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Honda celebrates 50 years of the fun, practical, iconic and best-selling Civic


1st  gen 1975  honda  civic  hatchback

  • The Civic is Honda's best-selling automobile of all time with over 30 million global sales.
  • It has sold over 14.5 million vehicles in North America alone since its debut in 1973 and has been the best-selling car in Canada for the past 24 years.
  • Honda has produced more than 11 million Civics in North America since 1986.
  • The 11th generation of the Civic was named North American Car of the Year 2022.

Fifty years ago this month, Honda launched a three-door hatchback that was fun, economical, and would forever change the automotive landscape -- the Honda Civic. Today, with global sales of over 30 million and now in its 11th generation, the Civic is Honda's oldest model and best-selling automobile of all time.

Since its North American debut in 1973, the Civic has consistently been the benchmark for the entire automotive industry, delivering top-notch quality and reliability, low emissions and exceptional fuel economy, responsive and refined driving dynamics, and top-tier safety performance.

This has earned the trust of buyers and a reputation for defining the segment. With North American sales of over 14.5 million units, much of which were produced in North American auto factories*, the Civic is the best-selling car in Canada for almost half of its existence.

"For five decades, the Civic has continued to be a testament to Honda's commitment to making products and vehicles that are reliable, well-designed, safe, and, most importantly, fun to drive," said Steve Hui, Assistant Vice President of Honda Canada. "The Civic has deep roots in Canada. It has been embraced by people of all ages and lifestyles, it is built locally in Alliston, Ontario, and it has enjoyed incredible popularity since its inception. As the best-selling car in Canada for almost half of its existence, we appreciate and are grateful for the trust and loyalty that Canadians have in Honda and the iconic Civic."

The Civic is one of the most awarded cars of its generation worldwide, consistently winning top honours for decades. Recently, the Civic won the 2022 Canadian Car of the Year from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), Best Industry Car in 2022 from AutoHebdo, and North American Car of the Year 2022.

A half-century of excellence for the Civic

  • The Civic is Honda's oldest model, launched in Japan in 1972 and in Canada in 1973.
  • Honda has sold 30 million Civics worldwide over the past 50 years.
  • The Civic was the first vehicle to offer the CVCC engine (in 1975), the first engine to meet U.S. emissions standards without a catalytic converter.
  • Over these 11 generations, the Civic has been offered in five body styles: 2-door coupe, 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and station wagon.
  • The Civic Si, a performance icon in the compact sports category, was launched in 1986.
  • The first hybrid-electric Civic was launched in Japan in 2001 and in North America in 2003.
  • The Civic Type R, the pinnacle of Civic performance, arrived in North America in 2017.
  • The Civic dominates the compact car category in Canada by being the best-selling passenger car in Canada for 24 years.
  • The all-new 11th generation Civic was named North American Car of the Year 2022.
  • The Civic is currently built at Honda factories in Alliston, Ontario, the United States, and Japan.
  • The all-new 2023 Civic Type R will be the most powerful Civic ever offered in Canada.


11th  gen 2022  honda  civic  hatchback

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