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

Civic is the best-selling Honda car of all time with global sales of nearly 30 million

Fifty years ago this month, Honda held the worldwide introduction of a fun and fuel-efficient three-door hatchback that would change the automotive landscape forever: the Honda Civic. Half a century later, with sales of nearly 30 million worldwide and now in its 11th generation, the Civic is the longest-running car brand in Honda history and the best-selling Honda car of all time.

Since its introduction to America in early 1973, the 11 generations of Civic have consistently set the benchmark for the American auto industry by delivering class-leading quality and reliability, excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions, refined and responsive driving dynamics, and first-class safety performance. This has earned the trust of US car buyers and a reputation as a segment-defining product. With US sales of more than 12.3 million, the vast majority of which are produced at Honda’s North American auto plants*, the Civic has been one of the top three best-selling cars in America for the past five decades.

“Civic embodies Honda’s commitment to providing the highest quality, clean, safe and fun products for every generation of car buyers. That’s Civic’s magic and has been key to its success for 50 years,” said Mamadou Diallo, vice president of Auto Sales at American Honda. “Civic is deeply woven into American automotive culture and we are grateful for the loyalty and trust our customers have placed in Honda and Civic over the past five decades.”

The Civic is also one of the world’s most award-winning cars of its generation, consistently taking home the industry’s highest accolades, including three times North American Car of the Year, eight times Car’s “10Best” honors and Driver magazine and Motor Trend Car of the Year. And while Civic built its success through the loyalty of the baby boomer generation, its popularity with younger buyers continues. Since 2011, Civic has been the #1 vehicle among Millennial buyers2and has captured the industry’s most Gen Z, new and multicultural buyers over the past six years3.

Half a century of citizenship quality

  • Civic is the longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda’s storied history, launched in Japan in 1972 and the US in 1973
  • Introduced in the US in March 1973, the Civic is America’s third best-selling car in the past five decades, with more than 12.3 million units sold4
  • Civic was the first vehicle to receive the CVCC engine (1975), the first engine to meet US emissions standards without the use of a catalytic converter
  • Throughout its 11 generations, the Civic was available in five body styles; 2-door coupe, 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback and wagon
  • A performance icon in the compact sports segment, the Civic Si was first introduced in 1986
  • The first hybrid-electric-powered Civic was introduced in Japan in 2001 and in America in 2003
  • Civic Type R, the pinnacle of Civic performance, was introduced in America in 2017
  • Civic has dominated the US compact car segment for 12 consecutive years, achieving one in four retail sales in the category by 20215
  • Civic has been the #1 vehicle among Millennial buyers since 2011 and has captured the industry’s most Gen Z, new and multicultural buyers over the past six years
  • The all-new 11th generation Civic was named the 2022 North American Car of the Year
  • Honda has produced more than 11 million Civics in North America* since the first Civic was built in Ohio in 1986
  • Today Civic is built at Honda plants in Greensburg, Indiana, Alliston, Ontario, Canada and Japan*
  • The all-new Civic Type R in 2023 will be the most powerful Civic ever offered in the US
  • An all-new hybrid-electric-powered Civic will be introduced in the future

Celebrating Civic in America with the Honda Community

Honda is sharing the celebration of the iconic Civic’s 50th anniversary with its community on the brand’s social media channels. Throughout July, Honda fans can make a ‘Ride Through History’, starting with car influencer, Omar Rana, as he highlights Civic’s 50-year history in 50 seconds. The campaign concludes with a video series showcasing five decades of Civic, through five different chapters – from the Civic’s debut in the 1970s to the all-new, 11th-generation Civic range, narrated by John Cena, the voice of the brand. Honda. Fans can follow on: