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1946: In October, Soichiro Honda established the Honda Technical Research Institute in Hamamatsu, Japan, to develop, and later produce, small 2-cycle motorbike engines.

1947: In March, production began on the 50cc, 2-cycle engine.

1948: In September, Honda Motor Company, Ltd., was established, and soon after it had designed and was producing complete lightweight motorcycles.

1950 - 1960: During this decade, the line of Honda motorcycles was greatly expanded. This advertising campaign had a dramatic impact on the entire U.S. motorcycle industry.

1959: American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was established with a small storefront office in Los Angeles. With six employees to start, fewer than 200 motorcycles were sold in the U.S. But in the 1960s, sales really took off, led by the Super Cub and the Dream. A few years later, Honda established motorcycle assembly plants in Hamburg, Germany, and Belgium.


1960


360
Honda 360 convertible  (1961)

1963: American Honda launched the "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" advertising campaign, which helped revolutionize the U.S. motorcycle industry. Honda started to produce T360 light trucks and the very sporty S500 roadster for the Japanese home market.

1964-1965: Honda's product line was expanding with light trucks, compact cars, outboard motors, power generators and a long line of motorcycles, motorbikes and motor scooters, with rapidly expanding export markets.

1965: Honda always believed in the benefits of racing both motorcycles and automobiles as a way to greatly improve the company's engineering skills. And in 1965, a Honda Formula One racecar won the prestigious Mexican Grand Prix.


1970


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Honda Z ,600 coupe  (1970)

1970: The first Honda automobile imported to the U.S. was the 1970 Honda N600 2-Door Sedan. It was introduced in March 1970. This car was powered by a 2-cylinder, air-cooled engine and featured front-wheel drive. These cars were very small by U.S. standards at that time, and with a price of around $1,300, those first Hondas in the U.S. sold for about a dollar per pound!

1972: A Honda AZ600 Coupe model was added to the 600 series

1973: The first Honda Civic was launched in early 1973. These cars had a water-cooled, 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. While still very small cars, they were much larger than the Honda 600 series. They were available as a 2-door sedan or 3-door hatchback.

1300
Honda 1300 coupe  concept (1970)

1975: The 1975 model-year Civic series was expanded to include a line of cars with a new CVCC engine. CVCC means Compound Vortex-Controlled Combustion. These 1500cc CVCC engines used an advanced ratified charge design for low emissions, and were the first to meet federal Clean Air Act standards without the use of a catalytic converter. While the hood and front fenders were extended to make room for the larger CVCC engine, these cars shared much of the same sheet metal as the conventional Civic. A new 5-speed 3-Door hatchback and 4-Door Wagon, both with CVCC engines, were added to the Civic line for the 1975 model year.

1976: In June, Honda launched the first Accord models, an all-new, larger Accord 3-Door Hatchback. The Accords were powered by a larger version of the CVCC engine.

1979: This model year saw the addition of the 4-Door Sedan to the Accord series (October, 1978 - $6,365 POE for a 5-speed; $6,515 POE for the "Hondamatic"). The first Prelude was shown to dealers in September , 1978, and went on sale in March, 1979.


1980


Civic
Honda Civic sedan concept (1980)

1981: An all-new Civic 4-Door Sedan, powered by the 1500cc engine, was added to the 1981 model line. The Accord series expanded to include a deluxe sedan, the SE or Special Edition.

The second generation 1980 Civic series was totally redesigned, with all-new body shells and increased interior room. The models still included the 3-Door Hatchback, with either a 1300cc or 1500cc CVCC engine. The Wagon models were all powered by the 1500cc engine. The 1980 Civic was chosen "Import Car of the Year" by Motor Trend magazine.

1982: The second generation Accord was introduced in the 1982 model year. It was completely resigned as a larger, more powerful automobile.

Ballade
Honda Ballade  concept (1980)

Later that year, Honda achieved another first in this country. In November, 1982, American Honda became the first Japanese automobile company to assemble their vehicles in the U.S. The first automobile to roll off the Marysville, Ohio, American Honda assembly line was the 1983 model-year Accord Sedan. The first Accord assembled in the U.S. is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

1983: In March, the second generation Prelude was introduced. It was a totally redesigned car, with new double wishbone front suspension.

1988: The fourth generation 1988 Civic models were launched in the fall of the previous year as all-new, larger cars, as was the redesigned CRX line.

Accord
Honda Accord sedan concept (1981)

In January, for the second time, Honda swept the top three places of the Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year" award - an achievement no other car company has matched.

A sporty new Accord Coupe model was introduced with the 1988 models. Assembled exclusively in Honda's Marysville, Ohio, plant, it was the first time a Honda passenger car was designed with the needs of the U.S. market foremost in mind. Soon these vehicles were exported to Japan. was the first time a Japanese manufacturer had exported a U.S.-assembled automobile back to Japan.

1989: The Accord became the best-selling car in the U.S. for the first time, beating out Ford Taurus by 14,646 cars. Soichiro Honda was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Midland, Michigan.

