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Chronology

Note: North American highlights in bold.

2002

December

  • American Honda introduces the new Element light truck to its U.S. vehicle lineup.

  • Honda Fit finishes 2002 as best-selling car in Japan, a first for Honda. Fit also goes on sale in Europe as “Jazz” model.

  • Honda’s China auto plant announces plan to increase production capacity to 240,000 units in 2004, with a corresponding increase in engine production.

  • Honda South Carolina Mfg. begins production of Honda AquaTrax personal watercraft (PWC).

  • Honda’s FCX fuel cell vehicle delivered to first customers in Japan and

    • U.

      S. simultaneously.

November

  • Japan version of all-new, sixth-generation Accord earns the 2002-03 Japan Car of the Year award, the 3rd straight year a Honda model earns the award.

  • U.S. production of Honda and Acura automobiles reaches 20-year

milestone.

October

  • Honda models earn four of the top five places in the U.S. Department of Energy’s list of the most fuel efficient cars in America with the Insight hybrid as number one.

August

July

March

February

January

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  • Honda introduce a new rapid- and wide-deploying side curtain air bag technology that protects both front and rear passengers — the all-new 2003 Accord was the first model to receive the new technology.

  • Honda FCX becomes first fuel cell vehicle in the world to earn certification from U.S. EPA and the state of California (CARB).

  • Honda launches new Today scooter as first China-made scooter sold in Japan.

  • Honda begins Intelligent Community Vehicle System (ICVS), a new community transportation system in the Republic of Singapore.

  • Honda introduces AquaTrax, company’s first personal watercraft.

  • Honda celebrates 25th anniversary of listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as ASIMO humanoid robot rings opening bell for trading.

  • Honda launches new high performance BF175 outboard motor achieving low emissions exceeding year 2008 requirements in California (CARB).

  • Honda begins rental of ASIMO humanoid robots in Japan.

  • U.K. auto plant begins export of Civic Hatchback to North America.

  • Honda establishes motorcycle R&D center in China.

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