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Honda reveals meaner-looking 2013 Civic

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Honda today revealed the first look at the much-anticipated – and redesigned – 2013 Honda Civic Sedan, in advance of its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 29.

Honda says the 2013 Civic will feature “refined styling” that includes safety, comfort, chassis and interior enhancements. The best-selling passenger car is set to go on sale at dealerships across Canada on Dec. 10.

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Honda’s hasty upgrade comes after its last revision, the 2012 ninth-generation Civic, was met with tepid response from car buyers and media. The main complaints centred on a noticeably cheaper-looking interior and bland exterior upgrades.

In response, Honda has upped the aggressive factor in the styling department. The redesigned Civic features a meaner, sportier exterior, which includes a new open-mouth lower bumper on the front end with horizontal chrome accent and a sportier, black honeycomb mesh grille, anchored by new integrated fog lights on upper trims.

The grille is flanked by new clear-lens corner lights to provide a more premium look. The 2013 Civic’s more sculpted front end flows into a new, more deeply faceted hood, complemented by a collection of sharp new wheel designs.

In the back, the car’s new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid are capped by a horizontal chrome trim piece. The all-new design of the taillights now carries into the trunk face, providing a more finished and upscale look. The rear bumper features integrated reflector treatments and a new lower diffuser panel finished with a honeycomb mesh vent.

“We believe that combining a host of exterior refinements with additional feature content and infusing the 2013 Honda Civic with a more youthful and premium style, we have made the best-selling passenger vehicle in Canada that much better,” said Dave Jamieson, assistant vice-president, Honda Canada Inc.

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