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Honda reveals Civic concept at Geneva Motor Show

The carmaker said the prototype heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model and will see the 10th-generation model focus on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.

Jean-Marc Streng, general manager of Honda Motor Europe, Automobiles Division, commented: “The Civic is a core model for Europe with a strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers, Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand. The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and we hope will continue to be a key volume pillar for the European business. We are excited to be developing this next generation model and look forward to its introduction in early 2017.”

The new Civic hatchback will be 30mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer than the current generation and will bring larger and wider wheels and tyres with a long wheelbase and short overhangs.

Three engines will be offered: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol engines – which debut in the new Civic, and a revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit.

The model will be built in Honda’s European production facility in Swindon in the UK and will be exported around the world, including the US.  

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.