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Note: North American highlights in bold.


  • Honda-powered Formula One® cars win the Constructor’s Championship, winning 15 of the 16 races.

  • Honda Engineering North America Inc. is incorporated.

  • Honda announces development of high performance VTEC auto engine with variable valve timing.

  • Honda reaches the 15 million mark in total car production in Japan.

  • Honda products rank 1-2-3 in the 1988 Motor Trend Import Car of the Year.

  • Honda begins first export of U.S.-built automobiles to Japan with the Accord Coupe.

  • American Honda opens first motorcycle Rider Education Center in Colton, Calif.


  • Honda reaches 50-million mark in total motorcycle production in Japan — the first manufacturer in the world to do so.

  • Honda announces a five-part strategy to become an autonomous motor vehicle company in the U.S. including expansion of R&D and production engineering, a second U.S. auto plant, increased local parts sourcing, expansion of the engine plant and increase of auto exports from the U.S.

  • Air bags introduced in the Acura Legend — for the first time in a Honda product.

  • American Honda exports first U.S-made vehicle, an Accord Sedan exported to Taiwan.

  • Honda de Mexico begins producing motorcycles and auto parts.

  • Acura becomes the top-selling import luxury brand in America.






  • Honda produces first auto engine at Anna, Ohio, engine plant

    • (1.5

      -liter Civic).

  • Honda-powered Formula One® cars win the Constructor’s Championship for the first time (through 1991 for six consecutive years).

  • J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index rates Acura number one for the first time (through 1989 for four consecutive years).

  • Honda of America Mfg. begins production on second assembly line at Marysville Auto Plant.

  • Honda of Canada Mfg. begins production in Alliston, Ontario (with Accord).

  • Acura sales network launched in the U.S. in March with sales of Legend and Integra 3- and 5-door models.

  • Honda CRX-HF is the first mass-produced car to exceed 50mpg EPA fuel economy rating.

  • Honda de Mexico established.

  • The Honda Accord/Vigor series receive the 1985-86 Japan Car of the Year Award.

  • Honda of America Mfg. begins production of motorcycle engines at new plant in Anna, Ohio, in July.

  • Honda Power Equipment Mfg. starts production of lawn mowers in Swepsonville, N.C.

  • American Honda Motor Co. establishes American Honda Foundation for philanthropic contributions.

  • Honda Research of America, Inc. (now Honda R&D Americas, Inc.) established in Torrance, Calif.

  • American Honda announces plan for luxury automobile division (later named Acura).

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