What debuted in 1972 as a simple two-door coupe bearing for the first time the Civic moniker is now one of the most important models in Honda’s entire history if not the most important. Five decades later, the vehicle is sold literally everywhere around the world in various versions and is now an icon. Now in its 11th generation, the Civic is celebrating its 50th anniversary with sales of around 27.5 million after its market launch.
During its first generation, the Civic was categorized as a subcompact vehicle but with the 2000 model, it grew into a compact car, positioned between the Fit/City and the Accord in the global brand lineup. Since the first Civic, the model has always been a global model, although it has been available in different specifications for different markets.
The first generation Civic was assembled in Japan and sold over a million units in about four years. The second-generation model arrived in 1979, bringing with it an improved engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Just four years later, the third generation model was launched as Honda’s response to changing customer preferences – bigger and more powerful cars were in high demand. This model is sold in three body styles.
It wasn’t until the seventh generation of the Civic that the model grew again significantly. The vehicle, which was launched in 2000, introduced hybrid technology to its nameplate and became one of the most efficient cars of its time. The 10th generation Civic brought a new design in 2015 and a new turbocharged engine. Two years later, the new Civic Type R was launched and shortly after, it set a new lap record for a front-wheel drive car at the Nurburgring.
This brings us to the current 11th generation Civic, which has a more mature design language, new technology, and an electric powertrain. The new Civic Type R will debut later this month with an upgraded 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine, expected to produce around 310 to 320 hp.