• Jan 3, 2006
In my nightly web wandering I ran across this on Response, a Japanese language automotive news website. It appears to be a sporty hybrid concept by Honda called the ti Bick, which could itself be a horrible mistranslation by Google. It would appear this car actually debuted at the 2005 Tokyo Auto Salon as a Modulo Concept, which is a brand of Honda Access, a manufacturer of Honda aftermarket parts. These pics that were released recently are probably just the first high quality pics of the concept to be officially released by Honda.

We don’t know anything about the "ti Bick" itself other than that it’s based on the new Civic Hybrid and appears to use cameras in place of side mirrors. It's certainly a trick ride for the eco-minded among you, and points for any Japanese-speaking Autobloggers out there who can shed some light from the land of the rising sun on this.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, it says in Japanese Honda Shibikku.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That is a sweet looking Civic. I just saw one at the dealer and I was impressed by the way it looks...
      • 9 Years Ago
      The wheels are ugly. The idea is that disks improve aerodynamics; the more open area a wheel has, the more drag and reduced mileage you get. So hybrids (and the SC430) have wheels with small openings.

      Still, these wheels are odd. Nice to see souped up hybrids though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "4. The front lights are stylized very much like the Canadian Acura CSX, a glorified civic rebadge."

      Actually, the front lights look very much like the 2006 Honda Civic... from everywhere except the United States and Canada.
      Found an image on the Jalopnik archives that might interest you... it's a comparo of headlights for this 8th generation of Civic.
      It shows on top: Euro (and possibly rest of world also, but as of now only Euro) Civic 5 door, American Civic coupe; on bottom: American sedan/hybrid, Rest of World sedan/hybrid.
      Here's the link: http://www.jalopnik.com/cars/images/honda_civic_faces.jpg
      • 9 Years Ago
      Since it's a hybrid, those slats on the radiator may be to prevent excess cooling of the engine and get better MPG. Honda insight owners do this in the winter, block of their radiators with cardboard or something simmilar, and get far better mileage. I belive engines run more efficiently when warm then cold. Neat idea.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The front lights are stylized very much like the Canadian Acura CSX, a glorified civic rebadge.

      www.acura.ca
      • 9 Years Ago
      in addition to the aero side mirror trick, the photo (and another close-up on the linked site) shows the lower grille opening closed by horizontal slats.

      they are likely "active" slats. blocking excess airflow (i.e. not needed for cooling) through the engine compartment is another easy aero mod.
      • 9 Years Ago
      like others said, ti bick is the civic, ti bick is just a poor translation.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, forget the fancy hi-tech stuff, what a beautiful paint job! That'll make the people look.



      • 9 Years Ago
      those wheels look solid, I assume that they are hiding some sort of regerative braking mechanism.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I checked the Japanese site. It is not "Ti Bik" but "shibikku" or "civic"
      • 9 Years Ago
      People like this genertion of the civic but they "hated" the saturn that looked the same... odd "hope the 3 doors and the plastic panels had nothing to do with it... "