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Officially official: The 2012 Honda Civic

Six new versions, including all-new HF, but no real surprises.

by on Feb.18, 2011

Honda has unveiled six new Civic models for 2012.

Honda has made it officially official, lifting the covers on the 2012 Civic line, which now covers six different models, including the all-new Honda Civic HF.

But for those who saw the two thinly-disguised Civic concept models at the Detroit Auto Show, last month, there are few surprises.  And that, say some skeptics, could be a big problem for Honda, which is going up against some tough new competition in the compact segment it – and Japanese rival Toyota – have long and overwhelmingly dominated.

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Along with the standard-issue Civic Coupe and Sedan models, the 2012 line-up will include the sporty Civic Si, in both 2- and 4-door configuration, and the Civic Hybrid.  While there’s no word on when the natural gas-powered Civic will be introduced, the compact mix will feature a new entry, the Honda Civic HF, short for high fuel-efficiency.

The HF will be powered by a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, paired with a 5-speed automatic.  It will also get the Honda EcoAssist system, a computer-controlled technology designed to tweak throttle response and shift times to maximize fuel efficiency.  There will also be some body modifications to improve aerodynamic efficiency, with low rolling-resistance tires designed to further improve mileage – which is rated at 41 mpg Highway, or 1 mpg better than the stock 2011 Hyundai Elantra, which Honda will likely promote heavily in the marketing campaign for the new Civic.


First look: Honda Civic Si Sedan and Coupe

Critical ninth-generation compact replaces spaceship design with swoopy, windswept look.

by on Jan.10, 2011

The 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe is very likely to look very much like the concept unveiled Monday at the Detroit auto show.

Don’t think for a moment that Honda is ready to give up any ground in a compact market that it has dominated with the Civic, one of its two bread-and-butter products.

On Monday at the Detroit auto show, John Mendel, Honda’s executive vice president for sales, unveiled the exterior of the Civic Si  sedan and coupe concepts. While he did show an interior sketch – showing a slightly more conservative dashboard than the current generation – he said the automaker will officially unveil the interior later.

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The automaker is calling the cars concepts, but they are essentially the cars that will go on sale later this year.

Honda had originally planned to launch the ninth-generation Civic for the 2011 model year, but pushed it back for undisclosed reasons, meaning the car hasn’t been updated since it was launched for the 2006 model year.


Milestones: 100,000 Honda Civics in Indiana

The compact Civic is the sixth best selling vehicle in the U.S.

by on Feb.26, 2010

Celebration of a long time best seller in the U.S.

Workers at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana have produced the 100,000 Civic model since the plant opened in the fall of 2008.

The compact and fuel efficient Civic was the sixth best selling vehicle in the U.S. in January 2010, and was up 12% in sales for the month when compared to last year. It is a perennial best seller in the U.S.

Currently, Honda operates one shift with approximately 1,000 “associates” at the Greensburg plant, producing Honda Civic Sedan and Honda Civic GX, the only natural gas vehicle built in America that is not a conversion.

Engines for the Civic Sedan are built at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

The first Civics destined for export were shipped last fall from the the plant. (Click here.)The 2010 model Honda Civic Sedans are now on  sale in Mexico, as well as 22 Latin American and Caribbean nations and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan.


HMIN is Honda’s seventh auto assembly plant in North America, and one of 14 major Honda manufacturing facilities in North America, with two more currently under construction in North Carolina.   (more…)