Like many other automakers, Honda has upped its focus on the Chinese car market, and now the company has created a China-centric show car called the Concept C. The Concept C previews a new sedan that will be built and sold in China next year, and debuted at the 2012 Beijing auto show alongside the Concept S people-mover.
C is for. . .
Honda hasn’t revealed much about the Concept C besides that it is sized somewhere between a compact and a mid-size, but the company did shed some light on the car’s name. The “C” apparently stands for cool, challenge, and, of course, China. Honda says the Concept C’s design was inspired by the image of a dragon. Of course it was.
To us, the Concept C looks less like a dragon and a lot more like an Acura. The C’s design incorporates a lot of Acura-esque details and touches, from the swoopy rear fender bulge like that on the new ILX compact sedan to the shield grille. The car’s lower intakes look similar to those on the NSX concept, and the rear end appears to be an evolution of the current TL’s V-shaped butt. In fact, to our eyes, the Concept C wouldn’t look out of place if it had an Acura badge slapped on it.
But it won’t be an Acura. The production car previewed by the Concept C will be built in China, for China, by Guangqi Honda, and will be sized somewhere between the ILX and the current TSX. There’s also the fact that Acura told us that it had nothing to do with the Concept C. The Honda concept was conceived in Japan and China, whereas Acuras are styled in California. That said, design languages likely bounce through the halls of the company’s global facilities, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the a future Acura bears some aesthetic resemblance to the Concept C.
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