Accord
Honda Accord Hatchback concept (1981)

In December, Honda added a second automobile plant when East the Liberty plant began producing Civic Sedans.


1990


Accord
Honda Accord Sedan concept (1990)

1990: The fourth generation of the Accord series was launched as a 1990 model. The Accord became the top selling series of automobiles in the U.S. for the second year in a row, by a margin of 103,905 at years end.

1993: This model year introduced the Civic del Sol, the replacement for the CRX. It combined the sporty look of the previous CRX with the fun of an open-top roadster. This was Honda's first venture towards a "convertible" style automobile in the U.S.

Also new for 1993 was the exciting Civic Coupe, assembled exclusively in North America. This new expansion of the Civic line provided a more personalized style while still remaining a practical choice for consumers. The EX Coupe with option package was the only car in its class with standard dual airbags (SRS).

Concerto
Honda Concerto  concept (1990)

1995: In 1995, Honda did two things it had never done before. For the first time, it offered the Accord with a V-6 engine and formally entered the minivan market with the Odyssey.

Fitted with stylish looks and features to match the powerful 2.7 liter, 24-valve V-6 engine, the Accord V-6 Sedan gave consumers one more reason to fall in love with an Accord.

The Odyssey provided customers with a combination of car-like handling, four doors for ease of use, stylish good looks and the capacity to seat up to seven people. The Odyssey also featured a unique retractable forl-down third-row bench seat, which folded completely into the floor to provide more coargo room.

Nsx
Honda Nsx  concept (1990)

1995 marked Honda's 25th anniversary of selling vehicles in the U.S. On July 17, 1995, Honda sold its 10-millionth car in the United States.

1996: This model year introduced the sixth generation Civic. Offered as a hatchback, coupe and sedan, the Civic incorporated significant improvements in performance, a larger interior, new exterior styling, a quieter cabin, plus many more enhancements.

1997: The 1997 fifth generation Prelude was equipped with such advanced features as an available Sequential SportShift™ 4-speed automatic, the Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System and an Active Torque Transfer System (ATTS™) (Type SH)

Accord
Honda Accord aerodeck concept (1990)

The CRV provided customers with a compact, space efficient design, plus Real Time™ 4WD and 4-wheel-double wishbone suspension for greater driving control and comfort.

1998: The sixth generation Accord made its debut in 1998, with a complete redesign. The Accord Coupe and Sedan were built from different platforms, with the Coupe's styling providing a much more aggressive appearance than before. A redesigned, more powerful V-6 engine was available in the Coupe as well as the Sedan. Both vehicles were sold in LX and EX trim levels.

The 4-cylinder Accord EX equipped with automatic transmission was also recognized for being the first mass-produced gasoline engine to meet California's strict Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standard.

Accord
Honda Accord Coupe concept (1990)

The Passport was also all-new for 1998. Both LX and EX models received an increased list of standard equipment as well as new interior and exterior styling..

1999: As large as any full-size competitor, with the most powerful V-6 engine available, the 1999 Odyssey raised the standards in minivan performance, safety, comfort and convenience. Available in LX and EX models, the Odyssey was the first to offer dual power sliding doors (EX).


2000


Civic
Honda Civic sedan concept (2000)

2000: The S2000 is an ultra-high-performance 2-seat sports roadster designed to be a driving enthusiast's dream. A showcase of race-derived technology, its 20 liter, DOHC VTEC engine produces 240 hp. Just as remarkable, this engine is rated as a California LEV (Low-Emission Vehicle), proving that a pure sports car can be powerful and environmentally conscious.

The Honda Insight was the first production car in the U.S. with a gasoline-electric hybrid system, called Integrated Motor Assist (IMA™). The Insight is fun to drive, meets the California ULEV standard and still delivers the highest fuel economy of any gasoline-powered production car in the U.S.

In 2000, a 4-cylinder Accord EX Sedan with leather, available only in California, was the first gasoline-powered Super Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (SULEV) brought to market .

Avancier
Honda Avancier  concept (2000)

2001: The completely new 2001 Civics are well-equipped and larger compared to their sixth-generation predecessors. Honda stylists worked hard to increase the differentiation between the Coupe and Sedan, giving the former a sportier, European-styled shape., and the latter a very modern, user-friendly family appeal. In both cases, the Civic now has a longer 110,000-mile scheduled tune up interval thanks to ignition and spark-plug improvements.

The new Civics also have environmental appeal - every model is certified as an Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (ULEV) under California's strict regulations. Additionally, the Civic Hatchback and Si Coupe have been deleted from the lineup.

For 2001, the Accord has undergone minor changes aimed at improving its competitiveness among midsize passenger cars. These enhancements include a stronger, more refined, yet sportier exterior. Inside, key new features add value and enhance Accord's well-known reputation for providing a balance of quality, dependability, functionality, comfort and safety.

Civic
Honda Civic 5p concept (2001)



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