WASHINGTON, D.C. – Although the outgoing Honda Civic appears similar to the all-new ’12 model, on sale now in the U.S., the differences are considerable. “We want our customers to feel proud to own this ninth-generation Civic,” chief engineer Mitsuru Horikoshi says at a recent ’12 Civic media event here. With the Civic sedan, best-seller of all Civic variants, Honda engineers worked under a “man maximum, machine minimum” directive. Its interior, from the dash to the back of the rear ...

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