In what is perhaps one of the most remarkable success stories of the modern age, the Honda Motor Company literally started out fitting engines to bicycles in a small wooden shack. Building motorcycles was a next logical step, and indeed it was motorcycles that gave Honda its first success in the U.S. marketplace.
The company’s cars languished here though, until the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered the first American energy crisis. The then-new Honda Civic two-door hatchback— introduced that year—found a very ready audience because of its fuel efficiency.
That car’s follow-up, the 1974 Honda Civic CVCC was the first car to meet the emissions standards imposed by the 1970 U.S. Clean Air Act. Further, it met those standards running on either regular or unleaded gasoline—without using a catalytic converter. The highly successful Honda Accord followed the Civic in 1976. The first Japanese car to be built in the United States, Honda’s Accord remains one of the three top-selling models in the U.S. year in and year out.
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