It's not often that a major automobile manufacturer debuts a brand-new concept at the Montreal International Auto Show – mostly because it takes place concurrently with the massive show in Detroit – but here we are with the so-called Honda Gear Concept Study Model, which was just uncovered by our friendly neighbors to the north.

According to the automaker, the Gear "demonstrates Honda's innovative approach to providing the automotive answer for young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles. Inspired by fixed-gear bicycles... Gear is simple and utilitarian, but also customizable, connected and full of personality." It is apparently "practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car," according to Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas.

We don't know anything else – what might lie underhood, how it is "connected" or at what price point it might potentially be sold at. Check out our high-res image gallery above and the press release below and you'll know just about as much as we do.
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Honda GEAR Concept Makes Global Debut at the Montreal International Auto Show

MONTREAL (January 17, 2012) – At today's Montreal International Auto Show, Honda Canada provided the world with its first look at the new GEAR Concept Study Model – a vehicle that demonstrates Honda's innovative approach to providing the automotive answer for young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles.

Inspired by fixed-gear bicycles, GEAR is a concept that represents an entirely new way of looking at the sub-compact vehicle. It is simple and utilitarian, but also customizable, connected and full of personality.

"Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they're fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer," said Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "GEAR Concept tears down those walls – it's practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car."


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      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unbelievably chic. SO stylish yet such rare restraint. Good design doesn't need a zillion curves and dents and fake mesh everywhere (hello Mercedes!). What's so shocking is that Honda has this in them. Suddenly makes the alleged comeback Accord look about 10 years old. Seriously, Honda, don't flub a tease like this.
      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow i love it. Reminds me of the old Honda-Z series but reimagined. I dunno if anyone remembers that car but it was a great looking little car much like this one.
      FRENZIED
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic looking concept. What'll be surprising though, is if they actually manufacture it and it looks as cool as that.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the styling and simplicity that made Honda so popular in the 80's and 90's. They need to use this as a benchmark for future vehicle designs. Absolutely perfect. Good job Honda! Reminds me of a 91 - 95 Si hatch.
      whogotthekeys2mybimma
      not 100% sure why.... but i not only like it, i love it!
      wave9x
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda, just build it, no focus groups, no nasty chrome adornments, nothing else. It is just the styling direction Honda needs to go.
      Jordan Bret
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks awesome..... EP3 civic meets first gen civic in a A-class package.....now make 2200lbs offer a 6 speed manual, sporty suspension those brakes and a base civic motor with 140hp and I'm sold (last two are very unlikely)
      sampson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how everyone was dogging on "retro" on the last retro vs modern auto design article, yet seems 95% of the responses for the this car are positive. I'll say it again... Retro is a good thing when done right, and this is a perfect example of taking some cues from the past, and bringing them back in a modern flavor. That hood and headlight shape is straight from the early 80's civic... http://honda-tech.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=71636&stc=1&d=1253530650
        FRENZIED
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sampson
        This is still in concept form though. Wait till it gets bastardized on its way to production. Then it gets its warranted hate.
      FierySolstice
      • 1 Year Ago
      For some reason I love this concept. It looks the Honda's of the past. Very simple and well done.
      Meltman
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the most exciting thing to come out of Honda in the last decade. Look - a car with personality! I hope they build it in two trims - one with an econobox option and one with some high revving VTEC that we're all craving. Honda, give us a Gear SI and don't name it with some three-letter gibberish.
      Son
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best Honda design ever!!!!! Put it in all your cars.
      CL9
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a CL9 and have been with Honda since I could drive 10 years ago. This will be mine if they build it!!!
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