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Honda celebrates the Civic’s 50th birthday.

More than 30 million Civics have been sold worldwide


Honda is celebrating 50-years of their bestselling Civic. The iconic Honda has spanned 11 generations with nearly 30 million cars sold globally and more than 12.3 million have been sold in the U.S. since its debut in 1973. Honda has produced more than 11 million Civics in North America since 1986 and is one of the top three best selling cars in America over the past five decades.

“Civic embodies Honda’s commitment to delivering clean, safe and fun products of the highest quality for each generation of car buyers. That’s been the magic of Civic and the key to its success for 50 years,” said Mamadou Diallo, vice president of Auto Sales at American Honda. “Civic is deeply woven into the fabric of American car culture and we are thankful for the loyalty and trust that our customers have placed in Honda and Civic over the last five decades.”

The Civic is the longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda history, launched in Japan in 1972 and the U.S. in 1973. It was the first vehicle to get the CVCC engine (1975), and first engine to meet U.S. emission standard without the use of a catalytic converter. Over its 11 generations the Civic has been available in five body styles; two-door coupe, three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, and wagon.

The Civic has been a consistent award-winning car, including North American Car of the Year three times, Car and Driver magazine’s “10Best” honor eight times, and Motor Trend Car of the Year.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


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