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The Honda Motor Co., Ltd. was formed in 1948. The first production automobile didn’t come until 1963, but today the Honda brand is one of the most popular and respected marques in the United States.
In 1968, Honda produced its 1300 series, a compact car and the forerunner for the Honda Accord. In 1972, Honda had its subcompact Civic, which was the first Honda automobile model sold in the United States.
The second Honda model to arrive stateside was the Accord, a compact hatchback that went on sale in 1976. Both vehicles were powered by fuel efficient, low-emission four-cylinder engines, and both model lines are in production to this day.
The 1980s saw Honda expand its lineup further, adding a third model, the Prelude. That decade also saw Honda open its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio, with 10 more to follow.
In 1994, the Honda Passport SUV hit the market, a model based on the Isuzu Rodeo. This medium-sized SUV was replaced in 2003 by the Honda Pilot, a vehicle offering room for up to seven.
The late 1990s also saw four more models released by Honda. These included the Honda CR-V — a small SUV, the Odyssey minivan, an S2000 roadster, and just before the new millennium, the hybrid Honda Insight.
In the 2000s, Honda canceled the Prelude and introduced the Element, a multi-purpose vehicle. Additional hybrid models and the Honda Ridgeline truck also came to the market.
Honda has expanded its product line to include the CR-Z hybrid, the Accord Crosstour, the subcompact Fit and a third SUV model, the Honda HR-V.