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Honda History

Past to present

Honda has been around since around 1947 offering everything from power tools to sports cars, the Japanese company is globally renown for technology, the latest releases from car technological advances to robots. This guide concentrates on the coolest Japanese cars from the NSX to highly tuned Spoon Civics.
The Jap giant haven't been around as long as you have thought, however this doesn't detract from the sheer magnitude of Honda, the company is truly renowned for its dabbling into everything from Racing cars through to Powerboats even Assimo a custom made robot capable of walking upstairs and running.

1960 Where it all began

1963 - First sports car released the S500 and light truck T360 were released.
1966 - The sales and export campaign for the S800 begins.
1967 - Front wheel drive minicar, released the N360.
1968 - The N Series minicar No1 in Japanese car sales , exportation of the N360 and N600 starts.


1970 - The N360 No1 seller in Japan for first 3 years. The release of Z and Vamos minicars.
1972 - Beginning of an era, the first Honda Civic released - Life Step Van released.
1976 - Accord CVCC 1.6 released- The famed Civic sales reach 1 million units.
1978 - The Prelude is released.


1980 - Accord production reaches 1 million units.
1981 - City released.
1985 - The release of the ' Today ' minicar, Legend & Quint Integra released .
1987 - Civic production reaches 5 million units.
1988 - US made Accord Coupe exported to Japan for sale. Honda car production reaches 15 million units.
1989 - Accord Inspire released.


1990 - Stop the Press the NSX supercar a mid engined racing / road car released.
1991 - The US-made Accord Wagon released in Japan. Convertible minicar the Beat released.
1992 - Honda achieves automobile production output of 20 million units globally.
1994 - Odyssey released.
1995 - Global Civic production reaches output of 10 million units. New Civic VTEC and MultiMatic introduced.CR-V SUV released.
1996 - Step Wagon released.
1997 - Release of Low emission vehicles (LEV) Civic Ferio and Partner 1.6 . Electrical vehicles introduced. New Life released.
1999 - Release of the much anticipated S2000 sports car, Insight hybrid released.


2000 - First minicar specially adapted for the physically challenged the Life Almas.
2001 - Fit released & Civic Hybrid released.
2002 - Release of the new Thai-made Fit Aria Japan.
2003 - Honda first Jap car company to produce 10 million cars in the United States. The release of the New Odyssey.
2004 - Released in European markets Accord 2.2i-CTDI running original diesel engine. The new Accord Hybrid released in U.S.
2005 - New release the Ridgeline next-gen truck - U.S. US Motor introduces sales of Phill, 1st home refueling appliance for natural gas cars and trucks.
FCX fuel cell vehicle leasing for domestic use begins. Global sales of Honda hybrid vehicles tops 100,000 units.

2005 - 2007

Honda have stepped into the greener side of cars in a big way, with the introduction of their new hybrid prius and other models, however this hasn't stopped the company, new versions of the Integra and S2000 continue to be released.
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