2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Civic Sedan Concepts Debut

2011 Detroit Auto Show

  • 2012 Honda Civic Concept @ 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    Alistair Weaver reports on the 2012 Honda Civic Concept from the Detroit Auto Show on day one. | January 10, 2011

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2011 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2012 Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan made their world debuts on Monday at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
  • The redesigned Civic — with multiple engine choices — goes on sale in the spring.
  • The 2012 Civic marks Honda's first use of lithium-ion batteries in a Honda hybrid.

DETROIT — The 2012 Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan made their world debuts on Monday at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, previewing the production versions of the popular small car and targeting a growing number of competitors with an aggressive new look and multiple engine choices.

The ninth generation of the Civic will go on sale this spring as a 2012 model. Pricing has not been announced.

The Civic Si Concept coupe showcases a more angular face with a mesh grille and a tapered rear roof line. The Si Concept gets a rear air diffuser, a center-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck-lid spoiler with dual vents. Rounding out the package are 19-inch machined alloy wheels.

The Civic Concept is defined by a steeply raked windshield, a wide stance and pronounced character lines along the sides. Like the Si Concept, it gets 19-inch machined alloy wheels.

Honda said the 2012 Civic will be available in sedan and coupe variants with conventional gas engines, two sporty Si performance versions, one hybrid and a natural gas model. In its hybrid version, the 2012 Civic marks the first time Honda has used lithium-ion batteries in a Honda hybrid.

Honda did not disclose technical specifications on the 2012 Civic.

The Japanese automaker noted that most upcoming Civic models get EcoAssist technology, which debuted on the Honda CR-Z hybrid last year. This feature allows drivers to choose between different drive modes that alter fuel economy. Honda noted that it is expanding retail sales of the natural-gas-powered Civic GX model, the only CNG passenger car assembled in North America.

All 2012 Civics get vehicle stability assist as standard equipment.

The Civic is pitted against the redesigned Ford Focus, the Chevrolet Cruze, the Chevrolet Sonic and a new version of the Hyundai Elantra.

Edmunds.com says: Honda lays out an ambitious program for the redesigned Civic, with lots of competitors in hot pursuit. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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