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Honda’s new CEO Takanobu Ito said that the Japanese automaker is reviewing its entire lineup and is looking to build less costly and more fuel-efficient vehicles. That will mean making some major changes to some next-generations vehicles that are already well along in the development process.

One such vehicle undergoing changes is the next-generation Honda Civic.

“We are taking more time to rethink the new Civic and all our models,” Ito told Automotive News. “We had to revisit our development work and planning to comply with the change in the environment.”

Top-level executives have told Civic designers and engineers to make the cars smaller, lighter and more fuel-efficient than originally planned. Originally the next-generation Civic had been planned to be larger than the current model; however, it will now have a smaller exterior.

Overall, Honda will create a sense of roominess on the inside without increasing the size of the Civic.

 

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Next Generation Honda Civic to go Smaller/Ligther
10/27/2009, 9:47 AM
By Drew Johnson
It’s long been the tradition in the automotive world that each new iteration of a car grows larger than the last, but Honda is planning to reverse that trend with the next-generation Civic. Honda will make the new Civic smaller and lighter than the current car.

Honda’s original plan was to make the next Civic a larger and more spacious car, but Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has ordered a thorough reworking of the car already on the drawing board. “We are taking more time to rethink the new Civic and all our models,” Ito told Automotive News. “We had to revisit our development work and planning to comply with the change in the environment.”

With Ito’s new guidelines in place, Honda engineers and designers are now working on a smaller and more lightweight version of the Civic replacement. The car’s physical size will be smaller than the current Civic, but should offer just as much interior volume. The smaller size will also cut weight, resulting in increased efficiency.

However, the changes to the next Civic have some serious implications on Honda’s future rollout schedule. The new Civic was expected to bow sometime next year, but that deadline has undoubtedly been delayed. “The team is struggling. We are injecting more manpower to meet our target,” Ito said of the Civic program.

As a number of other global Honda products are based on the Civic, so expect similar delays in other new model launches.
 
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