The Honda Civic has been a staple of the Honda lineup for more than 40 years. The vehicle underwent multiple changes over its 10 generations, constantly evolving to match what consumers want.
The Honda Civic was first introduced in 1972 and sold in its domestic market of Japan. Available as a five-door station wagon, a coupe, or a three or five-door hatchback, the first Honda Civic was equipped with a four-cylinder water-cooled engine, which allowed it to run on either leaded or unleaded fuel. Other amenities included simulated wood trim on the dash, vinyl bucket seats, and optional air conditioning.
1980s and 1990s
By the 1980s, the Honda Civic was no longer a niche model. Demand for the Civic in North America became so immense that Honda began building the model at its assembly plant in central Ohio to keep pace. By the end of the 1990s, the Civic was in its sixth generation, with all base models receiving a 1.6-litre engine.
2000s and 2010s
The seventh generation Civic, which debuted in 2001, featured amenities that were almost unheard of at the time, like MP3 compatibility. The Civic’s latest generation, dubbed Generation X, was unveiled in 2016 and introduced a new model to the North American market: the Honda Civic Type R.
With such a rich history of innovation, it’s not hard to see why the Civic remained in the Honda lineup for so long. Come pick out a Civic of your own at St. Albert Honda.