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Feeling heat from competition, Honda to revamp its Civic compact car ahead of schedule

12/20/2011 12:40 EST | Updated 02/19/2012 05:12 EST
ROMULUS, Mich. - Honda is revamping its Civic ahead of schedule because of intense competition for small-car buyers in the U.S.

The company is telling dealers it will have a revamped model by the end of next year, even though the 2012 Civic just hit showrooms over the summer.

The move is unprecedented for any carmaker because new models aren't usually revamped for at least three years.

Honda executives confirm that they are redoing the compact car early, but say they're just trying to stay ahead of the competition.

But analysts say Honda is redoing the car because it was a step backward from the old one.