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The Honda Civic is a line of small cars manufactured by Honda.

Originally a subcompact, the


Civic has gone through several generational changes, becoming both larger and
more upmarket and moving into the compact car segment. EPA guidelines for vehicle size
class stipulate a car having combined passenger and cargo room of 110 to 119.9 cubic feet (3,110
to 3,400 L) is considered a mid-size car, and as such the tenth generation Civic sedan is
technically a small-end mid-size car, although it still competes in the compact class.[1] The Civic
coupe is still considered a compact car. The Civic currently falls between the Honda
Fitand Honda Accord.
The first Civic was introduced in July 1972 as a two-door model,[2] followed by a three-door
hatchback that September. With an 1169 cc transverse engine and front-wheel drive like the
British Mini, the car provided good interior space despite overall small dimensions.[3] Initially
gaining a reputation for being fuel-efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly, later
iterations have become known for performance and sportiness, especially the Civic Type R,
Civic VTi, Civic GTi and Civic SiR/Si.[4][5]
The Civic has been repeatedly rebadged for international markets, and served as the basis for
the Honda CR-X, the Honda CR-X del Sol, the Honda Concerto, the first generation Honda
Prelude, the Honda Civic Shuttle (later to become the Honda Orthia), and the Honda CR-V.
In Japan, as customers increasingly shifted to minivans and compact cars like Honda Fit,
production of non-hybrid Civic ended in August 2010 when it no longer complied with Japanese
Government dimension regulations in the width category. However, production of Civic and
Civic hybrid for export markets continued.[6]