how much smaller?!?! if i wanted smaller, i would buy a Fit..... :-(
hopefully, they don't mess up the civic too bad(like the 08+ Accord)... this gen Civic was very successful.
Not exactly. The next Civic was all finished and getting ready for production in 2010. Ito put a complete halt to those plans and is making them perform a complete redesign on the Civic. He is having them go back and redo many of their future plans.I think everyone is getting this confused. The article states that the next Civic will be "smaller than originally designed" meaning the 9th generation was initially designed to be larger (common; every gen has been larger than the one it was replacing).
A few paragraphs after it goes on to say the next generation Civic was planned to be larger than the current models.
In other words, the Civic will probably not change in size much more than what is is now.
And "sharing the same architecture" doesn't imply that they will start manufacturing Elements on Civic framing .. it just means that they share similar structural design traits.
you still see them one the road.What???? Honda had a SIX speed MT in a 4wd Civic with a low speed pulling gear?!?!?!? Where is that transmission today????
Larry, are you sure?As for the Civic platform being shared by the CRV and Element, it doesn't mean similar structural design traits as you stated. It means the vehicles all share the platform, engine, transmission, drivetrain, etc. It's a cost savings measure, plus in the US they are all built in the same factory which also saves money.
This is definitely big news... I hope Honda maintains it's safety record and doesn't sacrifice crash ratings for fuel efficiency... they have to find the right median.
I also think that if Honda is reviewing it's current platform and lineup with the top priority being gas mileage, the Element may be in serious risk of being discontinued.