A Pictorial Glimpse of Honda Motor Cars Through the Years
Honda began manufacturing automobiles in 1963, with the Honda T360, a
kei auto truck
manufactured for the Japanese market. It was followed by a two-door roadster, the Honda S500 likewise presented in 1963. In 1965, Honda manufactured a two-door delivery van, called the Honda L700. Honda built their initial four-door vehicle in 1969, the air-cooled, four-cylinder, Honda 1300. The Civic was a hatchback that acquired world wide popularity, however it wasn't the first two-door hatchback manufactured. That was the Honda N360, another Kei auto that was adapted for global sales as the N600. The Civic, was announced in 1972 and succeeded the N600 likewise had a smaller sibling that supplanted the air-cooled N360, branded as the Honda Life that was water-cooled.
The Honda Life was representative of Honda's endeavors in competing in the kei auto segment, building sedan delivery, small pickups and delivery vans on a common chassis. The Life StepVan had a unique approach that, while not at first a commercial success, was an impact in vehicles with the passengers in front sitting behind the motor, a vast cargo area with a flat roof and a liftgate in the back, and using a transverse motor with a front-wheel-drive powertrain.
As Honda went into car manufacturing business in the late 1960s, other Japanese makers, like
Toyota and Nissan had been making autos since before WWII, it gives the sense that Honda imparted a feeling that Honda in contrast to its Japanese rivals. Its main vehicles, such as the
Accord and Civic (except for its US-Market 1993–97 Passport which was a involved in the vehicle trade program with
Isuzu (the Subaru-Isuzu joint venture)), have constantly utilized a front-wheel-drive powertrain which is at present a long held Honda custom. Honda likewise added new technologies into their vehicles first as options, then later becoming standard equipment in the early 1980s, such as speed sensitive power steering, multi-port fuel injection and anti-lock brakes. This eagerness to be the first to attempt new approaches is obvious with the formation of the first Japanese luxury sedan, the
Acura, and was likewise apparent with the all aluminum, mid-engine sports car, the Honda NSX, which additionally presented variable valve timing innovation, Honda calls VTEC.
Honda sales outperformed Nissan in 2001 to wind up the second-largest Japanese car maker. As of August 2008, Honda outperformed
Chrysler as the fourth largest vehicle maker in the United States. Honda is the 6th largest car producer on the planet.
Honda Civic (1972-Present)
Honda Civic generation 1 (1972–1979)
1970 Honda Civic
The first Civic went on sale in July 1972 as a two-door model, followed up by a three-door hatchback in September. Featuring a 1169 cc transverse motor and front-wheel drive, the auto had good interior room in spite of small exterior dimensions. Initially picking up a notoriety for being fuel-proficient, dependable, and environmentally, friendly later versions are known for sportiness and performance, particularly the civic GTi, Civic Type R, Civic VTi, and Civic SiR/Si.
The Civic has rebadged repeatedly for global markets, and served as the basis of the Honda CR-X, the Honda CR-X del Sol, , the original Honda Prelude, the Honda Civic Shuttle (later to wind up the Honda Concerto, Honda Orthia), and the Honda CR-V.
As buyers progressively moved to minivans and compact cars such as the Honda Fit, manufacturing of non-hybrid stopped in August 2010 when it no longer conformed to Japanese Government measurement regulations in the width classification. Manufacture of Civic and Civic hybrid for export markets continue
Honda Civic generation 2 (1979–1983)
1979 Honda Civic
The second generation Honda Civic was introduced in June 1979 as a 1980 model. It was larger, had a more angular shape, and came with increased engine power. All Civic engines now used the CVCC design, which added a 3rd valve per cylinder; this introduced lean burn swirl technology.
Honda Civic generation 3 (1983–1987)
1983 Honda Civic
The third generation was released in September 1983 for the 1984 model year. The separate five-door hatchback and wagon models were merged into a four-door "shuttle wagon" or "wagovan" sometimes referred to colloquially as a "breadbox" due to its appearance, called the Honda Civic Shuttle. An additional two-seat coupe style—labeled CRX—was introduced, noted for its compact dimensions and light weight.
Honda Civic generation 4 (1987–1991)
1987 Honda Civic
In September 1987, a redesigned Civic was introduced with increased dimensions and a lower hood line. A wide range of models and trim levels were offered for various markets around the world.
