History of Honda in America

1948 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Established

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is established with co-founders Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa and introduces (in 1949) its first original designed and engineered product which Mr. Honda appropriately names the "Dream" D-type motorcycle.

    
 
 

 1959 - Honda in the United States

 On June 11, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is  established in Los Angeles, California, as the first  overseas subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

 
1969 - Honda Sells its first car in America

The Honda N600 is the first automobile sold by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in the United States. 

  
 
   1974 - Leaving Blue Skies for Our Children

 Driven by the rallying cry of "Blue skies for our  children"  Honda engineers create a groundbreaking  CVCC engine that makes the Honda Civic the first  vehicle to meet the strict emissions standards of the  new U.S. Clean Air Act without the use of a catalytic  converter.

 
1976 - Welcome the Accord

The first Honda Accord may have been a humble hatchback, but it was a big hit. This initial model will was followed by an Accord Sedan in 1979. From its launch until today, Accord is the best-selling passenger car in America, with American car buyers purchasing over 12.5 million.

  
 
   1984 - The American Honda Foundation Founded

 This year marks a big milestone in Honda's  commitment to supporting the communities where we  work and live. The American Honda Foundation will go  on to award over $32 million to organizations in every  state in the U.S.

 
1999 - Introducing America to Hybrids 

In December, the Honda Insight drives through uncharted territory to become the first hybrid vehicle available in North America. 

 
    2001 - 10-millionth North American Car is Built

  On April 10th, 2001 the 10-millionth Honda built in         North America rolls off the assembly line at the               Marysville Auto Plant.

 
2008 - Fuel Cell Technology

Honda breaks new ground introducing the 2009 FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle. With a new, more compact fuel cell stack, Clarity is the world's first fuel cell sedan capable of comfortably carrying four occupants.

  
 
   2014 - 20-Million Vehicles built in the United States

 On March 20th, 2014 Honda passed the 20-millionth  automobile produced in America. This is a proud  moment for Honda and we look forward to the next  20. 

 
2014 - Honda Introduces Wind Turbines

Honda Transmission Mfg. of America fires up its brand-new wind turbines in Russells Point, Ohio. Honda is the first major automotive manufacturing facility in the U.S. to get a substantial amount of its electricity from onsite wind turbines.

  
 
   2015 - Honda Rejoins Formula 1

 In partnership with McLaren, Honda returns to it's  racing roots for the 2015 FIA Formula 1 (F1) World  Championship. "If Honda does not race, there is no  Honda" -Soichiro Honda

 
2016 - Honda Civic Type-R Comes to America

After nearly 20 years, Honda is giving enthusiasts what they've been begging for: The Civic Type-R. The high performance forbidden fruit from overseas will be available in 2017. 

  
 We're passionate about Honda Automobiles and we're excited to help you find the right one. Please feel free to visit AutoNation Honda Fremont located at 5780 Cushing Parkway Fremont CA 94538 and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Or call (510) 224-4801 to set up a test drive.