2012 Civic is effectively generation 8.1,

but that just might be enough to keep the hordes at bay and Honda out

of history's dog house.

Continue reading First Drive: 2012 Honda Civic...

Photos copyright c2011 Zach Bowman / AOL

According to Honda, the designers of the 2012 Civic came to the U.S. for

inspiration and found that the "one motion" concept of the '06 model

was so well-liked that they simply decided to expand on the theme. If

that's true, they've done an excellent job. It's difficult to pick the

two models apart with a casual eye, though more faithful followers of

Honda will notice a few more lines in the vehicle's front fascia and

reworked headlights. Combined with a mesh grille, the details go a long

way toward giving the compact an updated appearance.

The rear of the vehicle is adorned with new bodywork dominated by large,

re-styled tail lamps and a slightly more expressive valance. The look

does away with the slabish metal of the outgoing generation and makes

the sedan appear considerably lighter on its feet than before. In coupe

form, the styling seems lifted from the very-attractive Accord Coupe, and the lines wear well on the slighter form of the Civic.


If you were holding your breath in hopes that Honda would grace the

American market with a resurrected Civic hatch, we're sorry to tell you

that the company has no interest in bringing a three- or five-door

compact to the market. That's despite the fact that both Ford and

Hyundai clearly think the notion has legs. The reasoning is that Honda

believes the large majority of American buyers don't want the extra


Overall, the new exterior is a logical progression from the eighth

generation, and the 2012 Civic remains very attractive in coupe, sedan

or hybrid guise. Likewise, the vehicle's cabin has been taken to the

next level as well, though with mixed results. The dash has an even more

driver-oriented pitch than before, and stacked layers of hard-plastic

modules give the surface a disjointed, Picasso-like feel. The new design

makes the eighth-generation dash seem calm by comparison.


If you found issue with the split-gauges of the last-gen car, you'll

find no sanctuary behind the wheel of the 2012 model. The upper screen

has been elongated to incorporate what Honda calls its i-MID system, or

intelligent Multi-Information Display. The high-resolution five-inch LCD

screen puts the navigation display to shame and educates the driver on

audio selections, turn-by-turn directions and vehicle information. You

can even upload your own personal backgrounds or leave the screen blank

should you find it too distracting. Check out the Short Cut below for a

demonstration. Oh, and don't listen to the narrator when he says its a

2011 model. He clearly doesn't know what he's talking about.


In Si trim, the upper gauge cluster serves up a few special tricks. For

starters, the i-MID can be calibrated to display a special Power Monitor

for real-time stats on engine power output. But the coolest part comes

in the form of a sequential shift light nestled to the far left. Yellow

and red LEDs illuminate beneath an i-VTEC logo, allowing stoplight

racers everywhere to know exactly when the system engages. It's perhaps

the single greatest piece of meme bait we've seen from any manufacturer in recent memory.

The good news is that Honda has implemented a handful of different

colors and textures that serve to keep the dash from being completely

unbearable. Unlike many low-buck offerings, the Civic hasn't resorted to

graining its plastic to appear soft-touch. Instead, the materials give

off an almost recycled aesthetic. Strangely enough, the dash uses harder

materials that are more difficult to scratch than the door panels,

which can be marred by an errant thumbnail.

Unfortunately, the kit just doesn't manage to stack up to the cabins of three of the newest competitors on the block: the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, 2012 Ford Focus and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

Each of those vehicles offers a more up-scale, sorted dash while the

Civic's cabin seems to have been lifted straight from the 1995 Prelude.


Honda actually clipped the wheelbase of the 2012 Civic by 1.2 inches in

the sedan and 1.1 inches in the Coupe for added maneuverability, but

still managed to increase interior room. In four-door configuration,

total passenger volume has grown by 3.7 cubic feet thanks to additional

hip room in all seating positions and shoulder area up front. As a

result, the cabin feels more open and offers more rear legroom than the

Focus, Elantra or Cruze. The latter two of those fighters best the Civic

in front legroom, however.

