Why does the 2008 Honda Civic in the USA look different than other Honda civics 2008 outside usa (EU,MIDDLE EAST)

Asked by Feb 10, 2017 at 12:25 AM about the 2008 Honda Civic

Question type: General

From the Rear view , the taillights or the lights at the back just looks totally
different,even though its the same make and same year.

19 Answers


I don't know why but cars shipped out of the USA are different in many aspects.

@rowefast so is it usual that US cars look different than the rest of the world.


Yea kinda noticed that, just thought it was the other way around.


Safety regulations are one reason. Other countries get cheap cars that have a lot of features deleted. American's have more money and are pickier.

@F_O_R actually i think the Non- american one looks better,if you guys are confused which is which the NON US is the one with the licence plater colored black and written on it 'civic'


The EU cars are better in every way better gas mileage, more power, more options, look better the US cars are have the gas guzzler computers designed to make the oil companies richer attached to them. Its not to make them safer that is just what we are told, any of you around for the last 50 years ever thought about why cars started getting less gas mileage back in the late 1980's when those ECM, PCM, Moduale , computers ect. came along. And why you use to could bring a car from overseas here and get it titled and tagged for our roads and now you can't unless its modified to include the computer designed for our roads or its a off-road car and will never be allowed to be tagged until its so many years old. The dope heads in the big house have gotten rich off the lobby money from the oil companies in the past maybe now it will stop.


I am just explaining the difference. Goobermint regs make everything worse. There are a lot of great cars we can't buy here because of some pinhead in Washington.


I understand all I'am saying too. The state I live in just now made it possible to tag a car that is older than 1979 without the title with bill of sale only, before that it was 1974, but the regulation was for pre titled cars originally and then classic cars are to be added which we thought was 25 years or older but the years did not bump up to the next years as we all were told (by Gooberment) it was going to, those of us around back then ask every years since we saved a classic from the junk yard and built the up or restored them in glee waiting to get tagged the next year, which never came. Because the AL gooberment a year ago just made its first move of that 1974 rule to 1979 which is 35 years old not 25 like they said when they made that rule to begin with by now most have been sold, gave away, raced, junked or rusted out and gone. Our time and money wasted.

But what does performance differences have to do with some lights at the back,its just visual,why couldnt they just put the International civic headlights.


Here is what led to the regulations even starting here in the USA, which gave rise to the american Companies to lobby too for what they wanted added to these and all the other regulations that came on the scene after 1988, it opened the door for the big lobby giants to have their way. The auto car company that started it all was not even USA made and they had higher standards of their own and knew others sells would be hurt if they had to comply with new regulations all because they wanted to dominate the US import market. The latter is a quote from Jalopnix.com::: Led by Mercedes-Benz in 1988, these automakers spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress to pass the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act. This led us down the path of the restrictive anti-import laws we have today, including the ban on cars made in the last 25 years.


Thank you Mercedes-Benz for all your help. NOT!!!


From wikipedia: "Mercedes-Benz of North America and their dealers. The corporation launched a successful million-dollar congressional lobbying effort to stop private importation of vehicles not officially intended for the U.S. market.[22] An organisation called AICA (Automotive Importers Compliance Association) was formed by importers in California, Florida, New York, Texas, and elsewhere to counter some of these actions by Mercedes lobbyists, but the Motor Vehicle Safety Compliance Act was passed in 1988, effectively ending private import of grey-market vehicles to the United States.[16] No evidence was presented that grey-import vehicles' safety performance differed significantly from that of US models, and there have been allegations of improper lobbying, but the issue has never been raised in court.

Guys no one is answering why the headlights look different , the last 4 answers have nothing to do with what I'm looking for.


Then you do not understand regulation here in the USA, maybe your not citizen here or a new one which means you should take some classes to understand how this country works. Because at this moment your blind to the truth right in front of you. Regulations are the reason why headlights look different along with how those auto makers make decisions on their own accord in-order to pass those regulations to even sell here in the first place, which cost them more money to do so and they have to cut cost elsewhere if they want to make any money. They are not going to loose money to bring something here our country does not allow them too because Gooberment wants to give our car makers the upper hand in our countries car sells otherwise the way other countries manipulate their own counties currency to be devalued under ours "which is crooked" they would put our made in the USA companies out of business. Let your mind comprehend that Gooberment decides for the people what comes in this country and what does not, otherwise you are just not accepting the fact that Gooberment and cost imposed on those import auto makers to sell here is the reason. Do you finally understand that its not what styling you want or like that you can have made for you and sent here imported in the masses by HONDA its what the gooberment says you can have. GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or Not I am Done with you.

Oh sorry I never knew the shape taillights would affect the "regulations of the USA " maybe if it was the brightness I would understand but it's just a mere shape.

Although the North American and the home market model differ externally, they are mechanically identical--Quoted From Wikipedia.

The front bumper also has more vents with a steeper angle and sharper corners than the U.S. Civic. Meanwhile, the taillights are more reminiscent of the Integra, with the main round brake lights dipping slightly down into the indicators. By contrast, the taillights of the U.S. Civic resemble those of an Audi A4. ----From Wikipedia

Maybe it has something to do with OEM.JDM and EDM.

If you Guys realize the Mugen RR, Have these types of nice lights the NON US(ASIA PACIFIC) http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/attachments/introduction- pictures/42943d1317093906-mugen-rr-style-civic-conversion- pics-6183297647_f730b8a951_b.jpg

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