The Honda Civic used to be a small three door hatch with restrained styling and a reputation for being just a bit better than many of its rivals.

This kind of thing:

The only Civic I’ve ever driven was one of these.

Then Honda realised that back doors were the way forward so they came up with this dull but sensible model:


Next they decided that dull wasn’t the thing to do after all so they tried more adventurous styling complete with Alfa 156 type rear doors:


The other day I saw the latest model on the road. It’s become yuuuge compared to its predecessors and had a severe thrashing from the ugly stick with sticky-out bits and overwrought details everywhere


Why Honda think this is going to improve their fortunes on my side of the Atlantic I don’t know.