Honda Motor corp. introduced the first Honda Civic in 1973 to compete with the compact vehicles of that time. The first generation of the Civic came equipped with front disc brakes, reclining seats and an AM radio.This generation of Civics had a problem with the bodywork, as in, many of them rusted out in less than three years and caused enough of a problem where the Federal Trade Commission decreed that owners had the right to either replacement body panels or cash reimbursement for the rusted out areas.
As the vehicle got older the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission issued a safety recall on the early civic models lateral suspension arms, front cross members and lower strut supports corroded and weakened. At this time Honda’s rust recall was the largest safety recall among all brands of vehicles.The first generation of the Civic ran until 1979.The second generation of the Honda Civic was released in 1980 and ran until 1983. This generation was slightly larger than the first generation and had added technology added to the engines to make them more fuel efficient.
The third generation of the Civic came out in 1984 and ran to 1987. This version of the Civic was released in a few different body options. There was the four door shuttle wagon also known among owners as “the breadbox” and also a two door two seat coupe. The coupe was appealing to many as the vehicle was relatively light and powered by a lively power plant which made it fairly quick in comparison to some of the other vehicles on the market at that time.
The fourth generation Civic was launched in 1988 and ran till 1991. This version was redesigned with a lower hood line and increased exterior dimensions. This is the first offering in the model line to have fully independent rear suspension as standard equipment.
1992 saw the release of the fifth generation of the Civic that would run until 1995. This generation once again saw an exterior make over giving a more aerodynamic look. More refinements in the interior cabin and engine bay made this vehicle appealing to a larger target market.
In 1996 Honda released the sixth generation of the Civic that would run until 2000. The updated style changes for this model were not as pronounced as previous releases but of note this was the first time in its line that you could order a natural gas powered engine in one of the Civic’s.
The seventh generation of the Civic was released in 2001 and ran until 2005. This generation kept the exterior dimensions of the previous release but internal dimensions were made larger by the use of a flat rear floor which allowed more storage space inside. The front suspension was reworked to coil over macpherson strut design to offer more room in the engine bay for new engine variations on offer. This generation also saw the release of Honda’s first Civic Hybrid model which was powered by a 1.3L engine.
The eight generation of the Civic was released in 2006 and is still in production now. This generation saw a total exterior redesign featuring sleek lines, a smooth style and aggressiveness not seen before in the Civic line. The engine options were still targeted at people looking for fuel efficient vehicles and there were many options on offer to make sure anyone could find something they would like if they looked at it long enough.
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