Honda Civic generation 5 (1992–1995)
1992 Honda Civic
Introduced in September 1991 for the 1992 model year, the redesigned Civic featured increased dimensions, as well as more aerodynamic styling.
Honda Civic generation 6 (1996-2000)
1996 Honda Civic
Introduced in September 1995 for the 1996 model year, the sixth generation featured updated styling although less radical than previous redesigns.
Honda Civic generation 7 (2001–2005)
2001 Honda Civic EX
The seventh generation was released in September 2000, for the 2001 model year. While the redesign retained the previous generation's exterior dimensions, interior space was improved in part by using a flat rear floor thus bumping up Civic to a compact car size segment.
Honda Civic generation 8 (2006–2011)
2011 Honda Civic Five Door
The eighth generation was released in September 2005, for the 2006 model year. For the eighth generation, Honda split the model into two different platforms, one for sedan and coupe, and one for a hatchback designed primarily for the European market using a simpler rear suspension from the Honda Fit and more aggressive styling. As of 2006, a total of 16.5 million Civics had been sold worldwide, with 7.3 million of them in the United States
Honda Civic generation 9 (2012–2015)
2012 Honda Civic EX
On 13 December 2010, Honda unveiled a sketch of the new ninth-generation Civic which was described as "energetic, sleek and aerodynamic." Both coupe and sedan concepts were shown on 10 January 2011 at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. The production version of the ninth-generation Civic (previewed by the concept) went on sale in the U.S. on 20 April 2011. In late 2012, Honda updated its Civic model with new exterior and interior trims for the 2013 year.
Honda Civic generation 10 (2016–present)
2019 Honda Civic Type R
The tenth generation Civic is based on an all-new Honda compact global platform. The sedan was first unveiled in September 2015, for the 2016 model year.
The tenth-generation Civic features a new fastback exterior design, with the rear C-pillar flowing into the tailgate. The front of the car features a new chrome wing design that flows across the top of the headlamps.
Honda Fit (2001-present)
2019 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit, also marketed as the Honda Jazz, is a five-door, front-engine, front-wheel drive B-segment subcompact car manufactured and marketed by Honda since 2001 and now in its third generation. Marketed worldwide and manufactured at ten plants in eight countries, sales reached almost 5 million by mid-2013.
Sharing Honda's global small-car platform with the City, Airwave, Mobilio, Mobilio Spike, Freed and Freed Spike, the Fit is noted for its one-box or monospace with an interior design concept that achieves a re-configurable cargo volume competitive with larger vehicles.
Honda Mid Size
Honda Accord (1976-present)
Honda Accord generation 1 (1976–1981)
1976 Honda Accord
The first generation Honda Accord was launched on 7 May 1976 as a three-door hatchback with 68 hp (51 kW), a 93.7-inch (2,380.0 mm) wheelbase, and a weight of about 2,000 pounds.
The Accord became the first Japanese auto to be manufactured in the United States in 1982 when creation started in Marysville, Ohio at the Honda Marysville Auto Plant. The Accord has made significant success, particularly in the United States, where it was the bese selling Japanese auto for 15 years (1982–97), and in 1991 and 2001 topping its class in sales, with around ten million vehicles delivered. Many road tests, over many years, rate the Accord as one of the most dependable vehicles in the world. The Accord has made the Car and Driver 10 Best list a record 30 times.
Honda Accord generation 2 (1981–1985)
1981 Honda Accord
Debuting on 22 September 1981 in Japan, Europe, and in North America, this generation of the Accord being produced in Japan, also became the first to be built in the United States, at Honda's plant in Marysville, Ohio. Since its first year in the American market, it also became the best-selling Japanese nameplate in the United States, retaining that position for about 15 years
Honda Accord generation 3 (1986–1989)
1986 Honda Accord
The third generation Accord was introduced in Japan on 4 June 1985 and in Europe and North America later that year. It had a very striking exterior design styled by Toshi Oshika in 1983, that resonated well with buyers internationally. One notable feature was the hidden headlamps. Because this generation was also sold as the Honda Vigor, the Accord received the hidden headlamps
Honda Accord generation 4 (1990–1993)
1992 Honda Accord
The 4th generation Accord, introduced on the "CB" chassis, was unveiled in 1989 for the 1990 model year. Although much larger than its predecessor the sedan's styling was evolutionary, featuring the same low slung design and wraparound rear window as the 3rd generation Accord. For the first time a 3-door hatchback was no longer available internationally.
