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Chronology

Note: North American highlights in bold.

2005

December

  • Honda Ridgeline truck named 2006 Motor Trend magazine Truck of the Year.

  • 2006 Civic becomes first compact car to earn a “Top Safety Pick-Gold” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

  • Honda Motor Co. announces plans to introduce the Acura brand in Japan in fall 2008 and to integrate its three existing domestic sales channels — Primo, Verno and Clio — into one Honda channel in March 2006.

  • New ASIMO robot debuts with dramatically improved running capability and enhanced ability to act in sync with people.

  • Honda Motor Co. announces plans to begin mass production in 2007 of Honda-developed thin film solar cell.

  • Honda Super Cub production reached 50-million-unit milestone since its 1958 debut.

November

  • Honda Civic named 2006 Motor Trend magazine Car of the Year.

  • Honda R&D Americas introduces Home Energy Station III, the third-generation of its experimental hydrogen refueling device developed in partnership with Plug Power, Inc.

  • Honda announces plans to establish R&D operations in Thailand with the creation of Honda R&D Asia Pacific, Ltd., a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

October

  • Honda announces plans to establish transmission manufacturing operations in China with the creation of Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Co., Ltd., the company’s fourth major automatic transmission plant in the world.

September

  • Honda announces plan to introduce world’s first airbag technology for a motorcycle on the 2006 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.

  • Honda introduced ASV-3 advanced safety vehicle equipped with Inter-Vehicle communications technology.

August

July

June

May

April

January

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  • HondaJet makes its worldwide public debut, July 29, at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture in Osh Kosh, Wis.

  • Honda Motor (China) Investment Co. (HMCI) announces plans to launch the Acura brand in China with the introduction of the Acura RL in spring 2006, to be marketed through a dedicated Acura dealer network.

  • Honda leases 2005 FCX to world’s first individual customer for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, the Spallino family of Redondo Beach, California.

  • Honda announces commitment to include U.S. government crash test “star ratings” on the window labels of all 2006 Honda and Acura vehicles, a first for any automaker.

  • Honda Automobile (China) Co. (CHAC) begins export of the Jazz compact passenger car to Europe. CHAC is the first auto plant in China dedicated to export production.

  • The 2006 Honda Ridgeline becomes the first 4-door pickup to earn the NHTSA’s highest crash test rating for frontal and side impacts.

  • Cumulative worldwide sales of Honda hybrid vehicles reaches 100,000 units.

  • Honda introduces Phill™ natural gas home refueling appliance in conjunction with Fuelmaker Corp. to help promote sales of cleaner-burning CNG vehicles like the Honda Civic GX.

  • American Honda and Disneyland® Resort form 10-year strategic business alliance.

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