The buzz around the 2012 Honda Civic concept has continued at the Detroit Auto Show, with the ninth generation of the fourth best-selling car in the United States giving the Japanese manufacturer hope of a sales resurgence.
Honda has been a top-seller manufacturer for many years, particularly based on the stalwart category leaders Accord and Civic. But three Honda models — the CR-Z hybrid coupe, Accord Crosstour hatchback and Insight hybrid — all had disappointing sales in 2010.
Honda also recently announced it’s discontinuing the Element, it’s boxy SUV.
The new Civic, according to Honda, has been redesigned and will be offered with three different engines to compete with strong challengers, including General Motors’s Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte.
Honda said the fuel economy of the latest Civic would be 40 miles per gallon, a level now standard for compact cars. But the automaker declined to provide details on the engine size, weight, interior features or suggested price.
Article Last Updated: January 11, 2011.
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