DETROIT – With the majority of this week’s industry news occurring at the Frankfurt auto show, Honda pulls attention back to the U.S. by unwrapping the next-generation Civic sedan tonight in Los Angeles.

“In the end we feel that we delivered what is fundamentally the very best car not only in its class, it’s a Civic that sets its sights on the world’s best segments,” John Mendel, executive vice president-American Honda, tells media here in Detroit this afternoon at a pre-L.A. unveil press briefing.

Mendel is referring to the fact the Civic sedan and coupe’s North American R&D team – the first North American R&D team ever to lead a Civic redesign – benchmarked not only other vehicles in the car’s class in the U.S., but models of its size around the world.

Honda is billing the 10th-gen Civic as its first global Civic, with the compact for the first time using the same platform around the world, at least since Honda began assembling its C-car outside Japan.

“This time our goal was to create one Civic platform that underpins every model sold globally,” he says, later telling media Honda saved “a lot” of money with the strategy.

Honda looked at a wide swath of C-segment vehicles, including key benchmark the Audi A3 for its ride, ride quality, steering, handling and noise, vibration and harshness levels, to build “the world’s best C-segment vehicle,” Mendel says.

The development team wanted the Civic sedan’s hip point at the same level as the Audi TT sport coupe’s, which involved lowering the Honda’s floor, instrument panel and engine, and re-engineering the suspension.

A global team of engineers devised a new platform in early 2012 that is 2 ins. (5 cm) wider and 1-in. (2.5-cm) longer than the platform for the current ninth-gen U.S. Civic.

Engineers also gave the car a shorter front overhang and a 1-in. longer wheelbase.