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Honda Drops Triple Surprise With All-New Civic

Honda wows the crowd at the New York Auto Show with a Civic Concept car, a tease of the all-new compact model it plans to introduce later this year. Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau

Honda delivered not just one of the biggest surprises at this year’s N.Y. Auto Show media preview but several of them. The biggest came with the unveiling of this Civic Concept car, a tease of the all-new compact model the Japanese maker plans to introduce this coming autumn, far earlier than had been expected considering the last generation Civic came to market only four years ago.

Slightly bigger, yet lighter, the new 2016 Honda Civic adopts a sort of retro-future design with a longer hood and overall sportier appearance. It also will offer a new and more powerful, yet fuel-efficient turbocharged engine. Honda also revealed that the sportiest version of the Civic ever, the 300-hp Type R, will be added to the line-up.

For the first time, Honda’s U.S. designers and engineers took the lead in developing the compact model. While the Type R will be imported in low numbers from England, the rest of the 2016 Civic line-up will be produced on assembly lines in the U.S. and Canada.

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-- Paul A. Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau