Honda doesn’t do an excellent job with its concept automobiles. But no, they’re not design failures – rather, they typically are not truly concepts.
When Honda displays a concept car or truck at an auto show, guests need to question Honda show reps in case the car they’re seeing will be made. Very likely, the solution is sure as the vehicle you are looking at could already been green lighted for production.
At the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda revealed one particular “concept” vehicle – the Honda Civic. Calling it a concept isn’t accurate – this model is similar to the 2012 Honda Civic right down to the wheelwells.
But initially, many Honda Civic history. This particular design was invented as a subcompact to the US market in the first 1970s, the first Honda passenger automobile offered in America. Always trendy, the Honda Civic is a perennial top-five selling car for Honda, rivaling the Honda Accord in sales and competing directly against the Toyota Corolla.
Larger nowadays and now offered as a compact, the Civic is faced with renewed competition from american and Asian automakers alike. Typically, the Civic is completely redesigned once every four or perhaps five years, but this latest development unit is hanging around for a sixth season. Credit Honda for taking into consideration what its competitors are offering, vehicles including the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundia Elantra which happen to have leapfrogged the Civic in technology and energy efficiency.
On display at the NAIAS are conceptual variations of the ninth generation Honda Civic coupe and sedan. This vehicle retains a lot of the Civic design logic, but it also brings back a hybrid model. The hybrid will be driven by a lithium-ion battery, enabling the Civic to claim some of the highest energy resource efficiency of any standard hybrid.
From the outside, the Civic ideas exposes the sedan’s as well as coupe’s sleek, yet striking lines with steeply raked windshields, large posture and apparent character lines across the side view. That lower character line on both cars widens toward the rear fenders to deepen the active opinion of advanced energy. Basically, the car seems to be prepared to move when it is sitting still. Credit the Civic’s deeply recessed headlamps for adding to that mystique.
Inside, Honda claims to maintain the fit and ease and finish of use cabin layout which has long been a selling point for the Civic. Though the outside reveals the course for the 2012 Civic, Honda has held back on what the cabin will look like in addition to what they’ll be performing under the hood.
The greatest challenge for Honda is responding to what its rivals are doing: giving more than one models efficient at achieving 40 mpg on the interstate, something which eludes the Civic. Certainly, the Hyundai Elantra threw the gauntlet down when its 2011 design was launched – both manual and automatic versions get 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway – far better than the Civic. The Cruze, as well, comes with an ECO unit which betters the Civic, getting 42 mpg on the highway.
Do not expect Honda to fly over and play used – the Japanese car maker is keeping some things close to the vest and is likely to surprise us later in 2011 when the 2012 Honda Civic debuts. What will not be a surprise will be the vehicle’s exterior and that is currently being showcased at automobile shows across North America, representing the ninth model compact Honda Civic coupe and sedan.