Honda, Honda, Honda. The 2016 Honda Civic has only started to appear on the streets of my ‘hood. Goodness.
This is not that, if that is a clean-surfaced, reserved and neat hatchback. This is a vehicle inspired by science-fiction films and military chic. And maybe Lamborghini.
If you were weaned on received wisdom, as I was, Alfa Romeo was making a come back any minute now and Honda had pensioners propping up the customer base. As of 2005´s model, the eighth generation, Honda showed they did not want coffin dodgers in their showrooms. I liked that car – it did mad with a bit of restraint and had a Citroen-loony interior. Thereafter Honda has kept on pouring more and more Red Bull and LSD in the designers’ cappucinos so that they would
seemingly get more and more inspired, shall we say.
The slide show shows how a small inflection on that window line suggests “saloon”, conspiring with the residual stub aft of the screen to create a hint of a boot. And the front windscreen and bonnet angle is also less raked than before. A lot more so.
The only reason I have seen a Honda Civic like this is that there is a fellow who lives in the district who works at the Honda dealer. He drives home in these promo cars. I only see these. I think that it shows that Jutlanders are not taking to this vehicle just yet. On the other hand 308s, Astras and i30s are going down like chocolate éclairs at a Sunday afternoon coffee club.
The overall feeling one gets from the car is aggression, chunkiness and deliberate butchness. It´s too butch in a way and that means it might not be butch at all.
Evidently Honda is now designing as if inspired by 14 year-olds’ ideas of a hot car. There are non-functional mesh-effect apertures on the rear bumper, non-functional or mock panel gap grooves on the bonnet, faux-mesh on the front bumper air intakes, and the car now has a faux-coupe or saloony look to it. I can’t imagine what the next one will look like.
[Second slide show source: planethonda.com]