History of the Honda Civic brand

 History of the Honda brand:

Honda began manufacturing motorcycles after its founding in 1946, and it would not be until 1963 when it produced its first car. Although in 1959, Honda was already the world's leading motorcycle manufacturer, its first cars were basic and utility models , focused on the Japanese market. Obsessed with quality and cost control, Soichiro Honda's company soon acquired a reputation for reliability and mechanical simplicity that still endures today.

History of the Honda Civic  brand


Honda became a very popular brand both in the United States and in Europe, where its cars stood out for their low fuel consumption and greater reliability than their counterparts.

  • In 1972 the Honda Civic was launched , which began its history as a simple but innovative utility. Its fuel-saving CVCC technology was dismissed as a joke by General Motors,
  •  until Soichiro Honda proved that he could make a whole Chevrolet Impala more efficient. At GM they still remember this great cure for humility . 

After the launch of the Honda Accord in 1976, the company began an intense and successful internationalization. 10 years later, the Accord is already being built in the United States.

The Honda Accord and Honda Civic have been the ambassadors of the brand , which today has production facilities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, China, Brazil and India, among other countries, while maintaining its manufacturing force in Japan. In 2003 the Japanese brand reached a cumulative production of 50 million cars. In just 13 years, it has manufactured another 50 million vehicles.

Honda also produces outboard motors, quads, mowers, private jet planes and has created ASIMO, an intelligent robot capable of, for example, climbing a ladder.

The history of the brand is the protagonist of this brilliant animation spot.

classic honda cars:


Honda T360 (1963) : Honda's first car was a two-seater pick-up with just 30 HP of power, powered by a 356 cc four-cylinder engine, which reflected the brand's motorcycle heritage. Its deficiencies were solved by the Honda T500, 20 centimeters longer, with a 38 HP engine and 400 kg load capacity.


Honda S500 (1963) : This small roadster was powered by a four-cylinder carburation, with four valves per cylinder and a power of 44 CV, whose red line began at 8,000 rpm. With harmonious proportions and a charming design, the roadster was barely 3.30 meters long and weighed only 680 kilos.


  • Honda Civic CVCC (1972) : The first Honda Civic debuted an ingenious emission control technology that helped Honda to assault the US market without the need to install an expensive and complex catalytic converter.
  •  He was the protagonist of an epic cure of humility to General Motors, still today remembered in the industry.


Honda NSX (1989) : The Honda NSX was a supercar with a V6 VTEC engine in a central position, tuned by Ayrton Senna, usable on a day-to-day basis and capable of matching the performance of the Ferrari and Porsche of the time. 

It is the most valued classic of the brand: it changed the current conception of what a supercar should be. Its second generation has reached the market in 2017.


Honda S2000 (1999) : This two-seater roadster had a two-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, capable of developing 240 CV, with a specific power of 120 CV/liter (higher than that of a Ferrari 458 Italia).

 This future classic was a balanced and pointed car, a true sports car that will never be produced again.

History of the Honda Civic  brand

VTEC: what do these acronyms stand for:

  • V ariable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic C ontrol . It is a variable valve timing system, patented by Honda and launched in 1989. 
  • When the engine speed is high enough, a "third cam" or "hot cam" varies the valve lift of both the intake and exhaust valves. , producing an increase in power. 
  • It is especially notable in naturally aspirated engines with high revs, causing them to give their best in the highest area of ​​the rev counter .


Honda Civic Type R: a different sports compact

Today, the Honda Civic Type R is synonymous with high-flying sportsmanship in a compact format. They started out as light compacts with naturally aspirated engines with more than 100 hp/liter, at least in their first three iterations, the first of which was sold exclusively in Japan. In 2015, the first Honda Civic Type R with a VTEC Turbo engine , with 310 hp, was launched on the market . You can read our test here . 

In 2017, the tenth-generation Civic Type R was launched, with 320 hp , front-wheel drive and a limited-slip differential. Read his proof here . In all there is a common denominator: a precise, exciting and refined behavior.


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