Honda celebrates 50 years of the fun, efficient, iconic and best-selling Civic


Since going on sale in America in early 1973, all 11 generations of Civics have consistently set the benchmark for the American automotive industry by delivering class-leading quality and reliability, exceptional fuel efficiency and low emissions, dynamic refined, responsive driving and class-leading safety performance. . It earned the trust of American car buyers and a reputation as a segment-defining product. With U.S. sales of over 12.3 million units, the vast majority produced at Honda’s North American auto plants*, the Civic is one of the top three best-selling cars in America over the past of the past five decades.

“Civic embodies Honda’s commitment to providing the highest quality clean, safe and fun products for every generation of car buyers. That’s the magic of Civic and the key to its success for 50 years,” said declared Mamadou Diallo, vice president of automotive sales at American Honda. “The Civic is deeply ingrained in the fabric of American automotive culture and we are grateful for the loyalty and trust our customers have shown in Honda and the Civic over the past five decades.”

The Civic is also one of the world’s most awarded cars of its generation, consistently winning the industry’s top accolades, including three-time North American Car of the Year, magazine’s “10Best” accolade. Eight-time Car and Driver and Motor Trend Car of the Year. And while Civic built its success on the loyalty of baby boomers, its popularity continues with younger buyers. Since 2011, the Civic has been the No. 1 vehicle among Gen Y buyers and has attracted the most Gen Z, first-time homeowner and multicultural buyers in the industry over the past six years.

A half-century of civic excellence

  • Civic is the oldest automotive nameplate in Honda’s history, launched in Japan in 1972 and in the United States in 1973
  • Introduced in the United States in March 1973, the Civic has been the third best-selling car in the United States over the past five decades with over 12.3 million units sold.
  • Civic was the first vehicle to get the CVCC engine (1975), the first engine to meet the US emission standard without the use of a catalytic converter
  • Over its 11 generations, the Civic has been available in five body styles; 2-Door Coupe, 3-Door Sedan, 4-Door Sedan, 5-Door Sedan and Wagon
  • The Civic Si, a performance icon in the sporty compact segment, was first introduced in 1986
  • The first hybrid-electric powered Civic was launched in Japan in 2001 and America in 2003
  • The Civic Type R, the pinnacle of Civic performance, was introduced in America in 2017
  • Civic has dominated the US compact car segment for 12 consecutive years and in 2021 it captured one in four retail sales in the category
  • The Civic has been the No. 1 vehicle among millennial buyers since 2011 and has attracted the most Gen Z, first-time homeowner and multicultural buyers in the industry over the past six years.
  • All-New 11th Gen Civic Named 2022 North American Car of the Year
  • Honda produced* more than 11 million Civics in North America since the first Civic was built in Ohio in 1986
  • Today, the Civic is manufactured at Honda’s factories in Greensburg, Indiana, Alliston, Ontario Canada and Japan*.
  • All-new for 2023, the Civic Type R will be the most powerful Civic ever offered in the United States
  • An all-new hybrid-electric powered Civic will be introduced in the future

Celebrating Civic in America with the Honda Community

Honda shares the 50e Celebrating the iconic Civic’s birthday with its community on the brand’s social media. Throughout July, Honda fans can take a ‘tour through history’, starting with automotive influencer, Omar Rana, as it highlights Civic’s 50-year history in 50 seconds. The campaign culminates in a series of videos showcasing five decades of Civic, across five distinct chapters – from Civic’s debut in the 1970s to the all-new 11e-gen Civic range, told by John Cena, the voice of the Honda brand. Fans can follow at:

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About Honda

Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent Honda dealerships in the United States. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)1 latest data. Honda’s award-winning lineup includes the Civic, Insight and Accord models, as well as the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup truck and the Odyssey minivan. Honda’s lineup of electrified vehicles includes the Accord hybrid, CR-V hybrid, Insight and, in the future, the Civic hybrid. In 2024, the Prologue SUV, Honda’s first battery-electric vehicle, will join the lineup.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 40 years and currently operates 18 major manufacturing plants in North America. In 2021, more than 95% of all Honda vehicles sold in the United States were manufactured in North America.

More information about Honda is available in the Digital Fact Book.

*Use of domestic and global parts

1 EPA 2021 Automotive Trends Report

SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.


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