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Small wonder: 50 years of the Honda Civic

Autocar Logo By David Finlay of Autocar | Slide 1 of 30: It made its debut in 1972, and since then 24 million examples have been built and sold around the world. Unlike the famously long-lived Model T Ford or Volkswagen Beetle, there have been many changes in that time – so many, in fact, that today’s Civic is almost unrecognisable from the one which came on the scene half a century ago. And it’s super-successful: it was the 10th best-selling vehicle in the US in 2021, and the second-best selling one if you exclude pickups and SUVs. The model also propelled Honda to become a truly global car company.Here is the story of one of Japan’s, and indeed the world’s, most famous and popular cars.

The Honda Civic has been a constant on the world’s roads for five decades.

It made its debut in 1972, and since then 24 million examples have been built and sold around the world. Unlike the famously long-lived Model T Ford or Volkswagen Beetle, there have been many changes in that time – so many, in fact, that today’s Civic is almost unrecognisable from the one which came on the scene half a century ago. And it’s super-successful: it was the 10th best-selling vehicle in the US in 2021, and the second-best selling one if you exclude pickups and SUVs. The model also propelled Honda to become a truly global car company.

Here is the story of one of Japan’s, and indeed the world’s, most famous and popular cars.

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