Timeline - Automobiles

'63 Honda’s automobile business begins with the release of its first sports car (S500) and light truck (T360).
'67 Front-wheel-drive minicar, N360, released.
'68 N Series of minicars tops Japanese sales.
'69 Automobile production in Taiwan begins (first overseas production of Honda automobiles).
N360 top seller in Japan for its first three years.
Z and Vamos minicars released.
Civic released.

CVCC low-emission engine first to comply with 1970 U.S. Clean Air Act.

'75 Automobile production in Indonesia begins.
'76 Accord released.

'82 Automobile production in the U.S. begins (a first for Japanese automobile manufacturers).
'86 Acura brand launched in the U.S. (first Japanese luxury automobile brand).
'88 Total automobile production reaches 15 million units.
'89 Accord becomes best-selling car model in the U.S.

'92 Worldwide automobile production reaches 20 million units.
Worldwide Civic production reaches 10 million units.
Worldwide automobile production reaches 30 million units.

'97 LEVs (low emission vehicles) Civic Ferio and Partner 1.6 released.
Leasing of EV Plus electric vehicle begins in the U.S.
Insight hybrid released. ZOOM

'01 Automobile production reaches 10 million units in the U.S.
Fit and Civic Hybrid released.
Leasing of FCX fuel-cell vehicle begins in Japan and the U.S.
Fit achieves No.1 annual sales among domestic registered vehicles.
'03 Worldwide automobile production reaches 50 million units.
'05 Leasing of FCX fuel cell vehicle for home use begins.
Worldwide sales of Honda hybrid vehicles reach 100,000 units.
'06 Sales of Bioethanol-compatible Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) models for Brazilian market begin.
Acura brand launched in China.
'08 Leasing of FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle begins in Japan and the U.S.
'09 Insight hybrid vehicle released.

'10 CR-Z hybrid vehicle released.
New Fit and Fit Hybrid released.
'11 Brio compact car introduced in Thailand and India
'12 Acura ILX Hybrid launched as first U.S.-built hybrid
Fit EV lease begins in U.S.
Honda sells millionth hybrid automobile
New Accord debuts as first model with Earth Dreams power train for U.S.
FIT Twist launched in Brazil
Brio Amaze launched in Thailand
'13 New Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-In Hybrid Premium Sedans launched in Japan
The 3rd generation Fit and Fit Hybrid launched
All-New 'Jade' Concept Sedan launched in China
New Odyssey and Odyssey Absolute launched
Honda to Begin Sales of New Vehicle "VEZEL"

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