• Feb 2, 2011
Call us crazy, but the sedans stowed tightly away on this car carrier reportedly spotted in Japan don't look like the Honda Civic we all know and love here in the United States. According to Notícias Automotivas, what we see here are 2012 Civics awaiting delivery to America.
We can clearly see that these Civics are sharing space on the car carrier, which was reportedly spotted in Suzaka, Japan, with what appear to be American-spec Honda Fit hatchbacks and Insight hybrids, lending credence to the notion that these are new State-bound Civics.

These cars don't look terribly different at first blush from the 2011 Civic, but that actually jibes with what we're expecting from the 2012 model. In any case, we can't be 100-percent positive either way. Take a good look at the spy photos here, then let us know what you think in the Comments.

[Source: Notícias Automotivas]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd still rather sport a Fit or Insight...heck give me a CRZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those that are defending Honda and claiming this is a refresh are doing the big H no favors...so stop it already.

      This is new, despite sleep inducing designs, Honda usually rolls out new models every 5 years...in fact the majority of manufacturers maintain this practice.

      That being said, I think Honda went overly conservative in reaction to the public shock over the uglification of their cars.

      Although it makes business sense to stop alienating their traditional buyers...progress increases sales. Just ask Ford, Hyundai, VW, etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The question is.... can it be riced out?!?
      • 3 Years Ago
      It pretty much the exact same car with a slightly more "swoopy" greenhouse...

      I want to go back to the good old days of Honda. This will not be on my shopping list.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go back to the old days of Honda.

        Every version of the Civic when introduced has been a very conservative car. Honda doesn't go all radical weird with the sheetmetal on a Civc. Every Civic has been conservative.

        That is a lot of the appeal. 10 years from now, everyone will be praising THIS very Civic as fantastic and the next decade of 16 year old kids will be wishing for the day of Honda when they designed a car like the 2012 Civic.

        It would be far easier for Honda to slap ugly bumps and curves and fake plastic panels all over the body like Mazda and Ford and call that a design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoop-de-do, the 2012 Civic is lamesauce anyway.
        • 3 Years Ago
        really lamesauce is what surprised you???

        Im more shocked about the "WHOOP-DE-DOO"

        • 3 Years Ago
        lol ... I haven't heard anybody use "lamesauce" in a looong time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do people not research anymore, let alone keep up on the news? First the Chrysler 200 where everybody thought it was a brand new car, when it wasn't. Now this?

      This is NOT a brand new car. It is just a facelift. Honda never planned a new Civic for 2011/12. The next generation Civic isn't coming until 2013 or '14.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, not only has Honda lost its way but it's gotten lazy with redesigning its cars. To the untrained eye this looks just like the outgoing model. Honda has not failed to disappoint lately.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's face it, most of the cars in the compact segment are and have always been boring to look at. When's the last time you shouted "Damn, that's hot!" when you saw a 'stock' Sentra, Focus, Mazda 3, Corolla, Cobalt/Cruze, Imprezza, Lancer - I'll stop there?

      The Hyundai Elantra is a nice design but in my opinion it's a bit too feminine looking. Out of all the cars I just mentioned, I think the Civic still shines best stylistically (even if it's redesign is more evolutionary than revolutionary).

      My only hope for the Civic is that they have push button start/stop (Honda is dragging it's feet on adding this to all its cars) and zenon headlights availability (a feature I had on my 04 Mazda 3). Oh and one more thing Honda, can you install stock radios that display the name of the song and artist?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Spoken like a true Honda Fanboy; accept the fact that Honda has lost it's design edge over most major manufacturers. And that is the lamest looking wish list I have ever seen.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Push button start in a car at this price point is gimmicky at best and tacky at worst. Also, you misspelled xenon.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bluntsage52 - more of a pre 2009 Acura Fanboy. I do admit Honda has lost it's design edge but in this category not much trumps the Civic styling (in my opinion). The wish list may be lame but most real world drivers want real world amenities and conveniences.

        @Captain_Spadaro - 'gimmicky at best and tacky' - I don't get how a simple button is gimmicky and more tacky than a bunch of keys jangling from an ignition switch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats Honda, you made the new Civic look like a Camry :( Boo. I am so disappointed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      5 bucks says the only updated to the gasoline powertrains are 6-speed transmissions.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're left-hand drive. Either they're bound for North America or Europe... definitely not domestic Japanese.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah thought so. It's not horrible but you on styling alone I'd rather get a Kia or something.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Defintely not europe. Europe doesnt require or have the orange indicator reflector. Its clear.
        Too blandly styled for Europe civics too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just have to ask, is Honda and Toyota hiring little old retired grandmas as their new designers?
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