With so many manufacturers introducing direct injection, turbocharging

and highly efficient transmissions to the compact segment, it was only

natural to expect Honda to freshen up the drivetrain options in the

Civic in kind. But by and large, the automaker left the hood closed for

the ninth generation. Models from the DX, LX, EX and Natural Gas to the

newly-minted HF will all get their power from the same 1.8-liter,

single-overhead cam i-VTEC four-cylinder engine found in the last Civic.


With 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, the engine is as

rev-happy as ever and begs to caned in all the right ways. Buyers can

pick between either the optional five-speed automatic gearbox or a

five-speed manual cog-swapper on lower trims, while the Civic Hybrid

benefits from a CVT and the more menacing Si uses a six-speed manual.

Thanks to the addition of full electronic power-steering, a little

friction reduction inside the engine itself and a few aerodynamic

adjustments, the EPA says that the 1.8-liter powered 2012 Civic is able

to return 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway when equipped with the standard

automatic transmission. The mileage would represents a 3 mpg city and 3

mpg highway bump over the 2011 model.

With 32 mpg combined, the base Civic beats out both the Chevrolet Cruze

and Ford Focus at 31 mpg combined but falls behind the Hyundai Elantra

at 33 mpg combined.

For buyers who want a truly-efficient gasoline-powered compact, Honda

has resurrected its HF model designation to combat vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze Eco

and the Ford Focus SFE. The Civic HF uses additional under-body

cladding to improve aerodynamics, special wheels, lighter tires and a

unique rear deck lid spoiler to net 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway with

the five-speed automatic transmission. Though those figures tie the HF

with the Bow Tie on the combined scale, Honda is quick to point out that

the domestic offerings require buyers to opt for a manual transmission.


In order to help drivers eek the absolute best fuel economy from their Civic, Honda has installed its Eco Assist

system on every 2012 model with the exception of the Si. This marks the

first time that the driving coach has been implemented outside of the

company's hybrid fleet, and just like in the CR-Z and Insight,

bars to the left and right of the speedometer change from blue to green

as the driver operates the vehicle more efficiently. In addition, a new

Econ mode can be activated with a push of a button. The system

automatically adjusts the vehicle's throttle-by-wire, shift mapping and

air conditioning to make the Civic a more efficient vehicle overall. We

wouldn't recommend mashing the little green button unless you're

perfectly comfortable with full castration. The change is immense.

Meanwhile, the $22,955 Civic Si Coupe has gotten a respectable shot in

the arm. Engineers yanked out the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder in favor

of a meatier 2.4-liter unit with an extra four horsepower and 31 more

pound-feet of torque. Final figures sit at 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of

twist, which means for the first time in the history of the Si, there's

actually a little bit of low-end grunt on hand. Full torque comes on at

4,300 rpm while max ponies are only available at a screaming 7,000 rpm.

Make no mistake, this is still an engine that prefers to be wound

tighter than a Hublot-wearing F1 fan.


We spent a fair portion of our time behind the wheel of an EX automatic

sedan with brief stints in an Si, LX sedan and LX coupe with their

respective manual offerings. After some time in a loaded EX-L that

carried an MSRP of $24,205 with destination, we feel comfortable saying

that if you have your heart set on a Civic, do yourself a favor and skip

the topped-out trim. The leather seats, door inserts and wrapped

steering wheel feel matched to a price point. The LX trim, on the other

hand, offers quality cloth seats and a tiller that feels absolutely

superb in your hands. It also weighs in at a very competitive $18,605

with destination when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission.

On the road, the Civic Sedan feels comfortable, though the high-winding

1.8-liter four-cylinder engine serves up its fair share of noise in the

higher registers. Unlike some of its competition, the Civic still

benefits from a four-link independent rear suspension that translates

into a very stable, planted platform over the inconsistent pavement of

the Beltway outside of Washington, D.C. and into Maryland. Still, we

can't help but feel that the springs and dampers are a little on the

soft side in sedan guise. In more aggressive driving, the four door

serves up characteristic understeer with a good amount of body roll for

the class. Fortunately, hopping into the coupe alleviates most of that

feeling. Whether it's the benefit of not having to lug around two extra

doors or simply the way the rear suspension is calibrated on both

vehicles, we prefer the coupe's dynamics by far.


