Honda Civic gets its emergency facelift after successful launch

Ignoring critics can be good for business. When the present Honda Civic debuted in 2010, many car reviewers -- this one included -- derided it as a step back, lacking in driving character or interior goods that had once defined Honda.

Ignoring critics can be good for business. When the present Honda Civic debuted in 2010, many car reviewers -- this one included -- derided it as a step back, lacking in driving character or interior goods that had once defined Honda. The buying public took heed and acted -- by restoring the Civic as the most popular compact car in America. Despite that success, Honda's admitting it made a mistake and rushing this revamp of the Civic to dealers later this month.

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Honda says the facelifted Civic, coming to this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, includes a yet-to-be-specified list of chassis and interior improvements. The front of the Civic gets a deeper, more dramatic face than the current version, while the rear gets the flowing, wrap-around taillamp treatment common among Japanese sedans of all flavors. While it's hard to make firm judgments from two press shots, the revamped Civic does look more substantial -- and there's nothing at first glance that would make Honda worry all those Civic shoppers will consider something else.

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