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New prototype of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic shows that it's going mainstream

Honda says that this is a prototype of the 2022 Civic, but it's actually pretty close to the real deal.

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It's nearly time for the 2022 Honda Civic to shine in the spotlight. Until then, a prototype of the model will have to do. The 11th-generation Civic is expected to be officially be revealed very soon.

Honda is promising the 11th-gen lineup will include the Civic Sedan, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si, and Civic: Type R. The Honda Civic Coupe will be gone after the 2020 model year. The Civic hatchback has accounted for 24 percent of Civic sales 2016. During the same period Civic Coupe sales fell from 16 percent of the market to just six percent.

Honda says that the new Civic will be built with a "sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, multiple new Civic-first features and technologies, and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance."

2022 Honda Civic Prototype

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With that, the Civic returns to a more mainstream look, away from the sharp angles of the body and crab-like rear of the current generation. Honda says that their designers returned to the human-centered "'Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum' philosophy, where the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers. The styling manifests these timeless design concepts in a fresh and exhilarating new way."

The team started with the fundamentals including a dynamic shape and sporty stance then moved on to make sure that the car appears "thin and light" while still allowing expansive greenhouse. This means that the roof pillars were moved forward relative to the driver and the side mirrors were relocated.

The 11th-generation Civic's face is more sophisticated, and much more similar to the Accord than its predecessor. There's an elongated hood, upright grille, and wider track, which is complemented by new taillights that emphasize the width of the small car.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic will have a more spacious interior than the outgoing model.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Just as its outside did, the interior of the Civic is due for a makeover. It too has design lines the emphasize the width of the cabin. The instrument panel is said to be clutter-free while the same goes for the dashboard. In front of the drive rig a new meter cluster and a 9.0-inch high-definition infotainment touch screen is mounted at the center of the dashboard.

Honda designs every model with safety in mind and the Civic is no exception. It will include multiple new active and passive safety systems, including an upgraded suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, and multiple new airbag designs. The car's body structure has been updated for added collision protection for both occupants and pedestrians.

The Civic Sedan and Hatchback will be built in North America.

Honda has said that the 2022 Civic Sedan will go on sale in the spring.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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The Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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