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Note: North American highlights in bold.


  • Automobile Magazine names the Honda Civic the 1996 Automobile of the Year.

  • The Honda Civic named 1995-96 Japan Car of the Year Award.

  • Honda de Mexico begins production of automobiles for the Mexican market.

  • The U.S. EPA releases 1996 fuel economy rankings with four Honda models in the top ten.

  • Honda Civic becomes first gasoline-powered vehicle to meet CARB’s Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard.

  • Cumulative global auto production reaches 30 million units.

  • Honda produces its five-millionth car in North America.

  • American Honda sells its 10-millionth Honda Division car.

  • Honda introduces Multi Matic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

  • Cumulative global production of Civic reaches 10 million units.

  • Honda becomes the first manufacturer to develop a production-based gasoline engine certified as meeting Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) exhaust levels.





  • American Honda exports its 100,000th U.S.-made vehicle for the year, making the Honda Accord the No. 1 export model from North America in 1994.

  • Honda introduces the 1995 Odyssey, its first minivan.

  • Acura sells its one-millionth vehicle in the U.S.

  • Honda Motor Co. establishes 4-region global organization structure that gives greater autonomy and decision-making responsibility for four major regional operations: Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia/Oceania and Japan. In a related move, Honda announces new “Automobile Strategy for the Americas.”

  • Honda competes in the IndyCar World Series (later CART) for the first time.

  • Honda Power Equipment Mfg. assembles its one-millionth lawn mower since the start of operations in August 1984.

  • Cumulative sales of Honda and Acura automobiles in the U.S. reach 10 million units.

  • Honda’s solar car Dream wins the World Solar Challenge 1993 in Australia.

  • Honda R&D North America (HRA) unveils a $25 million expansion of its research and development facilities in Ohio and opens new research and development center for power equipment products in Swepsonville, N.C.

  • Honda of America Mfg. produces its two-millionth engine at the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio.

  • Honda of America Mfg. produces its three-millionth car since beginning

    • U.

      S. auto production in 1982.

  • American Honda announces plans to participate in IndyCar World Series.

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