When equipped with the optional five-speed automatic transmission,

shifts are handled quickly and without any drama. The 2012 Civic never

feels harried or flustered, and while we can only speculate that the

vehicle could net even more impressive fuel economy from a six-speed

automatic or dual-clutch gearbox, the old unit has aged well. For those

familiar with the Civics of old, sliding into the saddle of the

ninth-generation feels just like pulling on your favorite pair of jeans.

It's a level of familiarity that hasn't been lost through the modest

exterior updates and bizarre interior.

With the standard manual five-speed transmission bolted behind the

four-cylinder, the vehicle almost begs to be thrashed thanks to a fairly

short throw. Unfortunately, a miserably light clutch means your left

foot is afforded little to no feedback whatsoever. Still, despite having

fewer ponies and less torque than the Elantra, the Civic is more

engaging to drive. If we were looking for compact kicks, however, we'd

be tempted to stick with the 2012 Focus.


Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Civic is that despite

shunning all of the fuel-saving advancements employed by its

competition, the vehicle still manages to come out as a solid player on

this field. While we'd all love to see Honda knock out some truly

incredibly fuel economy figures with its vehicles, the truth is that the

company hasn't seen the need to add either cost or complexity to its

systems given the results the vehicle is delivering right now.

Honda is well aware of the rising tide of capable compacts, and while

strong entries like the Elantra, Cruze and Focus may take a bite out of

Civic sales in the long run, brand loyalists will still beat down dealer

doors to get their hands on this newest piece of hardware. Besides, if

you were hoping for a full-on Civic revolution, history would point to

you not having to wait too long. We give it another three to five years

before a completely-new generation surfaces.

In the meantime, the 2012 Civic offers plenty of space, competitive fuel

economy and a drive that's entertaining enough to keep you from going

flat-line on your way to the office. It's a recipe that's kept Honda on

the right side of history for years and it doesn't look to be failing

any time soon.

Photos copyright c2011 Zach Bowman / AOL

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Entire stance of new Civic is very promising and it's good that Honda has kept Civic's basic plus points such as it's length and it's futuristic interiors intact which appealed most to the people in current Civic.

More glamorous front would have been an added advantage.

Honda took step similar to Toyota with Civic. When Toyota launched Altis they have kept basic plus points of it's Corolla intact such as big interior space, not too big not too small exterior etc... .  

Identifying and keeping plus points of previous version in the new version is very important for long term success of a particular brand of vehicle.

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Remember the old one. One chap asked the 'guru' how come all the best sopranos are fat. Pat came the reply," Unfortunately, those who sing like birds eat like horses, and who eat like birds sing like ...."

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Advert for the new Civic. Lets just say it is puzzling. Just like the new designsmiley2.gif.

There are some who make good cars and there are some who make good commercials' date=' there are very few that make good cars and good commercials.

LOL! nice advetizment !

So when is the new Civic actually coming ? Honda needs to get it early 2012 as the current Civic has too much competition in form of Laura and Cruze , and ofcourse Petrol prices.

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Remember the old one. One chap asked the 'guru' how come all the best sopranos are fat. Pat came the reply' date='" Unfortunately, those who sing like birds eat like horses, and who eat like birds sing like ...."


hahahaha....smiley32.gif........they sing like......well since i am a vocalist myself so i will not badmouth anyone......but i admit majority of the singers do need a decent meal after a strenous riyaaz or a show

the new civic looks like 3rd gen city on anabolic steroids, current civic looks much more beautiful , from any angle

the sx4 shot a bullet into city, honda responded with an arrow, now chevrolet cruzed along, and honda is again going the arrow shot way, but i dont think it would work for a luxury sedan like civic ,

i love my old civvie's long flowing never ending lines with well fed curves

never mind it becomes heavy on my wheels sometimes , shes so beautiful i can allow her that........smiley2.gif

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Honda will not bring Next gen CR-V, Civic to Auto Expo 2012

If you hoped to see the next generation CR-V and Civic at the Delhi Auto Expo in January 2012, then you will not be a happy person. A senior Honda official told that the company will not feature the new Civic or the new CR-V at the world

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