This was one of the first U.S. production cars to feature optic reflectors with completely clear lenses on the headlamps.
Honda Accord generation 5 (1994–1997)
1994 Honda Accord
The 5th generation North American Accord was launched on 9 September 1993 and was based on the new 'CD' chassis. Larger than its predecessor, primarily to better suit the requirements of the North American market, the new model grew in width but shrunk in length, leaving it classified as a mid-size car in North America.
Honda Accord generation 6 (1998–2002)
1999 Honda Accord
For the sixth generation, Honda split the Accord into three separate models, designed for the Japanese, North American, and European markets. However, the wagon was discontinued in North America while the coupe was discontinued in Japan. This generation also spawned two distinctively branded performance versions for European and Japanese domestic markets, dubbed Type R and Euro R, respectively.
Honda Accord generation 7 (2003–2007))
2004 Honda Accord
The seventh generation of the Accord was launched in 2002 (2003 model year in North America), and consists of two separate models; one for the Japanese and European markets, and the other for North America. However, both were in fact sold in many other markets, fueled by the popular Cog advertisement for the Accord. Euro R trim continued into this generation as performance model for Japanese market, making use of K20 engine producing 220 hp, however, European performance model was renamed Type S and used larger K24 engine tuned to produce 190 hp.
Honda Accord generation 8 (2008–2012)
2009 Honda Accord
The North American version of the Accord has a different body from its Japanese counterpart. This shape is sold as the Honda Inspire in Japan, and is not sold in Europe. It was discontinued in Japan in September 2012. Larger than the previous model, the sedan is now classified as a full-size car by EPA standards. A coupe version is available, as well as a Crosstour fastback model, which was introduced in the US for the 2010 model year
Honda Accord generation 9 (2013-2017
2017 Honda Accord Sedan Sport
Honda revealed the Accord Coupe Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In August 2012, the company released initial details pertaining to the 2013 Accord sedan, and production versions of both the sedan and coupe were fully unveiled in early September 2012.
The Accord sedan went on sale on 19 September 2012 in the United States, with
the coupe following in October
Honda Accord generation 10 (2018–present)
2019 Honda Accord LX
The tenth generation Accord was unveiled on July 14, 2017. Production began on September 18, 2017, and sales began on October 18, 2017 in the United States as a 2018 model. It was also released in Canada on October 27, 2017. The vehicle is equipped with standard Honda Sensing on all models, and a base 1.5 L VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 192 hp; 194 PS) and 260 N⋅m (190 lbf⋅ft) of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Electric / Hybrid
Honda Insight (1999-present)
2019 Honda insight
The Honda Insight is a hybrid electric vehicle that was manufactured and marketed by Honda in its first generation as a three-door, two passenger liftback (1999–2006) and in its second generation as a five-door, five passenger liftback (2009–2014). In its third generation, it became a four-door sedan (2019-present). It was the Honda's first model with Integrated Motor Assist system and the most fuel efficient gasoline-powered car available in the U.S. without plug-in capability — for the length of its production run.
Honda Sports Cars
Honda NSX (1990-2016)
2017 Honda NSX
The Honda NSX, marketed in North America as the Acura NSX, is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car manufactured by Honda/Acura
The origins of the NSX trace back to 1984, with the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental) concept, which was a mid-engined 3.0 L V6 engined rear wheel drive sports car. Honda committed to the project, with the intention of meeting or exceeding the performance of the then V8 engined Ferrari range, while offering reliability and a lower price point. The concept thus evolved and had its name changed to NS-X, which stood for "New", "Sportscar".
Honda S2000 (1999-2009)
2007 Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 roadster was manufactured by Honda, from 1999 to 2009. First shown as a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, the production version was launched in April 1999 to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The S2000 is named for its engine displacement of two liters, carrying on in the tradition of the S500, S600, and S800 roadsters of the 1960s.
Several revisions were made throughout the car's lifetime, including changes to the engine, gearbox, suspension, interior and exterior
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