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The Original Compact Car: Retracing the Heritage of the Honda Civic

Last updated 5 years ago

The Honda Civic was designed with the idea of creating a car that would be practical for just about everyone in the world. In 1972, the very first Honda Civic was released, and it has been setting the standard for compact vehicles ever since. If you would like to learn more about one of the greatest achievements in the Japanese auto industry, take a look at this brief history of the Honda Civic:

The Beginning

In the early 1970s, Japan was hard at work developing a transportation infrastructure to meet the needs of the upcoming 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. Naturally, this massive network of roads and highways needed a car to traverse it. Living up to the Japanese manufacturing industry’s growing reputation, Honda created the compact and incredibly practical Civic. The first Civic was powered by a 1,169-cc four-cylinder engine.

Constant Development

The tiny Honda Civic grew rapidly over the years, becoming bigger, more powerful, and more comfortable. In order to keep up with the expanding needs of drivers across America and the rest of the world, Honda added trim levels and models, such as the hatchback options of 1973 and the Wagovan of the mid-1980s. Power was upped from 55 horsepower in 1980 to 91 horsepower in 1984’s Si model, and all the way to 160 horsepower for the Civic VTEC in 1994.

Modern Sophistication

The newest model of the Honda Civic builds on the advancements of each preceding iteration. Today, the Civic is available in a variety of models, such as the 201-horsepower Si, a hybrid version that gets 44 mpg combined, and a natural gas-powered model. Available technologies include power accessories, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and heated leather seats.

To experience a part of automotive history, call Brown’s Honda City at (443) 354-4091 and schedule a test drive today. Our dealers are waiting for you! Stop by our dealership in Glen Burnie today! We provide the drivers of the Glen Burnie and Baltimore areas with excellent new and used Honda vehicles and services.

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