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Note: North American highlights in bold.


  • Auto production begins in Brazil and Turkey.

  • Motorcycle production begins in Vietnam.

  • Cumulative global motorcycle production reaches 100 million units.

  • Cumulative global power equipment production reaches 30 million units.

  • Ultra-small 360-degree inclinable 4-stroke power equipment engine announced.

  • Honda announces research project including two new turbofan jet engine prototypes for small aircraft and an experimental jet plane.

  • Twin Ring Motegi motorsports complex begins operations.

  • All-new 1998 Accord introduced with unique designs for the U.S. and Japan, but using the same flexible platform.

  • Civic and Accord Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) sales begin in all 50 states.

  • 1998 Accord is first gasoline car to meet CARB Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards in California.

  • Honda begins leasing the EV PLUS electric vehicle to customers in California.

  • J.D. Power and Associates awards its Platinum Prize for quality to the Marysville, Ohio, Auto Plant and Gold Prize for quality to the Sayama Plant in Japan.

  • The Acura RL is the first automobile introduced with an in-dash, satellite-linked navigation system.




  • Honda introduces first prototype humanoid robot, called P3.

  • Honda Motor Co.’s Honda Dream solar car breaks speed and time records at the World Solar Challenge in Australia.

  • Honda captures all three major awards on the 1996 PPG IndyCar World Series racing circuit — top manufacturer, top rookie and top driver.

  • Honda’s Marysville, Ohio, motorcycle plant produces its one-millionth vehicle (Gold Wing Aspencade).

  • Honda Transmission Mfg. of America begins production of automobile transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio.

  • Honda announces an accelerated “Strategy for the Americas” with a 50% expansion in U.S. automobile engine and automatic transmission production.

  • New Honda plant in Thailand begins production with City sedan designed exclusively for local Asian markets.

  • Honda introduces Intelligent Community Vehicle System (ICVS) in Japan in which consumers share limited number of vehicles in conjunction with mass transit.

  • The Acura Division introduces the CL series, the first U.S.-designed, engineered and manufactured model offered by a luxury import nameplate.

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