Honda just released the 2012 Civic to less than critical acclaim. This article was interesting to me, in particular, Mr. Ito's comments about how the 2012 Civic was designed:
Looks like Honda made an error in judgement and will hasten a fix. WOT @ Motor Trend
Ito reportedly explained that the 2012 Civic was under development during the American financial crisis, which led Honda executives to believe Americans would accept lower-quality cars, so long as they were fuel-efficient and affordable. That plan appears to have backfired, as competitors launched a range of cars with expanded feature lists and improved quality — notably the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra.