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Chronology

Note: North American highlights in bold.

1992

  • American Honda exports its 100,000th U.S.-made automobile.

  • American Honda Education Corp. breaks ground for Eagle Rock School, an innovative high school and professional development center in Colorado.

  • Honda of U.K. Mfg. begins automobile production.

  • Honda announces its first equity investment in China-based motorcycle production. Motorcycles had been produced through four technical collaboration agreements.

  • Honda Europe Power Equipment S.A. is incorporated in Orleans, France, to centralize all power equipment manufacturing, sales and marketing functions in Europe.

  • Honda produces its 20-millionth Super Cub motorcycle at its Kumamoto factory.

  • Honda of America Mfg. builds its two-millionth automobile in Ohio.

  • Honda Motor Co. produces 20-millionth automobile in Japan.

1991

  • The Honda Civic named 1991-92 Japan Car of the Year Award.

  • Honda introduces the new VTEC-E engine which combines Honda’s Variable Valve Timing System (VTEC) with lean-burn technology.

  • Honda Canada sells its one-millionth car, a Canadian-made Civic 3-door.

  • Soichiro Honda, who founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in 1948, dies at the age of 84.

  • Honda of America Mfg. Motorcycle Plant in Marysville, Ohio, produces the 500,000th vehicle in its history — a Gold Wing Aspencade motorcycle.

  • Honda of America Mfg. produces its one-millionth engine.

  • Honda Motor Co. begins selling Chrysler Jeep models in Japan (sales continue through 1998).

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1990

  • Soichiro Honda is awarded a FIA Gold Medal in Paris, France.

  • American Honda becomes first automaker with plans to offer standard driver and passenger airbags in all (Honda and Acura) models by the 1994 model year.

  • Acura begins sales of NSX sports car, the world’s first mass-produced aluminum-body automobile.

  • American Honda moves Power Equipment Division from California to Atlanta, Georgia, area.

  • Honda R&D America opens new California Proving Center in Mojave Desert.

  • Nobuhiko Kawamoto becomes fourth President & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

  • Honda Engineering Europe, Ltd. is established in the U.K. to coordinate Honda engineering activities in Europe.

1989

  • Honda Accord becomes the top-selling auto in the U.S. for the first time.

  • Honda of America Mfg. begins production at second U.S. auto plant in East Liberty, Ohio, and produced its one-millionth automobile in Marysville, Ohio (a Civic Sedan).

  • Soichiro Honda inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in the U.S.

  • Honda of U.K. Mfg. begins producing engines in its Swindon, U.K., plant.

  • Honda Motor Europe Ltd. is established in U.K. to serve as Honda’s European headquarters.

  • The East Liberty plant is the first auto plant in America to use more environmentally-responsible waterborne basecoat paint.

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