City will skip a generation now. Since the face-lift of city, it has been doing quite well. So atlas doesn't need to invest heavily in new city and thus they are making huge profits from 8 year old model and they will use that cash to launch new civic earlier.
Civic will come early because for the first time civic has faced this level of competition from 1.8 corolla. Previously many people preferred civic due to its sophistication and futuristic looks but this time tables have turned, consumers are going after Grande and civic is catching dust in the showrooms. If this trend continues till 2017 Atlas will be wrapping up civic and only sell city, so to save themselves they will launch civic this year.
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