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Honda confirms 2013 Civic updates, mum on specifics

Honda R&D Co. Styling Design Development Division Managing

Honda R&D Co. Styling Design Development Division Managing Director and General Manager Nobuki Ebisawa shows a model that represents what Honda says is the basic form for its designs, such as the Civic model at Honda R&D in Wako, north of Tokyo, Japan. (Aug. 6, 2009) Credit: AP

As we've expected for a few months, Honda will update its Civic for 2013, just one model year after redesigning the popular compact. It's a response to criticisms, including ours, over the car's lackluster handling and cheap interior, though we still recommend the Civic for its roomy cabin and comfortable seats.

The criticism fell on receptive ears. John Mendel, head of American Honda, acknowledged the missteps in the Civic's quality late last year. Honda says the Civic now has "interior and exterior refinements" for 2013.

What exactly are they? The automaker remains mum.

"This is the only info we are going to release," company spokesman Chuck Schifsky said in an email. "Our plan is to hold a media briefing regarding the changes to the Civic for the '13 model year close to the on-sale date late this fall."

The Civic's downfalls have done little to stop sales, which are up 23 percent through May with slight dealer incentives. Naturally, we'll detail what's changed once Honda releases more info.

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