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Toronto, Ontario – The Honda Civic Si Concept Coupe made its Canadian debut at the Canadian International Auto Show today, providing a glimpse at the styling direction of the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to go on sale this Spring.

“The 2012 Civic is everything the Civic brand is renowned for: a fun-to-drive character, outstanding fuel economy, class-leading safety, high value, and more,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc. “The new Civic was specifically designed to build on this great legacy that has made it the top-selling car in Canada for 13 years, and promises to be the best Civic yet.”

The new 2012 Civic line-up includes a sedan and coupe with conventional gasoline models, two sporty “Si” performance versions (sedan and coupe), and a third-generation gasoline-electric hybrid.

Honda says the new ninth-generation Civic conveys a more substantial, high-energy appearance and aggressive demeanour with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered rear roofline that flows smoothly into the trunk. The exterior highlights clean, yet powerful, lines with a steeply raked windshield, wide stance and character lines along the side profile. The lower character line broadens toward the rear fenders to enhance the dynamic feeling of forward energy while the front fender surface treatments form a complex, three-dimensional look to further enhance the image of sophistication and structural depth against the deeply set headlights.

The Civic Si Concept Coupe is exclusively equipped with a rear air diffuser, a centre-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid spoiler with dual vents. It also features 19-inch machined alloy wheels.

The Civic becomes even more fuel efficient for 2012 with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) technology. The upcoming Civic Hybrid will also offer the latest generation of the compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist gasoline-electric hybrid system and features the first application of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid vehicle.

Building on its emphasis on fuel economy, most upcoming Civic models will receive the Honda Eco Assist technology, already available in the CR-Z and Insight hybrids. The 2012 Civic is the first North American Honda model to employ Eco Assist technology in a gasoline-only powered vehicle.

With the exception of the Civic Hybrid, all Civics sold in Canada last year were made at the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants in Alliston, Ontario. Civic represents approximately half of all Honda vehicles sold in Canada annually.




About Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson is a Vancouver-based automotive journalist and contributor to Autos.ca. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).