• Aug 21, 2008
Keeping track of who's cribbing whose automotive designs is about to get even more difficult once Honda brings its new Euro Civic to market. If this rendering from Auto Express is to be believed, the new hatch is a certifiable stunner. That is due in large part to the fact it looks almost exactly like another stunner: the new Volkswagen Scirocco. Swap out the grille and the rear lights, and that Honda is... practically a VW.
The OSM concept at the British Auto Show was the appetizer for the next Euro Civic's looks -- there was simply more distance between it and That Other Hatch since the OSM had no top. Under the hood, though, Honda has vastly different plans: rumors include a 1.5-liter hybrid with 150 hp and a 2.0-liter for the Type R that could be assisted by an electric motor

The 2-door hatch will be a different proposition than the 4-door and aimed at a different buyer just like the current models in Europe. Not that it will make a difference to American buyers, because just like the car it (kind of) plays doppelganger to, the Civic hatch isn't coming to the U.S. Thanks for the tip, Colin!

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I find it hilarious that the title speculates the next Civic could look like a Scirocco when the Scirocco seems to have been a direct, but updated copy of the 92-95 EG hatch. I suppose there's nothing particularly original these days...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd say that a more accurate description of that rendering is as the offspring of a crazy one-night stand between an Alfa Romeo MiTo and the Honda OSM Roadster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That definitely looks better than the current Civic in both the US and Europe. If only they'd bring it here. And while they're at it, convince VW to give us the Scirocco too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would be a great replacement for the current Civic, sportier and definitely sexier than what it is now. Knowing Honda though this model won't make it to the U.S. and well end up with crap like they've been handing us with their last few models from both Honda/Acura.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is the CRZ or however the CRX successor will be named. Current generation of Euro Civic has been on the market here for about two years and it's too soon to have a replacement, especially since it's look is really futuristic and it's not going to look dated in year or two
      • 6 Years Ago
      rendered speculation...

      come on honda. pretty please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        type r that bad boy and ship it to the states
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am seeing more than a little Honda S2000 in the front end design. Besides VW is calling their hatchback a coupe, so Honda is not cribbing anything from VW because they are calling their car a hatchback and not a coupe.
      Who cares! Both are cool looking cars, and I would be happy to have either of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like that Sports Car Concept from last month. Or the CR-Z.

      Honda. Please make all 3 of them. Because I'll take anything except for the Canadian Civic- you know. The one with the 1 horizontal headlight......
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another cool car that the north american market will only see through pictures (if it does get made). I would put it high on the list of cars that I would buy. This kind of stuff annoys me, auto makers keep telling everyone that the US market doesn't like or want small hatches. But with higher gas prices these cars are in more demand. Also I see more 92-95 and 96-99 civic hatches then the coupe or sedan version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wait, why wouldn't we get the hatch? we do now...

      unless you mean Type-R civics...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's too bad. The Scirocco is not a good looking car, so I'd hate to see Honda go down that path.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another small car with a radical turn in styling...that won't come to the U.S. I can't help but to wonder if we wouldn't buy more small cars if they were decontented, cheaply-made, generic-styled econoboxes.
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