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NEW YORK – Honda surprised the New York Auto Show on opening day (April 1) with the Civic Concept.

Honda described as the harbinger of the launch its completely reimagined tenth-generation Civic models starting in the fall.

The Civic is Canada’s most popular passenger car with Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) currently serving as global lead for the sedan and coupe Civic production.

The 2016 Civic Sedan will be produced in Alliston and Greensburg, Indiana. The Civic Coupe and Si models will also be manufactured in Alliston.

Honda said the new Civic would offer more performance along with enhanced versatility in a lineup that will include the Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si models. It will also see the return of the Civic hatchback. Lastly there will be a new Civic Type-R as the performance flagship of Civic.

“The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of operations, Honda Canada Inc.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be the global manufacturing lead for this epic vehicle, and they’ll be built by Canadians right in here in our renowned Alliston, Ontario facility.”

The Civic Concept has a longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance, made possible by a longer hood, a shorter front overhang and a shorter rear deck, lending the Civic Coupe a more athletic and “in motion” appearance.

Along with more pronounced fenders, the concept is fitted with new LED headlights flanking the “Flying H” Honda grille which is supported by deeply sculpted lower air intakes.