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Honda gives Civic an early update

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Facelift gives Honda Civic a fresher look with Accord cues.

Honda has brought forward the ninth-generation Civic sedan’s midlife update for the US, refreshing the car just 18 months after it went on sale there in April 2011 to wide criticism of its design.

While there are no mechanical changes, the facelift takes cues from the new Honda Accord, with remolded bonnet and boot lid, sportier bumpers with chrome accents on the lower air intake, a larger chrome-bordered black-honeycomb grille, and redesigned light clusters and alloy wheels.

The changes are aimed at increasing the car’s showroom appeal with “a more youthful, premium style,” Honda said in a statement. The facelifted car will be unveiled at Los Angeles motor show on November 29, and go on sale immediately – and exclusively -- in the US.

“The update is for the US market only. Our cars are different and this one is definitely not coming here,” Honda Australia public relations manager Melissa Cross says. The ninth-generation Honda Civic launched here in February, and was followed mid-year by the Series II Civic built in Thailand.

The car has been a reasonable success for Honda Australia, notching up 8412 sales to the end of October, compared with 5,692 by the same period last year.

 

 

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  • I bought my Honda Civic in May 2012 and I'm very happy with my car. I think that it looks terrific and can't understnd why reviewers have rejected it. I had a test-drive of the market-leading Mazda 3 and couldn't bear the loud engine-noise. Most purchasers of a new model car like to think that it will be at least a few years before it becomes 'the old model' and I'm very relieved that the US model won't be released in Australia in 2013 although I understand that Honda's plans could change..

    Rear Bumper of USA Posted on 11 February 2013 8:51am
  • I bought my Honda Civic in May 2012 and I'm very happy with my car. I think that it looks terrific and can't understnd why reviewers have rejected it. I had a test-drive of the market-leading Mazda 3 and couldn't bear the loud engine-noise. Most purchasers of a new model car like to think that it will be at least a few years before it becomes 'the old model' and I'm very relieved that the US model won't be relesed in Australia in 2013 although I understand that Honda's plans could change.

    Graham Ball of Sydney Posted on 11 January 2013 1:05pm

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