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Chronology

Note: North American highlights in bold.

2009

December

  • Honda Motor Co. sets new all-time records for automobile production

in China and Asia.

November

• American Honda earns the highest fleet-average fuel economy among all U.S. automotive marketing groups as determined by the U.S. EPA in its MY2008 report on U.S. fuel economy trends.

October

• Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co. establishes new R&D center in Bangkok, Thailand, for the development of products and technologies that support the unique needs of customers in Honda’s Asia/Oceania region.

July

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama begins production of passenger cars (Accord V6 Sedans) after eight years of light truck production.

• Takanobu Ito becomes the seventh President & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

June

May

  • The new Ogawa engine plant began Phase 1 production activity including casting and machining processes and supply of engine components for auto plants in Japan and other regions.

  • Honda of America Mfg.’s East Liberty Plant receives the Gold award for the highest quality in North America in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 survey of new-vehicle quality (IQS).

  • Honda commemorates 50 years of operations in America, marking the incorporation of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., on June 11, 1959.

  • Acura begins U.S. sales of the redesigned 2010 TSX sports sedan.

  • Marysville, Ohio, motorcycle plant ceases production after 26 years, as global production of certain large motorcycles is consolidated at Honda’s new factory in Kumamoto, Japan.

  • Acura debuts the prototype ZDX 4-door luxury sports coupe at the New York International Auto Show as the first all-new Acura model designed entirely within the confines of the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif.

  • Honda Manufacturing of Indiana begins limited production of the natural gas-powered Civic GX sedan in Greensburg, Indiana, alongside the gasoline-powered Civic Sedan.

  • The Honda Insight becomes Japan’s best-selling vehicle in May, the first hybrid car to earn the distinction.

  • *

    Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car

Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side-impact air bags (SAB’s).

April

March

February

January

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  • The FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle is named 2009 World Green Car by journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.

  • The Acura TL earns a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA* for front and side impacts, making Acura the first automotive nameplate to earn both a top government crash safety rating and a “Top Safety Pick” crash safety rating from the IIHS for every vehicle in its line-up.

  • American Honda begins sales of the new Insight as the most affordable hybrid car in America.

  • American Honda becomes the first automaker to introduce a Class 8 diesel-electric hybrid truck into its U.S. fleet of trucks for the distribution of service parts.

  • Honda R&D Co. (Japan) in conjunction with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation introduce Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology which enables control of a robot by human thought alone.

  • Honda and GS Yuasa establish a joint venture called Blue Energy Co., Ltd., for the development, sales and production of advanced lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles.

  • Production of the Honda Ridgeline truck begins at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, making it the exclusive production source for the Honda Pilot, Odyssey and Ridgeline light trucks.

  • Cumulative global sales of Honda hybrid vehicles reach 300,000 units.

  • Honda Motor Co. announces plans for the establishment of a new R&D facility in Chiba prefecture, Japan, to work toward the establishment of bio-ethanol production technology.

  • The new Honda City is named Indian Car of the Year for 2009 by top automotive journalists in India.

  • Honda produces its 20-millionth automobile in North America as cumulative production of engines in North America exceeds

    • 18.4

      million units and production of transmissions tops 13 million units.

  • American Honda debuts the radically styled 2010 Honda Fury, a chopper-style custom bike designed by Honda R&D Americas, at the New York International Motorcycle Show.

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