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The Honda Gear concept study model has been revealed in a low-key unveiling at the Montreal motor show in Canada.

Inspired by a fixed-gear bicycle, the Japanese car maker says the Honda Gear concept represents a new way of looking at sub-compact city cars, and demonstrates its “innovative approach to providing the automotive answer for young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles”.

Although details remain scarce at this stage, Honda R&D Americas design director Dave Marek said the Gear concept was designed to meet the needs of the new generation of car buyers.

“Sub-compact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they’re fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer,” Marek said.

“Gear concept tears down those walls – it’s practical but fun, customisable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car.”

There’s no word from Honda at this stage about the Gear’s propulsion system, or whether it has any plans to put the concept into production.

The unveiling of the Honda Gear concept comes just days after the company took the wraps off Honda Urban SUV concept in Detroit. The Urban SUV previews a compact crossover based on the platform of the next-generation Jazz city car, with the production model set to launch in Japan later this year.

  • Dave W

    What’s wrong with Honda? Is there a design rule to make one side look good and another side ugly?

    The Civic looks good from the front but ugly at the back. This one looks good at the back but ugly at the front.

    • $29896495

      Love the smooth clean lines overall, not to many unnecessary creases, the rest of the car world could take a lesson from that body.

      • George

        I do like this concept very much too. It’s modern and clean and not too overdone.

    • Ly61

      i’m thinking the exact opposite. the front looks good and fresh to me, while the back being boring and conservative.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz

      I tend to agree. Love the wheels though.

  • Devil666

    Hipsters of Melbourne rejoice. What a stupid concept – based off the least practical bike ever conceived. Does that mean the car also can’t go up hills?

    • Igomi Watabi

      seriously, you just read the headline, didn’t you?

    • TheRealThomas

      That tells me that you need to ride more. I’ve riden hills on a fixie, it just means you have to harden the f*ck up.

  • O123

    Looks like its previewing the new jazz, compared to some of the recent disasters Honda has blessed us with this actually looks quite good.

    • LowRezFez

      I agree, this has presence and character.

      • Golfschwein

        Got a giggle out of your name and picture. 

        • LowRezFez

          Thanks for the comment

      • Igomi Watabi

        Agreed – best screen name ever

        • LowRezFez

          Thanks for the comment.

      • Golfmother

        Yep agreed , different but very cool .

    • Raymond Chuang

      I agree. Don’t be surprised when the 3rd generation Honda Fit/Jazz is unveiled (probably at the Tokyo Auto Show probably in the fall), much of the styling cues from the Honda Gear concept is found on the new model.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, has good clean lines and would sell well if priced properly

  • Clem


  • Golfschwein

    Looks racy with simple and original design elements, just like Hondas of old. 

    • $29896495

      Yes, Honda are finally showing some style. Sort of reminds me of the Zot and the original Civic. I think if they have the guts to put it into production with a normal reasonably powered engine they could move heaps of these.

    • Phunken

      Well said. I thought that as well when I saw the design, very well proportion not too OTT with the surface detailing, something the golden age of Honda do well… I thought this is the best looking Honda in ages with a well integrated front and rear.

  • aranciata-oz

    Something so awkward and radical, somehow resonates with a (disturbing) part of me …. I like it! :-) 

    Coming from a childhood and 20’s love of Honda’s and then Subeys, I much rather the forward chapter of Honda Awkward and Daring, than present reality of Subaru Abomination and Grotesque.

    • Phunken

      Tote agree well said. I’m an in closet fan of Honda but been embarrass by their bland offering. Bring back the old unfussy but well proportion design, for Subaru please I implore u to hire real designers if u can from Mazda or Kia for example…

  • davie

    Inspired by a fixie?

    – So the engine is directly connected to the driving wheels with no clutch or gears?
    – It has no brakes?
    – Driven by beanie wearing 20 somethings with bum-fluff beards?
    – It produces excessive clouds of smug?

    • Darryl

      They once made a Civic inspired by a flounder

    • Phunken

      Not knowing much about the engineering side of this car but remember that Honda makes excellent motor bikes for a long time so I trust this is better idea than inspired by Twitter or iPod.

    • Rikstah

      Its not bad, Holden and Ford have been making cars inspired by the dinosaurs for decades now. 

  • Vti07

    10G 2 door Civic hatch concept in disguise?

  • Crummydore

    Yes Honda, yes!

    Ignoring all the targeting Gen Y spin (everyones in their 20’s at some stage and every manufacturer will have a car to suit)….. this is a great original design that will completely separate Honda from the pack. Its excellent, I really hope it does morph into the Jazz.

    In fact its almost a bit retro in being a truly modern interpretation of say a 1974 civic (example A.) front end at least… it may be stretch for some but go with me.

    Love it.

  • Rkiernan44

    All it needs is a lower air intake grille on the lower part of the front bumper and this could work well. Beige design I think not

  • Poison_Eagle

    Good proportions, looks like it would be a little screamer. 

  • Realist

    This is one of the best looking concepts out of Honda in years a great combination of old and new and the best stance of any mini I’ve ever seen. Lets hope they don’t water it down to much on the way to production!

  • theillestlife

    quad cube exhaust remind me of zonda. go honda!

  • james

    excellent looking car. i love the deep offset rims. would look sexy as hell with a set of watanbe rims, a few JDM mods and some minor engine tweaks for a fun light, city drive and weekend twisty road fun. this car looks spot on. I can’t see why Honda wouldn’t make this except for the fact that it may be too good, and overshadow the rest of it’s current range. This needs a zippy engine and it will be a perfect 10.

    • Taylor

      I agree 100%  Honda make this car, as an option put the new Diesel 1.6-litre i-DTEC, a small light engine with 88kw and 300nm and then take my money :-) 

      • james

         300nm in something that small!!?? if they can manage that i’m sold.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    I like it…for a city car.