Even in the sixth year of its life, the old 2011 Honda Civic frequently topped the chart in retail sales--meaning individual buyers--in the compact car segment.

Now, there's a new 2012 Honda Civic lineup, launched to the world at the New York Auto Show two weeks ago.

The version with the highest gas mileage is the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, which Honda projects will achieve 44 mpg for all three EPA ratings: city, highway, and combined.

There's the standard gasoline model, along with a special Civic HF high-efficiency model that Honda expects will represent about 2 percent of total sales.

The Civic HF model uses some of the aerodynamic tricks from the Civic Hybrid model to raise its projected ratings to 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, getting it over the magic 40-mpg highway mark.

The 2012 Honda Civic Si is the performance model, with a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter high-performance four-cylinder engine. The example at the auto show was painted bright red, as befits the hot rod in the Honda line.

Finally, there's the Honda Civic Natural Gas (formerly known as the Civic GX), which will roll into selected dealers several months later than the rest of line--which is now already at Honda dealers.

Although the new cars are built in North America, deliveries will be significantly slowed by parts shortages stemming from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.

In the video below, we run down the entire lineup in 3 minutes. Take a look:


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