Honda gives Civic an early update

13 November 2012
, CarsGuide
Honda gives Civic an early update

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.