New Honda Civic 2012

Honda is overdue for a redesign of its ever-popular Civic, and the Civic concept cars unveiled in Detroit this year give us a good idea of what direction Honda is taking, and that seems to be pretty much the same as for the last generation. But what what I really want to know is if this new Civic will be greener than the one that it will replace. Read on for more details and photos.

While it's too early for the technical specifications and EPA MPG ratings, Honda says that the new Civic will be more fuel-efficient (which is a bare minimum these days) and get at least 40 MPG on the highway.

The hybrid version will still be stuck with the IMA "assist" drivetrain, but the batteries are being upgraded:
The upcoming Civic Hybrid offers the latest generation of the compact and lightweight Integrated Motor

Assist� (IMA�) gasoline-electric hybrid system and features the first application of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid.

Honda has also said that it is "expanding retail sales of the natural gas-powered Civic GX model, which is the only OEM-built, dedicated CNG passenger car assembled in America" from 4 states to nation-wide.


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