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First Look: European Honda Civic

Funkier design could score better than American model.

by on Sep.13, 2011

Honda takes a "revolutionary evolutionary" approach to the European version of its new Civic subcompact.

Product planners are always struggling to decide whether to stick with a successful design when it comes time for an update or whether to go with something more radical.  With the all-new Honda Civic going into production for the European market, the Japanese maker has apparently decided to strike a balance between cautious and outrageous.

Or so said the maker’s global CEO Takanobu Ito, during a Frankfurt Motor Show preview, where he described the 2012 Civic remake as “a revolutionary evolutionary” design that leaps “two generations ahead of our current model.

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It remains to be seen if critics and customers agree, though the initial reaction to the European version of the Honda Civic is decidedly more positive than the reception the maker received for the American Civic subcompact, launched earlier this year.