When we think of Honda cars, the first thing that probably comes to mind is VTEC (Electronic Variable Valve Timing and Elevation Control), a technology that fundamentally changed engine design.
However, years before VTEC was founded, the Japanese company introduced other innovative designs that transformed the auto industry. One of the most important and often overlooked keys is the Universal Key.
In the early 1970s, all cars required two keys: one for the ignition and another for the doors, trunk and gas cap. Honda changed that by introducing a unique key that could be used to open everything and start the car. In addition, it was bidirectional, which made it easier to insert, especially at night.
This revolutionary design became a source of inspiration for the entire industry which adopted it as a standard in the following years.
Another inspiring idea that ultimately resulted in many car manufacturers was the company “Maximum men / minimum machine“philosophy. This approach increased cabin space in the first compact Honda models by reducing the space required for mechanical components.
Along with the technical progress of the last decades, the interior design of our vehicles has evolved considerably. We now have countless advanced features accessible with the push or tap of a button, but in some cases their layout can be inconvenient.
To make it as easy as possible for drivers and passengers of their future vehicles, the manufacturer has unveiled a new design philosophy called “Simplicity” and “something”, inspired by the human-centered approach made famous by classic models.
In a video posted to the company’s website, Johnathan Norman, Honda’s creative head of interior design in the United States, explains that “simplicity“The concept will be the focus of the next generation of Honda interiors, while the” and Something“point of view will define the unique personality and appeal of each model.
This new design language is expected to debut on the eleventh generation Honda Civic. The first official image of its exterior was revealed recently, and in the aforementioned video we get a glimpse of what is likely the 2022 Civic’s refurbished cabin.
As we can see in the revealed sketch, every element has been thinned out to give an air of space without compromising the elegance of it all. The steering wheel feels thinner than that of the previous model, while the traditional shifter has not been replaced by the push-button transmission controls found on some other models. Additionally, an infotainment screen sits atop the dashboard, but it’s placed in a seemingly ideal position that doesn’t obstruct the driver’s field of vision. It will come with a single physical volume button, something the current model lacks.
Under the screen, the designers installed a thin honeycomb element that runs through the dashboard, replacing the conventional vents.
Overall, the interior of the future Civic is a huge improvement that perfectly reflects the new design philosophy. We look forward to more details and official images of what Honda calls the most fun to drive and technologically advanced sedan in model history.