Honda Civic celebrates 50 years
  Sep 04, 2023     talha seo  

Honda Civic celebrates 50 years

Honda revealed a fun and fuel-efficient three-door hatchback to the world in July of 1964; this event would permanently change the car industry. With sales reaching 30 million units worldwide and currently in its 11th iteration, Civic is the most popular Honda vehicle of all time and the longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda's history.

Every version of the Honda Civic has been a worldwide success in more than 170 markets because to its superior quality and dependability, exceptional fuel economy, low emissions, well-tuned and snappy driving characteristics, and first-rate safety features as compared to the competition.

As stated by Honda: Honda's dedication to providing goods of the highest caliber that are clean, safe, and enjoyable for every generation of automobile purchasers is embodied in Civic. That has been Civic's secret to success for 50 years and what makes it so special.

Honda considered giving up on the auto industry before the 1972 release of the Civic. Their first significant success in the automotive industry came with the first generation Civic, which helped Honda remain in the auto industry. Since then, Civic has continued to become better with each new generation, and it is now regarded as a clear contender in its class.

It was also the first car to follow the Clean Air Act of 1970. In the car's first four years of production, more than 1 million vehicles were built. The fact that the first-generation Honda Civic made its debut amid the early 1970s oil crisis was one of the factors in its popularity. The Civic's cutting-edge CVCC (Combined Vortex Controlled Combustion) engine, which could operate on either leaded or unleaded petrol, met the rising consumer demand for fuel-efficient automobiles and allowed drivers greater fuel flexibility than other cars.

In 1979, the second-generation model was released. It was bigger, had a longer wheelbase, was more angular in design, and had more horsepower than the previous model. A third valve was added to each cylinder of the CVCC engines, bringing lean burn swirl technology. It was offered in hatchback and sedan versions.

The third-gen vehicle was introduced just four years later as Honda's response to the shifting consumer tastes. It was based on the "Man-Maximum-Machine Minimum" design tenet, which at the time revolutionized how all new Honda vehicles were created. In 1983, the third generation of the Civic became the first to win Japan's "Car of the Year" honor.

In 1987, Honda debuted the Civic's new fourth generation. Both mechanically and visually, it was identical to the third-generation model, but with a more streamlined appearance, larger size, lower hood line, more glass, and less wind drag. More crucially, it had a modern double-wishbone rear suspension across the whole model line, which was totally independent. The Civic's design, which was influenced by Formula One race cars, fostered responsive handling and a comfortable ride by carefully managing wheel movement and keeping the tire's contact patch square to the road.

The fifth-generation Honda Civic, which debuted in 1991, used style that was more aerodynamic, slick, and curved, abandoning the wedge-shaped design craze of the 1980s. The fifth-generation Honda Civic became the second Civic to win the coveted "Japan Car of the Year" award. In Pakistan, this generation also saw the introduction of locally made Civics. The first Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited vehicle, the fifth generation Civic with a 1500cc carburetor engine and 5-speed manual transmission, rolled off the assembly line in May 1994. Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited is a joint venture between Honda Motor Company Limited Japan and the Atlas Group of Companies Pakistan.

The third Honda Civic model to receive this honor, the sixth generation Civic made its début in September 1995 as a 1996 model year vehicle. With its striking crystal headlights and aggressive, athletic appearance, it was one of the biggest head turners on the market when it was introduced in Pakistan in January 1996. It had a choice of two engines: a 1.6L VTi engine and a 1.5L conventional fuel-injected unit, and it were available with both manual and automatic transmissions. This made it the first domestically produced automobile (in Pakistan) to include a variable valve timing engine.