Honda's next generation Civic has been spied testing in Germany

Honda’s next-generation Civic has been spied during early development testing in Germany.

Originally due this year, but delayed until late next year after a rethink, the new Civic is said to be lighter and more economical than the car it replaces, in line with Honda’s new strategy.

See the first pics of the next-generation Honda Civic in testing

Following the economic downturn, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito ordered a complete re-evaluation of Honda's plans, killing its V8 and rear-wheel-drive programmes and demanding revamps of all existing designs.

Ito has not identified a target launch date for the new Civic, but said: "The team is struggling. We are injecting more manpower to meet our target."

European models will have petrol, diesel and hybrid power; the latter will use next-gen lithium ion batteries to increase range and improve performance.

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3 August 2010

honda are very boring now, apart from the crz. which has a future potential but not right now.they desperately need to use their type-r brand to push the buzz into their range. they need to launch the new civic with the type-r model spec, the rest can come after. use a flag to promote a range, not a tired looking rag.

3 August 2010

I think Honda deserve extra praise for the best disguise! it looks like virtually an entire body shell sat over the real car, not just a few bits of trim or zebra tape.

Impressively the temporary fake shell actually looks beautifully engineered in Honda tradition and manages to look more stylish than the new VW Jetta!

3 August 2010

[quote The Apprentice]I think Honda deserve extra praise for the best disguise! [/quote]

Agreed!

If you look past that tho, it looks to me a bit like the old Mazda 323....

3 August 2010

[quote mantaray]If you look past that tho, it looks to me a bit like the old Mazda 323....[/quote]
With the disguise, it looks like a Fiat Coupe tail end!

3 August 2010

The wheels look really small! Don't know if it's simply because of the extra cladding, but they do look small for the car, and worse if it were a Type-R model too.


3 August 2010

I justhopethe new model does not polarise opinion like the current one.it needs multi link rear suspension and a rear wiper.too many compromises in the current Civic

3 August 2010

[quote beachland2]beachland2 wrote the following post at Aug 03, 2010 12:14 AM:

honda are very boring now, apart from the crz. which has a future potential but not right now.they desperately need to use their type-r brand to push the buzz into their range. they need to launch the new civic with the type-r model spec, the rest can come after. use a flag to promote a range, not a tired looking rag.

[/quote]The CRZ and Type R Honda's are just window dressing for boy racers. Honda's profits and sales come from the bread and butter cars the 1.4 petrol and 2.2 diesel versions of the Civic. Any Hybrid and petrol versions have a market for those who spend much time in our big towns and their suburbs but for those of us who live in rural areas diesel is the sensible option for low fuel consumtion, low road tax and relaxed driving with loads of torque to climb all the hills.

3 August 2010

Looks like they bottled it with the rear wiper. A shame - It doesn't need it. All the current model really wants apart from styling updates is:

1, A diet. Losing 200kg should do it. No mean feat i'm sure but the peaky Vtec might be more fun then.

2, Front seats that don't lose their memory if you tilt them to get in the back. The current design is unforgivable on any car made after 1975.

3, Better interior materials for the dash and console plus more attention to detail generally (door handles, fuel cap, spot lamp covers, paint thickness).

4, Suspension. Other manufacturers use torsion beams at the back and they seem to manage. It's hard to believe this is from the same company that redefined supercar refinement with the NSX.

3 August 2010

[quote every thing you say is right]

Looks like they bottled it with the rear wiper. A shame - It doesn't need it. All the current model really wants apart from styling updates is:

1, A diet. Losing 200kg should do it. No mean feat i'm sure but the peaky Vtec might be more fun then.

2, Front seats that don't lose their memory if you tilt them to get in the back. The current design is unforgivable on any car made after 1975.

3, Better interior materials for the dash and console plus more attention to detail generally (door handles, fuel cap, spot lamp covers, paint thickness).

4, Suspension. Other manufacturers use torsion beams at the back and they seem to manage. It's hard to believe this is from the same company that redefined supercar refinement with the NSX.

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Plus the Honda usuals, road noise, ride needs smoothing out a bit (New Accord shows they can improve both when they try) and steering could do with a bit more feel.

Problem now is if they are running late they may bodge it.

3 August 2010

Well it certainly looks like they've done what VW did with the Golf VI.. heavy facelift but nearly every panel new.

I hope they don't go too bland or too ugly with the styling. Although the current one is whacky, it still looks good in my opinion. Having said that, I don't like the vents they put in the perspex grille in the last update.. makes the front look like a pigs snout!

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