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Honda Planning Major Redesign of New Civic

Subcompact hammered by critics.

by on Nov.01, 2011

Honda will race a redesign of the much-criticized new Civic to market ASAP.

It has not been a very good year, according to John Mendel, Honda of America’s top U.S. executive. Not only has the maker been hammered by a series of production cuts – the latest the result of flooding in Thailand – but one of its most important products has received a critical drubbing from the media and a tepid response from potential buyers.

That will send the maker’s designers and engineers back to work to come up with a significant “refresh” of the 2012 Honda Civic, reports Automotive News, which should be ready to go to market in time for the 2013 model-year.

“We take feedback seriously, regardless of who it’s from, and we will act accordingly quickly,” John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president, said in an interview in San Diego, where the maker is revealing another critical new model, the 2012 Honda CR-V.

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Suggesting the maker is “appropriately energized,” Mendel said Honda is hoping to act as quickly as possible to address criticism of the latest-generation Civic.  The question is how much can be done in short order.  The 2012 version of the compact Civic was the result of a 6-year gestation and normally Honda spends at least three years to develop a mid-cycle update.


Consumer Reports Pulls Recommended Buy on 2012 Honda Civic

“Scores too low,” says influential publication, echoing extensive criticism of redesign.

by on Aug.01, 2011

Already battered by poor reviews, the 2012 Honda Civic has now lost its Recommended Buy endorsement from Consumer Reports magazine.

Already battered by both weak reviews and production problems that have led to shortages of the latest redesign, the influential Consumer Reports magazine has pulled its recommendation of the 2012 Honda Civic which “scored too low” in its latest shoot-out among compact cars.

The news is another setback for the third-largest Japanese automaker, which had been counting on the 2012 Civic to overcome recent problems with various niche offerings, such as the Insight hybrid and Accord CrossTour.


In an increasingly competitive compact segment, the 2012 Honda Civic scored what the magazine described as a “mediocre” 61 points, down 17 points from the score of 78 for the previous-generation Civic.

“While other models like the Hyundai Elantra have gotten better after being redesigned, the Civic has dropped so much that now it ranks near the bottom of its category,” said David Champion, Consumer Reports’ lead auto tester.