The Honda Civic is one of Honda’s most popular cars and one of its more affordable for those looking for a nice and tidy ride. It also gives plenty of lifestyle options with the availability of the sportier Si and the environmentally smart hybrid. However, the current body style is getting a little long in the tooth from a product cycle and we were expecting the newest design on the Civic to come rolling out of Honda’s design studios any minute. However, the word on the street is that we will have to wait until 2011 for the redesign.

Instrument Cluster - 2010 Honda Civic Sedan 4-door Auto EX-L w/Navi

Instrument Cluster - 2010 Honda Civic Sedan 4-door Auto EX-L w/Navi

According to AutoWeek, the automaker is going to delay the debut of the Civic until 2010, but they have declined to give a specific day or month for the release. The cause of the change, according to Honda, is due to shifting market conditions and government regulations. No word on which governments we are really talking about here (EU or U.S. or other), but it is probably safe to bet that the continued push by the U.S. government to have cars be more efficient is going to play a role. The other tidbit of news coming out with the delay is that the expected size of the car is expected to change from what speculators originally thought was going to happen. In this case, instead of getting larger with the redesign, sources tell Autoblog that the car will be closer to its current size.

Bottom line—the current Civic, especially in Si trim, is a great car and we are looking forward to what Honda is going to do with it in the future. So if you are in the market for a new Civic and want one right away—redesign or not—then checkout our full review on the 2010 Honda Civic here.