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Chronology

Note: North American highlights in bold.

2003

December

  • The HondaJet, new experimental compact business jet equipped with Honda-developed HF118 jet engines, completes initial flight tests in Greensboro, NC.

August

July

November October

  • Honda of South Carolina Mfg. produces its one millionth all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

  • Honda’s cumulative auto production in the U.S. reaches 10 million units.

  • American Honda Motor announces “Safety for Everyone” commitment to apply advanced safety technologies such as the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body frame and side curtain airbags to the full range of Honda and Acura products over the next several years.

  • Honda R&D Americas debuts an all-new Automotive Safety Research Facility in Ohio, featuring advanced crash safety testing laboratories.

  • Honda announces the development of the Honda FC Stack next- generation fuel cell stack that delivers high performance, yet operates at temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F).

  • Honda develops world’s first electronically controlled fuel injection system (PGM-FI) for a 4-stroke 50cc scooter.

June

May

April

September

American Honda cumulative auto sales reach 20 million vehicles, as well as 50 million units for the total number of Honda products (auto, power sports and power equipment) delivered to American customers since August 1959.

March

• Honda introduces new Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that both enhances self-protection and reduces aggressivity in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions.

January

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  • Honda’s cumulative worldwide production of automobiles reaches 50 million units.

  • Honda becomes the world’s first automaker to supply a fuel cell vehicle to a private corporation, Iwatani International Corporation.

  • Honda debuts Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) V6 3.0-liter i-VTEC engine, on the Japan-market Honda Inspire, which employs only three cylinders during cruising and at low engine loads.

  • Civic Hybrid becomes the first-ever hybrid vehicle to earn certification as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero- Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

  • Takeo Fukui becomes sixth President & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

  • Honda develops the world’s first Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), which predicts rear-end collisions and assists brake operation to reduce impact on occupants and vehicle damage.

  • Honda establishes 6th region in China as part of global structure that also includes regional operations in North America, South America, Europe/ Middle East/Africa, Asia/Oceania and Japan.

  • Honda joins Indy Racing League (IRL) open wheel racing series for 2003 season.

  • Worldwide cumulative production of Civic series reaches 15 million units.

  • Honda announces joint market feasibility study with Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. for a next-generation piston aviation engine developed by Honda.

  • Honda Power Equipment Mfg. in North Carolina announces $30 million expansion to increase general purpose engine production to 1.5 million units.

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