Once, you could buy an Accord at the price you now buy a Civic

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Here is a screenshot saved of the price page of Honda Accord in September of 2006, where you can easily read the price of an Honda Accord which is just 2,399,000 which is just about the price you’ll be buying a 2013 Honda Civic VTi Oriel Prosmatec. In close to just about six years; power transition, falling rupee and incompetent automotive assemblers, all failed to show insight or competence/intelligence and have made Civic — Pakistan’s Bentley.

Honda’s Civic wasn’t built as a Bentley, it was built for the ordinary man and so it behaved like one always with a fuel friendly engine with enough power to overtake at a good pace, good aero-dynamics to make sure, we didn’t fall off the road and enough room for a family of four while today it is mostly seen as a chauffeur driven car for the corporate folks.

But unlike Corolla, Civic was a car with a touch of sportiness in it for the common man who couldn’t afford anything even close to a real sports car so Honda, chose wisely to give some power to the people and so the ‘VTEC Kicked in Yo’ memes were born as well.

Honda Civic had remain a long part of the Need For Speed series but with the eighth generation Civic arrival, it had disappeared from the one of the most popular automotive racing game altogether. We know the reason why it happened so, it became boring, fat, and offered no value for money.

The Wall Street Journal said the redesigned Civic was a “massive fail,” Consumer Reports called the car “insubstantial,” and Motor Trend said “the Civic already feels a bit dated.” We at Pakwheels concluded that its an overpriced attempt by Atlas Honda in Pakistan to make Civic a Bentley.

Honda themselves have spoken out as well, Speaking in Tokyo, Honda’s creative director Yoshinori Asahi told The Sydney Morning Herald that, “In the past few years the cars have been a bit boring.” Asahi said that Honda styling trends will undergo “a dramatic change” within the next two or three years.

Lets hope it become what it was truly famous for but for whats it worth right now which it isn’t at that price, stop making it look like its a damn Bentley!

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12 Comments
  1. Scheheryar Masood says

    To be honest, I really like this new Civic. It is over priced no doubt, but seriously, shape and interior is way better than previous models. Its in our nature as a Pakistani, we are too slow to adopt new looks/technology. Let this civic be the common one in the market and when you will see few with custom mods and after market parts, you will love it.

  2. Ather Ahmad Nasir says

    at the end of the day,it all comes down to changing our ownself in order to like something which is disliked globally….

  3. Abdussamad Khan says

    Its not just the devaluation of the currency, its also about obnoxious profit margins, pure greed, and the consumer who is proudly paying "own" on it. As long as we don't say NO to such corrupt practices which are taking place officially we can only keep crying about it!

  4. Osama Saif says

    At that time US dollar was at 60 PKR When we were buying accord in this price.Now dollar is 96. Since 60% parts of civic are imported and trade is always in US$ world wide that's why we are facing this high cost.If our GOVT manage to bring US$ again at 65 then this car will automatically will be again sell in price range of1.2-1.4 Million.

  5. Syed Asad Ali says

    Frankly speaking, civic is a car that makes a person show off. CIVIC will hit the market and it will b hottest car in the market, its expensive but you are buying a thing and I am 100% sure that your investment will not let u down. and u will be proud of your decedion that u byed civic.

  6. Javaid Iqbal says

    I just say this car good, as I am also using honda reborn oriel prosmatec since 2006 end, but I will say this is still not a dream car, as I expected it to be. the features are still even not comparable with even the bmw 3 series a decade before model, as I also have one and it have much more variety of options and a great deal of craftsmanship. but its good just to drive locally, and also durability and maintenance wise.

  7. Yaser Ahmad Ghani says

    Jamhooriat Khappay!!!

  8. Rehan A. Khan says

    Well its an mixture of few cars which is disappointing interior is good but I don't like the shape as they did with new City, Honda again did the same with new Civic which comes up with failure for both City and Civic.

  9. Asher Saeed says

    Once you could read pakwheels and find values in posts and articles. Now you open pakwheels to find articles such as this.

  10. Syed Umer J Saleem says

    Once you could also light a fire by rubbing two stones and dance around it with joy wearing banana leaves…..simply cuz Economics wasnt invented….currencies never existed…and Bentley was the name of a Donkey…Good old days right ?

  11. Mansoor Bashir says

    I bought a 2004 Land Cruiser Prado back in 2006 for 32 lacs. 17k km driven and completely reconditioned. I sold it in 2010 for 45k. Today it goes for over 75k. Car prices are over the roof these days.

  12. Asif Khan says

    At that time US dollar was at 60 PKR When we were buying accord in this price.Now dollar is 96. Since 60% parts of civic are imported and trade is always in US$ world wide that's why we are facing this high cost.If our GOVT manage to bring US$ again at 65 then this car will automatically will be again sell in price range of1.2-1.4 Million

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