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Honda Debuts ‘Street Fighter’ Civic Concept Car

Honda debuts a sporty Civic concept car here, and the impending production vehicle will look a lot like it, says John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda’s auto division.

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“It will be very close,” he tells journalists on the sidelines of the unveiling of a bright-green concept coupe at the New York International Auto Show. “We don’t do concept cars that are too far from production.”

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Honda played it safe with earlier Civic designs. This time is different for a compact car that began 43 years ago as a basic form of transportation.

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“There’s a lot of talk of competitiveness in the market, and everybody’s upping the ante,” Mendel says. “We can up the ante, too. We know a lot about cars. Taking this step will keep us ahead.”

The low and wide concept car features a shorter overhang and rear deck, longer hood, pronounced fender arches and pulled-back A-pillars.

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