Honda GEAR Concept Promises New Era of Simple, Customizable Sub-Compacts

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

Falling in the shadow of Detroit, the Montreal Auto Show isn’t one for world premieres, except this year where Honda has unveiled its new GEAR Concept, showcasing what may be the next generation of sub-compacts from the Japanese automaker.

With only two doors and looking like a modernized version of the 4th generation Civic hatch, the GEAR Concept looks to be a bit smaller than the Honda Fit, the brand’s current sub-compact offering. What isn’t clear is if this is if the GEAR is pointing towards a new car below the Fit, or the styling of the next-generation Fit.

Honda is promising this simple and utilitarian design to be customizable and connected, and believes this philosophy would be ideal for targeting Generation-Y.

“Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they’re fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer,” said Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda. “GEAR Concept tears down those walls – it’s practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car.”

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The GEAR Concept is another small vehicle concept shown by the Japanese automaker, with the Fit-based Urban SUV Concept being revealed just a few days ago at the Detroit Auto Show.

GALLERY: Honda GEAR Concept


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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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  • Boomstick1110 Boomstick1110 on Jan 17, 2013

    The looks arent bad...front end could use work. I have always been a hatchback fan. I hope honda pulls out all the stops for this. Maybe a Si version with a new K motor or a turbo charged R series. I can dream.

  • Stephen Marcus Colmar Stephen Marcus Colmar on Jan 17, 2013

    While the Honda GEAR has of course very exaggerated styling cues, the general shape is very likely a preview of the next generation Honda Fit/Jazz hatchback, which will be probably be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show this coming fall.