Honda May Bring Civic Hatchback to U.S. – Car Pro News

Honda is considering bringing a five-door hatchback version of the Civic compact to the U.S., a top executive told journalists.
The next generation is expected around 2016. It will have multiple body styles – a 5-door hatchback is under consideration for North America – as well as many different powertrains. Hyundai brought a five-door version of its popular Elantra to the U.S. this year.
Civic will be built in 14 different plants and sold in 160 countries although 55% of global sales currently are in Canada and the U.S., says Erik Berkman, president of Honda R&D Americas.
The next generation of the Honda Civic sedan and coupe for sale in the U.S. will be developed in North America, Berkman says. The decision was made by global top management last month, Berkman said at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.
“We will continue to refine the current model this fall,” Berkman said. “They are fairly substantial styling changes.”


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