2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Honda Civic Concept Coupe and Sedan

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2011

As you may know already, Honda announced the new Civic Concept for 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Today, the Japanese manufacturer unveiled not one, but two cars: Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan. The new concepts preview the production version of the 2012 Honda Civic Coupe and Sedan, and show a more aggressive design with steeply raked windshields, wide stances and pronounced character lines along the profile.

Regading the powertrains, the new car promises to offer the "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) technology which becomes even more fuel efficient for 2012.

Moreover, the new 2012 Civic Hybrid will offer the lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gasoline-electric hybrid system which integrates the first application of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid.

The 2012 Civic will also be the first U.S. Honda model to employ Eco Assist technology in a gasoline-only powered vehicle. Regarding safety, the model is anticipated to score well in both the federal government's New Car Assessment Programi (NCAP) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) vehicle evaluations. All 2012 Civc models will offer Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard.

Powertrain

The family of engines from Civic is well-known for having the "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control technology. By 2012, this same i-VTEC technology is expected to become more fuel efficient.

The upcoming Civic Hybrid will be offering the latest generation of the compact with the lightweight gasoline-electric Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system.

It will also be the first time a lithium-ion battery will be used in a Honda hybrid. By focusing on fuel-economy, newer Civic models will have the Honda Eco Assist technology, though this is already in the Insight and CR-Z hybrid.

While being a gasoline-only powered vehicle, the 2012 Civic will be equipped with the Eco Assist technology, a first for a U.S. Honda model of this engine type. The Eco Assist technology is just one of the many ways the new Civic can be configured and customized to meet the specific needs of the drivers.

Honda will also be growing the retail sales of its Civic GX model. Powered with natural gas, the GX is not just OEM-built, but is also a dedicated CNG passenger car that is assembled in the U.S. Once more of the Civic GX become more available, the company hopes that it will bring clean-burning natural gas technology to a wider audience while being able to support diversity when it comes to transportation energy resources.

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 Civic yet."

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 headlights.

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.

Powertrain Technology
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 resources.

Safety
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 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 2006 Civic earned both the prestigious Motor Trend "Car of the Year" and the North American Car of the Year awards.

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 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.

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