• Jan 18, 2013
Our friends at Autoblog Canada have just come away with a closer look at Honda's surprise Gear Concept at the Montreal Auto Show. The little three-door hatchback is arguably the automaker's first real shot at the North American city car market (the Gear is much smaller than the Fit) and may be an indication that Honda is getting serious about going after Scion on this side of the world after the CR-Z hybrid failed to deliver. Honda says the Gear Concept takes its inspiration from the fixed-gear bicycle scene, and should allow buyers an unprecedented level of customization. Designers also wanted to show that a car can be both fun and practical.

We're all for a compact stylish three door with functional room inside, but given Honda's propensity for draining the personality from its concepts on the way to production (at least the ones that don't look showroom ready), we don't hold much hope for the Gear. You can check out the full press release below for more information.
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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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      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really do hope Honda grows a pair and builds it very close to this concept. Its modern, its very Honda, and the design just works very nicely. I would take this over a 500 every day of the week, time and time again! Don't make it a hybrid-only model, and don't give it a CVT. Make the interior equally stylish yet simple and it would be a smash hit. The older gen Civic fanbases would go bat S*** crazy over this. I can already imagine never used roof racks and Rota wheels on this thing (facepalm).
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foxtrot685
        You mean knock-off Rota's right?
        Phontsolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foxtrot685
        Why the face palm? Some of those kids make their Honda's look much better than stock. Don't mix the one's that do a great job with the one's that don't.
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, these new pictures just make me want this thing more. Honda, that is awesome and needs to go into production. I seriously love that thing. Make a performance version at 2300 lbs or less with at least 180hp, keep it around $20k, and you will have a customer. Make this the CRX revival that the CRZ should have been.
      AntBee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda, please, I am begging you, please please build this car. Just like this.
        Santiago De Lara
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AntBee
        +1 to that. It's an awesome looking car and I think the description on the press release it's just addecuate. Just like this.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AntBee
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      scion_tc
      • 1 Year Ago
      must have one
      Shotgunner
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the front end (particularly the hood creases at the headlights) and the low belt line, but I'm not feeling the rear fascia yet. I can appreciate catering to the tuner crowd, but not by using a full-width clear lens taillight.
      subierider
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally, an interesting and different design from Honda!
      stergis3
      • 1 Year Ago
      This design came from the southern cal studio, the same one that is supposed to design next Civic series. Good work lads. Now fix the civic.
      Dub
      • 1 Year Ago
      make it into production!!!!
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice unique design, big windows, nothing tacked on.....I like it! Make it crappen, Honda.
      slicecom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Build it!
      DRAGON
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not bad!
      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      A modern take on the Z600/first gen Civic. I like it. Honda should adopt this front to all there cars.
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