(from Honda Press
Release) Honda Debuts Sleek and Sophisticated Concepts for
All-New 2012 Civic Si Coupe and Civic Sedan Models
The Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan are making
world debuts at the North American International Auto Show today,
providing the first official glimpse at the styling direction of the
all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to go on sale this spring,
the company announced.
"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," said John Mendel,
executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The
redesigned Civic builds on this legacy and promises to be the best
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. With the widest array of engine choices available in its
class, the 2012 Civic lineup intends to meet the needs of an
increasing group of compact-vehicle buyers with a renewed vision of
a "Civic for all people." The diverse vehicle range includes a sedan
and a coupe with conventional gasoline models, 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 unlike any other vehicle in the industry.
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's and coupe's clean-yet-powerful lines
with steeply raked windshields, wide stances and pronounced
character lines along the profile. The lower character 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 to further enhance the image of
sophistication and structural depth against the deeply set
The Civic Concept sedan
takes on a sophisticated presence 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 conveys an aggressive
demeanor with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered
rear roofline that flows smoothly 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.
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™)
gasoline-electric hybrid system and features the first application
of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid.
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 employ Eco
Assist technology in a gasoline-only powered vehicle. Eco Assist is
just one example of how the new Civic can be customized and
configured by the drivers to suit individual preferences.
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
The 2012 Civic continues
to emphasize safety and is anticipated to score well in both the
federal government's New Car Assessment Program1 (NCAP) and the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety2 (IIHS) vehicle evaluations.
The 2001 Honda Civic Coupe was one of the first two passenger cars
ever to earn the federal government's top 5-star crash safety
rating3 for the driver and front- and rear-seat passengers in both
frontal and side-impact crash tests.
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
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 2006 Civic earned both the prestigious Motor Trend "Car of the
Year" and the North American Car of the Year awards.
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
percent of all Civics sold in the U.S. as of calendar-year 2010 were
made4 in North America at manufacturing facilities in either
Greensburg, Indiana or Alliston, Ontario in Canada.