Honda Civic Concepts
John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., introducing the Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan
at the Detroit Motor Show.
11th January, 2011
The Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept
sedan are making world debuts at America's Detroit Motor Show, providing the first official glimpse at
the styling direction of the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to go on sale mid-year, American
The Civic sedan and Hybrid are due for launch throughout Australia in late 2011.
John Mendel, Executive Vice President of Sales for American Honda said; “The Civic is known for
providing a balance of ‘just-right’ packaging, fun-to-drive character and outstanding fuel economy, at
a price that even first-time buyers can afford. The redesigned Civic builds on this legacy and
promises to be the best Civic yet.”
Celebrating 40 years of production, the 2012 Civic embraces the company’s vision as a “Civic for
all people,” a phrase originally expressed in defining the goal of the first-generation Civic in 1972.
With the widest array of engine choices available in its class, the 2012 Civic line-up intends to meet
the needs of an increasing group of compact-vehicle buyers with a renewed vision of a “Civic for all
people” theme. The diverse vehicle range includes a sedan and a coupe with conventional petrol engines,
two sporty “Si” performance versions, along with one hybrid and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant.
Collectively the depth of the Civic line offers a compelling balance between fuel economy, low
emissions and fun-to-drive performance.
As a new interpretation of the current Civic’s iconic “one-motion” mono-form shape, the upcoming
ninth-generation Civic conveys a more substantial, high-energy appearance. The exterior styling of both
Civic concept models showcases the sedan and coupe’s clean-yet-powerful lines with steeply raked
windscreens, wide stances and pronounced 'character' lines along the profile. The lower character line
on both models broadens toward the rear guards to enhance the dynamic feeling of forward energy. The
front guard surface treatments form a complex, three-dimensional look to further enhance the image of
sophistication and structural depth against the deeply set headlights.
The Honda Civic Concept sedan takes on a sophisticated presence with a grille defined by crisp
lines and a solid bar that integrates a chrome Honda emblem. The look of the Civic Si Concept coupe
conveys an aggressive demeanor with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered rear
roofline that flows smoothly into the boot. The Civic Si Concept coupe is exclusively equipped with a
rear air diffuser, a centre-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear spoiler with dual vents. Each concept
model has 19 inch machined alloy wheels.
The Civic’s family of engines with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control
(i-VTEC®) technology become even more fuel efficient for 2012. The upcoming Civic Hybrid offers the
latest generation of the compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist™ (IMA™) petrol-electric
hybrid system and features the application of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid for the first
Building on its emphasis on fuel-economy, 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 utilise Eco Assist technology in a petrol-only powered vehicle. Eco Assist is just one
example of how the new Civic can be customised and configured by the driver to suit individual
Additionally, Honda is expanding retail sales of the natural gas-powered Civic GX model, which is
the only OEM-built, dedicated CNG passenger car assembled in America. The increased availability of
the Civic GX helps bring inherently clean-burning natural gas technology to an even broader audience
while also supporting diversity in transportation energy resources.
The 2012 Civic continues to emphasise safety and is anticipated to score well in both the federal
government’s New Car Assessment Programme (i) (NCAP) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
(ii) (IIHS) vehicle evaluations.
All 2012 Civics are equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) as standard equipment.
Additionally, the ninth-generation Civic continues to provide Honda’s exclusive and innovative
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for frontal collision energy management.
Accolades and Manufacturing
As a top-selling model for Honda, the current eighth-generation Civic has sold more than 1.5
million units since the 2006 model went on sale in late 2005.
The current-generation Civic continues to be a significant entry-point to the Honda brand for
younger buyers, introducing on average more than 90,000 new-car customers under the age of 35 to
the brand every year. More than 95 per cent of all Civics sold in the U.S. as of calendar-year 2010
were made in North America at manufacturing facilities in either Greensburg, Indiana (USA) or
Alliston, Ontario (Canada).
(i) Preliminary results determined by Honda. Government 5 Star Safety Ratings are part of
America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Programme.
Vehicles tested under this programme cannot be compared to Model Year 2010 and earlier vehicles.
Ratings should only be compared to similar ratings on Model Year 2011 and later vehicles (if rated
under the new programme). Models tested with standard side airbag.
(ii) Civic Sedan (excluding Si) with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) was named a 2010 TOP
SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to the IIHS, the award
"recognises vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now for
2010 rollover crashes." VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle’s
course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always
remains with the driver.
Civic Si Coupe and Civic GX not available for the Australian market.