That said, Honda is not a manufacturer that does things half-heartedly, and the Japanese manufacturer has generally been able to maintain the popularity of the Civic, year after year, by making sure to keep the features that made it popular to begin with.

At the last International Auto Show in New York, Honda caused a surprise by unveiling a spectacular concept car that announces the visual direction of the next 2016 Honda Civic. Covered with a breathtaking neon green paint, the car unveiled in New York certainly drew huge crowds.

The Honda Civic Concept is very aggressive visually. It displays a long hood and a short rear end, both of which give a sense of speed to the car, even when it is not moving. Moreover, the car is lower while being wider, a change that creates a more aggressive overall style. Finally, the wheelbase has been increased to help provide more cabin room for the passengers of the 2016 Honda Civic. In summary, the new Civic is both more beautiful and inviting, two characteristics that should enable it to maintain its position at the top of the competitive compact sedan segment.

“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 here in our renowned Alliston, Ontario facility.”

Honda also confirmed the return of a hatchback variant which will be available on the next generation of the Honda Civic. The latter may offer a Type-R version that will be among the most powerful Civic models ever offered to consumers. The hatchback version withdrew from the market more than 10 years ago. It will be back alongside the sedan, coupe and Si versions to be offered to consumers when the 10th generation of the Civic will enter our market.

The Civic range will also host a new engine with a four-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo being available on the 2016 Civic. Featuring Earth Dreams technology and a new continuously variable gearbox option, it should enable the Civic to offer even more impressive fuel economy.

One should also expect a host of new active safety systems included in the Honda Sensing group. An adaptive cruise control system, lane deviation monitoring system, LaneWatch technology and multi-angle rearview camera are expected, among other features.

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic will begin later this year, in the fall specifically.