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18 April 2013

Could Honda's Concept C and Concept S be the next Civic and Jazz?

Words by Ferman Lao | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
 
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While the rest of the world still moon over cars that debuted at the Bangkok and Manila International Auto Show, two cars caught our eye which could indicate that Honda thinks the future lies in China. The Honda Concept C and Concept S were unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Yes, we're bringing this news to you a year late because back then, we didn't think much of the two concepts. It's only now that we realize that these could be the next generation Civic and Jazz.
 
According to Honda, the Concept C stands for “cool”, “challenge”, and would you believe, “China.” Product planning for the Concept C was led by associates from Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Ltd, while development was done through a cooperative venture by development teams in China and Japan. Is Honda banking on China to spark new life into its increasingly stoic models?
 
To us Honda fans here at Kotse.com, the proportions of the Concept C look like it could be the basis for the next Honda Civic; given that with each and every iteration, the once-subcompact sedan keeps getting bigger. Certainly, past and future Honda fans will agree that the Civic could use a more positively emotional and sporty direction, but is the dragon inspired look of the Concept C a step in the right direction? Or would it be something more appropriate for the more stately Accord? What do you think?
 
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Meanwhile, the Concept S is why we think Japan is banking on China to spur renewed growth in its automotive industry. “Stylish”, “Smart”, and “Surprise” are the key words for the Concept S, where adaptation of a hybrid powertrain is meant to achieve the “fun in driving” formula that Honda was known for while providing impressively low environmental impact.
 
The Concept S is a global concept model of a people mover but is aimed primarily for the Chinese market. It will first go on sale in China before the rest of the world gets their hands on it. Honda claims that “a spacious cabin was realized by Honda's packaging technologies” - a distinctive strength of Honda as demonstrated in the current Honda Fit or Jazz which should be due for replacement next year.
 
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With the target release date for both concepts scheduled in 2013, can you blame us if we think that these could be the next Honda Civic and Jazz? They both certainly sound and look the part.