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Note: North American highlights in bold.


  • Honda Insight becomes first gas-electric hybrid car sold in the

    • U.

      S. and 2000 Accord is the first gasoline car to be marketed as a Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV), four years ahead of regulatory requirements.

  • Honda announces global powertrain production system calling for the integration of engine assembly operations closer to vehicle assembly.

  • Honda and GM establish powertrain cross-supply agreement in December in which GM will use a Honda V-6 Ultra Low Emission engine and transmission and Isuzu will supply Honda with diesel engines for the European market.

  • Honda announces innovation of auto plants in Japan to the flexible “New Manufacturing System” that will be installed in all of Honda’s major global auto plants by fall 2002.

  • Honda announces new company-wide year 2005 targets for fuel- consumption and exhaust gas emissions for Honda motorcycles, automobiles, and power products.

  • Honda fuel cell prototype vehicles FCX-V1 and FCX-V2 are introduced.

  • American Honda passed the $10 billion mark in exports of automobiles, motorcycles, power products and key components from North America.

  • Honda begins Intelligent Community Vehicle System (ICVS) called “Intellishare” at the University of California-Riverside using Honda’s EVPLUS electric vehicles.

  • Honda announces next generation of 4-cylinder i-VTEC engines that offer new level of high fuel economy, low emissions and outstanding performance.

  • Honda begins auto production in China with Accord sedan.




  • American Honda passed the 1-million mark in annual sales of Honda and Acura cars and light trucks for the first time in company history.

  • The Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle goes into production in Ohio with the cleanest internal combustion engine ever certified by the

    • U.

      S. EPA.

  • Honda of South Carolina Mfg. begins production of ATVs at new $30 million plant in Timmonsville, S.C.

  • Civic 5-door, developed by Honda R&D Europe and built in the U.K., is introduced.

  • Auto production begins in India.

  • Hiroyuki Yoshino becomes fifth President & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

  • Honda Motor Co. celebrates 50th anniversary.

  • American Honda exports the 500,000th North American-built car.

  • Honda Interceptor named “Motorcycle of the Year” by Motorcyclist magazine.

  • New second line at Honda of Canada Mfg. begins production of Honda’s first full-size Odyssey minivan — which goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada as a 1999 model.

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