For more than 40 years, the Honda Civic has been a popular car among drivers from around the world due to its reliability, affordability and features. There has been a lot of different models from four-door saloons to three door hatchbacks, cheap runabouts and loved performance cars. To celebrate this, we have decided to write an article on the complete history of the Honda Civic and how it become such a motoring icon. Before the Civic, things like front-wheel drive, reliability and performance just didn’t go together. The Civic showed the world that front-wheel drive cars could be fun and that Japanese cars weren’t just reliable, fuel-efficient cheap runabouts. The Civic has completely changed over the years and with well over 20 million units sold, it is one of the most popular cars of all time. It is one of the longest running nameplates in automotive history and shows no signs of slowing down.
Honda in the 1960’s was vastly different to what it is today. The company was well known for its motorcycles, but many of its cars received lukewarm reception and competition was fierce. Honda even considered pulling out of the car market in the early 1970s, but the launch of the Civic in 1972 changed all of that. Thanks to the Civic’s reliability, low price and fuel economy in an era of rising fuel prices, it was an instant success. Honda’s CVCC technology helped make the car affordable and it did not need an expensive catalytic converter to meet 1970s and early 80s emissions standards. The CRX Si, which was introduced in 1985 was the real powerhouse of the fleet. It came with a 91 horsepower, 1.5-litre engine and Honda kept the weight to a minimum by using parts like plastic bumpers. The powerful engine combined with a lightweight body meant that the Si was the fastest Civic yet. It could hit 60mph in under 9 seconds and was a corner monster thanks to its 185/60R14 high-performance tyres.For those looking for savings at the pump, Honda introduced a high fuel economy CRX that replaced the 1.3-litre CRX. The CRX HF was fitted with an eight-valve version of the 1.5-litre engine and could reach gas mileage as good as many hybrid vehicles that appeared two decades later.
More to follow in our next post.