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Note: North American highlights in bold.

2001 December

• Honda introduces first mass market gas-electric hybrid car with the introduction of the Civic Hybrid.

Accord recaptures the best-selling car title in the U.S. in 2001.


Honda Manufacturing of Alabama begins production with Odyssey minivan.

  • Fit earns the 2001-2002 Japan Car of the Year award.


  • New joint venture company in China, Sundiro Honda Motorcycle starts production of jointly-developed M-LIVING motorcycle.

  • North American auto production reaches 10 million-unit milestone.

  • Gold Wing GL1800 named “motorcycle of the year” by Motorcyclist magazine, and is first production motorcycle certified to meet California’s strict 2008 emission standard.






  • American Honda Motor Co. announces that all 2002 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks meet or exceed Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) emissions requirements.

  • Honda production operations in Thailand produce 10-millionth product — including automobiles, motorcycles and power products.

  • Honda’s second U.K. auto plant begins production.

  • Honda R&D Americas opens first solar-powered hydrogen production and fueling station in Southern California.

  • Honda launches Fit on all-new global small car platform — using all-new i-DSI (Dual & Sequential Ignition) engine.

  • Honda announces development of a new-generation 2-liter class diesel engine for the European market.

  • Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle becomes first car certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV).

  • 2001 Acura MDX named North American Truck of the Year.

  • *

    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).




  • Honda introduces new humanoid robot, ASIMO.

  • 2001 Civic Coupe is one of the first two automobiles and the first affordable small car to achieve 5-star crash safety ratings for both frontal and side impact from the NHTSA*.

  • Acura introduces MDX as the brand’s first U.S. designed and developed SUV.

  • Civic line-up earns the 2000-01 Japan Car of the Year Award.

  • Honda earns 500th World Grand Prix motorcycle race.

  • Honda earns 6th consecutive driver’s championship on CART auto racing series.

  • Honda begins testing FCX-V3 fuel cell vehicle through California Fuel Cell Partnership.

  • Cumulative production of Accord in the U.S. reaches 5 million units, and Civic reaches 2 million units.

  • Honda Power Equipment Mfg. $16 million expansion triples general purpose engine capacity from 300,000 units to 1 million units annually.

  • 2001 Civic is introduced as first gasoline car to achieve Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) emissions performance in all 50 states.

  • Honda introduces Polar II pedestrian crash test dummy with injury data measurement capability.

  • Honda establishes 5th region in South America as part of global structure that includes regional operations in North America, Europe/Middle East/ Africa, Asia/Oceania and Japan.

  • Honda opens world’s first indoor car-to-car directional crash test safety facility in Tochigi, Japan.

  • Honda begins third era of Formula One® Grand Prix auto racing participation.

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